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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 23, 1996

RECORDS
Continued from Page 5A
Frosted
Cold
DGC
Frosted's debut album, "Cold," may
seem to be another attempt by a band to
break into the pop / punk genre of mod-
ern music, but Frosted definitely offers
its listeners a bit more than the average
band. Most notable is Frosted's block-
buster lineup. Namely, Jane Wiedlin

(vocals, guitar), once a member of the
infamous Go-Go's. She is remembered
as the "sassy punk" of the now defunct
'80s band. Adding to this, Wiedlin's
band-mates Brian Waters (guitar) and
Lance Porter (drums), have been scraped
up from the remnants of respected L.A.
bands like the countdowns and Ex-Idols.
"Cold" is a 13-track album, com-
posed of well-thought-out lyrics and
music that sounds like a mix between
Elastica, the Breeders and the
Ramones, if you can imagine that. This
is partly due to the co-production of
Marc Waterman (Elastica, Menswear,
Tuscadero) who is known for his exper-

imental microphone techniques. doing. This idea comes through in full
Wiedlin and Waters were greatly effect when she sings, "I look back
influenced by Waterman, on my life, I feel like a whore,
and eventually bought a and look what being nice
$10 keyboard and plas- * C got me." I guess she still
tic megaphones on a carries around the "I
Toys R Us excursion, was once a Go-Go"
for the production of stigma.
this album. The song "Empty
The first song on & Meaningless" is
"Cold," "Dis-integrat- the big hit off this
ed," is about Wiedlin's album. It's the song on
experiences in the music the radio that you love, but
"biz." She believes that opin- have no idea what artist per-
ions in the industry are largely based on forms it. This track seems to start in the
the past, and not on what one is currently middle of the song and was originally
supposed to have an extended 40-
minute-long ending.
Most of the other songs reflect upon
Wiedlin's philosophy that, "Life's hard,
deal with it." She used this idea, com-
cbined with an immense amount of ener-
gy to pull off a decent album.

Best of all, if you were a huge Go-
Go's fan back in the days, you will def-
initely not be disappointed. When asked
about the biggest difference between
Frosted and the all-girl Go-Go's,
Wiedlin answered "Penises."
- Brian M. Kemp
You Am I
Hi Fi Way
Warner Brothers Records
After their sweep of the Aussie Music
Awards, one has to be a little curious
about what exactly You Am I has to
offer. With this Australian trio's second
album, "Hi Fi Way," You Am I proves
itself to be infinitely worth talking
about. The 14 songs on the album are
each melodic and rich, making them
some of the most interesting and com-
pelling tunes that you'll hear all year.

Produced by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
and John Auer of The Posies (anoth
truly worthwhile, little heard of senl
tion), "Hi Fi Way" had an unusual debut
at the No. 1 spot on the Australian
charts.
You Am I actually sounds suspicious-
ly similar to The Posies. Sweet, catchy
tunes that are just right for a mellow
afternoon of kicking back. None of the
loud, heavy grunge rock can be found
here; instead, one might expect that You
Am I would sound even better just pl
ing acoustic.
"She Digs Her," one of the standout
songs on the album, will leave you
humming along for days with lyrics
reminiscent of Paul Westerburg's.
"Jewels and Bullets" manages to be a
little rockier than the rest, though over-
all, You Am l's knack for melody still
shines through. "Purple Sneakers" is a
cute high-schoolish song with lyrics
like, "I took a personality pill and sob-
thing red to swill ... ." Who could
through classes any other way?
Fortunately, these songs aren't the
only highlights on this perky pop
album. Tim Rogers' voice could pull
anybody out of a week-long funk;with
its rough but endearing quality, and the
rest of the band prove that having a six-
piece band isn't a vital part of making
good music.
In any case, the times when an alb-
appears that is consistently excell.
from song to song, are few and far
between. "Hi Fi Way" is one of the few
that starts rocking and never stops. In
fact, the only thing worth changing
about the album is the length of the
songs. Any true fan would never be
willing to settle for merely three min-
utes of excellence.
So, to those of you who feel that the
music world needs to get past tl is
grunge thing.already and come out
something novel and new, you mig t
just want to have this album before You
Am I become the pop sensation in the
U.S., that they already are in their own
country. You definitely won't be sorry
and you can still be the first person on
your block to know who they are.
Lise Harwin

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able album would be called "Yeah, Me
Too." With 10 short songs (the album
clocks in at 21 minutes and 23 seconds)
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album would be climbing the charts if it
was on a major label.
It still has its own peculiarit
excluding it from the mundane. "Hit t e
Ground" ends with the guitars becom-
ing drown-muted, a flash of white
sound and a final musical sting.
"Richard Generation" has some nearly
Blues Explosion vocals, "Give Up" has
nothing at all to do with punk and the
guitars on the album tend towards the
interesting rather than the cliche
Definitely preferable to Green Day.
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WIFE
Continued from Page 5A
credit. "Melrose" is "Masterpiec
Theater" compared to this cliche
movie of the week.
Second, let us probe the less-than
Oscar-worthy acting. Berry, in "Jungl
Fever" and "Losing Isaiah," pro
herself adept at playing crack add
Here, however, she is reduced to poor-
ly playing damsel-in-distress, whil
looking fashionable in various earti:
tones and clingy metallies and being
eerily reminiscent of Michael Jackson.
The men in Josie's life also choose t
go down with the ship rather than
redeem themselves with theirprevious
ly confirmed acting skills. Acting.
Who needs acting when you've g'
proven hit-making formula?
Christopher McDonald has forged
career on portraying myriad low-lifes
heathens and overall bad guys in film:
like "Grease 2," "Thelma & Louise"
and "Happy Gilmore," but he is at his
worst as Tony, sporting a prosthetic gut
and permanent scowl that screams
"Dislike This Man!"
As Cole, Peter Greene is'believable
as a country bumpkin from hell,
fails to garner any credibility in
first half of film as Josie's sweet
thoughtful confidant. Did she not se
him as Zed in "Pulp Fiction?" Doe'
Russell's old room ring a befl?
Third and finally, observe the shod-
dy production of the film. Wait - don's
waste your time. "Wife" is a testament
to what can happen if a camera and.a
cast fall into hands that are unaware of
the meaning of style or substance.
Continuity is obviously not in
film's vocabulary either, since the end
result has so many holes, it would make
mesh feel self-conscious.
If one good thing can be said about
"The Rich Man's Wife," it is that it
ended in less than 90 minutes.

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