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148 -- The Michigan Daily Weekendi Magazine - Thursday, September 5, 1996

® Sound and Fury

Entertainment News

Compiled by Usa Harwin
V Groovalicious Music, the label that
released Junior Vasquez's club classic
"If Madonna Calls," has issued a state-
ment clarifying that it does not, and
never has, claimed that the voice of
Maverick/Sire recording artist
Madg-nna appears on the record. But,
have no fear, the real Madonna will be
seen in the upcoming Evita where, as far
as we know, she does say her own lines.
V We know that the MTV Video
Awards themselves will be over by the
time you read this, but aren't the perfor-
mances what make it really worth-
while? Where else are you going to see

Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica,
Oasis and Alanis Morrisette all on the
same stage? And what could be more
fun than making fun of Hootie and the
Blowfish? Last year, we got to watch
Madonna and Courtney Love engage
in a bit of verbal sparring; maybe this
year it'll be those quirky Gallagher
brothers. Stranger things have been
known to happen ...
V "Fever In Fever Out" is the name of the
new Lucious Jackson CD, and it looks to
be another crackling mix of rock, hip-
hop, jazzy grooves and white soul. The
album will be preceded by an EP, which
contains four mixes of the first single,
"Naked Eye," as well as the songs
"Banana's Box" and "Foster's Love," nei-
ther of which will appear on the full-

length CD.
/ Although singer Mark Rew says
they're grateful for the boost, Chicago
rockers Catherine don't seem to care
how much attention having a member
of a major band sing on their single
might mean. "Hot Saki and Bedtime

Stories," the band's second full-length
CD that hits stores Sept. 17, was
recorded on an apple farm in Southern
Michigan owned by drummer Kerry
Brown and his wife, Smashing
Pumpkin's bassist D'Arcy Brown, who
duets with Rew on the first single,

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Australian rockers You Am I (left);
Smashing Pumpkins' D'arcy sings on
Catherine's (pictured above) latest single.
"Four Leaf Clover."
~ The next Morphine album, which is
said to be titled "Like Swimming"
(though that may change), will now not
be released until late January 1997.
"Like Swimming" was originally sched-
uled for an Oct. 15 release. The album is
said to feature a new instrument created
by Morphine leader Mark Sandman
called "the Tritar," which is 1/3 bass, 2/3
guitar, and is played with a slide.
~ Australian indie rock trio You Am I
are hot favorites to scoop the pool at the
Tenth Annual ARIA Awards, to be pre-
sented in Sydney on Sept. 30. The band
scored nine nominations, including Best
Australian Group, Best Australian
Album, Best Alternative Release and
Best Independant Release. Nick Cave
and the Bad Seeds are also up for a
number of ARIA awards including Best
Australian Album and Best Alternative
Release for the grisly "Murder Ballads,"
plus Best Australian Single, Best
Australian Pop Release, and Australian
Song of the Year for the duet with loco-
motor Kylie Minogue entitled, "Where
the Wild Roses Grow." Special guest
presenters at this awards show will be
Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Issak.
Compiled by Jennifer Petlinski from
Entertainment Weekly
~ Actor Greg Morris, known for play-
ing Barney Collier on television's
"Mission Impossible," died Aug. 27 in
his home near Las Vegas. He was 61. So
far, the cause of his death has not yet
been determined.
~ Two of Hollywood's leading men
became proud fathers last week.
Sylvester Stallone and fiancee Jennifer
Flavin welcomed a daughter, Sophia
Rose. Although Stallone has children
from another marriage, this is his first
child with Flavin. Also, baby boy Daniel
Jack Neeson was born to Natasha
Richardson and Liam Neeson on
August 27. He is the couple's second son.
~ And what's the latest news on the
movie version of Joe Klein's novel
"Primary Colors," which details Bill
Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign?
Well. Tom Hanks turned down the
leading role, and possibly in his place is
who, you ask? John Travolta?!? As
Clinton?!? Now THAT we have to see.

Even if you aren't a Christian, you
probably know Ralph Reed. He's the
slimy, sexually repressed leader of the
Christian Coalition who was puking out
rhetoric at the G.O.P convention in San
Diego. And he's also the one who is
dragging Christianity into the muddy
world of politics.
I know, that's a bit harsh. But so is he.
Reed is supposedly trying to lead his
organization to foster a Gospel-based
political force. But the Gospel accord-
ing to Ralph is a little bit skewed. For
example, Jesus's words about helping
others in need: "Whatsoever you do to
the least of my brothers and sisters, that
you do unto me."
Let the Gospel of Ralph amend that
slightly to say, "Whatsoever you do to the
least of my upper-middle-class, straight,
white male brothers, that you do unto
me." While Christ's words encourage
Christians to help the poor and the sick
and the needy, Reed has skewed that mes-
sage to the point where his main planks
involve tax cuts for the upper-class and
cutting social welfare programs.
And what about the verse "Judge not,
lest ye be judged" or "Do not point out
the mite in another's eye, without notic-
ing the beam in your own." Reed's
Christian Coalition has made a mock-
ery of these verses, spreading their
message of condemnation and intoler-
ance across the nation.
Hardly what you'd expect from a
group that claims it is affiliated with the
teachings of the father of social justice
movements, Jesus the Nazarene.
In actuality, the words of Christ, as
quoted in Christian Scripture, would
indicate antithetical opinions to Reed's
ideas. I think Christianity and most
other world religions would find it a
moral outrage that a rich country like
ours has people who have no clothes or
food, no medicine, health care, or edu-
cation. If religion has any role in poli-
tics, that's the role it should take.
Religions, all religions, should work to
alleviate the suffering of mankind, not
on tax cuts for CEOs.
The Christian Coalition's curious
alignment with the Republican Party
should also raise some eyebrows.
Stranger bedfellows there ne'er were.
Why would a Chrsitian group want to
align itself with a party that proudly sup-
ports the hateful spewings of Rush
Limbaugh? Limbaugh attacks everyone
from teen-age girls (see Chelsea Clinton,
who at 13 years old, was attacked by


Limbaugh for being "funny-looking.")
to a Christian minister (see Jesse
Jackson). Limbaugh also repeatedly
makes fun of the poor (even though he
himself was on welfare for a few years).
So it's unbelievable that Christian
Coalition leaders would proudly wear
"Rush is Right" pins. Rush is wrong,
people. Unfortunately, you have to let
the man and his followers speak. But
what is most worrisome to me and mil-
lions of other Christians is the group's
name: "The Christian Coalition."
The name implies that all American
Christians are part of that Religious
Right, and the fact is, they are not.
This summer I met a Methodist min-
ister from Maryland who was carried
out of the University's ROTC building
in the '60s, protesting the Vietnam War.
He is not a Republican and he is not
part of the Christian Coalition.
I also met a Presbyterian minister
from New York who donned a "I Think
Therefore I Don't Listen To Rush
Limbaugh" sticker on his guitar case.
He then played some Grateful Dead
tunes on the guitar. He is not part of the
Christian Coalition either.
This past summer, I spent most
Sunday mornings at a Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) service. That's one of
the largest denominations in the coun-
try. And guess what? They recently
voted to completely disassociate them-
selves with the Christian Coalition.
What's the message Reed and his fol-
lowers fail to hear? It's simple.
Christians across the country are stand-
ing up and saying, "We are not one of
you, Ralph."
Unfortunately, Reed's vocality had
made many non-Christians in the coun-
try think otherwise.
My gut feeling is that Jesus wouldn't
care either way about this election. He
was concerned with more important spir-
itual matters than a presidential election.
His teachings, as recorded in the Bible,
illustrate humanity's need for compas-
sion and understanding, not the need to
elect a Republican or Democrat to office.
And while it's rather certain, at least
to me, that Jesus would not have been
involved in politics, it is definitely cer-
tain that he would not have joined the
Christian Coalition.
Besides, Ralph Reed wouldn't let a
penniless. long-haired sandal-wearing
peace freak into his organization anyway.
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