The Michigan Daily
Magnum Cum Louder RCA BY NABEEL ZUBERI
Listen, all you artistes with
your cutting-edge technology and Extremely dated but offering a
multi-cultural influences, anybody few camp moments to savor, the old
can be interesting by being creative Saturday matinee serial Jesse James
and inventive and doing what's never Rides Again has, over the last
been done before: if you think couple of weeks, provided a bit of a
you're so hot, try to make four warm-up for the real thing - a
albums without changing your week of recent Westerns and
sound and still cut it. gunslinging classics of the genre
Despite a slight fleshing-out on riding into town at the Michigan
the new Magnum Cum Louder - Theater August 12-18.
25 years after the Young Rascals, Despite waning in popularity
they've discovered the Hammond over the 7Os and 80s, the Western
organ - The Hoodoo Gurus are still remains for many the quintessen-
Idoing for garage rock what the Me" is itself poetry.
Ramones did for late-70s punk: But after all, you don't look to
vacuum-packing its guitar-saturated an album with a spray-painted skull
sound in their amps for eternity. and crossed guitars on the cover for
Their secret has always been to wisdom. You look to it for a
take a good cliche and make you pointy-toed kick in the butt.
forget that it is one. As the Hoodoos Assume the position.
rip through the two-chord-stomp of
"Glamourpuss" or wax mellow with THE HOODOO GURUS will play at
the double acoustic guitars and three- St. Andrews' Hall in Detroit on
deep vocals of "Baby," you might Saturday, Aug. 19. Cover is $12.50.
marvel at Brad Shepard's guitar play- -Jim Poniewozik
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melodies: the singer's aching, re-
peated reading of the line "I've lived
in shadows all my life" in "Shadow
Wigan: Champions of the West
tially American cultural genre,
loaded with metaphors from deep in
the heart of this country's mythol-
ogy. It's produced a host of icons for
red-blooded Americans, heroes who
embody the finest of our nation's
John Wayne, the greatest of them
all, stars in 1939's Stage Coach
(showing August 12-13), the first in
a series of classic Western films by
legendary director John Ford. Wayne
plays the Ringo Kid, a gunfighter
who's basically a good guy - sup-
ported by actress Claire Trevor, who
plays the cliched "prostitute with a
heart of gold" with that inimitable
quiver in her voice. Stagecoach is
not only a memorable collection of
rich characters, but a blistering ac-
tion film which set high standards
for the Western genre.
Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado
(Aug. 17-18) is an homage to the
classic Westerns of Ford and others.
It's a feisty movie with a fine cast
- including Kevin Costner, Kevin
Kline, Danny Glover and Jeff
Goldblum - but it suffers from the
somewhat clinical "moviemaking-
by-numbers" approach-of many of
Moral bankruptcy and spiritual
vacuity are also the concerns of
Cold Feet (Aug. 13-19), Robert
Dornhelm's brand-new "nouveau
Western." Written by novelists
Thomas McGuane and Jim Harrison,
the movie follows a trio of petty
crooks and their schemes in a
Montana wasteland. Avant-garde
crooner Tom Waits stars along with
Keith Carradine in this Down By
Law with denim.
But this week's don't-miss gem
is Sergio Leone's 1969 masterpiece
Once Upon a Time in the West
(Aug.. 15 and 16). Like most
European filmmakers fascinated with
American mythology, Italy's Leone
draws out the darkness and violence
at the core of the Western experi-
ence. Henry Fonda plays an ice-cold
villain; you'll wonder why he ended
up playing all those pious All-
American heroes. Slicker than
Leone's earlier Spaghetti westerns
(The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, A
Fistful Of Dollars), this 185-minute =
epic is philosophical but fun -
nihilism with a twist of lime.
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