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1. Rolling Stones, “Steel Wheels”
2. Tom Petty, “Full Moon Fever”
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Mother’s
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4. The D.O.C., “No One Can Do It
5. B-52’s, “Cosmic Thing”
6. Great White, “Twice Shy”
7. Alice Cooper, “Trash”
8. Skid Row, “Skid Row”
9. Ziggy Marley, “One Bright Day”
10. Milli Vanilli, “Girl You Know
The list was compiled from sales
records for the week of Sept. 4
through Sept. 9.
1. Motley Crue, “Doctor Feci Good”
2. Metallica, “And Justice For All”
3. Young MC, “Stone Cold Rhym
4. The Cure, “Fascination Street”
5. Soul II Soul, “Keep On Moving”
6. Tom Petty, “Full Moon Fever”
7. Milli Vanilli, “Girl You Know It’s
8. Rolling Stones, “Steel Wheels”
9. Jeff Healey, “See The Light”
10. Beastie Boys, “Paul’s Boutique”
The Top-10 releases list was
compiled from total sales from
Pickles for the week of Sept. 4
through Sept. 9.
1. Rolling Stones, “Steel Wheels”
2. Skid Row, “Skid Row”
3. Tom Petty, “Full Moon Fever”
4. The Call, “Let The Day Begin”
5. Great White, “Twice Shy”
6. Billy Squier, “Here And Now”
7. Jackson Brown, “World In Mo
8. Don Henley, “End Of The Inno
9. Steve Ray Vaughn, “In Step”
10. Tora Tora, “Surprise Attack”
1. Gloria Eslefan, “Don’t Want To
2. Milli Vanilli, “Girl I’m Going To
3. New Kids On The Block, “Hang
4. Warrent, “Heaven”
5. Cher, “If I Could Turn Back
6. Madonna, “Cherish”
7. Surface, “Shower Me With Your
8. Bee Gees, “One”
9. Neneh Cherry, “Kisses On The
10. Cure, “Love Song”
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Band has ‘zany’ attitude
By Mick Dyer
Like the tiny mammals that
leap from high cliffs into the frigid
ocean in masses and swim until
they die, the band that borrows
their name is driven by natural
farces beyond its control.
The Lemmings play some of
the most dynamic and experimen
tal alternative rock music in Lin
And, like the strange behavior
of the little creatures, band mem
bers said they don’t know why they
feel compelled to play an unusual
brand of music.
The band is just expressing an
attitude: A zany one.
For example, band member
John Bruce said the Lemmings
have toyed with the idea of playing
in sync with a prerecorded tape of
its music during a live perform
“We used to have this joke that
we were the Monkees of Lincoln,
except I don’t know if that’s a
joke,” Bruce said.
The “we” Bruce is referring to
is the rest of the band: Brian Bar
ber, drums, vocals, guitars and
accordion and UNL graduate:
Brad Grier, guitars, vocals, bass
and keyboard and UNL graduate;
Brian Irons, drams and UNL stu
dent; Bob Nelson, vocals and bass
and UNL student; and Brace, gui
tars, vocals, bass and keyboard mid
a UNL student.
The Lemmings’ musical style is
a brilliant eclectic mixture of folk,
blues, funk and other sounds that
gives the band an aural fingerprint
unique to itself.
Take “Rolling in the Pine
cones,” a song from its tape,
Skoomba Loomba, for example. It
is a four-part vocal harmony punc
tuated with rhythms made by
spoon* and cups-playing and slam
Not the typical musical fare.
Clean, brilliant mania.
But Bruce is modest about the
creative talent and experimental
energies in the band.
“None of us play an instrument
very well,” Bruce said. “We tend
to make up chords once in a
Bruce said one of the things the
band likes to experiment with is
different guitar tunings.
“Sometimes, I forget what they
are,” he said. “Like with ‘He Dig
Mice,’ Brad wanted to re-record it,
but I didn’t remember what the
tuning was, so we just used the
recording we had for the tape.
There’s a phone ringing in the
The band enjoys trying lots of
new things, because it helps keep
the soundand the mood of the band
fresh, Bruce said.
“Sometimes we get bored
when we play all the same style,”
Bruce said. “After you play a cer
tain guitar part over ana over, you
get tired of it You feel like getting
up and watching TV,”
‘Music experiment’ works
By Mack Dyer
Independently Produced Tape
“Skoomba Loomba” is quite
simply one of the most exciting
and refreshing tapes released by a
local band in a long time.
The sheer number of songs (29)
on this tape (about an hour and
fifteen minutes worth of music)
makes “Skoomba Loomba” a real
But economics aside, many
bands wouldn’t be able toga away
with putting so much music on one
tape because after a while its songs
would become repetitive.
However, the Lemmings* mu
sical style is a blend of country,
blues, funk and psychedelic ele
ments. Every song on this tape is a
different combination of these ele
ments in varying proportions that
gives each song an interesting and
distinctive sound. For the Lem
mings, “Skoomba Loomba” is a
musical experiment that worked.
For instance, “Barn’s Too
Big,” on side one is an acoustic
country melody sad “Barn’s Too
Darn Big,” oa Side two is an elec*
trie blues tune. Same song, same
words ** completely different
sound. That’s a real musical
The Lemmings also cover a
wide range of moods with
“Skoomba Loomba.” There are
happy love songs, angry love
9ongs, insipid love songs and so
cial/political commentary songs.
And there are a whole bunch of
delightfully unusual songs from
the Lemmings’ somewhat skewed,
sometimes irreverent, always in
triguing musical point-of-view.
The songs on “Skoomba
Loomba” are lyrically invigorat
ing. The words flow with poetic
imagery, insightful free associa
tion, profound wit and dark meta
phors. Combine the outstanding
lyrics with the great two-, three
and four-part vocal arrangements
on the tape and you’ve got a bunch
of unforgettable songs.
Watch out, because if the right
label gets hold of ‘‘Skoomba
Loomba,” the Lemmings could
become one of the musical icons to
set the standards for alternative
music in the 1990s.
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