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Page 12-The Michigan Daily - Friday,1December 6,1991

CHANNEL Z
Get into that joyful Christmas
spirit with the beginning of the an-
imation fest. Tonight, witness fat
cat Garfield (guffaw, guffaw) cele-
brate Christmas in the country.
Watch A Garfield Christmas
Special (8 p.m., CBS). Garfield's
deadbeat cynicism is the kind that
we'll never get sick of. Not!
After that, it's the Claymation
Christmas Celebration (8:30 p.m.,
CBS). Thousands of hours of work
went into this detailed, realistic
pgrtrait of the birth of Jesus
(maybe, the TV Guide didn't elabo-
rate.)

RECORDS
Continued from page 11
tener to ask, "Didn't I just hear this
song?" Every song probably uses
the same drum machine, altering the
rhythm ever-so-slightly from one
song to the next, and nearly every
song contains the exact same key-
board arrangement. Not only is the
album not original as a whole, but
each of the album's songs has little
individuality in relation to others
on the record.
This is not to say that A bra-
cadabra is a bad album; there is
nothing bad about it. The musician-
ship of the band's two members,
Martin Fry and Mark White, is

sound, and the overall production of
the record is crisp. However, there is
nothing great on this album - lit-
tle that would make you say, "I re-
ally feel like listening to that new
ABC album right now."
The album is not without its
bright spots, however. The Black
Box remix of "Say It" turns a so-so
disco tune into an energetic, '90s-
style dance tune. "What's Good
About Goodbye," probably the al-,
bum's most exciting tune and cer-
tainly its most interesting, deviates
from the disco form somewhat. The
rhythm is much more complex and
the instrumentation varies greatly

from the rest of the album. The band
even experiments with a brass sec-
tion and real bass guitar on this
tune, which is reminiscent of earlier
ABC recordings.
ABC fans may be disappointed
with the band's latest effort. But
the release of this album, if nothing
else, is at least a reminder to fans
that they can still pull out their
dusty old copies of the band's first
album, Lexicon of Love, and enjoy
the ABC's best work - music that
remains fresh even today, nearly a
decade after its release.
-Tom Nixon

PRINCE
Continued from page 10
Even more overlooked than the
concert flick double album Sign Of
The Times or Around The World In
A Day and Lovesexy, the two
movie-less albums, was the Under
The Cherry Moon soundtrack
Parade. With instrumental pieces
like "Venus de Milo" and the an-
drogynous-sounding love song
"Sometimes It Snows In April,"
ambivalently addressed to Tracy,
Parade is the most subtle example
of Prince's lasciviousness to date.
The bottom line is that the in-
dustry demands that musicians satu-
rate the market before the industry
will recognize an individual's
worth. All the while, heaps of tal-
ent are being ignored. For most, it
was as if Prince didn't exist prior to
'82 with the release of 1999. As he
slipped back into relative obscurity,
volumes of cutting-edge music have
been overlooked.
That is why, as a dedicated fan, it
is difficult for me to bask in the
glory of the success of Diamonds
and Pearls. The album does not ful-

fill my expectations of Prince. In
the progression of his music, Dia-
monds and Pearls falls somewhere
around Dirty Mind and Con-
troversy. Perhaps the LP was meant
to be released in '83, the only year
since his debut in '78 that Prince did
not release an album.
No praise for Prince is unwar-
ranted. What he does, he does well
- he's Prince. But who wants to see
Prince doing what everyone else is
doing? The whole magnetism to the
enigma that is Prince and the Purple
Reign is his ability to willfully
shock and tease with his coy de,
ception. Prince is about innovation,
risks and ambiguity - g-strings ands
trenchcoats, nudity and questioning:
"Have U ever wanted 2 play
with someone so much U'd take any
one, boy or girl?"
"Anna Stesia," -Lovesexy 4
"Am I black or white? Am I
straight or gay?"
"Controversy," -Controversy
and the answers:
"U know there ain't no othei
that can do the duty in your bed." X
"Anotherloverholenyohead," -
Parade

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The members of ABC (Martin Fry and Mark White) make music almost
as pretty as they are.

ROACH
Continued from page 8
productions and holding a faculty
position at the University of
Massachusetts.
Having played together for more
than a decade, the Max Roach
Quartet is the longest-lived jazz en-
semble currently playing. Roach
said the group has remained together
for so long because the members of
the quartet also work on other pro-
jects. So, when the quartet recon-
venes after a break, the members
look forward to playing with each

other. "It keeps us all very fresh,'
he said.
Roach said he doesn't see his cre
ativity split between the variou
music formats when it comes to sites
ting down and composing or arrang-*
ing, because, in the end, "I'm still:
dealing with music - it's all th 4
same thing."
THE MAX ROACH QUARTET
plays two shows Sunday, at 8 p.m.
and 10 p.m., at the Magic Bag
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KULT
Continued from page 8
too seriously is what confounds the
Kult's biggest critics.
"When we're together, we're a
family," says McCoy, choosing his
words carefully, "and we all do this
one thing called My Life With the
Thrill Kill Kult. We don't know
why we do it, but we do it."

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL
KULT AND THE BOMB GANG
GIRLZ will open for B1 UXIE AND
THE BANSHEES tonight at Club-
land. Tickets are $18.50 in advance
at Ticketmaster (p.e.s.c.), and
doors open at 6:30 p.m. The bill also
appears in Kalamazoo next Thurs-
day at 8 p.m. at the State Theater.
Tickets are $20 in advance at Tick-
etMaster (p.e.s.c.).

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