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8 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 1994

The Afghan Whigs
What Jail Is Like
Elektra
Actually just a single, the Afghan
Whigs's "What Jail Is Like" is quite
like the Whigs' music itself - great
rock'n' roll with afewsurprisingtwists.
The single includes six bonus tracks
which aren't available anywhere else.
Milking a dead cow? Probably, but
when the music is as enticing as the
Afghan Whigs', you shouldn't care.
"What Jail Is Like" is the third
single from the Whigs' 1993 album
"Gentlemen." The song isn't quite as
good as the previous two, "Debonair"
and "Gentlemen," which possibly ac-
counts for the bonus tracks. But, as
usual, singer/songwriter Greg Dulli's
lyrics are deep, emotion-provoking

works of art. Words for relationships,
break-ups, love and life, Dulli's lyrics
are at the same time beautiful and dis-
turbing. Dulli is easily the best
songwriter of the past five years.
So why are there so many covers on
the single? Possibly as tributes or pos-
sibly for fun, the covers are well-ex-
ecuted and as engaging as any of the
Whigs' own heart and soul. One of the
better covers is of the Ass Ponys' "Mr.
Superlove" a sloppy barn-burner with
banjo provided by Whigs' guitaristRick
McCollum. Another wonderful cover
is an Afghan Whigs' live staple, the
Supremes' "My World Is Empty With-
out You/ I Hear a Symphony." The
Whigs play the classic to near-perfec-
tion. This song and two others are live
tracks that don't have great production
value, but give you an idea of the

Whigs' intensity in a live setting.
Not really released to attract new
listeners, but to appease fans (and the
numberis growing rapidly), "WhatJail
Is Like" is an excellent collection of
songs that shows just why the Afghan
Whigs are one of the best and most
original rock bands in recent memory.
- Matt Carlson
Gumball
Revolution On Ice
Columbia
Gumball's latest release, "Revolu-
tion On Ice," is a punk album, but a
very unusual one. The diversity on it is
amazing. Instead of the typical punk
rock 40-minute freight train of scream-
ing and power chords, every song
sounds unique. Each has a different
musical and lyrical style, and the al-

bum sounds like a retrospective of the
past 15 or 20 years of underground
rock.
While the diversity of "Revolution
On Ice" is refreshing at first, the album
fails to make a deep impression. It
sounds good while spinning, but its
lack of strong hooks and somewhat
random lyrics make it easily forget-
table.
Tracks like "Free Grazin"' and
"Breath Away" are poppier and more
upbeat than most, and add a dreamy
sound to the album.
"Nights On Fire" is another of the
happier songs reminiscent of the good
ol' days. Singer, guitarist and bigwig
producer Don Fleming pays his tribute
to the Beatles, Beach Boys, CBGB's,
.and of course, Sid and Nancy.
Other tracks like "Whatcha Gonna
Do" are more true to the roots of punk.
The song sounds like a Ramones origi-
mal, with screeching screams and that
1egendary Joey Ramone stupidity.
Gumball is tight and has a good
amount of talent, but "Revolution On
Ice" is too varied, and the band fails to
develop any sound or style to call their
own.
- Brian A. Gnatt
Tsunami
The Heart's Tremolo
Sianple Machines
On their second LP, it's clear that
Tsunami are trying to break away from
some of the simplicity that was present
on their first album, the astounding
"Deep End." But the real passion in
Ts.unami's music doesn't lie in its com-
plexity. Instead, it lies in the buried
feelings of anger that lash out at just the
right moments through their music and
their lyrics.

UAC's Soundstage Welcomes
UNDER THE PINK TOUR

Gumball: The ultimate band for pop culture fanatics. They even like Elvis

"Tremolo" kicks off with "Loud Is
As Loud Does," a song which summa-
rizes their musical approach almost
perfectly. Rather than being excessively
noisy or grating, Tsunami manages to
convey their intensity and power in
more subtle ways, rather than falling
back on the tried-and-true approach of
unrelenting chaos.
However, "Tremolo"is by no means
an easy listen. Songs such as "Le Bride
D'Elegance" and the furious instru-
mental, "Slaw," finds the band wrench-
ing out some particularly furious noise
bursts, but not without losing control of
their songs.
Other songs, such as "Fast Food
Medicine," keep the listener on edge

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with some unusual time changes and
train-of-thought style lyrics, such as
"What ifIjust let it out, flat and straight
without a twist of bitterness or the false.
bold blunt of hate ... it comes un-
loaded, and no one will mistake you for
happy."
"The Heart's Tremolo" shows that
Tsunami have progressed, but it also
shows that they have new avenues that
they can still explore. By throwing out
the traditional rock 'n' roll, raw noise
approach and allowing themselves to
try different directions, they have cre-
ated an album that is interesting and*
nearly flawless from beginning to end.
- Andy Dolan
KILL
Continued from page 5
failed marriages: Lieutenant Karl
Genesko, the six feet seven ex-U of M
football player; Alice Cowan, the*
mousy Professor's wife; even Anneke
herself, the attractive career woman
who prefers to wear trousers. Even the
old line about students is in there: "(Ann
Arbor is) the sort of City where the kid
who hands you your fries at the Burger
King has an IQ of 140 (and may some
day walk on the moon)."
I also found myself wishing that
Anneke could have said something
more intelligent or imaginative thanO
"Oh my God, I think she's dead" on
finding the first body. Have you ever
wondered what you would say on find-
ing a corpse?
Antique-dealers do come up with
some interesting one-liners. "Has any-
one ever told you you have the face of
an Erte Odalisque?" is typical of the
novel's tongue-in-cheek humor.
This is an entertaining read if you
want to turn off for a few hours and
relive Spring in Ann Arbor.

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One of the first appointments by Czech President Vaclav Havel,
an absurdist playwright, was of a certain American
as trade emissary. For 10 points - name this absurdist rock artist
who created the album "Weasels Ripped My Flesh."
"Cemetery" was the name of one of two streetcars running on a single
track in the French Quarter of New Orleans. For 10 points - name the
other, more famous, streetcar, celebrated by Tennessee Williams.
The first round of the College Bowl IM tournament will be on October 22nd and 23rd. All
you have to do is fill out a registration form at the UAC office-2015 Michigan Union. The
fee to register a team is $24, which includes 4 players and an alternate. The fee to register
as an individual is $7; we'll put you together with three other people. (Hey, nothing in life
is free.) The deadline to register is Thursday, October 13th, at 5:00pm in the UAC Office.
Any questions? Just call the UAC office at 763-1107 and ask for one of the College Bowl
coordinators, or send email to dfrazee@umich.edu. Oh yeah, the answers are "Frank
Zappa" and "Desire." The questions are Copyright 1992 College Bowl Co., Inc.
College Bowl
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