The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 04, 1990, Page 10, Image 10

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    The Church’s latest album is quality effort
By Brian Meves
Staff Reporter
The Church
“Gold Afternoon Fix”
Australia’s one-time, best-kept
secret now is hardly a secret.
The Church’s seventh album,
“Gold Afternoon Fix,’’ may be the
band’s most polished effort yet
With the popularity of their last
album, “Starfish,’’ and with their
first Top 40 hit,4 ‘Under The M ilky
Way,” many music fans opened
their eyes and ears to The Church.
The band has remained rela
tively intact over their 10 years
together. The three primary mem
bers, Steve Kilbey (vocals, bass),
Marty Willson-Piper (lead guitar,
vocals), and Peter Koppes (rhythm
guitar, vocals) still make up the
nucleus of The Church.
“I think what’s happened is that
everyone’s got their things off their
chest,” said Steve Kilbey, the
group’s bassist and principal vo
calist/lyricist, in a press release.
“No one’s got an ax to grind, coming
on and saying, I’ve written this
song I want to do. Now it’s more
like everyone’s got their own stuff
done, everyone wants to interact
“Gold Afternoon Fix” is in
deed a true Church collaboration,
more so than any past efforts. They
co-wrote all the music, and the
lyrics are sung by whichever band
member wrote them. In this case,
Willson-Piper sings “Russian
Autumn Heart”, Koppes sings
“Transient” and Kilbey sings the
Noticeable as well on “Gold
Afternoon Fix” is a straightfor
wardness both musically and lyri
The best songs on the album,
“Metropolis,” “Terra Nova Cain”
and “You’re Still Beautiful,” are
the most upbeat and likeable of all.
Throughout all three songs, Willson
Piper rings his guitar in and out in
a most unique fashion; somewhat
of a trademark Church guitar sound.
Kilbey adds in the usual mystical
sounding vocals that Churrh fans
have become accustomed to hear
The one downfall of the album,
however, must be its length. With
13 songs soaking up 58 minutes,
after awhile it begins to wear thin.
The mystic vocals and ringing
guitars sound fine, but do become
quite monotonous in time.
Despite the length and duration
of “Gold Afternoon Fix,” it still is
Courtesy of Arista
a quality effort by The Church and
maybe their best ever. The sound
and production are flawless and
polish the whole album together
into one that could be their shim
mering gold.
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They came to repossess my dong.”
No, it really happens in Ernest
Hogan’s “The Frankenstein Penis,”
the story of a man who receives an 18
inch member from a quack transplant
surgeon but falls behind on his pay
ments. Then THEY come to repos
sess it.
If that is not enough, there is the
one about the guy who gradually shaves
his entire body in preparation for the
surgical self-removaJ of his own
No ordinary SF is this. As the
editors write in an introduction to
Michael Blumlein’s “Shed His
Grace,” ‘‘Blumlein had called our
bluff. We had demanded SF that would
shock and disgust -- and this was IT. ’ ’
Actually, the above story reads
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like a Readers’ Digest article in
comparison to some of the other in
cluded stories, notably T. H. Parkin
son’s “The Sex Club.”
Yet, most of the stories make no
mention of sex at all. There is “Geor
gie and the Giant Shit,’’ an alleged
allegory of capitalism by Greg Gi
bson that recalls the /any children’s
books of James Magorian.
A list of highlights would include
most of the book. Since it must be
trimmed, one would include Bruce
Sterling’s “We See Things Differ
ently,” in which an Islam journalist
interviews a rebellious American rock
star after the downfall.
Also a must is Rachel Poilack’s
“Burning Sky,” which is really two
stories about women, sex and fulfill
ment in the future.
Or, for a story about men, women,
sex and fulfillment in zero gravity,
check into Rudy Rucker’s “Rapture
in Space,” a tale of the first televised
intercourse in space.
Scattered in between such tales
are a number of poems and surreal
collages which provide breaks in the
text and add a touch of Dada discom
With such a variety of contribu
tions, Semiotext(e) SF provides the
reader with an unrestrained voyage
through the farthest edges of Cy
berpunk and other fringe science fic
tion literature.
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Special rehearsal performance
at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln
Sunday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Tickets $5 each
on tale at the UNL South Stadium Ticket Office, April 2-6, 9 a.m.-noon, and 1-4 p.m.
Phone order* will be accepted with Viaa or Matter Card during offica hour*.
For information call 402-472-3111
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hopes “the active participation in the
developmental process of the pro
gram” will demonstrate minority
community support for the program.
“Personally, I consider it axiomatic
that the Minority Community is very
supportive of this show,” Smith said.
Smith said that minority commu
nity support and participation will
“demonstrate that support to all con
Smith, a Lincoln native, gradu
ated from Lincoln High School in
1968. He attended UNL from 1969 to
1972, studying business and social
work, and also did undergraduate work
at the University of Vermont.
More recently, he has been living
in California and working as a man
ager for a “mom-and-pop” fashion
business called Mariposa. While
working for Mariposa and its owner,
Melanie DeBo, Smith lived in Ari
zona, New Mexico and both Northern
and Southern California, he said.
He returned to Lincoln - a place
he terms “Heartland, U.S.A” - last
fall to ‘ * handle some family situations
and pursue some educational goals at
my alma mater, the University of
Ncbraska-Lincoln.” He currently is
studying languages and business. Smith
hopes to finish his bachelor’s degree
requirements at UNL and “possibly
go on to law school.”
Smith said he is glad to be back in
Lincoln and that he hopes his efforts
as a minority activist will be benefi
cial to members of the minority
“We are vulnerable; we arc get
ting threats from white hate groups. I
feel fortunate to be working as a
community activist,” Smith said.
In the face of threats to minorities,
he said, sometimes it can be frighten
ing to be a minority group member.
Smith hopes to help alleviate the
“It’s nice to be back home. I feel
that this is an important time for
minorities to come together asagroup
. . . we can raise community con
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Credit Dillon and Lynch as well
for being less concerned with look
ing pretty than with taking on very
complete identities.
There also is good work turned
by Le Gros, playing the incompre
hensibly brainless sidekick to
Hughes. Druggie-novelistWilliam
S. Burroughs makes a cameo ap
pearance as a junkie priest that
Hughes befriends in a methadone
Burroughs' writing greatly in
fluenced James Fogle, who wrote
the book “Drugstore Cowboy”
based on his experiences as a drug
addict in the early ’70s. Fogle cur
rently is serving a 22-year sentence
at the Washington State Peniten
tiary in Walla Walla, and is to be
transferred to Wisconsin Stale Prison
for an additional term for a drug
store robbery in which his partner
was killed by police.
‘' Drugstore Cowboy ’ ’ comes to
the Sheldon Film Theater Thurs
day night and will play through
Saturday with screening times at 7
and 9:15 p.m.