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4The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, October 4, 1989
Royal Crescent Mob
By BRIAN SPRINGER
To many people. Royal Crescent
Mob is only a name on one of Cat's
Cradle's photocopied fliers.
But this 5-year-old band from Co
lumbus, Ohio, is one of the most inter
esting bands on the concert circuit. On
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the Mob covers an astonishing range of
styles, from the Beastie Boys-style rap
of Big Show," to the stinging rock of
"Hungry," to the brutal funk that marks
much of the album. Around 10 p.m.
Thursday night, the Cradle will again
be home to Royal Crescent Mob's own
brand of eclectic dance music.
The Mob was formed when singer
David Ellison and guitarist B (born
Brian Emch) paid off four judges at a
Columbus "Battle of the Bands." With
the prize free studio time in hand,
Ellison and B stole drummer Carlton
Smith and bassist Harold "Happy"
Chichester from rival bands, and they
proceeded to record the six-song EP
Land of Sugar. The record, a tribute to
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presents range of diverse styles
Leroy "Sugar" Bonner of the Ohio
Players (Ellison's neighbor), won the .
Village Voice award for EP of the year
New York's Celluloid Records re
leased the Mob's next two efforts,
Omerta and Something New, Old, and .
Borrowed (also called SNOB). The
band received widespread critical ac
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claim, and Sire records' Seymour Stein
signed the group after seeing its show at
CBGB. Sire put the Mob in the studio
with producers Richard Gottehrer
(Blondie, Ramones) and Eric Calvi
(Cameo, Duran Duran), and Spin the
World was the result.
Though Spin the World has received
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band has earned its reputation onstage.
According to Ellison, "We've made
our living for the last three years by
being on tour constantly." In addition
to headlining at clubs, the Mob has
opened for an impressive list of acts,
including the Replacements, Camper
Van Beethoven and Fishbone.
In concert, the Mob displays a wild
energy not unlike Fishbone. In addition
to three albums worth of its own mate
rial, the band draws on a large reper
toire of cover material. Few bands could
hope to cover tunes by James Brown,
ACDC, Dead Kennedys and Howlin'
Wolf within the same show. The Mob
does it all.
One courageous critic summed up
the band's basic sound in the Village
Voice: "Scratches and power chords
and funk-metal synthesis, that's the
logical white response to Run-DMC's
black response to Aerosmith's white
response to the black blues." Royal
Crescent Mob is difficult to classify,
but it is even harder to resist.
In fact, the band's wide range of
styles may be too much for some fans,
Ellison said. "We've always thought
we may be the band that will never fit
At points, the Mob is like a hip,
exciting version of the K-Tel compila
tions of years past. Certainly, though,
the band's records sound lame com
pared to their live show.
A Mob show guarantees a good time.
According to one critic, "If the Beastie
Boys are your idea of what three funky
white guys sound like, it's time to get ill
to the equally zany but far less retarded
sounds of the Royal Crescent Mob."
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is as fair and unbiased as it can possibly
be. People have the right to be dissatis
fied with an editor, but there are other
recourses besides a recall that don't
threaten editorial freedom."
Beall said the low percentage of
minorities on the paper's staff also
should be investigated. "I know of at
least two minorities who have quit the
Tar Heel because they didn't feel
comfortable over there."
He refused to identify the minority
staff members involved or what evi
dence he had that race was a factor in
their decision to resign.
He said he didn't have minority
hiring figures from previous years to
document his claim, arguing that the
burden of proof was on the DTH.
Kebschull said, "Black students who
have spoken with me about this say
they do not feel discriminated against
around the office, and more often than
not students, both black and white, quit
the staff because they are interested in
trying out other activities on campus."
When staff applications are evalu
ated, editors have no knowledge of the
applicant's race, she added.
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