Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, October 3, 1991
Attack of the Killer B's
Anthrax's EP to tide Ytu over,
Attack of the Killer B's, is, in a
word, shocking. For starters, the al-
bum is 12 songs long, and only four
of the tracks are Anthrax tunes;
only two cuts, "Startin'a Up A
Posse" and "N.F.B. (DallaBni-
kuFesiN)" are new. The remainder
of the tracks are covers or remakes.
But, B's reiterates the fact that the
band's heavy metal cauldron is ca-
pable of anything.
"Startin' Up A Posse" sounds
like a down-home country track.
Best described as a piece of political
slapstick set to music, "Startin"' is
an anti-censorship cut that utilizes
every word your mommy and daddy
would never want to hear come out
of your precious little mouth. Phra-
ses like "suck my dick," "you're a
douche" and "you fuckin' whores"
reverberate throughout the piece un-
der the guise of backing vocals. Then
lead singer, Scott Ian, asserts, "I
don't do this to shock you.../ And
this ain't sexist either." Yeah,
right! But how can you not laugh?
In a similar vein, "N.F.B. (Dal-
laBnikuFsiN)" (make sure to
decode this one), about as precious as
Alice Cooper singing you a bedtime
lullaby, is a rip on all the bands who
make a living by only playing mu-
Everyone in the music
industry seems to be
making a big stink
over the 'ground-
breaking" marriage of
Anthrax and PE. Is
that Chuck D. in front
of those roaring
shy ballads. The saga ends, along
with the sarcastic attempts at sweet
guitar licks, with the lover getting
hit by a truck. The band members
claim that "all the crying" on the
track is real. How demented! When
Ian says, "Joey, get me some tissue,"
I'm sure he needs it to wipe away
tears of laughter.
The real laugh on B's is embodied
in the cover, Public Enemy's "Bring
the Noise." Everyone in the music
industry seems to be making a big
stink over the "ground-breaking"
marriage of Anthrax and PE. Is that
Chuck D. in front of those roaring
guitars? Boy, that sounds really
fresh! Well, yeah, rap, heavy metal,
together in a rhyming measure -
But my preference is for the in-
strumental brainbashers, such as
S.O.D.'s "Chromatic Death," writ-
ten by Ian and Charlie Benante, and
the Pipeline cover entitled "Pipe-
line." Why these songs? Three-and-
a-half minutes of bombastic drum-
ming and warring guitar that warp
the senses, that's why.
The members of Anthrax are
bold and full of themselves, but
they're adventurous and funny as
well. Not content to stick with the
stereotypical, heavy-metal hype and
roll in the cash, the band continues
to challenge their limits. They're
quick to tear into the things with
which they disagree, but I see that as
a positive character trait. You know,
"long live rock 'n' roll" and shit.
Besides, don't you think they'd
laugh if you made a funny dig into
them? It just better be good!
In the liner notes, lead singer Scott Ian explains that inspiration
"Startin' Up A Posse" was a desire to assert that "heavy metal
not the devil's music...(He's into new age)."
Continued from page 5
"thrash/funk," but you know,
RD: Les Claypool (the band's lead
singer) has said that your music has
more in common with cartoons than
anything else. What do you think
about that comparison?
LL: Yeah, we are definitely into
RD: Really? Which ones do you
LL: A lot of the older ones, you
know, like all the old Bugs Bunny
stuff, the old Disney stuff. The new
Mighty Mouse is really cool, too.
RD: You've been described as a
LL: (Good-natured giggle)
RD: Do you think that's a pretty
accurate picture of yourself?
LL: Yeah, I guess so. I mean, I like
The Dead a lot. They're one of my
favorite bands. But I'm not out
there living my life following them
around. So I don't know how much
of a Deadhead I am.
RD: (Wholesome chuckle) What do
think about Deadheads?
LL: Um, I know a lot of really cool
ones, and I know some that are kind
of not much off of being bums...
RD&LL: (Self-righteous laughter)
LL: It's a really cool scene. I mean,
I love it, but there are just a lot of
them that are just kind of weird.
RD: So I hear that you studied under
Joe Satriani. What was that like?
LL: That was really cool. I mean,
he's such an amazing guitar player.
Before he got famous, he was ma-
king his living teaching, and I
happened to end up as one of the
RD: Do you still talk to him at all?
LL: No, I haven't talked to him in a
long time, actually.
RD: Um, well, I'm just curious. If
you were a tree, what kind of tree
would you be?
LL: A tree?
LL: Um... probably a big ole' pine
tree or somethin'.
"Racist oppression in 1991 is so
similar to slavery that the compari-
son is inescapable." Says who? The
ever-controversial PUBLIC ENE-
MY, of course. Check them out at
the "Gathering of the Tribes" tour
along with ANTHRAX, YOUNG
BLACK TEENAGERS, and, of
course, PRIMUS, tonight at
Clubland in Detroit. Tickets are
$22.50 in advance from Ticket-
Master plus $2.50 e.s.c. Doors
open at 6:30p.m. and it's an all-ages
show, so take your little sis or bro.
Making his feature-film debut, Sinba
intelligence as Andre Krimm, a big-he
Continued from page 5
prise an endearing variety of per-
sonalities: a 34-year old quarterback
(Bakula), a large Samoan (Peter Na-
vy Tuiasosopo), a school legacy
(Bateman), a professor (Sinbad) and
a pair of twins (Scott and Spencer
Snow). These unusual characters
spawn joke upon witty comment,
until the viewer wonders if the fun
will never cease.
Because the plot was a tour-de-
force of inevitability, the viewer is
relieved of that unsettling feeling
of suspense so typical of "quality"
movies. The film's imminent ending
d projects strength, dignity and y
arted, big-gutted footbafl hero. |
was apparent within the first 0in
minutes, thus coddling th viewsr jn
a security usually rcstricted to Aq
Afterschool Specyals. And one C'
not help but compare this film w .
such great predecessors as The Bod
News Bears, The Bad Ne'ws Bearsfin
Breaking Training, and, finaldy,
with perhaps the furthest stretch 'of
imagination, The Bad News Bers
Go to Japan.
This refreshing element of pxp-
dictability extended yet furthir
into the very fabric of the plo 's
structure. We feel as if we, ti
could be Hollywood filinmake'is,
because we learn so much from e h
thinly-veiled motivation. We evn
come to understand the necessity f
the Beowulfian challenge, the op-
stacles that the characters face, 411
romance (consisting of infatuation,
consummation, breakup and recn-
summation), the final male bondidig,
and the impossible win.
The film's only shock was te
Kathy Ireland does not appear i4 a
bathing suit; this surprise, howcvr,
was mitigated by the fact that 4e
bares herself in a towel. Altho4h
this unexpected omission shook fhe
out of complacency, the movi 's
otherwise predictable nature 1-
lowed my security to cntinue on
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ing at Showcase and Briarwood
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alive's a shock /like listening to an
angel, /or a fairy, /singing in a rok."
MICIIAEL MCCLURE AND RY
MANZAREK will read and play at
Club Heidelberg on Saturdh',
October 5, in two shows. One is ,
p.m., with blues guitarist Rolf rt
Jones, and one at 9:30 p.m., vith
Frank Allison. Tickets are $12.5).
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Fiction and Poetry Readi'gs
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fun starts at 7 and it's absolu
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you're interested in reading or if you
have any questions.
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