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4The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, April 16, 1987
Ten Ten searches
for its own sound
By MARTY MICHAELS
It ain't easy walking in the shadow
of the big man, or anyone else, for
that matter. The band Ten Ten is
intimately aware of this. Critics have
drawn comparisons between them
and the Waterboys, early Simple
Minds, and. well . . . Bono's Irish
band that just released a new album.
But this four-piece group from
Richmond, Va., remains uniquely its
own band and even shies away from
comparisons which, favorable or
not. can spell creative death for an
A local date at Raleigh's The
Brewery on Friday will give the
uninitiated-but-interested a chance
to form their own opinion. Ten Ten
is no stranger to the area, having
played quite a bit up and down the
East Coast, including a show at
Purdy's earlier this year in which
front man and principal songwriter
Mark Lewis looked like the Cure's
Robert Smith and sang like no one
Formed in 1 984, the band consists
of Lewis on guitar and lead vocals,
Don Ruzek on keyboards and
vocals. Peter Bell on bass and vocals,
and Lee Johnson on drums. In a
recent telephone interview, Lewis
commented on the band's upward
"We (the band members) had been
in or thrown out of various other
bands," he said. We got together
in the studio to record a demo of
some songs I'd written, and we
started to sound more and more like
Lewis listed bands he listened to
in his teens as his musical influences.
lt was the period of early David
Bowie, Mott the Hoople, and a lot
of other British bands," he said.
Ten Ten just completed a North
American tour with Paul Young,
and they have previously toured in
more effectively together to do a
good job of declaring student and
staff roles," he said.
Student involvement was gener
ally higher when students staffed
organizations. Cansler said, while
participation was lowest for pro
grams in which students shared
decision-making authority with
faculty and staff.
The study also revealed that black
students used more Student Affairs
programs in which decisions were
made by staff members, such as
Student Health Services. Career
Planning and Placement and the
developing counseling center.
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the presence of such bands as the
Waterboys, Simply Red, Simple
Minds, the Alarm and Talk Talk.
Lewis said that the Waterboys'
ethereal singer Mike Scott had been
something of an influence on tour.
"1 started listening to him and his
phrasing, which owes something to
Bob Dylan." he said. "Then I went
back and started listening to Dylan."
The tour with Paul Young was
successful, particularly in matters of
record company politics. Because of
their Anglo-inspired sound and
image. Ten Ten chose to make
themselves known in England and
were signed to a worldwide contract
with the British branch of Chrysalis
Records. Yet this has not exactly
made them a household word on this
side of the Atlantic.
"The Paul Young tour was good
as far as audience reaction and also
because the American Chrysalis
representatives had the chance to see
us and were more interested," said
Lewis. "The reps in this country
didn't know much about us and
didn't do much to distribute us here."
Ten Ten's debut album on Chrysalis
was released in 1986 and produced
by Stephen Street, whose credits
include the Smiths' LP
Lewis was more than happy to
comment on the progressive record
scene on both sides of the Atlantic.
"In America it's going OK for . . .
college radio, but it's nonexistent for
normal commercial radio," he said.
"You pick up SPIN magazine and
read about the new bands and the
scenes in Austin and other places.
That's great, except that the bands
aren't getting anywhere because
they're not being pushed. In England
everything is much more condensed.
There's more visibility. All England
follows suit to what charts in
London; it's the center market. It's
not that the bands are better there,
but it's a more powerful channel."
In contrast, a higher proportion
of white students used programs
such as the Campus Y and the
Carolina Union which allow stu
dents to make most or all of the
decisions, he said.
The division is also investigating
how to increase student awareness
outside the usual channels such as
the media, faculty advisers and
word-of-mouth, Cansler said.
According to the report, the office
of the vice chancellor will appoint
a task force on Student Participation
in Student Affairs Work, to be
composed of faculty, students and
Student Affairs staff members.
The task force will clarify and
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Lewis admits that things might
have been easier for Ten Ten if they'd
relocated to England. "It would be
easier to mix in the scene, but the
record company advance would
have been eaten up by taxes," he said.
A follow-up to the band's first
make recommendations for the roles
of students and staff in decision
making when they work together.
Interactions between faculty and
students were unsatisfactory for 38
percent of the faculty respondents
and 21 percent of student
But efforts to include more faculty
in residence hall programs, as well
as to encourage faculty involvement
in the Carmichael Residence Hall
foreign language suites have been
made. And plans to involve faculty
in other residence hall programs and
activities are in the works lor next
year, according to the report.
Such plans include faculty partic
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single, "Million Miles Away," was
never released. But, Lewis said, "This
week we heard that the record
company was considering remixing
and releasing the second single, so
maybe things will turn around and
well sell some records."
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Quality of life surveys, which
randomly poll residents on all areas
of residence hall life, will boused as
a follow-up study to, the division's
self-study. .., .
Both the faculty respondents and
Student Affairs staff members who
were interviewed expressed dissatis
faction with the intellectual climate
on campus, according to the report.
They were concerned that students
emphasized athletics, partying and
drinking more than academics.
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Next month Ten Ten will start
recording material for a second
album and will perform a string of
15 to 20 English dates, including a
few with the Alarm. As far as the
beckoning future goes, Lewis is
nonchalant, wanting only to get the
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