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Old Friends 4 Sale”
The Purple One is back for
Prince, or the Artist formei
known as such, is back with an
album that, while not quite new,
reestablishes his reign with 10
old-school, funky tracks.
“The Vault ... Old Friends 4
Sale,” which was released Aug. 24,
contains work from when the Artist
was still known as Prince. The
tracks were recorded between
January 1985 and June 1994, most
ly at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios
This is one of the first tastes lis
teners have had of Prince’s leg
endary backlog of unreleased
material, aside from widely circu
lated bootleg recordings.
The album is reminiscent of
Prince’s best work, but with a
slightly different tone and a
The sexy, swarthy voice -
heavy with falsetto - is still the
same, and the sultry lyrics would
still shock the sexually faint-of
Songs such as “When the
Lights Go Down” and “5 Women+”
are adorned with saxophone, trum
pet and a plethora of other instru
ments. They have a jazzy feel that is
a unique and welcome twist to
some of Prince’s other work.
“She Spoke 2 Me,” an eight
minute extended remix, is rounded
out nicely with a long instrumental
cut that makes listeners feel as
though they sat in on the jam ses
Keep in mind, most of the songs
were recorded in the mid-’80s, so
synthesized keyboards are heavy,
and the bulk of the music is obvi^
ously from a bygone era. This
explains why the disc is being sold
under the name Prince, not the
symbol the Artist adopted in 1993.
Only one of the songs postdates
the Artist’s name change.
But that’s part of what makes it
so good - it’s music from the Prince
we all know and love.
The collection was handed to
Warner Bros. Records three years v
ago as the last part of Prince’s
obligation to his 1992 $ 100-million
contract, which eventually turned
into a bitter feud and had Prince
scribbling “slave” across his face.
The album gathers together
recordings that come from an array
of different projects Prince has
worked on throughout his career.
Songs on the disc date from his
1985 “Parade” and “Under the
Cherry Moon” sessions, his aban
doned 1994 “I’ll Do Anything”
musical project and include remix
es of songs that originally appeared
on film soundtracks.
The disc isn’t full of obscure
songs and definitely retains most of
the campy kitsch that makes Prince
the personality he is. Most of the
songs have strong lyrics and tunes
that stick in the brain, with a vision
of the high-heeled sex machine get
ting his groove on while rocking
Overall, the disc could be com
pared to a good party: It starts out
fast, catchy and fun and, as the
night goes on, slows down to some
nice jams Prince wrote just for the
It’s a perfect disc of tunes from
the past to take listeners past the
hype of 1999 and into the new mil
- Sarah Baker
is a Worker’s
During this construction season,
please be extra careful and attentive
when approaching roadwork zones.
‘Astronaut’s Wife’ lost
without plot, suspense
By Samuel McKewon
Senior staff writer
“The Astronaut’s Wife” is one of
those curious creations that has ripped
off several science-fiction genre movies
yet managed to be entirely void of sus
pense and intrigue.
No wonder there weren’t any
advance screenings of this film for crit
ics to ravage.
Written and directed by Rand
Ravich, the movie looks good enough
and employs just about every camera
trick and cliche ever invented (including
the slow motion shot of a glass of water
shattering on the floor).
The cast is good-looking too, with
Johnny Depp going blond and Charlize
Theron as the aforementioned title char
But where, oh where, is the story? A
better question might be: What is the
motivation for such a story?
Depp plays Spencer Armacost, an
astronaut who loses contact with his
NASA base for two minutes while
working in space on a satellite.
He makes it back OK, but his part
ner (Nick Cassavetes) turns up dead
after a few weeks. A few days later, the
partner’s wife kills herself, claiming to
Spencer’s wife, Jillian (Theron), that the
dead astronaut is still “hiding inside
Spencer and Jillian pack up and
move to New York, and Jillian gets preg
Title: “The Astronaut’s Wife”
Stars: Chartize Theron, Johnny Depp,
Director: Rand Ravich
Rating: R (one f-bomb-laced verbal tirade,
graphic alien sex)
Five Words: Script belongs in outer space.
Here, the movie takes on a definite
“Rosemary’s Baby” feel, except Depp’s
character makes way, way more money
working for a defense contractor and
developing a strange, revolutionary
The movie hadn’t taken much shape
by the time of the New York move and
just fell apart even further directly after.
Part of it has to do with the sheer
delay of suspense; we’re not even sure
what’s wrong until well past the one
This movie has scenes that simply
don’t belong: Jillian teaching some sec
ond graders, Jillian dancing around the
The dialogue and just plain stupidi
ty of the movie’s plot make up the other
Depp’s role is severely undercut; his
lines carry so little weight toward any
thing that his talent is wasted.
And not to be unfair to the beautiful
Theron, but she’s over her head in a role
that requires more than crying and col
lapsing on the floor - the two main sta
ples of her performance here. She’s in
nearly every frame of the movie, and
there isn’t a whole lot for her to do.
At only 24, Theron’s too green to
take on the weighty role of a woman
who may be carrying the world’s
destroyer inside her.
Just what is inside her remains fair
ly unclear for a long time, and when a
whacked-out NASA official (a jittery,
almost funny Joe Morton) finally clues
her in, Theron kicks the crying and full
bodied sobs into full gear.
It all leads up to a chase scene
between Depp and Theron that is
among the most ludicrous ever put
onscreen. Really, truly ludicrous. All the
way down to the shifting from night to
day within a matter of seconds - appar
ently an issue overlooked by Ravich.
Not long after comes the ending,
which, when you think about it, renders
the entire movie null and void.
There isn’t much good to say about
“The Astronaut’s Wife.” The parts are so
much greater than the whole. Ravich, as
a director, has promise, and a few
scenes do make the hair stand on end.
As a screenwriter, though, he doesn’t
have much talent. Ultimately, a pretty
worthless script overrides any redeem
ing production value the movie might
Beer school informs at fair
BREW from page 11
Olympics in Atlanta.
“Any place people gather to drink
beer, the Beer School will show up,”
It may show up in a slightly differ
ent form next year. Plans are under
way to expand and redesign the
school, said senior project manager
Daryl Reeves. The Beer School will
be closer to a movie theater in atmos
phere and will include a High
Definition theater, an entryway with a
big screen showing the company’s
Sim Fair Events
Aug. 31,1999 *
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Border Town 5:30 -7 p.m., West Beer Garden >
8 - 9 p.m.,
Lorena Prater & 7-11p.m. Hooters Beer Garden
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Billy Ray Cyrus 8 p.m. * Bob Devaney Sports Center !
history and a special brewmaster
The new design won’t change the
beermaster’s approach, Reeves said.
“They love beer, and they love to
Act explores plights of masculinity
CRIMES from page 11
while entertaining them at the same
“Theater doesn't replace tradi
tional forms of education, but it does
bring in other issues exposing emo
tions and forcing people to think,”
Tetreault’s own collaboration
with Karen Libman, a former UNL
professor of theater arts and dance,
led to the formation of outreach the
ater groups on campus in previous
Since ^ibman’s departure, such
classes for outreach theater have not
been available. Tetreault feels
“Crimes Against Nature” provides an
opportunity for outreach theater to
return to UNL.
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