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11/2/2004

DEGENERATES ABROAD
Phoenix, Tucson, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas Ė where else you gonna find this kind of coverage?
http://www.degeneratepress.com/vault/southwest_2004/


FILM FLAM
Thereís a review of Shaun of the Dead tucked in our Wild West Review above. In other movie news, we got this from degenerate VS:
UPN's "Atlanta Tonight" will be filmed LIVE from the Starlight on
Wednesday November 3rd!!! The crew will set up at 6:30, and the movies start
At 7:30.
So bring your family, tell your friends, and come out to the Starlight to enjoy a fine evening of entertainment. Check the website for movie listings!!! www.starlightdrivein.com 


BLASPHEMY
Iíve used it before, but itís the only tune that fits.

Elected
Alice Cooper
(Cooper/Bruce/Buxton/Dunaway/Smith)

I'm your top prime cut of meat, I'm your choice,
I wanna be elected,
I'm your yankee doodle dandy in a gold Rolls Royce,
I wanna be elected,
Kids want a savior, don't need a fake,
I wanna be elected,
We're all gonna rock to the rules that I make,
I wanna be elected, elected, elected.

I never lied to you, I've always been cool,
I wanna be elected,
I gotta get the vote, and I told you 'bout school,
I wanna be elected, elected, elected,
Hallelujah, I wanna be selected,
Everyone in the United States of America.

We're gonna win this one, take the country by storm,
We're gonna be elected,
You and me together, young and strong,
We're gonna be elected, elected, elected,
Respected, selected, call collected,
I wanna be elected, elected.

"And if I am elected
I promise the formation of a new party
A third party, the Wild Party!
I know we have problems,
We got problems right here in Central City,
We have problems on the North, South, East and West,
New York City, Saint Louis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles,
Detroit, Chicago,
Everybody has problems,
And personally, I don't care."


EAR PLUGS
Instead of working up a nice pictorial review for the pre-Halloween show reviewed below, weíre just giving you the text version so we can spend our photo-processing time and effort for our Halloween review. Enjoy this old school throwback while it lasts. Next episode itís back to living color!
Friday we hit the Earl early and had a drink on the sidewalk before heading into the back for the show. The Selmanaires were already on the little side stage in the corner cranking out some low-energy, organ-based instrumental music, sort of jazzy, lounge stuff that didnít do a thing for me. They were joined by local girl Anna Kramer for a song, then cranked out another instrumental or two. Their final number had a bit of a funk edge that kept me from fleeing the room, but just as they got my attention they finished their set.
On the main stage, the six members of Sea Ray clambered between their heaps of equipment, cranked up a video projector, lighting them and the wall behind them, and started into dense, layered, subtle music with vocals that were mixed a bit too quietly to discern. With the trippy video, I was reminded of psychedelic acts of the 60ís, but the sound was far more modern, mixing effects machines with cello and subdued electric guitars. Good stuff, especially when they picked up the pace. Excellent drummer too.
Jeff Clarke regularly complains about The Tom Collins, so I figured they must be good. He often compares them to Led Zeppelin, which isnít a bad thing in my book. Heís right in the comparison Ė the lead guitar gave me a serious sense of Jimmy Page dťjŗ vu. You donít get Robert Plantís keening wail, but the badass guitar is right up front. It got the rock and roll chicks in the front row shaking head to toe and I donít ask for a heck of a lot more for my $6.
The Selmanaires returned to the side stage, this time ditching the vaguely loungy jazz organ for sorta punky 80ís sounding stuff with percussive guitar. It was fun, but grew redundant after the third tune. We opted to sit in the back and chat instead.
Last up, A Fir Ju Well, celebrating the release of their CD. They started off with a girl playing a full sized harp on stage, leading into some quiet, melodic tunes. During one of the countless Chinese firedrills that make up their act, she was carted off stage and replaced by other instruments. Accordion, horns, keyboards Ė it seems like every member of the band can play every instrument and they make a point to prove it. Every song involves a lineup switcheroo, yet thereís only subtle differences from song to song. Itís one of those times I should know more about music so I could tell you exactly why their stuff is soÖ droopy? But hey, if I knew more about music Iíd probably be torturing Jeff Clarke with my efforts on stage. Suffice it to say, I think the members of A Fir Ju Well are all skilled and talented, but the assembly of the parts doesnít do a thing for me. Thereís something sort of circus like about it, both in the endless switching of players and in the sound itself. Cheesy organ often takes the lead and you canít help but think itíd make great background music for a David Lynch sideshow.


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