passive again. “Speak your mind" is what we promote. if you're gay or black or anyone else who feels that you're not being represented. we're saying “represent yourselves; get out there and do it."
‘People say we're man-haters. There are tons of men I hate. tons of men I would target to kill but at the same time there are boys doing good stuff and we're not that ignorant that we couldn't look at that. We've got two very intelligent boys in our band who are completely girl positive. They're part of the whole dialogue. There has to be a separatist thing. you have to create your own autonomous zone that is completely boy-free but it's really easy to ghetto—ise girls by shoving them in girl groups ~- keep all the girls together. keep all the black people together. Look at Greenham Common — that cut itself off. How effective is that now'.’ So there has to be a point where you come into enemy territory and have a positive war with them. That's why i think Huggy Bear works because there is that to-ing and fro-ing of ideas.'
Huggy Bear are a success on a doctrinal level. but they've chosen to operate in the music field (and make no mistake. they are deadly serious about their music. whatever the ramshackle execution might
Fiona Shepherd speaks exclusively to Niki from the press-shy Huggy Bear, and ﬁnds out what their offputting noise says to a ‘post- feminist’ world.
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Ornette Coleman, a fact which he is g different kinds of rhythms. I think jazz
always ready to affirm. llarmolodics is j has moved away from that concept,
' the root and stem of his variegated ' and it seems kind of strange to me . musical life, and he has been honing that people should go and hear a band , his awareness of Coleman’s ideas in a like the Count Basie Orchestra in a variety of post-Ornette bands like Old concert hall, where they can’t dance and New Dreams, Codona, Muitikulti, to this great dance music.’ : flu, and the latest version of that Somehow, I can’t quite get a handle band, flu Now (see Listings for dates). on the idea of boogie-ing on down
‘I’ve been studying Ornette’s musical with non Cherry, although there is no
um— Making it Nu
Don Cherry remains something of an enigma on the ian scene. Or maybe that should be the world music scene, since he straddles both, not only in stylistic terms, but also in his use of I
concept for a long time in a lot of denying "‘8 "Mm": mam! 0' his :00k9t,t'“ml:°t 0" “"9 hands 3'3“ the different groups, and I am still music. The inherent dance-ability of 3 0:138" 900" (0r Malta" MM" 5 learning about it,’ Cherry In New seems a more debatable point 9" tall and tabla 0'1""! Othef- Add to acknowledges once again over a (Multikulti was something else), but
that a credits list which includes collaborations with the likes of his step-daughter Ileneh (all of his own children are also musical) and Lou Reed, and you are left with a man that they might have invented the word ‘eclectlc’ for.
‘I’he fundamental Influence on his music, however, remains that of
crackling transatlantic telephone line. then again, maybe the dances which
Then he pulls something of a surprise move in lion’s head are as strange and
twist which i haven’t heard from him exotic and organic and entrancing as
before. the music which he makes. Dancing in ‘What I really want in my music is to your head? flow, who was that again?
stay close to the dance. Black music Oh, yeah, Ornette. Of course. (Kenny
has its roots in the dance, and that is Mathiesonl
one of the reasons I like to play so Don Cherry plays Queen’s Hall,
"on Cherry many different kinds of music and Edinburllh 0" Flt 25-
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