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 That Magazine from CITR fml02 cablelOO FEBRUARY 1987 • FREE mm
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FEBRUARY 1987 • VOL. 5/NO. 1
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DISCORDER, c/o CITR Radio 6138 SUB Blvd.,
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Discorder Magazine is published monthly by the
Student Radio Society of the University of British
Columbia (CITR-UBC Radio) and is printed in the far
away reaches of Surrey, Canada.
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"Hi there, welcome to the wonderful world of lovely laundrettes..." seepage 12.
IN THIS ISSUE
• BILLY BRAGG & THE RED WEDGE
Steve Edge and Mike Johal find that music
and politics can be a potent mix 8
• HANIF KUREISHI
The writer of "My Beautiful Laundrette" proves
that the pen is mightier than the sword 12
IN EVERY ISSUE
• ON THESE PAGES
An introduction to Discorder to guide you between the lines 4
• AIRHEAD
Where relevant global issues are dealt with
in a just and expedient manner. 6
• VINYL VERDICT
The final word on new releases from SNFU, Colin Newman,
Beastie Boys, The Courage Of Lassie, The The 14
• ON THE DIAL
A guide to the multifarious delights of CITR 19
• SPIN LIST
Current releases receiving appreciable airplay on CITR.
Background information provided by music director Don Chow 21
• LOCAL MOTION
Community news of some importance and demo tape reviews 22
FEBRUARY   1987       3 on
these
pages
• ••
...this month in Discorder are two feature
articles that have much in common. Billy
Bragg, folksinger/punk rocker extror-
dinaire and spokesman for The Red
Wedge music and political motivation organization in Britain, and Hanif Kureishi,
writer of the film My Beautiful Laundrette,
both live in London and just happen to be
friends. They both visited Vancouver on
separate trips in December and they were
quite willing to talk to Discorder about how
they see the current state of affairs in their
home country. They are both charismatic
and articulate individuals, and whether
you agree with their points of view or not,
what they have to say should be of relevant
topical interest.
This issue marks the beginning of five
years of publication for Discorder, and
next month we will take the opportunity to
celebrate with the publication of Discor-
der's 50th issue. For the moment though,
we will leave the accolades to wait in the
wings, and take time to announce several
format changes that we hope will make in
one stroke Discorder an easier yet more
provocative and stimulating magazine to
read. Rest assured, many of your old favourites such as Vinyl Verdict and Wombat
will remain intact for the time being.
Spinlist will be printed with the added
benefit of information highlighting the very
newest releases, written by CITR music
director Don Chow. On The Dial, CITR's
program guide, has been moved toward
the back of the magazine, followed by Dis-
corder's new back page feature, Local
Motion, a monthly column by Janis
McKenzie promoting the local scene.
Beginning next month, Mark Mushet will
once again grace these pages with a
stream of vitriolic contempt contained in
his very own column of obscurities and
subjective objectives. In the coming
months, you may want to look forward to
reading articles about Shriekback, Jon
Hassell, the Jazzmanian Devils, Roots
Round-up, Ernest Ainsley, and the current
music scene in London.
Thank you, readers, and keep sending
those letters of constructive criticism.
..and between the lines
CITR was recently listed in Flare, a
Canadian fashion magazine, as being
a Hot Item for 1987. It is the only radio
station in the country to receive this
distinction^), and takes its place along
side other such Hot Items as the Vancouver Art Gallery and its smart, attrac-'
tive director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker,
TV game shows, and drinking Grower's
extra-dry apple cider instead of beer!
It's a big year for the five's - Discorder's
fifth year of publication and its 50th
issue, the 50th anniversary of the UBC
Student Radio Society, and on April
Fool's Day, CITR celebrates its 5th year
of FM broadcasting. Stay tuned for
more details.
Lucy Crowther is the new Discorder
advertising sales representative and
she is off to a blazing start. Eric Damianos, ex-art director, has apparently
departed for the more conducive climate of Montreal. Karen Shea, Discorder's production manager for the past
several months, now becomes the art
and layout manager.
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down here learning the language, observing the Mexican people at all socio-economic levels and finding myself.
From what I have heard, most Mexican
radio, at our AM radio equivalency, is a
combination of salsas, romantic slow
songs, and top 40 American music. I am
told that most of the slow songs are about
protest. I find most of this relatively uninteresting. However, my friend, who lives in
the city, knows of a radio station that deals
with something a little more "avant-garde."
In addition, I presently attended an international cultural festival that featured over
35 countries in Guanajuato, Jalisco.
Guanajuato is the art center of Mexico.
This event featured a ballet company from
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I am waiting for the next issue of the Discorder, with great anticipation.
yours in the Third World,
Michelle Teran
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THE FALL AND RISE OF THE FALL
Dear Airhead,
The December review of The Fall's Bend
Sinister album has all the markings of a
reviewer doing the classical "l-feel-like-
panning-an-album-today" schtick. Unfortunately in his zest to be scathing the reviewer apparently forgot to listen to the
record. He did manage to read the album's back cover and so he speaks as
much verbiage ("incorporating this very
potent medium into their adopted mode of
expression") on Mark E. Smith's being
credited with 'tapes' as he does on the
album's music. He criticizes Smith for
being married and The Fall for being prolific but says precious little about the
album.
This reviewer has his head imbedded
firmly up the past. He recommends Fall recordings almost ten years old. He implies
that since The Fall are marginally more
accessible now, the have popped out. He
would have the band not change or
progress over the course of a decade,
then has the gall to tell his readers "don't
live in the past." Bend Sinister is a fine
record, if only Mr. Mushet would have
cared to listen.
J. B. Hohm
Calgary, Alberta
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Thank you for mentioning Lupo The
Butcher as one of your ten visual delights
of 1986. There has been some confusion
as to who should get credit for this cartoon.
Lupo The Butcher is the creation of Danny
Antonucci. Danny designed, directed, and
animated the cartoon. It is even Danny's
voice coming out of Lupo's mouth.
My role is that of producer. International
Rocketship Limited is the production company. While Danny animated over a
tortuous span of months; supporting himself by playing bass for Ground Zero, Wild
Frontier, and Big Guns, and even playing
bass on the cartoon theme (written by
John Carroll), I only smoked cigars, made
international phone calls, and skimmed
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Dear Airhead,
Question: What terrible thing can you do
to a cow that can't be done to a cat?
Answer: Censor it.
Last month I drew a cartoon for the cover
of Discorder (December 1986). The joke
had to do with Santa Claus and a little boy
that had been naughty with a cow. Somebody else decided that 'cow' was taboo
and that 'cat' would do better (safer?). If I
had been asked, and I wish that I had
been, I would have said, "If you don't like
the joke, don't use it. Throw it away." But
nobody asked and cow became cat. I
don't get it. And I don't like people putting
words that I did not say into my mouth. I
don't like being credited for something that
I didn't write. And most of all I don't like
anybody fucking with my cartoons, then
printing 17,500 copies and giving them
away with my name on it.
moo to you,
ARGH !!!
(aka Kenneth A. Forster)
P.S. did 'cow' touch a soft spot too close to
home?
Yes, Mr. Forster, it did touch on a soft spot
too close to home, but not for the reasons
we are assuming you might like to think. A
few interpretations arose from the use of
'cow' in your cartoon, ranging from the little
boy committing an act of torture or sodomy, to 'cow' referring to an unattractive
woman. None of them we though were
very funny, as they represent that sort of juvenile, boys' club kind of humour that Discorder is trying to refrain from supporting
on its pages. Using 'cat' in the place of
'cow' we thought might make more sense,
as we have all at one time or another committed or witnessed an act of maltreatment
towards the feline species. Nevertheless,
Discorder does apologize for making the
change without first consulting you; we
admit that it was an eleventh hour decision
and we did not have another cover to take
its place. If it is any consolation, we
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FEBRUARY   1987        7 Billy Bragg
and the
Red Wedge
by Steve Edge
Historical Notes:
1979 British P.M. "Sunny" Jim Callaghan
says "5% is all you get". A massive
bout of strikes leads to "The Winter
Of Discontent" and a surprising new
P.M., Maggie Thatcher.
1982 With Britain struggling under the
new dictatorship, Maggie realizes
the only way to restore her
popularity is to declare war on some
helpless foe. Argentina fits the bill
nicely and the worst aspects of the
British character are stirred up in
patriotic hysteria.
1983 Thatcher, in spite of her single-
handed demolition of 300 years of
British democracy, is re-elected
with a huge majority. Why?
1) All that patriotic stuff
2) A scandalous re-alignment of
electoral boundaries
3) Her new nickname "TINA" (There
Is No Alternative).
1984 More disastrous policies dictate the
need for another war. No obliging
tin-pot dictators emerge this time,
so she picks on the coal miners, who
had brought down the previous Tory
government so magnificently.
1985 Arthur Scargill, the miners' leader,
refuses to accept an honourable
victory in the strike. He wants to
bring down this government as well.
Thatcher, the cornered rat, fights
back vicioifsly and the miners are
forced to surrender.
1986 Amazingly, Thatcher's popularity is
growing. Maybe the Brits like being
8      DISCORDER
shaton. Another election looms, and
she pledges to remove all vestiges
of Socialism, and to purge all
opposition. Makes one wonder what
World War II was all about, doesn't
it?
AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND,
Britain's Labour Party, the only
viable opposition, is in disarray.
The Press conspires to discredit
such noble policies as nuclear disarmament, and old chestnuts like "Reds under
the bed," "Wogs go home" and "Up yours,
Galtieri" percolate through the sewer-mentality of the writers, and readers, of that
appalling tabloid rag The Sun.
One of the most disturbing aspects of
Labour's unpopularity is the indifference
and lack of support amongst young voters.
Enter The Red Wedge. A collection of
some of Britain's finest songwriters and
performers, they first appeared at Miners'
Benefits during the strike. One of their
leading lights is Billy Bragg. He returned to
Vancouver last December and CITR's
Mike Johal and Steve Edge, expatriate
(ex-patriot?) Brits themselves enquired as
to the purpose of The Red Wedge:
/ think there'll definately be an election next year, and we'll see if The
Red Wedge has helped the labour
movement. The gigs we did this year
were to begin the debate as to whether the Labour Party is fit to govern
the country, and I think we've succeeded in doing that. It was also our
stated aim to establish some common ground between the party and
young people by having MP's at the
gigs, and staging other events
outside the normal format of the rock
concert.
The miners strike certainly hardened
opinions, and resolve, on both sides of the
picket line, and Britain is now truly divided.
Labour really does not inspire confidence
amongst the faint of heart, so Thatcher
continues to reign supreme. What can
mere musicians do to change this? The
idea of mixing politics with music in twentieth-century Britain is a novel one, and not
only do we see the likes of Bragg, The Men
They Couldn't Hang, The Pogues and Elvis
Costello allied to the Labour Party, but we
also see a different kind of social comment, exemplified by Test Departments's
stunning performances at Expo. What
does Bragg think about that?
Well, I think "art" should stay at art
school! Actually, that's not meant to
put down Test Dept. They have their
way of representing things, and I
respect that, but it's about accessibility, getting to the masses. If Maya-
kovsky were still around I don't think
he'd be in Test Dept, he'd be in Style
Council! I mean, does politics mix
with pop music? - Perhaps. Does
politics mix with art? - I have great
difficulty with "art, "-it's always spelt
with a capital F where I come from!
cont. p. 10 Billy Bragg entertaining the shoppers at the 86 Street mall.
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O.K. How about Paul Weller then?
/ think the weight Weller bears is that
"Spokesman for a generation" thing.
Which is ridiculous. You'd never
elect someone to speak for you with
such a terrible haircut! I think the
reason he split up The Jam was that
he was getting such unquestioning
adulation from his audience.
In the course of spreading the word,
Bragg has travelled to many countries and
was invited to perform behind the Iron
Curtain last year. His impressions are
particularly vivid:
East Germany is very similar to the
West. They are aware of Western
music, and the people are very similar to those in the U.K., that post-industrial, client nation of a super
power syndrome which pisses us off
so much. They feel the same way.
Kiev is a long way from home,
though. Even then, the people share
our hopes and fears. They can't
understand why NATO wants to invade them, just like Hitler did in the
1940s.
Does he sense Eastern Europe opening
up, then?
Yes. Since the 27th Congress of the
Soviet Communist Party in February,
when they got rid of the old geezers
from the arts scene. Such writers as
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10      DISCORDER Pasternak and Nabokov have been
reinstated into the Soviet writers
guild, but there's not a complete
opening up, just enough to allow the
likes of UB40 and myself to get in
and play.
But isn't he being manipulated by those
"scheming Soviets"?
Yes. To a certain extent we are being
used as part of their peace initiative;
but if we don't go then nobody goes
and there is no communication.
BRAGG RECENTLY RELEASED his
3rd LP Talking With The Taxman
About Poetry a superb effort. For me,
as host of CITR's Folk Show, Bragg is a
delight! I hate imposing labels on music
and he certainly helps me broaden the
scope of the show to incorporate modern
protest songs into the folk genre. I was intrigued as to whether he felt there was a
stigma attached to the label "folk music":
/ don't, but I know a lot of people who
do. I used to get really upset when
people referred to me as a folk musician, I'd say "I'm a punk rocker,
mate!" I still do!
He has played several folk festivals in
the U.K., and sometimes people get a bit
ruffled when he starts attacking Thatcher
and Reagan. He remains undeterred:
If they object I just turn the guitar up
louder! I think the miners strike
brought out all those old Joe Hill
songs and made people realize how
powerful folk songs can be, as reflections of the struggles of working
people. I may never write another
"Between The Wars," which topped
the Folk Roots poll this year, but I
have no qualms about playing folk
festivals. In fact I'd love to play the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival. I
nearly did this year, but the dates
got mixed up between that and Nicaragua, and we ended up playing
neither, but if they ask me again I'll
definitely do it! I was impressed by
Edmonton and Vancouver last year.
They seemed to be the most politically aware cities we played in
North America.
For a man of such obvious principles it
seemed a little strange that he would stay
at The Four Seasons Hotel:
When the revolution comes everyone will stay in hotels like this! It does
seem to be a sensitive subject, why
don't I throw a TV out of the window
to make you feel better!"
It's nice to see that even Socialists can
have a sense of humour!
of a shopping mall. He was also distracted
by the huge screen to his right, depicting
his every move in living technicolour. He
started somewhat slowly, then broke a
string in Leon Rosselson's magnificent
song The World Turned Upside Down.
After that he rose to the occasion and
finished with a superb acapella rendering
of Sweet Honey In The Rock's Chile Your
Waters Run Red Through Soweto.
It occurs to me that since the performers
at the NDP benefits last Fall were of such a
high calibre, is there any possibility of a
Red Wedge here in B.C.? We certainly
have plenty of talented, motivated artists to
call on, like Spirit Of The West, Ferron,
D.O.A. to name a few. The NDP has similar
credibility problems to those of the U.K.'s
Labour Party, and of course, we have a
steady supply of right wing fanatics to contend with, so why not?
The final word goes to Billy Bragg.
Remember, it could happen here...
/ think the next election is the most
important since 1945. If the Tories
win they'll set the scene for the next
50 years. They will change the face
of society so much it's frightening! If
they do win, it's not the end of the
struggle, though, ft
B
ILLY BRAGG PERFORMED in the
cavernous 86 Street on the old Expo
site and he likened it's design to that HANIF
a few words
from the writer
of
'My Beautiful Laundrette'
by Michael Shea
Being British now means something
different from what it did twenty
years ago. Being British now might
mean being black, brown, gay, from
a one-parent family. I think Britain
has to see itself now as diverse,
pluralistic, a very loose collection of
different minority groups, I suppose,
all of which make up the whole
society. I think that the idea of seeing
the archetypal Britain as being
white, middle-class, male, straight -
restricts the new way in which we
must see our society.
A FEW INTRODUCTORY WORDS
from a man who sounds like he
knows what he is talking about. The
man, Hanif Kureishi, is the writer of
the acclaimed film My Beautiful Laun-
drette, and is also one of the most celebrated of Britain's 'new generation' of
authors and playwrights. These individuals are chroniclers of a society in turmoil, one that is going through the always
painful process of change from what was
to what will be. These people are not
representatives of what we have all been
led to believe is the archetypal Britain; they
speak for in many cases, the concerns of a
growing populace disenfranchised by the
upper echelons of the white ruling class.
Hanif Kureishi was born thirty years ago
and brought up in South London by his
Pakistani father and his white English
mother. He first received critical acclaim
and national attention in Britain with his
play Mother Country in 1980, which was
followed two years later by the even more
successful Borderline. In 1984, Kureishi
wrote My Beautiful Laundrette, a script
originally intended for a low-budget television production. Directed by Stephen
Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette bypassed
television and made its debut in 1985 at
the Edinburgh Film Festival, and has since
become an international commercial and
critical success beyond anyone's initial expectations. Kureishi recently won the New
York Film Critic's Award for best original
screenplay and is nominated for an Aca-
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demy Award in the same category. He
visited Vancouver in December to conduct
a series of writers workshops co-sponsored by Pacific Cinematheque, Cine-
works, Videomatica, Praxis, and On Edge
Productions.
/ started writing because some of
the things that were happening to
me in South London where I was
brought up, some of the racial
violence in the streets, some of the
things that were happening to my
father, were very shocking and very
isolating. I felt that it was something
taboo to talk about, so I felt, having
read people like James Baldwin,
that writing it down, maybe passing
out these letters under the door as it
were, would reach an audience and
would reach sympathetic people
like that. So it was a way of making
sense of my life. Also, in another
personal way it was an attempt to
get out of South London, out of my
background. Because I always
thought being a writer was a rather
glorious thing, and if you were a
writer you had a terrific life. You do
actually, if you're successful. And it
seemed to me to be an enviable
career because of the kind of
freedom that writers had. I mean, I
Paul Wong
grew up in the suburbs where everybody lived very constrained and
narrow lives. So being a writer
seemed to be a terribly dangerous
thing compared to the lives of most
of the people around me.
While Kureishi's works may or may not
be autobiographical, they most definately
illuminate the lives of the people around
him and also the circumstances that have
shaped his ideals and imagination. My
Beautiful Laundrette, for instance, is an
engrossing and humourous portrayal of
quite 'average' Londoners whose lives become intertwined by a seemingly implausible plot. Yet it is treated in such a warm
and sensitive manner that the story does
make perfect sense. In the film, Kureishi
effectively deals with some of society's
misconceptions about class, creed, and
colour, homosexuality, and the capitalist
system. The duality of his background,
being British by birth yet having strong ties'
to a Pakistani background, have given
Kureishi the advantage of seeing the
hypocrisy in opposing forces; blinding
most people to the fact that while we may
differ in degree, we are tne same in kind.
Prejudices developed especially over
differences in colour are perhaps the most
illusory, as a black person born in Britain is
~ conditioned by many of the same circum- stances as a white person. They are not
the same person, but more similarities
exist between them than they would care
to admit. Racial intolerance is dangerous
because it is motivated by misunderstanding, fear, and hate; this weakens society
and enables the powermongers to maintain absolute control while denying all
groups and individuals equality and
freedom.
/ suppose being racist is a kind of
snobbery and it allies you with others
like yourself and gives you a sense
of solidarity. For the white working
class in Britain, their racism gives
them a sense of superiority over the
black working class. Not being able
to see that in class terms they have
much in common and this racism
divides them. It gives them a sense
of false unity.
How do you see us overcoming this problem?
/ suppose through multi-cultural
education, anti-racist driyjes in
schools, through white children
educated to understand about imperialism, about Britain's colonial
history. For Britain to see itself as a
small part of a very large world, and
for people in Britain to understand
that they are part of Europe and they
are also connected to the Indian
sub-continent and to Africa. Britain
is a multi-cultural, mutli-racial
society that once had an empire.
Britain isn't a white society but a
plural society.
KUREISHI IS BY NO MEANS A SELF-
appointed spokesperson of the 'new'
Britain, spewing didactic diatribes
wherever he goes. On the contrary, he
seems to have come to terms with his past
and it is his words that are left to inspire
others to action. On the whole, Kureishi
seems like a modest and unassuming sort
of chap, albeit laced with a lash of sarcasm. Perhaps what he finds most difficult
dealing with now is his role as a public
figure, though certainly not to the extent of
hindering him from taking advantage of
what success brings and keeping the proverbial ball rolling.
I've written a new movie called
"Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" which
is being shot in February 1987 and
will open at the London Film Festival
in the autumn, then the New York
Film Festival, and then probably
come here after that, I hope. It's
about a heterosexual couple who
live in Brixton and are visited by a
Third World politician, who is the father of Sammy. They find out various
things about him. It's about torture,
it's about how you live with somebody who tortured other people.
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Courage of Lassie
The Temptation To Exist
Amok
Well? ...it's... it's blue. Not just the cover. It
even sounds blue: dark blue on the "night
side," bright blue on the "day side." The
darkness evokes resignation rather than
depression; the brightness evokes courage rather than happiness.
The Temptation To Exist is a postponed
release recorded in Vancouver before they
left in 1985 for points east. This album includes the immortal Hopes and Fears
(sigh). The format for this Courage of
Lassie classic occurs often on the album,
though modified to certain degrees. The
most radical departure is heard in a song
called Iron. It is controlled, repressed energy. Real strings, real drums. Yeah. I like
it.
The Temptation To Exist features contributions from locals Alex Varty, Scott
Harding, and Xaliman. And there is no
violence on this album (violins, yes); nothing red. It's blue. It is all blue.
Paul Funk
The The
Infected
Epic
The The is Matt Johnson. He's just a regular guy with bottled-up insides. Yes, but he
spills them all over the turntable with this
new album release. He has left behind
Soul Mining in favour of wrestling with the
devil. He plays around with more synth
and layered brass to jazz up his agony.
He's flexing his musical biceps with stuff
that ends up being very commercial, but
full of nasty little goodies. Best of all are his
wails and his grunt and grind vocals. I
could eat that voice, especially on the intro
to Sweet Bird of Truth.
Infected is part of a larger project yet to
be released ...a la David Byrne, with a film
to accompany the album, as well as the
offshoot videos and 12" remixes (th^DJ at
Graceland likes the title cut).
Only one question remains. Is this Thuh
Thuh, or Thee Thee, or Thuh Thee, or Thee
Thuh?Huh?(7 don't say it, I just play it -
Ed.)
Robin Fross
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Licensed To III
Dot Jam
The Beastie Boys are three white dudes
from New York. Like UTFO, Whodini, DJ
Jazzy Jeff ad nauseum, their songs are
about girls, booze, girls, non-prescription
pharmaceuticals, girls, high school, girls,
girls, girls, and, just to keep things from
getting dull, girls. Unlike most rap groups,
however, the Beastie Boys have a fair bit of
guitar running through their songs, and,
quite often, it's the saving grace for them.
The deal is, you see, that their lyrics are
the completely standard, sexist ravings of
three, young, apparently not too bright,
would be rock gods, who want only to party. The music meanwhile is a generic mix
of what we've come to expect from rap
tunes; i.e. electronic percussion, records
being scratched, odd sound effects, and
bits and pieces stolen from other songs.
Most of this record sounds like some other
rap song you heard before, but just can't
remember who did it. The exceptions are,
thankfully, terrific pieces of something
kinda keen and kinda new; rap with ripped
off AC/DC riffs charging through it. A song
like Fight For Your Rights could be the anthem of a generation looking for something
as "rockin" as any mid 70s long hair classic, but far more hip. The kids are gonna
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Commercial Suicide
Capitol
Commercial Suicide is a well orchestrated
piece of music consisting of nine
movements with each movement having
the possibility of being a beginning or an
end. The scale value denoted to each
piecte would be all the same, each a riddle
to puzzle upon and to be broken. After several listenings, I the listener realized that
this album is a type of pop symphony with
all its strings and woodwinds with the
rhythm left to the bass all only to be broken
by the featured vocalist. This is Commercial Suicide, the fourth album committed/
released by Colin Newman, ex-Wire
vocalist, guitarist and pop star giant. Gone
are the fast and furious passages reminiscent of the past work of not to or A-Z. Could
this be the deluxe vocalized version of the
singing fish album? No, I take it back, it's a
new version of the old Colin Newman
sound. Long past are the guitar chords
and the hard edges unpolished and left
behind from the Wire era, today we hear
the well spoken words and the well
produced, mature Newman sound.
Or perhaps I'm confusing musical brilliance with artistic indulgence. Picture this,
a middle aged Mr. Newman with hemorrhoids taking his long awaited creative shit
expecting the usual solid pop mass, but
appearing instead is the dreaded droning
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previous work or because I have already
bought this exorbitantly priced import
(now the affordable domestic) album to
complete my collection. No, I think after
hearing this album several times it stands
alone on its own merit, though I find myself
wanting to listen to other faster Newman
material to off set the slow tempo indigenous to Commercial Suicide. My suggestion to you is that if you plan to buy or have
bought this album, is to also buy the new
Wire e.p. release to hear a different Colin
Newman.
Paulus T. Scholten
SNFU
If You Swear, You'll Catch No
Fish
Better Youth Records
This is a dance album, slam dance that is.
Good for stage diving too. SNFU thrash for
about 40 minutes straight so play this album loud because it's guaranteed to explode all over your room. This is the type of
music that your neighbours will continue to
scream over (remember when your older
brother started that trend with his KISS
albums?). As far as hardcore goes this
stuff makes the grade. The guitars are
good and violent yet the vocals could be a
little more prominent. Too bad, because
the most interesting thing here is the lyrics.
Hardcore can be a lot more intriguing
than the average rock and roll stuff because the speed of the music doesn't really lend itself to sweet love ditties. Instead
the focus switches to other concerns in
one's immediate existence. Nuclear war
and getting wasted are usual topics but
you'll also find some damning tirades on
middle class existence. SNFU have got
two or three gems of this sort on If You
Swear, You'll Catch No Fish. Witness Better Homes and Gardens: "I'll have you
know this is my only goal/To have my
house inside the centrefold/1 can see it
now a two-page spread/in Better Homes
and Gardens."
In the long run, this stuff may not be that
new what with forerunners like The Ramones and Suicidal Tendencies, but at
least they know what matters when writing
hardcore songs. But, in the end, you've got
to wonder. Most of these songs take the
stance of an observer, some in the first
person, others in the third person voice
and somehow there's a tone of inaction
and detachment here. Does SNFU figure
anything is worth changing? Or do they
mean to stick to their name and say
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Why not have breakfast to music from the
Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods,
played on original and modern instruments.
With your hosts Wolfgang Ehebald and Paul
Smith.
BRITS GO HOME
10:00-Noon
Saturday mornings are for a gentle waking
process, right? Wrong. In this show get a
rude awakening as Steve Edge is turned
loose on CITR's entire SPINLIST and dishes
up a startling breakfast mix of comedy, music
and U.K. soccer reports. Now Brits can go
home for two hours every Saturday. Canadians can tune in and see why Brits should
have been sent home years ago!
POWER CHORD
Noon-3 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.
CLOCK THE BEAT
3-6 pm
Sit back in your rocking chair, put your feet
on the dog, and turn it up, way up. Music for
every taste, from Eno to go-go. Listen up and
.make that metronome swing. Timekeeping by
lain Bowman.
14 Feb.   St. Valentine's Day Special. Who
was St. Valentine? Why does he
have a day? What the hell is going
on anyway? Will this show clarify
anything? Listen up.
PROPAGANDA!
6:30-9:00 pm
An eclectic mix of interviews, reviews, music,
humour, High Profiles, and other features
with Mike Johal.
TUNES 'R' US
Late night 1:00-4:00 am
It's a brand new season!!!!!
• New haircuts
• New hosts!!!!!!!!
SUNDAYS
MUSIC OF OUR TIME
8:00 am-Noon
Modern 20th Century classical music ranging
from the tonal to the avant-garde. Instrumentation in all spheres with commentary on the
newest techniques and fashions. With your
hosts Wolfgang Ehebald and Paul Smith.
ROCKERS SHOW
Noon-3:00 pm
The best in Roots, Rock, Reggae, DJ and
Dub music with your hosts George (Family
Man) Barrett and Collin Hepbourn.
MICHAEL WILLMORE'S ROCK TALK
3:00-6:00 pm
Authentic Rock 'N' Roll from the 1950s and
1960s featuring many collectors' items and
rock rarities you'd never hear anywhere else.
JUST LIKE WOMEN
6:30-9:00 pm
Tune in for invigorating and stimulating interviews, news and music for anyone interested
in women's issues or learning more about
them.
FAST FORWARD
9:00 pm-Midnight
Mark Mushet searches the world over for
experimental, minimalist, avant-garde, electronic, and other non-mainstream sounds.
LIFE AFTER BED
Midnight-Until we fail to function
L.A.B. continues its perverse fascination with
the "Mexican Elvis," Trini Lopez. This month
Trini taxes on all comers in no-holds-barred
all-out full fisty cuffs cage matches.
07 Feb.  Trini versus Fear
08 Feb. Trini battles Scraping Foetus Off
The Wall
75 Feb.  Trini puts the boots to The
Ramones
22 Feb. Trini goes face to face against Slow
Also presented by Life After Bed:
FLOYD'S CORNER WITH JEFF G.
2:00 am-3:00 am
Real "cowshit caught in your boots" country.
PROGRAM NOTES
SPORTS DAILY FEATURES
•Coaches' Show Monday 5:00 pm Dinner
Report
•Ornothology Show Tuesday 5:00 pm
Dinner Report
•Thunderbird Hockey Review Thursday
5:00 pm Dinner Report
•Greek Weekly Report Friday 5:00 pm
Dinner Report conM TOP AIRPLAY ALBUMS
ARTIST
•Billy Bragg
•Camper Van Beethoven
•Shriekback
•John Zorn
•African Head Charge
•The The
•This Mortal Coil
•Afrika Bambaataa &
Family
•The Beastie Boys
•Go Four 3
•Deja Voodoo
•The Purple Toads
•Courage of Lassie
•William S. Burroughs
•Legendary Pink Dots
•Big Audio Dynamite
•Various Artists
•Soul Asylum
•SPK
•Johnny Winter
•Alien Sex Fiend
•Various Artists
•Harold Budd
•The Mighty Lemon Drops
•The Stranglers
TITLE
Talking With The Taxman About...
Camper Van Beethoven
Big Night Music
The Big Gundown
Off The Beaten Track
Infected
Filigree & Shadow
Beware
(The Funk Is Everywhere
Licensed to III
Six Friends
Swamp of Love
The Purple Toads
The Temptation to Exist
The Doctor Is On The Market
Island of Jewels
No. 10, Upping Street
Fuck Your Dreams This Is Heaven
While You Were Out
Zamia Lehmani
Third Degree
7/' The Album
Something Wild Soundtrack
Lovely Thunder
Happy Head
Dreamtime
TOP AIRPLAY SINGLES
ARTIST
•Current 93
•The Smiths
•Che/Fats Comet
•Danielle Dax
•The Hip Type
•The Woodentops
•The Men They Couln'
•Big Audio Dynamite
•The Dave Howard Singers
•Killing Joke
TITLE
Happy Birthday Pigface Christus
Ask
Be My (Powerstation)
Where The Flies Are
Let Me In
Everyday Living
Hang Shirt of Blue
Badrock City
Rock On
Sanity
LABEL
Polygram
Pitch-A-Tent
Island/MCA
Nonesuch/WEA
On-U Sound
CBS
Polygram
CBS
CBS
Zulu
OG
Star
AMOK
Les Temps Mod.
Play It Again...
CBS
Crammed
Twin Tone
Side Effects
Alligator/WEA
Cherry Red
MCA
EG
WEA
CBS
LABEL
Laylah
WEA
Logarhythm
Awesome
Life After Bed
Rough Trade
MCA
CBS
Hallelujah
EG
SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
• Basketball
• Hockey
Fri. Feb. 13, 8:20 pm
Sat. Feb. 14, 8:20 pm
Fri. Feb. 20, 7:20 pm
Sat. Feb. 21, 7:20 pm
PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM NOTES
•Sunday Focus is an upbeat public affairs
program with something for everyone. This
show offers an appealing alternative to the
Sunday news blues. Every Sunday beginning
February 1st, hosts Libbi Davis and Brad
Newcombe will explore an enticing combination of international, local and university-
related issues with a style all their own.
Writer Robert Stalmach brings a lighter touch
to Sunday Focus with Blue Socks, a story
time guaranteed to fascinate children and the
young at heart.
SPORTS PROGRAM NOTES
•Introduced in 1986, the Ornothology Show is
back in 1987 to showcase all those UBC
celebrities you all know and appreciate. What
is Ornothology one might ask? —the answer
is the study of the UBC Thunderbirds. Join
Alastair Sutherland and his guests every
Wednesday during the 5:00 pm Dinner
Report.
Off   Th
BOTTO
by Don Chow
HERE'S THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF
attempts to probe the dark, yet fertile
under-region of the CITR SpinList,
that unexplored chart-bottom that lies at
the very bowels of our musical existence.
Let's see what delights we can unearth this
month, shall we?
John Avery of Hula has a solo record
out called Jessica in the Room of Lights on
Red Rhino. It's quite nice compared to
most Hula, very atmospheric with a subtle,
underlying horror. Much scarier is Dia-
manda Galas' Saint of the Pit "the second
part of the plague mass Masque of the Red
Death." Galas, who sings both soprano
and bass voices, is enough to scare the
spit out of most mouths. Listen with an eye
over your shoulder and a glass of water.
In a lighter vein, there's the Glass
Records compilation 50,000 Glass Fans
Can't Be Wrong which is all previously un-
released tracks by The Jazz Butcher,
Max Eider, David J, and numerous others.
The disc also comes in a glass-coloured
vinyl. World Shut Your Mouth is the new EP
from former Teardrop Explodes leader Julian Cope, who's been fried for some time.
The import 12" was mixed by Robert Reed
and James Avery of Trouble Funk, who
themselves have out Say What! Live in
London. This LP is a taste of Washington
D.C. Go-Gos as it's meant to be heard,
which is live. It doesn't come close to the 2
1/2 hour, non-stop experience of Trouble
Funk in concert, but is still about as sweaty
as black plastic gets. Real freak-bodies
will want to check out the import version,
which comes with an extra live 12" of Still
Smokin' and It's in the Mix.
A couple of things out on Rough Trade
are Dip in the Pool, a Japanese band who
have an LP called Silence, and groovy
Arthur Russell's 12", Let's Go Swimming.
The former has a nice, but unpungent
Oriental flavour, and the latter includes
Coastal, Gulf Stream, and Puppy Surf dub
version. The UK label, Criminal Damage,
has a compilation out called Blast which includes a track from Mighty Ballistics Hi-
Power, but as of this writing is sitting in an
anonymous wart's record collection. Keep
an eye out for it, though.
Also worth watching for is the Schoolly-
D LP, on a label called Flame Records.
Smarter than your average rap-bear. I
could go on and on (and have on several
occasions) but this is about all that time
and space will permit. Except that Love
Tractor have an album called This Ain't No
Outerspace Ship, and are playing in town
on the 2nd of this month, ir
FEBRUARY   1987      21 1^-iOrt^ TH^fofrn^p-
by Janis McKenzie
HOT ON THE HEELS OF THEIR SELF-
titled 3-song 7" debut vinyl release,
The Hip Type are in the midst of recording another five songs, including He'll
Look Better (When He's Dead), one of
those songs that lyrically is hard not to
notice. What will become of these five
songs is another story - the band is looking for a label to help them out. I'm hoping
that sooner or later they manage to make
their first CITR demo - Illumination/Blue
Bottle Flies - commercially available too.
The people who give you the quarterly
Chrome magazine have just put out a
compilation cassette, putting together
some of the local scene's more difficult (in
this case, a loose definition is: "experimental electronic noise collage")
artists. These include Paul Serret, Emily,
Omnisquid, and Front Line Assembly.
It's available at Black Market, Black Swan,
Cabbages and Kinx, Odyssey, Track, and
Zulu.
54-40 will be heading for Los Angeles
early this month to start work on their second Warner Brothers LP... The Void, who
have a demo - Waiting for the 69 - at the
station and were narrowly defeated by
Stubborn Blood in their round of the
Shindig, have changed their name to The
Rainwalkers... Howard and Jon, who
have a couple of songs in rotation here
under the name Big Guns, have formed a
new band, The Scramblers, with
drummer Randy Bowman (formerly of the
Enigmas) and bassist Ron Allen (from
Shanghai Dog). They've already played
quite a few gigs, and the new line- up has
even more energy than its predecessors
(Big Guns, and before that, Fear of God),
while still playing their smash demo hits.
Looking for something romantic to do
the night before Valentine's Day? On
Friday the 13th, the Jazzmanian Devils
will be playing the Commodore with the
Yodeils for the Lucky Lovers Valentine's
Swing Ball. The Yodeils will expand their
usual supergroup lineup to become a 10-
piece, and the Devils are adding a trumpet
and three backup singers: Madeleine
Morris (who played a few nights with the
band in January), Vanessa Richards, and
Sandy Scofield. What's $8.50 for an evening of dancing cheek-to- cheek?
And here are this month's demo reviews:
Fab Mavericks - Frontier Justice. This
demo dates back six months or so, to a
time when the band had three guitarists.
Now the Fabs are entered in Spotlight (the
other battle-of-the-bands competition that
Steve Drake won), as possibly the sole
representatives of that "American Sound."
The vocals kind of remind me of Joe Jackson but those guitars leave no doubt as to
where these guys are coming from. Listen
for a more recent demo soon.
Wardells - Coming Back From the
Dead. Since this is the demo the Wardells
used to apply for a FACTOR grant, they'd
be the first to admit it's a little commercial
sounding. But not produced into submission - the recording's a little rough around
the edges and has a fair punch. Still, I get
the impression that the band had to tone
down a bit for this tape - there are definite
indications that they'd be a party band
worth seeing.
Tree of Plenty - Love Just Weakens.
Tree of Plenty had a demo - Raincoat - on
the charts at CITR just around the time that
the Wingnuts knocked them out of the
1985 Shindig, so their name is familiar
enough around here for me to have heard
a certain person comment "White funk is
lame" when I mentioned them. I tend to
agree, but these four fellows from White
Rock (whose ages range from 16 to 19) redeem themselves somewhat by their youth
and good intentions. Their jazz training is
clearly apparent and makes the song a bit
more difficult than it needs to be, but the
tune is good, and I prefer to think that
anything that sounds affected here is
meant well.
Flammable Animal - Dans le Bois and
Disillusion. Despite some problems, my
favourite tape of the batch. Niki has at least
three different voices, and lots of control -
in Dans le Bois she's something like a
Parisienne chanteuse singing a nursery
rhyme about the Big Bad Wolf. This song in
particular is a big departure from The
Love Club, the other band she sings with,
while in Disillusion there is occasionally a
burst of rock and roll power from both the
instruments and vocals. Disillusion,
however, lacks cohesiveness - it could almost be two or three songs put together,
and the synth doesn't always work. Unfortunately, Flammable Animal won't be
playing live in the near future - they're
planning to do some kind of a record and a
video first.
And just a reminder to bands sending in
(or dropping off) demos - please attach at
least one name and number, and as much
biographical materials as you can manage, to avoid some of the usual confusion.
Thanks. #
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