The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 2, 1996 · Page 28
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 2, 1996
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4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 2. 1996 APPLAUSE! THE SALINA JOURNAL WALLFLOWERS DESPITE — OR BECAUSE OF — DYLAN By FRED SHUSTER c. 1996 Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — Nobody's sure if the Bob Dylan association is helping or hurting the Wallflowers, the acclaimed band led by the famous troubadour's 26-year-old son, Jakob Dylan. There's no denying the likeness. The young Dylan sings a lot like his father did in the mid- to late '60s, and the Wallflowers have a rootsy, Hammond B3-driven sound reminiscent of such classic Dylan albums as "Highway 61 Revisited." Jakob Dylan also boasts a talent for writing poetically ambiguous lyrics that lots of people can relate to, as evidenced by the success of the Wallflowers' U 6th Avenue Heartache," a track from the band's second album, "Bringing Down the Horse" (Inter- scope), which is among the top modern- rock radio hits in the nation. And like his dad, Jakob Dylan would rather let listeners figure out what the songs mean rather than spoon-feed interpretations by including a lyric sheet along with the disc. "Printing the lyrics has become the expected thing to do," the younger Dylan said. "It used to be the exception to the rule. I take a lot of time with my lyrics, but I don't feel it's important to place so much importance on them. Let people listen harder." Whether they're listening harder or not isn't clear. But they are buying. Bolstered by widespread airplay for "6th Avenue Heartache," the band's sophomore album is bubbling under the top 50 in the albums chart. At adult album alternative (triple-A) radio KSCA-FM (101.9), the Wallflowers are here to stay, said music director Nicole Sandier. "The album is one of my favorites of the summer," she said. "The single is still going strong with terrific response. At the same time, the album has lots of great songs. I think it'll be with us for a long time." The Wallflowers — including Rami Jaffee (keyboards), Michael Ward (guitar), Greg Richling (bass) and Mario Calire (drums) — appear tonight and Saturday in sold-out shows at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Tickets are available only from rock radio KLOS-FM (95.6) for two Wallflowers shows Monday at the Viper Room in Hollywood. "Everybody has a job in this band," Dylan said this week from a tour stop in Phoenix. "My job is the songwriting. What appeals to me most are songs, new or old. I was always appreciative of good songwriting and strived to find something I could listen to. I've never been very impressed with great rhythms or ambiguous instrumental sounds. That never appealed to me as much as a piano, a voice and a good song." Jakob Dylan was born in New York, the youngest of five children of Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes. He was around 3 when the family moved to Los Angeles. His parents divorced in 1977. Dylan put the first incarnation of the Wallflowers together in 1989 and began gigging at the Kibitz Room in back of Canter's delicatessen in Los Angeles. Lenny Kravitz and Jackson Browne began turning up to hear the band, and soon the place was packed. The group's self-titled 1992 debut album for Virgin Records sold few copies, and when two key executives at the company left the label, the Wallflowers asked to be released from their contract. After some personnel changes, sessions began for "Bringing Down the Horse," with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and Michael Penn dropping by to help out. Duritz sings the background harmonies on "6th Avenue Heartache." Dylan said the song lay around for a few years before he got around to finishing it. "That's normal," he said. "You sit and kind of wait. The song was written originally as an idea. I don't think in terms of radio. I've never had that feeling of knowing something will be a hit. I don't know how most people do it, but I don't even pretend to know. I don't know what a radio song consists of. I left it to my record company and they thought they could run with this one." "6th Avenue Heartache" seems to touch a IT'S Not EASY BEING ARNOLD; CELEBRITY BIKES IN THE NEWS By ROGER ANDERSON Scripps Howard News Service HARDSHIPS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS* You already knew that Arnold Schwarzenegger was making a comedy pic titled "Jingle All the Way" which takes for its subject matter the trials and tribulations of a dad who wants to buy a popular holiday toy for his children but has a hard time of it because the item is sold out everywhere. What you probably didn't know is that Arnie recently confided to Time magazine that the scenario jibes with his own experience. "It doesn't matter how rich or powerful you are," Arnie says. "If the toy is out, it's out." Where is that violin music coming from? SPEAKING OF GIFTS: We think we sense a celebrity motif in the making as we note: (a) That Anthony Edwards of "ER" fame recently bought mountain bikes for the 15 employees of his talent agency just because they had the skill and sagacity to nail him down a role playing opposite Eric Roberts in an upcoming CBS remake of "In Cold Blood"; and (b) That when ex-Billy Joel spouse Christie Brinkley tied the connubial knot with someone named Peter Cook a few days ago, among the fantastic objects they received from those near and dear to them was a set of his-and-hers bicycles. From whom? From Billy himself, who's a sophisticated, happening guy. y FERGIE UPDATE: We mentioned the other day that the Duchess of York has been upset lately over the fact that a person to whom she once went for fortune-telling services was planning to publish a book abo'ut the experience. Now we learn that the Fer- gmeister has succeeded in getting a London judge to block publication of said tome for the time being. The bad news, however, is that Prince Andrew's former wife had to put up a bond in the amount of $780,000 in case she loses her court case against the psychic, and also will have to pay that person's legal costs in such an eventuality. But she gets to keep her bicycle no matter what. CASTING NOTES FROM ALL OVER: Even more interesting is word that Christopher Darden, one of the people who tried to prosecute O.J. Simpson, is going to make an appearance on the popular television program "Touched by an Angel." "I'd like to sit in the trailer less," Chris was good enough to tell "Entertainment Tonight" this week, "but I look forward to perhaps doing a little more acting." Sure, Chris, whatever. DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH7 Meantime, the folks over at NBC News can be mighty proud of themselves because their evening program starring Tom Brokaw ranked No. 1 for the first week of the season, edging out ABC's Peter Jennings — to say nothing of CBS and Dan Rather. "We're very pleased," Tom admits to USA Today. "But one week does not make a year or a career, so we're not going to hyperventilate here." Not hyperventilating is always a good idea, especially when operating heavy machinery. universal chord. It opens with a description of a shooting on a New York street, followed by a chorus that maintains, "the same white line that was drawn on you was drawn on me." Whatever that means. "A lot of people know what the song is actually about," Dylan said. "It tells about something that happened in New York and some other things. Most people just like to sing along with a chorus anyway. A lot of people don't pay attention to the words. The version that's on the radio is missing a whole verse, which would make the song make a lot more sense. But nobody's really noticed. That's what I mean when I say that people don't need to pay attention to the words." The Wallflowers have been likened to Counting Crows in the use of the B3 organ, midtempo material, humanistic lyrics and '60s feel. Dylan believes the musical climate has changed sufficiently that a band can thrive without offering thrash guitar and screaming vocals. "I'm not really in the business of having illusions," he said, echoing the sort of response his father often gave. "But our first record did what it was able to do. I don't think we were capable of making this record four years ago. Four years ago, it was the height of 'Teen Spirit' mania, and there wasn't much interest in our sound." Despite the growth of triple-A stations such as KSCA, Dylan insists the Wallflowers' music is separate from any prevailing trend. "The kind of music this band does isn't part of anything," he said. "It doesn't exist for any radio format. Some refer to it as organic or Americana music, but I've never attempted to label it-. It isn't of any particular moment. But for some reason, it's important for people to categorize something instantly. "The first question is always, 'What do they sound like?' That's unfortunate because it makes people not want to hear things for themselves. It's a cliche to say labeling is a bad thing. But it is." CHILDREN CAN LEND A HAND VIA NICK'S 'THE BIG HELP* By JANET WEEKS c. 1996 Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — Nickelodeon realizes that the word "volunteerism" has the same effect on kids as a plate of lima beans — it sends them ducking under the bunk beds for cover. That's why the savvy cable network gave its weekend-long push to get kids into community service — its call to would-be kid activists — the moniker "The Big Help." "We didn't call the show' "The Big Volunteer,' " says host Mike O'Malley, also the star of "Life With Roger" (9 p.m. Sundays, WB Channel 5). "We call it 'The Big Help.' That's the key. 'Help' is such a great word. Can you help me? It's a great word." "The Big Help" has two components: On Saturday, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell kick off the "Help-a-thon" by co- hosting Nick's evening programming block (called "Snick"). Between shows, the two stars talk about the importance of community service and explain how kids can pledge their time to help others. They also practice what they preach by making their own pledges. On Sunday, Nick turns its cameras to the newly opened Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier for a live event featuring celebrity interviews and taped segments about kids across the country making a difference in their hometowns. Celebrities to appear include Shaquille O'Neal, LL Cool J, Coo- lio, Tun Allen, Kirsten Dunst and, of course, Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Apparently, it's impossible to stage an event for children without him. During the show, kids are encouraged to call in and pledge their time to help someone. In 1995, 5 million calls came in from kids who pledged 54 million hours of their time. "You hear a lot of adults saying the country's going down the tubes," says O'Malley. "We found by doing 'The Big Help' that when you give kids access to volunteerism, these kids go out and encourage their whole families." The random acts of kindness encouraged range from little things — like picking up trash in a park — to big projects, like starting a recycling program at school. "People need help," says O'Malley. "You don't have to be president of the Sierra Club or take over city hall to participate. Helping doesn't have to be this big thing. It can mean cleaning up your room or becoming pen pals with an elderly person." $599 Steel Lawn Rake Servistar18-Tine Hosier Lumber 1210 W.Crawford Salina 827-3618 Ask Me For A RwHearingTesf HEARING AIDS 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 Alan Grigsby 234 S. Santa Fe 21 Years Experience Salina we've pum We're grown in Kansas! 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