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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 54

                 Sunday, 24 December 1995

Today's Topics:

                re: #2-52/This is the End
                         The End
                         The End
                           Egos
            Don't rush them, don't rush them!
                    Re: Packing it in
     Please, please, please let it not be the end!!!!
                       Re: The End
                        XT Sheets
               where isn't andy partridge?
                   Nonsuch / other bits
                The End of XTC?  NONSVCH!
                       Contingency
         Nonsuch maybe imperfect, but xtc > most
                         Guess...
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-53
           XTC gets mentioned outside internet
                 Had to tell you this...
         XTC On TV this week! / (Strangest Place)
                   SKYLACKING update 2
                    Re:  XTC stopping

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 17:22:30 -0500
From: vanvalnc@is2.nyu.edu (Chris Van Valen)
Subject: re: #2-52/This is the End

Hi Chalkdusters!

I hate to bring down the"Winter friendliness that's all around"(with over a
foot of snow in NYC today, my "Winter friendliness" is wearing REAL
thin!!!), but I must take issue with J.R. Jones' "This is the End"

>Usually when a band makes an album as rotten as "Nonesuch"

I most vehemently disagree. "Nonesuch" is a thoroughly enjoyable album for
me from Track 1 right through 17. With CDs as they are, almost every album
has tracks that you program out. "Nonesuch" is the exception in my
collection, and I've been collecting XTC since early 1979(D&W) as well(And
I still have the "BS" green shopping bag!). But that's just my opinion.

>in Twomey's book [Andy] came off as a fat, self-righteous old grump who's
>too >lazy to drag his ass...much less turn the pop world on its ear.

You must have skipped over the statement where Andy said they'd put out an
album every six months if the record company would let them.

>XTC's commercial resurrection can largely be attributed to their
>re-inventing >themselves as a 60's retro band.

Quick! Somebody call EMI!! They're commercial!! They're commercial!!
Besides, how many bands AREN'T plundering the Sixties?

>... and since that's come to a dead end ("Earn Enough...Disappointed")...

You've cited three of my most favorite songs.

>... they have nowhere to turn.

Perhaps you should cut them some slack and give them the wheel and see what
is up around the next corner.

>The Beatles knew when to quit.

By your example, they probably should have quit after the "Let It Be"
sessions. Think about it.

Well, that's my spleen. Hope all of you have the greatest holiday of your
choosing.

Peace + Love, CV

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 16:18:41 -0600
From: weisrot@cscoe.ac.com (Todd Weisrock - CIS)
Subject: The End

As a kid, I used to come home from school every day, put a few scoops
of ice cream into a blender, and then proceed to add a multitude of
other ingredients to come up with my milkshake of the day.  The result
was never the same on any given day.  Some days, the milkshake was
amazing, and other days I had to pour it down the sink after one small
sip.

I never set out to make a bad milkshake, but sometimes, in my
experimentation, it happened nonetheless.  Some days, the milkshake
was just a pleasant milkshake, not too bad, not too good, just
a run-of-the-mill milkshake.  And, hey, even a run-of-the-mill
milkshake is better than cod liver oil.

In order to succeed above the masses, people must experiment and
take risks.  Even in not taking a risk, we are taking a risk.

I, too, am among the multitude that like Nonesuch and Oranges less than
other XTC albums, but I still think that the band has some great milkshakes
left in them.  XTC's style has changed drastically through the years and
I beleive that their talents will continue to support them through
changes to come...

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 95 16:09:06 CST
From: chrikas@woolf.frco.com (Christopher Kasic)
Subject: The End

I can't resist the temptation to tie two threads together. JR so
eloquently eulogized on the fate of XTC, to his credit. And while I
don't share the recent spate of opinion on the low quality of Nonsuch,
we could let the boys themselves tell us their fate.

What does the ringmaster (Gus Dudgeon) announce in between stanzas of
"Dear Madam Barnum" but "And now introducing, for the very last
time..."

But, hey, maybe he's just saying that because it's the last verse of
the song. Another coup de grace for thinkin' pop songwriting.

cheers,

chris

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 16:07:24 -0600 (CST)
From: kimw@rice.edu (Kim E. Williams)
Subject: Egos

Hi folks!
        Just wanted to throw my two cents in on whether the boys are nice
people or not.  I have a friend in Austin who got to meet them a couple of
years ago and spend about 45 minutes just talking to them and getting them
to sign everything he had by them.  And he has A LOT of  XTC stuff!  They
very patiently signed each and every item my friend had.  His reaction
afterwards was there isn't an ego in the bunch!
        Now, I know Andy is EXTREMELY protective of his stuff and a
perfectionist to the point of almost obsession, but if he didn't, what would
his songs sound like?  Would they be as good as they are?  Granted, he could
ease up a little, but I still have great admiration for his songwriting
ability and look forward to the next release.

Kim

"...So judge me not for what I did, but for what I didn't do."    Best Thing
-  Peter Blegvad

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From: motero@digital.net
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 17:42:39 -0500
Subject: Don't rush them, don't rush them!

	Oh, sure... for some reason I don't get Chalkhills 2-52, & it contains
the post to begin the main thread of the next six months or so!!!
	Just a couple of quick IMHOs, a small log onto the fire:
	1- Nonsuch is wonderful, if a tad uneven. Peter Pumpkinhead may be
a better pop song than Mayor Of Simpleton. My Bird Performs and World
Wrapped In Grey have some of the best imagery I can remember in a long life
of listening to songs. I think The Smartest Monkeys is pretty doggone
smart, & so on... There's perhaps a bit less edge to the album than prior
works, maybe a result of aging and/or maturing and/or the changing musical
tastes of the Artists.
	2- Knowing when to go out is important from the standpoint of style, I
guess, but what if the Artists still feel they have something to say?
	As for me, I'll treat myself to a listen promptly when (& if...) the
next release appears. The worst that can happen is that it doesn't change my
life. But I expect more than a few smiles from it, a bargain in this day &
age...
	Happy holidays to all! Take care, and peace.

				Mike Otero
				Melbourne, Florida, USA

"...Thank you for the love and happiness that's snowing down, all around..."

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 18:03:05 -0500
From: pgm2@cornell.edu (Peter Mullin)
Subject: Re: Packing it in

Chalkhorses,

        Ah! Another hot thread.  About 2 years ago I would have agreed with
Mr. Jones: 'Nonsvch' svcks. XTC were favorites of mine from Go2 days
onward, but I had had a difficult time enjoying their "newer" material
(being, for me, everything post-ES).  When the Dukes appeared on the scene,
I thought "hey, this is fun" but I sort of forgot about XTC for a while
around the mid-to-late 80s.  This was during the great Pere Ubu
resurrection (yes, I think Scott would do great job drumming for XTC, and
as someone mentioned, anyone who can put up with David Thomas [who was very
nice to me when I met him, btw...] could certainly manage to work with
Andy), which many people seemed to have missed, and I indulged myself in
the works of that too-sadly-neglected band for a time.  When 'Nonsvch'
appeared, I gave it a listen and filed it under "ho-hum", but something
strange and wonderful happened: it seemed as if, every time I turned
around, there that disc was in the CD player, or there that tape was in the
tape player at work late at night...the recording just grew on me, somehow.
Songs like 'Rook', 'Smarteft Monkeys', 'Then She Appeared' and yes,
dammit, 'Bungalow' (no, I don't think Colin has lost it, obviously) sank
tendrils into my brain and wouldn't let go.  Then I began to relisten to
other XTC, and like magic, I discovered them all over again: what fun!  So
now I must heartily disagree: there's nothing wrong with 'Nonsvch'; we just
have to grow into it!  I hope the next one is as challenging.

        Light the sacrificial bonfire,

        Peter.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm still proud, but the belt's already tight; I'll
get another job at night"

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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 16:55:18 -0800 (PST)
From: Laura Parent <laura@geosun1.sjsu.edu>
Subject: Please, please, please let it not be the end!!!!

I'm really amazed that people don't like Nonsuch. I think that's the
only XTC album that has songs that have really touched me (like Wrapped
in Grey and Rook). And of course, there are plenty of other songs that
make me smile in the usual XTC tradition,like Then She Appeared (a pop
masterpiece), Crocodile and Dear Madam Barnum. Our boys still have it!

Yes, the band has matured. Did we really want them to keep making records
just like Go2 or Black Sea forever? I'm quite willing to trade punk
intensity for emotional maturity and subtlety. In fact, that's one of the
things that I have always disliked about XTC...while they have always been
VERY clever, they have also always seemed emotionally immature to me. But
the mix of real emotions and pop genius on Nonsuch is just wonderful. And
I hope it's just the start of a new, more intriguing XTC.

P.S. I haven't read the Chalkhills bio ON PURPOSE (except for a quick
scan in tower records). I don't want to know all their dirty laundry! I
just love their songs. I'd hate to think someone was judging my work by
my personality instead of the work itself....

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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 14:50:11 +1200
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Re: The End

This was always going to stimulate a bit of discussion, wasn't it :)

The end of XTC? I don't think so. The joy of XTC, and of many of the
world's finest bands, is that they are constantly changing, evolving.You
can't expect them to produce albums that sound like they were put out by
the same band as ten years ago. The XTC that made Drums and Wires, in a
very real sense, no longer exists. Even the one that made English
Settlement is long gone. What you have now is a band that makes albums like
Nonsuch.

It's patently clear that there will be some fans who don't like this. For
them, nothing on Nonsuch will ever measure up to Statue of Liberty of I Am
the Audience. Similarly, there will be fans who can't stomach anything
before Black Sea. It's probably not surprising that the albums that people
are divided into "love or hate but can't feel so-so about" are the ones
during the changeover time from early punk to wistful pastoralism. Everyone
loves or hates The Big Express. Everyone loves or hates English Settlement.

Basically, what I'm saying is that in 1968 there would have been quite a
few people around who thought "The White Album is crap - why can't the
Beatles do another Hard Day's Night?". It's not to diminish the work of
either style - Dear God, I love both - it's just to say that not everyone
will be impressed with every twist and turn in XTC's career.

If you're happiest with the work of the late 70s and early 80s, so be it -
feel free to stay on the list and laud the work of that period. You're
still an XTC fan. If your favourite songs of XTC only started around the
time of All of a Sudden, that's fine too. You're every bit as much a fan.
You don't have to appreciate it all. If you do, and can follow and
appreciate every track, be it All along the watchtower or Rook, then you're
fortunate.

XTC haven't reached a nadir, and they definitely haven't stagnated. Their
constant changes of direction can be annoying, irritating, and
breathtaking. I await developments of where their next album will take
them.

Remember: The Tarot Card "Death" doesn't represent an end, it represents
evolution - change into a new form :)

James

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From: JakeKristy@aol.com
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 21:46:47 -0500
Subject: XT Sheets

So, some of us prefer charts to tabs.
Well, the only published charts I've seen are for "Take This Town" in the
"Times Square" sheet music book.  I have an original copy of the book.
So, "Ewalther" of e-world, if you would like a copy of my copy of the charts
for "Take This Town," just drop me a note.
I'm hoping you have some other *musical* items to trade.  Do you have any XTC
charts that you've written up?  What about MIDI versions of XTC tunes?

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From: Oldpeople@aol.com
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 23:07:49 -0500
Subject: where isn't andy partridge?

Don't know if this is the hottest idea, but what music avenues will andy not
explore?
Andy with Pigface
Andy doing a duet with Ronnie James Dio
Andy singing porn rock.
Andy producing the next Pungent Stench record.

Care to add on?

possibly falling flat on my face,
-brian

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From: 7IHd <ee92pmh@brunel.ac.uk>
Subject: Nonsuch / other bits
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 04:58:43 +0000 (GMT)

Re: Nonsuch. I honestly thought I had fired off a snotty reply to the
original posting; it's not there and hasn't been saved as sent so
obviously I thought better of it. In the cold light of day (actually
it's 3am, not light or day but most definitely cold) I offer the
following observations. If I _did_ send something before and that
also ends up in this digest then I apologise.

Had it not been for Nonsuch I would not be here now. Maybe I would be
sitting by the same computer typing something, but XTC would not enter
into the equation at all. I heard 'The Disappointed' and 'The Ballad Of
Peter Pumpkinhead' on the radio when they came out, went 'yeah!' and
promptly taped them off the radio for future reference. It was about
a year before I finally got around to buying the album, and I was
completely blown away by it. I worked back through the catalogue, missing
O&L which was out of stock at the time. I'm glad I did, if I'd started
with O&L I'd probably have never listened to XTC again.

Working through the back catalogue of course I discovered a miltitude
of styles, some of which I liked, some of which I just couldn't get on
with. The three I had the most trouble with were Mummer, The Big
Express and Oranges & Lemons. But the trainspotter in me insisted on
listening to TBE from time to time, and I used to put it on and be
bewhildered. Then after about 6 months of this, it hit me all at once
like some vision, that this was in fact pure genius. Suddenly (it
really was sudden) I had a new favourite album. I would play it at
least once a day, for _weeks_.

Sensing similar potential in O&L I persevered, and eventually it got
there, but in a different way. I find O&L quite strange; if I listen
to it a lot, I want to listen to it a lot more, but if I put it aside
for a while, I'm almost back to where I was before. It was my favourite
for a while, now it is just another XTC album I like.

Mummer hasn't done it yet. I believe it will.

Then, right in the middle of my O&L frenzy, I stuck on Nonsuch, that
album which got me interested in the band in the first place. Where's
the texture? Where's the energy? Yawn.

This was initially a _very_ worrying discovery, that maybe I didn't like
this album so much after all? But then I realised that this is because
I am no longer listening to it on its own merits, I now have a complete
(demos aside) XTC back-catalogue to compare it too, and in terms of
musical texture and depth Nonsuch may in places be found lacking, compared
to TBE or O&L. (Compared to Crash Test Dummies, on the other hand...)

So maybe it's not their best, by far, but as I said at the outset, without
it I would never have found The Big Express, so Nonsuch at least indirectly
changed my life. It was the key to the door to a very beautiful room.

Sorry this has been so long already. I would like to add that I feel that
the quantity and quality of the replies contained in the last digest are
a tribute to the eloquence and fair reasoning of the original poster.

Now onto other things:

# From: mmoffatt@mustang.uwo.ca (Mike P. Moffatt <Asmodeus the Evil>)
#
# Whadd'ya mean "No-one ever made it in America sounding like a second-rate
# XTC."?
#
# R.E.M.'s made a great career of it! :)

I see very little XTC in R.E.M. to be perfectly honest. I have, however,
finally realised where 'Monster' came from, it is R.E.M. recycling early
Gang Of Four ('Solid Gold' era). If you don't believe me check the liner
notes to the Gang Of Four 'Entertainment!' CD; I quote: "...I stole a lot
>from them" - Michael Stipe. Funnily enough, I have started to like
'Monster' and 'Solid Gold' at about the same time, after hating them both
for ages.

Er, I deleted whose these smileys were...

# :x) :t| :c(

But they want cheering up a bit:

(-X t-: C-:

Thankyou.

And finally, Barry Andrews diehards may be interested in the latest UK
single from dance act Fluke, 'Tosh', as CD #2 includes the
(Shriekbackwash) version. According to the liner notes it was 'remixed
by Shriekback'. This is stretching it a bit; what they did was take yer
typically naff dance song written on a computer, arrange it for their
collection of weird world instruments, and replay it in its entirety.
Personally I don't rate the song much, but theirs is by far the best
version of it, plus it's the first time the current lineup have been
heard on record. Poor old Martyn Barker (drums, for the unconverted) is
turned way down, which kind of spoils the mix a bit, but it's otherwise
OK. Out now and in the UK charts.

And once again I apologise for the length of this message. Tis my last
of the year. Happy Christmas to everyone who wants one. See y'all in '96.
  _
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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 23:31:58 -0600
From: shonniet@interaccess.com (LaShawn M. Taylor)
Subject: The End of XTC?  NONSVCH!

Okay.  I'll admit it.  When I read JR Jones post, I leapt out of my seat and
nearly shrieked, "How dare you TRASH my favorite Swindon men!  How DARE
you!!!"  Then my defensive-fan instinct calmed down and I was able to post
in a more *mature* manner.  Mind you, every once in a while, I may  shake my
fist at the screen if I get too emotional.

So Mr. Jones feels that beloved XTC are past their time, and holds up
Nonsuch to prove it.  That may be well for him, but I've yet to see this
proof.  And to tell the truth, I can't relate to his feelings because he has
more *experience* in listening to XTC than I do.  Heck, I didn't get hooked
onto the boys until Nonsuch's been out for a couple of months, and even
then, I was leery of buying my first CD from them because I never heard of
them except for the limited airplay they had in Chicago (in fact, venturing
into the pop music world was a new experience for me, seeing that I lived on
R&B most of my childhood life--okay, brief bio.  The first, first pop music
CD I bought was REM's Losing My Religion, and that was because I heard
"Endgames" playing in the store.  After listening to the rock station here,
I decided to try a new CD, and I ended up having to choose between XTC and
The Rembrandts.  I looked at the Rembrandts' cds and XTC's cds, decided XTC
had the more interesting covers, and brought O&L.  Haven't been the same
since.  Oops, I'm digressing. . .)

Yeah, it may be true that XTC has departed from their early days of play.
There's a word for that: MATURITY.  So our boys refused to remained locked
in a single style.  Unlike another famous rock group mention in JR's email,
you won't see Andy shoving his legs into hot pink pants and strutting about
like an aging peacock, still playing the tired old songs in the same tired
chords.  That's what I love about XTC--they're constantly trying something
new.  If you like it, you like it.  If you don't, you don't.  But each CD
stands on it own.

The boys don't have the same energy as they did in Black Sea?  Well, let me
tell you something.  When I first got Black Sea, I thought it was the most
stupidest one they ever done.  I never heard something so disharmonious.  I
sold it after a few months.  Just this month my interest was piqued again
and I bought another one.  Sorry, but I still dislike it.  I guess you can
say I like the older stuff they did, but I absolutely adore their new stuff.

There was one thing I actually agreed with JR.  Dave Gregory is one of the
most talented, underrated musicians I've ever heard of.  But then, all of
them together make perfect harmonies.  I love that metaphor someone
expressed in the last Chalkhills:  Dave is the meat in the Andy and Colin
sandwich.  If they did break up (and I hope they won't--or at least, not for
5 years, there are still songs in them that are worth to be played together)
the magic would still be there, but not as strong.

I can't wait for the new CD to come out (once again, I hope. Darn record
companies don't know a good thing if it was squashed against their faces and
painfully rotated slowly).  The orchestration promised on this is bound to
be mighty interesting.  And if Dave is stupendous with string arrangements
that everyone says he is, well, we could be in for a great surprise!

Don't get discouraged, Messr. Partridge, Moulding, and Gregory. . .you have
here at least one person who's anxiously waiting your next words with bated
breath!

Sorry.  I'm feeling quite emotional today. . .

And whoever created this:
:x)  :t|  :c(

I love it!  It even looks like our misunderstood trio!  Thank you!

Oh, BTW, Merry Christmas!!!

LaShawn Taylor

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Please don't laugh at me,
It encourages bad behavior.
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From: bdaniel@hayes.com
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 95 08:20:04 EDT
Subject: Contingency

In the event that our good man J.R.'s words have stricken the knees of
XTC not unlike a baseball bat, one can take heart in that history has
proven many English musicians have successfully migrated from the recording
industry to become milkmen, paper tossers, and shop minders.

Equally notable is the failure rate amongst nannies and mill workers.
Non scientific research shows that the communication and humor established
early between the infants, millers, and musicians does not overcome the
refusal to tour, change diapers or sully the hands. Fewer than a minuscule
percentage ever complete preliminary probation.

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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 09:40:42 -0500 (EST)
From: James Poulakos <engjcp@gsusgi2.Gsu.EDU>
Subject: Nonsuch maybe imperfect, but xtc > most

OK, I admit to less enthusiasm for Nonsuch [esp. for "Rook," which I find
unremarkable], but I think one reason the album disappoints is that it
must stand in comparison with some of the greatest albums I have ever
heard. XTC have done some absolute masterpieces so far; not every effort
can exceed the last. That's the trouble with fame, so I hear [I remain
"untroubled" by fame meself]: there's only 1 direction to go, upwards,
because if you try to stand still, you only slide back down in the mind
of the public. Every effort is compared to the previous and is expected
to excel.

XTC's albums are greater than most. I'd certainly prefer another Nonsuch
to the awful tripe Stevie Wonder has put out since his marvelous Songs in
the Key of Life.

*-------------------------------------------------------------------
            In vielen TV-Serien wuerden Konflikte nur
            mit Gewalt statt in Gespraechen geloest.
    My home page is now at http://www.gsu.edu/~engjcp/zero.html
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                       James Poulakos

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From: Aaron Pastula <apastula@pepperdine.edu>
Subject: Guess...
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 95 10:25:30 PST

It was said in the recent flurry that "The Beatles knew when to quit, and
so did [insert dodo band here]."  So give XTC a little credit...they WILL
know when to quit, and after 10+ albums I've begun to trust them.

Yeah, maybe some of the tunes on Nonsuch weren't up to par, but the ones that
were (Humble Daisy) more than made up for the slackers (P.Pumpkinhead),
resulting in an album that was a perfectly suitable follow-up to O&L.  And in
a quick response to BObannon@aol.com, how can you say that there were no
progressive moments on it...I think Rook is a major achievement for a "rock"
band in the 90's when you consider the sorry state of pop music today.

You can't sit on a formula too long before it gets stale, and I think XTC
has always been trying to do something different; album to album, and even song
to song.  Jerry Garica once said that Dead fans always come to see a good show,
but even if that night's a stinker they still appreciate a good try...same
principle here.  They won't all be gems, folks; they never have.  But I really
don't think you can say that things have *ever* been getting worse.

As for the Stones comparison...well, I personally thought they always sucked.
But I'm sure they'll keep going as long as Keith Richards can stand upright
with the weight of a Strat on his shoulders, and of course, not everyone
has their spiked-tongue VISA card yet...why stop now?  XTC could never suffer
such a fate.  Trust me.

Aaron.

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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 17:09:06 -0500
From: aym@j51.com (Angry Young Man)
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-53

Every so often, I get a feeling to listen to a specific XTC song, and last
night I wanted to hear "All You Pretty Girls" because I have been listening
to the Crash Test Dummies' version for so long (thanx Yazbek!)
So I pop Big Express into the cd player, something I haven't done really
since I've bought it about 8 months ago. I was SO happy I did. Wake Up (how
could I forget that song existed?) and You're the Wish You Are I
had...Yeow! I'm so happy.  Actually I'm listening to "Reign of Blows" now,
and my holiday wish is to hear XTC play this live some day, because it just
rocks! And even tho I prefer the acoustic version, "Train Running Low..."
is great just the same. Pete Phipps should be on the next album.  (OK,
flame me...but I like the guy)

l8r...Chappy Chanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Krishna Krishna
to all. :)

-ira

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From: Algae99@aol.com
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 20:09:38 -0500
Subject: XTC gets mentioned outside internet

In the most recent issue of Stereo Review, "A Testimonial Dinner" receives a
sterling review from a critic who likes the lads.  He hit the nail on the
head concerning both songs and artists.
Countdown (Three days), countdown to Christmas party time.
James

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Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 11:11:12 -0500
From: aym@j51.com (Angry Young Man)
Subject: Had to tell you this...

Try this one out for wierd places to hear xtc...

I'm watching "NBA Inside Stuff" because there's nothing else on on. Oh
well.  Ahmad Rashad is interviewing Washington Bullets center Gheorghe
Muresan, the tallest player in the NBA at 7'7" ... the interview is pretty
funny because Muresan hardly speaks English.  But I digress.  In the
background at one point, there's "Ten Feet Tall!" I can't believe it! I'm
just flabbergasted. Now watch all these 12 year old Bullets fans scooping
up all available copies of Drums and Wires...

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From: DougMash@aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 11:16:03 -0500
Subject: XTC On TV this week! / (Strangest Place)

I just heard XTC on one of the "strangest places."  On NBC's basketball
weekly "The Inside Stuff" they did a profile on Washington Bullets 7'-7" (!)
Center George Muresan.  Of course, while Muresan is walking around ducking
under doorways, some familliar acoustic guitar is playing and "I feel like
I'm walking 'round at 10 Feet Tall!!!" bursts out from the background.  Too
perfect!

Check your local listings, as they say. It's a fun piece.

Happy Holidays everyone!
Cheers,
Doug

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From: BugRoom@aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 14:00:12 -0500
Subject: SKYLACKING update 2

Just spoke to Ian.  SKYLACKING is still in the works and is still
in need of some tracks.  Everyone get your studios, jamboxes,
and Steam-Victrolas out and create these songs:

1000 Umbrellas
Season Cycle
Big Day
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Dear God
Dying
Sacrificial Bonfire

Also... B-sides:

Extrovert
Terrorism
Let's Make A Den
Find The Fox
The Troubles

Okay then?  Ian's waiting with waited tapedeck.

Send them here:
Ian C. Stewart
C/O Bizarre Depiction
PO Box 151378
Columbus OH  43215  USA

Brilliantly awesome holidays to everyone!!

Bug

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From: BugRoom@aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 14:01:09 -0500
Subject: Re:  XTC stopping

Aren't we all what we are now regardless of what we've been?
That's life.  XTC's music is THEIR life.  Don't fxxk with it.

Bug

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