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ALL SYSTEMS GO!:
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT gave you Paint
As A Fragrance. They brought you a truckload
of 7's. They gave you Circa: Now! Then they
gave us the boot!... but not before delivering
lots of faves/rarities on this 19 song gem.
Strictly limited edition worldwide!
21 & OVER:
No chaser is needed to absorb THA
ALKAHOLIKs deep liquid hip hop (or
hic-hop!) beats and drunk lyncal skills.
Don't play Caps without it!
ENTER THE WU-TANG:
One of the most anticipated rap records of
the year, the 8 members of Staten Island's
WU-TANG CLAN produce sizzling hardcore
rap with bone breaking beats and eerie
horror movie sound effects.
Blazin' Stateside!
IGNORANCE CHAOS SUICIDE:
Aggressive and full of fury, Quebec's
premier hardcore band, BARF tear down
the wall-of-sound with the dizzying
grindcore mix of their sophomore release.
Bonus points to all who
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WHISKEY FOR THE HOLY GHOST: If
Leonard Cohen were 25 and from Seattle...
well it gives you an idea. Dark and emotive
MARK LANEGAN's (formerly with
Screaming Trees) second solo album
is essential listening.
At your favorite record store February 2nd.
Co-distributed by MCA.
PIGEONHED is a studio collaboration between
renowned musician/ producer/studio wizard Steve
Fisk (Pell Mell/Screaming Trees/Beat Happening)
and Brad vocalist Shawn Smith. They are
"Seattlites who favour the shuddering dub of
On-U-Sound over the now traditional mess
o'guitars" (Melody Maker).
RING:
Produced by Lou Giordano (Sugar, The
Lemonheads), Ring presents THE
CONNELLS at the height of their creativity,
expressing a level of maturity only hinted
at on their previous releases.
Co-distributed by MCA.
ANGST:
From the metallic dance groove of Light, to
the electro-thrash of the first single, A Drug
Against War, the 6th LP from German
ex-patriots KMFDM (now based in
Chicago) hits hard and fast with
astonishing depth and variety.
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Paul t. Brooks, editor
(loosely described):
Your assessment, post facto, of
Paris Green's alleged plagiarism
in the October 1993 issue of
Discorder (#128) is a sad indictment of your own gross bungling
and specific ineptitude as an editor. Before I address the issue of
the article in question, it is important for you to realize how clearly
you have revealed to Discorder
readers your failure as an editor.
The editor's job, foremost, is to
edit. Critical analysis, reinforced
with proofing a writer's work is
necessary. 1 won' t ask if you completed this fundamental responsi
bility because you clearly answered this question with a resounding "NO" through your
apologetic diatribe last month.
This leads me to another observation about this situation you alone
have chosen to make public - your
thinly veiled apology. The apology is less an attempt at damage
control over a writer's alleged action—but more a self-motivated
desire to seek forgiveness by an
editor knows - he screwed up.
You know you are a failure as an
editor, not in least because an article you deem unoriginal was
printed, but mostly because you
did not fulfill the most minimum
of responsibilities of editing. If
you want to be an editor, at least
act like you care enough about the
job to read what is printed in your
paper. You should ask more questions Paul, because the proverbial
buck stops with you. However, it
is too late now and your reputation of being even somewhat thor-
and responsible has been
publicly replaced with one of slop-
piness and indefensible incompe-
s is not a personal critique, but a professional one. Personal criticisms are a different
matter. When you publicly stated
that I would have " to live with the
humiliation of passing somebody's thoughts...", I became incensed. Who do you think you are
to make such a judgement - not an
editor because you showed everyone through your words that you
fail in that position. When I started
writing for Discorder, I was told
by others that you were "a nice
guy, but not the brightest editor
the paper has ever had" (talk about
understatement!). In fact, you did
not even bother to ask me, the
writer, if you had concerns about
the said article. If you had a genuine concern about, as you state,
"the brazen image of Discorder"
being unblemished, don't you
think that publicizing- your unconfirmed views might tarnish the
paper even more. That's arhetori-
cal question because your ability
to think, in this case, has sadly
shown to be stalled. Ironically,
you have done more to advertise
the mediocrity of Discorder than
any number of alleged plagiarisms. As a final remark, since
you have failed to respond to any
of my messages I have engaged
legal council regarding your allegations. Because of your com
ments last month, my lawyer has
instructed me not to discuss this
matter with you. I hope you have
some dignity left and print this
entire statement in Airhead.
Bite me you knob,
Paris Green
(p.s. I guess I this c
having written for Discorder
again)
AWFUL SCHREUR OF
THEMSELVES
with
Discorder,
Hey I thought your in
Juliana Hatfield »
don't know why we let Rockers
get away with being idiots in interviews. She & Evan seem to be
some of the worst offenders
around!
Congratulations,
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Hey Discorder Folks
This here's Lukas Pearse, and I
have the job of Music Director
way far away in Halifax Nova
Scotia where this time of the year
lot's of people think of the impending snow and sigh at the mere
thought of a B.C. "winter." Anyway, I thought I'd write yous all a
note 'cuz I think that Discorder is
good and cool, regarding your review of the Out of the Fog Too
compilation. And it's not in anyway that I would lift more than a
finger of disagreement, especially
as you went to such length to fairly
describe its obvious shortcomings.
Rather, I just thought it
would be prudent of me to answer
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the implied question as to whether
this is indicative of the Halifax
music scene with a shaking head
and a kind of smirk as I say nope.
The deal with the compilation was so unappealing to lots of
bands that they refused to participate, especially since more and
more Halifax bands are figuring
out how to put out their own
records cheaply. And besides,
more of what's really Hapnin'
'round here can be found on the
NO Records compilation, NO
CLASS, the Phunky Lobster Hip
Hop comp Haltown Meltdown or
anywhere in the modestly priced
stables of Cinnamon Toast, teeming with 7" gems.
So, way out there over the
mountains, if any of yous is interested in what's goin' on in this
nice place where everything is
within walking distance, you'd be
wise to look a little deeper through
the FOG.
Still think Discorder is smart
though,
Lukas Pearse
CKDU
Halifax, N.S.
(P.S. we like your music too, so
feel free to send it our way for airplay)
Dear Sirs,
I picked up a copy of your paper at
the Abstract Zone (neat place) in
Langley on the way to the Blind
Melon/Pearl Jam/Lenny show last
month. Me being from Hope (hick
town, in case you've never stopped
for coffee), i had never seen it
before. I have a few copies of
Terminal City laying around that I
pick up at the 'Nam when i'm in
the city, and I can't really decide
which one I like better. But, seeing as how you guys offer subscriptions and they don't, you're
the ones i'm writing to. So, as a
show of support, please find $15
enclosed and add me to whatever
list I should be on so I can start
getting Discorder in the mail.
Thanx much.
Yours Truly,
Mike Vandevelde
Hope, B.C.
Chin up, Mike. Just because you
are a resident of the greener pastures that lie beyond the concrete
and steel of Vancouver, or any
other teeming metropolis for that
matter, don't, for one instant, believe that we're ( I speak on the
collective behalf of Vancouver)
elite to the populous living in a
"hick town. " However, I must say
that this a noble step in the right
direction. And, whenever you're
in doubt as to which paper is better, remember that we don't have
Jason Schreurs writing for us—
thanks for subscribing.
HUNGRY, HUNGRY
HIPPOS
Dear Airhead,
This is in regards to "Mike's" letter about Elvis Love Child in
Shindig '93. Everyone in this great
free country of ours has a strong
right to express their opinion
openly... life would hardly be interesting otherwise, eh? 0T'
However, I was a witness to
all those shenanigans that Mike
speaks so fondly of. During the
time period that E.L.C. was playing, I was told by various people
that 1 of the judges left, thinking
that because he had seen the band
a year ago, he could base his judge- ^ |
ment fairly on that basis-wrong. If
you are a judge, it is your respectful duty to stay and observe all the
the whole way through. I do
clai
this
the
godallmighty truth, I was only told |
Regardless of the above, at
the end of the night, this clown
decides to verbally abuse Rob-
literally and unprovoked. What
criteria does it take these days to
be labelled "Sub Pop rip-off'????
Gee, I didn't realize that Neurosis
(as you refer to ELC in the 2nd # i
paragraph) were on Sub Pop!
Leatherface and Samiam moved
to Seattle too? Wow!
The point is that you should
not condemn someone so harshly
for doing what they enjoy to their
face. And Shindig! seems to be   ^
becoming something that is only >
getting a worse and worse reputation for this very negative fact by
not only musicians, but music industry people who I work with as
well. Sad. Strain, a local band
now signed to Overkill Records in
Seattle (oh, did someone say A
Seattle? They must be grunge....)
got asked to play again in Shindig!
when their predecessors dropped
out and they blatantly refused because of the way they were treated
the first time. As far as I'm concerned, you (Mike) are extremely
immature and lame. Elvis Love 9
Child only wanted to play for fun.
not winning or losing... Justin even
withheld 2 of their judges cards
because he felt that they were too
mean and pointless. Aggressive
people like Mike ruin it for everyone. One of the judges said that f
while he was watching ELC, he
was heavily pressured by other
judges to slag them (which he
didn't) Have we the desire to be
like sheep now? Sick. That is mz
Hey Mike... I like how you
called their friends and fans I
"dumbshits" and "brainless" just
because their taste is different than
yours... that is really mature! Their
are more important issues in this
world to be fighting against instead of each other. Go waste your
pathetic attitude slagging someone who is truly evil.
Sincerely,
Teamworks
Vancouver
Dear Airhead,
Just read Grant Lawrences's 7"
feature in December 1993's Issue
#131. While I truly appreciate that
you people take the time to feature local independent reviews,
this time I was simply perplexed.
The Nowhere Garden are referred 9f t
to as "a group that was once a
Grateful Dead cover band." I
thought this to be an example of
4 Egg^-EGt^"* the crypto-poetico-self-admiring
rhetoric of which record reviews
primarily consist.
Then I found out that Grateful Dead cover bands actually have
and do exist. I may agree with Mr.
Lawrence that this is unforgivable; however, The Nowhere Garden has never been a Grateful Dead
cover band. Perhaps reviewing the
songs (italics) instead of fictitious
accounts of bands would be more
helpful to the listener (italics).
Stop this cool meter stuff, ok?
Respectfully,
Paul M Carpentier
Flaming Cow's Head
Discorder-Mk,
here's your complimentary copy
of my (first) 'zine, Viscosity
Breakdown for your general
amusement. Public praise (or even
slagging) humbly appreciated. Let
me first butter you up by thanking
y' all for your support of our blos-
sominglocal 'zine scene (excepting that forged letter allegedly
from Havoc's Lucifer which you
once printed, and never to ray
knowledge retracted). Anyway...
BTW to Christian: as if the
Cocteau Twins have "betrayed
the 4AD label" as you implied in
your Dead Can Dance review (issue 130, Nov.. '93). Almost
twenty projects and releases over
the course of a dozen years with
the label hardly suggests an attitude of success-obsessed ladder
climbing. If you're going to start
making accusations toward a
band of such integrity as the
Twins, try at least digging up
some facts along with your brand-
loyalty moralism.
Enough of my ranting.
Peace, luv and anarchy; and
embarrassing infections to police officers...
David Benedict
Playground   Liberatioi
mt
515-916 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.
V5Z 1K7
Dear Airhead,
I am (usually) a regular reader of
your fun filled newspaper and
listener of your fun filled and
eclectic radio station. I just picked
up your December issue and noticed that you had a page devoted
to the "Classical" thing which
really interested me because I'm
aclassical musician, among other
things. BUT...where's the fun?!
How come on this one page the
energy level takes a nose dive? I
nearly fell asleep. Who cares
about what Mozart's first initials
were? We certainly did not need
a bunch of dead but long winded
facts drearily and laboriously
stuck in our faces in the first few
paragraphs. The Classical world
ia an exciting one, encompassing
all the music written in the 800
years before us. Or it should be. If
it isn't, then the reviewers should
be just as willing to throw shit at
the performers responsible as they
are in their reviews of "popular"
music! And why just one reviewer? Why not scout out some
eager, opinionated and
knowlegeable reviewers from,
say, UBC music? And give everyone a little paragraph of their
own to add variety? I'm not insulting John Brunstein, your
present writer, because he appears
to do what he can and be fair and
encouraging to the performers he
sees, but it seems to be too much
space for him to fill up alone
without making people yawn! I
don't think that people who
weren't brought up in a classical
»oing to want to
read about how sounds are
produced on a harpsichord as
opposed to a fortepiano; you
could argue that it's important to give some historical
background because we're
dealing with music written
200years ago, but isn't it more
important to bring the music
alive by having exciting in-
your-face commentary about
the music as if it had been
written yesterday? And how
about some groovy graphics,
and bold typeface for composer's and performer's
names like you do for bands
in your other articles? The
composers may be mouldy in
their coffins, but the music is
very much alive. Can the reviews be too?
Yours sincerely,
Patricia Hammond
Vancouver, B.C.
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gone hi-tech and is available on-line I
thought I'd reprint my e-mail address:
<beeman@mindlink.bcca> May I be
bold and request you drop me a line?
Same goesforsnailmail subtext: #4636
MPO, Vancouver, BC V6B 4A1. Tell
me what you'd Ike to see in this wretched
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Girls, Grrrls, Gurls this month!
The Girl Wants To
Edited by Lynn Crosbie
(Coach House Press, 210 pgs, pb,
$19.95)
Toronto poet Lynn Crosbie has assem-
• bled an anthology of musings, fiction
and art from female writers she admires. This new collection of female
erotica is frank, honest and quite caustic
at times. I am women hear me roar,
Indeed! Or, as Scrawl put it "Go Girl
Go".
M Thewritersrangefromthehappy
hooker herself, XavieraHollander with
a bit transcribed from her 'Xaviera!'
record album from the 70's to Pamela
Des Barres with yet another groupie
recollection as only she can tell 'em
The Dirty Minds in '69' relates her
'score' with rocker Davy Faith.
9 The theme of erotica is perceived
in differing ways by these writers. For
Lydia Lunch and Evelyn Lau sexual
encounters are viewed as brutal power
trips in grim-as-hell (extremely well
written) stories. For a different take
check out the tale by Gigj the Galaxy
Girl aka Nancy Johnson who contributes the science fiction tinged story 'For
the Loveof aGoodToaster' about love
Afterreading Miriam Jones' fiction you'll likely never viewVogue
magazine in the same light again.
Barbara Gowdy is a writer to watch
out for. Her stunning tale of necrophilia, "We So Seldom Look On Love'
is also the tide of her collection of
stories. Makeda Silvera's The Girl
WhoLovedWeddings' speaksof questionable wedding night hijinks.
Gay erotica is well represented.
The two short prose works by Mary
Louise Adams are fantasy come alive
and Barbara Wilson's excerpt from
"The Dog Collar Murders' includes
thought provoking discussion about S/
M under the guise of fiction. The ugliest
work in this book is found in the poetry
of Trish Thomas who is as petulant
and self-serving as could be.
The book features cartoons by
Julie Doucet of Dirty Plotte fame,
Carole Moiseiwitsch, Sylvie
Rancourt, whose comic 'Melody' is
based on her experiences as an exotic
dancer, the giddy art of Fiona Smyth
and Roberta Gregory's Bitchy Bitch
character who has a rather unsatisfying
sexual experience.
The weakest moment inTheGirl
Wants To is the representation of performers who are kit-and-caboodle from
the Toronto area. They include Meryn
Cadefl whose new album is called
Bombazjne andthebands Chicken Milk
andFlflhColunm.Therestofrheworld,
let alone other writer/performers reviewed elsewhere on this page, is sadly
overlooked.
No one will find everything in
The Girl Wants To to their liking, yet
this anthology with a whopping 39
contributers is a strong collection of
women-powered arts worth seeking out
•*•••••*••••••
Sheri-D Wilson
(Arsenal Pulp press, $12.95)
Character Weakness
JudyRadul
(Knust, $15.00)
Airplaneless Sky
Alice Tepexcuinde
(Zapazoli, $6.00)
Three new books by Vancouver writers. The jacket of Wilson's book describes her as a 'post hippie, pre-Gen-
erationX Mama of Dada'. InSwerve we
first meet a Dancer who turns into a
ship's figurehead in 'Hung, Drawn and
Quartered'; the second performance
work, TabooXTwo'.featuresasalmon
escapingadoctor'slab(readwilh tongue
in cheek). The shorter pieces, named
poem-o-logues, feature more basic subjects: food, cabbies, destinations, sex,
rites of passage. Swerve's rhythmic dialogues convey modem-day fairy tales.
Judy Radul has a dry ly arch sense
of humour that slays me. Observe the
cover of her new book Character Weakness which features an icon of a thimble
andthreaded-needlejustabovehername.
Ah yes, Radul the seamstress and home-
maker. The prose speaks of low self-
esteem, sex, menstruation and other human acts. / don't have children but I
have delusions and they're time consuming too writes Judy in one piece.
Character Weakness includes graphics
by four artists from the Netherlands,
where the book was printed during a
five week visit last summer. The skull
tattoo'flash'on the cover is a must see
and the poetry bruised and powerful.
This limited edition hardcover book is,
so far, only available at Proprioception
Books.
Airplaneless Sky is the most recent book by Alice Tepexcuinde (teh-
pis-quint-lee sounds close) and is the
follow-up to Plane Crash Survivors of
last year. There are no souped up hotrods, Alice Cooper references, or 7-11
stores in the new book, which, I suppose
some would say is good—personally,
I miss 'em Airplaneless Sky instead
deals with evolution...land and animals
and the Jetstream. This of course makes
for a serious read saved by the poets wit
and charm of which Alice has plenty.
The Malcolm Lowry room at
the North Bumaby Inn is starting ajazz/
spoken word night on Thursdays. First
the poet will speak, then the band will
play and finally the two will, uh, jam
together. The first night, January 13,
will kick off with Judy Radul being
backed by Tom and Christian of Circle C; January 27 Sheri-D Wilson and
bassist Rick Kilburn; February 10
Jamie Rod with Henry Boudin trio;
February 24 Peter Trower with the
Jelly Roll blues band. Too kool.
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Enough is Enough
(Poseidon, hb, $18.00)
Shock Treatment
(City Lights, 145 pgs, pb $8.00)
two books by Karen Finley
I have great respect for Karen Finley.
She had to endure so much shit over her
performance art a few years back; remember the 'yams' incident? But she's
a tiger and is back with a new book
Enough is Enough which is weekly
meditations for living dysfunctionalry.
I cheated and read ahead for the sake of
this review. All sorts of subjects are
sorted out. For example did you know
that acting like your parents is a good
test for tolerance in your mate? Karen
also remirids us thalyea/oRry can leadto
passionate lovemaking and that a complicated life has so many opportunities.
And as hipsters around the world can
tell you, Karen notes that acting jaded is
the cultured person's way of meditat-
ing. I agree it's a lot tc
you'll be the cats meow after m
ing a few of these gems.
Karen'sS/iocWrearmenrisacol-
lecnon of performance monologues and
poems released in 1990. Her work is
rage-filled yet hopeful: In a short essay
questioning the ritual ofbirthday parties
Karen winds up stating / hope one day
we can celebrate with humanity and not
with humiliation; later in the book the
topics are more dangerous, including
words about her mother's suicide.
The Re/Search book, Pranks has
an excellent interview with Finley and
detailed reports on her performance
works, many of which were quite hilarious. Her most recent work has been
installations in various galleries on the
theme of AIDS.
•••*•**••••••*
(Dell Abyss, 373 pgs, hb $24.95)
The second novel by Poppy Z.
Brite is just out in hardcover. Her first,
Lost Souls concerned beautiful hep-cat
teen vampyres, while Drawing Blood is
a spooky romp about family, haunted
houses, cartooning, and computers.
Poppy is the voice for young bisexuals
in modem horror.. .a spot that aside from
Anne Rice has had no contenders thus
far. The tale is gripping but I do find the
haunted house genre of horror just a tad
implausible.
(Porcupine's Quill, 155pgs, pb $12.95)
This first book by Caroline
Addersonof Vancouver is a doozy. The
characters in her ten short stories range
from the grizzled mountain men searching for 'Gold Mountain' to the wicked
young girl who mashes caterpillars in
'And the Children ShallRise'.The writing is sensitive yet non- wimpy, as in the
case of the mentally retarded Pat who
adores his young niece (and vice versa)
in'Grunt If You Love Me'.The writing
shines best when the focus is on kids.
The children portray ed range from budding evil incarnate to wide eyed innocents catching onto the 'real world' real
fast Bad Imaginings is a lush and stunning debut.
TRUE FACTS:
A big belated subtext welcome to newcomers Women In Print and X-tra
West mag. Women in Print is the bookstore at 3566W. 4th (by Dunbar)which
specializes in books written by and con-
cerning womeaX-ttaWest U amonthly
free newspaper for the gay community
and contains a well rounded mix of
gossip and current affairs...Anthony
Burgess wrote many novels during his
lifetime yet will be most remembered
for A Clockwork Orange, his black
humoured drama molded on skinhead
behaviour (the film starred Malcolm
McDowell). Burgess passed away in
November....The winners of the 16th
Annual 3-Day Novel Contest sponsored by Anvil Press have been announced—for die first time the prize of
publication will be shared by two authors: Steve Lundin, who wrote Stolen
Voices about a painter who grapples
with the dilemma of Art over commodity and Mitch Parry whose Vacant
Rooms is a tale of family history told in
ries will be published in one book this
spring.The latest Re/Search book Incredibly Strange Music Vol 1 now has
a companion disc. The Caroline record
label has released a 16 track recording
of the same name... .That big hig Henry
Rollins is finally publishing a book that
I'm truly excited about! His 2.13.61
press will re-release Iggy Pop and Anne
Wehrer's INeedMore, a look at the life
of thee Igster with lyrics and pics galore
— including a gorgeous nude frontal of
Iggy—the book originally came out in
'82, Karz-Cohl pub lishing...Local cartoonist Ian Boothby has recendy been
printing his comics in digest size. The
latest issue of "/" (mostly an auto-bio
comic) begins a 3-parter about traveling
to Victoria with Chester Brown to a
comic signing. I 'm in the comic! This is
the first time I've been immortalized m
such a way and it was rather kicky to see
a cartoon version of myself (even tho
I' m shown having a wee tantrum). The
funds raised fr o m this issue are g o ing to
buy Ian and Susan a new fridge, so
check it out....The Reading Railroad
continues on Monday nights at the Railway club. In the next few months: January 17: Bill Richardson, Joan Skogan,
Leonard Gaspari ni, Myles K. Blank.
February 21: J. Michael Yates, Susan
Gillis, Gary Knox. Beverly Yhap.
a.d.ing
Ever wonder what People Are Reading? I do. Lynn Crosbie, editrix deluxe of The
Girl Wants To and author of Miss Pamela's Mercy, took the time to write and tell
subtext.
1 read a lot of the time, and usually without discretion. I would, however,
categorize my reading in terms of work and pleasure (although this distinction
is sometimes blurry). Currently, for work — that is, my writing and teaching —
I am reading a lot of books and articles. My current favourites in this category
are: Raymond Andrews' Appalachen Red, a lush, riveting novel about Blacks in
the Deep South; Janet Malcolm's recent New Yorker article about Sylvia Plath,
which irritated and fascinated me, and Introduction to Fortune Telling, which 1
bought at the 7-11, and which is teaching me to be an amateur cartomancer. 1
also recently pillaged Derrida's Archeology of the Friuolous, looking for a way to
support an elaborate conceit about archeologists/biographers in my thesis. My
favorite critics are Elisabeth Bronfen and Jacqueline Rose, who write smart,
scary books about women and death.
My pleasure-reading is various and difficult to define. The Girl Wants To,
the anthology I recently edited for Coach House Press provides a good example
of what 1 like to read, because it contains work I solicited from writers, lyricists
and cartoonists (a burgeoning revolutionary genre) I love. Lately, I have become
fascinated with the range of expression in women's sex-writing and erotica,
which the anthology, with its many treatments of the theme of female sexuality,
represents. The cover of the book was designed as a tribute to the design and
prose of my favorite pulp novels The Art Sinners, by Dean Hudson. Hudson's
book tells the tragic story of Jeff, doomed artist and "Lust Master," who
possesses a "wanton catalog" of desires, and who sleeps with "vixen after
vixen". I am pleased to have collected a wanton catalog of art sinners in this
book, and would love to see more women's books that plunder from and revise
the great pulp titles such as Lust Bums, Dial 0-R-G-Y, Sin Babes, and Wonted-
Sin Men.
I am also a confirmed magazine-addict; I read the distinguished tabloids,
such as the Star and the Enquirer (which are the real Socialist newspapers), lots
of movie magazines (everything from CineAction to Vanity Fair, although the
latter is an exercise in sheer masochism), True Confessions (grass-roots
feminism), and any magazine that looks either sordid or provocative. Most of
all, I love reading plaintive letters to editors, and never cease to be amazed by
the squalor of life represented in the letters to a magazine like People.
I read female-authored thrillers and mysteries and favour hard-boiled
detective series. 1 like Patricia Comwell's Kay Scarpetta series — Scarpetta is
a forensic pathologist — even though the plots are weak, the novels are a
sustained and fantastic Quincy flashback for me. These books are frightening,
but they are instructive, and speak directly to women's experience. As a result
of my immersion in this genre, I will never let a florist into my home, and have
learned a variety of subversive self-defense strategies. They provide, in my
mind, an elaborate treatment of the 'Know Your Enemy" principle, popularized
by radical feminists in the 1960's.
I read and study a lot of poetry, and lately I've been reading David
Trinidad's pop-confessional poems about life, love and Patty Duke, as well as
Trish Thomas, Robyn Cakebread. Evelyn Lau, John Milton, Allen Ginsberg,
Langston Hughes, Anne Sexton, William Wordsworth, Rilke, and many others. I
like to go on poetry binges & re-read my favorite poems; I tend to prefer very odd
and sad poems. 1 read them, and then collar people, and read them out loud. One
of my younger brother's friends once told me he wanted to be a poet, and write
a poem that would make everyone cry, a life-goal I have come to envy.
The critic I read the most lately is Camille Paglia, whose work I study in a
kind of horrified fascination. I think that ultimately, her work is important
because it generates discourse: some of the best feminist criticism I have read
recently was written in response to Paglia. 1 like criticism about popular culture,
unless it is ill-informed, intellectually trendy work which invariably contains
erroneous information. 1 believe that to really discuss television, for example, you
must suffer (as 1 have) and watch every episode of Who's the Boss? at least three
times.
I've been reading a lot of short fiction by Mary GaitskiU, Cookie Mueller,
Mary Flanagan, Rebecca Brown, Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff,
Barbara Gowdy, Beth Brant, Patricia Seaman, Tony Burgess, Makeda Silvera
and others, and 1 just finished Kay Darling, a novel (soon to be published) by
Laura McDonald and Alex Pugsley, The Robber Bride, and Agota Kristofs The
Notebook, and stayed up late to finish each one.
My favorite novels are Villetre, Beloued and Valley of the Dolls; Pamela Des
Barres, Errol Flynn, Joe Orton and Erica Jong are my favorite life-writers, and
Adrienne Rich and bell hooks have said everything important, at least once. Ariel
is the best book written in this century, and I read it over and over again, in a state
of awe and envy.
JANUARY 0 spongi
"It's hard to really see anything,
especially since we're the opening band," bemoaned Doug
Henderson, guitarist/bassist/vocalist for Brooklyn N.Y.'s jazz-
smashers Spongehead. The itinerary (they had to leave for their
next tour stop, Edmonton, after
they finished their set) and their
precarious place opening for Gun
Club and Agent Orange at the
Town Pump last October hadn't
allowed him to enjoy the Northwestern scenery. "We're always
at the mercy of everyone else and
we're trying to figure out what's
going on between the booking
agent and the Gun Club. The time
you don't spend in the truck or on
stage is on the phone, trying to
figure out 'ARE WE GOING TO
GET PAID...PLEASET'
Getting stiffed on the road
would be the least damaging setback Doug, Mark and Dave
[Doug's saxophonist/bassist
brother] have endured in their
nead-decade together as one of
the naked city's best kept secrets. Riding on a chassis of experimental underground experiences, augmented by crude technology and fueled by cynical
irony, Spongehead drive their
jalopified sound into the walls of
apathy and injustice, onl y the tune
the fuggin'heap up for another
run at it Their third release Curb
Your Dogma has them running
head-on into the usual themes
such as authority "Metal Jesus
Fucker," media misguided ness
"Nothing" and patriotism "Love
It or Leave It" There's even an
adaptation of a poem buried in
the New York Register from 1819
"Gunfire" that Doug rescued and
customized to suit the trio's sound,
which has been described as a not-
so heavy handed version of fellow
New Yorkers Cop Shoot Cop. "I
don't think our songs are like
theirs," countered Doug. "Cop
Shoot Cop has peculiar song structures of their own
which we're not
about to imitate.
They're much
more deliberately
industrial, and we
wind up sounding
kind of industrial
but it just happens
that way, I don't
know why. We're
much more blues
kind of obscure
way. They don't
have much of a
sense of humour.
I mean as people
they do, but the
band itself while
they're onstage
are kind of grim.
I   don't   think
that."
5 gnm a
While
they may not be
grim, as Doug
contends they
aren't, the Spongehead sound succeeds at combining humour and
humanity musically with spite and
indignity lyrically. "A touch of
weirdness has always been a consistent thing," said Kirby. Reverend Kirby moved to New York
areafrom Washington D.C., bringing with him past
improvisationsal
classical music,
not all of it being
useful: "1 had a
lot of baggage
from siudying
classical music,"
laughed Kirby.
"The years sort of
shaved off the
fat." He eventually met the
Henderson brothers in and around
the experimental
around clubs such
as the Knitting
Factory and
Maxwell's. The
Henderson's
resume includes
live and on record
with Eugene Chadborne and Doug
has also worked with Factory denizen John Zorn: "I renounce that
now officially," stated Doug.
Arising from their friendship
as well as their wish to avoid pitfalls from previous projects, they
decided to keep their band as was.
"I think our one intention that we
stuck with since the beginning was
that we wanted to be a trio," explained Dave, who also pursues
. metal sculp-
"We wanted to have the kind
of interaction that goes on in a trio
where every person is crucial."
Crucial, but busier. "You get to
play too much all the time," said
Doug. "It's never too much. If
you're in a quintet with two guitars and a singer and then you have
to wait to play your chord, you're
sitting there, everyone else is wailing and you go 'TWANNING',
and you have to wait another five
minutes. So you stand there and
smile...'TWANNG'. I hate that.
Doug's role musically
doesn't allow any idle moments.
Besides lead vocals, Henderson is
required to provide either guitar or
electric bass when one or the other
suits the moment, a task he can
easily accomodate with his
homemade double neck. That same
horn know-how has also changed
Dave's and the saxophone's role
within the band."It's taken a long
time to integrate the saxophone as
a rock instrument,"said Doug.
"Kirby and I would be the rhythm
section and the saxophone would
intertwine through things on top."
They decided to change their arrangements by having Dave play
the bass WITH HIS SAX, and fitted the instrument to handle the
job as the late Leo Fender might
have: "He's [Dave] playing bass
lines and a bass has a really sharp
attack," explained Doug. "If s very
percussive. So we needed something to augment the clicks on the
reed of the horn. So we built this
weird old analog circuit that does
that" This customization allows
Dave to plug his sax into a conventional bass amp, at an affordable
price and with easy to obtain technology: "Most of this stuff is built
with Radio Shack parts," informed
Doug. "It's true."
Spongehead has made these
technical and musical huruments
in a home base that isn't overly
helpful to it's own. "Alotofplaces
have self-respect for their local
scene," said Kirby. "In New York
you have to go to Europe, or
Seattle, and have a huge record.
Then maybe you can play at the
club you walk by on the way to
work every day (which all of them
do by the way) because they've
actually heard your tape. It's really hard being a New York band.
Unless you go out of town, where
everybody says "OOOh, A New
York band.oooh." Their first shows
were confined to the Factory and I
CBGB 's. "CB 's you have to play,"
said Doug. "They have the only i
decent sound system in New York
City. If you're not doing straight t
ahead, roadhouse music, there's a
bunch of place paying wages."
While Doug's explaining all this
to me, Agent Orange's straight
ahead skate-pop oppressively
downs the momentary sound check
peace of the Pump's front door/
window table section, maki ng conversation and eventual transcription of his words almost impossible. "But it's like, anything that
steps outside of straight ahead
rock-blues, if it ain't butt rockin'
music, it ain't gonna fly."
Dogma is Spongehead'sfirst i
album for Los Angeles based indie j
Triple X (their first, Potted Meat j
Spread, was released by Shimmy
Disc, the second, Legitimate Beef, ;
is availabe in Europe through
Semaphore), a partnership that already has benefitted them. "Be- |
fore the contract was even signed j
they had already given us four
thousand dollars," said Doug. "It I
was a really different experience
working with them. They've figured out what most of these indies
have yet to, that if you choose a
band toput out carefully, then push |
it, the band benefits and the label
benefits too." Mark Kirby agrees:
"They've given us total service
and a degree of trust. It's actually
enlightened capitalism. They're
working with us."
Ultimately, it's what they do
as opposed to what's been done
that matters most to Spongehead.
'The one thing you have to realize
by Rob Harrison
Spongehead," explained Kirby, is that
we're not really influenced. We're more
influenced by the other
bands we were in.
We've got to be cautious with our own
taste." Caution and
abandon it seems has
been exercised equally
and effectively without spreading their
sonic identity thin,
unlike a lot of their
contemporaries.
"You'll see their ad on
the bulletin board of
their rehearsal space:
METAL BAND INCORPORATING INDUSTRIAL ELEMENTS SEEKS FUSION BASS
PLAYER TO
ROUND OUT A ROCK METAL
INDUSTRIAL PUNK
STANCE," jokes Doug. "How do
you get off the ground with all
that baggage?" i
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This is my first interview. I confess that when
I walked into the Commodore Ballroom during Bad Brains' sound check, I was nervous.
I was going to be talking to guitarist Dr.
Know (aka Doc aka Gary Miller).
Bad Brains is Darryl Jenifer (bass), Dr.
Know (guitar), Mackie Jayson (drums), and
Israel Joseph (vocals).
Discorder: Between 1983 and 1986 you
guys took a break right?
Dr. Know: Ya.
H.R. [original vocalist of Bad Brains] did a
solo album and you guyswere playing with
Mackie from the CroMags,
Dr. Know: Well, Mackie's in the band now.
Darryl and I were the ones who were playing
with Mackie and we've been playing with
Mackie on and off for ten years since that
time period you are talking about. We broke
up again and before we did
/ against I we played with Mackie again. We
broke up in '89, and Mackie played on the
record. Actually, he's probably been in the
band longer than Earl [Hudson, original drummer]; we've been playing with Mackie longer
than playing with Earl. When the original
band would get together it would usually last
a year at the most. We've been broken up for
two, three years.
So when you guys broke up that one time,
Earl went to play with Ziontrain for a
while. Did he stay with them and not come
back when Bad Brains got back together?
Dr. Know: Ziontrain was H.R., Earl and
another friend'sjiand. They went off and did
this project. Earl has always gone wherever
H.R. went
They're brothers, right?
Dr. Know: Right. I want to say Earl has
finally learned because he's not with his
brother now. I just saw him when I was in
Germany. He's doing his own thing now.
He's singing and was actually going on a
little mini-tour. I was very happy for him
because you know you got to do what you got
to do. Not that they aren't still brothers and
can't get along but I think what H.R. wants to
do musically wasn't necessarily the thing for
Earl and it took Earl a while to really realize
that It took H.R. a while to realize what he
wanted to do musically, it wasn't necessarily
being with me, and Darryl, and Earl.
Did H.R. leave Bad Brains a couple years
ago?
Dr. Know: Yeah, 89 or 90 somewhere in
there.
Is that when Israel [the present vocalist]
took over?
Dr. Know. Israel's been in the band for about
a year and a half.
Who was doing vocals between H.R. and
Israel?
Dr. Know: We had Chuck Mosely for close
to a year. He used to sing in Faith No More.
He didn't really work out on an artistic side.
His style wasn't right If we were starting a
new band that'd be something different. We
needed someone to continue what we were
doing. His style didn't conform.
What about Mackie? You said he was on
your album in '89 and that's the first Bad
Brains album he appeared on. Now he's
with you as your full time drummer?
Dr. Know: Right When Darryl and I would
be wriung songs before. Mackie would be
around sometimes. He might have played the
drums on some songs When Darryl and I
were wriung we'd say, "Play this kind of beat
man, we've got this riff that goes like this "
Mackie's been around for awhile.
Wasn't Mackie playing for the Cromags?
Dr. Know: That was a long time ago and
only for one record. What happened was in
'83 we were all friends, and anyway we had
broken up already and we started playing
with Mackie. Actually we were doing a
reggae- funk thing and Mackie was the drummer for mat Then Bad Brains got together
with the original band and I suggested to
Mackie to go play with the Cromags. They
could do their first record and we're all
friends, so he could have something to do
and what have you, and he did. He did that
one record, and I think one tour.
In an interview that Darryl did in 1987,
be said that in '78 and '79 Bad Brains
were punkrockers. I can see him saying
that since you were influenced by the Sex
Pistols. What you consider yourselves
Dr. Know: Jah-rockers. [We laugh at this.
Jah-rockers is appropriate considering the
message that they sing is fused with a such
a thrashy sound].
Your music has changed over time and
your lyrics on your new album are a lot
more Rastafarian.
Dr. Know: Yah? I wouldn't say that. Everybody has their opinion but I wouldn't say so.
I would say our lyrics aren 't really Rastafarian lyrics so much as universal lyrics. The
musk itself is music. It's a natural progression. We've been doing music for 16 years.
You grow. It's creative, it's art You can't
paint the same picture all the time. You have
your style, your brush stroke, your technique. Moving forward is what you feel in
your heart I think it's because we're on a
mission. God has some work for us to do:
which is to do this music. When the time is
over the time is over. We pursue what we
feel in our hearts.
There's definitely a message in your mu-
Dr Know: Thai's what it's about.
With Mackie and Israel coming into the
band have they brought any changes?
Dr. Know: Yah, they've brought their personalities and their flavour. Darryl and I
write the songs. We say, "Here's the song,
here's the riff." You can play it the typical
way that you would think or you could be
creative. The songs where Mackie was crea
tive or played with a unique twist, were the
ones that made the song what it is.
Living Color is in your liner notes and
you're thanking them. Do you consider
yourself as having the same style as
Living Color?
Dr. Know: Nah. We're both black bands
and ha ve rock guitars, but that's as c lose as
we get Living Color and Bad Brains are
always associated. We thank them and
they thank us because each hand washes
the other, and each one teaches the other.
In the beginning they used to open up for
us and we used to do benefits for the
B .R.C and we used to try to help the scene.
Not just for Living Colour, and this is
something that I really want, to be known
is mat I did some of it personally. Before
we had management we would take bands
from other parts of the country and other
states to try to build a scene. We were
probably the first in doing this kind of
music so we had the juice driving us. I
remember one gig we had at CBGB's one
Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Boxing
Day when I tried to get all of these different
bands from everywhere to come like Minor threat, Beastie Boys, and many others
no longer bands no longer around. Like I
say, each hand washes the other.
Apparently, you influenced the Beastie
Boys.
Dr. Know: Most of the bands were young
people, and we had been playing music for
six, seven, or eight years already. To some
extent I guess we influenced them. But you
know I could say the same thing for the
Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their second gig,
or their real first gig, was playing at somebody ' s party at their house and then we had
a gig in LA. I remember they called our
manager and he said 'You gotta get us on
this gig, man.' The same thing happened
for Living Color; we played a concert in
New York, whatever year that was. They
got signed shortly after that They played
first and then a band called Leeway, then
Circle Jerks and then us. It just goes to
show that time moves on and when you
plant a good seed it flourishes
How do you feel about the fact that the
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys,
and Living Color, are more well known
than Bad Brains? Does that bother you?
Dr. Know: No, it doesn't Why should it
bother me? We're good and it's good that
they have their notoriety, and if you really
check in the works, by them speaking
about us, makes people hear about us. Ric
Ocasek from the Cars did our first record
[Rock for Light, 1981]. He happened to
win the first MTV Video award for that
video in 82. This was the video that Andy
Warhol did, and it had that model Paulina
[Ponzkova] in it. Rick came up for his
acceptance speech, and said something to
the effect of 'There's a lot of great bands
out there, like the Beatles, the Stones, and
Bad Brains.' I was stunned. This was 1982,
and people didn't know who we were. 1
don't worry about popularity we have respect It's not about that anyway, it's about
doing what we have to do. We started
reaching people one person al a lime, and
I guess that's what we continue to do
Next, I brought up the fact that as early
as 1987 Darryl, in an interview, mentioned how people come out just for the
scene. He went on to say that slam-
dancing used to be a friendly thing and
that it had become totally different I
wanted to know what Dr. Know's opinion was of the situation right now.
Dr. Know: YouknowwhatTveseenlately''
It's going back to pogo-ing. When we first
started, people used to just pogo. Life is a
cycle. Of course, you are going to have
people there who don't understand. That
doesn' t mean that those that do understand
can'texplain themselves to those that don't,
instead of chastising them and saying 'you
don't know nothing about this, what are
you doing here or why are you doing that?'
Try and spread some love and wisdom to
I have to say here that I tried to explain
to the girl in the bathroom that moshing
was about enjoying the music and not
'kicking ass' and was told to stay out if I
couldn't handle it Oh welL
Do you think it's getting better now that
people are 'pogo-ing'?
Dr. Know: I'm just saying life is a cycle.
Slam-dancing is going out now, it's back to
pogo-ing, which was happening twenty
years ago. Look at the music that people
are getting influenced by now, you go to
the club and they're playing disco. When
we startedBad Brains, disco was out. Now
this disco is in.
In the same interview Darryl was talking about how there are 3 different kinds
of people in your audience. He was saying there's people who come to your gigs
who know what's going on with your
music, then there'speopie who are older,
and they love your Band, and then there's
these [Speedmetal] stammers who are
diving all over the place. What is your
audience like now?
Dr. Know: The melting pot. Old, young,
black, white, Puerto Rican. Whatever nationality, whatever color, whatever dress.
The people are there for the music. And
that's something we've always defended
and tried to do Fifteen or sixteen years
later it's finally happening. And it's wonderful. It's not just in our audience it's in
everybody's audience. In 1980 when rap
first came out there were very few white
people who liked rap. There were very few
Black Americans who liked reggae. Now,
people open up their ears and their minds
and their spirits It's like music is the key to
bringing the masses together. We played a
substantial part in making this happen, but
it wasn't us, it was J ah using us. As 1 said,
for reggae, a lot of the kids in 1980 or 81,
black and white, hadn't heard of reggae.
But they come to one of our shows and hear
a reggae song and say 'OH! Cool man, I'm
gonna go out and buy Bob Marley records''
Discorder asked Dr. Know about legalization of in North America.
Dr Know: It's happening now, baby Herb
is the healing of the nation. The bible tells
you that Mentally, spiritually, economically. It's an alternative source of energy
Can you see legalization happening soon ?
Dr. Know: God willing. It's in the limelight
Last question, What is a 'fearless vampire killer'?
Dr. Know: [he laughs] The vampires are
the leeches, the ones that like to suck ihe
blood of the sufferers Through positive
music we can kill the mentality. It's the
mentality of taking someone's kindness
for weakness or abusing someone because
they are weak Whether it be money, emotion, or whatever it is you can gam from
taking advantage of this person Thai's
what I consider a vampire There's a lot of
them out there. [Dr. Know shows me how
to be a fearless vampire killer and makes a
cross with two fingers and holds it out]
Or, just put on some Bad Brains, right?
Dr. Know: Yah
JANUARY Q Isdiscography
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simply just woiiUQBHH|
through various bne-up crSrr$es«
the band we see today is still
remarkably similar to the band
drummer Bill Stevenson started
way back in the very early eighties.
Together with bassist Karl Alvarez
^and guitarist Stephen Egerton for
I'-'&e last seven years, they've been
going longer than most bands ever
survive. Now with new vocalist,
Chad Price, a move to Missouri,
aac another full length release,
Breaking 77un^#c«OruzRecords,
ALL continues; continues
recording, touring and doing
exactly what they've become
known for through all of these
years....
Discorder spoke with bassist Karl
and drummer Bill.
Discorder: Where did you guys'
meet your new singer?
Karis Kansas City, Missouri. Four
years ago we stayed at one of his
friends' place and we got to know
M, when we moved o
Missouri, Bill and I hooked up with
him. He used to take people fishing
and stuff like that.
D: You guys are really into fishing,
K: I haven't been doing that much of
it. Chad fishes a lot. Bill builds
fishing rods. When we moved out to
Missouri he built each of us one.
D: Do you feel Chad has influenced
the style ofthe band's music? Has he-
added his own touch to ALL?
Kt Everyone in our baud influences
the rnusic. A lot of bands have, like,
one dictator dude who writes all the
songs. Our band is kind* like four
dudes all mixing and mashing.
Dj Where did you guys meet My
Name?
K: In '86 we met diem outside a
show we did in Seattle. The in '89
we played with them in Seattle and
Ks Dave Smalley, -who was with us
for the Allroy Sez album and the
Allroy for PrezEP.
dbum, lfind, really
direction from
your other stuff.
K: OK, part of it is due to the new
singer. Partojjpfis also due to us
ing a good guitar sound
which, for whatever reason, we never
iged to get goin' on before. So
how it's alot more aggressive. I like
D: What direction do you see the
band going in ? Do you see yourself
moving to a heavier sound?
BUI: We' ve done so many albums of
various types of sonic
representations and musical
experimentations that when you ask4
us what direction we're headed in.
we 're usually headed in all directions
at the same ti me That's part of what's
cool about this band. But, as far as
our immediate future goes, I would
say that you could expect our next
record to have the most in common
with Breaking Things, Descendents'
All or Allroy's Revenge, and the
least in common with Allroy Sez...
K: I think people like their rock
bands to be in this kind of never,
ne verknd where they stay the same.
B: Like AC/DC You already know
what the next AC/DC release and
the one ten years from now is going
to sound like. Bui ALL is living.
hing human beings and we're
J* owned by a record label. So we
p whatever we want on our records
id can do anything, unexpected of
Wexpected, whenever we want.
s funny, on Descendent's All
we had songs where people would
flat out yell from the audience " Your
new songs suck!" Then two years,
down the line those are the
same songs people are yelling at
to play. It's always the same: "<
your new stuff is so different
good for us.
someone always says, "Thj^^^H
different from you last
music, it's suppose to I
you want to hear Milo Goes to     people at your shows?   ^
K: Not as wide as I would like^i
most So whenever we change
anger people have this pronounced
... It's very different Chad
an aggressive thing in his
it's just natural for him.
big difference.
■ you playing a lot of all-ages
shows on this tour?
IC* We try to play strictly all-ages
shows but some til
happen.
Uh Because you
i must
fans. Doyou noticea wide i
letimes it doesn't
vebeen playing fo,
I have a lot of old, r
ice a wide variety of
people at your shows ?
K: Not as wide as I would!
yeah. We get people i
younger.
B: We get some of that out-of-the-
woodwork thing where they were
into us, maybe, twelve years ago.
All that, then hardcore people,skater
kids, college students you know.
K: It's kind of a cool paradox
because a lot of conservative people
call us sexist, because we write
about girls and those sort of things,
but they don't come to <^^™
and witness the fact that
portion of our audience is
girlsi
most bands.
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Nardwuar: Who are you?
My name is Eve Plumb and I don't
% usually wear this much makeup.
So the last time I saw you, you were...
fifteen.
Well then, you haven't been looking
very hard!
Actually I live in Vancouver, BC,
A CanadaDoyouknowanyCanadians?
What is your Canadian affiliation?
I was in Toronto about five months
ago, actually, enjoying that fair city.
What were you doing? What have you
been doing? I've missed out a lot !
Well, you may have missed Dawn,
Q Portrait of a Teenage Runa way when
I was 18, or Little Women when I was
21, and various things throughout
the years. I guess you didn't watch
Fantasy Island and Love Boat. I did
three each of those.
Wow! What episodes were those? Who
Q else was on? What part did you play?
Leslie Nielsen was on one —
Weren't they Love Boat regulars ?
No... I never got to go on any of the
trips. The location manager would
always be there and say, "Look
where we're going next week!" and
I never ever did get to go.
Was Charles Manson a bad guy?
I think he probably was, yes, a bad
guy-
Why was he a bad guy, Eve Plumb?
I would say because of all the
killings and murderings and
stabbings that went on.
What is Manson all about, this play
you are partaking in?
It'sactuallyisalightheartedromp
through Manson's life and the
killings and the hellishness and
the horribleness that went on— in
a lightheaded musical vein.
And who do you play?
I play Sharon Tate and Rosemary
La Bianca.
Who was Rosemary La Bianca?
She was one of the people that his
family stabbed to death.
Has any of THE Family seen the
play at all, or have you been able to
check them for correctness or
accuracy when doing it?
I don't know, to the fi rst question.
And, I don't know, to the second
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one we were filming .They had it
madly rush around ai
dialogue bed
;t Steve Austin, the
Or Lindsay Wagner, the I
You sort of revealed this earlier, but
between the early '70s and the late
'80s, what exactly were you doing
other than the Love Boat, Little
Women —
Little Women, gosh, TV movies left
People in Canada thought you were
dead for all that time!
That'sbecause they were in Canada.
Was there a rumour that you were
dead?
No, not that I've heard.
I guess everybody's dead !
I'm surprised to see you risen from
the grave!
the Brady house near the
bn Tate house?
think that was a vicious rumour.
k> you think that Sharon Tate might
actually driven by the Brady
You know, nothing's impossible.
How come there was no toilet in the
upstairs bathroom of the Brady house?
Because they had it on All in the
Family. The one television toilet that
was allowed on TV at the time was
But the Bradys did break the man and
woman in the bed first, though. I don't know either! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Yup. Why would I know?! All of us in the    There's another band called trie11
SAG book just call each other up    Lunachicks. Have you heard of them?
Have you ever heard of the band Redd      everv week and -M chat "nd chant    Now once again we've run up against
Kross before? The MacDonald      and chat from our homes in Beverly    my incredible unhipness.
brothers? H""8-
And they do a song called "Jan
What other songs have people used?
I mean, it must be weird.
I don't know. Just wait! Just you
wait! They'll be making songs
from your likeness and name very
Their movie Spirit of '76 had Leif
Garrett and Shawn Cassidy in it
You see, I was just vaguely a ware of
Is Eve Plumb mad there's abandcalled
Eve's Plum?
Yeah, I find that very strange. Why
me? It's almost like— I used to get
teased about my name when I was a
kid in grade school on the
playground when I was a child. It's
almost  like  making fun...very
A friend of mine's last name is Garlick
and he used to get teased a lot.
See, see, it's all a fruit and vegetable
Can you sue them at all for using your
It's not spelled the same so-.
There's another band called Sandy
Duncan's Eye from Los Angeles.
But don't you feel a bit exploited in a
certain sense You'redoing a play no*
called Manson. and I tuned into a Coflon .
0 'Bnen Show, a 1993 show, yon know, *
a replacement of David Letterman...
Yes, that much I am aware of.
Has
in dial show before
And on the Oman O'Brien Show there
is a guy sitting on die couch 1 think his
name is Andy^HB
I've only watched the show one*.
He was in the real-live MrjAjptay.;"
Right
How do you feel about the fact that he
did some acting in a play about the
Brady Bunch and gets on Conan?
Well the girl who played Jan is on
Saturday Night Live, so there you go.
But how does il make you feel?
I'd like to be on Saturday Night Live.
Have you ever thought of being a guesH
Have you ever been to Vancouver,
BC, Canada, birthplace of Yvonne
Decarlo?
I don't think so.
What ever happened to Eddie
Munster?
Why would I know?
Now, isn 't your boyfriend in aband?
I heard your boyfriend was in a rock
'n' roll band.
Maybe.
No. Sorry.
Just a hnle bit? Maybe he's in a
Afraid not Sorry.
Mike Myers from Saturday Night
h v -i 's brother is in a band.
But Mike Myers' brother is not my
Who were some of your ex-boyfriends?
Nobody famous.
What are they doing now ?
I don't know... since they're my ex-
boyfriends I never talk to them.
.But they've never tried to contact you.
No.
$jke Billy Mummy from Lost in Space
; I saw him today in a guitar shop. Didn't
SyrJ&go out with him? He's a hot guy. I
heard he was in the band America as
well 1•';
Well, what do you know! ^
Nowadays, Eve, you're in Manson I
would say it is sort of a scandalous
musical, wouldn't you?
I would my so.
Proser. I identified with you the most
of all the Bradys because you were
a loser. You never seemed to have
any sort of scandals or anything.
You never did anything wrong.
You weren't like, like,...Greg
and.Mom...
No. I don't know.
And Marsha and Greg in that attic
I don't know.
Nothing scandalous like partying
with Eddie (now singing in the LA
punk band Harmful if Swallowed)
from The Courtship of Eddie's
Father. No scandals at all? Not
one?
No. No. No.
Has Cindy seei
Manson ?
I don't know.
you in acting in
But you and Oh ver were my friends.
Oliver was the closest Icould get to
you on the show, Eve Plumb.
|:Have you heard about Prozac
and    some    of    the    better
:> tranquilizers?
Yes, 1 have. Eve Plumb of the
Manson Family not of the Brady
Family. A couple last questions,
Eve, Thank* for the time I really
do appreci.it oil How are you doing
on the monetary sense, like
compared to the Professor on
Gilligan's Island, Are you doing
as well as he is financially?
I don't know. I haven't seen Us
financial si
Would   you say your doing
relatively okay?
And finally, Eve Plumb of the
Manson Family and Brady Bunch
fame, if you could be any fruit m
the world, what would) ou he'
I would give you the answer that
we grre in the shows "That's a
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JANUARY  (J) I'm realty bummed out that I didn't
make it here until you were playing
your last song.
The old stand-by, 'Walk Back " Every
show we play everyone wants to hear
'Walk Back" It's a song we've been
playing for four years now that we (V;
don't want to. The very first thing we put out was a
song called "Spreading Flames" on the
1-5 Killers compilation. Then we put
out a single on a local Portland label
(Audio Attic) that really sucked. We
mixed it ourselves and did a really bad
job. Sometimes I like to forget that
exists. Then we did a single for Imp
Records, another Portland label, called
"Holiday."It was actually the first thing
that we were really impressed with.
Then we got caught up with eMpTy,
who are really good folks. They like us
and we like them Sometimes, though,
I have to go up to Seattle and beat the
shit out of Blake, to keep him in line.
He's such a little punk!
Is it safe to say that the next
Crackbash record will be on eMpTy
as well?
Yes, that's very safe to say. The next
single and the album will both be on
eMpTy. Who knows what will happen
after that. Right now we have no big
desires to "move on." Major labels
haven't been pounding down our doors
and even if they were it would be the
same anyway. We're really happy
where we're at We'll see what hap-
You're going to DC in January. Are
you going to be doing any recording
while you're there?
That's just going to be for fun. We did a
split 7" with Jawbox that came out on
simple machines and all of the bands that
did that series of singles are going to play
at a three day set of shows in DC. We're
going to go back and take part in that.
We're flying out to DC, playing one
show and then coming back. Actually,
this show we played tonight paid for that.
We got really cheap plane fare, otherwise we couldn't afford to go.
What's next on the Crackerbash
agenda?
We're going to be working a lot before
Christmas, dedicating ourselves to our
day jobs. We may do a single sometime
early in the new year and, hopefully
another album sometime in the spring.
And then go on tour again. Hopefully
back to Canada if they let us across the
I see Crackerbash and Hazel as both
being completely different from anything that's come out of Portland in
the past How does Crackerbash fit
into the Portland scene?
We're part of this "new, young sound"
influenced by a lot of those old sounds.
There's been a lot of Portland
bands...Poison Idea, Sweaty Nipples,
bands like that. Portland doesn't necessarily have a unified sound right now, but
a lot of bands coming out of Portland are
relating to each other. We have a lot of
the same influences as well. I don't know
how Crackerbash fits in. Just a new Portland band, soon to be the old Portland
band. Then there will be another new
Portland band after us that has a "better"
sound, or whatever.
Are you different in your outlook and
the way you do things in comparison to
a band like Poison Idea, who obviously
consume large amounts of alcohol?
We're not as big as they are! It's a lot
harder for us to consume that much alcohol ! If I consumed that much alcohol I'd
puke. You wouldn't want to see that. I
don't think we're different. Portland use
to have a really bad reputation for having
an alcoholic scene. I think that was just
the time in Portland, the mid-eighties.
There wasn't a whole lot going on in
Portland so your last resort was "let's get
fucked up." There's more to do now;
there are more shows. So now we can say
"Let's go to a show and get fucked up"!
Who are the new, hot up-and-coming
bands in Portland?
Probably the Spinanes. I don't know if
they're up-and-coming because they've
already came. Hazel are going to be the
new, superstar, rock 'n' roll gods. There
are a bunch of new bands in Portland that
are just starting to get together: Plastic
Horn Devil, New Bad Things, Satan's
Pilgrims (an "all-surf side band that
SvoU and Ted have going with few
friends), and then the Shaven, who are
really good friends of ours and did a tour
with us. There's a lot of stuff going on in
Portland right now that I'm really super
excited about. In about six months these
bands will all be really good and everyone will have forgotten about
Crackerbash. But that's good. Evolution is good. If you had the same shit
forever it would be boring.
I find it really strange that
Crackerbash seems to be, all of a sudden, big in snowboard video sound
tracks. How did that happen?
(laughing) We have a friend from Seattle
who likes us a lot and is really big into
snowboarding. I thinkhe turned the guys
who did the video onto us. Ummm...we
go snowboarding every weekend, that's
what I meant to say! I don't know. I've
never even been skiing. Arlo likes us
and he snowboards so they got a hold of
ouTjSongs through him We didn't even
know about it until after it was almost
done. I guess I should start snowboarding
When I first heard Crackerbash I felt
that the band must have listened to a
lot of Rites of Spring.
Yeah, I did! That's really funny, people
never pick up on the fact that I'm a big
Rites of Spring fan. I listened to tons of
Dischord stuff when I was growing up.
Changed my life. Rites of Spring were
one of those four or five bands that really
influenced me.
What are those other bands?
When I was a kid it was the Beatles, then
the Clash, then Minor Threat and Husker
Dii, and, of course Rites of Spring. The
Replacements too. I really like a lot of
early Replacements, they wrote good
songs. Now I' ve gone back in time; T ve
kept coming forward and now I'm going
back I' m getting into Elvis Costello a lot
because he writes super lyrics. I wish I
had a vocabulary that I was in control of.
I'd like to put out a single that was almost
more of a "crooners" single, more laid
back
Oir next album will be our regular thing again, although we've been
writing different songs. Our song for
simple machines is pretty much in a '77
punk rock style. I was goofing around
last week with a new song that was sort
of in that vein with a dash of the punk/ska
thing...experimenting; trying different
things, so Crackerbash doesn't get to be
like "Oh, that's another Crackerbash
song. I can recognize a Crackerbash song
from a mile away!" I want to try some
different stuff, do some different things.
What the hell. It's supposed to be fun so
I may as well have fun doing it. ,-
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Y LIMITED EDITION Thorsen Primer informs me that in Sw(Li#.
mythology, Ragnarock is the final battle during which the gods will
succumb to the forces of evil. Upon further investigation, I discovered
that (when the time comes) the Nordic god Heimdall will announce the
destruction of the earth by blowing the last trump on his magical Gjallarhorn. He
will be accompanied by the doomsday ship Naglfar (made from the fingernails
of dead men) and Yggdrasil, a "terrible horse" on which men ride to the lan.^ oi
death. Heimdall's trump will be followed by the disappearance of the sun, in"
death of all gods, and a return
to the planet's original state of
chaos. When asked about his
band's role in Ragnarock
"trummor" Fredrik Thorsen
(formerly of Planet of Spiders
and Vaginal Blood Farts)
seemed ambiguous. He was
more concerned with beingthe
house band in Valhalla, a paradise for warriors. He grew
positively excited (all talk of
the apocalypse was abandoned) only when Mike (the-
most-powerful-man-in-Holly-
wood) Ovitz's name was
brought up.
Maybe Fredrik doesn't realize it's not as simple as just loading your
equipment into Valhalla and playing. You first have to shed a little blood, prove
yourself a true and noble warrior, and pay homage to Hild the Avenger, Nt»>$9
Queen of the Underworld—she manifests herself as a purgative fiery mountain,
entered by way of a sacred cave.
Drawn together in the summer of 1992 by their metal propensities, Dav "Jam
Lungor" (Iron Lungs), Jon "Vxan" (the Axe) and Carl Fredrik "Haret" (the Hair)
have since wowed Vancouver metal heads with their riveting Slayer rock and
Viking sensibilities. The songs, composed by Dav (of Smugglers and Evaporators fame) and Jen (also an Evaporator), feature lyrics by Icelandic writer Haruo*
Laxness and are rich in Nordic imagery in their titles and content—"Egils Saga,"
"Blood Maid," "God of Beoze," "Valfri: Sea Soul"—evoking visions of sweaty,
virile war kings pillaging and looting. Worse yet, is hinted at in "Across The
Fjords"
"...There will never be another woman like you
I killed your family *   ^
/ killed your father
There's nothing left to save you for..."
I guess Haldor Laxness was born in the Patriarchal age after the fall of
Freya*, the ruling matriarch of the Vanir ("elder gods") and the Valkyries**.
It would seem as if Thorsen has stumbled upon a thematic tapestry of
archetypes which, coupled with the formidable songcrafting skills of Dav<g> 19
Jon, have resulted in some of the most unique, epic rokto come out of Vancouver
in a Managarm's*** age. I wasn't the only one struck with the acute urge "to Vike"
upon hearing Thorsen. Fredrik assures me the verb is actually translated as "to
play, or simply rock out to, traditional Nordic music."
The trio recorded their material in November of 1992 at Egg Studios in
Seattle under the wise council of Conraad Uno. Rumour has it that Conraad was
so enthralled by Thorsen that he tried to get them a recording contract€>'it.#
Warner Bros.. That didn't materialize but the band did, however, sign a 3 CD deal
with Tacoma's Meat Records. The first release of this alliance—a self-titled 7"
which includes an insert chronicling the amazing legend of Fenris the wolf—is
highly recommended and available at most local record stores. Their first full-
length album is due out this month.
se death angels fond of eating their tr
" Managarm: Moon Dog "who gorged or
JtJ
•      •
• <• Despite Fredrik's initial dismissal of Ragnarock, I sense that there are no three
men more suited to (or capable of) fighting the forces of evil in these, the last days.
Perhaps a closer look at each member of Thorsen will present us with a clearer
picture.
I hesitate, forfear of being construed as self aggrandizing, to relay my most recent
near-death experience. But, as my latest (and most frightening to date) bout of
neuroatomic imprinting occurred in the company of this notable musician, it cannot
be ignored.
Dav is astrologically related to the god Thor ("the bull"). Thor is the Scandinavian god of thunder and lightening. His thunderbolts endow his with the power to
fertilize the earth, in turn bearing creative fruit. He is symbolic of the life-force... of
magnificence and vitality.
How ironic that a mere day after my article, chronicling my near-death
experience with Urge Overkill, appeared in October's Discorder, the Nornst
decreed for me another meeting with Villa (the "death priestess"). For with Dav
(and the rest of our party, no less esteemed for not being in Thorsen) i travelled
to the very banks of the river Gjoll ("wailing"), from where the domain of Hild the
Avenger, all supreme and inescapable, was evident. The death priestess showed
herself in the guise of an extremely negligent drunk driver who totalled our vehicle
and badly injured several passengers.
The upside to all of this is that the accident victims will eventually make full
recoveries and, hopefully, garner larger insurance claims. The downside (the
shock and discomfort, not to mention
extended hospitalization of certain victims) is that all passengers have incurred
the wrath of Hild and she looks forward to
doing battle with them during the last
days of Ragnarock. His Thor-like qualities, combined with marvelling stage presence and charming good looks, give him
the means to battle the corporate 666
beast and the strength to defeat Hild.
Needless to say, Dav shall enjoy Valhalla for all eternity.
Jen's astrological sign (Sagittarius)
is linked to the animal image of the centaur, or "great ones," who signify the
blending of female wisdom and inspiration with male energy and vitality.- In her
darker image, the centaur was also the
Celtic Night-Mare—a "dangerous and
terrifying goddess of suppressed energy that bursts outward carrying prophecies
of doom." This is noticed, somewhat, in Jan's proven performances as a gifted
trombone player, delighting audiences in the North West with his sometimes band
the Scoblins. Leading me to conclude that Jen's part in Ragnarock is two-fold.
His first role is that of Heimdall, a Doomsday angel already explained earlier
in this article. What wasn't mentioned, however, is that out of the chaos signalled
by Heimdall's trump on the Gjallarhorn, a new order will rise. Jen's second role
then is as the god Baldertt, who established a new heaven, earth and a kingdom
of more virtuous gods in another universe. I can think of no one more noble for
announcing Doomsday to the rest of us, too bust with our Sodom and Gomorrah
lifestyles to notice for ourselves. Then to re-energize, to give new meaning to, to
bring together a new world? What an onerous task!
Armed with the sword of wisdom and the shield of good luck, Jen shall carry
our unflinching vote of confidence. Exuding a humble and warm demeanour, Jan
is a true master of his axe. Although not a warrior, he makes music fierce enough
to fight a thousand battles by. His strength lies in his truly inspired heavy metal
guitar solos and, did I mention, dashing good looks?
t Urth (earth), Verthandi (being) and Skuld (necessity).
tt Son ol Odin. He redeems his lather's destructive actions (see: Fredrik) by creating a new universe.
"I know that I hung on the windy tree for nine whole nights wounded with the
spoar, dedicated to Odin, myself to myself."
-redrik is ruled by the Prince of the Air, Odin (or Woden*t). He has many
names: Vata, Voten, Hermes, Mercury and Volsi ("horse's penis"). He is the god
of letters, communication and magic, and is credited with the invention of civilized
arts. Odin visited the realm of Hild, wherein, from the keeping of the godess Edda
in her sacred cave, he stole the wise blood from the cauldron Odrerir. Assumed
the form of a bird, he then flew it home to the patriarchal gods, where he was
revered by men for having obtained formerly forbidden secrets. Upon returning
from the dead he said, "I got a drink of the precious mead, I was sprinkled with
Odrerir. Then I began to be fruitful and to be fertile, to grow and prosper. One word
sought another word from me." This illicit action links Odin with Satan because the
consequent rise of patriarchy and oppression set in motion the charm of events
leading directly to Ragnarock.
All is not lost, however. He eventually redeems himself and rights the
destructive influences of the patriarchy through Freya. She bears him a son,
Balder, who creates a new universe for the gods (see: Jen).
Fredrik's greatest asset in the battle (ready to be fought only when he has
reached the pinnacle of fame and fortune) is in his command of words—his ability
to communicate. In fact, Fredrik threatens to become a mere figure-head, a man-
behind-the-scenes in Thorsen. His true calling lies not in music but in filmmaking.
One suspects Fredrik is not the kind of person who tolerates the discomforts of the
road or waiting for sound check. He'd rather be working on his computer or
meeting with potential investors than sleeping on the floors of strangers among
unchanged kitty litter boxes and empty beer cans.
At present, Fredrik is trying to raise private investment ($1.5 million) to make
2 horror films—a monster movie (Wyvern) and an action/horror/musical (Club
Purgatory) in the style of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead 1 & 2) and James Cameron
(Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens). Any fool will tell you that the film trade is even harder
to break into than the music industry, and raising $1.5 million is no easy chore.
Especially when "you have to do everything yourself and very few people will help
you unless you pay them." I won't be surprised if Fredrik runs into some sort of
guileless sugar mama who, entranced by his many and varied charms (did I
mention he's devastatingly handsome and he's fluent in Swedish?), chooses to
finance all of his future endeavours.
Artistically speaking, a marriage of Odin (male principle/left brain) and Freya
(female principle/right brain) should bring forth a deluge of creative spirit (Balder)
guaranteed to raise some consciousness,
perhaps even that of Mike Ovitz.
Archetypal tapestries aside, Thorsen
are currently resting after a hearty pillage
which had them rocking Los Angeles, San
Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The impetus for the west coast tour was a party
gig, hosted by an illustrious entertainment
lawyer (brother-in-lawto the guy who owns
Meat Records) who represents such industry heavies as Alyssa Milano and Tina
Yothers. Unfortunately, Thorsen's appearance was cancelled when it was announced
that Martin Luther King's wife would be in
attendance. It was deemed inappropriate
(and perhaps rightly so) for a band devoted to the glorification of Aryan culture to
perform. They went to the party though,
and I can only speculate on all the celebrities they met, all the fun they had, and all
the pure, tempered metal they made!
For the time being Thorsen rules
Midgard, the world of humans located between the spirit realms above and below.
"Lycka till,"**tt Thorsen!
•* I found it an odd coincidence thai Fredrik would only return my calls on Wednesdays—Wodens-dayl R-O
C H R O
ICLES
The Rose Chronicles have been together a year and a half. In that time they have managed to get the holiest of grails - a record deal. The Rose
Chronicles have a good chance of making it commercially with the release of their EP Dead and Gone to Heaven on Nettwerk. When Discorder
talked to Rich Maranda (guitar) and Judd Cochrane (bass), what stood out most was their desire to succeed in making the best music they can.
Discorder: How did you get together
and how did you get started?
Rich: We had come from quitting four
different bands. We were at a four way
stop and we all got in this big car accident Steve (Van der Woerd, drummer)
totalled ludd's car and Kristy (Thirsk,
vocals) totalled...
Did you ever try to send anything out able across Canada and the United
to bigger labels? States?
Judd: No. Nettwerk came out and said, Rich: It's an import in the States and it's
"Hey, we want to do a demo," and we available all across Canada. It'll be
were all like deer in front of car head- released in Europe in early January,
lights (eyes wide opened). We were real Australia sometime soon, and then well
excited just to work on that. see about Japan and other places.
Judd: ...your car. We were going to get
Why is it an EP, an
into a lawsuit over it. Rich totalled my
release?
car.
Judd: It's a good way
Rich: No, you totalled my car.
to get the name
Judd: Oh, that's right!
out to get peo-     J
Rich: We had to exchange phone num
pie to see it in     1
bers and that's how we got in contact.
record stores      £
and not a full length
Is it getting airplay?
Rich: It's in heavy rotation on
CFNY in Toronto. We're
getting   good   response     around
North America.
Judd: The industry's likin'
So what did you start doing? Did you
play originals that you had?
Rich: We wanted to start an original
Judd: We came from different bands
and we were really bored with what
was going on. We thought we'd try
something and see what we could
up with, and it gelled.
How did you get the name the Rose
Chronicles?
Rich: It was tough. We had three pages
full of names written many different
ways. We spent two weeks struggling
with it and finally said, "Okay, we have
to find a name!" We spent four hours in
Steve's car wandering.
Judd: In Steve's new car. We were sitting around with a bunch of names and
Rose Chronicles was the only one we
could agree on.
Rich: As far as the meaning goes, there
is no meaning.
looped it, put effects on it.
Rich: The question is why we put it there?
Judd: Why did we put it there? It was a
production idea of ours, to put rain at the
end of Clouding Doubt.
Rich: But why?There's no reason. There's
no motives. It just sounds cool!
Judd: That's the reason!
Are there any specific meanings to the
Rich: There are no specific meanings.
Judd: Kristy leaves her lyrics open to
interpretation. She
visual connotations to go along with the
song.
Did you e
read the Amazing
going to try that." Kristy just sings.
Do you get bored of playing the same
songs every night? That is, do you
decide to make or add a little reggae
Judd: Nonononono.
Rich: I think that'd be highly out of
character. Maybe later, we're still a
young band. I think a lot of the songs
that we've written so far don't really
lend themselves to open up in a live sort
of way. I think that's one thing that we're
going to work towards on our next record
Judd: I find that after a while we always
of the songs
anyways. If we do change something,
well stick with it because we're pretty
solidified as to what the changes will
be. We don't want to risk
screwing up.
Rich: We already
Both: No.
Around '85 or 86 there was an evil
character called the Rose, and they had
a series of issues called  The Rose
Chronicles."
Rich: No way!
Judd: You're kidding!
When did you get together?
Judd: May '92
How did you get the attention of
Nettwerk?
Rich: We were about to do a demo, and
we were thinking about where we would
want to send it. I thought, "Why don't we
write Nettwerk and see if they're into
coming and checking us outT' The same
time they received the letter, David Gunn
tromabandcalledDSK.toldRickArboit
[Nettwerk's A&R guru] about us. The
three main guys at Nettwerk came out to
the show. They dug it and they wanted
to do a demo.
Did   Nettwerk
• any input into
the songs or did they just
say do your own thing?
Rich: Pretty much, yeah. Our A&R
guy, Mark Jowett is amazing. He helped
us produce the record and had a lot of
input He suggested that we listen to
bands like noisescapes or
soundscapes, things we'd been doing
before. He introduced us to new bands
and other bands doing the same thing as
Judd: He focused some of the ideas on
the songs and he worked with Kristy on
her vocals. He sort of took the whole
thing together to give it a focus. I mean
not that it was branched off in 1500
directions before. He narrowed it down
to maybe 10.
How's the distribution? Is it avail-
Rich:   Allan
Moulder from England did a mix
of our single Awaiting Eternity, and
that should be released on our European edition of our ep. If you want to
go get that you'll have to wait a while.
It's cool.
Why is the last track rain?
Rich: It's not just rain. We had a did-
geridoo player, a friend of mine who
played. The rain was recorded from
the studio, as well as the thunder. We
weren't there when it was recorded.
Judd: We took 20 seconds of the rain,
Had    Kristy    heard    of    Sarah
McLadilan?Theirstyks are very simi-
Rich: She definitely doesn't listen to other
vocalists and go "Well that's great I'm
of effects in
your songs. Do
yon think  that
they're  integral
parts? Do you envision the songs with
the sounds?
Rich: They're all different. At home I play a lot of <
guitar and that's where it comes from.
Did you do an 'Unplugged' thing?
Judd: We do that so we know we're nol
getting too far out.
Rich: Wethoughtwecouldn'tdoituntil
we tried it Playing acoustically is really cool. I really like it
Rich: Electric kicks.
How long was it before people other
than family and friends started coming out to shows?
Rich: It happened quickly with a definite overlap. All of our friends came
out first, and then...
Judd: ...they told two friends, and so
on, and so on. Our friends are pretty
hip, and there was a lot of word of
mouth that got people out to shows. We
did a lot of intense advertising. We
plastered the city with our name, intrigued a few people and got 'em out
What are your goals?
Judd: To make good music, first and
foremost. To put on a good show, to
keep people entertained, and to please
ourselves.
Rich: I think right no w this might sound
premature, but I definitely do not want
to come out with a lame second release
a lot of bands doing, not sort of thinking about what they're doing as much.
I hope and I pray that we come out with
a great second release.
What other ambitions do you have?
Can you separate yourself from what
you're doing now?
Rich: That's like trying to take your
insides and put them on the table. What
would you do without your lungs, your
liver your spleen and your heart?
Judd: So you're saying you'd die without it
Rich: Probably. I don't know.
Judd: I don't know what I'd do. I suppose there's a lot of stuff I can do, but
I have to have the right motivation to
do it. Right now I'm motivated to make
music and to play it because I have so
much fun doing it. Success can be measured on any level. If you're happy recording music yourself on your four-
track, or having it played once on a
radio station, that might be success for
someone, and someone else might want
to conquer the world like Madonna.
Rich: If somebody is looking at our
band and saying, "I wanna get on an
indie label like 4AD, Creation or
Nettwerk," get a good band together
and try to be as objective as possible.
Don't go, "Wow I wrote this, it's great,"
you know?
Judd: Many times we write stuff that's,
well, shit
Rich: Sometimes.
Judd: Sometimes. You gotta realize
that not every song is going to be a THE
Hdlo again and a hippy New Year lo you,
Reader! Having survived in one way or another
the yearly December
frenzy   of balancing
Christmas euros and pa-
pen against the need to
get and send cards and
gifts to all of those people whose addresses
hive mysteriously disappeared, it is tun: to
slow down a bit, relax,
and enjoy what 1994 has
to offer. In classical concerts it is definitely off to a good
start, but first a look at what some of the
highlights of the last month or so have been.
First on the list is the November
23rd performance by the American Chamber
Players, brought here by (as you might have
guessed from the name) The Friends of Chamber Music and presented in the Vancouver Playhouse. These performers arc quite well known,
especially so for being a relatively new ensemble in a genre which is largely dominaled by
groups which have been playing together for
longer than some of us have been around. The
Players originated in 1982 at the Library of
Congress Summer Chamber Festival, an event
itself originated by Miles Hoffman who is the
viola player of the ensemble. He is joined by
Elisabeth Adkins (violin), Jeffrey Solow
(violincdlo, or just 'cello' if one wants to sound
knowledgeible about it), and... you think thai
I'm going lo give you the name of either the
pianist or else another string instrument, right?
Hey, isn't that the usual sort of Quartet? Well,
they have other ideas; Anthony Cecere plays
French Horn, and during the course of the
evening the four regular members of the group
(accompanied in the second and fourth works
by Edward Newman on piano as guest
artist) proved that this somewhat unorthodox mixture could work wonderfully.
I'm not sure if it was just
coincidence or a belief on the part of the printers
hired by the Friends of Chamber Music that it
takes i piano in the piece to count as music, but
for some reason the program for the evening
only listed whit were lo be the second and
fourth works. As a result, the audience was
treated to a concert the way chamber music
really was meant to be presented: introduction       known w<
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BEAT
As a final tribute to the
piece the performers, after preparing their scores,
each pulled out a pair of the small wire-frame
glasses thai were in style in Beethoven's era.
The performance that Mowed was charming
and, while distinctly Beethoven in style, it was
a great deal lighter than many of his better-
rather informal level by the performers themselves. The evening opened with a short explanation of the situation by Miles Hoffman, followed by a description of the first work,
Beethoven's Duo for Viola and Cello, woo.32
('woo.' is apparently short for some German
expression translating to 'work without opus
number but we needed some way to catalogue
it'). Mr. Hoffman went on to explain that the
work seems to have been written to be performed by Beethoven (an experienced cellist)
and a friend who played the hom. The original
manuscript is apparently jocularly entitled 'For
two players with glasses' in reference to the fad
that both wore glasses, and is done in very large
notation. While the idea of Beethoven of all
people writing something as a sort of joke is a
little foreign to anyone who knows of his well
recorded arrogance and general lack of humour,
Mr. Hoffman got a chuckle from the audience
by suggested that perhaps his "dour appearance
in portraits stems from the fact thai so many of
them were actually made from his death mask!"
The program then continued with
the Trio in E Flat for hom, violin, and piano
op.40 by Johannes Brahms. The composer most
likely chose to write for the hom in place of
what would more commonly be the cello part in
an effort to capture the woodlands and fields
which appear and reappear in new forms
throughout the work. In particular, he specifically wrote the part for the unvalved hom and
not the modem valved version. While this may
have been due to a lack of reliability on the part
of the valves in use at the time (1865), it may be
that he really wished the sound to be as close to
the hunting horns he would have heard in his
youth. The overall tone of the work is melancholy yet lyncal; the musical allusion to a
German folk-song "In The Meadow Stands A
House" in the third movement (mentioned in
the program notes, fortunately; I am afraid that
my knowledge of German folk music from a
century ago was not sufficient for me to hear
this!) is perhaps meant to refer to the country
home the composer grew up in. Written shortly
after the death of his mother, the combination of
w and remembrance of woodlands in this
piece seems to be a reflection of the feelings of
the composer more than a musical sketch of anything.
After the intermission,
Mr. Cecere introduced the third
work for the performance: a quar-
:t written in 1992 ("but that's no
be afraid" was the comment) specifically for the American
Chamber Players by American composer Samuel Bern. (My apologies if the
ame is misspelled; I am having to guess as
this was one of the pieces left off the program,
and I have been too occupied the last few weeb
with the mundane tasks of panicking and cramming for exams lo make the long journey across
campus to the music library and look him up.)
Consisting of five short movements, the piece
flashy, loud, amusing, and best of all not taking
itself too seriously. As promised in the introduction, most of the audience members were
smiling and suppressing a small laugh at the end
of this exuberant piece.
The final work was the Quartet in C
Minor for piano and strings, op.15 by Gabriel
Faure. Wntten between 1876 and 1879, it was
first performed in 1880, but several of the composer's friends were unimpressed with the fourth
(last) movement of the piece and convinced
Faure lo re-write that part for a second premiere
in 1883. The program notes reveal that although
this is one of his best-known works, he never
received any royalties from his publisher for it.
(You thought the modem music industry was
bad? Not only did they do things of this nature
fairly often back then, but they arc even thought
to be responsible for worse things. Ever heard of
Schubert's Unfinished Symphony? The real
story is that his publisher lost the entire second
half of the work.) The reason
forthepopularityofthis
piece is evident
»" when one hears
it, based on deceptively ample harmonies, it manages a flowing gracefulness which draws the listener along
with it in a way I can only compare to the two
similarly popular piano Trios of Schubert. An
interesting and uncommon twist in the second
(Scherzo) movement is having the piano and
strings play in different time signatures so as to
create an interweaving effect.
The Players did a wonderful job of
all four pieces, and I in particular was impressed
by the even dynamic balance achieved by the
instruments. As alluded lo above, the French
Horn is derived from the hunting hom; the
reason we hear of hunting horns and not hunting
violins in historic context (aside from the important facts that (a) il is much easer lo sound
a hom than it would be to use both hands on a
violin while careening wildly through the woods
on horseback, and (b) it lakes much less sobriety
to make a recognizable sound with a hom than
a siring instrument, a critical distinction when
one considers thai Okloberfest is in the middle
of hunting season) is that the hom is much
LOUDER than the violin The modem French
Horn, while having the widest tonal range of the
common orchestral instruments, does not have
a great dynamic range and it requires great skill
to play it softly enough to not overpower the
accompanying strings in a small group while
maintaining clanly of tone. With their combination of good choices of lepertoirc, affable stage
manner, and technical skill, 1 am sure (his group
: of the real stars of the
chamber music world. I hope that in a few years'
time we will again have the chance to hear them
live courtesy of the Friends of Chamber Music.
Another concert from late November was a presentation of the British choral
group The Sixteen by Early Music Vancouver.
Although I was unable to attend this myself on
the 26th due the intrusion of the ugly realities of
impending exams (and doom), a 'reliable source'
who did attend was gready impressed and highly
praised the performance. Embodied by fourteen
singers, a luteist (that is what a lute player is
called, isn't it?) and the director (Harry
Christophers), the program mosdy consisted of
works from the sixteenth century: Sheppard's
"A solis ortus cardine" and "Verbum caro factum
est," Pygott's "Quid petis, 0 fili?" Hygons'
"Salve Regina," Ravenscrofi's "Remember 0
thou Man," Tallis' "Videte Miraculum," and
the traditional works "Coventry Carol," "Deck
the Hall," 'The Old Year Now Has Passed
Away," "Gaudele," and "I Saw Three Ships."
The concert was recorded by the CBC, and
uncharacteristically the program even gives the
times thai it will be broadcast...but if you wanted
to hear it, I'm afraid the last time is on December
23rd: too late for me to hear before writing this
and right about the time that you will first be
able to read this. Too bad, sounds like Early
Music Vancouver was as usual host to a good
performance.
Finally, we get to the look at some
of what's up and coming in the next month or so
(and some excellent choices, it appears!): The
Borodin Quartet, now in its 29th year and considered by many to be one of the absolute best
quartets in the world, will be here performing
works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and
Shostakovich in a concert for the Friends of
Chamber Music on January 18th, 8:00 PM at the
Vancouver Playhouse. If you are interested in
this one, I would really recommend getting
tickets in advance; they can be obtained through
Ticketmaster or from Friends directly at 437-
5716.
The VSO is starting the new year
off with what should be several great concerts,
(Incidentally, in last month's column you may
have noticed that the review of the VSO concert
didn't mention the name of the second work,
with Rivka Golani as soloist; it was the Sonata
for Grand Viola and Orchestra by Nicolo
Paganini. The few sentences containing this
were accidentally deleted by the typesetters in
doing the layout). The VSO is also presenting
well-known violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto in a January
22nd and 24th concert 8:00 PM at the Orpheum,
also featuring the ever popular Sixth Symphony
(the Pastoral Symphony) of Beethoven. This
also has a very good chance of selling out eady
so get your tickets soon if you're interested. On
the 8th and 10th (at 8:00 PM) and on the 9th (at
2:00 PM) three works by Felix Mendolssohn
(Ruy Bias Overture, the Violin Concerto, and
one of my personal favourites, the 3rd "Scottish" Symphony) are featured, with Jaqnes
Israelivitch on violin. On the 27th, 28th, and
29th at 8:00 PM internationally acclaimed Jon
Kimura Parker will be the soloist in
RachmaninofTs Piano Concerto No.3, along
with works by Champagne and Franck. If something a hide out of the ordinary is more what you
feel like, they are also presenting "Bugs Bunny
on Broadway," a collection of remastered vintage cartoons with the orchestra playing the
accompanying scores; that's on January 1st at
2:00 PM and at 7:00 PM, and again on the 2nd
at 7:00 PM.
Early Music Vancouver has two
concerts this month; the Castle Trio will be
performing works by Schubert, Mendelssohn,
and Brahms on the 9th, 8:00 PM at the Metropolitan Tabernacle (189 W. 11th Ave.) and
from both French and English-speaking Canada
focusing on French and English works from the
Baroq ue era from composers including Couperin
and Purcell lo be held at the UBC Rental Hall
on the 21st also at 8:00 PM.
If you want the chance not only to
hear some well-played classical music but also
lo support some young local talent the Vancouver Academy of Music (it's that other budding
down in Vanier Park) is presenting its Wind and
Brass Conceit on the 13th al the Koemer Recital
Hall, 7:30 PM. Some of their past students
(induing Jon Kimura Parker, mentioned above)
have gone on to be internationally recognized,
so this might be an opportunity to hear someone
before they really make it big. For more information you can call them al 734-2301.
That wraps il up foi this edition; as
always your comments or criticisms are welcome (but please no letter bombs, I'm allergic!)
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Well it sure seems that this column
is becoming equally weighed down
with fanzines as well as music. I
take that as reflecti ng stronger communications throughout B.C. — I
try to give the priority to reviewing
Vancouver, B.C., Northwest,
Canada material (in that order) so
take advantage of that. As far as
Vancouver goes, what's so special? I dunno — there's a lot of
great bands in this city right now
and you don't have to go too far or
out of your way to see them play
all-ages shows are still happening
at the Hastings Community Centre
and the South Wall (in North Van.)
— and will continue as long as we
can somehow stop the "poo-poo-
bum-bums" who kicked a hole in
the bathroom wall at the South
Wall awhile back. I guess people
still need to be reminded that if you
wreckthe place there may no longer
be a place to put on shows [orfor
the bullshit. Ed]. And if you see
someone wrecking something, take
some responsibility and stop them
— don't wait for someone else to
find out, or at least tell someone
(maybe someone working the
door?) what's going down and
who's doing it. Anyways, there's
also a lot of shows happening at the
86St. Music Hall (if you can afford
it) and at the New York Theatre
too. If you want to get involved
with some activities you can also
contact Riot Grrl Vancouver (look
for posters or write to the Gest
Quest address), Food Not Bombs
(4 P.M. on Sundays at Oppenheimer
Park, call 876-7730), Gest Quest
Co-op (kinda unorganized but
maybe try writing P.O. Box 1457
Station A, Vancouver, B.C. V6C
2P7) and you can also write to that
same address if you're interested
in helping some folks start a queer
'zine (send submissions, poetry,
writings etc..) that's just in the
planning stages now. So, until next
year, happy winter solstice and
support local artists.
DEMO REVIEWS
Flying Circus — six
I can only describe this as a sincere
attempt to capture that "classic
rock" feeling, which is fine — I
just think that road has been travelled to often and is sadly stuck in
rush hour traffic. Great recording,
great packaging, just not for me. I get
the same feeling as I do when I hear
Age of Electric. I hear some Bowie
influences on the vocals, overall a
mellow classic rock ensemble. Does
anyone know where Vedder Crossing is? (P.O. Box 1034 Vedder Crossing, B.C. V2R3N7).
Jeffs Cat Bob — Move Your Plate
At first this tape just went right by me
— but by the third listen I was quite
intrigued. Sort of a fusion attempt of
music — weird tempo changes —
ranging from mellow Mission of
Burma parts to fast hardcore type
parts. I especially love the mellow/
mid tempo parts, really jerky with a
lot of mood. Overall I'd expect this
band to be on a label like Touch and
Go, just 'cause of their weird approach to music, (c/o Hardspun
Records PO Box 92367 Milwaukee,
WI. 53202).
APARTMENT
Apartment 14 — demo
A heavy U2 influence here — Joshua
Tree era, which is good 'cause if they
sounded anything like the new U2 I
would puke. The vocalist at times
sounds more like the male equivalent
tothesingerofConcreteBlondewhen
she sings mellow songs. (39N
Strafford Ave, Burnaby B.C. V5B
1L1).
Clubber Lang - demo
This band comes from Seattle, but
don't worry, it's not grunge. All 4
songs on this demo are quite different
from each other — sometimes I hear
an early fIREHOSE influence, and
themsomething more poppy.likesay,
Severin orTreepeople. Overall, it was
Clubber   Lang
quite catchy but more songs would
have made this better. Check it out
— cool graphic on the cover. (PO
Box 19613 Seattle, WA 98109-
9991).
Rabo Diablo — Ravings of an
Ex-Bureaucrat
It could be quite easy for me to just
write this off as shit — but 111 try to
go into detail. Quite annoying —
talking dialogue over a Casio keyboard and a heavy overdose of effects. Negativland sometimes use
these same techniques, but they do
it more blatantly and in your face,
creating humour. Sadly, dear Rabo
Diablo gets boring, and loses my
attention. (Box 57008, East Hastings Postal Office 2458 East Hastings St. Vancouver B .C. V5K 5G6).
Dadawah — Love Revolution
Reggae from the Island — I never
caught the excitement of reggae so
I'm sort of lost on comparison besides the obvious (Marley) — I just
remember having Reggae music
blared in my ears when record shopping at a store and getting a big
headache, so what can I say? If you
like reggae and you want to check
out some Vancouver Island talent
— then by all means, pick it up.
(PO Box 5854 Station B Victoria
B.CV8R6S8).
'MECCA NORMTfT
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Mecca Normal — Flood Plain
I haven't seen this duet since they
opened for Fugazi last summer —
(sure, it was arena rock, but it was
still $6.00 and what can you do
when a band gets as big as Fugazi?
Have small private invite only
shows for the "cool" people in the
know? Anyways...) You may not
have been able to capture their intensity in that anything but intimate performance, but believe me
they are intense. One of Vancouver's most underrated bands who
seem to have a rather large following elsewhere. Sort of the same
situation asSkinny Puppy. So wake
up, catch them while you can. This
new release captures the frantic
and tweaked guitar playing of
David Lester and uses multiple
vocal tracks to accentuate that beautiful and disturbing vocal style of
Jean Smith. Lyrically enlightening
— I hate reviews that tell you what
each song is about, but you'll definitely find some lyrics that question
society's standards, stereotypes and
"progress." I like it.
FANZINES
Do Doable Digest
(5 1/2x8 1/2 — 28 pgs.)
I guess living in Kelowna can really
fuck with the way you look at things
cause these zine really goes weird.
Lots of word play, silly stories that
kinda go no where and all the time it
seems that 1) either you (the reader)
are always one step behind on the
joke, or 2) the editor, Sandy (ego? -
x'fro' zine) is really messed-up. And
I like it, it's quite clever and entertaining — sort of like a suburban -
humouristic punchline, they spent a
lot of time being silly. Hell, Sandy
even threw in a nude photo of himself just for us here at Discorder. Fun
layout, personal feel, and it's actually two 'zines in one — clever!
(24034, 1580 Water St., Kelowna
B.C. V1Y9P9).
Yum #4 & #5
(8 1/2 x 11 — 10 pgs. each)
The personality really shines with
this zine, the random thoughts of the
two editors layed-out adrift comic
strip and magazine cut-outs — it's
like whenever a thought comes to
their minds, they jot it down and at
the end of the month they find these
notes, type them and copy them. I' ve
never seen a zine like this, simple but
interesting — kinda cute, if that
weren't such a sucky word. Cool
'Kill Models' theme issue in #5, I
wish I could give some criticism —
but I like it just the way it is. (6303
Beaver Cres Kamloops, B.C. V2C
4V2).
Gunkn
(8172 x 11 — 10 pgs.)
A bunch of comic strips, doodlings
and a short story. That's it — really.
I think that a lot more could have
been squished into this issue. I like
the 'I'm a nerd, you're a nerd, we're
all nerds' type of feel, I just think
there should have been more. I liked
the jerky lay-out which made you
read each page 3 times to follow all 3
stories — kinda confused me and
then made me go "neato." Sort of felt
like this zine was written during a
boring day at school — and knowing
how that is I know there could have
been more. (2833 Springland Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario K1V9S7).
Anal Society #2
(81/2x11 —32 pgs.)
A bit of this, a bit of that — music
reviews, and opinions and stories. I
think a lot of people contributed to
this zine, writing some weird stories
and erotica. Rooster fighting, sex
stories, an article on pot/hemp. Highlights include story by someone from
Naked Aggression who tried to get a
job as a houseboy at a S&M house,
and the best story is about two guys
who took it as a duty to harass Michael
Stipe while they lived i n Athens, G A
— fuckin' hilarious. A great review
of vegan food and how it compares
to the real thing. A bit of something
for everybody, (c/o FIA 16910 NE
8th St. N. Miami Beach, FL 33162).
Emitttl
(81/2x11 —20 pgs.)
A new local zine by a group of friends
who moved here from Ottawa, i nter-
viewing Hole and even Todd's Rat
Boy and filling the rest with opinions
(like all zines). Of course I can't
agree with everyone's opinions but
sometime the writers (i.e. icon) become real contradictory as in talking
about sexism/riot grrl — on one hand
saying he supports them and then
joking about how he better get laid at
a $14 show or how Tribe 8 are cool
'cause topless dykes turn him on.
The layout was really dry — and I
know it just first issue, so 111 lay off
— remember, reducing print on a
photocopier is cheap and saves
money (and trees!) and gives more
space for interesting layouts. (PO
Box 2499 Vancouver, B.C. V6B
3W7).
Hairshirtn
(5 1/2x81/2 — 36 pgs.)
This used to be balled Belly Button
Lint, but if you're like me, you probably never heard of it- so in with the
new. Surf punks, socks that get lost
in the laundry, a night of bingo, some
silly poetry, newspager clippings and
10 pages of' Winnie the Pooh goes to
a Day Glo Abortions gig'. I don't
know- maybe i have a short attention
span, but the Winnie the pooh thing
was a bit too long. I related this zine
to the kid who drew silly blurbs
around the photos of a school textbook, or draws moustaches on all the
people. Not too deep- not overly
amusing, a good attempt that probably hits more at home with the
friends of the editor. (RR2, Station
Rd. c-28, Heffley Creek, B.C. V0E
1Z0).
Viscosity Breakdown #1
(51/2x81/2 — 20 pgs.)
Thumbs up to this premier issue —
quite unique in its approach to doing a fanzine. First off, the pages
turn lengthwise rather than width-
wise then, on every page there is a
column of quotes from various
sources. The layout is a great mixture of laser-print text and graphics
making this political-type (isn't
everything political?) zine quite enjoyable. The sarcastic humour defi-
I VteccsriY
brain solvent £or your
pre-proy-ammed life.
nitely benefits the zine — things
like "10 Signs That You're An
Employee," "How To Sell Your
Soul In Six Easy Steps," "Consensus Reality And The Caramilk Secret" and of course "Fuck You,
Righteous Motorist!" — so what
are you waiung for? Pick this one
up — I u nderstand that the editor is
the same person who made those
stickers to make egg advertisement
read: "I'm Having Triple Coronary
By-Pass Surgery Today!" (c/o515-
916 West Broadway. Vancouver.
B.C.V52 1K7).
Havoc #12
(8 1/2 x 11 — 20 pgs.)
It is great there's a number of zines
that come out quite regularly- this
seems to be one that comes out
every 2 months. Of cc
the v
...oh. i
in spacious layout', but I'm getting closer
and closer to sucking my foot in
my mouth because this zine has
come a long way and still keeps on
going. Music reviews, zine reviews-
stuff on Negativland, fiction and
essays- hey. it's free even- so send
($1?) by mail or go to BLAST,
POP, or Spartacus for free. (PO
Box 88547 Surrey, B.C. V3W
0X1).
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BY GRANT LAWRENCE
Happy New Year.
Pluto are one of the best new
bands I've heard from Vancouver in
years. Seriously. Their debut 7", enti-
ded simply "Pretty Little Jacket" b/w
"Rock Candy" is two songs of in-
standy catchy pop finesse. From the
get go, the guitar riff-refrain in "Pretty
Little Jacket" has classic hook potential, not to mention the song's overall
stability as a fine, thoroughly melodic
song. The flipside's "Rock Candy" is
as good or better, with an outstanding
vocal track that makes it hard to believe
these guys are a brand new band. This
single, which has debuted in a humble,
quiet light has the energy and quality of
past Vancouver greatness such as the
Young Canadians, as well as the contemporary stylings of indie pop influences like Teenage Fanclub. Obvious
comparisons aside, this record proves
to be a short, concise, tc-the-point single of near-perfect poppotential. (Popgun, PO Box #244-1857 W. 4th Ave,
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1M4)
I bought this next one on a complete whim due to a shortage of things
to review... Surprise! It didn't rum out
to be a bad gamble, but singles on the
Rockville label rarely are.
Freerblanket have cranked out two
tunes, "Twisted" b/w "Hang-Glider,"
of loud, angst-chocked "college" gui-
tarrock...you know,that Replacements-
Finger-Uncle Tupelo type stuff. Good
stuff, really. (Rockville, PO Box 800,
Rockville Center, NY, NY, 11571
USA)
In my excited wee mitts at the
mo' is the new three song 7" of the
Stand GT's auspicious American
debut onSeattle'sTop Drawer Records.
How can I put this bluntly? How 'bout
this: excellent crash 'n' burn pop punk
of the meat 'n' potatoes, backwoods
Ontario variety! And although that's
wholeheartedly the god's honest truth,
my one complaint of the Stand has
always been their buried vocals and lc-
fi production. And though still evident
here, this is definitely their sharpest
sounding outing yet It also helps that
all three songs are killer as well. Included on the B-side is a pop-core
revamp of the classic Pogues hit "If I
Should Fall From Grace With God."
Buy. (Top Drawer, 1912Franklin Ave.
E, Seattle, WA, 98102-3613, USA)
The bastard sons of all that is
swollen speed-a-billy punk rock The
New Bomb Turks are back with a
20 El^°Z3M^
twosongslabof tweaked, over-driven
minimalist snot-rock. Apparently recorded in Billy Childish's kitchen,
where Billy and his Headcoats record
all their albums, these two covers,
"Bottle Island" and "Youngblood" (a
Childish tune) just don't cut it in the
sound quality department. And after
one's had the taste of the Turk's vicious Destroy-Oh-Boy LP, this is a
disappointment. (Damaged Goods, PO
Box 671, London, England, E176NF)
What does work, however, is
thefantastic new 7" from Billy Childish along with his co-horts Thee
Headcoats, no-doubt recorded in the
same kitchen mentioned above. But
where NBT come out half-baked.
Childish has used his years of culinary
experience to serve up one of his patented 'punk rock classics.' The guitar
has never been crisper, the bass is
boomi ng, and the drums rock and don' t
stop. Go ahead and spin the A-side's
"When You Stop Lovin' Me" and try
not to boogaloo all over the room with
an invisible Russ Meyer Grrl. And to
catch your breath, flip it over and cool
down with the Link Wray-esque "Papa
Doc." An excellent record, certainly
the best Childish has done in awliile,
and a confi rmation tolhis critic that the
Childish One still has it. The early
punk/new wave-looking sleeve photos are classic as well (Sub-Pop)
But good tlungs must come to
an ugly end, and that's where Rust
Bucket come in. Somebody should
tell these guys that they have Hatandy
stolen Tacoma's Meat Records (Fitz
of Depression, Seaweed, Thorsen)logo
as cover art! The music? Well, it's
slightly melodic punk metal. Sorta
vaguely bke my faves, Screediing
Weasel, if they were a really shitty
metal core band. Peeeeuuueee! And
return Meat's logo, you bastards! (PO
Box 57-8935, Chicago, IL 60657,
USA).
Here's more stuff from Chicago
from a 'band' called Condeucent.
Nardwuar told me not to look tliis one
over cuz'it could be mod!'Nardy, you
have neverbeenso wrong. Thisstuffis
very odd techno-synth-dance with a
beat that chugs at mid-tempo throughout. The raspy vocals are almost reminiscent of Sir Tom Waits (47 last
month and fantastic in Short Cuts).
And besides the two long hypnouzers
on the vinyl, thesingleal so comes with
a thick pamphlet detailing "The
Condeucent Odyssey" that was far too
long and had way too many big words
for me to read. If this stuff computes to
your liking, write Zadfruck Noises,
3468 South 119th SL, West Allis, WI,
53227, USA.
In the luck department this
month, I was extremely fortunate to
receive in the mail, free of charge, with
no duty attached, the new Mervins
single. Now, of course, I ain't the
biggest Melvins fan in the world, but
this particular 7" happens to be packaged in original Kozik art work. For
those in the dark, Kozik is an American pop-culture artist (out of LA., I
think) who, among various things,
designs huge, amazing, full-colour,
silk-screened posters for happenin'
rock gigs at a rather notorious East
LA. club called the Jabberjaw. Kozik
has also been known to do a few
posters for the Sub Pop Lame Fest, as
well. His art often uses very bright
colours, centred around cool cartoon
characters in the classic Warner Bros,
tradition, all the while mixing in gig
information. Anyway, not only did he
do an ultra-artistic number on the stunning (but impossible to open) sleeve,
he also did the double-whammy surprise inside, a full-colour picture disc
featuring a he and she devil. Now
THIS is the ultimate 7" packaging...
Oh yeah, the music! Well, as I said
about 200 words ago, I'm not a huge
Mel vins fan, so in this case, as stupid as
it sounds, the musicis beside the point.
Unless, of course, you're a Melvins
fan. For the uninitiated, the Melvins
are really dirty, slow, grinding pink,
reminding me of when I didn't like
Superconductor. One more thing: this
record is done with permission from
Atlantic, the Melvins' new MAJOR
label. (Rise Records, 210-2116
Guadalupe, Austin, TX78705, U.S.A.)
The two lastre views of the month
are ten inches, that format that not only
refuses to die, but gets trendier and
trendier. The first is a 6-song EP from
Jack O' FinenXMedSixSuperShock
Soul Songs. And that pretty much sums
it up, I guess. But if you need a definite
explanation, it's warped blues from
the depths of tlie Mississippi bayou;
sorta bke Robert Johnson backed by
the Mummies. The songs are all covers, ranging from Willie Dixon's classic "Seventh Son" to the Pretty Thi ngs'
"Judgement Night" The lack of originals don't really matter none, cuz I' m
sure JackO' Fire's own tunes would
only be npped-off (in the most respectful way, of course) versions of
these very songs. Great sleeve art, as
well: classic '50's horror-Halloween smut mock-up from
pleasing Art Chantry. (Estrus, P.O.
Box2125,Belhngham,WA98227,
U.S.A.)
And yes, the last review is a
10" from North Carolina's Southern Culture On The Skids. Another 6-songer, these are sizzlin',
country-tinged, '50's-stylerock V
roll romps from the nuttiest (dare I
say "inbred") trio in the South.
"Girlfight" is the sure-fire hit—dig
that snare sound! — and "Twistin'
(On a Red Hot Spike)" and the hill-
billyswingin' "Whole Lotta Things"
fair damn well also. This record is
also a first in the apparent slew of
10"s from Sympathy For the Record
Industry including platters by such
hit-makers as the Devil Dogs, the
Shitbirds and Man or Astro Man?,
so keepyer rockeyes peeled!!! See ya!
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My Name
The Lemons
Cruel Elephant
Saturday, November 27
In games of word association, the
word "lemon," as in the fruit,
brings to mind other words like
yellow, citrus, and sour. In a similar way, the word "Lemons," as in
the band, brings to mind one word:
suck. Their minuscule stage energy was easily summed up by the
weak-kneed singer who seemed to
believe the closer his guitar was to
the ground, the better his solo.
Fortunately, their set did not take
forever and like most of the unimpressed crowd, I wandered out of
the smoky room, in search of air.
My Name was a definite improvement overthe Lemons. Their
music was very easy to move to
and the band's energy resulted in a
good live show. The bass player
was very skilled, incorporating
slaps into his bass lines. One
couldn't help but be impressed by
the singer and guitarist who successfully synchronized their stage
All, the headlining band, was
a tad disappointing. Although they
proved slightly more interesting
live than their latest release Breaking Things, which I had heard once
or twice, I still found them quite
and their songs indistinguishable from each other. Some
people, obviously better fans of
All than I, were content to hear
their old favourites and the Descendants covers that jostled the
In theory, each band in aline-
up is supposed to be progressively
better than the last. The Lemons
made this very easy for My Name
to achieve. I was disappointed by
All, who, being the headlining
band, should have been an improvement on My Name. In fact,
the only thing that really made this
show fun at all, was the conversations I had with the singer of My
Name, who was cool, and later,
with the singer of the Lemons,
who proved himself to be quite a
jerk. I guess I couldn't expect too
much depth from a show whose
headlining band's t-shirts proudly
display the slogan "Keep Your
Politics Out of My Music," but
their precocious justification for a
"joke" about child abuse would
offend anyone's conscience, regardless of their political opinions.
I didn't realize that people past
puberty still say "I make sexist
and racist jokes, but I' m not sexist
or racist." You're cool.
In short, the high ticket price
got me one good band, one okay
band and one that lived up to its
name. Oh, and three cheers to the
Cruel Elephant for making us wait
outside for half an hour. Hip, Hip,
Trisha Kelly
The Buzzcocks
Thrill Squad
Commodore Ballroom
Saturday, November 27
The ol' Commodore looked especially beautiful on this frosty
evening, all tarted up in rosy colours and twinkly chandeliers. Once
upon a time young folk gathered
here and actually ballroom danced,
twirling about flushed with passion. Tonight the kids crammed in
to slam to the Buzzcocks because
they are so easy to love. The crowd
looked to me like characters out of
an animated Wind in the Willows
movie rigged in mod attire, aging
but not slowing down. Lead singer
Pete Shelley looks like Mr. Mole
all punked up. The harmonies he
croons with bandmate Steve
Diggle seem so soaring and effortless. With a couple TV screens
behind them featuring scenes of
sex, violence, destruction and more
sex, the Buzzcocks themselves
were hard to focus on but they
didn't seem to mind being upstaged. The music is all about
forgetting about star worship and
just slamming around to three
minute pop-punksongs. They even
seemed grateful, if not overwhelmed, with west coast
appreciation commenting that they
wish they were as popular at home
(in England) as they are here. Two
women in particular couldn't restrain themselves and got up on
stage three different times and
danced and flailed about in that
way that drunk people do, miraculously never hurting anyone.
Bonus points go to the Buzzcocks
for not letting the bouncers shove
them offstage. Songs were played
from the newest release Trade Test
Transmission, but the crowd only
went wild for the classics, which
if okay because the latest
Buzzcocks release isn't as splendid as their old stuff.
As for Thrill Squad... the genesis of Thrill Squad was Go Four
Three, the band that played at my
companions' high school dance at
Seacove in North Van way back in
'86. All I could think of during
their set was  that their music
wouldn't be out of place on the
"Pretty in Pink" soundtrack.
Kirsty
Liz Phair
Backstage Club, Seattle,
WA.
Monday, November 29
I was overjoyed to find out by fluke
that my absolute favorite anti-rock
star Liz Phair was performing in
Seattle. There was no question about
making the pilgrimage. Liz Phair!
The patron saint of the desolate
heartbroken female. Yet she rises
above it both musically with
strength, beauty, intelligence, objectivity and integrity.
In spite of the fact the music
industry is circling around her like
moths to aflame, her emerging trademark is a rejection of, or more aptly
an indifference to, the
rock n' roll life. "I
don't have a manager, and I don'
intend to get one.
just don't want tt
bebothered.Idon'
like this lifestyh
and I'm going tc
tried to arrange an
interview with Liz,
but we were told
she doesn't give interviews. The
reason? Unknown
and unexplained.
Semi-relieved I
wouldn't have to
undergo the terrifying experience of
gravitated toward
an empty space near
the side of the stage
in the packed (and
distinctly un-
grungy)   Seattle
Whom
should I end up
standing next to
(I'm sure L.
Browne and D. Hillman are dying to
know), but David fucking Geffen
and his ravishing fur bedecked girlfriend. At first all I could think of
was how to get his attention. Maybe
he' d buy me a drink, sign my band,
make me famous, spirit me away in
his private jet...ad infinitum. [Ad
nauseam - Ed.] I was so engrossed
in my daydream (in which I was
cavorting with DG, pool side, of
course) that I hardly noticed Liz
Phair's first two songs, nor did I
attract the attention of the man.
Suddenly, I experienced an
awakening. My ego receded as Liz
Phair and her back up band (perfect
candidates for Sassy's cute band
alert) infused and ravished me with
their true, true melodies.
Her songs are classic in that
they improve and grow richer with
each listening. Not even the most
hard-hearted of listeners can resist
becoming deeply attached to the
songs from Exile In Guyville. Liz's
honesty wholly overshadowed any
lack of refinement that threatened
the musical continuity at times. She's
been cited as an "unfocused live
talent." This could be construed as
true, but it's obvious she's evolving
out of her self consciousness quickly.
And so she should for she's well
endowed with a winsome stage personality, a magnificent voice, and a
genius for writing great songs. Conservative and unimposing Liz Phair
doesn't need or want the trappings
of success and fame. David Geffen
and all the backwards men-children
in Guyville can go soak their heads.
They quiver in their boots when
faced with a REAL woman.
I began to feel ashamed of my
previous frivolities. After all, who
needs to be anything but a woman,
her human nature (for better or
worse), and her guitar, just as Liz
Phair is. The rapport between the
band and audience was so warm and
intimate (as is her music) I nearly
blushed. As the last note lingered in
the air, my cup runneth over.
Kimberley J.
Poster Children
Spinanes
Starfish Club
Thursday, December 2
Due to it being the openi ng night of
the Starfish Club, the new owners
seemed eager to please. The pints
were flowing for $2.50 and the spirits were high until die tap broke. The
keg was fixed a few minutes later
and the peace was restored.
Sub Pop's new flavour of the .
week, TheSpinanes, expressed their
punctuality by finishing their set
before I had even arrived. The story
I was told was that they were an
interesting novelty band, whose
novelty died off after about three
songs. How much fun can guitar
and drums be anyway? [I guess
you 've never heard of Deja Voodoo
either my young and oh so, oppressed child? —Ed.]
Poster Children started by declaring "We're from Illinois and
we're not gonna stop rocking until
you all leave." Words of champions. Rose, the
dancing-metal-queen-rocker-goddess-bassist was showing off her
new hair do, using poses even '80's
glam rock stars couldn't imitate.
She is a person who plays music
because it's in her soul, you see. As
for the rest of the band, they were
tight and fun. A true head-shaking, 9
foot-stompin' rock'n'roll fest. They
lost their drummer earlier this year,
but they found a new one sifting in
a phone booth — a true twist of fate.
All in all everyone left satisfied.
Geek rock is alive, catch the fever.
Captain Highliner
Skydiggers
Rose Chronicles
Commodore Ballroom
Friday, December 3
So, I finally got to see the Rose
Chronicles. After anticipating some-
thing pretty interesting because of 9
all the hype surrounding this band, I
must say I was pretty disappointed.
The guitarist hides
  behind elaborate effects. Neither the
drummer or the bassist strike me as m
particularly spectacular. The singer,
however, does have an
amazingly enchanting
voice. This is the only
thing which holds the
band together. Otherwise they are bland and O'
unoriginal. Plus then-
stage attitude is totally
condescending and ar-
Next were the
Skydiggers who put on
a great performance. —
Their attitude on stage
was friendly, down to
earth and really receptive to the audience.
The excitement for this
band was so strong that
the dance floor was literally shaking. |J
The Skydiggers
are a blend of country
and folk, sounding a
bit too much like
REM. But what made
this show so cool
wasn' t just the music, but the good
feeling and the positive energy they 9
generated. I really had a good time,
and I think everybody there would
share that opinion.
Tee Kay
Afghan Whigs
Town Pump »
Thursday, December 9
Before I entered the Town Pump
diat cool December night, I went to
a nearby watering hole for cheap
drinks and began contemplating
what makes a good rock concert.
Simple, good music, and a good f
band-audience chemistry are the
necessary ingredients for an enchanted evening. The problem if
most bands have the attitude that
they' ve been touring for months and
don't give a shit about what town
they're in or who they're playing
for. t
The Afghan Whigs are one of
the first bands I've seen that haven't
given the salt-in the wound attitude
to the crowd. It almost seemed like
they were having fun for the very
same that reason most bands are
formed — to cure the boredom and ^
have a good time.
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37 THE WONDERSTUFF
38 BIG STAR
39 SINISTER SIX
40 KMFDM
41 RADIAL SPANGLE
42 GODSTAR
43 IDAHO
44 SLUDGE
45 THE NIGHTBLOOMS
46 UNCLE TUPELO
47 SCREECHING WEASEL
48 HEAVENLY
40 ORBITAL
50 HOTROD
EASTWEST
WARNER
INTERSCOPE
RESTLESS
TOMMY BOY
>T     POLYDOR
EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES
13 ABOVE THE NIGHT
IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS
BUHLOONE MINDSTATE
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE MODERN I
LIVE AT COLUMBIA
OUTTA SIGHT!
ANGST WAX TRAX
ICE CREAM HEADACHE BEGGARS BANQUET
SLEEPER TAANG
YEAR AFTER YEAR CAROLINE
COQUfTLAM WALL
U DAYS AT CATASTROPHE CAFE
ANODYNE
ANTHEM FOR A NEW TOMORROW
P.U.N.K GIRL
EMPTY
SEED
LOOKOUT
JANUARY 94 INDIE HOME JOBS
JANUARY 94 SHORT VINYL 35
JANUARY 9'
1 LONG vim
150
1 CUB
BETTI-COLA
MINT
2 SEAWEED
FOUR
SUB POP
3 FACEPULLER
AUDITORY SURGICAL TECHNICIANS
BANG ON
4 SCRAWL
VELVET HAMMER                         SIMPLE MACHINES
5 ERIC'S TRIP
LOVE TARA
SUB POP
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS
NO ALTERNATIVE
ARISTA
7 COCTEAU TWINS
FOUR-CALENDAR CAFE
FONTANA
8 MECCA NORMAL
FLOOD PLAIN
K
0 VARIOUS ARTISTS
THE MINT IS STILL A TERRIBLE THING.
MINT
10 TEENAGE FANCLUB
THIRTEEN
GEFFEN
11  SNFU
SOMETHING GREEN AND LEAFY...
EPITAPH
12 SUPERCOLLIDER
DUAL
EMIGRE
13 THESPINANES
MANOS
SUB POP
14 MAZZYSTAR
SO TONIGHT THAT 1 MIGHT SEE
CAPITOL
15 VARIOUS ARTISTS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
GRASS
16 ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
ALL SYSTEMS GO
HEADHUNTER
17 THE HAFLER TRIO
ALL THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE
GREY
18 YOLATENGO
PAINFUL
MATADOR
19 VARIOUS ARTISTS
DEAD ON THE ROAD
RAW ENERGY
20 Las
STRUMPET
K
21  POLYPHEMUS
SCRAPBOOKOF MADNESS       BEGGARS BANQUET
22 SWERVEDRIVER
MEZCAL HEAD
A&M
23 THE DEAD MILKMEN
NOT RICHARD. BUT DICK
HOLLYWOOD
24 ASHTRAY BOY
THE HONEYMOON SUITE
FEEL
25 ROSE CHRONICLES
DEAD AND GONE TO HEAVEN
NETTWERK
26 MORPHINE
CURE FOR PAIN
RYKODISC
27 VARIOUS ARTISTS
FLEX YOUR HEAD
DISCHORD
28 DEAD CAN DANCE
INTO THE LABYRINTH
4AD
29 X-103
ATLANTIS
POW WOW
30 ZIPGUN
BALTIMORE
EMPTY
31 ARCHERS OF LOAF
ICKY METTLE
ALIAS
Vocalist/guitarist Greg Dulli' s
stage presence was ominous and all
consuming—a true character.
Crowd members who spoke obnoxiously were ridiculed and squashed
like a grape by his iron-fisted wit.
Upon receiving a request by a
drunken audience member for adose
of Rolling Stones, the Whigs were
more than happy to kick into a free-
form version of Jumping JackFlash.
The band played new songs
off Gentlemen, but did not forget
Congregation, £/p/n/r, and the '70's
soul cover song EP, Uptown
Avondale. They also delighted the
crowd with versions of Hall & Oates'
"Man-Eater" and Pavement's "In
the Mouth a Desert."
The Afghan Whigs played
with soul. They were happy and
upbeat at times, but generally the
mood was dark and introspective.
Every time Greg Dulli sang a verse,
he was bleeding from his heart and
unlocking secrets from days of old.
My roommate once told me he sang
like Tom Cochrane. It's never been
TlmH.
1 PLUTO
2JALE
3THINKING FELLERS UNION
4BIKINI KILL
5STX CENTS AND NATALIE
6CHCKEN MILK
7 GLUE
8TIGERTRAP
93DS
10 CAT FOOD
11CROWSDELL
12RAOOUL
13THORSEN
14 GINGER
15 SISTER LOVERS
16FIFTH COLUMN
17 THE SMEARS
18STEREOLAB/UNREST
19SOAPJOHHENSHI
20LORETTEVELVETTE
21 THE FIENDS
22 MECCA NORMAL
23 PORK
24 PINEAPPLES
25KILLDOZER
26PERFECT HELLER
27 CATHERINE WHEEL
28 PANSY DIVISION
29VOMS FAMILY
30 DELILAH
31 THE ODD NUMBERS
32 PORK QUEEN
33BUTT TRUMPET
34BLOOM
35GUS
PRETTY LITTLE JACKET T
EMMA T
ADMONISHING THE BISHOPS EP
NEW RADIO T
BOYFRIENDS T
YOU GET NOTHING T
TIMES SQUARE T
SOUR GRASS EP
BEAUTIFUL THINGS T
LOST CAUSE T
MEANY7-
FRESH AND NUBILE T
EGIL5 SAGA T
GINGER EP
PAULA STOP PRETENDING T
ALL WOMEN ARE BITCHES
BYOIN DE GO 7'
EAGER BOY T
ZOMBIE A-GO-GO T
ECH0 7-
SQUEAL 71
SHE BRINGS ME DOWN T
THE PIG WAS COOL 7'
PERFECT HELLER T
SHOW ME MARY T
TOUCH MY JOE CAMEL T
MAYBE IF I..
DELILAH T
DERIVATIVE
MATADOR
KILL ROCK STARS
HARRIET
WHISKEY SOUR
NO. 6
CARGO
MERGE
CARVING KNIFE
JETTISON
LOOKOUT
MEAT
NETTWERK
HORRIFYINGCIRCUS
HELL YEAH
TEENBEAT
SCRATCH
SINGLES
PRIMITIVE
JETTISON
PLACEBO
TOUCH AND GO
CORUGATED WHEAT
FONTANA
LOOKOUT
ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
MEAT
SO MANY GIRLS 7' EIGHT ONE NINE
PORK QUEEN 7' TRACKSHUN
THE WORLD IS ROUND 7'    HARRIET/SIMPLE MACHINES
CRUSH/RAIL7' PAINT  CHIP
GUS7' HEADRUSH
1 SPARKMARKER
SPEAKING OF HEROES
2 MEET DAISY
SHINY
3 KID CHAMPION
SEVEN   FORTY   SEVEN
4 TIGER BEAT
ONE   DOZEN  HAPPY  DAYS
5 TICKLE TRUNK
REVOLUTION
6 NGOMA
LEARN
7 BLAISE PASCAL
SPOTLIGHT   KIDD
8 SURFDUSTERS
SAVE   THE   WAVES
• MARK (FROM HORSEY)
SPRING CHICKEN
10 CURTIS
JULIANA
11  10 DAYS LATE
UPON     THE     ROOF
12 HUGO
TIME OF DAY
13 ASHES
ROOFTOP
14 GOAT BOY
DEAD
15 10 FEET TALL
ROUND   ONE
18 FKLDDAY
PET
17 SICKO
FB   SONG
18 THE REAL MCKENZJES
1 AM A SCOT
18 SISTER LOVERS
DREAMING
20 RUMPLESTEELSWN
BRAND NEW WAY
HOME    BASS
COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON
1   THE RISING SONS
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2   UP ABOVE THE WORLD
TRYING TO REACH YOU               EXIST DANCE/USA
3  THE PRODIGY
ONE LOVE EP                                                XL/UK
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C8 EP                                  FORCE INC/GERMANY
5   MIND CANDY
IM GOING MAD        INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH/USA
8  TECHNOHEAD
THE PASSION EP                                     REACT/UK
7   ILSAGOLD
UPSOLUTE EP                                     TENSION /USA
8   FORCE MASS MOTION
SONIC SOURCE EP              RABBIT CITY/GERMANY
8  CJBOLLAND
CAMARGUE (REMIXES)                      R&S/BELGIUM
10 TOHUWAHOBU
FUCKING HARTCORE           HART TRACKZ/BELGIUM
DINOSAUR ROCK
DISCORDER CHARTS 10 YEARS AGO
1 VIOLENT FEMMES
2 KING SUNNY ADE & HIS AFI
3 ECHO* THE BUNNYMEN
4 THE MEMBERS
5 DEAD KENNEDYS
6 ENIGMAS
7 MALCOLM MCLAREN
8 SPEAR OF DESTINY
9 SHRIEKBACK
VIOLENT FEMMES
SYNCHRO-SYSTEM
PORCUPINE
UPRHYTHM. DOWNBEAT
PLASTIC  SURGERY DISASTERS
ENIGMAS  EP
DUCK ROCK
GRAPES OF  WRATH
CARE
!E   FUN   IN   THE   NEW   WORLD
The Best Kissers in the
World
Town Pump
Wednesday, December 15
In an ideal world, The Best Kissers in the World would be more
popular than New Kids on the
Block and their concerts would be
packed by screaming teenage girls
singing along to their songs.
In reality things rarely turn
out that way and instead they
played a wonderful concert for a
hundred and fifty people. I don't
know for a fact that they are the
best kissers in the world, but I'm
quite certain that they are one of
the finest bands I have seen so far.
They kicked the show off
with "Picking Flowers" from their
previous EP and after that it was
non-stop high energy rock and roll
at its best. Their songs are filled
with sonic abrasion made up of
distorted guitar and sweet melodies that even my grandmother can
groove to. And of course, their
lyrics are meant to fulfil the teenage angst that exists or is left over
in all of us.
Unfortunately, the show was
only an hour long, but I am sure
that their songs will continue to
reverberate in my ears for a lot
longer than that.
Vince Yeh
Nomeansno
The Loved One
Pigment Vehicle
Commodore Ballroom
Saturday December 18
It wasn't until an hour before
showtime that I even decided to go
downtown, and consequentially
the show was sold out when I arrived. A big raspberry to the very
un-punk rock scalper who was
charging $25 a ticket (a $15 markup) at the door; I left for a few
hours before coming back to buy
an extra ticket off of an
aquaintance. Yeah, so shoot me
for missing the opening bands. I'm
Nomeansno's set was a good
mix of old and new tunes, most of
them sung by Rob Wright, whose
thick bass dominated the mix for
most of the night. Tom Holliston
performed adequately on guitar,
insuring that the band's nerd quotient was not diluted with his
glasses strap (tres chic!) and contorted face grimacing. Among my
personal highlights: a bone-crushing version of "Red Devil," which
featured two drummers (he stayed
on for the rest of the night too...
polyrhythmania!), "The River,"
and a massively cathartic performance of "Kill Everyone Now."
As usual, the best part of the
show was the home-town joking-
around feel, as both Wright
brothers seemed to be enjoying
their first Vancouver gig in a long
cere round of yelling and
foot-stomping that erupted after
the last encore: it' s good to see that
those who' ve put so much into the
local scene over the years are getting some heartfelt appreciation.
And y'know why? It's 'cause
they're "punk... as... fuck!"
Rory Tait
JANUARY  Q) the weaker, more exposed
pieces like "Cold Tea Blues" and
"Floorboard Blues" are alright if the
initial shock of some adolescent
lyrics can be tolerated.
Biff Paradise
Out the Shizzy is more rock
than even their last record (Soul
Force Revolution) and reminds me
a lot of the last Scream, Wool and
Big Drill Car record. I never
heard Drop Acid (Kevin's failed
attempt to start another band) but I
think some influence i
as do all the members. Anyway, I
liked Out the Shizzy but i
it's a 7 Seconds record. It rocks,
grooves, I can sing along.
Kim Kinakin
Various Artists
Born To Choose
(Rykodisc)
A release tike this can't be analysed
for just the music on it. If you're
contemplating purchasing Bom to
Choose, you should be aware that
its purpose is as a benefit for several
American pro-choice and women's
health groups (NARAL, BWARE
and WHAM!). This carries two
implications. First, what about
Canadian organizations? Are any of
the proceeds going to directly stay
in the jurisdiction which comprises
approximately 10% of the buying
market? Second, if you're on the
pro-life side should you buy this
release? I guess you '11 have to decide
how much this music really means
to you. As a pro-choice supporter I
wouldn't have a problem making
such a purchase, but I was
disappointed to see the extremity of
the arguments used in favour of the
abortion rights movement included
in the booklet sized linernotes. Still,
with organizations tike Operation
Rescue, an equally polar extreme,
perhaps this is justifiable.
The quality of the music is
certainly less debatable. No
question, it's excellent. Rykodisc
has released yet another great
compilation: new songs and live
recordings from the past couple of
years, although never before
released. Highlights abound,
including R.E.M. and Natalie
Merchant's teaming for a song that
is on par with many of R.E.M. s
best; Sugar and Soundgarden are
live and aggressive as ever;
Pavement is catchy but maybe
underappreciated in light of their
contribution to the AIDS benefit
disc, No Alternative; and the
Mekons, Cowboy lunkies, John
Trudell and five others all turn in
stellar performances.
Another good quality about
this release is that it has some flow.
It doesn't sound thrown together
like many other compilations. The
order is well set with song groupings
of similar genres smoothly flowing
into others (except, perhaps, going
from the Cowboy Junkies to
Soundgarden isn't the best
transition) making Born to Choose
a good overall listen.
Brian Wieser
24 &3^°mEU&
The Gun Club
Lucky Jim
(Triple X)
For those too unfortunate to have
never heard the Gun Club try to
imagine Jimi Hendrix being bom in
1961 instead of 1942, and growing
up in the California night listening
to punk rock. Try to imagine he,
Robert Johnson, Chet Baker and
Jim Morrison forming a punk band.
That is the Gun Club.
Virtually every cut on Lucky
Jim has the emotional force of the
blues, yet only two of the songs are
what anyone would consider as
"traditional" blues. Jeffrey Lee
Pierce is single-handedly dragging
the demon child of the Mississippi
delta kicking and screaming into the
nineties. Bluesy, crunchy, moody
and sad—the perfect rainy day
Vancouver record; the perfect Gun
Club record.
Remember, a Gun Club album
is not merely a collection of songs
but a work of art. Stand out tracks:
"Lucky Jim," "Idiot Waltz," "Cry to
Me" and "Blue Monsoons."
Curtis Chichak
Cowboy Junkies
Pale Sun, Crescent Moon
(BMG)
Although the louder, dirtier guitar
sound may at first throw the Listener
off, the hushed and haunted tones of
MargoTimmins singing about rusty
pick-ups on the edge of town will
soon trigger fond recognition. Pale
Sun, Crescent Moon is the Cowboy
Junkies' fifth album and it reveals a
band struggling to evolve its sound
without abandoning the key
elements that made it unique to begin
with—Timmins' voice whispering
life into tales of women's woes
penned by her brother Michael.
This time the band has turned
up the volume a notch and developed
a bluesier edge. The new sound is
more successful than the country
experiments of the last album, Black
Eyed Man, as the raw guitars suit the
lyrics better and contrast perfectly
with Timmins'singing. Mercifully,
Timmins never descends to the
banshee snarlings of other
mainstream, quasi-blues singers
(read Alannah Myles). "Crescent
Moon," "The Post" and "Pale Sun"
all list among the better tracks, and
The Ne'er Do Wells/ Judy
and the Loadies
Gift of Knowledge
(Lookout!)
Here's an unusual find. Two bands
sharing an album! That's correct,
California's Ne'er Do Wells and
Judy and the Loadies have got
together to release a whopping 34-
song CD for your double listening
but same-price as-one enjoyment.
The Ne' er Do Wells take on the first
17 songs, providing the listener with
non-stop party bop of the early-
Milkshakes/ Mersey Beats/ Freddy
and The Dreamers persuasion. A
short i ntermission allows us to catch
our breath and then we're treated to
Judy and the Loadies who get us
shakin' again with more jangley,
honey-sweet '60's pop. All in all,
Gift of Knowledge u a fun,
unpretentious album with a
refreshing, honest appeal. Play it at
your next party and thank me in the
morning.
Grant Lawrence
7 Seconds
Out The Shizzy
(Headhunter/Cargo)
Well, if you've heard any of 7 Seconds' last four records you already
know that this isn't the same band it
was ten years ago. Singer/guitarist
Kevin "Seconds" is still in the band
but the music sure has changed.
Some will probably condemn 7 Seconds for the change but I'm just glad
they're not rehashing old punk hits
to try to cash in on the "punk is cool"
trend. 7 Seconds are doing what
diey want and that's a lot more than
can be said for some other punk
bands who have recently got back
together.
Teenage Fanclub
13
(Geffen/MCA)
Two years after the release of their
much ballyhooed debut,
Bandwagonesque, Teenage Fanclub
has released 13, named for its 13
tracks (quietly known as 19—Yes,
that's £ bonus tracks!). For those
curious to know how the band has
evolved, don't bother. For the most
part the development is predictable;
a flute here, some new guitar sounds
there and that's about it. The music
is far from ground-breaking but after a few listens I realized it doesn't
have to be. These are just simple,
little pop tunes poured around sugar
sweet vocals and some fuzzy, sometimes clean, guitars. The lyrics, however, are still pretty light. Teenage
Fanclub seems more concerned with
making the obvious rhyme than saying anything profound. And, yes,
with 19 tracks you're bound to run
into a few fillers, but none of the
songs here are really awful. If you
don'tpaytoomuch attention they'11
be swallowed up in the CD's flow.
[The 6 bonus tracks make a tape
purchase a little bit ridiculous, considering that those 6 songs are some
of the CD's best.]
13 with milk first thing in the
morning will put you on your toes.
Face it, you need it every morning
even though your taste buds will get
sick of it after a month or so. Most
good music is like that.
William Wang
Stagnant Water
What Happened?
(Mope Records)
Mount Vernon's premiere goof-
punks, Stagnant Water, are back
with their second (or is it third?)
album from the depths of rural
Washington State. Though
relatively unknown to the common
bloke, Stagnant Water have
mercilessly been spewing out (non-
) hits since at least 1987, or earlier.
Their career through the years
includes an amazing appearance on
the first Nardwuar compilation LP,
and now this: a 14-song CD self-
deprecatingly titled What
Happened?.
Mostofthe 14 songs are played
in Stagnant Water's long-time style
of dumb, funny, Dead
Milkmanesgue punk rock. And
although there may be goofy
(annoying) bits of metal and funk
here and there, such nasties are to be
taken with aheavy dash of salt—it's
all in jest. Alas, Stagnant Water has
never really been able to "make it"
past Mount Vernon and for that most
of the outside world will suffer.
Grant Lawrence
Permanent Green Light
Against Nature
(Rockville/Dutch East)
I don't know how old these three %
young lads are but I'm sure their
parents had a lot of T-Rex, Bowie
and Beatles records lying around.
And by the amount of licks that
guitarist Matt Devine borrows from
Bill Nelson, I'm almost sure that he
had to have "Axe Victim" by Be-
Bop Deluxe injected by a *
hypodermic needle at an early age.
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The production of this disc is
a nice mix of dryness and
reverberation which is probably
about right for intermediate
musicianship. Both the vocal
harmonies and the song
arrangements are superbly crafted.
Songs bke "(You and I) Are The
Summertime" and "Marianne Gave
Up her Hand," which sounds like
Chilliwack trying to be Robyn
Hitchcock, would be better on a K-
Tel record but, potentially give
Permanent Green Light credit.
However, my favourite song,
"Portmanteau" (which I think is a
wine), seems to be about
relationships and the criteria
necessary for their existence to
continue. Permanent Green Light
sum it up as "You ought to reap
what you sow .../This wine tastes
very different/It's age gives it away/
The good times are the reasons that
they stay." They also suggest that
we read Rousseau. Too bad his
writing didn't make a bigger
impression on me because then I
might have been able to make some
profound statement.
Cecil English mentioned that
given the natural cyclical
progression of music, the
intelligentsia would take over after
punk had run its course. That appears
to be happening with this record.
If Urge Overkill was the
Stones, Permanent Green Light
would be the Beades. But tiv.y aren't.
Evan Symons
Les Thugs
As Happy As Possible
(Sub-Pop)
France's best known, punk rock
export plays grunge with a pop
twist. As Happy as Possible, Les
Thugs' second album for Sub-Pop
(their fifth full-length overall)
seems to have lost the rawness and
energy that first interested North
American labels (the Thugs have
also recorded with Alternative
Tentacles). Recorded in Seattle,
produced by Kurt Bloch, it's that
crazy sound we've all come to
know and love from Sub-Pop.
Skyler
Sarah McLachlan
Fumbling Towards
Ecstasy
(Nettwerk)
Sarah McLachlan needs no
introduction. If you liked her
before chances are you still will.
But be forewarned. Sarah has no
desire to get caught in a rut, because
this album is definitely different
in sound and feel to her previous
albums; the only musician still
around from way back on Touch is
bassist/keyboardist David
Kershaw. So what about this
album?
McLachlan has a firm
conviction in keeping at least one
foot in the "alternative" camp,
hence the most noticeable
difference in sound on this album
lies in the vaguely hip-hop beat
most tracks exude. Also, on
"Plenty," my favourite track, it
sounds like she has teamed up with
fellow Nettwerk act, Skinny
Puppy. [Does anyone but me
remember Sarah's guest vocals on
Manufacture's Terrorvision
album? Her track on that album
made it worth owning, I swear.]
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, all
allusions aside, is a very moody,
thoughtful album, without being
morbid. Subtle touches of humour
and simile keep the album from
making you want to go sit in a
ditch somewhere because there are
some "heavy" tracks on this album.
What else can I say? Sarah
McLachlan has again succeeded
in making a fine album that is both
complementary to and different
from her previous ones, proving
that she is one of Canada's
premiere vocalists.
Gustav
The Irish Descendants
Look To The Sea
(Warner Bros.)
Straight outta Newfoundland
comes a CD that your parents will
likely enjoy. The Irish Descendants
are one of the top bands styling in
maritime folk music and Look to
the Sea shows why. By
incorporating Irish reels, fishing
stories and Canadian humour. Look
to the Sea gives the listener a good
understanding of traditional
maritime culture. Musically, Look
to the Sea is quite a good album
and, at times the lyrics are really
amusing. In addition, the fast Celtic
songs are well balanced by a
number of great ballads and the
Descendants'
However, as this style of music
generally caters to Celtic
traditionalists it won't appeal to
most people unless they are fans
of Rita MacNeil and Stan Rogers.
Still, if you have any interest in
maritime culture you would
probably enjoy this release.
Besides, even if you don't like it
your dad might.
Peter
Kingmaker
Sleepwalking
(Chrysalis/EMI)
Kingmaker is a band that has
always promised a lot more than
they' ve ever delivered. Kingmaker
has been to reliably excellent
records what Neville Chamberlain
was to reliable peace settlements.
Loz Hardy, Kingmaker's
lead voice sounds like a cross
between Morrissey and rubbish.
It's not that he doesn't put any
effort into it, he just tends to sound
like an impassioned nerd. The
lyrics themselves are full of wit
and venom but it's impossible to
take Hardy seriously. For instance,
"Honesty Kills" is a vicious attack
on the boy that stole Hardy's
girlfriend ("The noose is all he's
good for!" He wails.) while good
fun can also be had in "Armchair
Anarchist" withHardythreatening
tobomb the British House of Lords.
For all his arrogant statements to
the press of self-belief he still
sounds like the sort of whiny dick
that everyone use to enjoy beating
up in the high-school playground.
The tunes themselves are, by
and large, okay but nothing more.
"Armchair Anarchist" is a great,
soaring pop song but this and "Ten
Years Asleep" are far and away
the stand out tracks. The problem
with a lot of the songs is that they
sound as though they were
recorded in mono, suffocating any
potential ("Queen Jane," in
particular, is badly affected).
Through the course of this album
Loz Hardy describes himself as an
anarchist and a pyromaniac. It's a
shame he forgot to put any fire or
danger into his band's record.
Simon Hemelryk
Porksword
Super Discharger
(independent)
When I first got involved at CiTR,
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
asked me, knowing that I was from
Saskatoon, "So, what's happening
on the music scene over there?"
There was a long pause before I
replied, "The Northern Pikes!" But
I knew there had to be something
else. So, upon my return to
Saskatoon, I was determined to
come back to Vancouver and tell
Nardwuar about the music scene
in Saskatoon. When I saw him
sometime this past October I had
one word for him: Porksword.
Porksword is Graham
Andrews (vocals), Steven Jodrell
(bass), Craig Lindsay (guitar) and
Stu Scott (aka. Farmer Stu on
drums). Super Discharger is their
second EP, charged with ten songs
of fast moving electricity and
ripping sound.
"Henry Winkler" and
"Medichair Run Amok" are slow
only in comparison to the speed of
the other songs on this cassette,
but prove that you can write about
other things than cars, drugs and
chicks—Rick Didjit should get his
head examined.
Not only is this great music,
but it's rockin' good time fun!
Porksword's influences should
attest to that. Neil Young, the
Scorpions (from both of whom
material is used in "Pieces of You")
and the Cows, plus a handful of
some outstanding songs like
"Satan's Got Your Mom" and "Big
Mama," all contribute to the band' s
very unique sound and brilliant
:lease. But don't take my word
for il
$5 (Cdn) to:
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1734 2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon. Saskatchewan
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Roseann Nasser
Most of you out there have heard (unless
you're in a media vacuum) that Frank
Zappalbckedoff recently. He succumbed
to a nasty form of prostate cancer, the
sort of cancer that once you get it, you
know sooner or later it will get you.
Zappa was an extremely busy cat putting
out 50 plus records (a large number of
them double and triple sets). He found
time to produce weirdos like Captain
Beefheart, Wild Man Fischer and rock
cheezballs Grand Funk Railroad and run
for US president If you can find it, on
tape somewhere you can find one of his
first performances on Steve Allen's television show around 1960, where he did
a piece for bicycle parts. He went up
against Tipper Gore and the PMRC and
gave them a sound verbal thrashing. The
burning of his band's equipment in Switzerland was immortalized in Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water". He made
three movies: 200 Motels (the first feature to be edited on videotape), Baby
Snakes, and Uncle Meat (20 years in the
making). He was the master of parody
and sharp criticism. He was in a movie
with the Monkees. He brought together
some of the best players in the world;
they were pretty much the only ones that
could keep up with his chaotic, intricate
works. Zappa himself was just about the
best self-taught guitarist there was. You
can find great appearances by Adrian
Belew, Steve Vai, Sugar Cane Harris,
Theodore Bikel, Lowell George, George
Duke, etc., on his albums.
When you put out that many
records, you're bound to have some lousy
ones too.^ut his good/bad ratio was
better than other prolific artists like Van
Morrison, Neil Young, or even The Fall.
Here's a list of my personal recommen-
s (in no particular order):
'Bongo  Fury  (w/  Captain
Beefheart)
•Apostrophe
•You Are What You Is
•The Mothers: Fillmore East,
June 1971
•Just Another Band From LA
(The Mothers)
•Joe's Garage 1,2,3
•Overnight Sensation
•Sleep Dirt
•Sheik Yerbouhti
•We 're Only In II For The Money
•200 Motels
There are probably many others that are
good, but I haven't heard them all yet!
Naturally, whenever an artist kicks off,
those vultures that sell rare records will
double their prices, so watch out for
these albums in the fast-growing CD
format or get them from Barking Pumpkin, Zappa's own mail order house. I
think it's run by his widow Gail.
Enough with (he obituary column!
I got some real tasty stuff for Xmas! Now
I'm not gonna try to fool you; I'
a couple of weeks before the
day we all celebrate, so natch, I haven't
got everything yet, but here's
some stuff I'm
yule get a kick
Gail Marlde, a wonderful person
who works at the same joint where I
work, has quite a few weird 78s and 45s
for such a straight lady. So far she's slid
me this one:
ROBERT MITCHUM
Thunder Road'VMy Baby's
Lovin'Arms"
(Mercury)
This 7" is from the film of the same
name. Going against what movie stars'
songs usually are (either unintentional
comedy or painful embarrassment), this
one grows on you! The A-side is a
jumpin' rilhillbillytaleinvolvin' moonshine, revenooers, and high speed. It
definitely reflects the country music of
the late 40's-early '50's. The B-side is
e standard, but not bad. I think
he did this before the pot scandal,
but I'm not sure. Neat!
Genre: Celebrity Schmaltz
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 100
Rob Harrison, another |
Discorder writer, got me the ne
BARBIE ALLEN
Dancercise
(RCA)
Barbie Allen is the bubbly c<
lationally syndicated "The
New Ed Allen Show". At least that's
what the record says. Ms. Allen plays
Linda to Ed Allen's Paul McCartney
on the show, but comes into
on Dancercise! Gosh, I tell you, you just
can't get perkier than Barbie and her
'dancercisers' on the cover! Barbie instructs you to the themes of many early
'80'sTVshows (Knots Landing, Dallas).
When was the last time you got to jump
around to the Theme From SWAT?
Comes with cool book of impossible
Genre: Guided Muscles
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 69
BETTE GRAHAM
Colour Me "Canadian"
(Birchmount/Quality)
Obviously pre-Cancon, this flag waver is
a low budget bunch o' tunes with a Nationalistic theme. The liner notes make
a big thing of her performances at
NATO bases, Moose Jaw and Winnipeg's Norwood Hotel. The Norwood
is a heinous dive these days. There's a
hot shot of Bette on the back in a '50s
sort of way. She must have been pissed
that they misspelled her name on the
back cover! This is the qualitvljQual-
ity put out before they sunk their
greedy fangs into techno.
Genre: Canada Rocks Softly
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 45
Finally, my brother Geoff
McLean and his new wife
Carrie, sen! me:
THEE PICK O' THE MONTH!!!!!
MARLO THOMAS et. al.
Free To Be You and Me
(Arista)
A long lost classic, this lp arose out of her
massively big book on child rearing without stereotypes. Many chuckles can be
had by reading ex-feminist Gloria
Steinem's sincere testimonial letter on the
back cover. The stars come out in droves
for this with appearances by Alan Alda.
Dick Cavett, Diana Ross, Shirley Jones
and hubby Jack Cassidy, and Mel Brooks.
And this was before they all became has-
beens, too! Ex-football player Rosie Grier,
a big celebrity-without-a-reason, gives us
a pretty sad rendering of "It's Alright to
Cry", which is what you' II want to do after
putting up with the hurting l'il stories on
role-fogging and stuff kids couldn't care
less about. You can almost hear hearts
bleedingas this record rolls on. A rare, yet
excruciating relic of the Nixon era. and a
Hall of Fame shoo-in.
Genre: Role Models
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 95
That's all for now. Thanx to the
folks who donated the precious wax: a
copy of the new Reader's Choice volume
of the Psychopsonic Psampler will be oui
to you with my now-legendary speed. All
you huddled masses can grab this or any
other of the Psamplers for a mere $5
and a stamp or two by sending your
JANUARY ® lencr saxophones wih Fred* Hubbard (trumpet)
and Eric DrJphy on flute and alto wih McCoy Tyner
(piano), tiro peat bassists (Ait Davis and Reggie
Workman) and Eton Jones on drums. The Jazz
Show and GawWaka wish al of cu great listeners
tie Best of The Season!
SCREAMING INCONSISTENCIES - Part t 12:00-
1:00m: As our tangents increase i actuary rink I
might be geing somewhere. Entertaining, awaken-
hgand confusing I take you on a bur of old musical
D1ARES AND ATTICS 1:00-2:30am: CiTR's premiere
dream frne hour (and a hall). Spectacles, velvets
and fearers. The smel of old paper. Kelowna
SCREAMMG INCONSISTENCIES - Part 2   2:30-
TUESDAYS
THE MORNING SHOW 7:0M:15AM: BBC il lie
MADONNA DEATHWATCH 8:00-11:00AM Bryce and
Sccola get the U.R.G.E.!
HELEN'S HUT 11:O0AM-1KMPM Brrr! Ifs cdd out so
encourages roomnia and may prove to be hazardous b your heatti. Listener oSso-eton is advised.
Avoid contact with the eyes and if taken
ajrab..ptease look out! The music, news and
2:00 WWOO hosted by Pierre may not be suitable
for he entire famiy.
WEDNESDAYS
THE YACHT CLUB 11:30AM-1:15PM A nautical tour
of lie four comers of lie musical world. Drop
anchor. Hosted by Matt 1 DJ. Gav.
NOOLEY TUNES 1:15-3:COPM Spirting the best and
wast of CiTR's playfst, only he most original
requests wi be remotely considered. Emphasis
wi be on new material from around he world,
SUNDAYS
ARE YOU SERIOUS? MUSK tOOAM-12:OOPM Al
of lime is measured by its art. Most broadcasting
shuns art for incestuous market-music. This show
presents he most recent new music from around
he world. Ears open. Hosted by Paul Steerrusen
and Ian Cnjtchley.
THE ROCKERS SHOW 12:15-3:OOPM Reggae ima
all styles and fashion. George Barrel, Mke Cherry
and Peter Wiams alternate as hosts.
SOUL CHURCH 3:00-5:00 PM Altemaing Sundays
wih Brent Argo. Vancouver's only program devoted entirely b African- Canadian and African-
American Gospel music Your robing hosts are
VenceYeh and DaveLangie (every second week)
BUCK MUSK 6:OO-8:0OPM Everytrrg torn he
Alrican-American radian: Blues, Gospel, Jazz,
Soul, R&B, Funk, Hp Hop, and current Dance
Tracks. Moldy vrryl b shrry COY Your host,
LULU'S BACK h TOWN I
even a cotton poly blend. Vrrie Carpel and
Sonny Priice bring you one hour of pure fghbanb,
bal hugging, aocning POLYESTER!
GEETANJAU 9:00-1O:0OPM Geetanui is a onefour
radki show which features a wide range of muse
dot movies ran he 1930*s to he 1990s, Semi-
aancal mule such as Ghazate and Bhajara, and
to Gviawwafs, Fok Songs, etc Hosted by J.
Dh*,A.PaWandV.Rankn.
BOXER SHORT BOYZ 7:00-J:OOPM Just a courie of
guys who He to waft around in tar boxer shorts
witi their big fat guIs hanging out Jerome Broadway and Garnet Ttmohy Hairy alternate weeks.
THE JAZZ SHOW 9tfOPM-12:0OAM Vancouver's
longest running prime time jazz program. Hosted
by he ever-suave Gavin Waker.Feai/es at 11.
DECS: TNebyMonkbyFrve'isheiniiguing
lie fcr torighrs Feature.
Pianisfcanposer Thekmious Monk and his working
ouartet of he ime (1959) wih Chariie Rouse (tena
saxophone), Sam Jones (bass) and Arhur Taytor
(drums) and a big plus. Thad Jones' aad-loned
cornet. They (five) play live Monk
compositions. ..great Jazz by masters.
DEC 13: The Jackie Mac Attack* proof
hat 61 year old alto saxophone master Jackie
McLean is piayng better han ever. Recorded at a
Belgian right dub a short ime ago with his quartet
McLean shows us that energy, soul swing and fire
are not just possessions of the young.
DEC 20: Our last show fa the year (backed
Jan. 3,1994) and its a good one.
haelmdrshtf out hot saijreckiesarKl Kleenexes.
BLOODONTHESADOLE1:15-3:OOPM County mus>c
b scrape the cowshitotl your boots to. Wih yer host-
MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW 3:004:00PM WOMEN
IN MUSIC AND GRRRLS IN MUSIC; TWO HOURS
Of INFO AND RAWK. YADONT NEED A PENIS
TOBEAMUSCAL GENIUS CORAL AND TRISH.
ART ATTACK 5:304:00PM
MEET IDA BEAN 600-7:00PM Rap, tip hcp.and Super
Dope Lyrics- so bhatycul do 3-5 just tor getting
caught fstenhg to ha ski. Requests are taken, il
you can get hrough on he phone! Ida Sean's on tie
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THE UNHEARD MUSIC 7:O0-9:OOPM Meatheurherd
where he unheard and he hades of hardy herd are
heard, courtesy of host and demo dreda Dale
Sawyer. Herd up!
WOLF AT THE DOOR 9flOPM-12:OOAM Alternating
Tuesdays wih Stamina Daddy The latest in dance
musk: and interesting drama every second week.
With Lupus Yonderboy.
STAMNA DADDY 9:OOPV-12:OOAM Bootses on he
stirrups and he speculum is always warm. Wih your
hosts: Bepi Crespan and Greg. Alternating with Wolf
atlheDoa.
AURAL TENTACLES MDNTTE - VERY LATE Warning: This show is moody and urperJctarJe.  It
NORMAN'S KITCHEN 100-5:00PM 'Paula'shaving a
baby. Norman's Nuts about Rasonsl Btessngs
and Love ofts fa he masses'
DJDDLY ABOUT SQUAT 5:3O-6:0OPM: Roving
features en whatever he hd I feel like dang.
ESOTERIK 6:0O-7:OOPV In one ear and out your
moher wih musk fa Ihe proletariat I say, bum he
rich, wot?
AND SOMETIMES WHY 7:008:00PM Wih your host
MkoandMegan. TrfjaM no elevator music.
OPEN COUNTRY JOY 12404MMI, 1STWED. OF
EVERY MONTH. Dont let Ihe ?I7%707 fod you.
TALES FROM THE MFNTE LMNGROOM 12:00-
7:0OAIL 2ND, 3RD, 4TH WED. OF EVERY
MO NTH. Join ChrisPariah as heguidesyou hrough
he scapes and dream images of the Infinite
Uwigroom, he crty place where he utterly absurd
meete he prefcurxiy meaningless.
THURSDAYS
SHOUR-O-NAVA 7:30-9K»AM ShouMHiava are
names of two main modes of Iranian music The
show is dedicated to Iranian music ranging rem
rarjional, fok, ehnic, mystic, old and oontempo-
rary pop. Music otvanous par tsoflranie.Azerba|ar»,
Kurdish, Lori, etc. are covered. We reaty lie b
hear ram al of our Isteners b be able b gear he
show towards her tastes. Hosted by Mohammad.
MJD4I0RNMG COCKTAILS 18*0-11:30 AM Let he
dulcet tones o( Tania and her superior musical
tastes ease you rib yet anoher day of existence,
CANADIAN LUNCH 11:30-1:00PM Toques, plaids.
baexbacon, beer, igloos and beavers Eat your
inch every Thursday with Skyler.
RLLET OF SOUL 1:00-2:00 Some of file's tastiest
sonic morsels served up by Carjtain rtghiner i his
merrybandolfools Jump on board, but donlfoget
your harpoon!
FLEX YOUR HEAD 3:0»400PM
— HARD ERIC—-
--ERIC-  CORE--
GET M THE FUNG 5:30* 00PM Join Mke and Brian
every week to hear hem tag team he issues wih
guests lorn al over he poWcal specrum.
OUT FOR KKKS 6:00-7:30PM No Brkenstocks,
nothing politically coned We dcnl get pad so
you're damn right we have fun with il Hosted by
Chris B.
EDSVILLE, POP.6 7»9t00PM Roots of Rock W Rd
■ If you don't get inb flock V Rd Heaven don't
HamemelHostedbyEddkiJ.
LIVE FROM THUNDERBIRD RADIO HELL M0-
11:80PM Local muzak lorn 9.
Dec 2 ■ (rem Victoria), Srengh lorn WrHn
Dec 9-Neva
Dec 16-Ten Days Late
RADIO TRANSUBSTANTIATE YEA!! - AltNrat-
ing Thursdays 11:00-1AM Oy! Whafs your
game Sherlock Hornes? fl spread ya nazal over
yer face, II bustyou up and down hese fairgrounds,
youl never pick up your teeh wih a broken am,
an'II tear oil your legs
an'beat you over he head wih'em!
SUMMER OF HATE 1:00AM-whenever m drop
Thrilling car chases, heart-stopping fight
serouences, dashing young men in igfit King
pants. Yes we do our own stunts. Special hanks to
Sam OBEN.Cafletie Chafe, ZevAsber, he pest
conrd guy, James Last, Justin SuCvan and Mrs.
Mis lor al pithing n her damdest to make he
show a cuddry bal of kn wilh a slight, priddy
FRIDAYS
VENUS FLYTRAPS LOVE DEN l:15-10:0OAM Greg
is your guide on your journey to Venus Flytraps
world reknown leve den Getting there is half he
in Remember to pack a lunch, some candes and
maybe a wire brush. Al aboard! Love and hugs,
I BEE NORMAL 1(W»11:OOAM Pioneers of RarJo
Sound advocating he mentaly/physicaly chal-
NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIEnE PRESENTS. 3t3O*80PM Cleo! Cleo! Cleo!
THE OTR DMNER REPORT  5:0O-5:2OPM  Wilh
TheVrice of Reason," cu weekly look back at the
Guests.always,
COCKTAILS WITH DARYL AND St)SI 6:0r>M0PM
Underground sound system-style mastermix ra-
dto.
FOR THE RECORD S:30*45PM  Excerpts from
Dave Em cry's Bk*o Fm Amtrict Series.
HOMEBASS M0PM-12: 30AM The engird be
mixed dance program ri Vancouver. Hosted by DJ
Noah, fie main locus of lie show is techno, but
also includes some trance, acid, tribal, etc.. Guest
LVs interviews, rerrospecf ves, giveaways, and
more are pat ol he lava of hamebass
Dec. 10h:DJ Noah's brhday show.
DK.f7k.TM
Dec. 24h: Chnstnas Eve show.AI request
Cal in he weeks before to make sure hat your
request is played.
Dec. 31st New Year's. Lots of suprizes«
LHP S«K 12.30AM Morning: Jon al of ycu Lmp
Srk pals as hey share heir social problems w*
you. rtetedbyheG42rJayers
The Fritter a Pal Show - Formerly he "Fie
Pipe' and/a The Postnan Pat Show- and**
■PafsPanyanda-UmpSi*-. Fritter and Pat ry
on anew par of socks.
host Dave Emory and colaague MpTuck tor some
extaatina7pc«cal research guaranteed to make
you hnk twice. Bring ycu tape deck and two C-
90s. Onginab broadcast on KFX (Los Altos,
MONDAYS
THE MORMNG SHOW 7:308:15AM Wake up wrh
he CiTR Maning Show. Al the news, sports and
weaher you need to start your day. Plus whafs
happerwig al UBC each day wih UBC Digest, a
feature hterwsw and more. Topped ol w* he
BBC Wald Sarvict News at 8O0AM, be rem
London, England.
BREAKFAST WITH THE BROWNS 8:1511:00AM
Your tavourite brown-sters, James and Peter, offer
a savoury blend of he famlar and exotic in an
exaingry lusaous blend of aural detghts' Tune in
and enjoy each weekly brown plate special.
THE STUPID RADIO SHOW 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Wih
your host. Goad Cc-starringRog, as that guy who
hangs around. There is no longer a noon feal/e
oCCrudixriYourEar
MEKANIKAL OBJEKT NOTZE 1:153«PM GTR's
crty al industrial / ambient show with rjfferent
features every week Wih your dj pals June and
Ren. Sarah is as dead as a bug can be.
STRAIGHT 0UTTA JALLUNDHAR 4:O0-5:COPM Let
DJs Jtodwa and Btodwa immerse you in rarioac-
be Bhungra! •Cnakkh de phutay-. Listen b all our
favorite Punjabi tones • remixes and originafe.
Brraaaah!
THE QTR DMNER REPORT 5:00.5:30PM Al he
latest at campus: news, sports, an in-deph interview, theare a Sm review, editorial commentary
andmae. Weekdays wih host Ian Gum.
THUI«En5TRUCK5-J0*)0r1ICrrR'swe«ldywrap-
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painfully honest hiarity "ouch". Skeene's he musk:,
Conway^ the voice. The whole is edging Ihe fcnite.
THE PEAWNG CANUCK 11:00AM-1:00PM (you are
suffering an idenity crisis you may want tot bne
into his show mae han once. Your host Bob
Wflston oSroides Canada in 20h CenUry sound.
LOFT 1:O0-2:3OPM rowena's back, archies n class,
and betys come b vis I! velvet does the weddy
Sir constanty over medlow heal unle reduced b a
shiny texire of peaceki bfes
Dec3TheGirtter&PatShow
Dec 10 The Doctor KUare Show
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Dec 24 The Doctor Kldare Show
Dec 31 Fritter & Pat present 1994
SATURDAYS
THE SATURDAY EDGE l:0OAM-12:0OPM Now in its
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guests; Briish comedy sketches; and British soccer results al 11:30 AW 8-9 AM AhcarvWatd
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POWERCHORD 12:15-3«WI Vancouver's orb
rue metal show; local demo tapes, rnports and
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THE AFRICAN SHOW 3:O0-5:O0PM Its a muse twig
icmal 'Africa' Its an awareness hing of self
and otters. Its an African house party. Stories,
muse, dance fun Wetane! Ycu hosts: Umerah
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THE SATURDAY MAGAZNE 5:0O-5:3OPM UBCs
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NICK
Palace Bros. •  Ohio Riverboat Song
Magic Hour •  Heads Down
YoLaTengo •  Shaker ep
Codeine f  Something New
The Silver Jews •  The Arizona Record ep
Horsey * Horsey cass
Grifters ■  Corolla Hoist/Thumbnail
Refrigerator •  Car Alarm
Bugskull •  Fences
The Cake Kitchen « Far From the Sun
DAISY
Liz Phair 9 Exile in Guyville
Palace Brothers • There is No One What...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion • Extra Width
Slowdive i Souvlaki
Madder Rose • Bring it Down
Seam • The Problem With Me
Boo Radleys ■ Giant Steps
Urge Overkill • Saturation
PAUL  M
Palace Bros. • There is No One What...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ® Extra Width
Giant Sand * Center of the Universe
Uncle Tupelo • Anodyne
Liz Phair !  Exile In Guyville
Nirvana I  InUtero
YoLaTengo §  Painful
Nick Cave •  Live Seeds
Redd Kross * Phaseshifter
Royal Trux • Dogs of Love ep
KEVIN
Cub •  Betti-Cola
Uncle Tupelo
PJ Harvey 1
LINDA
Bettie Serveert • Palomine
Liz Phair 9 Exile in Guyville
Nick Cave * Live Seeds
This Mortal Coil * box set
Sugar i Beasterep
PJ Harvey « Rid of Me
Cranberries f Everybody Else is Doing It...
Stereolab f Transient Random Noise Bursts.
Urge Overkill
RANDY
Bum •  Wanna Smash Sensation
AniOifranco •  Puddle Dive
Various • Julep
Kicking Giant •  Halo
Liz Phair '•  Exile in Guyville
Seaweed ■•  Four
Smugglers •  In the Hall of Fame
Spinanes i  Manos
Tsunami •  Deep End
YoLaTengo * Painful
Anodyne        Belly 9 Star
ZULUS PICKS THAT CLICKED IN '93
We at Zulu would like to thank you for your
continued support this year. We hope that you've
enjoyed reading about all the monthly specials,
new releases, and special events that we've told you
about in our ads. Hopefully we've introduced you
to a few artists you may not otherwise have heard!
This month, as a salute to the year that was, the
Zulu staff have each made a list of releases (in no
particular order) that made a difference for them.
The Fall I
American Music Club '• Mercury
Liz Phair 9 Exile In Guyville
Yo La Tengo • Painful
Stereolab • Transient Random Noise Bursi
Eric's Trip • Love Tara
Truly 9 Leslie's Coughing Up Blood ep
Urge Overkill ® Saturation
dd Kross •
PAUL  T
The The • Dusk
Fugazi • In On the Killtaker
Don Caballero « For Respect
Archers of Loaf 9 Icky Mettle
Superconductor • Hit Songs for Girls
Afghan Whigs § Gentlemen
Jamiroquai i Emergency on Planet Earth
Best Kissers in the World ■ Puddin' ep
Swervedriver • Never Lose That Feeling 7"
Truly • Leslie's Coughing Up Blood 7"
GRANT
PJ Harvey ® Dry
Swervedriver • Mezcal Head
Yo La Tengo • Painful
Bettie Serveert • Palomine
Jesus Lizard « Lash ep
Tom Waits ® Black Rider
Lida Husik • Return of Red Emma
Redd Kross • Phaseshifter
Stereolab • Transient Random Noise Bursts.
Madder Rose • Bring it Down
CHRISTINE
Slowdive ® Souvlaki
Bettie Serveert * Palomine
Red Kross •  Phaseshifter
Unrest 9 Isabel Bishop ep
Verve •  Storm in Heaven
Urge Overkill ® Saturation
Flaming Lips • Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
Nightblooms § 24 Days at Catastrofe Cafe
Medicine I  Buried lie
Boo Radleys 9 Giant Steps
ROBYNN
Coctails • Long Sound
Seaweed i four
Subsonics • Subsonics
Crayon f Snap-Tight Wars 7"
Sparkmarker i Plug 7"
Smugglers • In The Hall of Fame
Girl Trouble i New American Shame
Bum * Wanna Smash Sensation
BRADY
YoLaTengo 9 Painful
Teenage Fanclub 9 Thirteen
Seam ® The Problem With Me
Palace Bros. ® There is No One What..
Swirlees • Brokedick Car ep
blaise pascal • e-filterep
Horsey '•> Horsey 7"
Smog • Julius Caesar
Sentridoh • Most of the Wont cass
Luna a Slide ep
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