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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 11, 1996)
Alternative music is past the time
when it earned its name. Perhaps the
first and definitely the longest running
alternative band, R.E.M., has since
altered its musical style to sell records.
And any respectable bands that could
possibly be classified as alternative—
Fugazi, for example — run from the
Yes, alternative, as it originated, is
The music originated with bandson
independent labels that chose not to
take the typical route of punk rock.
The name alternative itself means
change, something other than the norm.
But with the realization that mass
amounts of money could be made by
playing this “new” style of music, all
of the integrity that it ever had left.
Nirvana started the ball rolling with
its landmark “Nevermind” album. This
album was revolutionary, as it forever
changed the face of popular music.
Nirvana was unusual for a pop band. It
was not trying to sell millions of
records, but managed to do it anyway.
R.E.M. was one of the tlrst alterna
tive bands, but even it has lost sight of
reality. How “alternative” is charging
$40 a ticket to sec the band in concert?
That sounds like Pink Floyd, not a
grass-roots, down-to-earth, alternative
band. No sooner was Kurt Cobain’s
blood dry, than Michael Stipe began to
recall their “close” relationship. Any
thing for a dollar.
The biggest joke is Pearl Jam. It is
the single biggest Nirvana coattail
rider, and it’s a band made for the
radio. The members downplay their
corporate tendencies by not promot
ing their albums. But if your albums
nearly go platinum on their first day of
release, not much promotion isneeded.
Oh sure, I forgot they were in that
tough battle with Ticketmaster, fight
ing for all their fans. But even when
using a different ticket agency, their
tickets were more than $20. If they
don’t want their fans to pay so much,
they shouldn’t play in monstrous audi
toriums with massive sound systems.
But then Eddie’s voice probably
wouldn’t sound as good.
I’m curious whether all the radio
stations that have suddenly sprung up
will disappear just as fast. These sta
tions arc just like any other “teeny
bopper” station. They play songs that
are in the “buzz bin” at least once an
hour, having no sense of musical his
tory, and rarely introduce anything ris
que. Their set lists are just one big
commercial for major record labels.
Alternative is nothing special or pro
vocative; it’s just pop for the ’90s.
The fact that alternative music is
pop, is of little consequence. It’s the
fact that the artists act like the music is
not money-driven garbage, when most
of it is. The music being released does
not inspire thought or serve any pur
pose other than pop’s typical role of
songs to sing in the shower.
Maybe you can think of this quasi
alliteration next time one of those pop
tunes enters your thoughts. Majors
make millions making alternative mu
Hitt Is a sophomore physics major aad a
Dally Nebraskan staff reporter.
Wendy Jane Bantam’s art will be displayed at the Berkholder Project, 719 P St., throughout the month of March. Bantam
is trying to organize a mural created by members of the Lincoln community.
Artist wants to create group-painted mural
By Patrick Hambrecht
Lincoln artists need to take im
mediate steps to overcome the elitist
nature of the local art scene and
galleries, painter Wendy Jane Ban
Bantam’s own art is being dis
played until the end of the month at
the Burkholder Project, 719 P St.
Often “the only people who know
about your art being shown at a
gallery arc the people who have
money,” Bantam said.
Bantam has tried to make art more
socially relevant in Lincoln by be
ginning a community-access art ex
hibit and organizing a new group
“Childhood memories are very crisp, clear and
clean. They have become a language that form
a part of who I am now. ”
WENDY JANE BANTAM
painted mural, she said.
She is trying to find a building
where all members of the commu
nity can display their art for the
month. Visitors would be encour
aged to attend with offers of free
food and live music, she said.
Similarly, Bantam is also trying
to organize an art mural where all
members of the community would
be invited to create the theme and
then paint the finished product, as
she did during a community art fes
tival in Lawrence, Kan.
“There are a lot of good build
ings for murals down in the
Haymarket,” Bantam said.
But stringent building codes and
a wary business community make it
hard to spruce up the downtown
area, Bantam said.
Bantam was inspired to art activ
ism by a mural painter she knew who
moonlighted as a social graffiti art
The graffiti artist would make
stencils of the images he wanted to
paint, then spray-paint the images
quickly on a public wall or sidewalk
By usingguerrilla techniques, the
artist was able to make statements to
the community that would othcr
See BANTAM on 13
Offbeat comedy explores pornography
By Brian Priesman
That’s what “Miss Autobody,”
the latest production from UNL’s
ment, is all about.
Well, not com
I explores tne roles
that gender plays
Did I also men
tion that it’s a
“Miss Autobody” is a fun romp
through the town of Pompomville,
as the mayor prepares to open his
newest bar, The Sex Complex.
Unfortunately for him, some of
the town’s residents have a problem
with The Sex Complex and the im
age it presents of women.
Thrown into the mi x is the town’s
new auto garage, Miss Autobody,
owned and operated entirely by very
That’s the basic story of “Miss
Autobody,” an offbeat comedy that
was originally presented by the ac
claimed French-Canadian comedy
troupe “Lcs Folles Alliees.”
•> What makes this production work
is the fact that it’s all women. The
seven-member cast plays all the
roles, including the men. But this
also leads to the piece’s greatest
By using all women, the produc
tion, at times, resorts to almost
preaching about the harmful effects
of pornography on women and soci
Leading the cast is the sprightly
Kristi Lee Covey as Pompomville’s
mayor, Maurice Malo. Covey is ex
eellent as the chauvinistic-pig who
feels that pornography is good for
the economy and, therefore, demo
His wife, played with zest by
Lori Norcia, tries to support her
husband, but eventually admits that
his obsession with pornography is
Other standouts include Becky
Key as the strange Pandora Red, a
slightly psychotic feminist who helps
run the garage; Michelle Eckley as
the spunky waitress Jcanine; and
Kristin Hensley as Timothy
Tremblay,a car-obsessed, hormone
crazy hot-rodder with a “little thing
knocking around in his engine.”
“Miss Autobody” is a thought
provoking comedy that forces the
audience to look at the effects of
“Miss Autobody” runs Tuesday
through Saturday in the Studio The
Play: “Miss Autobody”
Stars: Kristi Lee Covey, Becky
Key, Kristin Hensley
Director: Karen Libman
Company: UNL Theatre and
Five Words: Pornography on a
atrc at the Temple Building, 12th
and R streets, with performances at
8 each night.
Tickets are available from the
Theatre and Dance Department Box
Office. Admission is $6 for students,
$7 for faculty, staff and senior citi
zens, and $9 for the public.
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