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The Michigan Daily- Weekend etc.- Best of A
THAN S bTHE
FOR A THER
This one's or you.
Saddest Event: Death of Eddie
The six-string virtiouso that pow-
ered Parliament-Funkadelic left us to
lay it down on the other side. Everyone
from Big Chief to the Peppers to Primus
to more bands than you can count owe
this guy a moment of silence for show-
ing the world how to meld metal and
funk, a true genius.
"Their time has come" award:
Fishbone on Lolapalooza '93
After more than a decade of making
killer ska-punk-funk-metal musings,
America's best live band may finally
reap the financial awards that have
eluded them for way too long. Maybe
there's justice after all.
"First time's a charm" awards:
This past year saw some wonderful
music rise fromthe mireofpophell that
will probably haunt them for the rest of
their days. For every first-time hit that
came back with a comperable follow-
up (see Basehead), there's a hundred
that fall into sophmore oblivion (re-
member Urban Dance Squad?). Here's
to the continuing success of this year's
"In Search of Manny" (Luscious
Estrogean-flavored hip hop from
downtown NY bohos that charms with
it's twisted wit and deep beats.
"Palomine" (Bettie Serveert)
We're not sure how to pronounce it
either, but man does it sound great.
Tension-rich Dutch treat heavy on dy-
namics and Carol Van Djik's goddess-
like voice. Early Pretenders do "Exile
On Main Street."
BEST TAKE OUT
in The Michigan Daily's
"Best of Ann Arbor" readers' poll,1991-92
UNTIL 4:00 AM
, 618 Church 95-5095
Red-eyed trip through VU dirges,
Pink Floyd noodlings and a definite
prog-rock sensibility. Sprawing, epic
and utterly brilliant. It may take awhile"
to get there, but when it does ...
"Not In KansasAnymore (Basehead)
Michael Ivey does it again. His
debut, "Plays With Toys" blew our col-
lective minds with it's lazy conglom-
eration of conversational observations,
twangy guitars and shuffling
dreamscape beats. This one takes the
whole mess to another dimension.
Harder than the whole slew ofgangsta's
out there, Ivey packs more anger in a
whispered "Kiss My Black Ass" than
Eazy-E or Axl Rose can imagine.
Coolest packaging: "Stain" (Liv-
Metal's brainiest lot release their
heaviest and most cohesive disc to date
inside a eye-catching red jewel case.I
Extra points for the hot liner photos. All
that and looks too.1
2nd annual Ann Arbor "KeepI
Hope Alive" award:
Last year's winner's Billy are still
churning out mind-altering dream pop,
but this is the year of Morsel. Hookedl
on the same stuff that got Jane Ad-1
dicted, Morsel's she-devil howls and
power tool crunch must be experienced
to understand. Pick up their,
"G.I.B.L.E.T" ep and be converted.
"Technology is God" award: (tie)
"Every Man And Woman Is A Star1
(Ultramarine) "U.F.Orb" (The Orb)
While most rave music got faster,I
more annoying and ultimately dumber,
these two acts proved that techno ain't
dead yet. The Orb celebrated,
hallucinagenic trance mantras with a,
quiet reverence, while Ultramarine
meldedmid-'70s mellow madness with
post-mod Kraftwerk precision. Skip the
usual Sesame Street idiocy and check
out true electronic power.
Best After-show party:
Toomany to pick just one. The Boo
Radley's after their show with Sugar at
the Michigan was a riot. A fifth of
s O Rc
N.K - ~i
To the Editor in Chief and Editors of the Arts:
On the outset I must admit that your newspaper is truly enjoyable to read,
but after reviewing the article entitled "'Hoffa' sucks just like our
culture" in the Arts section of the January 11, 1993 edition I have found
myself along with others severely disturbed.
The slogan of the Daily "One hundred two years of editorial freedom", one
that I hold so dearly to my heart, was abused, exploited and manipulated.
The First amendment allocates the freedom of expression, not the freedom
of vulgarity. In the process of trying to innocently acquire knowledge
about the movie Hoffa, I had to dodge and hurtle the repugnant
expressions, shitty, fucking and pre-pubescent, used by Mr. Altshul.
Profanity is reserved for the uneducated and crass, not for an eloquent U-
M student. I am extremely insulted to be attending the same university as
a person of this character.
of happiness a
the cartoonist headec
Kessler's and that's about all we re-
member (except the fact that the Boo's
are the coolest guys ever). The Goats at
St. Andrews gave the word "after-party"
a whole new meaning. Brits Silverfish
know how to throw a great dinner party,
but the winner is ...
Soul Asylum at St. Andrews:
Their Hill show was great (they
should record their smoking version of
"Sexual Healing"), it was the Saint
Andrews show earlier in the year that
brought home the bacon. Dave Pirneris
not only a cathartic dervish, he's ex-
tremely generous with his toys. Thanks,
pal.The Lemonheads were also hot that
night. Come to think of it, Evan Dando
was in a particularly sharing mood as
-by Scott Sterling
The coolest people in music:
Vinx:James Ingrammeets thebongo
Neil Young: Neil of the 70s meets
Neil of the 90s.
Los Lobos: Gabriel GarciaMarquez
meets the Rolling Stones.
Lemonheads: the guy from your
high school who smoked the most pot
meets Shel Silverstein.
Black Crowes: The guy from your
high school who smoked the most pot
meets Walt Whitman.
Daniel Lanois: The Band meets the
Soul Asylum: Tom Petty meets a
distortion pedal and Bob Marley's hair-
Jayhawks: Bernard, the Keystone
Rentals maintenance man meets Buf-
Bad Livers: Black Flag meets the
guys with the shotguns at the end of
Easy Rider and the RFD Boys.
Samples: John Denver meets the
Phish: Barney meets the EECS de-
partment meets Spinal Tap.
k.d. Lang: Judy Garland meets
To the Daily:
This letter is to Scott
Sterling regarding "Who Stole
the Soul?" (2/4/93).
It's a given that musicians
will imitate other musicians,
regardless of anyone's skin
color. If a sound catches on,
almost everyone's next release
will reflect that.
SBut your little pity party
about how Black artists will
be forced into making
"brown-eyed soul" by white
artists doesn't work. In the,
midst of all your whining you
forgot to take the artists
themselves into account.
. Any musician worth
listening to will not be swayed
into making "brown-eyed
soul" just because "Michael
fucking Bolton" sells a lot of
records with it.
.The bands you talk about
- Funkadelic; Earth, Wind,
and Fire; etc. ---ade great
musIc beause 5y ayed
what they wanted to play, not
just what was selling big.
True musical artists still
make music after their own
hearts, not just what's
If the "Black bands"
you're worried about have the
integrity to keep making the
music they believe in, I don't
think you have anything to
If it turns out that they
don't, and they begin imitat-
ing Markie Mark or Michael
Bolton, then you and I had
both better start looking for
someone else to listen to.
'LSA first-year student
you gotta go
To the Daily:
In reference to your Spring
Break article, "Get outta town:
to do it," (2/4/93).
New Orleanshas,tothe best
of my knowledge, noarea called
the "French Corridor," though
we do have a district called the
"French Quarter" or "Vieux
Cane." Also, don't eat at
Mulate's-Michaul's has bet-
ter food, it's cheaper, and the
bands are better.
-J .1 r ..
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To the Daily:
I resent your capsule
review of the current film,
"Fire in the Sky."
In this review, the
question of why do only
hicks in the middle of
nowhere get abducted by
aliens, is posed I was
abducted by aliens in the
middle of suburban New
I have it on good faith
that no one considers me a
hick. Just because I didn't
sell out my story to Holly-
wood does not mean it
didn't happen and thus, I
believe that I deserve an
apology for the gross
generaliations teat your
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