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THAT MAGAZINE FROM CiTR 101.9fM APRIL 1991 • FREE Perryscope Productions Present"
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Michael Griggtrades shots with Chapterhouse. Intense! 17
Gav and the band monkey around 19
Nardwuar gets caught with his pants down 20
The spirit of David Markes..
The Beat Assassinator is scared straight 24
Drew Brayshaw and the Cryptic Corporation see eye to eye .25
A meeting of the minds .26
The Big Tree by David Carswell 38
...28     DATEBOOK 35
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Dear Airhead:
I think Henry Rollins is a real
interesting person and I'm glad you
did the piece on him in the March
issue. If it's possible, I'd like to get
a hold of some of his books. Could
you write me back and let me know
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Dear Discorder,
We would like to thank the
"Jiggle" boys for revealing to us the
identity of Bruno.
Because of your brave insight
we were able to hunt down and mercilessly kill the scene assailant, lea v-
ing him lumped disrespectfully, (hey,
that's just the kinda folks we are) in
a parking lol off Richards. We rested
easy for awhile, then upon further
reading we realized that Tom Milnes'
writing style and subjects did not
apply to or reflect the viewpoints of
the slagster we so despise.
Perhaps your ("Jiggle" boys,
that's Mike and GAVIN, right?)lead
to the real identity of this spoiled,
counterproductive, pseudo jaded,
paranoid character was jusl an eggshell resting atop a large compost
heap. Perhaps Bruno is not any one
person bul an ENTITY which manifests itself in many forms throughout Discorder, CiTR and well... yes...
the very STREETS of Vancouver.
Seeing Bruno on pg. 22 of your
March issue through the eyes of it's
animus archetype was reassuring that
perhaps we won't have to lazer blast
every cell that spreads his disease,
but we're still looking for the core of
the Bruno being. We killed on in
vien bul we are nol above the
vengeful destruction of all in question until we're sure his forum has
The Whitney Punks
PS.  It was the best of times, it was
the worst of limes.
OK, we'11 try to make this simple for
you. From now on, when there's a
joke in Discorder, we'll write THIS
IS A JOKE after it so you'll know
when to laugh.
Dear Airhead:
I spent ihe month of March on
the Sandwich Islands, Maui lo be
specific. My goal was lo "dive" in lo
that crazy Hawaiian music scene.
Apart from a new rasta-ish style of
clothing (called "Jawaiian"), not
much has changed since I was here,
years ago.
Two names lhat ARE the music
scene, as much as pineapple IS TH E
fun food to eat, come directly to my
pen. Those names... STEVE WIN-
WOOD, and DON HO. That's it, the
story has broken. Thanks for being
part of ii. Bye.
Greg Elsie.
P.S. Dispite what they say, the natives ain't friendly.
Sure, pal, rub it in. While you're
lounging in Ihe tropical sun enjoying those grass skirts and pu-pu
platters, we're slaving away, covering your sunburnt ad-rep ass.
TheMayDucorderwillbethe 100th
issue of That Magazine from CiTR.
Yes, things have changed a lot since
that first li'l 'zine appeared 'way
back in February of 1983, but some
things have stayed the same. Take
this here column for instance. Airhead has been around since the start,
acting as a public forum/dialogue
for complaint, and criticism, purges
and praise. And it's always served
its purpose pretty dam well, hasn't
it? Until now. For the first time ever,
we have a complaint bigger lhan the
bounds of Airhead, in fact, il has
moved into lhat mosl hallowed of all
arenas: LAW. And so, for the record,
we would like to everyone out there
lo know lhal the bouncers at the
Town Pump arc not Nazis, never
have been Nazis, and never will be
Nazis. We would like to assure all
Town Pump bouncers and others
that at no lime did Discorder intend
to misrepresent the bouncers al the
Town Pump who in this instance, we
have been told, were just doing their
job. As you know, Discorder intends
only to enlighten; never to insult.
The quote at ihe beginning of last
month's Vancouver Special was
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reference to ihe old DKs' song; this
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Modest Proposal," or any episode of
Spitting Image]. We would like lo
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3-6695/6S1 -2222 Ain't mUCh todoinOhio like that for Sockeye and I just
except shoot stuff, beat the hell turned 11.
outta hippies at Kent State, get
drunk and fuck up. Now that's
punk rock, dude. That's Sock-
eye. Named after a fish that
comes out of a can, these four
lyrical geniuses have produced
such classical tuneage as '^Veg^*
Are WaBps.'a'Dbo'Pv
What the fuck happens in Stow,
D: Well, guess what? We don't
really live in Stow; I have a PO
Box thsrejpit I don't live there
Wlitfth Kent. Whal
what political activists we really
are so in other words— [Dave
choices on something again]
Have you ever opened for Bad
M: That's a really hard question
to answer. You would think it
; just a yes or no question, but
Fuck With Foghat,"TheEldcr-     underps
ly LoveGrilledCh*$se,"Andthe     M: I never lived
classic "I Usud To\ook Uke     I lived in Munroc
Sean Penn andTOgrtl Grew Up."     ifomia^N
Famed for releasing tapes with     d*$$ *»• % ^
anything aboul Sti
D: Hey, wc were
nStoyf? I don't know,     really there are several deter
mining facts that would leave
you to determine either way.
D: There's a grey area there, as
far as whether we've ever opened
for Bad Brains.
M: It's actually the otheT way
I guess it's the other way
around 'cause we have opened a
of salmon for them.
more than thirty songs (tji
these geeks hape b"|ilt upa
following amtolsaotie'y, ugly,
mentally and aeveloAentalljr*
crippled sociopMto* suchts my- What is the most negali\
self. Yet despitaRheir massive ment anyone has ever mriHe
legion of fans, thfWsill f_wi aboul the band?S>       * f \Jo you all work in crappy placr
time to talk to their gmupifc. So D: I think somebody once said     agH
when Dave, head SocrajE^leT) jye jwS^jopd. y\ ^^plfeAs you can tell by the credits
me know that they would dig M: 1 think the most negative ou our last 7", Dave has a Mas-
doing an interview, I fired sornV ^hBtg'I vtajfcwa was some- fteSsDegree.soyeshedoeshav.
questions down to OhidL^jjp bdd*/ wC&le audience said "plai Vcrappyjob.butalltherestofus
band got really drunk—the kindn^oi another hour" and I was reali wt>rk in real classy places... Dar-
of drunk where you think youle V piss^d^ql think we killed dpi Aeftfi^s to college, Greg'Works
making sense but you're n^^^^fjersori^aVw killedhim-wj
'cause you're talking really a_S4You«art«ll^
slowly and mumbUng a lot and ^jxt 'qjfts^*":
things keep falling out of your     \Ve're <dHhkii
mouth—and proceeded to enlighten me via tape.
Gimme names, ages, occupations.
DAVE: First up, I'll start by
saying two people from the band
aren't present this evening but
that's because one has a pigface
girlfriend and the other is just
drunk/like you're not, Dave]. Or
something, or dumb. The two
people that aren't here tonight
are Darrell, who is a drummer,
22, and his occupation is... Greg
has baggy pants, plays guitars;
his occupation is alcoholic and
he is also... [Davechokeson his
own spit}. And myself is Dave
and I was never given a last
name 'cause I'm poor and poor
people can't afford last names
so I don't have one. I would
usually use a microphone and do
dumb stuff to cats and cattle,
that's my occupation; I'm very
MATT: I play guitars and junk
pretty punk.
Doyouplay a lot of shows? How
big are they?
M: I don't think we play a lot of
shows but that doesn't matter;
our shows are huge.
D: The smallest show we ever
played was the US Festival and
that's just 'cause wc felt bad for
them, and then we played for
that political cause like Farmers
Against America.
Mtlthink it was Farmers Against
Kids who throw frisbees and
have their dogs catch them, and
then they got pissed, 'cause in
our lyrics we said the farmers
fucked those kids, which is true,
and they didn't realize that but
who cares.
D: Once they realized they were
fucking those kids, they realized
k  in a bafufat opens at noon, and I
in a place where I just put
f*flally phallic things to-
afftoght, but we were
Jtonplo^ed by any place
ippy^lace, but if there
restaurant called
>y Place we would be willing to give it a try.
D: But in all seriousness, I used
to work for your mom for years
and then I worked my way up till
when I owned your mom.
Where did the inspiration for
"Fuckin' Shit" [a song about
the joys of restaurant employment] come from?
D: It's about a time I dishwashed
at a place and crab forks were
very hard to come by in the restaurant and the waiters would
yell at us to give them some crab |
forks so whenever crab forks
came back dirty we would throw
them in the trash. That' s no t gross
but that's about it.
For a band that's as humorous
asyou are, do y cm find it hard to
get taken seriously?
M: I don't know anybody that
thinks we're joking around; I
don't really even understand the
question. The only time I saw a
trace of doubt in anybody's mind
was when Dave said he thought
Vietnam was funny. Other than
that, everybody takes it real seriously.
Do you go through a lot of lineup changes?
D: Well, in the past it was true
but who cares.
M: Their bass players are like
Spinal Tap drummers: they blow
up. I' ve been in the band for one
day, J mean, five years.
liave you,ever been beaten up or
beaten on-by straight edge kids
[Sockeye have a song called
"Straight Edge F^tf^
D: I don't thinlkf
M: Let me say that One-th_e*a
band I was in that wasn't Sock-
eye played in a bar and I told
them thateverybody went to bars
to not be straightedge and if theyy
were playing there to get th6ir-
point across they were being
fuckin' ioSot^i. But Greg^llow
Sockeye) has beaten up everyone on this planet except for the
band and a couple of girls and
also two members of Living
Colour; he just insulted them.
D: One of them had a dead mom
or something and he made fun of
her and the guy started crying so
he just left them alone.
What's the most disappointing
thing that ever happened to you?
[Mine was buying a flight jacket
to look tough and then realizing
only old men and Tony Danza
wore them any more]
M: I tried to get this girl to sleep
with me and I found out she was
my sister's lover and I had just
seen her the day before riding
really fast beside an 18-wheeler
JB a pink baby crib lined with
crushed York Peppermint pat-
grade nine, so 1 dropped out and
went back a year later and finished on the seven year plan; it
was cool being the oldest person
in my school 'cause I like to
have sex with younger girls and
Describe some ofthe hale mail
Sockeye gets.
D: I get letters every once in a
while from some weirdo in California, but I don't really understand them.
Who in the bdrtd has the cutest
fmtr-y.       hS
M: All the way Darrell's mom;
she's very good-looking for her
ever met Dave's mom,
met Darrell's mom,
;'s mom and my mom, and
_U'*mcH» is a superior girl
l«i 'tViiijd'^iAing^md
dmrng^fer-A V^T^
D: I think that is'**$gl]y tru<
she's cute, Jj      ^
M: Would you do her?      **
D: Idon'tknow. AwrighUll-ave;
I guess I shoaldn-< try to hide it.
I fucked^D&a"-
ly those who would die, because
that's not good for them at all. I
don't think it's a very good idea
and I will be more than glad to
refuse to go over there if called
upon to do so.
M: I have a few friends who are
over there and one in particular
has a kid on the way from his
wife: that's fucked. I wish he
could be excluded and come
home. I hate it all; it's out of our
Got any redneck stories?
M: Greg beats up everybody, he
,.jchased a bunch of rednecks down
the street even though he's real
short and skinny but he had a
shaved head and suspenders on;
they were scared of him.
D: That's a good redneck story.
We're watching Flipper right now.
How was high school?
D: I can summarize it by saying
that by the time I was in the
middle of my Junior year, I didn' t
have enough credits to complete
Do you-gftys like Ri
Youth of Today:
D: Yeah, cool dude; I used to be
in Youth of Today, but I quit.
They were cool, I was not. I had
to quit. It was disappointing but
at the same kind of heartwarming.
M: I just want to sidetrack and
say that my friend Ryan from
California told me this, story
about a kid who lived down his
block that jacked his dog off for
the other kids and I really wish I
had been there.
What about the Gulf Crisis: do
you have any friends there?
What's the general feeling in
Stow? ____■_)____.
D: Well, there's that Stow problem again. I think, though, they
pretty much dig the war in Stow
in a general way but in a specific
way, at the risk of sounding like
a criminal element of the punk
rock scene, I think this war could
be very bad for people, especial-
Ifyou were given a genital, what
>uld you name it; why would
you take it to parties and exalt it
as something greater than yourself almost a godlike figure?
*vD: The ap^er to lhat is very
; simple afi&pasy... Any genital I
was given would go by the name
of John and plus I would go
further than that and say that at
any party it would most likely be
my date and, if not, it would be
the most special person I had
ever known, so that it would be
quite simple to see that it would
be a godlike being and somebody I would lend my toaster to.
M: I myself would think the
same thing, but I would tattoo
the name Booty Bear on it, 'cause
that's the name of our super rap
group that's sweeping the nation. There's really no need to be
ashamed about that or feel any
fear or hesitancy about it because in the future, once we have
sweeped over the whole world,
everyone will appreciate that
Yup, just a couple of guys in
Ohio: really drunk, really stupid, really incoherent and really
funny. Rad. Sockeye. Write them
at Wheelchair Full Of Old Men,
PO Box 2143, Stow, OH USA
DiSCOrder recently
spoke with Pete Scherer and Arto
Lindsay of the Ambitious l_>ven.
Their new album. Lust, has a dance/
jazz/pop/funk sound with a heavy
Brazilian influence and '90s production values. We talked about Lust
and their past projects.
How did you two meet?
A: We were both working on a session for Kip Hanrahan...
P: ...and we hit it off pretty well; we
had a lot of similar ideas, very different backgrounds, a lot of things lhat
just sort of connected in the sense
lhat we both really liked pop music,
bul we also had very avante garde
A: At that time I had just gotten a
contract with EG, and I didn't quite
know what I was going to do, so
Peter and I decided to do that record
together, and then we got along so
well we decided to form a band,
form a partnership, and
keep on going.
How long did It take to
record your first album,
A: We did the firsl album
in maybe a month; we did
it really quickly.
P: The first album was
done on a really short
budget, and when you have
very little money and
you're trying to make a
record, you tend to work
completely differently, and
a lot of how the reoord
came out had to do with
that, I think. We didn't do
the pre-production like everybody does today, we
didn't work all the stuff
out before and we jusl went
into the studio. We didn't
How did It come about
that you recorded with BUI Frisell
on his album Before We Were
P: He's a friend; he's somebody I
really admire. He had worked on our
second album. Greed, on a couple of
songs, and he asked us if we wanted
to do something on [Before We Were
How has the recording of your
albums changed over the years?
P: We tried lo develop our song writing skills and tried out different ways
of writing with this new record. I
think it's important io do lhat; il's
easy to fall in a sort of line. We also
decided to do more of a band approach. Greed was pretty much all
sequenced and sampled, I played all
of the drum sounds and bass stuff.
This lime we wanted to use our band.
Il actually didn't turn oul to be our
band, but we had our bass player
Melvin Gibbs who's played wilh us
for years, and our drummer Tony
Lewis. Then Marc Ribol [guitar]
came in, and Nana Vasconcelos
[percussion], Nile Rodgers [guitar]...
Whodoyou have on your live line-
years, and at this point we just have
the drummer, Tony Lewis...
A: The guys had to lea ve to do thei r
P: ...we're putting a band together
right now...
A: We've got aboul three weeks to
get ii all together and then we're
going lo be playing. We're going lo
play Germany for a week, then New
York for a week.
So you wouldn't have Marc Ribot
tour with you.
P: No, unfortunately not; he's pretty
How did you meet him?
A: I guess I met him first when he
was playing with The Lounge Lizards... I was in The Lounge Lizards
from the very beginning. They started as a live group and after a year and
a half or so wc made (thefirsl Lounge
Lizards LP]. Right afler the record I
left the band. [Marc Ribot became
the guitar player on the next three
Lounge Lizards albums,and the Jazz
Passengers, among numerous other
guest appearances.]
Do you play much live?
P: Yeah, wc usually play every three
or four months during the year.
Will you be coming to Vancouver?
P: We've been hoping lo come up
and lour [Ihe Northwest] for a long
time; it's easier lo play in Europe, or
Japan, or Brazil. Here, it's a different situation, there's no support from
governments. If you do a tour in
Europe and play a few festivals,
they're sponsored by the government and you make enough money
to finance a whole tour. This kind of
thing hardly exists here.
Arto, you write all the lyrics. Do
you generally write them after the
music has been created?
A: Generally. Peter has something
to start wilh, and I come up with a
few lines, pretend lo make sense of a
fragment of music, and then wc keep
going separately, bul often in the
same room, throwing ideas back and
P: Right, usually we always start
from the music and...in varying degrees the music is pretty much finished or arranged, sometimes it's
just a sketch or something... when
you finish the mix
months, and in those
months you are exposed to new ideas, so
it's a constantly evolving thing...
How did you meet
John Zorn?
A: Through Anton
Fier... I wrole the narration for his [John
Zorn's] Spillane composition, and sang on
it. I also played on The
Big Gundown.
P: I worked on this
music [Zorn] did for of
toons, called Kiri Kok-
ugo. It was shown in
theatres (in Japan].
They were short films,
five or ten minute clips,
really great though. I
think it's available on
import here.
heard were '70s meul bands. Maybe
that's the only music loud enough to
make it over the mountains.
Thin White Rope has had a real
problem with labelling; no one
knows what to call your kind of
music. You've been known as
by Mindy Abramovitz
Ever sinceiheardThin
White Rope's latest offering. Sack
Full of Stiver, I've wondered, "What
kind of weird band is this and who's
lhat man wilh the coffee-grinder
voice?" Well, that man is Guy Kyser
and this is what he told me.
Sack FuU of Silver was mostly
written on the road, wasn't It?
Were some of the songs written
during, or Inspired by, your tour
ofthe Soviet Union?
Yeah, "The Triangle Song" was.
What Ideasdid you take
back with you from that
Well, aside from die
mood of the whole trip,
which was a Utile frazzled, probably the biggest musical influence
we found was a folk
singer named Vladimir
Vissolsky. He's sort of
like a Russian Tom
Waits, if you can imagine. A lot of ihe bands we
Yeah, lhal was our first hassle. We
got over lhat within a year, after
Exploring the Axis which admittedly did have a couple of songs aboul
trains on it. Then Moonhead was
about as far from cowpunk as we
could get It was probably the most
limiting thing we were stuck with.
Since then we've been called Desert
Rock. We had to try real hard to gel
out of lhal. Wc were also called the
Scariest Band on Earth Right Now.
I'm sure there's another label in the
works. Last year someone came up
with Guitar Deconstraction. Looks
hke it might be around for a couple
Did you actually identify yourself
with the Nashville country scene
when you were writing Exploring
the Axis':
No, lhat was just an accident of me
spending the summer without the
band, writing songs on the acoustic
guitar and having them turn out lhat
way. It wasn't until three years after
that album that we discovered that
we liked country music. Now wc
work it into our style more knowl-
edgeably, without letting it show.
Where do you see yourselves fitting In to the Grand Scheme of
Music, ifyou do at all?
We've been told thai we're just part
of the college rock ghetto.
What about your covers of'Town
Without Pity," "Some Velvety
Morning," and "Ghost" on Sack
Full of Silver? How do you arrive
at your version from the original?
For "The Ghost," I wrote the words
first and "Amazing Grace" kepi
popping into my mind. I tried real
hard to think of somelhing else to do
wilh it but I finally gave
What cut on the new
album are you most
proud of?
"Diesel Man."Il's about
a bum guy standing in a
phone booth in Denver.
How would you like to
wrap this up?
I've been telling people
not to breed too much.
by Tom Milne
Folk mUSiC has always had a grassroots accessibility
but, until the recent past, it was never
considered hip enough to have underground viability. Folk music is
no longer jusl music for "folkies;" it
now attracts a much wider range of
audiences, but along wilh such
changes have come changes in the
approach to the music. Some are
angered by what they see as a bastardization of an age-old tradition,
bul John from the Oyster Band argues
that such attitudes deny the existence of folk music as a living force:
I don't think wc would have been
effective if we hadn't upset some
people. For some people, folk music
of the past. For us, it's got lo move
on. I really think that good traditional music has always moved on anyways, that it' s neverbeen set in stone.
Is there still a fairly strong grassroots existence for folk over there?
Yeah, very much in Ireland. You
actually get the traditional players
themselves, not just people like us.
Of course.I think thatmore recently,
folk is leaning more towards the
garage approach, the punkier approach, with bands like the Pogues
and, loa certain extent, us. Of course,
it's very difficult to identify somelhing that is just a folk scene. I think
that there are a lot of very different
styles, from Cajun to African, that
get put under the big umbrella of
That's not really surprising since
all those different forms of "people's" music share something in
It has been for a lot of people the only
means of expressing themselves.
People experience grassroots; they
experience history ralher than make
it. I think that's what we try to do.
Instead of trying to write "love hits,"
we're just writing from an alternative viewpoint, looking at things
around us lhat we see: political
events, social events, emotional
problems and difficulties.
Traditionally,folk music has been
quite rebellious. Do you think that
rebelliousness is getting at all diluted by folk music's increasing
popular acceptance and commercial viability?
In a sense, what could be more rebellious these days in the era of tech-
nopop and machines than lo actually
get up on stage with accordions and
violins? And ifyou then smash 'em,
and really whack 'em, it can be quite
a powerful statement. It depends
who's doin' it; if you just get up
there and be precious about il, then
you 're just helping to kill it off as far
as I'm concerned. I don't think the
record companies are ever gonna
latch onto it as a huge commercial
prospect because it's very much a
live music form. For thai reason, I
don't think it'll ever depend purely
on record sales and I don't think
record companies will ever find it a
mass marketable commodity.
1 always find it interesting the way
folk bands seem to crop up out of
nowhere when often times they've
really been around for a very long
time and it's just been people's
bias that have kept them unknown.
I think that's been very true for bands
hke us and even the Pogues. The
musical climate changes and allows
us to write this sort of thing. A lot of
post-punk people have ended up in
roots music and folk music. I'm sure,
because it has a very basic similarity
in its simplicity. If you can get three
chords together, you can play folk
How did the team-up with June
Tabor occur; was it on an individual level?
Yeah, it was a chance conversation
when you're drunk, which at the time
always seems like a great idea. Normally, in the morning, these ideas go
away but this one stuck. We left it for
awhile and then finally got together
and started to pick the songs. We
figured if it works, great; if it doesn 't
work, we'll still remain friends. Il
was hard work putting them together
because she is quite a unique singer
and is not used lo singing with a band.
I thought your choice of covers was
quite interesting.
Yeah, well, I always wanted lo hear
June Tabor sing "All Tomorrow's
Parties." LOVE
by Angie Finley
JuSt another Seattle Sub Pop
band or the next big thing? Discorder
did ihe interview; you be the judge.
How did you guys get started?
RON: I used to be in a band called
Room 9. We split up and I was
looking for people lo jam with and I
was jamming with tons and tons of
people, never really getting anything
clicking and then... I ran into Jason.
JASON: Of course, I was immediately brilliant with Ron's material...
Ron was playing with another bass
player who's a very nice guy but just
wasn't right for the
material. I lived
wilh Kevin and
Tommy [the original bassist]. I said,
"Ron, come over to
my house and play
with us... And once
we had him in the
door of course...
You trapped him.
J:  It was  really
messy in lhat house.
He couldn't find his
way oul
R: It was great.
These guys lived a
block away from me
and they'd been living there for aboul a
year. They'd really
been lo my house—
J: —foroneof Ron's
infamous "bar-
R: —and I'd never
been to their house. I
really didn't know
them until we got together in ihis band.
And then we got to
practice in the livingroom a block away
from my house, right downstairs
from their bedrooms. It was bliss It
was great.
JIM: Jason and I were playing in a
band lhal we had gotten together
with various people from Seattle
called Icky Joey. At the time, there
were difficulties wilh the Tommy
unit I guess. At that point, he was a
good friend of mine too, so I stayed
out of the midst of that, but Jason and
I had been playing together in Icky
Joey for awhile and had lots of fun.
He missed me so he asked me to
come play with them.
What's coming up for Love Battery?
R: We did record a single [for Sub
Pop], which will be out in April...
We are recording another EP which
will probably be out early summer...
J: Keeping in mind that the new
single's a lot better than the album.
It's newer stuff. We're more mature.
R: We have matured. Diversity. Put
maturity in quotes.
J: We're closer to the roots of our
Who does the writing for the band?
J: We're all contributing members.
Ron is what we call "the dominant
writer" and the songs are arranged
through a procedure we call "violent
argument." There's a lot of screaming, a lol of stopping, a lot of despondency, a lol of smoking pot, which
doesn't help any bul it's fun.
How would you describe your music?
R: Someone in England labelled us
as neo-psychedelic garage grunge or
something. I liked that.
J: Rock-noir at it-
bleakest; '60s garage-type stuff.
What are the origins of your name?
R: It's originally
from a Buzzcocks
song and, actually
an artist-friend told
me later, il's a Marcel Duchamp
sculpture also. If I
want it to conjure
up anything, well...
Ifyou think about a
band lhat came out
of San Francisco in
the late '60s, Jefferson Airplane or
something, I'd like
il to fit in with that
category. In a
sense, that's how
I'd like to sort of
when people were
trying to stretch the
KEVIN: He saw
the Doors movie
the other night.
Break on through...
by June
based electronic duo comprised of
Chuck B and Jimmy Joe SnariV IK.
Suiting off as a more aggressive
techno band, they have now evolved
into "aggressive techno pop." Discorder talked to ex-patriale San
Franciscan Chuck B on the phone all
the way from Bmssells, Belgium
about their album Beyond The Beyond, no w a year old but only recently available in Canada.
How long ha ve you been together?
We've been together almost three
and a half, almost four years.
Some of your songs seem pretty
satirical and your cover photo Is
certainly not serious. What's your
We don't intend to write funny
things; it just comes out that way
sometimes. They're not all satirical
songs but a lot of limes there's that
kind of edge. We started wilh
the intention of doing things
satirical and more light lhan
the so-called electronic body
bands which were happening
in '87, '88. Here in Belgium,
they were all talking about
suicide and the apocalypse
and we don't see life that
way; I think there's other
ways to look al life. I'm certainly not a dyed -in -the - wool
optimist, but I'm not a pessimist either. For us, it's a more
realistic way of looking at
life or our ideas. I think we
both have a pretty solid sense
of humour.
How would you describe
your sound?
We've sort of got ourselves
in between categories in a
way. A lot of people liked us
more in the beginning when we were
more aggressive wilh the sound and
we're getting more towards, I would
say, pop. It's how wc feel. I get
bored by lhal dark stuff and I kinda
hke ihis schizy popish stuff that
comes oul of Jimmy Joe's work. I
would describe it as aggressive,
electronic pop or techno pop or
whatever they call il these days. I
don't know where these names come
from, they try to throw us into oneor
the other. It's fine with me to gel
categorized as long as we fit in and
as long as ii gives the public a handle
on how to take us. Sometimes I feel
there needs to be more categories
What kind of music are you influenced by? Beyond Ihe Beyond has
a wide variance of sound.
It's true... We just lei ourselves goon
this record and said "We'll jusl do
whatever we want," and consequently, I diink some of the songs
sound a little bit like Tom Waits,
who I would love lo be influenced
by. I suppose that Yello would be an
influence. Some people compare us
to the Pet Shop Boys. I used lo hate
them, but now I can see the similarities and I can also see where their
merits are; they're certainly well-
produced and I think they're very
clever, the w»y «"ey make melodies.
Early Human League can be thrown
in ihere and a lot of people compare
us to early '80s English electronic
What is the music scene like in
Belgium: lots of bands, venues and
No. Il's very loose-knit; there's a lol
of bands lhat don't know each other
very well. Ihis is my feeling as an
expatriate here; maybe if I'd grown
up here I'd know things belter. I
don't see lhat there's much of a concourse or cross-breeding or any kind
of fertile ground for people lo share
their talents. As far as venues go,
here in Brussells there's one or two
that medium-sized bands hke Front
[242] or Chris Isaaks would play.
Apart from thai, it's really underground. So far as we're concerned,
we never play in this country. We
played here once at a festival and at
How did you end up living in Bel-
I wanted to live in Europe and the
opportunity came around. We were
looking for record companies and
we got the most enthusiasm and interest out of Play It Again Sam at lhat
time and it sort of synced up.
So that explains the fascination with the US in your
I'm still pretty much American in my heart and mind.
I've always fell some kind
of kinship wilh Europe; I've
been coming here quite a bil
since I've been much
younger. I was kind of fed
up wilh California, actual-
Win yourself a copy of The
Weathermen's latest release, Beyond the Beyond.
Il's so easy: send Discorder
your weaiherpredictions for
the 26th,the date of Discorder's 100th issue party
get-together. The closest
five get the tapes. Get out
those farmers' almanacs....
by Mindy Abramowitz
ThOUghtS Of Spinal
Tap haunt me as the guitar player
from the Blake Babies leads me down
an endless hallway, passing countless doors along the way. Finally he
throws open a door to a blue room
where the melancholy is so thick
you could cut it wilh a knife. Sitting
at a table playing with the torn cuffs
of her sweater, languishes the waiflike Juliana, vocalist and bassist of
the band. After we're introduced,
she sighs that their soundman didn't
make it over the border. I decide not
to grill her too hard; I wouldn 't want
to make her cry. I start with an easy
Have you had a chance to see much
of Vancouver?
Jusl this neighborhood [Gastown].
Maybe it's not lhal representative of
the whole city.
Did you name yourselves after
William Blake?
Well, not exactly. We were named by
someone else. For us the name has
absolutely no significance. You know
Allen Ginsberg? He was reading at
Harvard John and Freda [guharistand
drummer, respectively] wenttoseehim.
Afterwards they went up and asked
him what he would name a rock band
and that's what he said. He was talking
about William Blake.
I hate to make comparisons, but I
have to say that your vocals sounds
like a cross between Bjork from
the Sugarcubes and Rickie Lee
Oh wow. [sarcastically?] That sounds
really cooL No one has ever compared
me lo Rickie Lee Jones before—tomy
face. I think Bjork has a great voice. I
don't like that band. I think she's the
only good thing about that band.
The Blake Babies used to have
more people in it; you used to play
guitar and you had another bassist, correct?
Yeah, we've had about four different bass players [Evan Dando ofthe
Lemonheads, among others]. Then
we became a trio. Then just recently
wegotanotherguitarplayer, so we're
a quartet again. Our drummer, Freda, isn't wilh us right now. She got
really sick. [On cue, a mournful
strain of blues played on a sax wafts
in poignantly.] My brother is filling
in on drums.
You've achieved critical acclaim
in the States andyouhavea strong
college following. What are your
plans for touring in Canada?
[shrugs helplessly] It's not really
something I can do anything about,
but if the people in power want us to
go across Canada that'd be fine. I
have no really huge desire to be big
in Canada or anywhere.
What is your "huge desire"?
Nothin' really.
by Pete Lutwyche
LaSt month, Elizabeth and Ryan
from the newly reformed Animal Slaves
were guests on my show. An unidentified telephone call-
erintervie wed them.
R: Oh no! It's return of the Art Band
from 1983!
UC: Nostalgia!  Yeah 1 saw your
gig—Red Herring, Rhythm Machine
and you guys—a long lime ago. Fabulous show.
E: Where we pulled down Roscoe's
UC: Yeah, and your dog Schultze
was walking around onstage.
Is il just yourself that's original in
the band, Elizabeth?
UC: When you
guys disbanded, it
broke my heart,
and I'm really happy you guys are
back. I tuned in
tonight and heard
you talking and
recognized your
E: You're gonna
UC: Sol guess the rest of the band are
slill in Toronto?
E: No, Roscoe lives here. He's an
R: Yeah, you can see him on Richard
Claydcrman commercials.
E: Rachel lives in Toronto. But whal
you call the disbanding, we didn't
disband at all, we actually played
with Ryan and Paul for a year and
then for the pasl two years we haven't
done anything of course, bul now
we're starting lo do things again.
UC: So you've released a new record
E: It's gonna be on
CD and cassette.
UC: That's great,
because your music is fabulous.
Back dien it was
fabulous, you guys
were really ahead of
ways-you sounded
like nobody I
E: Well, we still
sound like nobody.
APRIL 1991   9 june
Anybody who knows me
doesn't have to ask why I went to the
Windy City, but since you might not
have the pleasure of my acquaintance,
I'll tell you — Wax Trax Records, pure
and simple. During my eight days in
mid-February in Chicago, I got to do
some major schmoozing, go on a shopping spree at the Wax Trax records
store, and see Front Line Assembly live
at the Cabaret Metro. Yep, I was one
happy camper. Here are some interviews for your perusal, so pull up a
comfortable seat, dear reader, and enjoy!
Chris Connelly is probably best known
for being the Scottish member of Ministry and the Revolting Cocks, but
worked first with the Fini Tribe, which
is based in his native Edinburgh. I talked
to him in the beautifully appointed
"poster room" above the Wax Trax label offices. He warned me the day before that he might be hungover, but
instead he was feeling "groovy."
Could you describe the music on your
album Whiplash Boychild? Will people be surprised if they're used to
Fini Tribe, Revco etc?
Yeah, yeah, in fact some eyebrows have
been raised already. It's not surprising
to me to have done it; I didn't do it to
surprise people. Basically, I wanted to
do an lp of music that I wanted to do
with that freedom. It's amusical record,
but first and foremost, as much as I
could possibly do it's the music I was
thinking of in my head, getting that
from there onto the tape. It turned out
pretty much exactly how I wanted it and
I think it's pretty surreal-lyrically and
musically. It's the way I see it.
Yeah, surreal. The album shifts in intensities all the way through. There's
eight tracks and some of them are really
minimal, just piano and vocal, and some
of them are really intense, louder songs.
As I say, it shifts and peaks and I think
it's real emotional, as well.
Lyrically, what's the album about?
Well, I don't know... I think I'm quite
disturbed! (laughs) And rather than
channelling that into... negative energy
I want to use it to my advantage to be
creative because I certainly know that
maybe I have some problems, whatever, that I do nol want them to be problems in my life, and therefore I use this
as escapism.
Were you touring and recording at
the same time?
I recorded the album straight after last
year's Ministry lour. I went in and started on April 9th and worked right away
through to two days before the [Revolting] Cocks tour. I finished recording in
June and then started mixing down— it
took a week to mix—then started rehearsing with the Cocks, so it kind of
fitted niceiy into it.
Where does Pigface nt into all of this?
Pigface! After the Ministry tour as well.
We started, like a day after we got back
while we were still all crazy and mental
and everything like that. It's basically
[Ministry tour drummers] Martin's
[Atkins] and Bill's [Rieflin] project and
on tour we decided that once sound
checks get a bit more slack, we can
maybe start composing. We decided on
the tour, "Fuck this, let's justgo into the
studio to see what happens." And that's
exactly what happened, we just went
into the studio and composed the material there. We're going to tour with
Pigface in April.
No, I've never played in Vancouver,
Have you been to Vancouver?
No, but I've heard a lot about it. I have
friends there. But, I don't know, a short
three week tour, probably just America,
whoever will have us.
Who will be on that tour?
At the moment it looks like it's going to
be myself, Martin & Bill, Ogre, Paul
Raven's playing bass, from Killing Joke, Matt Schultz is playing his ATG,
which is the Anti-Tank Guitar. It's an
invention — it's a great big long structure which incorporates wires at different tensions and you play it and it resonates ina soundbox and it'sreally cool.
Who else? — maybe David from Jesus
Lizard, I think that'll be it for this band.
We're still unsure who's going to play
guitar; the guy who played guitar on
most of the album is going out to do
sound for KMFDM so-hc won'tbe able
to do it.
So are you living here in Chicago?
Yep, I've been here since 1988. I go
back (to Edinburgh) every so often to
renew my work permit.
What's happening with Fini Tribe?
I saw them a couple of weeks ago.
actually. They've just built anew studio
and they're working on a new album
and they' re sending me over some DATs
of some tracks which I'm going to do
vocals for. Yeah, it was great to see
them; they're working hard as usual;
they're workaholics.
Are you?
Yeah, for sure. I don't know what I
would do with my time if I wasn't.
Being creative isn't'work'in the usual
I know what you mean. That's one of
the best things about not having a nine-
to-five job, being able to do what I want
at my own pace; I really appreciate that.
How did you get hooked up with
Revco and Ministry?
We'd just done a Fini Tribe EP —Let
the Tribe Grow — and it was doing
okay and we kind of outgrew the record
company we were with. Not outgrew;
they didn't have the money to further
our career. So I went to Wax Trax,
having heard of the Revolting Cocks
and the Young Gods, about signing a
deal and did that. That's where Al
(Jourgensen) was recording at the time,
Wax Trax in London, there's a studio
there. I just met him and started recording, we hit it off really well.
So are you guys getting along with
Skinny Puppy?
I have no problems with anyone in
Skinny Puppy. Maybe there was some
problems, but it's certainly got nothing
to do with me and I don't know what
went on. I've been phoning Ogre almost everyday trying to get in touch
with him; not spoken to him for ages
because I was away when they played
here, but Ogre's a really good friend, I
really like him. He's dead nice, pretty
shy, but he's really nice.
There seems to be a lot of gossip and
rumour flying around.
I know, gossip and gossip and bitch and
bitch, it doesn't really achieve anything. I certainly remove myself from
that childish behaviour. Life's too short
to bother about these kind of trivialities.
Wreck's four-song EP released last year
gained the band some initial attention,
and their recent Steve Albini-produced
album, garnering comparisons to the
M inutemen, is doing even better. I talked
to guitarist and vocalist Dean
Schlabo wske about Wreck's history and
their upcoming EP, House of Boris,
finding him to be a most jovial interviewee in the process.
The nucleus of the band, Bart
(Flores, drums) and I are from just west
of Mil waukee, Wisconsin and we played
in bands in Milwaukee for a long time.
We sort of got fed up with the lack of
anything there and decided to try the
East Coast; wasn't happy there either
because of the expense, we were just
outside New York in wonderful Jersey
City in the garbage state. We were rehearsing and writing new material and
basically through a friend of a friend,
we got kind of 'in' with Steve Albini
and got the chance to book time in his
home studio and decided Chicago was
a reasonable compromise between M il-
waukee and New York. Recorded the
EP, a friend Keith Brammer (bassist
from Die Kreuzen) was nice enough to
help us out, then basically shopped the
tape around and, despite the fact I was
working at Wax Trax, they weren't
terribly interested in it. It was sort of a
different attitude at Wax Trax then;
since then they've come to the conclu- ofthe reasons it appeals to us! (laughs)
We're friends with most of the local
bands, that we've met. A lot of the
smaller cities, like Milwaukee for example, would try and have this attitude
'all the bands are just joining together in
this solidarity and we're all going to
make this wonderful new music scene
happen'. For the most part it's a bunch
of people patting each other on the back
and nobody goes to see the bands except other bands. In Chicago, it's more
of a big city 'everybody out for themselves' but everybody gets along.
sion they've got to broaden their spectrum of music as they seem to be pigeon-holed into the industrial dance
thing which isn't really true. Nobody
was interested except for Play It Again
Sam in Brussells, so we had no choice
but go with them. They released the EP
and it did pretty well.
Kurt (More, the new bassist) and the
rest of us just got through recording a
new six-song EP called House of Boris,
named after a hair salon on Ackland
Avenue here in Chicago that has one of
the most disgusting looking signs I've
ever seen. It's these people with ridiculous '78 haircuts and guys with perms
and sleazy moustaches. Also on that,
and we're banking on college radio
being dumb enough to play (laughs), is
a cover of "Atomic Dog." We figured it
would be a natural goofy college radio
It's a good city to be in for music all
around — lots of venues a fair amount
of decent local bands. Chicago, in general, has this "We're better than you-
fuck off" kind of attitude, which is one
Burke is the newest member
and also the drummer of Chicago's
God's Acre, which got a glowing review in our very own Discorder for their
album Ten Gospel Greats. I talked to
Brendan about his feelings about the
whole Seattle thing since they get compared to that sound an awful lot.
[The album] got compared to Seattle a
lot, that's for sure. I just didn't think it
sounded like that; I was really surprised
it got that kind of r
It could be positive, unless you don't
want to get lumped in...
Yeah, I don't think we're like that. I like
some of those bands, I think Mudhoney
is okay, I think they've turned out to be
more of asingles band.They still haven't
been able to put together an album that's
good all the way through.
Have you seen Mudhoney live?
Yeah, I've seen them a couple of times.
That's the other thing that makes us
really different from those bands is that
those bands come out live and just play
their shit straight ahead, which is pretty
much like their records, where we get
into long improvisational stuff. I always thought the record sounded way
much more like Sonic Youth.
Is Seattle stuff popular here?
Yeah, our record came out when that
stuff was really big, so lots of people
compared it to that.
A short sketch of God's Acre?
Mark (Blade, bass) and Peter (Houpt,
vocals.guitar) had the band for three
years. It originally started out just Pete
with Doug from Eleventh Dream Day
on bass and Johnny from Precious Wax
Drippings on drums and those guys had
to leave because they had their regular
bands. Mark came in on bass; they went
through a couple of drummers, which
didn't really last and I joined about a
year and a half ago. Not too long after I
joined we got signed to Wax Trax.
Any tour plans?
(groans) You've asked a bad question.
We want lo tour, unfortunately the way
the situation is working right now...
there's the big booking Agencies and
then in the underground, there's three
or four people who booked the smaller
bands. There's Michelle who had Bulging Eye, who had all the Sub Pop bands,
she just went under. Basically, three of
the big four went under, all of a sudden,
the only person left as far as I know is
Pete Davis in Minneapolis. He's nice
and he's liked but he's just swamped.
So now we'd really like to go on the
When you do go on tour are there any
plans for Canadian dates?
Yeah, I'd really like to. I lived in Montreal for a long time; I'd love to play
there and Vancouver.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, out of
Chicago, is probably the most weird
and wonderful band on Wax Trax, or
any other label. With their blend of
techno dance and irreverent horror
movie themes. I witnessed the show by
comedy duo Buzz McCoy and Groovy
M an in their apartment above Wax Trax
and learned they're planning to play
Vancouver on their next tour-you read
it here first.
How long has Thrill Kill been together?
B: It's been about three or four years;
probably our first release came out three
years ago and that was a 12" and we did
an album.
G: We went to Belgium to record our
first album at Luc Van Acker's and then
we did some tours — big tour of the US
with all the Bomb Gang Girls and the
whole band and lights. It was pretty
wild for a first tour.
How many people are in the band? It
seems huge.
B: It varies. Sometimes there's just
Groovy and myself and sometimes
there's ten or eleven. The next tour
there'll be that many people because of
the new scheme of things we're thinking about We do the music but we're
influenced by many things and other
people arc apart of it even though they
don't physically do the music; they're
part of the whole concept.
G: Yeah, they take on the parts.
B: We're not in it to be a 'band'. We're
just creating scenarios, visually and aurally... like Las Vegas!
G: The situation is us and you.
Do you get your sampler from 'B'
horror movies? Some of them are a
B: Well, yeah, in the early stages that
was one phase of it, a lot of horror
movies, not a lot, maybe one or two that
were our favourites.
G: ...Soap operas
B: Yeah, that's like, just TV soap operas.
G: Sometimes they just find us. That's
how it seems to go now, they come to us.
We don't have to search anything out or
spend much time going to movies.
B: We never do that! Some bands actually do that, sit around all night and
listen to tapes for good lines. We've'
never done that; they've always popped
out at us.
G: Like, OH MY GOD!...
B: I can't believe they've just said that!
And when you take it out of context, it
becomes strange.
So you don't have any messages?
B: We don't have any political message...
G: Or any message at all, except to be
B: ...and someone else, too!!
How would you describe your upcoming album, Sexpbsion?
G: Wanky
B: Sleazy. Sexy and weird.
Any similarities between Sexplosion
and Confessions of a Knife?
B: No, because it's a different theme.
Thelastalbum was acompilationof two
years of work. We didn't do it with a
concept, it was two years of work. The
first album was an idea, the second album took a while to get done because we
were touring and lots of projects so it
was a growing process.
Any tour plans and are you coming to
G: We'll probably be there for the Sex-
plosion tour. Probably do Seattle, Portland.
B: That's the only place we've never
been. It's just really far up there and they
didn't want to pay enough money.
APRIL 1991   11 m.
this article
was being
press release from M ute Records.
Headline: "Yugoslavia: New
Political Conservatism Angers
Artistic Community." It read:
On January 25th, 1991, Dragon
Zivadinov, a member ofthe Neue
Slowenische Kunst (NSK) artistic movement in Slovenia, Yugoslavia met with Minister Dr. Andre j Capuder ofthe Secretariat
for Culture of the Republic of
Slovenia. On behalf of NSK. he
spoke out against the government's reactionary isolationist
policies that have recently halted all movement towards a more
open cultural exchange. Zivadinov charged that conservative
nationalistic trends were reversing the progress made by
developmental artistic groups
like NSK (which is comprised of
IRWIN painting group, the Theatre of the Sisters of Scipion
Nasice and Red Pilot Theatre,
and their musical offshoot, Laibach) over the last decade. Minister Dr. Adrej Capuder refused
to discuss the matter, and inpro-
test. Dragon Zivadinov began a
hunger strike in the Secretariat
building. By order ofthe Minister, he was forcibly removed by
police, but continues his public
hunger strike at the GT Gallery
in Ljubljana. \X
Five hundred kilometres
away in the volatile province of
Serbia, Belgrade's Good Mah-
|fers,Society—heafled up by
public figures, artists and business people—-is meeting. Their
mandate: to combat pessimism, promote lolertncc
and basic culture in the
family organization, at
work, and other situations. In other words:
to  fight tho consequences of socio-economic crisis.
Amidst the Suffocating 300-500%
annt||l inflation rate,
c rivalries reach-
mass homicidal proportions, and the failures
oi" de-Tito-i/at ion and at
us cote the stagnating im
pigmentation of market-oriented economic reform, the
hgartof disenchanted youth still
beat beat bcats-per-minute in the
Slovenian centre of Ljubljana in
Northern Yugoslavia. From the
musical community that serves
:is home for Autopsia, Boris
Mikulic and, again, Laibach,
come Aldo lvancic and Dario
Sevcrhl—Borghesia: an emerging favorite of disillusioned
youth in this part of the world
weaned on the likes of Front
Line Assembly, 242, and dre
A high rate of inflation hampers to an
increasing extent, the operations of cultural organizations, as inflation is growing more rapidly than their earnings and
income. Overhead expenses account
for the major part of outlays, due to
rising prices of goods and services used
by cultural organizations. As a result of
this, the number of high quality programmes, premiers, performances, exhibitions, and other cultural activities
has been on the decline.
—Milivoje Ivanisevic in Organizations
of Associated Labour in the Held of
psuedo-anti-conformist jargon
of Consolidated.
What 1$ the inspiration for
inspiration for Borghesia isdef-
initely individualism and the
fight against systems of repression like the family, church, stale,
police, military... stuff like
zines, and cultural centres. So,
all the time in ihc air is present
thi* «eative atmosphere and
subsequently a lot of ideas...
On the Escorts and Models album, "Toxido," "Beat And
Scream" (Beat meUYou can
piss im my mouth/A nd PB suck
youlLet me serve you, master/
Destroy me master/Destroy!)
and "Pasto Nu-
do" (/ will
in your
opinion, is Ljubljana such a hotbed of
new music?
I think that this is the result of the
*68 revolution and since
Ljubljana is a very strong student centre. Students have developed a lot of independent
media power like radio, maga-
meat/You are my
pleasure/1 am your butcher)
have references to homosexual relationships made in them.
Where do these references
originate from?
These songs don't onlyhave homosexual references, but they
have much wider references to
consumer society. In fact, we
use this s&m and sexual language as metaphors for the buy
and sell relationship in society
where you can buy and sell everything, including yourself.
I get the feeling Yugoslavian
culture Ls obsessed with Western culture with the references to motorbikes ("Naked Uniformed Dead"), the clips of
Ronald Reagan on "Ni Upan-
Ja," and the Marlon Brando/
Elvis Presley computer
graphic on the Ni Upanja album.
Yugoslavia, in fact, is part of
Western culture. We grew up
with Hendrix and James Dean
and the Doors, and stuff like
that. So this is part of our culture
just as mathematics or science is
not Arabian culture, but a global
culture. Rock and roll is also part
of global culture.
Could you please talk about
your new album, Resistance?
It is an album about violence:
individual violence, state violence, nationalistic violence...
more hate than love.
Why did you choose to cover
Sonic Youth's "She Is Not
Well, because we really like
Sonic Youth,especially the first
mini-album where "She Is Not
Alone" appears. Most people like
Sonic Youth because of their
hardcoresongs.but forus. Sonic
Youth are attheirbest when they
are doing their slow pieces.
Borghesia is not falling Into
the same trap as Laibach did,
are you? Laibach were propelled into the ears of North
American listeners by doing other people's songs,
you mast remember.
I'm not sure (laughs), 1
think not, because we've
done cover versions
from our beginning and
we only do cover versions from the groups
which we like and not
from those we hope to
make some money off of.
Is there much anti-military-spending sentiment in
Yugoslavia considering your
economy is In such a mess?
Well, Yugoslavians (laughs), if
this term can exist now, are very
traditional people and they very
much like arms but there is a
very strong anti-military movement here in Slovenia.
What is the statement you are
trying to make with "Discipline," from the Surveillance
and Technology EP?
In die relation toward word and
meaning, "discipline" is in be
tween love and hate. In fact "discipline" can be very positive,
yet also very negative. If you
want to make something of
yourself in life, then you have to
have discipline. In what you do,
in being creative or anything,
you have to be disciplined. The
negativemeaningof "discipline"
comes from the state, the police,
the church, or family system of
repression when you can't express your individuality. You are
disciplined by the authorities.
"Naked Uniformed Dead" was
"dedicated to full Hme leath-
ermen and bikers." It is a com -
mon North American belief
that bikers are connected with
crime and anti-social behavior. Is this form of leisure tolerated In Yugoslavia?
I think that this is very middle
class, stereotypical thinking. We
use these themes in a more poetical way, like urban cowboys/
"Bom to be Wild" imagery and
stuff like that. So for us, bikers
are more like individuals who
are not participating in family
Bijelo Dugume, who are said
to be Yugoslavia's most popular rock group, toured China
last spring. A Belgrade newspaper said that this tour will
open up the way for other
groups. Has Borghesia bene-
did, however, start to play much
earlier in Western Europe than
Bijelo Dugume did, so what they
are doing doesn't affect us at all.
I have noticed a great middle-
eastern flavor (plus sampled
horns and trumpets, too) in
much of your music. Is it reflective of traditional Slovenian
music, or is It Just your preference to Incorporate this sound?
The majority of the Muslim
population of Yugoslavia does
not live in Slovenia, correct?
Yes, it's correct. Slovenia is in a
very special position in Europe,
I think. It's kind of a triangle
withthreedifferentcultures: one
side German, one Italian, one
Slavic, with Muslim and Orthodox cultures to the south. It's
really cross-cultural. Idon't think
it's an influence of traditional
culture. We really like rich arrangements, and trumpets sound
quite good.
Has Borghesia ever been censored in any way? Article 133
ofthe Yugoslavian Penal code,
which warns against the "malicious and false presentation
of socio-political conditions in
Yugoslavia," sounds quite rigid.
We had some problems in Yugoslavia with the police and the
authorities, but our biggest surprise came on the English tour
Aldo and colleague Dario Severhl are
currently composing music for a dance
theatre project in Ljubljana, lvancic is
hoping to have this work made available on disc. He claims "It will be quite
a surprise for our fans because it is
much different than the music we're
used to making." Upon the completion
of that project, Borghesia head out on
tour in Europe and North America.
Borghesia's Resistance and earlier releases, including NI Upanja NI Strahu
and Escorts and Models, are all available through Play It Again Sam
fited or will Borghesia benefit?
We are quite a different group
from Bijelo Dugume, plus we
never have played in the Eastern
part of Europe or in China. We
where we had to cancel eight
gigs because of a video which
we had behind us. It was a real
surprise for us that we were censored in a so-called democratic,
i country like Britain. lOU TC probably
saying to yourself, "Ah, yes, this
is the part in A'ida when the King
of Egypt drags his fat ass off the
throne to embrace (and, of
course, use this tender moment
to plant a big, wet, Ali Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani kiss on)
Ramades, the Stormin' Norman
Schwarzkopf of the Egyptian
Army who have just returned
from decimating the Ethiopians." Yeah, and if that is what
you said, pal, listen: put the
magazine down, get some
Aquanet in that Canadian Soccer League hair of yours, throw
on your Consolidated t-shirt with
Warholian Archie Bunker
graphic (Mao Tse-Tung baseball hat with "Sid Vicious is
Alive"/"Sid Vicious Rulcs"pins
is optional, by the way), and
spend the rest of the afternoon at
the department store of your
choice and see if they've received their new shipment of
Cleveland Browns youth gang-
wear. You are one fucking dangerous individual.
Mind you, I wouldn't feel all
that safe around our friend Marc
Grewe, either, co-author of this
literary masterpiece and tenor
for German death metal troupe,
Morgoth. Recording for an upcoming release in New York—
that petri dish of infected hospital waste and fermenting fecal
matter, shaken, stirred and served
up in shooter glasses by Satan's
bartender, the maggot, whose
every jerk, whose every fight-
to-the-death battle against his
cannibalistic brother, whose
every life-ending defecation, as
petty an offering as it (they?)
may seem, is a sacrifice to the
one true supreme being, Lucifer—Morgoth tread for dear life
until the Kreator Coma of Souls
North American Tour Bus comes
to take them away.
As a "death metal" group, are
you saddened that the Persian
Gulf Crisis didn't end in some
atomic catastrophe?
I'm very happy about it, actually, because there were so
, many bad things about this
war. We Germans, I think,
have another opinion about
war. It's not the same for an
American. We had two wars
in our own country. I'm against
it. I'm happy it's over now.
The Americans had to do
something against Hussein.
What is the basic philosophy of
a death metal band and how do
you view yourselves?
Difficult question... it's not
easy to say it in one sentence.
We are not a typical death
metal band with typical death
metal lyrics. We like words.
We love to play heartfelt mu
sic... a very brutal music.
Have you ever lost someone?
Does belonging to a death metal
band assist you in confronting
death? Does it act as therapy in
some way in that there are worse
things in life than death—war,
disease, addiction, famine?
I would say no. For me, It's
Just a profession or a hobby
and nothing you should take
too seriously. We take ourselves seriously, but most of
the time It's fun. You can't
link this music to love and
things. Our lyrics are not brutal like slaughtering virgins
and stuff. We don't like this.
We want to record songs that
are Intelligent. We do lyrics
about things around us which
are brutal a.s well. It's not only
about death and blood and Satan. I would say It's a little bit
different to other death metal
bands who only write about
this stuff.
Are you concerned at all that
lyrics like
Kill all the others
Make them bleed
Feel like a hero
Greedy about victory
Do the work now
That has to be done
Create the pain
The tune still runs
Blow out their lives
God's on your side, be satisfied
When their guts are open wide
Think about the glory
You soon will get
It doesn't matter
That others pay
from "Dictated Deliverance"
might be taken as a command to
I don't like typical death lyrics. I want to say something to
the people. They should think
about it, but they shouldn't
take it all too seriously. It's
just music with lyrics. The lyrics are important, but you
shouldn't take all lyrics seriously. If in some sentences you
say, "Go and kill," maybe some
people will go out and kill
somebody, but in my opinion
it's stupid. We wanna explain
something to our listeners and
we want to provoke, but also
promote thinking.
Record companies put warning
stickers on records in North
America. Do they do the same in
No, nothing like that. We don't
do this. I know in America that
you have this, but I've never
seen it in Germany or England
or elsewhere.
Is your record company being
forced to put warning stickers on
your records marked for distribution over here?
I don't know.
Would it bother you if they did?
I don't know. If it's good for
promotion, why not? (laughs)
But I don't care.
Who listens to death metal? Is
there a typical listener?
I would say kids from 12 to 30.
I think people who like extreme
music listen to death metal because it's something very new
and something very extreme.
Maybe they also like thrash
metal bands, punk bands, stuff
like that... Independent bands.
I don't know who Is a typical
death metal listener.
Who's got the best t-shirts in
Difficult question. I would say
Your press release states, "Imagine the most brutal form of death
metal in existence," referring to
you. You must have some favou
rites, though?
I don't listen only to death
metal. I like bands like Fields
of Nephilim, or old stuff like
Led Zeppelin or Thin Lizzy.
Death metal bands... I like
How about Bolt Thrower?
Yeah, they're cool. In Battle
[There is No Imw, their LP] was
Yeah, we played with them in
Winter? No, never heard of
Ken Baumgartner?
Ken Baumgartner? Ooh, I
don't think so.
We've got a pretty healthy death
metal scene in Vancouver. I'm
sure you've heard of a couple of
these bands... Busted Ribs?
(Pause) No.
Meatrack? No.
Scholten? Sounds like a
German band, but they're from
Wayne Cody's Locker Room?
(laughs) No, sorry, (laughs)
Morgoth appear at the New York
Theatre   with   Kreator   and
Blitzspeer on Sunday 14 April.
APRIL 1991   13 ^*^T0Rt0**,,
►The Bulgarian State Female Vocal Choir
Milton Nascimento
Discorder's 100th issue bash
OK, alia youse Discorder Disciples, now's the time to REALLY save your
pathetic soul. We (OK, not the same people the whole time, and yes,
some of us (not "us" as in the people right now) have gone on to big hi-
payin' careers) have been slavin' away livin' on nuttin' but Pizza and King
Dons for nine mutherluvvln' years to bring you this fantastic magazine (or
paper, depending on who you ask), so now that we're about ta publish
#]fJQ. we thought you'd pay us back by attending a revival of sorts at the
cruel elephant featuring 4 of our finest local bands (OK, we got the
Evaporaters and Octatrackter (sp??) confirmed, but believe you me,
there's more bigger bands where those came from, bud.) Bait wait, pal,
there's more: we'll be glvin' out free t-shirts, and have some other lame-
ass ideas boiled up just for the occasion. If you're still readin' this far, then
you mus' luv the cruel elephant as much as we luv it (which is about the
same as It luvs us), and you'll appreciate the clever parody of their ads,
but anyway, I garanteee it's nnnnn bgj,, of thos<-> nights you'll wish you
hadn't missed. After all, haven>»^ejjli*U^!! Loiil&^hrough in the pas'?
And besides, what else ya doilY Friday April 26th from 7-12pm, romeo?
It'S 10AM... Time for the
interview... I'm still sleeping.
10:15... The phone rings at the
foot of my bed. "Uhh... Braden
here." "Hey, Braden, it's Phil
from Blitzspeer," croaks a voice.
Obv iously, we've both had a long
night. Establishing the fact we're
both "fine," the co-founder and
frontman ofthe New York metal
band and I charge up our brains
enough to get down to business.
DISCORDER: Blltzspeer's
music Is really agresslve, yet at
the same time It's got well-
structured tempo changes and
flowing progressions. How do
you approach writing your
music? Is it done in a very
orderly way or does it Just come
PHIL CAIV ANO: We just let it
go. Either Scott [Lano, guitar/
vocalsj or I will start something
on guitar and we'll let each other
check out what we've done...
After that, it just grows. Everyone in the band helps to shape the
sound and has a hand in the arrangements.
Being some relatively new
b lood, what type of a sty le could
you assign yourselves?
Well, we're not a speed metal
band, not that I have anything
against it... I'd say that we're
more a straight-ahead rock n'
roll band. Yeah, we're heavy and
we play fast at times but...we
don't try to be any one style; we
just are what we are, the way it
naturally comes out. And that's
the way we like it I mean, thrash
has gone out of control, and
MTV's a joke. So we're firm
believers in just doing what you
will, and not falling into channeling any certain type of audience or style of music.
Do you see the band sound as a
mosaic of the independent
players or a melting pot where
things are more "together"?
It's definitely a melting pot. We
really stick together when wc
make music. That way, things
are always flowing and nothing
will sound the same. This band
formed and, although we didn't
really know each other, the
sounds meshed and that will keep
the music sounding fresh.
At the beginning of Blitzspeer
Live, the MC could have been
introducing a hip hop show.
How did he end up with the
That's Joe Bruno. He's just been
around all of our shows while we
were touring around New York
and he just jumped on stage a
few times before, so we were
backstage and said, "Hey, Joey,
go introduce us, man." So he just
grabbed the mic and gave us a
quick intro. He's a big hip hop
fan and that explains the way he
talks, but it's nothing new in
New York for people of different
styles to hang out. Everyone just
does their own thing and it'scool.
When we go on the road, our
music library has everything from
Johnny Cash to P.E. and NWA to
Led Zeppelin to the Supremes to
Do you guys get a wide variety
of people at your shows then?
Yeah, we tour a lot around the
New York area and that's how
we first started out. We didn't
concentrate on getting a record
deal, we just went out and had
fun. I see a lot of bands that sit
around and wait for "the perfect
tour" or "the perfect record deal,"
but we didn't bother with that.
We've got a good following in
New York and we figure that
we'll get better as we keep playing in front of more people.
How long have you been at
Four years.
Do you think the trend will
continue and metal will be accepted on a wider scale, with a
lot of different people getting
Into It?
Definitely. Metal's survived the
test of time and it always will.
Although it was uncool during
the Punk Ages, I was still listening to Sabbath and Zeppelin.
Obviously, others were too, and
now it's back. Take a look at
Public Enemy sampling Slayer.
It's growing and I think it will
Do you think metal fans will
open their minds to different
styles of music? I mean, conservatism has been a big part of
the metal ideal since it began.
Metal fans already have anew set
of ideals. Cock rock bands are
out there, but there's plenty of
fans who aren't into that at all.
The music will get better and that
will strengthen metal in general.
MTV's "Headbanger's Ball"
doesn't have a good video on it
and this is the stuff a lot of people
are exposed to. But rebellion will
happen. All the future metal bands
will be saying "Fuck you, we
don't wanna be a spandcx-hair-
spray-poser band."
You were quoted assaying that
when you and Scott first met,
you had a puddle of puke in
your lap. Obviously something
was left out.
Well, Scott and I were both playing in Jersey and we had a mutual
friend introduce us at a party.
Neither of us were very serious
about our music back then and
we just partied like crazy. So
basically, it was at one of these
parties that we met each other
and things just clicked between
us. We had five songs written
within two weeks of knowing
each other. We've been at it ever
since. Also, I guess you could say
our music's a lot like puke: it all
comes back out after being
worked around for awhile,
y'know? We're on tour with
Kreator and we're having a blast
puking across the country.
Apart from undoubtedly being the World's leading
authority on Bob Marley, originator of the Reggae Beat Mag -
azine, host of a syndicated Reggae radio show on 130 stations
internationally, and personal
friend of Bob Marley, his family. Bunny Wailer and any other
name you could draw from the
Reggae world, Roger Steffcns
has the unique gift of making
friends with absolutely every
person he meets. Spending a
day with Roger after his sellout
lecture on Bob Marley provided the nigh impossible task of
editing down the vast amounts
of information and stories on
Bob Marley that never seem to
stop flowing from this well
spoken, generous person, to this
excerpt of Roger kicking back
and relaxing as we talked about
what it is that gives Bob Marley,
the man and his music, such
lasting endurance. Wc pick up
at the point where Roger recounts his indoctrination to Bob
The '60s music of course had an
incredible political and personal impact on anybody whose
mind was open in those days,
but by 1970 the lawyers and the
accountants had bought out the
American music business and it
became business not music. In
the summer of 1973 I heard
"Catch a Fire" for the first time
— the first time I had heard Bob
Marley — and saw The Harder
They Come — Jimmy Cliffs
movie — and read Michael
Thomas's Babylon on a Thin
Wire in Rolling Stone. And
[early Reggae] so intrigued me,
it had all the elements of early
rock and roll: the passion, the
power, the playfulness, the
message added to it. I wouldn't
say early rock and roll was message music, but early Reggae
certainly was, and today the best
Reggae is message music still.
And your actual collection?
My Marley collection started
because of my absolute fascination with what he and the Wailers seemed to stand for, and the
lyricism with which they expressed their points of view. And
[the collection's] gotten bigger
and bigger and
acted now like a
magnet, because
if people all over
the world—from
Poland to Brazil—come up
with something
that I have never
been able to find
in twenty years
of collecting,
they really get
off on that. So I
started lecturing
when I was invited to the American Film Institute
in Hollywood,
where I live, to
end the National
Video Festival
on a double bill
with David Byrne doing the
world premier of
Stop Making
Sense. So I did
my first Marley
video show eveT
and then David
showed his movie, it was a heck
ofanight; packed
to the rafters.
And it took off
from there.
What is it that is
so powerful
about Bob, that
has pushed him
somuch further
beyond his
peers, the music?
Wow. (laughing)
I've often tried to
put my finger on
that... Alright, Bob Marley has
everything. He was a future person, he was the prototype of
what's going to put an end to all
1    .. \ |'
was so wealthy and so powerful
he could do anything he wanted
to do. And he chose those three
years to play to white, Cauca-
this ridiculous separation by    sian audiences in Europe and
race. His father was a white Ja-    America. He didn't go to Africa;
maican. You can't deny the fact
he was half white. He was a
black symbol and ablack leader,
but to me, Bob wanted to reach
he didn' t go tour across Africa to
his people, although he paid
$250,000 US to bring his troupe
to Zimbabwe as his contribution
the white people as badly as he to their independence on April
wanted to reach the North 17, 1980. He supported a lot of
American blacks. And I know freedom struggles, especially
that because in the later years of when he played the Amandla
his career, in '78, '79, '80, Bob Concert. A prophet is somebody
who listens to what everybody is
saying around him, and then restates it to himself in a simplified
form so he can understand it better and, in so doing, illuminates
our common situation. And by
that definition, Bob is assuredly
aprophet. He wrote "Zimbabwe"
for the freedom fighters, and sung
it on the night he "opened" the
country. The African returning
forward to his home. The greatest moment, according to Bob, in
his life.
Why do you think that has been
so smothered,
or... suppressed?
Suppressed is the
word. Because
they don't want
people to think
that Bob is a revolutionary. As a
Martin Luther
King, or a Malcolm X with a
band, or a Marcus
these and more.
He had the most
wonderful melodic gift; a natural
feel for instantly
recognizable and
remembered harmonies and melodies. He was an
As you suggested, a direction
towards the future...
Yes, there are
certain things that
fall out of the future into our
present, because
this is when we
need them, and
one of my crusades is getting the
music in the vaults
out to the public.
Forceitout.lt took
me eight years to
force Island
Records to release
"Am A Do," and
the alternate
'Talking Blues,"
and the alternate
"Bend Down
Low." The whole
concept of the music mix with the
new interview album was mine,
and I'll fight for another eight
years if we could get the Amadla
Concert out on video.
How much is still in the vaults,
as of yet "unreleased?"
Nobody knows. Junior Murvyn
said thirty albums worth of unreleased material, Tyronne Down-
ie laughed and said no more than
three, so nobody really knows....
I know of vast storehouses of
tapes that I'venever had access to
for lack of money and time, and
thai makes a lifetime ahead of
me to find out more and more
Marley. I'd much rather find a
tape every couple of months,
than suddenly come on a hundred tapes, because Bob will
sustain me for the rest of my
life, I know that-Theman wrote
(one, two, three) four songs a
day virtually every day of his
life. He was a phenomenon.
That's a good word to use, I
couldn't agree with you more.
What direction are you going
to take from here?
I don't know. Wherever JAH
sends me (smiling).
We Just keep going, eh? (both
Yes, whatever JAH makes
manifest in my life, beckons me
toward. You have to be alert to
the possibilities.
You're coming back for a
show, or forward I should
Forward. Coming forward for a
show, never back. Forward.
Roger, I know we've talked
about this, but for the record,
what did you think ofthe show
(your lecture) last night?
Well hey, I was blown away. It
was so much much more than
I expected. I try not to have
expectations, but what I like to
do is fill whatever room I'm
in, whether 100 peopleor 1700.
If it's full that makes for a
good evening. And I thought
there was something going on
in that room last night that I
have rarely encountered in my
life. Especially when we were
doing the show, which I have
done at least a hundred times
in the past six years. There is a
feeling in Vancouver that is
very appealing. Just on first
glance you get in touch with it,
and I can't wait to find out
what this town is all about, and
who is here, and why you're
all here, it's aprivilege to leam
about all of you and thanks for
your patience Russ and blessings on your work. I mean
we're all Reggae mormons,
aren't we? (laughs) Nuff respect to all Vancouverites.
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This month. Whirring Around Chapterhouse
In less than a month,
London has transformed, shedding ils
wintry coal to embrace the first vestiges
of Spring. It is truly amazing to witness the inhabitants of dreary London
welcome the first days of spring! Aside
from hormonal fluxes, the issue heating most everyone's mind is the political battle currently raging over Poll
Tax reforms. As we approach the anniversary of the Poll Tax Riot that last
year ended in a bloody battle waged
throughout the streets of central London, the Conservative Government are
finally bowing to intense pressure and
are poised to announce the abolition of
the Head tax.
Apart from the political chaos,
much as been happening in the music
scene over the past month. lane's Addiction played to a thriving crowd at
the Marquee Club March 4th; members of the Wondersruff were seen
ranting to Perry Farrell's prescription
of raucous music. AndtheWonderstuff
themselves have something to celebrate about. They are releasing a new
single, "Size of a Cow," their first
since last year's successful "Circle
Square" 7", and hope to have their
third album out in the early summer.
See See Rider played a free gig at
London's ULU (university bar) on the
27th of February and both the Farm
and Ride, two of the new heart-throb
indie bands, were sold out well in
advance of their early March London
gigs. But the best gig I saw had to be
February 23, again at the Venue, when
I caught the up-and-coming indie band
Chapterhouse. They released their third
7", "Pearl," on the Dedicated label
March 18th and will soon start a 17
date English tour to promote this single and the imminent release of their
first full-length album, Whirlpool.
Formed in Reading in 1988,
Chapterhouse have been compared to
Oxford's Ride by the musical press
here, but hey, they were playing gigs
before Ride even formed! In keeping
with the incestuous nature of the local
scene, they called themselves Incest
when they first formed, more in spite
of the Reading scene than to be part of
it. After two cheeky gigs, they adopted
the esoteric title Chapterhouse. There
is a reason for the name, but I'm not
going to tell you. Read Huxley! Then
again, don't. It's not worth it; I'm sure
the band would agree.
It's the same old story: I first
heard the music of Chapterhouse during a Peel Session broadcast in October, 1990, and their vigourous sound
and potency left a lasting impression.
The band is: singer/guitarist Andrew
Sherrif, singer/guitarist Stephen Pat-
man; guitarist Simon Rowe; bassist
Russel Barrett (a Greek and Latin
scholar!!), and, on drums, Ashley
Bates. The night of their Venue gig, I
struck up a short conversation with
Andrew. In pursuit of a more extensive talk, I trudged off, some weeks
later, to a place called the Playground
in Camden where Chapterhouse were
putting in some practice-time before
heading off on their UK tour. When I
arrived for the interview, I listened to
the band roll off a few songs before we
all huddled around my poor excuse for
a tape recorder.
What's It like doing a Peel Session?
S: Nerve wracking! We thought that
you just went in and recorded like you
would in a studio but faster. We sel up,
they miked us and then we played and
lhat's it. You do everything live apart
from ihe vocals. You go into this big
BBC building and into this big deadened room and they basically hassle
you to finish as soon as you can. We
recorded all four tracks in less lhan
four hours and then they mixed each
song in less than half an hour. We
didn't enjoy it when we were playing
because they were really pretty nasty.
How would you describe your music?
S: It's very hard to describe, I mean, it
changes all the time. A lot of our songs
are very diverse. I suppose the only
category you could put it into is Pop
A: I think our music is very English
and is a different sound than what you
get in America. It basically comes out
of our whole listening experience.
S: It goes right back to our teens to
some of the stuff we were listening to
like Cocteau Twins, Mary Chain and I
suppose some ofthe early My Bloody
These are bands that all started off
with new sounds that've taken years
to really get used to.
S: Yeah, I think it's coming together
now in a real culmination of all those
kinds of ideas, like pushing guitars to
different levels, using guitars to make
sounds which guitars don't make; just
trying to change the format of a guitar
band to something a bit more melodic,
a bit more sort of symphonic, orchestral...
Is your music Intense?
S: We try and structure our songs in a
way where they do build so thai you
don't start off on a peak and then just
drop. Even if we do start off on a high
note, we want to maintain that, not
A: Intense is quite a good description,
I think, because a lot of the songs are
quite intense rather than dreamy and
drifty. When we gel
an idea for the atmosphere we want to
track, we go the whole
hog with it.
How do you lit Into
the British Scene?
S: The British Scene
is a bit strange...
We're into quite selected bands and
we're trying lo move
it a bil farther by taking some ofthe more
extreme sides of the j
indie scene. We're not
into psychedelic escapism... It's more
like realistic escapism: atmosphere and
mood. We let the
music speakforitself.
A lot of people say,
like, "Why don't you
move?" when we play
but we're not performers, we just play
our guitars and try to
A lot of people find lhat the sound is
intense enough to keep it going. Maybe we should gel a good light show.
Our strength is not in the way we play,
it's more what we're playing and the
sound of il all.
You're signed to the indie label
S: Yeah, it's a good label. It's a new
one that has four or five people working for it. It is affiliated with RCA and
we signed wilh it to get our first two
albums released independently. We
sacrificed a lot of money just to get
that independent distribution. It was
something we found was quite important, even though we realized that the
indie ideal is a real farce. All it means
is that you're being distributed independently. It doesn't mean anything
more than that, except for the fact that
there is a certain amount of credibility
by doing it.
I understand you have a new album
coming out.
S: The thing is, the album was actually recorded the whole of last year,
before our new single, "Pearl,"...and
its B-side, "Come Heaven"... Although the album is dubbed as being
the latest thing, in a lot of ways it's a
mixture of old stuff and new stuff. I
think that it is set to be released in
early April.
Are you planning to go Stateside
towards the end of the summer?
S: We've been told it's going to be a
two month stay and thai we're going to
play in only major places. I think what
they [RCA] will do is release the videos
for 'Tearl" and "Falling Down" just
before we go over there and hopefully
we'll already be getting some college
radio recognition.
How many videos do you have?
S: We did one for "Something More,"
which was really low budget. We've
just finished one with Angela Conway
who's from A.C. Maria. She filmed the
video for "Pearl" and we watched it
yesterday and it's excellent. It will come
out first and then we will do a video for
the remix of "Falling Down."The video
for "Pearl" was head shots of the band
with watery images and nice colours.
We wanted naturalistic images related
to pearls so we had this 190 million year
old fossil lit on a turntable and filmed it
spinning. The thing about the video is
that it adds to the song, it doesn't interfere with it.
Why did you call your first album
S: We wanted a nondescript title that
conjures up images but not specific
ones. All of our music is basically like
that. Our lyrics are not too definite so
you don't know exactly what's being
said. Instead, they lead you, draw you
into the music. I don't like getting heavy
about it. Whirlpool is a drawing-in
image... sucking you into it. The image
typifies the sound we're tying to make;
something that is gentle but intense;
something that is powerful yet mellow
at the same time.
What kind of music do you listen
S: I've been finding lately that I'm
listening to stuff that I don't know
how it's done: that's why I can like it.
It's using things that I wouldn't automatically use and it has sounds that
are so interesting. I'm even getting
into the dancey stuff. It's really good
to listen to because it's so abstract
from what we've been doing that it's
like light relief. We have to gel out of
our intensity and blow off some steam.
I can't listen to music so innocently
anymore because I'm always playing
it. When you've been playing it and
you know how it's done, when you
listen to music in your style, you always end up analyzing it.
Are you still experimenting with
new sounds?
S: We definitely feel we haven't
reached anywhere near our real potential. We are still trying to get there
but I think once we do get there, we
should split up. There are certain things
we know we want to improve on.
We'd like to get into extra percussion
and put on some bongo loops and get
a live bongo player. I think that when
you'remaking really airy sort of washy
music, you need a rhythm track to
grasp, something to hold onto, in a
song. When it is flowing away, you
can ultimately alienate some people.
If you can do things which people
would not normally listen to and then
put them into a pop context with a
good vocal melody and a good beat,
then you can get more people listening
to stuff they'd normally walk away
What were your most enjoyable gigs;
bands you've enjoyed playing with?
S; Well Slowdive come from Reading
and they are friends of ours. They have
played with us a few times. We played
with Spacemen 3 on a tour. In fact, we
recorded most of our album in their
What's your new single like?
S: The guy who produced EMF's
"Unbelievable" produced "Pearl" and
he was really good to get the rhythm
track heavy. The rhythm track samples some drum loops—it's like a Led
Zeppelin drum loop and a Schooly D
drum loop together—with a load of
bongo stuff. "Pearl" is so guitar orientated that the well-used loop doesn't
stick out. I think it's really good.
Any last words?
S: I'd just like to say lhat the Cocteau
Twins, in a lot of ways, have been the
besl undercurrent influence to our band.
I think they have been really ahead of
their time for so long and lhat their
styleof music—which has always been
excellent—is really coming to the
forefront and it is actually starling to
integrate into Pop. Normal bands are
ncorporating lhat sound, like Slowd-
r instance, and My Bloody Val-
have been influenced.
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Information & Reservations 736-3022 Vancouver music (the kind I like,
anyway) has definitely been in a mt
since 1987. Just three hours away,
Seattle was exploding with the
whole hair farmer scene while Vancouver's most exciting new talents
were prog-rock Yes cover bands
and a new crop of skinny heroin-
addicted goth synth rockers. But in
the last six months, a new club
opened, several new labels were
formed, a few good local acts started
playing around regularly and Jello
Biafra finally left town. Funnily
enough, though, one of the heaviest
new acts to emerge was a long-
established band from Winnipeg.
After playing with The Wongs—
another hot, semi-new band—on a
cross-country tour last summer,
Gorilla Gorilla packed in the security of being the big fish in Winnipeg ' s smal 1 pond and moved west.
Tight, fast, funky, whatever Gorilla Gorilla rock. Drummer Brett and
bassist Kent formed the band about
three years ago and added Randy on
guitar two years ago, while vocalist
Bif joined the band ayear later. Still
struggling to establish themselves
in Vancouver, they can, nonetheless, headline on a Friday night at
the Cruel Elephant and make money, or play PD's Hot Shop at 7:00 on
a Sunday night and pack the place.
Yet one of their most impressive
shows was at the OK Hotel in Seattle
where, despite big technical difficulties, they wowed aero wdof about
600, 14-year-old, chain-smoking,
dreadlocked kids who sweated as
much for the Gorilla as they did for
headliners NoMeansNo. Yup, this
is one cool band that I can't shut up
about, so I decided to interview
them. (Actually, I agreed to do the
interview in exchange for the edit-
rix's Morgoth tape, but I would
have done it for nothing.) So here's
a paraphrased version of a very chaotic interview.
Vancouver has this way more aggro
scene: more fights, whatever. But it  |
seems like nobody that lives here is
from here; they all moved from ]
More shows, more places to play  |
and the location is better. It'll be
easiw to tour the west coast from |
We like kids getting into shows
•cause they're so appreciative. On
the secondnote they'11 be going off.
going crazy, but on the other hand,
tt clubs you can drink and you get ]
i  paid.
Our van leaks oil so it's not fun. We
also have a serious problem with
Bif: when she gets hot, she gets
naked. The worst, though, was
running out of gas at 3AM in
northern Ontario. Just rocks, trees
and moose. We has to use a stolen
auto club card to get outta that one.
|  Or another time Bif got alcohol
poisoning and puked in the van for
two days. I
I've been billed a sex symbol-
although I don't consider myself
one_and it's really hard 'cause a I
lot of people don't think achick can I
be a vulgar bitch in a band, or smg
for a punk rock band. Most people
thinkfemalesingersshouldbemore I
demure than myself. Either people I
think of you as a stupid slut and are
they're impressed that you canac- I
stripperand,asfaraslamconcerned  I
she'sexploitingtheguysmthefront I
room: they're paying her to watch
her. If people ogle me. U s *e*r
want to do. I was talking to a corporate record type and he was say^
^g that because I'm a woman
to be me. Jessica Rabbit. Exene,
Madonna. Roseanne Barr, and Billie Holiday rolledmtoon
'nessy   whl R ^ JU" don'* be
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APRIL 1991   19 SOME KIDS LIKE TO GET DRUNK and body- Be eyeful with me, OK?
stoned on the weekends. Some kids like to go N: Sure,
shopping with their moms on Friday nights. And KF: Just because I'm sitting here and look stupid doesn't
some kids, dear Vancouverites, like to froth at the mouth mean I'm not dangerous.
in awe of the strange and delightful happenings associated N: Well, just because I'm sitting here and look stupid
with the Twentieth Annual doesn't mean I'm not dangerous.
Juno Awards.                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ KF: Keep it up, man, and we'll go
Wilh "thee Ju- I H outside and I'll deal with you.
nos" hilling V-lown this I H N: No, thank you, because I'm
year, affiliated and not-so- I H only a C+ at fighting and you're
affiliated events sprung up I H probably A+. So I don't want to
all around the City. One cool I H mess with you.
non light crotched gathering I H KF: You guys (pointing to volun-
was the super-duper, re- I B tecr Heavy Metal security leam).
vamped for 1991, West Coast I H Whal'II we do with him? If he
Music Exposition (Westex), I ^H keeps doing one-upmanship then
held at the Robson Square H H I'm gonna have to take him out-
Media Centre. A thorough fl H side, I mean, that's how 1 think,
examination of the Westex fl ____{__■ ^ny (*on ' you (mean'n£ Eugene
program revealed that ■■■■ ■£ Rjp[X:r |lKa) singer/Westex offi
Expositon-goers would be ■ -f^Sa ^^^B cial) take him outside and talk to
graced by Uk presence of. K|m ..Runaw .. Fowtoy. „. a|way. him about what we're supposed to
gentleman whose credent,.!, ^^ . ^ . ,_ h|_ ^^ be do.ng here 1 either won , con-
screamed Rock n Roll: ere- tmueor III deal with him on a man
.tor and manager of the wicked Runaways, writer of the to man level, and I will win. So why don't you lake him
ultimate frat hit "Alley Oop" .nd the erie flower anthem outside, please.
"The Trip," the anti-Zappacosta himself: Mr. Kim "I N: I won't say anything anymore!
charge a dollar a minute" Fowley. His workshop early on KF: You can say whatever you want to, but do it in the
a Friday Westex moming, simply titled "A Chat With Kim context of a music business interface. As long as you keep
Fowley," packed a small room lull of bodies, rock wives, up then you antagonize me, and I'll keep up. There':
Nelson wannabes, Richard Gere outfits and excitement.
Excitement indeed:
nothing sacred about any of this so (looks away) you guys
talk to him, or you talk to him or I'll talk to him. You two,
you, or me. Pick one. C'mon.
KIM FOWLEY: I was on U-TV last night, if you know    N: Can't I just stay here on the warm seat? I'm afraid.
what that is. KF: Yeah, but you're a jerk. Go out (pointing again to
NARDWUAR: Yeah, U-TV lets you say the word "shil"    Eugene) aid talk to him. You ulk lo him or I'll talk to him.
on it so lhat's pretty good.
KF: I wonder who invented the word "shit." As it turned out, I, Nardwuar the Human
N: 1 wondeT who invented the word "Sloppy Seconds."     Serviette, fearing for my nose, skull, belly and jaw, took
KF: The same person who got it... I can do repartee with    Fowley's advice and immediately exited the premises.
you man, I'm real good at it. Perhaps that evenings' "Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy
N: I'll wait till after the conference. Metal—The Real Cutting Edge" seminar would fulfill my
KF: No, I'll do it right now with you. Judo and boxing in    quotient for safe, clean, musically-inspired stimulation. Ya
case it gets too intense. I'm
very aggressive, right or    Nordwuoi: &»g EMe
wrong. I'm here to do music
but I'll get into shit.
N: I was just mentioning U-
KF: No dude, boieesee!
N: Gagickth!
KF: What do you do? Let's
get into yer shit.
N: I like to listen.
KF: Well then, listen. But if
you want to get down let's get
down. There's a weapon in
here (points to his bag); I'm
serious. Just to let you know,
sometimes when I speak to
audiences, I wave this (takes
out black cloth that reads
"Bom to be Bad"). What does
it say? Be nice.
N: Keep on rawking in the free world.
KF: No, it says "Bom to be Bad." I'm a bad boy. Anytime
it gets intense, I put it out.
KF: Don't be sorry. Get ready to boogie.
N: OK, I'm ready.
KF: What's yer weapon? Ignorance or knowledge? Which
is it?
N: Hot Chocolate
KF: ...You know what, we'll devote this whole meeting to
you. Here's how we're going to do this. I'm real smart and    I am.
real successful, and I will talk on any level that you    N: Where are you originally from?
approach me on. |t depends if you want to leam. I'll deal    F: Well, I'm originally from Melbourne, Australia, but I
wilh you on your level, man, and exclude everybody else    left when I was four years old. I lived in New York until
and in the end I'll beat the shit out of you just for the sheer    I was twelve years old, and then moved to Hollywood.
joy of it, or I'll be a gentleman and I'll ulk reality to you.    Now I'm 28.
N: You're married to a Victoria girl, aren't
F: I was up until three months .go.
N: Victoria's also home of one of the best
bass players in the world.
F: Who's that?
N: From the rock band No—
N: No—Means—
F: NoMeansNo!
N: Victoria's the home of Rob Wright from
NoMeansNo. So you, being a bassplayer
yourself, and you, marrying a Victoria girl,
did you realize the correlation lhat perhaps
you were tying into a big bass scene there?
F: I never realized the cosmic implications of
it all. However, when I did meet her she did
tell mc there was this band called NoMeansNo
and they were really, really good.
N: And since then you've bought the entire
NoMeansNo collection?
F: I actually do have one of their records and
I like il very much.
N: You would call Rob's bass playing
F: I would call it very good, and very influenced by Mike Watt.
N: How 'bout your own bass playing; how
would you describe that?
F: I dunno. I jusl kinda do my thing.
N: Besides yourself, do you know of anybody else, relatively famous, married to
Vancouver girls?
F: You mean like very famous people on TV?
N: Dennis Miller!
F: Who's Dennis Miller?
N: Dennis Miller from Saturday Night Live's
married to some young lass from Richmond,
I think. And you know Hugh Hefner's wife,
she's from West Vancouver. She went to a
high school that I once stood in. That's pretty
F: That's great! I think
that's amazing. It's just
incredible, it's zingy, it's
zany, it's wacky, it's
crazy. It's really a mind-
blowing thing. As a matter of fact, I've never
heard anything like that
before in my life
N: Also, Flea, 1 was
wondering: see this
picture of yourself?
(It's a picture of Flea
giving "the finger" that
appeared in the Georgia
Straight for weeks
preceeding Westex.)
Hea, the bass player he married a girl from Victoria. Was It mere coincidence?
know what, Sparkey? It sure did, courtesy of the zany
NARDWUAR: Who are you and why we you here?
FLEA: My name is Flea and I play bass in the Red Hot
Chili Peppers, this band I started several years back. My
manager called me up last week and said, "Hey, doya want
to go up to Vancouver next weekend, 'cause there's this
thing going on up there and you could be on the panel and
go up to Vancouver for a few days." And I said, "Yeah, I'd
like lo go and get out of the city for a few days." So here
Why are you giving the finger here?
F: Because I'm angry-
N: Do you remember that incident?
F: 1 do remember
that particular incident. It was when
we were in the recording studio, recording the
Mother's Milk
record, and I had
just cut off half of
my hair. I was getting ready to see the Lakers
play the Detroit Pistons, and I gave the finger,
Mel Shaw: he
stairs-did he want
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I dunno why.
N: See this other photo I have of you? (It's a pix of Flea giving "the
tongue.") Why we you, Mr. Rea, giving the tongue here? Had you just
seen the LA Kings lose?
F: Well, I don't really like hockey very much.
N: Do you like the punkish combo, DOA?
F: Yeah, I love DOA.
N: They worship Hockey religiously.
F: I know they do. But see, I was brought up on basketball. I was brought
up in Hollywood. There's no snow or ice there, so I don't know much
about hockey. I'm a basketball guy. But as for the tongue, I dunno man.
N: Is Ska dead?
F: You know that band I was talking about, the Travelling Dingleber-
ries, featuring Mr. Moore from Fishbone? They're a really great Ska
N: Have you ever been spotted with
Heather Locklear or Christina Brinkley
F: I dunno, but last weekend I was hanging out with Julio Iglesias, backstage,
after seeing his show at Caesar's Palace
in Las Vegas. And he was there with these
four beautiful Spanish women, and I was
there with a few of my buddies, and he
said to the women, he goes, "Here's these
guys, these young men; they could fuck
all of you five times each."
N: What is Vancouver known for?
F: The whales. Where the whales are.
N: Why do you like the Beatles, Flea?
F: 'Cause they're a good band. They write
good songs.
N: They're in commercials, too, just like the Peppers.
F: Well, ya know, me and Paul, ever since we were working on the "Live
the first one dowrv
Nardwuar'kicked out'? y in New York's electric chair, strikes a proud pose
Zeppelin suck?
F: You ha ve to figure that out for yourself. It
could possibly be that they were one of the
most soulful, innovative, hardrock bands to
ever play.
N: Are drugs bad?
F: I refuse to answer that question.
N: Who is the Prime Minister of Canada?
F: Mulroney?
N: You got it, pardner; thanks, and here's a
lucky chesnut!
Sunday, March 3, signalled the
end ofthe wonderful Westex weekend workshops, and the beginning of the Juno countdown. Rendezvousing at approximately 1:30
PM outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre,
CiTR delegates Bepi Crespan and myself
had no trouble passing through the media
gate with our Student Radio Society identification. Once inside, we were led to a location
deep down beneath the theatre which was set
aside as the Press Room. Here's how it
worked: after each Juno award winner had
accepted their prize upstairs in the QE Thealre, they were led to the basement below to
answer any questions directed their way by
the Media. A real "Rockline" deep-voiced
GQ-styled guy acted as the moderator for the
press conference, controlling the number of
questions from the floor. One of the very first
Juno recipients paraded our way was Walt
with me in the Shades of Blonde, who later became the 49th
N: How did the 49th Parallel do compared to the
MS: The Stampeders were on television, and the most
popular group, but the next group thai was coming up was
Danny Lowe and the 49th Parallel. In fact, I told the
Stampeders that if they stayed in Calgary, the 49th Parallel
would surely become the most popular group.
N: So how come, with hits like "Labourer," "Citizen
Freak," and Twilight Women," the 49th Parallel didn't
hit it big?
GQ DEEP-VOICED MODERATOR GUY: Sorry to interrupt your thoughts, I just want to—I hate to jump in like
N: How can you stop the 49th Parallel with such great
lyrics as "I gel up earlylEal your oats/Gel your paper/Go
and vole/You shave each morninglYou re so meekJ' Cause
day by day, week by week/We hale you—Citizen FreakT
The 49th Parallel, they're—
GQDVMG: This has turned into a variety package, hasn't
it folks! Now, onto the President of CARAS...
To be quite honest, I was flabbergasted, dumbfounded and downright upset that this GQ Deep-Voiced
Toronto Powcr-Luncher Moderator guy had cut mc off, not
for lack of time, but for the simple reason he probably didn't
think my questions were Rolling Stone enough. Caught up in
this confusion, my eyes failed to notice a hulking figure
moving closer and closer and closer and... BANG! "YOU'RE
OUTTA HERE KID!" "No, please sir, for the love of the
Junos, let me stay! Let me talk to MC Hammer. Let me gab
with Glass
Tiger. Let
me ask
basic que-
It was a brutal killing.
But why did they snuff out
the life of that innocent boy? Why?
rhy? Why? The answer finally came as
esult of a brilliant police investigation.
Fantastic Tour," decided that we would get together and whore ourselves for thccommericialization of several products, and useour music
to further corporate systems.
N: 1 was in a club the other night, wearing a touque, and a girl came up
to me and said, "How dare you wear a touque in here," and then walked
away. Guess what she was wearing on the back of her leather jacket?
F: Not a Chili
N: Yup, and
then the
day, I went
into 7-11 and
picked up the
new College
issue of Spin,
where some
University of
Missouri students    said
their favorite
band was...
F: The Red
Hot    Chili     The 49th Parallel: If only the Stampeders had stayed in Calgary,
Peppers. they  would  have  become  'the  most  popular group'
N: So, did I, a young boy, encounter two typical Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fans—the Frat guys in ihe Spin magazine, and sort of the rocker-
altemative type who didn't like my touque in the hot, sweaty, club? Are
those two typical Red Hot fans?
F: I really couldn't tell you. We get little chubby kids, tall skinny old
men, retarded Mexican people, and genius Bulgarians. All kinds of
different people come to see up play. We just do what we do. But I think
that should be my closing statement...
N: Just a few more quick questions, please. Flea? Why dosen't Led
Here, in a courtroom re-creation, "the
plea to the Juno committee: "How
Industry Builder Award winner, Mel Shaw:
former manager of the Stampeders, founding
president of CARAS, and general Canadian
music busi-
about the explosive, dynamic, 1960's
Calgary rock
n' roll scene?
Believing this
to be a legitimate question
I uttered:
Mel, you're
from Calgary?
N: And the Stampeders were the most
famous group to come from Calgary?
MS: Yes.
N: Have you ever heard of the legendary
'60s punk rock band, the 49th Parallel?
MS: Yes, Danny Lowe, who's currently involved with Q-Sound, recorded his first record
Serviette"makes an empassioned "So ,ong.
can you stop the 49th Parallel?" Sucker,
the GQ
Deep-Voiced Toronto Power-Lunch M oderator smi rked
in true Family Feud style as I was dragged up the stairs,
past the Media Reception room containing free kegs of
Molson's beer, past Paul Janz, and out into the real
ask. Yes, Madonna indeed. Danny Lowe, lead screamer
of the 49th Parallel, had, in later years, gone on to
develop Q-Sound, used exclusively by MADONNA.
TORONTO MODERATOR BOZO know he was insulting a Top 40 relic like Madonna when he decided to
deprive me of attending the Twentieth Annual Juno
Awards? Mel Shaw had no problem in relating the
intriguing 49th Parallel-Madonna relationship, however, Mr. GQ Deep-Voiced Moderator did. Why? He
had a job to do which did not include allowing anyone
to gain any more than the most basic insights into the
Candian Music Industry. Ironically, the 49th Parallel
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ALL AGES WELCOME Hi, this is David Hawkes from
CiTR 101.9 fM in Vancouver.
Who are you?
I'm Clint from Pop Will Eat Itself.
Are you coming to North America soon?
Yeah, in about just over two
weeks... I'm looking forward to IL
You know it's the land of commercialism.
We've been there a couple of times
now and I like it; I'm an American
Iguess you guys are quite familiar with your success here in
North America.
People say to us, "Oh well you're
coming to America, you're gonna
go and play America and there'll
probably be, you know, few people there to see ya" and we go
"Fun. Great." I mean, we just turn
up and play; some nights there's a
lot of people and there's other
nights where there's not so many.
It's sort of really hard to equate
what it all means; we're just playing the gigs as far as we can see...
I enjoy touring... I sort of just like
the lifestyle, I suppose.... It's mostly about having fun; getting up in
the morning and travelling can be
a drag, but..I just like having fun,
you know.
Have you felt that, as a guy, that
you've come along since the
Beaver Patrol days, or it that
still very much an agreeable attitude?
I'd like to think so, really.
Did you get any flack for that?
Yeah, we got a lot, and due to that,
I think we learned a lot, really... I
mean, I'm not saying we've turned
into new men or something, you
just sort of, like, I guess get to
understand the different sort of
attitude because it's been brought
to your attention, and I think that's
good... If you didn't leam any lessons, you'd still be like wearing
diapers as they say, I suppose...
Is Grebo Patrol still happening
with the Beaver Patrol, or are
you guys in it for the money
I don't think so...I mean, I saw a
guy in the street the other day that
I haven't seen for quite a while,
and he comes to me and says,
"Oh, I saw you on some TV show...
It was great. Well pleased for you;
are you making lots of money
now?" And I said, "Well no..." It
doesn't really work like that, I don't
think. I mean we're not exactly like
U2 yet, we're just sort of doing it
really. Because we're being a little
more successful allows you to have
more things like a bit more comfort
twisted rr.EXPLorTEDrr. am> now hes
when you're touring or you can
have a better hotel... People look
after you a little better, maybe that
starts for them to make you a little
pampered, I suppose, and maybe
you lose that sort of gritty edge that
made you write certain songs that
you've written... We've just done
Australia where we're sort of reasonably popular so we're quite well
looked after there.
You're very popular there. I
spend a lot of time in Brisbane,
on to you guys, actually.
We were in Brisbane about three
weeks ago, and we did a club
called the Manhattan Club... It was
a bit of a wild night actually; the PA
blew up halfway through the gig,
and we were on stage for about
half an hour while they fixed it, and
so we were really pissed of at this.
Butwe went back on, and itwas an
absolute riot, we had probably most
of the crowd on the stage... It was
a great night in the end.
I saw New Order across the
street at the Roxy, and they
played for twenty minutes; are
you guys playing longer than
twenty minutes these days?
Yes, we're doing a mammoth set
at the moment; we're up to at least
27 minutes.
You thank James "cunt" Brown
on Box Frenzy, right?
(laughs) It's a different James
On "This is the Day," you described the arrest of James
Brown, the Godfather of Soul...
Did you get any flack for hassling him, or basically pointing
out to people what a drug addict
he was at the time of his arrest?
No, we didn't at all actually; I mean,
that song just seems to have been
universally well-liked because of
the way we did it, which was nice.
In Canada, you guys are getting
huge rotation on MuchMusic.
Do you think people expect to
see a music video when they
see you in concert? Do they
expect this really slick package
continuously for your 27 minutes?
They probably get a really slick
package for the first 27 minutes,
then for the next 45 minutes we
completely drop apart (laughs).
When we play live, as far as we're
concerned, we're just like an extension of the crowd, just four more
guys that are getting into it, and we
hope that everybody would be
getting into it with us. I don't know
whether we'll ever come across as
being 'slick' or not, that's one thing
that we've never ever really been
called I don't think...
The "XYZ" single was pretty
damn slick, in the way that it
was beautifully produced.
It could almost be called overproduced to a certain degree.
Is that how you feel about it?
If somebody said that about it, I
wouldn't be alarmed.
How did you find [producer]
John Waddell?
He used to be in a band called
Nasty Rox Inc. They toured with us
once over here, and we were
looking for somebody to, like, remix
"XYZ" for the single and we used a
guy called Pascal Gabriel who's
done a fair amount of mixes and
that, and I don't know, [Gabriel's
version] didn't really have it, but
John did "XYZ" and it seemed to
really kick.
I was wondering about the Yellow Vinyl. Did you have anything to do with re-releasing
something on Yellow Vinyl?
As a Yellow Vinyl junkie, it was
nice to have a collector's item
again. In England, they like a format for the record, somebody's
got a choice between two records.
They might go for the one that's
got a little bit of extra something
about it to make them buy it the
first week of release so you can
get in the charts basically. Some
bands don't really like that type of
stuff, and I myself don'treally care,
I don't really have a problem with
How is BMG, your label, in giving you the space and the time
to record what you want?
They're good.... We were on independent label [Chapter 22] for a
couple of years over here, and we
were being reasonably successful
in our field. Because we already
set ourselves up quite well, the
guy that signed us basically understood the type of band that we
were. Itwas better off leaving us to
it. Obviously they put up with this
and that, but they leave us alone
by and large... We're pretty affable
guys, we get along with people
On video, it looks like you are
actually having fun as opposed
to |ust sort of doing it.
On that "XY and Z" video though, it
was a pretty good day.
Who directed that?
A guy called John Klein. He's an
American actually, you might not
know him but he did a TV program
over here called "Buzz" that was
like a video montage type of program that was very good.
What do you think about this
whole Manchester Happy Mondays thing? Are they too baggy
or what?
It's the same with anything; you
got a bunch of bands and some of
them are going to be good and
some of them are shit
What are you listening to now
It sort of varies; bunch of stuff
really. I went to see Jane's Addiction last night, who I really like.
African Headcharge are a bit of a
favorite; they're quite good. I like a
lot of dance stuff as well; I like KLF,
they tend to be a bit erratic but, I
mean, I like 'em.
Vestan Pance seems to be writing everything for the band. Are
you getting your little bit in
We used Vestan Pance... Well ,
ifs like a hangover from when we
were on the dole over here, and
we had our first records out and
you have to put down your publisher, and ralher than having our
four names we just did it under a
pseudonym of Vestan Pance.
Where did that come from?
Well, you wear a vest and pants...
Ahh. That's pretty stupid... Can
you basically walk through the
streets and feel pretty much that
you're left alone and can live
Yeah... where I live is a pretty
smallish town anyway. I just go
down to the pub...
When you really felt that you
had really done something,
where you had touched the
world with your music, when
wasthat,andhowdid you know?
I don't really think about it that
much, I'm just thinking about what
I'm going to do next I don't really
sit back and think "Wow aren't we
great," at any point... [It's] really
odd, the fact that you can go around
the world and there could be x
amount of people come to one of
your shows and they all know the
words to some song that you wrote
in your bedroom...half a world
away... I suppose to a certain degree you have touched them but I
don't really think about it too much
or I try not to. I can't understand
why people need this idea of
someone who is in a band or a film
star being some kind of mega being. They're just somebody who's
doing something... People start
thinking you are larger than life
and I think maybe that's going to
be pretty shirty...
Are you guys all scared of flying?
No, it's just me.
Why, do you have vertigo?
I don't know what it is. I don't think
it is a question of vertigo; it might
be claustrophobia or just the tact
that I'm completely scared of dying in a big hunk of metal.
I look at these people and I think
I don't know you at all but we
might make history together if
this baby goes down.
I don't need to be part of that piece.
I like to think that I'll go peacefully
in my sleep at about 99... I don't
need all that hero stuff; I'm quite
happy to go with a cup of tea by the
It must be kind of nice to have
Matthew Oliivier and Alan Moulder in engineering with you.
When you make a record it's kind
of nice to have people who are
good, (a) good at their job and (b)
just good people that you get on
with. So that it's like a happy camp
of everybody just enjoying themselves because obviously there
are times that it does seem like
really hard work and if everybody
is getting along it makes it all that
So you sit there for six months
in a studio, then you have your
record out, then you're hearing
it on the radio and then you
have to go play the damn thing
in the clubs; you must get sick
of it.
(laughs) Yeah, you do, to be quite
honest. That's why it's good that a
tour is three weeks long or maybe
amonthlong. Ifyoudo longer than
that, you really start to, not hide the
songs, but you really can't put the
conviction into them that you could
at the start of the tour. I never really
listen to our records anyway—or
try not to, not that I try not to but I
don't sort of listen to them: the only
time I hear them after about a
month of finishing them is when
we are doing them on tour.
The Incredible Pop Will Eat Itself vs. The Moral Majority is an
incredible piece, with the samples of everything. Do you believe music is a gift from God, to
exult him? Or are you basically
just religious-free?
I suppose I would say I was religious-free, but having said that,
ifyou did sit down and think about
it, maybe that's not true; I don't
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by adam
What are you in prison for?
I'm in prison for murder.
How long do you get for that?
A life sentence. 25 to life.
How did you get the rap project started?
Well, I'm the vice-president of the Lifers Group,
which is the Juvenile Awareness Program, which is
also known as Scared Straight [a program to get kids
to fear prison and subsequently to quit or stay out of
gangs, crime, violence etc.], and our program deals
with the harsh realities of everyday prison life and I
find that rap music is very important in our society...
It's not a fad, it's here to stay, and I thought progressive rap would be a means of gettin' our program
across. It's a good way of reaching lots of kids, lots
of people. So I went through a guy called David
[Funkenklein] Klein, who was with Red Alert Productions at the time, who was goin' to Hollywood
Records as director of rap. He was familiar with the
program already, and one idea grew to another idea.
He had two producers from Denmark, Solid Productions, come in and they brought in the studio. Then
I went to a couple of guys in here who were into rap
music and I asked them could they define for me in
a rap format what everyday prison life is for you in
here because I want to send a message out to the
youth. They wanted to rap about other things also,
but I kept it within my guidelines and then we
recorded everything.
What rap groups are popular In there?
I listen to Gang Starr, KRS-1; I like comedic rap.
Digital Underground, Chubb Rock, Kool G Rap, a
little bit of [Big Daddy] Kane. I like a little bit of
somethin* of each rapper, whether it's the creative-
ness of it or the production of it; I like some part of
every rapper who's done somethin'. As far as Public
Enemy goes, I like their music, and no one speaks
about blackness better than themselves. As far as
NWA and Ice Cube, they speak about Compton and
gangsta rap. The Lifers Group speak about the harsh
realities of everyday prison life, and we do it better
than anyone else 'cause we're livin' it every day.
They're [NWA and Ice Cube, who also speak about
"prison life"] livin'by a fairy tale and we'relivin'the
real deal. Kids look up to NWA, the Geto Boys,
Above the Law and groups like that who tell them
that they were runnin' things when they were in
prison when in fact it's nothin' like that. They don't
say that a guy might have been extortin' him or a guy
was tryin' to rape him; they don't tell the kids this
when they get out of jail. For instance. Ice Cube said
he spent a week in the county jail and it was like a
piece of cake to him. Well, that's bullshit Inhere you
don't know what time of night you're gonna have to
wake up, you don't know when somebody might try
to take your life; you don't know these things. Prison
life is glorified in gangsta rap, and I'm tryin' to tell
the kids that prison is hell, 'cause it is. The only
reason that we were allowed to do this is because
The Lifers Group is
a rap act which
consists of convicts
serving life sentences at the Railway Maximum Security Prison in
New Jersey. Recently they released an EP entitled The Real Deal.
Discorder talked to
Maxwell Melvins,
we're in the business of dealin' with kids and people were
pretty much in support of
what the Lifers Group do.
Are there plans to do any
more tunes to follow up
your EP?
Yes, there is. We're plannin'
on doin' an album.
How does the Scared
Straight Program operate?
We have two tours a day, an
AM tour and a PM tour
[where the kids are brought
in]. Different organizations
outside that are familiar with
the Lifers Group call and
schedule the tour. They bring
the kids in so that they can
experience prison life first
hand. We give them a tour up
a couple of the wings, put a
couple of them inside a cell
to let them get the feelin' of
what it's like bein' in a tiny
cell, then we have a couple of
guys roll up on them as
though, you know, this is
what could happen to you
and what could you do about
it if these guys approach you
like this... you can be overpowered. From there they are
taken up to the auditorium
for a presentation. Six or
seven guys give a spill, which
is personal experiences that
they've been through in their
life. Then we have a rap session with them. And we have
an advantage over counsellors or law enforcement who
might have went to school
for this because we actually
lived this life when we were
out there... You know what
I'd like you to do for me if
you could? I would like you
to let the kids know that we
still have our Juvenile
Awareness Hotline here.
Do you have a number?
also for parents who
ing problems with their kids.
You straight?
Alright, see ya. Who are the Residents?
Well, I guess you could
say that the Residents are
a group of artistic types
who like to do projects.
Tell us about the Residents' history.
It's kind of difficult to
capsulate. They spent
about ten years in the studio, and recorded as many
albums, and then decided that they wanted to try
touring. Three years later they went on tour
again, and then three
years after that, which is
the current tour.
What is the current tour
It's called Cube-E, subtitled the History of American Music in Three E-Z
Pieces. The first piece is
cowboy music, and then
there's black music, and
finally the music of "the
King," that is to say Elvis,
who is called "the baby
Did this tour develop
from the concept of the
album The King and
Eye? Should it be considered part of the
American Composer
The concept of the tour
sort of spun off from the
American composer series and the album The
King and Eye developed
out of that concept.
Will the Residents come to Vancou-     finding out stuff that we didn't know was out there.
Well, the Residents are self-supporting;
they're not like a rock band on tour and
so they generally lose a bit of money
every time they tour. They would have
liked to go there, but there were scheduling problems, and there isn't enough of
a supporting area there to make a trip up
there economically worthwhile. That includes Washington and Oregon.
Are the Residents still connected with
Ralph Records? Lately their work has
been appearing on a number of different labels.
The Residents actually formed Ralph
Records; it was their label. The Cryptic
Corporation formed around developing
Ralph, and then Ralph was sold to an
independent. At this point the Residents
were no longer tied contractually to
anyone and had freedom to go where
they wanted, and we could look for the
best deals for them for each new project.
What is your current status with the
Well, we're their managers, but we've
pulled back a bit and a new guy, Rich
Shupe, is handling the monetary and
organizational side of things. Officially
we're their personal managers.
How many albums have the Residents
produced in total?
That's hard to answer because there are
all these grey areas, like compilations
and EPs which are almost album length,
and joint efforts. Then there are the
compilations which have been released
only in Japan, or only in Europe so it's
really hard to say. We use the figure of
eighteen, about one a year. The Residents themselves count by projects,
which includes live shows and videos,
When will this be released?
I just saw the first draft of this today; it's really complete and on a data
base, so we're hoping late fall of '91.
What's the true story of why the Residents wear big eyeballs over
their heads?
Originally the eyeballs were a one-shot concept, just for the cover of
Eskimo, but it grabbed the public's attention; people really had a taste for
it. They tried to leave it right after that but people kept talking about it,
they'd say 'The Residents: those guys with the eyeballs," and so the
Cryptic Corporation made the decision to keep it from a promotional
standpoint. The eyeball and top hat and tuxedo is like an icon, it seems.
Of course, they don't care about such things, but they went along with it.
It's changing a bit too: on the latest tour they have these big cubist eyeballs
that cover their whole body.
Why does one of the Residents have a skull instead? I've heard
something about one of the eyes being stolen.
Yeah, on their previous tour they were in LA and someone stole one of
the eyeballs right out of the dressing room. It was on a tour so we needed
to take action quickly... The Residents were wearing white tuxedos on this
tour, so the one whose it was went into mourning and put on a black tuxedo
and this skull, and the skull was blind, you see; he couldn't see out of it
because his eye had been stolen. Of course, now it's been accepted as part
of their image so it's been made permanent.
Is there a third part
to The Mole Trilogy, or does it go one,
two, four?
Yes, there is. That is,
it's never been recorded or released,
but to the Residents
it exists. The Mole
Trilogy concept is for
three sets of double
albums, three music
and three story, so part three will be the story that'/Tie Big Bubble is the
music for, and then parts five and six will be story and music again.
What are some of the Residents' influences?
Film. All their music is visually oriented and written with the dramatic
approach in mind. They think of "sound movies" when they write music.
Snakeflnger had been an associate of the Residents since the very
beginning. How did his death affect them? Did it affect their music at
Well, by far the greatest effect was personally. He was their friend before
they became musicians and their musical association was a result of that
friendship. He had a history of heart trouble, so they weren't too shocked,
but it still affected them deeply, although maybe more in the sense of
"Well, we're still alive, so we've still got time to finish some more
projects, so let's get working." Of course, they have his shoes and they
those to be
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with the Cryptic Corporation:
those mysterious men who manage
The Residents
home, so
they're hap-
His "sole"?
Yeah, somethinglike that.
Where did the Residents go on the Cube-E
We went across the US
and to Europe twice, and
to Montreal and Toronto. We had wanted to go
to Russia, but there were
financial problems due to
the Russian economy.
and they count twenty-two of those.
Is there a definitive discography of the
Well, a number of people, including myself, are attempting this. It will be in book
form, completely cross-indexed, with
countries of release and dates. We didn't
keep recordsofthisstuff, so we're relying
a lot on real heavy collectors, and we're
Are the Residents a CD-only band now?
Yes. In America, you can't sell albums/vinyl at all anymore, only CDs and
tapes. After an album is released, though, they may sell vinyl rights,
especially to countries like Spain and Greece where they don't have CDs.
What will be the Residents' next release?
It's calledFreakshowand it's coming out in March and it's really hot. Of
course, UWEB [Uncle Willie's Eyeball Buddies, the Resident's "fan
club"] is releasing limited-edition CDs as well; if you're interested,
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APRIL 1991   25 we ddn't wont to do tha keyboard
player hidden behind the amp*lef situation Ira a lot ot hard rock groupi do
Donl run down lha loverboy kayboord
ployar too much, bacouoa, remember,
ha rahioad to do lha ooundtrock tor top
four guys and a girl, we have a new
keyboard player. Gerry Vanel. a San
Francisco legend, and we're jmt people who like to go out on itage and
perform rock and rol numbers that we
penned ourselves and you know, we Ike
to Just do It and we Ike to play for people; It's a fun thing.
Who are the olher members of Redd
Kross, specifically then? Myself Jell, my
brother Steven plays bass and sings, and
Robert Hecker plays lead guitar, he's
been wtth us lor six years. And we have
two new members: Brian Wetzel, the
drummer, and Jay Vanel. she's Ike our
newest legendary oddrtion. she plays
You said the word "legendary" twice.
What's her legend? She's just a very
famous keyboards player around the
San Francisco area, she's a cabaret pi-
does; she plays organ and piano She's
like a classically trained person so It's
amazing 'cause when we break strings
she goes into C hopin and various things
to keep the audience entertained so
there's no dead space
What happened? Weill!
took off because we wer<
with our current pop culti
frowned upon as being a cutture-iess
society but It's totaty urtrue; It's there In
our foce We just Ike are lucky enough
to recognize that 'Wow. It is going
down * I mean, you know, at the great
artists in the past starved to death. Ike
France for Instance, ond then they totally based their existence on people they
let starve. Wei we pay homage to David
Cassidy whle he's stiaUve so he doesn't
have to starve
lot of the records he put out and Bomp
Magazine was realy great. It was kind of
like a guide for us teens
Hos there been some mystery surrounding the beginning ol Redd Kross? I always hear something about Greg Helton ; whot- he doing In Redd K ross ? Wo il
Greg went to school with me in Hawthorne. Calfomia at Hawthorne High
School, thai was the school of the Beach
Boys, the legendary Brian Wilson went
So you went to school with Wilson Phillips? Wei the parents of WHson PWtps.
they later moved out to Hollywood before the kids were bom. but Emmett
Roach of Merry Go Round went to Hawthorne High so It kind of had a rock and
rol vibe. We a real vibe that we thought
It was our duty to keep the legend... I use
the word 'legend' a lot; It's an impor-
there's a lot of unrecognized legends en
Crag Hetson wot a good pal of yours
and he just jumped in the band, at simple a* that. Wei. not really. We were in
photography class together and I was
developing my first negatives and they
wereof Exene fromXand I had seen one
of thek first shows In Ho»ywood and he
sold. "Oh wow. you Ik* X." and he hod
the Go-Gos' very first gig at the Whiskey
A Go Go on tape so we realized wow.
played guitar I said. wow. I play guitar
and write songs and my brother plays
bass and he jusl went " Really?" but then
he realized my brother was 11 years old
and he though It was too unhlp to play
with an 11 year old so we hod to like try-
to find someone else, then he Jammed
wtth us and sold'Wow.thlskiealy good!'
so we got a drummer who was In the
school orchestra with my brother and
we Just started playing out of our garage
and before we knew It. we we re making
records ond playing clubs.
What about the story ol the two girls in
Ihe band? the Som Innocent period, our
first full-length album.
There wos an Interview of you In FUpttd*
a little while ago with two girls in the
band. A little while ago? That was ike
80/81; it might have beenanoldpicture
We hoda girl drummer. Janet Howsden.
ond a very Brian Jonos-esaue rhythm
guitarist named Tracey Lee and they
were friends of ours from ou neighborhood and when Greg He fson I
the Circle Jerks and our drummer left
Join Block Flag-
mot we wanted to keep It going to we
got our two friend and that's when we
<_d the very poychedelc atoum. Bom
And then you began to worship Ihe legendary Cramps; are Redd Knot the bollard tons ol the Cramps? Oh. I think so
We never mode o point of being prodigies of the Cramps, you know, they
weren't our mentors, but wed go see
them Actually, we learned how to be
rock stars by watching the Cramps We
notlcedthat when the Cramps played a
they w
thread that goes through al of us and it's
kind of a cool little menoge a trois we
have going
Why does the world need an album like
Third ly* when the Partridge Family already exists without C-FOX quality production? Wei. see.the Partridge Famiry.
they exist but In the past; they don't
make new records and you can only
listen to the old records so much, so we
feel It's our duty to keep the spirit alive
Is the average age ol Redd Kross, Jeff
McDonald ol the rock group Redd Kross,
still only 21 yean old? Yeah. 23 to 27.
How about you personalty? I'm 27.
yean? We just started very young; twos
14 and he was 11 when we started writing songs and ploying In clubs.    -,
Who It Kim Fowley? If I'm gonna use that
word "legend.* I might as weltus. It wtth
Kim Fowley. Kim Fowley Is a recoid-pro-
ducer/song-wrtter/Svengoli ttxjt has
been around since the '50s He wqt a
rtxal of Phi Spector's at one time. c*»_ he
wrote and produced mony hit ingles
bke Popcicles and Icicles by the Mermaids and Alley Oop. and he later wirrt
on to produce great groups like The
Quick and the Runaways; he helped to
create the Runaways. Kim Fowley Is truly
a genius, although he may offend some
wtth his modern attitudes about sex... He
Is just a very brilliant man
Whafs the scoop onyer former la bal, Big
Time Records; was it, asubskJiary ola big
Independent? WeU. Big Time was a
record label that spawned the original
Air Suppy recordings, and the person
who managed ond was responsible for
that group Air Supply, started a label
wtlh the profits he made from that group
and signed groups like Hoodoo Gurus.
Alex Chilton, and Christmas and Redd
Kross. It was a nice little thing while it
last ed but unfortunately Ike a bt of good
things. It wos misunderstood and slightly
mismanged and It kind of went the way
of a bt of other groovy things.
You're on Atlantic now? Yes.
going to produce one of the tracks off
the Thkdly atoum but she wanted us
to go to record at her house In Long
Wand and we were behind schedule so
we didn't have time to do It. urtortu-
How old it Debbie Gibson? I think she's
So poosibty, 10 yean ago, It the wot hip
enough, the could've been In attendance at a Redd Kross gig?  Wei. she
theirs and check out soma of their riffs.
You snow, l's kind of *ke a rock community, kind of thing.
Where do you play when you play your
shows? In HoRywood? Yes In fact, we
just ployed one lat night and we're
ploying one tonight at the Henry Fondo
T heat re
When you were starting out os Redd
around In the oudlence being m
they pul much Importance on their entrance, which wos very theatrical So we
learned that by observing the Cramps
from afor ond you know, what they did
and their attitudes The Cramps were
Ike the first underground rock star group
at the big. huge rock concerts but as for
as the ckjbt. the underground scene,
everyone was kind of anti-rock star ond
there the Cramps were being rock stars
and we thought. Wow, you know, that's
realy cool, we need some rock stars In
this scene because everyone was too
afraid to be rock stem
Are Jellyfish and the Posies the bollard
toru of Redd K root? I think quite possibly,
to an extent they both were Influenced
by us and It's so great I think muslcalY.
Jellyfish, the Posies and Redd Kross are
Why doyou like LedZeppelin? Why donl
they tuck? I think it's Robert Plant's incredible mystical lyrics I mean, he wrote
"Stairway to Heaven' In 20 minutes
Crazy. I know So I figure. OK. that's fine.
And. you know. Jimmy Page is a witch
so. therefore, he'sgotalot go ingfor him.
Why do people like Soundgarden? I think
people like Soundgarden because
they've got that Sab-Mod quality thot
locks Ina lot of othercurrent rock groups
Such at The Gibson. Debbie? Debbie
locks in Sab-Mod quality-let's turn that
Into Mod-Sab-and I think that Debbie
might be a little y.
Black Sabbath. But. you know. I think
that Soundgarden are quite in touch
with it; they're another one of those
bands that had the guts to go and acknowledge true genius.
there? It thai a huge tuper-duper excellent place? Wei It's rnedkjm tuper-duper excelent ploce and It's a legitimate
theatre; True hod just been running there
so It kind of has that Broadway \ribe I
think that. yeah, when we first started,
our dream was to play the Whiskey A
It that godlike structure stilt standing?
It wot no* heaven, wail? It wot dirty and
terrible Donl you get otot pteudo-hlp-
py, nice drink-juice people coming to
~ oteptoywthyou
Ihe true tplril of
Redd Krooo?   No. very fortunately the
think there are alot of people who ire to
wear alot of groovy clothes but the hippy mentally it pretty much very stagnant on Haight Street m Son Francisco
And those people on Haight Street don't
Has II ever closed down? Yes. tt did. We
octuaty played the last show ever at the
Whiskey A Go-Go with the Bongs and
the Aleycats. two great bands from Loo
Angeles: the Bangs who later became
the Bangles and the Aleycats were one
ot the first bands in town. They were
supposed to the very last show ever at
the Whiskey and they were supposed to
turn It into a bank ond It was closed for.
Ike. two yean and then they reopened
Ike celebrity dob or toys that we Ike or
a cool pak of ports or maybe a shirt.
large, or great books. Um. I'm sure that
youl get backstage so
Whot was the whole idea behind the
Tater Totz concept? Wei. I think we were
al extremely bored at one point because we didn't have a record deal yet
and we were kinda of just sitting around
doing nothing so we Just started Jamming ot an eight-trock studio, and we
have alot of friends who are obo musi-
clons. and we Just started doing these
recordings and there was somebody
who wanted to put them out and they
Just ended up in the record stores
For rea den who would
Totz lo a Yoko Ono...
w, Ihe Tater
v That olbum she put
Almost right up there with Gerry Roslie of
the Sonlct? Oh yeah; I think he's up
there wtth Jim Morrison
Have you ever met Danny Sugorman?
Um. actually 1 think I hove. I'm not really
sure ..>le used lo Befriends with one of
purguitar ptayers. Trocey
your gigs and olmott  jumped U|
itoge? Debbie Harry <x
possible. We hove a k
coming to check us out. Last night, the
Cowslb jumped up on-stoge. the Origl-
qurte aware and she's into tt. She understands the cause Yoko's been struggling for a long time. I think the B-52s in
alot of ways were her personal Jellyfish
What about Yoko? Dont you think Yoko
wrecked Ihe leaflet? They had great
tuneo before the got Involved. And also
great ALBUMS after she got involved.
Have you ever heard the Two Virgins
YQuenJoyodfhoTbookTf lenjoyedthat
that book? Oh y»_ definitely l resented
everybody whoneod that book, but then
l peked up a copy and 1 found that l
couldn't put it dowt.
Was Danny Bonaduce in that new movie, nieDpoi»?ltw»orlsawh|rn in there.
Did he play Ed Sullivan?
but I think it's quite possible that he has
a cameo in The Doors film. When you
see the Ed Sullivan character, I think you
should look very closely and you might
see some tinge of Danny Bonaduce In
Who it Mary Beth Mann? That's an incredible question! She's a top fashion
designer in New York.
Thot you just happened to meet ot a
power lunch? Yeah, we had power
lunch; she designed some of our clothes
fom our earlier endevours and she's realy big now so we can't realty afford
anymore, but she's still a friend. So we
did have power lunch.
DESIGNS your clothes! So you don't hunt
out junk shops anymore? It's ol top
designers or people who wil be top
He couldn't have Jumped up on-stoge
then. No. Bo* wasn't there but we had
Joha Bob. Paul and Susan last night.
Doyou think the Cowtlllt are better than
Old Skull? Oh I think they're way better
than Old Skul. I think they were responsible for thekmuslc and not thek parents
although thek mother was great. I think
we are suspicious of Old Skul We are
supportive of Old Skul and we think It's
greot ond we think the kids should just
keep on doing what they're doing. We
fear that thek father writes some ot thek
"Ronald Reagan! tad guyl" That's one of
Iheir lyrics, isnt It? Wei there's a song
wheretheysayNke.youknow. "Mymom
pooed ki my shoe." or something Ike
that. I think thek father must have wrote
ended up leaving Yoko a few times.
What would have happened if John Len-
non got married fo Sutan Dey or tome-
thing like thot? Thatwouldbeadisasrer
Because Susan Dey would be free to be
Susan Dey and John I think would just
turn Into a hen-pecked man.
Who would Sutan Dey be free to be
then?   She'd be free to be the Ray
Manzarek-mfluenced keyboardist of the
John Lennon solo project.
Did you alto tee her on Amenio Halt? She
kept on taying, "I have to start new
projectt." And Anenio didnt once ask
about past projects. Itn'tthatterrible. He
was probably briefed by her protocol.
So ■ Anenio Ihe anti-Yoko Ono? I think
Anenio Is Hee The Butt-Kiss King of the
planet. But It's cool, you know. He does
his scene. Anyone who's gonna go on
television and admit he's friends of MC
Hammer has got problems. I figure he
knew he was dealing with royalty
Come on, you like some MC Hammer,
dont you? No. I hate MC Hammer. I
hate him. I hate MC Hammer wtth c
passion because people con try to say
he's blowing Michael Jackson out of the
water with his incredible moves. Michael Jackson is the King. The minute he
comes bock onto the ckcuit, MC Hammer wi be completely forgotten about.
Do you have a
but Robert Hecker's father does. He has
about tea Even ones without turn signals, with just flog-
like ones straight out of Nazi Germany?
Pte-'44? Yes. I don't know much about
know he has ALL the vintage
Anton Fig ot lata Night wih David Ik*-
fermon tame part of the gigantic Redd
Krooo Alumni organization? Anton's a
nice man. What should I say? He's got a
gig, he's comfortable.
ity ki It and we weren't realy into It but
they were. So we kind of drove them out
by being completely irresponsible ond
(I Um. Debbie Gfoson
\ and actuc-y. Debbie w
In Circus Circus? No We did tt
Weekly, with vorious memben of LA Guns
ond Redd Kross and it was really a nice
little piece. That's'
So they started coming to our shows and
checking or
But Critpin Clover, your favourite pal,
wot on L*t1*rmon. You see. Crispin
Glover went on David Latterman disguised as Jeff and/or Steve of Redd
Kross and he kind of blew it for us. But you
know It's fine; r» national television. But
"     TNcke. videos like (licks ol Ihe Chocolate
Watchband Where it the guy from the
Chocolate Watchband th.se dayt?
Oakland We have lots of great videos
In fact. Roger from Jellyfish fumed us on
to this Incredible group called St or Rock
from San Francisco. They hod thek own
television show, public access television
show And they consisted of blues singer
Monica West ond the Incredible keyboard styiings of Roland Grant I think
they were the predecesson to W* to
Power, one of our al time favourite
period where they were kind of embarrassed about thek past and It took young
musician! who are current and hip in the
underground scene to telthem. "No. It's
get them now. al that stuff's been disconnected, rightfully so because altt hat
stuff was pretty cheesy to start off with.
Crispin Glover The thing that's inter
ing about Crispin Glover's phone m
ber is he ahvays has a machine on b
Phil Spector
erewad wou
Who It the Letter longs of the '90s? Uh.
Ramones but hi
Hkes Red-Kro
gee. 1. that's hard — con 1 get bock to
Ramones were
you on thot one?
Who was the Letter longs of the 'BOs?
You mean getting  locked up
house?   And guns pointed at
-Byron Coley Irom Spin Magazine? Oh
you're gonna
do a record v.
3t type of behavior
as one In the '80s
— Peter Amett? Oh. wel maybe
r hear ol the Hock*! mogaz
id what happened to
Phil Spector on your new album? No.
because I think they thanked Phil Spec-
tor on thek album As artists they can
truly undentand Phil, but working wtth
the man was probably another story
altogether, ond they weren't emotionally prepared for it
Jett, ofthe rock group Redd Kross, where
it Rachel Sweet today? Rachel Sweet;
that's really good because a friend of
mine. Vicki Peterson, formerly of the
and they write songs together I
when Vicki does her record, there'I
couple ol Rachel Sweet songs i
Rachel Sweet song songs for the n
Cry Baby, she did all the vocals fc
leadcharocter. end she sang the tt
song to Hmspro)
What bond wos he In lo begin with?
Fear? He was actually in the ChU Pep-
pen Ant and then he did a little stmt wtth
he was In Suburbia Quite brWant.
Flea said on MuchMusic that Jimi Hen-
drix-l dont know if thit lo true or not-
had hit cock bronzed. It thai true? Oh.
quite possibly Was he referring to the
Plaster Casten of Chicago? They may
have bronzed him from thek original
mold they took of Jimi. The Plaster Cast-
en are the famous groupies from Chicago who mode plaster molds of their
favorite Idols' penises
So who ess* made it in Ihere? Oh. everybody did from the '60s through the
•70s; I think they retired in the '70s.
rd Cohenl Leonard
Cohen's cool but Suzanne Vega's Just
' "jt.Thethingaboutherislike.ldont
ir music and 1 never have, but I was
wtth someone that she was talking to
and she's one of these people that you
can be wtth someone else and she wont
bokatyouand If yousayanything to her
she'll barely acknowledge you so I've
come to the conclusion that she's o BAD
witch, probably a WICKED witch.
e that od in that
Angeles right now.
So why did they I
magazine eight m
ing happened really? Wel. you know
the movie business. It's very fickle, bizarre, confused and unorganized
And Redd Kross wrole a song," T974," for
The Spirt of '76. which it going to be
coming thit way? Well the song Sonthe
e released in BC. But it
might Or at least on video
What are soi
Krou have
Spirit of 76.
t of the top movies Redd
ten involved in, besides
>u mean coming up?
Which were moderately successful?
Moderately successful in the underground, kind of elite, intellectual circles;
and I was just In another film. I did another octing job ha movie called Gas. Food,
and lodging wtth one of my actresses,
lone Sky and James Brolin.
Who was the hardest cock to get a bronze
And also theMr T. Experience Irom San
or? Jimi Hendrix, legend has tt. ntxi the
Francisco, Mey cover ftochei Sweets
large* one BUT r s not true. The person
•What's In the Cuckoo Clock?*on their
Who actually hod the largest penis was
new LP. See, thcS's incredible. 1 think It's
Peter Ton. of the group The Monkees;
important for people to acknowledge
ftochei Sweet
you listen to the CD from The Monkees
tVeln'67. they introduce Peter as "the
But Ihe had greot songwritentoo didn't
gargantuan Peter To*." Pete wosacool
What obout Walt Disney? Hewasavoy-
cess PnnctWfrom Japan
eur, what can 1 say?
Who it Princess Princess? A top group
He't been preserved In tome way too.
hasn't he? Wasn't be In tome  sleep
chamber? Yeah, he's froaen. frozen in
1 donl undentand theShonen Knife thing.
Shonen Knife are an increcfcle group.
They're Dylan. They're Dylan, The Beat
Hoveyou seen the body ol Walt Disney?
les and Squeeze all wrapped Up into
NO, I've not been fortunate enough to
one small petite Sttle package
w« the body of WW Disney but 1 've not
been fortunate"enough to meet Micha
el Jackson so there afew things in my Ufe
greatness ol "Thee Kniters" who've now
thaM hove to do.
become legendary after their unfoitu-
Will it be hard lo meet Michael Jackson?
broken up  They have a new album
Yes. 1 think so. OH. watt, woB. wart a
had a feud wtth Ice T.
It Ihere a central place lo find you. Mr
Redd Krou? Hollywood Book 4 Potter?
Hollywood Book & Poster. Farmers Market, at 11 o'clock in the morning, you'll
find one us there eating donuts. eating
coffee and reading the Star.
stars? When you goto Farmers Marki
are all the stars like Karl Maiden just       Are they promiscuo
walking up and down?  Well no. but       so.
you'll see Sally Kellerman and an occasional Jodie Foster My friend Shannon Smith, a very good friend of ours.
she was working at a mall in Santa
)d she was having lunch and
asleep on the floorand Billend Barbara      Lijdli
put this tape on and it jutrblew my mind      sjla
so I instantly started writing the people       bockyard.
who put the tape out and it got the
Shonen Knife's address and we started
writing to them and we found all their
earlier records and rt was just like discovering the Beatles, you know, like digging
up the Beatles or something.
? I don't think
o light a cigarette
n walked by. Ana sne just
went. "Oh wow, Cloris Leachman!
Hello!" and Cloris said. "Oh. hi!" sat
down wtth her and then said, "Oh my
gosh, you're smoking! I can't believe
it!" and proceded to give her a 20
minute lecture on smoking. She said
Because they have that tong Public
Botht. I don't think "public bath" in
Japan is like a public bath in this portion
of the planet. I think it's more of a wholesome, clean place.
Is Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" one ol
the greatest songs ever written? It's one
of the greatest tragedies in rock history.
e 'Ranger? Ic
young girl. I can't believe you would
do this to your body; I can't believe it!"
and she just went on for olmost half an
One Hme my dad wot taking an airplane bock from Alaska and he tat betide a normal looking guy with a wild
guitar. Whaddya know, later, he found
Night Ranger,
they were there, ready to influence
hoards of young musicians. They broke
up too soon. And your Damn Yankees;
I can't hang with Tommy Shaw. My
prediction will be. somebody will say
"Commie" Shaw in the presence of
Ted Nugent, and it will all come into
place and Ted will realize Tommy Shaw
is a communist and hunt him down
with a bow and orrow and eventually
Cowsill and The Beach Boys are the
greatest harmony singers of al time. We
just turned out to be friends.
n onto you: that you
ley're totally bored
e going through a
think Roky It more of a genius
thonSky. Roky has the riches In an artistic
level, much more than Sky
Were you on that Roky Ertkton tribute LP?
i really rv.
e LPs. to ten
together the Shonen Knife tribute album
but I think It stops there I mean, who else
you've paid a fun. complete tribute to
Shonen Knife? Certainly not Nel Young.
Certainly not Brian Jones, which I've just
Sheen is a very nice guy but he's a
d he goes out with that
guy from Kung fu I think his name is David
Carradine I shattered her delusions ol
love... We've been trying to get Arthur
Lee'jphone number, there'safew Arthur
Lees, but they're usually Chinese There
areacouple   I have some stars'names
What happened to Salami? Salami Is the
son of Dick Van Patten and I think he wil
always be the son of Dick Van Patten sc
To me, he'll always be Salami. Where it
he now? I don't know, unfortunately I
don't know. But I think there is time for a
comeback Look at the kids from Fame,
they are huge Stan in England
How about the movie LA Story with Steve
Martin? Oh. with Steve Mortin and the
girt from Square Pegs, one ot the great-
That'i what I wot going to ask you a bout!
tt wot an early '«)• ihow, wain't It? Yes.
tt was really weird because when Square
Pegs fint came on. I was Ike. Oh great.
never wrote a song with the Rolling
He did do a good job, though. Too bod
he lell asleep in a pool. He fell asleep a
lot I do agree that Mick and Keith killed
him I'm a big fan of Brian Jones but
what do you cover? His early demos?
it titar work.   (
work in "Sympathy fc
Do you guys every wish you were girls?
Oh. sure. I'm 30% female. I remember
«/hen that big Pete Townsend scandal
came out because he said. "I am a
<voman!' well shit. I am a womon too. I
think all rock and roll performers have to
a successful ro
be in tune with BOTH genders, they mi
be able to bring out BOTH sides of the
in their performers All the great perfon
ers—Mick Jaggar. David Bowie. Mi
Reno-lhey ALL a
tion But then when they showed rt In reruns. I felt really unhip because I realized
the show was so great ond I didn't acknowledge It when it was going down
So you Immediately recognized her?
Yeah, what's her name? Sarah something Parker Stevenson.
was standing on
of Roxbury and Carmelrta
and I was just standing there by myself,
getting my heod together for the next
scene, and this grungy '65 Mustang with
primer paint pulled up and stopped at
the stop sign and I looked In the car ond
It was Michael Jockson. It wasn't a
Michael Impersonator, tt wasTHE Michael Jackson: I would recognbe that nose-
job anywhere. I just said. 'Oh. hi Michael.' That was all I could say. It was weird.
You didn't jump on the car? No. I was
just. Ike. very casual; I had makeup
smeared aH over my face. I said. "HI.
Michael.' and he just sold. *HI.' and
How did you link up with The Cows ills?
Actually. I hod anotherfriend who found
the Cowsills. you know, where they were
living In Los Angeles and turned me onto
common. I've always been a huge ta
Where it the greatest guitar shop in
America? Oh God. if s really hard to say
because I fear that Guitar Centre is
spreading like a hideous cancer and
putting aH those poor mom n' pop guitar
stores out of business I like various guttar
stores in Los Angeles, like Voltage Guitars: it's a vintage guitar shop in Hollywood and they sell the used guitars of
Rick Nielsen and Suzanna Hoffs. When I
was in there the other day. I wos checking out a' 76 Gibson Firebird; I was In the
shop with Charlotte of the Go-Gos/
Graces lame and who walked in but
Billy Mummy from Lost In Space, one of
my favorite shows of all time, and he was
complaining to thisguy.' Man. all you try
go for any variation in your guitar sound.
Get rt together, man!' I thought Wow,
this guy Is really on top of it. and he's
quite a good guitar player. Unfortunately, he was Involved in that hideousgroup
Hollywood Bowt It's
amphitheatre In the Hollywood F
guess the rock music that came
the John Anson Ford Theatre was
from Hollywood Bowl. I think it
stemmed from a performance that
Fitzgerald was trying to perform and
Butthole Surfen were playing at the
son Ford Theatre and I guess the soi
leakoge was too much, tt was just
distracting for poor Miss Ella
In your Third Eye CD, there's tome picture! ol you playing outdoon. Thatwas
a lunchtime gig at UCLA.
Complete with go-go dancen! Yes. go-
go dancers; Laura Lovelace, she some-
thal band; that racitt, homophobic
band? Slash is half-black and half-Jewish so I don't know why
racist Well, that was racist for me to say
that; racism comes in all shapes, sizes
and coloure. and there's no such thing
term in Itself Racism is Just racism an
ugly. Slash is one of these people
believes in freedom of speech and
My goth, aren't you ashamed to play a
wouldn't think of censoring the
lyrics of
Carvin? 1 actually got myCarvinforfree.
an Axl Rose, who is a slighry c
1 wos desperate and 1 only had a Korean
copy of an Explorer ond Vicki Peterson
of the Bangles, she's a very generous
It Traci Lord! overrrated? Whc
friend of mine, ond she said "Carvin
Rust Meyer's girts; are they t
e best?
she just gave It to me. That one I have is
actually good because they custom
made tt for her; it's unlike the shit that
And what about Vox guitars, aren't they
the favorite of Redd Krost? Oh.lloveVox
guitars I like the Saturn model and I like
the Phantom is always nice.
It there really one with a built-in organ in
1? There's one wtth a fake organ sound.
I think it's the bass that has the organ
tone; Steven had one. Usually when you
Traci Lords could never compare to vintage Erika Gavin or anyone from the
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls film.
Have you been able lo get to Ruts Meyer's house? Anyone can get to Russ
Meyer's, he's listed in the phonebook
and he answera his phone. Anyone who
wants to talk to him, he'll talk to them
The Ruts Meyer movie, Vixen, was shot in
Victoria. Russ, John Lennon,
ten; there's a smal group that we can
cal true artists in the past twenty yean.
Who else from LA Is in the phonebook?
in-priton writing from this disturbed rocker.
The Unrepentant Necrophlle
h with Karen Green-
Welcome to subtext #5. if
you've been reading this column on
any sort of basis, you'll notice I
alternate writer profiles with book/
theme reviews. I'd welcome any
profile suggestions you're interested in or other correspondence. Just
send a Idler in my name via Dis-
I've been wanting to write
aboul ihc following titles for some
time, but felt the Wintermonths were
too dreary for the topics. Now with
Spring, if it gets too much, go for a
walk 'n feed the ducks...
In 1987, a book of essays on the
darker side of life was released.
Apocalypse Culture, published by
Amok press, was divided into four
chapters: Theological/Arl/Sciencc/
Politics. A guidebook to theories
and practices of "questionable" nature. Apocalypse Culture soon became legendary, partly due to the
fact it was hard to gel.
Well, yippee, it's been rere-
leased in an expanded and revised
edition, this time by Feral House
(who use a nifty pitchfork logo!).
The text is divided into two sections;
Apocalypse Theologies and The
Invisible War. A dozen articles from
the fini edition have been deleted,
with cighlccn new pieces added, so,
if you're lucky enough lo own the
original (like me!), you may wish lo
have both.
F.ach edition has a cover
painting by Joe Coleman, the thoroughly insane performance artist, depicting the end ofthe world
in cheery tcchnicolour. (By the
way, Feral House will soon release Cosmic Retribution: The
Infernal Art of Joe Coleman, a
collection of his art and documentation of performances.)
Apocalypse Culture isn't
a light read. Most of the chapters, especially in the second
part, have extensive footnotes
and encourage further investigations. If you like the Re/Search
series, you should be mildly enthused aboul this stuff.
The Theologies section
is of most interest to the casual
reader. Subjects include:
Fakir Musafar - interviews
and pictures of his "body
Lycanthropy   -  y'know,
G.G. Allin - background and
Art in the Dark - a history of
performance an.
Surgeons and Gluttons - outrageous body modifications.
Cut It Off - a case for self-castra
The Invisible War section
studies alternative occult history,
some would say "crackpot theories"
of religion and politics. Subjects
Who Rules Over Earth? - subtitled : The Archetype of the World
Rule and the Work of Universal
Regeneration. Whew.
The Invisible War - by Anton
LaVey. Beware your television
A History of Vengeance and
Assasination in Secret Societies
- Do you know a Mason?
Meditation on the Atom and
Time - an attempt lo define the
imagery of war and death in the
late 20th Century.
The rcccnl collection of "Extreme
Horror," Splatterpunks, is an uneven
groupofpost-you-name-it talcs. The
writers are "wilh it," equally at home
wilh rawk music, slashing taboos
and vi-o-lence. Much of the writing
is definitely pool-good taste. Indeed,
the book is dedicated "to bad taste."
The sixteen storiesAwo essays range from the inane (a six page
dirge on constipation) to the compelling (a romantic youth's life on a
decidedly un -Green planet). The two
mosl shocking/original reads are
"Film At F.leven" by John Skipp and
"Night They Missed The Horror
Show" by Joe R. Lansdale. Reading
the former, I felt as I had upon first
discovering ol' Steve King (remember when he was fresh?). There's a
terrifying look al post-nuclear LA.
(written by one J.S. Russell, a pseud
onym for a Californian author) and
the silly "Gooscbumps" (aboul being scared to death from reading.
Together, the stories don't
merit the "Extreme Horror" lag on
the cover, but scares do pop up. So
here's whal you get: a bunch of
"cutting edge" writers who aren't
shy. And a few essays for good
measure (one on gore films; the other,
"Outlaws" by Paul M. Sammon, editor of this project, with an overview
of Ihe Splatlerpunk genre.)
Roberta Lannes, a contributor, gave this simple definition of the
"S" word: Splatterpunks, wilh ils
inherent gratuitous blood, guts, gore
Had enough of "Spring Cheer"? Don'l believe in the Easter Bunny? You
might enjoy the following...
Taxi Driver by Paul Schrader (Faber & Faber): Take a trip with Travis
■Bidcle. *»  '*
Silence of tke Lambs by Thomas Harris (SMP): Clarice Starling versus
Hannibal Lectere. Cruelly sure is popular these days.
Naked City by Weegee (DaCapo Press): Photographs of the Big Apple
Fires, murders, the Bowery, Coney Island. Circa the old days.
Drugstore Cowboy by James Fogle (Delta): Bob Hughes and his roving
band of junkies.
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (Picador): The Cowboy travels
across the plains. Wonderful prose; a modem-ancient fable.
Panorama of Hell by Hino (Blast Books): Graphic novel reaching into the
depths of one man's post-nuclear hell. Japanese Read from back to
front. Gruesome.
and graphic sex, intends to disgust
and gratify a reader's lowest self
needs. Nuff said.
We're all ex pens on American Psycho, but not many of us will actually
read it. Personally, I can't wait to
read ii. I imagine I'll be sickened and
shocked, but man, is my interest
I'll spare you yet another rani
about the "book of the year," but
thought you might enjoy a look at a
description of the book from the
company which distributes ii.
The Spring 1991 Random
House of Canada catalogue (which
distributes Vintage) contained the
following, which booksellers see
before deciding to order the book.
Only one bookstore in British Columbia ordered the book. DearGod...
try to ha ve happy reading, everyone.
By Bret Easton Ellis
A novel that unflinchin
Violence - frequently baroque indiscriminate
violence — committed by the American white
male against Native Americans, blocks, women,
homosexuals, foreigners, anyone of another ilk. is simply a
fact of that country's history American Psycho is a
purposeful parody, a grotesque caricature of such a man
every important issue reg Won and of
publishing in our society Booksellers and readers will want
to excercise their own judgement
Be it a photograph by Robert Mopplefhorpe. a recording by 7 Live Crew, or even a classic woik ot literature
we live in times when the banning of that which sc
objectionable is on the rise American Psycho is being
published in this context
Bret Easton Ellis is the author of Less Than Zero and The
Rules of Attraction
Ever wonder what people are reading? I do. Renee Rodin, who runs R2B2 Books, took time to write and tell subtext.
rjv_-=_E_r Ft ODIN
"She unbent her mind afterwards over a
book." (Charles Lamb) Me loo, after being
totally enGulfed for a while, I'm finally
gathering whatever's left of my mind by
concentrating on reading. The west coast is
packed wilh good writers and almost all the
books 1'im currently interested in (ii was hard
to narrow it down) were written by locals,
more or less, and published in Vancouver.
Hot of f the press is Azure Blues (Talonbooks,
$11.95), the latest masterfperson?)piece by
poet extraordinaire Gerry Gilbert. Full of
gentle incites and sharp perceptions of ihc
quotidian, Azure Blues is always touching
and often tickling. Very high, and accessible
(Gilbert describes it as "user friendly"), you
can open it at any point and easily get inlo it.
As comfortable as soaking in a warm bath—
a sheer delight. Gilbert's also got a wonderful photography show happening at the Con -
temporary Art Gallery (555 Hamilton) until
Lee Maracle's Sojourner's Truth
(Press Gang, $10.95) is a collection of short
stories focussing on her experiences as a
Native woman. Her style is incredibly direct;
her observations powerfully clear. Just oul,
too is Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel (Woman's
Press, Toronto, $12.95), her autobiography
through to ihe 60's and 70's with a chapter
aboul being at Oka this fall. Il look a lot of
courage for Maracle lo share her hard-truth
reminiscences. Given that our "legal" system has once again proven how blatantly and
repulsively racist it is, now's a good time to
read A Death Feast in Dimlahamid by Sun
journalist Terry Glavin. A Death Feast is a
very readable history of the Gitksan-
Wet'suwet'en and an account of their land
claims. Glavin, who is not Native, was asked
by the Gitksan to wnte this—it's accurate
and authentic. The book quickly sold out in
clolh when it was published this winter. New
Star Books has just re-printed it in the more
affordable paperback (14.95). Smart deci-
Another book lhat recently got reissued in paperback is Sky Lee's The Dis
appearing Moon Cafe (Douglas & Mclnty-
re, $12.95). This well-written and, at times,
beautiful novel traces a Chinese family from
ils beginnings in B.C. (1800's) up to the
present generation. The inter-relationships
are often very dramatic and much of the
material is based on actual events. Poet bill
bisseU's/k_-d2*e/««v(Talonbooks,$l 1.95)
is a total treat. Parts of it are hilariously
funny, but there wasn't a piece in it lhat
didn't have some strong affect on me. I'm
about to re-read (again) one of my all-time
favorites, The True Story of Ida Johnson by
Sharon Riis, in Saskatoon. The True Story is
a multi-layered short novel that was an underground classic until it surfaced last year
(D&M. $10.95). It never dales and, with ils
tripping from one reality to another, it's a
real stunner.
What I'm looking forward to is Dorothy Livesay 's auldbiography, Journeys With
My Selves, due out in the spring. Livesay,
who is now in her' 80s, has been fighting for
feminism and other progressive thinking,
and writing passionate poelry for the past si
decades. Her memoir should be fascinating.
As I mentioned earlier, reading is one
of the besl ways I know to get my head
together. You'll find there's tons of good
books around, new and used and in
libraries, lo get off on. So enjoy. And lots of
light for us all—it's been a dark winter.  ROOTS ROUNDUP/
Town Pump
Friday 22 February
Granted they were missing iheir sound
man and their drummer, bul the Blake
Babies just weren't as entertaining and
lively as I had expected them to be after
listening lo Iheir interesting LPSunburn.
In fact, they weren't even lifelike; all
they were was depressing. Lacklustre
vocals and sloppy playing discouraged
even the mosl avid revellers from abandoning their spots on the outskirts of the
dance floor to frolic therein. Mercifully,
however, the Blake Babies' sel was short
and Roots Roundup took the slage. Resplendent in dreads and tartans, they
roused me from my torpor and imparted
some of iheir organically-inspired enthusiasm. In no lime al all, impatient
Flower Punks plunged from ihe stage
inlo the affectionate mob posing as a
slam-pit below. Roots Roundup's performance ofthe cvcr-calchy "Bike Song"
and their interpretation of one band
member's first snowboarding experience almost move me to resurrect the
words "eclectic"and"irrepressible" from
their watery graves. But jargon will be
ig Traas : Leonord Whistler
jargon, so let me jusl say: Roots Roundup-good, Blake Babies-bad. Mindy
Town Pump
Sunday 24 February
Jazz? Well, that depends. Define your
terms. If by jazz you mean Sky walk and
similar harmless LA. mush, then no,
this isn't jazz. Just like New Kids isn't
rock. These three bands are featured on
the Knitting Factory Goes to the Northwest CD, but the disc is a watered-down
version of whal you gel live
Third Person makes for challenging listening. Samm Bennett (percussion), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), and
Tom Cora (cello) romped ihrough a series of whal must have been group improvisations, but through some undetectable cues managed lo give some shape
lo Ihe music and begin and end each
piece as a team. This is disjointed ex
perimentalism: just when il seemed like
Benncl had established a groove, or Cora
had found a cool new way lo abuse his
cello (this has to be heard lo be believed),
ily transport lo
some other planet and start all
over again. And a DX-7 has
never sounded as wild as Horvitz' did that nighL Alone point
Benncl announced: "Just a note
lo the lighting man: it's dangerous lo assume what's going
lo happen next"
If Third Person is Ministry/Stockhausen in jazz, Chunk
is War. They were so funky
you'd expect a cover of "Low
Rider." Instead ihey did "Dear
Prudence" The same Samm
Bennett leads this group, with
yer basic power trio behind him.
Still thrashing aboul on his
electronic percussion, Bennett,
with a voice like Randy Newman or Elvis Costello, wailed
and whined through a set of
rhythmically complex bul infinitely funky lunes, "Hell Outa
Bessemer" in 7/8 (you were right, K.G.)
from (he CD, being one of the best. And
despite the available gear, their sound is
refreshing in its sparseness.
Last, and regrettably least, on the
bill was ihe Sonny Sharrock Band. Shar-
rock's solo album Guitar had some
beautiful sounds on it, and his work wilh
Peter Brontzman and Roland Shannon
Jackson in Last Exit is above reproach.
The guy can play, no doubt, but some
variety in the colour of his sound is sorely
lacking. The story is that Sharrock went
inlo hiding for yean just lo work on his
chops. While he was gone he should have
learned another mode, and maybe noticed
the volume control! Above all else, this
band was LOUD. There were moments
of brilliance: the amazing bass solo by
Charles Ball al the opening of "Kale
(Variations on a theme by Kate Bush),"
which appears on iheir new CDHighlife,
and a piece reminiscent of ELP's "Take
a Pebble," in which Dave Snyder showed
off the Mi's great piano sound. But the
duel ling drumkit solo by Abe Speller and
Lance Carter was totally pointless. The
band grew steadily more aggressive, and
by the end of ihc nighl ihey were zooming ihrough rock and roll chromala, spy
movie music, Mahavishnu Orchestra on
speed, and dance music lhat beat the hell
out of any techno/rap/disco. Unfortunately by then my ears had given up.
Oh, well. You can call ii
jazz if you wanl io. Tiny
Cruel Elephant
Sunday 24 February
OK, so me and the Bruncue
get this call from Mr. ElephanL
He says they've got something
really big for us, and maybe
we should haul our bulls down
there. So we schmooze our way
in and mingle wilh the crowd.
The mystery band was billed
as "Nobody in Particular." Oh,
who could it be? The crowd
sort of gave il away; every
olher person was sporting a
NoMeansNo T-shirt and I.au-
rie Mercer was ralher conspicuous. Apparently everyone in
Vancouver was hip to this gig
but us. Oh well, we were all in
a good mood and NMN rocked
out in a long set which ihey
treated as a "practice." The
"No" are easily one ofthe mosl
energetic and powerful bands
around. They played tons of
old songs such as "LoveThing"
and "Dead Bob," plus a load of
new material which ihey wanted to test
out on the kids in this intimate setting.
But aside from their immense musical
talent, what sets NoMeansNo apart from
other bands is iheir total confidence on
suge. They're funny without being juvenile; they're serious without being pretentious. I guess it helps that Rob Wright
looks so much like Phil Donahue In
short, NoMeansNo are rock gods; this
was the best show I've seen in months.
Too bad for everyone who missed oul.
Finally me and the Brunette witnessed a
true punk rock happening. Mikey
Cruel Elephant
Sunday 3 March
Have you ever actually seen a wall of
sound? I have. In fact anyone who saw
Cop Shoot Cop probably did. Pork Queen
wasn't much to comment on—just a
bunch of preuy uninteresting tape loops
repeated endlessly wilh some mind-
wrenching recorder to boot. (Yes, he
really did incorporate one of those grade
school symbols of musical hell into his
"loop artistry".) Boring background
noise However, since I really didn't pay
much attention lo it, I wasn't particularly
annoyed. But getting back lo this wall of
sound, one of New York's latest belches,
Cop Shoot Cop, played typically raunchy and aggressive, repeatedly asking to
have the guitars turned up. Two brave
thrashers had their ear-protecting toilet
paper removed by force wilh ihe words,
"If we're going to go deaf playing ihis
shit, then you are too." I particularly
liked Ihe shecl-mctal cage behind, on
which the drummer pounded mercilessly. Allhough the guitarist/lead singer
didn'l much like playing in a "dinner
thealre," it was a real brain-bursting experience. Great stuff. Angie
Town Pump
Thursday 7 March
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had been cruelly toying
with my sanity and 1 didn't
forsee a whole lot of hope for
ihe rest of ihe week eilher as I
walked through the front doors
of the Town Pump. Tired,
grumpy and cynical as hell, I   &
figured I would put my fate in   *
the hands of a higher power—   2
beer—and see if things might    ai
just take a turn for the better.   <■"
And whal do ya know, they    5
did. £
Atlantis Bus, one of   y
Vancouver's better, but unfortunately su II
lesser-known, local talents, got things off
to a great sun with a particularly energetic perfonnanceof folk-influenced rock
with an edge — and great beau Next up
was LA's Don't Mean Maybe. Despite
the rather cheesy name, this band was a
pleasant surprise These three guys produced the kind of straight-ahead, don't-
give-a-fuck punk sound lhat's been all
but miss ing on the Vancouvermusic scene
lately. The band reminded me of early
DOA, minus die crude and lewd stage
presence that gave that band its immortal
reputation. Overall, the whole evening
was a welcomed bright spot to an otherwise scary week. Katrina XIUnas
Commodore Ballroom
Friday 8 March
Lost deep in the carnivorous, cavernous
Commodore, the Wongs rocked out their
heavy, metal-tinged tunes to a largely
un interested collegecrowd. Still, it didn't
slow down Chi from being his usual
maniacal self and screeching to those
who cared. Next up were the Doughboys—whose merchandizing department
makes T-shirt selection al a New Kids
concert look lame—with their schlocky
brand of 'We are really good and could
make it bul ibe whole music industry is
against us" calculated college-commercial rock. Their hair looks like a marketing decision and their Axl Rose hip-
shakes make them look like a choreographed Top 40 cover band who would
get the shil kicked out of them at nursery
school, let alone Club 88 in Langley. Oh
and while I'm al it, did anybody notice
that Nirvana kinda blew? Oh sure, they
played their "hits," and everybody
Tod: Leonard Whfatter
bounced up and down, guys with rugby
shirts and co wboy boots s lammed and got
sweaty and then bragged about it to their
girlfriends in black miniskirts while the
"alternative" music crowd congratulated
each other on their latest find now that the
Happy Mondays are played on CFMI.
But man, didn't anybody watch the band?
They were just playing around; ihey had
your money, they didn'l care. Doesn't
anybody remember the glazed eyes, the
raw emotion, ihe wrecked guitars, the
fuckin' power of Nirvana just a year and
a half ago? On the other hand, the
Screaming Trees, who lend io put out
wimpy vinyl, just rocked. Now THAT'S
rock n' roll, lhat's a band living, feeling
their music, regardless of what it sound-
like. But damn it sounded good: frenzied
raw guitar and those killer vocals. As for
the Mudhoney superjam, 1 could' ve cared
less. Jusl one pipe-smoking, tweed-
sports-coated, apathetic, leaning-against-
the-back-wall-complaining boy's opinion. Fuck you! Bruno
Town Pump
Saturday 9 March
Love Battery are living proof thai Sub
Pop will put oul a record by jusl about
anybody. They blew hard. Really hard.
Fuckin' Helmet, on the other hand, raged.
Mainlining from New York, their all-
loo-short set kicked ass, booty, crack and
any other anal reference you could possibly dream up. These are four clean-cul,
freshly-showered athletic types whose
musical assault destroys anything. When
they launched into a Melvins cover on
their second song, I shit my pan is and my
friend passed oul Unbelievably devastating; if you can be! ieve it their Amphet-
aminc Reptile recordStrap It On is even heavier. I bled from my palms and ankles
during Iheir scL I liked ihem quite a bit.
Tad was unusually jovial and fat but still
very cool, playing tons of new stuff from
8-Way Sa/t'_ihat showed they aren't the
one-dimensional wonders everybody was
saying ihey were after Salt Lick. Distortion has been turned down but they slill
maintain a very heavy presence. "Jack
Pepsi" was the set highlight Beer, big
trucks and fucking are whal Tad's about
and they do it welL Outstanding show;
bell, I even paid to get in and didn't
whine. Love, Bruno
Commodore Ballroom
Friday 15 March
Vancouver's own steel band, the Soul
Survivors, opened for the legendary reggae band from Jamaica. Allhough ihe
Soul Survivors played well, as ihey always do, the band seemed a little out of
place at the Commodore. They managed
lo incite a few people to dance, but mosl
held out for the main anraction.
Culture got a late start, hitting the
slage with their vibrant roots-reggae
around midnight. The band had a harder
edge than before, wilh heavier rock
guitar. They played a wide selection of
their material which has been accumulating for over len years. The audience
enjoyed singing along to tunes such as
"See Them A Come" and "Bob Marley's
Song." However, some dedicated listeners complained that some of the favorites were left out and the usual vocal
harmonies were lacking due lo (he absence of two band members. But while
ihe band was on stage, the energy was
there; the dance floor was filled from the
moment they suited. At one point lead
singer Joseph Hill told the crowd, "We
came here lo fix you up." Afler dancing
for almost two hours to that constant
reggae beat, I think most people would
agree they were fixed up quite well. Jah
Rasiafan! Catherine Dickson
Bellingham Bay Brewing
Company Tavern, Bellingham
Friday 15 March
Recently reopened as the BBBC and
festooned with monstrous trophies, pool
tables and electronic dart boards that
flashed "BE A WINNER... PLAY
DARTS!", yeah, this is ihe place lhat
used to be Buck's Tavern, the haven for
'60s-r&b-cover bands. Il appears thai
they forgot lo mention the switch to the
former Buck's clientele, as a few oldies
showed up Friday night, and much to
their dismay/horror/pleasure were instead met with The Bombshells from
Vancouver. Although plagued by an amp
that refused to stay upright (and that
actually toppled once, narrowly missing
the bass player), they sounded great and
seemed to gain some new fans in the
process. The Bombshells puzzled me. In
the past, they have fallen far short, but
maybe it was performing in a "foreign"
place lhat made them play better. The
Mono Men, however, were playing right
in their own backyard (or garage) after a
long absence from the "local" stage
Marx, Dave, Dave and Aaron played for
hours. And they played every song they
knew from their first single "Burning
Bush" to "Sweet Home Alabama". And
they played them loud. Everything just
blurred into one thick'n'crunchy chunk
of grunge. By the way, all you Jerry
Roslie-esquecrooners lake note: the well-
carved chunk is now searching for a lead
vocalist. Anyways, an ear-ringing,
pitcher-swilling good time was had by
al I. Reasons to cross the border? To chug
a Green River soda, chomp some Tim's
Cascade Style Alder Smoke Barbeque
potato chips, and lo see the Mono Men.
Town Pump
Tuesday 19 March
The Rooiabegas, composed of two
members of Roots Roundup, started ihe
show around eleven. They played covers; many a groan was heard as they
massacred a number of Bob Marley
songs. The due lacked the vitality of
Roots Roundup, and although they improved slightly with the addition of another member from the crowd, ihe audience anxiously awaited their exu.
A long break followed while Eck-
A-Mouse set up. The crowd grew impatient, and despite the laborious preparations, there was slill feed back and
band members gave the soundmen constant directions during the first few
numbers. However, with his distinct vocal style backed by a strong Jamaican
roots band, Eek-A-Mouse did not disappoint. When he asked the audience if
they were ready to go home and received
a negative response, he told ihem "Don' t
blame me if you go to work late tomorrow," and continued lo play. Although
the long delays prevented the buildup of
any real energy, overall it was slill an
enjoyable show. Catherine Dickson
Friday 22 March
This benefil for communily recycling
started wilh Ngoma and their funky-fun
worldbeat music. If you haven't seen
this band yet, you've been missing ouL
Their infectious dance music has elements of Latin American, ska and African rhythms
This was the first time I had seen
The Ludwigs and, although ihey didn't
really fit in with the other bands, ihey
had lots of people on the floor for the last
few songs of their heavy set
Roots Roundup played an excellent set to a full floor of happy people
They played a cool dub song I'd never
heard before, with a guest singer, and
their two encore songs were really smooth
and subtle.
A great benefit for an important
cause... recycling starts wilh you. A
Voice of Dissent
86 Street Music Hall
Saturday 23 March
Miasmas of multi-coloured baptismal
blood bathed by all the fury modem
technology could muster. Cooz-encrust-
ed demons whirling about amidst oceans
of frothing blood and constant beheadings and flying guts. Cheesy souped-up
Kiss-style speed metal with graphic homophobic, sexist material that bordered
on satire but was more likely taken as
straight-forward jerk-off locker-room
humour by many of the bullheads in the
audience. Eating poo. 86 Street bouncers/thugs whose heavy-handed idiocy
helped ensure that ihe bloodbath spread
from the stage into the multitudes. The
biggest-haired Elvis I've ever seen overseeing the face-shredding destruction of
Eddie Munster into a blood-spurting,
eye-bulging, spoo-covered leering skull.
A vortex of indecipherable noise and
chaos. Or maybe it was all just ihe acid.
Tom Milne
found it
Bruno. Al first I thought the memory
lapse indicated I should return lo the
hospital for some more intense therapy
but then il occurred lo me that perhaps
they were bullshitting. For anyone who
really gives a fuck, Gavin Brown is
Bruno. I hope he gels spanked. [And I
hope this is finally the end of all this
ultra-boring Who Is Bruno bullshit. Why
don't you little boys just spank each
other and get it over with? ■ ed j
The olher day I had ihe chance lo
a man with a single, a man with a show,
a man with a story. Along wilh his tapes
(Sonic Bloom, Playing for Dinner and
Jojoka), Dr. Itch has now officially released a prelty crazy single. It's called
88 Bones (eighly-cighl piano keys, gel
it?) and it's really good. Both sides have
the same two songs, "The Club" and
"Energy Vampire." The trick is lhat "The
Club" on the first side has Crilchlcy on
vocals, piano and bass, Mr. Right on
drums and Mr. Wrong on guitar. For
"Energy Vampire," Mark sings as well
as playing piano piano, guitar and bass,
while Windwalker's Glenn D'Cruze
plays drums. As for the second side, the
Itch goes acoustic, doing both songs solo
wilh his grand piano and his desperate/
anxious-sounding lyrics. One extra thing
aboul 88 Bones: if you like crazy vinyl
with your single, you
won't be disappointed.
It took a hell of a lot of
work to get ihe packaging and the actual record
right but boy, was it
worth il!
The recordre lease
show, held al the Cruel
Elephant on March 23,
was as good as it promised to be. Guesl musicians wcreButtercupon
bass, Glenn D'Cruze on
drums and Rob "that
crazy Krishna guy"
Dixon on guitar. This
Itch slage band really
enjoyed what they were
doing, especially Rob
Wright. The man was really joking
around between songs and giving 110%
while playing. Rob Dixon was right there
as well, with some chord fingering that
was beyond anything I've seen; Glenn
KoiKonn'n D'Cruze's drumming was
on the money as well.
Learning someone else's
music, especially stuff as
complex and as fast-paced
as Critchley's, is a real feat.
The credit really goes to
Critchley himself for writing and arranging all the
material and putting on
such a unique and entertaining show.
I always wondered what the hell happened to Supercaustic
Fertilizer. Well, I just
found out diat the rhythm
section now resides in the
apUy-named Facepuller. Facepuller's brand new
single in three words: OH-
DA-LOLLY! You gotta
like a first effort lhat's
heavy, has an original
sound and a great sleeve.
Pull This has two songs:
"Snakes in the Grass" and
"Immortalizer." Both
songs are really good, but
il's "Snakes in the Grass"
that has the riff of death;
I'm talking pupils rolling
inlo ihe lop of your head as you slowly
rock back and forth. The full and solid
sound is great.
A fier Ihe Itch deal, 1 skated over lo
ihe Arts Club to catch Facepuller's first
live seL Ohhhhhhhhhhh loud. Allhough
ihey weren't able lo play for very long,
ihere were definitely enough songs to
make me want to come out next lime.
With some live sound fine tuning (as
well as turning it down a bit), Facepuller's worth checking oul
Shovlhed has broken up, as
anyone who's tried to see them ihe last
few limes al the Cruel Elephant probably
already knows. Ihe breakup is partly due
to guitarist/vocalist Scott Henderson
wanting lo spend more time with his
recent bundle of bouncing joy, and partly
due lo the ever popular "personal differences." Iguess he and bass istChrisdidn'l
see things quite the same way. Anyways,
this changes the future for Shovlhed
slightly. The second and newest album is
beingmixed by John Wright as you read
ihis, and should be available in the next
little while, allhough it'll be another cassette only release. Scott claims he's recorded enough demos himself lo make
up what would have been Shovlhed's
third album, bul instead he'll be releasing ihem as a solo project under the
moniker Noxious Landscape.
self; the fuckhcad doesn't stop bitchin'
andcussin' loeven lakeabrcalh. If I had
a dad like lhat I think I'd be driven lo
strike a hypodermic in his eye. If you
write to PO Box 1457, Station A, Van-
covuer, BC V6C 21*7, c/o Final Notice
Records, maybe they'll send you a copy.
Modern Sniper Rifles,
Jack Feels Fine and The Ludwigs all on the same bill. I'd never
heard any of ihese bands before and il
turned out to be a hell of a mixed bag.
There were plenty of wildly flailing limbs
and thrashing bodies during iheshort bul
aggressively intense sel of raw hardcore-punk belched oul by MSR. They
were definitely ihc highlight of the
evening for mc and, apparently, for a lol
of other people too, since a large part of
ihe crowd wandered oul afler iheir set
was done. Check c-m oul al the Arts
Club April 5 with Gorilla Gorilla. Jack
Feels Fine delivered a truly great set of
high-energy, jangly guitar tunes; a completely new crowd of people popped oul
of nowhere and filled the dance floor.
The Jacks have a really melodic two-
song cassette available, bul I think I
prefer the energy of their live set The
Ludwigs, on the other hand, were incredibly lame. The opening blast of raw,
wiry rock n' roll, which firsl seemed lo
demand my attention, soon revealed it-
Speaking of noxious, Revolution Gone's demo lape sounds like
every shitty lounge-metal band I've ever
heard. I'm surprised these guys aren't on
ihe charts; ihis is exactly the kind of
lame-ass metal lhal commercial radio
likes to gobble up and vomit out in large
doses. Complete poopy. And in keeping
with glam metal for just a moment:
Smash LA's Law n Authority. Instead of talking about ihe lape, I'll jusl let
thesong titles speak for themselves: "Soul
on Fire," "Come and Get ll," "Country
Girl," "City Heat," "Feed Your Hunger,"
"Homeless Child," "Pushin' and
Shovin'," "Dancing in the Mirror," I repeat, DANCING IN THE MIRROR!!!
The production is good. All they need is
aone-way ticket to Glam Metal HcMTT
Racer's canyon baggage perhaps?
I was recently offered the chance
to listen to Bonemeal's demo lape and,
innocently enough, I agreed. Several
levels of hell later, I realized I had discovered the bastard offspring of the
Butthole Surfers, or perhaps jusl ihe
gutter-induced rantings of two babbling
idiot savants. This lape is cool and also
quite fucked. "Phone Call from Satan
#2" and "If the People Only Knew" are
the best songs, the former being a great
heavy metal dirge and the latter featuring some intense tribal drumming. The
most amazing thing though, is the recording someone made of his Dad playing Atari Pac-Man and talking to him
self lo be fairly repetitious pub rock; ihe
frantic bum-wiggling of the lead singer
did nothing to alleviate my utler bore-
So call me out of touch, but I had
no idea Front Line Assembly are
from Vancouver. They've never actually played live here, but who the hell can
blame them? They get loads of attention
wherever they go (including headlining
ihe Festival of Darkness in Hanover on
iheir upcoming six-week European tour)
and all Vancouver seems to be able to
manage is a bleary-eyed yawn in their
direction. Kind of reminds me of the
rcactionSkinny Puppy gol around these
parts until ihey suddenly gol so huge
everywhere else. They've just recently
released a 12" and video for the song
"Spasmolytic" wilh two non-LP live
iracks included on ihe 12". FLA is planning on doing an LP project widi Italian
band Pankow; it's also worth noting that
Bill Leeb's side project. Delirium, has
jusl released an LP.
A few last-minute quick notes
before we go. Sons of Freedom arc
due lo release iheir major label dcbul
album, Gump, sometime in April; let's
hope they have more luck with ihe majors lhan the Scramblers did. 54-40
have finally inked a deal withSony Music
for iheir fifth LP (yawn), and if you
haven't seen Sludge live, be prepared
to witness a real heavy fuckin' grind
machine. Join us for more drivel next
APRIL 1991   31 ZULU
presents... The second in a series
of sales and special events.  More
majorly cool Cargo releases are
on sale from April 1-15 for the
extra super low prices of...
CD: 14.98 Cass: 8,
VARIOUS - Heaven and
Hell  (Communion)
Velvet Underground tribute album which features Nirvana, Buffalo Tom, Galaxie 500,
Screaming Trees, Ride, Telescopes and
Dump (Rough Trade)
Weird danceable shit from Gibby and Jeff of
the Butthole Surfers. If you don't wanna
dance then we have the new Buttholes for ya.
NOVA MOB - Last Days of
Pompeii (Rough Trade)
Former Husker Du drummer/singer Grant Hart
jumps out from behind his kit to sing and play
guitar in Nova Mob.
THE KLF-Chill Out iwaxtrax)
"What Time is Love" was the #1 UK hit. This
is the album everyone has been asking for.
ACCUSED - Grinning Like
an Undertaker (Nastymix)
More splatter rock from these Seattle lads.
Produced by Jack Endino.
Savvy Show Stoppers (cargo)
Canada's own truly excellent instrumental
garage/surf/pop/TV theme combo. One of
our biggest sellers is now on sale.
- Listening booths for new and used CDs
7" singles and UK posters
- Ask us about special orders
Watch for in-store appearances
1869 W.4th Ave.
Vancouver, BC
For soci fans, Teaser offers a slightly
slower soca rhythm wilh humourous lyrics, and a refrain thai slays in the tradition of sing along, party-time soca. This
12" has done rather well in New York,
and seems to be able lo gel a crowd
moving. On the flip side is a greal dance
hall cross-over version by the DJ. "Stone
Wash Daddy," which adds more energy
to the song with a rapid bul familiar DJ
style. Nol hugely innovative, but the
strong musical backing makes in a
worthwhile addition to any soca
collection. Russ Hergert
What is it about a band thai can
trigger such extreme adoration or
disdain as Beat Happening does?
Jusl like the blurry cover of this
album (and the blurry grey vinyl
within), there's always been
something aboul Beat Happening
thafs just a liulc bil (well, often
alol)off-kiltcr, off-foe us, off-key...
yel somehow very lovely (to me at
lcasi). A band in which, among
other things but most importantly,
there's a guy who many say can't
sing (al least not according lo ihe
conventional idea of 'sing'). Bul
really, how can anyone scoff at
them? They're the musical equivalent of a wel puppy that has been
kicked too much, but still returns
wilh your slippers. But don't gel
me wrong this isn'tsympathy-like,
it's recognition-like. Dreamy it's
called and dreamy it is, tho' their
"Dreamy" tune is nowhere in sight.
A near-perfect bitter-sweel pop
album, il's music lhat makes me
wanna cry. Join in and sing along.
Don'f Let the Bossman Get
You Down
F.lvin Bishop is back,slill good humoured,
slill "having one heck of a knock down
good time yessirree bob." The album
reminds one of a Minil-Lube commercial: "Some people want lo change the
world; wc just want...." Elvin has nothing to prove, really; the album is light-
hearted, inlenl on simply making sure
Ihe listener docs little more than hum or
up bisfter feel. My fa
Food," "Rollin' Wilh My Eyes," "Fan
nie Mae," and "Jusl Your Fool," the first
two composed by Bishop, the latter two
by ralher obscure blues types from many
moons ago. Put this cassette in the AC
Delco stereo of yer 1978 Chevy Caprice
Classic and go drivin' down lo yer
favourite fishin' hole. David Longrldge
The scariesiband Jiggle has heard
in a long time. Apparently these
five GG Allin lookalikes are from
Los Angeles bul they sing in
Spanish; rather they gurgle evil-
sounding shit in Spanish. Extremely heavy fast muddy-
sounding thrash wilh vocals
rem in is ccntof a brutal prison rape.
Yikes! Gav
In the early '80s the Divinyls
seemed destined lo clamber on
the North American FM rock stations bandwagon; the "Boys in
Town" single from their first album was a hard pile-driver of a
song. Lead singer Christina Am-
phlea countered rock siren Pat
Benalar, queen of R'n'R FM radio. The Divinyls were off and
running with appearances in the
movie Monkey Grip, they did all
the songs for the soundtrack and
their "Boys in Town" video had a
But afler their second album, produced by Mike Chapman, the Divinyls splintered and
only Amphleit and guitarist Mark
McEniee were left to continue.
This reduced version of the Divinyls put oul a third album lhat seemed to
go nowhere except into cut-out bins.
Well, Amphlett and McEnteehave
gone ahead and with a new record company, intent on making themselves staples in the world of MOR FM radio.
Their new release is well-produced with
enough catchy riffs to set any yuppy's
toe a-tappin' while driving in rush hour
in his or her Beemer. Even the graphics
suggest the Divinyls are destined to usurp
the throne of MOR-dom from any female
scream starlet Bul this album is robbed
of the impact of their earlier work. While
I've enjoyed some ofthe Divinyls releases in the past, the band now seem loo
slick. Divinyls seems, well, jusl so calculated. Greg Garlick
Snail Killer
Fishwife are one of those bands that are
a nightmare to classify. They're kind of
crazy quirky jazz-funk "change-core."
You really need to bear it to fully comprehend the glory of Snail Killer. One of
the highlights of Fishwife is the vocalist
Ryan Foxe. He has the weirdest half-
singing, half-shouting voice: totally expressive and powerful. All of the songs
on this album are dripping wilh tongue-
in-cheek humour and sarcasm. "Kiddy
Duddy"conU ins ihelilerary masterpiece:
"I was ai an art fag party swimming in
social drool/When my punk friend Lisa
showed everyone her laitoo." Fishwife
are a raw bundle of fun. Even geeks will
dig on this album. Mikey
This unremarkable CD comes complete
wilh a sleeve lhat is almost, well, alright,
IS more interesting lhan the music. The
Gorbachev caricature is the one lo look
out for—it's quite cute really.
With promising titles like "Louder
Than God" and '1 leads truck" il was quite
a disappointment lo find that everything
the Hollow Men had to offer was a jusl
that, HOLLOW. All the tracks sound the
same: unobtrusive filler music for that
evening at home with your parents. Antje
Issues #9 and #10
Full Force Productions
Well, the last two issues have arrived and
they are hot, hot, hot Highly recommended for freaks, perverts, sadists and
control lovers, these thick (80+ full pages) 'zines go beyond anything else out
there. Essentially collections of clippings
with some artwork, writing and reader
letters, these publications take the subculture of psychotic ramblings over the
edge. Full Force Frank bares no holds
when he puts together sections on fool
fetishes, amputee sex, child abuse, rape,
torture and murder. Inspired psychosis.
Think you are a pretty liberal person?
Just lake a wander through the letters
section where people describe iheir favorite kind of torture, or how to plan the
perfect mass murder. Lock your doors;
these geniuses are for real. These people
admit their problems, and rather lhan
solve ihem, seek to exploit them. Other
highlights include full-colour xeroxes
from Michael Diana of Boiled Angel and
contact addresses for a few murderers
doing time. Write to Full Force Productions, 453 Bay Ridge A venue, Suite #614,
Brooklyn, NY 11220.Don'tputanything
other than the above on the envelope, and
Frank will send you back a consent form
to sign before you can order any zines.
Good hick in getting these across the
border. Gav
Any fan of Reggaemusic has to sit up and
take notice when the prophel Bob Marley
appears with a release from the grave.
Talkin' Blues, a newly released album
from the vaults of Tuff Gong (Island
Records), offers a stunning combination
of music and interviews thai captures the
moment when the Wailers were aboul to
storm the popular music scene, and allows a first-hand glimpse of the man
behind the music. Mosl of the iracks are
familiar Wailers songs, but they are
unique, alternate versions taken from a
small San Francisco recording session
on the heels of their firsl brief American
tour in 1973. They are crisp, poignant
examples of music captured exactly the
way the Wailers wanted it lo sound, wilh
a natural flow lhat often takes ihe songs
into extended jams as the band lets the
music dictate the length of the songs.
Versions of "Raslaman Chant" and
"Bumin' & Lootin'" are particularly good
examples of Bob and the band becoming
a part of ihe music. In addition, the album
contains a live recording of "I Shot The
Sheriff," and three rare, never before
released studio recordings of 'Talkin'
Blues," "Bend Down Low," and the gem
ofthe album,"Am- A-Do." We can thank
Roger Steffens' eighl years of prodding
Island Records for ihc release of this
wicked version ofthe latter; Bob goes so
far as to insert a line from James Brown
while creating a playful, scintillating,
even sexual, play on words. It has lo be
heard. Another track worth mentioning
(as they all should be) is Tosh's powerful
version of "You Can't Blame the Youth."
Interspersed between songs arc well-
placed, interesting excerpts of a rare 1975
interview wilh Bob Marley reflecting on
his music, its origins, and his unique,
positive view on life. In a combination
style, this close-up experience with the
man and his songs offers a refreshing
perspective with excellent music, and
poignant comments from ils creator.
Simply a must have. Russ Hergert
Fat Mike and crew are back wilh yel
another offering of So Cal punk. Nol
hardcore and definitely not metal, just
plain old punk. They sound like Bad
Religion a lot of the lime, the only difference is, you can understand the lyrics
'cause unlike BR, NOFX are definitely
not lyrical brainsurgcons. Kind of rclro.
very fun. Catch them al ihc Cruel Elephant April 5. Gav
Issue #4
Velvet Underground Appreciation Society
For five yankee bucks you get just about
everything a Velvets junkie could possibly want: a flexi-disc featuring an interview with Lou, John, Sterling and Moe
describing their brief reunion last year in
Jouy-en-Josas, a small village in France
(yeah, I didn't hear anything aboul n
either), a very in-depth interview with
Moe Tucker, as well as one with her 16-
year-old punk rock daughter Kerry, and
tons of other VU info. The Moe interview is really amazing though because
her down-to-earth comments about the
history of the Velvet Underground appear a lot more insightful than the numerous Reed and Cale interviews ofthe
past, this largely due to their daunting,
often overpowering, personas. A lot of
care goes into this mag; Penn Jilletie (of
magicians Penn and Teller fame) even
put up some money for this issue. Send
your cheque to the VU Apprccialion
Society, 5721 SE Laguna Avenue, Stuart Florida, 34997-78-28. Jusl don'l cx-
been subscribing for nearly len years and
I've received three issues in tolal.Steve
ing fast, everybody is trying lo get their
releases oul so they'll be boomin' from
the cars when the good weather hits.
Here's a rundown of a few recent offerings.
Monie Love, who has appeared
on albums by Queen Latifah and the
Jungle Brothers, has her own out now
called Down to Earth on the Cool
Tempo label (distributed by MCA*
Chrysalis). Originally from England,she
is now based in New York and has put
together quite a long (69 minute) and
impressive debut. Afrika Baby Bam-
baataaof the Jungle Brothers helped out
on about half ihe tracks, as is evident by
their genuine funky-ness. Most iracks
on the album have a quick, danceable,
bright-sounding rhythm to them, and
some of these accessible raps even hit
the house sound. Monie Love's raps are
definitely worth listening to, as she's
always saying something intelligent or
at least putting things under a different
light, giv ing a female point of v ie w sorely needed in this male-dominated field
of music. Bul she also occasionally likes
to have fun. Andy Coxand David Steele
of the Fine Young Cannibals help out
on four tracks, although their FYCsound
is only obvious on one. "Monie in the
Middle" and "It's A Shame(My Sister)"
feature legendary bass player Bootsy
Collins in the mix and should soon be
putt in' the funk and the message back on
the dancefloor. Two other excellent
tracks are "Don't Funk Wid the Mo'"
and "Swmey Swiney," the laucr a rap
(with De La Soul doing some backing
vocals) about whal Monie thinks of people who eat meat, following in the footsteps of BDP's "Beef." A few of the
eighteen songs could have been cul to
make a more coherent album, but this
way there's sure to be somelhing to
please everybody.
Young Black Teenagers—
already famous for iheir hit "Nobody
Knows Kelli" and the fact that, unlike
what their name suggests, they're four
while guys—have juslreleased their full-
length album on SOUL(Sound of Urban
Listeners Records.distribulcdby MCA),
operated by Bill Stephney of Def Jam
Records fame. The production on this
self-tided album is excellent and, as is
obvious from one listen, is produced by
Public Enemy's Bomb Squad team of
HankandKeith ShocklecandG G-Wi_
But the Young Black Teenagers' raps,
although backed by the hippest sound in
rap today, have that corny Beastie Boys
style. Despite this major shortcoming,
the album should still sell great since a
while and/or attracted to controversial
titles like "Daddy Called Me Niga Cause
I Likeded to Rhyme" and "Proud To Be
Black." The Bomb Squad get back at
Madonna on "To My Donna" for stealing a Public Enemy sample from PE's
instrumental "Security of the First
World" on the // Takes a Nation of Million lo Hold Us Backalbum. The sample
formed the basis for her hit "Justify My
An overlooked older release definitely worth mentioning is Criminal
Nation's debut, Release the Pressure
These Seattle rappers on NastyMIx
(A&M distributes) put oul some of ihe
hardest, maddest, baddesl rap around
while swearing only where il's needed.
They are pro-black in ihe raps and they
slam down ihe lyrics to a hyped drum
machine and sample powered beat. They
are really into the funk, as you can hear
on "I'm Rollin'," wilh lyrics flowin'
practically the whole way ihrough the
five-and-a-half-minute song, and old
Parliament and olher old funky samples
in the mix. And if you want lo hear hard,
listen to "Take No Prisoners."
Main Source are another brand
new rap group on the scene. The trio have
just bad their first record, Breaking Atoms, put oul by Wild Pitch Records
(distributed by Altic). They sound like
ihe Jungle Brothers/A Tribe Called Quest
clan, but add their own twist to things,
with the occasional live keyboard line
thrown in. They don'l sell out to house
music and they aren't anywhere near
Public Enemy's hard rap; they just fit
somewhere in between. Some ofthe raps
arequileclever—in "Just a friendly Game
of Baseball," the police are the bailers
and shooting a brother is a hit—but most
of the raps, while creative and clever,
aren't delivered with as much enthusiasm as they could be. Their production is
also a bit muddy compared to their competition who obviously have more money lo throw at it.
An excellent new release by the
Stereo MCs has hit Ihe streets. Supernatural on 4th & B'way (distributed
by A&M-Island) is the follow-up to the
British group's self-titled debut EP on
Gee Street Rob B, the Head, and Owen
If gel help on ihis release from Afrika
Baby Bambaataa who raps on two tracks.
Most tracks are based on old funk grooves
from the early '70s, many of which have
nol yet been found by olher rappers, but
are still way funky. Rob B's lyrics are
excellent mosl of the time; the typical rap
cliches are replaced by clever allusions
expressed in his articulate English style
of rapping. "Whatcha Gonna Do?" with
Afrika is a great track, as is "Goin* Back
to the Wild," and most of ihe olher
fourteen tracks, too.
The top rap group for this month is
Gang Starr for their intelligent raps
from the Guru, and fresh style and truly
creative scratches from DJ Premiere
Their album, Step into the Arena, is distributed by MCA-Chrysalis.
Word Out
Another month closer
to summer and another month of singles
to talk aboul
The Scarlet Drops are a
three-piece from Nepean, Ontario with
a single out of Massachusetts Harriet
Records. "Sweet Happiness" features
Shadowy Men-csque music topped with
perky/squealy girl vocals. The B side, "I
See You," has uninteresting boy
vocals and some wanking guitar
solos. Highly derivative, but hey,
they 're politically correct: "Scarlet Drops urge everyone in America and Canada to support native
peoples in their struggle for 'justice,' 'equality,' and 'respect.'"
Iggy fans will be glad to
know Bomp Records (7112 Bur-
bank, CA 91510) have released
"ihe classic Raw Power oul-
takes": "I Got A Right" and
"Gimme Some Skin." Originally
released in 1977 by a French fanclub, ihis is prime Stooges.
Germany's Weed Productions (Sonnhalde 45 7800
Freiburg, Germany) recently sent us
some cool stuff including a four-song 7"
by Victoria's own Stickfarm, produced
by ex-Shovlhed, Scott Henderson, and
also a compilation of Greek, American
and German bands called 16 Guys
Against The Rest of ths World, Volume I
Some good tunes for your next
rockabilly bar-b-q are NYC's Norton
Records' 7" releases by "The Great"
Gaylord - The Sultan of Squat,
and the A-Bones These four songs have
lots of sax, throaty vocals and some good
anal-retenlive lyrics. Remember: "The
Twist is alright bul il's out of date... Do
The Squat."
For more hefty guitar noise from
eMpTy Records, check out the Fumes'
Ways to Enjoy LifeT. Nothing new, even
the requisite Reciprocal/Charles
lovely melodies! Especially check out
the supreme interpretation here of "Liposuction by Ixrve" by ihe longtime silent Stagnant H20. [hank god, they're
slill around!
If you had a chance hear their
tunes on both the Bellingham Comp II
and Joy of Six compilation cassettes a
while back, you would no doubt have ihe
impression that Thin Men arc cringe-
fully catchy and hook-laden. Iheir own
cassette A Round Hear from 1989 presented a ralher confusing mixture of
hard-driving rock and kinda early '80s-
ish guitar noodling, giving you the impression thai they're eilher incredibly
versatile or incredibly wishy washy. Wilh
Iheir ncw7" "Watching" b/w "Girlfrien-
dorpho" (oooh, clever title, non?),
they've chopped away the excess and
come up wilh a straight forward
rock'n'roll 7". Still catchy, slill hard-
driving. N.B: Is the photo on Ihe back
supposed to be upside down or whal?
Ihc Son of Man 7" is the third in
ihe trio of recent .Szanktonerclcascs bul
I don'l have it, I don't know... iheir
cassette was good though.
Finally, allhough il's really old,
il's a rare oddity and with the upcoming
gig, I think it's worth talking about. It's
the Merge/Leopard Gecko/Simple
Machines label collaboration entitled
Three's Company. This compilation has
stuff by Geek, Superchunk, and
Seaweed, three bands thai toured
Peterson connection. Justgood drunken
party rubble.
"Eat My Dust"??? Oh geez, a
Tribute to Dust Blair?! Head all about
this musical ensemble in the pages of
Seattle's Backlash. And alright, so I was
oneofihesuckers who linedDusi Blair's
pockets with a couple bucks for their
cassette. It was (and this tribute is) just
the perfect thing for a cozy, quiet evening
in at home wilh a good book. Ah, the
about and had such good fun, they decided to pul out a 7". Goes in quiet, comes
out loud1 Workin from the inside out'.-
from "Garlic" by Superchunk. A lot of
guitars but all distinctive. Seaweed's
Aaron StaufTerhas a really good voice
but Geek's "Stiff is the weakest song,
kinda heavy surf rock stuff. I'm lookin'
forward to the show. Seaweed and Superchunk are playing al ihe Cruel Elephant on ihe 13th.
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34   DISCORDER . MONDAY Finks, Uneven Steps,
The Road. Firsl Deep Kiss at the Town
Pump... Al Walker's Blues Band at the
Yale... Other People's Money at the
Playhouse ('HI the 13th)... Unidentified
Human Remains and The True Nature of Love at the Arts Club Seymour
('til the 13th)... Dead Serious at the
Arts Club Granville Island ('til the
13th)... Eihibition by Magdalena
Campos at Western Front ('til the
11th)... Recant works by Oerek Root
and Proto/Zoan at Dianne Farrls Gal
lery ('til
rt of Manuel Alvarez Bravo at Presentation House Gallery (thru April)...
Urban Animals a collective exhibit at
the Surrey Art Gallery...
S TUESDAY CiTR WorldBealatthe
Pit Pub... Blu Rox, Real Eyes, Smileys,
That Melancholy Dream at the Town
Pump... Caustic Thought, False Witness, Fake It Bigtimejhe Kill atClub
Soda... Happy Mondays and Jam MC's
at the Commodore... Confessions at
Tamahnous Studio... Al Walker's
Blues Band atthe Yale... The Coloured
Museum at Rrehall Arts Centre... Oscar Wilde in Earnest at Station Street
Arts Centre... Primrose School District 108 at Studio 58 (til the 7th)...
Speaking In Tongues at Vancouver
Little Theatre...
Wednesdays at the Pit Pub... The
Method and Restricted at the Cruel
Elephant... Jack Feels Fine and Turf
City at the Town Pump... Al Walker's
Blues Band at the Yale... Bolo Brothers, Tba Klrbys. Mickey Fisher at New
Melody Tavern (Seattle)... Confessions at Tamahnous Studio... Tba
Coloured Museum at Firehall Arts
Centre... Oscar Wilde in Earnest at
Station Street Arts Centre... Speaking
In Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre... Tha Fourposter at Presentation
I-THURSDAY CITR Cool Thursdays at the Pit Pub... The Bluchunks
and The Smoking Rhythm Prawns at
theCruel Elephant... Catherine Wheel
Yale... Crazy Fingers and Second
Nature at the Commodore... Shawn
Phillips at the Backstage (Seattle)...
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble at
the Old Auditorium (8pm)... Ad Veille
Que Pourra at the WISE Club... Confessions at Tamahnous Studio... The
Coloured Museum at Firehall Arts
Centre... Oscar Wilde In Earnest at
Station Street Arts Centre... Speaking
in Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre... Memoir at The Playroom
(Maple Ridge)... The Fourposter at
Presentation House...
> FRIDAY    Rosanne Cash at the
Commodore... NOFX and Rollcage at
the Cruel Elephant... The Hopping
Penguins and King Apparatus at the
Town Pump... JimByrnesatthe Yale...
Themba Tana at the Glass Slipper.
Hammerbox, First Thought, Sweet
Water, Still Falling .Dogma Clp her al
the Backstage (Seattle)... UBC Symphonic Wlad Ensemble at the Old
Auditorium(12:30pm) Confessions
at Tamahnous Studio... The Coloured
Museum at Rrehall Arts Centre...
Oscar Wilde la Earnest at Station
Street Arts Centre... Speaking In
Tongues at Vancouver LltfleThoatre...
Memoir at The Playroom (Maple
Ridge)... Tba Fourposter at Presentation House... Cm iff
6 SATURDAY Hopping Penguins
with King Apparatus at the Town
Pump... TTRacerandRollcageat the
Cruel Elephant... David Thlaw at the
Glass Slipper... A Cartoon Swear and
The Sarcastic Manneqwosat the Arts
Club... Jim Byrnes at the Yale.. No
Mean Feet at the WISE Cluh... Red
Platinum, Hungry Crocodiles, Molasses, Sad Happy. Ouitsy Stickat the
Backstage (Seattle)... Capping Day at
Green River Community College
(WA)... Bill Cosby atthe Queen Elizabeth Theatre... Coolassions at
Tamahnous Studio... Tba Coloured
Museum at Firehall Arts Centre...
Oscar Wilde in Earnest at Station
Street Arts Centre.. Speaking in
Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre...
Memoir at The Playroom (Maple
Ridge)... The Fourposter at Presentation House...
7 SUNDAY Dogzllla tape release
party with Llk DWat the Town Pump...
Dose Pump and Rumble Fish at the
Club... Bobby Watson & Horizon at
Saturno... Bill Cosby at the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre... Cinderella
and Slaughter at the Pacific Coliseum. Tough Mama, Tribal Therapy,
The Dick Powell Band, Scott
Lindemuth at the Backstage (Se
attle)... Confessions at Tamahnous
Studio... The Coloured Museum at
Firehall Arts Centre... PrfmroseSehool
District 109 closes at studio 58..
8 MONDAY Tankhog with Elvis
Love Child at the Town Pump...
Moonblood a! the RailwayClub...Son
of Man, Sedated So uls .Scare Tactick
at Club Soda... Confessions at
Tamahnous Studio...
9 TUESDAY CITR World Beat at mc
Pit Pub... RMI with Blue Law at the
Town Pump... Little Mike S the Tornadoes at the Yale... Confessions at
Tamahnous Studio... Speaking in
Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre...
Recent works by Derek Root and
Proto/Zoan closes at Dianne Farris
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Wednesdays at the Pit Pub... Tba
ludwigs sid Tame the Wasteland at
theCruel Elephant. Havana SAM an i
Ral Due Jett at the Town Pump
False Wilnass, Fake It Biytime.
Aragatnor. Big Sun at the Commodore... Les Granules al the Glass
Slipper... LHtte Mike and the Tornadoes at the Yale... Vin Garbuttatthe
WISE Club. Confessions al
Tamahnous Studio.. Speaking in
Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre
The Foe-poster .it Presentation
11 THURSDAY CiTR Cool Thursdays at the Pit Pub .. The Wingnuts
and tue Slipshods at the Cruel Elephant... Material Issue with State pi
Mind at the Town Pump .. Sawyer
Brown at86Street... Les Granules at
the Glass Slipper.. Chris Houston's
Evil Twang, SUngln'Hornets. Coal at
the Commodore... Little Mike & the
Tornadoes at the Yale... Little Ed &
the Blues Imperials at the Backstage
(Seattle)... Confessionsai Tamahnous
Studio... Speaking is Tongues at
Vancouver little Theatre. Danny
Grossman Dance Company at Cen
tenniol Theatre... Magdalena Campos
exhibit closes at Western Front...
12 FRIDAY Mf.TExperiencejtndTha
Smugglers at Ihe Arts Club... The
forgotten Rebels attheTown Pump...
Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited at the New York Theatre... Sonic
Brain Jam, It. Avid Cats al the Cuei
Elephant... James Cotton at the Commodore... Little Mike and the Tornadoes at the Yale... Capping Day at tie
University ot Washington... Confessions at Tamahnous .Stucic
Speaking in Tongues
LHUe Theatre The Fourposter at
Presentation House... Danny
Grossman Dance Company atCert-
fennfjt Thaalfe.. B Movie Festival
opens at Siarlislu Cinema cut tue
21st)... f|*»       %*■&
13SATURDAY Seaweed and
SBperchunk at the Cruel Elephant..
Mr. T Expert encean d T he Smugglers
at the Arts Club... The forgotten
Rebels at the Town Pump... Rawlins
closes at the Arts Club Granville Island... Speaking in Tongues at Vancouver Little Theatre The Fourposter
at Presentation House...
14 SUNDAY Kreator. Blitzspeer,
MorgotJi at the New York Theatre...
Tba Wheat Chiefs at the Cruel Elephant.. Little Ed * the Blues Imperials at the Town Pump Christine
Lavin at the Van East Cultural Centre...
Tamahnous Studio...
15 MONDAY     Vicious Rumours,
Cross at
jorand Tropical Breeze at ihe
'at'/he'Yaie.. Co-lauioVat
ious Studio... Other People's
y closes at the Playhouse...
Unidentified Human Remains and
The True Nature of Love close at the
Arts Club Seymour... Dead Serious
at Club Soda Diamond Consplracy,
Terror of Tiny Town. Festive Eddies
and Mofher at Bie Town Pump...
16 TUESDAY CiTR World Boataiihe
Pit Pub The Detonators and Logan
Soxatthe Cruel Elephant Hieroglyph,
BC, Fat Americans, Crimson Seeds at
the Town Pump... Sonic Brain Jam. ft,
Kiss Kiss 4 Bang, Ilk Olrt at Club
Soda... Eddy the Chief Clearwater at
the Yale... Vancouver Men's Choir at
the Orpheum... Speaking In Tongues
at Vancouver Little Theatre...
Wednesdays at the Pit Pub... Scattered Few, flower. I on You at the
C ruel Elephant... She Stele My Bee r at
the Town Pump.. The Vancouver
Man'schems atthe Orpheum... Eddy
tbeChiefClearwaterattheYale.. Nell
VOimg & Crazy Horse with Sonic Youth
and thfvlit' n' Cryin* at the Pacific
Coliseum... Speaking In Tongues at
Vancouver Little Theatre. . The
fourposter at Presentation House...
18 THURSDAY CITR Cool Thursdays at the Pit Pub... Scattered few,
flower, 1 on You at the Cruel Elephant... Crash Vegas at the Town
Pump... Eddy the Chief Clearwater af
tha Yale... An Emotional Fisk at the
Backstage (Seattle)... Speaking in
Tongues al Vancouver Little Theatre .
The fourposter at Presentation
19 FRIDAY Bulgarian S late female
Choir at the Orpheum... Strpereon-
ductor and Rein Sanction al theCruel
Elephant... An Emotional flstj at the
Town Pump.. Pop Will Eat Itself wtth
Ltmboraanhie* at the Commodore,..
Eddy the Chlel ClearwaterattheYale.
Speaking In Tongues at Vancouver
Litde Theatre.. Tie Foorposter at
Presentation House... "   **_
20 SATURDAY Naked Luncb and
The Sweaters at the Cruel Elephant...
Skaboom with Doug Deep at the Town
Pump... Eddy the Chief Clearwater at
the Yale... Speaking ia Tongues at
Vancouver Little Theatre... Tba
Fourposter at Presentation House...
Urban Animals a collective exhibit
closes at the Surrey Art Gallery...
21 SUNDAY Rate Sanction with
Chrome Dog at the Town Pump...
Deee-Lite witn guest Bootsy Collins
at the Commodore... Evan Parker Trio
at the Glass Slipper... S-Movie Festival closes at StarUght Cinema
22 MONDAY Chtrtet on Charges.
The Search. Pope's Banned. Urban
Coyotes at the Town Pump... Evan
Parker Trio at Ihe Glass Slipper..
23 TUESDAY CITR World Bealatthe
Pit Pub Mary's Danish at the Town
Pump.. Cfcrome Dog, Sinner Squad,
Lester's Wagon it Club Soda..
Pinetop Perkins & the Blues Messiahs at the Yale...
Wednesdays at AePitPub... Kiss Kiss
& Bang at the duel Elephant... Evil
Twang at the Town Pump... Pinetop
Perkins ft thi Blues Messiahs at the
25 THURSDAY CiTR Cool Thursdays at the Pit Pub... Milton
Nesdmonto at the Orpheum... Mary
and Jack Feels Fine at the Cruel Elephant ... Superconductor at the Town
Pump... Pinetop Perkins & the Blues
26 FRIDAY CITR presents
Discorder's 100th Issue Gala Extravaganza at the Cruel Elephant...
Kashtin at the Commodore... Pinetop
Perkins ft tee Blues Messiahs at the
Yale... Capping Oay at the OK Hotel
27 SATURDAY Windwalker, Derelicts, Dirt at the Cruel Elephant..
Fastbacks at the Town Pump... Natural
Elements at the WISE Club... Pinetop
Perkins « Ihe Blues Messiahs at the
28 SUNDAY Thrill Hammer. Ear
'wig, But Flower at the Cruel Elephant. Fastbacks at the Town
Pump.. Lo Jai at the Van East Cultural
29 MONDAY Andy Irvine at the WISE
Club... HenryThreadgill atthe Van East
Cultural Centre...
30 TUESDAY CITR World Bealatthe
Pit Pub... Club of Rome at the Town
Pump... The Original Sinners at the
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Just a couple of guys who like to
walk around in their boxer shorts
with their big fat guts hanging
out. Jerome Broadway and
Garnet Timothy Harry alternate
Vancouver's longest running
prime time jazz program. Hosted
by theever-suave Gavin Walker.
Features at 11.
1st Oblique is the name of an
album by the great
vibraharpist Bobby Hutch-
erson. Although It was re
corded in 1967. It until now
has never been Issued In
North Amedoa.onV ki Japan.
Bobby with Herble Hancock
and others... agreatalbuml
8th Stan Getz at Story***, recorded in 1951 when Getz
was beginning his ascent as
one of the leading voices of
the tenor saxophone and as
leader of a ground breaking
group which Included guitar
great Jimmy Raney.
15th One of the finest bands of
all hme: the Kenny Clarke-
Francy Boland Orchestra.
Starstudded and multinational, this European band
never toured In North
America but some of their
best music was made at the
Ronnie Scott's Club In London.
22nd Tonight is the late great
Charles Mingus' birthday. He
would have been 69 today.
Mingus played piano and
composed and was one of
the world's greatest virtuosos
of fhe bass. He was also one
of the most catalytic bandleaders ever.
29th Afro Bona is one of Duke
Ellngton's masterpieces. Recorded for Frank Sinatra's label Reprise. Sinatra allowed
Duke full control of this album... repertoire, cover,
even the sequencing of the
Now hear thisl Roughneck
dance hall Reggae, dub plates
and live DJ selections that are
ruling Jamaica and abroad,
with whltey at the controls.
Hosted by Antje Rauwerda.
11:00AM Start your day with the
Girl from Ipanema and the boy
from Seattle...hosted by David
3:00PM Country music toscrape
the cowshlt off your boots to.
With yer host-poke Jeff Gray.
Demo Director Dale Sawyer
provides some insight into the
best and the worst of the newest Canadian music.
AVANT PIG 7:00-9:00PM Avant-
garde thuggery with Pete
Lutwyche. First Tuesday each
month: World Music Exploration.
12:00AM The latest In dance
music and interesting drama
every second week. With Lupus
Hosted by David Feldbloom.
UVE FROM VENUS 10:00-11:00AM
Tinkly women's music with Jane
3:00PM Spinning the best (and
sometimes the worst) playlist
material, bringing a variety of
music styles from places you'll
not hear on any other radio
station... seriously. I appreciate
all requests. I work best under
pressure and the gods have
seen to it that I am supplied well
with sonic bliss... hence the title.
Blah blah blah god blah blah
blah music blah blah blah
Addressing the drama, theatre,
film and arts communities. Wth
Antje Rauwerda.
7:00PM Rowena wrecked her
ear drums; too much loud music I s'pose. Totally bummed
too... no more 'NO.* no more
JIGGLE 7:009:00PM Just because
you re fat. doesn't mean you're
alternative. Mikey •tfrtyhalr' and
Gav •Bristle-head: joined by
their adoring groupie, serve up
breakfast all day from their
porta-kltchen. Jiggle Jiggle Jiggle! Lose al sphincter control.
Hosted by Ian Gunn.
1:00PM Jazz with Tommy Paley;
special feature at noon.
HITS 1:15-3:00PM Far Indeed is
Ihis from the way - Lao Tzu
fLEX YOUR HEAD 3:00-5:00PM
Current Affairs wtth Stefan Ellis.
OUT  FOR  KICKS     6:00-8:OOPM
Wildbeat protest music with Pat
and Usa.
TOP Of THE BOPS    8:00-9:00PM
Musical chef Marc Coulevin
bolls up a tasty pot of gumbo
HELL 9:00-11:00PM Local music
from 9. Live bands from 10.
11:00PM-1:00AM 100% Canadian industriabm. Noise from the
auditory fringe Practitioner: Peter Courtemanche.
Hosted by David Feldbloomand
Norm Hermant.
A virtual potpourri of sounds from
the smooth to the crunchy. Music to help you get your toast
MOVING IMAGES  10:30-11:00AM
Join host Ken Maclntyre as he
takes you on a tour through the
silver screen's back lot of live
with film news, reviews. Interviews and soundtracks.
NETWORK 11:00AM-1:00PM
Greg's back and has "post- travel
depression." Tune In. brothers
and sisters for a whole month of
depressing Joy Division, etc...
(not). Bye.
3:30, 4:00-5:00PM Adam NoB
PRESENTS...   3:30-4:00PM   Join
Nardwuar and his war cat Cleo
von Fluffetstein tot half an hour
of stimulating Manhattan clam
chowder entertainment.
5:30PM With The Voice of Reason.* our weekly look back at
the week In the news, tongues
firmly h cheek.
Underground sound system-
style mastermlx radio.
FOR THE RECORD 6:30-6:45PM Excerpts from Dave Emory's Radio
Free America Series
HOMEBASS 900PM-12:30AM Dope
jams and fresh beats for a
groovy evening with DJ Noah
on the wheels of steel
12:30AM-4:00AM John Casablanca's means nothing. Yes.
Andrecka. Satan loves you.
Hosted by Uoyd Uliana.
12:00PM Vancouver's biggest
and best acoustlc/roots/rogue
radio show. Now In its 6th year
on CITR! Roots music from
around the world plus the World
Cup Report at 11:30.
Vancouver's only true metal
show; local demo tapes. Imports
and other rarities. Gerald
Rattlehead and Metal Ron do
the damage.
IN EFfECT 3:00-5:OOPM The HIpHop
Beat and nuttin' butt.
5:30PM UBC's weekend news.
All the latest news, sports,
weather, a movie review, feature report and more. News with
Luc Dlnsdale; Doug Richards has
ARTS CAFE 5:30-6:00PM Be informed about Art. theatre, film
and any other cultural event
happening In Vancouver. With
Its a music thing from all 'Africa.' Its an awareness thing of
self and others. It's an African
house party. Stories, music,
dance fun.Welcomel Yourhost
1:00AM A radio show with a life-
force all Its own. Mixes come
from seemingly nowhere much
like the radio signals you pick
up. An aural parking lot for the
muses. No expectations. No disappointments.
No heavy disco beats allowed.
BUSINESS UNE 604/822-3017
DJ UNE 604/822-2487 (822-CiTR)
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postal codellllll
CITR provides free alrttme for Community Access by groups and Individuals wishing to share some
thoughts wtth our Isteners. If you or
your group would like to say something to someone somewhere,
please call the Program Director at
CiTR does not use rotations in its
programming, all musical selections
are chosen by individual programmers. The Long Groooooves Short
Grooves and Single Magnetic
Party clothes charts to the right are
based and are organised solely on
alrpla. These charts rather arbitrarily
break up CiTR's musical playlist into
three groups: long-playing albums.
CDs and cassettes; 12* and 7*
singles and EPs and CD-5*s; and
single cassette and demo tape
songs and other rare material that
Is only playable dubbed into tape
formatsuch as fragileflexidiscsetc.
For more information on CiTR's musical programming, please call the
Music Director at 822-3017.
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ENEMA Not for anger and despair, but for peace and a kind of home
- suicide note of Lewis Hill, founder of KPFA Berkeley, 1957
«=_■=:■  FrTgHTHPTiUMftft
Smell the Bidet (alternating Sundays 6:0O-8:00PM)
Morgoth "White GaMery"
Sex-oAtatic "Wake Up and Smel Ihe Pussy"
Front242 "Rhythm of Tkne"
Mcoter/Slave Relationship "The Desire to Castrate Father
Steinsky and Mass Media "The Motorcade Sped On"
Kreator "Flag ol Hate" live
Martyn Bates "GtowofSlghr
Vasillsk "Into Ihe Circle"
Ween "Mushroom Festival In Hell"
Skatenlgs "Chemical Imbalance"
Mechanikal Objekt Noize (Mondays 1:15-3:00PM)
Front Line Assembly "Virus" 12* (Third Mind)
Chris Connelly "Stowaway" 12* (Cargo*Wax Trax)
Cyberaktrf "NolhlngSlays" *2*(Cargo«WaxTrax)
Boris Mikulic Here»K(A&M*Vlrgin.Carollne)
Pigface "Spoon Breaklast" 12* EP (Touch* Go. Invisible)
lOOOHomoDJs "SupernauT (Wax Trax Sampler #2)
...fhe Thrill Kil Kult Days of Swine and Rotes (Cargo. Wax Trax)
KMFDM NarVe(Cargo.WaxTrax)
Doubting Thomas "Clocks" (Wax Trax Sampler #2)
Various Artists Deaf/)o/V*ry/(dovEntertalnment)
InSottoVoce Sequence* (Antler-Subway)
Contents Under Pressure (Wednesdays 1:15-3:00PM)
CRANES Inescapable **>*fP(Dedlcated)
The Great Kat Beethoven on Speed (Cargo* Roadracer)
Tooth&Nail /nHy»7e/tol_*£Paooth&NaiD
JeloBiafra&NoMeansNo... TheSkylsFallng... (Fringe*Alternative Tent.)
Front242 Tyranny For You (Sony* Epic)
Chris Connelly "Stowaway" 12* (Cargo* Wax Trax)
Various Artists Crack ot a Belgian Whlp(.Cargo*r<.K)
2Bad Idiot Tree OlMisi)
Alien Sex Fiend Cu/se(Slnclalr*Anagram)
Journey to tie Soft Chewy Centre of tie Universe (Fridays I2:30-4*OOAH)
Chunk at the Pump	
Los ing review notes to same and finding them again	
Odds "4 Polntsof Smack" (demo)
BobHolmanTrlo "\tW (.Knitting Factory *4
Hearing whatClubDDIsdoing now (basicalty no thing)	
PowerChord (Saturdays 12:15-3:00PM)
Cyclone Temple /Ha*e7?>er»fo/»/Am(Combat)
Fear of God Within Evil (Warner)
Dark Angel Time Doe* Not HeaKCombat)
WrathcNId America 3-D(Attantlc)
Megadeth *us//nP«oce(CapitolEMI)
Motorhead "1916"CD-5*(Sony*Wlg)
Heloween HnkBuaWe«GoApe(CapltolEMI)
MetalChurch Human factor (Sony*Eplc)
Heathen Vfc«m»or-Deceprton(Roadracer)
Sepultura Arise(RC)
In Effect (Saturdays 12:15-5:OOPM
Ice-T "New Jack Hustler"
GangStarr "Who'sGonnaTakethe Weight"
Young Black Teenagers "Punks, Ues * Videotapes"
Chubb Rock -Treat 'Em Right-
Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs "I Got lo Have It"
Father MC "Lisa Baby"
Dream Warriors "Face In the Basin"
MainSource "LooWn'OuttheFrontDoor"
BG-The Prince of Rap "Rap to the World"
P*D2 "Movement"
i niafs _a_».rw>_r*_rw-i*4#_g_tt i r_-H
Spermblrds Common Thread(X Mi
Various Artists Satyricon (Juggler!
Various Artists Death ot Vinyl (dovEntertainment;
Renegade Soundwave In Dub (Warner* Mute;
Screaming Trees Uncle Anesthesia (Sony* Epic;
Jello Biafra & NoMeansNo TheSkylsFallng (Fringe* Alt. Tentacles)
Animal Slaves A Fine End (AnimalStaves*Cargo;
Front 242 Tyranny For You (Sony. Epi<
Various Artists Bobbing For Pavement Volume Two (Rat House)
Tad 6-Way Santa (Sub Pop)
Dream Warriors And Now The Legacy Beg/n» (A&M*lsland)
Beat Happening Dreamy(SubPop<
Various Artists Crack ot a Belgian Whip (Cargo. I
Jesus Lizard Goat (Touch & Go)
Love Battery Between the Eyes (Sub Pop*Tupelo)
Godflesh S/ree/ctoaner (CombaUEarache)
1/2 Japanese We Are Those Who Ache Wtth... (TEC*Elemental
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Juto/taf/on///(Justin Time)
Morgoth £temal fa//(Century Media)
Rich Fork EucatyptusCCargo* Nemesis)
2Bad Idiot Tree(X Mist)
Kitchens of Distinction Strange fi»e(A&M.One Little Indian)
Stereo MCs Supernatural(A&M.lsland)
Dinosaur Jr Green Mdnd(Warner. Blanco YNegr
Boiled In Lead Orb(Festival*Atomic:
Juluka The BettotJuluka (Rhythm Safari)
Monie Love Downtofa/f/KMCA.Chrysalis)
Various Artists Integrity Collection (Antler-Subway* Integrity)
Various Artists Mmmm An/ihOhhh(Rockvile*Crepuscule;
Bolt Thrower /n Baffle 7?>#f»isNolaw(FutureShock.SilentSc ream)
Ugly Food Seneca BoulevardCX Mist)
Silverflsh ft*Ax/(Touch&Go.Southern Studios)
Fishwife Sno#K«ter(Cargo*Headhunter)
Hag of Democracy...
Beautiful South	
Dentists Heads andHow To/feed rhem(Antter-Subway.lntegrity)
Morrissey Kill Uncle (Warner* Sire)
Blockhouse The Father, theSon, and... (Anter-Subway*Body)
Bob Marley Talkin'Blues (A&M.lsland)
Various Artists RawMEATVolume TWo(MEAT.Epidemic)
Various Artists Besl ot World Music (Rhythm Safari)
Weathermen Beyondthe Beyond (Warner.Mute)
Noble Watts & Nat Adderly Noble _ Na/(lchiban. King Snake)
Olivelawn Sap(Cargo.Nemesis)
Run Westy Run Green Cat Island (Twin\ Tone)
Token Entry n>eW»/pn/offf>eWof«(Cargo.Emergo)
Various Artists HardCas/j(Green Linnet)
Champion Jack Dupree Bock Home In New O. (Fes tival* Rounder)
Blockhouse Maferfa/Wo/fc/(Ladd-Frith)
Jackofficers Digital Dump(Rough Trade)
TheGreatKat Beethoven onSpeeddZargo* Roadracer)
Leaving Trains Sleeping UnderwaterSut
Son House Delta Blues (Biograph)
Ambitious Lovers Lus/(Warner«Elektra)
Adamskl MusicalPharmacy (MCA)
MainSource Breaking Atoms (Attic. Wild Pitch)
EPMD Business As l/*ua/(Sony. Columbia)
Barra MacNeils Timeframe (Barra)
Sadus Swalowedln Black (Cargo* Roadracer)
Demolition Hammer Tortured Existence (Century Media)
Jerry Jeff Walkerr Navajo Rug (A&M.Rykodi
Weather Prophets Temperance Hotel (Giant
AlbertColllns /ceman(A&M.VIrgin)
Gangstarr Step In Ihe Arena(MCA.Chrysalis)
Cyclone Temple / Hale Therefore lAm (Combat. Relativity)
Perfect Disaster Heaven Scent (Fire)
Jack Frost Jack FrostCBMG' Arista)
Eleventh Dream Day Uvedto Te//(Warner*Atlanti
DarkAngel Time Does Nol HeaKCombat. Relativity)
Feelies J7me/ora Witness (A&M.TwinUone)
June Tabor with Oyster Band Freedom and/?a/n(A&M.Rykodisc)
Rheostatics Me/W//e(lntrepid)
Mouth Music MouthMusIc (A&M* Rykodi
Gibson Bros The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing (Homestead)
HPZinker Beyond II All (Fire)
Cris Williamson Besl of(Olivia)
Lightnin' Hopkins U0/»/n/n'Hopkin*(Festival.Folkways)
DieWalterElf HomosaplensQt. Mist)
Joe Beard NoMore Cherry i?ose(lchiban*KingSnak«
Young Black Teenagers Young Black Teenagers (MCA* SOUL)
Various Artists flee/s; A Co/fecf/ono/Jazz Songs (TECEternal)
UniversalCongressOf TheSodand7ragfcDernfee(Fusionlll.Enenr"/;
Destruction Cracked Brain (BMG* Noise)
Cancer Tothe GoryFnd(FutureShock.SilentScream)
Boss Hog Cold Hands (Amphetamine Reptile)
Sonny Sharrock Band Highlife (Fusion III. Enemy)
Ali Akbar Khan Journey (Triloka)
TheKarmavores rbuchwood(PunchCity)
Heretics Mas»Hy's/erfa(Fringe)
Various Artists Doomsday News Volume 3 (BMG .Noise)
Happy Family Lucky (50 Skidillion Watts)
JaiUttd Footprints (Triloka)
Frank Morgan A Lovesome Thing (A&M.lsland)
Gregson&ColBster Love Is A Strange Hotel(JZap\to\' Rhino)
World of Skin.... Ten Songs lor Another World (Rough Trade • Young God)
Winter > /n/oDa/kness(Future Shock)
Allen Sex Rend Cu/*e(Sinclair. Anagram)
Fairport Convention The Five Seas ons (Rough Trade. New Route)
Kreator Coma ot Souls (CBS)
Ryuichi Sakamoto 77>eS/)«ffertngSky-Soundfrack(A&M.Virgin)
r.i.of.VF<.    f-ctf-t
 "Jack Pepsi" CD-5* (Sub Pop)
 "Inescapable" 12* EP (Dedicated)
Butthole Surf en	
Hurdy Gurdy Man" CD-5" (Warner. Rough Trade)
Chris Connelly	
 "Stowaway" 12* (Cargo. Wax Trax)
Nirvana b/w Fluid	
 split 7* (Sub Pop)
Born Against	
"Born Again" 7* (Vermiform)
Various Artists Real Men Don't RockTh em selves 7" EPCTrashCan)
Various Artists	
 7"Magazine 7'EPG" Magazine)
 "Different Drum" 7* (K)
  "Upand Down" 7* (Nardwuar)
Beautiful Happiness...
 "Something Sonic" 12" (Cheree)
 "Don't Buy Or Sell" CD-5" (Warner. Reprise)
.. "The One To Sing the Blues" CD-5* (Sony. Wig)
.. "Chemical Imbalance" 12" (Cargo* Wax Trax)
Red Red Meat	
 "Hot Nlckety Trunk Monkey" 7* (Perishable)
Scarlet Drops	
 "Sweel Happiness" 7* (Harriet)
Ratsof Unusual Size	
 "Cant Cal You" 7* (Vital Music)
 "Outta My Hair 7* (Community 3)
 "Headless" 7" (Touch& Go)
 "Haunted HouseolLov»"7* (Vital Music)
Larynx Zillions	
 "Southpaws Unite 7* Mexl (Novelty)
  "Wlndowpane" 12" (Cargo.Wax Trax)
 "Girl's Gonna Getcha" 12* (BMG.JIve)
Where's the Beach
  "Suakln" 12* (Mantra)
Uncle Tupelo 	
  "1 Gol Drunk" 7" (Rockville)
Leaders of the New School "CoseolthePTA"CD-5*(Elektra-LIS)
Down to wn Sc ience....
Definition of Sound	
 "Now Is Tomorrow" CD-5* (Cardiac)
Al Perry* the Cattle...
 Good* Bitter r fP(ERL)
.... ToUfe. ToMovIe, ToUe7*£P(MCRCompany)
Almighty Lumberjacks of Death Always Out ol...7'EPQrotce Majeure)
Rein Sanction	
 "Creep" 7" (SubPop)
Sea Monkeys	
 "Everything's Archie" 7* (Vital Music)
Big Drill Car b/w Chemical People sp« 7* (Cruz)
Hole "Dlcknal" 7* (SubPop)
Perfume Tree	
Trypf ic of a Pastel Fern
 "Alpha Nightclub"
 "Brain Mutilation"
 "IHState of..."
Fat Americans	
 "ITs Not My Fault"
Steve Gibson	
 "Madonna Mutant"
Pile Driver	
 "Protest* Resistance"
 "In a Cab. Louisville"
ZaZa & the Angels	
 "Dr. Nightmare"
List of Mrs. Arson	
 "Never Knowing"
Rhythm Activism	
Spin Doctors	
 "Brand New Unllorm"
 "Amor Patriae"
Utopic Mind Slaves	
Joe 90	
 "End of the World"
King Apparatus	
 "'Never Cly"
 "Donl Know Why"
Partial Patsy	
 "Female Sex Organs"
 "Soldiers ol Fortune"
CC Projection	
 "Nowhere toGo"
Dick Jane and Sally	
Jim Arrow and the Anachrones "Stee It own Puppet"
Exotic Pets Erotica	
Seventh Sister	
Random Order	
 "How Many Worlds"
Language of Thieves and Vagabonds
From the streets of New York
via Sweden, led by Torontonlan
vocalist 'Sweetheart', their
debut album was produced by
Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper. Kiss)
and Dick Wagner    Rip
Magazine calls the band 'a
hybrid of the Sex Pistols, the
Rolling Stones and Alice
Cooper'    Featuring the single.
•Come Down Sister*.
including "Saved by Zero* and
•One Thing Leads to Another"
Features the single. 'How Much
is Enough*
The Best of
Before punk was even a safety
Sn in Johnny Rotten's nose, the
amned were out on the streets
making records that were
shaking the very foundations of
rock V roll This collection
includes such classics as 'New
Rose*. "Love Song* and *Jet
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King of the Road
The Brothers Reid return with a
four track EP featuring two new
Proclalmers songs plus covers
of the country standard "Long
Black Veil" end the Roger Miller
classic. 'King of the Road'
featured In the film The
appear on
Young Black Teenagers
rhey are young, they are
jnougn. none are of African
:ally acknowledge African-
Down to Earth
e Brothers and Fine You
Dear 13
In 1987 this duo recorded their
first album at home in an 8 track
studio, then played over 100
live shows in the next year.
Expanding to a foursome, their
major label debut was recorded
In Seattle during March 1990.
and produced by John Leckle
(XTC. Stone Roses)    'Buoyant
s over dense, dark
music: a wash of squirming
sounds.'   Includes the single.
•Golden Blunders*
Chagall Guevara
They set up like the Rolling
Stones - two guitars, bass.
. spirited and
n coll
dynamic gull
rock'n'roll, n	
based in the Souther
literary tradition of William
Faulkner and Tennessee
Williams    Features the single.
•Violent Blue*.
Only Young Once
From New Jersey, this Van
Halen-lnfluenced group of
teenagers formed In 1984 a
had ace producer Bill Wray
May. 1990.   They opened fc
Slayer last fall here at 86
Street, and have dubbed
themselves *a killer rock V
Saints + Sinners
Recently on tour with Alice
Cooper, Kane Roberts has co-
written with Cooper. Rod
Stewart. Motley Crue and Cuns
'n Roses.   Guaftts on this album
include Desmond Child, Dianne
Warren. Arthur Payson, Jon Bor
Jovi and Richie Sambora
Featuring the single, 'Twisted*.
Prince of Deep Water
From Engl
■ can, f
it holds
in Rhythm
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Produced by Nell Dorfsman,
Grammy winner for Dire Sin
'Brothers In Arms' as well a
working with Sting and Bruci
Hornsby & the Range. Feati
the single. 'Highway 5*.
Step In the Arena
cold and unrelenting I
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