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Catch one of two free screenings of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane,"
today at the Michigan Theater. Telling the fascinating tale of newspa-
per magnate Charles Foster Kane, Welles' brilliant, technically
breathtaking film has been hailed since its 1941 release as one of
the greatest film of all time. The screenings are at 11 a.m. and 4
p.m. Be there and find out who or what Rosebud is.

Tuesday
December 9, 1997

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Catherine
Wheel rolls
Coin Bartos
' DIaly Arts Writer
Some bands have all the luck. Bands from overseas
come here, get a break from MTV and radio, and
become big stars. Catherine Wheel has never gotten
that break, even though some argue it is the most
'deserving of one.
Yarmouth, England's Catherine Wheel has been
toiling in music's underground scene for the last seven
ears, making outstanding music which is both intri-
We and highly accessible. The group has achieved
minor success in the past, with college radio hits like
" Black Metallic' "Crank" and "Waydown," but it has
gnever gotten the break of say, Oasis or The Verve.
Lead vocalist Rob Dickinson explained why these
bands have hit it so big Stateside.
"They've got huge success over in England, which
'gives them a profile over here, an initial leg-up which
we don't necessarily have," Dickinson said.
* "What we know we have is the integrity hopefully
in people's eyes that we've built up over four or five
ears of touring over here. Our band's never had 'the
cky break' of huge MTV play or huge radio play.
Anything we've achieved over in
America has been purely based ;,
on the music."
CW has been concentrating on Cath
the U.S. for the last three years or
so, which has alienated the group
from its homeland, as Dickinson Tickets: $12.
remarked. "The band's been out
of the frame really in England for a couple of years
w," Dickinson said. "It's like starting again almost
in England. We're playing in probably smaller places
then we're doing in America. It's a very exciting time
to be back in England. With the Britpop thing that's
been happening there for the last three or four years,
'I think we really didn't want to get involved with

Stylenol relieves pain
with tasty grooves

By Marquina Iliev
For the Daily
The bathroom wall in the Halfway
Inn reads, "The Stylontol show
stucked! I thought this place was sup-
toosed to support punk and ska not
supid stuff like Stylanol."
First of all, the name is spelled S-t-y-
1-e-n-o-l, and whoever wrote that col-
orful message was
right; it's not punk, I
it's not ska and if,

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ed in having a

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Catherine Wheel members Brian Futter, Dave Hawes, Neil Sims and Rob Dickinson, will showcase old hits and
new songs from their latest "Adam & Eve" next week at Clutch Cargo's.

that."
Maybe one reason CW hasn't quite hit it big yet is
because it is not just another run-of-the-mill British
pop band. Its latest release, "Adam & Eve," arguably
the finest record released this year, shows exactly how

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herine Wheel
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997
clutch cargo's
50 through Ticketmaster

dynamic and complex the band
can be, while writing catchy
melodies that everyone can hum
along to.
"To appeal to a small group of
people is fine, but our music isn't
exclusive in that way," Dickinson
explained. "I think that we go to

selves.
"The songs are recorded hopefully in a way where
the song gets what the song demands," Dickinson
said. "We made a record that held together as a com-
plete piece of work. We chose the songs which had a
thread which linked them together, and that those
songs dealt with matters of the heart. There's no con-
ceptual nature to the record, but there are some com-
mon themes."
Seeing Catherine Wheel play live only increases
the band members' fervor of their songs, and their
Detroit shows have always been more than memo-
rable. They will be playing a lot of their newest
record, which demands to be heard live.
They'll also throw in some old tunes and a few sur-
prises, and their improv, epic version of "Black
Metallic" is always a treat. Go buy "Adam & Eve,' and
see them live to discover for yourself how wonderful
the Catherine Wheel is, and maybe you might just help
them on their way to getting their 'big break.'

good time, avoid East QC
this band.
Stylenol con-
sists of four bombastic beat-makers
who dish out the vibe during their
hour-long set. On Saturday night,
about 50 people were crowded around
the stage; all of them were shaking
their groove things.
"We treat each show like a block
party,' said band member T-Spoon.
"Nobody sits down, nobody stands
still. We write songs to bring back that
feeling."
Stylenol can only be identified as
straight-up booty shakin' medicine.
One dose of this band will make any
wall-flower come uprooted from their
seat. The vocals are flyin' fast, the
hard-hittin' bass keeps bodies
thumpin', the drummer explodes, and
all this was accompanied at the
Halfway Inn by Gorilla Groove wear-
ing overalls, with neither shirt nor
shoes, plunkin' on a glass juice bottle.
"Professor Thump (Evan Cordes)
has got the extra-strength vibe / 24-
hour relief is provided by DJ Live
(Steve Hall) / Gorilla Groove (Gus
Schaffers) plays percussion so you

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scream like Fay Wray / throw your
money like confetti when it comes on
payday / I'm T-Spoon (Tom Seley), I
help the medicine go down / Ladies
and Gentlemen this is the Stylenol
Sound."
Other than traditional Halfway Inn
gigs, Stylenol has been spotted in
Ypsilanti and at numerous house par-
ties around Ann
V I E W Arbor. Last
Saturday they
Stylenol rocked .the
Halfway Inn once
Id Halfway /nn more keeping the
Dec. 6, 1997 crowd hyped all
night. The gig was
an issue release party publicizing
Gargoyle Magazine. Stylenol shared
the spotlight with Fatacks and The
Rapper's Guild.
The Stylenol sound weaved in and
out of the steady flow of hip-hop hyp-
nosis. That Stylenol groove-feeling
was experienced with favorite songs
like "Bring in the Bass (and blow out
the windows)," "313" and "Duct Tape
for the Sole."
At the end of its set, the band spun a
few cover tunes and the room busted
out to "One, two, three, four, get' your
woman on the floor." They concluded
the evening with Tony Zaret, editor Qf
the Gargoyle, wailing some kick-ass
guitar with the instrument behind his
head.
Lack of publicity is the only reasoh
Stylenol hasn't exploded into stardom.
But the word is spreading about the
newest, latest hype.
The band wants its name to hit the
streets like a jack hammer of hip-hop,
tattooing its groove on the asses of the
masses.

extraordinary lengths to make music which has
integrity but which is also widely acceptable in its
own way."
"Adam & Eve" is a musical journey, from start to
finish, weaving a lush musical tapestry which can be
as quiet as a whisper and as loud as a bomb. The
recording itself is just as intricate as the songs them-

Tillinghast serves up new beat of poetry with 'Cafe'

day in the Cafe
rieste
Richard Tillinghast
Salmon Publishing Ltd.
Who does Richard Tillinghast think
he is?
- Part English-lit academic, part father
aand husband, part Grateful Dead fan
-d member of the late- 1960s counter-
ture, and part grown-up son of a
southern family, Tillinghast, a
University English professor, proves in
his latest book that, in addition to the
above components, he is in fact quite a
talented poet.
"Today in the Cafe Trieste," a collec-
tion of new poems plus some of his
best work of the last 30 years, contains
a wide range of styles and subjects that
reflects the many sides of a single per-
01.
:Common to almost all his work,
however, is an acute awareness of detail
and a disciplined creativity that make
Tillinghast's poetry especially memo-
rable.
Since his new book contains both
new and previously published poems,
the reader is able to witness something
of the development of Tillinghast's
e, and also get a sense of some of
j components that distinguish the
entire body of his work: rural Southern
settings, memories of family members,
nostalgia for the 1960s, frequent hints
of the influence of drug use on poetic
expression and finally, a constant
wareness of the impact of the past on
the present. These are some of
Tillinghast's greatest strengths and he
is careful not to abandon them in his
newer work.

The few problems that do show up in
the new poems seem. to occur when
Tillinghast overindulges himself in one
of these areas - for instance, in "The
World Is," images of dead bodies in
concentration camps and 12-year-olds
with Uzis are mixed together a bit care-
lessly; the result seems a somewhat
overambitious attempt to fit the poem
into a larger historical or political con-
text.
But for the most part, Tillinghast's
poetry is just the opposite - calculat-
ed, delicate and carefully
measured. Perhaps its
most distinctive fea-.
ture is this preci-Y
sion combined;
with a keen fas- *.:::
cination with;
what Tillinghast°
once described
as "the unseen-
meanings and signif-
icances" that lie hidden
beneath the surface of everyday
objects and events. This sensibility
gives his poems a fanciful and some-
times frightening quality - the reader
is drawn into a world which contains
only subtle glimpses of objects, where
normal events are seen through a filter
that makes them appear strange and
dream-like and in which there is often
a frightening uncertainty about how
much to trust one's own perception.
Some of Tillinghast's most intriguing
poems have an almost hallucinogenic
quality. In "The Thief," for example, in
the midst of describing the theft of his
possessions, the speaker awakens sud-
denly to find that he has been dreaming
the whole event, but asks himself,
"Wasn't I awake already?"

The victim tries to wipe his eyes but
cannot sense where he is. Later he
wakes a second time, but again is not
completely able to differentiate
between reality and the images which
arise in his imagination.
As the action of the poem unfolds,
the reader is allowed glimpses of events
that occur at indeterminate places and
times, uncovered carefully by the
speaker like layers of an LSD experi-
ence. The poem ends with a suggestion
that an explanation might be right
around the corner - some-
one whispers to the
, ;. " speaker, "I have an
introduction for
you that will
p>" make everything
clear" -but we
are not sure we
can believe this
dubious promise; a
clear view, after all, in
this world of shadows and
hidden, unexpected meanings,
seems perpetually out of reach.
Much of Tillinghast's poetry also
involves the experience of moments
from the past in present settings. In
"The Red Cottage," for instance, the
poet visits a place where he spent time
as a boy. As he looks at the remains of
an old cottage burned down years ago
by a forest fire, he blinks, causing the
memory of the fire he witnessed as a
child to reappear vividly in front of
him.
Also, in "The Knife," the poet
describes a memory of his brother
which overwhelms him suddenly while
driving; the force of this memory is as
strong as "a living hand/ that spun me
off the freeway."

Further, the characters in youngsters like the ones pic-
Tillinghast's book are aware that an tured here. Would you like to
event can only leave the memory after see a special advance screening
it ceases to injure -the subject of "His of "Scream 2," presented by
Days," a hardened, thick-skinned man Dimension Films and Daily Arts?
who has lost his son, is able to resist the OK, let's play a game, stop by
grief and bitterness of everyday life the Daily Arts office (Student
until one day on the street he hears Publications Building at 420
another man's son call out "Daddy!" to Maynard) after 1:30 p.m. today
his own father. The memory cuts the and scream like you've never
man "like the crack of leather" screamed before. ,f you scream
For Tillinghast, the past is a living, well and win, you'll get a pass
sometimes brutal force, and the charac- for two, if you lose - I'll gut you
ters in his poems are constantly vulner- like a fish! Hurry in before the
able to its power and to the oceans of limited passes are all devoured
meaning held back by the thin veil of
the present.
One only needs to "blink" before this
barrier is shattered and the events that
dwell in the memory come crashing
back in a flood.
The enormous range of forms,
styles, and subjects found in "Today
in the Cafe Trieste" makes the task
of comparing or categorizing
Richard Tillinghast's poetry diffi-
cult, but makes reading it immense-
ly enjoyable. The poems in
Tillinghast's book allow the reader a
glimpse of the power and richness
of the memory and imagination, and 5
display the talents of a poet who,
more than most, pays attention to
the strange, frightening and beauti-
ful meanings that exist just out of
sight, hidden within the experiences
we have each day.
- Nate Teisman
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