The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, September 15,1992-Page 9
Don't call it a comeback. More
noise than a dozen Sub Pop singles,
Sonic Youth's latest gift, "Dirty,"
quite defiantly reclaims their crown
as the only true kings (and queen) of
all that is glorious grunge.
Kicking off with some blues with
a real gun, the grinding "100%,"
this LP doesn't let up until the cold,
bitter end. Lurching, drunken rhy-
thms collide with hellbent kamikaze
guitars to create the heavenly caco-
phony so many have tried to emu-
late, but only Sonic Youth have
Kim Gordon's gut-wrenching
howls pierce the heart of noiseworks
like the anti-sexist "Swimsuit Issue,"
and whispers mournfully on the
lament for a dead friend, "JC." From
the lofty, orchestral bliss of
"Sugarkane," to the Jesse Helms-in-
a-slampit fantasy of "Chapel Hill,"
"Dirty" has the earmarking of
1992's platter of the year.
Eschewing any of the pop styling
that crept out on the stunning "Goo,"
Sonic Youth has still got a fuzzbox,
and use it to shove down your throat.
- Scott Sterling
Praise: Cud sounds like the
Talking Heads with slightly more
pop-rocking melodies, but the band
strains hard to be charming.
Truth: The band claims to "Thrill
Me" ("Easy Better"). Yeah, right.
- Annette Petruso
Kitchens of Distinction
* The Death of Cool
Kitchens of Distinction are Echo
and the Bunnymen etc. overcooked
to mediocrity. "The Death of Cool"
didn't have a chance.
- Annette Petruso
The Art Of Rebellion
Like a thinking man's Motorhead
with jazzy Rush chord changes (or
maybe Rollins with more of a sense
of humor), the latest crunchfest from
Southern Cal's thrash-metal masters
headbangs with a brain.
Showing off some serious chops,
Suicidal Tendencies display outra-
geously mature musicianship with-
out sounding pretentious. They suc-
cessfully pull off delicate guitar
breaks ("Nobody Hears") and
acoustically-powered ballads ( "I'll
Hate You Better") without blinking
Of course, "The Art Of Rebel-
lion" is hardly short on mosh-pit
rave-ups, with songs like "Gotta Kill
Captain Stupid" and "Where's The
Truth?" kicking the sledge-o-meter
well into the red. Big, smart, and
- Scott Sterling
Continued from page 5
Sydney bands, including The
Strange, who placed fourth nation-
ally last year, have made it to the
Johnstone says other individuals
have used the Comp as a "stepping
stone" to other things. For instance,
members of the local Bug House and
Penguins On Safari were recruited
as a result of the Band Comp. Club
Hoy, a group currently making a
name for itself on the Australian
rock scene, began three years ago at
the University of Sydney Union
Band Competition. Johnstone ex-
plains, "The whole idea of the Band
Comp is an encouragement process."
All of that's good and fine, but
I'm holding out to see the Australian
'70s era Elvis look-alike do his
Johnny Cash impersonation.
With a delightful name like Cud, these cuties must be good.
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