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 That Magazine from CITR fml02 cablelOO    JANUARY 1987 • FREE! NEW YEAR'S EVE POISONED with THE GUTTERSNIPES
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JANUARY 1987 • VOL. 4/NO. 12
EDITOR
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WRITERS
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Robin Fross, Stacey Fruin, Mike Johal,
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IN THIS ISSUE
• 1986
In case you've forgotten, it was the last 365 days. Mike Johal,
Dave Watson and Mark Mushet have a few things to say
that might jar your memory. 6
• SHINDIG
This year's winter term is finished. Stubborn Blood walk away
with top honours. 11
• SUPPORTING THE HOME FRONT
The Third Independent Music Festival is quickly becoming a
Vancouver tradition. Here are ten good reasons why. 14
• THE 86 OF 86
Thousands of new releases were played on CITR in 1986, but
these are the ones that got played the most. 20
• ARMCHAIR EYE
Top Gun and Karate Kid II were two of the most popular movies
of 1986. Bill Mullan thinks that there are too many blind people
paying good money to see bad movies. 28
• THE ROVING EAR
If you didn't get to go to Europe this year, here are twenty
things you missed. 29
• TOP TEN THINGS
Some things may never change. 30
IN EVERY ISSUE
• AIRHEAD
Letters from our readers. Uncensored and edited. 4
• BEHIND THE DIAL
There are some things you really ought to know about. 16
• ON THE DIAL
We know it might seem confusing, but it's worth the trouble. 18
• VINYL VERDICT
A guide for consumers of discerning tastes. 22
• LOCAL MOTION
It's fun, fresh, and Made in Vancouver. 26
JANUARY  1987       3 ROCKERS AND PUNKS UNITE!
Dear Airhead,
We feel that unnecessary prejudice towards rockers is unjustified. If you go in a
mall or shop anywhere but Vancouver and
you are treated as an oddity, you naturally
get angry and insulted. Now we, my friend
and I who are writing in, are not loud, rough,
rash, violent, or crude. Just because we
choose to look unique does not mean we
wish to be ridiculed or ignored. Just because we share different views than others
doesn't mean we are vulnerable to insults
and threats! Non-conformist ideals are what
make you your own person, so why does the
establishment try to rob you or threaten you
of your individuality? Dammit, it isn't fair!
Sandii Sliced
Jenne Jaded
Dear Airhead,
This letter is in response,or should I say in
conjunction with, the letter from Gord Garbage, Jay Skull, Keith Krudd, and Lucifer
Beachhead (Airhead, November 1986).
I would like to say that the problem of.
headbangers or rockers beating up innocent punks has become a problem in my
town too. I live in Kelowna, B.C.
It isn't fair! We do nothing to the headbangers to provoke them. I'm scared of
them, and am not afraid to admit it.
When will the day come when my friends
and I can go to the mall and not be called
"fucking ugly bitches!"; or walk home from
school and have rocks thrown at me; or be
spat on; or have my friends beaten up?
When will the day come when we can all live
together without violence toward each
other?
I'm ready to begin any day, just name the
date.
Punk'in
Kelowna, B.C.
Punk'in, maybe you can start by getting
together with Sandii Sliced and Jenne Jaded. The angst in both your letters suggests
you are victims of the same prejudice. Any
differences between you are merely because
of your respective appearances, and if that
is something on which you want to base your
individuality, then god help you all. Why not
try something really different and switch
costumes ? As far as the music that supposedly started this philosophical conflict, head-
banging music and punk music are pretty
much the same these days, aren't they?
Wild savages
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE
Hi-ho. A pal o' mine up your way sends me
ishes here in Sin Francisco. Mighty decent
stuff. Here we got KUSF, a great station, but
no publication and Berkeley's KALX which
puts out a quarterly program guide.
Anyway, I thought I'd tell you what's up
down here. Local bands making life livable
include: Camper Van Beethoven, Faith No
More (recently signed to Slash) and Angst.
More inspiring are up-and-comers like The
McGuires, Blue Movie and the Furies. Every
Spring we get excited, hoping that the upcoming months will see a return of "the
summer of love" spirit, but the season
comes and goes with barely even a wet kiss!
54-40 passed through town and did all
right at the city's leading club (the l-Beam),
other bands, like the Nettwerk crew, enjoy
some name recognition, while the buzz is
only beginning to spread on the Zulu bands.
Anyway, dudes, keep on doing!
Bert the Barge
San Francisco, California
Wow! What a batch of Discorders! Kept me
busy for two hours this Sunday morning-
beats the newspaper by miles!
Keep in touch,
Laura
Austin, Texas
Hi! I was wondering if there was some way
I could subscribe to your magazine. I don't
know much about it only that it has been
rumoured to be really cool!
Thanx!
Psyche
Erskine, Alberta
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A view from Propaganda!
GOODBYE '86. FOREIGN POLICIES
finally lost their veneer of credibility.
The ugly partnership of government
and big business began to scrape the bottom
of the barrel for a magic wand that could be
waved at their programs of deceit, misinformation, and propaganda to make them seemingly
invisible again.
The bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi killed
men, women and children. It was hailed as a
blow against terrorism. The removal of plugs
that sank two whaling ships in Reykjavik harbour caused no loss of life and highlighted the
illegality of Iceland's whaling operations which
had been ignored by governments throughout
the world. It was called terrorism.
Chernobyl and conclusive scientific evidence against nuclear weapons provided the
backdrop for the USA's violation of the (unratified) SALT II treaty by dispatching an extra
cruise-equipped B-52 bomber to Texas. God
Save America, we're doing our bit for peace.
A state of emergency/curbs on foreign press
and draconian domestic press censorship that
tried to hide the horror and brutality of apartheid did not budge the western nations, led,
to their eternal shame and disgrace, by Britain,
United States and West Germany, from their
support of the South African police state.
The USA sneered disdainfully, as bullies
always do, at the World Court ruling on the
illegality of American mining of Nicaraguan
ports. Her satellite states whimpered a feeble
objection to Washington. O Canada!
In 1986, WASP was indeed a four-letter word.
The only western industrialized country that
came out of the year with any grace and dignity
was New Zealand, which adamantly refused
to allow American nuclear warships to put in at
her harbours.
In the 60s and 70s the Soviet Union dared
to match nuclear sabre-rattling with the USA,
and Washington pointed to it as proof of Soviet
intentions of world domination. In 1986, Gorbachev made peace overtures, offers of arms
reduction and other conciliatory statements,
and Washington called them lies and propaganda. Damned if they do, damned if they
don't, dammit Nancy, who gives a damn!
Human being of the year: Corazon Aquino.
In Canada, which has a greater claim than
many to being the 51st state, the swing to the
right was sustained by its centrifugal force.
The brief period of international status provided by the flawed but wonderfully arrogant
Trudeau gave way in 1986 to the ineffectual
bumblings of Uncle Sam's favourite arse-licker,
Brian jobs, jobs, jobs Mulroney. The Sham-rock
summiteer's only gesture of redeeming quality
was his support for the Tamil "sailors" being
allowed to remain in Canada. "Send 'em back
to where they came from," snarled a caller to
a phone-in show, echoing the sentiments of the
native Indians who had said the same thing to
his ancestors two centuries ago. Oh irony, how
thou dost make fools of us all.
If the 60s were the "me" decade, the 80s are
the "money-for-me" decade. Nowhere is this
more poignant than at those erstwhile institutions of learning, discussion, and thought: The
universities. They are the new bastions of
socio-economic conservatism, and the University of British Columbia is one of the flag-
bearers.
Is there a new will on the horizon, a new
resolve at the sunset of the year? There must
be.
At the present rate we are destined to become the laughing stock and objects of derision and scorn of future historians (there will
be future historians, won't there?). If we are to
avoid this we must take action, now.
No flim-flam, no compromise, no sellout.
That means the world, that means you. Roll
on '87.
—Mike Johal
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"Man About Expo" Dave Watson
remembers his Summer of Fun.
EXPO 86. IT MUST BE OVER. I KNOW
because I can occasionally get a seat
on the bus. Ah yes. The World's Fair.
Even though much of it was tacky, boring,
bleedin' obvious, transparent and simple minded, don't you forget about its good points.
There were a few.
It was an easy fair to reject outright, especially if you were freeloading on a press pass. It
took a bit of searching to find truly world-class
stimulation at Expo, often you had to ingest it
before arriving. All professional cynicism aside,
there were a few pavilions that were exceptional and/or entertaining without being condescending. The Canada Pavilion, Peru, The
Roundhouse, Northwest Territories, Folklife,
BCTV, Ramses II, California and the Spirit
Lodge. That was pretty much it for exhibits.
It was just as much fun to see the worst of
Expo. The Pavilion of Promise was thoughtful
enough to provide headphones for visitors, so
that your laughing wouldn't distress those having a transcendental life experience. Love
those lasers. Blatant nationalism was rampant
throughout the fair, and that's always good for
a chuckle.
Just like the second half of the twentieth century that spawned it, Expo had a lot of flashy
"gee-whiz" lights, buzzers and whistles, junk
food for the mind. If you were only planning a
DISCORDER brief visit you could be dazzled and impressed,
but many season's pass holders just ignored
the tourist traps. Expo meant never having
nothing to do on a Tuesday night, but you had
to be selective.
If amusement park rides were your thing Expo provided two scary ways to induce protein
spills, the roller coaster and the employee shuttle service, which consisted of a wheeled box,
curiously without suspension, towed, bouncing and swaying, by a lunatic in a pickup truck.
Those who only rode the roller coaster missed
the really frightening ride.
The single best thing about Expo was the
constant entertainment. Permitting ongoing
street entertainment via mimes, clowns, jugglers and musicians was the only thing the
Socreds ever did for the 'arts' in B.C. The different stages around the site were filled with
more talent than one could ever hope to see.
I recall one night, while under the influence of
autumn fungus, when Jerry Doucette was on
at one bandshell while Trooper played the
Plaza of Nations. I refer to that evening as my
"What? Grade Nine again?" trip, and ever
since have dug out all my Styx, ELO and Kiss
records.
The Xerox Theatre was the single best reason for Expo. Murray Farr and Myra Davies did
an amazing job of attracting talent from different cultures, slipping quite a few things past
the Expo Brass for our benefit. In about 50
visits I never once saw a bad show (except
Slow, but that's someone else's story), whether
Pavlovian folk dancing or industrial wasteland
music were onstage.
The Expo Theatre was a different matter.
The first time I went there, for Bill Cosby, Premier Bennett stepped on my foot. Then I entered the theatre, which apparently ran out of
money before they could make the walls touch
the roof. There were only a couple of months
all summer when you could attend with a
reasonable expectation of comfort, and even
then (like Joe Jackson) the theatre didn't get
dark enough for light shows until the fireworks
were already interrupting the tunes.
It all seems like a dream now, a summer of
major decisions for some of us. Was it "correct" to attend? If you decided to go, should
you pack a lunch (remember when they were
trying to make "brown-bagging" illegal?) or
pay grossly inflated food prices? Should you
pay grossly inflated prices for booze onsite or
try to brown-bag it? (Which was iHegal, but
easy to get away with.) Above all: What were
the appropriate drugs to do for the 1986 World
Exposition?
Hallucinogens helped one make the most of
the fair. Sure, you didn't get much pavilion viewing accomplished, but at least the bright colours and flashy lights asserted a certain bold
presumption. Some people (not those nervous
about crowds) tended towards the more abstract chemicals like psilocybin and LSD, while
others preferred the charge of unreal reality
provided by MDA. Dope smokers may have
noticed a lack of handy nooks and corners to
duck into, but the security guards were easy
to outwit.
cont. p. 8
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But all the fun is over now. The rest of our
lives will be so boring that there seems little
point in carrying on living. I think I'll just buy
a VCR and get fat.
And, of course, what would
A Year in Review be without
a stream of vitriolic
contempt and bitter
cynicism from Mark Mushet?
YEAR END WRAP-UPS ARE BULLSHIT.
People list their top ten albums and
events and the lists are inevitably inter-
changable, with the possible exception of a few
plotable demographic discrepancies. As for
me, here are a few random observations of cer-
tian tendencies that remained continuous
throughout the year.
•The mainstream music press will, once
again, hail the glorification of the stupid and
commonplace with Springsteen and Mellen-
camp leading the pack. David Byrne follows
closely behind with all his Robert Wilson affectations intact and his feature in TIME (the
magazine for all non-thinking Americans) firmly nestled in a special place on his mantle-
piece. See David tie his shoes. See rock star
as art god for the terminally trendy (read
stupid).
•What really hurts is that the "alternative"
crowd will mirror this inanity by bronzing
Michael Stipes testicles in tribute to the newfound virility of good old rock and roll.
•And in the "new" music corner, Phillip Glass
confirmed himself to be the pathetic, aging, no-
talent, art fag redundancy monument we all
knew he was. This, of course, taking place on
a particularly embarrassing edition of Saturday
Night Live. It's a good thing CBS had the foresight to grant this asshole a lifetime recording
contract.
•As for politics, particularly in B.C., it was
another year for cries of "GO LEMMINGS
GO!!" T-Shirts available soon.
•Music? YES! Great music. Now if only the
"alternative" music scene would recognize
some of it instead of heaping endless praise
on a score of downandoutdrugaddict wannabe
rock bands with cloth ears (as evidenced by
the typical sound mix at most alternative rock
concerts). The year of irritatingly persistent
"fuck" bands. Go away.
•Concerts? YES! Great ones. Some of them
even taking place as part of Expo (though
through no fault of the fair's management).
Kudos to certain persevering organizers.
Well, I'll stop now. I was asked to write a
review of 1986 from the Fast Forward perspective. As far as I can tell, this means that people
expect a stream of vitriolic contempt and bitter cynicism. I hope I've lived up to expectations.
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1/1/ BLOOD STAINS." What does
W W this have to do with Shindig?
It has a lot to do with Shindig if you have a band
in the finals called Stubborn Blood. The group
consists of Clint (bass), Dan Danger (guitar),
Peter "Pick-up" Curtis (vocals), and Darryl
(drums). The band's name was originally the
Stubborn Blood Stains, but was shortened to
its current form just before their first gig in late
1985.
photo by John Scully
1st: Stubborn Blood
Musically these guys are very adept at what
they're doing. Their first two demo tapes, Tightrope and Love Fix, have done very well at CITR.
The band is tight and confident about their
music. With a line-up change—Clint is fairly
new to the band, and Darryl is a more recent
addition—the sound is more refined, however,
they're still searching and testing different
sounds. At this point they're looking for a certain person to add yet another dimension to the
band—piano. Personality is an important factor in Stubborn Blood: all the members must
be compatible. According to Clint: "It doesn't
matter if the guy has played with a lot of professional bands and is great at what he's doing, if he doesn't fit in personally it won't work."
This is why Stubborn Blood work well together musically. The guys are very close in the
band, but maintain a close relationship among
themselves outside the band as well.
Perhaps the best way to describe Stubborn
Blood's attitude is common sense. The band
isn't looking into a vision of overnight-success-
rock-stardom, and they aren't going to get discouraged if a gig doesn't go over well one
night. The band is a seripus project, although
it's not so serious that it would ruin their lives
if they don't make the "big time." As Peter
"Pick-up" says, "I'd rather be doing this than
sitting around watching TV or drinking myself
blind every night." Mind-rot is definitely out.
Their energies of expression are directed toward the band, not wasted in front of the boob
tube or in a bottle of gin. Stubborn Blood's
motive is to enjoy themselves and play good
music. They get my vote as one of the best
local bands of the year. Watch out for stubborn
blood stains? Yes, but also watch out for Stubborn Blood.
—Stacey Fruin
ABOUT THE NAME OVERSOUL SEVEN;
Len Morgan, the bass player and backup singer, told me that Oversoul Seven
is a series of books by a psychic awareness
advocate named Jane Roberts. The books are
all about this guy—or soul—named Oversoul
Seven, who has four lives on Earth which are
all a part of him and which he watches over. Apparently the books are all about reincarnation
and past life regression, but that's not what the
band Oversoul Seven is all about. Len told me
that the band's major influence is a "compromise of what we all like." They have no definite
influence and only one stipulation: they don't
sound like R.E.M. Len told me that the other
bands that Adam Gejdo, lead singer and guitarist, and Darrell Shibley, drummer, were involved in, were "R.E.M. rip-off bands." The
other guys said Len's old band, Ominous
Cinema, sounded like "shit."
Darrell, the drummer, originally hails from
Cranbrook, where he did the PUNK ROCK
THING with a band called New Society. But
that's all behind him now; he's the oldest in the
band and at 22 he's "not jaded at all." He says
Oversoul Seven is a "rock band with funk influence" and that lyrics are important to him
because music should make people think. For
him, music is an interesting way of looking at
photo by John Scully
2nd: Oversoul Seven
things. Darrell qualified this by saying that
music shouldn't preach either and that basically it's entertainment. Adam was also involved
with the PUNK ROCK THING in grade nine
and ten. He belonged to a Punk Rock cover
band that he can't remember the name of because it changed weekly. He calls Oversoul
Seven "Rock 'n Roll with emotion" and he told
me: "I like to have good songs, but not wimpy
or pretentious."
The overall impression that I get from Oversoul Seven is that they are a serious band.
Darrell even said the word "serious" at one
point in the inteview. Basically they are doing
Shindig for the exposure and, well, yes, the
"prizes are nice." But these guys "play what
we feel happy with." And they all are dedicated.
Adam is currently unemployed and studying
life. "I don't do anything; I do music." I asked
him what he liked the most about his lifestyle.
He said: "I like my lifestyle because I can put
100% into the band." Darrell has recently quit
his job that was "really a drag" and now he has
more time to work on promotion. Len does
some freelance promotion and generally
writes fuV a living.
Anyway, the whole band thing for these guys
is a "Co-op;" "everyone has a say" and "no
one is left out." I've seen Oversoul Seven live
once and I thought they were really tight and
likeable. Len told me that they have an album
coming out in February called Fool Revelation.
It's being released at the same time as the
C.I.R.A.C. album on the Edge Records label.
Check it out.
—Julia
COMING IN AT THIRD PLACE IN THE
Shindig finals were The Sons Of Freedom, the group, not the radical Douk-
habour sect in the B.C. Interior which goes
about protesting by running naked in the eyes
com. p. 12
JANUARY   1987      11 from p. 11
of the law. These Sons are considerably more
refined in getting their message across.
Having formed in June of this year, the group
consists of Don Harrison on guitar, Jim Newton
on vocals and guitar, Don Short on drums, and
just to make things even more confusing, a
third Don, Don Binns, on bass. They've had a
couple of shows thus far supporting Bamff and
Bruno Gerussi's Medallion, but their involvement in Shindig has been the biggest boost to
their careers thus far. They'll be going into the
24-track Scope studio to record soon and are
hoping for as much live work as they can get.
The band's set consists of fourteen original
songs with no covers because they claim to
find it easier to write new material rather than
go to the trouble of learning someone else's
songs. They describe their sound as "aggressive, harsh and dark sounding," with lots of
scratchy rhythm guitars over a solid beat.
The closest comparison which comes to
mind would be Ball of Confusion by Love and
Rockets, in that there is always a straight,
danceable bassline running through the Sons'
songs.
The group was happy enough to receive a
third-place standing from among all the bands
which competed in this installment of Shindig,
but disdains the notion or rating bands against
others, and say that, "The music business is
competitive enough." Their only advice to any
groups thinking of entering a talent contest in
the future is, "Don'r expect anything, don't
worry about criticism, try to forget about the
competition and good luck."
photo by John Scully
3rd: The Sons of Freedom
The Sons Of Freedom will be appearing at
the Arts Club on the 2nd of January and at the
Town Pump on the 7th, opening for Bruno
Gerussi's Medallion.
—Eric Von Schlippen
Maurice Spiral
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AT A TIME OF YEAR WHEN TRADI-
tion becomes the ma«n motivation of
many people's actions (how often do
we ask ourselves why we have to eat turkey
for Christmas dinner?), local music punters
find a tradition of another sort developing in
our midst. Stuffed between the plum pudding and the New Year's champagne is the
Third, dare I say annual, Independent Music
Festival. This year the Festival is presented
by CITR and Discorder and moves from the
New York Theatre to the more intimate and
accessible Town Pump venue for its three-
day run, December 26th to 28th.
Slavery to tradition is one of the main aspects of the music business that the independent scene is trying to prove irrelevant in
becoming a success, but in the case of the Independent Music Festival developing tradition
is a positive point of strength and unity. It is a
point to rally around, to judge the successes
and the failures of the past year, and to say,
"Hey, we're doing it our own way, and we're still
here doing it."
Laurie Mercer, the man responsible for initiating the Festival and maintaining its presence
locally (though this year he is working with Timbre Productions), states that there is a loose
criteria in selecting the groups available to play
as representatives of the local independent
scene. Mercer looks for those groups who have
become or have remained active on the local
club circuit over the past year, have toured, or
who have recorded a vinyl or cassette release
for public consumption, all without the aid of
a major label recording contract or big-time
management. Many of these groups are finan-
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cing their projects with their own funds, in the
hope of seeing a return and eventually making a living from what they like to do best. One
would assume that this means achieving a
modicum of commercial success, albeit maintaining control over their careers. Mercer cites
54/40, the Grapes of Wrath, and Skinny Puppy as three local groups who were once participants in the Festival and who have since
gone on to national prominence with the help
of major label connections.
This year's Festival line-up is a fairly solid
reflection of Mercer's aforementioned criteria,
with a few possible exceptions. Kicking the
event off on Friday, December 26th is Roots
Round-up, a group that plays a stimulating
hybrid of roots music within a pop context, and
has attracted an avid following on the local club
circuit during the past year. Roots Round-up
is succeeded by Family Plot, who have maintained a high profile for the past few years and
are now about to record their first album. Headlining Friday night are, who else? the Animal
Slaves. For almost five years, the Slaves have
defied description with their wonderfully idiosyncratic approach to music and the business
of making it. They have just returned from a
successful tour of Canada and the eastern
United States where they headlined a big-time
gig at the Limelight in New York City, apparently attracting the interest of a few large independent labels in that city. I'm hoping this time they
crack out a Slaves' version of James Brown's
/ Feel Good. I know it's in there somewhere!
On Saturday, December 27th, the opening
slot belongs to the winner of the Shindig finals
of December 15th (see Shindig story). An appropriate recognition of another Vancouver independent music tradition! The Shindig winners are followed by Rhythm Mission, who
kept going strong in 1986 stripped down to a
lean and punchy four-piece. Hey, these guys
have been around even longer than the Animal
Slaves, and they sure ain't no dinosaurs! Headlining Saturday night are Go Four 3, who have
just returned from their second cross-Canada
jaunt and have recently released their first full-
length album, Six Friends, on Zulu Records.
They certainly haven't been sitting around
drinking beer and listening to old Buzzcocks'
records this year!
On Sunday, December 28th there will be a
special all-ages matinee at 2 p.m. featuring
NoMeansNo and Death Sentence. NoMeansNo returns that evening to headline a
line-up of guitar crunching powerhouse mutant
pop with Ron Reay's now outfit Crash Bang
Crunch Pop, and the (watch out, wear ankle
protection) Guttersnipes!
What else can one say? The music speaks
loudly and proudly for itself. The Third Independent Music Festival at the Town Pump,
December 26th to 28th. A gift from CITR and
Discorder, to you.
—Mr. Ed.  ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Last month in Behind The Dial, Discorder
called for its readers to help in global distribution. The response to date has been encouraging and at this time Discorder would
like to thank those who have taken the trouble to lug the extra weight with them on their
travels. Thanks to Dirk Seymour who took
50 copies of the November issue to London,
England, and to Jon Zuccolm who took 100
copies of the same issue to Edmonton, Alberta. Rita Cooney also took 100 copies of
the November issue to Toronto, Ontario,
where she dropped them at the following
locations: Cheapies, Music World, Record
Peddlar and Records On Wheels. CITR's
own Marc Coulavin took 50 copies of the
December issue to Seattle where you can
pick them up at Urban Renewal, Tower Records, Budget Records and Cellophane Records in the University District. Slowly but
surely Discorderwill be around the world; it's
up to you, the individual. To enlist, call Harry
Hertscheg at 22^-3017 for your piece of the
dream.
THE BIG FIVE-0
The month of March is a time for celebration at CITR Radio and Discorder magazine.
It marks the 50th anniversary of the UBC
student radio society (the organization ultimately responsible for the maintenance of
CITR), and the 50th issue of Discorder ({he
first issue was published in February 1983).
Both operations are planning special events
to mark this momentous occasion, and
clubs, shops, live theatre and cinema.
When people buy this year's Black Book
(at $22 each), part of the proceeds go to
help fund CITR Radio and Discorder.
Highlights of the new Black Book include
an expanded Food Section, a revamped
Clubs Section (most coupons are free admission passes), and of course, Rod Fil-
brandt's Wombat cartoons.
The Black Book is available at over 30
locations including CBO, AMS Tickets,
Odyssey Imports, Zulu Records, Black Market, Highlife Records and Maxwell's Artists'
Materials.
there will undoubtedly be opportunities for
our listeners and readers to become involved. Specifically, if you are a former, member
of the student radio society or know of
anyone who is, contact Harry Hertscheg at
228-3017 for more information on upcoming
events. Discorder will also be publishing a
special 50th issue unlike anything you've
seen before. And it will still cost you no
cents.
IT'S A DEAL AT TWICE
THE PRICE
The 1987 Black Book is now available, and
it's bigger and more valuable than ever! One
hundred and twenty-six coupons save users
hundreds of dollars when they support Vancouver's  avant-garde  restaurants,   night
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stop laughing, we'll probably use them. Thank
you.
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December
26/27 THE SCRAMBLERS with guests
January
2/3 Twelve Band Blow-Out! THE HIP TYPE,
WUNDER-BRED, THE NOW,
THE SOREHEADS, TUPPERWENCHES,
THE LIVING ROOM, 4 A.M., MORE
UNCLE STORIES, SONS OF FREEDOM,
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9/10 from L.A.-CRASH BANG CRUNCH POP
w/guests THE ZEN PILOTS
16/17 from Toronto-CHANGE OF HEART
23/24 HOI POLLOI & THE WARDELLS
30/31  The bands from 666 (e. 23rd)
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WEEKDAY HIGHLIGHTS
MONDAYS
THE MARSHA BRADY SHOW
5:30-8:00 pm
"The walls were shakin'
The Earth was quakin'
My mind was achin'
And we were makin' it!"
—Petula Clark
Bad tastes makes its own rules. Requests.
MORE DINOSAURS
8:00-9:00 pm
Songs of the Sixties behemoths and the
teenage garage triceratops. Archeology by
Marc Coulavin.
THE JAZZ SHOW
9:00 pm-12:30 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.
05 Jan. Our first Jazz Feature for 1987
repeats SONG X the Ornette
Coleman-Pat collaboration. A recording that won the Down Beat Magazine Jazz Album of the Year, award.
The people's choice...
12 Jan.   Once again a Jazz Feature Repeat
and the runner-up in Down Beat's
readers' poll as Jazz Album of the
Year. Wynton Marsalis' Black Codes
(from the Underground). Many
people (including Gavin Walker) feel
that this is Wynton's strongest statement so far...don't miss it. Wynton
also won the Jazz Musician of the
Year Award and the Trumpet Award
(hands down).
19 Jan.   New Jazz from England...a young
(22 years) Londoner (of Jamaican
parentage) who plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and
bass clarinet named Courtney Pine,
has just issued a fine debut album.
Courtney started playing reggae
(what else) and rock but moved to
Jazz...check out his personal
musical vision.
26 Jan.  E = MC2 is the title of what a lot of
people think is the Basie band's
best album. Recorded in the 1950s,
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the Basie band in full flight with the
Count himself and a bevy of great
soloists like Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis,
Thad Jones and others. Count Basie
plays Neal Hefti arrangements. A
classic!
TUESDAYS
THE EDGE ON FOLK
8:00-9:30 pm
Vancouver's No. 1 Folk Show storms into its
third year of operation! Join host Steve Edge
on a journey through the nether regions of
the world's traditional music. 1986 saw a lot
of Canadian artists progressing along the
road to fame and fortune, led by Vancouver's
Spirit Of The West. See what 1987 has in
store by tuning in for the best and the latest
in roots-oriented music.
TUESDAY WELD
9:30 pm-1:00 am
PLAYLOUD
Late night 1:00-4:00 am
There is no art without apparent madness,
without apparent contradiction. One freed
from any consoling preoccupations, art opens
up wide the territory of psychosis. Aural
surgery performed by Larry Thiessen.
WEDNESDAYS
ANOTHER KIND OF WEDNESDAY
7:30 to 10:30 am
Start your Wednesday mornings with Sidney
Killpigge, as he plays whatever the fuck he
wants.
WE BE BOTANISTS
10:30 am 1:00 pm
Join Florists Grant, Dave and Byron as they
unearth toxic tunes that will surely decimate
all plant life in the Lower Mainland.
THE WAILING MUMBELFUCKS
1:005:00 pm
Flashback 'zak from 79/80/81 or so, plus
interviews (from 3 to 5) with all your favourite
local bands.
ROCK: THE UNDERWORLD
5:30-8:00 pm
Digest your din-din in rockin' style. Mike
Dennis and the godfather (Jimmy Pattison Jr.)
spin the latest and hippest in the rock 'n roll
underground. A typical dessert may feature
Husker Du pudding or Sonic Youth cheesecake, and don't forget from 7:30-8:00, we
feature the "hellfire club" when we play alll
the cool classics, from acid rock to rockabilly
to punk.
THE AFRICAN SHOW
8:00-9:30 pm
Catch the latest in African news and Music
with Umerah Patrick Onukwulu and Todd
Langmuir. News at 8:30. Special feature
weekly at 9:00. Onward-Harambe.
ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?
9:30midnight
Music and paranoid delusions. Twenty-minute
workouts for marginal psychotics. Travis B.
delivers music for people with an attitud
problem.
THE KNIGHT AFTER
Midnight to 4:00 am
Music to clobber Yuppies by (and anyone
wearing floral baggy shorts). Featuring radio
shows traded with alternative stations in
Europe and the U.S., and every 5 weeks a
new episode of MUSIC FROM THE TAR
PITS, an ode to early seventies recreational-
substance rock. Regular guests include
MOAMMAR K., the Prince of Wales and
Lyndon Lerouche.
THURSDAYS
PARTY WITH ME, PUNKER!
3:00-5:00 pm
Join Rock Action for cool tunes and special
guests and features.
08 Jan.    Crusty Love hosts a special show
on B.C. Punk with guests Dayglow
Abortions.
THE COCKTAIL PARTY
5:30-8:00 pm
Mike Mines & Robin Razzell invite you to a
world of bibulous pleasure via the newest
psychedelic sounds from both sides of the
pond. Just add ice and shake.
TOP OF THE BOPS
8:00-9:00 pm
The boogie disease, that great shaking fever,
the rockin'v pneumonia and the boogie
woogie 'flu... and other afflictions: their
symptoms and their causes. Rock therapy by
Marc Coulavin.
TEENAGE TORPOR
9:00-11:00 pm
An ongoing attempt to reconcile the Hegelian
Dialectic to the existence of post-Freudian
logic by someone who's written one-too-many
essays about both topics.
MEL BREWER PRESENTS
11:00 pm-Midnight
Mel trips into 1987 with more of the best in
local and out-of-town bands in the interview
format. So stay up late one night a week and
join Pat, Jay and Ian for a weekly dose of
mike squeals and things that go bump in the
night. Remember, no spitting or foul
language. Pat's mother is listening.
ANTHROPOLOGY
Midnight to 3:30 am
Anthropology is divided into three sections:
1. Period study with the History of Rock
2. The Wild Mix, i.e. various records spin into
each other defying gravity
3. Requests
Inserting the needle: Matt Richards
FRIDAYS
FRIDAY MORNING MAGAZINE
7:30-10:30 am
—A show that profiles new developments in
our social makeup, with an emphasis on
Native issues, wilderness land use, and the
Arts. Host—Kirby Scott Hill.
Also 10:30-11:30 Tribes and Shadows
—Ethnic, Ritual, and other specialized
music from around the world, with guest
musicians dropping in every so otten. ine
month:
02 Jan. A Renaissance Christmas by the Boston Cameratta gets its final
spin.
09 Jan.  The Music of India and Tibet
Plus much more. Check it!
TRIBES AND SHADOWS
10:30-11:30 am
An anthropologically based, multi-media
show focussing on indigenous music, high
tech, and psychodramatic themes. Hosted by
Kirby Scott Hill.
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.
CRAPSHOOT
5:30-6:00 pm
Members of UBC's Progressive Conservative,
Liberal and N.D.R clubs discuss federal,
political issues. Moderated by Stephen Gold.
NEOFILE
6:00-9:00 pm
A rundown of the newest, most exciting and
insipid releases raked in during the week at
CITR. Join music directors and charismalep-
tic hosts Don Chow and Kevin Smith for an
eclectic musical pig-out, with occasional interviews, live mixes, and peripheral relevance.
THE BIG SHOW
9:00 pm-midnight
Elevate your BPMs with Robert Shea and AI
Big. And shine your shoes, for God's sake.
THE VISITING PENGUIN SHOW
Midnight-4:00 am
"Paula, have you heard of The Bonzo Dog
Band?"
"Uh, I think that's Banzai Frog Band, Sheri.
Why?"
"It's a request."
"We take requests?!?"
"Yes."
"Oh, so that's what we do."
Tune in and call us.
Noon       BRUNCH REPORT
News, sports and weather.
6:00 pm SATURDAY MAGAZINE
News, sports and weather, plus
GENERIC REVIEW, analysis of current
affairs and special features.
4:00 am  Sign-Off
SUNDAYS
8:00 am  Sign-On
10:00 am VANCOUVER NEW MUSIC
CALENDAR
Noon       BRUNCH REPORT
News, sports and weather.
4:00 pm  AT UBC
5:00 pm  CITYSCAPE TONIGHT
6:00 pm SUNDAY REPORT
News, sports and weather, plus
GENERIC REVIEW, analysis of current
affairs and special features.
4:00 am  Sign-Off
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
WEEKEND REGULARS
SATURDAYS
7:30 am  Sign-On
SATURDAYS
EARLY MUSIC SHOW
7:30-10:00 am
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!
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GILLIGAN'S
ISLAND?
3:00-6:00 pm
PROPAGANDA!
6:30-9:30 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!!!!!
•All new music
•New runners and shirts
•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
FLOYD'S CORNER
2:00-3:00 am
Country music with Jeff G.
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JANUARY   1987      19 The 86 of 86
AS 30-SECOND SNATCHES OF THE
same old Christmas tunes continuously pour out of the TV and most radios,
and lay rotting on the living room floor like dead
farts, you know that it's time. Time once again
to look back on another year of your life that's
passed forever, and to think about the records
that got played the most on CITR. So here they
are, in their full, round, black, two-sided glory:
all the releases that, for the month or so that
they were new, as you listened intently to the
radio, you thought, CHRIST! Not this song
AGAIN!
There are many reasons why some records
get played more than others. Maybe because
they're really good, or because it's a band the
DJ has heard of. Maybe the band's friends
keep phoning to request it, or the DJ is actually
one of the band's friends, or has become one
of the band's friends because they gave him
some money. So don't think, just because
something is listed here, that God produced it
and Jesus played drums. It doesn't work like
that.
There are no numbers on this list. The order
is according to the time they came out, oldest
first. You will have to make your own decisions
as to which ones you like the most, which is the
way it should be. Just remember that such
decisions are not possible if you haven't heard
the record.
A lot of music moves through this place; the
main function of a CITR music director is to see
that (aside from making long lists and collecting obscenely huge sums of payola). And in
a time when the rest of radio is behaving more
and more like the large-bodied, tiny-minded,
grunting, pig-like dinosaur it really is, it's important that you get the full spectrum of what's
happening musically.
We MDs have our own biases, of course, and
so I can't let you get away without slinging a
few of them in along the way. This, then, is my
personal top ten for 86:
Keith LeBlanc—Major Malfunction
John Zorn—The Big Gundown
Various Artists—Le Mystere des
Voix Bulgares
Nusrat Fateh AH Khan—Best of,
Volume One
The Woodentops—Good Thing 12"
Ministry—Twitch
He Said—Hail
Kim Kashkashian/Robert Levin—
Elegies
The Empty Quarter—Delirium
Che/Fats Comet—£*> My (Power-
station) 12"
Pass the salt, please...for those who don't
know, Neofile is the show where the newest
gets played, so tune in. Over the last year or
so, it's evolved from playing the stuff that's
seen the most airplay into the stuff that's never
been played before. The CITR playlist has
seen many changes too, and will continue to.
CITR and college radio in general will continue
the exponential growth it has seen in the past
year. The industry is starting to pay serious attention to its only outlet for new music, so keep
your ears open. Here's to 1987.
—Don Chow-
Listen to Neofile on Saturday, December 27
at noon for a run-down of the 86 of 86.
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THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN & WENDY
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Brides
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by Peggy Thompson
"a zany high tech-
low tech intergalactic
comedy"
Jan. 10-31
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Reservations 685-6217
'Reasonable Student Prices* TOP AIRPLAY DEMO TAPES
ARTIST
TITLE
LABEL
•Niko & The 49 Dance
Ohio
**Demo**
•The Bottom Line
Blood In This Land
**Demo**
•A Merry Cow
Look Around
**Demo**
•The Waterwalk
Far Fields
**Demo**
•Stubborn Blood
Tightrope
**Demo**
•Hunting Party
Lost In A World
**Demo**
•Love Club
Shadows On The Wall
**Demo**
•Mpendo Moja
Get Up and Fight
**Demo**
•Ray Condo & His Hardrock Goners                       Skala Bop Baby
**Demo**
Celebrity Drunks
Beef March
**Demo**
TOP AIRPLAY SINGLES
Joolz/New Model Army
Love Is (Sweet Romance)
Capitol
•Redskins
Bring It Down
Decca
•The Beastie Boys
She's On It
Def Jam/CBS
•Danielle Dax
Yummer Yummer Man
Awesome
•The Pogues
Poguetry In Motion EP
Stiff/MCA
•Zamboni Drivers
Skating Ghost
Signpost
•Macattaek
Art of Drums
Baad
•He Said
Pump
Mute
•The Woodentops
Good Thing
Rough Trade
•Various Artists
Expo Hurts Everyone EP
Sudden Death
•Bolero Lava
Move A Groove
Lavarock
•The The
Sweet Bird of Truth
Some Bizzare
•Love and Rockets
Kundalini Express
Beggars Banquet
•Colourbox
Baby I Love You So
4AD/Polygram
•Billy Bragg
Levi Stubbs' Tears
Go/Polygram
•Alien Sex Fiend
I Walk The Line
Flicknife
•Fats Comet
Stormy Weather
Logarhythm
•Gary Clail & Tackhead
Hard Left
World
•The Fall
Living Too Late
World
Richard H. Kirk
Hipnotic
Rough Trade
TOP AIRPLAY ALBUMS
Rhythm Mission
Wild Mood Swings
MoDaMu
•The Jesus & Mary Chain
Psychocandy
WEA
•Various Artists
It Came From Canada Vols. 1,2
OG
•Camper Van Beethoven
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VERDICT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Raging Sun
(Rouska)
It's Sunday, four a.m. Your reserve stock of
Joi-Gel has just run dry. Some shitface poured Jim Daniels all over your Fox & Fluevog
suede boots at the Luv-A-Fair last night. Your
black cat has all this white crud around its
eyes and is coughing up blood. You found
out yesterday that your girlfriend put bleach
in the wash so now all your black threads are
kind of splotchy white and black threads.
What's more, she has just said she wants to
make a suicide pact with you, "just like Sid
and Nancy." You figure, what the hell, where
are the razor blades?
Now, before you go, you need the right
music to accompany your act. Who will it
be? Joy Division? Too cliche. Nick Cave
perhaps? How about Bauhaus? Why not try
something a little bit different, like Rouska
Records' Raging Sun compilation? They're
from the north of England (Leeds, in particular) so you know they've got the latest in
doom and gloom hip. The bands have cool
names like Martin-A-Mel-O-Tone, The Inca
Babies, Dik Dik Dimorphic, and The Deadpan Tractor. The songs have names like Tox-
teth Ablaze, Blood Like Water, Burying The
Swagger and Graveyard Town. Great stuff.
Even your girlfriend likes it.
But what song do you want? Side one is
better but side two is gloomier. Hmm. You
particularly like Toxteth Ablaze by Martin-A-
Mel-O-Tone, which is very apocalyptic and
Orwellian. It reminds you ol Apocalypse Now
and The Doors. Will this accompany your
end? What about the next cut, Blood Like
Water by Well Martin This Is Different? It's
got a great drum program and is super
heavy. Maybe you'll use it, but listen to the
rest of the album first. The Inca Babies'
Burying The Swagger reminds you of The
Cramps, who are cool but not serious
enough for your purposes. Bogshed's Hand
Me Down Father might work, but your girl
friend doesn't like the screamed vocal. You
really like Spig's The Fridge, but it isn't actually a song. Besides, who needs to be told,
"Use them, abuse them, flog them and fuse
them, but never make alliances with electrical appliances."What an idiot. The guy's not
even being serious. You can't even understand the last song on side one, One More
Chance, by Strength. The band uses acous
tic guitars and talks about hope and second
chances, the fools. What is this shit? you
wonder.
Side two is more to your liking. Dik Dik
Dimorphic is a great name, but their Typecast is too weak, even for you. The Cassandra Complex, with Fragile, appeal to you,
largely since they sound kind of like I, Braineater and you've still got that Discorderwith
the cover by Jim stapled to your wall. The
song is still too weak though; even you realize that the synth work is derivative and
tired. The next song, Spider, by Party Day,
is better, somewhat like mortuary hardcore
and makes you think of John Lydon for some
reason. You get a big jolt when you hear
Graveyard Town by The Deadpan Tractor. It's
really suicidal and funereal and you think
this is it. But your girlfriend thinks it's too
weird. Should you slice her now? Naw, let
her have her way. The last two songs are
sung by Morrissey impersonators and you
never liked that lousy homo or his simpering band. A bunch of poseurs who know
nothing about real depression, not like you.
So the record doesn't quite suite you. The
songs are either too good, too bad, too weird
or too upbeat (relatively speaking). Maybe
it will have to be Joy Division after all. Then
you think of something. You reach for your
Iron Butterfly record. In A Gadda Da Vida will
be perfect, you realize. What's this? Your
girlfriend says you have no razor blades.
Fuck. You put Raging Sun back on the turntable and play Toxteth Ablaze again.
Next week, you tell yourself moodily, next
week for sure...
—lain Bowman
XTC
Skylarking
(Virgin)
Listening to this and other releases by XTC
over the last four years or so, one wonders
how these latter-day hippies managed not
only to slip through the net in 1977, but were
also one of the most vaunted bands of the
late 70's English "new wave" explosion.
On Skylarking, XTC and producer Todd
Rundgren provide 45 minutes of wonderfully tasteful psychedelia, in much the same
vein as their Dukes of Stratosphear project,
but even more so. The strange thing is that,
even though it sounds like 1968, it is far
more interesting than most of the stuff floating across the airwaves in those heady days.
Isn't that always the way with nostalgia,
though?
On first hearing it sounds rather boring,
but keep trying. It is highly inoffensive material. The standout is Grass: "It would shock
you, too/the things we used to do on grass."
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Lots of ambiguity here. Of course they're not
singing about drugs. Honest!
The XTC trademarks are pervasive on
Skylarking, especially that booming, surging bass sound that used to drive my neighbours to distraction when English Settlement
came out. Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding always serve up a good dose of humour,
and here it's everywhere, even if some of it
seems to be tongue-in-cheek via the sheer
audacity of the arrangements! Surely no
one else would try to pull off a scam like
this? I still can't decide whether the outrageous strings on 1000 Umbrellas are com-
, pletely over the top, or simply wondrous.
Skylarking is XTC's best album since
Mummer; no it's more consistenly
appealing than that. Your perserverance
could prove to be quite rewarding, so if it
sounds a bit tedious, try listening to one side
per day for about a week.
—Steve Edge
NEW ORDER
Brotherhood
(Polygram)
The depression and grief are over. One cut
sounds like Motown, and, by god, there's
even a bit of mirth, a little laughter to bring
us all back from the dead (no Joy, however).
This follows the phoenix-like LP Low Life
with much the same layered and silvery
guitar-singing, some synth for spice, and
those driving, building, sometimes dense,
sometimes spare rhythms. The voice is just
as persuasively petulant as before, and the
words continue to speak of personal pains
and all the things that go wrong between
people. But there are more glimmers of
positivity and humour; keep it up! I liked this
album as much as any they have done.
Great for rainy days. Should please fans of
such groups as The The, Echo and the Bunnymen, even the Smiths.
—Robin Fross
24      DISCORDER NURSE WITH WOUND
Spiral Insana
(Torso)
If there is something to be said for Steve
Stapleton and Nurse With Wound, it is that
they are consistently concerned with the
quality of recorded sounds and the precise
orchestration of those sounds. There is also
a manner that suggests that there is a great
deal more to the music of Nurse With
Wound than the brilliant aural flatulence of
their repute. However, rude and abrupt
noises still play a major role in every Staple-
ton masterpiece and Spiral Insana is
another in a fine line of those masterpieces.
Blessed with a special psychic connection to the famed, prolific, and incredibly
talented artist Babs Santini, Steven is miraculously able to mirror the beautiful, absurd, and surreal artwork of Ms. Santini
with his own gifted craft of recording. Thankfully, Mr. Stapleton has no academic musical training. This means that he is free to
trapse through the psyche and incorporate
any deviant notion that strikes his fancy,
unlike those in the rarified world of "serious"
new music composers. We are all better off
for it.
Nurse With Wound strikes a familiar (dis)
chord in us all (with the exception of 99/of
the listening population, but they're listening to Springsteen and REM, so the rest of
us have nothing to fear). Incidentally, we
ARE talking about POP music here, for the
music of Nurse With Wound embodies all
that is absurd in the world of pop music (for
confirmation please refer to the High ihign
Companion). Music is presumably absorbed, passed through Steven's mind (where it
gathers fascinating bits of aural debris), and
committed to tape, wherein lies the real potential for musical genius. Steve's got it, and
Spiral Insana is more of the same; a well-
crafted musical melange produced by one
of the world's premier aural surgeons. Intrigued? You should be.
All proceeds resulting from the sales of
Spiral Insana will go to the Babs Santini
Memorial Trust Fund. Give generously.
—Mark Mushet
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as of pre^time:
From Calgary, The Now Feeling—Purple
Girl: The first time I heard this I thought it was
just okay but now I think it's great. The song
is long (yeah, a bit too long), hypnotic, dreamy,
and has a prominent tambourine. The lyrics
are kind of mysterious ("she's a purple girl, purple world...she makes me") but that just adds
to the overall feel. Did you ever see that record
ad on SCTV where the Hare Krishnas chant
Top 40 songs? Purple Girl is almost slow and
mystical enough to be luring us into a secret
cult, but I don't care if it is. I'm almost thinking
of making a pilgrimage to Calgary to see this
band (who are supposed to be great live) and
some of the others from the area who have
been sending us demos lately.
X Four have also given us a fresh new demo,
called Liverpool Aid, a song about going to
Liverpool (musical centre of the universe) for
some soul-cleansing. What can I say? If you
like X Four, you'll like this; if you hate them, the
tape's not going to change your mind.
Love Club has a second demo out now, called Touch Me. These poor guys (and gal) have
been having problems getting and keeping an
entire lineup, so they haven't played live for a
while, but apparently they're still busy. Once
again, Love Club's demo suffers a bit from the
usual pitfalls of recording on a home four-track,
but the song is good and Nikki, as always, can
really sing.
Once again, Local Motion is right on the top
of the very latest local music news. For instance, Waterwalk probably got signed to Nettwerk late in the summer, and as far as I know,
this is the first time it's been mentioned in
Discorder. Oh well. The story is that The
Grapes of Wrath "discovered" them playing
live somewhere. Who said playing the local
bars never pays off?
The Celebrity Drunks (widely believed to
have broken up) are in fact sending around a
nine-song demo in the hopes of some kind of
record deal. Look for a review next month, but
don't hold your breath for a Drunks gig—they
won't be playing live until the record happens.
The Animal Slaves have just returned from
a cross-Canada (and Cleveland and New York)
tour, where they were undoubtedly shipping
their latest demo tape to various indies. A
record of some kind should be out soon,
whether on MoDaMu or with someone else.
54-40 are also back from playing 40 shows
in 60 days, going as far away as the American Deep South, and including four gigs opening for John Fogerty. Well, this is the Big Time.
54-40 will be heading into Mushroom early this
year to record their second LP for Warner
Brothers.
Vertical Records, the guys responsible for
Vertical Laughter (naturally) and Deviant and
the Clones, are going to be putting out real
vinyl (two EPs) sometime soon. One of the VR
combinations and permutations is the Zarf
Lords, a fuck band (I could be wrong) that includes Adolf Jones from the Soreheads and
Terry Russell from Slow. They've recorded
possibly the worst version ever of Louie
Louie—right now I'm trying to decide whether
or not to put it on the air.
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26     DISCORDER Post Script
I'd just like to mention a few things to the
bands/managers/record labels, etc. out there.
First of all, if you want something to be written
about you or your band in Local Motion, tell
us about yourself. Include some biographical
material with your demo tape or just mail us
new info c/o Discorder—this should help us
avoid giving you a label (i.e. bighair) that you
may not like. Otherwise, we just have to guess
what you're all about. Phoning the station isn't
such a great idea—phone messages get lost
and sometimes things are lost in the translation, so please put it in writing. And if you're
really hardcore, or really folk, or otherwise better suited for airplay on one of CITR's specialty shows, you might want to send your demo to
that show instead of just to the Music Department.
Coming back to Local Motion, our deadline
is a lot sooner than you probably think, so send
us info (especially on upcoming events) as
soon as you possibly can. We don't just want
to hear about the bands that get played on
MuchMusic either—if you have a demo at the
station or play gigs at all there is somebody out
there who wants to know what you're doing.
—Janis McKenzie
Janis and Julia's Top (and Bottom) Ten
List for 1986:
Best New Vancouver Band: A Merry Cow
Best Gig: King Creole and the Coconuts at
Expo—Julia. Young Fresh Fellows at the Town
Pump—Janis
Best Party: Couldn't think of one. Better luck
next year.
The Bands We'll Most Miss: The Enigmas and
Slow.
Best Extra-Curricular Activity: Trips to Seattle
(both real and metaphorical).
Best Battle of the Bands Competition: September-December Shindig, naturally.
Fave Can-Con on Vinyl: Shuffle Demons'
Streetniks—Julia (Couldn't decide!—Janis)
Worst New Band: Vertical Laughter (although
they don't take themselves too seriously like
some other bands we won't mention).
Most Obnoxious Person (still) on the Scene:
Zippy Pinhead. Who else would make rude suggestions to Terry David Mulligan on Soundproof? Of course, that's why we love him.
The Best Thing a Certain Other Free Publication Did: Picked up Lynda Barry's comic strip.
Best Radio Show That Never Happened: Ours,
of course.
Love from both of us and Happy New Year.
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JANUARY   1987 Armchair Eye
Bill Mullan s ten visual delights of 1986
THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A REVIEW
of the movies that made 1986 the cool,
fun, funky year it was; a top ten (or whatever) whose purpose was to fondly remind you
of the past 350 days or so, and perhaps stir
discussion (agreement, disagreement, righteous disgust, etc). Unfortunately, the deeper
I delve, the more I get stuck on two particularly stupid facts: based on North America box office receipts, Top Gun and Karate Kid II (a Navy
recruitment film and a sophmoric martial arts-
romance-cum-Rocky-rip-off-sequel) are the
two most popular films of the year. And this
gets me wondering about the state of democracy.
Given the choice to see anything they want,
more people chose these two films than any
other. Is it any wonder then that Bill Vander
Zalm got elected, or Ronald Reagan for that
matter, or even Adolph Hitler if you want to
stretch the point (yes, Virginia, Mr. Hitler was
elected)? The average normal person in this
society can't be trusted to make an intelligent
decision, and that gets me down. I look around
and I wonder what the hell's going on behind
those various faces that pass me on the side
walk. Does that guy idolize Tom Cruise? Does
he fervently wish he could fly a big plane and
blast evil Arab types straight to hell forever?
Does that girl have a desperate crush on Ralph
Maccio? Does she want to marry him and live
happily ever after in a suburban pagoda somewhere in Burnaby?
See? I can't help it. So I won't worry about
movies in particular. Instead, how about just
ten things in general, which I saw, which I won't
soon forget? In no particular order they are:
Brazil (movie). A grim fable of life in a none-
too-distant-or-removed nightmare world of
stormtrooping police, homicidal bureacracy and
bad plumbing, Brazils sense of satire, horror,
adventure and pure surreal hilarity is overwhelming. The best movie to hit Vanocuver in 1986.
Maybe the best of the decade.
The closet sequence from "Blue Velvet"
(movie.) Not that the rest of the movie is bad,
it's just that this one sequence goes right over the
top in terms of gut-wrenching, mind-infecting
intensity. Dennis Hopper is a very strange man;
likewise director David Lynch. Particularly recommended for those who don't like weirdness
in their films, whose idea of heaven is a fortnight
Ijr
with Ralph Maccio or Tom Cruise.
Amerika (movie). No to be confused with the
other Amerika (the ABC TV mini-series about
the USA under totalitarian Russian control), this
Amerika is local experimental filmmaker AI
Razutis' feature-length study of the military-
industrial-economical-social complex whose
"...two principal orifices are Los Angeles and
West Berlin" (yes, Virginia, you're living in it).
There's no storyline, precious little dialogue, no
real actors. It's just images and sound arranged
in a bleak, hallucinogenic feverscape. Ugly,
bluntly provocative and banned by the Ontario
Censor Board, it shouldn't be missed. Keep an
eye on the Pacific Cinemateque's listings.
Lupo the Butcher (movie). This animated
short from Vancouver's Marv Newland and
company concerns a disturbed butcher and his
disastrous attempt to chop up a sausage. Very
funny. Very violent. Less than three minutes
long.
Spitting Images "Down and Out in the
Whitehouse" (TV). If you haven't yet seen Britain's Spitting Image puppets, you're really missing something. They're life-size, nastily precise
impressions of various public figures, sort of like
editorial page cartoons brought to life. In the two
half-hour episodes of Down and Out in the
Whitehouse (NBC), Ronald Reagan, Sly Stallone, Johnny Carson et al are dragged inglori-
ously through the decay and absurdity of their
own overly familiar public images. Brilliant
stuff, though apparently not near as extreme as
what you're likely to see in the British version.
Max Headroom (media phenomenom). Max
is cool. Whether pitching Coke, rapping for The
Art of Noise or starring in his own movie, the
guy has wit, wisdom and pretty decent vertical
hold. I'd vote for him.
Peter Gabriel live at the NYC Amnesty International Concert (Pay TV). Though the whole
show was worth getting excited about, it was only
Gabriel's set that truly cut through all the shit
that rock'n roll fundraisers appear condemned
to drown in. The last two numbers, San Jacinto
and Biko, were particularly exquisite. Passionate
and intelligent, Gabriel live is something a little
beyond rock'n roll.
Kid Creole and the Coconuts at Expo (real
life). Speaking of beyond rock'n roll, what do
you call a cross between Prince and Ricky Ricar-
do? I call it more fun than a politically correct
person such as myself is supposed to have at such
a politically incorrect place as Expo. Oh well.
Einsturzende Neubauten at Expo (real life).
Imagine the sound a human soul makes when
it gets crushed between the incompatible gears
of two opposed points of view as to the nature
of life, the universe and everything. Einsturzende
i Neubauten come from the low-rent part of West
Berlin and the soul-music-cum-heavy-metal-
industrial-noise they make fit just fine into the
ambiance of a rainy night at Expo. Imagine a
runaway chain saw in a suburban shopping mall.
The Amazing Exploding Space Shuttle Challenger (shared mass consciousness). Not every
year sports a single visual image which provides
a pretty fair metaphor for the state of a whole
culture, past, present and future. And more
people saw it than Top Gun and Karate Kid II
put together.
Prediction for 1987: lots of confusion.
—Bill Mullan
28      DISCORDER WHILE MOST VANCOUVERITES HAD TO SUFFER THE TRAUMA OF LIVING IN
a world that became their city this past summer, lain Bowman had the pleasure of
escaping to a Europe devoid of American tourists. The following are reasons why he thinks
it is such a great, and lousy, place to visit.
TEN BEST THINGS ABOUT EUROPE
1986
Terrorism and Chernobyl
These meant almost no American tourists so
one's fellow travellers were Germans (nice but
dull), Australians (anything but dull) and Canadians (really great people who are loved by all
they meet, almost).
Naxos, Greece
Sun, sand, sea, sky, beer at 80 cents the half-
litre, topless beaches, $8.00-a-night hotels just
a Coppertone's throw from said beaches, plus
gleefully telling an Edmontonian how the Oilers
lost. Heaven must look like this.
Rome
If there is a more vibrant city on Earth I do not
know of it. Roman women are beautiful, the
buildings are beautiful; the city shimmers with
life. St. Peter's is the most imposing building
in Europe. Just once in your life you must sit
on the Spanish Steps and watch the people go
by.
Beaches
All in southern Europe and France are now
topless, and the remoter stretches are bottomless as well. Special note should be made of
the amazing warmth of the sea around Corfu
and incredible blue of the Aegean.
London
A dirtier, grimmer version of Rome. If you cannot have a good time in London, you are probably fertilizing the flowers. On our first day
there, my friend and I walked to a theatre and
bought tickets for the same day's performance
of The Taming of the Shrew with Vanessa
Redgrave.
The Paris Metro
The most useful urban transit system anywhere. In central Paris, it will take you within
a block or two of anywhere you want to go,
while costing less than half what B.C. Transit
charges for a bus ride or its cruddy "SkyTrain."
The Metro is safe and reasonably clean to
boot.
English Draft Bitter
After quaffing this amazing liquid, one wonders how anybody ever manages to make do
with lager. No wonder the Brits spend every
lunchtime in the boozer.
The Bernese Oberland
You know those travel brochures for Switzerland where you see sweet pastoral scenes
among stunning mountains? Well, the land of
the Eiger and the Jungfrau is where they were
made. It is almost like being in a three-dimensional postcard, only more so. In fact, it's almost beautiful enough to make you want to
leave Vancouver and live there. Cultural note:
Swiss cows really do wear bells.
Boulangeries and Patisseries
Man cannot live by bread alone, but in France
you can sure try. Of special note: a patisserie
just off the Place du Tracadero in Paris. The
lineup out the door and down the street should
not deter you. If you persevere and wait in line,
your tastebuds will bless you forevermore.
Hostels
The best way to meet people who are not only
your age but who can actually speak English.
Highlights: A psychopathic Australian on Corfu
for whom road rash was no problem (eight beer
being a great afternoon anaesthetic); a memorable dinner in Aries with a sculptor from New
York (who wore a spider on his left ear), and
a computer scientist from Silicon Valley (who
did not).
TEN WORST THINGS ABOUT
EUROPE 1986
Athens
Dirty, smoggy, noisy. The traffic is chaotic. Cats
howl all night. Flabby, white-skinned tourists
clomp over all the ruins. The telephone office is a nightmare. Go see the Acropolis and
then head for the Aegean to recover.
School Group Bus Tours
First, they book all the hostel space in the city,
forcing you into a hotel you can't afford. If you
do squeeze in, they keep you awake into the
wee hours and then arise at 5 a.m. to play
basketball outside your window. Finally they all
go at the same time to the same places you do.
(Every pre-teen Gaul in France was on the
Eiffel Tower the day I was there.)
A Small, Anonymous Restaurant near the
Place de la Republique, Paris
This place gave my friend food poisoning, thus
killing a planned trip to Amsterdam (and being far from healthy for my friend). Lesson:
never eat andouillettes without knowing what
they are, which is stuffed pig intestines. Yum,
yum.
The Firenze-Venezia "Express"
So crowded that the aisles were full of people
and luggage, this train pulled out of the station
fifteen minutes late, then took an hour to cover
the first ten kilometres. It arrived in Bologna an
hour-and-a-half late, finally getting into Venice
some two hours later. To add insult to injury, we
had to pay a supplemental charge because it
was an "express" train.
George's Hostel, Athens
Another reason to loathe Athens. This place is
a dump, fleapit, cesspool, rathouse, all rolled
into one; sans running water. Not in the Miche-
lin Guide.
Brixton
Everything you've heard about this place is
true.
Monaco
Actually a wonderful place, except after a while
of looking at Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, five-star
hotels, million-dollar yachts and haute-couture
damsels, you get frustrated that none of it is
yours. A testament to the power of greed.
McDonalds
Like some architectural weed, these are
springing up all over Europe, along with Burger
Kings and Wendy's. There are about a dozen
Wendy's in London, a half-dozen McDonalds
in Paris, and now even one in Rome. Where will
it all end?
Bern, Saturday, June 7, 1986
A day of rare awfulness. Temperatures near
freezing, a howling gale and freezing rain combined to make this a truly miserable day, equivalent to the worst that February in Vancouver
can offer.
Hostels
While a great place to meet people (see 10 best
list), they tend to be overburdened with obnoxious schoolchildren (see above) and juvenile
rules such as no booze or drugs and ridiculous
10 p.m curfews (i.e. be back by 10 p.m. or you
get locked out). In addition, they attract social
oddities such as the man who can keep forty
people awake with his snoring, the man who
gives a different life story to each person he
meets, the woman whose laugh is often mistaken for a walrus in pain, and the man who
assumes a different accent with everybody
unfortunate enough to be cornered by him.
—Iain Bowman
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