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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 100

                 Saturday, 13 April 1996

Today's Topics:

                  Enough of the rainbow
                  David Byrne - Enough!
            Beyond "white music"; also: Ginger
                   Re: BNL + Partridge
                  Re: Helium Kidz lyrics
                That misheard lyric thing
                 Urgh! An Andy Pineapple!
                     XTC Muzak Redux
                     Free Your Mind.
             Next stage of voting for the TT
                 black music white music
                James and the Giant Peach
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-98
                       White Music
                   Please help ID band
                   Hey, I got da soul!
              Shrines, Dave, Freedy and Evil
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-99


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Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 21:58:11 -0400
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Enough of the rainbow

Luc recently wrote:

From: Luc Haasnoot <>
Subject: White Music

Dear All,

Looking at the huge pile of top 10 lists recently submitted,
I was surprised to only find 2 albums by black artists: Marvin
Gaye and Albert Collins (excellent choices!). OK, maybe I
overlooked one or two, but may I conclude that XTC fans only
like "white music"? In terms other than black/white, are R&B,
blues and soul genres that do not fit in with the taste of the
regular XTC-fan?

I am interested to hear what you all think about this.

Best wishes,

     I did not contribute to this Top 10 List, but I think it's rather
unfair of you to analyze the types of music according to color.  Music
preferences can change and shift very quickly, so the Top 10 List probably
was not a timeless compilation.  But anyway, I personally do like some R&B,
though my knowledge of R&B artists is limited.  I don't like to think of
the race of the artist when deciding what kind of music to prefer; I, like
many people, just pick and choose what I think sounds good, what moves me,
what is original and entertaining.  I'm sure that in the hoi-polloi of
Chalkhillians you will find scores of music-lovers who enjoy R&B, blues,
and soul, as well as classical music, opera, jazz, etc.  But let's not take
out our crayons and start coloring the music we listen to.

     From out of the woodwork,


Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 20:33:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: Randy Posynick <>
Subject: David Byrne - Enough!
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9604111921.A13499-0100000@netcom21>

Who cares if David Byrne is or is not a jerk?  It's not like you'll have
to deal with him personally!

Further, the premise that he does (or did) drugs does not make him a jerk.
Drugs and 'jerkness' (or 'jerknitude'!?) are two separate issues.
Granted, doing drugs may have altered his personality and made him act
like an asshole on occasion, but to say he's a jerk *just because* he has
a history of drug use is silly.

Drugs.  In the liner notes of "Sand In The Vaseline" Byrne talks about how
he tried all sorts of drugs, from marijuana to quaaludes to meth to coke
to angel dust to heroin.  He claims that coke was the only drug that ever
did anything for him, but that after "too many late nights" and "spaced
out days" he soon decided to stop.  He goes on to make a few anti-drug,
anti-establishment statements.  Who knows (or cares) if he's still clean.

Jerk.  Well, having never met the guy, I can't say for certain, but -
again - why should we care?  The reason this thread started was because
Andy Partridge apparently had some "very surprising stories about David
Byrne," according to Mark Fisher, who thought repeating them might be
libelous.  Patty Haley mentioned a quote of Andy's that said he saw Byrne
doing some cocaine, and then she said she's always thought that he's a
jerk.  And then off we went....

Andy's stories might be amusing to hear (Mark?), not to mention relevant
to XTC and this digest, but enough of the "David Byrne's a jerk"/"the art
and not the artist" stuff!


1. I think David Byrne is

  a. a jerk,
  b. not a jerk.

Please choose the answer which most satisfies you, repeat it to yourself,
keep it to yourself, and let this thread die....

Randy Posynick      | "What if God was one of us?" | He'd think your song sucked.


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 03:38:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Beyond "white music"; also: Ginger
Message-Id: <>

Hiyall Chalkhillians,

	In issue #2-99, John Wedemeyer gave this answer to Lucas, who submitted
a (pertinent) question to us all in ish #2-98:

<      Dear Lucas;
<         I am here to shoot a MAJOR hole in your theory regarding XTC fans'
<preference for "white music". I happen to be a professional guitarist who
<plays mainly blues, R&B, and funk (among many others).
<         I subscribe to the oft-heard theory that there are only two kinds
<of music....GOOD AND BAD!! I get off just as much on Howlin' Wolf or James
<Brown as I do on the latest Andy Partridge home demos. They hit me in
<different ways, but with equal impact.
<         Obviously, I can't speak for ALL XTC fans, but I suspect that most
<would agree with me. I guess we here at Chalkhills deal mainly in pop music
<when we converse, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate jazz, or funk
<,or R&B, or classical or anything else.....but we DO know a great pop song
<when we hear it!!

	I also subscribe to that oft-quoted "theory" of	good/bad music,
as long as it means --as I understand John is saying-- that adhering to a
genre to the exclusion of all else is sorta self-defeating, and keeps
one's ears away from whole different (and exciting) soundscapes.

	So, in that spirit, I thought I'd join in by also singing the
praises of Mr. Dynamite, James Brown, but also those of
"The-artist-formerly-known-as-Prince", Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington,
Max Roach, Sly Stone, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Esquerita... (I
could go on...)

	That would account (partly) for the pop/jazz axis; on the
classical/contemporary front (which might amount to "whiter music" but
has its own, though sometimes austere, "groove"), I would personally list
a few faves: Debussy, Satie, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Eisler, Weill,
Crumb (George, not R., to be perfectly clear, tho' I also "dig that
dude"), Schnittke, Stravinsky...

	Before I bore the hell out of everyone on the list... I hope
Lucas is (happily) taking note that other Chalkhillians don't mind --in
fact, enjoy enormously-- the varied offerings from the global musical
smorgasbord, be they of any shade. On another tack entirely, I'd also like to
comment on this here thread, from the almost anonymous MV, re:Great Canadian
Art Pop:

<Also out of Vancouver, this band had members from Grapes of Wrath.
<Ginger is on Nettwerk and is softer, more melodic pop. There is nothing
<spectacular about this band's arrangements but they usually come up with
<a few catchy songs on every album.

	Alas, I haven't heard Ginger's stuff, though I've thoroughly
enjoyed The Grapes of Wrath, their former (at least for some members)
incarnation. And lest Chalkhillians' memories are a bit rusty (and I
suspect other posts will contradict this last assertion), let's not
forget that the Dukes of Stratosphear were gracious guests on a track
>from their "These Days" album (1991, Capitol, produced by none other than
John Leckie; the track being "A Fishing Tale").

	If you haven't heard this, or for that matter the artists listed
above, enjoy!

The Scissor Man

P.S.: I was also quite surprised at MV's mention of Harmonium; nice that
the stuff's enjoyed outside Quebec, where their first album almost has
national anthem status...


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 08:45:41 GMT
Message-Id: <>
From: "D.Lawrence" <>
Subject: Re: BNL + Partridge

>Mind ya, I *hate* the Barenaked Ladies, so there! :) Their audience is
>young here (12-16 - for a comparison, Crowded House at their prime were
>in the same age categories) and annoying. Last summer, I had to endure
>watching all these juniors going ballastic at the Edmonton Folk Fest
>because the Ladies were on whilst yours truly was saving his energy to be
>blown away by the next act - Elvis Costello, who went past their heads

I guess that would be similar to a sort of Canadian Take That! In the UK
BNladies fans are about the same age as me (25) and I get the impression
that it's a totally different feeling at UK gigs to Canadian ones - I've
seen live Canadian BNL footage and the screams are deafening. I find it
really strange that BNL would atract that sort of audience, it's not as if
thier music is THAT teeny:-)!

Andy on Chalkhills - If it's possible why not see if once a month AndyP will
just converse with someone from the list and answer a few, maybe 10-15,
brief questions that we post to the list. That way he doesn't need to be ON
the list, or READ the list, but he'd be contributing and we'd be happy that
we had a channel to him. Just a thought.



Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 14:28:21 +0200
From: (Erich Sellheim)
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: Helium Kidz lyrics

Hello everyone,

just in case anyone is still interested, I'm posting the now nearly
exact lyrics of "Star Park" (I also listened to an early version of the
song, which made understanding the lyrics easier):

Star Park

There are no secrets in Star Park
(We'll) rendezvous to a peacock's call
I said I'd meet you after dark
For a night we'll trip, but never fall

So bring your old umbrella
And some hair-conditioner, too, yeah
So bring your old umbrella
Swell time will be had by me and you, yeah, yeah, yeah
In Star Park, maybe after darkness

There are no secrets in the trees
They tell them out so constantly
I only sing and dance to please
A foreigner from no country

There are no secrets in Star Park
I said I'd be by you after night
So take your ginger(?), catch a spark
We won't get left, if it runs not right

I'm not quite sure about the word "ginger", but according to the earlier
version of the song, it's definitely not "jet now".
I've also listened intensely to "Saturn Boy", so here are the rather
complete lyrics:

Saturn Boy

Red as a pin with a tortoise skin, and I'm only a Saturn Boy
I can't explain to your minute brain that I'm only a Saturn Boy

All you wanna do is kiss and kiss and kiss all night (Saturn)
Get down on the floor, I'll show you how to do it right (Saturn)
All my folks home in Ganza One(?) (Saturn)
Sure know how to have, sure know how to have themselves some fun

And we can stare from an old grand chair, and I'm only a Saturn Boy
Well, baby, dig me, would you dare bring(?) dig me, I'm only a Saturn Boy

All you wanna do...

Janet, Janet, come home to my planet, I'm only a Saturn Boy
Ah, you believe anything, so here, have a ring, and I'm only a Saturn Boy

All you wanna do...

"Ganza One" is probably not what Andy is singing, but I think it should
be the name of some planet. Corrections or suggestions, as usual, are very
welcome (BTW, I'd love to hear from someone who can understand but a single
line from "Adrenaline" or "Shark in the Pool", as this seems impossible to

All the best,



Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 07:25 -0600 (MDT)
From: Miles or Gigi Coleman <>
Subject: That misheard lyric thing
Message-id: <0DPR3XTV3000FU@ACS2.BYU.EDU>

It took finally obtaining the vinyl _English Settlement_ with the lyrics to
realize that "They thought it was just a boy's club badge he wore" was not
"They thought it was just a grown-up banshee war."  And I still sing it that
Miles and Gigi Coleman		Provo, Utah	Family Home Page		Index for Alumni of LDS Missions


Message-Id: <>
Date: 12 Apr 1996 10:17:06 U
From: "Sherwood, Harrison" <>
Subject: Urgh! An Andy Pineapple! (Mitch Friedman) jogged the graybeards' memory:

>> If so (or not) who remembers the closing sequence that featured The
>> Police performing "So Lonely" while Sting called out all of the bands
>> that had participated in the concert that night? If my memory serves
>> me correctly, when he called for XTC (one of the first bands he
>> mentioned, partly because he and Andy were friends at the time),
>> Andy ran up to the microphone and joined Sting for the rest of the
>> song, exchanging "so lo lo lo . . . I feel lo lo lo" etc.

Oh, absolutely! One of my fave Andy moments. One suspects he might have
been "relaxing" backstage after the XTC set with a Red Barrel or three,
'cos he was even more than usually, uh, ebullient. And off key. He
hipchecks Sting-a-ling away from the microphone and hollers this totally
inappropriate, overbearing, but utterly 1979 Andy "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-BA!"
(like the jabbering ending of "Helicopter"). Sting looks....bemused.

Then, as the song goes into the Big Finish and everybody's waving at the
audience like it's the end of the Last Waltz or something, there's Andy,
grabbing pineapples off a tray, punting them into the crowd, and admiring
the explosions. I believe he even hit Sting with one, who was beyond
bemused and well on his way to pissed off.

Hilarious. Mighty, mighty difficult to believe this character succumbed to
stage fright.

Harrison "Fruit--not hand grenades. New Wave was fun, but not _that_ fun."


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 09:37:21 -0500 (CDT)
Message-Id: <>
From: Scott Taylor <>
Subject: XTC Muzak Redux

>Subject: A lovely XTC moment
>to treat myself to some cloth to make a bright spring dress.  As I entered
>the fabric store, glum from reflecting on the passage of years, I suddendly
>noticed an odd familiarity about the muzak coming from the store's sound
>system...  YES!  It was "Mayor of Simpleton"!  Wending its way past the

I've read these accounts of XTC Muzak exposure in Chalkhills for a long
time, never thinking that it would happen to me.  Lo and behold, just last
week I was in a grocery store, looking with my girlfriend for a chew toy for
the dog, when I heard a familiar lilting musical intro overhead.  After a
couple seconds of disbelief, I finally nudged her and said, "Hey, do you
hear that?  It's 'King for a Day'!"  She wasn't nearly as impressed as I was.

I just wish the Muzak corporation would branch out a little bit and do
something daring.  "King for a Day" and "Mayor of Simpleton" are, like it or
not, rather Muzak-ready tracks straight out of the box.  Why not a Muzakized
"Station of Liberty" or "Meccanik Dancing"?  That I'd like to hear.



Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 10:26:40 -0400
Message-ID: <>
From: (David Criddle)
Subject: Free Your Mind.

     Jellyfish suck!  The Beatles are boring!  Martin Newell is useless!
     Bob Mould sucks!  Amie Mann writes juvenile pap.

     O.K., now that I have got your attention, I want to say that all of my
     prior statements are false in my opinion.  I just wanted to make a
     point.  Everyone's musical taste is their own and music can be enjoyed
     on many different levels.  About six years ago I had a revelation.  No
     music sucks.  I would be willing to bet that for every band/songwriter
     out there, there are at least ten people who think that bands music is
     the best thing since sliced cheese.  That is all that is necessary.  I
     don't see the point in ever saying any music sucks.   The more proper
     statement is that "I don't enjoy that band, at this time."  There have
     been many, many, many occasions I have done a 180 in my opinion of a
     band.  At this time, I can't stand contemporary country music.  I have
     never said that Clint Black sucks however, because I know that there
     are thousands of people who would disagree with me.  Heck, I may even
     like it some day.

     As Parliament was known to say, "Free your mind, and your ass will
     follow!"  For the last six or so years, I have been willing to give
     any music a chance. I am amazed at the added level of enjoyment I have
     gained from music by opening my mind.  Jao Gilberto, Beach Boys,
     George Michaels, Stan Getz, Los Lobos, Bee Gees, Johnny Cash, Elvis,
     Joe Pass, They Might Be Giants, L.L. Cool J, The Carpenters, Stevie
     Wonder, Shonen Knife, Charlie Mingus ...  I love it all.

     This tirade was brought on by some of the recent band bashing going on
     in the posts.  Just enjoy the music.  Tonight, I am going to see the
     Barnaked Ladies.  Their albums are silly and fun.  I laughed out loud
     when I first heard Be My Yoko Ono, Grade 9, and If I Had A Million
     Dollars.   I put them on when I want to be in a good mood and don't
     want to think too much.  They are one of the best live bands I have
     ever seen.  Their drummer and bass player are two of the best in the
     business.  Very tight and extremely spontaneous.  Funny thing is,
     Elvis Costello is another of my favorites live but for different
     strengths.  I don't know if I would be able to appreciate them both
     together, as someone previously posted.  It is the most fun to see the
     Barenaked Ladies when the whole crowd is singing along. (I had no idea
     that 3000 people in Cincinnati knew the lyrics to Jane. Not just the
     chorus either. It was kind of eerie actually.)  The bass player plays
     an upright most of the time and had a bow and a wah wah going for
     Fight the Power by P.E.  Crazy.

     So, in summary, JUST LOVE MUSIC!

     XTC included!



Message-Id: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 96 11:59:16
Subject: UrgH!

   I too have seen the UrgH film. Back in the early 80's,
during the heydey of IRS Records, is was sort of required
viewing for all those is the new wave/modern rock set.
It's funny actually to see the XTC bit and watch Andy roust
up the audience. Stage Fright? We've witnessed different
Sir Partridge....

JoE Silva
Senior Contributor
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Athens, GA
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Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 17:08:37 GMT
Subject: Next stage of voting for the TT
Message-ID: <>

Hello all.

I got hundreds (well almost) of votes in the first stage of the
voting.  Here are the top four titles.  Nopw just vote for one of
them and I will announce the results after next friday.

1 Chalkhills' Children
2 I Need Production
3 Is This Pop?
4 Living Through Another Tribute

There they are, happy voting.  I've got my counting glove on (the one
with six hundred fingers!!!!) so I'm ready for the onslaught.

Dames TWD

(Life is good in the greenhouse:XTC)
(You told me you saw Jesus, but I could only see a tree: Amber)
(If people lived in Heaven, God would break their windows: Damian)


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 18:25:36 +0100
Message-Id: <>
From: Luc Haasnoot <>
Subject: black music white music

Hi all!

Since two XTC-fans assured me they like a variety of music
genres, including artists such as Billie Holiday, James Brown
and Son House, I herewith present some new theories based on
the observation that black music was under-represented in the
top 10 lists. (It is Friday evening, so why not.)

People thought that a list that would include XTC and Costello
as well as e.g. Otis Redding and Buddy Guy would be inconsistent.

Maybe it is because many blues and soul artists focused on singles
rather than albums. (And including a "Best of..." album in your
list does not look too sophisticated.)

People who like "black music" are modest and do not want to bother
others with a list of their music-heroes?

This is all I can think of for now, but does it make more sense than
my original assumption? <sort of a rhetorical question, I admit>

Best wishes,

CD-tip (may I?): Brown Sugar by D'Angelo.


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 12:14:50 -0500 (CDT)
Message-Id: <>
From: (Kim E. Williams)
Subject: James and the Giant Peach

Hi, folks!
     I just read in my local newspaper a review of James and the Giant
Peach.  At the end of it was his review of the music Randy Newman did for
it.  I thought I'd post it here.

It says: "The film's musical score offers several uninspired Randy Newman
songs that may seem better with repeated hearings."

Tough s***, Disney!  You blew it big time!!!  If only they'd let Andy
complete his version, we would've had some real classics!


"Life is a state of mind." - Wolfgang Press - Mother Valentine


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 16:19:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-98
Message-ID: <>

  The only lists I've been on that their subjects subscribe to have been
Marillion(keyboardist Mark Kelly checks in once in a while)and, notably,
The Posies; all of their members except guitarist Jon Auer have e-mail
and contribute regularly, especially bassist Ken Stringfellow who
regularly posts tour diaries from wherever they're touring. They're
really interesting reading. Other musician friends and acquaintances of
the band have posted on occasion, including Ken's wife Kim of The Fastbacks,
members of The Young Fresh Fellows, and many up and coming Seattle bands
I'm not familiar with. Even Sid Griffin of The Long Ryders was a
subscriber for a while. It's a very noisy list, though.
  Other than that, sometime Modern Lovers bassist Curly Keranen has
posted to the Jojo(Jonathan Richman)list from time to time and patiently
answered questions, and Crowded House's manager has posted to the Crowded
House list on occasion. In other cases, the list has at least one person
who makes contact with its subject and lets him/her/them know what's
going on.


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 21:25 -0600 (MDT)
From: Miles or Gigi Coleman <>
Subject: Yazbek
Message-id: <0DPS6UNJ6000FU@ACS2.BYU.EDU>

Dear Chalkhillian,

I just received my free copy of _The Laughing Man_ from Chalkhills & W.A.R
for answering the trivia question and all I can say is WOW!  My mouth is
gaping in complete and utter amazement after listening to it!  Yazbek is an
absolute talent!  Musically, the songs hook you within seconds and no wonder
Andy said, "Damn his eyes, I wish I'd written all of his songs!" lyrics
rivaled only by AP himself.  It has been a long time since I have come
across an album I completely enjoyed the first time I listened to it.
David, if you are "listening," fantastic work!

Miles Coleman
Miles and Gigi Coleman		Provo, Utah	Family Home Page		Index for Alumni of LDS Missions


Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 21:02:04 -0700
Message-Id: <>
From: (huduguru)
Subject: White Music

Lucas wrote:

>Looking at the huge pile of top 10 lists recently submitted,
>I was surprised to only find 2 albums by black artists: Marvin
(passage of lines)
>PS: Just a little test, does the name STAX ring a bell?

Why yes, Stax DOES ring a bell.   That was the home of Alex Chilton's
band, Big Star. They were a fabulous pop band and a big influence on
REM and a lot of the mid-80's "Paisley Underground" bands like The Rain
Parade, The Three O'Clock, and The Dream Syndicate.

BTW, that wasn't a slam against "Black" music...but since musical
preferences are not, as yet, regulated or funded by the Government,
there are no race or sex-based quotas!

Song O' the Day:  Little Lighthouse



Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 00:22:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Please help ID band
Message-Id: <>

Someone gave me a tape with some XTC radio show stuff on it,
and at the end, there are two songs by an unidentified
neo-psychedelic band.  They sound English.  The first song
is along the lines of The Electric Prunes and Pink Floyd with Syd.
Lyrics go something like "Strange game, dream 'til tomorrow."
Music is very chromatic, some farfisa (I think).

The other song has lines like "rocking chair in your brain...
wait until the evening sees you there."

Is this ringing a bell with anyone?  The snippets I heard didn't
sound too bad....  Thanks.



Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 05:35:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mike <>
Subject: Hey, I got da soul!
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960413052727.23422A-100000@gusun>

I, being a young, white, college-aged male am very disturbed by
(whoever)'s accusations that XTC fans don't like black musicians.  I am
sure that I am not the only one on this who has curled up by a warm
Vermont fire to the sounds of Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, not to
mention groovin' on those tintilating soulful southern sounds of Hootie
and the Blowfish.  And Rick Astley has a lot of soul, even if he is white.

No, but really, I agree with (that other guy)'s comment that XTC fans
might also be prone to liking all sorts of jams, and while they might not
be the reason that BoysIIMen top the charts in record sales, many surely
have some James Brown, Parliament, Chic, and/or Earth Wind and Fire in
their hearts (and record collections).  And if you are one of those out
there that do...blow that dust off of "Good Times" and boogay!!

			And I don't even get paid for this,
				Mike(as if you've always known me) Kooris


From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Shrines, Dave, Freedy and Evil
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 96 12:53:00 edt
Message-ID: <>

>Ben: You're one of our best ambassadors, and I know it's been a long
>winter, but you've GOT to get out more, man!  :^)

Todd is, of course, referring to my XTC shrine I built last week before I
came down with a miserable illness. Let me just say: if you lived where I
do (where many folks - myself *not* included - tip cows for fun), you'd be
finding a lot stranger ways to spend your time...

I just received "The Laughing Man," and would urge all of you who don't
have it to go out and get it immediately. It's one of the best, weirdest
and coolest albums I've ever heard. Coincidentally, I found out that
Mr. Yazbek also wrote the theme song to the new show on Fox (yay, Rupert!)
called "The Show." I'll hopefully be reviewing the album for my high school
(emphasis on "high") newspaper.

If you don't already have Freedy Johnston's "This Perfect World," I'd urge
you to go out and buy that, too. The man writes beautiful songs.

On a more serious note: recall a commment Mitch Friedman made a few
Chalkhills ago-

>[Andy's] already a bit freaked out about the fact that so many people
>have copies of half of the new demos because he's been incredibly careful
>and stingy about sending out copies to anyone. (Ben Gott -- naughty

I received the demos from another Chalkhillian, who received them from who
knows where, etc. I sincerely apologize to both Andy and anyone else who I
have "wronged," but the reason I made copies of the tapes for those who
wanted them was because I believe that the new material is the best material
that Andy has ever made (and I'm sure that many people I've traded with will
back me up on this.)  And, besides: I shouldn't like to be naughty without a
reason! (See Harrison Sherwood's comment a while back...)

Best to all,

XTC SONG OF THE DAY: Science Friction


Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 15:27:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laura Parent <>
Message-Id: <>

> I happen to be a professional guitarist who
> plays mainly blues, R&B, and funk (among many others).
>                          John Wedemeyer

Wow! For those of you who don't know, John is an incredible
guitarist, and very well known on the local scene here in San Jose. And I
don't even like guitarists as a rule, finding them a little too "wankish"
for my tastes (though I do think Eric Johnson is awfully cute).

It seems a lot of people on this list are musicians. I wonder, does
it take a certain amount of musical "know-how" before one can appreciate
XTC? Back when I hung out with musicians (against the
should-have-been-heeded advice of my mother, best friend, hairdresser
etc.) it seemed many of them liked XTC. My non-musician friends either
don't like or don't know XTC. Is this because XTC doesn't get much
exposure, or because they have the Camper Van Beethoven syndrome-that is,
they are too complicated for the general public?



From: David Yazbek <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 09:56:48 -0400
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-99

It's been fun watching Chalkhillians meet each other at my East Coast gigs
lately. At every show, there are at least a couple of people wearing XTC
t-shirts who end up talking to each other. We're playing in NYC at "Fez"
this tue. the 16th at 9:30. Make yourself known! Also-if you want to be on
the mailing list, I'm told to tell you to email Put info subscribe in the text of your mail.
Thanks for the positive comments about "The Laughing Man". And one other
thing-- Yes, I know there were a couple of minor (and one pretty major)
errors in the booklet for "Testimonial Dinner". These were not my fault and
there's nothing I can do about them now. So please-- no more letter bombs.


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