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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, September 26, 1986, Image 12

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TWELVE/The Press/Ftiitay,.Septemt.er :!6. i986 YOU SEE, M'f OAD'S N~ME IS JOE PODDING 50 IT WAS 'JNLV NATURAL TI-IAT I'D 6E CALLED TAPIOCA PUDDING;. SUIY THE RRS'r THING YOU: NEED IS AHOt'NuMBBtl NOTAli.LE NE\VS ••. ..1 ··:. ':· •• ' ' ' By MAR.K 'COLEMAN ' Rolling Stone Magazine STATE OF GRACE . Much of the music on Pa~l Simon's new album, \Graceland was inspired by the local sounds of South Africa·- a land that's about as far from astateOf.gTace as a country can get. After fall- ing in love with '~Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits Volume 11,\ an album of Soweto pop, or \Township jive,\ Simon journeyed te the land of apartheid back in 1985 and met with representatives of the country's black music community. \They told me that the black musicians' union had vote9 as to whether they wanted me to come or not,n says $imon. \They felt it would be beneficial, because what they're experiencing· there is a form of double apartheid. They're living under a repressive govern-· ment, and whe11 they try to export their music to the out- side. world, the mtJsic is often rejected on the grounds that it's South African.\ . Because of. the fact that Simon has achieved a degree of jnt,ernational popularity, it was decided by the union that he ·~would be a good vehicle.\ '''Oraceland's\ ani.~ bitious Afro-American fu- sion is toe result. Though Paul Simop says that he sup- ports a cultural boycott 0 f . the racist regime, he still be- moans the limits on free ex- change. \On one hand, \ he says, ''the cultural boycott is extremely effective, because it's a clear, strong, simple statement. But on the other hand, I'm not sure who it is that we're boycotting.\ I REVIVED SPIRl'I'S .. A lot of people think we're hung up on the Sixties,\ admits the Doctor, lead singer of Doctor and the Medics. \But I'd like to be really pretentious and think we have something to do with the Eighties.\ After spending the first half of the decade churning out workmanlike psychedelia, the British quintet hit Nuanber One at home with a faithful rendition of Norman Greenbaum's 1970 smash, .. Spirit in the Sky.\ And what does the .>riginator think of the song's revival? .. It's interesting,\ Greenbaum says guardedly. long retired from the pop ·scene, Greenbaum lived on a farm for a while and now works as a ·cook. \I've zeroed in on barbecue and American-style food,\ he~· says; .. Not the California cuisine. Basic country food - leave it at that.\ Though he enjoys his notoriety - \I'm like a hero in northern California\ -Greenbaum is intent on maintaining a low profile. ••1 work like you work. I can't take show- business calls in my kitchen.\ notables Madonna and-collaborator Stephen Bray have co-writ 1 en and are set to coproduce a debut record for British model Nick Kamen. This is the first time Madenna has produced a record for somebody else... Paul Mc- Cartney took time off from promoting t)is \Press to Play\ LP to record some new tracks with producer Phil Ramone. Members of Billy Joel's band were among the musicians backing Mc- Cartney at the sessions~ .. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason are repcutedly set to release a new regord without Roger Waters. lt's unclear if the group will oa!l 'itself Pink Floy~ .• ;,. T 8qne Burnett, . Wil.(!~~as becon1e. a ·successful · prOQI;\C,e,r. ·since being' drop- .pe(L b.y:·warnet Bros. a few years- back, bas signed to do a liew album for MCA's C()Untry label, Oot Broadway Viile9. js :abou~, . to relea:.se arlt)ther., cO'itipila,tion . of Saturday Nigbt Ltve sk1ts. Tl)e,Best.l>f 'fli!Ut,fBailey has b¢'eir:.in . th~ 'stUdio with his Q'id b'and: pn w~ek.d~ys a.n'd is . finisbllil·~;lli$ :u:.s. :s&l<> tour oli w~ek'en(ls:··. · · • · .:· ... ,J~

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