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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 71

                Thursday, 15 February 1996

Today's Topics:

                      The Lilac Time
                is it cabin fever or what?
                  Re: Dear Madam Barnum
               Keneally & a Shameless Plug
            Joe Meek ? It's Hard to Beleive It
                     Andy & DC Comics
                    Skylarking concept
                          (none)
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-70
              Was God an English astronaut?
                   Rush Hour, Real Love
                        re: Gonads
            News From Elvis & a SKYLACK Caveat
                       Other music
                Re : L'Affaire Louis Trio
      XTC & Rush: Long stretch, but similar no less
                 Re: L'Affaire Louis Trio
                       This & That

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 15:34:37 -0500
From: mp2@waterw.com (Jim Kee)
Subject: The Lilac Time

Hey there chalkfolk,

        There's been lots of talk about other XTC-ish bands, etc.  But I
don't remember seeing anything about The Lilac Time.  As far as I know they
put out 4 albums (Lilac Time, Paradise Circus, And Love For All, &
Astronauts), before  Steven "Tin Tin" Duffy went to persue a solo career
again.  Is there anyone else out there who liked this band as much as I?
They were sadly too short-lived, and I can't find any S. Duffy solo stuff
anywhere.
        This was brought to mind as I've been playing them all day in work.

Anyway...

Later,
Jim (Kee)

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Date: 14 Feb 1996 15:44:01 -0500
From: "Ken Salaets" <ksalaets@itic.nw.dc.us>
Subject: is it cabin fever or what?

Sure a lot of crankiness and nastiness of late.  Doctor recommends a lager
or midol.

As for Alanis, I like her.  I am constantly amazed at the stuff she gets
away with, such as the use of a cheesy drum machine sans effects, and she
pulls it off!  And besides, I think she's sexy, so there!

Dr. K

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 96 13:42:12 PST
From: "Sean Robison" <sean_robison@studio.disney.com>
Subject: Re: Dear Madam Barnum

First off - this is my first posting :)

Okay, but isn't "Dear Madam Barnum" just a veiled reference
to Margaret Thatcher? Since my knowledge of British politics
is VERY weak, I have no clue if she was still P.M. in 1992
when "Nonsuch" was released.

However, I know she wasn't exactly the most popular person
amongst the creative community (check out Elvis Costello's
"Tramp The Dirt Down") at that time. And XTC's lyrics do seem
to be making pointed jabs at a joke of a leader. And, in my
opinion, Andy is putting himself in the place of "england"...
aka "we refuse to put up with your foolish orders". "I resign
as clown" = "I'm not going to go along with your ridiculous
decisions".

And THAT is my two bits :)

Sean Robison

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Date: 14 Feb 1996 14:02:28 U
From: "Sherwood, Harrison" <hsherwood@btg.com>
Subject: Keneally & a Shameless Plug

[bandwidth-conserving snippage]

>>   "[Mike Keneally's] so go[od] he makes you want to spit."
>>  Andy Partridge, XTC

Say , while we're on the subject of the august Mr. Keneally, perhaps this
would be a good time to plug BLASM: The Fiction Damage Place, which is up
and frugging frenetically at

http://www.erols.com/damage/home.htm

About Fiction Damage,the celebrated Mr. K has said the following:

"If I were on a lifeboat with Fiction Damage and there were insufficient
supplies to sustain all of us, I would gladly sacrifice myself that they
might survive. Their contribution to American culture is that great."
            --Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Z, Beer for Dolphins)

Get the connection? Andy likes Mike, Mike likes Fiction Damage. Very nearly
an unimpeachable endorsement from the Swingin' Swindonians themselves, eh?

Drop by for a visit! There's an offer for a free cassette (quantities are
limited, so hurry!), plus sound clips, groovy pix, and a link to the
Chalkhills web site!

Fiction Damage's bassist and singer, Bob, is an incurable XTCoholic, and an
occasional poster to Chalkhills, when he has time. Some of you more
gray-bearded Hillsters may remember his famous Alehouse post from last
year, in which he asserted that Partridge stole everything he knows from
Dave Gregory's old band, Alehouse. That was a pretty funny one.

ObDisclaimer: I am Bob's brother, and I designed the page. So shoot me.

ObXTC: XTC rules. Thank you very much.

Harrison "Dollar a hit" Sherwood

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 17:33:13 -0500
From: "Robert P. Krajewski" <robertk@lotatg.lotus.com>
Organization: Lotus Development Corporation
Subject: Joe Meek ? It's Hard to Beleive It

How interesting that Andy Partridge's enthusiastic blurb appeared on a Joe
Meek compilation.

Joe Meek's most famous moment is "Telstar" by the Tornados. It is his
unmistakeable over-the-top production which makes it stand out. Meek was an
eccentric, bending musicians and early-to-mid 60s recording technology to
his will. He was one of the first independent record producers, often
working out of his home studio, full of one-of-kind equipment.

Joe Meek had obsessions: the power of sound, "horror" and the sprit world,
outer space, and Buddy Holly. Never quite balanced, he killed himself eight
years to the day that Buddy Holly died.

_It's Hard To Beleive It_ compiles Meek-produced hits. Some of it is fun,
some of it is like Twin Peaks pop taken into the ninth dimension, some of
it is schlock.  And there are two tracks from a 1960 EP called "I Hear A
New World" which are just amazing, sounding like Eno or Can way before the
fact.

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 17:59:31 -0600 (CST)
From: Dean Zemel <dbzemel@execpc.com>
Subject: Andy & DC Comics

I believe that the DC comic book in which Andy made a brief guest appearance
was the Legion Of Superheros, not Justice League of America.  I remember
seeing it at the Princeton, Illinois XTC convention and later buying a copy
for a friend of mine.  Perhaps that friend (who is a Chalkhills reader and
participant) could write to Chalkhills and confirm both the title and number
of the book.  (It was a VERY brief appearance and it took me a while to
recognize it, even while paging through the very issue that I knew contained
the appearance.)

Dean

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 14:42:50 +1300
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Skylarking concept

>Anyway, I have two questions: (1) This may be a stupid question, but I
>couldn't find it on the web or in the FAQ. I noticed that in Skylarking,
>it says "Continuity Concept by Todd Rundgren". Now, does this make
>Skylarking a 'concept album' per se? I've heard that it was, and I'm
>having trouble piecing together all the songs. All of them seem to
>revolve around a man and a woman, but I can't figure out the 'story', if
>there is one.

It's not so much a "story" as a general progression from summer, when
everything is happy and relationships are beginning, through "autumnal"
feelings of restlessness and disenchantment, to the "wintry" feelings of
death, followed by the ritual rebirth of the new year in a "sacrificial
bonfire"

James

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 00:34:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Anthony Ciarochi <ciarochi@pe.net>

> 3.  5 songs which...uhhh...lack that XTC sparkle:  Deliver Us From The
> Elements, Human Alchemy, Peter Pumpkinhead, Heatwave, Little Lighthouse

Ummm, gotta disagree there, Ben...  "Deliver Us From The Elements" could not
have come from any band other than XTC. It may be a bit pretentious, but
that's just one side of Colin Moulding we've all come to know and love.
"Human Alchemy" is also vintage XTC, being another one of those extended
metaphores that Andy Partridge is so fond of.  The feel, also, is
reminiscent of some stuff from "Drums & Wires", only with a 'thicker'
production.  Likewise with "Peter Pumpkinhead", which could have come
>from the same mould as "Earn Enough For Us", or any number of Partridge's
excursions into power pop silliness (I'm refering to the title, not the
message).

-- Anthony

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 00:56:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Anthony Ciarochi <ciarochi@pe.net>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-70

- Brian Whitman wrote:

>> Anyway, I have two questions: (1) This may be a stupid question, but I
couldn't find it on the web or in the FAQ. I noticed that in Skylarking,
it says "Continuity Concept by Todd Rundgren". Now, does this make
Skylarking a 'concept album' per se? I've heard that it was, and I'm
having trouble piecing together all the songs. All of them seem to
revolve around a man and a woman, but I can't figure out the 'story', if
there is one.

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

Well, Brian, my interpretation of the 'Continuity Concept" was simply the
way the songs segued into each other with crickets chirping and grass
rustling -- the sounds of a warm summer day wrapped into one little package..
 Andy Partridge made a quote recently, something to that effect, my short
term memory is shot.

There is no connection between the actual songs that I can see,
unless perhaps it's: "Oh boy, more songs about girls and the weather!"
(To mis-quote Andy yet again :-)  )

- Anthony

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 11:25:48 +0000
From: fisher@easynet.co.uk (Mark Fisher)
Subject: Was God an English astronaut?

Chuck, a high school English teacher, defends someone accused (rightly or
wrongly) of being an English student by using exactly the same
over-analytical approach to a different song. This is not a defence of the
first person, it is a confirmation that the Eng Lit mindset is obsessed
with picking things apart and seeing rather more trees than wood.

Of course, it's not beyond the realms of possibilty that Another Satellite
and Dear Madam Barnum are disguised tracts about religion, but what
possible motive would Andy Partridge have for disguising them? The fact
that he has written about religion explicitly should be evidence enough
that he has no need to write about it in code.

And where will this end? As a relief from all this earnest analysis, I
challenge fellow Chalkhillians to prove a case for any of the following:

That Complicated Game is really about TV soap operas
That Hold Me My Daddy is really about the Gulf War
That Me and the Wind is really about the cosmetics industry
That Shake You Donkey Up is really about substance abuse
That Wrapped in Grey is really about interior decoration

. . . or any combination of the above.

Mark Fisher (fisher@easynet.co,uk)

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 13:14:36 +0100 (MET)
From: markus gruber <h9150394@obelix.wu-wien.ac.at>
Subject: Rush Hour, Real Love

Hi, Klaus Bergmaier from Austria participating again. I loved to see the
Rush/XTC-bruhaha rising in the last two weeks (where I was unable to read
Chalkhills), because I'm a big Rush fan myself. Although I don't find
many parallels between XTC and Rush (musically), I agree with most of you
in saying, that they are all excellent musicians and have great lyrics.
BTW, just heard the Beatles' "Real Love" - I think it's even better than
FAAB (Free as a Bird), because this tune features excellent guitar work
by George Harrison, give and take his vocal backings, that enlightened
the outro of FAAB, too. I'm not sure if I should still prefer the Lennon
version featured on 1988's "Imagine-The Soundtrack", which the Fab3 did
not use for their new overdubs. Anyway, I know you don't like people talking
about the B*****s, but I had to (for the first time BTW). That's it for today
Klaus

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
                                              Neil Peart / Rush / "Free Will"

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 07:48:22 -0700 (MST)
From: Big Earl Sellar <splitred@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca>
Subject: re: Gonads

Howdy! To start with, I was in a band called THE GONADS back in '87 or
so: bass, bongos and me on 1 string guitar (F#).

the pre-occupied Jon Eva jde@abingdon.geoquest.slb.com mentioned:

> Years and years ago Viz released a record by "Johnny Japes & His Jesticles",
> who were actually XTC in disguise (well ok, 2/3 of XTC with John Otway), so
> it's not completely inconceivable that Spoilt Brat was based on some artist's
> or editor's bad experiences of dealing with Andy. By the way, has anyone ever
> heard this record, and if so is it worth tracking down? (I once saw it valued
> at fifty dollars - the lyrics would have to be bloody funny to justify that
> price).

INTERESTING! I knew that Andy had done some work with John (a single or
something) but *this* is new? Info please - which 2/3?

I remember on my very first post to this list I asked if there were any
JOHN OTWAY fans out there. Since the list has tons o' members now, any
more out there? John's on-line right now, when he's not (playing) in the
pubs.

1/4 Joni + 1/8 Curt - 5/16 (Liz Phair x Bryan Adams) = Alanis

Later...
EEEEEEE Big Earl Sellar - splitred@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca
EE 			"If all that ash
EEEE 	 	 	 Used to be hash
EE  	 	 	 What the heck time
EEEEEE 	 	 	 Is it now?"
Current Temperature: +3C		- ASH HASH - Bob Snider

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 96 11:36:06 EST
From: "John Christensen" <christej@vrinet.com>
Subject: News From Elvis & a SKYLACK Caveat

Members of the Elvis Costello list were recently polled about their
favorite (non-Elvis) bands and, not surprisingly, XTC placed well:

  Artist            Total
1 The Beatles       30
2 Neil Young        16
3 Squeeze           14
4 XTC               13
5 Bruce Springsteen 13
6 Nick Lowe         13
7 Tom Waits         13
8 The Clash         11
9 R.E.M.            11
10 Bob Dylan        11
11 John Hiatt       10
12 They Might Be Giants 10
13 Joe Jackson       9
14 The Who/Pete Townshend 9
15 Graham Parker     9

What? . . . No Joni Mitchell? No Alanis Morrisette? No Blur? No Oasis? No
Ben Folds Five? No Rush and no Queen?

A couple current activites on the Costello list that Chalkhillers may want
to consider:

1. A fan tribute tape. (Someone else suggested this recently and I agree.)
The Elvis list is about to complete a four-month project with a 100-minute
tape of fan covers (the master is currently being cleaned digitally by a
sound engineer on the list) and the whole list is waiting eagerly for
it. It has been a real "community" effort; involving many people with
different skills and talent levels.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the SKYLACKING thing has been nothing
but frustrating for me.  Warning: The SKYLACKING songs listed on the Web
page as "still available" are NOT all still available -- so don't spend a
lot of time on "your" song (like we did) until you get the OK from the
compiler.  And don't hold your breath for a quick response. The song I
wanted to cover wasn't available, but I was asked to cover a song to
replace someone else's submission.  That turned me off to the whole ball of
wax.  A Chalkhills list cover tape would be a lot more fun (and no one's
song would get bumped 'cause it didn't make the grade).

2. Album reviews.  Volunteers were solicited from the list to write album
reviews for the Costello web page.  This will allow newbies to scan through
the discography and get a feel for which album to start with.  Could be
useful and fun for the Chalkhills page as well.

Anyone agree?

Jasper

**********************************************************
"But only for a few seconds am I in XTC"
    --Madness ("Land of Hope and Glory"; One Step Beyond)
                (so when did Suggs join the band?)
**********************************************************

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Date: 15 Feb 96 13:08:10 EST
From: Simon Sleightholm <101477.1611@compuserve.com>
Subject: Other music

 Michael in Osaka wrote:-

> XTC's
>musical offerings have moved me more so than any of the above bands.  IMHO,
>they have continuously made, by far, the freshest, most compelling pieces
>of music than any other pop band.  But this doesn't mean I'm gonna limit
>myself to "XTC-sounding" bands.

I couldn't agree more. It seems that a love of XTC denotes a general
openess to music of all kinds, the band having pulled the tails of many
different tigers in their career. To their credit, the band have slid
through musical styles without becoming too much of a "jack of all trades,
master of none", although the Carnival style of Omnibus is ineptly handled,
especially the intro. A couple of years back I had Van Morrison's Too Long
In Exile Album playing while we had some friends over. One of them asked me
to take if off, not because he didn't like the music, but because he
couldn't handle the way the album jumped from pure blues to soul and then
jazz (anyone who has the album will know that it really isn't a
particularly radical work.). It was really making him edgy. A whole XTC
album would probably kill him.
This incident brought home to me how conservative and short-sighted some
people are in their appreciation of music. The same friend is a compulsive
"Programmer" of his CD. No matter which album he puts in he fiddles about
removing tracks from the play cycle, which is something I would *never*
dream of doing. Even though I think Nonsuch would suffer little if Smartest
Monkeys and Wardance had never been included, they have been placed in the
running order according to some design the band had for how the songs
should best be heard. Whether it's deliberate or not, the Moulding songs on
Skylarking have a definite theme and progression. They cover, in running
order, tentative flirting (Grass), which grows to a steady relationship
(Meeting Place), culminating in marriage (Big Day), and inevitable
bereavement (Dying). After all that the cycle begins again (Sacrificial
Bonfire). I'm not a great fan of Big Day, but the natural ordering and
progression of the songs appeals to me; editing out the track or hitting
the random play button would tear Skylarking apart.
Ah. 'Twould seem the (sizeable) anal-retentive in me is dragging this
missive *well* off course. Oh well. With the CD revolution and the instant
market for re-issues many of us are looking back and buying music we
already have - witness the the growth in the Box Set market (Beatles'
interminable anthology series; "Track 20; Ringo & Paul humming a bit...") -
or music that sounds like music they used to listen to. I cannot deny that
I've bought work by Blur because it sent me back to my teenage years with
it's nods towards the Jam, XTC and a very obvious pitch at Teardrop
Explodes on "Colin Zeal" (if that's not Sleeping Gas I'll eat Andy's hat.)
It's easy to get into a loop of buying music by bands that sound like bands
you've already bought music by, until you end up with a stagnant collection
that doesn't take you anywhere beyond yourself.
Being a 28yr old Briton my musical roots are in the 1976-1982 new-wave and
punk boom and, although I try to keep my horizons as wide as possible, I
still find myself buying the work of Julian Cope, Ian McNabb, Paul Weller &
Edwyn Collins.  I love the music but, perhaps leaving Copey aside, none of
it's particularly "on the edge" stuff.
By deliberately keeping an ear open to the newer sounds I can at least
attempt to absorb the best of the newer musics; Portishead, Tricky, Gorky's
Zygotic Mynci, Baby Bird, Angel Corpus Christi, Liz Phair, Garbage (all of
which I recommend to Chalkhillers) But the problem, of course, is that with
a limited disposable income I am restricted like many others from taking
too many risks on unheard artists. I have done it - Liz Phair and The Blue
Aeroplane are two gambles that paid off, The Frames one that didn't - and
will do it again, no doubt, but unless you're rolling in cash or (better
still) have a very rich and gullible record buying friend (there aren't
many about, I've been looking for *ages*) the temptation will always be to
buy something you know you are going to like.
Mailing lists like this can help, but the recent Alanis Morrissette
for-and-against debate show that there isn't a standard XTC fan and that
recommendations made here are probably no more valid that any others. With
that in mind, here are my recommendations!

Julian Cope		-	Jehovahkill
The Blue Areoplanes	-	Rough Music
Van Morrison		-	Veedon Fleece
Liz Phair		-	Whip Smart
Throwing Muses		-	The Real Ramona
Garbage			-	Garbage
Pixies			-	Surfer Rosa
Danny Wilson		-	Be-Bop Mop-Top

Also Catatonia, Morphine, Big White Stairs, Grant Lee Buffalo, Vic
Chesnutt, Oh shut up Simon...

My wife wishes to propose me as the world's *saddest* XTC fan because I
have the "Let's begin!" from Peter Pumpkinhead as my Windows startup sound
and Funk Pop A Roll's "Bye bye" as the exit sound. Is there anyone out
there with even less of a life? I'd love to know.

Simon

"Success is being a quote," Andy Partridge.

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Date: 15 Feb 96 14:46:38 EST
From: Emmanuel Marin <100574.3414@compuserve.com>
Subject: Re : L'Affaire Louis Trio

>From Wesley Wilson :
>I just heard the L'Affaire Louis Trio songs that Colin plays bass
>on...punchy, sophisticated pop tracks (hey...who's the French Paul
>McCartney?).

Well, in the 60's, many (including some of the biggest ones) French pop
stars wanted British musicians to have the "real pop sound" on their
records. [These French pop stars even had English-sounding pseudonyms. Ever
heard of Johnny Halliday, Eddy Mitchell, Dick Rivers, Danny Logan, Ronnie
Bird, etc... etc...  They're all French (or Belgian) !]
So a French pop musician that could be said to be the French Paul
McCartney?  I'm afraid there's none.

>What's a good English translation of the album title, and the songs Colin
>plays on? "Le Homme aux Milles Vies" translates to "The Man with a
>Thousand Lives" in my estimation.  Another track Colin plays on is "Ma Vie
>Etait Si Simple" = "My Life Was Not Easy". (I'm just guessing at the
>translations here.)

The first one is correct, the second one is just the opposite (in fact,
it's "My Life Was So Easy"). Other songs Colin plays on : "Le Vieux Sage"
("The Old Wise Man") and "Le Cimetiere des Elegants" ("The Cemetery of the
Elegant Ones" - a pun with the one of the Elephants).

>Does anyone from France know how this CD is doing in sales? Is it popular?

It's doing well, but not as good as their previous one, which had been a
big hit here (singles as well as the album). For the anecdote, if I
remember well, they tried to have Andy Partridge for the previous one (or
is it for the last one ?).

So far the two singles from the last CD are the title track and "Le
Meilleur des Mondes".  Colin's appearance and work in the CD did not make
any news in the media in case you wondered about it, except for an
interview in the would-be-fashion-maker "Les Inrockuptibles"music
magazine. There's no Colin in the video-clips either.

Nevertheless, L'Affaire Louis Trio is a popular French pop band, and I
suspect they are very well known in Lyons, France's 2nd biggest town, where
they live.  Their early works varied from
cheap-synths-and-cheap-drum-machines-and-silly-lyrics hits to
big-band-a-la-Count-Basie ones, but know they are working more for albums
than for singles. Interestingly, as a reference to Andy Partridge's
universe of references, L'A.L.T's leader Cleet Boris is a comics
writer/drawer, but it doesn't appear in the lyrics.

>From: BEAULAC MARIO

(Before signing off--any other french speaking Chalkhillians out here on
the list? Just a mite curious.)

IMHO, whether or not people from Quebec can be said to speak French is
still an open question ;-)

Emmanuel Marin
Paris, France

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From: SCOTT@BUAXP1.BARRY.EDU
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 17:24:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: XTC & Rush: Long stretch, but similar no less

        I was pleasantly surprised to see that, indeed, there are
individuals besides myself who admire both of these bands, and for much the
same reasons.
        The comparison is not so superficial. A truly superficial
comparison would be weighing Slayer against Megadeth, or Toad the Wet
Sprocket against the Gin Blossoms. The neat thing about comparing XTC with
Rush is that they are in totally different genres of rock music. On the
other hand (and this is another way in which the two bands are similar),
both bands are extremely difficult to pigeonhole (especially Rush). The
musical images created by XTC and Rush represent true enigmas in the world
of pop music. These bands simply do what they do and it would be very
difficult for anyone else to emulate them.
        Just to give you one specific example of what I'm talking about,
consider the song Mayor of Simpleton. The beauty of that song lies in the
fact that the bass guitar is carrying the melody. The line is extremely
well structured and takes more than a few listens even to remember it
correctly, but when you finally do remember it correctly you think, "How
else could it have been played?" Most Rush songs are like that. The melodic
structure is conveyed by the bass line while the rhythm guitar provides
texture and harmony.

	Incidentally some of my favorite XTC songs are:

	Love on a Farmboy's Wages
	Jason & the Argonats
	Making Plans for Nigel
	Little Lighthouse (DOS)
	Chalkhills for Children
	Day In, Day Out
	Thanks for Christmas
	Then She Appeared
	Cynical Days

	... what an incredible band.

	Sam Scott
	scott@buaxp1.barry.edu

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 22:32:36 GMT
From: philippe.fabry@arcadis.be (Philippe Fabry)
Subject: Re: L'Affaire Louis Trio

>What's a good English translation of the album title, and the songs Colin
>plays on? "Le Homme aux Milles Vies" translates to "The Man with a
>Thousand Lives" in my estimation.

Very good estimation Wes.

>Another track Colin plays on is "Ma Vie Etait Si Simple" - "My Life Was
>Not Easy". (I'm just guessing at the translations here.)

You're close but that's not it. The correct translation is "My Life Was So
Easy".

>Does anyone from France know how this CD is doing in sales? Is it popular?

Thank God I'm not from France : ) I'm from Belgium, but it's almost the
same thing so mayby I can help you even if I'm not a faithful fan of this
band.  L'Affaire Louis Trio is a band starting in the early 80's with a
pretty cool song called "Chic planete - Swell planet" The song said about
this: "Earthling friends, look at the bowl rolling under our feet. It suits
us because It's mine, so let's dance on it because there is nothing more
beautiful in a range of millions light years!". They made a few albums from
time to time, one every two or three years (does it ring a bell?). I wasn't
very surprised when I heard that Colin produced and played with them,
because like XTC, L'Affaire Louis Trio know that life stinks but it's so
good to be alive.

Anyway I think they're doing fine. They have very good press in France and
Belgium and they are quiet popular even if Patrick Bruel is way more famous
(I told you we are stupid). Thinking about it, my idea is that L'Affaire
Louis Trio is as famous in France than XTC is in the UK. Could be better...

Allei, salut mainant. Schutz.

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From: Ewalther@eworld.com
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 16:28:54 -0800
Subject: This & That

First, thanks to Adam for the time & effort in the top ten list; too bad
there weren't more responses.

 'Mayor' makes sense as #1: it has all the musical hooks (12 string jangle,
pounding drums), witty (as always) lyrics and, yes, was packaged in a fun
video (where is Mrs. Peel now that I need her!).  It's also a sure-fired
tease to get the unintiated to listen to more.

Brian, I think the continuity concept was the crickety sounds between  the
first few numbers; I don't really see any yarn weaving the lyrics together as
some have posted.  Knowing Todd's background (but not the Fab Three's),  I'd
say it may have to do with herbal intake.

For Mike in Osaka - Atom Age - smashing guitars and angy Andy - It has all
the sounds that will follow on D&W.  As for the NTA enigma, I think Andy's on
about leaving smalltown and heading for Londinium and all the music industry
hype he's had to face there.  The gilded cage is the press.

Re Alanis:  She started on a local 'Tween' show here in Ottawa called "You
 Can't do That on Television" some years ago (I think she was 11). The show
was a collection of allegedly comic skits and such but had no musical
segments: She wasn't very funny.  She played a lot of shopping malls here
pumping her 'dance' music stuff after that: She wasn't very good.  I'd
hopefully thought that she'd disappeared into the oblivion she so richly
deserved.  Oh well.... The Mayor's declared Alanis Morissette Day when she
comes home to our new, expensive and under-used arena. I guess I do live in
Simpleton!

I think it's enough that we all know what we like to hear whether  we're
'musical' or not (tip o the hat, ladies!) however, I WILL draw the line at
'Achey Breaky'!

<Still breathing though>

Enrico

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