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 That Magazine from CITR fml02 cable 100
February 1986 • FREE!
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In This Issue
Love And Rockets
Don Chow sifts through the cosmic debris
with David J.
Moev
Colouring the world purple; by CD.
CIT"RyDiscorder Listener/
Reader Survey
We ask you embarassing personal questions
about your habits, tastes, and desires. You
can't help but answer. You are under our
power.
In Every Issue
Airhead
Marsha Brady Fan Club, Punk Rawk Horror and more.
Behind the Dial
Upcoming concerts, CITR conflict of interest
guidelines, and other vital signs from behind the
doors of CITR.
Program Guide
An easy guide to difficult listening.
Vinyl Verdict
New Vinyl from Slow, Psychic TV, Moev, Shanghai
Dog, Thin White Rope.
Armchair Eye
A couch potato's view of the best of '85 film.
Demo Derby
Surprise!
DiScORDER
That Magazine from CITR fml02 cablelOO
February 1986 • Vol. 4 No. 1
Editor
Chris Dafoe
Contributors
Don Chow, Kandace Kern BUI Mullan,
Greg Potter, Larry Thiessen,
CD, Jerry King, Kevin Smith,
Michael Riches, lain Bowman,
Robin Razzell, Kirby Hill
Photos
Bill Jans, Steve Wasney
Cartoons
Chris Pearson, R. Filbrant
Production Manager
Pat Carroll
Design
Harreson Atley
Layout
Randy Iwata, Pat Carroll,
Beverley Demchuck, Toby Thiersch,
Karen Shea, David Hart,
Robin Razzell
Program Guide
CD, PC
typesetting
Dena Corby
Advertising Representative
David Hart, Robin Razzell
Distribution Manager
Mike Johal
Business Manager
Mike Dennis
DISCORDER, c/o CITR Radio, 6138 SUB Blvd.,
Vancouver, B.C, V6T2A5. Phone (604) 228-3017.
DISCORDER Magazine is published monthly
by the Student Radio Society of the University of
British Columbia (CITR-UBC Radio).
CITR f ml01.9 cablelOO.l broadcasts a 49-watt
signal in stereo throughout Vancouver from Gage
Towers on the UBC campus. CITR is aJso available via FM cable in Vancouver, West Vancouver,
North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge
and Mission.
DISCORDER circulates 15,000 free copies. For
advertising and circulation inquiries call 228-3017
and ask for station manager Nancy Smith.
Twelve-month subscriptions available: $10 in
Canada, $10 U.S. in the U.S.A., $15 overseas.
Send cheque or money order payable to CITR
Publications.
Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, cartoons and graphics are welcome but they can be
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responsibility for unsolicited material.
The offices of CITR and DISCORDER are
located in room 233 of the UBC's Student Union
Building. For general business inquiries or to book
the CITR Mobile Sound System call 228-3017 and
ask for station manager Nancy Smith. The Music
Request line is 228-CITR. UNDERGROWTH RECORDS PRESENTS
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Nostalgia Corner
Dead Airhead
I are a old fart what bought Sex
Pistols & Ramones records way
back nine/ten years ago. All my
university friends slagged on Sex
Pistols & Ramones & Dead Kennedys & bands like those. When
D.O.A. & Pointed Sticks & K-Tels
played they stayed away. They was
all superior, elitist, opinionated,
smug oafs (like CITR types I meet
at parties) that liked Fleetwood
Mac & 70's puke muzak. Now it's
another generation and all the
university types slag Skinny Puppy, but everybody (even the Fleetwood Mackies) remember the Sex
Pistols. Nq wonder they never
graduate, now or then.
Advid Opko
Go Ask Alice
Miss Marsha Brady   •
c/o CITR FM102
Hi Sis!
Boy have you ever moved up
since The Bunch split up—your
own two-hour show and everything! You've even gotten off the
Boob Tube and advanced to CITR.
You certainly have become a
groovy girl! Even my pet rabbit,
Thornton, says Marsha Brady is
one hip bunny.
All the old gang tunes in to your
show, even Alice. By the way, if you
get time someday, could you play
RH8AJ5
c/o CITR Radio
6138 S.U.B. Blvd.
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T2A5
a request? I'd love to hear from the
Marvellettes (especially "Too Many
Fish In The Sea") or the Ronettes.
Keep those hot tdnes comin'! I'll
be listening.
Love,
Greg Brady
Radio Hell
Dear Airhead:
I think you people are aiming
your waves at the wrong audience.
The rockers out this way (and when
I say rockers, I mean greasy scumbags) are not interested at all and
in fact have no clue as to the ways
of hip music. So what I'm trying to
say is GO HIGH POWER. You gotta. Otherwise people like myself
will start aquiring a taste for a certain rival campus station that has
recently gone cable. Now that
would be a shame.
Jamie
(Stuck in) Coquitlam
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UBC'S SUB BALLROOM PLAYS HOST to some
of the best local music in Vancouver in February
and March as CITR presents two local showcase
concerts in cooperation with AMS Concerts.
February 14 features a Valentine's Day fete
d'amour featuring Bolero Lava in an infrequent
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live appearance, and Rhythm Mission, whose
debut LP, Wild Mood Swings is much bigger than
anyone (including our reviewer) could possibly
imagine. Minors are politely requested to stay
home, since certain vile substances will be
served.
Minors will, however, be welcome on March 7th
when Grapes of Wrath, Moev, and Fourth Floor
will thrill one and all at the venerable SUB
Ballroom.
Tickets are available at the AMS ticket office,
VTC/CBO, and all usual outlets (ever wonder
where those are?)
CITR Conflict-Of-lnterest
Crackdown
IT SEEMS THAT the Tom Waterland/Steven
Rogers Western Pulp affair has had repercussions beyond the provincial cabinet. CITR Station Manager Nancy Smith today announced
new conflict of interest guidelines for all CITR
DJ's involved in musical activities. In addition to
requiring all musically inclined announcers to
place their talent in a blind trust, the guidelines
require a full disclosure of all musical activities.
Among those affected are Gord Badanic
(Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 p.m.) of Go Four 3 and the
Lou Cooper Band, Dale Sawyer (Wednesdays
3:30-6:00 p.m.) of The Belgianiques, Lou Cooper
Band, Psychobunnys, and sundry other projects,
Gavin Walker (Mondays 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.) of
the Gavin Walker Jazz Quartet, Garnet Harry
(Fridays 6:30-9:30 p.m.) of The Lou Cooper Band
and I, Weedeater, Julia Steele (Wednesdays
7:30-10:00 a.m.) and Janice McKenzie (Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m.) of the Psychobunnies, Paul
Funk (Tuesdays 7:30-10:00 a.m.) of Excited First
Daughter, and Bill Mullan (Tuesday 11:00-Mid-
night) of Chartwell Inc.
Listeners are asked to report any suspicious
on-air activities by these individuals, including
gratuitous self-promotion, playing sets of their
own music, and interviewing themselves on-air.
Those judged to be in a conflict of interest
situation will be asked to a) resign or b) demonstrate sufficient assets to buy the station a high
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February 1986
Don Chow discusses
life, the universe
and everything
and discovers the
transcendant world
of David J. - High
Priest, Prophet and
Bass Player of
LOVE AND ROCKETS
It's my birthday. My
head is stuffed up in a
hotel room, with a man
wearing sunglasses.
Underneath bright red
brows are eyes I will
not see; on the table is
a comic book called
Love and Rockets.
Meet David J.
D: What has Love and Rockets got going
for them that Bauhaus didn't?
DJ: A more positive attitude, a serenity of
mind which comes from obtaining a few
answers to the perennial question of 'why
are we here?' and 'what's it all about?', etc.
etc. But we're still searching, because there
are a lot of unanswered questions.
D: What answers have you found so far?
DJ: I can't really speak for the group. I
mean, we do have a unified attitude which
comes out in the group's music and our
ideas, but we also have our own individual
philosophies, so I can only expand on my
own views—which is just the belief that
everything is unified, and part of the same
thing and that this world here is just a
microcosm of the macrocosm. If you see
world events in the context of the universal, then it's not going to get you screwed
up—because from that point of view, there
is a kind of sense to events, which, on the
surface, appear to be nonsensical...and it's
just a peace that comes from that belief.
D: Do you believe in God?
DJ: 'God' in inverted commas; I believe
that we are all God and that everything out
there is God. I think it's a very primal
knowledge that everybody has, but it's
somewhat clouded and blinkered. And certain experiences and influences lift those
blinkers. I think that, in the future, everybody will have the blinkers taken away.
Perhaps we're not ready for that yet, so
that's why we're blinkered to a certain extent, because we couldn't deal with it; it
wouldn't aid survival.
D: What are some of these blinkers?
DJ: It's just a neurological condition—a
sort of shutdown, so that we function on a
level, first of survival, so that we can get CITR fm 102 cable 100
through the day-to-day business of living in
this world. If we were all turned on to the
easiness of being, then there wouldn't be
much functioning. I mean, there are a few
people who sustain this level of consciousness, like Zen masters—but if we were all
Zen masters, then... At the moment, the
world isn't at the right level for us to all
obtain that level of consciousness, so that's
why it's suppressed.
D: Do you see that state of consciousness
being attained in the future?
DJ: Yeah, I think it will, I don't know how
—probably by intervention from extraterrestrials—but that's where we're headed. And
if we don't blow ourselves up, we'll get there.
And maybe if we blow ourselves up, we'll
get there anyway.
D: So you're using music as a means of
transcending to a higher state of consciousness. Is that why you're musicians?
DJ: It's why we're still musicians—or why
I am still. That wasn't the reason to get into
it in the beginning. It was just that...I don't
know why, it just felt good.
D: Who is Mr. Smith in 'If There's a Heaven
Above?'
I believe that we are
all God and that
everything out there
is God. I think its a
very primal knowledge
that everybody has...
DJ: The man in the street—although the
origin of that is a character in an obscure
film. As the song stands on the record, it's
about you and me. Originally it was a reference to suicide—but it came to be about
liberation. So the theme evolved from a
negative to a positive.
D: What do you mean by, 'shut up unless
we want to pray?'
DJ: i hate explaining...talking about the
words, because they just exist as words, in
their own right. I mean, if we have to explain
it, then we've failed. Does it mean anything
to you?
D: No.
DJ: (laughs) At least you're honest...
there's just so much yappin' and bullshit
talk that goes on. It's just saying, look, let's
all shut up, unless what we're going to talk
about is transcendence, i.e. praying. Let's
forget all this 'yap, yap, yap, yap' politicians...let's just forget it all. Most of the
songs are songs of transcendence, in one
way or another. I think it's most elequently
expressed by the one that hasn't got any
words at all, which is "Saudade." It's just
the feeling that comes from that, and we
were trying to get it onto a tape recorder as
pure(ly) and undiluted as we could.
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MOEV, IT SEEMS, HAVE BE-
come a success. And they
have done so with surprisingly little fanfare. A new album,
Dusk and Desire, has been released on Profile Records, the New York independent
that handles Run D.M.C. and Paul Hardcas-
tle. The first video from the album, "Took
Out the Lace," is receiving airplay on MTV.
And plans are afoot to tour the U.S. and
Canada. All in all it stands as a tidy refutation of all those who had written Moev off
two years ago as a band who had a shot
at the big7time and blew it.
It was two years ago that Moev played
their last live show, New Year's Eve at the
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Morris had already said she was leaving the
band; the split was reportedly not amicable.
Morris was the focal point of the first edi
tion of Moev. A tiny, almost elfin woman with
a silken voice and a manner recalling Barbara Streisand in punk drag, she provided
the lyrical focus for the band's music. Her
musings on the claustrophobia and restriction of growing up among the well-to-do—
"I always find myself in a jar of mayonnaise"
was the way she succinctly put it in "M.T.M.
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if sometimes sterile, compositions. Her
voice, sometimes clear and ethereal,
sometimes coarse and sneering, added an
edge of unpredictability to the band's
necessarily structured sound. Live, it was
Morris, dressed black, an ever-present
cigarette burning to an ash between her
fingers, doing a vigorous version of the Luv-
A-Fair two-step, who provided the visual interest while the rest of the band hunched
workmanlike over their instruments.
Morris's departure left Moev not only
without a vocalist, but with a serious image
problem. Although keyboardist Cal Stephenson, Tom Ferris and Mark Jowett were
responsible for most of the band's music,
they had been cast in supporting roles in
the public eye. There was, however, no
question as to whether they would continue
on, only whether they would continue on as
Moev. Stephenson and Ferris reasoned that
since the band was Moev before Morris
joined, there was no reason to change the
moniker with her departure.
Looking back two years later, none of the
band members is too enthusiastic about
talking of the reasons for the split. Stephenson, however, traces the band's problems
back to their early success.
"The problem right off was that we were
extremely naive," he explains. Tom and I
started the band because there was nothing to do. I had a synthesizer, so we just
huddled around it and freaked out."
'And then everything happened so quickly. Go Records signed us after our first
release, on the strength of the Cracked Mirror EP," adds Jowett, "and I think we really
didn't know what we were doing, and the
label didn't know what they were doing.
There were a lot of problems, and it ended
up two years later..." He hesitates. "I just
think it would have been different if things
had moved more slowly."
MOEV LAID LOW for five months
following the split with Morris,
then returned to the studio to
record Toulyev, a hesitant testing of the
waters both for the revamped band, now
with Cal on vocals, and for their new label,
Nettwerk Records. It wasn't a strong release—Stephenson's singing was flat and
lifeless—but it returned the band to the
public eye. Another 12", Alibis, with Cal's
vocals supported by new vocalist Michela
Arrichiello, fared better, Michela's harmonies sweetened what might otherwise
have been a cold, sterile effort.
"Michela's voice adds another element
to our sound," says Jowett of the former
Mike Club vocalist. "Both Cal and I, and
Michela sing on the new album, so it's
pretty varied."
Arrichiello's vocals give Moev a lighter,
playful, almost sassy sound, a sharp con- CITR fm 102 cable 100
trast to the harsh seriousness of Cal's singing. With her slight build, dark hair, and
clean, pure voice, Michela also draws inevitable comparisons with Morris. It is, however, a very different situation from the first
edition of Moev according to the band's
manager, Terry McBride: "With Michela
Moev works more like a band, with all the
members contributing. That wasn't always
the case with Madeliene."
"Torn or Cal will come up
with something and put it
down on a four-track and
then pass it over to Michela
and me. It's sort of like
writing by mail."
"Michela joined the band after most of
the music was written for Dusk and Desire,"
explains Jowett, "so she didn't have that
much input this time. But she contributes
to the material we're working on now. Generally, what will happen is Tom or Cal wil
come up with something and put it down on
a four-track and then pass it over to Michela
and me. Then we'll add something and
give it back, and so on. It's sort of like
writing by mail. I guess it's a pretty unusual
way of writing music."
The results, however, seem to support the
band's methods. The music on Dusk and
Desire is more sophisticated than any of
Moev's earlier work. The band no longer
seems so tied to the insistent pulse of their
drum machine, a situation that had earned
the band a reputation for being stiff and
soulless. They've developed a harder edge
as well, evidence perhaps of the influence
of industrial music on their essentially pop
sound. These changes, along with the
changing face of North American radio,
have given Moev a second chance at
success.
"The success of a lot of the British bands
who play this type of music has opened the
door for a band like Moev," says Jowett.
"And I think we've grown as songwriters
and musicians. A lot of people seemed to
think that electronic music had to be cold
and calculated; I think that we've shown
that it can also have a lot of warmth and
emotion."
—CD
Moev will be appearing March 7 at the
S.U.B. Ballroom at U.B.C. with Grapes of
Wrath and Fourth Floor, presented by CITR
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by GENERIC REVIEW and INSIGHT.
PM pm   LUNCH REPORT
News, sports and weather.
4:30 pm   AFTERNOON SPORTSBREAK
6:00 pm   DINNER MAGAZINE
News, sports and weather followed
by GENERIC REVIEWS, INSIGHT
and a DAILY FEATURE.
4:00 am    Sign-Off
WEEKDAY HIGHLIGHTS
MONDAYS
ARTZMONDAY MAGAZINE
7:15-10:00 am
Radiocinema: dedicated to creative sound,
music and words, Canadian music, announcements. Conceptual art audio directed by ESI.
7:15-8:00   Cancon Music Made in Canada
8:15-9:00  Happenings/ short announcements,
short features.
9:00-10:00 RadioCinema/ Words, Music and
Sounds, directed by Essy.
THE JAZZ SHOW
11:00 pm-12:00 am
Vancouver's longest-running prime time Jazz
program, featuring all the classic players, the
occasional interview, and local music news.
Hosted by the ever-suave Gavin Walker.
03 Feb.  Eberhard Weber's Colours, a picturesque, moody, and sensuous album
from this German musician and
photographer.
10 Feb.  One of the best TV shows on jazz
was 1957's The Sound of Jazz, featuring Count Basie, Thelonious Monk
and Billie Holiday. The soundtrack to
that show, entitled The Real Sound
of Jazz has just been released and
will be featured in its entirety.
17 Feb.  Miles Davis and his most influential
quintet, featuring Herbie Hancock,
Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony
Williams. Recorded live at the Plug
Nickle in Chicago.
24 Feb.   The 1st Esquire Magazine All
American Jazz Concert, recorded
January 18, 1944. A concert that
sums up where jazz was before the
be-bop revolution. Featuring Louis
Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Benny
Goodman and Art Tatum.
TUESDAYS
VANCOUVER INSTITUTE LECTURES
10:30- 11:30 am
Lectures from the Vancouver Institute's Saturday night lecture series.
05 Feb. Reforming Parliament: The Case of
New Zealand
12 Feb. The News from Halloy's Comet
19 Feb. Orangutans: People of the Forest
26 Feb. Why Economists Disagree
PLAYLOUD
Late night 1:00-4:00 am
The fascination of horror and degradation.
Music with teeth. Aural surgery performed by
Larry Thiessen. This month's afflictions:
04 Feb.  The Culling—the newest and worst
from CITR's Spinlist combined with
recent exhumations from friends and
record stores.
11 Feb.  The Prisoner of Love—musical bondage for the imminent Valentine
festivities. Playloud violates the
airspace of fellow DJs Norm van
Rassel and Bill Mullan.
18 Feb.  The Negative Woman—Diamanda
Galas, Annie Anxiety, Lydia Lunch,
Chrystale and all those other
Wednesday morning girls.
25 Feb.  The Da Da movement in music. 60
years of insurrection.
WEDNESDAYS
UBC WEEKLY
9:00-9:30
A new show dealing with issues of concern
to students at UBC.
JUST LIKE WOMEN
6:20-7:30 pm
Woman, heal thyself with Ann and Lil's
remedy for the Old Boys' Network: an hour
of news, interviews, and music. A shot in the
arm for all women, and for any man who
likes them.
THE KNIGHT AFTER
Midnight to 4:00 am
Music to clobber Yuppies by—featuring radio
shows traded with alternative stations in
Europe and the U.S. This show will really
mess up your BMW!
THURSDAYS
PARTY WITH ME, PUNKER!
4:00-6:00 pm
A new time slot for this two-hour show
which specializes in music described, for the
lack of a better word, as "punk rock." But it
can mean anything from the alcohol-rock of
the Replacements to the brutal thrash of
D.R.I, and anything in between. With your
hosts Mike Dennis and Andrea Gamier.
06 Feb. Montreal and Ottawa bands
13 Feb. Toronto Bands and Valentine's
dedications
20 Feb. The sound of the prairies-music
from Winnipeg, Calgary and
Edmonton
27 Feb. Homecoming-the best of B.C. punk
TOP OF THE BOPS
8:00-9:00 pm
MEL BREWER PRESENTS
11:00 pm-Midnight
We speak with our eyes closed. You should
listen with your mouth open. It's a gabfest
presented by Mel, man. Know what's going
on locally without leaving home, especially
you agoraphobics. Watch out for black ice.
Win things. Get happy. Find out why J is the
most congenial letter in the English language.
Tune in, 'cause Mel loves you. Tune in, 'cause
you love Mel. Call us, 'cause we love you
too. too too 8-too for 87.
FRIDAYS
FRIDAY MORNING MAGAZINE
7:30-10:30 am
STIRRINGS: A breakfast and coffee warmer,
with in-depth profiles, news, reviews, and
unexpected occurances. This month:
07 Feb.  Reggae in Vancouver: "Avoiding the
blood-clot." Who and where the
Dreads are. With guest hosts
Redemption.
14 Feb.  A Valentine's Day special. Music for
lovers. Seriously.
21 Feb.  South Africa. CITR DJs Kirby Hill and
Mike Johal unite against Apartheid.
An ethnographic study.
28 Feb.  Post-Punk Tribalism. In Vancouver,
yes. Guest hosts TBA.
POWER CHORD
5:00-6:00 pm
Vancouver's only true metal show, featuring
the underground alternative to mainstream
metal: local demo tapes, imports and other
rarities, plus album give-aways.
FRIDAY NIGHT FETISH
6:20-9:00 pm
Word salad and cooking tips from habitual
guest Beverly and delinquent trends and
revelations from that Annoying Guy...Radio
for people striving for less than adequacy in
their lives.
THE BIG SHOW
9:00 pm-midnight
Why pay money to get into a nightclub on a
Friday night? If Big InternationAl can't get you
dancing, no-one can. CITR fm 102 cable 100
U
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THE VISITING PENGUIN SHOW
Late night 1:00-4:00 am
Interviews with local musicians and artists,
the newest sounds at CITR, your personal requests and even golden oldies. What more
could you want? Hosted by Andreas Kitz-
mann and Sheri Walton.
WEEKEND REGULARS
7:30 am   Sign-On (Saturdays)
8-00 am   Sign-On (Sundays)
Noon        BRUNCH REPORT
News, sports and weather.
6:00 pm   SAT./SUN, MAGAZINE
News, sports and weather, plus
GENERIC REVIEW, analysis of
current affairs and special features.
4:00 am   Sign-Off
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
SATURDAYS
THE FOLK SHOW
10:30 am-Noon
Host Steve Edge presents a wide range of
folk music, extending from the latest U.K.
Rogue-Folk through to all kinds of traditional
music from Canada, U.S.A., the British Isles
and just about anywhere else. Plus the latest
U.K. soccer results at 11 a.m.
01 Feb. Christy Moore. Famed Irish singer
and former member of Planxty as
well as Moving Hearts. His new LP
Ordinary Man will be featured today.
08 Feb.  Stan Rogers. One of Canada's finest.
Composer of our 2nd National
Anthem "Barrett's Privateers."
15 Feb.  TBA
22 Feb.  Richard Thompson. A must for all
Thommo's fans. The whole show
devoted to the master guitarist/
singer/songwriter.
NEOFILE
Noon-4:00 pm
Join CITR's music directors as they take you
through the station's new and exciting Spin
List.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
GILUGAN'S ISLAND?
4:00-6:00 pm
The queM tor ultimate truth continues...
More metaphysics of the airwaves. This
month, an offer you can't refuse from the
Oxbridge Mafia:
01 Feb.   Beyond the Fringe
08 Feb.  Parodies Lost: The music of Neil
Innes
15 Feb.  Rutland Weekend Television
22 Feb. The Meaning of Life
PROPAGANDA!
6:30-9:00 pm
An eclectic mix of interviews, reviews, music,
humour, High Profiles, and other features
with Mike Johal.
PYJAMA PARTY
9:00 pm-1:00 am
Your hosts Mike Mines and Robin Razzell
present everything from ambient music for
snoozing to upbeat tunes for popcorn and
pillow fights.
TUNES T*' US
Late night 1:00-4:00 am
Music, Music, Music, Handyman Bob, Music,
Music, My Favorite Album, Music, Music,
Experimental To Classical, Teddy Kelowna
presents, and yes more music.
SUNDAYS
MUSIC OF OUR TIME
8:00 am-Noon
A sampling of the vibrant, electric and exhil-
irating sounds often erroneously filed under
the misnomer of "classical" (i.e. pedantic)
music. Paul Smith continues his musical lexicon of the twentieth century, and is joined
by Tylor Cutforth, with his favorite remedies
for Sunday morning complacency.
02 Feb.  Stravinsky Concertino
09 Feb.  Love 20th Century Style
16 Feb.  Messaien—Quatour put le fin de
temps
23 Feb.  The (now) regular end-of-month
opera feature; Phillip Glass' Einstein
on the Beach
ROCKERS SHOW
Noon-3:00 pm
The best in Roots, Rock, Reggae, DJ and
Dub. With your hosts George Family Man
Barrett, Collin Hepburn and Bruce James.
02 Feb.  Lee (Scratch) Perry (the upsetter)
09 Feb.  Sugar Minott: The dance hall man
16 Feb. Judy Mowatt: Best Reggae Album of
1985 Working Wonders.
23 Feb.  Ijahman Levi: Irie Reggae
SOUL GALORE
3:00-4:30 pm
Focusing on Black-American popular music of
this century, this program takes you from the
birth of the blues through doo-wop, soul and
funk, from Massachusetts to California and
everywhere in between.
THE AFRICAN SHOW
4:30-6:00 pm
A program featuring African music and
culture with hosts Todd Langmuir, Patrick
Onukwulu and Dido. Tune in for the latest
news from Africa, plus special features at
5:00 pm.
SPECULUM-REFLECTIONS ON
SITUATIONS
6:30-7:00 pm
News; RET. (Pesimists Endurance Training);
and "Forward From the Past."
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
8:00-9:00 pm
We walk up to Solsbury Hill for a moment,
heat the spirit of a human spirit from New
York, then lock ourselves in a cheap London
Hotel with bedside thought before reading
the grafitti on Jim Morrison's grave. Your host:
Paul Clarke.
02 Feb.  Peter Gabriel
09 Feb.  World Saxophone Quartet
16 Feb.  The Smiths
23 Feb.  The Cult
FAST FORWARD
9:00 pm-1:00 am
Probably Vancouver alternative radio's most
alternative show. Mark Mushet searches the
world over for experimental, minimalist,
avant-garde, electronic, and other non-
mainstream sounds.
02 Feb.  Down to the bone...with Skeleton
Crew: Fred Frith, Tom Cora and
Zeena Parkins. An interview and excerpts from their Jan. 30th performance at the Savoy.
09 Feb.  This Way...please. Music by Bruce
Gilbert, commissioned for a dance
piece by Michael Clark called "Do
You Me? I Did."
16 Feb.  Gyromancy. A 45-minute electro-
acoustic piece by the Mnemonists, a
group of highly accomplished sound
sculptors from Fort Collins, Colorado.
These are the people that brought
us such classics as "Horde" and the
ever popular "Biota."
23 Feb.  There is always time for surprises
depending on what the month's digging turns up. This will be a night of
those surprises. Four Aces...HONEST!!
he said, breaking into a cold sweat
knowing full well the bluff wouldn't
wash.
THE EARLY MUSIC SHOW
Late night 1:00-3:35 am
Join host Ken Jackson for music from the
Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods,
presented at an appropriately early hour.
02 Feb.  TBA
09 Feb.  Early music from Exotic and/or
unlikely countries.
16 Feb.  Bach's sons, round two.
23 Feb. Spotlight on H.I. Franz von Biber DISCORDER
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Psychic TV
Mouth of the Night
Temple—UK
SINCE THROBBING GRISTLE DISBANDED
in 1981, Genesis P. Orridge and Psychic TV
have been a major influence in the musical
underground. A glance at the roster of members
and former members of PTV include people from
Coil, Test Dept., 23 Skidoo, Nurse With Wound,
Current 93, etc. Many of them have gone on to
limited commercial success while their parental
roots have stayed in relative and occasionally
deserved obscurity.
This may be due to the fact that PTV is an
intensely human experience. Consider the homily "to err is human—to forgive divine". . ."Err"
is a derivative of the Latin "Errare— literally to
travel or wander. English literature abounds with
colourful usages—'errant knight" for example.
It summons up visions of people in slightly tarnished armour looking for windmills to tilt at and
occasionally falling into sin. In much the same
manner, PTV has in the past subjected their listeners to various amounts of sadism, boredom,
horror, garbage, comedy and even beauty. Part
of their genius is that they achieve quintessential sadism, boredom, etc. Entire albums have
been devoted to these subjects and have been
accompanied by outrageous explanations of how
the mission of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
is made manifest through them.
Not surprisingly, ritual performs a major role
in the bulk of PTV's work, with somewhat eccentric results—notably a sequence of rituals performed in Iceland and United States involving the
piercing of bodily parts. It really is hard to know
how seriously to take some of what is reproduced on vinyl.
With sufficient repetition I haye learned to enjoy all of it on one level or another; but there are
times when you probably had to be there. In a
way, the music is the antithesis of so-called "new
age" music. Where one is assumed to have healing or reviving effects, the other purports to break
down environmentally or civilization-induced barriers to the true consciousness necessary to
destroy the status quo. Thee Temple ov Psychick
Youth does not offer any alternative to the present state of affairs—presumably because everything humanity has done so far has been so
abominably awful the first time around that there
can be no excuse for trying it again.
Be that as it may, one of the reasons I have
always admired Genesis P. Orrige is that from
the very beginning he has been on the extreme
edge of things and has steadfastly remained
there. While innumerable electronically-based
groups have searched (mostly in vain) for celestial beauty in their music, PTV are decidedly
earthbound. The sounds aren't the silver lining
of clouds—rather, one might expect to find them
on the underside of rocks. Squawking birds,
delirious adenoidal giggling, dogs (wolves?)
growling, masturbatory bedroom groans, guitars
played with dirty nail files, some of the earliest
(and best) use of chanting monks—this is the
gothic library of sounds from Thee Temple.
Even the purchase of a PTV album becomes
a human experience if you haven't already heard
it. PTV's individual efforts have been called mediocre, inspired, ugly, etc. Until you've lived awhile
with the record, you can't decide which one of
more terms apply. Many of their taped sounds
are duplicated from work to work, the same
songs are used on more than one album, they
put out entire albums that duplicate material
which might better have been left buried, and
sometimes it all works and sometimes none of
it does.
Their newest release, Mouth of the Night,
definitely works. It's a nicely balanced mixture
of dark and faintly sinister ambience and upbeat,
powerful and even silly rhythm tracks. Many of
them sort of melt into one another making it easy
to put the record on and leave it. The use of tapes
lends itself well to the repetition involved in most
forms of ritual and they are far more noticeable
in this release than previous ones. The drummy
cuts make fairly obvious the dance origins of the
record (it was commissioned by Micha Bergese
and the Mantis Dance Company).
Surprisingly absent is a lengthy philosophical
discourse on the Psychick credo. . .a note on the
influence of Alexander Scrabin excepted. It is
tempting to wonder if this absence is due to a
realization on Thee Temple's part that this is a
fine album and needs no inner understanding
or forgiveness.
Mouth of the Night provides the buyer with a
rare opportunity to peruse all that is admirable,
challenging, but ultimately very listenable in
Psychic TV without any of the lapses. In short,
your ears don't have to be divine. A must listen
for anyone.
—Larry Thiessen
The Long Ryders
State of Our Union
RAILROADS, ROOSEVELT, AND RENEWED
remissions for the pitfalls of the American
Dream: the Long Ryders' new album has got 'em
all. Their first release for a major label, State of
Our Union is a departure from the band's earlier
efforts, 10-5-60 and Native Sons. Though the
trademark jangly guitars and infectious melodies
are still present, the arrangements have been
stripped down and the lyrics evoke strong political connotations only hinted at on previous
releases.
By transposing F.D.R.'s depression-era mentality of "we have nothing to fear but fear itself"
into a contemporary context, the Long Ryders
weave a tapestry of topical footnotes on Middle
America. Everpresent at the centre of these narratives is a young nomad perpetually drifting
back and forth across a defeated landscape and
arriving at little more than a healthy and inspiring
sense of optimism.
The nomad is, of course, analagous with the
band itself, as is apparent from the opening
track, "Looking for Lewis and Clark:" like the
legendary expeditioners before them, the Long
Ryders are also searching out and mapping new
territories. Once this becomes obvious, all other
elements of this thematically adventuresome
work fall into place: the impassioned honesty of
Sid Griffin's and Steve McCarthy's vocals (guaranteed to make Bruce Springsteen's guts
wrench); the hammer-on acoustics and back-to-
the-bone Telecasters that are complemented by
heartfelt harmonies and a rhythm section that
pounds in a straight-four like a Pullman rolling
down the tracks; even the nostalgic yearnings
for obsolete politics are saved from becoming
cliched and maudlin by the wit and verve of the
band's songwriting abilities.
Though the album contains several standout
songs (both "Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times
Today" and "Just Can't Ride the Boxcars Anymore" are Guthrie-like anthems to the economic
dustbowls of the '80's midwest—complete with
shades of Steinbeck and Faulkner—while "Looking for Lewis and Clark" is a raunch-toned rocker
in which Griffin justifiably pairs himself with his
heroes Tim Hardin and Gram Parsons), it is the
closing track that encapsulates all of the album's
best intentions. "State of My Union" is laced with
images of America that race past like Kerouac
on benzedrine. Football, barrooms, and the back
seat of Dad's car all summed up as, "Maybe it
ain't exactly Heaven, but it's certainly part of our
dream." An optimistic ending to an ambitious and
significant work that bares its bones and shows
its teeth.
—Greg Potter
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Psychocandy
Blancho Y Negro
WHEN GIVEN AN EXOTIC SWEET, DOES
one suck it slowly to savour every minute-
of its delight, or does one chew it ravenously to
enjoy an explosion of flavour? Personally I'll never
tell, the the JMC have given the world another
opportunity to ponder such a dilemman. Physco-
candy— qu'est-ce que c'est?
Psychocandy is a long-awaited album, after
what has seemed like years of publicity and hype.
In 1985 JMC released a string of singles to whet
the appetite of the faithful, and to provide fuel
to the critical fire. Reports of outrageous gigs,
of chaotic sets that end in toppling amps and
crazed, frenzied fans have only added to the
myth. First we had the myth. Praise Jesus! Now
we have the album. Praise Mary!
Admist walls of feedback emanate simplistic
lyrics, melodies and musicianship. Absolutely
refreshing to listen to when the rest of the music
biz has been caught standing in a stagnant pool.
These boys are quite clever, too, providing a lyric
sheet that is dissassembled and scattered in pieces all over the sleeve. Frankly I didn't notice
nor care until after I indulged in the bonbon box
of music
The sound of the future? Some people vehemently disagree, calling it garbage, a scam, a
clever publicity hype. After all, these brash Glaswegian boys have declared themselves the biggest thing since creation (. . .yeah, yeah, yeah),
and have predicted that in the year 1990 Psychocandy will be so cool, so hip, that everyone will
be claiming they've had theirs for years. I have
mine.
Indulge yourself. Cheat on your diet. Get the
habit. It's so delicious it'll simply drive you
psycho.
—Beverly Demchuk
Thin White Rope
Exploring the Axis
DAVIS, CALIFORNIA IS A STRANGE
place. A university just dropped out of the
sky one day and landed smack in the centre of
middle-class farming U.S.A. The population of
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Davis is frighteningly clonish with an abundance
of girls who sound like a Frank Zappa song, and
guys who are seriously into agri-business and
look like they have brazil nuts in their cheeks.
Graduates of this university most often take a
moderately successful, if uneventful, journey
down the road to quiet oblivion in the netherlands
of consciousness.
Surrounded by trillions of acres of prime farm
land, Davis has also been home to some of the
best neo-lysergic bands to emerge in the past
five years. Thin White Rope now joins the Davis
music hall of fame (along with True West, Game
Theory) with the issue of its first vinyl effort. Produced by Jeff Eyrich (Plimsouls, Gun Club), this
is a thick brooding sound suitable for post acid
party introspection and drug induced teeth grinding. Persons searching for easy listening bop-
a-billy should avoid this record at all costs.
But aficionados of tortured guitar, deep lyrics,
droning rhythms and discordant backgrounds
will love this record. It's got everything from oblique drug references to songs about genetically
perfect pre-destined mates and suburban axe
murderers. What more could anyone ask for?
I play it over and over, endlessly and endless-
February 1986
ly, while my roommate stares at a blank orange
wall, saying nothing, small translucent beads of
sweat on her upper lip. I keep telling her Davis
is not in the desert, but she won't listen.
—Travis
Shanghai Dog
This Evolution
Undergrowth Records
1'V ALWAYS THOUGHT OF SHANGHAI DOG
as one of Vancouver's more underrated bands.
Live, they've always been great. Musician for
musician, they can match Vancouver's best.
Their debut EP two years ago was no slouch
either. But their "following," especially during the
last year, was virtually non-existent. And can you
remember the last time you opened up one of
the "major" rags and found a piece on Shanghai
Dog? Right. Maybe it was their lack of an "image," or maybe because they never went to
enough of the right parties. Or maybe it was
because they didn't care if they looked like truck
drivers onstage. I don't know.
This Evolution is a good record. No, that's
wrong; it's DAMN good! Most of the songs are
mid-tempo rock 'n' roll with the inevitable (the
members are offspring of some of Vancouver's
legendary punk groups) punk influences surfacing here and there. There are a couple of slower,
more contemplative tunes such as "Hiroshima,"
and a couple of speedy numbers approaching
hardcore like "Siren'—a number 1—highly
recommended.
Mike Graham's distinctive, driving guitar work
propels much of the Shanghai Dog sound on this
record. Vocalist Doug Andrew sings with an
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angst-ridden urgency like there's no tomorrow,
which is pretty well what most of the lyrics point
to as well. They have utilized keyboards, courtesy
of Rodney Graham (Corsage), for some of the
intros, and they add a neat twist.
Overall, I am impressed by this piece of vinyl.
The production is top-notch, the songs, more
often than not, feature infectious melodies and
pertinent, intelligent lyrics to boot. The cover art
and liner shows some creative and fresh ideas
as well.
77ms Evolution is a logical, well-executed progression for Shanghai Dog, who have moved
beyond their punk roots by just the right extent.
Vancouver should be proud of this record-
—Mike Dennis
Muslimgauze
Blinded Horses
NOT A GOOD SIGN: WHEN THE RECORD
skips for five minutes before you notice. Bad
tidings for Bryn Jones a.k.a. Muslimgauze, who
has now surpassed his previous efforts at bone-
numbing repetition.
There's more bad news. Not only is the music
more repetitious than ever, it's less infectious.
Gone, for the most part, are the rhythmic hooks
and general continuity that have saved past
releases from complete tedium. Bryn has been
drumming himself into a frenzy over his previous
two LPs, so maybe his excuse is sheer exhaustion. It certainly sounds as if he got the tape loop
going at the start of Blinded Horses and then
went out and walked the dog.
On the other hand, perhaps it's a case of
excessive minimalism. Listening to his last LP
Buddhist on Fire, it did strike me that much of
the background babblings and assorted special
effects could have been eliminated without being
missed. Has Blinded Horses gone too far in the
other direction? Trimming the fat is one thing, but
this time around Bryn may have left himself with
more bone than meat. It's not much to gnaw on.
—Robin Razzell
Slow
Against The Glass
Zulu
A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING
Slow the local band of 1985; this record
shows why. The six songs on this, their first EP,
leap off the grooves and smack you in the face
with the force of a MAC-10 on full auto at six-inch
range.
This aural onslaught drives the record for most
of its twenty-minute length (there is a brief
breather for a Morricone—like the intro to "In
Deep") and it quickly becomes apparent that this
is no talentless thrash outfit.
Stephen Hamm's bass and Terry Russell's
drums hold together some of the most frenetic
guitar work to ever emerge from the Wet Coast,
while Tom Anselmi screams above the din.
The aforementioned guitars come courtesy
Ziggy Sigmund and Christian, who attack their
instruments with a zeal worthy of Moslem suicide
bombers. The wall of noise thus created reaches
a triumphant peak on "Bad Man," a song which
must surely have the good ladies of the PMRC
scurring for their warning stickers.
Not for the faint of heart, Slow show great
promise on Against The Glass, even if the production is somewhat erratic. Having released a
great EP to go with their superb 45 ("I Broke the
Circle"), their next challenge is to conquer the
LP while avoiding the fate of the oozoo bird. (The
oozoo bird is born in a blaze of glory and then
flies in ever-decreasing circles until it disappears
up its own jack.)
Will Slow triumph on the airwaves of the world?
Will they become rich and famous and go to the
Betty Ford Centre and have highly publicized
fights over "musical differences?" Or will they
end up busking on Granville? Stay tuned.
—lain Bowman February 1986
Armchair Eye
From among the trampled popcorn and spilled soft
drinks, we pluck the best movies of '85.
SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT OTHER
fields, as far as moving pictures are
concerned, 1985 was a very, very bad
year. Can you say "worst in memory"? Can you
say "worse?" 1985—the year in which Rambo
(the touching yet ultra-violent tale of a sensitive
Vietnam veteran's nostalgic return to the mythical
land of his youth) destroyed all comers at the box
office; 1985—the year in which Back to the Future
(an average TV movie at best) was roundedly
praised, sometimes by reputedly intelligent people, as (get this!) a good movie (the best of the
year according to some)—and its star, Michael
J. Fox, a gnome from Burnaby, actually became
North America's number one box office attraction (insert forced and desperately concerned
attempt at ironic laughter here).
Yes, this did all happen (other box office champions included Goonies, Police Academy II and
Teen Wolfe). It was not just a mass shared delusion. I could go on at great length, pondering the
twisted socio-political implications of Rambo, or
delving into the horrific absurdity of a populus
hung up on the supposed magnetism of Michael
J. Fox. But that would be depressing, possibly
dangerous and probably boring.
Instead, why not cast a more optomistic glow
and concentrate on the admittedly few rewarding
visual experiences I had in 1985. Not even the
worst year in memory can be all bad.
The best film of the year!
Actually, it's not that simple. Killing Fields (yes,
I know it's technically an '84 release, but it didn't
get to Vancouver until '85) and Company of
Wolves split the honors, the former an epic
historical drama, the latter a Freudian (or is it
Jungian?) dreamscape. Both spin a fine tale. But
take big chances and come through shining. I
could go on for pages, but that wouldn't be the
point. Just see them if you haven't already, and
if you have, then see them again. They're worth
a second look.
A five-way tie for third
In other words, to try and break them into some
specific order would give me a headache, and
would serve nobody anyway but neurotic facists
with a compulsion for imposed order. Suffice to
say, all five are strong, worthy samples of quality
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Honorable Mentions
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they're good (worth the money spent) and if every
other film, video (or whatever) was at least their
equal (which wouldn't be that hard if only the
entertainment business wasn't corrupt to the
marrow), then the world might be a more hopeful
place.
...to The Prisoner (all seventeen episodes available on videotape) and to Discreet Charm of the
Bourgeoisie because even if they are both a good
decade or more old, I didn't get around to seeing them until 1985, and they did improve the
quality of my life.
...and finally to My American Cousin, 90 Days,
My New Partner and Prizzi's Honor, none of which
I've seen, but which others whom I respect (most
of the time!) insist I should (I'm sure there are
other blatant ommissions as well. My apologies
to those offended).
And now the really good news
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