The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 21, 1988, Page 10, Image 10

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    | Pop music returns with vengeance
Bv William Rudolph
Staff Reviewer
Gabba gabba hey, gabba gabba
hey, pop music is back with a venge
ance, and in Transvision Vamp's
debut LP, “Pop Art” on UNI Records,
the British group lets the world know
that music still can be fun.
Self-proclaimed “undying” be
lievers in “the transcendent power of
the ultimate pop song,” Transvision
Vamp reminds listeners of a happier
time when music didn’t have to mean
anything — and if it did, so what?
Strong echoes of the past, espe
cially of Blondie and David Bowie,
ring in every track of “Pop Art,” from
the Velvet Undergroundesque“Andy
Warhol’s Dead” to the entrancing
“Sister Moon,” which, according to
lead singer Wendy James, contains
“the famous ‘Louse Louie’ progres
sion, our attempt at a classic three
chord pop/rock ballad.”
‘There's no scam or
grand plan behind
Tranvision Vamp.’
— James
But influences aside, James cau
tions that, “We don’t copy or steal
from the past,and 1 don’t sec the point
in rehashing what’s been done. A
great band should acknowledge its
influences, then strive to make some
thing original out of them.”
In addition to James’ Deborah
Harry-tinged vocals, the backup work
from Nick Sayer, Dave Parsons, Pol
Burton and Tex Axile evokes memo
ries of quintessential “who-cares
we’re happy” melodies, like early B
52’s woiks.
The LP’s 10 tracks all support the
group’s transcendent aims. From the
opening ‘Trash City” to the happy “I
Want Your Love” and the bubbly
current single remake of Holly and
the Italians’ “Tell That Girl to Shut
Up,” Transvision Vamp shimmies
and shakes its way through one happy
song after another.
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Courtesy of MCA Records
Perhaps the music isn’t serious
enough for some listeners. Perhaps
the lyrics, such as James’warning that
she’ll do physical harm to any little
filly that comes between her and her
male friend, don’t embrace anything
deeper than a bubble gum beat.
Big deal. “Pop Art” is fun music to
dance to, party to and enjoy without
worrying about what it all means.
As James says, “There’s no scam
or grand plan behind Transvision
Vamp. We’re simply writing
rock’n’roll songs, playing gigs, mak
ing records. If our music’s good
enough, we’ll last as long as we make
good records and play good gigs ...
soapbox rock bands only delude
themselves and everybody else.”
Produced by Duncan Bridgemand
and Zues B. Held, the man behind the
bigger Dead or Alive hits.
Transvision Vamp’s ‘‘Pop Art" lives
up to its title.
Harler sings angels’ songs
Soprano Donna Harler, associate
professor of voice in the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music,
will present a recital 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in
Kimball Hall.
Harler, accompanied by Michael
Colton, will sing selections that were
written about or written to angels.
The evening’s program shows the
prevalence of angelic themes
throughout musical history .
The program will include Henry
Purcell’s “The Blessed Virgin’s Ex
postulation,” Paul Hindemith’s
‘‘Argwohn Josephs,” and works by
Handel, Schubert, Robert Schumann,
Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Debussy, Ravel,
Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie, Ivor
Gurney, Britten and H.T. Burleigh.
The recital is free and open to the
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