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              Chalkhills Digest, Number 394

                Saturday, 19 November 1994

Today's Topics:
      XTC Tribute Band to play 12/8/94 in Athens,GA
                   Re:Drums & Wireless
                         Various
                     Re: King Crimson
                       sheet music?
                    New album name...
                    XTC import dealer
               Attention Boston area fans!
               Re: King Crimson (XTC list)
            XTC and King Crimson continued...
                   Skylarking Ultradisc
                    Ahem, ummm... Blur
                    An X (Tx) C Story
                    Mermaid Smiled...
                         new guy.
                 New to this mailing list
                    Wireless and Drums
                      YeeHaw!!! XTC
             The Good Things and cover tunes
                          echoes

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From: Weirdo <peoples@moe.coe.uga.edu>
Subject: XTC Tribute Band to play 12/8/94 in Athens,GA
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 02:14:44 -0500 (EST)

This is just a little note to any XTC fanatics that may live near
Athens, GA.

The Helium Kidz (yeah, not the originals :) will be playing December 8
at the Atomic Music Hall in Athens. We'll be playing approximately
15 XTC tunes.

Songs include: Respectable Street, Grass, Mayor of Simpleton, Life
               Begins at the Hop, All of a Sudden, Real by Reel,
               Vanishing Girl, Making Plans For Nigel,
               Jason & the Argonauts, This Is Pop?, Knuckle Down,
               Towers of London, Don't Lose Your Temper,
               Living Through Another Cuba

There may be others. We're still learning songs. A noticeable Black Sea
bent, but hey its tough playing the latter day stuff with 4 people!

We played once last year and were met with great enthusiasm.
This year's show looks to be bigger and better.

Hope to see you there!
Weirdo - peoples@moe.coe.uga.edu

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From: CurtissH@aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 06:38:04 -0500
Subject: Re:Drums & Wireless

For all who missed it the first time, here is info about Drums & Wireless:

It's a real album, released by Nighttracks Records/BBC, CDNT008.  Unless you
live in GB, you'll probably have to buy it as an import.

It's a collection on songs recorded from 1977-1989, and they were recorded
live, in a studio (no audience) for BBC radio, like the Peel sessions.
Someone said that there are overdubs, but I suspect there weren't (i have no
evidence for this opinion).  The songs are very close to the originals, but
with less production.  IMHO, they are also very good, with the possible
exceptin of Roads Girdle the Globe, which just couldn't equal the original.

Other than that, a great disk, and I'd recommend it.

Curtiss Hammock, Atlanta, GA, USA

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Date: 16 Nov 1994 08:51:56 U
From: "Wesley Wilson" <Wesley_Wilson@iegate.mitre.org>
Subject: Various

                      Subject:                              Time:  8:33 PM
                      Subject:                              Time:  8:33 PM
  OFFICE MEMO         Various                               Date:  11/16/94
Hey gang...

I'm glad to report that I received my copy of The Little Express. This is a
great XTC fanzine, a must for anyone who follows the band. I received four
issues already and will send my check in soon for renewal.

Speaking of "Newell" :-), there are some interesting photos of Martin Newell
in the lastest issue, playing a gig in France. He looks way cool: thin, with
a tartan vest and that signature "Dickens" hat. I have heard from a Japanese
friend (Shigemasa Fujimoto) that Newell toured Japan as well. I would have
loved to have seen him live! Shigemasa said it was excellent.

The latest issue of TLE has my artwork in it (inside back cover). I never
expected them to use it in such a conspicuous spot, but they did a great job
of laying it out, surrounding it with vintage psychedelic posters and
(non)such. Of course this issue also has some great photos of the band, along
with clippings and some excellent interviews, reviews, and artwork.

Also, this weekend I saw Sam Phillips on VH1. She was in a "new age"-style
tea shop and was sipping various herbal teas (no, she didn't say, "You can't
get the buttons these days."). She's really pretty in a delicate sort of way,
something that's not obvious from the way she's made up to look on "Martinis
and Bikinis." Too bad she's married, cuz I'm single...

To answer a few of the questions posed in the last Chalkhills: no, no, yes,
no, yes...

Um, someone is saying "smoke" (not that dirty word), in "Great Fire."
Followed by "curling 'round the door."

No, "Drums and Wireless" is a legitimate release - "Made in England" says the
sticker on the front of my copy.

Does anyone know where I can get the Mayor of Simpleton single with "The Good
Things" and "Living in a Hanunted Heart"? (Preferably in excellent condition
and either on CD or vinyl.) Let me know.

Wes

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Subject: Re: King Crimson
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 11:19:23 EST
From: Michael Murphy <mjm@cis.ufl.edu>

In Chalkhills #393, Francis Owen McDonnell <fmcdonne@reed.edu> wrote:

>         I hate to take up the space with an out of context question, but I was
> under the impression that Jerry Marrota was going to play with the new
> incarnation of King Crimson?

Well, he WAS going to be in it a while back (or at least rumored to be), but
i guess that was back before things were finalized and the lineup was nailed
down.  After that, it was announced that it wouldn't be Marotta, but Pat
Mastellotto (from Orange & Lemons!  so this isn't too out-of-context after
all).

Then, it was announced that Bruford would be in the band after all, and they
would still have Mastellotto as well!  So now it's a six-piece -- those two
drummers, Belew and Levin, Fripp of course, and stick player Trey Gunn.

It's finalized now, because they've already gotten together and rehearsed
some new stuff, and they've released a limited edition CD of some of it, on
Fripp's new Discipline Records.  And they're all listed in the credits.  I
just got mine last week, and it's GOOD!  If anyone wants the info on where to
order it from, email me.

>         Speaking of Crimson, hows about a Fripp version of "Complicated
> Game" or "Garden of Earthly Delights"?

Complicated Game done by Fripp (or the new Crimson!) might be pretty cool
indeed.

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Date:         Wed, 16 Nov 94 12:25:22 EST
From: Ayanna Gaines <AYANNA@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU>
Subject:      sheet music?

i have played classical piano for most of my life, and in several listenings of
 xtc, i've noticed that their last three albums have several pieces with
great piano parts to them ("wrapped in grey," "ballet for a rainy day," "chalk-
hills and children").  as it is, i have "mayor of simpleton" in a single sheet
format -- but does anyone know if there are any collections of their songs,
not transcribed into that "easy reading" single note stuff, but still retaining
 the songs' original complexity?  you can either email me privately, or post,
but be sure to mention whether they are available in US, or if i'll have to
schedule a flight to europe to get my greedy little hands on them.
 -- ayanna
"ad hoc, ad loc, quid pro quo; so little time -- so much to know!"
      == jeremy hillary boob, ph.d

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From: "Allan Blackman" <BLACKMAN@alkali.otago.ac.nz>
Date:          Thu, 17 Nov 1994 08:46:10 GMT+1200
Subject:       New album name...

While we're all waiting for the new album to arrive, perhaps we could content
ourselves with trying to figure out what it will be called. It seems to me
that their last two albums have been named using lyrics from the previous
album (ie Oranges and Lemons from "Ballet for a rainy day" off skylarking and
Nonsuch from "Chalkhills and Children" off Oranges and Lemons). How about "The
rabid hounds" or "Resurrecting Churchill" for the next album??

Cheers
Allan

**********************************************************************
Allan Blackman, Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin,
New Zealand.                        e-mail blackman@alkali.otago.ac.nz

Marge on innocence/guilt  "..as my uncle used to say, shoot them all
and let God decide...."
**********************************************************************

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Date: Wed, 16 Nov 94 16:19 CDT
From: John Johanneson <JOHANNESON@macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: XTC import dealer

Those die-hard collectors for whom price is no object might want to
check out CD Now!, an Internet CD store (telnet cdnow.com).

Below are the 'import listings' for XTC.

                                                  ------OPTIONS------

15) ACOUSTIC TALES                            --   34.97  T) Song/Label Search
        VARIOUS '87 -'89                                   I) INFO on Artist
 16) BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD               --   11.97  ?) Help
        (EP) + 3 TRACKS #2                                 X) EXIT (Main Menu)
 17) BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD               --    9.97  -------------------
        (EP) + 3 TRACKS #1
 18) BEESWAX (B-SIDES '77 - '82)               --   22.97
        (JPN)
 19) DEAR GOD (EP) + 6 TRACKS                  --   11.97
        B SIDES
 20) DEMO TRACKS (JPN)                         --   20.97
 21) DISAPPOINTED (EP) + 3 TRACKS              --    9.97

 22) DISAPPOINTED (EP) + 4 TRACKS              --    9.97  ------OPTIONS------
 23) DRUMS AND WIRELESS                        --   18.97  T) Song/Label Search
        BBC RADIO SESSIONS '77-'89 / 17 TRACKS             I) INFO on Artist
 24) EXPLODE TOGETHER - THE DUB                --   20.97  ?) Help
        EXPERIMENTS '78 - '80                              X) EXIT (Main Menu)
 25) IN MOTION (LIVE BBC '77                   --   27.97  -------------------
        + 7 DEMO TRACKS)
 26) KING FOR A DAY (EP) + 3 TRACKS            --    6.97
 27) KINGS FOR A DAY (ACOUSTIC '89)            --   34.97
 28) K-ROCKING IN PASADENA                     --   34.97
        ACOUSTIC LIVE '89
 29) LAST LIVE SHOW (LONDON '80)               --   27.97
        (JPN)

 30) LTD. EDITION                              --   59.97  ------OPTIONS------
        DRUMS, (3 PIC DISC'S... GO 2                       T) Song/Label Search
        BLACK SEA)                                         I) INFO on Artist
 31) MAKING PLANS FOR ANDY                     --   27.97  ?) Help
        LIVE '78 & '82                                     X) EXIT (Main Menu)
 32) MAYOR OF SIMPLETON 3" (EP)                --    9.97  -------------------
        + 3 TRACKS
 33) THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS 3" (EP)              --   24.97
        + 1 TRACK (JPN)
 34) THE LOVING 3" (EP) + 2 TRACKS             --    9.97
 35) THE SINGLES 1978/85                       --   22.97
 36) THIS IS LIVE                              --   27.97
        HAMMERSMITH ODEON '81
 37) TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN             --   24.97  ------OPTIONS------
        3"                                                 T) Song/Label Search
 38) USA 1980 (LIVE)

DISCLAIMER: I'm not affilated in any way with CD Now!, nor have I
ever ordered from them, although I know of one person who has, and
he said it went fine.

-John <-> johanneson@macc.wisc.edu

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Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 20:20:47 -0500 (EST)
From: david bregande <dbregand@wood.helios.nd.edu>
Subject: Attention Boston area fans!

        I regret that this is not a totally XTC relevant posting, but I must
recommend that you all go see THE PUSH STARS this Saturday, 10pm, at the
Middle East Cafe'.  Did I say recommend, I meant DEMAND. Both song
writers are Partridge influenced, and judging from their demo tape they
are headed for a good future. Incidentally, the bassist is a huge Colin
Moulding fan, and his playing certainly reflects this! Go see, and tell
me what you think.

        Oh, I may as well offer my two cents to a question that has
probably been answered already. That is not Andy saying "fuck" on
Great Fire, but the word "smoke" in the line "smoke, curling round the
door". It is an honest mistake. Listen again, it sounds smokey.
                                                Thanks,
                                                  Dave

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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 14:44:30 +0800
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Re: King Crimson (XTC list)

The new line-up for King Crison is Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin,
Bill Bruford (ie the 1980s line-up) plus Trey Gunn (stick, bass, guitar -
ex-League of Crafty Guitarists) and Frank(?) Mastelotto (ex-Mr Mister,
worked on XTC's Oranges and Lemons if memory serves. Hey! XTC content ;-)).
Sounds like they're working as two complem,entary three-poieces of
guitar/stick/drums. New ep VROOOM out any day now.

Marotta was rumoured to be in the new line up last year, but nothing eventuated.

Fripp could cover "Somnambulist" quite nicely. Or how about Crimso
themselves doing "Seagulls screaming..."? On the subject of covers, I just
heard Primus's version of M.P.F.Nigel for the first time yesterday. Not bad
- the vocals suit it, but not as good as the original, natch ;-)

BTW anyone interested in the heaviest prog group ever should contact
"Elephant Talk", the King Crimson list, c/- toby@cs.man.ac.uk

James

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

Ya jivu v' 50 Norfolk St., St. Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand
pixelphone james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz
steam megaphone NZ 03-455-7807

   * You talk to me as if from a distance
   * and I reply with impressions chosen from another time, time, time,
   * from another time                     (Brian Eno)

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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 16:31:28 -0800
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: XTC and King Crimson continued...

Sopotted while leafing through the archives of the King Crimson mailing list:

From: malzahn@umcc.umich.edu (Eric Malzahn) Subject: Adrian in Detroit
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1993 23:24:12 -0400 (EDT)

>I saw Adrian's acoustic tour in Detroit last Saturday. He's an excellent
>player and, as others have stated, the songs are surprisingly well suited for
>the acoustic setting.

>Here are some of the more interesting things that came out of the open
>discussion [a question and answer session was held between Belew and the
>Audience at the end of the show - JD]:

(various items deleted, then...)

>Oddly, he doesn't listen to much music recreationally, and he had to struggle
>to name an up and coming band that he likes. He finally mentioned XTC, and
>said that he likes all the music of the people he plays with.

Up and coming? But hey, the man has taste!

James

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

Ya jivu v' 50 Norfolk St., St. Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand
pixelphone james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz
steam megaphone NZ 03-455-7807

   * You talk to me as if from a distance
   * and I reply with impressions chosen from another time, time, time,
   * from another time                     (Brian Eno)

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From: DaHaa@aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 02:01:53 -0500
Subject: Skylarking Ultradisc

Hi,

I've been monitoring the chat here for months and finally am popping my head
up.

I've been collecting/enjoying/listening to XTC even since the 3DEP, way back
in those glory days. Even have the fabled 4-songs-free-from-Record-Mirror-EP
(which contained 4 different Virgin bands, on a regular black vinyl 7 inch,
with the old blue Virgin labels, no picture sleeve. The XTC track is a live
version of "Traffic Light Rock" produced by John Leckie. I think this is the
only place this has been released.)

At any rate, here's my offering for this time: Just picked up the Mobile
Fidelity Sound Labs Ultradisc II CD of "Skylarking." It sold for $24.99 at
Best Buy. Sadly, there is no "Mermaid Smiled" here and no extra tracks. But
the sounds is truly amazing! There is such a difference, the album sounds
nearly brand new all over again. Very impressive.

On comparison, the regular Geffen U.S. version sounds flat and lifeless. The
Virgin U.K. release (and think mine was pressed in Germany) sounds much
better. But the Ultradisc easily tops them both.

This is a must have disc. If only all CDs came out in a limited edition like
this when they were first released. Man, that would be cool.

Cheers,
dahaa@aol.com
David Haakenson

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From: "Bill Moxim" <BMOXIM@epi.soph.uab.edu>
Date:          Thu, 17 Nov 1994 11:26:51 -600
Subject:       Ahem, ummm... Blur

Boy I really hate to bring this up, especially after that long undying
thread we recently had, BUT, I never posted anything to that thread and I
just have to make a comment about - BLUR.  I remember just before that
thread started I had seen the video for "Girls & Boys" (or whatever) on
Em-TeeVee and kinda liked it.  Thought it was a bit odd, and was also
reminded in some strange way of XTC.  I dunno, just kinda popped into my
head - then that thread started suddenly.  Well I'm here to say that I
just got the disc "Parklife" yesterday and I'm really astonished at all
the negative comments it received here!  It's a highly diversified album.
Very unusual and imaginative.  I heard many references to XTC, the
Beatles, Matthew Sweet, oh... and even Martin Newell!  Note these were
bands that I was reminded of while listening, not that I heard specific
references.  You absolutely can NOT judge this disc by hearing only one
track!  Every track was a new surprise.  They vary from the opening almost
techno-pop tune to some good new-wavish jams to some strings/easy
listening-type tunes to quasi-hardcore thrash to carnival music!  Even
some offbeat very-english Bonzo Dog Band type stuff.  They are definately
English, and remind me a lot of some early 80's new wave stuff like The
Jags or 4 Out Of 5 Doctors.

Whatever - sorry 'bout that, I just felt a need to speak up for them.  I'm
not saying they're the best thing I've heard, but they are very
interesting to hear and should be given a chance.  And sorry about the
lack of XTC content, but - the first band I was reminded of when I first
heard them was --- XTC, Drums & Wires era.

Keep it fast & bulbous!

Bill
+------------------------------------+-------------------------------+
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|Internet  : bmoxim@epi.soph.uab.edu | Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Compuserve: 76114,467               | Department of Epidemiology    |
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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 12:08:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Eric Leikam <ericl@crl.com>
Subject: An X (Tx) C Story

        My name is Eric Leikam.  I'm a radio DJ from Houston, Tx.  My first
exposure to XTC came with the domestic release of English Settlement.  My
boss and I would listed to the whole record and work.  It was a blast! It
wasn't long before
I could "air-drum" to Senses Working Overtime.  BTW whatever happened to that
video?  When I was a freshman at UH I was on the concert committee.  The
first show I did was The Police on the Zenyatta Mondatta tour.  The album
had just been released and was starting to catch fire.  The show had to
be moved from Cullen Auditorium to the larger Houston Music Hall which had
just been remodled.  It was my job to try and keep people from smoking.
Ha!  The opening act was XTC.  Halfway through the show I gave up trying
to do my job and jumped into the orchestra pit.  I stayed there for the
rest of the concert.  I was so close I couldn't see Terry Chambers or
Stuart Copeland.  After the show I went to their hotel.  I found Andy and
Colin in the bar.
        They were congenial but didn't really want to be disturbed.  They
mentioned something about wanting to go to Gilley's.  When I told them
that it was some 20 miles away in Pasadena they lost interest.  I also
met The Police that night.
        Over the years I've kept tabs on the guys through albums and
reading interviews particularly Musician Magazine.  In 1989 when Oranges
& Lemons was released the guys did a radio station tour to support it.
As you know they played "unplugged" live everywhere they went.  They visited
my station KRBE and I recorded them.  I remember they played "scarecrow
People", "Love On A Farmboy's Wages", "Senses Working Overtime" and a
couple others.  Anyway, there was a guy on staff who was an even bigger
XTC fan than me.  He took the tape and departed the station shortly
thereafter.  I've lost track of him.  His name is David Redemann.  If
anyone knows anything about David or this tape please e-mail me.  The
performances on the tape were simply breathtaking!
        That evening Geffen treated us to dinner (we enjoyed it.  It was only
gas and chemicals) with XTC at Ruggles
Grill.  Andy sat on my right, Dave directly across and Colin two seats
down.  My friend David was talking Dukes with Colin and I talked about
everything else with Andy.  They were all quite friendly and glad to see
such dedicated fans in the heart of Texas.

Sorry, I got carried away there. I got so much to say but I'm afraid
it'll all come out wrong.
And the church bell softly chiming...
]
Eric Leikam/Rocket 107 Houston

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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 94 19:22:35 EST
From: jlamy@sweat.ess.harris.com (Joe Lamy)
Subject: Mermaid Smiled...

Ayanna Gaines spake thusly:

> two things, fellow chalkers:
>    1)  does anyone else besides me find "mermaid smiled" a divine, scintilla-
>        ting little song?

I certainly do. It is one of my favorites on Skylarking - I love the way it
builds, with the bass playing latin style over the bongos while the horns
swell...

That brings me to another point. I find that my favorite music causes a
reaction in me: it's hard to describe, but I'd say a quickening of the
pulse, and an intense emotional feeling, which may be haunting reflection
(Chalkhills, Rook, etc.) elation (Burning With Optimism's Flames, Omnibus)
or just some "high" that I can't really identify, but might call
excited, mischeivous, dare I say groovy? (You're My Drug, Are You Receiving
Me?) It really has little to do with the lyrics - for instance, "Ball And
Chain" just puts me in a great mood, even though it's about the destructive
nature of civilization.

I know that music can have a powerful effect on most people, but I swear,
it seems like I am hearing/feeling something different. It's this feeling
that has been my entire motivation for getting into songwriting. I also
think it is this heightened sense that draws many of us to XTC, and to
other bands that so deliberately use music as an emotional tool. Case in
point: we all have our stories about turning someone else on to XTC, but
how many times have we made tapes for friends of what we considered the
"best" songs, songs that when assembled together weren't even fair to the
unwitting recipient, who would, with an audible "snap", go insanely
bonkers over XTC - and then we find out later the friend listened to a few
songs and casually dismissed the tape. Some may say it's just preference -
I think it's more than that.

...I just read the above, and it seems incredibly elitist. Yeah...So what?

>    2)  is "mermaid" on any other disc besides whatever version of _skylarking_
>        it was on?  probably _rag and bone_, but i haven't been actively search

Yep. Rag-n-Bone, which has a lot of other great tunes on it as well.

In the same vein as Ayanna's original question, I feel the same way about
"I Remember the Sun" which is right up there with "Chalkhills and Children"
for yanking my heart out and doing a little two-step on it, yet very few
people even mention it, and some who do don't even like it. I must admit I
get very confused - am I hearing the same song?

Done rambling...back into lurk mode...

P.S. - a while back I mentioned that I played a few XTC songs with my
band and also on the piano, and a couple of people asked for notation. My
apologies for not responding - I really haven't had much time, and don't
know any of the common notations, like tabulature. If I ever figure out
how to get it down, I'll submit it for the FTP site (if there is one)
or the WWW page.

Joe Lamy                     "The opinions expressed by me are not those of me.
Harris Corporation            They are those of my evil twin, who never even
jlamy@sweat.ess.harris.com    finishes his

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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 10:28:54 -0600 (CST)
From: PHELAN <m_c_0015@frank.mtsu.edu>
Subject: new guy.

Hello. First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Phelan and I am

very happy to find out that I was not the only person in North America to

love XTC's music as much as I do. My friends think I am crazy. I am

incredibly new to the whole NET. I just recieved my account from the

university I attend and found out about this on gopher. I don't

understand why this band has such a profound effect on me but I am

seriously in tune to their whole feel. Any news on new items or recordings

would be appreciated. I have a collection that would probably warrant a

B+ with hardcore collectors but I still need more. If I am correct, XTC

were the first band to perform on MTV's Unplugged. If anyone has video or

audio of that, I am willing to facilitate the ways and means needed to

procure this piece. In other words, PLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSSSE!!.

Also, If I make any mistakes in leaving notices, please let me know as I

am still learning. I am willing to talk about any song,album, or subject.

Thanks, Phelan.

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From: GilLamont@aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 12:52:29 -0500
Subject: New to this mailing list

I first heard XTC in 1980 when "Drums & Wires" came out. Back in the days of
vinyl, I grabbed everything I could find by them. I bought the imported lp of
"English Settlement" because the U.S. release on Epic was only 1 disc. And so
forth. All my vinyl has since been lost.

I'm delighted that the Geffen CDs include oodles of B-sides and obscure
tracks. And I'm still grabbing everything I can find.

I found out about this mailing list last night at my local CD purveyor. I was
buying "Drums and Wireless" and the owner and I discovered that we are
apparently *the* two XTC fans in Sacramento, though he went to Illinois for
the XTC convention and I didn't.

FWIW, I'm 47 and have been in love with rock 'n' roll for thirty years.

Gil Lamont

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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 14:35:36 -0500 (EST)
From: "Benjamin J. Rubin" <bjrub@conncoll.edu>
Subject: Wireless and Drums

Hey Chalkhill people-

Did anyone notice that Andy messed up his lyrics on Drums and Wireless.
He says,"The husband sucks his paper, burns his pipe" instead of "burns
his paper, sucks his pipe" as heard on English Settlement.

Also, does anyone know the date that the Skylarking Gold reissue will be
released?

-Ben

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

From: Raymond Glass <rglass@lynx.dac.neu.edu>
Subject: YeeHaw!!! XTC
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 15:34:42 -0500 (EST)

Hello Everyone!!
        I can't believe I'm actually on an XTC newsgroup!
        I found out about this newsgroup on the "alt.music.progressive"
line and got so psyched!! I have never had much contact with fellow
XTCers; I'm just so glad that there are people willing to talk about
one of the greatest, most talented bands of our times!
        I started listening to XTC when "Making Plans for Nigel" came
out, oh so many years ago. I listened to them voraciously all through
high school. Actually, whenever I listen to "Black Sea" and "English
Settlement" I think of all those things that happened to me at that
time in my life. (In the last digest posters were talking about XTC
reminding them of that too). Along with Echo and the Bunnymen, XTC
really got me started listening to a whole new style of music. I used
to only listen to Queen and Aerosmith. Now I am a die-hard XTC fan.
        I was actually fortunate to have seen Andy Partridge once in
my life, although I didn't get to meet him or see him perform. When
the boys did their radio tour for "Oranges and Lemons" I stood outside
WBCN studios in Boston. It was exciting to see him, if only for a
fleeting moment. Too bad I missed them when they DID tour; they came to
Boston on a few occasions. Hey, who knew at the time that they would
never tour again?
        Oh well, enough of my drivel. Quite simply, thanks for existing
=) !!!!

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From: Mike.Gervasi@f1.n3658.z1.fidonet.org (Mike Gervasi)
Date: 17 Nov 94 16:52:29 -0500
Subject: The Good Things and cover tunes
Organization: FidoNet Nameserver/Gateway

ch>Some of the keenest things about XTC songs are the small things.

 This is the reason why I love O&L so much. No matter how many times you
hear it, there is always one more layer, one more little instrument or
nuance to be found. I have found that using my surround system, I can
isolate one part of a song (Such as the Harmonized guitar in "Garden") and
listen to just that instrument out of the surround speakers. By changing
the delay time, I switch instruments. I'm not quite sure why it works, but
it does.
 Someone mentioned Frank Sinatra doing "Man who Sailed.." I think Harry
Connick Jr. would do a better job, who by the way has a new album out and
it is completely different from the big band/piano albums of the past. Very
cool, very good.

*------------------------------------------------ Mike
 * Wave Rider 1.20 # 367 *
... A fool and his modem are soon ported.
--- Blue Wave/Maximus

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Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 14:14:42 -0500
From: cornflake boy <woj@remus.rutgers.edu>
Organization: <a href="http://remus.rutgers.edu/~woj/">wojpage</a>
Subject: echoes

echoes, a national public radio program that focuses on the ambient and
new age, did a short spotlight on _through the hill_ this week. the host
(not john diliberto, one of his flunkies) talked about the album and
included some discussion from andy and harold budd. i get the impression
that she didn't interview them directly, but that could just how she
produced the spot. i managed to dub a copy of the spotlight and will
transcribe it as soon as i get a chance.

woj

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