LA Weekly from Los Angeles, California on August 16, 1984 · 51
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LA Weekly from Los Angeles, California · 51

Los Angeles, California
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Thursday, August 16, 1984
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rV "' v L.A.WEEKLY August 10-16, 1984 SI THE f CRITICAL UST Cramps Rin Tin Ten 1. Earth, Wind and Fire: That's the Way of the World (Columbia). A shining star for you to see the light all about love. Serious romantic music to wear silk bellbottom slacks to. 2. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band ( Apple). Phantom passion that Black Flag cant even touch. 3. Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach (Penguin Books) Willy Wonkas inventor was in far groovier dreamworlds with this tale of too-big bugs and a floating Pentagon-sized peach. 4. Leslie Caron in Gigi. Gigi was the wildest, sweetest, most continental flick this side of the Gitchiegoomie and without a doubt its leading lady shouldve been the one to light the Olympic torch. 5. Van Halen: Panama" from 9W(WB). Dave and pals have lost some of their snot, fer sure, but the video to this song will explain clear n simple why they can't lose their dastardly sense of humor and silly bravado. 6. Steve Martin: Cruel Shoes (Putnam Books). Steve, guyeeeeee, too much dude, wailo-rooni. 7. All Devo videos. Really, talent surfaces. These zonkers experiments in disaster are so far superior to anything else on MTV, its shocking. Potatoheads unite! 8. Trash. I mean, I do skag, yknow, junk ... I hope that after the nuclear war, this is the only sign of intelligent life found by the Martians. Warhol does it right for the zillionth time. 9. Cramps: Smell of Female. Only the Cramps can cut the mustard sleek and unprofound and still sound like non-assholes. 10. Colin Wilson: The Outsider. Stark paperback on mans greatest 20th century sickness. Good grimy reading for people in prison or on a bus to one of the Olympic games. Shredder Bargains at Twice the Price; Rip-Offs at Half the Cost 1. Say You: Colourbox (4 A.D. Import 7 inch). A synthetic dub reggae rhythm embellishes this beguiling pop melody, highlighted by a knock-out female vocal. Best radio possibility since Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? U.S. release on Qwest, with Jellybean re-mix is rumored. 2. Robert Mugge: The Gospel According to Al Green (Mug-Shot Prod.Channel Four Films, U.K.) Green is given full post-conversion treatment in some delightful anecdotal interviews, footage of a small Air-Force base performance and a church service led by the Reverend that summons the passions of a performer and preacher both, possessed with the power. 3. Robert Mugge: Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie. Possibly the most successful, and certainly the most technically proficient reggae concert movie to date, with excellent sound and camera work, plus rich performances from the likes of Mutaburuka, Sugar Minott, Gregory Isaacs, Alton Ellis, the legendary Skatalites and the remarkable Gil Scott-Heron. Little polemic, lots of good rhythm. 4. Gregory Isaacs, live at the Palladium on 630. Its been a while, but this show ranks right up there. The cool ruler is just that Calm, relaxed, self-assured, Isaacs oozes sexuality like Ig-lesias vomits treacle. A command performance by one of the truly great romantic balladeers. 5. Alton Ellis, live at the Stardust Ballroom on 77. Another great reggae show by the man they call the King of Rock Steady. Celebrating his 25th anniversary in show biz, Ellis proved his elevated position in reggaes Hall of Fame to be amply deserved. 6. Bad Art with Lauren Wood, live at Sasch on 626. A talented songwriter with a broad-based reputation for witty and sophisticated pop re-emerges with a new band and a more upbeat, energetic approach that shows real potential both artistically and commercially. 7. James White and the Hollywood Blacks at Club Lingerie, 77. Not being a big fan of eclectic avant-garde jazzfusion, I find myself constantly amazed by the way this guy breathes such alienating, but entrancing, life-force into his sax. The cream of the Hollywood nouveau funk Flea on bass, Hillel on guitar and Joe (Fib) Beradi on drums provided ample evidence that funk and Hollywood can co-exist. 9. C-Bcat Chib, at the Imperial Gardens, on Tuesdays. A lively, pleasant and comfortable mixture of reliable dance music, old and new, courtesy of Ron MSIer, with an ambience conductive to chatting. Likewise, Thursdays edition with Henry from Vinyl Fetish DJ-ing, dubbed the Bar Deluxe. 9. Merle Ginsberg: The Unofficial Boy George Biography (Dell Books). Time to issue a caveat. File under Must to Avoid. This throwaway is exploitation at its worst with no pretense of redeeming value, faithful biography or literary style beyond that of a supermarket tabloid. You have been warned. 10. The Toy Dolls, live in John Logics front yard on 724. Fun party-cum-showcase for this Geordie band that mixes early Dickies and Ramones cartoon humor with punk power. I love this kind of stuff when its done well, and this trio with singer Olga looking like an alien prankster from an old Star Trek episode certainly had me moving during their version of Ghost Riders in the Sky, definitely over the top. Also thanks to Logics grandad. John Sutton-Smith VAN H ALLEN 1984 PRETENDERS Learning to Crawl LINDA RONSTADT What s New? CARS Heartbeat City VARIOUS Digital'Domain . . . PLUS MANY MORE! COMMODORES 14 Greatest Hits WARVIN GAVE 14 Greatest Hits umrenue m r , . SMOKEY ROBINSON and JACKSON 5-18 Greatest Hits THE MIRACLES 18 Greatest Hits DIANA ROSS - 14 Greatest Hits . . PLUS MANY MORE! BEETHOVEN (Giulini) 5th Symphony SATIE (Roge) Piano Music GRIEG (Karajan) Peer Gynt Suites ZAMFIR Romance ol the Panflute TCHAIKOVSKY (Mehta) BACH (Marriiwr) - Brandenburg Nutcracker Suite Concertos 1. 2. 3 ... PLUS MANY MORE! JERMAINE JACKSON Jermaine Jackson AIR SUPPLY - Greatest Hits THOMPSON TWINS - Into The Gap JEFFERSON STARSHIP Nuclear Furniture JOHN DENVER - Greatest Hits HALL A OATES Rock n Soul Part 1 OIFFORO A TILBROOK Oittord & Tilbrook GO-GO't Talk Show POLICE Synchromcity . . PLUS MANY MORE! 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