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i Friday, December 12, 1986
I Kiss, kiss . . . Bang, bang . . . It's the Flaming Lips!
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Help save the dinosaurs and go to see this prehistoric band
By Charles Lieurance
j Dinosaurs are in this year. And
although Oklahoma's Flaming Lips have
trnly been around for a few years, they
are definitely dinosaurs. They're big,
heavy (as in "heavy, man"), ugly (no
loffense), their heads are in the twilight
zone (or the clouds or space or some-
where up there) and their feet are
planted in a quagmire of fuzztone with "Hear It Is, a medium tempo them into realizing their ambitions,
belligerence. They wear their near- thrashfest with decibels to burn. Stuff Havlat, the much-maligned, long-
:extinction a little better than the to make the PMRC shrivel up into a suffering nomadic patron of alternative
'skeletal remains in Morrill Hall. In fact little wicked-witch-of-the-west-on-ice music, who has sponsored such mone-
(they virtually wallow in the bombastic ball and squeal like Chihuahuas with tarily frustrating concerts as Game
anachronisms they create. bladder dysfunction. Theory at Hospe's Music and Christmas
I Maybe Oklahoma's just backward. The Lips retell the New Testament at Tooth's Gallery, says the Pedal Jets
j Despite the undeniable fact that the as a Geraldo Rivera "shame of the city" will open for Flaming Lips. Cover for
, Lips are throwbacks, the Time Machine spot in "Jesus Shooting Herion." They this great band is $3. Let's try to see
they were thrown back in seems to stop take the best stab at necrophilia since more than 10 people at one of these
in all the right places. All aboard for Alice Cooper on "She is Death" and things for a change, huh? Eventually
1 1969, '70, '72. Velvet Underground, Led outline an ambiguously messy love Havlat will run out of disposable income.
' Zeppelin, MC-5,Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd affair on "With You." Although the Let's try to postpone the extinction
! . . . guitar thud and crunch with a little music could be tagged neo-psychedelia of dinosaurs for another year,
iolkish serenity thrown in for the sake anyone with the nerve to lysergically
Pookie cluster celebrates today
By Chris McCubbin
I Christmas 1970. The long winter that
followed Kent State. The draft was one
bf the top three things on the minds of
most college men. The local gay
community was fresh out of the closet
and trying to organize. UNL peace
activists made their only stab at
radicalism when the Military and Naval
Science Building was occupied for one
United Ministries in Higher Educa
tion at Commonplace church was right
in the middle of all this mess. They
sponsored the Campus Draft Information
Center, Gay Action Committee and
Nebraskans For Peace who met in the
'church. Commonplace was under in
vestigation by a governor's committee
.because of the occupation incident.
Come Christmas, Commonplace's new
Here are the top prime-time
television ratings as compiled
by the A.C. Nielsen Co. for the
week of December 1 through 7.
Listings include the week's
ranking, with season-to-date
ranking in parentheses, rating
for the week and total homes.
of dynamics. So you have something to
compare the six string mayhem to.
If you gotta go backward, this ain't a
bad place to start.
After an ear-splitting debut album
as a quartet, the Lips signed with Pink
Dust Records and because this entailed
a tour of America, were reduced to a
trio with no reduction of their sonic
capability. Now the band is Wayne
Coyne on vocals and guitar and Jimmy
Page hair, Richard English on drums
and Mike Ivins on bass and other
Jimmy Page haircut,
This year the dinosaurs scored one of
the biggest indie albums of the year
pastor, Larry Doerr (pronounced 'dare'),
realized that all these different groups
dealt with Commonplace, but they
never had a chance to all come together.
So Doerr and his staff decided to make
They sent out a letter "To all our
friends (and enemies)" saying, "Come
as you are for that's the way we love
you and share with us and each
other a celebration of being together,
of rapping, of munching, some music,
of grooving on the keen air of people
who say yes to life and to each other,
and who knows what else."
Today, student activism is all but
dead, but the cookie party lives on. The
rhetoric has changed in the last 17
years, but the attitude is the same.
That first year, about 50 people
showed up on a Sunday afternoon.
Somebody suggested it would work
better during the week, so the next
An "X" in parentheses denotes
one-time-only presentation. A
rating measures the percentage
of the nation's 87.4 million TV
1.(1) 'The Cosby Show," NBC, 38.6
rating, 33.7 million homes.
Courtesy of the Flaming Lips
ingest while listening to something as
paranoid and hellish as "Charlie Manson
Blues" should be monitored closely by
The Lips are playing on the fourth
floor of the building that houses
Buchanan's pub (808 P St.) in the
Haymarket. The venue choice is a little
weird, but then again, so is the band. I
don't mean to seem reactionary, but is
it really wise to host a band with
deathdrug obsessions on the fourth
floor? Art Linkletter's daughter comes
to mind. Any frustrated Peter Pans
should refrain from consuming any
substance that might possibly coerce
year they moved the party to Friday of
dead week, where it has remained ever
since. In 1984 UMHE sold Cornerstone
to the University, so the party moved to
the Commonplace building last year.
Doerr said he was worried that the
party wouldn't tranfer, but last year's
party was as big a success as ever.
Doerr's notes show that since 1971,
attendance has been steady about
100 to 180 people each time. Twenty
four dozen cookies were made for the
party in 1973. In 1986, Doerr expects to
make 250 dozen himself, plus contri
butions from Cornerstone's two secre
taries. "I find that once a year, making
cookies is good therapy," he said.
"Some days I wonder how I ever got
myself into this. It's the people, I
guess. That's the fun."
The 17th Annual Christmas Party is
scheduled for this afternoon from 3:30
to 5 at Cornersone, 640 N. 16th St.
2. (2) "Family Ties," NBC, 36.4, 31.8
3. (3) "Cheers," NBC, 28.4, 24.8 mil
4. (6) "Night Court," NBC, 26.1, 22.8
5.(4) "Murder She Wrote," CBS, 24.8,
21.7 million homes.
Books to read by bus
(to get 'My Perspective')
On occasion, the relative minority of
individuals who do not assign my
thought patterns to randomly discharg
ing firearms, wonder how I came to
hold the rather curious amalgamation
of hysteria and indigestion known as
Well, thoughts are usually given to
me by my dog Samuel, who is a direct
descendant of King Faruch of Persia
and that means . . . that means . . . uh,
well, it means, uh . . fc .
The easiest mode of transportation I
ride is the bus and sometimes on the
bus I read books that greatly influence
the length of time it takes to get
So for the whole world, I've drawn up
a list of 10 books I consider good bus
ride reading material. Many were left
off the list because their titles were
virtually unprintable, but those that
made the list can be considered crucial
in the development of my strudeL
1. John Hancock, "My Signature
and How to Do It."
John Hancock signed the Declara
tion of Independence in really big let
ters so King George could read it with
out putting his glasses on. The signature
was so cogent it laid the groundwork
for all great American signatures
to come, including the signature of
Bess Streeter Aldrich and Robin Willi
ams, who makes his n's with the dis
tinctive Hancockian flourish.
2. Ebert Hansel, "Anarchy, Uto
pia and Fine Dining"
Hansel is a brilliant libertarian and
one heck of a good cook to boot. He
attempts in his work to detail a justifi
cation of an anomaly disguised as a
syllogism dressed glibly as a tautology
of the effect of leavened baking on the
Paris Commune of 1872. Given his
anarcho-capitalist assumptions, Han
sel makes a mean batch of delicately
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'Great Performances' "An American Christmas: Words and
Music," sirs Sunday at 2 p.m. on METV, channel 12. The
show examines some of the ways Christmas is celebrated.
Shown here is Kathy Gsivin in Mark Twain's "Letter From
seasoned haddock stew. He may fail
when it comes to logical political
thought, but his cuisine hints are
3. Calvin Klein, "It's in the
Klein, a Jewish clothing designer
named after his grandfather who came
to America with little over $3 in his
pocket, has gotten a bad reputation as
a foppish trendy opportunist with the
scruples of a ferret and the taste of
Joan Rivers. Nonetheless, he provides
the world with over-priced denim.
4. Meredith Baxter-Birney, "The
Structure of the Revolutionary
Meredith Baxter-Birney, the star of
TVs "Family Ties," surprised the world
with this scholarly treatise on the
armaments used during the American
Revolutionary War. She explains that
her interest in cannons, guns, knives,
instruments of torture, shells and bullets
resulted from a rather sketchy incident
in which she saw her father bathing.
5. James Oxnard, "The Fiscal
Crisis of Suzie Wong"
Oxnard, who writes barbaric pulp
fiction for bee-line books, creates a
spell-binding tale of an Oriental woman
who loses all her money gambling,
resorts to prostitution and is finally
taken under the wing of a Chinese war
lord named Kung.
6. "Confessions of Xavier Hol
lander" The journey toward sleaze royalty of
this high-priced strumpet provides a
strong counterwhatchamagigger to
modern low-lifes who believe true phys
ical degradation is impossible.
7. Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace"
The first three pages of this master
piece, which is all I can read from H
Street to P Street on LTS, are first-rate,
examining such crucial themes as the
Countess Markovsky's fixing her car
before the grand ball and the shoe size
of Czar Nicholas III.
8. OK, I lied. That's all I've read. But
they were good.
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