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10 -- The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 14, 1994

The Mirandas blossom in hell

By HEATHER PHARES
"I live in sort of a dream world,"
said Katharine Blake, founder and sole
original member of the chaotic, intense
quintuplet Miranda Sex Garden. "I'm
inspired by the strange things that go
on inside my brain when I'm sleeping."
That much is apparent from even a
quick listen to Miranda Sex Garden's
output from their short but prolific ca-
reer. "Madra," their first album, is a
pristine collection of madrigals like
"While Gentle Springtime Lasteth" and
"Gush Forth My Tears," which was
remixed into a cult dance hit. The EP
"Iris" sees the band moving toward
more of a "rock" sound with the addi-
tion of violins and organs. Last year's
"Suspiria(Italian for"whisper")" added
even more dimension to the Miranda's
sound. Songs such as "Open Eyes" and
a cover of David Lynch's "In Heaven
(Lady in the Radiator Song)" soared,
swooned andgrowledmajestically; new
drummer and guitarist Ben Golomstock
and Trevor Sharpe added fuel to
Miranda SexGarden's fiery new sound.
This year finds the band releasing

"Fairytales of Slavery," the band's most
accomplished work to date. Alex
Hacke, a member of the seminal indus-
trial band Einsturzende Neubauten,
produced "Fairytales ..." and pushed
the band beyond its creative limits:
rocks, a wok, an electric drill and a
cheese grater are used on the album
along with viola, glockenspiel and
harmonium. Hacke was definitely an
interesting producer to work with, ac-
cording to Blake, he was "drunk! A lot
more fiery and spontaneous, too."
She feels that this album will sur-
prisealotof unsuspecting listeners: "A
lot of people think we're kind of ethe-
real, like the Cocteau Twins, because
they haven't heard us," she said.
Also intriguing abouttheMirandas'
latest is the title "Fairytales of Sla-
very." It's about "the idea of something
horrific being presented in a magical
way. Kind of a fairytale, with a charm-
ing presentation of something quite
sinister," Blake explained. She also
knows plenty about nightmares, of both
the sleeping and waking varieties.
"There's (dream) I had when I was a

child, where I was on a giant wheel that
kept turning and turning on a great
conveyor belt - sort of a
sadomasochistic dream, really. There
was no escape, but that was kind of the
kick in a way." As for waking horrors,
she also has a fearsome tale: "I had a
bag of shit thrown at me once onstage,
on the Depeche Mode tour (in Ger-
many)! We were playing for 22,000
people in the stadium and it was quite
unreal, completely berserk; they were
quite fascist about Depeche Mode be-
ing the only band they could tolerate."
For now, the future plans for
Miranda Sex Garden after their tour
(their second only of the United States)
remain hazily indefinite. But Blake
prefers it that way: "I really don't know
(what we're doing in the future). We'll
try something new next time. We don't
steer this; it's steering us!"
Though Blake describes Miranda
Sex Garden live as "six people onstage
playing instruments," their show on
the 15th at Club Hell promises to be
much more exciting than that. Seeing
their rare blend of classical beauty and

Miranda Sex Garden are just a bunch of girls (and two guys) who want to blossom into life, like a zebra orchid.

modern grit will be a treat that few
people on this side of the Atlantic have
seen or will see. See Miranda Sex Gar-

den while the bloom is still fresh.
MIRANDA SEX GARDEN perform
Saturdav at Club Hell (7 Mile and

Woodward, Detroit). Doors open at t
p.m., tickets are $10for those 18 &
over. Call (313) 368-9687.

'Drum' is a striking, enrapturing musical attempt

By SHIRLEY LEE
Dialogue is a false thing, an in-
vented mode ofcommunication. When
words fail to transcend messages, mu-
sic springs instantaneously into exist-
ence. It sustains the fluidity, abandon-
ing the conventional use of discourse.
It seizes you by the throat in a fervent

effort to engage you in its mystical,
dark world. When imbued within the
realm of film, it can drag you from a
cozily sheltered theater and leave you
helpless in shoddy living quarters within
a crowded slum. "Latcho Drom" is one
of these striking, enrapturing musical
attempts.

With its exquisitely fabricated cos-
tumes and kaleidoscopic cinematogra-
phy, "Latcho Drom" spins you into
ecstasy. As the lights of burning candles
turn the sky to flame, young women

m IMM

Latcho Drom
Directed by
Tony Gatlif
comb their hair and don veils while
men wrap ceremonial turbans around
their heads. Beyond the visual ele-
ments that so mesmerize the audience,
"Latcho Drom" concerns itself fore-
most with the story of the wandering
Gypsies of Europe.
Chronicling the 10-century-long
journey of the Gypsies from Turkey to
Eastern Europe, and finally, to France

and Spain, director Tony Gatlif trav-
With its exquisitely
fabricated costumes
and kaleidoscopic
cinematography,
'Latcho Drom' spins
you into ecstasy.
eled through Gypsy-populated terri-
tory in the hopes of recounting the
story from the survivors' viewpoint.
The Rom people, also dubbed the
Gitane, Haleb, Tsigane, and Bohemian,
faced severe ostracism in India, trig-
gering their lengthy migration in about
the year 1000 A.D. "Latcho Drom"
translates from the Roman Gypsy lan-
guage to "Safe Journey."
While neither a documentary nor
See DRUM, Page 11

University of Michigan
School of Music

Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16,20-23
Life Sentences, by Richard Nelson
Group Theatre of Michigan, directed by John Russell Brown
Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Building
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $7 with U-M ID; $4 students (764-0540)
Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16
Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George
Musical Theatre Production
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Tickets: $16, $12, students $6 (764-0450).
Monday, October 17
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Donald Schleicher, conductor
" Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"
" Stravinsky: Symphony in C; Suite No. 2
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m., free
Wednesday, October 19
DanceLecture/Demonstration
Martha Graham Company
Betty Pease Studio Theater, Dance Building, 7 p.m., free
Thursday, October 20
OctubaFest '94
Students of tuba/euphonium professor Fritz Kaenzig perform
Recital Hall, School of Music, 8 p.m., free
Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
Theatre and Drama Production
Tickets: $16, $12, students $6 (764-0450)
Power Center
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Friday, October 21
PLEASE NOTE: Edward Parmentier's harpsichord recital has
been postponed until next term.
Dance Guest Artist Series: Heidi Durning
Tickets: $8, $5 (764-0540)
Betty Pease Studio Theater, Dance Building, 8 p.m.
University Choir
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
Works by Mendelssohn, Martini, Finzi, Chorbajian, and others
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m., free
Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Fritz Kaenzig, director
Recital Hall, School of Music, 8 p.m., free
Sunday, October 30
University Svmnhonv and Philharmonia Orchestras

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"atcho Drum" is a breathtaking - Wait, did somebody say "nacho"?

EDEN
Continued from page 8
erotic novel; it's dull. When Lisa de-
cides to leave the island with Elliott,
the entire book switches unexpectedly
to Elliott's point-of-view only. Then
it's over one hundred pages of them
traveling the countryside, drinking vast
amounts of beer and falling in love.
The clincher? Elliott the charmer has
discovered love because she's the first
person to be "as interesting as a man."

Do not attempt to ever use this line if
you want to score.
Maybe Rosie and Dan will bring
out the depth from this script (they are
playing two characters who don't exist
in the book.) By the end, there is no
tension, the dialogue reads like dicta-
tion, the sex is almost non-existent
after the halfway point, and no one
cares if Elliott gets crabs or Lisa de-
cides to take up the flute instead. Mr.
Rourke never would have let this hap-
pen on his fantasy island.

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