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Poetry slam kicks off new year
You really think that you are going to learn something in class today?
No chance. So get motivated! Feed your starved intellect by heading
over to the Heidelberg Club Above, 215 N. Main, and witnessing the
world-famous Ann Arbor Poetry Slam. Tonight's featured act is current
'Slam Champ,' Vievee. The program begins at 8 o'clock.

Tuesday
September 3, 1996

21A

ij

The

swindle

continues

The,
By Brian A
Daily Arts Ed

original, arrogant Sex Pistols strike back in the summer of '96

. Gnatt
itor

Flat out, the Sex Pistols make no bones about their reasons
for reuniting for one of the summer's most anticipated tours.
Titled "The Filthy Lucre Tour," the Pistols make it clear that
money, money and more money is the reason behind their
20th anniversary world tour. As the band's classic saying
goes, "The only notes that matter are the ones that come in
-wads."
" But we don't care.
'9 If REO Speedwagon, the Eagles and Page and Plant can
bore '90s audi-
ences with their
EVIEW washed-up arena
k rock, why can't
Sex Pistols someone with a
little innovation
Fairfax, Va. make a little
August 6, 1996 dough?
With the
*milking their retirement for all it's worth by incessant tour-
ing, and the Buzzcocks reuniting for a tour and a new album,
it was only a matter of time before the world's
most infamous punk band decided to cash in.
Cocked and loaded, the Sex Pistols
stomped on stage with the arrogance and
attitude that made them the greatest
punk band of all time, proving
once and for all they are the
original bastards of punk rock. n fr.
With lip sneering and hair
Sslicked up like a crown, the
Pistols' lead screamer Johnny Rotten claimed
the stage for his old chums. Without any fur-
ther posing, the band broke into their raunchy
classic, "Bodies;' which led off the full hour
of raw yet quite good rock 'n' roll.
The charismatic Rotten belted out the
lyrics as he pranced around the stage filled
with his original back-up gang, comprised
of Steve Jones (guitar), Paul Cook
(drums) and original bassist Glen
atlock, who was replaced by the
punk icon and now-dead Sid
Vicious.
Jumping around the stage in
a bright yellow shirt, black
shorts and red suspenders, .j
Rotten made himself the cen-

ter of attention. The more subdued Jones and Cook
remained a bit more suave than Matlock, who looked as if
he belonged in Ah-ha more than the Sex Pistols.
Playing tighter than they did iw their heyday, the Pistols
ripped through all of the 12 tracks on their single studio
release LP, "Never Mind the bullocks Here's the Sex
Pistols." Songs like "God Save the Queen," "Seventeen"
and "Pretty Vacant" sounded more powerful coming out of
the arena's gazillion-dollar sound system than the band
probably ever did coming from their cheap amps in small
clubs 20 years ago.
While it's been nearly two decades since the Sex Pistols
have played shows together, their age doubling and musical
growth has helped them improve significantly. Matlock's
bass lines were more solid than Vicious' ever were,
and Cook's drums kept the beat perfectly for
Jones' wall-of-sound guitar distortion.
Rotten's voice has changed since his youth-
ful days - now it's a bit more arrogant and a
little less screeching than it used to be, but he
still has his bark. His spirits were up, too,
compared to his legendary "screw off" atti-
tude that established the band's rather poor
image. He joked with the audience throughout
the show, asking,
"We're fat and 40.
What's your excuse?"
when the less-than-
sold-out crowd would
retire to their seats.
It was moments
like the finale that lifted
the Sex Pistols to a level
beyond other modern-day
punkers. Beginning the encore
with the Pistol's anthem "Anarchy
In the U.K.' Rotten screamed the jolly ol'
tune with enough passion to send chills
down your spine. Wrapping up with
"Problems," the Pistols brought the show
to a satisfying close.
Despite the band's motive for touring,
which is, in fact, every other band's rea-
son for hitting the road, the Pistols
showed the world and every other
punk-rock wannabe that they can still
kick some serious ass. Whether they'll
stick around to kick it for another 20
years remains to be seen.
BRIAN A. GNATT/DaIy

BRIAN A. GsAT/Diy
While saving the Queen, Johnny Rotten stole her crown.s

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