Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 109
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June 9, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 109

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Station in a movie? By J. P. Rool Brownsville Station is a group that is impossible to interview. The trio is insane. You can't get two sentences that make sense out of them in order. They have a ball, and if you're trying to talk with them, you thank them for the beer they've handed you, sit back, and e"njoy it. That's what I did after their appearance here recently as warmup for Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. Cub Koda, wildman guitar player and sort of spokesman" for the group, was all enthused about the band's -plaits for a movie to be called "Brownsville Station -Joins the Army." Asked how serious they were about the movie they say will involve Mel Brooks (of "Blazing Saddles" and "Son of Frankenstein" fame), bass player Michael Lutz said, "Damn serious." »· The movie, as Koda explains it, goes something like this: By some quirk of fate and kink of Uncle Sam (especially since there's no draft now), the band members are accidentally drafted. They go through boot camp before the Army realizes they're tod (expletive deleted) up to be foot soldiers and shuffles them into the space program. As a bit of pr (and a shot in the arm for the sagging space race), Brownsvile Station will be aboard the first manned space probe to Mars (with a stop at the moon for "One of each." STEAK DINNER SPECIAL DELMONICO ·T-BONE A _ AA KANSAS CITY · FILET $ M (Ml SIRLOIN · N.Y. STRIP VV '·PORTERHOUSE ,: 0 With French Fries or Baked Potatoes · . LIVE ENTER! A«MENT-FRI.,S AT., SUN. THE COMMODORES" K ANA WH A CITY CLUBHOUSE 4102 MfxCwkk Avt., SI. Mi. 925-9960 FATHER'S DAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 16,8:30 P.M CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER Tickets: $5 in advance; $6 at the door; Feslhralieating Tickets on sale at Civic Center, Sean and Gorbv's. a Moonburger). All the other rock bands in the,world get terribly jealous that they haven't been chosen, a n d ' t h e y hold a meeting, Mafia-style, to sabotage the ship and get rid of the band. Ted Mack and Art Linkletter are chosen to do the foul ^deed. The band is launched and on its way, the sabotage apparently malfunctioning, but as they near the planet Mars and they're getting up for the first notes they'll play upon landing (something about "Smokin' in the Boys Room"), they run into difficulty: The instruments aren't functioning and they -have to call on Houston to help them out. The men are all.sitting around the controls trying to figure which button to push when in comes the President (played by either Gabby Hays or Walter Brennan) in a wheelchair. He wants to telephone the boys and tell them what a great thing they're doing f or,'America, also to suggest ; a new riff they might try. . ..He'staggers to his feet, loses his balance and his hands land flat-out across . the control board, setting off fhe self-destruct mecha- nismrThe rocket goes up in smoke, a big boom, and in the closing shot we see the ' band members, halos (that's 'a laugh) and harps singing "Barefootin 1 " as they head for heaven. .. - » Not bad.for a bunch of boys from Ann Arbor, is it? ' Not if it can be worked out, anyway. I like the idea okay, .but I'd rather see Browns- .ville Station played by Alice -Cooper, Elvis Presley-and Doc Severinsen. That -- as they say -- would be a movie. Most of the interview after Koda's movie synopsis was not too eventful. My handful of questions for the high-energy noise-making party band -- went unanswered or drew Mad magazine type answers. Only once did I MAYBE get the truth, and that was a question about the formation of Brownsville Station. "How did you guys meet?" I asked, pointing out that the record company bio about meeting in Al Nalli's music shop in Ann Arbor and discovering that they all knew each other but hadn't formally met and in the midst of it Nalli said, "Hey, why don't you form a band?" was patently too good to be true. The Station is a young band -- they've been togeth- er.five years, yet their average age is 22. They're really hung up on high school. They write and sing songs about the experience of being young and carefree, such songs as "Smokin'," "Leader of the Gang" and "King of the Party," Their new album is even entitled "High School Punks." Perhaps because they are so young, questions about the habit rock stars seem to have of dying at 27 are laughed off. "They were dope fiends," Lutz says. "We're not any- kind of fiends except maybe sex fiends, but you probably can't print that. Just say we're not any kind of fiends." That's not true, though. Saturday Movies Cont'd "GAMES" (1967) ***, 11:30 p.m., (D with Simone Signoret and James Caan. Offbeat, macabre drama which won't be everyone's cup of tea, but-there certainly are novel .and ghoulish plot turns along the way. The attractive Katherine Ross, who. played Dustin Hoff- maftVybung girlfriend in the Graduate, is convincing playing a young wife quite rightfully worried about her .well-being. N e w c o m e r James Caan playing her husband is about as animated as a totem pole. Curtis Harrington directed from a story- : of his own c r e a t i o n . You've got to pay attention to this intellectual chiller about a warped rich young couple who indulge in way out 'games' of a kind not condoned by civilized socie- ' 'THE W O L F M A N , " (1941) ***, 11: 30 p.m. ©with Claude Rains and Lon Chaney. Effective horror film. Whenever there is full moon, mild-mannered Lon Chaney is transformed into a hairy, prowling night-creature. Good acting and direction heighten and' suspense. "WHITE COMMANCHE," 11:45 p.m., ©· with Joseph Cotten and William Shatner. »· "BLACK TORMENT," (1964 "*'/ z , 12:15 a.m., ® with Heather Sears and John Turner. Nobleman returns with his second wife to his estate.,to find ghostly goings on, and accusations of witchcraft against him; Spooking costume thriller whips up its share of suspense. -IUYWOOB lOOSQuarrierSt 346-0041 RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21 and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday LUX thru 11 00 PM They're fun fiends. They come to a place to boogie, and if the audience won't party, the band carries on without them. Asked what they'd be doing if they weren't in a band like this, Koda replied seriously: "Trying to be in a band like this." *· A LOOK AT WXIT'S Top Ten shows the following (in no certain order): "Billy Don't Be a Hero," the Heywoods "My Girl Bill," Jim Stafford "Help Me," Joni Mitchell "For the Love of Money," O'Jays "Sundown," Gordon Lightfoot "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria Muldaur "I Won't Last a Day," Carpenters "Locomotion," Grand Funk "Entertainer," Marvin Hamlisch "Band on the Run," Paul McCartney and Wings ICE SKATING CIVIC CENTER PUBLIC ICE SKATING SCHEDULE MONDAY 8:06-10:00 p.m. Public Skating TUESDAY . 8-00-10:00 p.m. Public Skating WIMESDAY Closed To The Public. THURSDAY 10:00-12 Noon Housewife S$s- sivnt. 8:00-10:00 p.m. Public Skating FRIDAY 8:00-10:00 p.m. Public Skating 10:30-1:00 a.m. Moonlight Clow (1? years and over) SATURDAY 12 Moon-1:00 p.m. Kiddie Kapers (12 and under) 50' 3:00-5:00 pjn. Pubfic Skating 8:00-10:00 p.m. Public Skating SUNDAY 3:00-5:00 p.m. Public Skating AMte S1.H, ChMrw 75', KM* Kaptn (12 «ri M*r) 5f , Iwtai AVAAIU KM PRIVATE PARTNSAMUSS4MS Robert McCrary as Phillip FATHER'S DAY, JUNE 1BTH Treat Dad to this hilarious comedy of a wives and lovers mix-up! CHARLESTON 755-3811 HUNTINGTON 736-8904 Doors open 6 P.M. Tues. thru. Sat. 4 P.M. Sun. Closed Mon. SOUTH OFF I-64 (EXIT 9) D -A HERITAGE TO ENJOY- ttflRRQDSBURG KENTUCKY BICENTENNIAL o Special Guests c 'Boots Rand'olph, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Glower, The McLain Family Band, The Puppet House Players, the Bluegrass Strings and Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. · FUN FOR EVERYONE!! · . A host of Pioneer Pleasures includes, (Old) Fort Harrod filled with Settlers, the Trading Post -all handmade treasures, Historic Homes Tours, Red Arrow Bus Tours, Old-fashioned Gospel Sing, Street Dance, the Mammouth Bicentennial Parade, the Homecoming of "James Harrod", vj Kentucky.Crafts Fair, Ice Cream Social, Pioneer Games and more! June 8 to 16, June 22-23 June 29-30 Take the family to a once in 200 years celebration. D For details, call 606/734-2364 or write Harrodsburg '74, Mercer Chamber of Commerce, Harrodsburg, KY 40330. CHARLESTON, W. VA. 15s . fli

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