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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 66

                 Friday, 9 February 1996

Today's Topics:

                      Barfi Mitchell
                 Re: Barfi Mitchell (fwd)
             sometimes harder than you think
                          Nigel
                    The mighty Captain
                        Beefheart
                   Ben Folds Five again
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-65
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-64
                    Paul Fox Interview
                 I feel like an amateur.
               Song poll and other tid bits
                    Yazbek in concert!
                   Uffington/censorship
              Re: [Loud-Fans] ben folds five
                     Alanis/Joni/Bill
                      XTC Quitting?

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Date:         Wed, 07 Feb 96 19:51:28 EST
From: Melissa Reaves <MREAVES@KENTVM.KENT.EDU>
Subject:      Barfi Mitchell

Just kidding, I actually do like Joni (my analyst told me...).

We sure are a diverse little bunch, aren't we?  When it comes right down
to it, all we really have in common is that we have access to computers
and we love XTC.

Patty, I'd love to see how we matched up on the favorite
XTC albums survey.  Bet we didn't.  I know you're on the
Colin side and I'm with Andy, but other than that, ????

Sorry to offend your sensibilities by revealing that an XTC fan
likes Alanis Morrisette.  Bet I'm not alone. Sure, she's immature,
but she's got style.  I am kinda partial to the screechers of the world,
like Sinead O'Connor and Dolores O'Riordan, but I also like softer
singers like Suzanne Vega and Tracey Chapman as well.

What it all comes down to for me in whether I like a musician is not
actually musicianship or skill at all, except when it comes to lyrics.
I don't have that kind of brain.  It's more just how a particular artist
makes _me_ feel than any intrinsic qualities of their own.  It's the
peculiar ability to communicate an experience through music that I look for.

"Seagulls Screaming" is a perfect example.  Man, I've been there.  And
let me tell you, she wishes he'd kiss her as much as he does.  Doesn't
that song just put you right there on that beach in November with no one
else around for miles?

I'm pretty solipsistic when it comes to music, but damn it, I know what
I like!

I like to think of Chalkhills as a kind of a great big tent where there's
room for Alanis and Joni and Ben and Screamin' Jay Hawkins himself.  (Not
that he has anything to do with anything, I just thought I'd throw him in.)

Vive la Difference!

What do the rest of you think?  I know we're all in favor of diversity,
but about why we like stuff.  Am I the only non-musical type?

--Melissa

"It whispers 'fool' then slides away"

PS  While I've got you all here, I have a bit of a survey question of my
own.  Please respond to _me_, mreaves@kentvm.kent.edu directly and not to
the list.  I'll post my findings to the list only if requested to do so,
otherwise, I'll let you know privately what I learn.

I'm currently in a dispute over the late great Queen.  My friend is
absolutely horrified that I like them, and wouldn't even be seen with me
when I went to buy _A Day at the Races_ and _A Night at the Opera_, two
classics from my youth.

He sez that they write no-talent songs and blow them up with all the
bombast they can muster and that they're a great big sham and they know
it.  I say it's all just a bit of fun and that lots of intelligent people
like them.

That's where you lot come in.  Please e-mail me privately and tell me
what you think, good, bad, or indifferent.

Thank you, and, good night.

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From: patty@gdb.org (Patty Haley)
Subject: Re: Barfi Mitchell (fwd)
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 23:03:07 -0500 (EST)

Melissa forwarded this to me at the same time she posted to the list, so
I figured I'd get my response in the same digest to see the thread going.
Many thanks to the several of you who wrote me privately to say "amen and
hallelujah," by the way.  Nothing like knowing I won't be attending that
anti-BFF convention alone.  Nice to have met you all.

> Sorry to offend your sensibilities by revealing that an XTC fan
> likes Alanis Morrisette.  Bet I'm not alone. Sure, she's immature,
> but she's got style.  I am kinda partial to the screechers of the world,
> like Sinead O'Connor and Dolores O'Riordan, but I also like softer
> singers like Suzanne Vega and Tracey Chapman as well.

As I mentioned last time, different strokes for different folks.  I
prefer a bit of Kirsty MacColl, meself.  I can't see immature raving
as style.  Ms. MacColl shows the XTC ability to write a song, and even
before she married producer Steve Lillywhite, she knew what she was
doing putting a record together.  She would sing all her backing tracks
herself, to stunning effect.  I find there's song in the songstress,
not stress in the song.  (Stressful to me, that is.)

> What it all comes down to for me in whether I like a musician is not
> actually musicianship or skill at all, except when it comes to lyrics.
> I don't have that kind of brain.  It's more just how a particular artist
> makes _me_ feel than any intrinsic qualities of their own.  It's the
> peculiar ability to communicate an experience through music that I look for.

Madam, read my semester project from a year ago about woman and musical
mailing lists.  It's off me home page:  http://gdbdoc.gdb.org/~patty
It's an XX chromosome thing, what you're mentioning, and I know it well.
I believe you were also one of the poll respondents.

> "Seagulls Screaming" is a perfect example.  Man, I've been there.  And
> let me tell you, she wishes he'd kiss her as much as he does.  Doesn't
> that song just put you right there on that beach in November with no one
> else around for miles?

Dern tootin'.  In my mind's eye, I know the color coat she wears (hot
pink--a friend of mine had it, and it was a great coat from the 60s--
not garish at all and just right for this song, as it stands out on a
cold, gray November beach).

> I'm pretty solipsistic when it comes to music, but damn it, I know what
> I like!

WEll, if not, I'm here to help guide you.  <insert smilies at will>

> I like to think of Chalkhills as a kind of a great big tent where there's
> room for Alanis and Joni and Ben and Screamin' Jay Hawkins himself.  (Not
> that he has anything to do with anything, I just thought I'd throw him in.)

His cover of "Train Running Low on Soul Coal" wouldn't be as good as the
one someone on this list suggested as done by Motorhead (I still think it
would work!), but it would be worth a shot.

> Vive la Difference!

Et laisses les bon temps roulles (sp?).

> What do the rest of you think?  I know we're all in favor of diversity,
> but about why we like stuff.  Am I the only non-musical type?

How can you be non-musical when you've spent this whole post talking
about music?  Jes' because, to quote a band we all know, I find whenever
I hear a certain Canadian chanteuse, "The radio is blaring out/It's in
one ear and then it's out," doesn't mean I think you're a goner (until
I read that bit about Q****) <more smilies here>.

> "It whispers 'fool' then slides away"

"Wake up"

-Patty

P.S.  Duet from Hell:  Ben and Alanis

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From: Gene_Yoon@brown.edu
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 23:31:28 -0500
Subject: sometimes harder than you think

Matt Mondlock <mmondloc@indiana.edu> wrote in response to Patty Haley:

>        I'm not going to lie to you.  I'm drunk right now.  But I
>honestly believe I would write this same message to you sober.
>.....
>
>>(P.S.  If Mr. Folds' voice ever drops about five octaves, then I will fold
>>and give him another listen.)
>when you like Spilt Milk, how can you claim any consistancy?  Do you
>think either Andy Sturmer (or Andy Partridge for that matter) is a bass
>singer?  Are you looking for another Eddie Vedder (puke)???

I'd have to agree.  I enjoy singing, whether the people around me like it
or not, but singing along with Andy sometimes makes my tenor's head spin.
Example: even Andy can't pull off "Meanwhile on planet ~EARTH~", neither on
the demo nor the Acoustic Tour versions of Blue Beret.  On their cover
version, the Verve Pipe cleverly adjusts the notes to avoid this, er,
problem.  And what about Bob, that persistent falsetto littered everywhere
in the XTC/Dukes repertoir.  Maybe, Patty, it's the quality of Ben's voice
and not the pitch that you find bothersome.  I, for one, kinda like his
singing.

I always enjoy a new drinking game.  Now it's get drunk and write
Chalkhills.  If you start a thread, down another shot, then one for each
additional response in the thread.  Get flamed and drink two.  Compile a
survey, call the perimedics.

>From: DAMIAN FOULGER <SPXDLF@cardiff.ac.uk>
>
>I just heard 'Making Plans for Nigel' in HMV (British music shop).
>Wow I thought, is this shop so unhip and uncool that they are playing
>Drums and Wires in it's entirety?  Of _course_ they weren't, but I
>found that it's on a new compilation called 'Our Friends Electic -
>"The Sound of the 80's"'.  That'll be another 66 pence for Andy then.

Another 66 pence for *Colin*.  And nobody noticed that when this whole
royalty question was first posed, it was over the Shiny Cage cover--another
COLIN song, not Andy!  Geez louise, for all this undue credit you'd think
that Andy was, like, 75% of XTC or something.... ;)

>From: aym@j51.com (Angry Young Man)
>Subject: Feb 7 96...
>
>Yay! Finally I'm going to be able to see Yazbek and his crew at the
>Mercury Lounge...If anyone else is going, wear your Chalkhills shirt! I'll
>be wearing mine. Come by & say hi!

I'm sure it was great, Ira.  Peter and I went to his performance when he
opened for Big Nazo in Providence on Feb 2.  Both man and musician were
first rate.  If you haven't seen him and you're in the NYC area, voice in
my head says "Go Go Go!"  You'll know what I mean.

Gene

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 11:27:12 +0000
From: fisher@easynet.co.uk (Mark Fisher)
Subject: Nigel

I wrote not long ago to point out that Making Plans for Nigel was on a punk
compilation album - now, says Damian Foulger, this 1979 track is on a
compilation called The Sound of the 80s. Can any song be so misrepresented?

The new issue of Q magazine (UK music mag) gives Testimonial Dinner the
thumbs down in its import reviews - a meager one star and a general
slagging for an album that does no justice to the originals (it says).
Elsewhere in the issue there's a feature about banned records which doesn't
mention XTC but does use the headline "Censors Working Overtime". If I get
round to it I'll write and remind them of the time the BBC objected to
Statue of Liberty for the terribly naughty line "I sail beneath her skirt".

Incidentally, my mailing complaining about people going on about who sings
which songs (which by coincidence I headed up "Censors Working Undertime"),
was not a complaint that people shouldn't make the mistake, it was just
that they should listen when they're given the (very simple) answer.

Mark Fisher (fisher@easynet.co,uk)

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 10:24:21 -0500 (EST)
From: Natalie Jane Jacobs <gnat@umich.edu>
Subject: The mighty Captain

I also highly recommend that y'all check out the music of Captain
Beefheart.  "Trout Mask Replica" is not exactly pop heaven but it's very,
very cool.  It was produced by Frank Zappa and features lyrics such as

"I took off my pants and felt free
The breeze blowin' up me
And up the canyon as far as I can see..."

Maybe you can see how this would appeal to Andy's dada sense of humor.
The music itself is snarled and strange and disjointed; a couple of songs
feature 2 different time signatures played simultaneously.  The album is
quite long and gets a little wearying if you listen to it in one sitting,
but it's pretty damn brilliant stuff, all in all.  It makes me feel happy
and spastic, always a good thing.

"A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag - is fast and bulbous."

(Naturally, I haven't heard XTC's cover of "Ella Guru" :( I can't
imagine them doing it - the work of a profoundly American eccentric being
performed by profoundly British eccentrics just seems really strange to
me.  The results must be intriguing.)

Natalie Jacobs
**************
"If God lived on earth, people would break his windows."
		- Jewish proverb

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From: Ewalther@eworld.com
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 07:27:12 -0800
Subject: Beefheart

Glad to see the Captain is getting the recongnition he deserves but here's a
few clarifications.

Bo Bannon mentioned Don not recording since '78 but the 'Ice Cream for Crow'
LP mentions copyright & publishing in1982. Perhaps it was recorded earlier...

Cruising the Zappa news group I read that Gail Zappa has been in contact with
some former Magic Band alumni to get together & work on some demo stuff of
the Captain's she found in Frank's archive. Apparently, there's talk Don
coming out of retirement to joint the project. I wish...

I'd recommend 'Clear Spot' to the uninitiated.  It's by far Beefhearts most
accessable work from his "commercial" days.  Whatever influence the Captian
had on XTC can be found here.

<<Magnet draw day from dark - Sun Zoom Spark>>

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From: Rich_Pearson@rld.bofa.com
Date: 08 Feb 96 09:00
Subject: Ben Folds Five again

     To all -

     Hi, this is my first posting after having listened in on the goings on
     for some time now......  I have much to say but only time for this
     now....

     How is it that I seem to be the only one who hears early Todd Rundgren
     in the Ben Folds Five??  Listen to TR's "I Saw the Light" and I think
     you'll agree that he must have been a pretty big influence, don't you
     think?  Or maybe it's just me.

     I agree with someone's earlier message that Hindu Rodeo is very cool.
     Kind of self-conscious tho.  They reference a number of different
     bands, including our faves on "All Over Town".

     Another Minneapolis band that I think deserves a listen is one that
     ranks high on my list - the Hangups.  The have only 2 recordings -
     "He's After Me", a full length CD, and "Comin' Through", an EP.  Both
     are available on Clean records.  Both are fantastic!!!!!!!

     Thanks for putting together such a cool mailing list - I look forward
     to each one.

     Rich Pearson

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From: StrawB@bitstream.mpls.mn.us
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-65
Date: 08 Feb 1996 17:02:49 GMT
Organization: Bitstream Underground

While we're on Minneapolis bands, though -- who here has heard Rex Daisy?
I'll refrain from comparing them to Jellyfish here, but, well....  They're
pretty damned good.

staylor@sky.net

i play in a band every thursday night at lee's liquor bar in minneapolis
called "2 tickets to paradise".  3 of the members of this 80's "moustache
pop" joke-cover band are from the band rex daisy.  you are correct, all xtc
fans would appreciate their music.  their new album was recently produced by
paul fox as well. unfortunately they were dropped by dgc as soon as the
record was done and are currently looking for a new deal.  in the interim
they put out a paul fox produced 7" single called "brand new friend" on
ginger records (iowa city).  Also you can see rex daisy play on feb 15 at
first ave, in  mpls.  A new band (heavily influenced by xtc as well) will be
headlining call T.H.R.U.S.H. (featuring phil solem of th rembrandts, me and
michael bland of prince). check out our site as well.

http://designstein.com/~strawb/thrush.html

-john strawberry fields

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 10:47:29 -0800
From: wine@shell.wco.com (Glenn Siegel- The Wine Spectrum, Inc.)
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-64

I'm also nuts about "Living in a Haunted Heart."  Given the general tenor
of it, I've always assumed that it was a Skylarking era outtake.  But it is
a truly fine song, look at the lyrics.  Beautiful!

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From: richard.pedrettiallen@octel.com
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 10:49:14 -0800
Subject: Paul Fox Interview

  The latest issue of MIX (professional recording) Magazine just arrived
  containing an interview with Paul Fox.  XTC gets mentioned a couple of
  times.  The author, Maureen Droney states, "From projects with Boy George
  to XTC, The Sugarcubes, 10,000 Maniacs and Phish, you'll find that no two
  Fox-produced records have the same sound.  Instead of putting his
  signature on the record, he seems to search for the essence of the band
  and to reflect that essence in the sound."

  Could it be that the Paul Fox production is similar to what XTC would
  sound like if they produced themselves?

  Paul Fox later states "So [Virgin] literally sat down with me one day,
  showed me the Virgin roster and said 'Is there anybody you're really
  interested in working with?' and we went down the list to X, and I said,
  'What about XTC?' --and the next thing I knew I was in England having
  lunch with them.  I was a big fan of theirs.  And it was a big thing
  about producing for me, the chance to get back in touch with the music
  that I really loved, myself."

  ___________

  In response to SybaseDoug:

  Yes, KFOG (S.F.) does still play some XTC (so does Live 105), but I don't
  think I could strictly classify KFOG as a "Classic Rock" station.  And
  yes, they do play some Jurassic Rock but they also play some modern rock,
  some blues and reggae.  All in all, a rather eclectic mix compared to
  most commercial stations.  They were definitely "Classic Rock" in the
  late '80s and that is still light years better than the KFOG of the 1981
  when they played shopping music!  Every once in a while they will play
  one of the pre-'82 station IDs.  Too funny!

  ___________

  Cheers, Richard

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 19:09:34 -0500
From: Spawn Ranch Disciples <pete_srd@mindspring.com>
Subject: I feel like an amateur.

I thought I was a BIG XTC fan until I joined this list. There
are obviously several XTC maniacs out there. I think that's
great! They are such an enjoyable band. Truthfully, it took
a few listens to get it, but after I listened to 'Black Sea' a
few times I was totally hooked! Thank the Lord for such
a great band, and the fact that they were able to share their
music with all of us (as a musician, it's a dream...)

Too bad it took me until 1985 to get into XTC. Oh well.
I caught up.

Pete

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From: box@nemesis.com.au
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 22:27:56 -0500
Subject: Song poll and other tid bits

Thanks to everyone who sent their favourite songs to me.  I'm
collating the responses as you read this and they'll be up on
Chalkhills in the very near future [i.e. as soon as I get more than
half an hour to myself].  :)

--

Scott Taylor <staylor@sky.net> said:

 #> I always thought the author was L. Frank Baum, not Frank L.

I always thought the author was L. Ron Hubbard.  You wouldn't
believe the looks I got when I told people my favourite book was
written by L. Ron Hubbard.  :)

--

Dave Franson <dfranson@mail.execpc.com> wrote:

 #> These are all Andy, in keeping with the songwriting credit=lead
 #> vocalist equation.  Listen again.  It's part of the fun!

Ahh, thanks for that.  I don't have an original copy of 'Chips...',
so I don't know who wrote most of the tracks.  Thanks for replying
kindly, too... if only a certain other Chalkhillian could have
replied as kindly.  :)

 #> >Andy can't distort his voice as well as Colin can [look
 #> >at Grass compared with The Meeting Place].

 #> Uh, I don't get your point... Colin is the vocalist on both these
 #> tracks.

Sorry... what I meant was, Colin can sings 'The Meeting Place' and
'Grass', two songs in entirely different vocal registers.  I just
admire the way he can hold a tune.  :)

--

LaShawn M. Taylor <shonniet@interaccess.com> wrote:

 #> And what do you mean Andy can't distort his voice?
 #> Ever listened to It's Snowing Angels?

Nup.  Don't have it.  Can't get it.

--

Ben Gott <BENG@hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us> wrote [regarding CDnow!]:

 #>     Future Release: March 12, 1996
 #> Who feels like explaining this one to me?

Sounds very promising.  Maybe it's when Virgin/Geffen was _going_
to release the new album?  Maybe it's the start of an XTC stock-up
in preparation for the new album's release?

Please be so!  Please!!

--

Ed St. <Saints3Den@aol.com> wrote:

 #> This leads to mole from the ministry, I think they both sing it ,
 #> Andy does the "narration" part , Colin Does the "I'm the Mole
 #> from the Ministry" part.

That's what I thought too.  I can't see why they wouldn't share
vocals on some songs.  After all, 25 O'Clock _is_ a full-on effort
to sound '60s, and if that effort includes using each other's
voices where they're appropriate, it'd make a lot more sense.

[Oh, and no flames please.  As Ed said, we're here to learn about
the band, not fight over it.  Thanks Ed!  :)]

Adam

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Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 22:31:20 -0500
From: aym@j51.com (Angry Young Man)
Subject: Yazbek in concert!

In a word? Groovy. What else can be said? I dragged 4 frenz to the Mercury
Lounge last night for the 8:30 show, and we got there late. But so did
Yazbek. That's ok.

With Brian Doherty (of TMBG!) on drums and Chris Smylie handling the bass,
Yazbek was a man possessed on the keyboards ... Kinda made them sound like
a cross between XTC and bands like Squeeze, who have a similar sound while
featuring keyboards. I also heard a little TMBG in there (well, Doherty was
smashing the cymbals...) and maybe a touch of Elvis.  Mostly Costello, but
there was also an interesting Presley reference during the song "Shmuck..."
(apologizing for not remembering the entire title) Anyone who can sing in
Yiddish touches a warm spot in my heart. :)

Yazbek played for about 45 minutes -- 8 songs off the Laughing Man album
(shameless plug) and 3 others, including a rousing rendition of the "Carmen
Sandiego" theme song (that he wrote). Too bad there wasn't any more
material...the quality of the bands there went downhill after Dave and the
boys left.

My personal faves off "Laughing Man" -- if I had to pick three: "Fight the
One-Armed Man" (I'm thinking "The Fugitive" here, and I don't know why...),
"Black Cowboys on the Beach," with Lead Guitar credits going to our good
friend Andy Partridge (!), and "No More," what Yazbek introduced as 'a
ballad, of sorts,' which I think I would be proud to use as a breakup song,
if things come to that. :)

A good time was had by all! My finicky friends enjoyed themselves
immensely, and I actually went to work with a big smile on my face. All you
have to do now is buy the album, and it comes out March 19th...

Dave, thanks for the great evening! Next time, bring our Swindonian friends
with you. You think Partridge would perform in a club like that? Let me
know if he's going to be there anytime soon, and I'll buy the two of you a
drink. :)

-ira

 < - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - >  "He's been stabbed in the back
    _/_/  _/ _/  _/_/_/_/  Ira Lieman          He's been misunderstood
  _/  _/ _/ _/  _/ _/ _/  Angry Young Man      It's a comfort to know
 _/_/_/   _/   _/ _/ _/  aym@j51.com           His intentions are good"
_/  _/   _/   _/    _/  http://www.j51.com/~aym          - Billy Joel

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Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 16:35:04 +1300 (NZDT)
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Uffington/censorship

>>article about the Uffington Chalk Horse, as advertised on the cover of
>>English settlement. Last year some boffins from oxford university dated
>>the excavation of the horse to within the period 1400 - 600 BC, about a
>>thou years earlier than previous estimates. Yeah,Yeah, big deal, i know
>>.. but the same article mentioned the view that the " horse " looks more
>>feline than equine and even has what appear to be whiskers. whadaya think?

The Uffington White Horse, which lies 5 miles south of Wantage, between the
Ridgeway Path (HAH!) and the B4507 bears the same design as that on many
pre-Roman British coins, and has long been associated with the Celtic and
pre-Celtic goddess Epona, "the great mare", protector of horseriders. It
used to be cleaned regularly every seven years by local villagers, and was
connected to the St. George legend (nearby Dragon Hill was reputed by some
to be the site where the dragon was slain). According to legend, the
horse's shoes were made by Wayland the Smith - a character common in both
Celtic and Norse mythology. Some one mile from the horse is a neolithic
barrow known as "Wayland's Smithy", dating from >3000 BC. Some 150 yards
 from the white horse lie the banks and ditches which are all that remains
of the iron age camp (ca. 500BC) known as Uffington Castle. The horse's
"whiskers", BTW, are usually interpreted as a beaked mouth, and the age of
the horse is usually put at 600-200 BC. Therefore, if it is about 2600
years old, both traditional and "new" dates may be correct. This would,
quite sensibly, make it contemporary with the nearby camp.

---

BTW, the subject line "Censors working overtime" has me wondering. Is
Respectable Street the only XTC track that had a "cleaned up" version for
radio airplay?

James

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

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Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 06:38:21 -0500 (EST)
From: Dan Opdyke <gs02dco@panther.gsu.edu>
Subject: Re: [Loud-Fans] ben folds five

Chalkhills and Loud Family children:
I finally got to see the Ben Folds Five last night at the Point in
Atlanta. Lush opened up for them. The small venue was sold out and packed
with record company people in town for the Gavin convention (something to
do with college radio). Anyway, they lived up to the hype I've been
reading about on the net here. These three guys can belt out some very
crafty pop tunage. The guy on piano (is his name really Ben Folds?) was
fantastic. This is a powerful trio, and I can see the comparisons to XTC
in terms of composition and Jellyfish in terms of vocal stylings. While I
anxiously await the next XTC and the next Loud Family cd, I am going to
be giving the Ben Folds Five a lot of play (assuming I can find their cd).
BTW Aimee Mann was playing simultaneously two blocks down the street. The
droves who were turned away from BFF were seen headed in that direction.
Any reviews of that show? Tonight the ever-popular UMAJETS are playing in
Atlanta once again. It's wonderful to have ears!
Dr.Dan
ps. Lush was darn good too.

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From: Ben Gott <BENG@hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us>
Subject: Alanis/Joni/Bill
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 96 18:25:00 est

Yo:
    Although I don't *love* Alanis, there's a bit in the song "Ironic" that's
kind of catchy...However, Joni Mitchell probably uses her CD for a coaster...

Prez Clinton gets *many* points off in my book for signing the
Communications Decency Act.

Ben

XTC SONG OF THE DAY: Rook ("Who murdered
who?")

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Date: 09 Feb 96 15:24:17 EST
From: Dave K Gold <70673.317@compuserve.com>
Subject: XTC Quitting?

I'm a bit behind on reading my Chalkhills.  I have to delurk because I'm
pissed!

XTC quit!?! Perish the thought!  I think their more recent stuff is great!
So if you don't like it, why don't you quit buying it and participating in
this BBS?  This is supposed to be a discussion for FANS, right?  I hope the
fab three don't read the GARBAGE a few of the dissapointed have been
writing here.  It would break my heart and many other's, I'm sure, to seem
them end their fantastic works because it would break my heart to seem them
quit due to lack of support by a few vocal disgruntled stodgy "fans".

I can't wait for the next album!  XTC is probably the best band around
(although I also care for U2 too).  Their music touches me.

Back into the woodwork I lurk...Engage Mr. Data!

DKG

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