See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Head Cheese

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 12:00 AM

DETROIT'S CYRIL LORDS like clean lines, the economy that comes with being a trio. But clean doesn't necessarily mean pretty. The band is a trim, mod-cut suit, sure, but the cuffs are scuffed and there's a little delta mud on the pant legs. When guitarist Marty "Mother" Morris sings, he's haughty, beleaguered and soulful, the rhythm section (particularly ever-comely drummer Mayuko, who's cooler than you) is taut underneath the scraggly guitar lines — it's like the entire Cyril Lords song catalog exists in that ellipsis between the two melodies in the Yardbirds' "For Your Love." It's toe-tapping stuff to be sure; just ask Ginger. Here are Morris' monomanias of the week:

5. GOT A LIGHT? The Hindenburg disaster was probably not caused by a hydrogen explosion as generally believed, but rather by a chemical doping-compound covering the ship. The Zeppelin Company inadvertently stumbled upon the formula for rocket fuel and coated it over the doomed dirigible. Oh, the humanity.

4. MY LITTLE CHICKADEE: Milanesa Ranchera from El Rancho, Vernor Highway, southwest Detroit.

3. MY HIGH-SCHOOL BEST FRIEND: He's MIA in his own private war on drugs. Hello, wherever you are.

2. GHOSTBUSTERS: "Ray, the next time someone asks you if you are a god — you say, yes!"

1. HUH? mon·o·ma·ni·a n. The Latin prefix, mono, translates as "one," and the Greek suffix, mania, translates as "craze." When combined, monomania is defined as "a pathological obsession with one idea." Not to be a stick in the mud, but isn't that antithetical to a top 5 list?

 

Appears Friday, July 8, at Pumpstock 2005 (Town Pump Tavern, 100 W. Montcalm, behind the Fox Theatre, Detroit; 313-961-1929) with the Sirens, Broadzilla and Grinder.

Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Speaking of...

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit