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Eric Clapton have never had much
trouble getting airtime on the dis-
gustingly segregated radio stations in
In 1985, keyboardist Reese
Wynans joined drummer Chris Lay-
ton and Vaughn's long-time bassist
Tommy Shannon in Double Trou-
ble. The addition of Wynans helped
flesh out the band's sound, freeing
Vaughn from carrying the melody
with his guitar alone, and allowing
the band to play more songs on the
rhythm side of the R&B genre.
Again, this was most noticeable
live, on bouncier tunes such as
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Love
Struck Baby" (yes, I like that song a
To say Vaughn was influenced by
Jimi Hendrix is quite an understate-
ment. SRV & Double Trouble have
recorded several songs either written
or covered by Hendrix, and Vaughn
can safely be said to have mastered
Jimi's unorthodox southpaw sound.
Vaughn once owned one of the Seat-
tle guitar god's wah-wah pedals, un-
til someone with no sense of history
(or perhaps an all too good knowl-
edge of history) stole it. One aspect
of Hendrix's life Vaughn will not be
emulating is Jimi's unfortunate tran-
quilizer overdose. Vaughn has kicked
a drug addiction that hospitalized
him a few years ago; hopefully this
will allow him to play throughout
During the '80s Vaughn has re-
mained quite popular locally. An ap-
pearance at Hill Auditorium included
a jam with opening act Johnny
Copeland, and Ted Nugent jumped
onstage one night during an impres-
sive run of shows at the Royal Oak
Music Theater, which also included a
rare cover of "Little Wing." With
lefty Ernie Isley (the youngest Isley
Brother, who can still recall seeing
Jimi play in his bedroom a long
time ago) opening and Lonnie
Brooks in town, one never knows
Collister play rock,
by Mark Swartz
FOR Clive Gregson, "folk" is a four-letter word. Gregson, the
strumming-and-picking half of the duo Gregson and Collister, promises an
evening of pure rock 'n' roll satisfaction at The Ark Saturday night.
Diminuitive Christine Collister, the other half, sings.
The misconception that Gregson and Collister play folk music is an
easy one to make. They did play at last year's Ann Arbor Folk Festival.
They do harmonize like a latter-day Peter, Paul and Mary. And Gregson
does, after all, brandish an acoustic guitar onstage. "As soon as you pick
up an acoustic guitar, people say, 'Oh, it's folk music!'" he acknowledges.
But this is rock 'n' roll, not folk. Really.
Listening to Gregson and Collister's latest album, A Change in the
Weather, it is apparent that the British duo is striving to plug into
American rock 'n' roll traditions. One track, "(Don't step in) My Blue
.Suede Shoes," sets up an imaginary dialogue between Elvis Presley and
Bruce Springsteen. "How I wish that I had listened/ When I heard someone
say/ Don't step in my blue suede shoes/ Or everything you have now/ You
will surely lose," laments a despairing Boss after the press has torn his
privacy to shreds.
"It's about the way in which the media attacks stardom," Gregson
explains. Instead of an exploitative "tribute" h la Mojo Nixon and Skid
Roper's "Elvis is Everywhere," "(Don't step in) My Blue Suede Shoes," is
a sympathetic, non-ironic analysis of the star machinery that eventually
killed the King.
"I became a Presley fan in the last four or five years," says Gregson,
recalling the magic moment when a friend gave him a boxed set of Elvis'
Sun years. Change in the Weather also contains "Tryin' to Get to You," a
cover of a song from his first release.
Besides The King and The Boss, Gregson has a special place in his
heart for the slightly lesser-known Richard Thompson. Gregson, an alum
of the Thompson sessions that produced such classics as Shoot out the
Lights and Across a Crowded Room, calls Thompson "the best songwriter
ever to come out of the British Isles."
Still, he is quick to remove himself from Thompson's - gasp! - folk
tendencies. "We're much more rock and roll, more mainstream," he asserts.
Okay, okay, we get the picture.
CLIVE GREGSON AND CHRISTINE COLLISTER play at The Ark, 637
1/2 S. Main, this Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $9.75, at the
Union, Schoolkids and Herb David.
They've been spotted in some folky joints but Clive Gregson and Christine Collister maintain that it's only rock
'n' roll and they like it.
how hot it might get inside the
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Accordions, banjos, and fiddles.
"The kids they dance and shake their
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This live album from the in-
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"I Wanna See Pretty People
Doin' Ugly Things"/"Deen
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With the suggestion "For best re-
sults, play this thing loud" written
on the cover, Ann Arbor's own M61
Triffid has released their long-delayed
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clamor of sexual tension incited by
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"Deen Neeb's," a seeming dis-
course between a militant superior
and a subservient follower, is less
lyrically potent. Dave Sahijdak lays
down the bassline while John West-
erman pounds furiously on the-
skins; Kimo Ball unleashes himself-'
fingering relentlessly at the guitar.
The forefront of the song is rather
repetitive while undertoned by the
guitar, but they use this to depict the
society they are mocking, one in
which "Cat Stevens even sold'
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power are "...rising silent to the
peon god they made."
"Pretty People" and "Deen'
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taries. Moreover, they are good to
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