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cinematic a., relating to and/or having
qualities characteristic of the cinema.
Cin-e-ma*
•ttieque
(sin's ma tek) n. [<Gr. kinema, motion
plus Fr. theque, library, place to collect]
umm 1. like a discotheque,
but without as much
dancing 2. a friendly,
state-of-the-art,
screening room right
downtown 3. a place
to   find  brand-new
HHHMM9B film  classics and to
rediscover old ones 4. a cheap way to
travel around the world without ever
leaving Vancouver 5, a member-run film
society that you can call your own.
CNEMATHEQUE
1131 HOWE ST. CONTENTS
September 1989 * Issue #80
5    Airhead    5
6    Fanzines From A to Z    6
8    Go Ask Laurie Pt 2   8
10    My Lunch With Shithead    10
12 Ashwin Batish    12
13 Soul Vibrations    13
14    An Incomplete Spotter's Guide To Fraternities At U.B.C.     14
16    Looking For The Real Goods    16
18    Hell's Kitchen    18
19    Art & About    19
20    The Second Coming!    20
22    The Nature Of Chaos    22
24    Toilet Paper Celluloid    24
26 . Beatmix    26
27    Plangent, Plank, Plant    27
28    Tape-A-Mania    28
29    Local Motion    29
30    Throw It To The Dogs    30
32    Real Live Action    32
35    Discorder Datebook    35
36    Searching For The Subtones    36
37    Books    37
38    On The Dial    38
41    Listener's Survey    41
43    Cybertoons    43
44    Under Review    44
EDITOR Kevin Smith / EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Viola Funk / WRITERS Janis McKenzie, John Ruskin, Michael Klassen,
Bill Baker, Lloyd Uliana, Pat Carroll, Judy Lahti, Viola Funk, Jeanna South, Chris Buchanan, Mike Grigg, David Hauck,
Den Lebel, Mike Harding, Brian Hohm, Janis McKenzie, Leigh Wolf/ ART DIRECTOR Scott Chernoff/ ARTIST Den Lebel,
Jillian Farnsworth / PHOTOGRAPHER Stacey Hooper / COVER Pax (photo by E.) / PROGRAM GUIDE BY Randy Iwata /
ADVERTISING MANAGER Mike Harding / ACCOUNTS GUY Randy Iwata / SUBSCRIPTIONS Robynn Iwata
Discorder is That Magazine from CiTR 101.9 fM/ published monthly by the Student Radio Society of the
University of British Columbia. Discorder prints what it wants/ the CiTR On the Dial program guide/the CiTR
Spinlist record chart/17,500 copies to over 200 spots. Twelve-month subscriptions are $12 in Canada/$12 (US)
to the US/$20 elsewhere/payable by cheque to Discorder Magazine. We want your stuff: send in stories, drawings,
photos/ and we won't give it back.
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a ten day extravaganza of Alternative Theatre and
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THE FIFTH ANNUAL
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SEPTEMBER
8-17   • 1989
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call today for more information (604) 873-3646
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V5T 3E3
SEPTEMBER 1989   3 .£
TIMBRE '89
PRESENTS:
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CiTR
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present
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Sept. 22 & 23 at the COMMODOrI:JB
Sept. 26 at the TOWN PUMP
presentations of Timbre '89 GET YOUR FUNKIN'
FACTS STRAIGHT
Dear Airhead,
I was reading your July
'89 issue when I came across a
review of the Replacements' new
LP "Don't Tell A Soul" by Viola
Funk. I have been a Replacements
fan since "Sorry Ma!..." and I
have lived for every album since,
as would every Replacements fan.
Ms Funk says that she hero-worships the band. BULLSHIT! I
can accept the fact that she is
giving her point of view of the
album, but she obviously hasn't
listened to ANY of their old albums. The final straw comes when
she quotes a line from "Rock 'n'
Roll Ghost" ("much too young/
much too cool for words") under
the impression that it is in the
song "I'll Be You", which she
called a "sad travesty". GET
YOUR FUCKIN' FACTS
STRAIGHT FUNK! Take my
advice and chuck her out, and get
more good people like DDD and
Peter Sickert who know how to
review vinyl.
Discorder Fan
Liam Milliken
PS Don't get me wrong; I LOVE
Discorder and have high respect
for anyone INVOLVED with it.
Okay dude. I was hoping some
one out there wouldpick up onmy
misquote, which I realised in
retrospect but was too damn lazy
to correct. However, you have
sorely misinterpreted my words.
If you read carefully, you'll find
the slight was directed at the song
"I Won't", not at "I'll Be You".
Anyway, this is all water under
the bridge now, as the album has
wormed its way into my psyche to
the point where I now listen to it
more than the Femmes one. Go
figure. —Viola
INTELLIGENTSIA TERRORIST REARS UGLY
HEAD
Dear Airhead,
This is a public
announcement. It is with greatest
chagrin that I present this
ing to your listening and reading
public. Having returned to my
beloved city (one among several
dozen) after some years of wreaking intellectual terrorist havoc at
fine academic institutions everywhere, I find the results of my
early, less refined, cerebral-explosive experiments loose among
you in a virulently mutant form.
He's been in your galleries, on
your airwaves, and even quoted
on your fine pages. Before this
semi-talented, misogynistic
(didn't you learn anything boy!),
^\\jm^iR\wwm
egomaniacal twerp infests everyone's lives like chronic athlete's
foot, the situation must be cor-
An innocent child once
stumbled into my laboratory and
volunteered for experiments. He
was metamorphosed immediately
into my dog. The little pooch sat
in the comer wide-eyed and panting (gonad problem which I totally neglected/Now obviously
out of control/Should have had
him neutered.). This once-harmless nuisance called Bryce is attempting to overrun your city and
your minds. So whenever it is
possible to take a day off from
subverting UBC intellectuals and
scaring yuppies at Kits Beach,
the necessary attitude transplant
will be performed so we can alll
sleep soundly once again. My
profoundest apologies for what-
part my work has contributed to the manifestation of this
offensive little scourge. And for
all individuals infested with
Bryce-myth-itis, intensive, two-
minute deprogramming courses
will be set up at all city emergency facilities and at all public
refuse containers within a five-
block radius of Bryce's current
address and public appearance
locations. Do not despair. The
situation will be rectified shortly.
Thankyou.
Sincerely,
Marnie
representing
Society for Bryce Banishment
The Academy of Alchemical Anarchists
The Brotherhood of
Boredom Bashers
Etc etc etc.
If you wanna insult someone, why
not do it so that we can sympathise, rather than in obtuse metaphors?
HEH...HEH...HEH...
ITS WHO YOU KNOW
Dear Airhead,
I recently received the
copies of the Discorder Magazine and the tape of Joey Rati sent I
would just like to say thank you
for evetything you've done.
We enjoyedreading the
Discorder Magazine and would
love to read Part 2 of The Shocking Untold Story of The Partridge
Family, if you could find it in
your heart to send us a copy. We
have a couple of big Partridge
Family Fans (I don't know if I
should put this in print).
I look forward to working with you in the future, thanks
again.
Regards,
Barbara Pisano
Public I Publicity Services, Inc.
New York, New York
IT JUST GETS BETTER
Dear Airhead,
Received the bundle of DISCOR-
DERS today, and distributed them
to various record stores (indies!)
and like venues. The people really appreciated 'em, so we're off.
The monthly distribution will
really be possible. Looking forward to the new format in September. It Just Gets Better!
Most Sincerely,
Terry Gibson
Regina
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SEPTEMBER 1989   7 8    DISCORDER The following is the second fascinating installment of Discorder's exclusive
presentation of excerpts from Go Ask Laurie:
Laurie Partridge's Diaries 1969-1971. Read
on to discover more of the shocking truth
behind the rise and fall of television's most
beloved singing family...
March 10,1971
Our second album, "Up to Date",
come out today with advance
orders of half a million copies.
This week there is a spread in
"Newsweek", and "Rolling
Stone". Mom is featured in
"Homes andGardens"(tided"No
Singing at the Dinner Table!").
Danny is mentioned in an article
in "Forbes" about the music biz.
Keith is being interviewed by
"Playboy", although Mom
doesn't know it yet. My piano
teacher was even interviewed by
a local television station, although
he didn't mention he liked to feel
my bum. But y'know, I'd give it
all up today to run off with Bobby.
He and I have been getting into
some steaminess behind our gear
at the back of the Partridge bus.
Boy if Chris knew what his tomtoms know now...
April 3,1971
Mom's in big trouble with the
local schools because we've all
been truant most of this school
year. She got real smashed on gin
thenightofTracy'sbirthday party
probably because of the scandal.
The newspapers printed a picture
of her ripping up a bad review of
"Up to Date" and said it was her
ripping up her P.T.A. membership. The school board went so
far as to reveal Chris's poor scores
on the grade six placement exams
to thepress. Along the way somebody forgot I guess that Chris is
only in grade five.
April 29,1971
Bobby is now confirmed as the
backup act on the Partridge
Family Summer Tour '71. To
celebrate I gave him the gift a girl
can only give once in her life.
'Nuff said.
May 9,1971
To help us on the tour Reuban has
hired an ex-biker named Lee as
road manager. With Bobby,
Rueban, Lee and this man named
Maurice Mom's dating, the tour
bus was getting a bit crowded, so
we bought another bus, and
painted it identical to the first
Great idea, I thought, twin re-
June 2,1971
Rueban was jailed six hours this
afternoon when he failed to report to Canada Customs he was
transporting firearms on our bus.
Danny was pouring with sweat.
He and Reuban had been shooting at prairie dogs the day before
last so I know he's packed his gun
along too.
June 23,1971
Dear God, I hope Tracy is all
right. Why anyone thought a nine-
year-old girl culd endure a
schoolbus ride on a nation-wide
summer concert tour is beyond
me. Soon as we booked into a
Minneapolis Travel Lodge Tracy
and a bagload of her things went
missing. I wish I took the time to
talk to her now. While I spent all
my time groping Bobby, Tracy
was sitting at the back of the other
bus buried in Betty and Veronica
comics. Danny's first impulse was
that we should begin auditioning
Tracy lookalikes, preferably
musicians. Keith cracked him
with an empty road case for that
June 24,1971
Still no sign of Tracy. The police
have a state-wide search in effect.
Lee has enlisted the help of the
Minnesota Satan's Angels chapter. The press is being really nasty
to Mom over this. Maurice I guess
couldn't handle the heavy mood
and left Mom too.
June 26,1971
Tracy's been found!! Apparently
the "Ask Veronica Lodge" advice column was a post office box
across the river in St. Paul and
Tracy went looking for help in
person. DC Comics quickly denied that they would advise girls
to visit them. The publishers
admitted however they received
several letters from Tracy over
several weeks, but explained
"Veronica" was unlikely to give
the revenge suggestions Tracy
was looking for.
June 27,1971
Mom's announced that she's
cancelling the tour and we're
going into the studio to record a
project called the "Sound Magazine". Tracy is being enrolled this
fall into a private art school in
northern California. We got news
that Maurice was found beaten
and left for dead in a rent-a-car
outside Minneapolis. In the hospital and with tubes up his nose
and everything, Maurice says it
was bikers that beat him up. State
police held Lee for questioning.
Danny, who said Lee was a
"buddy", boasted Maurice was
thumped on his orders because he
didn't like him. Such were the
Partridge's On Tour '71.
August 26,1971
The "Sound Magizine" sessions
are going down surprisingly well,
considering the pressure of school
starting in two weeks. Any over-
dubbing later could be arranged
for after classes I guess, with
homework probably forced on us
between takes. A publicity photo
got released of the group recording. Danny was wearing that stupid ghoul mask I bought him for
Christmas once. One writer
thought the chubby, bass-playing
ghoul might not be Danny, and
now "Is Danny Dead?" rumours
are flying around.
September 17,1971
Our first single off the new album, "I Woke Up in Love This
Morning", which Keith wrote
after he had a wet dream, sailed
into the top five after one week.
Advanced orders for "Sound
Magazine" were around two
million. Personally, I think this
dead Danny story is really starting to dog the band, and Danny is
not improving things by skipping
school. I think Reuban put him up
to this. He claims we move an
extra 25,000 copies of "Sound
Magazine" every day Danny is
believed to be dead.
October 3,1971
Keith has persuaded Mom to let
me, Chris, Danny and himself
play a one night gig in a local hall.
Keith decided on "The Leather
Apple Bedtime" as a name change
for the group that night, and
Reuban is circulating the rumour
that Danny will be brought back
from the dead the night of the
show. I'm wildly unhappy about
this because I was getting comfortable being Danny less.
October 6,1971
Keith's pot-smoking is definitely
testing the family's patience. As
a twist for the L.A.B. show,
Keith's arranged forus to dress as
Ottoman soldiers, with the exception of Danny who'll dress as
a Sultan and play from a cloud
hanging over the stage. I don' t get
it, not a bit.
October 8,1971
A truant officer knocked on our
door this morning and took Danny
off to school. Looks like Mom's
going to spend more time in court,
but this time over Danny's truancy. The L.A.B. rehearsals are
lacking enthusiasm, except from
Keith who wears his Turkish tunic
with pride. \
October 11,1971
A rumour has gotten back to that
the L.A.B. show tonight is supposedly a musical wake for our
deceased brother. Having Danny
up on a cloud isn't going to help
things either. I'm just sick about
this stupid show. It's going to be
awful.
October 13,1971
"LEATHER APRON OF
BOMB AST! "..."LEATHER
APRON - THE SLEEPY
BLACKSMITHS .- OF
ROCK?"...Here's the headlines.
Somebody printed the posters
wrong for the gig naming us
"Leather Apron Bedtime". During the show Danny became dizzy
and hot hanging over the other
members of the group. His monitor blew, then when he tried to
climb down from the suspended
cloud with his heavy bass guitar
slung from his back, Danny lost
his grip, landed on the bass and
sprained his back. Keith ripped
off his tunic defiantly after that
and launched into solo renditions
of Partridge hits. This quelled the
crowd which had begun ripping
seats from the floor. Chris and I
tended to Danny, who winced
with pain when he was loaded
onto the stretcher.
November 20,1971
I've officially bowed out from
the group. By my contract I continue to receive royalties for the
first three records. Keith, Danny
and Chris are forming a new
unnamed group and have enlisted
two young women musicians.
Really they should call themselves the Cleavidge Family
because the two new members
are so well endowed. And me?
Well, tomorrow's another day.
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10   DISCORDER MY LUNCH WITH
SHITHEAD
Bill Baker Catches Gravy with the One and Only Joe Shithead
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of dining with singer, sportsman, and budding
thespian Joe "Shithead" Keithley (with a th). Joe (we're on a first name basis,
me and Joe) recently completed shooting on the locally produced feature film
Terminal City Ricochet, in which he and ex-wrestler, ex-waterbed salesman-
turned night club owner Gene Kiniski play a team of police constables. He will
be appearing as Las Vegas-style fashion designer Sammy Venus in The World
of Beauty, one of the plays in this year's Fringe festival. I joined Joe as he was
shoving a final piece of flourescent red pork down his gullet at Hon's Won Ton
House on Main street.
Bill: Hi.
Joe: Hey, Bill. (To the waitress)
Could we have a couple glasses
of water, too? I don't think she
believed me that I wanted a table
for two; she thought I wanted to
be by myself. You know she gave
me my cheque like "Aaaah yer
takin' up valuable space there,
Bud". At this other place I go to in
Chinatown they just throw yer
food at ya'. It's the total "White
Devil" treatment, you know.
B: Did she really say "you're
takin' up valuable space"?
J: Naw, naw.
B: What's good here? (I look at
the menu and find an item called
a 'Potsticker') What's this pot-
sticker?
J: Naw, don't buy that...it's like a
Chinese version of some ultra
deep fried perogies or somethin'.
Last time I came here I came with
John Card and Richard Duguay
from the band T.T. Racer. And I
went to the can, and I came back
and I was lookin' at the list and I
was you know, "Aaaaah, who
could order those fuckin' potstick-
ers, man? It's like so greasy and
gross", and so on, and then this
big order arrives for them, you
B: Bad news, bad news. Are you
rehearsing these days?
J: Yah, I am. To be or not to
be...no, um.
B: I remember one time you called
[wrestler] Freddy Blassie "the
Ultimate Professional" - singer.
actor, and wrestler. When are
you going to start wrestling?
J: (Laughs) Well, I'm a hockey
player, right. It's like his line is
"Anything anyone can do Freddy
Blassie can do better...whether it
be in the art of wrestlin', the art of
talkin', or the art of makin' love".
I go in with that type of attitude.
With wrestlers, itdepends on how
you approach 'em, right. When I
first met Kiniski, his sort of opening line to me was when somebody asked him "Gene, can I get
you acupof coffee?", and he says
"Aaaah, come around with it
pretty soon; if you don't get back,
I'll occupy myself by beatin' the
shit outta Joe here". So it's a test
to see how you can react to that.
Whether you shrivel or rise to the
challenge. Even though he may
be vastly physically bigger than
you, you either laugh or say "Can
I get a different trailer?"
B: So...tell me about your acting...
J: Well, I figured I was usually
walkin' around actin' like a buffoon or an asshole anyways, so
why not try and turn it into some
cold, hard cash, right?
B: Is there a lot of cash to be made
from this gig?
J: Naw, not from the play, like,
I'm just gettin' started at that.
Like that part in the movie, that's
just a small part -1 had quite a lot
of fun at it...In the play I have a
larger part...it's set up like a TV
studio with screens and technicians around...it's like bein' on
Geraldo Rivera or somethin'
except it's The World of Beauty.
They have like different people
come in between the commercials, and they actually have
commercials up there on the
screen. I guess I'm, y'know, one
of the feature guests on it
B: How did this come about? Did
you have an audition, or was it a
shoe-in?
J: (Pause) It was a shoe in.
(Laughs) Naw, it was through
my...I'm suppposed to get this
in...through my fabulous acting
agent Maureen Webb. She
thought I could do it., and Goddamn it, she was right!
B: You haven't done it yet...
J: Well, but I'm gonna do it. I'm
not afraid of that, ya pencilneck!
You say one more thing like that
and you'll be wearin' that soup.
What I wannado in acting is like,
well, I wanna be an all-around
performer, and some people will
say like "Joey, you've never had
any problem bein' an all-around
performer. With that beer belly
you've always been an all-round
performer. That's an obvious one.
But I wanna try and do anything
- not be limited by just having one
scope, right so I wanna pursue
it... I figure I'm a character, and I
can be intense when I wanna be,
so... Ain't got too many parts yet
-1 got a pretty thin resume, right.
But y'know I've been in front of
cameras and shit for years and
years, so it's no big shock. And
when they say "Go", you've gotta
go, and not just sit there like a
dud. Y'know, I figure it's like
D.O.A.'s always been tryin' to..,
like when we get a chance to vent
our spleens, so to speak, we're
always tryin' to raise shit whether
it be on stage, on the air, on TV, or
in press, or on record. To me,
y'know, like I always thought
music and film are the two most
powerful mediums for effecting
change in people, so like, hey...
why not try and conquer... I ain't
"I figure I'm a
character... I
can be intense
when I wanna
be"
introduce these guests... renowned doctors who...
J: Ya, it's just some guy who's
notrespectedinanycircles...some
crackpot who got his doctor's
degree from a Crackerjack box
(laughs).
B: You seem pretty happy in general.
J: Yah, well I feel good, y'know.
D.O.A.'s finally back on track -
we got a manager, and I got some
other ideas, like producing music
or whatever, but I don' t wanna let
the cat out of the bag. But it
wouldn't matter - nobody can do
it as good as me. It's all attitude,
y'know; I'm gonna get this done
by workin' my fuckin' ass like
fuckin'...crazy, y'know? It's like
when we become the 51 st state, I
figure I'll be eligible to run for
president. It's right about the time
Clint Eastwood' 11 be done his stint
stoppin' at the small potatoes,
bud. Let me tell you.
B: With this acting thing, did you
have any lessons?
J: Naw...I was a total rookie, but
it was just attitude. As I say, it's
notreally a huge, developed thing,
you know... I'm on screen a fair
bit [in the film], I've got six or
eight lines, it's easy. You know,
it's sort of raunchy - you know,
me and Gene and all the other
guys who play cops in the movie
basically wail on the other guys.
It's sort of apolice state run by an
ex-TV talk show host. It looks
like it's gonna be real good. It's
got a whole ton of laughs; it's
black humour. It's not like Robin
Williams meets Steve Martin or
something like that. Its funny...
they harpoon modern day TV
politics. It's cool because The
World of Beauty harpoons TV
talk shows and takes on this whole
thing of those half-hour shows
you see on KVOS at midnight:
Stay Young Forever, or whatever. It's all sellin' crap to people,
and I think that's going to be one
of the big challenges of the 90's -
for regular people to realize what
a con this is, and people on the
other side of the fence, shit disturbers like me, have to beat them
at their own game.
B: Have you ever seen Let's Talk
with Lyle Waggoner where they
Shithead's tips:
1) Just uh... when you decide to do a part, make a decision. Take a
certain angle, don't change it as you go. Unless you're interpreting
the part to be schizophrenic.
2) Think what would you do in that real life situation. If you felt !ike
cryin', or laughin', or uhhhhh beatin" the shit outta somebody.
3) Don't have a porcupine haircut like mine. That's the most impor-
tant thing. The other stuff's common knowledge.	
B: The press will tear you to
shreds.
J: Yah, they're like a bunch of
piranhas - go in too deep, and
they'll chew ya to shreds.
B: You've done a few
lately...you're still here.
J: Well, they take one bite outta
me and its like "Aaaargh BAD
TASTE and it smells bad, too."
B: Wow... the press is just flocking to your side!
J: Yah, y'know I'm just a gravy
boat, and ya gotta be there with a
cup to catch some of it..be there
with an ice cream pail to catch
some of the crap comin' over the
side there...
B: Right Well, anything else?
J: Naw. You gonna pick up the
tab?
J: What's another name for a
cheque?
B: I don't know...what?
J: Bill! (laughs and throws the
cheque at me)
The World of Beauty will be
performed at the Warehouse
TheatreonMainStreetdailyfrom
September 8-14. D.O.A.'s new
album. Murder, will be released
in October, and Terminal City
Ricochet is slated for release "as
early as November." Ample
opportunities to catch Joe in action. If you see him alone in a
restaurant however...
SEPTEMBER 1989 11 ASHWIN BATISH
by Lloyd Ullana
SDUP STQCIt FROM THE BONES OF THE ELEPHANT MAN
FridaY Efenings 1Z3D - 4DQ AM
An advertisement for
Columbia jazz products that
ran in th July 1 st issue of Billboard reads "Where tradition
meets tomorrow". A little
awkward, I'll admit, and I'm
not sure whether the tie in I
had dreamt up between this
quote and the Ashwin Batish
phenomenon is a clear one but
I'd be damned if I couldn't use
it The notion of 'tradition'
and 'tomorrow', I think, per-
fecUy sums up Bombay-born
American sitarist Batish who
- armed with Monsieur le drum
machine, Yamaha DX9 synth,
and further '80s gadgetry -
manages to uniquely and humourously create a musical
strain that works on modem
aesthetic visions while simultaneously maintaining a secure grasp on both his past and
that of his native homeland.
Hence - 'traditon' and 'tomorrow'. I had a chance to meet
Mr. Batish when he played in
Vancouver for the first time at
last July's Folk Music Festival.
Q: You handle your records
on an independent basis.
How do your find that has
benefitted you or worked
against you in some way?
Batish: Well, let me start with
how I really envisioned going
out there and doing it. Every
musician's dream is to get a
big company to back you.
Everybody says that's theonly
way to go. And sure enough
for the first six months, as soon
as I made that single (Bombay
Boogie b/w India Beat)...I
made copies of that single on
really good quality chrome
tape with dolby...it was really
kicking butt...I thought this
would really do it! (laughs)
Theyjusthavetoputitin their
systems and crank the volume!
Well, six months pass by and
you start getting these pigeons
that you sent out coming back
saying "Uh, sorry, this stuff is
good, but try an Indian audience" and comments like that.
They wanted me to try it in
India. I still kept pushing it
Finally, by getting many refusals it just made me real
numb to the fact I was going to
do any more of it. Ijustthought
that was it. But I borrowed a
few bucks from the rest of the
relatives - that's what relatives are for (laughs) - and put
out 5,000 singles. Just gave
them away to radio stations, to
record stores, to djs... whoever
wanted one. We just gave'em
away. So, it started happening. Certainly it was all over.
It was starting to get airplay.
People thought it was kind of
a crazy thing with my image
and stuff. They thought this
guy has got to be joking. So
that made them play the record and once they played it,
they liked itandpalyed it again.
I think I sent out over a thousand of those response cards
and got almost 600 of them
back from stations with great
comments on them. After I
got all those cards I said "Man,
this is happening."(laughs)
Q: Is Sitar Power the only
album you've released?
B: I have about ten different
titles, but the rest of them are
all classical. I have three
albums which are classical and
then a bunch of albums with
my father and my sister where
I am accompanying them on
sitar and tabla. But the record
company (Batish Records) has
about ten albums and Sitar
Power is the one that got picked
up for distribution by Sha-
nachie.
Q: Is there a market in India
for your work?
B: I'm sure there is, but it
hasn't been tapped yet. I
haven'tpusheditinIndia. I've
just pushed it in the US actually and the fact that it has
gone bigger in Canada than in
the US...you might say I'm
really excited about it in a way
because I had always envisioned doing things in Canada
but I just didn't know how. So
when the Festival came
through with these concerts, I
was very happy about it.
Q: Do you perform club
dates as well as folk music
festivals?
B: Most of the concerts I do
have been club dates, mostly
in the USA of course. But the
Canadian circuit is very favorable as far as festivals are
concerned and so I'm getting
booked in quite a few festivals. I did a World Beat Festival in Ottawa. I'm coming
from the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was at the Winnepeg
Folk Festival. So they're
coming through. I'll be doing
WOMAD in Toronto and the
Earthsong Festival also, in
Hamilton.
Q: What criticisms have you
received from the Indian
community or just your
peers in general?
B: Sometimes people don't
understand. They think I'm
trying to fight traditon with
this new concept and that has
been the main spark of contention, I think. What people
think is that I am really a pop
musician that does not have a
great deal of respect for the
traditional forms. A lot of
those people are very misguided in that they don't really know what I am doing. A
lot of classical musicians, if
they hear my music, they'll
realize that I am playing very
strictly in the ragas; the stuff I
do doesn't compromise. I
don't go out there and try to
do what I call 'piddly licks'.
I'm out there really trying to
show people what the sitar
can do fully. My scales ardi
right out of the scale structures of Indian classical music and I am a classically
trained musician. Anybody
who wants to jam with me at
that level, I'd be happy to have
them come out. As far as
tradition is concerned, for
instancc.What is tradition?
It starts at a certain point in
time. Five hundred years
down the road THAT becomes tradition. Tradition is
really a relative issue and I
think people who think of
themselves as traditonalists
should also look inwards and
question that issue of traditionalism. I'm trying to promote it. That's the message I
really try to bring out to
people... that the sitar is a very
versatile instrument. India is
a very versatile country. India is not all meditation and
sit down-and-burn incense
country. India is a very cosmopolitan country. It has
many aspects of music that
people over here haven' t even
dreamed of. Andso.whatl'm
try ing to do is bring out a little,
bit of it, but in my own way.
I'm making it high tech you
might say. I'm trying to bring
out a certain culture and as^
pect of the country over here.
How can you do it unless you
take the help of technology
that is out there? You owe it
to yourself to go the best route
to promote the music. That's
what Sitar Power stands for;
it's today with the old coming
into today.
12   DISCORDER by Lloyd UHana
SOUP STOCK FROM THE BONES OF THE ELEPHANT MAN
Fridaif Erenings TZ30 - 4110 AM
Sure, I was caught
off guard when the Folk Fest
people called up about doing
an interview with a reggae
band from Nicaragua. I figured, as probably many of you
figured, the musical proponents of revolution from Nicaragua only wield acoustic
guitars. Shameful what conclusions stereotypical thinking can cause people to come
to! Enter Soul Vibrations, an
eight piece reggae outfit from
the black English-speaking
Bluefields community on
Nicaragua's Adantic coast.
Bassist/co-lyricist Alfonso
Flores spoke to Discorder
during their Folk Music Festival stopover.
Q: Liberation from oppressive systems, particularly the
emancipation of the black
comunity, is a major theme
that runs through your
Iyrics...at least those thatl've
heard on your cassette...
Does there exist or is it possible, for there to exist any
resentment of your peripheral concerns by the much
larger revolution taking
place in Nicaragua?
Flores: TheNicaraguan revolution is very broadminded;
the people are open. For example, if you have a method
that could solve problems in
this society you just put it
forward. They'll listen to iL
And if it's correct then they'll
give you vista bueno, we say
in Spanish. They authorise it,
so you can do your thing. The
revolution is for the people;
it's not only for the political
party. Other countries think
that the revolution is for only
one party, that it's radical. It's
not That is nonsense. Anyone in Nicaragua can make a
revolution. So the black
people from the Atlantic
Coast... we think the revolution has started not only ten
years ago but for many years
now. It's a world revolution.
Now it seems like Nicaragua
has created the possibility to
expand  this  consciousness
worldwide.
Q: Would you care to discuss your background, your
heritage?
F: I asked my grandfather
where his parents were from
when I was younger. He told
me they were from the Middle
East. But then many writers
wrote some big lies aobut the
black community and the
Caribbean. Of course, some
were taken to the Caribbean
from Africa as slaves. But not
all were slaves. Basically,
where I was born in Nicaragua... this place is called
Orinoco and these people
came from St. Vincent Island
in South America.. .Venezuela.
There is a river in Venezuela
called Orinoco. Well, this
village is also called Orinoco
and these people weren't
slaves, they were mystics; they
had mystic powers. They
fought their way out and they
were trying to return back to
South America but the influence of time stopped them on
the Nicaraguan east coast So
you still find people there who
consult the traditions of the
occult; they speak the ancient
languages.
Q: Is racism versus the black
population prevalent in
Nicaragua?
F: In the beginning, maybe in
Somosa's days there was a
different concept because the
black people could not be involved in the environment of
the government to develop
themselves. They were rejected. But now with the revolution it's a big change because you can develop yourself. The government has
given the black people the autonomy and facility to do what
they like. And they are free to
do what they like. It's a big
difference and racism in Nica-.
ragua is not strong. I never
felt this. From when I was
born I never felt rejected by
other races, although sometimes in the past 1've met some
stupid people. It's nonsense.
After all, it's just ignorance
that is the cause of this discrimination.
Q: With the fabulous response you've received on
your tours, do you find it a
little tempting to relocate in
the United States?
F: Basically, we want to distribute our message to the
world; not only to the States,
but everywhere. We have just
come from Europe and we
think that our music can help
to change a situation because
it's not only Nicaragua's problem. It's a world problem.
The leaders of society must
purge themselves from the
hypocritical concept of cheating the people as they have for
so many years. The Nicara-
guan people, Central American people, a lot of people in
Canada, and people everywhere, are aware of this. The
politicians present themselves
as godly people. We can see
they are saying that they are
godly people   and they are
using the same message of
great personalities - Jesus,
Muhammad, Buddha, Rama,
Krishna. They are using the
same policy but they then are
hypocrites because of what
they are practising. So in the
name of humanitarianism or
philanthropism, or
whatever...socialism, communism, they have cheated
people. So we try to sing
about this in our music so that
people might prepare for a
God-conscious government in
the future - with purified leaders.
State support has given Soul
Vibrations the opportunity to
record the ten song cassette,
mentioned earlier, in a government-run studio in Managua. The tape is not available
at retail oudets; however,
CiTR does have it in rotation
so request it. Apparently Festival records will be making
some of their music available
on LP in the near future.
SEPTEMBER 1989 13 AN NGOMPLHTC STOTffiR'S GUIDE
TO fMlMOTIIES AT ILRC
by Pal GmJl
Chances are if you see a clean cut young man wearing a polo
shirt being thrown into the fountain of Main Library, he's in a
fraternity. But that is really very obvious. What are some other ways
of spotting fraternity members when they are not being so open about
their allegiances? Well, we here at Discorder just want to help end
the confusion about 'frats' so here is our guide to the ten major
'Greek Societies' on campus. Hopefully, this will aid you the reader
in your selection process.
ALPHA UPSEDN PSI- A However, at least one young
lady, who has seen them up
close, describes them as,
"geeks and boors".
whomever answers the phone
will reply. "That's Me."
Actually, most of the Figis
don't know who their president is because (wait for it)
it's a secret; at any rate, all of
this assumes you can even find
their phone number in the first
place. As well, I am not, nor is
anyone else, allowed to print
what "FIGI" stands for, but
we have a game to help you
guess (see bottom of page).
PHI  DELTA THETA
"Fidelts" - A group of young
men who go in for the student
body exective sort of thing -
i.e. many past, and present,
members of the AMS executive council are Fidelts. They
are reportedly more indu vidu-
alistic than other frats.
PSI UPSttDNTSlT Mostly
given to older, Grad student
types. A less socially minded
frat than most others. One assumes, however, thatT As, and
even some less formal of the
profs, could attend any social
functions they do have.
SIGMA PHI The serious,
community involved side of
fraternities. They do good
deeds, have a formal dinner to
which one invites ones parents, and, in theUS.SigmaPhi
has produced a number of
presidents (which may or may
not be a good thing).
ZETABETATAUThesort
of guys who really tike being
in a fraternity, and will say,
"Hi, Bob Smith,damn glad to
see you" and mean it. (see
also Alpha Upisoln Psi)
new frat at UBC, my source
described them as "idealists
who left ZETA BETA TAU",
because of the latter's perceived deviation from the true
path of Greek Brotherhood.
On the other hand they may
just have wanted to appear in
the phone book sooner.
BETA THETA PHI  The
'Betas'like to cultivatearepu-
tation as the 'richestandclassi-
est' fraternity on campus;
many of its members aspire to
be white collar professionals.
14   DISCORDER
KAPA  SIGMA - The
'Capsigs' were briefly described to me as 'cool' but
believe strongly in their rituals, which, needless to say,
they are not going to share
with the uninitiated - you and
me.
upper class twits indulging in
silly, degrading games involving kidnapping, and goats...
these guys are it. However,
the extraordinary severity of
their initiations may be needed
to root out the unworthy, as
the nonstop party action they
partake in makes them very
popular with the
'pledges'(young men seeking
to join a fraternity).
THE FIGIS - My favorite frat
DELTA CAPPAEPSLON for sheer absurd secrecy. If
- If you think frat brothers are you phone them up and ask to
nothing but overprivileged,   speak  to   their  president,
NOW ITS TIME FOR THE
WHAT DOES "FIGI"
STAND FOR GAME
First the hints:
1. take the first word
from the "Fidelts" and place it
in front of...
2. ...the word used in
sentences like,' the atom bomb
went off and produced a lot of
G  radiation, and those
words follow them with...
3....the name of a
Vancouver suburb south of
Richmond and west of Surrey.
VENI! VICI! VOMATI!
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dealing with tattoed torsos, pierced pee-pees and outrageous others. The flesh on
display is rivaled only by the gathered melange, a wild assortment of people to say the
least. And as I'm taking this all injy hearts going loom boom" with that feelig I'm
onto something great. What I am unto is the opening party celebrating the latest Re/
Searchpubiication, Modern Primitives
He/Search has vision. Seeting motives and philosophy behind actions, it
explores topics of interest for those who are "off the beaten tract", shall we say. Past
boots include:
INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILMS - Think odd. Horror, biters, beach party, sexploitation -
it's ell here. To be followed (this year?) by Incredibly Strage music.
PRANKS - Here we hare laid bact conversations with Jello Biafra, Keren Findleyjim
Leary, Joe Coleman (remember the madman in Mondo New Tort who had those firecrackers oo his chest?) and more, as they reveal their most outrageous exploits. It's
enought to give people ideas, so, as with a few of the Re/Search series. Plants has
a disclaimer noting the boot is for entertainment and humour purposes onlyl This is
to protect the editors from any lawsuits which could arise. Neato man.
DE INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK - A reference book eiaming jost what the heck
people like Throbbing Gristle, Z'ev, Mark Pauline (of Survival Research Laboratories)
and others are up to. Fascinating and not for the squeamish.
Now there's Modern Primitives, a book no modem day anthropologist, tattooed person or voyeur,for that matter, should be without. From the disclaimer onward
(Intydo not attempt any of the body modifications or practices described herein.
If you insist on doing any, go to a professional. Neither the contributors not the publishers
will assume responsibility for the use or misuse of any informal contained within this
book), it just gets better.
The stylish book is primarily comprised of 24 interviews with a wide range
of men and women discussing their ideas and practices of body modification.
This is not merely a "show and tell" situation exploiting penple's bodies.
It gets into the "Why?" of it all. Why do these people have tattoos? lat is their
philosophy? How can it relate to others' lives? The subjects open up and share their
experience.
The tattoos here have little time for "Born to Lose" insignias or cute little
roses. We meet people with intricately eiecuted full back murals. Renowned artist
Ed Hardy (whose first shop was Dragon Tattoo io Vancouver) discusses artistic
standards. There's an interview with the ever colourful Captain Don,wtio bears an eerie
resemblance to David Niven, and ran from home with the circus at age 14 and became
a sword swallower and fire eater.
Not so light reading is the book's first subject. Fakir Musafar. a 57-year-
old executive from California who has practiced virtually every form of ritual known to
man. Many of Musafar's actions are simply unpleasant to think about or look at - for
example, he has gilded himself and practices the American Indian Sun Dance.
The sole Canadian interviewed is ManWoman from Cranbrook. An artist and
visionary whose mission is to rehabilitate the swastika (for years before Hitler a sign
of good and prosperity), ManWoman is an imposing figure with his burly chest covered
by three skull tattoos and his forearms with swastikas. Obviously often misunderstood,
the primitives interview shows ManWoman as he would like to be percieved -a peaceful,
caring artist.
In Seattle I had a chance to purchase the hook and meet Andrea Juno and
Hale, editors of Re/Search. Feeling rather awestruck,! asked for their autographs
(plus that of Bobby Neal Adams,Re/Search's chief photographer whose excellent work
is only made more appealing through his modesty). All three were pleasant and
accomodating with Yale taking souvenier pictures of everpe present.
Re/Search is planning pre projects. It remains the least presumptuous,
most academic series of literature for modern readers who want the real goods. Find
Re/Search at easy going bookstores in town, or for a catalogue write to: Re/Search
publications, 20 Romolo St. suite 0, San Francisco CA, 94133.
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Remember that satisfying, punched-in-the-gut feeling
you'd get as a child after guzzling
a milkshake? I had forgotten it
until the other night, when, to
sustain myself on the long trek
home, I picked one up at the
Granville Mall McDonalds. This
mother (vanilla, 99 cents) was
quite equal to the challenge.
Though the ones I so fondly
remember from my childhood
were of a different origin. Sunday
nights, motoring home to North
Van from Abbltsford and the
customary visit at Uncle Arden &
AuntRosalind,s(arepastof crusty
buns, pickles. New Bothwell
cheese, cold cuts, fruit preserves,
and on good nights, some fancy-
dancy dessert), Mum & Dad could
usually be coerced into stopping
off at the A&W drive-in on Fraser
Way. My brother and I would
each get a milkshake—in those
days, mine were chocolate—and
the parental parties would of
course have coffees. Well do I remember those late-evening drives
home, ripping along the Trans-
Canada west—Next Exit: Fort
Langley...Langley...Next5 Exits:
Surrey...—the eastbound traffic
across the median Dopplering
away into the night, teeth cold
and stomach satiated by the
milkshake sitting like cement at
its pit.
So let's peel away the
grimy layers of time and call to
mind other delights of childhood,
victual-wise...
I can't even think about
Scooby-Doo cartoons without almost being able to taste Aunt
Jemima "Simulated BLUEBERRY Flavour" waffles and
Lumberjack syrup. The two went
hand in hand ofttimes of a childhood morning. I was twelve before we got a TV set, and thence
began a custom of awakening in
time to watch the half-hour of
Scooby-Doo while I ate my
waffles. With Imperial margarine
melting on them and intertwining
with the syrup in milky strands.
"The Weird Winds of Winona"
was one of my favourite episodes,
although my brother's favourite
"The Ghost of the Red Baron"
was pretty hot shit too.
Porridge. Most kids
(and indeed, mostsentientbeings,
some may argue) hate it, but for
us it was a special treat. My mum
never made it lumpy, and plus
there was always the bonus of
some good ass-kicking lumps of
brown sugar melting on top of it.
One of my earliestposi-
tive run-ins with food used to
occur when my mother sent me,
age 4, round the comer from our
apartment to the Mini-Mart on
Lonsdale to pick stuff up for her.
I would hand her little list to the
man behind the counter, who
would amass the indicated items
for me. At the end of the list, if I
was lucky, would be a Dixie-cup
of vanilla ice-cream and a bag of
Old Dutch potato chips. Back
home with my booty I'd dig in,
ditching the little wooden tongue-
depressor spoon that came with
the ice-cream in favour of just
dipping the chips straight into it.
(Which inevitably resulted in
some breakage, but hey.) Sweet
and salt, a truly blissful combina-
With muchnostalgia do
I recall having floats as a child.
Especially the ones served up in
Esso Wayfarer cafes in the course
of long journeys to and from
Manitoba. There were few greater
reliefs after long hours in the
stuffy, pillow-infested humidity
of the Pontiac than to step into
those welcoming, A-framed, air-
conditioned environs ('70's-A-
RAMA!), plant one's ass on a vinyl-upholstered seat, and down a
tall cold one. Taking after my
father, I generally chose Orange
Crush, though my brother would
opt for root beer. Which tended to
cake onto the inside of the glass
with much more alacrity than
Orange Crush, forming a truly
disgusting pock-marked scum.
Hence my aversion to it.
For the sake of comparison, I stopped in at the old
A&W drive-in at Fraser & 33rd
(should be a designated heritage
site, if you ask me) last time I was
up in that neck of the woods, and
purchased a strawberry
milkshake. This one'll set you
back $1.49, but it's worth every
penny—infinitely creamier,
smoother and tastier than the
McDick's equivalent. And plus,
you get one of those grooving
straws with orange stripes on it.
Now if only my brother had been
around for me to shoot the straw
wrapper at, it would have been a
complete bitchin' blast from the
Well hey man, "winter's coming on, summer's almost
gone'" why not throw the following concoction on the table at the
last barbecue of the season. Thanks to R. Harvey of Nelson St for
sending in the recipe.
Avocadoes are the dark green fruit that looks like hand
grenades in your grocer's produce section; agood avocado is soft,
not extra-mushy.
TAKE: 2 large avocadoes; remove skin and mash
ADD: 3/4 c mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 lemon (the juice or, if you are feeling earthy,
toss in the entire lemon, peeled & sectioned)
3/4 c chopped celery
1/4 c chopped green onion
1/2 c grated carrot
1/2 c grated beet
This can be refrigerated for a couple of hours before
eating but discolours and loses flavour:quickly. Goes great with
burgers or your favourite curry dish. For variety add avocado to
potato salad, to give it a thought-provoking greenish hue. youve done it   youre trapped for eight sunny months at ubc and
the exploration of the expanse of campus has begun   your rez
room the cafeteria sub the pit and of course the book store and
buchanan   perhaps in time you may even try one of the many
libraries for a little r and r    woodward is nice if you can put up
with the aroma of bologna slices placed in a book at random on
every floor   hidden in the shelves for some unsuspecting biosci research t a    if the smell of decembers processed cow and pig entrails gets to you then you may want to head to sedgewick library
but dont forget to check the mirror because we all know sedge is
the biggest pickup joint in town after Wednesday at the pit and the
pink safeway on a friday nite   when youve tired of all left brain
activity and youre bored with television and frat pranks
(you may say "never!" but just you wait)
there are a few alternatives to the usual ubc menu of events
you got it buck
food for the soul
right brain kinda stuff
theatre music ART creative writing
heres a sampling of some of the ARTstuff that is happening on
campus this month
at the ubc school of music there is a number of series happening
during the fall and winter session and a calender of events will be
available for the public by the second week of this month    the
Wednesday noon hour series returns on September 6th featuring
solo and chamber music from Vancouver and beyond    the price is
practically free
(two dollars)
an evening concert series of music by outstanding students fondly
known as
in the spotlight begins
October 24 and will cost you nothing   there is a faculty and guest
concert series beginning September 14   for more info call 228
3113    the ubc school of music is an extremely friendly and
happening kind of place    Doha took time out of her busy schedule
to talk to discorder and go over information that may be of interest
to the students    most of this stuff takes place in the ubc recital hall
citr enjoyed a successful relationship with the student run summer
theatre program the actors/resses were enthusiastic to explore the
medium of student run radio and its advantages for their stage productions most of the same students will be pARTicipating in the
fall productions at the freddy wood theatre but if you want more
information
marj thepublicistfromhell
says
godownandgetityourself
so much for free advertising   hey folks
the ams gallery is the place where most of the bfa mfa architecture
and ART education students exhibit on campus it provides an
easily accessible facility for the artist and students as well as a
venue to show off the extensive ART collection of the ams the
September lineup includes imaginus that sub poster monopoly
thang   followed by two mfa exhibits at the end of the month
art & about
the September exhibit at the fine ARTs gallery features an installation by Canadian ARTist ron huebner entitled
need me like i need you
huebner created the multimedia exhibit specifically for this gallery
space as a meditation on human nature and achievment and will be
available for viewing until October 7th    the fine arts gallery is in
the basement of the main library and offers students an opportunity
to view contemporary ART of exceptional quality by professional
ARTists    if you are a
seven foot ART afficionado
watch your head because the intimate space of the fine ARTs gallery may not be
forehead friendly
this is just a taste of the things that can be done here on the campus
of the conservatives    a few other things to look for are special productions and readings by the creative writing depARTment
student created and produced films and special events and presentations by indigenous peoples at the museum of anthropology
a groovy thing about the ubc ARTs thing is you can enter any of
these places dressed in primary colours    thats right you dont have
to dig up your one black turtleneck and your nifty leather coat in
30degree weather if you dont feel like it   go in
red blue yellow orange purple
or my favorite
green
its probably a good idea to leave the old biker shorts at home or if
you have to cycle take something to change into
spandex
is a tad inappropriate in a creative environment (unless its on
michelangelos david that is)
a lions share of the ubc ARTSscene is a product of the efforts of
various fine ARTs students most of whom are widely learned
some already have one degree or another or have left a more structured faculty that they have toiled away in for a few torturous years
many fine ARTs students have previously entered another faculty
such as science anthropology commerce or computers
to get a real degree in hopes of getting a real job
once they have sheepskin in hand    the average fine ARTs student
is in the faculty because she/he
really really really really
likes what he/she is doing within their medium of the ARTs    they
put in long hours in the studio practice room theatre or in front of
the typewriter often to only share their efforts with their peers because they feel that they have something unique to contribute and
communicate through the medium
accusations of elitism within the ubc fine ARTs depARTments are
mainly based on the lack of communicationand cooperation
between the fine ARTs faculties    for example a camera friendly
studio ARTs student cannot use a film depARTments video equipment or when i was trying to get a bit of information regarding the
upcoming freddy wood events
their publicist snarled that
ishouldjustcomeinandpickupapamphlet
(all i want to know is who is marjthepublicist and what is she being
paid to growl over the phone)
but their is an exception once upon a time the music department
extended its facilities to certain students outside of their program
a commendable and rare occurance   if the fine ARTs cats dont
even cooperate with each other how can we expect the rest of the
campus to acknowledge that the ARTs are an important thing
within the structure of this postsecondary
educational institution
the neatest thing about ubc ARTs is they are practicaly unknown to
the rest of the campus populace
they struggle for recognition
with
four billion
other students boasting a population far below engineers commerce of general ARTs keeners  4he fine ARTs students lack financial support and recognition of their essential services to the
campus    you dont often see posters in the chem buildin or war
memorial pushing the importance of the ARTs or even mentioning
that the cool thing about right brain activity is that you dont
tip over onto your left side
from knowing too much
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utilizing personal opinion
enjoying the aesthetic (if you please)
and promoting balance in the noggin
thats what the ARTs and ARTists of ubc have to offer.
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Look Out, It's MC 900 FT JESUS
by J. J. Derrida
Imagine the trepidation as my little white ass was assigned to interview
one of the freshest and most exciting rap artists to emerge from the United States
in quite a while. Although I enjoy listening to rap music, the thought of having
to face a man who would inevitably turn out to be a big, black, muscular former
gang member who bears a grudge against all of white society did not promise
to be a comfortable afternoon. Chances are he would hate me and my middle
American values (which I developed by watching too many Happy Days
reruns). Remember, rap music means urban strife and racial tensions which
would undoubtedly be taken out on me. So as I walked into Nettwerk's offices
to interview MC 900 FT JESUS I tried to bring to mind anyMartin Luther King
Jr. phrases to be utilised in order to try to make a quick convert. Unfortunately,
the violently anti-semi tic remarks made recently by Public Enemy's Professor
Griff was making it very difficult to remember the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Nonetheless, with tape recorder in hand, and a few pleasantries to exchange in
"jive" in mind, I plunged into Black Urban America.
With that preamble,
imagine my shock and surprise
when MC 900 FT JESUS did not
turn out to be an ex-Black Panther from New York, but instead,
a soft-spoken Caucasian lad from
Dallas. Cracking a market dominated by black artists, MC 900 FT
JESUS is innovative not only
because of his skin coulour but
also because of his style and lyrical content., the real name of MC
900FTJESUS,replacestheusual
rap topics, like racial strife and
women as sex objects, with reflections on religion and insanity.
While MC 900 FT JESUS shakes
up the message of rap, his sidekick, DJ ZERO, uses traditional
rap sounds and structures to make
this new creation a lot less alienating for the listeners. This dichotomy between the traditional
and non-traditional elements is
what makes MC 900 FT JESUS
and DJ ZERO not just anotherrap
group. Says MC, "We seem to
work against each other even
though we are working together,
it seems to add up to something
that is quite a bit different than
anything else that has been done
before."
The new frenzied rap
style pioneered by MC 900 FT
JESUS has many people debating as to whether or not it is truly
rap. "I don't think I'm a rapper, I
think what I'm doing is just a
little bit different. Its kinda close
to a lot of things, and musically
it's really based on rap type structures and put together like rap
music is, and it uses a lot of the
same sounds, but yet, lyrically
and vocally I'm coming from a
different place. I don't sing, I do
deliver almost everything I do in
a rap-type style, but to me it's a
different thing." While many of
today's rappers try to establish a
clear and crisp vocal sound on
their records, Mark Griffin uses
heavy vocal distortions on his
voice, like Skinny Puppy, in order to create sinister and uneasy
feelings in his listeners. No where
is this innovative style more evident than on the new 12" by the
duo entitled "Too Bad".
"The whole ideabehind
MC 900 FT JESUS to me is the
connection between the practise
of religion, especially in America
the way it is and especially T.V.
evangelism, and the idea of mental
infirmity. A more direct inspiration for MC 900 FT JESUS was
this big round guy who was standing on the street corner in downtown Dallas just yelling 'Jezebel
was a church going woman'. And
he would just say the same thing
over and over again, 'Jezebel was
a church going woman.' I went
and visited a friend for about an
hour in a nearby store and when I
came back down this guy was
still saying'Jezebel was a church
going woman.' So this man probably has areal religious conviction
about what he is doing. It is really
interesting to me about how religious feeling can be tied in with
oddmental states. I won'tsay that
its necessary, I won't say religion
is absolutely insane or anything,
but I think that a lot of crazy
people, and people who seemingly function in society, say like
televangelists, can fill the voids
in their lives with religion."
"I don't think insanity
follows me around but its something that really fascinates me so
I tend to notice it more than most
people. After writing "Born with
Monkey Asses" I went through a
great and long period of anguish
over the song because I felt I was
I really want
to create something that will
scare people.
exploiting this person because in
the song I use a big long stretch of
hervoice, andldidn'teven bother
to alter it at all. So it was kinda
like a guilt thing. I mean, well,
she wasn't going to make any
money off it, let alone the fact that
I put her ramblings on a record
which I put out all over the country, and now all over the world,
just forpeople to enjoy. And then
a couple weeks after I wrote the
song a different lady started
coming into the record store where
I work. She was this crazy woman
who would come by two to three
times a day every day for about
six months. She was a really interesting character but it was difficult to have her around. She
would mull around the store and
then all of a sudden shout at the
top of her lungs, 'Howy'alldoing
tonight, we're Cheech and
Chong', scaring all the customers. The idea always occured to
me that this was sort of my kar-
mic retribution for stealing this
And like the man himself, MC 900 FT JESUS' name is
an unusual creation. Based upon
a vision Oral Roberts once had in
the Tulsa wastelands of a 900
foot Jesus which commanded him
to start up a television and religious community on the spot, the
moniker has proven to be controversial. "A lot of people wonder
about me since I use Jesus in my
name; a lot of people just don't
like it. Oddly enough, I've had
more problems with my friends
than with the public. You can't
really joke about religion; and the
name isn't a joke, well, it is but it's
a joke on Oral Roberts, it's not directed at actual religion. Most
people will get it, but like I say,
not even DJ Zero was too keen on
my name for a while. I just tried to
explain it the best that I could.
There is a real possiblity that I
may get banned from radio because of my name, but that
wouldn't bother me so much
because the people who would
appreciate what I do will still find
out about it one way or another."
While MC 900 FT
JESUS has shot onto the Canadian college scene, the trip has
not been as smooth for DJ ZERO.
Better known as Patrick Rollins,
DJ ZERO has recently had a
problem entering Canada to help
record the group's first album,
called Hell With the Lid Off. It
seems that he inadvertently had a
receipt for a class 'C misdemeanor fine; and to further annoy
the border guards, he did not have
$ 100 in cash on his person which
they interpret as a sign he was
coming to Vancouver to work
and thereby take income away
from loyal free-trade loving
Canadians. This threat to Canada
has been described as a nice, shy
21 year-old, also from Dallas, who
performs in another rap group
called U KNOW WHO. at may
be intersting to note that MC 900
FT JESUS, a white man, had no
problem crossing the border, but
DJ ZERO, a black man, did even
though both were working on the
same project). So, DJ ZERO's
visit to Canada was restricted to
the Vancouver International Airport before he was made to board
the next plane back to Dallas.
Luckily this has only caused a
slight setback. MC 900 FT JESUS now has to take the masters
down to Dallas for DJ ZERO to
add his scratches and samples.
This delay means the album
probably won't come out until
October.
And about the new
album,"The first thing they will
notice is the groove, for a song
that's the first thing that has to be
there. If the groove is not there I
won't fool with it. And then they Tl
notice that vocally it's very different to what they've heard before; then they'll notice that it
was put together by some people
with mental problems. I really
want to create something that will
scare people. This particular album is about a trip through Hell
inside your own mind. I'm trying
a lot of different ways to convey
different aspects and possibilities
of that idea."
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SEPTEMBER 1989 21 THE RAiDRE OF CHAOS
by Mike Grigg
and Dave Hauck
HEY YOU! YES, YOU! Are you troubled by the late
twentieth century? Are you sick of asbestos pollution, genetic
warfare, Muslim fanaticism, the dead Ayatollah? Is the world
spiralling obliviously and uncontrollably around you? Then I think
it's time you opened your mind to Chaos Theory - sounds somewhat
apocalyptic doesn't it. This isn't a story about "chaos" - confusion,
anarchy - but of the theory of Chaos with a capital C. It seems rather
appropriate that a new abstract, theoretical treatise about our natural
and physical world bears the title of "Chaos" in these socially and
technologically turbulent times.
Chaos theory, what
with its powerfully abstract nonlinear mathematical functions and
fractional dimensions, is opening
the door to discovering many of
Nature's complexities. Most
simply put, chaos theory claims
there is an inherent deterministic
disorder within our natural world.
Through the use of super computers, something called fractal law,
the second law of thermodynamics, the Butterfly Effect, and aperi
odic non-linear mathematics, new
insight into the functioning and
cycling of our natural world has
been uncovered. Our world is not
what it appears to be...
In our natural universe,
everything in the cosmos from
the smallest quarks, to stars, to
galaxies, is governed by the second law of thermodynamics.
Everything tends towards disorder; perfect efficiency is impossible. In short, the universe is a
one-way street. Increasing entropy is the natural law of the
universe. Entropy breeds complex patterns, randomness and
disorder yet even as our universe
ebbs towards maximum entropy
it still manages to create systems
resisting the flux towards chaos.
Our planet is one such place where
order and disorder have mingled
together to create an energy consuming, intricate, unpredictable
and  fluctuating natural  world.
And it is Chaos theory that enables mankind to envision how
there can be small pockets of
apparently ordered systems -
glitches of deterministic disorder
- within the entropically expanding universe thus, allowing for
non-stochastic planes of reality
like our planet.
To better understand
Chaos theory we must delve into
the abstract reality of theoretical
mathematics. Most of us regard
our universe as a three-dimensional construct of smooth and
simple shapes of classical Euclidean geometry. But is that an
accurate representation of reality? Apart from man-made constructs, are cones, spheres and
cubes the predominant structural
forms in Nature? Clouds are not
spheres. Lightning does not travel
in a straight line. The universe is
comprised of rough, wrinkled and
scabrous shapes, not smooth
rounded ones. Not everything in
the natural world is constructed
in such idealistic shapes - they are
inhuman, unNatural. The odd
configurations found in Nature
convey meaning, they are not
abstract forms distorting the classical shapes of Euclidean geometry, but are rather irregular forms
that convey anew insight into the
essence of our chaotic twentieth
century. We must open our minds
to this new beauty and forget the
engrained idealism of the Greeks,
the Platonic harmony, the uto-
pian-like and non-realistic sensibility of the past 2000 years. We
must focus on the harmonious arrangement of order and disorder
in ournatural and imperfect world.
Nature did not develop complicated shapes or systems to defy
analysis and plague our conscience. The complications have
arisen because in the past mankind analyzed Nature with ideal-
istically perfect and unnatural
shapes using linear mathematics.
We must re-evaluate our analysis
of shape and structure in our universe and adopt tools such as
Chaos theory, non-linear mathe
matics and fractal geometry to
better comprehend the natural law
of the universe.
Non-linear mathematics attempts to quantify things
like friction, air resistance, and
fluid dynamics, each of which is
unpredictable. They are governed
by what is termed the Butterfly
Effect - a sensitive dependence
on initial conditions only. The
equations that map these properties are very complex and hard to
analyze - mapping their behaviour is like "walking through a
maze whose walls iearrange
themselves with each step you
take." They do not represent
reality as a continuum changing
smoothly from place to place and
time to time but, rather, they have
an initial starting point (Butterfly
Effect) that soon cycles freely
and interacts with the natural
forces in our universe to produce
an apparently chaotic, random
non-deterministic path of "static"
as time passes and the effect
materializes.   In the long term,
22   DISCORDER there is a determinism to the
process - friction will stop a ball
from rolling although the path or
the mariner in which it stops the
ball will never be the same twice.
Nature - its essence, its soul - is
non-linear. The path by which it
effects change is chaotic and unpredictable but nonetheless there
is a determinism to the chaotic
path - the ball stops rolling; randomly moving molecules somehow organize into tissues, organs,
organisms. Chaos is ubiquitous,
it is stable, it is structured. On the
surface it defies explanation but
nonetheless a gap is bridged such
that in the apparent disorder of
the system order appears - a predictable result is produced.
The red spot seen in the
atmosphere of Jupiter complies
with these laws of chaos. The
spot is a self-organizing system
created and regulated by the same
non-linear twists that create the
unpredictable turmoil and shuffling of the atmosphere around it.
It is stable chaos. It is a complex
system where the ordered spot
materializes from the chaos and
turbulence that surrounds and
inevitably generates it. Linear
mathematics misleads us because
it cannot even attempt to quantify
or explain the deterministic results that arise by the path of
chaos. No matter how elaborate
linear mathematics gets, what
with its Fourier transforms, orthogonal functions and regression
techniques to minimize chaos, it
inevitably misleads us about our
overwhelmingly non-linear
world.
A branch of non-linear
mathematics using fractional dimensions is uncannily able to
analyze and explain many natural
phenomenon that are irregularly
shaped and have no apparently
ordered or quantifiable structure.
This branch is a new geometry -
Fractal Geometry. This geometry is characterized by a type of
shape called a fractal. Fractals
are computer-generated images
based on non-linear equations
with a "chance" element or randomizing factorprogrammed into
their function. Interestingly, these
fractal shapes bear uncanny resemblances to natural shapes like
clouds, mountains and coastlines.
Where traditional geometry
breaks down in measuring the irregularities of the real world,
fractals have become the new
technique for measuring these
shapes. These images have shone
new light on protein structure,
corrosion, prediction of earthquakes, the distribution of galaxies and almost every other aspect
of nature that involves some
roughness and irregularity. Fractals have some mind-bending
properties, though. They are
curves of potentially infinite
length; they are shapes that look
more or less the same on all, or
many, scales of magnification;
and they have a tendency to lie in
between the "normal" one-and-
three-dimensional spaces of
Euclidean geometry. Given these
properties, mankind is now better
able to depict and understand the
shapes that exist in our natural
and irregular real world.
Since fractals appear to
look the same on many different
scales they are considered "self-
similar". A coastline, the most
obvious fractal in nature, exhibits
this notion of self-similarity.
Maps of coastlines drawn on different scales all show a similar
distribution of bays and inlets.
Each bay also has its own smaller
bays and inlets ad infinitum.
Fractals mimic this natural phenomenon. They are composed of
curves of almost infinite length
based upon arepetitive shape such
that the closer you look at the
image the more detail of the same
type you observe. This notion of
self-similarity lets the observer
see a sort of order in the apparent
chaos of the fractal shape. It also
lets the observer quantify the
roughness and irregularity of the
shape and give it anumerical value
tion stopping a ball from rolling,
heat convection) while very
complex systems for traditional
Euclidean analysis may yet obey
simple laws (the self-similarity
of coastlines and clouds observed
on different scales of magnification).  We must re-work our in-
We must open our minds...and forget ...the utopian-like and non-realistic sensibility of the past 2000 years.
- its fractal dimension.
Fractal dimensions
map the irregularity of the shape
by quantifying the efficiency of
the object to fill space. For instance, a map of the coastline of
British Columbia has about 1.2
dimensions. Remember that a
point has zero dimensions, a line
one dimension, a surface two
dimensions and a cube three
dimensions. Something with
more than two but less than three
fractal dimensions is better at filling space than an ordinary two-
dimensional object (such as a
piece of paper) but is not as good
as a three-dimensional one (like a
box). For instance, a crumpled
piece of paper no longer lies in a
two-dimensional plane, it occupies some three-dimensional
space so that is better at filling
space than a flat piece of paper.
The crumpled object then has a
fractal dimension of about 2.5.
The more crumpled the paper
becomes, the less air space there
is to be trapped by the packed
down paper and thus the closer it
approximates a solid shape of
three dimensions.
Chaos theory has
shown that simple, deterministic
systems can breed immense
complexity upon analysis (fric-
herent misconception of a complex natural world; open our
minds to new ways of thinking
outside of the traditional scientific laws that have shackled and
locked our understanding into
mistrusting the reality of fractional dimensions from providing mankind with new insightinto
the way our real world functions
and sustains us. Blood vessels
appear to branch in a fractal way.
Our own urinary collecting system, the bilary duct in our livers
and the timing of our heartbeats
all follow the fractal laws of Chaos
theory. Chaos theory allows
simple systems to interact over
and over again to produce complex, branching structures that
underlyingly appear disordered
but have deterministic functions.
For instance, DNA is the blueprint of all living organisms on
this planet. It provides the simple
sequences that get transcribed and
translated over and over again so
that its products then combine in
apparendy random, non-linear
and complex ways (of a natural
organization governed by the laws
of nature) to develop into the
ordered, organic life of our planet.
Such a process suits nature's
purpose. It allows for great diversity, great complexity and a min
gling of order and disorder in our
universe that is guarded by the
absolute law of maximizing entropy.
At this point, some may
be saying (if you get this far in the
article!) - "So what!! Euclidean
geometry and its perfect, idealistic shapes and dimensions suit
me just fine. Why should I need
to know that the coasdine of B.C.
has a fractional dimension of 1.2."
Most of us will probably never
need to know. But is that the
attitude that has brought humanity so far in its quest for understanding and enlightenment? We
are conscious beings, capable of
imagining ourselves in a future;
we have a free will, a natural
curiousity and inquisitiveness that
continually makes us grapple with
the unknown. We ask BIG
QUESTIONS, imagine what
death is like and how to better
understand our world. Chaos
theory opens up a new avenue to
understanding some of the complexities of our natural world that
Euclid could never imagine. We
have always known that our world
has contained unknowns. We
now have been rudely awakened
to discover that our world is not
the place we have believed it to
be. Chaos and disorder lurks everywhere. We have been living in
an artificial reality that does not
comply with the natural order and
disorder of things in the universe.
We are but a glitch of deterministic disorder in our universe.
It has been shown that
the electrical impulses and waves
of energy in our brains follow
fractal laws. Even our conscience
is composed of an underlying
disorder mingled with ordered,
rational thoughts and observations. Does Chaos theory then
provide apossible explanation for
the spontaneity and irrationality
of our thoughts and behaviour?
Could this be where emotions and
passions stem from? Apart from
our logical conscience, could it
be the erratic, non-deterministic
essence of our unpredictable
subconscious that perverts our
structured, ordered sensibilities?
Remember, we are governed by
the natural laws of the universe.
We human beings often behave
in stochastic, chaotic ways as we
deal with the inter-mingling of
disorder and irrationality with
order and rationality. We are
governed by the same flux of laws
within the universe just like every
other molecule, object and subatomic particle.
Will Chaos theory unravel the mysteries of the universe? Perhaps. But if not, there
will be other theories that will
plague the human conscience as
humanity continually attempts to
extract order from a universe
tending towards disorder.
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SEPTEMBER 1989 23 TOILET PAPER CELLULOID:
Comics as Alternative Media
One of the wonderful things about the collapse of our western industrial economy is that we can finally appreciate the depression
era as the true golden age of our popular culture. During the Thirties everyone was engaged in a truly heroic struggle - the struggle to survive.
The popular culture of that era defined a fundamental optimism of a society in decline. Yet, while the authentic folk culture of the time
did celebrate the struggle and hardship of the people, it was overshadowed by the racist class entrenching dogma of the popular cinema.
This double-sided relationship of popular and folk culture also manifested itself in the paradoxical views of self-righteousness and self-
indulgence of the Sixties so fondly recalled by the middle agers of the first media fed generation.
Small press in general
relates more direcdy to the comic
strips and ethnic recordings of the
Thirties than to any of the counterculture gestures and artifacts of
the Sixties. The peculiar pop/folk
sensibility of that generation and
their economic security make their
culture completely alien to our
current sensibility and awareness.
From the viewpoint of our current
sobriety, the vastly exaggerated
demographic proportions and purchase power of the notorious post
war boom gerneration now seems
like the distasteful indulgence of
a privileged class. Thus, as young
artists defining a new culture and
our own means of survival, we
are better served by the example
of the pre-war generation than
that of the post-war generation.
Comics were the first
authentic youth culture of the
western industrial society. They
reflect the ability of the youth
culture to assimilate and imitate
the popular culture their parents
passively consume. They have
always maintained, through their
relatively shorthistory, a key role
in the development of a youth
culture; generally being produced
by people only a few years older
then their target audience, often
producing for an audience of
peers. Comics are extremely
interesting as an aspect of small
press because of the unique support system of distribution they
have developed. Yet, to fully
utilize the potential of this system
we must also be sensitive to its
limitations, though not necessarily confined by them. So as any
publishing enterprise requires a
long term perspective, a brief
history of the development of
comics may put the current situation into context.
The   earliest   comic
books went into mass distribtion
in the mid-thirties simply reprinting selections of the hugely popular newspaper comic strips. The
newspaper strips played a major
role in the rapid growth of the
mass media newspaper empire of
Randolf Hearst The newspaper
syndicates which distributed the
comic stips to the major newspapers represented a very slick and
fiercely competitive adult market
of a very wealthy business. The
comic book diverged into a new
independent youth culture market when two teen-agers, saturated in the new science fiction
pulp literature of the era, created
the first authentic youth culture
icon of the twentieth century - the
man of tomorrow, theSuperman.
The original Superman comic
strip is of special interest from
our contemporary viewpoint because it had been considered both
too crudely drawn and too "far
out" a concept to be bought by the
newspaper syndicates. Segal and
Shuster had tried to sell Superman to every news syndicate and
had been repeatedly turned down.
Even when they found their way
to the offices of the newly formed
comic book publishing house run
by M.C. Gaines (who would become the first mogul of comics)
they were met by the same puzzled
indifference. However, becuase
it was a small and as yet undefined organization, Gaines took
notice when a young office boy
named Sheldon Mayer (later an
important cartoonist and editor)
saw the strip and practically wet
his pants with excitement. Gaines
recognized that there was something profoundly stimulating in
the concept of Superman, visible
only to the sensibility of the youth
that prodced it. So he bought it,
and thus was born an empire.
24   DISCORDER Superman began a cultural dialogue that is still underway. Excited by the outbreak of
war, the super-hero comic books
of the Forties created a powerful
child's view of the greatest political upheaval of 20th century; at
the same time reflecting an unshakable optimism and acompel-
ling humanism that is uniquely
The development of
television and rock and roll in the
1950's diverted the interest of
that generation from seriously exploring comic books as a means
of expression. Thus, the comic
book industry at that time was
dominated by a large corporate
enterprise that adapted motion
pictures, Disney characters and
Tarzan into comics. All of these
comics were hugely sucessful,
with Carl Barks's fabled Walt
Disney's  Comics  and  Stories
eventually breaking the 1940's
one million plus record of
Superman
and Captain Marvel. But it
was a group
of    middle
aged    Jewish
radicals - under the
publishing leadership of
the son of M.C. Gaines - that
created the first youth culture critique of American popular culture, Mad Magazine. It is difficult for us to realize, without first
hand experience of theprofoundly
repressive culture of the Fifties,
how revolutionary and influential a force Mad comics really
were. Initially, as a comic book.
Mad systematically and brilliantly
parodied every major comic strip,
hilariously illuminating their prewar and pre-adolescent sensib-
lilities. Expanding to a magazine
format and broadening their satire to the full scope of the media
culture, Mad played an important
role as a forum for the new aware-
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satire was the only safe form of
social protest during the political
inquisitions of the Fifties, many
established comedians rallied
around Mad magazine, including
the legendary innovator Ernie
Kovacs and the comedy team of
Bob and Ray. With contributors
of this stature, and a group of the
most sophisticated illustrators in
the magazine market. Mad Magazine was - in its prime - an aston-
ishingly vital and intelligent "children's magazine."
The early Sixties
marked the explosive return of
the super-hero to American comics, this time strongly influenced
by the science fiction and horror
comics of the Fifties. The heart
and soul of the super-hero revival
was the chaotic genius of Jack
Kirby, a central figure in American comics from the beginning .
A supreme innovator, Kirby had
introduced Captain America and
a host of other costumed characters during the Forties, and
produced some of the first
war com-
and black
magic comics, as
well as the first of the hugely
successful love and romance comics. In the Sixties he virtually created Marvel Comics and the most
elaborate pantheon of para-normal beings seen since ancient
Athens. Himself a veteran, Kirby
created a vision of a promethean
and malevolent technology that
always cataclysmically revealed
survival as paramount over morality. The sheer scale and conceptual density of Kirby's cosmic mythologies evolved our sensibilities from Buck Rogers to
Star Wars in a few short years. A
quick reading of Kirby's unfinished four comic series masterpiece, "Fourth World", reveals
him as the primary 'source' of inspiration for Lucas' stellar epic.
Star Wars (along with Akira Kuro-
sowa and Howie Chaykin.)
While back in the youth
culture, the rise of the alternative
or underground press in the Sixties also saw the rise of the underground comic strip. In an echo of
the original developments of comics, the underground press comic
strips led to underground comic
books. Yet, as these cartoonists
were working alongside the older
cartoonists involved in the superhero re viv al, the underground car-
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drug culture paraphernalia.
Therefore, they enjoyed a very
effective form of distribution for
the very short time until the "dope
craze" ran its course
and head shops
went the way of
thehulahoop.
This is a
very strange
culture we
live in.
With the demise of an ef-
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boy/philosopher.   That is: with
the acceptance of comics into the
the new art and culture community of the major metropolitan
centers, Raw promotes a style
> that is nearly impossible to successfully emmulate. The Raw
alumni rode the wave of new
figurative image making of
the Eighties, spreading the
contemporary New Yorkstyle
to the urban centers around the
world. And whereas the major
urban  centers  have   a large
enough arts community to support a whide range of underground
style  publications,   Vancouver
doesn't Even an excellent magazine from New York - that draws
on the same artists as Raw itself -
called Picture Story cannot develop any significant distribution.
Yet,   we   must   start
somewhere;  which is what a
loosely associated group of local
cartoonists did with a magazine
called New Reality.Small press
for comics means xerox printed,
digest format 8 1/2 x 11 paper
folded in half and stapled with a
card stock cover (optional).
There is a mail order distribution  system  for
small press comics, but it is
largely    a
practice
of fans
Robert
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naturalist epic
of the sexual revolution, Fritzthe
Cat, directly
addressed the
monumental synchronous pubescence of the post-war
media generation in
the most appropriate
and accessible means
imaginable. Crumbled
an explosion of whimsical and irreverent discourse
on the relative merits of sex and/
or drugs that found its way to an
unprecedentedly vast audience
homy for media to call its own.
The flaw that was to undermine
the long term success of the underground comics movement was
its dependance on the development of what we nostalgically recall as the drug culture. The
"adult" nature of the underground
comics made them unsuitable for
any conventional network of
magazine distribution, thus they
became included in the ranks of
r\«
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police
harrass-
ment (obscenity
and all), by the end of the
Seventies the underground
had declined to little more then
a mail order business dealing almost entirely in reprints. But in
the end, the more realistic among
them simply learned to survive.
Crumb's      Weirdo   and  Art
Spiegleman's  Raw  continued
their own personal artistic and
editorial development. Only the
strong and the brave learn to survive-and it takes a few years. For    enjoyedaprint runofafewthou-
amongst
themselves.
Locally, it is
possible to  distribute   a   couple
hundred comics but
it's a lot of leg work
and in the end it
doesn't   quite
pay printing
and mailing
costs. The
break
through
for New Re-
lity  and Spatter,  a
slicker magazine produced at the same time,
was connecting up with distributors who sell comics exclusively
to comic book specialty shops.
This brought New Reality's print
run to a staggering 5-6 hundred
copies, (kinda makes you feel light
headed, doesn'tit?) while Spatte
those of us who don't have twenty
years of experience under our
belts, there are some other avenues of exploitation. Raw represents the challeging dilemma facing the postmodern/altenative/un-
derground/artist/cartoonist/play-
sand copies. The real beauty of
this system is that, unlike a conventional news stand, a comic
book specialty store buys their
comics outright and does not have
the option of returning any unsold merchandise to the distribu
tor. Thus, when you send your information and/or xerox copy of
your comic to the couple dozen
distributors, they in turn include
your information in their order
form packages they send their
retailers. The retailers speculate
how many they want and order
accordingly, then the distributor
compiles these orders and sends
you a purchase order based on
these and their own speculations.
So with purchase order in hand
you take your comic to your
printer and either use your purchase order to defer payment for
three months until the distributor
pays you, or get a short term loan
-and away you go. Both New Reality and Spatter rode a trend in
new anthology comics that developed around the world, growing from small press digests to
widely distributed magazines;
Casual Casual from Toronto,
Fox from Australia, Escape from
England and Prime Cuts and
Centrifugal Bubble Puppy form
the States are the major examples.
Yet, all of these, like the internationally successful and very well
distributed Heavy Metal before
them, did not do well in the specialty shop market. The fact is,
comic book stores sell comic
books, not magazines, and not digests. With the tremendous success of the b&w independent
comic parody Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles, distributors were
willing to speculate on new projects, but in the end none of the anthologies - or Turde, Mutant or
Ninja imitations - developed
enough of an audience to survive.
The most successful
series to evolve out of the b&w
market in the past few years is,
not surprisingly, a comicbook
adaptionof the movie Alien. The
moral of this story is: the more
things change, the more they stay
the same. The youth market enjoys the most outrageous science
fiction adventure material available; why comic book publishers
fail to realize this is the traditional bewilderment of the middle
age businessman.
With the current system, any cartoonist can develop,
produce, distribute and own their
material. This has never before
been possible, and as yet has not
been fully explored. The most
interesting aspect of the role of a
comic book series as a youth culture medium is the rapid development of the audience's sophistication. An adolescent audience
very shortly matures to an adult
audience; the most exciting
comics have always developed
with their audience from imag-
initive diversions to artful discussions of social technology.
So hang ten boy
wonder.because it's a brave new
world...
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BDP at the PNE - Vancouver's first real rap/hip-hop show in years. August 22nd, Boogie Down Productions - KRS-ONE(the head guy, the rapper whose name
stands for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone or Chris One) and DJ D-IMice, joined on three songs by rapper Miss Melody on three songs
from the South South Bronx in New York City. The PNE Aquastage was absolutely jammed with people well over half an hour before the show was supposed
to start in anticipation of a show that would not let them down. Although I am not particularly fond of these guys on record I found KRS-ONE's sparse.direct
and highly unpretentious style came across very powerfully in the live setting. A lot more so than I thought it would. Though the sound was not the best he
purposefully kept the mix so one could fully understand the lyrics and with KRS-ONE the lyrics are not the usual "I'm the best, with the biggest" type stuff. The
highlight for me was a song from his new album "You Must Learn" which he dedicated to the Board of Education '"cause they aren't teaching us anything
anyways." The song was about learninohistorythat isn't taught to you in regular schools; learning about black people who have contributed to culture and
science but aren't taught about because of racism. A great show which hopefully the success of which, and the assured success of the Ice-T show, will convince promoters in town to bring in more hip-hop and rap shows. *^m
CiTR's own Pat Mullan tall 5-ONE after file show and hopefully you'll be reading abqi|that#onverstion in this fine paper next month.
IN YOUR FACE: My favorite hir>l
the bass and drum patterns from'
Jjljed Monsoon by the Black
some great scratcing effects. I haven't s e here. I got it in Toro
"    ig ep. Making liberal use of tl
It's produced by COLDCUTand uses
ery political and very danceable with
for. Can't Stop The Airplay is a re-
ie' sample, it's another indictment of
 i' on The Mixdown - Part 1 Com-
•side is the main cut I originally bought
i someone else pointed out, the only rap song
him and could very well be the next "big thing".
Noise LP.
oronto, but it's
ally low-down gritty cut off the Dynamic Guvner's of the Chu<
black radio for not playing any real hardcore rap. There is a super funky new remix by Simon|
pilation on Sleeping Bag Records.
In the Domestic Release Department the new Young MC 1fwBust A Move is out
this for the B-side Got More Rhymes which has a slow, slinky, sensual groove unlike a lot o
he's ever heard to use Canada in the lyrics. Young MC is no doubt a very good rapper with g<
Also sure to be a big thing is the new Beastie Boys LP finally out on Capitol. The reason for the long delay was the supposedly hasty split between the boys
and the Rick Rubin/Def Jam crew. Though I haven't heard the album yet I can highly recommend the first releaase, the Love American Style EP. Forget the
A-side though and go straight to the B-side which has instrumental versions of the two A-side songs only titled differently. The Beasties are hooked up with
some guys named the Dust Brothers who apparently are responsible for Tone-Loc though I don't see any resemblance here to his work. At any rate, these
two instrumentals are absolute killer psychedelic hip-hop/funk groove things with so many scratches, samples, noises and just general weirdness constantly
flying in and out of the mix that it'll make your head, and feet, spin !
The new Public Enemy single from the Spike Lee movie, Do The Right Thing is out domestic and it's totally amazing. It's impossible to say enough
about how great this record is. The completely inventive use of sound and samples combined with the most original and fiercest rapping styles ever make this
record a classic. These guys never cease to amaze! Do The Right Thing is also the title of a new single by Redhead Kingpin and the FBI. This song was
supposed to be the movie's title song but for some reason couldn't be. One of the better rap things I've heard in awhile. There is also a re-mix by Jazzie B
and Nellee Hooper from Soul II Soul. I like the U.S. Street Mix the best.
Well, that's it for now, more next month. Don't forget your favorite radio staion, CiTR, presents George Clinton at 86 Street on the 3rd of September.
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26  DISCORDER Plangent,
Plank, Plant...
A Story by Brian Hohm
Heidi' s kid sleeps on the cushions behind the
two dwarf orange trees in front of the south-facing
balcony window. It is a temporary arrangement.
When Heidi and her kid were evicted it only seemed
fair that he should offer the two of them a place to
stay. He, after all, had spent more than a few nights
at their apartment.
So Heidi and her kid have moved into his one
bedroom flat in Inglewood, the kid sleeping on
cushions in the living room and Heidi sharing his
bed. Waking in the morning he and Heidi embrace—
that' s when he smells the angel food cake—and then
she goes to the bathroom to shower. He puts on his
Canada Post uniform and tends to his plants in the
living room. He sprays them from a distilled water
bottle and then measures and dumps capfuls of plant
food into the various pots and planters. He works
quickly and silently, not because Heidi's kid lays
sleeping at his feet, but because he has always
worked on his plants that way.
Heidi emerges from the bathroom perfumed
and dressed like a librarian, which she is. She goes to
her kid to wake it and get it ready for school.
Meanwhile he cleans the small table by the kitchenette and puts out some cereal bowls. He makes some
toast and cuts some oranges into quarters, then he sits
at the table and starts eating. After a few minutes
Heidi and her kid, now dressed for kindergarten, join
him. She seats the kid between herself and him and
then he smells the kid.
Heidi's kid smells like a waxy fart. It does not
bother him that much. Everyone smells of something. Heidi herself smells like angel food cake. It's
not the Hudson's Bay bought perfume that she puts
on after she showers. In the morning when they
embrace the perfume is gone and he can smell her
actual essence. She smells like the angel food cake he
ate at a small wedding reception for one of his fellow
letter carriers: like egg whites and vanilla and icing
sugar. But Heidi's kid smells like a waxy fart,
actually candle wax and a cat's fart. He wouldn't call
it a bad smell, just as he wouldn't describe Heidi's
slightly cloying smell as a good one.
"Oreo," says the kid over breakfast. "Oreo,
oregano, Oregon, organ." When Heidi first introduced him to her kid she explained that she liked to
read to the kid before it fell asleep.
"Let me guess," he said. "All you had handy
to read it was a dictionary."
"Correct," she said. "And for the last time
Kyle is a he and not an it. "
"Organic, organism, orgasm, organization,"
says the kid.
He sighs and remembers the previous morning when she mentioned that it would be nice if they
were in a house. He could keep all his plants in the
basement, she said. He replied there wouldn't be
any natural light in the basement.
"Orgy, orient, orifice, origin," says the kid.
A minute passes then he says, "Your kid
smells."
"What?" she says.
"I don't mean he stinks or anything. He just
— smells."
"Smells? How do you mean?"
"It's not really a bad smell. Kind of like
candle wax and "
"And?"
"And a cat's fart."
"A cat's fart?"
"It's not a bad smell, really."
"And what about me. Do I smell too."
"Well, yes."
"Like what?"
"Angel Food wedding cake."
"Perhaps I should mention that you smell."
"Smell — me? Really? Like what?"
'Kind of musky.''
"Musk? Really? What kind of musk? Could
you describe it more?"
Heidi looks over at the clock above the stove.
"We're going to be late." she says.
"Musk," he says.
"Oriole," says the kid. "Oriole, Orion, ornament."
She cleans off the breakfast table and rinses
the dishes. He goes to his plants, adjusting their
position in front of the window to take full advantage
of the rising sun.
At half past seven the three of them leave the
apartment.
"Mamba," says the kid. "Mamba, mambo,
mamma."
Before they separate on the walk in front of
the building Heidi reaches andpulls his arm. It's a
clear day and she squints into the light from the
southeast as she tries to look him; in the^face.
"Eric, I know what you're thinking," she
says. "You think that I'm thinking that we'd make a
nice family."
"How do you mean?" he says.
"I mean the three of us," she says. "Somebody looking at us would think we were a family.
You in your uniform off to the post office, and me off
to the library, and my son off to school, the three of
us. What a family we'd make. Well, I want you to
know I'm not thinking that. I'm not thinking that at
all."
"Mammal, mammary, mammoth," says the
kid.
"I never said I thought you were thinking
that." he says. He walks off toward his route.
"Man," the voice of the kid trails off behind
him, "Man, manacle, manage, mangle."
The morning after they move out he tends to
his plants. He works quickly and silently, spraying
and wiping the leaves of a large rubber plant and
then rearranging the various pots and planters, placing several smaller plants in the space in between the
two dwarf orange trees.
Over breakfast he says, "Soliloquy." "Soliloquy, solitaire, solo." He sniffs the air and smells
nothing. He puts his hands up to his face and sniffs.
Nothing.
"Sore," he says. "Sore, sorrow, sorry, sort."
He puts his nose to his wrist, then his elbow,
then bends to get his nose to his armpit. He smells
nothing.
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28   DISCORDER As far as I'm concerned, the mostsignificant event
in local music this summer' s been
the long-awaited reappearance of
©, opening for Tankhog (vehicle
for another former Slow member, Stephen Hamm) at the Arts
Club August 4th and 5th. Both
the audience and © were subdued
the night I saw them—one anonymous person in the crowd said
it was like watching his grandfather trying to play basketball,
while according to Tom it was the
deadest audience he'd ever seen.
(Not that the Arts Club tends to
bring out a lot of action—for one
thing, there' s not a lot of room for
anyone to move.) This humble
columnist, however, is as overwhelmed by the combined talents
of Tom Anselmi and Christian
Christian as ever: their songwriting is powerful and like no-
one else's, Chris can sure play
guitar (the same one too, with the
lucky rabbit's foot), and Tom
(even if you don't take the major
label deal into consideration) is
obviously getting closer by the
minute to rock star(god?)dom.
While Slow used to make me feel
likel was in the presence of greatness, © gives the impression it
may even make money at it....
© has been practicing,
and writing, with their current
lineup (Eric Marxson on bass and
Pete Bourne on drums) almost
since Slow broke up back in '87
or so, and maybe this was part of
Tankhog's disadvantage that Friday at the Arts Club)—in spite of
having a lot of energy and
loudness and a singer that climbs
all over stuff, they don't seem to
have developed a unique sound
yet. Local Motion's still waiting
for a tape from them, though, so
stay tuned.
Far from the world of
Vancouver super groups...my
own band, the Touch & Gos, got
the chance to open at 64 Funny
Cars' record release party/bake
sale at Victoria's wonderful
Harpo's August 17th. Unfortunately a setback with the pressing
plant meant the LP (produced by
Popllama guru Conrad Uno)
wasn'tready in time, but the baked
goods themselves and music
supplied by the Funny Cars and
recently-turned-Vancouverites
Wardells were big hits with the
Victoria locals and National
Campus/Community Radio Conference delegates.
And on the way out to
the ferry in guitarist Dave's turquoise '62 Falcon station wagon,
mostoftheT&Gs listened to the
following demos:
Love Weasels-"Mary's Boat."
Cara the Rhythm Queen was
reminded of Spirit of the West,
while Dave thought this would
make nice background music for
a dinner at a Greek restaurant.
"Mary's Boat" is neither offensive or very exciting, and probably not the best song on the tape.
Last Corvairs-"Girl Next
Door." Cara said the vocals are
Elvish Costello-ish—in a way this
fits in with my impression that
the Last Corvairs are still fishing
for a sound. Although I have no
doubt that they're sincere, I can't
help feeling as if this is a basically
Top 40 band trying to play " alter -
native"pop without aclear vision
of what that may be.
High Lonesome-"One Tree Island." From Toronto, of all
places, this is true Americanroots
music, complete with primitive
and cheesy reverb on the vocals
and a fiddle riff that makes the
whole song. Not the usual CiTR
fare. Really nice.
The Purple Gang-"A11 My
Love." The first I've heard of
these guys, who I'm assuming
are from Vancouver. For once I
think the vocals should be lower
in the mix; general concensus in
the car was that there's no hook
here, or, for that matter, much
originality.
Com promise-"Sky wired."
Maybe there's a hip crowd in TO
so far ahead of us in the West that
this is completely beyond my
understanding. This combination
of trombone and sax isn't unlike
those whales-and-passing-ships
records of the s
Ultramarine-"We Are." While
Ultramarine's never been the sort
of band I've gone crazy over,
they've usually given CITR nice
sounding demos. Buttheproduc-
tion here is odd and bassless, and
the vocals could be emerging from
a culvert somewhere. Not the
best we've heard from Blair Pet-
rie and co.
Small Man Syndrome-"Si-
lence." The Smiths-y (read
monotonous) style dates the
sound. Repetitive.
Soreheads-"Rock and Roll Sex
Machine." After a long break,
the Soreheads have recently starting playing around town again,
and this is their first demo for
quite some time. Dave and Cara
said the previous song on this
tape was a lot like Andrew Cash;
as for this one, the Rhythm Queen
thought it would benefit from the
use of a metronome. As for me,
I'd rather listen to the Soreheads'
alter-ego of some years back.
Skinny Yuppie. But maybe that's
just the eternal curse of anyone
who's ever played in a fuck
band....
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SEPTEMBER 1989 29 THROW IT TO THE DOGS
Troublemaking with Stan Ridgway
by Kevin Smith
It's been awhile. Stan Ridgway, the Rod Serling of rock 'n'
roll, has been absent from the scene for a couple years. The man
whose distinctive rasp and cinematic songs first came to our attention
through his time spent as vocalist for Wall of Voodoo has finally
emerged after a lengthy legal limbo. After a self-titled ep (1980), and
the Dark Continent (1981) and CaU of the West (1982) lps, aU on
I.R.S., Ridgway left the Voodoos in 1983. He then collaborated with
Stewart Copeland on the Rumblefish soundtrack signature tune,
Don't Box Me In. It was not until 1986 when the first solo lp would
appear. This release, The Big Heat, signified the further development
of a unique artist. Camouflage, the album's lengthy and bizarre
single, went Top 5 in England. Stan's popularity was on the rise
around the world. Success, success, success. But then problems with
I.R.S. which meant nothing doing for nearly three years. EventuaUy
reborn on Geffen Records, Ridgway now has his second lp, Mosqui-
tos, out, picking up right where he left off. More wonderful strangeness. Recently, performing in front of a packed Town Pump, Stan put
on one of this year's better shows. Discorder spoke to the man himself prior to the concert.
CAMOUFLAGE
I almost didn't put it on the
album because it was just so
'out there.' I like the song but
I thought maybe I'd save it for
some other recording. I
thought it was going to be too
long. I tried to cut it down but
there was no way. I was really
in love with the song and I
couldn't cut it down in any
way. I put it on, and that was
the one that happened. One
always hopes; you make what
you have and throw it to the
dogs.
TIME OFF
I certainly didn't plan it that
way. Sometimes my life seems
like lots of fits and starts,
especially my professional
musical 'career'. I found
myself between a rock and a
hard place when I got back
from Europe with the Big Heat
record. I.R.S. records was
going through a period of, I
would say, 'aesthetic reorganization', - I'm trying to be
diplomatic. I just didn't feel
very welcome there. So I
wanted to leave and they said
go ahead and leave. But then
they kind of made it hard for
me to leave and I had to sit
around in legal limbo for
awhile. It wasn't fun. It was
horrible.
SONGWRITING
My writing style comes from
a lot of things I've listened to.
I equate good songwriting with
good storytelling. There's all
kinds of ways to do iL The
thing that probably motivates
me the most is anger or irrita
tion. Or revenge or violence.
My biggest motivation is that
mostof whatl see musically is
kind of irritating for me - in
the popular music media. I'm
a bit of a reactionary that way.
I feel I've got to make something of my own; that I'm
inventing something of my
own to pass the time. Something I can throw back so I
don't feel like I'm victimized
by it all. In an odd way, in a
reverse inspiration, Madonna
is probably a real inspiration
for me. If I don't do that then
I lose my equilibrium completely and I feel like a pair of
good for nothing arms and
legs.
INTERVIEWS
Articles, even you and I talking now,...I'm sure this is
30   DISCORDER going to be with any perceived
skill that you might have in
putting together words and
interviews - things get losL So
I don't know. I always figure
it's a toss up whether anything
I say is actually going to be
interpreted in a way that is
really me; my friends know
me, and people close to me
know me. But you're never
going to get to know someone
by reading some rock V roll
rag. A lot of times these exchanges are really absurd. I
really wonder who wants to
be interviewed. If you really
want to be interviewed then
you've got to be some kind of
egomaniac. Sometimes it's
like going to the dentist's office and getting your teeth
pulled when you really don't
need any bridge work.
HEMMING
Music to me is troublemak-
ing. I don't have any fun unless I make some trouble. I
don't mean it's not entertainment. I seem to have a split in
myself. One side of me is an
entertainer, the other side of
me doesn' t want to only entertain. I'm also a little wary of
saying I want to enlighten. It
seems to me like, enlighten, is
it really worthwhile? Enlighten who? Music and songwriting is something I do,
primarily, first for me. If someone else likes it I think that's a
real plus because the wftble
act of communication is an
exchange which is an important thing human beings do.
But there's a part of me that
wants to make the exchange a
bit more...compelling. So I try
to make things that are interesting for me to hang my lungs
THE MESSAGE AND NATALE MERCHANT
People say, "Well, what's the
"Music to me
is troublemak-
ing. I don't
have fun unless I make
some
trouble."
message, man?" In this day
and age I'm so damned tired
of messages. The trend now is
to write songs about subjects
no one can really argue with. I
think of 10,000 Maniacs. Poor
Natalie Merchant, lives out in
some small town someplace
and she looks around and sees
a very cruel world. Well, wake
up junior. That kind of songwriting, to me, is very dull.
It's not about the real world.
It's like she's spent her whole
life writing Hallmark cards. I
don't think she's really that
well, either. She reminds me
of some nun or something.
ROCK 'N' ROLL
What you see more nowadays
is that multi-national corporations take the word rock V
roll and sell it as something
thatmeans.basically: I WANT
MINE. AND LIFE IS GOOD.
LIFE IS GOOD AND I
WANT MINE SO LET'S
ALL HAVE A PARTY,
MAN. What does it mean to
v party'? I don't know what
any of this means. Sometimes
I feel like I'm from another
planet or something. Like
'party down'. The Spuds
McKenzie kind of mentality.
I'm not sure if it's just from
eight years of the actor or it's
really that somewhere along
the line people just got greedy;
with themselves, with their
possessions and with everything else.
American radio is so
busy adding The Doobie
Brothers to their playlist it's
sick. It'soutof control. There's
no more confusion. Record
companies pretty much know
exactly what they want to sign;
what can make money and
what they won't make money
on. I really applaud something
like Tone-Loc. I think that's
greaL A guy making a four
track recording in Mad Dyke's
bedroom. There are still radio
stations out there, like KROQ
in L.A., that will play new
things. So that record goes on
and sells how many million
records. It shakes it up a little
bit for the record company
people.
HBHHB
I got through the record and I
thought most of the people on
this record seemed to be kind
of squashed up against the
windshield. And I liked the
sound of it. I also liked what it
did when I told the record
company that was the title.
They seemed to shutter a little
bit and stare blankly out the
window. I thought that was
kind of a good response.
I think someone at
the record company wanted to
call the record Love Is All
There Is but that sounded
pretty spooky to me.
WALL OF VD0D00 AND LOGICAL PROGRESSION
The whole word 'logical
progression'...I'm not really
sure if that's not a critical term.
And I'm not a critic so I don't
really know if it (my work) is
or not, or if I really care if it is.
Whenever I start something
I' m try ing to think from a space
of beginning anew. Anything
you do - a song - is never really
finished. You just abandon it.
That anxiety of never really
finishing anything is what
most songwriters, or people
who create things, work from.
A kind of anxiety that keeps
you writing because you're
never really done. I'm never
really done with what I'm
trying to achieve. There's a
certain kind of drive in me that
feels that I've never really
gotten what I wanted. So I
keep doing it, hoping that I'll
get there. If I was completely
satisfied and I thought I was
on a level of 'logical progression* I'd probably be so
damned bored I'd just give it
up.
To me it's a far more
chaotic affair. And the chaos
around me is really what I
throw myself into. It may
sound trite but you've got to
make a friend with chaos. Then
you work from that. That's
where ideas come from. I'm
not the type of songwriter who
get's up at 8:30 in the morning
and sharpens my pencils, goes
to my desk, and says, " I'm a
songwriter no w and I' m going
to make some songs." I don't
really do it that way. When it
comes, I do it and when it
doesn't, I do something else.
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The Commodore, July 29
From the Hockey
Night in Canada theme to their
own hit Get Outta My House
Roach!, Toronto's Shuffle Demons have successfully made jazz
accessable to the masses without
denying their skill. Weaving their
way through the already clapping
crowd, they heaved on their horns
and chanted an introduction: "We
are the Shuffle Demons, we intend to do some screamin'". They
did their people-pleasin'
screamin', but they also played
non-lyrical jazz sax-combo pieces
that even the most serious jazz
aficionado could appreciate.
Vancouver's own
Jazzmanian Devils, the self-proclaimed 'Gangsters of Swing',
were a perfect opening act as they
too wrap quality jazz into an
'impossible-not-to-dance-to'
package. The Devils have a more
complex jazz sound than the
Demons though, as the JDs use
more percussion, guitar and feature ex-Moe v/Family Plot singer
Madeleine Morris.
It was Uve perfect combination of jaYz-pop held in the
perfect venue for non-stop dancing.
Warren Whyte
TOXIC REASONS/JOT
Club Soda, July 30
The two hardcore
prides of Indianapolis blew
through town and left their mark
on those lucky enough to have
caught this Sunday night event.
Obviously influenced by the
headline act, Jot performed energetic, straight ahead hardcore that
was good but lacking in experience. They will become tighter
and their sound will develop as
time goes on, though. Toxic Rea
sons, however, were incredible.
A tight, quality sound performed
fast and hard combined with a
uniform intensity by all four
members gave them the on stage
appearance of the veteran punk
rockers that they are. Their songs
are filled with themes of war,
racism and fascism, but even
without knowing this aTR show
gives one reason to live.
Warren Whyte
NOMEANSNOMEANSNO
Youth Art Works, August 12
Rock Against Prisons, Crab
Park, August 13
NoMeansNo deserves
to be thanked and commended
foT crossing the strait for this
politically and socially
double bill.
At their first-ever North
Shore visit, they performed
first-ever songs that will be released on an album in the near
future. It's Catching Up and End
of All Things are examples. For
the latter song bassist Rob Wright
and Guitarist Andy Kerr switched
instruments.ltjustmightbe Rob's
bass that's possessed and not Rob
himself. Mmmmmmm....nah.
The North Shore's
Smugglers' new claim to fame
must now surely be the only band
in years ever to have had
NoMeansNo open for THEM.
Yes, it's true, after NoMeansNo
had finished, the Smugglers kept
theremainingcrowddancingwith
their garage-influenced. Gruesome-like good time rock 'n' roll.
The next evening
NoMeansNo volunteered their
services in the name of prison
injustice. They headlined a list of
concerned performers and speakers including Krazy Katz, the
Tools, A YA and Salso Muchado.
NoMeansNo performed many of
the same songs as the night before but made topical
such as Dad and Big Dick, both
about child and wife abuse.
Warren Whyte
SYNDROME/JETHRO    GUN
FREUD/KRAZY KATZ
The Waterfront, August 15
Jethro Gun Freud is a
completely unconventional band
that is impossible to pigeonhole.
Except they're almostexactly like
the Dead Milkmen, but where
do they fit in? JGF's songs range
from jazz/blues bass lines with
erratic, poetic shouted lyrics to a
thrashy, punk song called Bucky
Fuller's Hexapent. They even
have a Dead Milkmen-ish sense
of humour: "I stayed at a youth
hostel on accounta I'm a hostile
youth". After seeing Jethro Gun
Freud one walks away humming
their choruses and appreciating
being entertained via their crea-
Syndrome is a guitar
oriented band from which
might expect to
work, yet they surprise by being
much pluckier and twangier on
their electric instruments: it was
concluded by one person that they
sound exactly like Mission of
Burma. Syndrome currently has
a demo doing well at CiTR called
One Eye Open, One Eye Closed.
Unfortunately, due to
circumstances beyond their control Krazy Katz couldn't make
this gig.
Once again, though the
Waterfront delivers a cheap ($2)
evening of entertainment.
Warren Whyte
SILENT GATHERING/GRACIOUS 4/MARY •»
Commodore, August 9
An inauspicious night
for Silent Gathering, a band
which have proven themselves
inspiring and potent on many an
occasion. Tonight, I
dunno...could've had something
to do with the fact that the vocals
weren't getting through to me
where I was standing but this
problem wasn't encountered by
others further back, so who
knows. Lead singer Stuart of the
unpronounceable last name didn't
seem as cohesive, as INTO IT as
usual, although Keith Parry (guitar) truly looked divinely inspired.
And once again the drumming
scaled heights of Bauhaus-ian
intensity at times. Fucking-A.The
band soldiered on through a set of
all their standards, including a
gratifying rendition of that song
that always goes through my head,
but heedless of Grant's alcohol-
laden exhortations to "Do a
cover!...Louie Louie!" By the
time they ended with the signature Lost My Mind (a Cramps/
Doors-fest if ever there was one),
there weTe about ten people left in
the place. Buthey, society's loss.
Even at only half-capacity. Silent
Gathering are worth catching.
The two opening
bands—well, the less said the
better. Particularly of Gracious 4
(3 guitars, 1 drums, 3 too many
vocalists), who seemed to have
shipped a legion of loyal fans
down from Castlegar for their Idle
Eyes poppy/boppy shit. The monotony of which was interspersed
only with supremely dreadful
vocals on a saccharine slow-dance
number and one bass line ripped
straight outta Bruce A.'s Love
Garage. Like, these jokers played
a longer set than I would've
thought it possible to live through.
And plus, if I hear one more cover
of I Fought the Law I shall shoot
the perpetrators.
I expected Mary, going
by their name, to be some black-
clad death-rock dirgey band, but
no. Straight-ahead rock 'n' roll
with drums/guitar/bass and a
healthy, if sometimes forced,
sprinkling of socially/politically-
conscious tunes. One of which,
Him, rocked out more than the
rest. Kinda Echo & the Bunnymen meet the DK's or some
local hardcore band I can't quite
put my finger on.
All in all, an evening
worth the free ticket.
Viola Funk
10,000 MANIACS
Commodore.August 8
BOB'S   YOUR   UNCLE/   NATIONAL PEOPLES GANG
Town Pump, August 12
Charisma and competence..., charisma and competence..., charisma and..., I muttered these two words all the way
home on the bus ride to my cozy
bed.
I had been to two shows
in less than a week, after having
been out of town for 3 months and
as far as spectacular impressions
go, this is all I could come up
with.
10,000 Maniacs are a
wonderful band. Taken loosely,
they are four competent musicians fronted by one truly charismatic singer. Perhaps I have a
fetish for hair or some equally
embarassing psycho-sexual disorder, for when Natalie Merchant
let her hair down and became a
hyperactive music box dancer for
a couple rockier songs, I could
feel my temperature rise a few
degrees. Although maybe it was
because she reminded me of my
mother.
It was fairly obvious
that the band would have preferred to play in a different venue.
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
would perhaps have been a more
enjoyable place to see the Maniacs as many of Merchant's quieter songs were drowned out by
the clinking of beer bottles and
the drunken shouts of the revelers.
Strangely enough, it was the first
time I had ever seen people slam
to songs about teenage pregnancy
and the sadness of child abuse.
"Play Scorpio Rising!" shouted one hunky surfer
type about two songs into the set,
obviously looking forward to
smashing a few bodies around
About 15 songs in he got his wish;
the 10,000 Maniacs proving that
when they want to, they can actually rock out. Robert Buck is a
peerless guitarist, his swirling
rythm guitar and spacey solos an
effective foil for the superb keyboards and rhythm section. Natalie Merchant's vocals were
excellent, although it was often
difficult to tell ho w excellent over
the crowd noise.
Although it was definitely in the wrong place and the
audience was for the most part at
the wrong concert, 10,000 Maniacs put on what someone would
call an engaging evening of enchantment. But in keeping with
my theme... it was both a charismatic and competent perform-
National People's
Gang were unfortunately neither
of these. They attempted to be a
punk/funk/ metal unit in the vein
of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or
Jane's Addiction (to use a disparate comparison) but came off
looking and sounding like a Rush/
U2/Unnamed Hardcore Band
cold porridge.
The lead singer started
off on a bad note by blathering a
smarmy monologue about how
"The women,...they know something that the men CANNOT
know. I was at a festival... there
was a witch doctor. You could
sense the evil coming outof every
pore in his body. Then I saw this
woman... AND SHE SAT THAT
EVILMANDOWN!" The singer
then pulled off his shirt, and, sadly,
things justdidn't get any belter. It
was blatantly obvious the guitarist had only read up to page four
in his "GUITAR HERO'S
HANDBOOK". His two best
moves were to stare blankly into
the audience (an ambivalent
audience I might add) and to leap
into the air and land spread-kneed
next to a stage monitor. They did
have nice stickers and T-shirts,
though.
Bob's Your Uncle,
however, is a different story. I'm
almost embarassed to admit that
this was the first time I had seen
them in the two years I've been in
Vancouver. Sook Yin Lee is a
charismatic frontperson backed
32   DISCORDER up by four (again) competent
musicians. Like 10,000 Maniacs, Bob's Your Uncle is a difficult band to pigeonhole. I suppose they could be described as
quirky art-folk-rock. Sook Yin,
with and without her trademark
monkey mask, played a variety of
type instruments and found objects and proved to be quite the
vocal gymnast. She, like Natalie
Merchant, has the ability to draw
people into her own space, primarily because she comes across
as straight forward and well in-
tentioned. This is not to say that
good intentions make a great
concert experience, but this and
some dynamic ukelele playing
made me understand why they
have such a fervent local following.
I could still here them
playing to a leftover crowd of
about 150 at 2:15 AM as I left the
Town Pump. Yep. "Charisma
and Competence," I yawned, and
stumbled for the bus stop.
Michael Leduc.
FAMILY      PLOT/NATIONAL
PEOPLE'S GANG
Club Soda, August 13
I've never felt quite
right about going out to see live
bands on a Sunday night. My
Sundays are normally spent
summoning the courage to face
Monday. Yet on Sunday the 13th
I found myslef at Club Soda listening to two bands that I had not
seen before and will probably
Family Plot started
with an intrumental of sort, "sans"
singer. I've always thought this
was done to give the singer a
break, not to get a break from the
singer. This was not a good move
on their part as the singer was the
only energetic element of the
band. Her voice was strong and
added a rough edge to the polished but lifeless music of her
cohorts. She did a fine job on
some old material of Family Plot' s
previous singer, Madeleine Morris. The songs melded together
into a pop-ish noise, poignant
silences the only indication that
one song had ended and the next
one was to begin. The ryhthm
section kept a great beat but the
guitar and keyboard were a Cure
nightmare. All in all, Family Plot
plays a decent song but with little
individuality.
National People's
Gang started with a bang and
slowly sank to mediocrity. This
foursome is visually mismatched
and their sound follows accordingly. The lead vocals v aried from
seductive to hysteric, losing their
novelty after two" songs. NPG
started with some really dancable/
jumpable material, then dappled
with something avant garde/annoying and folio wed up with boring/dreary middle of the road "lis-
tenable" music. National People's
Gang can grab your attention but
can't hold it for long. Too bad,
they could have been the answer
to Mondays.
Stacey Hooper
GWAR
Club Soda, August 20/21
Draped in futuristic,
road warrior, caveman type costumes, Virginia's Gwar stormed
into town to finally show humanity how to destroy themselves
properly. Gwar is solely a concept band and the concept is solely
gore.
Live and up close, the
special effects made it the most
disgusting thing I've ever seen.
Follow the bouncing testicle as
we summarize the violence: 2
decapitations, the birth of a
monster, a face ripped off, an
ejaculation, an opened human
stomach (out of which was pulled
an Extra Old Stock), multiple
killings and a too numerous to
mention amount of severed bodily protrusions. Needless to say,
each operation was overlooked
by extras in chains being tortured,
pulling on entrails or hoping to be
thrown a scrap of flesh. Most
went hungry, though as anything
slimey, wet or gooey that wasn't
tied down went to the crowd. This
appalling dispaly of perversity by
these sick minded individuals can
only have a detrimental effect on
society. Be sure and buy your
tickets early next time.
Martin Chester
RADIO TYPE RAVE UP
Railway Club, August 20
On Sunday, August
20th, The Railway Club played
host to a rather seedy looking
bunch of Campus and Community radio types who had just
arrived from their conference in
Victoria with a hot show featuring three great local bands.
The first band up was
the Picasso Set who were preceded in by a tape of the theme to
Dr. Who. Anyway, Picasso Set
played a smooth, stylish set of
their fairly insignificant songs,
including a Bay City Rollers
cover and songs dedicated to
Nancy Sinatra and various comic
strip characters. In away this band
is too good and too tight. They are
good to listen to, fun and danceable, but I would like to see them
take some of the nice, neady sewn
seams thathold the music together
and rip them apart a little to leave
a few frayed edges here and there.
Curious George, who
closed the show, on the other hand,
have frayed edges to spare. The
band's temporary replacement
drummer seems to have renewed
the energy that was so evident at
their early shows. The Curious
George album Children of a
Common Mother is now out.
Sandwiched in between was Bruce A. and the
Secular Atavists, a totally indescribable band; this is meant in
the most complimentary way.
They are perhaps the best local
band I have seen in the past six
months, but they are a bit like
surreal art - you know it's good,
you know you like it, you just
don't know what the hell it is!
Perhaps this is what Vanilla
Fudge would be doing if they
were around today and the psy-
chadelic thing had already happened.
Martin Chester
SEPTEMBER
September 1/2
from San Francisco
1989    HARM FARM with guests
September 6
WAGES OF SIN with MARY
September 8 /9
CURIOUS GEORGE
September 13
CHRIS HOUSTON AND HIS EVIL TWANG
September 15/16
TIN GOD
September 17
A Groupquake! All ages show with
DEJA VOODOO, THE SMUGGLERS, and more
September 20
PICASSO SET with TOUCH 'N GO'S
September 22/23
SILENT GATHERING and 29 CRASH
September 27
FYF
September 29/30
from Hollywood, California
THE MOVIE STARS and from T.O. UIC
UB LOUNGE 1181 SEYMOI
683-0151
S OPEN 9:30 FRI., 10:3C
SORRY NO MINORS
MOUR
)SAT
SEPTEMBER 1989 33 want one?
$15...come on in or write us a letter
avec cheque or m.o. 1ST FRIDA Y San Francisco's Harm
Farm at the Arts Club. 10pm. ...The Scramblers with guests Big House and Sissy Boy at
the Town Pump Gene Garcia and the
Mrdnightere at the Fairview Pub Kathi
McDonald at The Yale 29 Crash at RJ
Christie's.     10pm Johnny Winter with
Wailin' Walker's Rock Party at the Commodore Ballroom Alphaville at  7:30 and
Trouble in Mnd at 9:30 at Pacific Cinematheque.
2ND SA TURD A Y     San Francisco's
Harm Farm at the Arts Club.   11pm Al
Green at the PNE Aquastage. 8:30pm....The
Scramblers with guests Big House and Sissy
Boy at the Town Pump Gene Garcia and
the Midnig hters at the Fairview Pub Kathi
McDonald at The Yale 29 Crash at RJ
Christie's.     10pm Johnny Winter with
Wailin' Walker's Rock Party at the Commodore Ballroom The Grest Canadian Cartoon, a retrospective ol twenty years ol
Canadian Independent animation.   Pacific
Cinematheque.     7:30pm Paintings by
LettyShea Asian Centre Auditorium. 11am-
5pm. Free admission. Until September 10th.
3RD SUNDAY CiTR presents George
Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars! Four
straight hours of Funkadelicl 86 Street Music
Hall.  730pm Total Experience Gospel
Choir from Seattle at the Lonsdale Quay
Public Market. 2:00pm. Free admissbn...
..The Pursuit of Happiness on the PNE
Aquastage.   8:30pm Sound Revolution
and Tropical Breeze at the Commodore
Ballroom Groovaholics and Daddy Hate-
box at Club Soda Virgin/ASM recording
artists NRBQ at the Town Pump End the
Arms Race benefit with DOA, No Fun. and
the Raging Grannies at the Arlington Cabaret. $7 at the door Tunes in the Pit Pub provided by CiTR from 830pm.
4TH MONDA Y CiTR presents, from
New York, Bad Brains with special guets
Leeway at 86 Street Music Hall Bobbie
"Blue'' Bland at 7:30 and Joe Louis Walker
at 9:00 at the PNE Aquastage Jamai
Sugar Minott and the Abbasharrti B
2:00, k
at 330, C
), and WEA recording artists Bruno
Gerussi's Medallion at 630. Everyonewel-
come. No charge with ID. No minors permitted in the barbecue site unfortunately but
there should be ample space for minors to sit
infront of the stage Curious George at the
Arts Club.    10pm Paul DeLay at The
Yale The Fifth Annual Vancouver Fringe
over600showsin12differentvenues. Check
the September 1 issue of theGeorgia Straight
for the complete Fringe program Drum
Heat! at the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre....New German Cinema Festival starts
at the Vancouver East Cinema with Sierra
Leone at 730 and The Virgin Machine at
930 La Dolce Vita at Pacific Cinematheque. 7:30pm
9THSATURDAY Curious George at
the Arts Club. 11pm Free Water Knockout at RJ Christie's. 10pm Paul DeLay at
The Yale Drum Heatl at the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre Chilean Night at La
Quena Coffee House The Fifth Annual
Vancouver Fringe Festival '89 in Mount
Pleasant New German Cinema Festival at
the Vancouver East Cinema: Anita: Dances
of Vice at  7:30 and  Sierra  Leone at
930 The Unknown Norman McLaren at
Pacific Cinematheque. 7:30pm
10THSUNDAY   CITR spins the tunes
in the Pit Pub from 830pm All Might
Senators at Club Soda....HugoTorres at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre. 8pm. $10...
..The First Annual Vancouver Backward
Run. Starting from the Fringe Festival Outdoor Venue.   10am The Fifth Annual
Vancouver Fringe Festival '89 in Mount
Pleasant The Vancouver Record Collectors Association presents its 19th Record
Swap Meet 11am-5pm. Kitsllano Community Centre New German Cinema Festival
Machine at 730 and Anita: Dances of Vice
at 930 The Unknown Norman McLaren
at Pacific Cinematheque. 730pm.
11 TH MONDAY If My Mother Could
See Me Now, a story by and about Philipino
domestic workers in Canada, at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. 8pm $10 employed. $5 unemployed The Fifth Annual
Vancouver Fringe Festival '89 in Mount
Pleasant New German Cinema Festival at
the Vancouver East Cinema: Sierra Leone
at 730 and The Virgin Machine at 9:30 La
Dolce Vita atPacificCinematheque. 730pm.
12TH TUESDAY Faculty and Guest
Artist Series in the Recital Hall of the UBC
School ol M us ic starts oft wit h a flute recital by
CamilleChurchfreldonflute If My Mother
Christie's. 10pm . Yah-Ah: Chilcotin Sky at
the Firehall. Spm Hot Wednesdays in the
Pit Pub. Music provided by CITR Francois
Trutfaurt double bill with Small Change at
730 and Day for Mght at 925 at the Vancouver East Cinema....Jean Cocteau Centenary:
Films of a Poet Series at Pacific Cinematheque. Orpheus at 730 and Le Baron
Fantome at 935.
21ST THURSDA Y     The Sequel at
Freddy Wood Theatre Jim Byrnes at The
Yale Sirvertone recording artists The Men
They Couldn't Hang at 86 Street Music
Hall Yah-Ah: Cbilcotin Sky at the Fire-
hall.  Spm Black Earth at RJ Christie's.
10pm.....CoolThursdaysinthePitPub. Music
provided by CiTR ...Small Change at 730
and Day for Mght at 925 at the Vancouver
East Cinema.....Jean Cocteau Centenary:
Films of a Poet Series at Pacific Cinematheque. Orpheus at 730 and Le Baron
Fantome at 935.
22ND FRIDA Y CiTR presents King
Sumy Ade with special guests Ras Cloud at
"ie Commodore Ballroom....Tne 8
FreddyW
d Theatre Jim Byrnes at The      CITR spins the tunes
13TH WEDNESDAY UBC Theatre
Department's presentation of The Sequel at
-*■    Freddy Wood Theatre.   228-2678 lor
 ■ East Cultural
Centre. Spm. 12 dollars general Johnny
V at The Yale The Fifth Annual Vancouver   Fringe   Festival   '89   in   Mount
Pleasant Hot Wednesdays in the Pit Publ
Music provided by CiTR New German
Cinema Festival at the Vancouver East
Cinema:The Virgin Machine at 730 and Anita: Dances of Vice at 930 Jean Cocteau
Centenary: Films of a Poet Series at Pacific
Cinematheque. Les Enfant* Terribles at
7:30 and L'Eternal Retour at 9:30.
14TH THURSDA Y     The Sequel at
Freddy Wood Theatre Alameta Speaks.
singer-songwriter, at the Vancouver East Cul-
YaJe Yah-Ah: ChicotJn Sky at tl
hall.   Spm Silent Gathering at the Arts
Club. 10pm Tombstone Etiquette at RJ
Christie's. 10pm.....Winner"BestFilm"atthe
Montreal Film Festival, Padre Nuestro a "
Vancouver   East   Cinema  at   7:39  and
935 Black Cat White Cat Ha a Good Cat
il it Catches a Mouse and Divine Manns-
Yale Forgotten   Rebels   at  the  Town
Pump The Four Ones at RJ Christie's.
10pm Kesho (Make-Up) performed at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre. 8pm. $15
general admission Showing Size and Six
Palm TreeaattheFirehall Arts Centre From
Toronto. UIC with special guests The Movie
StarsfromHollywoodattheArtsClub. 10pm.
30TH SATURDAY 3rd Annual Benefit
for SACTU. Ghana Dance Troup at 730,
Total Experience Gospel Choir at 8:00.
SACTU Canadian Rep Bafo Nyanga at 9:00,
and Tropical Breeze at 930. $12 employed.
$8otherwise. Maritime Labour Centre...John
Hammond with Charlie Musslewhite at The
Yale Forgotten   Rebels  at  the   Town
Pump The Four Ones at RJ Christie's.
10pm Kesho (Make-Up) atthe Vancouver
East Cultural Centre Showing Size and
Six   Palm   Treea   at  the   Firehall   Arts
Centre UIC and The Movie Stars at the
Arts Club. 11pm.
SUNDAY THE 1ST Showing Size
and Six Palm Trees at the Firehall Arts
Centre Hot Wednesdays on Sunday nightl
CITR spins the tunes from 830....Butthole
Surfers at Club Soda.
2ND MONDAY Shindig'89 blasts ort at
the Railway Club and until the first week of
December, catch three bands each Monday
night vying for that grand prize:   recording
time and fame, rf not fortune Ian Tamblyn
with Rachel Page at the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre. Spm. S
ARTS CLUB 1181 Seymour Street 683-
0151
ASIAN CENTRE AUDITORIUM 1871 West
Mall, UBC 2282746
CLASSICAL JOINT 231 Carrall Street.
Gastown 6894667
CLUB SODA 1055 Homer Street 6814202
COMMODORE BALLROOM 870 Granville
MaH 681-7838
86 STREET MUSIC HALL in the god forsaken Socred Centre. Expo Site 683-8687
FAIRVIEW PUB 898 West Broadway 872-
1262
FREDDY WOOD THEATRE 6454 Crescent
Road, U.B.C. 228-2678
FRINGE  FESTIVAL OUTDOOR  VENUE
Comer of Main Street and 15th Avenue
GALLERY LOUNGE  Main Floor, Student
Union Building, 6138 SUB Boulevard, UBC
GRACELAND   back alley 1250 Richards
Street 688-26*8
GRUNT GALLERY  209 East 6th
HERITAGE HALL 3102 Main Street  879-
4816
KITSILANO COMMUNITY CENTRE 2690
Larch Street
LA QUENA COFFEE HOUSE 1111 Commercial Drive 251-6626
LONSDALE QUAY PUBLIC MARKET 123
Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
MARITIME LABOUR CENTRE 111 Victoria
MCINNES HELD southwest comer of Wes
brook Mall and SUB Boulevard, UBC
NEWCOMBE THEATRE Royal British Co
lumbia Museum, Victoria
PACIFIC CINEMATHEQUE    1131  Howe
Street 688-3456
PIT PUB  Basement of the Student Union
Building, 6138 SUB Boulevard, UBC
PNE AQUASTAGE Pacific National Exhibi
6777
TOWN PUMP   66 Water Street, Gastown
683-6695
VANCOUVER EAST CINEMA  2290 Commercial at 7th    253-5455
VANCOUVER EAST CULTURAL CENTRE
1895 Variables Street 254-9578
W.LS.E. CLUB HALL  1882 Adanac   736
3022
THE YALE 1300 GranvHIe at Drake  681-
5TH TUESDAY    Paul DeLay at The
Yale.
6TH WEDNESDAY Noon Hour Concert in the Recital Hall of the UBC School of
Music Building The Moving Co.. Silent
Gathering. Free Water Knock out at 86 Street
Music  Hall....Wages of Sin  at the  Arts
Club Paul DeLay at The Yale Hot tunes
in the Pit Pub spun by CiTR from 830pm. No
cover for UBC students, $1 for everyone
else Jean Cocteau Centenary: Films of a
Poet Series at Pacific Cinematheque. The
Blood of a Poet at 730 and L'Age DO at
8:45.
7TH THURSDAY Paul DeLay at The
Yale Drum Heatl at Vancouver East Cultural   Centre.      $10   general,   $8.50
students Groove to the cool beat in the Pit
Pub as "That CiTR Sound" brings down the
house.  No cover for UBC students, $1 for
everyone else Jean Cocteau Centenary:
Films of a Poet Series at Pacific Cinematheque. The Blood of a Poet at 7:30 and
L'Age D'Or at 8:45.
8TH FRIDAY CITR presents the return
of Capitol recording artists The Red Hot Chili
Peppers at the Commodore Ballroom with
special guests Mary's Danish Alma Mater
Society of UBC Barbecue at Mclnnes Field.
The Pursuaders   ' '"
Thursdays at the Pit Pub. The Beat provided
by CiTR The Fifth Annual Vancouver
Fringe Festival '89in Mount Pleasant New
23RD SA TURDA Y CiTR presents
King Sunny Ade with special guests Ras
Cloud at the Commodore Ballroom The
Sequel at Freddy Wood Theatre Dr. Robert
Anton Wilson live at the Newcombe Theatre
in the Royal British Columbia Museum in
Victoria. Admissbn $10 at the door. Presented by the Friends of Bob Tempest
with guests at The WISE Club Hall The
Enigmas at the Town Pump.... Jim Byrnes
at The Yale Tombstone Etiquette at RJ
Christie's. 10pm...Yah-Ah: Chilcotin Sky at
the Firehall. 8pm Silent Gathering at the
Arts Club.   11pm....Padre Nueatro at the
Virgin Machine at 930 Jean Cocteau      Debbie McGeei
Centenary: Films of a Poet at
matheque.  Les Enfants Temotes at /3U
and L'Eternal Retour at 930.
1STHFRIDAY    The Sequel at Freddy
Wood   Theatre Johnny   V   at   The
Yale The Fifth Annual Vancouver Fringe
Festival '89 in Mount Pleasant Tin God at
the Arts Club. 10pm Kenneth Anger's The
Maaick  Lantern  Cycle  at  Pacific  Cine-
Part One at7:30andPartTwoat
__ Multiple Choice at
Pacific Cinematheque.   Peg Campbell and
    730pm.
9:15.
16TH SA TURDA Y CiTR presents
Slash/WEA recording artists Burning Spear
plus special guests from L.A., The Bonedad-
dys at the Commodore Ballroom The
Sequel at Freddy Wood Theatre Walk for
the Environment Begins at Kitsilano Beach
and ends at Queen Elizabeth Park.    12
Noon....Johnny V at The Yale Excited
First Daughter at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Spm. Minors welcome. 10dol-
lars general, 8 dollars for students Last
Corvairs at R J Christie's. 10pm TheFifth
Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival '89 in
Mount Pleasant Tin God at the Arts Club.
11pm Kenneth Anger's The Magick Lantern Cycle at Pacific Cinematheque. Part
One at 730 and Part Two at 9:15.
17THSUNDAY   The Sequel at Freddy
Wood Theatre Nardwuar the Human Ser-
viette Presents AGroupquakewith Deja Voodoo from Montreal, The Nightstalkers, Stagnant Water, The Smugglers, and The Evaporators at the Arts Club. An all ages extravaganza. 727pm. Tickets:$4 Gloom Cookies and Hungry Crocodiles at Club
Soda....The Fifth Annual Vancouver Fringe
Festival '89 in Mount Pleasant Sunday
Umbrella Band Open Stage at the Railway
Club Tunes In the Pit Pub provided by
CiTR from 830 Quebec Cinema in the
1980s Serbs at Pacific Cinematheque. Le
Choix dun Peupie at 7:30 and Le Dedin de
L'Empire Americain at 9:30.
18THMONDAY The Sequel at Freddy
Wood Theatre SPCA Benefit at the Vancouver East Cinema with a new print of Jean
Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 and
Wim Wanders' Wings of Desire. Proceeds
go to the SPCA.....Quebec Cinema in the
1980s Serbs at Pacific Cinematheque. Le
t730andLeDeclinde
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19TH TUESDAY       The Sequel at
Freddy Wood Theatre Ron Thompson and
the Resistors at The Yale Beyond the
Fringe at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre,
featuring the best of Fringe '89. Spm. $10
general, $8 students Yah-Ah: Chilcotin
Sky by Alison McAlpine at the Firehall Arts
Centre. An ensembte of Indigenous and
European down figures, an old storytelling
couple, and several musicians take a journey
throughCanada'spasttumingKupsidedown.
Spm Beauty and the Beast and Wings of
Desire at the Vancouver East Cinema.
20TH WEDNESDAY   The Sequel at
Freddy Wood Theatre The Picasso Set
and Touch N' Go's at the Arts Club.... Jim
24TH SUNDA Y Chirashi. a mixed
menu of Asian-Canadian music with Uzume
Taiko.JingYanYu.andTakeoYamashiro. At
the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  8pm.
$10 general, $8 students Evil Twang with
Chria Houston at Club Soda....Tunes in the
Pit Pub provbed by CiTR Padre Nuestro
at the Vancouver East Cinema Quebec
Cinema in the 1980s Serbs at Pacific
Cinematheque. Mario at 730 and La Dame
2STHMONDAY CiTR Week starts on
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week, catch CiTR live on-location on the main
floor of the Student Unbn Building. Stay
tuned to CiTR for extra special events and
happenlngsl....Big X, Utile Y and One on
One, two plays by Theatre Terrific at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  Spm  $9
general, $7 students and seniors Padre
Nueatro at the Vancouver East
Cinema.....Quebec Cinema in the 1980s
Series at Pacific Cinematheque. Mario at
7:30 and La Dame en CoUeurs at 925.
26TH TUESDAY    Robyn Hitchcock
gives a sob performance at the Town
Pump Charlie   Musslewhite   at   The
Yab Big X, Little Y and One on One, two
plays by Theatre Terrific at the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre. Spm. $9 general, $7
students and senbrs Preview of Showing
Size by Gordon Halloran and Six Palm Treea
by Caitlin Hicks at the Firehall Arts Centre.
8pm....PadreNuestroattheVancouverEast
27THWEDNESDAY  vkfeoBar-B-
Oue atthe GruntGallery. Spm. $3 Charlie
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friends   at  CiTR F.Y.F.   at  the   Arts
Club Jean Cocteau Cehtenary: Films of a
Poet Serbs at Pactfb Cinematheque. Les
Dames du Bois de Boulogne at 730 and
The Moon in the Gutter at 9:15
28THTHURSDAY Mango Duband
Sensation Labna at the Commodore Ballroom. Presented by the El Salvador Refugee
Association Charlie Musslewhite at The
Yale Lonnie   Mack   at   the   Town
Pump Kesho (Make-Up), a play from
Japan, atthe Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
Spm.   $15 general admis-sbn Showing
Size and Six Palm Trees at the Firehall Arts
Centre Cool Thursdays in the Pit Pub. Music
provbed by CiTR Jean Cocteau Centenary: FHms of a Poet Series at Pacific
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Ninety percent of all
media is controlled by
thirty corporations
- a rumour found floating around the late twentieth century.
Searching For The Subtones
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PRESENTED BY ODVttEV im?Om
To be informed is to be
aware. Sounds simple, but when
the plexus has a major interest in
who informs you, when you're
informed, how, why and in what
media, the game may seem beyond the control of the average
ill-age vidiot.
To restate the obvious,
television is the big lie machine,
and, as such, cannot be referred to
as a legitimate source of pertinent
information by anyone who practices creative thought. Print
media, in the form of daily newspapers, is owned and operated by
a handful of families who protect
their own interests while record
companies and book publishers
are, for the most part, owned by
multi-national corporations who
rarely attempt to subvert the system. Where does this leave the
lone stranger, desperate for an
answer in a world filled with
meaningless questions?
One option lies in the
search for personal truth. Differing from self-knowledge, personal truth can mean inventing
the world as you perceive it. Duck
the system, sidestep someone
else's issues, and determine what
is important to your own heart
and head. Personal truth can be
found in the most familiar places;
thus writers and singers write and
sing. The key is to become involved in the process of information as opposed to being a spectator. Doing, instead of having it
done to you.
The two most important rules in bringing into focus
your own 'personal picture' are:
1) that all' truths' are rumour until
personally experienced, 2) that
everyone is telling the truth until
they have proved they are lying.
As an example, the following,
divergent, information heads both
live in a world filled with love
and hate. Now try to guess which
one has the most fun and which
one had hemorrhoids.
Sirius news hounds
access: Imagination, informed
friends, liner notes, privately
published pamphlets, anarchist
comix (LastGasp, Kitchen Sink),
fanzines, telephone poles, Aka-
shic dada banks, gravestones (for
the historical perspective), spoken word cassettes, song lyrics
(usually those that are, initially,
uncomprehensible), performance
poetry and performance art, al-
ternativefilm.selectedmedia (i.e.
Semiotext(e), Maximum R&R,
Sound Choice, Shred, The Nation, Adbusters, Kinesis, Reality
Hacker, Pop Tart, International
Spectator, CBC's Nightlines
(after 2 am the best show in radio), 2.3% of music videos shown
onMM.CiTR.CFRO,} neo-follc
music, all sculpture, all painting,
meditation, music, and rumour.
Armchair dictators
believe in: Ted Koppell's Night-
line (the worst of a bad lot), ABC
Evening Nukes, Sixty Missiles,
The Son, The Guilded Mace,
Macleans, Time-Warner (apoca-
lypsoligists will have a good time
with that one). The Economist,
Forbes, Business Week, Barrons,
Wall Street Journal, Financial
Post, Reader's Indigestion, TV
Weak, People (not any that I want
to know), Cosmopolitics, all politicians, all hotline radio, all cor
porate newsletters, investment
sheets, blah blah blah blah, and,
of course, media gossip. (As for
this list, if and when 'truth' is
being expressed through these
control devices it can be assumed
to be either meaningless or too
big to be contained and, thus, is
known by those who do not subscribe, watch, spindle, fold, or
manipulate.)
Thus, the information
warrior is equipped with wisdom,
common sense, and a distaste for
lies, while the shickso society is
armed with the voice of big
brother, a firm grip on whatpasses
for reality, and a taste for suicidal
car crashes. It seems that the older
the century becomes the more
horror the corporate media barons are willing to dish out to a
drooling public.
The trick here is that although we can, if we choose,
access the mainstream; the mainstream, right now, is unable to
hear the sound of this noise generation. If our parents taught
anything it was that the collective
voice of every generation heralds
social change. In a time when our
very existence is being threatened by greedhead ignorance and
social change is humming along
like a Julio Ignatius love ballad, it
seems rather urgent that the
members of the current generation find their personal truth and
vocalize it sooner than later. The
only answer lies in the pursuit of
seemingly innocuous information
that can be found on a local level.
Check out your community, your
clubs, bands, noisepapers, galleries, radio stations, protests,
marches. Meet, greet, mingle,
talk, laugh, play, live, with your
feet on the earth and your head in
the clouds; then, I say, you will
live well.
36   DISCORDER WONDERLAND AVENUE:
Tales of glamour and excess
Danny Sugerman
(William Morrow & Co.)
Not so much Danny
Sugerman's autobiography as
a careful dissection of the hell
he lived for a few years in the
early '70's. Post-Morrison. I
picked up the book with the
cynical aim of gleaning titbits
about the big JM, not really
giving ten shits about Sugerman's "tales of glamour and
excess". However, by the end
of the book I had been given a
better run for my money by
the latter.
The first half of the
book, chronicling Sugerman's
years with Morrison, is awfully tough slogging. Sugerman describes in excruciating
detail every injustice of life
with his mother and evil stepfather in the posh suburbs of
Los Angeles, and records each
adolescent step further into the
world of regulated substances.
"Ya, so, like, this teacher was
such a fucking twat, I figured
I'd show her I'd go and get
stoned outta my mind! That'd
teach them!" is the prevailing
attitude. This doesn't work
wonders at eliciting sympathy. The interest in these pages
lies in overhearing Jim Morrison say things like "Shit, I
wish I knew how to type."
(That in the course of one of
his pep talks with ypung
Danny.) And in eavesdropping
on Pamela, Morrison's primary sex partner, stoned out
of her gourd, screaming after
him and Danny, "God damn
you, I stay home and fix you a
home-cooked meal...and
you'd rather go out and pervert some little kid who's so
fucked up he'd rather be with
you than at his own
home!...And you're as bad as
he is! Worse! Fuck you, Jim
Morrison..."
The man thusly addressed dies halfway through
the book, and then the real fun
begins. Four years later, Sugerman has amassed a palatial
spread in Beverly Hills, a
revolving-door supply of
expensive sportscars, a 15-
year-old alcoholic/drug addict
girlfriend, and one massive
dope habit. The former two
with the profit from managing
Ray Manzarek's solo career,
the third seemingly through
dumb luck, and the latter, it is
assumed, as a natural continuation of those rebellious fuck-
'em-all high school days. We
are escorted into the sordid,
piss-soaked, bloodstained
world of heroin addiction,
front-row-centre seats. We see
Iggy Pop swallow ten Quaa-
ludes in a row and proceed to
piss in the potted palms (and
eventually the manager's face)
at the Rainbow. We see the
inside of the upstairs men's
toilet at the Whisky- A-Go-Go
a lot. We see Tiffany, Sugerman's sex partner, overcome
by alcohol and ludes, fall face-
first into her pasta, whereupon
Danny revives her to great
effect by blowing coke up her
nostrils through a straw. We
end up with Danny lying on
the sidewalk in downtown
Hollywood, so desperate to
fix he hasn't the strength to
stand up waiting for his connection. We, in short, have
fun. Morbid, vicarious thrills
that had me writhing with
repulsion and exclaiming
"Eeeuuugggh" on average
three times a page.
But then, the funniest thing happens. Our hero
hits bottom, is told by doctors
he has one week to live unless
he stops doing dope, and ends
up forcibly restrained in an
insane asylum, where he finally kicks via intense substitution of Valium and Darvon
for heroin. He begins a course
of psychotherapy, deep introspection, soul-searching, delving back into the murky depths
of childhood and family life to
figure out j ust why he screwed
himself around so harshly.
And somehow you find yourself actually caring. Giving ten
shits about his plight. (I went
so far as to even get weepy
about it all, but that may have
been due to PMS more than
Sugerman's evocative powers.)
The man is no master of the English language,
let's face it I'm all for colloquial writing, but it gets scary
when Sugerman starts to read
like Bill Van der Zalm gone
Hollywood: "So what I had
then was, basically, a very nice
house full of a lot of very nice
but very stoned, very sloppy,
and often very sick junkies."
He even has trouble keeping
his figures of speech straight;
witness, "I took it as a high
sign it must be time to go
another round with LSD."
Drugs can do this sort of thing
to you, I know, and in the final
analysis the illiteracies and
banalities fit right in with the
topic matter anyway.
Sugerman ends off
with some interesting speculation on Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Artaud, Byron, Morrison et al. "Would any of them
say, vLook atm, hold me up as
an example to the young and
impressionable of the world
because I led a good and courageous life. I drank and
drugged myself to death and
I'm glad I did it and I'm glad
my life is over'?
Not real fucking
likely."
Ya. For all that, the
book leaves one with a
strangely sterile view of Jim
Morrison and the Doors. None
of the throwaway lines of No
One Here Gets Out Ali ve.. ."he
fucked the groupie chick up
the ass and then went over and
grabbed a beer from the
fridge..."
Nevertheless, a riveting read, and it will surely
sell by the droves in paperback. It's one of those books.
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rt Jazz takes a holiday.  See you next
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1 tth One of the best oral histories of Jazz
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LABEL
KEITH LEBLANC                                      STRANGER THAN FICTION
NETTWERK
# RAY CONDO AND HIS HARDROCK GONERS                 HOT 'N' COLD
CARGO
PUBLIC ENEMY                                           FIGHT THE POWER 12"
MOTOWN
# STURM GROUP                                                                  GRIND
AMOK
PETER GABRIEL                    MUSIC FROM THE LAST TEMPTATION
VIRGIN
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS                              GHETTO MUSIC
ZOMBA
POGUES                                                           PEACE AND LOVE
ISLAND
THE THE                                                                       MIND BOMB
EPIC
SKID ROPER AND THE WHIRLIN SPURS      TRAILS PLOWED UNDER
TRIPLE X
POP WILL EAT ITSELF          THIS IS THE DAY, THIS IS THE HOUR,...
BMG
N.W.A.                                                     EXPRESS YOURSELF 12"
PRIORITY
NIRVANA                                                                         BLEACH
SUB POP
L.L. COOL J                                       WALKING WITH THE PANTHER
DEFJAM
EPMD                                                          UNFINISHED BUSINESS
FRESH
B-52S                                                                    COSMIC THING
REPRISE
# VARIOUS ARTISTS              THE BRIDGE: TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG
CAROLINE
WEST INDIA COMPANY««               MUSIC FROM THE NEW DEMONS
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MONKS OF DOOM     THE COSMODEMONIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY
ROUGH TRADE
MC900FT JESUS                                                       TOO BAD 12"
NETTWERK
# FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY     f      GA^gD SENSES AND CROSSFIRE
# SARAH MCLACHLAN                                                  STEAMING 12"
THIRD MIND
NETTWERK
VARIOUS ARTISTS                        GREAT MARCH ON WASHINGTON
NURSE WITH WOUND                               AUTOMATING VOLUME 2
WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING          NO SHOW WITHOUT PUNCH
GORDY/MOTOWN
UNITED DAIRIES
UTILITIES
# STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS                                   FIDDLE AND TOM
CAPITOL
VARIOUS ARTISTS                                             NEW BEAT TAKE 3
A.S. SOUNDS
# MONTY CANTSIN                                                AHORA NEOISMUS
MALDOROR
#54-40                                                                 FIGHT FOR LOVE
REPRISE
YOUSSOU N'DOUR                                                         THE LION
VIRGIN
MATERIAL                                                              SEVEN SOULS
VIRGIN
COFFIN BREAK                                                          PSYCHOSIS
C/Z RECORDS
HOODOO GURUS                                       MAGNUM CUM LOUDER
RCA
KAREN FINLEY                           THE TRUTH IS HARD TO SWALLOW
POWWOW ART
MARY MY HOPE                                                                MUSEUM
SILVERTONE
YOUNG MC                                                                BUST A MOVE
ISLAND
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG                                SILVERTOWN
SILVERTONE
THE GLAZZ BOY                                                         WAYKIWAYKI
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SEPTEMBER 1989 43 CURE
Disintegration
(Elektra)
The Cure could still be
a really great band if only they
could control the tendency to lapse
into those fucking Safeway-mu-
sic keyboard riffs.
That said, this album is
still worth buying and surprisingly, Robert Smith's comparison of it to "Seventeen Seconds"
is borne out, by the first side at
least. However, the band really
seem to be outdoing themselves
in the way of hideous album
covers. Then again you do get a
shitload of value for your money,
both sides are chock fulla tunes
(and if you buy the CASSETTE
or COMPACT DISC, you get an
extra...what is it?...17 tracks?...).
Evidently, I'm rather
ambivalent about the whole deal.
To dissect the pieces
individually...Theopener, "Plain-
song", shows brilliant promise—
a truly magnificent depression ode
in traditional Cure form. Of
course, this being 1989, there's
noway therestof the album could
live up to this billing. "Pictures of
You" bums itself into one's mem -
ory with some ethereal imagery
and offhand delivery (Smith yet
manages to transcend his whine)
but the music's nothing to write
home about. After the first few
noncommittal listens,
"Closedown" has completely won
me over. Anyone who can sing
with such gut-searing intensity
"...the need to feel again the real
belief of something more than
mockery/if onlyl could fill my
heart with love", has got to be
taken seriously, keyboards notwithstanding. "Lovesong"proves
the Cure have not lost the ability
to churn out—I mean, CRAFT—
unequalled, unforgettable pop
songs. "Fascination Street", closing Side One is Disco City. I'm
totally reminded of some Top 40
hit from the early '80's—-can't
quite place which one, but hey,
somehow I still dig this tune.
S ide Two harkens back
to Kiss Me 3, what with long-
winded, egotistical Smith-isms
like "Prayers for Rain" and "Same
Deep Water as You". I guess one
can get into these if one happens
to be in a sufficiently masturba-
tory, artistic mood. The title track
has the potential to get tiresome
but doesn't quite fulfill it. Things
look up with the last song
"Untitled", which ends in a Gregorian-stark instrumental bit
that's almost enough to restore
my faith in the band.
So hey, it, along with
Kiss Me 3, will be heard in
Safeways 25 years from now (that
makes the Cure the Beatles of the
'80's, I guess), but what the heck.
Great background music.
Viola Funk
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Passion Sources
(Realworld/Virgin)
This album is the first
release on the new "Realworld"
record label set up by the organisers of WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) with aid
from Peter Gabriel. The idea
behind the label is to help ethnic
musicians, many from the Third
World, gain access to the latest
recording technology. The end
result is beneficial for the musicians as it widens their audience
to encompass digital-sensitive
Westerners—and beneficial to
their listeners, providing them
with ethnic music minus the technical glitches and wear-and-tear
of existing recordings.
Despite the tremendous
surge in popularity that ethnic
music has undergone in recent
years, Peter Gabriel can hardly be
accused of "jumping on the bandwagon" by producing and releasing Passion Sources. Gabriel has
long had a sincere interest in folk
music of other cultures, demonstrated by his fourth album and,
more impressively, by his organisation of the early WOMAD festivals in England, which often
didn't break even and were subsidised by him personally.
This album was released as a companion to Gabriel's "Passion", the soundtrack
to Scorsese's "Last Temptation
of Christ". Hopefully, Passion
Sources will not be overlooked in
favour of themore familiar Westernised music on the Gabriel
album which, although beautiful
in its own way, seems at times a
dilution of the source.
Passion Sources is a
compilation of some of the most
influential musicians in world
music today. Side one opens with
a track by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,
the leading exponent of Qawaali
music, a style dedicated to the
praise of Allah. This song is a
joyous celebration worlds apart
from the sombre hymns of West-
em religion. Many of the pieces
are dominated by complex, driving rhythms, such as Fatala's
frantic West African drumming,
but a large proportion of the album is dedicated to slow, soulful
solos or duets like Antranik As-
karian and Khatchadour
Khatchaturian's "Song of Complaint", which closes the album
on a mournful note. For me, the
two tracks that really stand out
are the two location recordings.
The first, recorded in a bar in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by unknown musicians, features a fast
compulsive rhythm, a minimalist
tin whistle and the chants,
screams, and shouts of a well-
pissed clientele—why doesn't
this sort of thing go on down at
Kits Pub? The other is a wedding
song recorded on the set of "Last
Temptation", which begins with
a chant by young girls and again
builds into an exciting drum
rhythm. The only song that really
doesn't seem to fit the concept of
Passion Sources is the track by
Shankar and the Epidemics. Sh-
ankar's been around for a long
time now and his recordings are
readily available in high quality
versions. He is a close friend of
Peter Gabriel's and I get the feeling that this rather tedious five-
minute-plus improvisationmight
have been included as a favour.
This however is my only criti-
Passion Sources is an
excellent world music sampler.
Don'tbeputoff by its unfamiliar -
ity; the album is a celebration of
rhythm and spirit no w lost in much
of Western music and life.
Peter Lutwyche
BOB MOULD
Workbook
(Virgin)
Ultimately, after the destruction of any building, there is
wreckage and debris that must be
cleared away before it is possible
to rebuild. It may be presumptuous to compare the break-up of
Husker Du in 1988 with the felling of a skyscraper, but in a sense,
when one considers the importance of Husker Du to the growth
of the underground music scene
of the early '80's, when along
with REM and the Replacements
they represented a beacon of hope
for any adolescent who had ever
dared to dream of playing in a
rock and roll band, the breakup
had all the repercussions of the
crushing of a landmark.
Workbook could neatly
fall into the category of uncleared
debris. Although not quite as personal as the EP released by Grant
Hart, 2541 (named after the address of a Minneapolis studio
where the band had done a lot of
recording). Mould's album is
clearly a soul-purging effort. Fans
of the Husker Du wall of fuzz and
hyperactive staccato sound may
be somewhat disappointed by the
fact that this has nearly disappeared. Acoustic picking fills the
space in which thunder once
reigned supreme. The lyric sensibilities seem to have changed as
well. When the Huskers sang their
special brand of thrash-pop it was
often difficult to pick out the fact
that their songs were actually
heartfelt and sometimes even
funny observations on the human
condition. At a time when most
hardcore punks were making
blase comments on the ills of
society and propagating negative
attitudes toward anything they
could think of (which, often,
wasn't much), this was a coup. It
seems now that Bob Mould has
taken more of the stance of the introspective troubadour on this
album. Where once he screamed
about "59 Times the Pain" and
"These Important Years", he now
actually sings about topics that
seem almost pastoral. "I walk
through the fields to Brasilia" and
"Jackrabbit done run cross that
road, Goin' to Hotel in the sky"
are something one might expect
from John Cougar or Tom Petty,
but none would have thought
Mould could cut so close to his
Workbook is a piece of background music to put on while
cleaning your room or reading,
because, unfortunately, for the
most part it certainly does not
have   the   gripping   effect   of
Mould's earlier work. However,
if one considers that this is a transitional album, one that essentially clears away built-up emotional debris via the sentiments of
a once-notorious punk guitarist
poised on the brink of thirty with
nowhere to go. Workbook is an
intense look at the mind inside
the man. If all else fails, file it
under "total loss" and thank God
you still have your copy of "New
Day Rising".
Michael Leduc
THE POGUES
Peace and Love
(Island/MCA)
Rumour has it that
Shane MacGowan is on the Keith
Richards route to life in death and
truth is that his record company
does not set up interviews for him
anymore due to "incoherence".
[It's good to know there's still
someone who hasn't sold out.—
Ed.] This may be the reason that
The Pogues' new album "Peace
and Love" has so many songs
NOT written by the man whose
teeth are almost as infamous as
Samantha Fox's breasts. However, a more likely explanation
would be that the indi v idual band-
members are coming into their
own as musicians and songwriters. After six years and four albums, this motley crew (none of
whom could play the instruments
they were assigned as Pogues)
proves that they are unwilling to
remain stagnant as the best Irish
folk/punk/rogue/fusion band
around.
The first single, "Misty
Morning Albert Bridge", is a
rather misleading introduction to
the album. Its traditional sound
and classic Shane MacGowan
sandpaper vocals are more akin
to previous efforts than the rest of
Peace and Love. Five of the eight
band members contribute songs
to make this the most rounded
Pogues effort to date, if not the
most "Pogue-ish". Purist fans of
the band may be disappointed at
the first listen, but openminded-
ness is the key to getting to like
this album. There are some
schlocky duds, admittedly, but
these are more than made up for
by the brilliance of tunes like
"Cotton Fields", fiercely dark and
dense, and "London is a Lady", a
to-the-bone musical portrait of
London like only Shane could
write. With Peace and Love, the
Pogues have proved that at least
onebandcanretainashit-kicking
attitude and a sharp-as-a-razor
edge that for most is eaten away
by the big bucks and glamour of
the recording industry. Let's just
pray Shane can make it through
alive. If he should fall from grace
with God...
Tania Alekson
from
ASEXUALS
Dish
(Cargo)
Asexuals
Montreal and we all want to support home-grown talent, right?
Unfortunately, these guys make
it extremely difficult by churning
out this unimaginative dribble.
The album leads off
with the title track, a bit of power
pop fleshed out by a horn section
that adds a little punch to the tune.
But everything is downhill from
here. Asexuals use a tired-sounding guitars/drums lineup throughout; the horns (the only redeeming feature) are disregarded except for two more tracks. There is
little to distinguish the songs from
one another, repetition being
prevalent bothmusically andlyri-
cally.
The lyrics concentrate
on celebrating lust and liquor,
perfect material for any Top 40
cover band. Each track is explained on the album sleeve with
obscure phrases like, "an uplifting anthem about microwave
cooking in the golden palace of
the Himalayas" or "this little ditty
was inspired by Anton Chekhov' s
overtime goal in Game 5 of the
Canada Cup". WHAT?! Perhaps
these pearls of wisdom are supposed to symbolically introduce
us to each song, or even impress
us with their learned insights.
(What Anton Chekhov has to do
with the Canada Cup is beyond
me, although reincarnated playwrights on ice may be anew Soviet
innovation.) If the effort put into
these gems had gone into the lyrics
then there might be something
worth listening to here. But the
words are as dull as the music and
the obscure references only highlight their inadequacies. Asexuals come off as pretentious, flaunting style without substance. This
album deserves a similar dismissal.
G. Simms
THE RAZORBACKS
Live A Little
(WEA)
The Razorbacks'. brand
of rockabilly experienced a revival a few years back, at least on
commercial radio, with the likes
of the Stray Cats and Ry Cooder.
With "Live A Little" the Razor-
backs continue in this commercialised style; driving stand-up
bass, vocals with a nasal twang,
and jangly guitars. The band is
smooth and they play short,
snappy tunes covering the standard subjects: laments of no girls,
no money, or love on the rocks.
Yet here the upbeat
tracks don't have quite enough
spark and the occasional ballad
drags along, leaving an overall
impression of a lack of energy. All the proper ingredients are here
but they ain't been cooked long
enough. (I've never seen the Razorbacks live but I would hope
they have more jump than this
album does.) The songs are subdued throughout with a few exceptions—' TJidn' t Your M am m a
Tell You" and an interesting cover
of Townsend's "My Generation".
While there is lots of whoopin'
and hollerin' here, it all seems a
bit forced.
Live A Little tantalises
with a promise of some high-
energy rockabilly but fails to
deliver. Give these guys full marks
for effort but the end product is
disappointing.
G. Simms
THE GODFATHERS
More Songs of Love and Hate
(Epic)
Hey man! It's 1965 and
these are the R+B sounds of
swinging London. From The
quadra-zillion (or two) grunging
guitars, to the simplistic beats, to
the charming "I can't sing, so I'll
sort of talk melodically" vocals
of lead God(f ather) Peter Coyne,
it is apparent that this is a group
with its collective head firmly
jammed into the sand, in the vain
hope that it will gain a revelatory
glimpse of the past. The result of
this peculiar activity, of a band
that was once The Sid Presley
Experience, includes a gem, "She
Gives Me Love", an industrial
diamond, "I Don't Believe in
You", replete with "groovy"
organ (not Vox, more like Hammond), and numerous lumps of
carbon. In the latter category we
have "These Days are Over" (but
not really because people are still
making this kind of music) and a
song whose title I can't read because my handwriting is so awful. No matter, because these latter tunes all sound like Gang of
Four/The Jam outtakes, all made
while Paul Weller and Andy King
were off at the Labour Party Convention. Supposition: Thatcher-
nomics has driven England so far
back into the past that people
really do think it's the 1960's
again. It's just a thought. Look
for the Godfathers to don platform soles and glitter-covered
waistcoats as the British economy progresses forward to 1973.
J.W.
ZVUKI MU
Produced by BRIAN ENO
Modern Songs from Russia
(Land)
The lyrics, sung in Russian and translated on the inner
sleeve, give brooding, Dos-
toyevskian portraits of psychological torment. In Russian, for
example, one can say "leave me
alone" in one word: otvyazhis.
Other thoughts do not translate:
"From bison's eyes/the darkness
has lit up/and in my house/there's
such/such.../Gadopiatikna!" Just
what this ominous Godopiatikna
is, is not clear. It may have something to do with "women lacquered women/women lacquered
women."
You've got to expect a
certain amount of frivolity with
this record. That balding fellow
from Middlesborough, Eno, is
behind it and despite his articulate, intellectual ramblings he is
basically out for yuks of the driest
vintage: what Shklovski would
call ostranenie. There are bits of
Fripp/Belewesque guitar on this
record and quirky little numbers
followed by long, hungry pieces.
"Traffic Policeman" sounds like
theold Animal Slaves doing "Man
from Glad". "Forgotten Sex"
starts off moodily enough, but
then the keyboards worm their
way into the sparse mix and the
vocalist throatily intones in self-
satisfied fulfillment "sex/sex/
seex/seeex".
In writing about the
Scramblers/54-40 Russian tour
Ken Eisner (Georgia Straight,
Music Express) left the impression that Soviet popular music is
dominated by second-rate De-
pecheMode imitators. Obviously
he didn't catch Zvuki Mu. Somewhere between the Talking
Heads' "More Songs aboutBuild-
ings and Food" and Devo's first
album, this record, "Modem
Songs from Russia", presents
another discovery from Brian
Eno. Are we not men? We are
Zvuki Mu.
Brian Hohm
LL COOL J
Walking with a Panther
(Def Jam/CBS)
LLCool Jhasn' tgrown
up yet, which is good. His rhymes
are still hard, his rhythms are still
infectious, and he's still got a
massive ego. If it weren't for his
bragging, giving him a bad name
in rap circles, this would be one of
the best records of the year. With
help from Public Enemy on two
hyped tracks, most of this hour-
plus record rocks, but he covers
all the bases with three "ballads"
of varying intensity. This record
lives up to his reputation as a
good rapper and an egotist. Not
many political messages here.
A. Pi S.
NURSE WITH WOUND
Automating Volume Two
(United Dairies)
While by yourself in
large rooms with unconventional
surfaces and darkness infliltrating
those areas not subjected to direct
light, and with a total loss of sound
from your environment due to
headphones directing the electromagnetic radiation composed by
Nurse With Wound internal to
your cranium, at every turn ahi de-
ous monster of your imagination' s
creation rears its head. You find
yourself retreating from your own
body as the primary priority is to
interpret the data being inputted
into your temporal lobes. You
hope that the old rechargeable
batteries in the Walkperson die as
they always do, but no such luck.
The processed lyrics of unknown
language swoop down on your
cerebrum as you grasp at the
shards of concept flying by. Drum
machines manufacture certainty
and then stop. Familiar songs/
sounds pass in unfamiliar forms.
Repetition occurs where un-
necssary. Feedback, shouts, violent bursts of sonic pain reinforce
the mix. Questions arise. How
could this be created by humans?
Am I being bombarded by subliminal messages? Why do I want
to listen to this? What key are
they playing in? Why can't I just
stop the tape player? Why is it
only 2:42 AM? How could I have
written so much without saying
anything?
A. Pi S.
WE'VE GOT A FUZZBOX AND
WE'RE GOING TO USE IT!
International Rescue
(WEA)
If anyone ever required
the services of International Rescue (the organisation featured in
"Thunderbirds", abeyond-hipTV
show with an anthemic title track
popularised by the Rezillos, and
featuring life-sized puppets manning unlikely rocket-ships on ridiculous missions), it's these
Fuzzbox characters. This particular offering is a three-song EP
containing the title track, "International Rescue"; "Raising
Champagne"; and "Barbarella".
As one might gather from the last
title, or perhaps from the back
coverof the record, this EP is supposed to be some sort of abbreviated pop opera based loosely on
the Jean-Claude Forest comic
(and Roger Vadim movie) featuring the members of We've Got A
Etc. as (new) members of International Rescue who go to the aid
of Barbarella in order to save her
from the evil Duran Duran. (Who
are themselves beyond saving,
but that's beside the point.) The
muscial low points on this dubious effort include all the mindless
dance/electro titles mentioned
above, with the possible exception of the lastsong, which would
make ideal extro music for anyone involved in attempting to
expel uninvited guests from a big
house party. (I suppose it has its
uses.) The whole thing is a dim
notion, dimly executed. Buy a
Bobby Brown record instead.
COLD SWEAT
Plays J.B.
(JMT)
Now that the godfather
of soul is doing time and every
other rapper is ripping him off
left, right and centre it's great to
see some real musicians paying
tribute to James Brown and not
embarrassing themselves in the
process.
"Cold Sweat" includes
some of New York's finest laying
down the J.B. patented funk and
blowing hot over top. Led by ex-
Sun Ra trombone player Craig
Harris (whose Tailgator Tales
concert was a sadly underrated
performance in this year's Jazz
Festival), this collective blows
through an interesting assortment
of J.B. originals. Everything from
'Try Me", "I Got the Feelin'",
"Please, Please, Please" to "It's a
Man's World" arguably does
justice to the originals while still
delivering cookin' new interpretations. Harris throws in a couple
of short original tracks carved in
classic J.B. grooves for good
measure. Guest jazz heavies
David Murray, Arthur Bly the and
Olu Dara make cameo appearances for some inspired fun.
Thankfully, the vocals are kept to
a minimum so as to avoid too
much comparison with the one,
the only...Yet they still are there
to bring what's going on back
into focus instead of being lost in
endless blowing.
James Brown may not
be enjoying one of the best periods of his career but at least some
people still know who deserves
the respect and how to give it
back. Here's hoping this one gets
to his ears and heart. As the liner
notes conclude "...and we ask
please, please, please that everybody drop to their knees and thank
God for James Brown."
Paul Clarke
STEVE  JONES
Rre and Gasoline
(MCA)
Listening to the new
Steve Jones LP was very disappointing. I shouldn't have been
surprised; he was partly responsible for Iggy Pop's immensely
boring "Instinct" album. At times
"Fire and Gasoline" has the spark
of mid-'70's Kiss, but Steve's
raspy Jack Daniels tough-guy
vocals and predictable guitar
quickly become tiresome.
The songs run the
gamut of dull to moronic, despite
enlisting the help of Ian Astbury
and Bill Duffy, which only results in a couple of third-rate Cult
In the albeit chequered
past, Steve at least had a half-
decent singer, a vicious rhythm
section and bad songs. Solo, he's
left with only the bad songs.
Jeff Molsen
TIN GOD
Tin God
(cassette)
Rarely does a new
band's first demo come across as
intelligent, pwerful and professional as Tin God's first release.
The band'srhythm section, Jaime
Nicholson on bass and Scott
Beadle, drums, plays tight and
confident. As usual Mike Graham's highly underrated lead
work is tasteful and complementary to Doug Andrews' rhythm
guitar and vocals.
Congratulations to producer/engineer Mike Landolt for
capturing a vivid and confidently
aggressive Tin God. There are a
lot of nice touches; the mandolinlike rhythm guitar on "Gaso-
holic", the doubled choruses
during "Lives of the Saints", and
a unique rolling almost fretless
bass sound throughout the six-
song cassette.
The songs themselves
for the most part are strong.
"Gasoholic" suffers from an uninspired guitar melody, and the
vocal bridge on "When I Was a
Boy" should have been used only
as a prelude to the dynamics of
the guitar solo, as opposed to being
tagged after every chorus. Both
songs could use some condensing.
"I pity all the babies
who cry in their sleep/They'll be
marching to the front by the end
of the week."
The impact of this first
verse touches an emotional chord
and sets the tone for "The End is
the End". Through well-written
lyrics and catchy melodies, the
desperation of the song manages
to erne across soft and subtle,
without losing any urgency. The
power of this song is not from
relentless pounding and vocal
histrionics, but rather a tactful
manipulation of the senses.
My favourite cut, "Lay
Me Down", is an action-packed,
tight-paced, thriller of a pop song,
on the edge. And the rawk-an-
them chorus kicks in like a runaway train.
This dayglo-covered
cassette is available at all the cool
record stores, or better yet, check
out the band live and give 'em a
five for the tape.
Jeff Molsen
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Les Negresses Vertes
(Rhythm King Records)
The hit of the French
NightClub Scene, Les Negresses
Vertes have exploded onto the
European roots music arena with
the biggest impact since The
Pogues arrived in '84.
They hail from France:
mainly from Paris, with some
from the Cargue in the south.
Their name is a somewhat derogatory term (not unlike The
Pogues') that was hurled at them
as an insult which, true to their
defiantly punk stance, they decided they liked. They use the imagery to attack the racism which
lurks in the psyche of deranged
mbsters like Le Pen and his ob-
horrent Front National.
Les Negresses Vertes
play global folk punk, mixing flamenco, ska, punk, and accordion-
driven waltzes. The accordian
grabs yo firts, as teh mislead-
lingly gentle "La Valse" opens
the album. The deception doesn't
last, as "Zobie La Mouche" drives
along, complete with flamenco
rhythms,hot congs, and a powerful, dancefloor beat. It's a big hit
in the U.K., although the BBC
wouldn't play it if somebody
translated the lyrics for them!
Other outstanding cuts include
the manic "Les Yeux De Ton
Pere", "Marcelle Ratafia", and
"Danse Des NEgresses", and the
infectiously tuneful "C'Est Pas
La Mer A Boire", and "Voila
L'Ete." What separates Les Negresses Vertes from the ranks of
their post-punk counterpartrs is
their instrumentation: two Spanish guitars, piano, bass, drums,
congas, and a three-piece horn
section. The trombone recalls the
sound of The Specials, the accordian reminds me of Vancouver's
wonderful Nyetz, the vocals are a
cross between a football crowd
and Shane MacGowan (in
French), and the flamenco guitars and handlclaps capitalize on
the interest generated by the
Gypsy Kings.
In short, a fine album
with plenty of acoustic roots,
caustic social comment, an irreverent sense of fun, and some of
the most melodic dance music
around. Calling all record labels:
release this LP in Canada, right
Steve Edge
SEPTEMBER 1989 45 Picadilly
and Cigarettes
Christopher Kovacs'
Notes From the EnglisljXiimjs
Here I am again, approaching the statue of Eros in London's Picadilly Circus. Assuming my best
Chief Dan George voice I whisper "Dish looks like a good place to smoke", and sit. Immediately, or almost
so, outrageously-tattoed-Dole-Queue Punk #1 presents himself and asks for a cigarette. The sun's out. I
feelgood. I oblige. He retreats.
After a polite interlude of 20 seconds or so, outrageously-coiffured-squatters' rights Punk #2
plants himself beside me. He has a large Black Labrador with him, and seeing that the dog has not been
cosmetically altered in any way, my heart is warmed a bit. I offer the dog a cigarette, am doggily ignored,
then offer one to the punk.
Registering surprise and a little dismay that I've pre-empted him, he accepts and asks me the
obligatory where-ya-from questions. He's intense in a nonthreatening way, softspoken. We start talking
about music. I tell him about seeing the Pursuit of Happiness at the Marquee last Friday. Despite the dead-
on harmonies, the intriguing bare-midriff writings of Leslie Stanwyck and the self-effacing patter of Moe
Berg, the incessant power chord rehash left me cold. Maybe the vocals were too low in the mix. I don't
know, it just felt like I was in a stadium. The punk nods at this and tells me about the semi-private parties
out around Portobello Road where bands get together to play open-stage. I feel a bit left out. Apparently
the parties and some suburban gigs are an 'in the know' sort of thing organized by the "squatters' coalition" of which he's a member.
I mention the bigfun Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper gig at the Mean Fiddler last night and he grunts
approval, but at the mention of the Pixies' Wednesday show at Kilbum National he launches into a vitriolic
diatribe: 'Talentless hacks! Can't play a fuckin' note..." and so on. As he begins to foam ever so slighdy
at the mouth and his dog eyes me to assess my nutritional content, I hastily change the subject.
The pubs close at 11 PM, I bitch. What do you do if you hate disco, and you can't
£ 12 to get into the Hippodrome anyway? After 5 months in booze-and-bodily-fluid spattered Mykonos,
where things get under way at midnight or so, I'm a litde bit down by old London town. His eyes glaze
over a litde and his Mohawk begins to quiver. "Have you been to an Acid House party yet?" Oh no. Not
this again. "I can't stand the music," I begin, to which hecounters/'It'snot the music... "But whenl swiftly
parry with "I guess with enough chemicals in your system...", he looks at me with reproach. "It's not that
either. It's the atmosphere, the energy, the SEX." His eyes are fairly glowing now and I swear the people
around us edge back a bit. Fortunately, his attention is diverted by a pair of bobbies ambling by. "Fucking
fascist," he mumbles. "In this country, they don't care about your politics, about your hair, about fuckall
except how you dress." He plucks at my lamentably Gordon Gecko suspenders, not aggressively, but
merely to emphasize his point. "You'resafe. You can do whatever you want." He looks at his own leather
and studs as I insipidly venture, "Isn't it the music that's important, not how you dress?" "Yah," he sighs,
and fingers the roadscabs on his nose, "I like the music, you like the music, but guess who gets the shit
kicked out of them at the end of the day?"
That might be a good place to end, except for this. A few cigarettes later, arather clean cut young
lady, hair demurely tied back, makeup lightly applied, with what might have been polyfilla inexpertly
applied to conceal the hole where her nose ring world normally dangle, appears before us. My mohawked
friend looks sheepishly at me and mutters with a curious note of rebellious pride - "Job interview". The
young lady looks triumphant. She says "Come on, we'll be late for the babysitter." So with a "See ya
'round, man", he shambles off with his dog, hand in hand with his girl, into a bright day, leaving me
chuckling and wondering.
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