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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 131

                  Wednesday, 3 July 1996

Today's Topics:

                 Bringing Home The Bacon
                       Album Titles
                     Explode Together
         Monkeys, Easrly Albums, Explode Together
               Re: Paul on Taxman/XTC Demo
               Indigo Girls = Beatles? NOT.
                         5 things
                       Monkey music
               it all comes 'round again...
                       re: drummers
                      Composer poll
                        No Tours?
                     re: Songwriters
                    More Monkey Music
                "The Difenchanted"  (sic)
                     Smartest Monkeys
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-129
                       Pet Sounds?
                  More Monkeys=Humans...
                         A dream
                 additional from lbedd1sc
                  All the usual threads
               ...a quick language note...
                        Chill Out!


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Date: 1 JUL 96 13:51:29 EST
Subject: Bringing Home The Bacon
Message-ID: <>

Howdy-doody Chalksters,
Well, our Natalie is, IMO, so far winning the race in the spurious linx game,
by noting its similarity to the current "Baconizing" fad on the net, and then
providing us with a Kevin Bacon link that's right under our noses!  Other
Chalkies are gonna have to go to significant lengths to top that one!

Now, a couple of recent comparisons-to-XTC I've noted in recent magazine
record reviews that I thought I'd share with you (it's interesting, isn't it,
that record reviewers continue to use XTC as a reference point/benchmark, when
describing the music of some of the new upstarts)

1)  UK Mojo magazine, May issue, reviews the new Richard Davies album,
"There's Never Been A Crowd Like This".  (He's from the band Cardinal, which
also featured Eric Matthews, who's been lauded by some Chalkies lately).  The
reviewer opines: "Davies' work here, with its sparse arrangements, resembles
nothing so much as Hunky Dory-era Bowie with an Aussie accent.  Glimmers of
the Beatles and XTC are also discernible."

...that sounds tantalising....

2)  Australian Rolling Stone magazine, in reviewing the new You Am I album,
"Hourly, Daily", notes the striking similarity of the melody of their song "Mr
Milk" to "Senses Working Overtime", by saying "so who cares if it sounds like
XTC?"   Hmmm, a bit of a back-handed compliment, that one!

Actually, this album is an absolute, thorough, unadulterated gas!!!
You Am I have got to be the best Aussie band around at the moment.  This album
and its predecessor, "Hi Fi Way" are thoroughly recommended to XTC fans, 'cos
it's bloody good music.

To sample the single that sounds so much like the middle 8 of "Senses", go to

I'm in no way associated with this band, but I reckon the whole world should
hear their music.  I'd like to tell you about another great Oz band,
Regurgitator, but that's a whole 'nother story, and this IS an XTC forum,
after all!

Thanx for your time. Paul-of-Oz.


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 18:30:46 +1000
Message-Id: <>
From: Paul Haines <>
Subject: Album Titles

Maybe I'm missing something fairly significant here, but why would XTC name
their album with a lyric from a previous song. I know 'Oranges & Lemons' is
such a case from "Ballet For A Rainy Day' but it's also a nursery rhyme line
too.  Why not an eponymous title? Or why not something new?

Also, the idea of Rick Rubin as a producer really scares me. His name
conjures up 'american' and 'mainstream'. I'd like to see Todd Rundgren back
because "Skylarking" still shines brightly (and I know all the ego conflicts
that went on, but...)

Or get Andy to do it.


From: (Jon Eva)
Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 10:44:47 +0000
Subject: Explode Together

Dear All,

From: "Charles Lee Lovingood, Jr.":

> Question.... I posed this one to you before, but no response. "Explode
> Together." Is it worth it?

To be quite honest, and I speak as someone who would buy a recording of
Andy Partrdige farting if I found a bootleg of it for thirty pounds at a
record fair, I think "Explode Together" is just about entirely worthless.

I have very bad memories of this album. When I was young and poor I went
into a record shop intending to buy English Settlement, and got distracted
instead by the weird cover of an album called "Mr. Partridge's Take Away"
(which is 2/3 of Exlode Together), and bought this instead. It got played
all the way through exactly once before being consigned to the box
containing The Wombles albums, Dougal and the Blue Cat and my parents'
sparse collection, never to be heard of again. It was another two months
before I got English Settlement.

Now I am old and rich I can buy albums that I know I won't like, and about
a year ago I bought Explode Together on cd. I still think that it's largely
crap, but find the last song, New Broom, strangely hypnotic, and once in a
while I'll turn all the lights out, program the cd player to repeat this
song continuously and let it send me slowly to sleep.


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 13:23:30 +0100
Message-Id: <>
From: (Simon Sleightholm)
Subject: Monkeys, Easrly Albums, Explode Together

I am afraid I have rather more time on my hands than is good for any of us,
so this posting is a long 'un.

From: "Sean Robison"

>1. The Smartest Monkeys - apparently, this is not a "grey area"
>song. either you love it or hate it. I like the lyrics because they
>approached a tired song theme - "society's screwed" - from a different
>angle. Instead of the usual blatant straightforward "oh, woe is man," it
>approached it with a great sense of sarcasm and cynicism...

No problem there; the theme is a good one and Colin's angle is nice too -
the fault I find with the song is that the lyrics are too awkward. I don't
disagree with the sentiments of the song, or the ironic approach to the
subject, I just find lyrics like "The rubbish tip makes a valid form of
nutrition", "Our brains are bigger this we found", "How they packed so many
in, quick, call the Guinness Book Of Records" really drag the song down. The
music is fine - the solo is great, and the use of strings is nice. But when
I listen to it I find myself cringing as I wait for those lines to arrive.
If ever a subject called for deft use of words I would say this did, but I
don't think the subject has been served as well as Colin could have managed.
When you compare these lyrics to the skillfully woven "My Bird Performs" I
just feel he has under-achieved. I find "Wardance" a little below par too.
In a marvellous piece of synchronicity I was driving through the residential
sea-side town of Whitley Bay this weekend, listening to Nonsuch, when
"Bunaglow" came on. Listening to the track in its own setting just
consolidated what a superb bit of work that is. Colin has great songs in
him, no doubt, but I think he fell a bit short of his own standards with
"Smartest Monkeys" (DeWitt Henderson) wrote

>Speaking of that, I must admit that even though I own most XTC CD's and
>have heard the few I don't have, I've never heard Go!2 or White Music.
>Can some Chalkhillians give me a few pros & cons on these 2???
>Please, no flamers for being so profoundly uncultured & ignorant...

As long as you're not expecting "Nonsuch II" these are both fine albums. I
know they have a few detractors - even the band themselves - because as Andy
has said, he wasn't writing songs then, just throwing words together for
their rhythmic quality,  but these records contain some great pop music. If
you have the Compact XTC and enjoy "This Is Pop?", "Are You Receiving Me?",
"Statue Of Liberty", then there's a good chance you'll enjoy these albums.
Now that XTC have fallen into the wise-old-songwriters niche it's easy to
forget that they were orginally a really great power-pop act, up there with
the Buzzcocks and the Undertones for sheer manic pop thrill. I still listen
to both these albums regularly, and for what they are, late 70's new wave,
they certainly haven't aged as much as the Vapors or many other
contemporaries. If you don't get a ludicrous urge to not only tap your foot,
but tap your whole body when you hear "Red" (From Go2) then I suspect your
pop gland may have been removed without your knowledge.

Go2 might be the best one to start with, it is a phase of evolution over
White Music and includes some really great tracks (although parts of "Life
Is Good In The Greenhouse" are SO silly). This album is less a pop shot than
White Music, but it does bear the signs of the impending experimental side
to Drums And Wires; the utterly graceful intro to "Battery Brides", the
mutant ska tint to many of the songs ("Meccanik Dancing", "Crowded Room", "I
Am The Audience"). White Music is a real heads down rocker, though. Littered
with pure power pop gems like "New Town Animal In A Furnished Cage", "Radios
In Motion", "Atom Age", and the sublimely pop-alicious "Neon Shuffle". Again
many tracks here have a mutant reggae lilt to them, but Colin takes them
into pseudo-Beefheart territory with stuff like "X-Wires", which features
all four band members apparently playing different tunes while Colin reads
the first school essay he ever did in joined-up writing. There are cons to
both albums; these are probably the only albums that contain tracks that all
fans would acknowledge as "fillers", but it's worth it just to solve the
mystery if you're wondering why people used to give Andy a hard time about
his vocal style. Throw him a fish, someone.

When you need a rest from the "traditional craftsmen" beard-stroking, put
White Music on, crank it up way past 11 and throw yourself with abandon
around the room as the irresistible pulse of "Radios In Motion" begins to
throb. You may have to re-decorate a tad more often, but examples of the
"new-wave" style don't come much more vibrant than this.

From: "Charles Lee Lovingood, Jr."

>Question.... I posed this one to you before, but no response. "Explode
>?Together." Is it worth it?

I would say so, yes. It may not be to everyone's taste, but there are some
great tracks on it - "Commerciality", "Forgotten Language Of Light", "The
Rotary", "The Cairo", "I Sit In The Snow", "Work Away, Tokyo Day" and the
utterly wonderful "Shore Leave Ornithology". The first half dozen tracks,
taken from GO+, are not particularly vital - they are the original tracks
bent but not broken - but a good number of the tracks from Take Away/The
Lure Of Salvage are musically very interesting and entertaining. It's not an
immediate work - perhaps "The Cairo" will raise a smile first time around,
but repeated plays pay off. Borrow a copy, or find one cheap and give it a
whirl. I'm trying to think of a released track that might be a good
indication of the style but I can't think of one. Perhaps "The
Somnambulist". You could try playing "Summer's Cauldron" at 45rpm and
shouting, that might be pretty close.

I think that's quite enough,


* ---------------------------------------------------
* ---------------------------------------------------
No Thugs In Our House, only XTC.


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 09:36:51 -0400
Message-ID: <>
From: (David Criddle)
Subject: Re: Paul on Taxman/XTC Demo

     Klaus states about Paul Mc's bass playing:

     <<BTW, when I listened to Anthology 2 (especially Taxman - "if you
     drive a car..."), I realized, how truly great he is.>>

     Ummm..... I think that was John, unfortunately.  Paul played the
     screamin' lead solo.  As far as I always heard, they decided to switch
     instruments for that song.  It is some great playing, however. :)

     XTC Demo's:

     Is it just me, or does something magical happen to these demo's before
     they become album cuts?  Some of their demo's are very good, but not
     near the songwriting quality that appears on the albums.  I am not
     talking about recording quality here, I am talking about the actual
     lyrics and tunes.

     I was having a discussion with a fellow chalkhillian, and we were
     thinking that Andy must write a bunch of songs, pick the best ones, go
     out and read some fine literature for inspiration, then rewrite the
     whole darn thing.  The lyric content of the album material just seems
     to be much deeper, more clever, more sophisticated.

     Maybe I am not getting the good batches of demo's, but I do have The
     Bull and Jules Verne's.

     What does everyone think?



Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 96 11:19:00 -0500
From: dgershmn <>
Organization: AMS
Subject: Indigo Girls = Beatles? NOT.

In Chalkhills #129, Andrew Bissaro explained:

>>The Indigo Girls the new Lennon/McCartney?

>Yes.  Since I brought it up, allow me to explain:
>* First, they're a duo of songwriters.

--So were the Captain and Tenille. Your point?

>* One (E. Saliers) has a high, sweet voice, and writes songs with charming
>melodies and uplifting lyrics.  The other (A. Ray) is more intense, has a
>deeper, grittier voice, and writes songs that are darker, more mysterious.
>They temper each others' songs in exactly the same way John and Paul did.

--"Exactly the same way"? I think not. The sunny/mysterious dichotomy does
not an equivalent make. If Judy Collins and Stevie Nicks joined forces,
would you automatically say we had another Lennon and McCartney on our

>* Their harmonies are just as irresistable and inventive; the arrangements
>on their latest album are as lush and adventurous as anything the beatles
>or xTc have done.

--Oh, now I get're just kidding, right? If I'm not mistaken,
irresistable/inventive harmonies are also the trademark of the Manhatten
Transfer, aren't they? As for the IGs being as adventurous as either XTC or
the Beatles, well, I don't know what to say. Put the Indigo Girls in the
mid-'60s, and maybe I'd give them a little more credit for being
adventurous, but the Beatles would still be blowing their bandannas off.
They haven't done anything Joni Mitchell couldn't take credit for 20 years
ago. There are very few current acts that even come close to being as
adventurous as XTC, and I would have trouble counting the Indigo Girls among

>* Fans--and they're as fanatically devoted as the Beatles' fans, trust me--
>discuss which of them are their favorite (mine is Emily), analyze the tunes
>in much the same way we do Beatles and xTc songs...

--I'm sure the fans of New Kids on the Block did much the same thing. (Okay,
the Indigo Girls are much preferable to NKOTB, but I'm just trying to make a

>* Furthermore now they have a rhythm section (Sara Lee, Jerry Marotta)
>that, IMHO, is the best pop music rhythm section out ain't jus'
>for folkies, no sir...  Check out the live "1200 Curfews" to see what I

--Okay, are we comparing songwriting teams, or entire groups here? Both
musicians you mention ARE excellent, and they may be the best rhythm section
"IYHO," but the guys in Rush are great musicians too. This really doesn't
strengthen your argument.

>* Finally, their best music brings tears to my eyes, much like John and
>Paul.  Sorry to get sappy on you, but it's true.

--I'm pretty sure Whitney Houston brings tears to some people's eyes too.

Sorry, I don't mean to totally tear the Girls a matter of fact, I
do enjoy some of their music. I just think your arguments comparing them to
Lennon/McCartney are full of gaping holes. Even taken as a whole, your
points don't add up to much more than the Mamas and Papas or maybe Simon and
Garfunkel (which is still pretty complimentary), and both of those groups
did it with a single main songwriter.
 Partridge/Moulding is really the only "duo" that I think can stake a claim
for being the near-equals of Lennon/McCartney. Calling them a duo is
somewhat spurious, of course, but no more so than Lennon/McCartney.

Dave Gershman
"Wish wish wish wish wish wish wish wish wish wish for you"


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 13:20:26 -0700
Message-Id: <>
Subject: 5 things

To Todd B.
> I think playing on the same bill with someone does not a connection make.

Since the advent of multi-track recording (early 60's?) there are thousands
of stories about so-and-so recording his bits but never seeing or meeting
the other musicians.  Maybe not just sharing a bill but touring with
someone would be a guaranteed connection whether the result was poison or

> I think the rules of the game should be that the two should actually be
> in the same band or on the same album together.

Rules?!  What a crack-up!

I saw the last gig of "Jerry Vile and The Boners" in Detroit around 1980.
They came onstage and did a seriously snotty punk version of the Green
Acres theme while Jerry hosed the audience down with champagne and then
ripped open some down-filled pillows to cover the now-sticky audience.  For
awhile the placed looked like a blizzard... then everyone looked like
mange-riddled birds from a bad stage play (no theatrical costume designers
people in that crowd)!  I still crack up when I think of the band "singing"
the Zsa Zsa vocals in falsetto!!  DAHLING, I LOVE BUT GIVE ME PARK AVENUE!

To Shirley,

You're welcome! and Thanks!  I'd do more but it could get out of hand!  All
of this music/musician trivia ("trivia" being derived from the word
"trivial") that I have amassed over the years finally had an outlet!
Man... I would kill on Rock-n-Roll Jeopardy!

  Richard  "Alter Egos for $1000"

  Alex  "The Lemon Pipers only follow up charting to their 1968 hit, 'Green
         Tambourine' was the song 'Black Betty' in 1977."

  Richard  "Who was The Ram Jam Band?"

  Alex  "Correct."

  Richard  "XTC for $1000"

Colin should produce Andy's tunes and Andy should produce Colin's.  ...or the
omni-talented Dave Gregory do it all!

The Bears were cool.  Saw 'em live at One Step Beyond.  Big fun!  I have
two CDs, one just called "The Bears" (with cover art by Mad Magazine's Mort
Drucker) and "Rise and Shine"

I REALLY LOVE "The Bears" but "Rise and Shine" doesn't really grab me (at
least in the right places).

Cheers, Richard


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 13:52:02 -0700
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Monkey music

  Ape Man-Kinks
  Gorilla-James Taylor
  Me and My Gibbon-The Beatles
  What Would You Say?-Dave Matthews ("I'm like a monkey on a string")
  Money for Nuthin'-Dire Straits("Bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee")
  I Want To Be Like You-from Jungle Book [occasionally covered by Phish]
       ("I'm the king of the monkeys, I'm the jungle VIP")

  Eeeee-yuk... covered by fish!


Message-Id: <v0213057badfde30a26f3@[]>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 15:32:18 -0500
From: (Andrew Bissaro)
Subject: it all comes 'round again...

Hi, y'all,

an enquiring mind wrote:

># * Furthermore now they have a rhythm section (Sara Lee, Jerry Marotta)
># that, IMHO, is the best pop music rhythm section out ain't jus'
># for folkies, no sir...  Check out the live "1200 Curfews" to see what I
># mean...
>Is this the same Sara Lee that used to play bass in Gang Of Four, replacing
>Dave Allen who went off to form Shriekback with Barry Andrews?
>Seriously - I want to know this.

Seriously, yes--one and the same.  Ms. Lee has also played in the League of
Gentlemen with R. Fripp and the self-same Barry Andrews...that 6 degrees
thing pops up again!

Then, kqs7816@is4.NYU.EDU wrote:

>Subject: Smartest Monkeys
>Andrew Bissaro wrote:
>>Could you all please enlighten me on the surfeit of monkey-men songs that
>>have been plaguing pop music all these years (Aside from "Monkeys in
>>Humanskin Suits" of course)?
>Ok, Ok, How 'bout:
>Monkey Man -Rolling Stones
>Hey Hey We're the Monkeys -The Monkees
>Banana Splits Theme -The Banana Split (keen monkey reference)
>Planet of the Apes incidental music -Rota?Marconi?John Williams?
>Blue Monkey --Thelonius Monkey
>Schock the Monkey -Peter Gabriel
>Monkey on my Back - blues standard
>We are the Chimpanzees --the Chimpanzees(japanese Monkey band)
>Monkeyberry Moon Delight --Paul McCartney (a reoccuring XTC item)
>Velvet Underground & Nico --(sly monkey-in-you marketing ploy cover)
>...any more monkey referrences smart guy?....

Smart?  You must have me confused with someone else--I was looking to be
enlightened: thank you!  Enlightenment can be found in the strangest
places: like in a rubbish tip or cardboard box, for example...

Love, AB

 P.S.: I agree that Andy Metcalfe is a most underrated bassist: his work on
Robyn's  "Perspex Island" (produced by Paul Fox) is consistently solid,
melodic, and imaginative.  He also uses fretless and acoustic basses to
great effect; one of his main gifts is his expressive sense--he can really
bring out the character of the bass.


Message-Id: <>
From: JoE Silva <>
Subject: ProducerZ/DrummerZ
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 96 14:50:35 EDT

Hmmm...isn't it safe to say that since Sir Andrew's
gone on record so many times about producer woes,
that when xTc engineer this new deal that they'll
try and get a touch more flexibility out of whatever
label they marry themselves off to and perhaps
NOT have to have a producer as such? Andy said
so often that they'd much rather work with a stunning
engineer than a bona-fide producer, it would be hard
to see them not taking care of that issue from the start
with a new company.  Andy co-produces the record
with someone seems far more likely than the band getting
involved with any new egos (ToDD), mis-matches (Eno),
or bits of wood (Gus Dudgeon).

   As for drummers, I'm not sure I'd want to witness of
difference of opinion between Stewart Copeland and
Andy Partridge. Then again...perhaps they've mellowed
with age. NaH....

JoE Silva
Senior Contributor
Consumable Online

"BanG BanG" - Maxwell


Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 11:31:52 -0700
From: (enter_your_name_here)
Subject: producers/albums

Hey everybody,

As a first time poster-boy, (but lurker) I'd like to thank
everyone for the info on our favorite band.  Keep it up!

Now as for producers/albums:  Have the lads take the twenty or
so songs they want to make into "the next album", and put them
on the shelf.  Take all the rest, grab a drummer, and, say,
John Leckie, head out to the local cathedral (with great acoustics)
and record them straight through for ten days and release.  Blow
out the emotional steam, the anticipation, the nerves, and fade back
into being a band.  This can be accomplished with superlative results:
check out Canadian band Blue Rodeo and their 5 Days in July.  Recorded
in a barn in 5 Days (natch), the emotional connection and sonics of
these songs shine.  Warning: may be a bit country-twanged for some
chalkhillians, but highly recommended.

This would start some cash flow, be almost live but not unplugged,
and give those of us starved for new material something to write

I quite like the idea of calling it the "Big Box of Paints"

As for the real album, I vote for Ian Broudie (aka Lightning Seeds)
as producer.  He even has a song called Punch and Judy, but I don't know
of any other connection. (Plus his albums are sweet-sounding!)

And now: How are the precious demos obtained?  Help would be

Most of the XTC fans I know have connections in music, none in theatre.


From: Keith Hanlon <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: re: drummers
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 18:35:46 -0400 (EDT)

Once I had dinner with Dave Matticks. The restraunt was playing Kenny G -
whom he hates (I'm sure many of you do also).

I think I mentioned how I felt the same way about Dave Weckl - I hate the
music (although I'll admit that he's a talented drummer. On the other
hand, Kenny G has no talent. Did you know that he studied accounting in
college? Figures)

I'm sorry, but if Weckl played with XTC, I'd have to have some sort of
respect for him - I don't want to do that!

I have to agree with Big Earl - Pete Thomas would be an excellent choice,
and maybe Mitchell Froom as producer, although I haven't thought that
through yet. I love his production, but is he right for XTC?

Perhaps they should just produce themselves. The more I listen to Andy's
demos, the more I think they can do it just fine, thank you. "Easter
Theme" is my favorite song of the year.

 --  Keith


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Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 01:23:13 -0500
From: johanb <>
Subject: Composer poll

Thanks for organizing the composer poll Mitch!
It was great fun to read.

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"TENT OF MIRACLES                       "Life has just begun"
-the unofficial SPIRIT homepage"               -Randy California.
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Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 01:23:36 -0500
From: johanb <>
Subject: No Tours?

Simon wrote:

>>I'm sorry Mick & Simon, but I think your opinions in this quest-
>>ion are complete bullshit.:)

>Who's this Mick character?

good should have been *Mark* of course, sorry Mark!

>>They didn't CHOOSE to stop touring,

I never said they did. If you actually *read* what I wrote, I said that
these punk bands have to keep belting out their old hits to hang onto an
audience that wishes it was still the summer of 76, while XTC refused to be
constricted by such a shortsighted fanbase. They progressed and - as can
been seen by the divisions that crop up in here - this created a split in
their fanbase; some hate the new stuff, others hate the old. But they are
not still belting out variations of Science Friction to please a bunch of
30-40 year old new-wave casualties. They grew up, and a lot of their fans did.

>>they were forced to because of Partridge's stagefright!

>Which Andy has said grew out of the lack of visible cash AND the feeling
>that they were't doing the songs justice - "Feeling like we're just the
>jukebox with a conscience in the corner". With the crew setup XTC had at the
>time - where there was no money to spend on the main band members, let alone
>on string and horn sections - the band would have to work on each track in
>the studio with the permanent thought of, "how are we going to do this on

>Yes, I would love to see them play live.

I'm happy to hear this!

>But, perhaps if they hadn't had the
>break we wouldn't be getting the multi-layered, finely textured music we've
>been getting.

I think that maybe their music could have been even more interesting if they
had continued as a live act.

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-the unofficial SPIRIT homepage"               -Randy California.
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Date: 2 JUL 96 10:19:35 EST
Subject: re: Songwriters
Message-ID: <>

I hope that the very patient Mr Relph allows this:

Whoever voted for the following songwriters in Mitch Freidman's fascinating
poll, would you like to e-mail me privately for a chat?....
Mark Hollis, Don McGlashan, Chris Knox, Dave Davies, Vanda & Young,
Stringfellow/Auer (Posies).      Thanx.

Paul Culnane. Canberra. Australia.


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 20:35:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: Karthik  Swaminathan <kqs7816@is4.NYU.EDU>
Subject: More Monkey Music
Message-Id: <Pine.OSF.3.93.960701201216.6197A-100000@is4.NYU.EDU>

Ok, Ok lets not forget:

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Xept for Me and My Monkey --The Beatles
Shlock the Monkey -- Peter Gabriel
Space Monkey --Patti Smith Group
I'm an Ape Man -- The Kinks
Wot Gorilla? -- Genisis
Is she really going out with him --Joe Jackson (sharp Gorilla plug)
I go Ape over you -- i know this is a song, somebody tell me its a song
Bannana Amour -- Keven Ayers (Bannana=Monkey, Ok?)
You never give me your Monkey --Another Beatles Classic
Farting Monkeys --Jeffrey Langr
Monkey Dory -- David Bowie (don't be mislead by the album typo)
You bring out the Monkey in Me --I just wrote this one....

....just monkeying around



Date: 2 JUL 96 10:28:06 EST
Subject: "The Difenchanted"  (sic)
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Hey Rob Warmowski,
You're entitled to your opinions.  But from your post in Chalkhills #130, it
puzzles me as to why you're on this list. It sounds to me as if you've
developed a real chip on your shoulder about a number of things, XTC included.

XTC DID perform songs from English Settlement, quite adeptly too.  Makes a
mockery of your assertion that "no humans could dependably pull (ES) off

McCartney:  "when was the last time he did this or that"... Why, on his most
recent solo album and accompanying singles for a start.  I saw the "New World
Tour" concerts. He looked and sounded pretty animated to me.

I don't think you really understand music very much, pal.  Or if you do, why
is it causing you so much pain?

"Silly Love Songs - what's wrong with that?  I'd like to know"  (P. McC)


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Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 18:04:57 -0800
Subject: Smartest Monkeys

Karthik Swaminathan wrote:

>Andrew Bissaro wrote:
>>Could you all please enlighten me on the surfeit of monkey-men
>>songs that have been plaguing pop music all these years (Aside
>>from "Monkeys in Humanskin Suits" of course)?

>Ok, Ok, How 'bout:

>Monkey Man -Rolling Stones
>Hey Hey We're the Monkeys -The Monkees
>Banana Splits Theme -The Banana Split (keen monkey reference)
>Planet of the Apes incidental music -Rota?Marconi?John Williams?
>Blue Monkey --Thelonius Monkey
>Schock the Monkey -Peter Gabriel
>Monkey on my Back - blues standard
>We are the Chimpanzees --the Chimpanzees(japanese Monkey band)
>Monkeyberry Moon Delight --Paul McCartney (a reoccuring XTC item)
>Velvet Underground & Nico --(sly monkey-in-you marketing ploy cover)

>...any more monkey referrences smart guy?....

Yes! How could you forget:

Monkey Gone to Heaven -  Pixies
Everybody's got Something to Hide - BeaTles
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
(I'm an) Ape Man -  Kinks
Lancelot Link - the Evolution Revolution

...any more out there?.....   :)

'Isaac Newton'
the big Fig


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 21:17:44 -0400 (EDT)
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From: "Mikey P. Moffatt" <>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-129

>exception: I have yet to hear anyone
>claim that "Go2" is their favorite XTC

I'd have to say it's my favourite, for one reason only:  It's the only xTc
album (as far as I know) that you can hear XTC perform a song written by
Barry Andrews.

What are Barry and his Shriekback mates upto these days anyhow?



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Date: Mon, 01 Jul 1996 18:53:00 -0700
From: Bob Estus <>
Subject: Pet Sounds?

John Wedemeyer in simian defense:
     Say whatever you will about "The Smartest Monkeys".....but you must
admit; Dave Mattacks grooves like a MOFO on that tune!! (Colin, too for
that matter). And I LOVE the synth solo!! Definitely one of XTC's funkier

   I've always liked the synth solo too! I've always thought it was meant
to imitate monkey chattering. At least that's what I'm hearing. On the
same album we've got crocodile whining, credits to Dave Mattacks for
amphibious samples. Any other animal noises, real or infered, in the

swinging about in the trees,


Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 01:33:13 -0400
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Subject: More Monkeys=Humans...

Just popped into my head that there was YET ANOTHER stoopid monkey=human
thing to consider (phew!). On the patently absurd "Cockpit Dance Mixture" at
about 4:45 into it, there's a bit of stock audio inserted which says
something like "and here we see Guy, a male African Lowland Gorilla, lounging
in the London Zoo."

If that is not a fabricated audio track, then Damn!!! Andy was lucky to find
a 5 second phrase to encapsulate the song... Frankly, that 6:02 min
waste-of-vinyl could use lots more encapsulating...

One last thing, Does the 'Cockpit' in the song refer to:

1) the seat of an airplane (indicating mans desire to fly around and blow
things up)

2.) an enclosure to fight male chickens (indicating mans desire to watch
animals kill (and remember man=monkey=animal)

or 3.) uhh, well, you can come up with your own third defintion (indicating
mans desire to, uh,  sleep with women)

All 3 seem to fit, but maybe someone knows for sure.

Just a thought,


Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 10:58:14 +0100
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From: (Mark Fisher)
Subject: pedantry

Yazbek still can't spell Pinocchio.

Mark Fisher (,uk)


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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 96 08:37:00 -0500
From: dgershmn <>
Organization: AMS
Subject: A dream

Kind Chalkhillbillies,

 It's not much, and it doesn't appear
to be too symbolic (though if you have
an interpretation, please let me know),
but I had a dream involving XTC last
night, that went as follows:

 I was at a house that I believe was my
grandmother's, and I realized that I
was missing my CD of Andy Partridge's
new demos, having lent it to someone
(of course, to my knowledge, they only
exist on tape...but it was a dream). A
search was taken up around the house
and yard by the people at the house,
one of whom was Andy Partridge himself
(in the dream, he looked more like he
did in the mid-1980s than the way he
does now). Andy suggested to my younger
brother that he look under the tree in
the front yard, where he was known to
keep some of his belongings. Now for
some reason, this large fir tree, which
actually does exist in my grandmother's
yard, had a large, conical metal skirt
all the way around it, covering the
lower third of the tree all the way to
the ground. So my brother lifted
something like a garage door in this
metal skirt and sure enough, there was
the CD, which had apparently slid under
the door somehow. My brother crawled
under the lower branches to retrieve
it, brought it over to Andy, who
smiled, looked skyward, brought the CD
to his lips and kissed it in a gesture
of thanks to some higher power for its
finding, and then brought it over and
handed it to me. I woke up at that
point, with the song "Church of Women"
going through my head.

Pretty weird, huh?


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Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 13:25:19 -0700
From: "" <>
Subject: additional from lbedd1sc

Sorry - forgot to tell you who I (lbedd1sc) was . I'm Lee Beddow from
Stafford, England. Just in case anyone was wondering, as my message was
the first I've ever sent to Chalkhills.


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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 12:38:45 +0100
From: (Erich W.)
Subject: All the usual threads

First, a big thanks to Pricilla for coming through with 'The Laughing Man'
and thanks to Yazbek for making it! Well worth the wait. My poor
signinficant others will have to listen to it about ten times today.

The composer listing was a treat. I'm happy to say that (I think) all my
responses had more than one vote; I guess I'll have to work on being even
more obscure. Stompin' Tom Connors got a vote? I think there must be a
Canadian conspiracy.

Monkey songs -
"Apeman" by the Kinks
"Gorilla" by Bonzo Dog Band
"King Kong" by Zappa

I happen to like Smartest Monkeys. Nice guitar separation, bitching drums.
Ok, so maybe it's not the most insightful lyric CM's ever written but they
can't all be English Roundabout. And yes, I too am guilty of shouting
'Bungalow" at the most inopportunbe times.

The Bears: glad to see such a big response to my question. I didn't know
about the Psychodots but will be looking into it. Yes, Bob Fetters more
than kept up with Adrian and, yes, Fear is Never Boring is one of my
alltime fave 'anthem' songs. I had the pleasure of seeing them live twice
in a small venue. I took an album (remember those?) cover with me and
explained that my daughter thought they were cool but couldn't get into a
bar so could you please sign this. Mr. Fetters took the cover around and I
got nifty autographs from all including a neat drawing by Adrian. I've
pulled this before and trust me it works. It's also better than standing
around and feeling like a total dink asking for autographs etc. for
yourself. Also, when you bring up kids you'd be surprised how many artists
open right up: missing families on the road etc. Problem is, it's now my
daughters album. I'll have to work out a trade.

Finally, another vote for producer: how 'bout Yazbek?

Enrico in a loud computer shack in Ottawa


Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 13:34:03 -0700
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Subject: ...a quick language note...

To whom it may concern,

>  New album.... Here's a title, "A Different Kind Of Tinsel". Huh? Eh? Kind
>  of like the Buzzcocks "Different Kind Of Tension." Ironic? You be the
>  judge

Ironic?  No, because that is not what "irony" means.


PS I'm sorry if I sound like the language police, but as a teacher I have
been buried under that word incorrectly used ever since Alanis M's stupid
song.  (Demonstrating that she does not know what the word means.)


Date: 3 JUL 96 14:01:14 EST
Subject: Chill Out!
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I've just found out that Kiwi band Martyn Phillips and the Chills (as they
are now known) have released a new single called "Come Home" (NZ FLying Nun
label), which includes "a couple of members of XTC in the backing lineup"
(it says here).

Of course, I've just placed an order, but can anybody enlighten us as to
which members of XTC participate, and what their roles are?



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