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Subject: Chalkhills #293

                  Chalkhills, Number 293

                 Tuesday, 5 October 1993
Today's Topics:
                 New XTC Pics in Archive
                   Re: Chalkhills #292
                   Re: Chalkhills #292
                       Artists Only
                   XiTeC Record Cleaner

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 93 15:20:22 PDT
From: Chalkhills Administration <>
Subject: New XTC Pics in Archive
Organization: Chalkhills Anonymous

Chalkhills subscribers Bryan Poole and Dave Franson have been so kind as
to donate new pictures for the Chalkhills Archives.  These pictures
include some photos taken for a Trouser Press article in 1980, and scans
of some cover and label art, include the label from the 7" single of
"Countdown To Christmas Party Time".

If you need information on using the Chalkhills FTP archives, please
send mail to <>, and we'll be glad to help

Many thanks, Bryan and Dave!


Date: 28 Sep 93 09:26:47 EDT
From: Kyle Skrinak <>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills #292

Re: Melinda M Hale

>>Can you imagine "Wrapped In Grey" or even "Love On a Farmboy's Wages" in a
>>concert hall? The whispery emotion would be totally lost.

Sure! Why not? Western music has only recently came across electronic
amplification. Besides, I fell there music has lost some excitement since
they retired from the stage. And, a whisper can be exciting. I complained
that there early live music didn't impress me. However, on their acoustic
tour, it improved considerably. And their "Nonsuch" is better than "Oranges
and Lemons," which supports my arguement that the less reclusive they are,
the stronger the work they produce.

Kyle Skrinak 70702.3054@COMPUSERVE.COM


Date: Wed, 29 Sep 93 07:02:38 PDT
From: (Albert Handa)
Subject: Re: Chalkhills #292

In regards to comments about XTC playing live:

I noted the comments on how XTC couldn't reproduce the record sound live, and
also about Steely Dan live (another fave of mine).

I think that it's OK for fans to have an expectation of a certain sound in a
concert, since it's really a matter of taste.  My only problem with that is
there's really no point in going to a concert to hear a group that plays
exactly like the record.  Just save your money and buy more CDs.

Take an artist like Bob Dylan who constantly ticks off fans because of his
habit of totally redoing old classic songs of his.  Some work, some don't
(some arrangements are simply too definitive), but the point is that a song
was a living thing when it was created.  Playing a song exactly makes it into
a painting or something, whereas we're really dealing with sound.

Frankly, I think XTC has, at times, become a bit mannerist.  It would be fun
to hear more direct and electric versions of some of their more heavily pro-
duced music.  This opinion obviously comes from my own sensibilities about
music in general, so I imagine some might disagree.  However, if I ever get
a chance to hear XTC live, it's be worth any risk of seeing any preconcep-
tions shattered.

One example;  I didn't like a lot of the They Might Be Giants later material
(loved the rest, though).  I saw them live, and a lot of the songs that didn't
connect suddenly did.  A concert isn't just to go see the record played again
at distortion level.  It would be interesting to me to see how XTC interprets
some of the lusher stuff live.  The only problem would come from attempts to
simply recreate the material, and leaving out enough holes to disappoint the
ISITLIVEORISITMEMOREX crowd (which would include me if they were trying to
play the song straight).  If they turned some ballad into a rocker, it might
shock, but given their talent, it just might amaze instead.

Check out the first version of Neil Young's "Long May You Run" done with Ste-
phen Stills (done as a country rocker), and his later ballad version.  It
turned a nice, pleasant but disposable song into a classic.



Date: Thu, 30 Sep 93 10:41 BST
From: (Andy Holyer)
Subject: Ting!

Just arrived (and yet to be played): "Golden Cleaners, the best of The
Cleaners from Venus". Tangerine records Tang CD3. Tangerine records,
12 The Close, Queens Walk, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancs FY5 1JX, England
Tel: 0253 853 296

Joe Bob says check it out.



Date: Mon, 4 Oct 93 14:57:22 EDT
From: (Mitch S. Goldstrom)
Subject: Introduction

My name is Mitch Goldstrom, 25 years old and have been an XTC fan since I
was 13 when my older brother introduced me to them.  XTC is one of the few
bands who I would buy a new release unheard because I know it would be good.

-- Mitch


Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1993 13:14:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Artists Only

Hello again, all.

The Ithaca College radio station, WICB-FM, (where I'm trying to learn
something...)  will be broadcasting an "Artists Only" show discussing
XTC on October 26, 1993.  It's rare cuts, interview footage, and the
like.  I plan on taping the show.  I figured there were a few other
blokes who'd be interested.  Am I right?

If so, get back to me and I could--depending on response--set up a
copying system so that everyone could be happy (for a small fee, of course).
I assume that this is all legal....if it's not, I'll simply argue that
the government grows pot, rendering the term "legal" useless.

Anyway, let me know if you're interested.

"we're wonderful one times one"                                 - e e cummings


Date: Tue, 5 Oct 93 15:08:03 PDT
From: "John M. Relph" <>
Subject: XiTeC Record Cleaner

Dave Franson just uploaded another image file (available from the
Chalkhills Archives, of course).  This file contains the XiTeC Record
Cleaner logo from the back cover of the _Ball and Chain_ single.

The entire single is quite humorous.  The cover looks like an old
Beatles record.  In the white strip across the top it reads "File
Under Popular" (or "File Under Teen Groups" on some) and "Stereo" in
the other corner.  On the reverse, there's a block of text which would
have been a blurb about the band but is actually the lyrics of the
song, accompanied by a picture of the band.  There's also a special
Virgin Records logo which looks like the old Verve Records logo, and
in the corner, a blurb for "NEW XiTeC Record Cleaner", a play on the
old "EMITec" (EMI Records) record cleaner.

One thing about the spiel for XiTeC.  You can pronounce it as
"Excite-ek".  And the first sentence reads, "The use of NEW XITEC
provides an effective means of ensuring groove cleanliness so
essential to good reproduction."  Is my mind in the gutter, or is this
sentence filled with innuendo?  I would tend to believe that both are
true.  We know Andy worships women...

Also NEW (and XiTeC) in the Archives: the full lyrics to _The Bull
With The Golden Guts_ tape!  If you are wondering what Andy could be
singing in those songs (especially "Rocket" or "Goodbye Humanosaurus"),
well, have we got a few words for you!  Thanks to Dave Franson for
getting the Bull rolling on this project as well.

        -- John


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