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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 114

                   Sunday, 19 May 1996

Today's Topics:

                     Radios In Motion
                      asbestos suit
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-113
                    No. 13, The Larch
                 German fans, translation
                  Skylarking's Structure
                   Cover art and craft
          Ranger Revo's (non-XTC) Record Reviewz
              Life History of Martin Newell
                     Argh, forgive me
                       Sgt Rock 45
                        Junk music
                   Bands, Flames, Cars
               re: XTC/Black Sea Tour 1981
                      Imperial Drag
                        HOME DEMOS
                   11 Different Animals
                  Other bands choose XTC


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Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 17:35:01 +0100
Message-Id: <>
From: (Simon Sleightholm)
Subject: Radios In Motion

>"Simon Knight" <>

>Wrote: What was "Radios in motion"?
>I've always wondered what it was though, does anyone else know?  Was
>it some kind of box set?

Radios In Motion (Named for XTC's first track on the White Music Album) is
an 8 track sampler CD of their "hits". It was a joint Virgin/Geffen promo
release cat no PRO-CD-4397.

The track listing is:-

 The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
 The Mayor Of Simpleton
 King For A Day
 Dear God
 Love On A Farmboy's Wages
 Senses Working Overtime
 Making Plans For Nigel
* ---------------------------------------------------
* ---------------------------------------------------
Bungalow - Where good music lives. This is pop?


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 12:52:33 -0400 (EDT)
From: "k.a. hehir" <>
Subject: asbestos suit
Message-ID: <>

hi folks,
i haven't posted in a while but today's digest has irked me out of
firstly-- ben woll--

mummer is a great album, i've got it on right now. thanks for reminding
me. also ben, the dave mathews band does swing(haven't heard the new one
yet) perfect summer tunes for the backyard or beach.

secondly-- luke
plug away, i'm always happy to support new music. even if i don't dig it
we'd still have xtc to talk about. do you mean SST the legendary southern
cal punk label??

thirdly-- i'm wondering if a couple of albums that xtc play on are

Lastly- let's play nicely.

thanks all,


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 15:09:37 -0400
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-113

OK, gosh darn it.  Before Relphie gets pissy and posts that reminder about
choosing a subject line carefully, this is about the last digest, OK?  (Go
ahead, John, post that reminder--I'm not proud.)

> From: Richard Brooks <>
> tried to get Skylarking on vinyl without success (Virgin megastore weren't
> interested) Second hand shops in my area also yielded nothing.  (I could
> have brought 15 copies of the Big Express-What does that tell you?)

That some people have shit taste in music.  The more I listen to that album,
the more I like.

> From: "John Christensen" <>
> Of course at this point, if it would speed an album release, I'd let Krusty
> the Clown produce them!

I'd prefer Bozo, myself.  He did a bang-up job on the "I'm Glad John Wayne
Gacy is Rotting in Hell" LP by The Angry Clowns. (Yes, I know how you feel.)

> From: gimarc@Onramp.NET (
> I just talked with Andy the other day and he seems to be seeing light at
> the end of the tunnel as far as the contract release goes. Perhaps a flood
> of new material before years end.

Mmmmm, well, thanks a bunch for the update, George, but your lack of an
apostrophe for the word "years" has me wondering if you would have
put it after the "s" instead of before.  I'm at the stage where I'd rather
be cynical and be pleasantly surprised than hopeful and disappointed...
I'd enjoy the flood, though, after this godawful drought.

> From: 7IHd <>
> I suspect there are few of the "that Nigel song" brigade on Chalkhills.
> (If there are I am prepared to be corrected). However, I fail to see how
> your reviews are helping these people anyway, as your grasp of some of the
> ideas covered in the songs appears to have progressed little since you
> were in that camp yourself. (This is not just my opinion, I've had a couple
> of pieces of email to back this up - not enough for a representative
> selection though). To be perfectly honest, there are people on here who
> are offended by your treatment of some of the albums they've known and
> loved for years. I'm dreading what you'll say about "The Big Express"...
> And by the way, this isn't a newsgroup. If it was then there would indeed
> be more of the casual/uninformed people here, and your reviews may then
> have a place. But it isn't.

[lots of snipping]

No offense, Phil, but when I read your last post, my first thought was
that line from that Bill Cosby album (_For Russell, My Brother with Whom
I Slept_, I think, although I can't swear to it):  "Who made you the Jello
sheriff of the house?"

I'm posting this to the list instead of privately because I'm concerned to
see your attacking someone so vehemently and setting up what appear to me
to be rules about what is acceptable to post about and what isn't.  I almost
spoke up when I saw your prior post, but decided not to, but now...

John runs this list, and it's really his call.  And your tone has really
gotten more than a bit high-handed.  Granted, I'm Ms. Acid Tongue of the
U.S. East Coast, but geez, he wasn't posting Make Money Fast or anything.
My dear sir, you spend a *lot* of time posting to this list, often in
very great detail, and not always about anything to do with this list.
Once again, no offense, but I think you need to get out into the real
world more, instead of playing Post Patrol.  I didn't really think his
critique of _Black Sea_ was riveting, but what the hey, you have *no* idea
if anyone got some use out of what he wrote--maybe they did, so until then,

I think you're dead on-target
with the "not enough for a representative selection" phrase.  Speak for
yourself, by all means, but don't speak for the masses.  I can speak up
just fine for myself, thanks, as all but the brand-new on this list are
sometimes painfully aware.

-Patty (who has absolutely no flames whatsoever shooting from her keyboard
here, just concern and dismay)

P.S.  Gosh, the new Richard Thompson LP is wonderful.


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 14:07:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Jeffrey with 2 f's Jeffrey" <>
Subject: No. 13, The Larch
Message-ID: <>

Query: what kind of tree was AP sitting in in the "Dear God" video?

--botanically ignorant,
                                                                "money spines
Jeffrey Norman                                                    paper lungs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                               kidney bingos
Dept. of English & Comp. Lit.                                      organ fun"
e-mail:                                             --Wire


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 15:16:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: James Poulakos <>
Subject: German fans, translation
Message-ID: <>

I'd love to translate the German-language XTC articles! This would
combine three of my interests. Contact me direct via e-mail so we can
decide the best way for you to send the article text to me.

* --------------------------------------------------------------------
- Diese Nachricht besteht aus recyclebaren gluecklichen Elektronen -
-         Beim Herstellen wurden keinen Elektronen verletzt        -
     My home page is now at
                       James Poulakos


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 19:25:02 GMT
Message-Id: <>

I spoke with Andy Partridge a few hours ago and he asked me to post the
following bit of news-- XTC are finally free from their deal with Virgin
Records. This means that all that stands between us and a new album is
several months of label dickering and negotiation followed by several
months of album creating. I'm up to date on the demos, and, barring a
horrible producer-- it's going to be sublime.

Now for some self-promo--
My band and I will be doing The North Star Bar in PHILLY on May 25th at 11
(Saturday). Then we're opening for The Verve Pipe in PHILLY on June 6th
(Thur.). Thanks,


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 16:46:30 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <v01540b00adc255f59ac0@[]>
From: (Harrison Sherwood)
Subject: Skylarking's Structure

"J. D. Mack" <> done wrote:

>> I've always thought the album had more of a stages of life theme.

Of _course_...! But first, a small comment:

>> Summer's Cauldron - a basic kind of intro song.

No, no! Childhood! Halcyon memories! Floating face up in the pond on
the first hot "boiling-butter" day in June as your summer holidays
stretch endlessly out ahead of you, and life is as good as it gets!

Fits _right_ in!

>> Ballet For ..., 1000 umbrellas, and Season Cycle - O.K., these
>> don't fit in my plan

Oh, but they _do_!  Consider this: Skylarking was conceived and
recorded as an LP, with two sides. "Season Cycle," the end of Side One,
is the _centerpiece_ of the record, the _pivot_ for the whole thing.

Picture the album as having a sort of a triangular structure (God
Rundgren drew it as a circle, but the idea's the same):

                     Season Cycle
             Side One    /  \   Side Two
                        /    \
                       /      \
                      /        \
Summer's Cauldron    /<---------\  Dying/Sacrificial Bonfire

Everything on Side One trends _upward_, toward increasing optimism.
I'm hard pressed to think of a more cheerful, summery, happy set of
songs--starting with the languid physicality of "Summer's Cauldron"
all the way through the naive pantheism of "Season Cycle." Even the
ostensible downer song, "1000 Umbrellas," is pretty funny ("So with a
mop and a bucket I'll just say forget her"--what a great internal
non-rhyme!); the "misery" is so over-the-top that it's hard to
interpret it as anything but a parody of youthful self-absorption.

Side Two heads _downward_, from the first realizations of the
compromises of the working world ("Earn Enough") through marriage,
adultery, nostalgia, self-loathing, loss of faith, death. The side
is saved from total pessimism by "Sacrificial Bonfire," which promises a
renewal of the cycle.

The identification between the two side-closers "Season Cycle" and
"Sacrificial Bonfire" should be obvious. Both restate the album's
theme (the eternal return of the seasons and the cycle of life and
death). "Season" is a grateful celebration of the cycle, a sort of
pagan spring-festival song. It's a young man's conception of the
cycle: Death, while present in "Season," is an abstraction; it's not
allowed to intrude on the festivities. "Bonfire" is a resigned
acknowledgment that death _has_ intruded, and will continue to
intrude. It's "Season Cycle's" optimism (and that of Side One as a
whole) put to the test: Does burning the Yule log _really_ cause
spring to return? Or is it just an empty symbol?

Even _without_ "Dear God," "Skylarking" is a pretty thorough rejection
of monotheism. The natural world, not God, is what offers
redemption ("Everybody says 'join our religion, get to
Heaven'...Bless my soul, I'm already there!"). But unlike "DG," the
record as a whole doesn't mindlessly tear down the idea of God
without offering up something in its place.

Oh, and one more thing: Todd Rundgren may be a rotten bastard (and
that interview exerpt certainly does nothing to dispel _that_ idea),
and he may have had Andy thoroughly cowed during the "Skylarking"
sessions, but can anybody _really_ picture a scenario where Todd
says, "Oh, by the way, Andy, I'm such a genius that I've written a
song that's a _perfect_ reproduction of your style, your tonal
habits, your comic-book lyrical sensibilities, and your elfin sense
of humor. It's called 'That's Really Super, Supergirl,' here are the
charts, sit down over there and start singing." And Andy _does_ it?
Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Harrison "Then again, not much does" Sherwood

"If I were on a lifeboat with Fiction Damage and there were insufficient
supplies to sustain all of us, I would gladly sacrifice myself that they
might survive. Their contribution to American culture is that great."
            --Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Z, Beer for Dolphins)

Smell the Damage!


Message-Id: <v01510100adc2a7ea8dc2@[]>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 14:41:59 -0800
From: (Mitch Friedman)
Subject: Cover art and craft

For those of you new to XTC and new to music in general, some of the stuff
I'm going to discuss will seem like ancient history and tinged with
nostalgia. But really, it's only been a few years since the CD has been
around and although vinyl is still available, it's most definitely not the
medium of choice. Too bad I think. Not because the sound quality was better
(and that's a whole other discussion) but because the artwork and packaging
of CDs will never equal what one could do with a 12" record jacket or 7"
single sleeve.

XTC's music has always blown me away -- the intelligence, melody, wit,
variety, you name it, we all know what I'm talking about. But when I first
started my collection, I was always really impressed and pleasantly
surprised by the cover art and packaging that these new songs and albums
arrived in. To me, the artwork had all the wit and intelligence and taste
that the music did. I knew I could never get my parents to enjoy XTC's
music, but one day I spread out all of their 7" singles and albums and 12"
singles on the floor of my bedroom and invited my parents in to take a
look. This they could relate to and were actually entertained and
interested by the display on my floor.

Some that come to mind: The double 7" of "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" that
was designed like a leather wallet, the "Great Fire" 7" that came in the
plastic bag and caused a flaming effect when you removed the jacket inside
the bag, the "All You Pretty Girls" 7" which was a sailor's body that slid
out of the sailor's suit cover, the "This World Over" 7" with all of the
postcards showing the various famous cities now all identical in nuclear
destruction, the "Making Plans for Nigel" 7" that came with the game board,
the "Senses Working Overtime" 7" whose ears/hands/eyes and nose folded out
to reveal brightly colored fishes, the "No Thugs in Our House" 7" with the
theatrical stage construction, the Black Sea album in the green paper bag,
the import release of English Settlement that had that beautiful textured
cover and the classy brown parchment sleeves on the inside, the Big Express
wheel with the tiny green insect sitting on the well-lighted part, GO-2's
double talk on it's cover, etc. etc.

It always seemed to me that there was a very strong art direction behind
everything XTC did. Besides the appearance of their packaging, the songs
always seem to be designed more than produced. Choices of instruments,
little arrangement ideas, certain lyrical phrases, vocal nuances; I think
someone once described XTC's songs as an aerial photograph of what they
were about. I always liked that.

I'd love to know if there are some people out there who share the same
appreciation for this stuff that I do. I look forward to reading your

Take care,


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 17:47:09 -0500
Message-Id: <>
From: JH3 <>
Subject: Ranger Revo's (non-XTC) Record Reviewz

I apologize in advance to those of you who'd rather see less of this sort
of thing here, but I'll try to keep this sort of on-topic, if that's

I've been on an orgy of CD-acquiring over the last few weeks in which I
obtained several discs that had been recommended by various Chalkhillians.
Some are superb, but others were a just a little disappointing. I should
state right now that my tastes are perhaps a little "punkier" than the
average XTC fan. Even though XTC is my favorite band, they, like most of
these records, are actually a little tamer than most of what I listen
to. So if you're a slightly-mellowed-out ex-punk like me, maybe these
capsule reviews will help... but maybe not...

FINN, "Finn": It being the Finn Bros., you might think this would be like
another Crowded House album, but it's MUCH sparer-sounding -- stripped down
almost completely, in fact. Andy & Colin do home demos that sound slicker
than this. The songs are nice enough I suppose (two or three of the quieter
ones really stand out), but I just think they really need more production.
(Perhaps this is why it's not available domestically in the U.S.?)

JELLYFISH, "Spilt Milk": I was prepared to hate this record, since it's
basically a 70's glam/prog-rock pastiche, but it's so well-done and the
songs are so durned catchy it's almost impossible not to like it. Also,
"He's My Best Friend" will appeal to XTC fans who just can't agree with the
premise that "Pink Thing" is actually about a baby.

ERIC MATTHEWS, "It's Heavy In Here": I was expecting XTC Jr., the way y'all
were rhapsodizing over this guy. Not quite! It's okay, basically - if you
like brooding, melancholy stuff, with a fair amount of strings and horns,
you'll like this. I wasn't all that impressed, really. And does anyone else
think his voice sounds like that of... Bob Welch?

THE SUGARPLASTIC, "Bang, The Earth Is Round": The XTC soundalike du jour?
Well, maybe, maybe not. Starts out well enough, but wimps out and flattens
out badly toward the end. You *can* hear some Drums & Wires influences, but
only on the first few tracks. Staccato guitar riffs, barked vocals, and
general quirkiness do not an early-XTC-like record make, folks. Also, this
record needs is more ambience - it just sounds too clean. (And FWIW they do
sound more like TMBG than XTC, BTW, IMHO.) If you liked the non-XTC stuff
on the Carmen Sandiego album, you'll probably like this, but as an ex-punk
I can only *barely* recommend it. (They're better live, you say?)

MARTIN NEWELL, "The Off-White Album": Another fine effort, but this guy
really needs the Andy Partridge touch at those controls. It's not his
fault, because Andy was busy and Newell's indie label probably didn't have
the cash for a big name producer and/or a fancy studio. It's too bad,
because the songs are great. So despite the lack of Andy, I highly
recommend this, esp.  if you're into the emerging so-called "English
eccentrics" genre (i.e., Robyn, Syd, Sensible, etc.). Besides, Dave Gregory
is on it, even if Andy isn't.

VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE, "Scary Kisses" b/w "Blue In Paradise": If you can
find this single, you might want to skip the album because the 2nd track
here is the Andy Partridge tune and it once again proves that The Man has
lost NOTHING in the songwriting department, other than perhaps his ability
to convey a feeling of happiness. Besides, every copy is another $0.07 for
Andy, unless Warner's is ripping him off too.

AFFAIRE LOUIS TRIO, "L'Homme aux Mille vies": C'est magnifique! Fly or
drive or even swim to France to buy this if you have to. They're not very
punky of course, but I don't care. Every one of these songs is at least
likable, if not a pop gem, and Colin plays bass on four tracks (the four
best ones, of course!), proving that he, too, has lost nothing, at least as
a bass player.  (Thanks again to SD, DC, and JH!)

COCTEAU TWINS, "Milk & Kisses": Of all the records mentioned in this here
posting, this one is the best, and, paradoxically, the least XTC-like. And
any description from me wouldn't do it justice.

And as an ex-punk I can also recommend the new Bob Mould album, but
especially cool is the new Buzzcocks record, "All Set," which sounds much
more like the Buzzcocks of old than their last post-reunion album. The new
Posies album isn't bad either -- it's a lot like their last one, but after
two listens I'm thinking it's just not quite as good.

Sorry again to those of you who tire of seeing other bands reviewed in

--John H.


Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 19:11:01 -0400
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Life History of Martin Newell

I seem to know a little bit about Martin Newell's past, so I shall endeavor
to enlighten the interested:

The Cleaners From Venus were Martin Newell's first band.  According to the
Trouser Press Guide, they began recording homemade cassettes in 1981 (at
least half a dozen of them), but not until Going to England (1987) did they
get to put one on vinyl.  One of the staff writers of "EC Rocker" (local
music rag) voted it in his top ten albums that year, bringing the band to
my attention - the name tends to jump out at you.  After recording a
follow-up, Town and Country, (which I believe can only be found in
Germany), the duo split.

The later Cleaners From Venus music has been compiled on two CD's available
from the impot only Tangerine Records - "Golden Cleaners" and "Back From
the Cleaners".  The "Golden Cleaners" CD covers their very best stuff, 20
tracks worth (much of it from Going to England, and some from Town and
Country), while "Back From the Cleaners" is just the next best stuff.

The Brotherhood of Lizards were Newell's next band.  Also a duo, they
recorded one album, "Lizardland", which I believe is still domestically
available on Long Play records.

Martin has since recorded two solo albums - "The Greatest Living
Englishman" and "The Off-White Album", just out fairly recently.  This
latter album is still not available domestically.

My quick reviews of the CD's follow:

"Golden Cleaners" is a must-have album if you've liked any of Newell's
stuff.  There's some songs here that sound like hits in some fairer
universe- "Mercury Girl" and "Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me" for example.
And then there's "I Was a Teenage Idiot Dancer" which I'm afraid really
hits home.

"Back From the Cleaners" is, as another Chalkhillian commented, just fair.
For the completist.

"Lizardland" is low-key, but wonderful in its way.  The arrangements are
somewhat simpler, but the songwriting and lyrics are incisive, and there's
a full complement of life-in-a-small-town observations.

"The Greatest Living Englishman" is, as we all know by now, a triumph.
Thanks Andy!

"The Off-White Album" which features Dave Gregory prominently has been
dominating my playlist as of late.  It's a little more acoustic, a little
more ballady than "Englishman", but there are some sparkling songs,
including the magnificent "Miss Van Houten's Coffee Shoppe", which any
lover of quintessential Englishness will swoon for.


From: 7IHd <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Reviews
Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 04:12:15 +0100 (BST)

OK, I apologise for spouting off like that on the last list. What this
exercise has I think proved is that you can't please all of the people
all of the time. Some didn't like the reviews (and I received two well
reasoned letters of support), others didn't like what I said (and I
received one message to "fuck off"). Having now heard from the guy who
posted the reviews (sorry, didn't note your name before I went into
elm...), I think it is probably best to make peace at this stage. :-)

So maybe what I should have said at the start is "can you make a few
changes" rather than ranting like I did, but I was tired, OK? And XTC
is after all a highly emotive subject...

Well anyway, that's enough. Sorry if I've ruffled any feathers.

I still defy any reviewer to do 'The Big Express' justice purely in
text though... :-)

 |_)|_ *|
 |  | )||


From: 7IHd <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Argh, forgive me
Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 04:28:34 +0100 (BST)

Further to previous,

I've just re-read what I sent to the last chalkhills, and I must apologise
for the tone of it (and much of the content) - it was way out of line, and
went far further than I ever intended. I must have been half asleep and in
a *really* foul mood when I sent that.

Sorry. Can we all be friends again now please? :-}
 |_)|_ *|
 |  | )||


Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 15:12:59 GMT
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Sgt Rock 45
From: (Chris Mezzolesta)

Just got a French 45 of Sgt. Rock b/w Strange Tales, Strange Tails and
Officer Blue, in a goofy-looking cartoon picture sleeve. Is this a
relatively common item?  Thanks.
Aah, rock on, ANYBODY! - Ringo
Chris Mezzolesta/Member, American Federation of Television and Radio


Date: Sat, 18 May 96 11:50:04 -0500
From: (Marc LaFoy)
Organization: Magic Online Services International Inc.
Subject: Junk music
Message-ID: <>


I found myself in a  grungy fast food restaurant while on a break from a
workshop I was teaching in an unfamiliar part of town. I bought a burger and
the paper and sat down to try and digest a little of both. A few bites and
pages in I looked down to discover my toe tapping along to some mysterious
rythm. Usually just musical wallpaper, I suddenly took notice of the piped in
muzak. I listened carefully to see if I could pick out the tune over the din
of empty calorie consumption.

It was "Mayor of Simpleton" with an annoying Kenny G.-like sax playing the
melody line. Oh the horror!

As I bolted up and out of the place I left myself a mental note to pack a
lunch next time...


From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Bands, Flames, Cars
Date: Fri, 17 May 96 16:24:00 edt
Message-ID: <>

I'll start with the non-XTC, and then move to the XTC...

HELP! Someone out there has got to know a good band who are fairly popular
and that high school teenagers might know and would be willing to perform at
my school in September/October 1996 for $3000-$6000? Whew! I knew it.

I'm on the committee to get a band for our Fall concert, and we're having
quite a time of it. My friend Ilona is, right now, in negotiations with
Spacehog (her sister was engaged to one of the Langdons.) I'm at a complete
loss! If any Chalkhillians know any contacts anywhere, please e-mail me
privately and we'll talk. As an added incentive, I'll send you Hotchkiss t-
shirts, coffee mugs, sweatshirts, pens, beer mugs and shot glasses (the last
two are just for "alumni/ae" - right?) Thanks.

Secondly - I needed a good luck charm, so on Sunday night, I photocopied
Andy's picture from White Music and put it in my wallet. Scenario:

    Monday: Passed my driver's test
    Tuesday: Had two classes
    Wednesday: Got an A- on my Bio Ethics paper
    Thursday: Got my driver's license
    Friday (today): Am getting the car...

For those of you with bad luck, try it. It's worth a shot...

Finally, a comment about "flaming." The Hotchkiss School Acceptable Use
Policy ( dictates that if a student
"flames" on the Internet or via e-mail, s/he will lose all network
privledges. I don't speak out against free speech, but I think that this
digest should not be a forum to scream at people (I'm not directing this
comment toward any one person...I got flack for saying that "Fly on the
Wall" was by Andy...) Let's just drop the subject, and listen to "The Big
Express" for a while.


P.S.: The first song I'm going to play on my solo drive (tonight!) is
"Respectable Street." The second is Yazbek's "Welcome to my World."


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 16:09:53 +0000
Subject: re: XTC/Black Sea Tour 1981


I picked up XTC/Black Sea Tour 1981 bootleg, recorded at the London's
Hammersmith Odeon, February 1981. Great stereo recording. Incredible
live-version of "Scissor Man" and "Towers of London".

Set List:
Life Begins at The Hop, Burning with Optimism's Flame, Love at First
Sight, Respectable Street, No Language in Our Lungs, This is Pop,
Scissor Man, Towers of London, Battery Brides, Living Through Another
Cuba, Generals and Majors, Set Myself on Fire.

If you happen to be "One of the Millions" who haven't seen XTC live,
this is as good as it gets.

If anyone is interested in trading a copy of Black Sea Tour '81 for any XTC
demos/boots/rareities, let me know.



Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 18:09:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laura Parent <>
Subject: Imperial Drag
Message-Id: <>

Does anyone know anything about Imperial Drag? I heard they have a
ex-Jellyfish memeber, and with a name like that I expect it is Roger
Manning. But I haven't heard any of their stuff yet.

Is there any word on another round of chalkhills t-shirts? I'm anxiously
awaiting my second chance to proclaim my loyalties (since I missed out the
first time around).

While we're on the subject of other artists XTC'ers might enjoy, check out
Lloyd Cole's "don't get weird on me babe...". This is a wonderful record,
and another example of how a record company can kill a record by picking
the worst song on the CD as the single! I can't say I really like any of
Lloyd's other CD's-I think it's the backing vocals by Matthew Sweet that
really put this one over the edge. Anyway, Lloyd has recently gone over to
Rykodisc. Perhaps our boys would be better off there as well, although I
don't think Ryko has the huge promotion machine that other labels have...


Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 21:34:21 -0700
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Sugarplastic...

Luke Lohnes <> writes:
>Yes, the SugarPlastic album is fantastic! Very XTC, early Talking Heads
>type stuff. I am sure that you will dig it.

   * For whatever it's worth, I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment!
     I just bought this CD about 3-4 hours ago (along with several others),
     and I'm already about 1/2 way through the second run-through, while the
     others are just sitting! This is great stuff.... VERY XTC-like, but not
     to the point where it should be offensive to Chalkaholics, especially in
     the absence of any new material from you-know-who... Go buy this one - I
     don't think you'll be disappointed either. Thanks for listening to my 3
     cents worth...

     - Bob


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 1996 14:41:33 +0900
From: Naoyuki Isogai <>

Hello, All You Chalkhillians!!!

The other day I got "Homo Safari Series 1-4," and they were really
interesting to me.  I hadn't been intersted in such "vinly-only
B-side," but I've come to like to listen to them.

Is there anyone who can compile the XTC vinyl-only B-side, especially
home demos such as "Terrorism," "The Troubles," and "The Good Things,"
into one tape?  If there is, I'd LOVE to get it.  Please trade me it
for something.

Please email me personally if you're willing to do it, thank you!!!

BTW, I'm always grateful to you, Mr John Relph!!!

---- NaoyuKing, the department           "All around the world,
     of Economics in KEIO Univ.           every boy and every girl
                                          need the loving..."
  E-mail :


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 16:48:06 -0700
From: (Ian Dahlberg)
Subject: 11 Different Animals

        I was wondering if anyone had a spare copy of "11 Different
Animals" they would like to sell or trade for shtuff.



Date: 20 MAY 96 09:46:57 EST
Subject: Other bands choose XTC
Message-ID: <>

Every Friday and Saturday night, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
presents an all-night music video program called "Rage".  On Saturdays,
they usually have 'specials', including inviting guest presenters to
'program' the show.  Lately, a few guest presenters have included XTC clips
in their selections.  The Tea Party chose "Making Plans For Nigel", and
just this weekend, the guy from Tool picked "Senses Working Overtime".  And
there have been other examples on "Rage" in the recent past of members from
a diverse array of bands selecting XTC as among their favourites.  It seems
that XTC's popularity and/or influence among other musicians extends beyond
just those outfits with a distinct XTC influence (eg TMBG).  I mean, who
would have predicted an XTC cover by the likes of Primus?

Paul. Canberra, Australia


Message-Id: <>
From: "sknight" <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 11:35:06 +0000
Subject: Producers

Why don't we Chalkhillians make up a list of producers we'd like to
work with XTC?

Post your votes to me at and i'll compile the
results.  (Maybe someone could let the boys know of our most popular
suggestions for their consideration).

You can vote for previous XTC producers if you wish.  (Wouldn't you
love to hear them work with Paul Fox or Todd Rundgren again?)

Just to get you started, my four votes are:

George Martin  (probably impossible, but we can dream...)
Mitchell Froom  (Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega)
Scott Litt (R.E.M., The Replacements, Juliana Hatfield)
Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Hummingbirds, Velvet Crush)


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 16:30:30 -0700
From: "Dr. Richard Tucker" <>
Organization: Wenatchee Valley Clinic
Subject: xtc

im david jaynes in wenatchee,wa.I'M SEARCHING FOR A COPY OF


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