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                  Chalkhills, Number 75

                 Tuesday, 30 January 1990
Today's Topics:
                 Official XTC Merchandise
               Trades for complilation tape
                     xtc-albums/discs
                    Sundry and Various
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Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1990 15:22:57 PST
From: John M. Relph <chalkhills-request@chalkhills.org>
Subject: Official XTC Merchandise

I am happy to announce that Official XTC Merchandise will shortly
be available!  Paris Promotions of Swindon has announced the
availability of its 1990 brochure, offering such things as
T-shirts, posters, postcards, pens, and suchlike.  Unfortunately
I don't know what arrangement Paris Promotions has made for
overseas inquiries, that is, whether or not they would prefer a
self-addressed and stamped envelope in order to send a catalogue.

In any case, here's their address, where you can request an
Official XTC Merchandise Brochure:

        Paris Promotions
        49 Stafford St.
        Old Town, Swindon
        Wiltshire SN1 3PQ

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Date:    Tue, 23 Jan 1990 20:28:51 CST
From: "THOR::GJJ5315"@star.tamu.edu
Subject: Trades for complilation tape

        This tape trading business may get very messy.  I think John should
send masters of the tape to anybody with an excellent dubber and who wouldn't
mind in turn a little extra work.  But this might result in low quality
3rd generation copies.  In all fairness I think that those contributing to
the tape should get copies:  Let me say now that I narrowly missed being
a contributor.  But what about the rest of us?
        Might I suggest a scheme used by Joshua Trupin on the R.E.M. discussion
list.  He accepted two tape of equal quality and sent one back recorded.  I
know that this might result with John having a crapload of blank tapes that
he might not really want so this is only a suggestion.

Gary Jedlicka
GJJ5315@Star.tamu.edu

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 90 18:18 EST
From: FOURNIER@ecs.umass.edu
Subject: xtc-albums/discs

        I've got a question for xtc fans--why aren't any xtc albums
besides Skylarking, Big Express, English Settlement + Oranges and Lemons
printed on compact disc?  I found this info in the book of "albums in
print" at Tower Records in Boston.  If anyone knows why, or knows if this is
true or not, please let me know.
                                        -Tony

        [ In the good ole U.S. of A. this is true.  Everything
          except for _Beeswax_ is available on CD in the U.K.,
          Canada, and Japan, I believe.         -- John ]
          

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1990 22:55:36 PST
From: John M. Relph <relph@presto.ig.com>
Subject: Sundry and Various

New discovery of the week: the _Smash Hits_ flexi-disc of ``Ten Feet
Tall'' has an introductory disc jockey voice over.  The DJ says,

    And now a group whose name I just can't pronounce, so I'll
    spell it.  It's XTC, and a completely rerecorded version
    of the track ``Ten Feet Tall'' from their latest Virgin
    album, called _Drums and Wires_.

The voice sounds pretty much like Richard Skinner, the same person who
introduces the BBC College Concert.

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The reviewers in _BAM_ (Bay Area Music) magazine chose XTC's _Oranges
and Lemons_ as the 30'th best album of the year, tied with Pere Ubu's
_Cloudland_.

Tower Records' _Pulse_ magazine chose _English Settlement_ as the best
Rock/Pop album of the decade.  Amazing!  Here's what they have to say:

    _English Settlement_ -- XTC  (Geffen/Virgin, 1982).  A
    perfect album, pure and simple, and they didn't even run
    out of gas afterwards.  (Brett Milano)

They also chose _Oranges and Lemons_ as the best Rock/Pop album of
1989.

Not bad, eh?

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Interesting note: On the _Grass_ 12-inch single, the message scratched
in the inner groove reads, "Cut with a mower at the Townhouse", while
the flip side (which has ``Extrovert'' and ``Dear God'') reads, "No
comment."

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This note was found in the September 1979 issue of _Trouser Press_:

    XTC, who lost keyboard whiz Barry Andrews to a solo career
    recently, have engaged the services of guitarist Dave
    Gregory as his replacement and reports suggest that all's
    well once again on the White Music front.

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Lots of new subscribers to Chalkhills within the last couple of weeks.
Let's hear from you!

        -- John

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