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              Chalkhills Digest, Number 410

               Wednesday, 15 February 1995

Today's Topics:
               Chalkhills Subscribers' Page
                   To Was or not to Was
                        Eno & Cale
                      Re: Bassmaster
                      Whoa! I'm Old!
               newguy/re: bassmaster Colin
                      The Last Show
                       "Cash Cows"
                     Introductions...
                  Brotherhood of Lizards
                        Pink Thang
                    Re: the RYKO issue
                    Chalkhills Digest
                      Martin Newell
                  airwaves for pleasure
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #409
                Re: Brotherhood of Lizards
                   I want to C(see) XTC
                 Introduction  !!!!!!!!!
                   Another Introduction
                an offer you might refuse
                     Andy and Gordon?
                  Yet another new member
                      New XTC Boot?
                  New XTC CDs for $7.99!
                     New (old) Single

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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 95 11:36:09 PST
From: John Relph <chalkhills-request@chalkhills.org>
Subject: Chalkhills Subscribers' Page
Organization: Chalkhills Anonymous

Hey folks,

Is there any interest in creating a Web page with links to Chalkhills
subscribers' home pages?

        -- John

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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 14:31:56 -0600 (CST)
From: James Kosmicki <kosgcom@cccadm.cccneb.edu>
Subject: To Was or not to Was

Don Was is not a flamable suggestion.  He has an impeccable reputation
for bringing out hitherto unknown potential in his producees.  There is
no real Don Was sound, except for exceptional clarity, instrument
separation and impeccable track positioning.  In addition, his work with
his own band Was(not Was) shows that he is willing to experiment himself.

I have read no interview with any of Don Was's producees that indicate
problems with him in the studio.  Quite the opposite.  Most are relieved
that their records finally sound like they always wanted them to.(ask
Bonnie Raitt).  XTC could do well by Mr. Was, but I'm not sure about
whether Ryko would go for his salary.

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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 15:36:35 -0700 (MST)
From: David Scales a/k/a Captain Oblivion <reamann@unm.edu>
Subject: Eno & Cale

If XTC could play something in their own wonderful way in the same vein
that Eno and Cale did "Spinning Away" (my fave track off of that album),
XTC should be bigger than God. It would be one of those ultimate pieces
of pop mastercraft that would span generations, like "Every Breath You
Take".
        Of course, I still think that "Generals and Majors" is the single
most underrated singles ever recorded, with the possible exception of
"Brave New World" by New Model Army, which is just as good, only a bit
darker. (Come to think of it, they could use Eno's magic touch as
well...) "G. & M." should have been one of the most defining moments of
the Eighties; instead, it lies in obscurity, only to come out of hiding
on the occasional college station. What a waste.

Dave Scales / Captain Oblivion
"We're the most powerful planet on Earth."  --D. Quayle

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Date:         Tue, 07 Feb 95 19:12:36 EST
From: "Gene (Sp00n) Yoon" <ST004422@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Bassmaster

For a really good time....

        try to block out all the instruments on Mayor of Simpleton
        except the bass (I know, a difficult task for most songs on
        O&L) and Colin will take you on a delightful roller-coaster
        ride; you wonder how the man moves his fingers so fast.
        It's loads of fun.  Go on.  Try it.  You'll like it.

Gene

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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 18:34:43 -0700 (MST)
From: Big Earl Sellar <splitred@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca>
Subject: Whoa! I'm Old!

Howdy!

In the last issue, JimmyDugan@aol.com mentioned the compilation album
"Cash Cows".

Man, that took me back. I had to dig up my copy and listened to it again.
Actually, I'm amazed I still have it! Remember when it was so incredibly
hip to be into "New Wave". (Grimace now, please :-)

Thanks Jimmy, you made my day. And now I'll have Respectible Street
going through my head for another couple of weeks! (Yeah!)

Later...
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EEEEEEEE        Big Earl Sellar            | "I'll put it into simple words:
EE          splitred@freenet.edmoton.ab.ca |  Working men are pissed!"
EEEE        mersh@tibalt.supernet.ab.ca    |      the minutemen
EE          bm665@freenet.carleton.ca      |  Since they won't help us,
EEEEEEE     Deadman'stown, Alberta, Canada |    we'll help ourselves.
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From: BassPlyrJo@aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 21:40:46 -0500
Subject: newguy/re: bassmaster Colin

HI!  new member here, I'm a bass player and XTC fan for 15 years and just
signed on in Feb.  RE: Joe Ierano's comment on
Colin Moulding the "Bassmaster"......To my knowledge and thru my
research...Colin has never used a fretless bass.....epiphone's....fender
short scale.and now a fretted Wal......but....he can sure make it sound like
one..which is a true testimony to his ability as a bass player.  There was an
article in bass player mag..over a year ago on colin....no mention of a
fretless...I have E-mailed Jim Roberts (editor of said mag) requesting a
longer interview..........but no luck.  If any other bass players/XTC fans
wish to converse........E me baby.
BassPlyrJo@aol.com

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From: DJBASEBALL@aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 21:57:36 -0500
Subject: The Last Show

Allright.
I guess I've done enough lurking this past 12 months or so.  This week I saw
a post which includes a lament from someone in the US who was waiting in vain
in '82 for the boys to come to town and play;  Well, here's my little story,
and I hope that my gloating doesn't offend!!  It's all in fun.

By the way, I heard Making Plans for Nigel on KGB Radio here in San Diego
when Drums and Wires came out in ,, mmm, about '79.  I was hooked.  Genius.
 I bought the album along with Go2, and off I was.  I thought, and still do,
that Complicated Game is just about the coolest kick in the brain!
So... my story.
I was at _The Last Show_.
Yes, ..._The Last Show_, of _The Last Tour_.
I had no idea what kind of history I was falling into when I persuaded a
couple of my lazy buddies to head downtown, San Diego, to see XTC back in,
what, early '82?  They were doing the English Settlement tour, the last tour.

To make a long story not as long, this was the final live concert gig the
boys ever did, hats off to troubled and shy Mr. Partridge.
I know, I know, they've done the radio studio things and the TV gigs, yes,
yes, the pseudo-tours.  Quit spoiling my fun.
I'm talking about ...The Last Show!

Their tour in Europe had been cut short the year before, and after Andy had
the therapists pull and stretch his brain and straighten him up into a brave
and kingly demeanor, XTC shot through Australia and were just kicking off the
North American leg of the new-improved-Andy tour, starting with little teeny
San Diego, California, downtown at the (California Theatre/ Fox Theatre,,,
can't recall).
I think (help, anyone?) that Jules Holland opened for them that night.   I
had front, center since no one in this town knew or cared about the boys, and
it truly was an awesome performance.  For the life of me, I don't understand
Andy's self-consciousness and stage fright.  He was the best.  Absolutely the
best.  Am I being biased?

The next night, scheduled at the Hollywood Bowl, Andy couldn't go on and
XTC's touring history was complete.  (And to think, I almost skipped it!! --
I had seen them with the Police about a year or two earlier).
Now, 13 years later, I can't quite believe that as of now yet, I saw the last
show of the last tour.  First and only, in the US that year.
(I even got a little piece of it.  One of the touring trinket, shirt, and
poster sales guys in the lobby, who had no idea yet how to translate $ and #,
sold me his huge not-for-sale English Settlement promo poster for something
near $1.  Hmmm, maybe he knew more about Andy than the rest of us??)

But just so you all know, truly and with all my heart, sort of, I REALLY hope
the band tours again sometime. Really, despite the little bit of importance I
tend to bestow upon myself for being so near to something, actually, that I
feel is a musical tragedy.

OK,OK, I'm being dramatic. Just unashamedly revelling in the knowledge that I
was there.  The cult thing.  The idol thing.
You all know what I mean.  Just our little band, right?

Don Sheffler
"maybe you are in his book of names"

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Date: 07 Feb 95 22:11:46 EST
From: Steve Levenstein <70750.1117@compuserve.com>
Subject: "Cash Cows"

   "CASH COWS"!! Thanks so much for the memory buzz! I bought this
Virgin Records compilation 'way back in '80 because it featured
tracks from some of the bands I liked at that time: XTC, Flying
Lizards (remember "Money"?), and more. I was anxiously awaiting
the new XTC album "Black Sea", and "Respectable Street" was a
great intro to side A of "Cash Cows".
   As for the "XTC Extra Tank Carrier Super Soaker", my son has
been enjoying his since '92. It has lots of XTC insignia, which is
amusing. Did I ever mention that he's got "XTC" shoes, too?
   'bye for now,    ---> Steve

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From: AMcCon@aol.com
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 00:17:29 -0500
Subject: Introductions...

Hi.  My name's Arn and I'm new to Chalkhills but not to XTC.  First heard the
band in 1979 when, searching for anything "new wave," I bought GO 2 on the
strength of its cover.  DIDN'T LIKE IT!  (Yeah, I know, what can I say?
 Taste develops with age.)

After having slagged them off, I came to my senses a few months later.  I was
a DJ for a college radio station in Colorado doing a "new wave" show.  Most
of my phone calls were from Allman Bros. fans issuing death threats, but
someone (an angel from God?) called in with a request for "Making Plans For
Nigel."  I was hooked and the rest is history...

One of my best friends had "
Love On A Farmboy's Wages" performed at his wedding.

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From: Kevin Carhart <ukevc@mcl.mcl.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Brotherhood of Lizards
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 02:33:05 -0800 (PST)

hi all
if you liked _The Greatest Living Englishman_, and actually just about
all of you should enjoy the brand new Brotherhood of Lizards reissue
on Long Play records.  It's really really really good.  Martin Newell
is sounding especially like Andy, in voice and sentiment, and it's
really a great CD in tune, in lyric and demeanor ("The Anglian Way"...
"The Dandelion Marine"... there's even a line about a white horse
etched into a hill...), in pop lineage (Nelson on bass, they borrowed
Captain Sensible's 16-track..), it's really crucial, if you don't
already have the songs, it will stave off that waiting feeling.
I don't know how available it is, but here is Long Play's email
address: LongPlay22@aol.com
If anyone will love this album, it's the XTC fans.  Now I want
to hear some Cleaners.  My only gripe is the slight irritation of
a ten-minute block of empty space before the... secret song.
I may have spoiled the secret, but it's too bad, because the secret
song is good ("Hey Hey Hey We're the Brotherhood of Lizards") and
who wants to wait ten minutes every time?
Anyway, I can't recommend it any more highly.
Kevin

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Date:         Wed, 08 Feb 95 09:04:26 EST
From: Melissa Reaves <MREAVES@KENTVM.KENT.EDU>
Subject:      Pink Thang

Going back a couple of issues, I want to respond to Patty Haley's
assertion that the song "Pink Thing" is not about Andy's infant son but
about his ... male part.

I say, and I stand firm on this one so to speak, that the song is very
clearly about BOTH!  It is a brilliant work of double entendre.  Each
and every line can be read both ways and never fails to make me laugh.
The author of the _Chalkhills and Children_ biography missed the joke
as well.  You CAN have it both ways.

To Jessica Jessica bo Bessica, keep logging in with your opinions.  It's
nice to have a member of the "younger generation" of fans on here.
Very refreshing.  Enjoyed your post.  I'm sure I won't be the only one
to say so.

Don't you think it's time you met some female, Pink Thing?

--Melissa

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Date: Wed, 08 Feb 1995 11:46:55 -0500 (EST)
From: CANEVIT@UTKVX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Subject: Re: the RYKO issue

Hey, Gang!

        last time, J Ross MacKay said, in response to Martin
(I keep meaning to read his "Hepcats") Wagner's post:

>Perhaps if a few (hundred) more of us sent a message, they might smell a
>market.  Of course we wouldn't want to tick them of, so it might be a
>better idea to send them a digest style mailing filled with our fan
>generated endorsements.

        I tried emailing ryko a few weeks ago, and I got the impression
that they had in fact heard from more than a few of us. In fact, they
said something to the effect that they might consider XTC (they
didn't go into any more detail than that), that they had been in contact
with Chalkhills (I expected something official, which I haven't seen),
and more subtly, would we please not hit them up with any more messages.
        So, I have to conclude that either sending dozens more messages
would either piss them off or *really* impress them, a la the letters to
Santa Claus in "Miracle On 34th Street." You takes your chances . . .

BYE BYE!
Craig E. Canevit

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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 13:51:47 -0600
From: dcarney@bga.com (Dan Carney)
Subject: Chalkhills Digest

hello chalkhillians!
 i'm desperately trying to locate the Demo CD collection.  All my sources
don't have them or have sold out.
can anyone e-mail me a stor which will mail order them to me?  I'm also
trying to locate a copy of
Eleven Different Animals songbook.  i'm willing to pay dearly for nearly any
XTC rarity, so if anyone out there has anything they are willing to part
with, I'M INTERESTED!  Thanks!
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NEW ADDRESS! NEW ADDRESS!   NEW ADDRESS! : dcarney@fc.net
Train Running Low on Soul Coal...
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From: ChgoPix@aol.com
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 18:39:39 -0500
Subject: Martin Newell

Greetings! I just wanted to make all you lovely people aware of a CD that I
just found "LizardLand" by the Brotherhood of Lizards featuring the song
stylings of one Martin Newell. The disc is really a gem! I thought that his
"Greatest Living Englishman" was charming and assumed that is was due in
large part to the collaboration with Andy, but it seems that Mr. Newell has a
sparkly pop sensability all his own. Do check it out!
While I'm at it, lemme tell you that I love getting mail from all of you, and
would be interested in finding out what other XTC fans listen to. My favorite
XTC recordings have to be the hugely undiscovered Big Express and the Dukes
recordings. Twas John Leckie that made me pick up the import copy of The
Stone Roses first disc, not having heard any of the tracks. Of course, now it
has a precious place in my heart, especially with the release of the rather
dissapointing sophomore effort.
What are the rest of you doing when you go to the record store and find there
is nothing in the X section that you do not
already own?!

"The sea is warship grey, it whispers 'fool' then slides away."

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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 95 18:00:26 EST
From: stacy@trc.com (Robert Stacy)
Subject: airwaves for pleasure

   All right, Kiersten!  Commendations on your good taste.
Although 'XCI doesn't play anywhere _near_ enough XTC these days (hmm,
guess it's time to phone in a request...), they do keep Danbury at
least bearable, musically speaking.  Just heard a track yesterday from
Polly Jean's forthcoming new one, and you just _know_ I-95 (WRKI, our
"classic rock" abberation) won't get near her oeuvre.  The only Swindon
serenades I've ever overheard on that 50 kilowatt waste of RF spectrum
was when "Ballad of PP" sneaked onto the playlist for about a week.

   Oh, let me add another hearty recommendation on the Eno/Cale
collaboration.  It is an exuberant recording, and I defy the
dourest individual to remain in a funk while listening to "One Way."

   And Russell S. makes a vital point about Bob Mould.  "Man on the
Moon" is an important part of a healthy musical breakfast.  And the
live cover of Thompson's "Shoot Out the Lights" on Mould's THE POISON
YEARS CD makes a nice companion piece to his take on "Turning of the
Tide" on the BEAT THE RETREAT CD (a so-so RT tribute I recommend only
to the converted).

> "Frequent Contributer" = Loudmouth, right?
> As to my taste, well shucks...

   Well shucks, indeed.  Always appreciate the informative posts from
Kiwiland, Mr. D.  Looking forward to more.  And howdy and welcome to
all the new names sprouting in the digest.  Isn't even spring yet.
Perhaps the estimable Mr. Relph could be persuaded to share the latest
head count?  Inquiring minds and like that.

 --RSt

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From: Catnips@aol.com
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 19:52:28 -0500
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #409

just a short note to kiersten henrich who posted a greeting in last
chalkhills....WXCI is still playing plenty of XTC in lovely Danbury,CT.

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Date: Thu, 9 Feb 1995 09:19:19 +0000
From: andyh@pavilion.co.uk (Andy Holyer)
Subject: Re: Brotherhood of Lizards

At  2:33 am 8/2/95 -0800, Kevin Carhart wrote:
>[ Cross-posted from Chalkhills, the XTC mailing list ]
>
>hi all
>if you liked _The Greatest Living Englishman_, and actually just about
>all of you should enjoy the brand new Brotherhood of Lizards reissue
>on Long Play records.  It's really really really good.

Oh, they've re-released that have they? I remember that album being
recorded.  For the record, "the cat starts sleeping..." is *my* cat, and
"Harry the writer " was Harry Tate who lived next-door to me. I knew his
girlfriend, too :-)

> ("Hey Hey Hey We're the Brotherhood of Lizards")

Now this was on the original never-for-sale BoL demo cassette. I gave a
couple  of people copies of this (I got one as a birthday present from
Martin). Has anyone heard both versions and are they the same?

Digressing, the Brotherhood's tour of britain was something to remember.
They did it on bicycles (they had trailers behind the bikes for the
equipment). Everythinkg acoustic, the only non-renewable enery source they
had was the batteries for the drum machine.

Their acousic-bass-mndolin-and-drum-machine encore of "See Emily Play"
(complete with all the silly noies) had to be experienced to be believed.

I was called up to go to a gig they did at the Mean Fiddler Acoustic room,
which was recorded for Granada TV. Since Granada is broadcast in
Manchester, I never got a copy. But there is a video of the Brotherhood
somewhere out there.... I met Robyn Hitchcock at that gig, I remember.

Andy Holyer, Managing Director, Pavilion Internet plc, Brighton, UK
http://www.pavilion.co.uk/

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From: Andisheh Nouraee <scotsman@wam.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 1995 17:28:42 -0500
Subject: I want to C(see) XTC

Dear Chalkhillians,

I'm sure that a lot of you have this problem, but that fact won't stop
me from sharing my frustration.  I love XTC's music.  I have purchased
virtually every CD of theirs that I could get my hands on.  I've read
very back issue of Chalkhills.  I sing XTC songs to my girlfriend.  I
force people to borrow XTC from me, desperately hoping that they
might like what they've heard.  So what's the problem?  I've never
actually seen a moving picture of any of XTC's members.  I seen
photos, but I've never seen a music video, concert video, nothing!

Can anyone help me get video or film of XTC at a decent price?
I'm going batty with curiousity!!!!!

Quietly
Going
Insane,

Andy (always saying what he's gonna do) Nouraee

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From: SARBOB@aol.com
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 1995 15:55:40 -0500
Subject: Introduction  !!!!!!!!!

  I was in my favorite privately owned cd/record store, circa 1985, when I
heard this odd music that sounded like an assortment of 1960 psychodelic hits
that had been put on the shelves for years and just now released with a much
better production quality.

 I asked who the Hell we were listening to.
"The Dukes Of Stratosphear" was the answer.

 I bought the "album", yes album, and was told if I liked this, I might like
the band that did this "Dukes..." set.  Confused, but I took his advise and
bought "English  Settlement". I was floored. Who were the musicians?  I had
been missng out on their music for years.

 Now "English Settlement" is my still my choice of them all, but releases
 before and after still amaze me. It is surprising that XTC doesnt have a
even bigger following after all these years, yet I can see that they refuse
to be the commercial product  most record labels want and that has its
downfall.

 I heard of Chalkhill on AOL and this the first "fan club" i have ever taken
part in because I feel that most of the fans are probably very serious about
music and not your average twits who post items like, "this Rocks dude".

 I look forward to meeting other members and learning more about one of my
favorite bands. So keep me informed!

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From: ECBANKS@delphi.com
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 1995 22:45:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Another Introduction

I heard about the list after a desperation post on alt.music.alternative
looking for news about XTC.  I'm happy to wire into other people who dig the
band as much as I do.  "Oranges & Lemons" was the first "alternative" tape I'd
ever listened to.  I picked it up used at a little store called the Soundbox in
Pensacola, Florida in 1990.  I liked the tape so much (except that I just
couldn't quite see how "Pink Thing" fit in), that I kept an eye out for other
stuff.  By the end of that semester, I had Black Sea, Mummer, and Rag & Bone
Buffet as well, all from that little store.  Soundbox also turned me on to
older REM, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Rise Robots Rise,
Midnight Oil, and other out of the way stuff.

After listening to "Oranges & Lemons" for the first time, I couldn't believe
that music that good wasn't on the mainstream airwaves.  Let the 14 year olds
have Mariah Carey.  Give me Andy Partridge/Colin Moulding lyrics any day.  At
one time or another, I've owned every standard album release except "Go2". I
could only get into a few cuts on "White Music", and just never bought "Go2".
I'm looking for a compilation of the "Acoustic Radio Tour" from 1989.
cdnow.com stocks it, but they are backorder only right now.  You never see it
in the stores around here (L.A.).  Is it really worth having?

I rank "English Settlement" as the best XTC album; "Nonsuch" and "Skylarking"
are close seconds.  All 3 are albums you listen to over and over and hear
something new each time.  Especially with headphones.  "Seagulls Screaming"
 from "The Big Express" could be my favorite XTC song overall.  There's so
many to like that it's hard to pick just one.

There isn't much better of a way to find people of the same interests than
the Internet, is there?  I've only been wired for 2 weeks; I don't know how
I went this long without.
Ethan Banks
ecbanks@delphi.com

Rainbow V 1.11 for Delphi - Test Drive

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Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 14:17:17 -0500 (CDT)
From: "my world is spinning..." <LEACH@AC.GRIN.EDU> (Arlo B Leach)
Subject: an offer you might refuse

hey all-

i just acquired _drums and wires_ on CD and it came with a little insert
which lists all the XTC albums along with andy partridge's paragraph/
description of each one.  i don't know how common this is, but i do remember
someone here once mentioning that they'd seen those descriptions in a record
store display and wished they had a copy.

well, if that person is still around or anyone else wants to see them, i'd be
happy to type them up and send them to the list, or send them somewhere to be
archived.... they're pretty funny and informative.  for an example, here's
what he says about _skylarking_:

        "musician and producer todd rundgren squeezed the XTC clay into its
most complete/connected/cyclical record ever.  not an easy album to make
but time has humbled me into admitting that todd conjured up some of the
most magical production and arranging conceivable.  a summer's day cooked
into one cake."

some of the others are quite hysterical; and, taken as a whole, they provide
a nice thumbnail history of the band's development.

anyway, let me know if i should send them...

-arlo

	[ See Chalkhills Digest #216 -- John ]

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Date: Mon, 13 Feb 95 14:11 EST
From: Gustavo Machado <MACHADO+aMSLATLANTA%DMB&B@mcimail.com>
Subject: Andy and Gordon?

After re-reading the excellent article included in The Police's boxed set,
a thought came to mind: do Sting and Andy Partridge keep any contact
between each other?  They're from the same pool that produced great music
in the early 80s, are roughly the same age, and both are impeccable
tunesmiths.

And then came questions: Can Sting, with his immense clout, do something
for XTC these days?  Would they get together and slap up a Partridge/Sumner
collaboration?  Has anybody ever seen or heard what does Sting think about
Swindon's finest?  After all, Andy suggested Hugh Padgham to produce
"Spirits in the Material World."  The rest is history, right?

Of course, all this is 100% wishful thinking.  But that's what Chalkhills
is there for these days ;-)

Bye now.

Gustavo

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From: S J T Miles <cmb4sjtm@csm.ex.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 95 17:13:28 GMT
Subject: Yet another new member

Hello all
         I've been listening to XTC since 1992 (not long enough)
when I heard Senses Working Overtime being played on Radio 1 and
instantly liked it. Since then I've played/liked everything I could
get my hands on - although coming from the rural S.W.England, I haven't
exactly got a lot of XTC records/CD's.

  Forgive me for being slightly boring (?), does anyone know where the
cover photo for Ball & Chain was taken? I guess it's somewhere in England.

  Finally, reading some past chalkhills, Tim Friese-Greene is mentioned
as a potential producer. What's happened to Talk Talk? Will there be any
more music from Mark Hollis and his clan?(E-mail me privately if you wish)

Thanks for having me,

Steve miles

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From: mgooch@novalink.com (Marshall Gooch)
Subject: New XTC Boot?
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 95 12:39:42 EST
Organization: NovaLink Interactive Networks (800-274-2814)

Hi folks, Marsh Gooch here. Been lurking for awhile (having had
nothing to say, really), but recently picked up a live XTC CD
called "Fab Foursome In Philly." It says it's from '79, has 16
songs, and runs about 75 minutes. The song selection is almost
all material from Drums and Wires and Black Sea, with an early
version of "Ball and Chain" thrown in. It's on Home Records,
HR 6005-3, dated 1994. Apparently it's from a live broadcast,
because Andy tells the audience they're being heard by millions
of people (or something). The CD comes in a very nice package,
although it shows (mistakenly, I think) Barry Andrews perform-
ing. I think this is a Dave Gregory show, with the guitars so
prominent and no keyboards that I can hear.
  Anyway, if you can't find it around, I'd be happy to trade
tape dubs of it for other cool XTC or other band material,
especially stuff by Belly, Elvis Costello, Robyn Hitchcock,
Joe Jackson, etc. (Like you're gonna know what the "etc." is.)
  Oh yeah, sound quality's pretty darn good, though it lacks
a little on the bass side. Hit that loudness button!

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

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Date: 15 Feb 1995 10:20:06 -0500
From: "Wesley Wilson" <Wesley_Wilson@iegate.mitre.org>
Subject: New XTC CDs for $7.99!

New, unopened U.S. XTC CDs for $7.99!

(NOTE: I'm a satisfied customer of the following CD mail order retailer, but
have no connection with them whatsoever. I'm just posting this for the benefit
of the Chalkhills readership.)

You can order the following CDs through Noteworthy Music in Nashua, NH for
7.99 each - 1-800-648-7972 (VISA/MC/DISCOVER). (Tip: Know what you want before
ordering - you're calling an order line, not an inormation line), or browse in
World Wide Web

http://www.netmarket.com/

Postage? Several methods, but UPS ground is $4.00 for the first five, $4.25
for 6 through 10 CDs ordered.

Big Express
Drums and Wires
English Settlement
GO 2
Nonsuch
Oranges and Lemons
Rag n' Bone Buffet
White Music

It's almost worth ordering just to get their catalog.

I just placed an order: on the advice of what I've read here and friends, I'm
ordering Talk Talk's "Laughingstock." I'm also ordering The Buggles' "Age of
Plastic" on a total whim - sure hope it's good! All I've heard is "Video
Killed the Radio Star." I was going to order another Stewart/Gaskin CD, but
didn't see them listed any more in the Noteworthy catalog. I'll have to write
Ryko. I want more of their CDs!

I sometimes take a chance on CDs based on their titles. Other CDs I didn't
order, but thought about ordering included Robyn Hitchcock's "I Often Dream of
Trains" and (believe it or not) a Monkees' album (Pisces, Aquarius, Etc.)
reissued on Rhino. (I'm still looking for a one-CD comp. of this band.
Childhood memories and all that...).

Someone recently wrote about "Hapsash and the Coloured Coat." Let's trade
tapes! I have the British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1 on CD, some old Yardbirds,
Blossom Toes, etc. Write me if you're interested.

Oh, finally, I ordered the Terry Hall CD "Home," with the songs by Andy. Guess
it's still on backorder.

Wes

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From: Andisheh Nouraee <scotsman@wam.umd.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 10:30:47 -0500
Subject: New (old) Single

Dear Chalkhillians,

According to the latest issue of Billboard magazine, Crash Test Dummies
have released their version of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" as a
single.  It is reviewed (very inconclusively) in Billboard's Singles
Review section.

Perhaps this CTD's attempt to throw some royalty money in Andy Partridge's
direction.  Does anyone else have any clues?

Bye,
Andy

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