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May 22, 1996 - Image 9

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1996-05-22

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Author and translator Amy Cooper will
discuss her new translation of Marie
Cardinal's "In Other Words" tomorrow
t 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday f
May 22, 1996 7

Twister' and 'Mission: Impossible' -
lockbuster summer soundtracks
Oeather Phares fronts, "Twister"'s loud and soft songs E
collide - but fail to produce anything
Like heat waves, frisbees and the meteorologically or musically interest-VMusrtMti
nn Arbor Art Fair, blockbuster movies ing or consistent. The soundtrack finds Picture otsoter"
e a good indication of summer's most of the artists on it a holding pattern Soundtrack
rival. - here you can find a typical Van Halen Warner Bros.
While these films are generally song like "Humans Being" or a typical **
ooler than a heat wave, harder to lose K.D. Lang crooner like "Love Affair." Various Artists
san a frisbee and less likely to tie up Mostly, the album gets mired in its Music from and inspired by
affic than the Art Fair, they do come own mid-tempo muck. "Twister's few MiMototmosBible"
ith their own equally blockbusting, distinctive moments are provided by MotherIsland Records
studded sound- Belly's surprising-
a s - an annoy- ly prickly
ag but now "Broken," the Chili and "Mission: Impossible Theme:
aandatory way of ' Peppers' goofy Mission Accomplished") by U2's Adam
pping the market- " M e t a n c h o I y Clayton and Larry Mullen, and the
sg ante. Mechanics" and selections from Danny Elfman's score
More of a way to the Goo Goo like "Claire" and "Trouble," the album
xtract 15 addition- N Dolls' "Long Way provides plenty of futuristically sexy,
1 dollars from , Down," which at spooky spy music. Nicolette's eerie "No
noviegoers and , least don't sound Government," Gavin Friday's "You, Me
nusic fans and less.. like everything and World War III" and Pulp's excellent
iWay to musical- else on the sound- revenge epic "I Spy" in particular deliv-
express a film, \ track. While er the sexy, apocalyptic air that the
oundtracks with Van Halen, rockin' on the 'Twister' LP "Twister" doesn't movie strives for.
tot artists and totally blow, it's While not exactly keeping with the
inique tracks can take on a life of their more hot air than anything else. spy theme of the soundtrack, Bjork's
iwn, surpassing or even replacing the Far better is the "Mission: "Headphones," Salt's "So" and Cast's
novie in popularity. The soundtracks Impossible" soundtrack, which not only "Alright" are all interesting and
o the short-lived "Empire Records" has one of the enjoyable additions
nd "Brain Candy" probably made coolest theme to the album. In fact,
nore money than the financial flops songs in TV or besides the inclusion
hey were tied to. film (of which of the Cranberries'
noying as they are, the super- several remixes "Dreams" (no doubt
dtracks seem here to stay. Two of are available on included to snare that
he most recent examples, the "Twister" the soundtrack) last alternateen that,
md "Mission: Impossible" sound- but also has a hip by some miracle,
racks, illustrate the good and bad of artist roster doesn't already own
nusical movie marketing. (Massive Attack, this song) the only
Surprisingly staid for such an action- Pulp and Bjork) problem with the
tacked and special effects-laden film, and a thematic " M i s s i o n:
he "Twister" soundtrack is mostly approach. Impossible" sound-
illed with warmed-over hard and clas- M u s i c a 1 y, track is that most of
ic rock (Van Halen, Mark Knopfler, " M i s s i o n : these songs - a
*ie Nicks and Lindsey Impossible" leans Tori Amos, another 'Twister' feature whopping 10 out of
Buckingham), gooey female ballads toward the ambi- 15 - aren't even in
Allison Krauss and Lisa Loeb) and ent and dancey side, only rocking out the movie. Even so, you don't have to
arious other usual suspects (Tori with the funk-metal of Skunk Anansie's be a spy to figure out that the
Amos, Rusted Root, Red Hot Chili "Weak." Along with the techno-inspired "Mission: Impossible" soundtrack is
Peppers and Shania Twain). remixes of the movie's theme songs better than the majority of sound-
Much like opposing cold and warm ("Theme from Mission: Impossible" tracks out today.

'Mission: Impossible' hits big screen
today; Cruise produces and stars
If you mention the words "Mission: Impossible," images of adventure, espi-
onage and intrigue are associated with the TV show, which ran from 1966-1973
and was remade from 1988-1990. "Mission: Impossible" has become a part of
American pop culture.
23 years after the original series ended, "Mission: Impossible" is back, this
time gracing the big screen May 22. The brainchild of producers Tom Cruise and
Paula Wagner, the adventure-thriller stars Cruise and is directed by Brian
Cruise, who stars as agent Ethan Hunt, Is joined by a cast that includes Jon
Voight (Jim Phelps), Ving Rhames (Luther), Henry Czerny (Kittridge), Jean Reno
(Kreiger), Emmanuelle Beart (Claire) and Vanessa Redgrave (Max).
Opening scenes were shot in the majestic city of Prague at the National
Museum and at Lichtenstein Palace. The remainder of the movie was shot in
With the help of After Dark, Netscape, Adobe Photoshop and the interactive
software package Director, plus the technology of Apple and IBM, the comput-
er/video team helped to create a realistic image of state-of-the-art technology.
International intelligence sold on the black market, a corrupt agent doubling
with a mysterious organization, a list of top secret agents in the world, a former
Russian spy on the loose and one man on an impossible mission. With a sound-
track by Danny Elfman, a high-powered production team and a talented cast the
IMF team returns May 22 to solve . the Impossible.
By Gabriel Smth,for the Daily

Sparklehorse gallops to Majestic

By Heather Phares
D Arts Writer
ickness, sorrow and the strange are
routine for the Virgina-based group
Sparklehorse. Actually, Sparklehorse
is primarily one man, Mark Linkous,
who is on a first-name basis with the
Unusual turned dangerous in January.
Linkous was in the UK touring with the
critically-acclaimed band Tindersticks.
B ling jetlag, he apparently accidental-
l ixed anti-depressants with sleeping
pills and blacked out.
Back in the United States, Linkous is
on tour with Cracker showing how his
acquaintance with the weird is a good
thing, at least musically.

The Majestic Theater
Doors open at 9 p.m.
(33 9MUnSCfornfo
Sparklehorse's debut album
brims with twisted country-pop songs
reminiscent of Palace, Guided by Voices
and Neil Young. Lo-fi recording tech-
niques and song titles like "Hammering
the Cramps" superficially obscure the
beautiful melodies and lyrics on
"Vivadixie," but the single "Someday I
Will Treat You Good" shows Linkous'
pop instincts are in the right place, even

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