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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 30, 1992- Page 9

Continued fro page S
the beginning of "Everything About
You," and start speaking in that
hilarious moan.
Pat is confused and asks Ugly
Kid Joe, "Is this some sort of hip
music that I don't understand?"
Why, yes it is, Pat, and now that
we're talking....what do you think of
the lead singer? Kinda cute?
-Kristen Knudsen
Yothu Yindi
Tribal Voice
Yothu Yindi, an aboriginal band
from Australia, is political by virtue
of their mere existence. For one,
they are the first Aboriginal band to
ever have an album produced by a
major label. With "Tribal Voice,"
Yothu Yindi ignores all barriers.
The CD is a celebration of
Aboriginal culture and a protest of
the way mainstream society treats
Aboriginal people. Many of the
lyrics are sung in their native lan-
guages, but there is English on a
number of tracks. In any case, the
music is enveloping.
If for nothing else but to hear the
engaging sounds of a didgeridu, you
should listen to this album. Blima
sticks and keyboards are blended to-
gether in a unique integration of two
distinct cultures. The music is both
traditional, such as on "Gapu," and
mainstream, such as the Australian
radio successes "Treaty" and "Dja-
pa," which, translated to English,
means "sunset dreaming." "Dharpa,"
meaning "tree," consists of a unique
blend of electric guitar and Blima
sticks. The experience is an educa-
tional one. You can taste the emo-
tion. This is music you can be proud
of enjoying.
; - Kim Yaged
Brenda Kahn
Epiphany In Brooklyn
Armed with little more than an
acoustic guitar and her voice,
"Epiphany In Brooklyn" is a knock-
out. This series of sparse, psy-
chobilly folk rave-ups rocks and
reels with the power of Kahn's sar-
donic humor and potent songwriting.
Kahn's keen (and often hysteri-
cal) observations and disarmingly
honest confessions puts her head and
shoulders above the average folkie.
She makes time-worn themes such
as being in love with the wrong per-
son ("My Lover") and homelessness
("Mojave Winters") sound new.
Kahn's equally at ease with
Violent Femmes-on-estrogen stom-
pers "I Don't Sleep, I Drink Coffee
Instead," as she is with stark and
eloquent laments such as "Lost" and
"Sleepwalking," the disc's best mo-
Charged with restless confusion
and intelligent angst, "Epiphany In
Brooklyn" is a definite triumph.
- Scott Sterling

Encino Man conquers the '50s

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Wire report
In our cool-stuff-to-do-that's-
free department, (our personal
favorite) we've found Crossed
Wire. While other local bands fade
away, Crossed Wire continues to
play their own style of folked-up
rock year in and year out. If
you've never bothered to catch
them before, check them out at
Wherehouse Records tonight at 7
p.m. when they'll play a free
acoustic set.
Cav 'n' Pag show
On the other handif high art is
your preference, catch "Live from
Lincoln Center" on PBS (Channel
30 and 56) at 9 p.m. tonight. It's
the New York City Opera's
productions of everyone's favorite
operatic double feature, "Cav
'n' Pag": Mascagni's "Cavelleria

Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "I
Pagliacci." Stars include Sharon
Graham, Craig Sirianni, Gwynne
Geyer and Antonio Barasorda.
They're sung in Italian, of course,
but for those who can't capisce (or
those who suspect that opera folk
aren't really singing words) the
show is subtitled.
You'll dig 'em
It's Wednesday! That means
ArtVideos at noon in the Museum
of Art. Today's topic: the origins
of humanism and much of
Western art to ancient Greece.
(You see, it's a tie in with all the
artifacts on loan from the Kelsey.)
Our kind o' town
Hey! Drop everything! Go see
"Manhattan!" Michigan Theater, 9
p.m. It's a moral imperative.

Brendan Fraser may be a fine actor, but he's got to find some scripts with subtl
gray ones - symbolism, symbolism, he's an outsider!

by Sarah Weidman
Back when gas was 25 cents a
gallon, "Rebel Without A Cause"
was playing, and every high-school
guy looked like a T-bird out of
"Grease," anti-Semitism was alive
and well. It's hard enough being a
School Ties
directed by Robert Mandel; written by
Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan; with
Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon
teenager, but to be Jewish on top of
that in the 1950s was even harder.
This is the story of "School
Ties," a new movie starring Brendan
Fraser ("Encino Man"). Fraser is
David Greene, a high school senior
living in the industrial town of
Scranton, Pennsylvania.
David is one of the best quarter-
backs in the country, and it just so
happens that St. Matthew's Acade-
my, a prestigious East Coast college
prep school, is in dire need of a new
QB. The wealthiest of the upper
crust attended, attend, and will
attend St. Matthew's, and a losing
football team doesn't make the
alumni too proud.
So in comes David, recruited
from the drudges of Scranton to the
posh life in Massachusetts. It sounds
ideal, but there is a big problem -

David is Jewish. He gets the hint to
start hiding his religious identity
when his new coach (Kevin Tighe)
advises, "Don't tell people anymore
than they need to know." Coach in-
forms David that Jewish people are
not exactly highly thought of in this
David is forced to listen silently
to anti-Semitic and racist remarks of
his classmates and friends. As bonds
of friendship strengthen between
himself and his classmates, it be-
comes more difficult for David to
reveal his religion.
Fraser draws the audience into
David's struggle with his perfor-
mance. David is intelligent, emo-
tional and deep. His maturity carries
him through difficult times, and
wins respect from his peers and
Mat Damon plays Dillon, who
was supposed to be the next QB.
Surprisingly, he and David become
close friends. Although Dillon is
portrayed as the,most prejudiced of
the group, he earns some sympathy.
Dillon is caught in the pressure
of his family line. For generations,
the men in his family have graduated
from St. Matthew's and gone on to
Harvard. His older brother is even in
St. Matthew's Hall of Fame. He
feels compelled to excel in aca-
demics and football to make his
family proud of him, as well. It's

lety. Note his black coat in the sea of
evident Dillon has lead a sheltered
life, and it's sad he can't think of
anything beyond carrying on the
family traditions - anti-Semitism
and all.
. Every performance in "School
Ties" is outstanding. The students,
families, and authorities combine to
make a provocative and unique film.
However, extraneous plot lines dis-
tract the.audience from the issue at
There's the eccentric French pro-
fessor. His berets and cruel methods
of teaching make him the target of
the boys' pranks. Although his pres-
ence adds humor to the film, his
character is unnecessary.
David's romance with Sally
Wheeler, played by Amy Locane
("Melrose Place") doesn't progress
or influence the plot. She is merely
another example of the anti-
Semitism David faces in his new
The film deals with more than
anti-Semitism, however. It is about
teens learning to accept each other,
differences and all. David realizes
his wealthy friends have problems of
their own, and his classmates begin
to understand that everyone is basi-
cally the same. The film makes peo-
ple question their values and reeval-
uate their stereotypes.
SCHOOL TIES is playing at Show-

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