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New Music for a
by Vail Weller
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song is over, abruptly it takes off
and changes and ends with a
different feeling. "Love Like We
Do" does this, actually, the
This year saw a return to majority of the songs do.
meaningful music, and a lot of The lyrics can be interesting. In
women artists took the spotlight. "Circle" - "When the streets are wet
Suzanne Vega’s 1987 hit "Luka" / The colors slip into the sky" - the
was basically the first of a boom music allows you to see it also; the
which was to include such talents feeling is rainy and dreamy (until
as Natalie Merchant (of 10,000 they pull that change on you during
Maniacs), Sinead O Connor, the last 20 seconds of the track).
Michelle Shocked, Toni Childs, and My current favorite is "She”. This
of course, Tracy Chapman. One of one is hard to pin down. It is
the most interesting to me, upbeat, but at the same time it feels
however, is Edie Brickell. Brickell almost sad. "Nothing" is light -
is the lead singer and writer of most "There's nothing I hate more than*
of the songs and lyrics for the New nothing / Nothing keeps me up at
Bohemians. . night". "Now" definitely has that
The band was playing in a haunting sound. BrickelTs voice is
Dallas bar three years ago when in top form: "I want to be with you
Brickell joined them onstage. The now / Right now" - and she means
chemistry was right. This album is it. Another one that I love is "I
called "Shooting Rubber Bands at, Do". I think that this is a beautiful
the Stars and the sleeve's artwork song. It is very simple, with only
is also Brickell s - primitive, sparse, acoustic accompaniment,
colorful caricatures of the band, It’s also very short, almost like an
nonsensical felines and other afterthought. The title is found on
designs. the actual cassette, but not on the
Brickell is often compared to enclosed sleeve. The lyrics make a
Rickie Lee Jones and she herself lot of sense : "I want someone to
sees the similarities, but this music follow / that doesn’t lead the way /1
is different - the sound is jazzy and want someone to listen / Who
folkish and punky and... I don't won't repeat what I say",
know how to describe it It's like a Brickell and the 9 member band
new sound that I can’t believe make a fantastic debut. I
someone hasn't used before. recommend "Shooting Rubber
The single that most people are Bands at the Stars" highly - there's
familiar with is "What I Am” - this something on it for all musical
is played on MTV. It sounds like tastes. If you want to ignore my
bouncy reggae Jamaican jazz, recommendation, that's fine. I'm
" Philosophy / Is a walk on a not worried about it, because I’m
slippery rock / Religion /Is a light sure that you’re going to start
in the fog" - it’s almost like a hearing about "Edie Brickell and
statement of beliefs, but ( "Choke New Bohemians" very soon on
me in the shallow waters / Before I your own.
get too deep”) don't over-analyze.
One great thing about this
music is that just when;you think a’
by Kevin Trenney
Collegian Staff Writer
What has happened to us? Is
nothing sacred? When I look to
the world of entertainment, I see
that nothing is sacred anymore.
Everyday, it seems, another classic
work is profaned. Does anyone
care? Is making a buck more
important than preserving
something which is a classic? I’ll
try to answer this question for you.
This yule-tide season, the
classic tale - "A Christmas Carol"
is once again the subject for a film.
I thought that with the Looney
Tunes, Disney and 'Mr. McGoo
versions there was no need for
another. I guess that I was wrong.
This year a movie called "Scrooged"
further abuses the famous Dickens
What about the music industry.
Have you heard this "Baby I Love
Your Way / Freebird Medley"?
As a fan of classic rock and Lynyrd
Skynyrd I can appreciate this. As
much as I appreciate regurgitation,
snobbery, and other abuse. The
urge to chuck-upwardly on the
radio, on the artist who performs
this medley, on M.C.A. who gave
them the right to perform it, and
on the millions of people who
made it number one, is still strong
by Vail Weller
Stevie Wonder is serious about running for Detroit mayor, possibly
in 1993 or 1997.
Billy Idol, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan,
Tracy Chapman, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Nils
Lofgren, Jerry Garcia, and Bob Weir were all a part of an all
acoustic concert organized by Neil Young. The show benefited the
Bridge School (to improve communication for handicapped, non
speaking children). Two of Young's children are handicapped. The
show took place in Oakland, California on December 4th.
Columbia Records has so far this year been sent two dozen gold and
platinum certificates due to such artists as Bruce Springsteen,
Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, George
Michael, and the soundtrack from the film, "Less Than Zero".
Pamela Des Barre wrote an eye-opening account of her life as a rock
band groupie in "I’m With the Band". Ally Sheedy read the film
script and liked it so much that she bought the film rights. Interestingly
enough, Sheedy is now "with the band" herself, dating Bon Jovi
guitarist Richie Sambora.
Ending on a sad note, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack late
Tuesday, December 6th. He performed before 2400 people on Sunday
night in Akron, Ohio.
within my body. 1 think that Peter
Frampton fans appreciate it too.
Wait a minute. I've been
hearing this dance, pop, disco song
on the radio lately. Wait! It is a
remake of Cat Stevens’ "Wild
World". This evoked no strong
emotional response from me. Well
I sort of felt like ripping out the
Uvulas of everyone who came
within ten feet of me.
Then we have "Little Miss",
like oh wow! Can I remake that
one too? Everyone knows who I
For years television has taken
classic movies and classic literature
and made mini and maxi series'out
What’s next, the Bee Gees and
Barry Manilow team up to perform
the Best of the Beatles? How about
the Fat Boys performing "Stairway
to Heaven." Just think about it!
Will these people ever stop?
Will their sacrileges ever cease? Is
anything safe from the money
grubbing remakers. I wouldn’t be
surprised if the next Christmas
season television producers yield a
movie called "Grinched” starring
Pee Wee Herman. Oh God, Please
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Another #1 for Steel
by Nanette Quatchak
Rating - Jdtki
death / murder of Solange.
After being defended by Arthur
at his trial and declared guilty of
murder, Sam hangs himself in
If you have never read a Danielle prison. This leaves Arthur
Steel book before, you don't know Patterson in charge of Sam and
what you’re missing. I have read Solange’s three innocent children,
several of Steel's books, and they After weeks of tormented thinking,
have all been very different and Arthur decides to send them to
intense. I expected to find some Eileen, Sam's sister and only
repetitive plots in her books, along relative. Eileen's home is less than
with some similar settings, but adequate for three little girls who
instead I found new ideas in new had never wanted for anything. She
settings. and her husband lived in Boston and
One of Steel's most recently lead unmotivated, beer-drinking, and
published books, Kaleidoscope, is wife/husband beating lives,
one of her books that I could not This is where the plot becomes
put down. It begins with Sam evident. The children, eventually,
Walker, a Harvard University are split up; Alexandra and Megan
student who had to struggle for are adopted by two different families
everything he had achieved, finding and Hilary, being too old for
himself drafted into the Army people to want to adopt, remains
during WWII in Naples, Italy. with Eileen and he husband. Then
During the horrid fighting and beings the horrendous experiences
the depressing holidays spent in that Hilary encounters; from losing
foxholes, Sam meets Arthur contact with Arthur to Eileen's
Patterson. Arthur, who is older than perverted husband, to juevenille
Sam yet admires him in every way, reform halls, Hilary becomes a
quickly becomes Sam's best friend, cold,, withdrawn girl.. She also
Toward the end of the war, Sam; becomes more determined.thah ever
falls in love with an extremely to find her two sisters, no matter
beautiful, innocent and scared what. Arthur who discovers he has
French girl named Solange. Sam cancer and is just as much affected
promises to come back to France to by his guilt of separating and
get Solange 'after the war, and 8 losing touch with the girls as he is
months later, he does. He arranges by his disease, vows to reunite the
for her to come to the United States girls before he dies,
and as soon as she arrives they The book takes the reader
exchange wedding vows, with through each child's life after the
Arthur as the best man. separation, and Hilary’s frantic
Sam then begins the pursuit of search to find her sisters, while
his lifelong ambition - to become enduring multitudes of unusual
an actor. Due to his outstanding obstacles. The rest of the story is
talent, he instantly rises to stardom, so compelling and full of surprises
Before and during his pursuit of that to give any of it away would
fame, Solange and Sam have three be wrong.
children ; Hilary, Alexandra, and "Kaleidoscope" takes one to so
Megan. Sam and Solange adore many interesting geographic
their children and Solange centers locations and different lifestyles that
her life around them. I felt as though I had experienced
Sam's incredible success seems every single one of them. Steel's
to be too much for him to handle, total comprehension and knowledge
and he begins to take advantage of of these places and ways of life is
his relationship with Solange in fascinating.. Her books are easy to
different ways. Finally, Solange read and extremely difficult to put
can't take any more and asks for a down. And when you do put them
divorce. Sam becomes enraged and down, you'll have a good feeling
temporarily insane, resulting in the inside and a smile on your face.
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the group leads listeners through a
__ , 55 minute tour of the past fifteen
What s a classic rock group to do years of Pink Floyd music,
after savoring a rejuvenating Recordings of clocks and clanging
comeback album and a subsequent change introduce extended versions
sold-out stadium tour? Why, release of "Time" and "Money,” two songs
a live concert LP, of course, ftom "Dark Side of the Moon" that
Delicate Sound of Thunder", the became staples of album oriented
latest work by Pink Floyd, rock stations throughout the 1970'5,
successfully captures the band's 1988 a moving, acoustic rendition of
U.S. tour, and it's just in time for "Wish You Were Here," from the
Christmas. _ . 1975 album of the same name.
Delicate Sound" is the type of demonstrates the exceptional guitar
musical release that owners of CD and vocal abilities of David
players dream about. Pink Floyd’s Gilmour. The backing vocals of
characteristic sound has frequently children chanting "We Don't Need
included odd sound effects that only a No Education" grow until the
CD can justifiably reproduce. These climactic, abrupt ending of "Another
often-psychedelic effects dominated Brick in the Wall Part n," a slower,
the group's earlier works "The Dark melodic version of "Comfortably
Side of the Moon and "The Wall", Numb" and a show-stopping
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reproduced on "Delicate Sound". HelL"
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also rewards owners with a bonus contains a 28-page pictorial account
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The first disc is primarily a the group has again succeeded in
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"A Momentary Lapse of Reason," The album, however, could be
with the exception of the first song, improved. The abundance of music
the complete twelve minute "Shine is marred by the lack of new material
on You Crazy Diamond." The and most songs are performed with
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German shepherds, and hits such as "Comfortably Numb," will not be
"Learning to Fly" and "On the able to command the airplay the
Turning Away" prove the band’s song deserves, and "Delicate Sound"
capability without singer-songwriter will soon be limited to AOR
Roger Waters, who left the group rotation. But such is the story of
before the recording of "Momentary Pink Floyd, a group that has never
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