Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on June 5, 1983 · Page 56
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 56

Detroit, Michigan
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Sunday, June 5, 1983
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10E DETROIT FREE PRESSSUNDAY, JUNE 5, 1983 Two of Liverpool's Seagulls n ay fly the coop for U.S. By the end of the summer, a couple birds from A Flock of Seagulls may change their roosts. Mike Score is the leading candidate. The singer (and songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist) of the Liverpool-based techno-pop quartet fell in love with America during the band's 1982 tour, an affair that began as three weeks and ended up lasting seven months. "It was like a big fair for seven months," Score said two days before the band was due to start its second tour before about 300,000 people at the US '83 festival in California. ; "When we first came over it was instant love," Score, 30, explained, 'fjhere were buses, trolleys, McDonald's things we had seen on the television. You go into a restaurant and it's good service. Things seem cheaper here, too. In Europe, if you want something nice, you pay a lot more; the same guitar that costs $500 here is about $800 in England. Gary Graff pop A few words with . . . Tony Perkins. Though often typecast as a sensitive or tormented ado- ' lescent, Perkins more recently starred r " in 'Eauus' and 'Ro mantic Comedy' on Broadway. Now, at 51, he is back again as Norman Bates: On the sequel: "It's definitely not a ripoff. . . . They haven't just borrowed the obvious props and the obvious characteristics - of the people from Psycho. I didn t look at the old film just before I started ; this one, because I'd encountered it ' now and then over the years on TV ' and felt I remembered all I needed to remember," .' On Hitchcock: "He trusted me ; implicitly with the role of Norman, to 'the extent that, when we were getting "set to do the picture, he handed me a couple of hundred-dollar bills and said, ', 'Whatever you think he would wear, go jout and buy it.' " , On violence: By contemporary standards, it's (the sequel) very restrained Besides, 'Psycho' wasn't ; really based on the theme of evil. It 'was based on love, Norman's love for '.his mother." J On Norman Bates typecasting: !"Well, it was very uncomfortable for 'the first decade, until my wife (actress .Berry Berenson) suggested . . . 'Why ;don't you just get behind it and enjoy it?' . . . And in the second decade, I've enjoyed it very much." Larry Kart, Chicago Tribune "Psycho II is full of creepy fun PSYCHO II, from PagelE series fever is no guarantee of quality product: Remember "Sting II"? 1 But "Psycho II," which opens with the original film's scene of Janet Leigh being stabbed in the shower, looks like another cult film in the making. It's not as genuinely horrifying as the original, it's hasn't "Psycho's" gothic purity, but it isn't just another blood and gore special, either. ; Applause to production designer John Corso, who has kept the old house alive for the original film's fans. The new film's use of Technicolor the original was in black and white entirely changes the look of the house while allowing it to remain the same. New packages of cereal and potato chips are interspersed with old boxes of Lux and Rinso detergent, and a fresh package of Lipton's tea bags sits alongside the intricate tin box in which Norman kept the tea with which he poisoned his mother two decades ago. Meg Tilly, as the waitress who moves in with Bates she's the kind of young woman who reads "In the Belly of the Beast" in her off hours gives a solid performance, and Vera Miles has a face that suits this kind of movie. UNLIKE "PSYCHO," this film borders on self-parody. Norman, for instance, has no speech impediment but when he trys to say "cutlery," he freezes and the word comes out "cu-huuhutlery." There are the usual horror movie in-jokes women who cruise through foul basements in UltraSuede suits and spike heels, people who enter potentially danger-filled rooms without bothering to turn on the lights, an upright piano that has stayed in perfect tune for two decades and at least one really, truly disgusting death. Yuck! All things considered, "Psycho II" is lots of creepy, jumpy fun. The photography is good, the acting's just right for this kind of diversion, and there are enough random stabbings and slashings to keep you wide awake. PSYCHO II riri ri 1 1 1 1 1 (i Area Theaters Norman Bales Anlhonv Perkinj Mary Loomii Meg Tillev Dr. Raymond Robert Loggia Lila Loomij Vera Miles Toomey Dennis Franj Produced by Hilton Green. Directed by Richard Franklin. Written by Tom Holland. Photographed by Dean Cundey. Production Delsgner, John W. Corso. Edited by Andrew London. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. 1 hour 53 mlnules. PARENTS' GUIDE: R, violence, bloodshed, nudity. : i -mini. i. ,1,..,.. .iii.i, ..iwii jiiiumuuniuwiunnl ii I ii u iifj.iiiu m nu.jiimi 1 mil 11 iiwlmwwmmii LjLaj 1 : iL 'thXUi- '" ini.ii.i. mail wntmim.iiMtni.inM A Flock of Seagulls, from left: Ali Score, Paul Reynolds, Mike Score and Frank Maudsley. "We just wanted to stay here all the time. Eventually, they had to kick us out." But they couldn't keep the Flock out for long. After its debut album last year scored a hit single, "I Ran," the band is back with "Listen" and another hit in "Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)." THE GROUP also has opened management offices in New York. When the tour finally breaks during September, Score said he and perhaps brother Ali, Flock's drummer may nest there as well. "I think I'd like to live in New York, maybe not in the center but in the area," Score said. "It's like a living city. There's always something happening. "If that happened, I think we'd probably have to shuttle. Frank (Maudsley, Flock's bassist) and Paul (Reynolds, lead guitarist) want to stay in England," he added. "They've got big families in Liverpool. But if someone said to me tomorrow, 'You could live here,' I'd have my bags packed." He'd certainly have no trouble attracting attention. The former hairdresser stands apart on stage and street with his flashy haircut that exposes his ears, shags in the back and reaches a dramatic wing which flops over his eyes. "I used to have all these wild ideas to A Flock of Seagulls and the Fixx will perform at 7:30 p.m: Sunday at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Sasha-haw Road at 1-75, Clarkston. Call 647-7790 anytime. do hair," Score said. "I was working on this idea of a stiff-winged haircut. One day, Frank and I were fussing around with it, and I said, 'I think I'll go on like this tonight.' "The reaction was so strong! It helped get a lot of immediate notice they said, 'That's the guy with the weird haircut. We were a small band trying to break through. When we came to America, we needed something more striking. Because they were interested in (the haircut), maybe they listened and got into the sound." SCORE HOPES his assessment is true of "Listen," which has already cracked Billboard's Top 40. He admitted the danger of letting fashion even the gimmick of a wild hairdo supercede the music. "The first one, we had several directions," he said. "On this one, we cultivate our sound a bit. That's one of the reasons we called it, 'Listen.' We could've called it 'Look.' " sound Judgment; Listen - A Flock of Seagulls (JIveArlsta): Overall, a more consistently listenable and less sterile effort than this band's debut last year. Flock trades much of the ebb and flow for a smooth, technology-saturated album that still manages to reach peaks on the single, "Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)." "Transfer Affection" and "What Am I Supposed to Do." It's ajsafe record, however; two more adventurous tunes "The Flight of Yuri Gagarin" and ''Rm,!9nJ?i f" the cassette version only, and t tted !s available Just on the (Upside o H jWng. Raarh the BeSCh The FIXX JAJ. "Reach the Bea " topples any do ubU tout whether the Fixx is a contender for pop music's maor leagues. Far less cumbersome than last year's "Shuttered Room, this album hLs with waves of guitar hooks and so-phlstlcated vocal arrangements The v sions on "Saved by Zero," "One Thing Leads to An-oTher," "Changing" and the title track are toss Sark than the previous record, leaving a work of bright and often inventive pop. CENTER FOR wi CREATIVE STUDIES COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN 245 East Kirby Detroit, Michigan 48202 . SUMMER PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS FOR YOUTH, HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULTS Daintina sculpture industrial design silkscreening photography graphic communication ceramics and much more mi wmmm (Mmm o no ?mmm It X A mmmmj a i (9 ISO When you're ready to come out and play this summer, you'll find Republic ready to take you. Because nobody serves so many places. The Most for the Least. Atlanta Baltimore Boston m-mm m mj w w Minneapolis St. Paul New York (LaGuardia) Fares are subject to change and may include other restrictions. We'll even meet or beat any other airline's lowest fare to anywhere we fly. 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