The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 14, 1994 - 9
Love evokes, transcends Furs
By ANDY DOLAN
Love Spit Love may be an unfamil-
iar name to some music fans, but the
musicians involved are certainly no
strangers to the world of eccentric pop
music. The band's vocalist, Richard
Butler, is instantly recognizable as the
former frontman of the seminal '80s
cynic-pop band Psychedelic Furs, and
guitarist Richard Fortus was once a
member of an innovative space-rock
outfit called Pale Divine. Their newly
combined talents, however, prove their
ability to branch away from the well-
established sounds of theirpastprojects.
Love Spit Love's self-titled debut
does contain a few songs that tend to
bring back memories of the Furs later
work, especially on the album's single,
"Am I Wrong." However, much of the
album finds Butler and Fortus along
with drummer Frank Ferrer exploring
quite a bit of new ground.
"Dave Jerden produced the album
and got some great guitar sounds for
us," Butler stated. "It's just so much
more dynamic (than the Furs' sound)
... For me, Richard is a lot more versa-
tile and dynamic as a player. He's got a
totally different feel, working more
with acoustic guitars, which I like."
"I wanted the album to be diverse,"
he continued, "but you can't win be-
cause if the album's too diverse, people
will say that it lacks focus or whatever
... Personally, though, I like the diver-
sity and I think it ties the album to-
This direction is highlighted in a
two of Butler favorite tracks, "Green,"
and the bizarre "Jigsaw," which fea-
tures a warped loop of a marching
band. "'Green' definitely wasn't some-
thing that the Furs would have done,
the timing on it, the way it stops and
starts. The Furs would have thought it
sounded too much like King Crimson
and chucked it out!" Butler joked.
Along with these more unconven-
tional tunes,the album also contains
tracks such as the explosive "Seven-
teen,"the ambient, PaleDivine-inspired
"Superman"~ and the haunting "Co-
deine," all of which feature Butler's
uniquely moving lyrical stylings. "I've
never been one for politicizing," Butler
said. "Instead, I've always been one for
writing about personal questions, con-
cerning faith and love and what makes
Love Spit Love's first few shows
have gone particularly well, and Butler
attributes this to his new band's ap-
proach to playing live. "The approach
before was that if we had a saxophone
on the record, we'd get a sax for the live
band. With Love Spit Love, we've
decided to keep it as a four-piece, be-
cause I don't think people go to con-
certs to see the record imitated per-
fectly. I think they'd rather see four
people playing with spirit," Butler ex-
As expected, Love Spit Love are
already thinking of ways to solidify
their sound on their next album. "We'll
be doing more folky sounding songs
like 'Codeine' as well as some things
like 'Jigsaw' and 'Green'," he pre-
dicted. "I've been listening to a lot of
stuff by Robert Wyatt and his old band,
Soft Machine, and if anything's inspir-
ing me right now it's that."
Of courseit's never easy to think of
Richard Butler in a band other than the
Psychedelic Furs, and their demise was
certainly a great loss. But Love Spit
Love's music works as both a reminder
of the Furs legacy as well as a new
beginning, where different musical di-
rections are explored. Fortunately, it
succeeds in both ways.
LOVE SPIT LOVE perform tonight
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This is Love Spit Love lead singer Richard Butler, backup dancer in Belinda Carlisle's "Circle in the Sand" video.
.Piano man brings his 'Forest'to Hill
By MATT CARLSON
The piano man is back at it again,
and we're not talking about Billy Joel.
George Winston, the ecclectic com-
poser who has recorded albums based
on all four seasons,a few months of the
nicate his love of nature through his art
of musical composition. I'm just can't
wait for George Winston's "Swamp,"
"Desert" and "Tundra: Winston's
GEORGE WINSTON will perform
his Winter Show tonight at Hill
Auditorium. The performance will
begin at 8 p.m. Student tickets cost
$14.50 and are available at the
Michigan Union Ticket Office. Call
763-TKTS for more information.
MCAT, & LSAT.
If you're taking one of these tests, take
KAPLAN first. We teach you exactly
what the test covers and show you the
test taking strategies you'll need to score
Don't compete with a KAPLAN student --
year and some non-thematic works as
well, is back on track with "Forest," an
album based around, well, forests.
Winston's compositions on "For-
est," as well as the pieces of other
composers that he plays, actually do
have a light and crisp staccato sound to
them thatconjuresrich images of walk-
ing through forests. From "Tamarack
Pines" to "Forbidden Forest" tp Howard
Blake's "Walking in the Air," some of
the tracks communicate the theme of
forests and have a magical quality that
could quite possibly transport listeners
to a lush, dense wooded area.
I$ However, a few of the arrange-
ments, such as "Mon Enfant (My
Child)," unfortunately sound like pieces
that could easily be transferred to an-
other of Winston's albums, like "Au-
tumn," or "December." Perhaps, we
look too deeply into Winston's albums
for thematic significance, or perhaps
he fails to hold the definite themes
together for an entire album.
Nonetheless, Winston is an engag-
ng composer who can switch easily
between the swooping, grand motions
of piano brilliance and the sparse, and
lightly decorated taps of keys. At the
very least, he is a brilliant elevator
music composer, and at his best, he is a
very interesting artist who can commu-
The one and only George Winston brings his magic fingers to Hill tonight.
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