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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 9, 1999)
By Jason Hardy
Senior staff writer
It was circa 1992, and almost every
one was into rayon.
Shows like “Parker Lewis Can’t
Lose” and “In Living Color” were set
ting trends in music, fashion and come
dy. MC Hammer was smokin’ on the
dance floor, Richard Marx was still
around, just kickin’ it, and Nirvana was
poised and ready to take over the world.
But among those already tuning out
the neon-clad comedic blitzkrieg and
resisting the flannel wool that was soon
to be pulled over everyone’s eyes were
five guys in an Iowa City garage.
Not only were they tuning out the
typical ’90s culture, they were tuning
into ideas that were already 30 years
They were, and still are, the Bent
Scepters, a modern take on 1960s
garage pop rock ’n’ roll with hints of
early R&B. Some have dubbed it
“secret-agent-garage-surf,” and many
have tried to file it under something, but
like any recycled product, it’s hard to
figure out exactly what it is now.
For Doug Roberson, singer/gui
tarist for the Bent Scepters, it’s all just
“We’ve never professed to be any
thing more than just fun,” he said. “This
is mostly based on an appreciation of
the Beatles, the Stones and Elvis. I
always liked the music, clothes and
design of that era.”
Initially, Roberson was in a band
called Head Candy, a blend of the pop
riffs of Husker Du with the noisy song
structures of Sonic Youth, but found he
had more fun playing old-school rock
’n’ roll and mod music like the
Kingsmen, the Troggs or the Zombies.
“When I first Was learning how to
play guitar, I wanted to learn how to
play like Joe Perry from Aerosmith, and
I just couldn’t figure it out,” Roberson
said. “But I put on some Kinks records
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Who: Bent Scepters
Where: Duffy’s, 1412 0 St.
When: Sunday, 10 p.m.
The Skinny: Band brings ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll
and some early Stones stuff, and I was
like ‘Wow, I can play this.’
“Now I could figure out how to play
an Aerosmith song. I just don’t want to.”
The Scepters know they’re not
breaking new ground musically, and
they’ve never claimed to be musical
geniuses. (At the same time, whoever
invented the slide probably didn’t call it
his or her finest piece of architecture,
but slides sure are fun.)
“We want to take that (’60s culture)*
recycle it, add some of our own things
and put it back out there again,”
Roberson said. “We didn’t reinvent die
wheel, but the chrome on the mags is
just a little more stylish now.”
Oddly enough, just like the bands of
the early ’60s, the Bent Scepters have
evolved in their sound over the past
decade. Instead of sounding early ’60s,
they now sound late ’60s. Of course,
there’s little room to maneuver in a
genre that has already happened.
The Scepters’ latest release,
“Hellevator Music,” is decidedly low
fi. But despite some of its mellow over
tones, there is still a big rock ’n’ roll
foundation. It’s something that gets you
moving, and when it comes to playing
live, Roberson said, it’s time to rock out.
“Our shows are pretty in-your-face
and high energy.
“Oh yeah, we’re a loud and obnox
ious rock band.”
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Full and Queen size mattress sets. New and in plastic.
Never used. 10 years warranty. Retail for $439 and
$639. Sell for $165 for the Full, Queen $195.477-1225.
Limited Edition...Memorial Stadium replica with
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Wanted: 2NU/Cal tickets, south or east stadium. Will
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Wanted: Student tickets for Texas A&M game. Call
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* ‘89 Maxima GXE 4 door, auto, air, loaded, 103K,
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‘88 Toyota Tercel hatchback, drives well, 13.8K. Asking
$900. Must sell. Call 467-1372.
1974 Excel 250 Honda Enduro, 4800K, no scratches,
one owner, excellent, $1250,464-0449.
1979 black Impala, new transmission, exhaust,
shocks, starter, many other new parts. Key Stone,
Klassic rims, $900, (Jake) 436-6319. _
1992 Mazda 929. 71K miles. V-6. Fully loaded luxury
car. $7,900 OBO. Call 325-9112.
1996 Chevy S-10. 5-speed, air, tinted windows, short
bed with liner, like new condition. $7,250.466-8819.
Great work car! ‘90 Ford Escort-5 speed, good me
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Auto Accidents & DWI
Other criminal matters, call Sanford Pollack 476-7474.
For all your insurance needs: auto, home, health, life
and business, call Jim Wallace at American Family
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400s Housing 4^^
Big house, very nice, clean, all utilities paid, with W/D.
Close to campus. Males only, $280/month. 477-0227.
Come live in a mansion! M/F roommate needed for
ballroom studio apartment (your own private room).
Big kitchen, close to campus, view of Capitol. $275 +
phone (cable included)! Call Kelly 476-5706.
Female roommate needed, 2BR, 2 bath, close to cam
pus. Call Laura at 477-9385.
Female roommate to share 4 bedroom 2 bath duplex
with W/D, garage. $217 plus utilities. Close to campus.
Male graduate looking for mature individual to share
house, starting October 1st, or November 1st. Rent
approx. $400 per person. Call or leave message
M/F to share upscale furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom
apartment. 3rd-floor, secure building, pool, exercise
room. W/D, $275+ 1/2 utilities. 474-4833, leave
5 bedrooms, 3 baths, C/A. 2304 U Street. $900.
3 bedrooms, close to campus, available.
Pets Welcome. 432-6644.
836 Y, 2 bedroom, basement, garage, 2 blocks from
1300 Eldon Drive. 3 bedroom, double garage, A/C, full
basement, church owned, nice location. Grad student.,
No smoking/pet, $975. Call 489-9516 to see.
2775 Scott Ave, 3+ 2BR. 2407 S. 39th, 2+ 1BR, both
stone, 1 3/4 bath, finished basement, garage, under
ground sprinkler, appliances, very nice, near Southeast
High, $995+ deposit, no pets. 483-2156.
3204 Holdrege, 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, garage, parking,
near UNL $775,432-0644.
4603 S. 54th, 3 bedroom, C/A, $685. Call 483-4887,
890-3508 or 483-7720.
Campus Close. Good 5 bedroom, two baths, central :
air, off street parking. 467-6177 or 430-9618.
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Ne’ar UNL. Central air, washer, dryer, dishwasher.
Open now. 321 N. 30th, 4 huge bedrooms, $795.
621 N. 30th, 2+ bedroom, 2 baths, 2 level very large
duplex. $700 Call for info 421 -9556.
Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath duplex, close to campus,
dishwasher, paid utilities, $795 monthly, 938 S. 12th,
Walk to campus, off street parking, remodeled 2 bed
room, appliances furnished. 2410 vine, 432-6476.
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Efficiency, 1342 B Street. Free electric. $280
1 Bedroom 2000 J Street. Clean. $305
2 Bedroom 1505 S. 19th, New carpet $410
No Smokers or Pets 440-3000
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Relax in our tree-lined neighborhood. Efficiency- $299;
one bedroom- $349 up; two bedroom- $419 up.
1 BEDROOM APTS
In Unique Complex between campuses, super clean,
3-month leases, newer decor,
stove/fridge/dishwasher/disposal/blinds, parking, cen
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patios, big closets, breakfast bar, $345,
1 bedroom, 830 S. 28th, no smokers or pets. Utilities
paid, $350. Call 423-4575
2 bedroom modern, $400 a month. 508 South 25th, off
street parking, leave message 483-2357.
1230 D and 1922 K. Newer, extra clean, 2BR,
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4908 Madison, 1 BR, A/C, all utilities except electric,
$360. Call 483-4887,890-3508 or 483-7720.
Bargain Time! Newer 2 bedroom, 1801 Knox, no pets,
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School Year Leases Available
1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, 3 year rent freeze.
Call for locations and prices, 477-2600 or
Spacious 1 BR apartments, central air, D/W, off street
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Available now, $450/month. Call today, 474-2729.
3 p.m. weekday prior
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♦ 1 bedroom bright and sunny, oak floors, 1829
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