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Lead Kula tries to shake Nazi allegations
By Aaron Rennie chos. I love the swastika! It's a brilliant apology (left as originally written) in a to play at a bizarre alternative confer-
Daily Arts Editor image. It symbolizes peace and the sun letter to The Independent, a British ence in Wembley ... somehow the
For the past six months, the British and illumination - it's everywhere in newspaper. "My comments derive from organiser who was a most eccentric

pop quartet Kula Shaker has garnered
rave reviews in the music press for its
unique blend of pretty melodies,
propulsive beats and Eastern-influ-
enced guitars. A more recent develop-
ment, however, casts the band in an
extremely negative light, one that may
cause irreparable damage to its bur-
geoning career.
In a story related in the May 7-13
Metro Times, the British political mag-
azine Open Eye named Kula Shaker
one of the New Age Nazis in Britain,
based on the group's statements in a
March edition of the New Musical
Express. Kula Shaker's guitarist and
lead singer Crispian Mills was quoted
as saying, "Hitler knew a lot more than
he made out. Hitler and his whole gang
weren't just a bunch of fucking psy-
Read it

India."
Furthermore, Open Eye discovered
that Mills' unsuccessful previous band,
The Objects of Desire, used the motto
"England will rise again," and also
played at a 1993 conference at
London's Wembley Stadium called
"Global Deception," at which infamous
anti-Semitic speaker William Cooper
gave a lecture. Cooper is a visible Nazi
supporter who reprinted "Protocols of
the Elders of Zion." The book describes
a conspiracy in which a handful of.
Jewish men control the world's money
supply and power. Cooper-can also be
seen on the cover of Kula Shaker's
debut album, "K," as well as being
thanked the liner notes.
After getting hammered by the press,
Mills offered a grammatically flawed

my long interest in Indian culture, from
which the swastika has its origins ... in
Indian culture it actually represents
wholeness, spirituality, and good for-
tune," said Mills. "It has been unfortu-
nately stolen by the Nazis who trans-
ferred it into a symbol of hate, racism,
death, destruction and evil.
"My comments were not in any way
a support of the crimes that are symbol-
ized by the Nazi use of the swastika,
especially the Holocaust genocide in
which so many innocent Jews were tor-
tured and murdered," said Mills before
adding, "For the record I have never
been an anti-Semite especially as my
dear grandmother was Jewish and I am
thus Jewish by blood.'
Asked to explain the Wembley rally,
Mills wrote, "The Objects were invited

woman thought that we were a famous
and successful pop-band. A gig was-a
gig, especially then, and so we played
two sets. We had very little idea what
the conference was about and so we
thought, 'let's have an adventure and do
it.'"
Mills distanced himself from
William Cooper by saying, "I have no
admiration for Cooper or his ideas."
While this condemnation may sound
genuine, Mills also completely misin-
terpreted Cooper's motivation for
reprinting the infamous anti-Semitic
book. "His reprinting of the reprehensi-
ble and specious 'Protocols of Zion' is,
if I am not mistaken, his attempt to
show how there is a conspiracy against
the Jews and not a justification of a
Jewish conspiracy."

unspian mils (secona rom rigt) tries
to explain the charges against him.
Mills lastly offered an explanation
why Cooper is on the cover of "K."
"The theme of the cover played with the
ideas of conspiracy and remembering
him as a proponent of conspiracy theo-
ry we put him on as a joke - that's it."
This, however, does not explain why
Cooper is also thanked in the liner
notes, nor why Mills believes that
Hitler was more than a "psycho?'
Despite Mills'rather honest apology to
those offended by his earlier comments,
it may take a full-blown public relations
makeover for Kula Shaker to shake this
dodgy charge and right its favor in the
eyes of the press - and the public.

'Daytrippers' an enjoyable ride

By sangita Baruah
For the Daily
What do you do when you think your
husband might be having an affair with
another woman? Jump in the station
wagon with your family and drive into
the city to spy on him!
And so begins the story of "The
Daytrippers," a wonderful new film
written and directed by Greg Mottola.
It starts out simply enough: A young
wife, Eliza (Hope Davis), finds a love
poem from "Sandy." She thinks it may
have been written to her husband Louis.

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After telling her parents about it, they tant discoveries about themselves ands
offer to drive her into Manhattan, where their relationships with one another.
Louis works, so With this low-
she can confront budget film;
him. R E V I E W Mottola has done an
Eliza, parents excellent job of
Rita and Jim, her The Daytrippers realistically captur-
sister Jo, and Jo's ing a typical mid-
boyfriend Carl all dIe-class American
pile into the fam- At the Michigan Theater family. The perfor-
ily station wagon mances are perfect
to go downtown. But this is no ordi- because they seem so real. The gruff
nary road trip. Along the way, the fam- dad wearing his baseball cap staysO
ily members make some very impor- quiet as he concentrates on the road.
The talkative mom chatters with
everyone as the two sisters roll their
eyes. And the boyfriend just tries to
stay polite. This could be any family
:- the performances are easygoing
i Ever thing and real.
The best performances of the film
are given by Anne Meara, playing
Rita, and Liev Schrieber, as Carl. With
her gossiping, nagging and constant
chattering, Rita makes the typical sub-
s M3 urban mom. She has a lovable yet
' foverbearing personality that creates
some of the film's most hilarious
moments.
Carl, Jo's boyfriend, loves to play
the intellectual and share his world
anand political views. Schreiber plays
thspart cleverly and charmingly.
"The Daytrippers" appears to be a
* j 0 comedy with its funny characters and
dialogue, but near the end, more dra.
matic elements come through.
Frustrations run high as the family
becomes more and more convinced that
Louts is having. an affair.
This is only topped when Eliza final-
x ly discovers the truth about her hus-
xh band. Mottola adds a definite twist
ence become surprised at the shocking
>h ~ revelation.
"The Daytrippers" is a perfect blend*
'* of social satire and intense drama,
showing an averge.family's Journey"
i''n1-**3l b*o etheity. T .-

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