Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 29, 1980, Section B, Page 8, Image 16

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The Up Escalator
Graham Parker
Arista AL 9517
The Up Escalator Graham
Parker’s sixth and finest album,
is a work of epic proportion, the
long-prophecied fulfillment of
all the promise he showed with
his stunning debut in 1976.
For the first time in his rocky
career, Parker is in complete
control of the proceedings. In
the past, even with such
capable producers as Nick
Lowe, Robert John Lange and
Jack Nitzsche in charge, he
often seemed overwhelmed by
the task of creating a record that
was more than just a collection
of songs. Now, with the quality
conscious Jimmy lovine (Patti
Smith, D.L. Byron) producing,
Parker has sharpened his
vocals, streamlined his music
and strengthened his vision
giving this album an authority
his previous ones had lacked.
Gone are the horn-dominatec
rave-ups and Dylan send-ups
that sounded fine but never fit
well on his past albums. They
have been replaced by
tightly-crafted anthems sus
tained by Brinsley Schwarz’
droning guitar and cemented by
Stephan Goulding’s best
drumming in ages. With Martin
Belmont countering Schwarz'
riffs with the aplomb of a perfect
foil, session man Nicky Hopkins
providing a workman-like
performance at the piano and
Danny Federici (on loan from
the E Street Band) garnishing
the sound with a pulsing organ
backdrop, Parker has never
received such brilliant playing
from his backing band. The
result is a luscious sound, rich
and full of texture, balanced and
emanating from the same sour
ce, disciplined and always
tasteful.
It is Parker's performance,
however, that makes this album
such a treat. As a singer and a
songwriter, he has matured,
taking command of his songs,
turning them into personal stat
ements rather than perishable
products. Taken together, his
new songs form a fascinating
mosaic — the characters inter
changeable, the meanings
ambiguous. Through lan
dscapes of hell, across rivers of
blood shed for love, in the
accusing eye of the mirror, Pa
rker tries to make sense of his
world, challenging all truths,
confronting all lies.
With a cutting eloquence, he
puts pieces of his past into
perspective: his years spent in
the nether world of the English
working class (“Stupefaction");
the birth and rebirth of his
recording career ('Man
euvers”); an abortion of a fetus
he fathered (“Empty Lives' ); his
resolute but futile attempt to
save his relationship with the
child’s mother (“The Beating of
Another Heart'). Of course,
every line is open to multiple
interpretation. With the deftness
of Elvis Costello, Parker spins
out images rather than descrip
tions — the trick is to divine the
subjective rather than objective
meanings of his songs, to make
emotional rather than rational
sense out of his world.
His strongest songs open and
close the album. From the jaun
ty and jagged keyboard strains
of “No Holding Back," it is ap
parent that the lovers in the
song are confident they can cut
through the defenses of time
and distance that have held
them apart (“Don'tdefend when
my heart starts to attack/Don't
hold back, baby"). However,
one soon suspects that the risks
they run are too calculated, too
compromised. By the time Pa
rker tucks in the last chorus of
"Love Without Greed,” disil
lusion has devastated these
same lovers, their quest for true
love turned into a search for
fool’s gold It is here that Parker
offers words as forceful as he
has ever written:
It makes me want to get a lock
and key /To hold you down in
one place for me/Can't own the
flesh and blood I need /Can't
have love with greed.
With these lines, Parker con
firms his genius. As a realiza
tion, they are tragic; as an
observation, they are comic.
Using a dual-edged blade, he
slashes away at his pride and
his passion, exposing all the raw
nerves until he finds that most
essential of all of man's needs
for survival — perspective
Without that, there is no reason
to arise when the alarm clock
rings in the morning
By Jack Scott
The Kingbees
The Kingbees
RSO RS-1-3075
The Kingbees have a pro
blem. Like Robert Gorden, they
play a style of music —
rockabilly — that, by its very
nature, does not lend itself to
much innovation. Like Gordon,
they would be very easy to file
under "nostalgia.”
Unlike most of Gordon's
efforts, however, the Kingbees’
debut captures the spirit as well
as the form, of the original
rockabilly aritsts. Opting for a
sound closer to Buddy Holly
than Elvis Presley, the
Kingbees’ repertoire of mostly
original songs ranges from
merely good to downright inf
ectious.
The problem comes in when
singe r-guitarist-songwriter
Jamie James occasionally
decides that he actually wants
to be Buddy Holly. On the lone
Holly song on the album, "Ting
a-Ling," James' guitar solo is a
note for note replica of Holly’s
original. Well-intentioned
though James may be, it’s hard
to figure out why anyone would
want his version over the
original.
Most of the time, though, the
Kingbees manage to avoid
sounding like clones, mainly
because they sound like they're
too busy having a good time.
The Kingbees is a hell of a lot
more fun than most of the
"progressive” stuff clogging up
the market, and though I
wouldn’t take it over Holly’s 20
Golden Greats, I wouldn’t mind
seeing it show up on the turn
table the next time I’m at a party.
By Phil Bernstein.
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Film
Seven Samurai” Cinema 7. Call 687-0733 (or times
and info.
"Anderson Tapes KOZY-TV. Cable 11.10 p.m
Music
University Percussion Ensemble II. Choral Room
198 8 p m Free
Trombone recital by Mary Chris Ehrmin Gerlinger
Alumni Lounge 8 p.m. Free
The Contemporary Chorus and the Vocal Jaz2
Ensemble Beall Hall. 8 p.m.
Homefried Truckstop: Jo Chinberg. breakfast
Dennis and Murray, lunch Gus and Frazier, dinner
The Treehouse: Jeff Levy 8:30 p.m
The Refectory: John Powell and Tom Greenough. 9
p.m Free
Tavern on the Green: Will Barnes Band 9 p.m $2
The Forrest Inn, Creswell: Tymepiece 9 p m
Theater
The Rosy Black Life" Community Center for the
Performing Arts 8:30 p.m. $3 advance. $4 at the door
Miscellaneous
Hammered dulcimer workshop with Tom Nunn
EMU. room to be posted. 7:30 p.m. Free
Sufi Meeting Friends Meeting Hall 7:30 p.m $1
Film
The Fearless Vampire Killers 180 PLC 7 and 9
p m $1 25 adults, 75 cents children
THX-1138 177 Lawrence 7 and 9 p.m $125.
Flesh Gordon 150 Geology 7, 8:45, 10:30 and
midnight $1 50
Seven Samurai (See Thursday's listing)
The Man Who Turned to Stone KOZY-TV, Cable
119 pm
Running Man" KOZY-TV, Cable 11 11 pm
"Vengeance of Fu Manchu" KOZY-TV, Cable 11
1:10 am.
Music
Musical Smorgasbord Choral Room 198 12:30 p m
Free
Beer Garden The Robert Cray Band 4-7 p.m
Homefried Truckstop: Bret Malmquist, breakfast.
John Jarvie, dinner.
The Loft: Tommy Smith 9 p.m $1.50.
Maude Kerns Art Center: Jazz Attitude Concert,
music and dance 8 p.m $3
The Treehouse: Buddy Ungson 8 p.m.
The Refectory: (See Thursday's listing)
Tavern on the Green: $2.50. (See Thursday's listing)
The Forrest Inn: (See Thursday’s listing)
Jazz Alive: Anthony Braxton, George Lewis Trio.
KWAX-FM.91 1 9:30 p.m.
Crusin'. KLCC-FM, 89 7. 11:30 p.m
Theater
"Ladyhouse Blues" Pocket Playhouse, Villard Hall. 8
p m $4 general, $2 50 students and senior citizens
Written by Kevin O’Morrison Directed by Barbara
Fraser Call 686-4191 for reservations.
“The Rosy Black Life" (See Thursday's listing)
Miscellaneous
Science Fiction Writer's Forum: Dean Ing and
Geoffrey Simmons. Open Gallery. 8 p.m $1 50
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Film
"Carnal Knowledge" 180 PLC. 7 and 9 p m $1.25.
"High and Low" 177 Lawrence. 7 and 9:45 p.m
$1 25
"La Merveilleuse Visite (The Marvelous Visit)" 107
Lawrence 7 and 9 15 p.m $1.25 adults. 75 cents
children
"Flesh Gordon” 150 Geology Midnight $1.50
Seven Samurai" (See Thursday's listing)
■Cutaways KOZY-TV, Cable 11 9 pm
"Johnny Got His Gun" KOZY-TV, Cable 1110 p m
Music
Viola recital by Janine Vetter Choral Room 198 4
p m. Free
Lieder recital by mezzo-soprano Candace Burrows.
Beall Hall. 5 p.m. Free
Violin recital by Karen McWilliams Beall Hall 8 p.m.
Free.
Piano lecture-recital by Mike Rhoads. Choral Room
198 8 p.m. Free
Saturday Market: Whiskey Creek String Band 1 p.m
Homefried Truckstop: Eugene Consort, breakfast
Murray, dinner.
The Loft: In Cahoots. 9 p.m $1.50.
Maude Kerns Art Center: (See Friday s listing)
The Treehouse (See Friday's listing)
The Refectory: (See Thursday's listing)
Tavern on the Green: $2 50. (See Thursday's listing)
The Forrest Inn: (See Thursday's listing)
Folk Festival USA: Country Cousins, Wilma Lee
Cooper and Jerry Byrd. KLCC-FM. 89.7. Noon.
Blues Power: KLCC-FM, 89.7. 3 p m
Focus on Jazz: Trumpeter Henry Red' Allen.
KLCC-FM, 89 7. 7 p.m
Theater
"Ladyhouse Blues" (See Friday's listing)
The Rosy Black Life" (See Thursday's listing)
Radio Theatre: "Song of the Slasher" KLCC-FM.
89.7.11:30 a m
Earplay: "Kennedy s Children” KWAX-FM, 91.1. 9
p.m
Miscellaneous
Timothy Leary South Eugene High School Auditor
ium, 8 p.m. $3 75 advance, $4 50 at the door.
Birdwatching field trip to the coast with the Lane
County Audubon Society. Drive-N-Save parking lot,
West 11th Avenue 6:30 a m
Film
Seven Samurai (See Thursday' listing)
Johnny O'clock KOZY-TV, Cable 1110 p.m.
All the King's Men" KOZY-TV, Cable 11 Midnight
May 29 to
June 2
Music
Vocal recital by Jim Polastri Beall Hall 4 p.m Free
Clarinet lecture-recital by Joy Gasser. Choral Room
198 4 p.m. Free
Percussion recital by Ralph Hardiman and Ken
Raikes. Beall Hall 8 p m Free
Rosalie Sorrels. Community Center for the Perfor
ming Arts 8 p.m. $3.50 advance, $4 at door
5th Street Public Market: Silverwood Chamber
Players. 2 p.m. Free
The Treehouse: Chamber Music. 10a.m.-1 p.m.
The Refectory: John Powell Jam 9 p.m
Tavern on the Green: Nightwing 9 p.m. $2
New Album Preview, classical. KWAX-FM, 91.1. 6
pm.
Theater
“Woman as Divine' EMU Ballroom. 8 p.m. $3.
Miscellaneous
Open showing of spring session classes Dance
Works. 1 p.m. Call 344-9817 for info
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Museum of Art: Master of Fine Arts exhibits. Main
Galleries. Through June 15. Photographs by David
Sigel Photography at Oregon Gallery. Through May
29
Gallery 141: Prints and drawings by Tom Unthank
and Linda Walrod-Firth Through May 30.
Courtyard Gallery, 825 E. 13th Ave.: “Shadows,
Babies, Dolls" by Janet Geib Pretti. Through May.
Maude Kerns Art Center: Works by Jennifer Owen,
ceramist, and Celeste LeBlanc, fiber artist. Through
May 29.
Community Center for the Performing Arts: “Ancient
artifacts plundered from alien planets' by Dan Strong
Through May.
Eugene Public Library: "Non-Objective Landscapes
in Fluid Watercolor" by J. Krogh Colwell Through
May
Opus 5: "Interlacements" fiber works by Carol Pratt
Through May.
Visions and Perceptions: Watercolors. oils and
constructions by Evelyn Sheehan. Through May
Open Gallery: Better Science Through Fiction
Science fiction/fantasy exhibition Through June 15
50 cents minimum donation.