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Page 10

Tuesday, June 14, 1983


The Ramones bring
madness and mayhem

By C.E. Krell
T HE HIGHLIGHTS of the Ramones
performance at Second Chance on
Sunday night:
+ In the opening act, the Cult Heroes,
the guitar player continually showered
his lucky fans with the sweat of rock
and roll.
n In the opening act, the Cult Heroes,
the aspiring lead singer bragged about
their new album, and said he would go
get a copy. He proceeded to throw some
acetate upon an unsuspecting yet
honored fan.
+ In the opening act, the Cult Heroes,
the bass drum had a gas mask strapped
to it.
+ After the opening act, the road crew
set up the Ramones equipment, and it
took a long time. Why, I cannot possibly
realize. The Ramones are only a four
piece with three instruments.
+ There were some highlights to the
- Carefully taped to the singer's
(Joey Ramone) moniter, "Audience
Ann Arbor. Opening act - Cult
- Lots of Marshall amps - the only
true rock 'n' roll blasting boxes.
- Johnny Ramone uses Mosrite
guitars. The very same guitars heard
on such classics by the Ventures as
"Walk, Don't Run" and "Guitar
Freakout." Let's hear it for Johnny's
- Joey wears rose colored glasses.
- Dee Dee drinks Pepsi.
+ When the lights went down, Clint

Eastwood theme music played on the
opening tape.
" After the Ramones came on stage,
the always pleasant crowd jumped and
danced as someone passed out under-
neath their feet after being smashed
against the stage.
" Let's hear it some more for that fan-
tastic crowd. Great bunch of guys and
gals. One particularly jocular fellow
jumped on stage and threw himself onto
the crowd. Words could not express my
satisfaction when upon repeating the
feat, the happy-go-lucky punk made a
large and loud thump as the crowd par-
ted and he ate hardwood.
" Some more cheers for those heady
bodyslammers, spitters, beer throwers,
and assorted fools. Average audience
IQ - 12. Even a girl punched me - and
her hair wasn't short enough to be hip.
" The concert ruining fans aside,
there were some musical highlights
that almost fought through the lousy
sound (I could barely hear Joey). The
Ramones didn't seem particularly ex-
cited about being in (downward glance)
Ann Arbor, but they still can chop up
most so-called hard corps. "Little Bit
O'Soul" and "Time" were sublime
covers and "The KKK Took my Baby
Away" and "In the Park" were ac-
tually played better than most of the
older Ramone songs.
" I wish Tommy Ramone would rein-
state himself in the drum cock pit. They
miss him.
" It's really strange to end on an old
number, but there isn't much more to
say. Long live rock.

Daily Photo by ELIZABETH
Joey of the Ramones wears rose-colored glasses.


Gladys Knight S the Pips
Visions (Columbia)
Where have they been for ten years?
After an interminable string of
mediocre, ballad-oriented albums, this
energized, funky outing is a revelation.
It's the best Gladys Knight-& The Pips
record since 1973's Imagination, and
it's one of the best albums by anyone of
1983. If you appreciate the old virtues of

soulful group singing and well-written
songs, you'll love this one, particularly if
"Midnight Train to Georgia" still
means as much to you as it does to me.
And if you like to dance, well surprise!
There are five top-notch dance tracks
here, aided by state of the art synth man
Lean Sylvers. "Save The Overtime For
Me" is already a top-five Black hit, and
there are several others which could
follow it straight up the charts and onto

the dance floors. Don't be surprised if
this one crosses over to pop, and puts
Gladys right back where she belongs -
accepting those stupid awards on TV.
Kashif (Arista)
Kashif is a full-fledged phenomenon.
As the creator of an original, soothing
synth sound, his music has become ex-
tremely familiar in just the past year.
He wrote and produced "So Fine" for
Howard Johnson and "Underlove" for
Melba Moore. He also wrote "Love

Come Down," Evelyn King's crossover
smash of last fall, and "Inside Love,"
the new George Benson single. Kashif's
light, bubbly synth, colored all of these
outside projects nicely. But-since the
sound has become so familiar, it is less
exciting on this solo effort than it might
have been. Being an average vocalist,
Kashif needs varied tricks to keep his
sound fresh. He might be advised to
keep his production projects to a
minimum, so as not to fall victim to the
Michael McDonald Luther Vandross
over-saturation syndrome.
- Leizer Goldsmith


JUNE 22-25
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre-THEATRE,8:00p
presents Sat. Matinee 2:00 p.m.
For Ticket Information
Call 662-7282; or
tickets may be picked up at
the Ann Arbor Civic
Xl iu um inr Theatre office,
N ,338 South Main Street
Night S Dream Ann Arbor, Michigan
by William Shakespeare

"Psychology in the Third Reich"
Dr. Ulfred Geuter- Free University of Berlin
"Psychotherapy in Nazi Germany"
Dr. Geoffrey Cocks - Albion College
JUNE 14, 1983
All interested persons are invited to bring their lunch to Conference Room 4 in
the Michigan League at 12:00 noon. The presentation and discussion will take
place from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.


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