The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 22, 1997 - 11A
Jv yeSpit Love
If you're a die-hard Psychedelic
ors fan then you'll probably like this
:ohomore effort, "Trysome Eatone,"
from ex-Furs front-man Richard
Butter and the rest of his latest band,
ove Spit Love. Richard Butler's raspy
p immediately brings you
to the collars-up days
of the mid-to-late '80s
rettyin Pink" and
hair hits. But, the<
Test of you may not
find enough sonic
dip for your listening
ps to stay at this party
long. If you weren't into
the Furs back in the day, you may
not understand the emotional connec-
ti oor the retro-sentimentality here.
Love Spit Love is definitely pinned
in by Butler's trademark Tom Waits-
without-testicles voice, but that may
not be such a bad thing. Richard
Butler could sing "Row Row Row
Your Boat" and it would sound like aj
Psychedelic Furs tune. Oops, I mean
Love Spit Love tune. Anyhow,
fsome Eatone" has a 50/50 mix of
keepers and throwaways. Songs like
the band's first single, "Long Long
Tine" and "Well Well Well," can
probably be skipped without much
It's not that these tunes are all that
bad; they're just bland. "Well Well
Well" starts off with clich6-slash-taboo-
slash-faux-slash-annoying lyrics: "This
!we piggy's got more than anybody's
got-/ He's been struck dumbstruck /
What about me / Mirror man mirror
News Flash! If you want to start a
band and make a good song, don't start
your song with a nursery rhyme rip-off.
"More Than Money" tries to be a
tecbio-thrashy song, but it just does-
n't come off as genuine. These chaps
are searching real hard, but seem to
e come up short. "Little Fist"
nds like Richard Butler entered
and won the "Sing with the Stone
Temple Pilots (or their ersatz spin-off
Tillinghast to share 'Cafe Trieste'
By Sarah Beldo
For the Daily
Richard Tillinghast's 6th collection of poetry, "Today in the
Cafe Trieste" provides highlights from his long and varied
career, spanning decades, subjects and poetic styles. The first
section is a collection of new poems, while
the second section encompasses selected p
poems from three previous volumes.PR
The collection reflects Tillinghast's pas- Rich
sions. In addition to love poems, he con-
centrates on politics and history. The poet
lived in Kilvara, County Galway, Ireland,
for a year in the early '90s, and he uses
this setting as both a backdrop and inspiration for many pieces.
Also an inspiration was Tillinghast's past and recent involve-
ment in political activism.
"I was someone who was involved in a radical political
movement in Berkeley, he said. "There is a particular poem,
'The World Is,' which was written during the mass starvation
in Rwanda." This poem focuses on the troubles in Northern
Ireland, a political situation important to the poet.
Tillinghast said that the title of the collection, "Today in the
Cafe Trieste is also derived from world political events. It is a
"kind of meditation on the Chinese Revolution and Chinese
government under Chairman Mao."
To express these ideas, Tillinghast implements different
poetic idioms. "I like to go back and forth between free verse
and poems written in rhyme and meter,"
E V I E W he said. "With rhyme and meter, there's
more discipline involved, but free verse
d Tillinghast gives me more room to work.
Today at 4 Tillinghast is looking forward to the
ackham Amphitheater reading, because he believes that it giv.s
Free a new aspect of life to a poem.
"Last semester I was on sabbatical, andI
spent a lot of time giving readings. I really enjoyed it," he said.
Tillinghast will be reading from "Today in the Cafe
Trieste" at Rackham Amphitheatre today at 4 pm, and he will
be hosting a reading and book-signing Thursday night at 8 at
Shaman Drum. Poet James Dickey has called Tillinghast "the
best poet of the younger generation, and deserving more
recognition.than most of the poets of the older generation."
Perhaps one of the most compelling features of his poems is
their appeal to any generation.
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Love Spit Love can't seem to find Its niche with its latest, "Trysome Eatone."
band Talk Show) contest." Beware!
Love Spit Love tries to find its sound
somewhere in "Trysome
Eatone," but it can't come
to a consensus. I
thought that's what
singles where all
OK, so the picture
painted so far has
been drab, but there are
a few swatches of bright-
ness and color on "Trysome
Eatone.' The tracks "Fall On
Tears," "7 Years," and "All God's
Children," breathe a little life into
"Trysome Eatone." "Fall On Tears"
sounds more like Love Spit Love's last
The melodies swoon and skip around
Dick Butler's gravely vocals like elec-
tronic gyroscopes on pendulums of
bliss. Love Spit Love aches for a niche,
yet it can't find one.
If Love Spit Love sticks with tasty
aural platters such as "Fall On Tears,"
and "7 years;" it might have some better
recipes to give the musical world; but
until that happens save your cash and
buy an old Psychedelic Furs album.
- Chris Felax
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