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Subject: Chalkhills #290

                  Chalkhills, Number 290

                Sunday, 19 September 1993
Today's Topics:
        Re: "Greatest Living Englishman" update...
               "Sue me if I play too long.
                    Another Satellite
                what guitars do they use?
                      Re: tablature
                         XTC live

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 93 15:12:16 PDT
From: "John M. Relph" <>
Subject: Re: "Greatest Living Englishman" update...

Andrew Holyer <> (lucky bastard) writes:
>I've just (about 30 minutes ago) come back from a visit to Wivenhoe,
>and while I was there, I talked to Martin Newell, Wivenhoe resident,
>I know this is off the subject, but a couple of related bits of info:
>Apparently a Cleaners from Venus best-of CD is imminent (called
>"Golden Cleaners". The "Rock Opera" Martin wrote with Captain Sensible
>is coming out.

I'd heard of the Cleaners compilation CD; I thought it was supposed to
be out already.  The Cleaners / Brotherhood of Lizards / Newell link
has been firmly established in XTC-dom, as the Lizards' "Green Tour"
of the UK was covered in _The Little Express_, and a longtime XTC fan
(whose name escapes me at the moment) has been offering tapes of
obscure (aren't they all) Cleaners and Lizards releases to fans for
some time now.

And I thought the "Rock Opera" was the Captain's most recent album,
_The Universe of Geoffrey Brown_.  It's been out a while, but it is
hard to find.  Perhaps there is an even more recent album...?  Oh, and
if anybody finds a copy of The Captain's _Holiday In My Heart_
CD-single, I'll buy it (or trade for an XTC Acoustic Radio Tour Tape).

        -- John


Date: 15 Sep 1993 15:57:30 -0800
From: "Will Kreth" <>
Subject: "Sue me if I play too long.

        Reply to:   "Sue me if I play too long...."?
>>70702.3054@COMPUSERVE.COM remarks:

>>All this being said, I also feel that their music has suffered from years
>>of being off-road. I'd rather they try to find a suitable performance
>>style, rather than pack it up for studio work. Here's to hoping they give
>>it another shot...

If Steely Dan can tour in 1993, then XTC can tour as well. I'm sure you're all
familiar with the fact that Steely Dan hadn't toured in 20 some-odd years,
before their recent hops around the US. Didn't see them myself, as tickets were
eaten up in 20 minutes for a performance at the notoriously ugly Shoreline
Ampetheater in Mountain View, California (built on a former garbage dump - and
some would argue with the word "former").

Evidently, the performance was one would expect from a studio-band: uneven. So,
who knows what XTC would sound like on the road for a few months? Andy should
bring the wife and kids if it makes him feel better - play only small clubs,
while seated at chairs, like Robert Fripp ;-)

Quote from the t-shirts on sale at the Steely Dan concert:
                    "So sue me if I play too long!"

(Dave Gregory is _the_ Steely Dan fan in XTC, btw. "Chalkhills and Children"
has a twee little keyboard fill that sounds quite a bit like the bridge notes
inbetween the verse and chorus of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" Fridgian?

"someday, all magz will have online directors..."


From: Andrew Russell Mutchler <>
Subject: Another Satellite
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1993 09:36:33 -0500 (CDT)

Oh, by the way, my chordage for "Another Satellite" contained an error
which I don't think I've taken the time to rectify yet.  At the end of
every verse,  after the  word  "Satellite", there's  a chord  which  I
listed as Gmaj7, but  it should actually be G(addC#).   Terribly sorry
about all that.

  Andrew   + "What is he, anyway?  A mosquito?"
  Mutchler +                   -Honore de Balzac


Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1993 11:08:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: brandon milner <>
Subject: what guitars do they use?

DEAR XTC folks,
        I have a question that I once saw the answer too in some magazine
when I wasn't a fan so I know it exists...

        - What kind of guitars/effects/amps do they use? They consistantly
          have the best, most classic sounds that seem to imply classic
          equiptment... old les pauls, old vox/marshall amps etc. any input?
        - I just bought an old EARTH amplifier which can get some of their
          sounds but only about 5% of them. HELP.

THANKS and PS: I'd love to trade some tapes. I have two DAT decks.
cassette is OK too.

Brandon Milner


Date: Thu, 16 Sep 93 12:05:43 PDT
From: John M. Relph <>
Subject: Re: tablature
Organization: Chalkhills Anonymous

James Robert Campbell <> requests:
>        -Also, if anybody has the tablature on any songs that
>they can send me (I have 'Towers of London' and 'Another Satellite'
>>from previous postings) I really appreciate it.

The Chalkhills archives has charts / tablature for a number of XTC
songs available.  You can find them in the "charts" directory.  If you
need instructions on accessing the Chalkhills archives, please send
e-mail to <>.

        -- John


From: Stewart Evans <>
Subject: XTC live
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1993 13:42:50 -0700 (PDT)

Kyle Skrinak stirs controversy thusly:

->Contrary to the sentiment that I've been reading here, I agree with Andy
->Partridge's assessment that XTC isn't that good live. I haven't attended
->any of their performances, but I have listened and watch many recordings
->of their shows. Andy is always straining is voice, and the band is playing
->much faster than they do on the recordings. [...] I imagine that Andy
->hated the pumped-up pomposity of the big-arena type shows, which I hate,

I don't agree.  Andy's vocal style, at least in their live days, was not one
that needed to be particularly relaxed to work, and I don't see playing faster
live as necessarily a problem.  In fact, one of the things I like about XTC
live is that they did vary things a bit, not always playing the songs exactly
as they recorded them, which is really boring.  They did some really nice
segues between songs, too.

As for big-arena shows, I don't think they ever did any -- the English
Settlement tour was booked into theater-sized venues, a few thousand seats.

-- Stewart
"...can't think too much or I'll forget all my tunes!!!"
                               -- Susan Sterngold (

/* is Stewart Evans in Santa Cruz, CA */


From: Steven Charles Neumann <>
Subject: Hallo!
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1993 20:43:01 -0500 (CDT)

Howdy everyone!

        By way of introduction, my name's Steve and I've been a fan of the
band for several years, and would like to find out more about them.
        I saw the name of this list in some lengthy posting of all known
mailing lists (I don't know where it comes from, but it comes every week).
I thought it might to interesting, so here I am!



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