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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 17, 1995 - 9
Sweaty Nipples are just good old dirty fun

*By Use Harwin
Daily Arts Writer
Theflrstthingyoumightwonderabout
Sweaty Nipples is pretty obvious. What's
with the name? Is it some overt sexual
innuendo? Is its meaning to be found in
some intricate ex-girlfriend story? The
truth,oratleastthetithaccordingtoBrian
2 Lehfeldt, drummer and sometimes vocal-
= ist,is that "we didn't get it from agirl...it
wasn't a sex thing, it isn't sexy, it's just a
. finnynamethatwecameupwith.Andwe
laughed so hard, it seemed to be the only
name that could stick!"
Well, that was eight years ago, and in
that amount of time, Sweaty Nipples has
grown from a local Portland "punk rock
sort of thing" into apowerhouse of indus-
trial music signed toamajorlabel and now
touring across the country. Ranging in age
from23 to26yearsold, they'reyoung, but
they have the multi-instrumentation thing
undercontrollikeoldhands.Andwithtwo
guitars, two drums and two basses, that
isn't an easy thing to do. "We don't want
togooutthereandshowoff,"saidLehfeldt.
" 'First and foremost is to write a good
v song."
With all the new bands from Portland
Mam Sriama
: Kimberly Braton
For the Daily
Malini SriramadescribesherDances
of India Troupe as a group of "quite
accomplished dancers." These talented
young artists come from all parts of
Michigan and are dedicated to perform-
ing the classical Indian dance style.
Some have already trained in India and
others spend their summers there. The
Troupe has been performing for the
past five years, presenting their work all
over the United States and in Canada,
and will present theirannual majorpro-
duction here in Ann Arbor this week-
end.
It should be no surprise that Malini's
dancersareconsideredsoaccomplished-
she's an extremely accomplished artist
herself. From an encouraging and artisti-
cally supportive family back in India,
Malini took the initiative to study the
ancient dance form at the tender age of
five. An aspiring young dancer in India

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appearing on the scene, it seems possible
that Sweaty Nipples could just be just
jumping on the proverbial bandwagon.
But, that's not the case. In fact, Sweaty
Nipples was around about five years be-
fore this whole"Portland thing" started to
happen, and it hasn't affected their sound

in the lounge...And then the day we're
leaving, Pearl Jam roadies come loading
theirgearintorecordwhatisnowVitalogy.
Thatmade us feel really good because we
knew we were in two of the most sought-
after recording studios."
Be forewarned that their live show is
outrageous. "We come off a little more
industrial live. Plus we have all kinds of
rave/acidhouse type stuff live," said
Lehfeldt. "We don't just go out there and
play the record." You might even want to
bring along a fire extinguisher. "Yeah,
we've almost burned a few places down
becauseof the fire-blowing we havegoing
on," Lehfeldt laughed. Without a doubt,
Sweaty Nipples have had their share of
amusement on the tour. "One night, Scott
(Heard, the lead singer) passed out and
woke up completely out of it. And he was
just screaming ... He was awake, but he
was sleepwalking ... Hegotoutofthe bus
and started wandering around the street,"
Lehfeldt admitted.No matter what, don't
placeanyexpectationson Sweaty Nipples.
They're bound to surpass even your wild-
est hopes ... and fears!
Fortunately, they'll be playing a live
show in Detroit that everyone can check

in the slightest. Don't expect the next
"Nirvana power-pop trio" here. Instead,
their first CD, "Bug Harvest," is a grab-
bagof sampling, mind-bendinglyrics, and
pounding music. Taking only one month
to put together, the album was recorded at
London Bridge studios, a studio that has
seen the likes of Pearl Jam and Alice in
Chains. Even better, "Bug Harvest' was
mixed at Bad Animals studios, right in
betweenSoundgardenandPearlJam. "We
pullin with our tapes and stuff,"Lehfeldt
commented. "And they're cleaning up
becauseChrisCornellhadjustthrown afit

No wonder 'puke green' is Sweaty Nipples' favorite new M&M color. Hey, slow down therel
out. If you caught Pond, Pete Droge, and you missed the first three, see Sweaty When a band chooses "puke green" in the
Hazel, go see the fourth Portland band to Nipples anyway. It promises to be fully battle for the new M&M color, you know
hit Michigan in a week and a half. And, if enjoyable way to spend Saturday night. they're gonna be crazy.

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classical Indian dance comes

had to study in private under a "guru"
(Sanskrit for "teacher"). The guru must
have taken aninterestin and wanttoteach
the young artist the classical tradition.

what so many young striving artists
do-find another way of obtaining fi-
nancial support. After studying in Cali-
fornia at Berkeley, she realized that it
was too difficult to try to successfully
juggle her studies with her artistic inter-
ests so she left academia and moved to
New Jersey with her husband. He was
later transferred to Michigan and the
two have been living in Ann Arbor for
the past ten years. During that time,
Malini decided to open a dance studio
so that she could teach the classical
Indian style while preserving her na-
tional heritage.
The Dances of India Troupe origi-
nated because Malini wanted to "develop
aforumfor dancers to share and perform."
As artistic director, she is involved in
every phase of the creative process. Her
conception of "RAMANI-Eternal
Women" began with a summer spent in
India where expert scholars of Sanskrit
assisted her in selecting the script for the

to Ann Arbor
piece. She then had music composed for
thecumulativescript,whichsetthepremise
for the creation of the dance that depicts
the different roles of women in Indian
society. Malini notes that in its major
cities, the role ofIndian women is becom-
ing increasingly active but that there is still
less freedom than in the United States. The
artistic community in India is funded gen-
erously by the government because of the
importance to restore its national heritage.
(Maybe our own country's government
couldcatchontothistip.) Thedanceballet
incorporates both the Bharatha Natya and
Kuchipudi dance styles from south India.
Malini describes the movement as "very
traditional, stylized,withfacial mime, hand
gestures and feet movement" and states
that "the dancers must have to do all these
things well." Malini has proved that she
can do all these and moreasshe is not only
the director and choreographer, but also a
performer in what should be a very beau-
tiful and intricate work.

Malini obviously showed strong prom-
ise-she was given intense training by
someof the most famous gurus who taught
her the style in its purest sense. Since then
she has performed in the United States,
Canada, Europe, Asiaand returns to India
every year to graceher native homeland's
stage.
Her residence in Michigan resulted
after coming to the United States to do

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