Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 14, 1992
Ex-lax, prune juice and God save the beat
by Greg Baise
Anyone who isn't disappointed in
the knowledge that the "RE/Search
Industrial Culture Handbook" makes
no reference to KMFDM will cer-
tainly want to consider at least
stumbling in the general direction of
"The Tyranny of the Beat" sampler.
This CD loosely encapsulates a time
when the beat had little to do with
beats-per-minute. The beat was
something felt - like the throbbings
of the Quartet Gristle or the mono-
lithic, smashing, auditory torture
chambers of Non. These musicians
were survivalists ready to obliterate
any squares that might want to par-
take of their well-stocked under-
ground. If you're lucky you'll find
the limited edition accompanying
video, which has clips from the likes
of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret
The Tyranny of the Beat and
Paroxysm, Vol. 1
Voltaire, Non and Frank Tovey. The
CD/video combo will work more
wonders on your "system" than in-
gesting a case of Ex-Lax with some
prune juice chasers.
Besides the stuff of the true in-
dustrial heyday, "Tyranny" includes
documents of other bands with like-
minded integrity - bands like Can,
Swell Maps, and the band that threw
a hell of a Birthday Party, the Boys
Next Door. Euroschlock sneaks in,
too: Die Krupps and Loop come to
mind. Still, it's nice to see a Time
Warner Company keep goodies like
Monte Cazazza's "Candy Man" (as
in "Children shouldn't accept candy
from the...") and Wire (at the end of
their relevance) available to a gen-
eration that could use some Non to
clean out its passages.
Akin to modern-day Enigma rip-
offs like Wir than to the relevant
Wire, "Paroxysm, Vol. 1" showcases
some current anonymous mutants
spawned from secret Detroit techno
studios. I'm sure there's somebody
out there who can tell each of these
artists apart, but it ain't me, Jack -
I'm still learning. DJ Massive, the
proto-phoneme Desiya, DCB-A,
A.Z.T. - anyone who cares to work
on untangling the mesmerizing
beats, almost sub-sonic bass, and
sub-thinking lyrics (my fave: "Ah-
ah-ah-ah-cid bitch!" ad infinitum)
can go for it.
As far as providing preludes to
roaming the ecstatic urban meatmar-
kets of the 808 State, either the
"Tyranny" or the "Paroxysm" could
suffice. Both fill in the cracks of a
decaying industrial landscape with
the sounds of the remnants of two
different underground cultures. But
as some wise jazz editor once said,
"Choose your camp wisely ..."
Smoother than Cotton, er, silk DOUG
James Cotton plays Saturday at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival.
B U T L E R U
A seminar to helpyou
prepare for personal and professional decisions.
October 16 & 17, 1992
Mayo Medical Center . Rochester, Minnesota
Transition: From New Graduate to Expert Nurse
The Future Nurses of Oz
Financial Planning * Preparing fo? Your Job Search
Collaborative Practice - What It Is And What It Isn't
State Boards: Are You Ready?
Your $10 registration fee covers sessions, instruction
materials and food. Mayo Medical Center will cover the
cost of lodging for out-of-town participants.
Deadline for registration is October 9, 1992
Call 1-800-545-0357 for registration information
ta Nursing Horizons is sponsored by
Q9 Mayo Center for Nursing
Rochester, Minnesota 55905
Mayo Foundation is an affirmative action and equal opportunity educator and enmployer.
A smoke-free institution.
N I V E R S I T
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN
Fully integrated study at British, Irish,
New Zealand and Australian universities
FALL OR SPRING SEMESTER - FULL YEAR
INSTEP - SUMMER PROGRAM - INTERNSHIPS
Study Abroaid In formation Session
Representative: Tom Roberts
Tuesday, September 15
Date: 1:00-3:00 Australia/New Zealand
Location: 3:00-5:00 Great Britain/Ireland
International Ctr. Room 9
(Next to Union West Quad)
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WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES CENTER?
" UAC is the largest student run organization on campus!
" UAC's purpose is to enrich the student community through music,
theatre, dancing, movies, lectures, mini-courses, special events!
" UAC is funded through student fees, so you are already a part of UAC
LISTING OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
SEPT. 14 Mass Mtg.-Bursley: East Lounge 8-9 pm
15 Mass Mtg.-Mich. Union: Pendleton Rm 8-9 pm
Sneak Preview-"School Ties":
9:30 Angell Hall-Aud. A
x 16 MUSKET Theatre Group Mass Mtgs.
7 pm - Mich. Union: Anderson Rm
Laughtrack Comedian Harry Teinowitz
18U-Club at 10 pm
S- 7MFlicks presents "Psycho"
7 pm and 9 pm MLB4
19 Hitchcock Movies
.7 pm and 9 pm