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Page 10-The Michigan Daily -Weekend etc. -April 8,1993

Seattle takes a back seat to Boulder,

Continued from page 1
became the place to hang out," said
More clubs addedlive music, stress-
ing original material, and eventually
there were at least 10 places with four to
six nights of live music weekly. The
Boulder Theater, a venue similar to
Detroit's State Theater, has sold outacts
as diverse as the Spin Doctors and Shawn
Colvin long before they were popular
anywhere else. Colvin thanked the city
by featuring the Subdudes on her new-
est record. A year ago, another major
hall, the Fox Theater, opened, and in a
move only Boulder is hip enough to
make, the inaugural attraction was the
David Jacoby, drummer of the funk
band Water, has noticed some changes

around town. He said, "There are three
times as many bands in town now, and
half the number of gigs. The Fox has
helped to put Boulder on the map, but
since so many people go there every,
night, the other places don't know how
to compete."
A few places have reduced the nights
they feature live music to two nights,
McCabe's has discontinued live music
entirely, and the Jacoby, however, is
very excited about the increased atten-
tion Boulder has received. He hopes
that his band will be helped greatly as a
result of their friendship with the
Samples and Big Head. Another local
band, Acoustic Junction, hopes for the
same, as they are the opening act on the
Samples' current tour.
The town's transient population,
which acts as a traveling PR firm for the
local bands, is another important factor

in the scene's popularity. Nevin said
that the last they played in California,
each show was like a Boulder reunion.
The word about the Samples has even
traveled all the way out here, and they
have been one of the Blind Pig's top
drawing national acts over the last two
"They kill here," said Lee Berry of
Prism Productions. "We're going out
on a limb and booking them at the
Michigan Theater this time."
The Samples, as well as the other
acts responsible for the Boulder scene,
deserve every spare limb they can get.
THE SAMPLES and Acoustic
Junction will play at the Michigan
Theater Monday, April12 at 8:30.
Tickets are $12.50 in advance from
icketMaster and $15 on the day of
the show. Call 763-TKTS for more

For more information on how to get a
hold of these bands' releases:
The Samples - The W.A.R. re-
leases should be available at all local
record stores, but if they are not, they
can be ordered. If you want the first
record, W.A.R. is in the process of re-
quiring the rights. If you sign up for the
mailing list at the show, or give the
record labela call at 212-964-3703, you
will be notified of the release date.
Leftover Salmon - They have a
single disc, "Bridge to Bert" on their
ownlabel, Whirled Beets Records.Write
to the label at P.O. Box 4882, Boulder,
CO, or call Mark Vann at (303) 459-
Water - To be on their mailing list,
or to get their self-released "Don'tBurn
Down the House" call (303)449-8618,
ext. 2, or write to Water, P.O. Box 974,
Nederland, CO, 80466.

Go to hell, she-devil
by Kimberly Gaines
Go to hell - or at least come visit hell's waiting room at this weekend's
Basement Arts production of "Hopeful Interview With Satan." Written by
OyamO, a very well-known African-American playwright and faculty member
here at the University, the show will be performed in the Arena Theatre.
From the title of the play, you might be wondering about the plot.The main
character, Satan (surprise, surprise) is in hell (yet another shock) - but she
(would you say this is a win or a loss for feminists everywhere?) wants to get
out. Yes, that's right - Satan is aspiring to get to heaven.
Satan, played byjunior Sarah Hauck, has been atherjob forabout900 years,
and basically, she's pretty bored. As she ushers people into hell to deliver their
punishment, she runs into a character named Icarus Asphalt (sophomore Paul
Molnar). He suggests to her that maybe she could get out of hell. The story
revolves around this scheme to get to heaven.
Joe Gold, a junior in the Theater department, is directing the show. "The
show deals with some issues like racial prejudices, the nature of sin and the
existence of hell. It basically takes the stance that hell does not exist," he said.
The show will feature a lot of dramatic special effects - in particular, light
and magic. At one point in the show Satan will vanish from the middle of the
small blackbox theater. Gold, who began performing magic in middle school,
explained, "I have a big background in magic so we're incorporating some of
that into the show."
The one-act play will last a little over an hour with its cast of nine. It should
be very funny, yet it also touches on some deeper issues. "The show makes fun
of itself- it makes fun of the notion of hell. It's definitely a comedy, but if you
look deeper you would see these other things," Gold said.
"Hopeful Interview With Satan" places the audience in the waiting room of
hell, so there will be abit of audience participation. The show is being produced
by college students, so they have also added some college jokes we all know and
understand so well. "It's very vulgar, so I wouldn't take your four-year-old. It's
very sick, very demented," Gold warned.
Gold described the play as a "hellish experience," but if you are looking for
a few laughs, it should definitely provide them. Basically, Gold summed it up
best when he said, "It's funny as hell."
HOPEFUL INTER VIEW WiTH SA TAN will be performed April8 at 10 p.m.,
April 9 at 10:30 p.m. and April10 at 2:00p.m. in the Arena Theatre in the
basement of the Frieze Building. Admission is free.


Continued from page 3
have some idea of Poison's desired new
direction. "Stand" is "Something To
Believe In Part Two" both musically
and lyrically - now that you've found
the cause, stand up for it.
More advice is given on "Bring it
Home," "Ain'tThat the Truth"and "Stay
Alive," wherein singer Bret Michaels
reveals his strong belief that incorrect
grammar somehow enhances soulful-
ness ("Take me down where the sun do
shine, take me back things be different
..."). Give him credit for trying, though.
It takes guts to seriously sing a preten-
tiously laughable song like "Bastard
Son of a Thousand Blues" when until
now you have been best known for
party songs like "I Want Action."
Poison's new sound is more elabo-

rate than that and the words express an
angst of unknown origin. "Until You
Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)" and "The-
atre of the Soul" are most successful
because their tunes are slower and more
singable, as Michaels drops the raving
preacher act (hallelujah). As always,
though, some of the lyrics are lacking,
relying tooheavily on meaningless line-
fillers such as "Oooo," "Kick it," "Dig"
and "Alright you gotta listen now."'The
ambiguous "Said" is also a favorite.
(What is that?) These usually lead into
the characteristically heavy choruses,
which are also still in place.
All in all, "Native Tongue" is an
interesting addition to the Poison col-
lection. It is certainly more mature and
perhaps morerespectable, but corn-pop
or corn-blues, it is still Poison - all at
once sensational and pathetic.
-Kristen Knudsen

Julian Cope
Peggy Suicide
Island records
Julian Cope has been a lot of things
in his musical lifetime, from the starry-
eyed leader of power poppsters Tear-
drop Explodes in the early '80s to the
environmental visionary of "Peggy Sui-
cide" and from thejittery drug addict of
1989's "Skellington" to the cross-lov-
ing critic of the Christian church on his
latest, "Jehovakill."
Sixteen songs long, and divided into
three "phases," the album is a70 minute
meditation on life and "natural" reli-
gion. "Embrace the cross. Reclaim the
cross," Cope writes in the liner notes.
"The Christians only want it as a
Sound pretentious? It is. But since
the death ofJimMorrison, theworldhas
been sorely lacking a charismatic source
of pompous music and self-righteous
poetry and Cope is trying desperately to
fill that role. Witness, for example, the
tasty, but melodramatic "Fear Loves
This Place," or the 10 minute "The
Tower" in which Cope intones "Until I
was old, I was very old and I was an
elder of the tribe."
Unfortunately, while phase one and
two contain some of Cope's best mate-
rial, phase two is a throwaway, with the
possible exception of "Julian H. Cope"
in which the narrator shamelessly com-
pares himself to the New Testament
figure who shares his initials.
Sure, perhaps Cope should tackle
less weighty subject matter on future

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albums and sure, he should definitely
hire a new photographer, but he cer-
tainly means well and when he moans
"My God, my God, baaaaaaah" on the
not-quite-chilling coda "Peggy Suicide
is Missing," he is obviously taking him-
self seriously, even if no one else is, and
that counts for something.
- Dirk Schulze
Fini Tribe
An Unexpected Groovy Treat
Epic/One Little Indian
Fini Tribe was once one of the pio-
neer bands of percussion oriented in-
dustrial music, along the lines of Test
Once fronted by Revolting Cocks vo-
calistChris Connelly, they created some
of the most intense, threatening sounds
around, most notably on their Wax Trax
single, "MakeItInternal." But that's not
the only reason that "An Unexpected
Groovy Treat" is such a disappoint-
ment. Every bit of "industrial" has been
filtered out of their sound, leaving be-
hind some generic pseudo-ambient
dance music that is anything but "unex-
pected." Nearly every musical idea on
this album has been used much more
effectively already by'The Shamen, The
Orb, and any one of countless ambient-
techno dance outfits. When they slow
down the beat on songs like
"Mellowman" and "101," they occa-
sionally catch a shred of the spacey-
psychedelic dance trip that they're
clearly trying so hard for, butmostofthe
album is filled with Shamen/Orb hy-
brids such as "Hypnopaedia" or "Ace-
Love-Deuce." And this is so frustrating,
because so many of the songs begin
truly hypnotic sounds that always seem
to disappear or get smothered as soon as
the beat kicks in. There are enough
interesting moments for at least a few
listens, and maybe even enough to keep
this album in your music collection, but
ultimately, it's likely that you'll find
your "groovy treats" elsewhere.
Andy Dolan



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