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Retro remakes flood airwaves,
make money on old recordings

By HaeiAn Kim
Daily Arts Writer
With Thanksgiving just passed and
Christmas quickly approaching, many
Ann Arbor residents head over to the
Kerrytown Shops, located in Ann
Arbor's Historic Market District, to tend
to their holiday needs. To prepare these

two most important dinner events of the
year, the locals know exactly where to
go to find the freshest and highest-qual-
ity foods.
Grace Jones, Ann Arbor resident and
regular at Zingerman's Practical
Produce, said one can find almost any-
thing in Kerrytown. "People are very


helpful and I can find generally every-
thing I need here. The food is very fresh
and the prices are reasonable. They
(Zingerman's Practical Produce) offer a
variety of selection, especially on items
you can't find in the grocery," she said.
Zingerman's Practical Produce, locat-
ed on the ground floor of the Kerrytown
complex, is one of the many diverse
shops in the Kerrytown shopping center.
It offers a colorful medley of items on
sale, from juicy ripe tomatoes and
imported dried goods to a tantalizing
display of pastries and baked breads.
With vivid orange floors, bright tissue
paper piniatas of scarlet peppers hanging
from the ceiling and other such festive
decorations, the store becomes a bright
pick-me-up during the gray winter
months in Ann Arbor.
Familiar words are frequently
exchanged between vendors and regu-
lars, the atmosphere is light and easygo-
ing ... no more pushy patrons struggling
to squeeze their shopping carts past each
other, and no more reading the tabloids
about Hillary Clinton being abducted by
aliens from outer space while waiting in
line. Apparently, the Zingerman's
Practical Produce billboard outside the
brick building stating, "Remember:

food is fun!" isn't just another cheesy
logo - there may actually be some truth
behind it when shopping at Kerrytown.
Paul Stebleton, employee at
Zingerman 's
P r a c t i e a t
Produce, finds
this aspect of his
job perhaps the
most enjoyable.
"It's so great here
because the peo-
ple are just won-n
derful. I've
worked at the deli
for nine months'
and it's a lot of
fun over here," he
Produce is locat-
ed in the three
Kerrytown build-
ings, along with The Kerrytown shopp
dozens of other
stores, including Monahan's Seafood.
Paul Saginaw, one of the founders
and owners of Monahan's Seafood,
believes the set up of the Kerrytown
Shops to make for a truly one of a kind

shopping experience. "You don't see a
layout like this or have this experience,
I don't think, anywhere else shopping in
this area. It's not mall, it's a lot of small
stores together
without that feel
of a mall in any
way. You get a
much different
feel when you
come in here, it's
not slick. It's
much more folksy
or down- home. I
think that the
energy here
(Ke rry town
Shops) is a lot
more real than at
a Briarwood or
Arborland," he
Kerrytown is
located in the
ULLY PARK/Daiyxheart of Ann
tg complexArbor, between
Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Catherine
Street. and Kingsley Street. Access to
the three buildings is fairly easy due to
the bridges connecting each of them.

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Turn on the radio, and prepare for
a major retro trip: the Steve Miller
Band's "Fly Like an Eagle," Bob
Marley's "No Woman, No Cry," the
Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly, Wow"
and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
There's even a long-neglected chest-
nut, "Fallin' in Love," by the long-
forgotten Hamilton, Joe Frank &
But you're not
tuned to an
oldies show.M
You're hearing
today's hottest itcan be
"new" songs -
a slew of '70s o c ,i
hits recycled
and recast by hit agail1
such stars as
Seal, the Fugees
and the Red Hot Warner Bros.i
Chili Peppers.
"These are

Good songwriting is in a slump,
some industry observers say. And
'70s nostalgia is in full and terrifying
swing throughout popular culture.
Maybe it's all part of our current
national stasis. People like their
music familiar and safe, like a big fat
smiley face.
"It's sort of a passive time right now
- in music, movies or any medium,
there's a lot of pablum," notes Lewis

redo is: If

Largent, MTV's
vice president of
music. "... I
think people




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new songs - for the kids who never
heard the originals," says Dale
O'Brian, program director for
WWZZ-FM, the new Top 40 station
in Washington, D.C. "A good song is
a good song. They'll be hits again. It's
been proven over and over again."
Musicians and producers have
always known that cover versions of
previous hits are a good bet for airplay.
But other trends also are in evidence as
the charts become clogged with often-
uninspired versions of 20-year-old

a hit want to be
happy, and the
an be a '70s was a real
happy time in
Movie sound-
- Gary LeMel tracks also are
usic president behind the recy-
cling boom.
Soundtrack pro-
ducers love to use oldies because they
know that deejays and veejays will
jump to play them.
"My credo is: If it can be a hit
once, it can be a hit again," says Gary
LeMel, president of music for
Warner Bros. Pictures. He oversaw
the "Space Jam" soundtrack featur-
ing Seal's silky version of 1977's
"Fly Like an Eagle," as well as covers
of Cheech and Chong's 1973 novelty
hit "Basketball Jones" and KC & the
Sunshine Band's 1975 smash, "That's
the Way (I Like It)."

Never mind that "Space Jam," the
Michael Jordan / Bugs Bunny movie, is
set mainly in the '90s. "If a song
touched people's souls 20 years ago, it
can touch the same chord today," says
And he's right: Seal's "Fly Like an
Eagle" was immediately added to
playlists and roosted at No. 10 in
Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart last
The current batch of remade-for-
Hollywood tracks also includes the
Chili Peppers' version of 1976's funky
No. I song "Love Rollercoaster."
MTV is running it as an animated
trailer for the "Beavis and Butt-head
Do America" movie due in theaters
Dec. 20. And a San Francisco Bay
Area hip-hop duo named the Braids
covered 1976's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
for the movie "High School High."
"Bohemian Rhapsody" was revived
once before - on the "Wayne's World"
soundtrack in 1992. Says one record
label executive in L.A.: "Even the
soundtracks are getting recycled -
now that's scary!"
Desperate for strong melodies, pro-
ducers and managers have no compunc-
tion about pillaging the past. This is
especially true in the rap world, which
has a proud tradition of "sampling" the
hooks of Motown and funk classics.
"The writing was great back then -
it was a wonderful time in music," says
Washington entertainment attorney Jay
Rosenthal, who represents hip-hop
singers Salt-n-Pepa.

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