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              Chalkhills Digest, Number 388

                Thursday, 27 October 1994

Today's Topics:
Cover of The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by Crash Test Dummies
                     black sea cover
                     Drums & Wireless
           Yes, ignorance of XTC is widespread
                     Re: The Merseys
                           BLUR
                         Re: none
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #387
                RE: Chalkhills Digest #387
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #387
                      Re: XTC Covers
                    XTC TRIBUTE ALBUM
               Re: Lack of interest in XTC
                    new live-album XTC
                    My trip to Swindon
                     The Middle Eight
                     live vs. Memorex
                 Re: Bridges and Ecstasy
             Johnny Nexdor and His Neighbors
                  XTC RADIO SESSIONS CD
                         New Here
               the mythical XTC tribute CD
                    Drums And Wireless
                      map of swindon
 XTC music *in a commercial*; Armageddon expected soon...

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Date: Sun, 23 Oct 1994 23:27:30 -0700
From: cjenison@uci.edu (Chad Jenison)
Subject: Cover of The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by Crash Test Dummies

I've been lurking for a while, but recently ran across something which
might be for interest given the discussion of XTC covers a while back.

 from Los Angeles Times October 23, 1994 Calendar section.
"Crash Test Dummies have recorded XTC's "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkin Head,"
for the soundtrack album of the upcoming Jim Carrey movie "Dumb & Dumber."

Interesting that they choose something to cover from XTC's latest album,
rather than an older tune as is usually the case with covers, but will be
looking for this one.

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 08:23:29 EDT
From: John_Pidgeon@eyenet.north.net (John Pidgeon)
Subject: black sea cover

Good day,

Just a quick question today. When I bought Black Sea when it first came
out, it came in a black garbage bag. Was this only done in Canada?

John Pidgeon
Toronto

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 13:49 GMT
From: joeo@cix.compulink.co.uk (Psion plc  Joe Odukoya)
Subject: Drums & Wireless

>Joe Odukoya brags:

>> I've just bought the XTC radio sessions CD
>> Here is a complete track listing
>[snip]
>
>OK, what's the diff between this disc and the ones Wes mentions above?
>I'm assuming these are BBC radio sessions.

I too would like to know the difference between "Drums and Wireless"
(which is an album of radio sessions recorded for BBC radio over here in
the UK) and these BBC discs that have been mentioned.For anyone that is
interested the CD is fab (apart from the stuff from the first two albums
which doesn't seem to stand up as well as the later stuff for some reason
IMHO). Some of the versions are excellent (Scarecrow people, Runaways,
Reel by Reel) and the packaging is very witty.

By the way re: "Joe Odukoya brags" it wasn't supposed to be a brag :-( I
just thought that fellow chalkers might like to know that it was finally
available (as I mentioned it a few weeks ago and promised more info as
soon as I had any). Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut in future...-
Joeo -

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 11:28:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: pi <52LESSARD@CUA.EDU>
Subject: Yes, ignorance of XTC is widespread

>From: BSHIPKIN@cornell-iowa.edu
Subject: Lack of interest in XTC

>Hello people.
Here is something quite distressing:  have you ever been talking to
someone at a party, or in a class, et. al., and you mention XTC, and
they look at you like, "Who is THE hell is XTC?"

Unfortunately, this happens to me all the time.  When the subject of favorite
music arises in conversation, I immediately answer "My favorite music is by a
band called XTC"

This is usually followed by: "I never heard of them." or  "Who?"

Then, hoping that they in fact have heard of our boys, list their most
recent singles.  What annoys me are the number of people who have heard of
songs like "Mayor of Simpleton" and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (both
good songs!) but have never heard of "Dear God".  Hey, this is only the song
that will be forever identified with XTC.  Of course nobody heard of it.  These
sorts of people are similar to those that think that REM's musical career
started with "Orange Crush"....

>I don't understand the music-buying/listening publuc
sometimes.  It's very frustrating for someone for whom music is his
life.

>Regardless of me, I'd appreciate some insight into the reasons for the
general major ignorance (sorry, bad play on well, you know).  Later.

Andy already write this song (sort of)...listen to "Funk Pop a Roll" a few
times and see if I'm right.  Yes, it is a cynical answer, but look at
Billboard's top ten and see how many really high quality original songs are
there.  Good luck...

As far as the cover game is concerned:

Whoever suggested Midnight Oil for "Ball and Chain" beat me to it.
I could see Consolidated covering the song, too.

Other possibilites:
Husker Du: "No Thugs in Our House"

L7: "Sgt. Rock (is Going to Help Me)"  Yes, I know, but it would be fascinating
to see the results, wouldn't it?

Consolidated: "Millions"

Shonan Knife: "Making Plans for Nigel"  ;-)

later,

=pat

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From: M.J.Mooney@bradford.ac.uk (Mike Mooney)
Subject: Re: The Merseys
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 16:03:44 EDT

james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan) wrote:

>M.J.Mooney@bradford.ac.uk (Mike Mooney)wrote:
>
>>Bowie's "Sorrow" was a cover of a single by (I think) The
Merseybeats
>
>Nah, it was the Merseys (although they may be the same band that were
once
>the Merseybeats...

Whoops! That's right, but the Merseys were indeed the same band,
trying to update their image with a hipper name :-). Sorry, no XTC
content this time...

Mike Mooney

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 09:48:44 -0700
From: mgooch@scn.org (Marshall Gooch)
Subject: BLUR

Can we just start a Blur list so those of us who want to talk
about 'em can without feeling like we're wasting everybody
else's time? Someone let me know how--I'll do it if I can.

Now then, I have to say I dislike "Rook" and really dig "Extro-
vert," and I also dislike "Down a Peg" (though it was only a d
demo) and dig "War Dance". Okay, I must say, too, that Blur's
album is the best album this year.

I AM NOT AFRAID TO BE PEGGED AS A BLUR FAN. GO AHEAD--HAVE AT
ME! I CAN TAKE IT!

--
| Marshall Gooch | P.O. Box 23217 | Seattle, WA 98102-0517 USA |
|                            mgooch@scn.org                    |

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Subject: Re: none
From: jason.kreitzer%goucher@wb3ffv.ampr.org (Jason Kreitzer)
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 94 23:08:00 -0500
Organization: Goucher College, Towson, MD

This is for Chalkhills.

My name is Jason Kreitzer.  I am a sophomore at Goucher College in
Baltimore, Maryland.  I first heard XTC in 1988, when I saw the video
for "Dear G-d" on MTV.  I found out about Chalkhillls through the
NewsAnswers newsgroup on the 'Net.

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 10:35 EST
From: Jeffrey Langr <0005392548@mcimail.com>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #387

Proposed XTC covers that just popped into my head:

Nine Inch Nails:  Dear God; Complicated Game
Kinks:            No Thugs in Our House
Offspring:        My Weapon
Adrian Belew:     Snowman
He Said:          Travels in Nihilon
Breeders:         Your Gold Dress
Cramps:           Pink Thing, with some revised lyrics
Danielle Dax:     Across this Antheap
Morrissey:        That's Really Super Supergirl
Frank Black:      Real by Reel

I'm still trying to figure out who should cover "Helicopter."

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Date:     Mon, 24 Oct 1994 15:05 EST
From: SIMPSONK@opsusa.sms.siemens.com (Simpson, Kevin----Siemens Calgary Canada)
Subject:  RE: Chalkhills Digest #387

HI everyone:
        Thanks for the interview talking about Rook. I could read that stuff
all day. I have always thought Rook to be an incredible song, nothing to
listen to while cooking Dinner, doing the wash or what ever, but one that when
you are alone, with the headphones on...that piano line is haunting, as well
as the lyrics.
        After reading how much it took for Andy to write it, and how dark it
is, I can't help but wonder why Omnibus was placed after it Nonsuch? It's kind
of a roller coaster of emotions when you listen to Rook, Omnibus, and then
back into the even darker That Wave. Anyone have any ideas?

..........crow crow..spill all you know........

kevin simpson....

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 94 11:11 EST
From: Jeffrey Langr <0005392548@mcimail.com>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #387

 From Pamela Moore:
>> I did feel bad for them tho [[Stranglers]] --why do they bother touring
>>the States if they're only going to get to play dumpy little places for a
>>couple hundred people?

Actually I really enjoy seeing good bands at crummy dives, like the 9:30 in
D.C. or the 8x10 in Baltimore.  Some of the best shows I've ever seen were
in places like that; I think the bands know they have to try harder.  It's
also a bit more personal.  It builds character I'm sure...  It must be a
comedown after the arena tours though.  Would you rather see XTC at a 20,000
seat air-conditioned basketball arena where the ushers keep making you sit
down or in a smelly stuffy hellhole that fits only 200, standing only?

I got to see the Stranglers in their US "comeback" tour at the Warner
Theatre (seats around 2000 ? ) in Washington D.C., which coincided with the
Dreamtime release -- somewhere around 1986??  I thought it was a good show
but some of the new stuff portended of bad things to come.  A little like
XTC, starting to lose a bit of the grip (no pun intended) as they get older
I suppose.

Jeff

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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 12:19:55 -0700
From: jjm@wwtc.timeplex.com (Jim McGowan)
Subject: Re: XTC Covers

The October 23 issue of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section reports that
the Crash Test Dummies have recorded a cover of Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
for the soundtrack to an upcoming Jim Carrey movie entitled "Dumb an'
Dumber" (scheduled release date 2/10/95). At first, it seemed like a bad
choice but then I started wondering what it would *sound* like. Hmmm...
considering that the Dummies can't play faster than 80 beats per minute
(ballad tempo, if you will) it might actually be weird enough.

- Jim
 -------------------------------------------------------------
| James McGowan               | jjm@wwtc.timeplex.com       |
| Ascom Timeplex Inc.         | Phone: 310-443-4013         |
| Los Angeles, California     | Fax: 310-443-7978           |
 -------------------------------------------------------------

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From: David Yazbek <yazbek@pipeline.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 15:42:08 -0400
Subject: XTC TRIBUTE ALBUM

Hi. I'm producing a "Testimonial Dinner" project for Thirsty Ear records.
So far, Crash Test Dummies, They Might Be Giants, and some other cool acts
have signed on. Any other ideas? Please be somewhat brief.

Also- my own album "The Laughing Man" with some tracks produced by and/or
featuring Andy Partridge is coming out now in Europe and in January in the
U.S. on Humbug records. Tell your friends, enemies and strangers. Makes a
great stocking-stuffer.

This "Chalkhills" idea is great. Being a diehard XTC fan is sort of like
being a freemason. We should have a secret handshake.

Thanks- David Yazbek

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From: RAPTURIA@delphi.com
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 01:40:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Lack of interest in XTC

Brian>>WHAT?!?  WHO IS XTC!?!  WHO ARE THE BEATLES?!?!  For some reason,
they have never ascended the great ladder of mainstream success (at least in
this country.)  With great tunes and beautiful chords and
hit-you-in-the-face lyrics, who wouldn't know of and consequently adore this
band?  I don't understand the music-buying/listening publuc sometimes.

Putting my flame-retardant garments on, I venture that Americans resent
sophistication and intellectualism, and XTC represent just that: they do it
naturally, not out of any pretension, they really are being just themselves;
making smart, tight music that says more than any American is willing to
hear, both lyrically and instrumentally.

And I am an American, by the way...

dorothy

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From: "DELRUE STEPHAN" <CRS.DELRUE.S@alpha.ufsia.ac.be>
Organization:  University of Antwerp - UFSIA
Date:   Tue, 25 Oct 1994 11:38:43 +0200
Subject:       new live-album XTC

What's that about a new XTC-live album?

I have the BBC recordings made in 1980 (one CD), but I have the
impression all of you are talking about a new release!
Has it only been released in the U.K.?

Please someone tell me more about it!

Stephane.Stephane Delrue.
H. Conscience straat 28/8
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Tel.: (xx32) (16) 23.35.77.
Office : University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Tel.: (xx32) (3) 220.43.49.
CRS.DELRUE.S@alpha.ufsia.ac.be

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Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 07:00:27 EDT
From: AKBJ87A@prodigy.com (MR ROBERT C THURSTON)
Subject: My trip to Swindon

-- [ From: Robert Thurston (TJ) * EMC.Ver #2.01P ] --

Hello all.  As an infrequent visitor to this list, I feel an intro is
required before I tell my tale of Swindon.

I am 32 years old (yeh, an old fart .... y'see, 20 somethings don't
have the monopoly on good music!) and have been an XTC fan since my
brother played Making Plans for Nigel for me in 1980.  Then when my
college roommate bought English Settlement as a new release, and we
played it until the grooves wore out, I was hooked for life.  As a
lifelong Genesis fan (Yuck, you say? ah, ye of closed musical minds),
it is kind of odd to like a band like XTC....but I think not.  There
are many comparisons...good musicianship, clever lyrics, great melodies,
all for the song rather than the solo, Hugh Padgham connection, and of
course Dave Gregory playing with Peter Gabriel.

First Bit:  I have an unfortunate tale of my stop in Swindon during my
2 week Europe trek through England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany.  I
stopped for a day in our boys hometown hoping to find some nuggets of
collectibles or rare discs (or perhaps to catch a glimpse of Andy,
Colin or Dave going for a sandwich or something....).  My first
disappointment was to discover that virtually every record/CD store
that I hunted down hardly even had anything from the local boys.  Then
the final sadness to my story (all the time I was building up my hopes
by reading Chalkhills and Children during my travels....what a lovely
book!)....I went into Plum Records shop near the University.  I asked a
daft woman behind the counter if she had any rare or bootleg discs of
XTC....her (unfortunate) reply was (and I'm not making this up!):  "I
know XTC comes from Swindon and all, but no one really cares about that
here."  WHAT?  Doesn't New Jersey lay claim to Bruce Springsteen?
Doesn't Florida always mention that Tom Petty is originally from
Gainesville?  Doesn't Athens, GA take every opportunity to tout that
the B52s and REM hail from that college town?  I could not understand
this.  Fully disappointed, I left packing from that town.  After all,
were it not for XTC, Swindon might not even be on the map!  Think of
all the U.S. fans who would kill to say that XTC was their hometown
band!  And after all the gigs in the Swindon pubs which brought life to
an otherwise dismal club scene!  Hrumph!

Second bit (and I will offer introductory apologies if this has been
mentioned before):  While visiting the Virgin Mega Store, Oxford Street,
London, I found a brand new XTC release by Nightracks Records c/o BBC
called "XTC - Drums and Wireless:  BBC Radio Sessions 77-89".  It cost
me 11 Pounds Sterling (@ $18).  The track list is as follows:  Opening
Speech (which is just a BBC announcer stating the tracks for his show
that night including XTC); No Thugs in Our House; Runaways; You're The
Wish (You ARe) I Had; Poor Skeleton Steps Out; Crosswires; Seagulls
Screaming Kiss Her Kiss HEr; Real by Reel; Into the Atom Age; Meccanik
Dancing; Ten Feet Tall; Scarecrow People; I'm Bugged; Dance Band; Jason
and the Argonauts; One of the Millions; Roads Girdle the Globe.  Is
this a recompilation or something new?  If you want any more info,
please private email me at AKBJ87A@prodigy.com.

Thanks for letting me offer my $.03 (adjusted for inflation) to this
wonderful list.  Cheers.
TJ Thurston aka capnbizaro

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Date: 25 Oct 94 09:42:15 EDT
From: John.J.Pinto@Dartmouth.EDU (John J. Pinto)
Subject: The Middle Eight

Now that the subject of the "hook" has been fully treated is there anyone
would like to try and define "the middle eight"?

J. PInto

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Date: Tue, 25 Oct 94 15:29:43 EST
From: stacy@trc.com (Robert Stacy)
Subject: live vs. Memorex

> The fact is that the advent of recorded sound, allowed to be
> retouched until perfect and replayable at the listener's chosen
> volume and locale, was the first bona fide revolution in music for
> nearly a millenium.  More than anything else, it actually changed the
> way we hear.

   In no way do I disagree with the truth of the above statement.  But
as justification for a band's discontinuance of live performances, the
intent is misplaced.  When things click, there is an important
emotional connection that a performer makes with a live audience, a
synergistic experience, that leaves all involved far richer in the
aftermath.  So far, in my experience, this bridge has not been made via
recordings (though the spontaneity of the acoustic radio performances
on the _Kings for a Day_ CD came awfully close to jollying me into
believing otherwise).
   I had this driven home to me quite recently after seeing Adrian Legg
and Richard Thompson both do solo, live performances (separate venues,
though -- man, what a double bill _that_ would have been!).  I walked
away from both shows stunned by the power of live music to connect
directly to the listener.  You're hotwired into that experience of the
now in a way that studio production techniques can never hope to
approximate.
   I'm not just saying it would be the best of all possible worlds for
XTC _fans_ to be able to hear the guys perform live.  I think it would
do Andy, Dave, and Colin a world of good, too, to ride the rush of
performing for an appreciative, animate audience.  My guess is there's
only so much pleasure to be derived from listening to the tape reels
spin in the studio . . . and if album sales are a band's sole form of
feedback, the situation could prove less than inspiring.

 --RSt

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From: CurtissH@aol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 17:40:26 -0400
Subject: Re: Bridges and Ecstasy

Christie Byun asked:

>With all this discussion of hooks, I have another musical question--what
>is a bridge?

This one's easy.  A bridge usually comes near the end of a song, just when
it's about to get boring, and it usually is a different tone than the rest of
the song.  There's almost always a bridge on songs that don't have guitar (or
keyboard, or whatever) solos, and it helps to break up the monotony.

Listen to "No Thugs in Our House."  The part where it gets kind of quiet with
the spooky keyboard and the lyrics:  "they never read those pamphlets in his
bottom drawer..."  The bridge ends when Andy goes "AAArrrggh!" and the guitar
riff kicks back in.

Another good example is "Respectable Street."  Notice the significant change
is the musical style on the part that goes:  "It's in the order of their
hedgerow-oh-ohs" ? (I mean the part near the end, not the intro on the album
version.)  After this, the music returns to the bass riff that forms the
foundation for the rest of the song.

A great example of a song without a bridge is on Led Zeppelin's Houses of the
Holy (what XTC fan doesn't have this?).  The song is "The Crunge," which is
really monotonous.  At the end, when it seems it will be stuck in this one
groove forever, Robert Plant asks if anyone's seen the bridge.  The song
grinds on until it lurches to a halt with someone asking "where's that
confounded bridge?"

I hope this clears things up on bridges.

Also, let me say again that XTC started a couple of years before the drug
Ecstasy was invented, so they are NOT named after it.  Anyone who tries to
connect the two are doing this great band a serious disservice.

Curtiss Hammock, Atlanta, GA, USA, planet Earth.

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Date: Tue, 25 Oct 94 16:18:43 PDT
From: John Relph <relph@presto.ig.com>
Subject: Johnny Nexdor and His Neighbors

Hi,

  Remember the big debate about the song "Change Your World" by Johnny
Nexdor And His Neighbors on the _Carmen Sandiego Out Of This World_
CD?  The rumour was that one or both of John Linnell and Andy
Partridge sang on this track.  Well, I can safely say that it was
neither.  David Yazbek, the producer, wrote me to say:

>Johnny Nexdoor is Sean Altman, a singer with the group
>Rockapella, who I've worked with on and off for fifteen years. "The
>Neighbors" are basically myself and Billy Straus, who engineered and
>co-produced the Carmen Albums.

  Mystery solved.

        -- John

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From: nilsson@etek.chalmers.se
Subject: XTC RADIO SESSIONS CD
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 94 15:07:19 -0100

A few digests ago, someone in the UK mentioned having bought the new BBC
sessions CD. If you are reading this, would you please tell us the label
and catalogue number? Thanks in advance!

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 Par Nilsson * nilsson@etek.chalmers.se
    "The future's no problem / We don't care / 'Cause wherever we're
           going / We'll soon get there." - Terry Adams, NRBQ
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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From: PTomek@aol.com
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 13:06:41 -0400
Subject: New Here

Greetings to all!

I was delighted to find this discussion about one of my favorite bands. I've
been a fan since I saw them in a club in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1980. I didn't
know anything about them, expected a punk/new wave act; imagine my
surprise....

I am a musician, or at least a drummer (you know the old joke: "What do you
call a person who follows musicians around?"). I played with the
Mercury/Polygram act The Rainmakers, who were around from 1986 to 1990.

Actually we still are around-- we reunited for a self-produced album recently
released on Polygram Norway, and also available in Finland and Denmark. No
deal in the US yet, though if anyone here cares, it will be available sooner
or later. Mail order, if need be.

I also play with R&B pianist/singer Kelley Hunt, and do video, graphics and
desktop publishing work (since music pays so well!).

Since I can't ftp from AOL, I haven't gotten the archives yet, but I'm
looking forward to catching up on the discussion. In the meantime, I'll give
my version of an answer to Christie Byun's question:

> With all this discussion of hooks, I have another musical

> question--what is a bridge?

A bridge is part of the pop song structure. It is generally used as a
departure from the verse-chorus repetition earlier in the song. To
illustrate, call a verse part _A_, a chorus part _B_, and a bridge part _C_.
A typical pop song structure is something like ABABCABB, or AABABCBB; of
course, a lot of the fun is in the variation. (And I always assumed Genesis'
album title "abacab" was in reference to this shorthand form).

Not all songs have bridges, or choruses for that matter. Also, there is a
certain amount of slop in the terminology; it's not uncommon for the
songwriter to ask, say, the guitar player, "What are you playing in the
chorus?" only to have the guitar player reply, "Which part are you calling a
chorus?" At least in the bands I've played with...

In olden days, what we now might call a bridge was often called a "middle 8,"
since it was usually 8 bars long. It was common for middle 8s to occur twice
in a song, as you may notice from a lot of early Beatles tunes.

In the song "Rook," since that's been mentioned lately, the sections that
begin with "Soar up high..." and "On the wings of night..." could be
considered bridges. Or not-- that isn't really a typical pop song structure,
because there isn't a chorus. IMHO. For what it's worth, that song is one of
my favorites on the album; I especially love the interweaving trumpet and
string lines, and I think the arrangement complements the lyrics very well.

Sorry I've gone on so long. But I can't resist closing with a couple
quickies:

What does it mean when drool is coming out of both sides of the drummer's
mouth? --Level stage.

How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb? --None. They have a
machine to do that now.

And my favorite. What's the definition of an optimist? --A trombone player
with a beeper.

Cheers,

Pat Tomek
Kansas City, MO

------------------------------

From: KB305@aol.com
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 20:20:49 -0400
Subject: the mythical XTC tribute CD

I saw it, and heard it, in a dream:

Slowdive: Grass
Gin Blossoms: Mayor Of Simpleton
American Music Club: Rook
Peter Gabriel: Human Alchemy
Jeff Buckley: This World Over
Cassandra Wilson: Ladybird
       (I knew this should be a jazz tune!)
Black 47: Love On A Farmboy's Wages
Depeche Mode: Reign Of Blows
Danny Elfman: Helicopter
       (Andy could've _built_ Danny Elfman in his garage...)
Matthew Sweet: Earn Enough For Us
Soundgarden: Jason and the Argonauts
Shawn Colvin: Dying
       (the natural choice being Leonard Cohen, but he wouldn't, now, would
he?)
The Cure: Making Plans For Nigel

I couldn't resist.......   ;)   -Kevin Brunkhorst

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Date: 26 Oct 1994 22:36:48 GMT
From: Joe_Jarrett@nynet.nybe.north-york.on.ca (Joe Jarrett)
Organization: North York Board of Education
Subject: Drums And Wireless

There seems to be some confusion about the new CD from the BBC radio sessions
called "Drums And Wireless".  The CD is full of different versions of songs
recorded exclusively for the BBC for broadcast. They are all recorded at
different times but around the time of the original release of the song (I
hope that is clear). They are not as fussed over as the album versions and
therefore have more of a 'live' feel to them. They were recorded in a studio
with a BBC producer and not live in front of an audience. If you want that,
get the excellent BBC Live Radio 1 Concert CD. They are also not accoustic.
They older songs have Barry Andrews playing and about half have Terry
Chambers.  They sound different (some more than others) and have a more
spontaneous feel to them. I would highly recommend the disc to any rabid XTC
fan. There are more songs in the archives and depending on the sales of this
one there may be a second CD. SO BUY IT!!! (sorry about that, I got carried
away)

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Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 01:30:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: "my world is spinning..." <LEACH@AC.GRIN.EDU> (Arlo B Leach)
Subject: map of swindon

i don't know how rare or desirable this is, but if anyone would like a copy
of the english import cd that contains colin's map or swindon, i may be able
to pick up a copy this weekend.  i know of a record store that had one last
time i was there, and if it's still around i'd be happy to mail it to anyone
for what it costs me.

actually, if this isn't a big copyright infringement, and if the person i'm
buying it for doesn't mind, i could make extra photocopies of the map, if
anyone would like to see that.

tell you what, if you want the cd, let me know right away.  if you just want
the map, wait until i find out if i can get the cd, at which time i'll post
again.

bye,
-arlo

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Date:         Thu, 27 Oct 94 09:49:29 EDT
From: Pete Dresslar <PDRESSL@CMS.CC.WAYNE.EDU>
Subject:      XTC music *in a commercial*; Armageddon expected soon...

Whoa!  Here's something you don't see (hear) every day... I was driving
to work this morning when I heard a radio commercial for a local bar.
The line was, "It's as easy as counting to *One,* *Two,* *Three,*
*Four,* *Five!*"  Yes, it was our boys singing Senses.  The ad continued
a bit with more of the song, albeit through a couple of horrendous edits.
That's the first time I've every heard XTC used in a promotion.  I'm sure
it's happened before, but it can't be common.  I guess SWO *is* accessible!

-pete in detroit, mi, usa

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