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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 49

                 Monday, 11 December 1995

Today's Topics:

       Tone painting, and other classical phenomena
                Peter Blegvad's new album
                    Yazbek/Polyphemus
                  thinking person's pop
       Ten Feet Tall: Chords, Charts, & Leads Too!
              recent (sort of) acquisitions
                   Dave Gregory's tapes
                         producer
               Re: Asmo's Producer's ideas
            Rubber Sharks, Talking Heads, etc.
            "Back From The Cleaners" is here!
               Listening to the "Mummer" CD
         re: Dave Gregory on new Brian Stevens CD
                   Re:  Misheard Lyrics
         Van Dyke Parks, Zorn and the Boo Radleys
                          (none)
                  britpop & testimonials
                     Another Producer
                     Misheard lyrics
                    Tailings and Trade

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From: MiKearns@aol.com
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 20:32:44 -0500
Subject: Tone painting, and other classical phenomena

Hey-la Hey-ba Hello-ah (cha cha cha)!

This mailing list is great.  I learn something everytime I read it, and I
don't mind skipping over stuff I don't care about.  It has deepened my love
for the music, and made me more evangelical about it.

I'm listening to Sibelius' 2nd symphony as I write this... and it's snowing
pure heaven outside.

By the way, Natalie Jane Jacobs, thanks for the insightful posting about tone
painting.  Schubert didn't invent it, but he was famous for it.  The device
appears in Bach chorales, and the Magnificat, among others.  It also appears
in some choral pieces from the Renaissance period.  My latest finding in
XTC's ouvre is the cymbal crash in "Knuckle Down": "One bright morning the
world might end with a big bang, a big (CRASH) bang."  Funny how later in the
song the "coin drops" with a crash too.  Clever lads!

Last week I met Tom Freer, a tympanist for the Cleveland Orchestra, and
former member of Exotic Birds (forgot to ask him if that signified a Procol
Harum influence).  Turns out he's a big XTC fan... rare recordings, Tshirts,
tried to find Andy in London...  He told me often plays the "Nigel" beat
whenever he tries out a new drumset.

Michael Kearns (MiKearns@aol.com)

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From: vertigo@well.com (Giancarlo Cairella)
Subject: Peter Blegvad's new album
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 1995 02:43:58 GMT

Maybe someone already announced this, but I didn't see it reported in the
discography at the Chalkhills Web page so...

There's a new album by Peter Blegvad out. I don't know if it's actually
100% new or if it's the USA release of an older UK album (I can't find a
copyright date or any other kind of date reference on the cover or
booklet!) The title is "Just Woke Up" and it's credited to "Peter Blegvad
with John Greaves & Chris Cutler".

The only XTC connection is that track 9 on the CD, titled "Hell's Respite"
is co-written by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge. It's a 4 minutes
semi-acoustic track, not very XTC-like to be honest.

The album is on East Side Digital records (ESD 80942), the same label that
issued the Ernest Noyes Brookings tribute CD's.

Ciao,
G.C.

--
URL: <http://www.well.com/user/vertigo>

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From: vertigo@well.com (Giancarlo Cairella)
Subject: Yazbek/Polyphemus
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 1995 02:54:24 GMT

On Fri, 8 Dec 1995 17:02:20 -0800, you wrote:

>From: "Wesley Wilson" <Wesley_Wilson@iegate.mitre.org>

>I just got 'The Laughing Man' yesterday, months after special
>ordering it from Japan! Anyway, my initial reaction is that it's a
>clever pop album with (as I

I too recently bought "The Laughing Man". For anyone interested, you
can easily order it from CDNOW's web page (http://cdnow.com). I paid
around $25 for it and it took a while (six weeks), but I could finally
give up my quest in record stores. I don't know if the Japanese
version has anything different from the UK one (CDNow's version comes
from the UK).

>Polyphemous - STONEHOUSE. The Small Faces meet Tom Petty in a savory
>psychedelic broth. Oh, wow, heavy, man.

I thought I was the only one who listened to these guys. "Stonehouse"
is pretty good, but in my opinion their former album "Scrapbook of
madness" is FAR better. Reminds me of The Who on acid.

--
URL: <http://www.well.com/user/vertigo>

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Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 23:56:44 -0500 (EST)
From: "k.a. hehir" <angelo@mustang.uwo.ca>
Subject: thinking person's pop

please allow me to relate some language from the lungs of David Thomas
>from Pere Ubu about the stature/nature? of popular music. this quotation
is taken from an interview published in id magazine from guelph, ontario.

"I shouldn't be talking to you. I should be more incoherent, more
inarticulate, but I insist on talking on the art of this stuff.  Rock
is an art form, and yes, we're pretentious, but we deal with rock music
as an art form.  To us, there is no difference between it and Voltaire,
Mozart, Twain and Faulkner, and we believe that the work should be judged
in (those) terms, to be able to stand against that kind of greatness.. I
know that probably sounds pretentious, and will probably drive people
away from seeing us, but why shouldn't rock music be measured against any
other of the great art forms.

   Let's put Tina Turner up against Picasso.  Why not?  And then say,
Tina, why aren't trying to live up to those standards?  Look at what your
doing, making all that garbage and nonsense.  The same goes for Guns 'n'
Roses, why shouldn't they have to match up to the standards of Picasso?

   That's what the song "My Friend is a Stooge for the Media Priests" is
about.  It's about the local channel three weatherperson who I believe is
responsible for Bosnia,cancer, death , you name it.  I hold the media
weatherpersons as directly responsible.  Don't ask me to elaborate on it
anymore. It is just something I thought of in the bath one day."

some bath eh?

kevin

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Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 01:31:50 -0600
From: jh3@ns.cencom.net (JH3)
Subject: Ten Feet Tall: Chords, Charts, & Leads Too!

Dear Chalkitarists --

First I'd like to acknowledge the helpful collaboration of
James R. "jrcampbe@bingham.mines.utah.edu" Campbell in putting
this here post together.

Someone mentioned something about using a capo on "Roads Girdle
the Globe." It may just be the recording, but it seems like
much of Drums & Wires is tuned slightly under a half-step
higher than standard. I usually just tune up to the record,
myself, rather than deal with those messy capo's...Sorry if
anybody got frustrated because of this.

*---------------------------------------
TEN FEET TALL
by Colin Moulding (I checked this time)

As you all know there's a lot of intricate guitar stuff going on
in this song, and I doubt that I've caught all of it. As usual I
make no claims as to accuracy. But here goes...

Note that this is for the original, more acoustic version,
not the re-recorded electric version on the US single and on
"Rag & Bone Buffet." I think most people prefer the original...

Intro (guitar by itself):

Bm:   X24432
F#m:  244222
G6:   320000  (you could also use 355300)
A6:   X02222  (...and 57X670)
Bm, F#m, G6 again...
C:    X32010 (5 times as 8th notes)
F:    133211
C7:   X32310

The chords to the first part of the verse are basically the
same, i.e. Bm, F#m, G, and A. But since this is the best part of
the song it would be a cop-out on my part not to try to chart the whole
thing:

The "Happy, I'm Floating" bit:
*----------------------------------------------------------------
-------3-2------R-----------------------3-2---------------------
-----4-----2----E---------------------4-----2-------------------
---4---------4--S----0---2----------4---------4---4-2-0---------
-2--------------T--2---2---4---4--2----------------------4-2-0--
-----------------------------5----------------------------------

The "Feel Like I'm Walkin' etc." bit:
--------------------------
-----------------------0--
-----------------------0--
--7--7-7-5-5-5-5-4--4--5--5
--8--8-8-7-7-7-7-5--5--7--7  and repeat.
--------------------------

An undetailed view of the chorus would seem to be:

F           C            F       C
Right...The chemistry is right...
                         F        C
This boy has reached his height...
                       Fmaj7 (add B): 133200
This feeling just goes on... and on... and on... and on
                                            C C C C C - F - C7
>From strength to strength I'm ten feet long...

The detailed version: Try this after the 1st F, instead of C:

-------------------:--0-3---1--0--------:--0--3---1--0-----
-------------1-3-1-:--1-1---1----3-1--1-:--1--1---1----3-1-
-----------0-------:--0-0---0---------2-:--0--0---0--------
-------0-2---------:--2---------------3-:--2---------------
---0-3-------------:--3---------------3-:--3---------------
-3-----------------:------------------1-:------------------

And then into Fmaj7 (add B): 133200.

So...how far should I go with this?
Should I chart the leads too?

The first (lower) lead: (^ means bend upwards)
*---------------------------------------------------
*---------------------------------------------------
-66-66-------44-44-------------------------2-4-66^-
-------44-44-------2-4^-2-------2-4^-2-4-0---------
----------------------------2-4--------------------
*---------------------------------------------------

The second (higher) lead:
-7---9---------7-----9----10------12------14----19-17-
--7-7-10--10----8-----10----12--12--14--14--15--------
---7----9----7---7-9----9-----11------14------16------
*------------------------------------------------------
*------------------------------------------------------
*------------------------------------------------------

Then there's another chorus, another verse, and the
"quiet bit", in which the guitar does nothing except
this little lick between
stanzas:
------------  ...Then out  --------------------------------
------------  of the song  (FeelikeImwlknrnda10a-feet-tall)
---2--->5---  with more    ---------------------------0----
-0---0------  "feel like   -----3--------2-------0----5----
------------  I'm walkin," ---3---3----2---2---0---0--7----
------------  like this:   -1--------0-------2-------------

And fade out. (However you would accomplish that.)

Happy pickin' n' a-strummin'!

-- John "JH3" Hedges
   Always available for freelance work

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Date: Sat, 09 Dec 1995 04:17:54 -0500 (EST)
From: Brookes McKenzie <RMCKENZI@smith.smith.edu>
Subject: recent (sort of) acquisitions

some comments/recommendations:

    - ben folds five - after hearing so much about them, i got their
      (eponymous) cd the other day, and granted i've only listened to
      it a few times, but two things strike me immediately - all their
      songs sound the same, and b) ben folds sounds an *awful* lot
      like young paul mccartney, with a tiny bit of michael penn
      thrown in.  (i think, from only having heard two things by him -
      hmm, betraying my ignorance a little? - in fact, does anyone
      think he's good? if so, what's good by him? i probably should
      get over my 80s hit song prejudice against him, considering that
      i successfully overcame it as far as crowded house are
      concerned.) but ANYway;

    - with the recent ominous rumblings of the resurfacing of the blur
      debate, i thought i'd belatedly throw in my revised opinion. i
      was formerly of the "ugh! how dare anyone (including albarn
      himself, the cheeky brat) call this mannered and ridiculous band
      the successors to XTC?"  camp - this was because i had been
      violently turned off by _parklife_.  however, since then i
      purchased _modern life is rubbish_ (they seem to be selling it
      for next to nothing, with extra tracks on, a lot lately), and i
      have to say i can kind of see the resemblance, sometimes a
      little _too_ blatantly: "pressure on julian" is their version of
      "nigel", and the riff of "starshaped" has "property of andy
      partridge, circa 1981" stamped all over it. that said, i sort of
      love this album and hate it at the same time. it has some great
      songs on it - "blue jeans", the aforementioned "starshaped",
      "chemical world" - but i find damon albarn's voice grating in
      the extreme. however, i can't seem to stop listening to it. make
      of that what you will.

    - i don't think my post about the waltons ever made it, so i will
      briefly (ha!) summarize - good band, reminiscent of crowded
      house, _cock's crow_ highly recommended, _lik my trakter_ less
      so (some good if slightly mawkish songs marred by terrible
      engineering).  another good canadian band is the inbreds, whose
      only album, _kombinator_ is one of my favorite new things to
      have acquired this year - *very* stripped-down (bass, drums &
      vocals for the most part) little pop songs with great indie
      groove.

    - the rentals, _return of the rentals_ - there's something sort of
      interesting about this weezer offshoot, nice harmonies & some
      catchy hooks, but not as good as weezer themselves, whose 2nd
      album i'm awaiting with baited breath.

    - last but not least, my favorite new discovery, and really one of
      my favorite albums since, i don't know what, bob dylan or
      something: palace brothers, _days in the wake_. i don't know how
      much chalkhillians would auto- matically like it (but then i'm
      _still_ reeling from the fact that everyone didn't automatically
      like jellyfish's _spilt milk_, so i don't know what to predict),
      but there's something really truly *great* about it - ned
      oldham's plaintive deathbed voice singing lines like "i am a
      grazing horse/ i am your favorite horse", with what sounds like
      one of those aluminum thunder sheets in the back- ground. and
      his spindly guitar. i can't even begin to do it justice.  it's a
      little like beck's acoustic album, but a thousand times better.
      i _don't_ like their previous album, _there is no-one what will
      take care of you_ - too country and self-consciously indie, but
      this one really amazes me.

one last thing (_sorry_ this is so long!) - _what_ is the deal with the new
posies album? i've been hearing rumors of its release for absolutely ever.
does it exist yet, or not?

        - brookes

obXTC: whoever has gotten me absolutely addicted to "roads girdle the
globe", i at once want to spank you and to give you a cookie. i
discovered, in the grips of serious withdrawal, that the _drums and
wireless_ version simply doesn't cut it, especially as andy appears to
be flat on the crucial first verse.

ps - hi peter! (ermey, that is. TINKLETUM, TANKLETUM?!) i didn't know you
were on here.

------------------------------

Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 12:09:50 GMT
From: lutriand@datacom.it (Andrea Lutri)
Subject: Dave Gregory's tapes

Hi folks!
This is my first posting and I don't know if my arguments will be
interesting for all of you or not.
Since two years I'm troubled by two kind of doubts regarding the XTC; this
is the first: can anyone tell me if "Mummer", the great album recorded in
1983, is still available on CD? ( I write from Sicily; it's not the best
place where I can find compact discs and rarities about the XTC ).
I think that it's been withdrawn from circulation.
The second question is: I know that Dave Gregory is a great imitator of
artists such as the Beatles and Todd Rundgren; when the "Skylarking" or the
"Nonsvch" albums were released ( I don't remember exactly ), he spent much
of his time recording tracks written by Todd Rundgren.
I wonder if everyone got these tapes or, at least, got some information
about it. Thank you for your patience!

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From: Opdyke99@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 10:29:28 -0500
Subject: producer

How about Mitch Easter?  He produced at least one early REM album. He had a
band called Let's Active in the early 80's.  He's produced Game Theory and
The Loud Family, two awesome bands I highly recommend. He could put the
jangle back!
Dan O

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Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 12:02:00 -0500 (EST)
From: mmoffatt@mustang.uwo.ca (Mike P. Moffatt <Asmodeus the Evil>)
Subject: Re: Asmo's Producer's ideas

> I decided to compile a list from what everyone has suggested (sorry if I
>missed any).

Thanks for the list!  It was really comprehensive for those of us who
haven't been keeping track.  But, unfortunately, you forgot my
incredibly odd and ecletic choice from a few months ago.  My
suggestion was to have Queen's Brian May produce the next album so we
could have an in you face, guitar centered production.  I'd like it to
be Engineered by "Mack", Queen's amazing engineer from the 1980's.
Brian May has produced a few albums before, most notably his own "Back
to the Light" album (The best solo album released this decade IMHO).
Anyways, we need an in your face album like "Drums and Wires", and
Bri's just the Man to do it.

On an XTC note, I've always thought that the song "Millions" was only
bashing White Americans, which by our PC culture isn't racist at all <g>

------------------------------

From: DougMash@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 12:07:04 -0500
Subject: Rubber Sharks, Talking Heads, etc.

About the rubber shark story clarification request, I will venture no
further than to state that Andy's "Pink Thing" and said shark allegedly
engaged in relations.

Please do NOT start up another "Pink Thing...phallus or baby" thread, or
post any "I still don't get it!" messages on this esteemed bandwidth..it's
simply not worth pursuing!

Does anybody have SOLID information on the Talking Heads or Chills
projects?
 The way I understood it, the T-Heads (sans David Byrne) were to record
10-12 songs using a different lead singer each tune.  Andy is supposedly
one of the potential singers.  I can think of at least a dozen more folks
I'd also love to hear with the 'Heads, so this sounds like a really cool
idea!  Wasn't "The Assembly" supposed to be Vince Clarke & a different
singer each song?  I only recall hearing Feargal Sharkey's (where is HE
now?)  "Never Never" collaboration before Clarke formed Erasure.

I nearly did backflips hearing of a possible XTC-Chills connection, but
lost the info.  Was it Mattacks & Moulding with Martin Phillipps?  The
Chills were one of my faves a few years back, and "Soft Bomb" and
"Submarine Bells" are still highly recommended. If anyone has firm info on
this collaboration, I'd love to know.

Speaking of highly recommended, the new Poi Dog Pondering CD "Pomegranate"
has been a fixture in my CD player this month. Great life-affirming,
danceable-yet-cerebral well-crafted pop. A lot funkier and a little darker
than their previous stuff. Our own Mr. Relph is also the "Poi-Pounders"
list guru, so there must be some connection in good taste!  With that sales
pitch completed, they are distributed (spottily, it seems) on Bar-None in
the States, so E-Mail me for their "direct" ordering info if you can't find
it...I'm on commission!

The "self-portraits" I mentioned a few digests back are now available
(thanks again, John!). They are Andy & Dave portraits with autographs of
all three (Colin claimed he "wasn't an artist"). If you are interested in
getting them (in .JPG format), E-Mail me (DougMash@aol.com).

About the "NJ side of NYC" meeting, I work in Hoboken, so I'd be interested
in sharing a few pints with any Chalkhillians.  There's a bar called
"Oddfellows Rest" right by the PATH station that sounds like a logical
location. E-Mail me offline if you're interested.

Sorry this was so long, it looks like my own "Digest" for the week :)

Cheers!
Doug

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From: LongPlay22@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 15:36:50 -0500
Subject: "Back From The Cleaners" is here!

This is a shorter version of a post I made to "Jangly" regarding this
record, but since I know there are a number of Martin Newell fans here in
Chalkhills, I thought I'd post here too. (But you really oughta subscribe
to Jangly too - we need a little more action over there!) Anyway, I just
wanted to let you all know that we now have "Back From The Cleaners" in
stock and available through Long Play mailorder. Of course, "Back From The
Cleaners" is Volume 2 of Tangerine Records' 'best of...' series from
Martin's first band The Cleaners From Venus.

Since I've only had enough time to listen twice, I can't offer a whole lot
of opinion yet, but it does have the best cover I've seen on a Newell
record yet, as well as the traditional witty liner notes and song-by-song
commentary by Martin. It seems like most of the material comes from the
RCA/Germany release "Town & Country" but there are several other tracks as
well, including b-sides and previously unreleased stuff. My only beef is
that it only has 13 tracks, which seems a little short for this type of
thing.

>If you were a Jangly subscriber, you'd be reading Martin's liner notes
now, and probably laughing alot!<

If you'd like to get a copy of "Back From The Cleaners" from us, the price
is $15. And don't forget that we have these other Newell artifacts
available as well:
The Brotherhood of Lizards - "Lizardland" for $12 on CD (domestic)
The Cleaners From Venus - "Golden Cleaners for $15 on CD (from England)
Martin Newell/Andy Partridge - "The Greatest Living Englishman" for $20 on
vinyl. (from Germany)
Please don't forget to add a little something for postage!

Checks and money orders should go to:
Long Play Records
PO Box 55233
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thanks!
Steve Pilon
LongPlay22@aol.com
http://monsterbit.com

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Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 21:48:29 -0500 (EST)
From: Natalie Jane Jacobs <gnat@umich.edu>
Subject: Listening to the "Mummer" CD

So in another attempt to refurbish my decaying XTC collection, I finally
bought "Mummer" on CD.  My original copy is on vinyl - the first XTC record
I ever bought - and, since I don't have a record player anymore, I've been
listening to it on a crummy tape I made about five years ago.  I was leery
of buying the CD because of the extra tracks rudely inserted mid-album, but
now that I've listened to the tracks, I am *not* disappointed.

This is the first unfamiliar XTC I've heard since "Nonsuch" came out.
The songs - all six of them - are wonderful.  I've never heard Andy's
instrumental stuff before and it's really good - sort of minimalist, very
evocative.  "Desert Island" is the nicest patriotic song I've ever heard
(and made me miss England a lot).  "Toys" was a little weak, "Gold"
sounded like it should have been on "The Big Express" (not that that's
bad :-) and "Jump" - I had to listen to this twice, it was so great.  I
really had a strong reaction to it.  This time last year, I was very
depressed - literally almost suicidal - and listening to this joyous song
made me realize how far I've come, that I actually have the capacity to
be joyous myself.

I know I'm going to feel like a dork for posting this to complete
strangers, but what the heck.  I love this band.

Natalie Jacobs
**************
"Gods by the bushel!  Gods by the pound!"

------------------------------

From: Jclangley@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 21:58:05 -0500
Subject: re: Dave Gregory on new Brian Stevens CD

Norm Blanchard writes:

> there's a new CD out by a guy named Brian Stevens
> with Dave Gregory on guitar & keyboards.  The CD is called "Prettier Than
> You", on a small Boston label, Q Division Records.

I picked up "Prettier Than You" as well.  I agree with Norm, its a great
record.  Very pop, well produced in the 60's tradition of The Beatles, The
Hollies, the Turtles, and our heroes the Dukes.  Brian was from the late
great Cavedogs.  Highly recommended for fans of the Cavedogs, less guitar
power pop, better production (check out the Beatles inspired touches on
"Zasu Pitts", a la Revolver-era George Harrison) acoustic guitar,
keyboards, clavinet, clarinet, etc.  Recommended if you like Jellyfish,
Posies, Sneetches, etc.

Dave Gregory is credited for Guitar and Keyboards, but there are additional
players as well, so it's anybodys guess what songs Dave plays on, which
makes it more fun .  Brian was in Aimee Mann's touring band, which Dave
also played in.  "Prettier Than You" is the first CD release on Q Division.
Q Division is a studio in Boston (Jen Trynin's record was recorded there as
well, Dave played on it too), and I believe Q Division Records is sponsored
by a major label (Warners?) for bands that the label isn't interested in
releasing on the majors.  I'm interested in how "Prettier Than You" does,
as Jen Trynin's record did so well, Warners eventually picked it up.

Q Division
443 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 542-0081
Fax: (617) 542-5628
http://www.shore.net/~qdiv/q.htm

Enjoy,
Jason

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From: Ewalther@eworld.com
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 13:24:17 -0800
Subject: Re:  Misheard Lyrics

My daughter came up with this one.  "Let's shoot, let's shoot, all of the
pretty girls"... I suppose this may add fire to the 'sexist/racist'
arguement!  She hear's it on both the TBE and TD  so it's off to the
audiologist!!

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From: Richard Aaron Manfredi <manfredi@scf.usc.edu>
Subject: Van Dyke Parks, Zorn and the Boo Radleys
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 16:08:03 -0800 (PST)

Hey all, just a few brief thoughts-
   Someone mentioned Van Dyke Parks as a possible producer.  Although I
think that he would be a great musical match, I don't think that he and
Andy could coexist in the same studio. They're both control freaks, and
I've heard Parks is worse than Andy (hard as that may be to believe), and I
see another Andy/Todd situation (although that created a great album, so
who's to say).
   My personal off the wall choice for an XTC producer would be John Zorn.
Although he may be a bit eclectic for some peoples tastes, I think that he
has the musical savvy and genius necessary to give XTC's music the punch it
deserves.  Listen his work on "Spillane/Two-Lane Highway" and especially
"The Big Gundown", and you'll see that he can bring a ambiance to music
that few others can, and that I think the next XTC album ultimately
requires.
   As for great albums by other bands, check out the new Boo Radleys album.
If any band shares XTC's Phoenix-like qualities, it's them.  Just when you
think they're done, they come out with yet another great pop album.  Just
like the Wonder Stuff used to before Miles' ego destroyed them.

Richard Manfredi
manfredi@usc.edu

------------------------------

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 19:48:29 -0500
From: tonylong@melbpc.org.au (tony longland)

Hi,

Due to a problem with my e-mail getting stuck on the server, and me not
being able to access it, my system administrators have deleted all my mail
for the last two - three weeks, including (of course)  Chalkhills.

Have I missed anything important? Is there a new XTC album imminent?

Have there been any developments in the tape tree projects?

I'd be grateful for any insights, scoops etc.

Tony Longland.

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Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 17:34:51 +0300
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: britpop & testimonials

From: DAMIAN FOULGER <SPXDLF@cardiff.ac.uk>

>Does it strike anyone else as worrying? The title Testimaonial Dinner? To
>me 'testimonial' implies some sort of death or end, as in 'The last will
>and testiment.' Is there something that David Yazbek knows and is not
>telling us directly, but only implying with this title? It's a (Richard)
>scarey thought.

Nah... more like a testimonial game in sport for a player still in the team
who's served well over the years. Anyway it's last will and testAment - a
completely different word.

From: ELIZABETH DIX <SPXED@cardiff.ac.uk>

>Hold on a minute. Brit-pop? That's tortological to the extreme. There is
>no other pop but British. I'm gald that I've put that straight.

The "hmph" noise you hear comes from Dunedin, pop capital of the southern
hemisphere...

James

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From: smcdow@arlut.utexas.edu (Stuart McDow)
Subject: Another Producer
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 11:25:58 -0600 (CST)

How about Daniel Lanios? He's done fine work with U2, Peter Gabriel,
and the Neville Brothers. And I can't get enough of his solo albums
these days.

Say, who _is_ slated to produce the next album? Has recording started
yet?

--
Stuart McDow                                      Applied Research Laboratories
smcdow@arlut.utexas.edu                       The University of Texas at Austin

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From: Martin_Monkman@fincc04.fin.gov.bc.ca
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 09:30:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Misheard lyrics

  On Sunday, when I asked my kids what music they wanted to listen to,
  my 2 1/2 year-old daughter said "No Bugs In Our House".

  Martin

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Date: Mon, 11 Dec 95 13:11:52 EST
From: "John Christensen" <christej@vrinet.com>
Subject: Tailings and Trade

I forgot to ask:  Is Colin chinese?  Didn't he sing on O&L that he was
"one of the millions"???

More on XTC producers:  IMHO, Mitchell Froom is the archenemy of all
things percussive. On Elvis Costello's Brutal Youth, for example, he
made Pete Thomas' kick drum (when you could even find it) sound like a
marshmallow thrown against taut pantyhose.  Of course, if Andy follows
through with his sans-drum-album threat, it really wouldn't matter . . .

Available for Trade: I do not collect vinyl, but saw these at my local
used record store and figured someone might want'em. E-mail me privately
if interested:
    This World Over; b/w Blue Overall.
    12", Virgin West Germany, 601 606-213,1984.

    Wake Up; Take This Town, Mantis on Parole (Homo Safari No.4);b/w
    Making Plans For Nigel; Sgt. Rock (is Going to Help Me) (edit);
    Senses Working Overtime (edit).
    12", Virgin UK, VS 746-12, January 1985.

Jasper
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