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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, November 13, 1991

Continued from page 5
to include more areas in the future.
Present sites include Kettering, Ar-
rowwood Hills Co-op, Bryant
Community Center and Hikone
Community Center. Next semester,
the AAAA hopes to expand to six
Art Start is one of three branches
of the Outreach Program provided
by the AAAA. Another program,
"Art Van Go," services neighboring
communities who are without local
art instruction. The program pro-
vides courses for hearing impaired
students at Wines Elementary, dis-
abled students at Dexter and
Chelsea High Schools, and senior
citizens at the Turner Geriatric
Clinic of the University Hospitals.
The third outreach program,
"Arts n' Facts," provides an inter-
active art curriculum for third-
graders in public schools which lack
strong art education. Through field
trips, visits by area artists, and art
activities, the program celebrates
the art of every day life. By explor-
ing different cultures and historical
periods, children discover that art
and artists are essential to life all
over the world.
"The quality of art education the
children receive in school is ques-
tionable," says Colatch. She sug-
gests that because of budget cuts,
young students are getting less and
less education in art, as well as jn
music and sports. The schools usu-
ally share an art teacher with other
schools in the area, with instruction
only a few times a month.
Art Start was founded in 1985
by the non-profit AAAA with sub-
stantial support from Dayton-Hud-
son's. Colatch says that the AAAA
would like the program to grow,
but that the funding is limited. Each
year, AAAA applies to Hudson's
for a grant, while receiving some
funding from Alpha Tau Omega
Fraternity, Mallinkrodt Censorship
Inc. and private sponsors.
"(The students) are very enthusi-
astic, somewhat hostile at times, ea-
ger to try new things and very

friendly," says Stahl. "They come
from a negative environment as
well, and few may be emotionally
impaired. My biggest challenge is
concentrating on what they're do-
ing, if they're having fun, trying to
make it a positive thing for them.
It's very difficult to start class

artist, describes the creation pro-
cess behind her four-headed
sparkling masterpiece: "I put 'em in
bunches and pour the sparkles on."
Although she enjoys "looking at
sculpture," she explains that ex-
pressing herself with "lots of
sparkling color" is more her style.

Harley Davidson
and The Marlboro Man
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I want to begin by saying that I had an open mind
when I popped this disc into my CD player. I really and
truly did. I noticed that there were some semi-big
names - such as L.A. Guns, the Kentucky Headhunters,
Waylon Jennings and Vanessa Williams - on the al-
bum, so I figured, "Hey, how bad could it be?" Appar-
ently, however, the producers of the movie called up
these bands and told them to write the most unorigi-
nal, pseudo-hard rock songs that they possibly could.
Most of the songs, such as Frampton/Marriott's
"The Bigger They Come," Roadhouse's "Tower of
Love" and the Screaming Jets' "C'Mon," don't belong
on an album, but rather on the speakers of some (lark,
seedy bar, as shadowy figures conduct their business.
And maybe that's how they were used in the movie, and
maybe that worked wonderfully. That's not for me to
say. All I can tell you is that, for pure enjoyment, these
songs just don't cut it.
The same chorus is used over and over, making the
songs totally anticlimactic. It's not really that they're
bad songs; they're just really dumb.
With the exception of Blackeyed Susan's "Ride
With Me," and the Kentucky Headhunter's fun "Let's
Work Together," this collection is just plain disap-
pointing. Vanessa Williams' piano-bar ballad "What
Will I Tell my Heart" seems completely out of place,
considering that the rest of the songs on this album ap-
pear to be imitating Motley Crae. Shooting Gallery,
featuring Andy McCoy, is the most successful, on the
song "I Mess Around," but my recommendation is
that if you want a Cruc album, buy a Crue album.
-Kristen Knudsen

Queen Latifah
Nature of a Sistah
Tommy Boy
All things considered, I never really understood her
role in the Native Tongues. She was kinda funky, and as
Africentric as the other Tongues, too. But when
compared to the insane brilliance of De La Soul and the
Tribe, she just didn't seem to fit in. Before I could re-
ally figure her out, Queen Latifah had become
America's favorite female rapper. Or at least according
to majority rule.
Nature of a Sistah reaffirms my doubts. There's
more posing and silly self-invention (her use of the
slang "sistah" is the most self-conscious use of Black
English Vernacular I've seen this year), but moreover,
it's an R&B album that'll make hip hop fanatics turn
on the radio for once. There are some funky beats, on
"Nuff Of The Ruff Stuff" and "Give Me Your Love,'
which features Ms. Owens singing over a revamp of the
Curtis Mayfield tune of the same name. "How Do 'I
Love Thee," the most interesting cut on the album, fea-
tures a whispered spoken-word delivery over a slam-
min' beat, which is unlike anything I've ever heard in
Unfortunately, the album's idiosyncrasies (Sistah
goes from crappy house in "Bad As a Mutha" to decent
dancchall in "Sexy Fancy") just don't compensate for
its overall lack of substance. After the debuts of
Harmony and Yo-Yo, I keep expecting more and more
from women in rap. The self-dubbed Queen has yet to
attack the male psychology as effectively as Hary
mony's "Poundeake," Nikki D.'s "Wasted" or any
particular Yo-Yo cut at all. Yet the reign continues.
Oh, well.
Latifah is a big star.
-Forrest Green III

A young artiste proudly displays her glittering expressionist, neo-mod-
ernist work entitled, "Blowing in the Wind."

when they have conversations about
other children and other teachers,
(with) put-downs and negative con-
versations. It's difficult for them
not to talk that way, because it's a
huge reflection of the way their en-
vironment is like at home."
Seven year old Ruqayyah, who
aspires to be either a doctor or an

ART START students from last
Spring semester are presently ex-
hibiting their masterpieces at Hud-
son's children's clothing depart-
ment through December. Call Clea
Colatch at 994-8004 for any ques-
tions about the AAAA's outreach




Brigadista, a pointed comic play
by Tanya Shaffer which deals with
the role of American activists in
Third World countries, made its
debut last winter at Ann Arbor's
Performance Network. Now the
play returns to Michigan for a limi-
ted two-evening engagement at the
Attic Theater in Detroit, tonight
and tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12. Call 875-8284 for
more info.
Continued from page 5
the old saying about New York be-
ing the city that never sleeps. And I
think for any sort of artistic en-
deavor, it's a healthy atmosphere.
"There was a point where after
Midnight to Midnight," Butler says,

Tonight, after the Michigan The-
ater's presentation of An Evening
with Rickie Lee Jones, it will
definitely be time for "Makin'
Whoopee." Jones' show, which will
feature her own material along with
some creative reinventions of jazz
standards, should evoke the neces-
sary mood for a great date. Tickets
are $17.50 and $20. The fun starts at
8 p.m. ,;

MTV's Ilaff hour Comedy flour
host Mario Joyner breezes into
town this weekend for some stand-
up comedy at the Mainstreet Come-
dy Showcase. Shows are tomorrow
at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at
8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12
reserved, $10 general, with half-
price student tickets available for
select shows. Call 741-0022 for
more info.

Continued from page 5
what would you be? "A big hairy
spider, I expect, to frighten the life
out of everybody," Decloedt says.
Scary could easily be the adjec-
tive to describe the band's album,
Schubert Dip. While a fair effort,
the utter simplicity of all the songs
makes them both beautiful and te-
dious. Listen to the Beatles' "Love
Me Do" and tell me that song has
nothing to with "Unbelievable" or
Schubert Dip. And while the mix of
rock guitars, techno and dance
grooves is definitely a plus, the
sometimes banal lyrics detract from
their tenuous credibility. For exam-
ple, "I could have been, anything for
you/ I could have been old/ I could
have been blue/ We could have been
two" from "Travelling, Not Run-
ning" is an idiotic rhyme that could
have been written by a kid.
Decloedt remains firm in the face
of such finger-pointing. Is he happy
with the way the album turned out?
"I was happy," Decloedt says.
"Now, obviously, it's played so
much, you think, 'I wish I'd done
this, I wish I'd done that,' you
know? We made a big mistake by us-
ing a guy called Pascal Gabriel to
produce the album and, um, we
should have used Ralph Jezzard...
Actually, it was remixed by him.
But he, in fact, ripped it apart and
started again with our guitarist Ian
(Dench), and basically had three or
four weeks to redo the album 'cause
it was so bad.... No liveliness, no
gutsiness at all."
EMF has even learned from its
mistakes! Wow! "The next album's
going to be recorded live in the stu-
dio," Decloedt says. He claims the

next album

will be tried out on this tour -
will be much different. "It's really
weird. It's... a cross between Led
Zeppelin and Brideshead Revisited.
It's like class rock, but with the
EMF touch of techno and every-
thing. It seems to me more grown-
up in a way, you know? 'Cause I
think Schubert Dip, it was like 1989
when we wrote it and it was
slightly candy, in a way. It had, not
an immature, but a younger look to
things, you know? But now we're
more mature. We know what we're
Public humility never seemed to
be EMF's strong point. But then,
mention the words "backing tapes"
and Decloedt gets all hot and both-
ered. "Yeah, we use a backing tape
which has got a piano and like a se-
quencer going," he says. "It's just
for the techno sound. You could
have somebody playing it, but
they'd look like a complete tit on
stage. You know, you got live bass,
guitar, drums. The samples are
played live and the vocals are live...
I had one young lady (a journalist)
say to me, 'Oh, obviously you don't
play live, it's a computer,' as I sat
there with thirty blisters on my
hand and they were bleeding. You
know, it was like, 'I will reach
down your neck and pull your in-
sides out in a minute.,,,
EMF, and many other bands, for
that matter, might be looked down
upon because of its short sets. When
the band toured this summer, it only
played a 60-minute set, including
encores. This time, the set is longer,
with the addition of the new songs,
but still, people will probably
complain about not getting their
money's worth. Decloedt ra-
tionalizes the situation. "When I go

- four of its songs

and see a band, sixty minutes, to me,
that's far enough," he says. "Like, I
went to see AC/DC, I think last
time I was in America... and they
went on for two and a half hours
and I seriously had dead bum and I
was falling asleep 'cause it went on
too long, like six, seven minute
songs.... They should be short,
sweet, aggressive, whatever, but
they gotta be quick, you know? Got
to the point. I don't believe in tens
minute guitar solos."
Decloedt becomes very self cony
fident (or is it self-righteous?)
when critics accuse the band of being
Jesus Jones rip-offs or Britain's
equivalent of the New Kids on the
Block, adamantly insisting that
EMF does its own thing. "Basil
cally, we've got total control of our
record company, what we do. We
had one over them at the beginning.
You know, we had four major
record companies wanting to sign
us, and they were prepared to do
anything to get our signatures, basi-
tally," he brags.
But the New Kids and EMF do
share an image/reputation for being
bad boys on tour. Is EMF sex, as the 1
New Musical Express proclaimed?
"Yes, definitely," Decloedt says.
"We're just like any other young
boys: As soon as we're around, it's
like, 'Watch out, we know how to
party.' We know how to party hard,
really. And just lock up the doors,
basically. That's our motto."
EMF plays with Carter the Unstop-
pable Sex Machine this Saturday at
Hill Auditorium. Tickets are $18.50
for main floor and $16.50 far
balcony, available in advance at
TicketMaster (p.e.s.c.).

"(where) we were in a real slump
and we were calling it a day. But
then, with the last couple of al-
bums, we've really enjoyed making
thom I think thi is nc.r-.w or fnr wz

playing live, and the whole record-
ing process. At the end of it you can
sit back and say that it's good. That
it's brilliant. And it was all worth

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You give it up when you stop enjoy- Royal Oak Music Theater tomor-
ing making music, and stop enjoying row night. The show starts at 7:30
playing, and I still enjoy it. I think p.m. Tickets are $20.50 in advance
everyone else in the band does too - at TicketMaster (p.e.s.c.).


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