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8The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, October 11, 1988
Back covers hold clues to record albums' content
! It's a truism learned in kinder
garten that you can't judge a book
toy its cover. Well, that's all fine and
Idandy for books, but what about
? After being suckered into untold
numbers of albums that never quite
sounded like the front cover implied
they would, you'd think I would have
learned a lesson by now. So no more
glossy, captivating front covers any
more now it's back cover all the
But when taking a look at the back
cover of Big Audio Dynamite's third
and latest album, Tighten Up Vol.
"88, one might wonder exactly what
image the band is trying to present.
Ex-Clash member Mick Jones and
company sport tuxes, pseudo-combat
boots, dreadlocks and GQ.
B.A.D. has put out a punchy little
album, though maybe a little mono
tonous at times, which is similar to
their previous two releases. It sounds
as if Jones has taken off running in
the pop funk direction in which the
Clash was headed after Combat
Rock, the album on which the Clash
amazingly metamorphosed from
post-punk to post-disco.
It certainly does have a good beat,
albeit with a rather studio-produced
And what profound lyrics; for
example, from "Hip, Neck and
Thigh": "I rock, you roll, baby I don't
care, gratify and satisfy, I wanna
captivate." George Michael, watch
out. Oh, but there is a little bit of
social bite left in Jones, seen in songs
such as "2000 Shoes," dedicated to
the extravagances of the Philippines'
former first lady, Imelda Marcos.
There are also a couple of songs
that really stand out, such as "Apple
cart," a song about conformity and
the passionless modern world, and
, the very bouncy "Esquerita." AH in
all, a catchy effort from the British
But here comes A Picture Made
with their debut release Past from
Mammoth Records, a Raleigh-based
label that produces a lot of area music
the Connells, Black Girls, Bad
Checks, Pressure Boys and so on.
And what does it say on the back
but, lo and behold: produced, engi
neered and recorded by Mitch Easter.
But this isn't just another Easter
production of another Southern
All right, it does sound a little like
R.E.M., but A.P.M. isn't a regional
band; the members hail from Pitts
burg (that's Kansas, not Pennsylva
nia). They have been compared by
many to U2, and for good reason.
A.P.M. was the headliner at the
WXYC benefit last spring, and lead
singer Bryan Plumlee practically
strangled his microphone in an
This intense emotion even comes
through on vinyl; the one drawback
is that there is no lyric sheet included
to decipher his passionate moaning.
"Throw Some Light (My Way)" is
a hard rocker that almost sounds like
the Gun Club; yet the band can also
churn out the slow ballads like "The
Red Wheelbarrow," a song inspired
by a poem of William Carlos Wil
liams. It's not so much that the band
has a radically different sound they
don't but something just clicks.
On to Charlottesville, Va.'s The
from page 1
Deal and their first release, Brave
New World. The back cover proudly
proclaims backing vocalist help from
Alex Chilton, but before you think
of the man-god himself or the Box
tops or Big Star, brace yourself.
Imagine The Archies meet Bay City
Rollers. OK, I'm exaggerating, but
you get the idea. This album is like
light '60s bubblegum music, with a
slight modern edge to it. But 20-year-,
old gum is a little stale by now.
Another debut release, Vivid,
comes from New York-based Living
Colour, Paisley and peace signs a la
Prince cover the album, but you may
be in for a big surprise if that's what
you're expecting. This music isn't
spoon-fed pop, it's Rock V Roll
with capital R's, from the thrash
sounds of "Desperate People" to the
hip pop of "Glamour Boys."
1 listened to this album over and
over again and couldn't figure out
what to say, which says something
either about them or me, and I'm not
sure which. There's a little funk and
a little jazz sound in them, but it's
mostly hard rock at the core. Some
one else finally said, "Just call it a
blend of Lawrence Welk, Bob Dylan
and Judas Priest." And there may be
something to that ...
Finally, Fishbone has knocked out
yet another anarchistic blend of funk
punk in their second LP, Truth and
Soul. IH admit from the start that
I'm an unabashed Fishbone fan: yeaTS
ago, on their first national tour to
promote their first EP, Party at
Ground Zero, I was baptized an
ardent Fishbone worshiper in a tiny,
smoky hole in the wall named the
Outhouse, a few miles outside of
Lawrence, Kan. So take all this in'
stride as the blabberings of a fanatic J
Just stick this piece of vinyl on and
jump up and doWn a few times. It
really cures all sorts of daily frustra
tions. But don't think that Fishbone,
is all play, because behind the surface
are some serious social statements 4
songs about racism, a lack of social
compassion and understanding.
Nonetheless, the album is done irj
that upbeat and sometimes irreverent
Fishbone style that ends with the
optimistic "Change" (an acoustic;
ballad that almost, doesn't sound lik&
Fishbone, but it's still a good song)?
"There's a love you can feel, it's-&
love that assures we can cry out fo
change. The dark clouds that did
dance to the blue skies here before
me, make it plain to my eyes we can;
cry out for change."
Campus Calendar f
many kids should be home doing
homework instead of watching foot
ball players not playing football," he
Nancy Preston and Joe Herzen-1
berg said they were supportive of the
event, but they did not support the
amendment of the noise ordinance.
They were the only council members
to vote against the noise amendment.
Geer and Humphreys emphasized
that this will be a non-alcoholic, "fun
for the whole family" affair.
"Anyone coming looking for a
repeat of street takeovers needs to
stay home," Humphreys said.
Arrest warrants from the infamous
"street takeovers" of the past showed
that most of the troublemakers were
not UNC students, Humphreys said.
Students can prevent similar prob
lems at this rally by encouraging
outsiders to stay away and by watch
ing out for anyone who tries to start
trouble at the rally, he said.
Geer said CAA and students have
been given a large responsibility with
this rally, because the event will be
largely run by students. That includes
the approximately 400 student mon
itors who will be at the rally to
"The town is going to let CAA
police i the event," Geer said.
Still, a large contingent of Univer
sity and Chapel Hill police officers
will be on hand for the event.
The DTH Campus Calendar is a daily
listing of University-related activities
sponsored by academic departments,
student services and student organizations
officially recognized by the Division of
Student Affairs. To appear in Campus
Calendar, announcements must be submit
ted on the Campus Calendar form by
NOON one business day before the
announcement is to run. Saturday and
Sunday events are printed in Friday's
calendar and must be submitted on the
Wednesday before the announcement is
to run. Forms and a drop box are located
outside the DTH office, 104 Union. Items
of Interest lists ongoing events from the
same campus organizations and follows the
same deadline schedule as Campus
' Calendar. Please use the same form.
Fellowship will hold
its weekly fellowship
night at the Chapel of
the Cross. Dinner is
$2. Newcomers are
6 p.m. International
Action will hold its
weekly meeting in 210
. Union. All are
will hold a meeting in
7 p.m. UNC Psychology
Club will have a meet
ing to announce
upcoming events. Pizza
will be served.
Students for the
Race Relations will
hold a workshop con
ducted by Clifton Cha
rles in 208 Union until
ture will hold a mem-v
bership drive and reso
lutions debate in 226
speaker Dr. Hobin
from the Bowman
Gray School of Medi
cine in 208-209 Union.
All pre-health majors
are invited to attend
and to rush.
Items of Interest
Carolina Union Gallery
presents wall sculpture in stainless
steel, brass and aluminum by Lola"
College Bowl has team appH;
cations for the on-campus tourrta1
ment. The deadline is Oct. 18, and
the tournament is limited to the first
64 teams. !
Graduate and Professional
Student Federation has infor
mation on obtaining in-state tuition
status. See the bulletin boaTa
outside Suite D, Union for current
Office will be closed Oct. 11. Hn
case of extreme emergencies, cotv
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