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May 27, 1981 - Image 6

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Wednesday, May 27, 1981,

The Michigan Daily

Page 6

Teardrops explode in concert

Teardrop performed their songs in a
By REGINA MYER compelling, yet loose manner. Cope
It wasn't just the Teardrop that ex- demanded attention with his beaming
ploded at Bookie's last Friday night, as stage presence. He moved and danced
this band from Liverpool displayed how on stage with ease, a natural perfor-
good pop can burst with excitement. mer. w
Fronted by lead singer and songwriter,
Julian Cope, The Teardrop Explodes
played a strong set of striking material, THIS SHOW opened with "(Read it
ranging from their earliest single to in) Books," the B side of last year's in-
their iew and yet-to-be recorded songs. dependent hit single, "Treason." The
Judging by their most recent album, band played with energy to spare, im-
Kilimanjaro, I expected to hear very mediately comfortable with' the songs.
fluffy pop, trumped up by esoteric and Cope was instantly lovable, singing
ambiguous lyrics. This display of lyrics like "Who wants love without the
pretense simply did not occur as the looks?" as he pushed the hair from his

face, showing off his own very han-
dsome features. For someone dressed
in a silly, ripped Pyramid Power t-
shirt, very baggy Levi's and half-laced
boots, Julian Cope's physical presence
attracted quite a bit of attention..
The band went through a large por-
tion of their recorded songs. "Ha, Ha,
I'm Drowning," a song about falling out
of love, was particularly strong. Cope
repeated the line "I'm drowning in your
love" with enough intensity to know
that he has felt that way.
Their live version of "When I Dream"
also came off particularly well. This
beautiful love song contains an entran-
cing chorus of "ba-ba-ba-oh-oh's" that
Cope sang with grace and ease.
THE NEW SONGSwere also very
good. Cope obviously thinks that "Sen-
ding Secrets" is wonderful: he in-
troduced it by saying, "This is a
classic." "Culture Bunker" is a catchy
song about Liverpool that even
manages to comment on the Crucial

Three, the band that he started along
with Ian McCullough of Echo and the
Bunnymen and Peter Wylie of Wah!
The encore, however, was marred by
Cope's vanity, which led him to ask the
audience to be quiet. His anger,
displayed in the midst of a song, really
broke the continuity of the show.
"Treason," perhaps their finest pop
song, sounded a little rushed, after that
On the whole, The Teardrop Explodes
proved themselves to be a worthy pop
band, and not as much of a psychedelic
rip-off as I had expected. In speaking
with Cope and Gary Dwyer (the drum-
mer) after the show, I found them to be
happy with their performance and ex-
cited about their material. They aren't
doing anything more* than solid pop
songs - nothing outrageous, mind you
- but you have to wonder why this isn't
the type of music that makes it on the
American airwaves.

Hines reportedly in
satisfactory condition


Rupert Hine -'Immunity' (A&M)-
(AP) Doctors reported today that
there are some signs that the
Progressive Rock Syndrome,
previously thought incurable, may not
always prove fatal.
Their cause for hope is Rupert Hine's
Immunity. Doctors say that the patient
in question has pulled through this
damaging genre with his beat still in-
tact. In one expert's opinion, the
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polyrhythms within the body of this
album are far more promising that the
deathly power chord thump-thump that
has stymied most recent Progressive
Rock victims.
THOUGH THE words of Immunity
still betray some inability to recognize
reality (the point of this patient's ram-
blings being described by some obser-
vers as "irrelevant" or even "in-
coherent"), the music reveals a sur-
prising awareness of other current
musical trends outside of the somnolent
Progressive Rock corpse.
Even the occasionally icy syn-
thesizers and vocals shouldn't dishear-
ten the well-wishers who had hoped for
some solution to the Progressive Rock
condition. As one doctor put it, "It's the
first time that it's been fun to be with a
Progressive Rock victim since the
early 70s. For a while there it was
really awful - cold, repetitive, in-
coherent, arhythmic. We're extremely
thrilled that this one's pulled through so
well. I give ita 9.5 chance of survival -
you can even dance to it!"
-Mark Dighton
tUe ann arbor
film cooperative
originally scheduled
for THURS., MAY 28,
have been CANCELLED


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