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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-- Friday, October 4, 1991

FARM
Continued from page 8
all basically, like, social aware-
ness," Grimes explains. "Peter, our
singer, he writes all the lyrics and,
you know, he likes to write about
certain things... He's not trying to
be political. He's not trying to
change people's ideas or anything
like that. He just likes to sing what
he feels comfortable singing
about."
One musical inspiration has been
the Farm's original drummer Andy
McVann, who died in a violent car
crash at the age of 21 in 1986. "(His
death) inspired some songs,"
Grimes says. "It inspired us to keep
going, because at the time we were
going to pack it in. His mum and dad
said, 'No, carry on. I'm sure Andy
would've wanted you to carry on, so
we think you should.' We wrote a
lot of new songs at the time... One
was 'Don't Let Me Down,' the first
verse of that based on a song that we
used to do called 'That's the Way
We Were.' That was written about
Andy McVann, you know, the line
where it says, 'keep pluggin' away,'
you know, don't give it up.
"The idea (for the name of the
album) first came from the film,
and we kind of took it that, as, you
know, the storyaof Spartacus was
good, the fact that it was one of the
slaves who broke free and set free
his fellow slaves, and then took on
the might of the Roman Empire
type thing. It was a very tongue-in-
cheek analogy between the Farm,
who, like, for years didn't havea
record label and then decided to do
it ourselves... basically, in spite of
all the major record companies. We
managed to get a number one album
in Britain on our own label without
the help of any major label."
But the cover of noble Spartacus
looks like something you might see

,

Is this photo sexist?
Of course it is! Dorotha Segda is being crassly exploited by the film
industry and the Daily Arts pages alike. But wait! The film she's in, My
20th Century, was directed by a fairly progressive woman, Hungarian
Ildik6 Enyedi, so it's gotta be okay, right? But wait! It's also the only
promotional photo we were sent for a largely political film. Why is
that? Couldn't they just as easily have sent us a photo of a tank? Oh
well, at least we refrained from making any snide references to
Aesop in the headline. Anyway, Daily film critic Mike Kuniavsky sez the
filmh's a beautifully shot "exploration of the nature of femininity and
freedom.... Superficially, it seems to be an absurdist, flippant story
about a pair of identical twins in turn-of-the-century Hungary. But
deeper, it's about misconceptions in relationships and the power of
callousness; deeper still, it's about America and how a single country's
influence has shaped the world; and at it's deepest, it's about Hungary
(and Eastern Europe in general) today." You can catch My 20th
Century at the Michigan Theater, Sunday at 7:05 p.m. and Monday at
9:05 p.m.

The Farm is yet another group of guys from Liverpool who've made it in the world of rock 'n' roll, dude. From
left to right, see Keith Mullin, Carl Hunter, Peter Hooton, Ben Leach, Steve Grimes, and Ray Boulter.

at Meijer's. "Our bass guitarist does tricians, that type of thing.... So, it
all the covers," Grimes says, "and was tongue-in-cheek, really. We
he went to graphic art school him- thought, 'They think we're ordinary
self... and we were getting de- looking, and we'll do the album as
,And suddenly, like, with the House Revolution
in England, you know, the Acid House thing in
nineteen-eighty-eight, (British kids) have just
forgotten about all their politics and just
thought, "Sod this! Let's just have a good
time..." They're just saying, "Oh, let's get on
the Groovy Train," you know?'
-Steve Grimes,
The Farm

as in any walk of life, you're selling
a product. It could be baked beans....
You know, if the artwork's good,
you'll sell it... there's not much
difference in them, you know?
"If you like having a good time
then I think you'll enjoy the Farm's
records and the Farm live. We're not
too gloomy and doomy. We don't.
take ourselves seriously at all.
We're very fortunate to be in a posi-
tion... where we're in a group and
we're doing well and we appreciate
that..."

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Continued from page 8
thaf R&B magic. And if you're at
the Blind Pig on Saturday, you can
witness history in the remaking.

THE RATIONALS play at the Blind
Pig on Saturday. Doors open at
9:00. Tickets are $5 at the door,
unless you're a wee 'un under 21,
but over 19. In that case, add $2 for
some mandatory soft drinks.

scribed in the British music press as
a very unglamorous band. We
should be, like, working in a build-
ing profession, or we should be elec-

something you'd see in a supermar-
ket, that you wouldn't look twice
at...' (Carl Hunter's) idea was that,
in the music business, the same way

THE FARM opens for BIG AUDIO
DYNAMITE II at Clubland on
Friday at 8:00. Tickets are $18.50
in advance at TickeiMaster plus
the evil $2.50 service charge.

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