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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #400

              Chalkhills Digest, Number 400
                 The Happy New Year Issue

                Saturday, 31 December 1994

Today's Topics:
                       Froom & XTC
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #399
                   Random babblings...
                   RE: Please, No Froom
                 Re: Cuba etc. etc. etc.
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #399
                    family connection
                       XTC no more?
            Sky-larking with Lowland Gorillas
                    "Aware" Questions
                      Re: XTC on Vhs
                      Re: Odd mixes
                 Held back long enough...
                   Virgins No More: XTC
                      A.P. in Q 100
                      best of iuma?
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #399
                   Phone # for XTC CDs
Comments on nearly everything...(Drums & Drummers/Producers/High LLama
                     TMBG COVERS XTC
                   The Perfect Couplet
                    I'm a new member!


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From: "Gary J. Hanley" <>
Subject: Froom & XTC
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 1994 18:41:50 -0500 (EST)

Chris Zinn wrote:
> Someone also wrote wondering whether the band wouldn't be more successful
> if Andy would allow himself, and the band, to actually _be_ produced.  My
> own choice would be for Mitchell Froom to produce the band.  Like Andy he
> makes songs into aural artifacts, he's sensitive to and imaginative about
> complex mixes, and has a strong artistic vision which would be a match
> for Andy's own.  His work for Richard Thompson, Los Lobos and others is
> without peer and has helped those artists define their work.
> Maybe Colin could get T-Bone to do it--that would be interesting too.  I
> hope some good match can be found.

My feelings exactly! I think Mitchell is probably at a creative peak right
now, which could only benefit our boys. Richard Thompson's latest _Mirror
Blue_ (which Froom produced) IS the best album of '94, IMNSHO! :)

But I think we can only dream. I really couldn't imagine Andy letting
Mitchell work his magic without getting in the way.

-- Gary


From: Kevin Carhart <>
Subject: gaskin
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 1994 16:10:13 -0800 (PST)

Wow, 400 issues.  Whooppee!  How do you celebrate a hundredth issue of
an electronic email digest?  Maybe some backspacing ascii graphics:
|\-/|\-/|\-/|\-/|\........ heh.. anyway..
The relevant part of this post is, has anyone heard the cover of Roads
Girdle the Globe by Stewart & Gaskin?  I did a tape trade recently and
got a song by Spiro Gyra.. apparently there are two Spiro Gyras, one being
mellow instrumental jazz, and the other featuring Barbara Gaskin.  The
song is really great, which leads me to believe that the XTC cover might be
happy holidays


Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 17:03:35 +1200
From: (James Dignan)
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #399

I've just noticed (OK, I'm slow, I know) that Dave Gregory apparently
played on Peter Gabriel's third solo album, one of four guitarists (along
with David Rhodes, Paul Weller and Robert Fripp!!!) How did this come
about, and what tracks did he play on?

In the last ish, I wrote:
>As to the essential Englishness of XTC, Robyn Hicthcock etc, I would
>describe the sound as quaint... (ie, ramshackle, rustic and old-fashioned, but
>in a GOOD way).

Which makes me think... are there any XTC/Jethro Tull fans out there?>

Steve Levenstein <> wrote:
>   New album title: How about "Steam Megaphone"? I noticed the phrase
> from James Dignan's sig., but I think it's an album title just
>waiting to happen.
>                         ...thanx for Xmas and XTC,   ---> Steve

Why thank you, Steve! I'm not sure if it's original, I have a lurking
suspicion it may be from an old Goon show "coming to you via BBC steam
megaphone", but I could be wrong. It just sounded right, that's all.

Greets Seasonings from James

Musical recommendation for the day: Acadie      (Daniel Lanois)

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

J'habite 50 Norfolk St., St. Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand
pixelphone =AB=BB steam megaphone NZ 03-45=

   * 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)


Date: Tue, 20 Dec 1994 22:42:19 -0600
From: (Adam J. Ostermann)
Subject: Random babblings...

Hello, all, again.

A few points to bring out in the open:

1) Re their hypothetical producer:
As I said, I think Stephen Street would do a good job. Mitchell Froom?
Could do. He was good w/Costello and Pretenders, very good with Crowded
House, and so-so with American Music Club. He's good, I find, at adding odd
nuances to song structures, etc. something an album like NONSUCH would not
have worked well on. If XTC's next album is truly "drummerless" then Froom
is NOT the man. (I think we'd have to eliminate Street, too.) Eno? Didn't
they want Eno to produce GO 2 and he said the band didn't need a producer?
Or is that just an XTC legend? (BTW, Go 2 IS my fave XTC album hands down.
Don't ask why...that's a 10 page essay in itself, trust me!) Lanois? Sorry,
only know his U2 stuff.

2) Re the equivalent of "XTC Ultra Rare Trax"
OK, my curiosity's piqued! They're all demos? Are they in order? Any
non-album stuff? The (XTC) world wants to know...

3) Summer '95 XTC convention?
In Madison? To the person who brought this to my attention: E-MAIL ME WITH
INFO. I will help out in any possible! My e-mail is (BTW, feel free to e-mail me even if you're not
in charge of this convention! I enjoy talking to intelligent people, and
XTC fans certainly qualify!

4) Misc.
Has anyone heard the Crash Test Dummies version of "Peter Pumpkinhead" on
the ^Dumb and Dumber^ soundtrack? It's awful. I heard Andy Partridge was a
big influence on the lead singer, so that's one thing we can be mad at Andy
for. My apologies to all the CTD fans in XTC-land, but they annoy me to no

5) A general question
How does everyone feel about the "additions" made to all the early XTC CDs
in '91, '92 by Geffen in the U.S.? I'm glad that these tracks are
available, but I think smacking all the extra tracks right in the middle of
the disc defalte some discs' power, esp. ^Mummer^ with the two
instrumentals: good as they are, they don't fit the flow of the disc.
Opinions? This is probably been discussed in detail; sorry, but I'm a
newborn babe in this electronic highway truck stop.

Sorry about the rambling and cheers to all,

Adam Ostermann


From: "Jim Slade" <>
Organization:  The Current Science Group
Date:          Wed, 21 Dec 1994 09:16:21 EST5EDT
Subject:       RE: Please, No Froom

Hello all,

Right on to the person who called BS on Mitchell Froom.  No one else
can make so many vintage instruments sound tame.  The best Crowded
House album is there last one, which is produced by some guy with a
silly name who plays bass in Killing Joke.  I think he works with Eno
on occasion.  Richard Thompson has gone WAY down hill since Froom
began adding his polish, and don't let me get started on Elvis
Costello's SPIKE album.  There's no fire in Froom's productions.

Eno's not a bad choice, but maybe he should have produced them about
10 years ago.  My vote, if they ever want to rock again, is for Nick
Lowe at the boards with Pete Thomas sitting in on drums.  And here's
a longshot, and even more of a change of pace for the band: Fred
Maher, also an excellent drummer, who's work on Matthew Sweet's
GIRLFRIEND brought more acclaim to Sweet than that musically talented
but lyrically fluff songwriter ever will capture again.

In general, and any way that they choose to do so, it's time that XTC
strip down.  A drummerless (and drum machine-free) album wouldn't be
a bad idea either.  Does Lenny Kravitz produce himself?  There's
another guy who can sell CDs solely based on his *sound*.  Talk about
bad lyrics!

Sorry I've rambled.  Let me know if you want me to relate my wife's
brilliant answers to my bi-yearly whine:  Why aren't XTC as big as
The Police/Sting?  (HINT: It's in the mix.)


Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 13:02:58 -0800
From: (James Dignan)
Subject: Re: Cuba etc. etc. etc.

Melissa Reaves <MREAVES@KENTVM.KENT.EDU> sez
>Hey there all you historians! I've been trying to figure something out for
>a long while. What was going on in '79 or '80 with world politics that
>prople were comparing (at the time) to the Cuban missile crisis?  All I
>remember is my social studies teacher

In 1979, the USSR was "invited" into Afghanistan. The world went tsk tsk,
especially the US (which was at that time surreptitiously starting to
infiltrate Nicaragua). Then in Afghanistan's neighbour, Iran, the Shah is
ousted by an anti-American revolutionary Ayatollah. Combine that with the
first rumblings of dissent in the shipyards of Poland, and you've got the
world ticking away towards doom. They were fun times...

PS - this is not aimed at being a comment on the rights or wrongs of
international policy of any country, so no political flames, please!!!

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

J'habite 50 Norfolk St., St. Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand
pixelphone =AB=BB steam megaphone NZ 03-45=

   * 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)


Date: Wed, 21 Dec 94 16:56:10 -0800
From: Jemiah Jefferson <>
Organization: TIS
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #399

first time I've read and replied to Chakhills in about two years (gulp!)
I'm reading over the vibes again mainly on the force of the
Partridge/Harold Budd collaboration, which I seem to be listening to
every single day.  I'm sure you lot have thrashed it out months ago, but
I wasn't around.

Ditto on Eno being a God of some kind.

Oh here's a funny thing I came up with the other night after a few pints
    from least to greatest.
Phillip Glass.(disputably rock, more like crossover demigod)
Robert Fripp.
Adrian Belew.
Peter Gabriel.
David Byrne.

any contributions to the continuum will be rewarded with slavish e-mail.
I know there are some that i forgot...  I was pickled after all...



Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 12:34:00 +0100
From: (Dirk Paul Flach)
Subject: family connection

Hi all,

some weeks ago I announced a research whether genetics were involved about
liking XTC. I've been very busy lately (lame excuse), but at last here is
the report for Chalkhills.

I had two hypotheses: that quite some people were introduced to XTC by older
brothers/sisters and that these younger ones had become bigger fans.
Although I don't think my study is representative, the reactions on my
request support these hypotheses. Five people responded, all of them were
introduced to XTC by an older brother/sister or introduced a younger one to
XTC (four brothers, one sisters), and most had become bigger fans. Two
people noted that there were also people in their family who were neutral
about XTC, they doubted that genetics were involved.

Just one other remark before I go. I noticed some discussions on Chalkhills
about other music. I read a lot of remarks like: if you like XTC, you will
like this or this... I never seen names of bands or artists on the list that
produce totally different music. My favorite bands and artists can be in any
category, just as long as they are good in what they try to do. So, just to
get in balance again and taking the risk of shocking people ;-), I'd like to
name some other artists I like very much: Tragically Hip, Afghan Whigs,
Steve Winwood and Traffic, Joe Jackson, World Party, Rachmaninov, Smashing

Can't help it, I'm just an omnivore...

Dirk Paul


Date: Thu, 22 Dec 94 16:10 EST
From: Jeffrey Langr <>
Subject: XTC no more?

forwarded from:
chip>> This person(who will remain nameless) also feels that this could be
chip>> the last XTC album for good.  There had been talk amongst the
chip>> Geffen people in early 1994 that there would be no more output from
chip>> the band, but now it looks like they'll give it a go one more time.

How f*cking depressing.  Now I feel really old.  This must be how that baby
boomer generation felt when the Beatles called it quits.

To be honest, though, if XTC's albums are going to continue in the vein of
O&L and Nonsuch, it probably is time to call it quits, or maybe time to
redefine themselves.  Maybe they should give Colin the axe, hire a
permanent drummer (or even a permanent drum machine), and get Steve Albini
(whose suggestion was that?) or the like to produce them.  Or they could
convince Trent Reznor to join up.  :-) I also hope they call it quits on
the layered vocals; it's getting old.


Date: Thu, 22 Dec 94 13:36:58 PST
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Sky-larking with Lowland Gorillas

Dames The Wonder Dog <SPXDLF@CARDIFF.AC.UK> barks:
>Subject: Sky-larking and Shonen Knife
>    'Sometimes, darting among the trees, bare-legged boys went sky-
>     larking in and out of the shadows, in and out of the quiet
>     people.'
>I wonder whether this is the first use of the term 'SKY-LARKING'.

The term "skylarking" was used in the late 1700's (and possibly
earlier) to refer to the practise of gamboling about in the rigging of
sailing ships.  It was a favourite recreation of young sailors (but
weren't they all young?). writes:

>FWIW, the correct last line of "Cockpit Dance Mixture" is
>     (And this is Guy, an adult lowland gorilla, chuckling in the London

Thanks muchly for the correction!  Fixed in the lyrics.

>Finally (will he *ever* shut up?), when I'm at the computer at home, I always
>listen with in-the-ear phones. XTC is awesome, and _The_Big_Express is
>exceptional, especially "Wake Up" with its 2-against-3 L/R opening.

Definitely!  (Or is that "deafinitely"?)

PHELAN <> writes:
>One more note, if anyone could trade me a copy of the disc Andy Partridge
>did for the Hello recording club(TMBG) or at least tell me what it was, I
>would apprec. it.

I still have not received this disc.  So I have no idea what's on it.

        -- John


Date: 22 Dec 1994 16:31:23 U
From: "Wesley Wilson" <>
Subject: "Aware" Questions

In answer to JD Mack's questions concerning alternate mixes:

1. Regarding the "wah" organ sound of an earlier version of "Are You
Receiving Me?" Well, this is the first I've ever heard of this version. I
thought only the Rushent-produced version was the only one in existence; on
the other hand, I have not heard all of the vinyl recordings where these
rarities often reside.

It's weird how these alternate versions turn up, though. There's a British CD
 from a few years back (still available, I believe) called "The History of
Punk," and it has an alternative mix of "Life Begins at the Hop." Colin's
voice has a lot of reverb (echo), and the lyrics are ever so slightly
different. I don't know whether this is a  *1990s' mix* or something from
'79. I'm highly intrigued about why Virgin released this version of the hit
single for that compilation.

There was a 3-inch single released in 1990 by Virgin, a sort of mini-sampler,
that featured a version of "Sgt. Rock" with a different fade.

2. The single version of "Wait 'Til Your Boat Goes Down" is available only on
vinyl (I found one recently on sale for only $2.50!) and it is different from
the version found on "Waxworks." The single version has a short synth solo in
the middle that was for some reason truncated for the "Waxworks" version.

3. There are indeed two versions of "Heaven Is Paved with Broken Glass."
"Rag & Bone Buffet" has the remixed version, without the weird slowed-down
tape "growling" effect at the beginning. Find the single version on the "Ball
and Chain" 12-inch single, which also features "Punch and Judy" and "Cockpit
Dance Mixture."

Now, I have a question: what about this series of bootlegs coming out? What
is on them, how much are they, and where have they been spotted in the Boston



Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 02:40:04 -0500
Subject: Re: XTC on Vhs

Are there any of their video out on the legal market?
If so what company?


Date: Fri, 23 Dec 94 13:40:27 PST
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Re: Odd mixes (JD MACK) writes:
>2. The single of "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" is supposed to be a
>different mix than the one found on "Waxworks."  Which mix is found on
>the "Compact XTC - The Singles" CD?  Has the other version ever been
>released on CD?

It's true, the single version *is* different than the one on
_Waxworks_.  The versions of songs on _The Compact XTC_ are the same
versions as found on _Waxworks_.  I believe the single version of
"Wait..." is the version used on the Canadian _5 Senses_ EP, but that
version has *not* made it to CD as of yet.

>3. The mix of "Heaven Is Paved With Broken Glass" is supposed to be
>different between the single version, and the "Beeswax" version.  Which
>version appears on the "Rag & Bone Buffet" CD?  Has the other version
>ever appeared on CD?

Here's a bit from the FAQ file:

    The original version of "Heaven Is Paved With Broken Glass" does
    not appear on CD at all. It is only available on the original
    _Ball and Chain_ singles.

The version of "Heaven" which appears on _Rag & Bone Buffet_ is the
remixed version with the synth solo, which also appeared on _Beeswax_.

Check question 23 in the FAQ for more details.

        -- John


From: (allyn krause)
Subject: Held back long enough...
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 16:40:58 -0600 (CST)

Howdy from America's Outback!

I'm an approaching-middle-age TV worker who has lived in Omaha, NE,
Lincoln, NE, Albuquerque, NM, and back to Lincoln, NE (it's as liberal
as Nebraska gets).

I am very much relieved to see that there are more fans of XTC in this
world than the few odd ones I have run across in my 34 years upon the

I have been reading this Digest for several months, and feel it's time
to enter the fray.

My first experience of XTC was Drums and Wires back in the early 80's.
I was experiencing a "wish I had lived through the 60's period," and
liked the band, but wanted to collect more Hendrix.  A few years
later, a good friend and hard-core Anglophile turned me on to GO2, and
then Black Sea, and the rest is history.

Music has always held an emotional charge for me, having been a
trumpet player in my youth, then a guitar/bass/mandolin player and
home 4-track dabbler.  Never has a band exerted such an influence as
XTC.  I love to crank up the ol' victrola and sing along with 1000
Umbrellas and Ballet for a Rainy Day.  These two tracks, along with
virtually all of the XTC catalog, really yank at the heart strings.
Obviously, Skylarking, is my most adored XTC album of all time.

I view this band in a sort of continuum, and cannot with a clear
conscience consider a dividing line anywhere in their history.  Since
I live and breathe for all of their music, I consider each and every
song as a part of the entire package.  I like to think of their music
history as one would consider their own development, from the
childhood of White Music, through the energetic and adolescent English
Settlement, to the mature and polished O&L and Nonsuch.

I think that those who cannot understand the first 2 albums must
consider the time in which they were recorded.  Punk music was a most
revolutionary and influential musical style.  Most on the British
scene either ignored it and continued with what they were doing, or
tried to adapt and bend it into their own musical tastes.  This is
what I believe that XTC was attempting with White Music.  Thankfully,
they grew out of that angry stage and moved on, rather than becoming
trapped in the style like the Sex Pistols, etc, and living a
short-lived, petulant life.  I suggest incorporating a night of
listening including various angry punk bands from that same era, and
THEN put on White Music.  It might prove enlightening.

As for favorite producers, it seemed that the animosity between Todd
Rundgren (Todd is God) and Andy only made for a better, more cohesive
end result.  I vote for another fisticuff session between the two, and
hopefully as fun an album as Skylarking.  It is a beautifully mixed
and written album, and one that I shall treasure forever.

Living through Another Cuba came out about the same time as Reagan's
election into office, I believe, or at least the campaigning was going
on.  Thatcher must have been in office about the same time, or was
nearly there.  It was a scary time in the history of the Cold War.
Ronnie was all in favor of building up armaments so that we could blow
up the world ten times over, instead of the six or so that we were
currently set to do.  Britain was "piggy in the middle (the British
equivalent of keep-away)," and most likely did not want any part of
more nukes on American bases in their country, or to be any part of a
nuclear war (who does?).  I think that The Boys From Swindon were just
reminding people of just how scary the nuclear-threatening game can
be, and were expressing their fears of "Cuba" happening all over
again, or worse.

Sorry to have blathered on so long, now I'll sit back and listen for a
good long time again.  Thanks for Christmas, and thanks for speaking
up about XTC (and thanks to Mr. Relph for organizing this).


Al Krause

"Don't let the loveless ones sell you out...Awaken you dreamers!"


From: (eye WEEKLY)
Subject: Virgins No More: XTC
Date: 14 Dec 1994 11:14:07 -0500
Organization: eye -- Toronto's Arts Newspaper
Summary: Music News

eye WEEKLY                                            December 15 1994
Toronto's arts newspaper             every Thursday
HI & OUTSIDE                                              HI & OUTSIDE

                           VIRGINS NO MORE

                             DAVE BOOKMAN

After a 17-year association, pop perfectionists XTC have ended their
relationship with Virgin Records. Despite critical acclaim and
adulation from the most loyal fan base in rock, the group has had a
long-standing problem getting the respect it deserves from the label.

At least New York City musician David Yazbeck appreciates them.
Yazbeck, an acclaimed musician/producer in his own right, is putting
together an XTC tribute album. Slated to contribute tracks are They
Might Be Giants, Joe Jackson, Sarah McLachlan, Freedy Johnston, Rub=82n
Blades and the band themselves.

Meanwhile, fans can check out the recently released BBC Live Recordings
and explore Andy Partridge's ambient side on his collaboration with
composer Harold Budd. As far as a new record goes, the band have been
demoing new songs with Colin Moulding's tunes, which are said to be
more upbeat than his contributions to the band's last album, Nonsuch.
Anyone wanna start a record label?

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From: Andisheh Nouraee <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 20:34:50 -0500
Subject: A.P. in Q 100

Dear Chalkhillians,

Andy Partridge contributes to an article in -Q- Magazine, Jan 1995.
The article is titled -It Changed My Life- and features descriptions
of *important* books by certain musicians.

Here goes . . .

The Women-s Encyclopedia of Myths And Secrets
Edited by Barbara G. Walker

--I was staying with my girlfriend in New York and I asked her for something
to read in the toilet and I just grabbed this off the shelf and I was in there
for hours.  This is a concrete block-sized book.  Apparently, it took Barbara
Walker 20 years to gather this information, and I was shocked at how male-
dominated religion and society has stolen or milked from women:  firstly,
their power in society but also their myths, secrets and rights.  It-s a great
Christian-bashing book which is wonderful for me.  It-s also a great soup
of etymology which pleases me to no end.  For instance, from the some root
as -cunt- came country, kin and kind, and also the words cunning, kenning
and ken, meaning insight.  and it tells you that the word -twat- was once
ignorantly used by poet Robert Browning.  But finally, like anything that-s
good, it really is impossible to describe.--


In the same issue, there is an interesting little blurb on Martin Newell and
the Cleaners From Venus.

ISSUE 2:        I have an unopened promotional 12 inch single of
-The Mayor of Simpleton- for trade.  It features -One of the Millions-,
-Ella Guru-, and two demos with titles that slip my mind at the moment.
If you want to trade for it, e-mail your offer.


From: Kevin Carhart <>
Subject: best of iuma?
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 1994 02:11:27 -0800 (PST)

Hi, a fast question: does anyone have a recommendation from among the
songs at IUMA?  If I were to download an MPEG, which would most appeal to
an XTC fan?  --Kevin


Date: Mon, 26 Dec 1994 19:38:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #399

Hello, everyone, my name is Allan, and I live in the LA area.  I've been told
to post one of these "gettaknowya" type of things , so here goes:
    I heard XTC for the first time back in '82 on WXRT radio in Chicago
("Generals and Majors"), and was immediately impressed that the band had not
only brains and a sense of melody, but could rock very convinvingly (I really
wish they would do more of the latter these days).  As the band has continued
to delight me, I've continued to obsessively collect every note I could find.
     Here's my two cents on a few of the seemingly recurring topics:

Choice for outside producer: Tough call. I agree with several voices that
think that a good outside producer would help Andy get an outside perspective
that sometimes is sorely needed, but I can think of several instances in
which the producer has harmed the situation (certainly for me this would
include "The Big Express", which I literally cannot listen to because of the
overly bombastic production, and "Nonsuch", which is quite a bit too slick
for me.)  Eno has been mentioned several times, which seems to me to be a
plausible, safe choice, but I'm worried his natural tendencies towards
ambinet (static?) music would push the group farther away from rock and into
"music box music" territory.  Perhaps the opposite end of the spectrum, such
asxRick Rubin? (Just kidding. Sort of.)

My choices for:
Most underrated XTC album: Go2
    (Any album with "Meccanic Dancing", "Are You Receiving Me?" and "Life Is
Good In the Greenhouse" is OK in my book, folks.)
Best B-Side: Heatwave/Don't Lose Your Temper/Extrovert (tie)
I'd Love to Hear Tony Bennett cover: "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
Fave Andy Partridge Vocal Moment: The octave jump in the last verse of
"Meccanic Dancing" on the word "KeEEEEEEEEEEY!"

Thanks for having me; sorry I used up all this space.  It's great to see some
intelligent discussion about one of the greatest bands around, XTC.


Date: 27 Dec 1994 10:40:35 U
From: "Wesley Wilson" <>
Subject: Phone # for XTC CDs

Hi Gang,

I've talked about Silver Moon Digital, so here's their address/phone/FAX
numbers in case you would like to order from them. Keep in mind that I have
no affiliation with them whatsoever; I'm just a satisfied customer. They
really care about your order; not only do they put it in a mail packet, they
also wrap it in newspaper so it arrives in perfect condition. I ordered the
MF Skylarking on Thursday by credit card; it arrived on Monday! That's just
an example - your mileage may vary. When you order, they send a list of CDs
currently in stock. Definitely some cool selections.

Silver Moon Digital
P.O. Box 57565
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
(405) 840-3472 (best time to call is 9 am to noon CST, M through F)
FAX (405) 840-3639

They accept VISA/MC/Money Orders; personal checks must clear before delivery.
Postage and handling: $2.50 first disc; .50 each additional. Canada add $1.50
to total. All others add $6.00. Insurance $1.50 extra. $2.50 over $50.

Here's what they have by XTC that's "hot":

Skylarking GOLD ULTRADISC (MF), on sale at $22.95 through Dec. 31st
(NOTE: I have this; it sounds incredible. Note how clear the tremelo effect
sounds on Colin's voice in the song "Big Day". No "Mermaid Smiled," though,
which is really unfortunate.)
Partridge/Budd - Through the Hill, $12.95
Partridge/Newell - Greatest Living Englishman, $12.95
XTC Drums and Wireless: BBC Radio Sessions, 17 songs, (UK), $15.95
XTC Demo Tracks (Japan), $15.95 (NOTE: You can get these same tracks if you
buy the UK/US CD-singles of "Pumpkinhead" and "The Disappointed")
XTC The Dub Experiments (UK), $17.95
XTC Black Sea (Japanese), $19.95
XTC Compact XTC (UK), $17.95

On another subject, I saw the movie "Dumb and Dumber" this weekend. Pretty
funny, but did anyone notice the diner scene featured "Peter Pumpkinhead"
rather prominently on the radio? But...NOT by XTC?! Does anyone know who did
the cover of Pumpkinhead for this movie? I stayed for the credits; didn't see
any musicians mentioned. A side note is that Todd Rundgren also has a song on
the soundtrack! Andy and Todd...reunited! :-)

Can anyone out there tell me where I can find the new Terry Hall disc,



Date: Wed, 28 Dec 94 14:50 GMT
From: (Psion plc  Joe Odukoya)
Subject: Comments on nearly everything...(Drums & Drummers/Producers/High LLama

Just read the latest issue of Chalkhils and here are some comments on
various bits...

XTC must have a drummer on their next album (if only because the drums
have always been a major ingrediant to the XTC sound) - imagine songs
like Respectable Street, Nigel, Funk pop..., Yacht Dance (one of the best
rhytmic subtleties ever - as good as "Walking on the Moon" in its use of
understated percussion) the list is endless...

I would nominate Stewart Copeland too as a potential drummer for the next
XTC album.

XTC to part in '95 shock - somebody say it ain't so!!!

I would second the person who recommended the High LLamas - a fine band
with a very English sound. I particularly recommend their first two
albums:The High Llamas
Ask me if you would like more info.

As much as I love Brian Eno's work (and I have 90% of his stuff) I don't
think he would actually suit XTC very much - I would like to see him work
on an Electronic Andy Partridge Solo album (but that's a story for
another day) - I think someone who can bring out their natural sound is
what is required IMHO. Also IMHO the best sounding XTC album has to be
English Settlement (also my fave XTC album - just) so I would have to
nominate Hugh  Padgham (though the story in Chalkhills and Children tends
to sugggest that it would be unlikely).

Ultimately though: as long as the music doesn't suffer - who cares?

- Joeo -


Date: Thu, 29 Dec 1994 00:53:47 -0500
From: szechuan bean curd <>

i saw a press release at the local radio station last week which talked
about a new album of XTC covers by such artists as joe jackson and word on its release date nor the songs covered by any of the


'i just go nuts at christmastime' :)


From: (randall watson)
Subject: The Perfect Couplet
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 1994 13:49:16 -0600 (CST)

 To add to the nominees for "best couplet" may I offer the following:

     No round of drinks can extinguish this
     Feeling of love and engulfing bliss

 Exquisite!  This seems to say it all.  Perhaps this could be a "motto"
 applicable to Chalkhillians?  The effect the lads have on their

 Randy Watson


From: Jennifer Heather Zinn <>
Subject: I'm a new member!
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 1994 09:31:05 -0800 (PST)

I REALLY like XTC, but I'm not a nut.  I got interested while looking for
a band to fill my Beatle Hunger (I'm a Beatle nut).
Favorite Album: Black Sea
Don't like Colin much-
Does anybody else think that Jellyfish is (or was) great?  Very cool
harmony and production.  If you like this band, try a band calledt
The Grays, formed from Jellyfish original members and others.

Dream producer? Well, George Martin has lost it (Beatle CD's?), but
how about Jack Joseph Puig to round out that "englishness" with some
good American classic rock? THEN we may have Beatle. (This must piss
someone off A LOT)!


Date: Fri, 30 Dec 1994 23:08:18 EST
Subject: introduction

And here's...


1. I heard about XTC at Painters Mill, MD during their only
US tour in the early '80s.

2. Discovered Chalkhills while spending TIME on my friend's

3. Any single, white females - please post to me at this
address. Good looking and music oriented, please apply!


Steve Lahr


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