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14 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 19, 1994

RECORDS
Continued from page 13
Orbital's already fascinating music.
Despite a couple of uninspired
remixers, "Diversions" is still a worth-
while excursion.
- Andy Dolan

David Lee Roth
Your Filthy Little Mouth
Reprise
Diamond David Lee Roth has re-
turned with his latest release "Your
Filthy Little Mouth" to try and prove
once again that HE was Van Halen,
and HE can do better without the

backup from Eddie &Co. Once again,
he has proved he can do everything
Van Halen can do, which is just about
nothing.
Roth's songs are just as outra-
geously lame as Van Halen's are bor-
ing and generic. With typical lyrics
like "I'd love to talk philosophy / but
I gotta take a piss," and "I got a steel-
wheeled radial prophylactic for you,
and I ain't afraid to use it now," his
"talent" sure hasn't changed much in
the past 10 years since he left Van
Halen.
After a haircut and ditching those
California girls for the cold, bagel-
infested New York City, Diamond
Dave is trying to push his new, more
conservative image. In actuality, it is
probably, more of his age showing
through and losing his same flamboy-
ant attitude (along with some hair).
So what does Dave's "Filthy Little
Mouth" have to say? Surprisingly, he
does experiment--a duet with coun-
try star Travis Tritt, a Jamaican rap-
per and urban dance remixes are all
part of this new image.
Some of the tracks do offer some
substance. "A Little Luck" and "Hey,
You Never Know" do rock in the
expected David Lee Roth style. But,
do we still want to hear Roth anyway?
"Your Filthy Little Mouth" -
coming soon to a bargain bin at a
record store near you!
- Brian Gnatt
Richard Thompson
Mirror Blue
Capitol
Upon first listen, Richard
Thompson's latest work, "Mirror
Blue," does not appear to be an ex-
tremely exceptional effort on his part.
It seems to be a good record, but
certainly not up to the standards he

has set through a career as a member
of the legendary Fairport Convention
and later as an incredible songwriter
and guitarist who performed first with
his wife Linda and later alone. But
give the blazing guitar solo that con-
cludes "The Way That It Shows" a
moment to work its magic and pause
for a moment after the sparse
fingerpicking of "King of Bohemia"
to let the words sink in ("There is no
rest for the ones God blessed / And he
blessed you best of all") and it be-
comes a little more clear: "Mirror
Blue," while perhaps not on the level
of his best records, is easily one of his
most successful efforts in 10 years.
As usual, Thompson mixes up-
tempo, tongue-in-cheek numbers, rep-
resented here by "Fast Food" and the
failed-gangster tale "Shane and Dixie"
with painful dirges, best exemplified
by the majestic "Taking My Business
Elsewhere." The long narrative style
he utilized so well on 1991's "1952
Vincent Black Lightning" is found
here in the form of "Beeswing," the
tale of young lovers, one of whom
wants to settle down while the other
would prefer to live free. It would be
quite easy for this record to fall flat in
the face of last year's stunning retro-
spective "Watching the Dark," but
"Mirror Blue" proves that Thompson
still has the goods and, more impor-
tantly, he can still deliver.
- Dirk Schulze
King's X
Dogman
Atlantic
King's X has always been a tal-
ented band. Unfortunately, mass ap-
peal has consistently eluded the group.
Because of their affinity for writing
See RECORDS, Page 15

GOOBER AND THE PEAS

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Diamond Dave is still as obnoxious, and well, awful, as ever,.

Hey! You! Yeah, I'm talking to you. Do you know who these guys are?
They're those hillbilly-slash-punk rock boys from Dee-troit known as Goober
and the Peas. You've probably heard about their now regular New Year's Eve
shows that 89X has a tendency to broadcast, or maybe you've seen their
keen Christmas EP with a cover of the classic "Snoopy's Christmas." Well,
even if you haven't, you probably have some sort of mental picture of them
from this description and are probably jazzed to see them. Well, you're in
luck. They're going to be playing at the Blind Pig on Friday the 29th with
Lollypop Guild, and you only need to pay $6 for a slice of life-changing
experience. Why are you reading this? Go get a ticket!

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