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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 14

                 Friday, 20 October 1995

Today's Topics:

              Ready for Testimonial Dessert
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-13
                    Testimonial Dinner
                  Chris Savage's message
                        Good news
                   Verve Pipe Homepage
                   Terry & The Lovemen
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-13
                     TVP's Blue Beret
            t. dinner:
                    Testimonial Dinner
                   My gramma and plaque
           XTC, River Of Orchids, on CBC Radio
               Testimonial Dinner and stuff
                      Prefab Sprout
           Rare Andy and Colin video out there?


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Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 13:01:33 -0400
From: (Marlton Pharmacy)
Subject: P.Hux

        For Those of you still wondering where you may have heard of P. Hux,
after listening to A Testimonial Dinner & reading the linear notes I've
figured out where _I've_ heard of him.  Parthenon Huxley worked with E.  He
co produced E's first CD (A Man Called (E)) while also co-writting many
songs. Including the 2 that I've heard on the radio (Hello Cruel World & The
Only Thing I Care About, the latter from E's 2nd CD, Broken Toy Shop).  It
only took a momen tto remember where I'd heard the name before.  Parthenon
is not a name you soon forget.  The version of Another Satellite is great.

        Who else thinks that 26 0'Clock is the best thing TMBG has put out
in too long of a while?

Jim (Kee)


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 14:19:32 EST
From: "John Christensen" <>
Subject: Ready for Testimonial Dessert

I'm lying on the ground -- bloated and smiling -- after consuming
"Dinner". Couldn't help but go back for seconds . . . but now I'm ready
for dessert!

Mr. Yazbeck: You thanked "all the folks who submitted covers that
couldn't fit on this album".  Hmmm . . . does that mean "Testimonial
Dessert" is on the way?  Or were you politely saying "thanks to all
those whose submissions were truly awful and gave us all a good laugh"?
Certainly, almost 30 more minutes of musical tribute COULD have fit on
the CD.

My personal highlights:
Having been a XTC/Joe fan for many years, hearing Joe Jackson (a
transplanted Englishman in New York) doing Statue of Liberty was
particularly exciting. Graham Maby (Joe Jackson's longtime bass player
and NOT a They Might be Giants Loanee as someone suggested) is a bass
God! No, he didn't create Largemouth in his own image . . .

Sarah McLachlan, Ruben Blades and P. Hux were outstanding, IMHO.

Crash Test Dummies, The Verve Pipe, They Might Be Giants and Terry & the
Lovemen. It sounded like The Verve Pipe had taken a powersander to "Wake
Up" and removed any edges.  Very flat indeed.

As for Terry & The Lovemen:  Get a life!  I mean, it's one thing to
worship another band, god knows I've done it, but when you start
mimicking them -- from your fake Swindonian accents, to that copied and
unique XTC sound, to recording at Drive Studio in Swindon, England --
you need counseling . . . and soon. And, of all the wonderful demos out
there, I wish you would have tried "Rocket", "Everything", or
"Terrorism", or maybe "Blue Beret" instead. But maybe if you three
Terry's can get signed to a friendly record label, we will hear more of
you in the future. Please!

And I'm sure everyone noticed that "Earn Enough For Us" now appears on
Black Sea! Ooops . . .

My last disappointment was that the rumor about Elvis Costello singing
with Ruben Blades on TMWSAHS was a cruel hoax.  Had Mr. Yazbeck pulled
that off, I would have flopped to my knees and screamed:
"There is a God, and David Yazbeck is one of his Santa-like elves!"

Thank you Mr. Yazbeck.  And thanks to the rest of you for reading this



From: David Yazbek <>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 17:50:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-13

Thanks for all the nice words concerning Testimonial Dinner. I need to
apologize for the miscrediting of "Earn Enough For Us" to Black Sea.
Someone screwed that one up after I had proofread it. Heads will roll.
Well, maybe not. I must share one of the funniest things I've ever heard
A.P. say-- "Why didn't any of the newspapers have the obvious headline when
Jerry Garcia died? 'HEAD DEAD HEAD DEAD'". Incidentally, I think I'll be
playing in a rough trio format on Nov. 17th at a N.Y. club called
"Brownies". I want to make it early so I don't miss my bedtime.


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 17:06 EST
From: Jeffrey Langr <>
Subject: Testimonial Dinner

I agreed with most of Steve Reule's comments re: Testimonial Dinner,
which I picked up Tuesday.  Not much that's very interesting here
except Sarah McLachlan's treatment of Dear God; I *do* like 25 O'Clock
as done by TMBG.  The biggest problem with the whole CD is the
lack of vocal quality on most of the covers -- most of the vocals have
a nasal annoying quality to them.

Once again fairly palatable rehashed stuff, a la Drums & Wireless, whilst
waiting for the real thing.

Jeff L.


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 18:14:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Laura Parent <>
Subject: Chris Savage's message

Wow, tough luck! I didn't know that was the tour that did them in.
Does anyone know the last date they played?
I saw them in Providence, Rhode Island sometime around 1980, I can't
remember the date, but it must have been near then since they played
"Generals and Majors". They had a very cool video tape loop thing going
on, and their equipment said 'ecstacy' on it.
I had to beg someone from my college to go with me, since none of my
admittedly not very cool friends knew who they were.
I didn't realize at the time how lucky I was to see them live.
-laura parent


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 18:24:41
Subject: BuDD/anDy...

BARBER@emuvax asked about what he could expect from this
disc. Basically, it seems to be a deeper reflection of
the ambient/instrumental side of Andy that was the
Homo Safari series way back when. Some of the pieces
here share something of a relationship to let's say..oh,
maybe "Frost Circus (I can't remember which b-side that's
on at the moment....)." Very ethereal, interesting from
the Andy as the multi-fauceted musician perspective :->

JoE Silva
Carbohydrate Center, Univ of GA
220 Riverbend Rd
Athens, GA
(706) 542 - 4452
            4412 (FAX)


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 21:29:53 -0400
Subject: Good news

Just heard that Andy is in New York right now working on his contribution to
the Talking Heads new album.

And some real good news: Andy says they are "inches" away from getting out of
their Virgin contract and that he is hoping that their next album will be a
double album!


From: Mildenberg <>
Subject: Verve Pipe Homepage
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 21:50:18 -0400

I am new to this group,
so forgive me if this information
is past news, but I found a homepage
for The Verve Pipe.  Since they have been
featured in the new XTC tribute album,
I thought this may be of interest
to everybody.

the address is:

The page contains lots of information
as well as some sample music.

This is a local band from my (college) home town.
and its great to see them on the new XTC tribute album,
as well as preparing for their first major label release.
check it out!



Subject: Terry & The Lovemen
From: (JD MACK)
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 21:56:00 -0400
Organization: Online Technologies, Inc. - Modem:  301-738-0000

Terry & The Lovemen: XTC or not?  I'd like to propose a third
alternative that I don't believe anyone has brought up yet.

First of all, note that Terry et al appear courtesy of EMI records,
under license to Geffin in the U.S.  I find it rather strange that a
local Swinden band happens to be signed to XTC's label.  So it has to be
XTC, right?

O.K., now check the vocals.  It's definitely Colin.  In fact, all the
vocal parts are Colin!  Now listen to the music.  Something's lacking in
the guitar department.  The playing is very competent, but it doesn't
seem to have the polish we expect from Andy and Dave.  Now check the
credits.  All instruments and vocals except drums are credited to Terry.
I propose that there are not three Terry's, but ONE!  My theory is that
this is a Colin Moulding solo project.  This theory allows that David
Yazbek and Andy were not lying when they said that this was NOT an XTC
track, yet accounts for the other facts mentioned previously.  Any
comments? Dave?


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 22:06:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-13

I have XTC video comp. "LOOK LOOK"  I would like to make video copies
available to Chalkhills subscibers.  Please make inquiries to my e-mail


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 23:24:06 -0400
Subject: TVP's Blue Beret

Greetings to the Chalkboard...!

Just sitting here enjoying a Watneys (Curse You Red Barrel!!)... hmm... I
wonder if that might be Andy's favorite beer... anyone know?

Anyway, I just got some news about The Verve Pipe's rendition of "Blue
Beret".  It has just been released on a compilation CD by Yikes! Records
(out of Lansing, MI).  THIS is the CD I heard it from at the radio station.
The CD is called:

Volume V - So This Is A Compilation

I believe it contains local music from around Michigan.  Perhaps other
places too.  The CD release party (in Grand Rapids) was tonight... and I
didn't go!!  Shame.  TVP's in New York mixing right now anyway....

I'm not sure about the distribution.  It may or may not be in a record
store near you.

If you want more info on the CD, you can contact Yikes! directly at (517)
484-4916; you can also order the CD directly from The Verve Pipe by
calling 800 951 PIPE.

It's times like this I WISH I HAD SOME MONEY!!!!!!!!!!    uhh... sorry, lost
for a second.

Take care all!!


John (Bug) Neil  (aka "John Nil")


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 23:48:31 -0500
From: (kirkwood duke)
Subject: t. dinner:

i couldn't agree more, especially your comments on earn enough for us.
freedy turns it into a totally (ok, partially) new song, but it is still
quite good 'cause there's so much there to start with!

i highly recommend the album to all xtc fans. if nothing else, it forces
you to re-think a lot of previous songs, simply cause they are different.

--kirk, the mayor of beatown


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 22:09:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mike Wheeler <>
Subject: Testimonial Dinner


On the morning of Tuesday October 17 I head to my local music store to
pick up Testimonial Dinner (actually I went there Monday to tell them to
order it for me for Tuesday).  I go there and he hasn't been able to find
it anywhere.  So I head downtown to a store that has decent XTC selection
and they tell me that the release has been delayed until the 24th of the
month?  SO what's up? Every other part of the country has it, but I can't
get it.  Damn, I hate Oregon.

Mike Wheeler


Date: Fri, 20 Oct 95 05:31:00 UTC
Subject: My gramma and plaque

Fellow fanatics:

Please belatedly excuse my typos on my last post, my review of Testimonial
Dinner.  I just read it and even I want to flame me.  Sorry, I have a brain
impediment.  The home computer has me on the run...

As for the plaques the boys are holding, after viewing them with a
magnifying glass, I am fairly certain they are the plaques that came from
the 1993 XTC convention in Illinois (which I attended and consider a high
point of my existence).  Anybody else who was there remember?  That would be
the same convention that had Andy's old work boots auctioined off for $280
or thereabouts.  Yow!

Steven Reule
 aka Obsessed With Music

I'm the mole from the ministry...


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 23:44:49 -0700
From: (Michael Riches)
Subject: XTC, River Of Orchids, on CBC Radio

For all the Canadian readers here, I will once again be presenting some rare
XTC on CBC radio this Saturday night (October 21).  Last week I played a set
of three rare demos, and I have one more.

River Of Orchids is an AP demo for the "new" album that hasn't been produced
yet.  I'll also be presenting some Smiths, Beatles, and Brian & Dennis Wilson.

Anyone in Canada or border cities who want to hear this little number can
tune in to their local CBC Stereo affiliate on Saturday night (techincally
Sunday morning) around 12:30... I'll be on sometime between then and 1am,
hopefully no later.  Folks in New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/PEI add an hour.
NFLD 1 1/2 hours.


Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 12:21:49 +0100
From: (David G. Shaw)
Subject: Testimonial Dinner and stuff

Another lurker appears:

Tastes will differ. The Reuben Blades cover killed me, I play it all the
time. He and McLachlan really made the tunes their own. I wish TMBG had
played to their strengths, a ska or polka version of "25 O'Clock" would
have been a scream.

I was fortunate enough to see XTC in the summer of 1980 at Madison Square
Garden, opening for the Cars. I barely knew who they were (I had heard
"Making Plans" and "Life Begins.." before), but I thought they blew Ocasek
& company off the stage. Throughout the Cars' set (which was supporting the
"Panorama" record) Elliot Easton kept quoting XTC riffs during his guitar
solos. I also remember that XTC walked on to a short piece from Philip
Glass' "North SDtar."
I assume this was the tour from which numerous XTC bootlegs have appeared.


Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 09:59:23 -0400
Subject: Prefab Sprout

Big Prefab Sprout fan here. Have searched, but found no online source for
Prefab info. Still waiting for their new record, if it ever comes. Anyone
else have any knowledge of Prefab online or dates on  new music.

Bill H


Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 14:09:55 -0600
From: (Chris Van Valen)
Subject: Rare Andy and Colin video out there?

Hi Chalkies

I posted this to Erik Anderson who's running the video tape tree (is there
ANYBODY who doesn't want this?). Maybe some of you have seen this or
possibly have this on tape.

Moogy Klingman(of Todd Rundgren's earlier Utopia band, among others) had a
public access show on Manhattan Cable in NYC in the late 70s to early 80s
and it was kind of a low production value, el cheapo production a la
"Playboy After Dark"(in fact it might have been called "Manhattan After
Dark", but I couldn't swear to that). Anyhow, I'll cut to the chase...

In the spring of '81, his two guests were our beloved Andy and Colin, and
it featured interviews, some videos (Nigel" and "Life Begins...") and then
some comedy featuring Andy and Colin in bed together talking to "Uncle
Moogy". I believe this was done at the time XTC was in NYC on the Black Sea
tour (I saw them at the Ritz(now Webster Hall) and later that same year at
a place on the Upper East Side called Privates(that building isn't there

If anyone has this, they should probably contact Erik at

I'll get another job at night, but honest,

Chris Van Valen


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