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"A festival that combines all the familiar licks you know and love
with a world cruise into some of the most amazing and unexpected
musical destinations you*re likely to experience anywhere."
This year theme programmes include China, Central
America, Australia and a survey of Canadian
Celtic Music.
Tickets available in Vancouver at Black Swan Records, 2H36 W.
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That Magazine from CITR FM 102
JUNE 1989*ISSUE#77
EDITOR Kevin Smith
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WRITERS Pat Mullan, Jennifer Bredl, Lane Dun-
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FEELINGS
Dear Airhead,
This letter is not to comment on how I liked last
month's article on 101 ways to kill Tiffany, but to
make a protestical comment. I hope that the owners/
managers of such clubs as 86 Street Music Hall read
this, because this letter goes out to you. You inconsiderate tightassed dumbfucks. I am sick and tired of
seeing an awesome group coming to town (no, that
does not include Bon Jovi) and to find out that they're
playing at some "No Minors" club like yours, you
motherfuckers. I am making such a big shit because
I am fifteen with a face that makes me look thirteen.
It's great for getting into movies, but I have no chance
of sneaking into a club to see a group such as the Dead
Milkmen.
I also hope that some of the decent groups out
there read Discorder because I would hope that some
of you would follow DOA's example and play at
places such as the SUB Ballroom where all ages could
go, because I know of shitloads of people who feel the
same way.
I thank you Airhead for your time and allowing
me to express my feelings,
JC
PRIORITIES
Dear Airhead,
Rabid barbaric vegetarians have desecrated one
of Vancouver's sacred shrines. I speak of the Nazare
Market on Commercial Drive. A place where people
of modest means could enjoy the finest barbecued
chicken in Vancouver. These chickens, who died so
that they could be served at the Nazare Market, died
for a worthy cause. They became culinary master-
works, their subtle flavours to be remembered long
after they were gone. Indeed it can be said that they
died well. This cannot be said of other chickens who
are squandered in some of the other less revered
yuppie hellholes of this city. Places that were far more
deserving of a torch job by fanatic urban terrorists or
by outraged patrons. One of Vancouver's culinary
gems is gone; only the good die young. I hope these
misguided dogooders get the help they so desperately
need or at least get their priorities right.
Simon Pryor
Barbecued chicken worshipper
JUNE 1989   5 The Dead Kennedys are long gone. The court case is
long over. He was in town acting in the movie Terminal City-Ricochet. He sure can talk - and talk and talk.
And now, a man who really needs no introduction...Jello
Biafra. Interview by Pat Mullan.
DISCORDER: Tell us about Terminal City-
Ricochet and your new career as an actor.
JELLO: I'm not particularly happy with what I
have done in the film. I hadn't done anything
like this before except 15 seconds of fame in the
film Tapeheads. Thankfully some of the more
experienced actors and the director were very
helpful in giving me pointers and ideas on how
to build my character. I stage-acted years ago
before Dead Kennedys but I hadn't done anything since, so I was reaching way back into my
memory from method-acting teachers in my
teenage years. It was an interesting experience;
the film should be pretty unusual too when it
finally comes out in the fall.
In the film I play the right-hand hatchet
man of a corrupt right-wing corporate politician
who has privatised all forms of government into
a shopping mall version of a fascist state. This
person, named Ross Glimore, is played by Peter
Breck in masterful fashion. He was an Emmy
Award-winner for the Big Valley of all things.
He played Nick Barclay and was also in Shock
Corridor. Mark Bennett plays Alex the apathetic everyman who gets caught up in this web
of corruption and lies, and Lisa Brown plays
Beatrice, who kind of shows him the way out, as
well as Jermaine Hoad's character, Ace the
brain-damaged hockey goalie who was hit in the
head with a puck.
D: How did you first find out about the Ricochet
project?
J: It sort of found me. I believei
Lester, who has managed DOA
booked Dead Kennedys tours,
it. I saw scripts from early oi
suggestions for improvements.
know until I got here that I w<
appointed the equivalent of
the film. So I've also been hea
the soundtrack. I figured if I di]
collaborations with the Ministry
cago (whichresulted in Lard) why
thing up here with DOA and NoMeansNi
I've been recording some songs with both tj
bands that are at various stages of completiqHI
they don't all go on the soundtrack they'll c<
out in some other way.
D: Do you have any interest in going into acting
as a career? J: If I can balance it with my ever-
frenzied personal life, why not. I never have all
the time for all the things I want to do; I seem to
be juggling 5 or 6 so-called careers as it is—
singing, spoken word, collage art, Alternative
Tentacles, acting, musicology.
D: Any comments on skinheads and their connection with white supremist groups?
J: I think it's being very tightly co-ordinated
from behind the scenes much like brownshirts
were for Hitler. Why else would you see so
much of it so quickly? Even in towns where
there was no music scene.and thus no punks for
thugs to go beat up on, all of a sudden there are
skinheads. Some of whom are organisedhardcore
racists. Granted it says something for the intelligence of the white supremacists that it took
them 10 years to figure out how to manipulate
kids through skinhead fashion and the musical
overtones that go with it.
I think t's very interest.in3p4h.at out of
nowhere suddenly they're off £3<|pEldo Rivera,
Morton Downey, Oprah Wi&niw. fThey're in
Rolling Stone high-fashion photography jand
stuff, you know, just a blueprint in a way., A
how-to guide for kids who hale tjfe ogfents,
since their parents are probably tr^pie^Bio are
readmg Rolling Stone am^y.nfi, npyf know
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D: What do you think of the seen?
today? You've got a new president whol!
:.DISCORDER:  Hey Mr Biafra, can I ask you a question?
Jello: Real fast.
D: Okay, what is the difference between an American and a Canadian?
J: That's for you to decide.
D: And what right does the media have to pry into things?
J: Well you're prying right now so-
D: 4s that allowed?
J: I'm allowing it now against my better judgement 'cause your questions are awfully
stupid. ^k
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lick them, in regards to that, like people phoning you, rSugding^u, trying to track
you down. How do you deal with this? ^*»S^^
J: Well kinda like this. I say, "Farewell to you sir."
6    DISCORDER up his information with lovely little catchphrases
like "A thousand beams of light".
J: I don't know who fed him that because he is
one of the most cold-hearted, dangerous fascists
to come along in a long time. George Bush has
been linked to many allegations of cocaine-
running, running heroin out of the Golden Triangle in Vietnam, and the lunatics have finally
taken over the asylum. If Ollie North writes a
Mein Kampf equivalent in the form of a TV
miniseries rather than a book, imagine what will
happen when someone like him becomes president. You have a very careful conditioning
through this corporate-ownedmedia to get people
to look forward to vicious fascism. Someone
like Ollie North, who is basically a Nazi psychopath, also allegedly involved with drug running,
for all practical purposes made out to be this
patriotic hero simply because he lied and stole
from people. That seems to be the spirit of
shopping mall America in a nutshell. As I say,
militantly stupid and very frightening. Even the
most conservative people probably deep down
inside are frightened of what's happening to the
planet, running out of space, what's happening
to their kids at school. But there's no'better way
to corral that fright into something that is easily
manipulated than drug hysteria. Which is ironic
considering who may or may not be involved
with bringing in the drugs to begin with.
D: Where do you get your information?
J: I get it from all over the place. I get it from
publications likeMultinatianalMonitor, The
Progressive Maj£gtffl| fiiti&n and In
form
pmg will get inc
^ound up with this huge press service
these people cutting things out of their
local papers and sending them to Alternative
Tentacles. The best I can do is regurgitate them
back in the form of sticking them in songs or
collage art or whatever. That's how I found out
an amazing amount of information; the latest
being about Gary Hydneck, the serial killer in
Philadelphia who kept retarded women in a
holed-out part of his basement. Only recently
did it reach me that his line of defence in his trial
is going to be that he was an Army LSD experiment victim. Right after that, of course, he
disappears from the news altogether. The
Amercian media has finally taken some steps to
curb the impulse to make pop stars out of serial
killers, so you don't hear as much about Gary
Hydneck as you did the superstars like John
Wayne Casey or David Berkowitz or Charles
Manson.
D: What do you feel about the death penalty and
the recent Bundy execution?
J: Oh, it's typical. I'm sure if one of these cable
stations televised weekly executions it would
^become the highest-rated program in the coun-
ujlggg&djw Morton Downey or John Travolta
[evision and
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the TV
itions run by
RCA, which
HITGeneral Electric,
largest nuclear arms
and nucIea^p'Cw'er'cbmponent manufacturers,
so you will not see any news coverage of defence industry corruption or anything like that
on NBC anymore. Up until his recent death, one
of the main stockholders in Cap City Industries,
which owns ABC, was William Casey, director
of the CIA. And Lawrence Tish, who heads
Lows Corporation, which bought out CBS, installed himself as chairman of the board and
fired almost 4 dozen members of the staff in the
news department headquarters in New York.
Reason being "Well, the news department isn't
pulling its weight. The news mustmake aprofit."
How do you make a profit through journalism
telling it like it is? You don't tell it like it is; you
give people thirtysomething, you give people
USA Today and Rambo as a way to manipulate
them into being sedated, obedient shoppers.
D: Who were your influences or heroes as you
grew up?
J: Heroes is an archaic term that implies specta
tor worship of God from afar which is something
I have been trying to get away from with my own
art ever since the beginning. People can mail
stuff in to put in my collage art. People could get
up on the stage during a Dead Kennedys show.
Western society is one of the few in the world in
which every form of culture is a spectator sport.
I was sharpened a bit by my sixth grade teacher
who was very right-wing to the point of praising
National Guardsmen for blowing away students
at Kent State. I was the only one in class who
argued with her. Early on I saw it in comic book
terms to a degree. I would come home from
school, watch maybe half an hour of cartoons on
TV and then the news would come on. I would
just watch that too and see very little difference
between the two programs. My favourite cartoon characters were Bullwinkle and Senator
Everett Dirkson. So I guess I kept up with world
and current events the way other people keep up
with sports. I just remembered a lot of names and
details and incidents to the point where I noticed
when these names popped up in Contragate,
how many of them I had heard of from Watergate or even the Kennedy assassination.
I've always been curious; we're taught not
to be curious by our media and by our school
system, and taught not to remember things that
are right in front of our eyes. I'll talk to people
I've known for years and they'll say they don't
remember anything that happened to 'em in
grade school or even high school. And they have
no concrete memory of Vietnam or Watergate.
We were teenagers when that was going on. But
they can recite verbatim TV commercials and
jingles that date back to the mid-'60's when we
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isn't there; it's just that certain things are selectively wiped out as history is rewritten before
our eyes. I think there was a sign right above Jim
Jones' body at Jonestown that said, 'Those who
do not remember the past are condemned to
repeat it." So here we go. It's just something that
interests me; just an obsessive interest. I have no
hobbies, only obsessions, and my obsessions are
how I make my living. Thankfully.
D: What would you say motivates you? Do you
care so much about the planet and all the people
around you or do you just want the truth?
J: I would say more of just living life as one continual prank against people who go around screwing the rest of us. I just never get tired of creative
acts of positive sabotage. I think using art as a
weapon is far better than using art as a sedative
drug or a religion. The only art that interests me
is the kind that is used as a weapon—be it music,
film, printed word, street theatre, whathave you.
D: How important do you see environmental
issues as being to the average American?
J: I would say their idea of environment is
having a nice VCR and a TV and maybe a car
with a cool stereo in it. The closest they come to
environmental consciousness is getting annoyed
when they're stuck in traffic jams. There is a
little bit of an environmental consciousness
coming back right as the Earth is getting ready to
choke to death. Of course, the Bush administration' s answer is to encourage more nuclear power
and irradiated food.
What the American companies want to do
is bombard produce with certain kinds of rays,
especially frozen vegetables and things, which
they've been doing to peas since the '60's.
Which gives them a shelf life of many many
years. It also changes the molecular structure of
the vegetables so it may stay on the shelf for
years, but all the nutrients will be gone and you
will be a good candidate for cancer of the mouth
and gums if you eat a lot of this stuff. But you
have no way of knowing whether you're eating
irradiated food or not because the Reagan administration prohibited the Federal Trade
Commission from requiring any labelling of
irradiated food. And not only that, but in order to
irradiate food, you must use the same kind of
high-risk process with plutonium and nuclear
fuel rods that caused the accident at Three Mile
Island. And there are no Three Mile Island type
regulations for food-processing plants. It's all
being slipped by under people's noses for the
most part. They finally found a little logo of a
little bird the irradiation companies can put on
products. "Hey, it's irradiated, so it must be
good!"
D: How about the '90's? Any words of wisdom
on the last decade of the twentieth century?
J: Never in a million years would I have predicted the '80's would be so evil. I figured if
things swung back and forth every ten years the
*80's were going to be anice interesting antidote
to the '70's. But oh no, everything just got even
worse—more greed, more corruption, more
boring music for the big-time entertainment
industry. Now we even have a lot of underground people embracing corny '70's rock; you
know, plodding hard rock or bad imitations of
the Eagles masquerading as roots rock or disco
masquerading as futuristic dance music. I think
in the '90's a lot more things will hopefully
come to a head and people will have to get off
their butts and take a stand. But then again, the
mask is already off Contragate and the ecological disasters are right in front of everybody's
eyes but they choose to do nothing. The mask is
off and nobody cares. They are too sedated and
too frightened and figure there's nothing any
one individual can do to stop it because that's the
way they've been bred to believe.
D: So how about rock stars as politicians? It
seems to be a natural. They know how to use the
media to project images people worship. Will
there be pyrotechnics in the White House?
J: Well my first reaction is boy, do I hope not.
Generally, though, I think most rock musicians
that care about a lot of things going on realise
that their art and music is a far more powerful
tool than running for political office and having
to kiss ass to political action committees and
power brokers and pompous moneybags. Keep
in mind that part of the reason we see the higher
structure having less and less actual vision is
because it's more and more entrenched among a
smaller and smaller wealthy ruling class. America does have a class system now and those
wealthy people are inbreeding like mad. Why do
you think that English royal families are so
stupid? People always talk about depleting the
gene pool through inbreeding among families in
backwoods towns or Southern hillbillies. That
may or may not be true but I do think we're
seeing a lot of evidence of that within the wealthy
power structure. Each generation is stupider
than the one before it. How else do you get
people like Dan Quayle becoming vice-president? Although I would feel much better about
Quayle becoming president than George Bush.
Reagan, at least, was senile and lazy so the most
vicious part of his agenda never really got off the
ground. If you think the Reagan Supreme Court
is doing damage to what's left of the American
Constitution, just wait till Bush gets a hold of it.
D: Would you like to comment on some of your
pranks? Possibly something with a local flavour?
J: What you may be referring to is when Dead
Kennedys played a benefit for the Squamish
Five in Victoria. On the way back on the ferry
one of the people co-ordinating the benefit
pointed out this oily man in the cafeteria accosting old ladies, grinning at them and similing. In
other words, he looked like he was trying to win
votes or sell snake oil. The guy said he was an
up-and-coming right wing politician in this
province; one of the most notorious far right
people. Then the guy realises he knows what this
man drives, so down to the bottom of the ferry
we went, found this person's car and plastered
"Free the Five" stickers all over the back bumper.
He got into the Mercedes convertible, hightailed
it off the boat, never once bothering to check that
something was a little wrong with his car. And
let's just say, he is your premier now.
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JUNE 1989   9 Once upon a time, two and a bit years ago, there was a bunch of art students at Emily Carr
College of Art and Design. Emily Carr was holding a Spring dance and needed bands.
A couple of these students decided to get together and form a band. Armed with some
other students, a fistful of songs and the name Vulcan Death Grip, they played the gig
and had fun. In fact, the students had so much fun that they decided to form a full-time band. Thus
was born Curious George.
Things have moved rather quickly for this five-member band. In the Spring of 1988 they released an eight-song demo and soon after an amateur video of the song Pit Bull Attack. Last month
saw the release of their album Children of a Common Mother and the start of a Canada-US tour.
I recently sat down with a couple of the band members—Iain Ross, the guitar player, and Sean
Thompson, the bass player — and their manager Brian Thalken, to discuss Curious George. Here's
what they had to say.
The Band's Name
Iain: I think Curious George is pretty good, it
says a lot about us.
When you think of Curious George you think of
the children's book; a lot of fun and getting into
mischief. Sean: And it's got nothing to do with
Satan or death either.
On Being a Punk Band
S: Maybe.
I: Definitely punk-influenced. I don't know if
punk really exists anymore.
S: We're somewhere betweem Primate Punk
and Monkey Metal. I: We're not a hardcore
thrash band. We play melodic music, maybe it's
fast and it's loud but there is a melody and there
is structure to the songs.
On Clubs
I: We like playing smaller clubs. The Arts Club
is a lot of fun. We always seem to pack the place.
It's small and intimate. I like having people two
feet away from me as opposed to somewhere
like 86 Street where the nearest person other
than fellow band members is a hundred feet
away. It's kind of intimidating.
S: All ages shows—that's my preference. In big
halls like the Lux or the New York Theatre.
Those are the most fun gigs — having a few
excited kids go wild. And they're not drinking
either.
I: They really get into it. I recognise faces from
the all ages gigs and I see them at clubs and I
guess they've got their fake ID. They really like
to go out and see bands. They're like, "Yeah,
let's go see a band, let's go and support them."
They're not going out just to be vseen'.
On Their Front Man Ian V.
I: Ian is a great frontman, he has a great time.
That's our biggest asset because people remember Ian. Sure the band is fine but people say "Oh
your frontman, he's real good." Ian is charismatic and he talks right to the audience.
S: Sometimes he talks too much, but they love it.
I: He's a big guy but he's not really nasty or
anything. People like that.
S: The whole image behind the band that we try
to keep with us—having fun.he always puts that
across to the audience properly. He never takes
himself too seriously.
On Girlfriends and Groupies
I: It can't hurt.
S: What are groupies?
I: Yes, I have a girlfriend.
S:No.
I: Kurt...may be.
S & I: Ian V.—Yes.
I: Brian Clement the drummer. No, but I know
this girl Brian really likes.
A Means To The End?
I: It might be, you can never tell.
Brian: Hey, a lot worse bands have made it. I: A
lot worse. And lots and lots of them. Just turn on
the radio. S: Hey, we are the greatest.
I: Who knows. I never thought we'd get this far.
I'm real happy we have an album out—that's
great. Even if it ended here I'd be real happy
about it. Hopefully things will go further.
Spike Stylus
10   DISCORDER JUNE 1989 11 Some things will always be argued over. Like, which Corey is cuter — Corey Haim or
Corey Feldman? Is George Bush a Texan or is he really from Delaware? Is that really
Brian Mulroney's chin or does he have a third elbow? But one thing is taken for
granted and can not be argued — in a world of jaded pop stars and medicore albums
from bands like The Replacements and REM, the VIOLENT FEMMES remain a breath of
fresh air. They do not record albums because they have to or because they need the money,
they do it because they want to record and have fun. And they're fronted by a man who firmly
believes that the COUNTRY DEATH SONG is a happy song, one that give him a warm feeling
inside. You gotta wonder about a man like that. And, yes, GORDON GANO deserves to be
wondered about. Not that I lay around all the time and try to figure out what goes on in this
man's mind, but I have to admit that the thought has occurred to me once in awhile. How could
the same mind write ADD IT UP, BLACK GIRLS, and NOTHING WORTH LIVING FOR,
also write songs like, JESUS WALKING ON THE WATER and FAITH. The journey into
Gordon Gano's mind begins. And prepare yourself, because the cause of the man's madness
is not pretty.
DISCORDER: What happened to the band
after THE BLIND LEADING THE NAKED?
Did you officially break up?
GORDON GANO: It really depends on who
you talk to and what they feel like telling you
because there is more than one version and there
is truth in more than one story. So, yes, the band
broke up, and no, it didn't break up. Either one
or a combination.
Now is that a classic answer or what? I could
see I was dealing with a professional here. I had
a feeling that the truth about the schizophrenia
behind the Violent Femmes would eventually
come out. I just had to be patient.
D: So when did the three of you, (Gordon,
BRIAN RITCHIE, VICTOR DELORENZO),
decide to get back together and record a fourth
album?
GG: Right before we went into the studio. I
wanted to record some of my songs. The time
was right. And the first people that I would think
of playing with would be Brian and Victor,
which collectively, when we're playing together
doing my songs, we're known as the Violent
Femmes. It was the best experience that I' ve had
in a recording studio, and I think that most
felt the same way about their own expe-
iw what about the religious viewpoint that
Hkt Femmes songs have taken on in the past.
This album does not seem to focus as much on
religion and God as much as the previous two.
Here was no conscious decision whatso-
is record in relation to others as far as
ct matter. Also I do recognize that that
t as many spiritual catch words and
fat jump out or even a whole song that
this record. It doesn't have any thing
IH changing viewpoint for myself, it
ipenedto come out like that.
fcaUo c
Butt)
HBut the back cover of THE BLIND
■THE NAKED. What was it like
■Vd&ad fish on both arms. It did not
fun, but then I'm not the one who thinks
Country Death Song is a warm song.
^^very unpleasant experience, but
^^» you might think. It was a very
■^Kasant experience because to keep
'om stinking and rotting they had been
d putting your arms down inside the
like packing your arm solid with some-
that had been frozen. And when your
fish (pay attention all youfrat boys)
!e's no place for it to move. And the fish were
Bfevy. So it was a feeling of having your whole
arm cut off. It wasn't just slimy and stinky. It
was, 'I'm having my arm cut off!' It was very
unpleasant. And also the teeth were very sharp.
And a little stub on one of the fish on Victor's
arm stabbed him and pricked him in his arm and
it became infected. We have a theory that he got
brain fever from it and hasn't been the same
This explains Victor's madness, but leaves
Gordon's unaccounted for. There has to be something. I needed to stall until the solution
became clearer. A question about the new album, yeah, that ought to stall him long enough.
D: Now, if this were your third album, you'd
have a normal title for it. However, and you
probably noticed this as well, it's number four
on the Femmes scoresheet. So why "3"?
GG: Well, even the name Violent Femmes is
one of the most misleading names around. So it
makes sense for the album title to be also simply
misleading. Although, the title "3" is fun, it's a
nice little joke, and I've heard some people are
very upset by that. Also it's the three of us
playing live in the studio.
Okay, enough of this fooling around. I have to
get to the whole point of this interview, to ask
what's been on my mind for years. How does a
mind get to the stage where it can be so brilliantly demented? I knew I would have to tread
carefully.
D: The Country Death Song and Nothing Worth
Living For are two of the most depressing songs
ever. Where did the urge come from to write
these songs, these masterpieces of twisted genius? (Okay, so I really didn't say 'masterpieces
of twisted genius' whenlwas asking the question
to Gordon, but it looks great in print.)
GG: Both of them are different. The Country
Death Song strangely enough gives me a very
warm, (and I swear he started laughing sinisterly
at this point), family feeling inside. Because the
song was really written out of a love for all those
kinds of old country and folk songs which al
ways have the most horrible things happen in
them. My father used to play alot of those old
records and play his guitar and sing alot of old
country songs. Nothing Worth Living For was a
very different sort of thing. That's just very
much how I was feeling and I was able to write
it while I was in that sort of mind set. And it just
came out in music when I was feeling like that as
a way of trying to deal with it.
Then it hit me. The source of Gordon's anxiety
and the cause of his dementia. Please, bear with
D: So when you're not on tour and when you're
not writing songs about throwing little girls in
the well, do you get to go to many Brewers'
games?
GG: Sometimes. SIGMUND SNOPEK, who is
the keyboard player, is a big, big, Brewers fan,
and he'll go to lots of games. We're already
talking about getting tickets after the tour. I do
like the Brewers, but...
Okay, this is it. I've seen the kind of behavior
that is written about in Gordon's songs before,
butl' ve never connected the two. But it all makes
sense now. Gordon sproblem is...
GG: I have reverted to the team of my childhood, (at this point his voice begins to waiver
and a strange sensation starts to overtake me, I
feel the urge to throw someone into a well), I
grew up as a real youngster in Connecticut, and
now I live there again, and I've lived in and out
of NEW YORK CITY for a few years, so the
NEW YORK METS...
From this point on all is lost as my mind
starts spinning and I think of how horrible the Mets are and how anyone must
be crazy to cheer for them. A bunch of crybabies
with million dollar contracts. I knew something
had to have affected Gordon s perception of the
world. Cheering for Darryl Strawberry does
that to a person. I understand it all now. Add It
Up, I HEAR THE RAIN, NO KILLING, NIGHTMARES — all the product of a New York Mets
fan. It was so simple an explanation. The interview had to come to an end. I could go on no
longer. Gordon then attempted to whoo me to
Metdom with promises of free tickets, backstage
passes, and a job as a back up singer on this tour,
but I resisted his efforts to turn me to the dark
side. I quickly threw down the phone and ran out
of the room, screaming 'ROGER CLEMENS is
better than DWIGHT GOODEN any day 111' I
could not be bought.
So beware on June 16. A rather ordinary looking man may come up to you, and, clutching his
New York Mets program tightly against his
heart, promise you the world if only you ll say
that GARY CARTER isn't an over-the-hill
washed up liability. Don't listen to him. Be
content in knowing that although Gordon Gano
has no baseball sense whatsoever, he and the
other Femmes produce some of the most interesting songs anywhere. Smile politely, then tell
Gordon you love his music and you're going to
his concert.
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MINISTRY
Land of Rape and Honey
(Sire)
I realised I'd been listening to this album too
much when I arrived at work one afternoon and found
that somewhere en route I'd had my head buzzed. Not
that extreme a reaction, after ten thousand consecutive listens at full blast. Also it's possible the record
contains backwards messages exhorting one to this
end. Consider the swarms of extremist skins Ministry's recent gigs in the States have attracted.
Whatever. Land of Rape and Honey will do
weird things to your mind—none of them undesirable. Sure the clubs are playing it, but misguidedly.
This is music to partake of deep in the hellish antechambers of one's soul. To resort to cheap metaphors:
an album to have an aneurism to. The onslaught
wanes only on the last track, Abortive, but otherwise
whatever bad drugs Jourgensen and his drum machines have done hold sway.
Actually, it's hard to put a finger on any one
thing the band have altered: the regulation club-music
components are all intact. Full-frontal bass lines and
drum attack; screamed from the other end of a wind
tunnel vocals; a chorus of speedfreak poodles on
FLASHBACK; and inspired borrowing from "The
Good The Bad And The Ugly", from which crucial
bits of You Know What You Are are sampled. Just the
entire approach is that bit skewed...inverted...well,
FUCKED, I guess is the best term. Forty minutes
glorifying psychosis, trauma, disaster, ultra violence—
let alone the sheer beauty of juxtaposing "RAPE" and
"HONEY". Think about it.
In fact, it gets to the point where you begin to
LIVE the reiteration of Golden Dawn: "YOU HAVE
BEEN FOUND GUILY OF COMMERCE WITH
THE DEVIL". And that title track. Ministry have
truly encapsulated modem-day America, providing
the only valid reaction short of walking into the
nearest McDonald's with a sawed-off shotgun and
doing what comes naturally. Or, to paraphrase the
giant billboard on the 499 at Blaine:
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF RAPE AND
HONEY AND CHEAP GAS.
Viola Funk
DESPERATE MINDS
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
(Chlkara)
There's a band practicing within seven blocks
of where you live who sound just as good, or bad, as
these guys. Side One comes across as standard
hardcore: a humorless flurry of guitar and drums;
songs played and sung too fast to leave any impression. The lyrics are sophomoric: the usual indescribable situations expressed by the tragically inarticulate. Side Two is somewhat better. One is able to
distinguish between the songs: "i'm not such a sweet
thing" has some vocal harmonies on it; "maybe i'm
just naive" has some accousuc guitar; on "strive for
more" they actually decrease the tempo. Most of the
rest of the album sounds like little more than an
exercise in playing and singing as fast as fast can be.
Maybe these guys will be as big as Husker Du or the
Replacements but right now they're just a young band
with a long way to go.
JB Hohm
BAD BRAINS
Live
(SST/Cargo)
A good recording of a great band. Feel the
driving hardcore/reggae force. Witness H.R.'s vocal
gymnastics. Transcend with the experience of Jah.
Problem is, it's a live record consisting of old tunes
from their I Against I and Rock For Light LP's
(except for The Regulator which is really old). Still
it's worth buying just to hear the Brains Uve since
you'll never see them in Canada due to their immoral
habits.
Chris Sharpies
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Wings of Desire
(original soundtrack by Jurgen Knieper)
(Nonesuch)
Nous sommes embarker!
I liked this movie so much I'm reviewing the
soundtrack. Side One is composed of brooding pieces
complete with full orchestration and chorus, plus a
few bits of German text.
Side Two features more brooding pieces, including a couple from Nick Cave, and some trapeze
music. There's also a track by a combo called Crime
and the City Solution. It sounds like Southern Death
Cult played at 16 and 2/3 rpm. The song from Crime
and the material from Nick Cave alone are worth the
sticker price of this record. But not only that, buried
deep in the credits are the likes of Barry Adamson (ex-
bassist of Magazine), Kid Congo Powers (guitarist
for various american bands), Laurie Anderson, and
Peter Falk (alias Columbo). Such a deal!
JB Hohm
SIMPLE MINDS
Street Fighting Years
(Virgin)
As I walked out of the record store, I hyperac-
tively ripped the cellophane off my eagerly-awaited
copy of Simple Minds' latest album, Street Fighting
Years. I fantasised that Once Upon a Time was only
a temporary departure into the realm of commercial
schlock-pop. I should have known better. I cracked up
laughing as I read the credits and saw the band
pictures. The band attempts to look their stoic best in
the cover photo, not unlike similar efforts seen on the
covers of U2 albums. The inside sleeve reveals individual photos, a first for Simple Minds, sporting long
hair and sideburns. But let's backtrack for a moment.
Simple Minds were a part of the incredible
assortment of music which appeared during the late
70's and early 80's, in my opinion the heyday of pop
music. They were a quintessential part of the innovation going on the time. The first time I saw the Love
Song video was truly a magic moment. The song was
dancey, powerful, ethereal, and of course, Jim Ken-
was the central attraction of the video. I thought allfj|
lead singers were like Bryan Ferry. But Jim Kerr wasj
a klutzy dancer, cross-eyed and had a strange voice.
I was hooked. The morel listened, the more I regardedl
Simple Minds as gods. But unlike other gods, Simple
Minds just didn't know when enough was enough.
Roxy Music and the Police did, and split up on time
thereby retaining their god status. Simple Minds
now well past their peak, which they hit in about '81.
On Street Fighting Years they could have at
least stopped using the name Simple Minds. They
aren't really Simple Minds without drummer Brian
McGee and original bassist Derek Forbes, whose
incredibly innovative bass lines were the focal point
of the music (until they were rendered inaudible by
producer Steve Lillywhite on Sparkle in the Rain). On
this album Vono Box's...er, sorry, Jim Kerr's voice
really suffers. The guitar sounds like Eric Clapton and
the piano sounds like Bruce Homsby. The result is a
plethora of possible piano 7-Up ads, the front contender being Let it All Come Down. The subjects of
the songs are cliches like South Africa and Ireland
(they should at least leave that to bands like Spirit of
the West, who do a much better job), and the lyrics are
meaningless. For example, a quote on the inside
sleeve: "Out there in the darkness, out there in the
night, out there in the starlight, one soul bums brighter
than a thousand suns". What's that supposed tomean!?!
Are they trying to be surreal? They can go and shove
their sideburns and bagpipes up their asses! Anyway,
if you insist on buying this crap, it's at least good for
a laugh. But if you want to hear some really good
music, take my advice and check out records like
Sons and Fascinations, Empires and Dance and Sister
Feelings Call, if you can find them.
Patrik Sampler
SNFU
Better Than A Stick In The Eye
(Cargo)
Canada's hardcore moguls return with another
platter of what they do best. This slice of vinyl doesn't
advance much further than past LP's but there are
enough melodic hooks in the tunes to keep it interesting. Tinges of metal and funk appear in a few songs,
which may be due to the new bass player. The band
also have a relatively new drummer—none other than
the amazing Ted Simm. Lyrics deal with the underrated, unspoken lives of average people such as
postmen, G.I. Joe's and living shopping malls. Offsetting the hardcore tunes is the "pop"-orientated
cover of Cat Steven's Wild World.
Chris Sharpies real ^ live
action
Two local establishments are back on the
front lines after being 'missing from
action' for far too long. Both the Waterfront and the Smilin' Buddha have followed the Arts Club's lead and have re-opened
their doors to local music acts.
My very favorite venue in Vancouver, the
Waterfront at 686 Powell St., presented its first
live show on May 9th since closing in September 1987. A North Shore band called Glynda
Fitzgerald and the Desert Sons accepted the
honours by presenting their jangly guitar sound
of the same vein as fellow North Van'ers The
Rainwalkers. Their ballads tended to be monotonous, but quicker, groovier tunes, such as
Train to Spain and Please, Please Me, showed
off Ms. Fitzgerald's powerful voice and the
band's danceable pop style.
When the band finished a spontaneous jam
session ensued in typical Waterfront fashion
with many members of the audience participating. The same grumpy Greeks and surly staff run
the place, but unlike the management, the building has undergone a thorough cleaning. Plus,
one can still get the best pizza in town for only
five bucks.
Less than a week later, the Smilin' Buddha,
at 109 E. Hastings, began its new schedule with
Axl Rose's Hose, a Guns V Roses spoof band.
This is the crew that showed up here at the
station for an interview completely and utterly
smashed out of their skulls. If that and goof-
rock/mock songs like Purple Choad City (Paradise City) and Dink in the Sink sound appealing,
then check them out. But definitely check out
what's going on at the Buddha and the Waterfront.
Bookings for both are being handled by
Dylan Cree with help at the Waterfront from the
old bookings agent Kick. Hopefully, they can
get both stages off the ground and help local
talent do the same.
The Vancouver Province's music reviewer
becomes the reviewee next as the worst-named
band in Vancouver played the Commodore on
April 26th: Bruno Gerussi's Medallion. In preparing to release their first album, In Search of
the Fourth Chord, the band has gotten serious
and cleaned up their sound. They've moved
away from '70's cock rock and the new songs
are a little lighter and a little faster.
Unfortunately, they have yet to master the concept of variety.
Also at the Commodore was the show of
the month as local faves Sarcastic Mannequins
opened for Philadelphia's Dead Milkmen.
In my opinion the SM's are one of the two
top new groups in Vancouver right now, the
other being Curious George. The threesome
entertained with their exciting, jazzy-hardcore-
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pop, stage gimmicks and funny clothes. Their
music is similar to that of NoMeansNo in its aggressive bass lines, breaks and tempo changes.
This show was the Mannequins first of a cross-
Canada tour that should establish their popularity throughout the country.
The Dead Milkmen's set included no background banner, no stage props and no T-shirts.
The crowd was more than satisfied with the
Milkmen and their music. The epitomy of college radio, the Dead Milkmen have a variety of
song styles that range from their biting dance
classic You'll Dance to Anything to their James
Brown soul tune I Beat My Wife. The key to
their success, though, is that they make fun of
everything that moves.
Four days later, at Club Soda, Family Plot
made their fourth stop on the comeback trail.
Naomi McCloud has replaced Madelaine Morris as lead singer one of the few bands around
with two bassists and no guitar. Ms. McCloud's
voice is frighteningly similar to that of Ms.
Morris and on the surface the switch seems to
have gone smoothly. The group has also managed to retain its mysterious, melodic sound and
slow, flowing vocals that often build into gripping climaxes.
Now there can be no excuses fornothaving
anything to do during the month of June with
such high profile bands as The Ramones, P.I.L.
and the Violent Femmes in town. What? Can't
afford to go? Well then, I guess I'll see you at the
Waterfront or the Buddha.
W.W.
local
motion
It wasn't so long ago that everyone was
talking about how there were no places for
local bands to play anymore, but lately,
with the Arts Club back to being a major venue,
and Club Soda, the Town Pump, and even 86
Street and the Commodore putting on multi-
band showcases, things are definitely looking
up for Vancouver's musicians. And now the
Waterfront and the Buddha are jumping into the
fray (again, after long, sometimes interrupted
retirements), looking for new and mostly unes-
tablished bands to play. (Just another reason for
musicians to put their phone numbers on demo
tapes—sometimes promoters ask me to suggest
bands for opening slots, etc.)
Having a demo tape at CiTR can help find
a band an audience, gigs, maybe even a recording or management deal, but with up to thirty (or
even eighty) demo tapes rolling into the station
each and every month, there are bound to be
SOME problems. Mainly the process of getting
airplay and (maybe) a review just takes time. If
your band does submit a tape/bio/press release,
please make sure all the bits have a name and, if
possible, contact phone number, and realise that
it may be a couple of months or more before you
get results. And just handing over your tape to
a friend of a friend at CiTR doesn't always
work—mailing it in to the attention of Dale
Sawyer (our Demo Tape Director) or dropping
it off at the station yourself will. Of course, any
information you can give about upcoming performances (as far ahead as possible), helps a
band's cause too. For one thing, mostly because
of space and time restrictions, this column tends
to give priority to bands that are actually play
ing, and not just basement or studio projects.
(Demo tapes are, by definition, supposed to be
promotional tools, after all...)
B ut enough lecturing. Here are this month' s
demos:
JAZZMANIAN DEVILS-Knock Me a Kiss
Well, give the JDs points, first of all, for
perhaps the mosthonestcassette title ever: Let's
Drink. The band here lists its core membership
as Les, Moishe, Manny, Herschel, and Myron
Goodman (maybe we're supposed to guess who's
who), and frequent guest vocalist Vanessa
Richards, from Bolero Lava, sings on Knock Me
a Kiss. And, as always, the JDs are very competent and intelligent musicians, and their lyrics
are funny in places (Honey Chile starts off with
the lines "I got a woman nobody loves but me/
But when it comes to loving me she thrills me
like JD"—Are the identical initials mere coincidence?—but degenerates to a list of physical
peculiarities that's just a bit too familiar), but
let's face it, the Jazzmanian Devils are meant to
be SEEN as well as heard. They are a wildly
popular band in bars around town more because
seeing them is an event than due to what can be
transferred onto tape. So I say go catch them
live.
TERMINAL CITY-You + Me
Drummer Vince Clark says if he hears City
Love one more time he thinks he'll puke—
hence this good-bye demo entitled, appropriately enough, RIP. This is a really catchy song
(maybe not mixed quite as well as it could be,
probably because the band broke up before they were finished in the studio), with a cool guitar
riff and lots of Linda McRae vocals. Well, it's
' hard to blame Linda for choosing to travel the
world with Spirit of the West, but it is definitely
Vancouver's loss. There just aren't enough
bands around with this kind of grasp of pop sensibilities.
WAGES OF SIN-Stop the World
Gary, the singer, used to front pop band
Green for Go, but there's not much similarity
between that project and this one, which is only
a few months old. If anything, Stop the World
is more reminiscent of Tin God, both for its
overall sound and lyrical content (being about
the damage humans are doing to the earth, the
lyrics are well-intentioned but a little obvious).
This song's gotpowerful, melodic qualities, and
works best when the chorus (with all the instruments and some back-up vocals too) kick in. A
good and, I think, sincere start.
MARY-Him
Almost straight off there's a line, "You
think I care but I don't give a flying fuck", that
should be written down in some list of great rock
and roll lyrics. Maybe I'm totally off-base but
didn't these guys used to be associated with
Deviant and the Clones et al? This is far from
, being noise, though—Him is rough-edged pop,
nicely produced and performed but not wimpy.
IRON GYPSY-Cast Away
OK, to be fair, this wasn't recorded in some
fancy studio but live at Club Soda in January.
And I should also say that I don't think metal is
(or should be) the next happening musical force.
But really, this just sounds pretty standard and
shabby, and dubious-tech gimmicks like the
major digital delay on the vocals (especially
irritating because the echoed voice is stereo-
separated from the original) and heavy use of
flanged guitar don't help much. Of course, it's
I  always possible that their stage show is incredi-
i bly original....
PEDESTRIAN SACRIFICE-Skotz Krotch
Another relatively low-fi effort, this one
centres on lots of silly yelling about a friend who
has a"realy big crotch". These two fellas (only
named as Dave and Keith on the cassette cover)
proudly announce that "this is a live recording
featuring no overdubs, remixes, or mind-boggling tricks. What you hear is: Dave-Voice,
Keith-Other Sounds." Well, no kidding! This
song's quite funny, actually, in the fine tradition
of bands like Five Year Plan (now Five Year
Fuck, who, by the way, are having a tape/maybe
even video release party at Club Soda June 25,
so go).
TIPPY AGOGO AND THE VOYAGEURS-
Invoc Arabesque
For some reason I can't say anything much
about this song, except that it's not much unlike
drinking lots of Sangria at La Bodega with your
friends while on psychedelics, while at the same
time someone in the next room is playing Spanish guitar and singing in a language you don't
understand. Could this be the desired effect?
Janis
"He was a clever man that first found out
about eating & drinking." Jonathan Swift
And a yet cleverer one that originated the
recipe below. It comes from Ireland via a friend's
aunt (wonderful things, aunts), and should be attempted only by those predilected to kinky practices with Vaseline—I mean, um-ah—well,
you'll know what I mean after the margarine's
been melted and you get to the "Make into small
balls" part. Anyway, the end result: cookies
verging on candy. Recommended by 4 out of 5
doctors for patients with low blood-sugar levels.
A-FUCKING-DDICTIVE. They turn out a bit
different every time and they're nothing to do
with gingerbread, so don't panic if there's no
resemblance there. Happy slithering about.
GINGER BISCUITS Makes a lot(nigh on 6
dozen)
1 lb margarine 2 lbs flour
1 1/2 lbs sugar 2 tsps baking soda
2 tbsps golden syrup       4 tsps ginger
2 eggs 2 tsps cinnamon
Melt marg., sugar and syrup in a pot over a
low/medium element, stirring all the while.
Remove from heat, then mix well. Add eggs and
beat again. Add flour, baking soda and spices.
Make into small balls. B ake in a regular oven 10-
12 minutes—Watch closely. NB: I don't know
what a "regular oven" is either; I just put it at 350
degrees Fahrenheit. Drop them onto baking
sheets with teaspoons if you're not keen on
bathing in margarine.
God, and Mr Editor, willing, this column
may in future include:
Great Eateries of the Past and Present
The Wonderful World of Foodial Aromas
Famous Local Musicians Showcase Their Favourite Fixin's
Biodegration Time: Food Gets Rude
Blasts from the Past: Grub of Childhood
Trippy Food-Shopping Experiences
Food-Ingesting Methods and What They Re
veal About Your Personality
Food & Your Local 7-Eleven: What Do They
Have in Common?
Public input—suggestions, tried-and-true
recipes, thoughts relevant to Food, Eating, Their
All-Pervasive Roles in Society, What You
Scarfed for Dinner Last Night—is more than
welcome.
Write to HELL'S KITCHEN,
c/o DISCORDER/CiTR
6138 SUB Blvd
Vancouver BC
V6T 2A4
JUNE 1989 17 THE HARD ROCK MINERS
w/guests: from San Francisco
weirdo pianist D.J. LEIBOWI
10
16    17
23     24
30    31
h
from Los Angeles:
WORLD ENTERTAINMENT WAR
and GRACIOUS 4
A pleasant evening of accoustic
music featuring
Drunks On Arrival with guests
VIDEO BARBEQUE and
EXCITED FIRST DAUGHTER
CURIOUS GEORGE
RECORD RELEASE PARTY!
with guests
DOORS OPEN 9:30 FRL, 10:30 SA1
Sorry No Minors
THE WEEKEND ALTERNATIVE
ARTS CLUB LOUNGE 1181 SEYMOUR
683-0151
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16th & Arbutus 738-6311
Preceded by "The Beast"
and from China "Red Sorghum"
Showing June 23 - July 6
"You don't have to be apart of the
downtown Big Apple art scene to laugh at
this frantically funny send-up. Applause,   -
applause for Bernadette Peters'.'
A TRI-STAH RELEASE
Showing Nightly at 7:30 & 9:30
If you're not paranoid
you're
not
paying
attention
UBC • Student Union Building
Lower Concourse
All Ages Welcome m^^k  M^r     -so you go down to the video
B ■ B^L store to rent a couple of
^^-^ -BL -BL. movies, but you can't find
anything that really grabs you. The latest Danny
DeVito comedy? Seen it. The sci-fi classics of
the 1950's? Seen 'em. The Looney Toons series? Seen it - twice. Great. Now what are you
supposed to do with that expensive VCR? Leave
the video store, spend your money on a six pack
and head home. When you've settled down at
holocaust, but McCarthy ism as well. Then there's
Communications for Civil Defense, a ridiculously naive half-hour lecture explaining the
role of the mighty telephone after an attack,
produced by - you guessed it - Bell Telephone.
There's Canada's own Operation Lifesaver,
which takes place on the dirt roads of tiny
Calgary in 1956, and of course we can't forget
the perennial favourite Duck and Cover, a ten
minute educational film designed to firmly in-
the kitchen table, grab a pen and paper an^wj^^^till a healthy cold war psychosis in the minds of
mientagen-    elemei
to Ottawa. There are federal govern
cies that exist solely to prov ide you with hours o
FREE entertainment. Hey—you might as well,
you pay for this with your tax dollars, chum.
If this suggestion conjures up visions of your
friend's seventh birthday party, when his parents rented scratchy 16 millimeter prints from
the NFB that showed great moments in Canadian history fashioned entirely out of multicoloured pipe cleaners and postage stamps, relax. This is interesting stuff. Grown up stuff, if
you know what I mean. The National Archives
of Canada, specifically the Moving Image and
Sound Archives, publishes a FREE catalogue
every couple of years that lists literally tens of
thousands of hours of recorded information that
dates back farther than your granddad's baby
teeth. I'm not talking about Hinterland Who's-
Who and geography lessons, either. If you
thought the recent B-movie festival was worth
blowing your cash on, you're in for a real treat.
The public service and corporate promotional
films of thirty years ago, especially American
ones, were infinitely more shameless in their
efforts to drive their messages home to the
viewer. Take Civil Defense, for example: with
titles like Target: USA, The Day Called "X",
and Flash of Darkness, you know you've got
some real sledgehammers coming your way.
In the 195O's technicolor shocker Escape Route,
we find the cleverly named Mrs. Jones listening
to her favourite radio soap. Suddenly, air raid
sirens begin to wail and Civil Delenllr4uthori-
ties interrupt the broadcast, ordering Mrs. Jones
to hightail it out to the relative safety of the
suburbs. The film goes on to stress the importance of keeping your NEW car well maintained
by your authorized dealer as it may turn out to be
your only protection against nuclear fallout;
your car radio could be your only lifeline to the
authorities. "But what if your car is old and run
down?" asks the chisel-faced narrator, "NO
protection! NO radio!" The film ends in a question mark as a mushroom cloud blossoms over
"YOUR city". Only in the credits does it become clear that the film was produced by the
National Automobile Dealers of America as a
ten minute commercial chock full of cheap scare
tactics.
If a nuclear survival film made by car salesmen
isn't your bag, try the 40 minute Motorola/CBS
TV Theatre presentation of Atomic Attack, the
story of a nuclear attack on New York city. This
film contains a cameo appearance by Walter
Matthau in the role of a municipal health inspector, and deals not only with the spectre of nuclear
#    *    *     *
ntary school children as they watch Bert
the cartoon turtle being victimized by enemy
nuclear attack.     Hfe^^
OK. Now. How can you get these films for
yourself? Four steps, three of which are easy.
1) For your FREE catalogue write to:
The National Archives of Canada,
Moving Image and Sound Archives
395 Wellington Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1A0N3
Hint: You're supposed to hire someone to comb
the card catalogues for you, but if you mention
your field of interest in your letter, they 're likely
to do some preliminary research for you. FREE.
2) Select material from the catalogue.
3) (And this is the tough one.) Write to the
archive to get addresses for the people who hold]
the copyright to the films you've chosen. The
archives won't dub the films for you without the"
^permission of the copyright holders. This can be
quite difficult to get around, especially since
many of these film companies no longer exist,
but if you tell everyone you talk to that you're
only interested in research, you'll be surprised
how lenient they can be. f^B&^r
4) Once you have obtained copyright clearance,'
buy some videotapes and send them to the archives with a list of catalogue numbers for the
films you want. In about eight weeks, you'll
receive your videos (sent at the government's
expense)!
Naturally, this can get more complicated, especially since you're dealing with a government
agency, but what the hell-it's FREE, and these
people are employed to perform this exact task-
just for you!
Now, when you have friends over to watch the
Looney Toons series a third time, you can show
these short films beforehand - real classy. And
make sure you hang on to them so that when
your kids have their seventh birthday party, you
won't have to call the NFB...you'll already have
tons of shit they won't understand just lying
around the basement, ready to roll. And imagine
their shining eyes when you tell them the best
part...it was all FREE!
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THE JAZZ SHOW 9:30PM-12:30AM
Vancouver's longest running prime time jazz program. Features at 11:00. Hosted by the ever-suave Gavin Walker.
Sth: "Proof Positive" is the title of oneof J.J. Johnson's finest
recordings. The great tombonist in full flight...powerful!
12th: Recently one of the last of the "big-boned" tenors
passed away, Amett Cobb. Hereheis tonight in frontof a great
quartet. Texas-tenor by one of the masters.
19th: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - a magical trio recorded in Europe, Jarrett and company playing
"standards" and making them new.
26th: "The Prisoner" album by Herbie Hancock with compositions dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King.
BLOOD ON THE SADDLE 1:15-3:30PM
Country music to scrape the cowshit off your boots to. With
yer host-poke, Jeff Gray.
IN CONTEXT/TRIBES & SHADOWS 3:30-5:00pm
Simplicity in Design, New Music, new views, new Beliefs,
Old gods, Reinforcement and Negation.  In words and pictures. Hosted by Kirby Scott Hill.
2nd: Sam Phillips interview. Balkana.
9th: Dance, Kinesis, Kirov, Fortier Danse-Creation.
16th: Architecture, Dance, Music, the Arts.
23rd: Events, new music, new seasons.
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HANFORD NUCLEAR PIZZA PIE 10AM-1PM
New show! About the Pacific Northwest from Oregon to
Alaska and all points in between! And at 12 noon:
Singalong With Rowena Under Her Papadum Tree!
THE SPANISH SHOW 1:15-3:00
Music from Espanol and community events as well.
THIRTY THREE AND A THIRD 3-5:00PM
Two hours of the Hottest Vancouver Music.
B.C. FOLK 5:30-6:30PM
Listen to the thoughts and music of B.C. folk artists.
THURSDAYS
FLEX YOUR HEAD 3-5:00PM
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ARTS CAFE 5:30-6:O0PM
In-depth arts analysis and general miscellany of commentary
on the local arts scene with a concentration on theatre.
TOP OF THE BOPS 8:00-9:00PM
Fifties rock therapy heard across Canada, more or less.
CANCON JOB 910:00PM
The latest info on local bands and strictly Canadian tunes,
along with the hottest playlist stuff.
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22nd: Silent Gathering
29th: Against the Grain
ABSOLUTE VALUE OF NOISE 3-5:00PM
Found sounds, tape loops, compositions of organized and
unorganized aurality, power electricians and sound collage,
and live experimental music. 100% Canadian Industrialism.
TIED DOWN AND MADE TO TALK 5:30-6:30PM
The latest in band interviews, profiles, and tortured
confessions from local, national, and international artists
mixed in with a smattering of their music.
9th: Violent Femmes
16th: Bob's Your Uncle, Picasso Set, Guadalcanal Diary
23rd: Jazz Butcher, Sons of Freedom
30th: TBA
HOME TAPING I.N.T.E.R.N.A.T.I.O.N.A.L. 6-9:00PM
200 proof live mixes, remixes and kilomixes.
STOMP ON THAT BOPPA-TRON 9:00-MIDNIGHT
House hip hop, funk, new beat. The latest & greatest in dance
floor grooves.
SOUP STOCK FROM THE BONES OF THE ELEPHANT MAN 12:30-3:30AM
Independent music from around the world ranging from
spoken word to the latest in club tunes.
SATURDAYS
THE SATURDAY EDGE 8:00-NOON
Vancouver's biggest and best acoustic/roots/rogue folk music
radio show.
POWERCHORD 12:15-3:00PM
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alternative speed to mainstream metal; local demo tapes,
imports and other rarities.
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Pizza
Pie
CITR AFTERNOON REPORT: NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER
Total
Harmonic
Distortion
Blood On
The Saddle
In Context /
Tribes
Spanish
Show
Spike
Bird
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Head
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Absolute
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NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER, GENERIC REVIEW, INSIGHT AND DAILY FEATURE
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Hot
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Environmental |
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Neon
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After
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Tied
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and more.
RADIO LAND MIDNIGHT-3:00AM
Hey, this is your show! Send in your tapes c/o this station and
I'll play 'cm at least once. I'm looking for new stuff, never
heard sounds. Don't worry about audio quality, radio is for
communication.
ARE YOU SERIOUS? MUSIC 8:00AM-NOON
Schoenberg, Varese, Berio, Carter, Maxwell Davies, Bus-
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in a classical vein.
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Reggae, Rock Steady, Soca and Ska.
THE BLUES AND SOUL SHOW 3-6:00PM
Blues, Blues, Blues and every second Sunday, the best of Post
War Chicago blues and more.
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LOST ANGELS SOUNDTRACK
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30 MINUTES OF DEATH
CINDY LEE BERRYHILL
NAKED MOVIE STAR
CLOCKDVA
THE HACKER
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SONGS FROM THE GRINDING WALL
HELLCOWS
TOOTHLESS
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TAKE IT OFF
LEMMINGS
WALK ON AIR
CANADIAN CASSETTES AND DEMOS
LI-ISO'S BUILD
HOOVER EFFECT
GREEN EGGS AND HAM
FYF
WHACK ME
TERMINAL CITY
YOU + ME
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IELOUSCIDE
PICASSO SET
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CORSAGE
SEASON OF THE WITCH
SARCASTIC MANNEQUINS
WHEN 1 BOUGHT THE CAR
GROUP 49
ANOTHER YUPPIE FUCKSONG
BIG ELECTRIC CAT
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Information, news interviews and political analysis from the
global cultures of resistance.
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'Feminist news and analysis and a broad range of women's
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Murder on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
June 28 -July 14
Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
July 19 -August 14
1837: The Farmers'
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Soul of the City
-THE COMMODORE-
All shows 10 pm, Doors 8:30 pm
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June 23
Mahlothini & the Mohotello
Queens (south Africa)
June 24
Flora Purim & Airto (Brazil)
June 25
Tony Williams Quintet <usa»
June 26
John McLaughlin Trio <usa>
June 27
Peter Erskine Band <usa)
June 29
Sun Ra & the Omniverse Ultra
Jazz 21st Century Arkestra (Satum)
June 30
Manu Dibango (West Africa)
July 1
ManteCO (Canada)
July 2
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Lir Ed & The Blues Imperials <usa>
June 23
Jazz Passengers (New York)
June 24
European Jazz Quartet
(Holland / Britain / Germany)
June 25
John Scofield Trio <usa>
June 27
Pauline Oilveros <usa)
Wayne Horvitz (usai
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Carlo Bley & Steve Swallow <usa>
June 29
Bill Frisell Band <usa)
June 30
Jay McShann & Big Miller
(USA/Canada)
July ?
Helen Merrill & Mike Nook Trio
(USA/New Zealand)
July 2
Craig Harris & Tailgator Tales <usa>
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June 24 • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks on EdJE soopm
June 26 • George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band eoopm
-19 allstars including Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy, Joe Daley
• 15 Venues, 160 Performances. 400 Musicians from Canada, U.S.A., Africa, South America, Europe, Japan
Pick up a Festival program at ticket outlets, music stores, book stores, etc. for details on all concert, club and free bandstand performances.
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