The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 6, 1986 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, January 6, 1986
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Entertainment The Salina Journal Monday, January 6 1986 Page 16 Critical acclaim greets guitarist-songwriters Big hit still eludes Crenshaw Creative genius Pete Townshend's gifts flower * • Crenshaw NEW YORK (AP) - Critical acclaim is nice, and praise from other artists even nicer. But why, Marshall Crenshaw wonders, can't he get a Top 10 hit? "It's terribly frustrating not to have a big hit sin- g1e,' ' said Crenshaw, the 32- year-old guitarist- songwriter whose "Downtown" album is climbing the Billboard charts. "I think every single we've put out has been right on the money, so I'm really confused as to why we haven't had a hit." Crenshaw is not alone in his confusion. His three- to four-minute songs appear tailor-made to be pop hits: They have catchy hooks, sing-along choruses and tight instrumentation. Bette Midler sings Crenshaw's praises and his song, "You're My Favorite Waste of Time." Rockabilly singer Robert Gordon scored a Top 40 hit with the Crenshaw-penned, "Someday, Someway." Yet the one hit that could send his career skyrocketing eludes Crenshaw, whose songwriting style prompted Rolling Stone magazine to compare his first album to the work of the late Buddy Holly. Crenshaw doesn't mind the comparison to Holly or any of the musicians from the late 1950s and early 1960s he grew up hearing. "To me, that's like the highest compliment I could get, for someone to say it reminds them of Sun Records, or Buddy Holly or the Everly Marquee Brothers," Crenshaw said. "These people and these sounds represent to me the very highest standard in rock 'n'roll." Crenshaw is also well acquainted with the work of the Beatles, having played John Lennon in a nationwide tour of "Beatlemania." But despite these influences and experiences, the Detroit native believes he has carved his own niche. On his third and most recent album, Crenshaw featured new instruments — electric sitar and congas, for example — and recruited musicians other than drummer (and brother) Robert Crenshaw and bassist Chris Donato, the only other players on Crenshaw's first two albums. "Emotionally it was a little bit hard, because it was breaking an old, established habit," he said. "But I think its really good to break your old habits, and I feel really good about that aspect of this record." Crenshaw and his band, which now includes his brother, Donato, former Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby and onetime Beatlemania sidekick Tom Teeley (who portrayed George Harrison), just completed a concert tour at arenas as an opening act for British techno-pop star, Howard Jones. Maby and Teeley joined the band in time for the tour. "I like anything better than being an opening act in an arena. I like going to the dentist better than I like that," said Crenshaw, while quickly adding that Jones and his entourage treated them very well. "We needed to do it because it's a new band." Salina movies Jewel of the Nile — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG 101 Dalmatians — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated G Out of Africa — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated PG Rocky IV — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Spies Like Us — Fox Theater, Rated PG Young Sherlock Holmes — Vogue Theater, Rated PG TV movies, specials 8 p.m. — The Enforcer, NBC, Salina Cable Channels 3 and 4 Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly (1976). 11 am-2 pm Mon.-Thurs. at MID AMERICA INN RESTAURANT Help yourself at our SOUP, SALAD & SAHDWICHBAR $ 3.95 1842 N. 9th 823-267O "Dirty Harry" Calahan is joined by a female partner in his pursuit of a group of California revolutionaries terrorizing San Francisco. 8 p.m. — Shattered Spirits, ABC, Salina Cable Channels 9 and 10 Martin Sheen, Melinda Dillon (premiere). A placid facade cloaks the physical and emotional wounds a family suffers due to their father's denial of his alcoholism. 8 p.m. — Run Silent, Run Deep, Salina Cable Channel 7 Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster (1958). A submarine crew is divided between boys and men during a battle off the coast of Japan. 9:20 p.m. — The McMasters, WTBS, Salina Cable Channel 13 Burl Ives, Brock Peters (1970). A black man returns to the Southwest after the Civil War and struggles with prejudice from all sides. Beloit Orchestra concert scheduled BELOIT — The 53-member Beloit Community Orchestra, directed by Cleo Riley, will present its annual winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Beloit Junior-Senior High School. Special features will be Robert Baker of Beloit on the oboe, accompanied by Juliane Pruitt of Beloit; a clarinet quartet consisting of Jean Nyberg and DeAnn Harbaugh, both of Beloit, Virginia Fobes of Lincoln and Larry Nelson of Sylvan Grove; and a string ensemble consisting of Mike Harbaugh, Kendra Brigdon, Cheryl Christians, Maurice McDonald, Pam Flemming and Stanley Graybill, all of Beloit. There is no admission charge. PRIME-TIMER SHOW {*) $2 25 SEN. CITIZENS ANYTIME .-, .'urith Ui./ Our QF AFRICA BASED ON A C^^jf^***/ TRUE STORY ROBERT REDPORD MERYL STREEP 3RD BIS TODAY AT E2 ffflgiS^S WEEK! (*4:45)-8:15 NO PASSES I M OW * , <fc>MW«'S CLASSIC 101 The Jewel of the yfiJe AMERICA CHEERS FOR THE CHAMP! (-5:00) 7:009:15 SPIES LIKE US E3 NEW YORK (AP) - Much as Pete Townshend was applauded before — as creative genius of the Who, writer of the acclaimed rock opera "Tommy" and a superstar rock guitarist — his gifts are flowering even more, With a book of I short stories out! and a new record and video, he's working for a British book publisher, enjoying family life, in-1 volved in social causes and eating Townshend well without bloating to middle-aged bulge. It wasn't hard turning 40 on May 19, Townshend recently said. "Being 40 has made me feel I don't have to worry about naturally slowing down a bit. I realize I've been running at very high speed for some time." He can still execute those high kicks and airborne splits that were once his trademark at Who concerts, but they're not quite as high. In the early '70s, Townshend attached a lot of "personal idealism" to rock V roll. "I made it almost like a consuming obsession that it might one day help to make the world a better place. "Now I look at 25 years of rock 'n' roll, culminating in Live Aid. It has taken 25 years for the circle to be closed, when rock all of a sudden does have power to change things. You change things by virtue of what you do and not by virtue of what you say in lyrics." Townshend, who is involved with a refuge for battered women in London, has found charitable work enriching since ending the Who 3te years ago. He recently filmed a concert in London to raise money for a drug rehabilitation clinic run by the Scottish doctor who had helped him. Townshend met Dr. Meg Patterson in 1976 when she treated a guitarist friend for heroin addiction. "As a result, I started helping finance her work. I called her for myself Christmas 1981," he said. "I was a heavy drinker but I used to manage quite well. ... I went to a clinic in London. What they gave me in treatment quit working. I started to use heroin. I suppose it was the shock of realizing I was going to spend the rest of my life sober.... "I had to face up to the fact it was time to leave the Who. The years of the Who were great but the best of it was gone." In July 1983, Townshend became an editor at Faber & Faber, the company where T.S. Eliot was an editor for 30 years. His own book 6f short stories, "Horse's Neck," published in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin Co., will be out soon in paperback. Townshend simultaneously worked on his new video and Atco album, both titled "White City." He wrote the script for the video and then wrote songs to fit into it. Both cost about $500,000 to make. His 16-year-old daughter, Emma, is in the video. Her sister, Minta, 14, was a clown in Townshend's last one in 1982. Both are interested in music. "It is quite worrying when kids want to get into the family business. You know the good side and the bad side," he said. 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