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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 96

                   Friday, 5 April 1996

Today's Topics:

                         RE: huh?
             Andy's Strangest Park Experience
                   New XTC Song Titles
                 The Whickerman/Greenman
                     Andy on the Net
                   Green Wicker Men...
               Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-95
                    "Through the Hill"
            When I Hear You I Have Difficulty
                     Misheard lyrics
                     New XTC bootleg
                  Mechanical Kidz Lyrics
 Across this antmusic, the clown Jools and other regalia
             Closed Shop (For The Time Being)
              meccanic copyright - oh we go!
                 Once again, pop explodes
                     chain of office
               The Tribute Tape name polls
               Buses Skidding on Black Ice
                   more misheard lyrics
                         O&L Cube

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Message-Id: <01BB2161.22604760@JGO.adp.unc.edu>
From: "Greg O'Rear" <jgo@bullhead.adp.unc.edu>
Subject: RE: huh?
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 13:26:14 -0500

Ted wrote:
> Mark Fisher sez:

>> "... it's not as profitable for record companies to have more than
>> ten songs on an album because more mechanical copyright fees have
>> to go to the artists)."
>
> I don't get this last sentence.  Why  is this so? What are mechanical
> copyright fees?

Mechanical royalties are those paid to the artist for the right to
release and sell the record.  Industry practice is (according to a book
I've read) to pay for no more than 10 songs on an album or maybe 11 for
a CD or tape.  But I believe that depends on the contract between the
artist and the record company.

The standard rate is now 6.95 cents per song (or 1.3 cents per minute,
whichever is greater).  But only up to those 10-11 songs.

So, for example, for that They Might Be Giants CD that had all those
tracks that were only a second or two of weird little snippets, the
record company didn't have to pay them 6.6 cents per song for all 60
or however many songs there were.

Check out BMI's page (http://bmi.com/) for a lot of good info.

--
Greg O'Rear                    Computing Consultant IV, Novell CNE
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From: patty@gdb.org
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 13:34:12 -0500
Message-Id: <9604031834.AA08455@musichead.gdb.org>
Subject: Andy's Strangest Park Experience

>From Scott Taylor:

> >Most of you probably saw the "120 Minutes" 10th Anniversary special on
> >MTV yesterday.  It did include a brief snippet from AP's appearance--when
> >was that, 1989 or so?  As you recall, AP and Dave "I am an idiot"
> >Ken-Dull were standing in Central Park and Dave asked AP what was the
> >strangest thing he'd ever done in a park.  AP looked in the camera and
> >said, "Cut!"  Then "This is a family show."  That exchange wasn't nearly

> I saw this clip too and was puzzled by Andy's evasive response to what
> appeared to be a relatively innocent query.  I think the problem here was
> that Andy misunderstood the question...  He obviously thought Dave had
> asked him "What's the strangest thing you've ever done with a shark?"  Of
> course, we've all heard that story.  His reticence is understandable.

I understood Andy's answer to be in accordance to a park, not a shark.  Now,
Colin may be Mr. Nature Boy in his songs, but we're talking about Andy
"Slave to My Pink Thing" (and I don't mean his son) Partridge, here.
So, let's think a bit more, erm, adult, in nature, shall we?  I couldn't
imagine Andy saying, "Well, back when Marianne and I were dating, we went
down to the park and really had at it under that willow tree."  *That's*
why his reticence is understandable.  He was right--it is a family show!
I know we'd never have heard the real story--"cut" would have been the word!
I was practically rolling off the couch when I heard his response to another
whoppingly dumb question from Dave "Neither of My Two Brain Cells Have
Ever Met" Kendall.  Poor Dave.  He was *so* outwitted there that I *almost*
had to feel sorry for him.

Of course, the shark story isn't exactly family fare, either.

-Patty

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Message-Id: <s1627f45.069@DICTAPHONE.COM>
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 1996 13:27:15 -0400
From: Tim Kendrick <TKEN@DICTAPHONE.COM>
Subject: New XTC Song Titles

   Hi !

   >>> In the meantime, they've amassed 28 songs ...

   From the last couple of Little Express issues
   I've compiled a list of 26 of those 28 new song titles:

  "BOARDED UP"
  "BUMPER CARS"
  "CHILD'S NIGHT"
  "CHURCH OF WOMEN"
  "DAME FORTUNE"
  "EASTER THEATRE"
  "FRUIT NUT"
  "GANGWAY, ELECTRIC GUITAR IS COMING THROUGH"
        (being re-worked due to Dave's prodding)
  "I CAN'T OWN HER"
  "I'D LIKE THAT"
  "KNIGHTS IN SHINING KARMA"
  "LIFE IS ALWAYS"
  "MATES"
  "NEW COUNTRY SQUIRE"
  "PLAYGROUND"
  "PRINCE OF ORANGE" (lyrics being altered some)
  "RIVER OF ORCHIDS"
  "SOME LOVELY"
  "THE GREEN MAN"
  "THE LAST BALLOON"
  "THE MAN WHO MURDERED LOVE"
  "THE SHIP STUCK IN ICE"
  "THE WHEEL AND THE MAYPOLE"
  "WONDER ANNUAL"
  "YOU AND THE CLOUDS WILL STILL BE BEAUTIFUL"
  "YOUR DICTIONARY"
           (might also be called "DICTIONARY OF DOUBT" ???)

  And thanks to Mark for giving us the latest news from Andy !

  I know you would never want to abuse or take advantage
  of your friendship with him, but it's too bad he couldn't call
  you once a month or so, just to keep all us die-hard fans
  informed of the latest goings-on.

                    Tim  K.

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Message-Id: <199604032006.VAA08126@ns.cityscape.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 1996 20:59:09 +0000
From: bt18@cityscape.co.uk (Allan Toombs)
Subject: The Whickerman/Greenman

First off let me make it clear I haven't yet heard the track this debate
revolves around but I was slightly concerned to hear it constantly discussed
in the terms of the Woodward film. This is a good twisting thriller with
great atmosphere and sexual overtones but it's hardly the last word on the
Greenman. You'll also get a rather horrific vision from the Amis' excellent
'Green Man' novel, a tale of ghosts, drunks and ancient evil. However a
truer understanding of the Greenman lurks somewhere inside if only we
embrace the less sensationalistic aspects of the pagan.
        Certainly the Green Man myth is shadowy but the essential idea of
the vegetative male is graspable and positive. In a world which portrays
women as the sex more likely to be in touch with nature's rythmns, the Green
man asserts man's deep earthy roots (DC Comic fans might want to
conceptualise 'Swampthing' here who is in some ways a very modern facet of
the Green Man). His portrayal as in carved heads show ivy and beard
interweaving, often authorative, often joyous, never overtly fearsome (I
have two different Green Man earthenware plaques at both front and back
doors, portal guardians see). In a few morris dance troupes the 'burrieman'
is present along with 'hobbie' (yep, another XTC song there) the mischievous
horse and sundrie bladdermen etc. This is means a chap clothed head to foot
and then covered in burrs, a pretty impressive sight. A more personal theory
here is that this links to the use of oak, ash, holly, ivy, etc.
combiantions over sacred wells and the presence of sacred groves as part of
the ceremonial landscape of ancient times. Each tree being equivalent to a
pagan god-type eg. oak=Wotan, Odin. Far more potent than ideas of tree
sprites. But I digress...
"words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup"
 mailto:toombs@cityscape.co.uk
 http://www.cityscape.co.uk/users/bt18/atoombs.html
 Copyright 1996 Allan Toombs, email me to negotiate permission ;-)

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Message-ID: <31636913.5219@knoware.nl>
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 1996 22:15:47 -0800
From: Mark Mello <mmello@knoware.nl>
Subject: Andy on the Net

Hello everyone,

in Chalkhills 2-95 Erich Walther wrote:

> Maybe we should all chip in and buy Andy an internet connection
> I think he'd get a kick out of our collective musings ;-)

Funny you should mention this...
I have been having thoughts along similar lines only last week.

If anybody who's _in touch_ wants to check if this would be appreciated
by AP ( and/or Colin & Dave  !!! ) maybe we can start something going.

I would be more than willing to spend a few bucks on such a worthy cause.
Anyone else?

bye, Mark

--
and all the media will fiddle while Rome burns,
     acting like modern-time Neros <XTC>

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Message-Id: <v02140b00ad889408f2c7@[198.69.129.114]>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 16:19:47 -0500
From: lstead@cais.cais.com (Lewis Stead)
Subject: Green Wicker Men...

A few comments on Wicker and Green Men and song interpretation.

First, the Wicker Man is a pretty neat film. I doubt if it's the
inspiration for the song. The film is intended to be fairly dark and I
don't get that from the song--although I may be biased because I'm a
Neo-Pagan and fond of cheering at all the wrong scenes in the Wicker Man
movie. The notion of the wicker man (ie, the object) is from a Roman
account of druidic sacrifices. Supposedly they put all their captured
enemies in one and burned it. Some scholars wonder if this was more of a
story to scare the folks back in Rome with.

On to the Green Man. The Amis book mentioned last digest was also made into
a movie that played on A&E Cable here in the states. Not bad at all. A lot
is made of the interaction between an atheist clergyman and the hero who is
experiencing enough of the supernatural to pretty much dismiss atheism. In
the movie, the Green Man is pretty much a dark type of force, but also
serves as a reminder that man shouldn't be too sure of his orderly society.

Historically the Green Man is a motif of a man (or usually a male face)
made up of leaves. You find a lot of them on ancient churches in the
British Isles, which is what the song line about the kiss from the high
church wall is about. It's assumed to be from Pagan times representing
either a forest God or spirit personifying the forest and wilderness. Since
the earth is reckoned as a Goddess, the Green Man (along with the Sun God
and a variety of other Gods) is mythologically the consort of the Earth
Goddess and thus the father of pretty much everything. "for a million years
he has been your Father..."

One other thing which may shed some light onto "for a million years he has
been your lover" is that sacred marriages between human and deity is a
pretty common Pagan motif, usually the King marrying the land. Some of
these also involve the sacrifice of the human at the end of the marriage.

At least in modern times, Pagans generally figure the Green Man to be a
fairly light hearted fellow, sort of calling forth people into pleasurable
celebration.  And I think it goes along with the general XTC theme of
simple rustic pleasures, as well as the obvious environmental message.

Lew

!------------------------------------------------------------------------!
!   Lewis Stead -=- lstead@cais.com -=- http://www.webcom.com/lstead/    !
!------------------------------------------------------------------------!

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Message-Id: <199604032147.PAA08462@wymple.gs.net>
From: "Brian Huddell" <bhuddell@wymple.gs.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 15:48:50 +0000
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-95

> From: pebrantl@mailbox.syr.edu (Paul Brantley)
> I probably shouldn't admit this, but guess the source of this mis-heard
> lyric: "I'm like a rock and roll, barber-shop freak!"

I'm sure lots of people got this, but so did I: "I'm like a rocket from a
bottle shot free."  Really one of the more entertaining mis-heard lyrics
I've seen; right up there with "There's a bathroom on the right."  I now
have an image in my mind of just what a r&r barber-shop freak might look
like.  Not pretty, people.

--brian

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From: Ben Gott <BENG@hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us>
Subject: "Through the Hill"
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 96 18:19:00 est
Message-ID: <31630715@pentium3.hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us>

Hey kids:

Is it worth it for me to buy "Through the Hill" for $13.47? Someone, please
advise.

~ben

XTC SONG OF THE DAY: Heatwave

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Date: 4 APR 96 10:20:24 EST
From: PCulnane@dca.gov.au
Subject: When I Hear You I Have Difficulty
Message-ID: <0000ecyoemus.0000cusqmssk@dca.gov.au>

Scott Taylor (staylor@sky.net) wrote in Chalkhills #95 that he misheard
Colin as singing "I'll put pants on you..." in the song Grass.

I've always misheard this line too; for me it was "I will pants on you...."
To me this made sense in the erotic context of the song, because to "pants"
someone or to "pants on" someone is an Aussie euphemism for seduction.
Another variation is "to get into someone's pants".  Considering a lot of
our colloquialisms are derived from or are similar to English ones, this
makes perfect sense to me.  Crude, but there it is.

Paul with pants on.  Oz.

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From: steve@expersoft.com (Steve-O Lutz)
Message-Id: <9604040025.AA14849@chomolangma.expersoft.com>
Subject: Misheard lyrics
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 16:33:44 -0800 (PST)

	I was once playing O&L in the car with a friend of mine, and when
Mayor of Simpleton came on he exclaimed, "Hey, is'nt this that song
about South Africa or something?"

	I replied, "Ummm... It's not about South Africa.  At least, I don't
think so".

	"Yeah," he responded, "'The Man of Sabuta'... Isn't Sabuta in South
Africa somewhere?"

	I'm not making this up.

	-- Steve-O

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From: ZITTEL@aol.com
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 21:34:26 -0500
Message-ID: <960403213412_505140284@mail02.mail.aol.com>
Subject: New XTC bootleg

Extatic has released another XTC bootleg CD called "Demos 8 - Be Brought Up
In The Lap Of Luxury". I do not have a track listing yet but I have been
told it has demos from 1977 to 1989 on it.

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Date: Wed, 3 Apr 1996 20:46:26 -0600
Message-Id: <9604040246.AA18483@ns.cencom.net>
From: JH3 <jh3@cencom.net>
Subject: Mechanical Kidz Lyrics

>From mn8t-mls@asahi-net.or.jp:

>What are mechanical copyright fees? "Sorry, Andy, 11 tracks - now we're
>getting mechanical!" It's hard to find albums the days with only
>10 tracks...

Others will probably explain this better than I, but recently there was a
discussion about the 6.6 cents per album song royalty. That's what
"mechanicals" refers to -- it's usually the only money the artist gets off
the top for each unit sold, so greedy record companies want to restrict it
as much as possible. The artist doesn't get a sales royalty until
he/she/they recoup their production advance -- often in the tens/hundreds of
thousands of pounds/dollars -- so if the record doesn't sell, the artist
often only gets the meager mechanicals and ends up in debt to the record
company, but they, in turn, usually still make a profit because their
off-the-top share is *vastly* larger than that of the artist.

>From sellheim@zfn.uni-bremen.de:

>...some other person posted lyrics to Star Park.
>There are a few lines in there that I hear differently;
>here are my suggestions:

>There are no secrets in Star Park
>We'll rendezvous to a peacock's call

Yes! Peacock! I must have dismissed the idea at first because peacocks
generally aren't very noisy creatures... or maybe I'm thinking of pheasants...

>There are no secrets in the trees
>We tell them out (or all) so constantly

It does sound like "tell them out," but for some reason I originally thought
that didn't make sense. But it does, of course. I think you're right, "tell
them out" it is.

>I only sing and dance to please
>A foreigner from no country

Bingo! I stand corrected! Good ear, man!

>There are no secrets in Star Park
>I said I'd be by you after night
>So take your jet now, catch a spark
>We won't get back if it runs not right

Here I'm not so sure, esp. the last line. Also, I'm sorry to nit-pick like
this in public about such an obscure track... but now that the "straight
t'ya" debate is over, does anybody else want in on this?

--John Hedges

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Message-Id: <v01530500ad89031431c7@[139.80.100.155]>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 16:42:12 +1200
From: james.dignan@stonebow.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Across this antmusic, the clown Jools and other regalia

"John Christensen" <christej@vrinet.com> muses:
>>I don't know if this has been posted yet, but They Might Be Giants hve
>>been playing new song of recent and hve included quite a little homage to
>>XTC entitled "XTC vs. Adam Ant" including the lines:

>>"Just when you think it's over, with XTC on top, Ant Music like a
>>Phoenix, rising up the charts"

>I'm curious about the XTC/Adam Ant connection. Is there some friendship or
>friction that I don't know about?

Somewhere in Chalkhills and Children it is mentioned that XTC have never
had a no. 1 in Britain. Their highest ever chart place was no. 2 - Adam and
the Ants sold 8 more records, and pipped them into no. 1 place. Presumably
the two Johns have read this book!

"J. D. Mack" <jdmack@nicom.com> asks:

>In the song "The Mayor Of Simpleton," right after the line "then I'm the
>man who grew the money tree," the answer line is "No chain of office and
>no hope of gettng one." At least, according to the lyric book, that's what
>that line is. My question is two-fold. 1.) What is a chain of office? Is
>this one of those British things completely lost on Americans like me?

British (and N.Z.) mayors still have, as part of their traditional regalia,
a large "necklace" known as the chain of office. By extension, it is any
symbol of authority or political power.

Ira crooned:
>Jools Holland thread to XTC: Jools (solo) was the opening act for XTC's
>last show in California in 1983. When XTC cancelled their tour, Jools had
>to re-schedule a solo tour because he was going to support XTC the whole
>way thru.

and both Jools and XTC were on "Urgh: a Music War".

James

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Date: 4 APR 96 14:09:18 EST
From: PCulnane@dca.gov.au
Subject: Closed Shop (For The Time Being)
Message-ID: <0000miwgciqm.0000lrthtllr@dca.gov.au>

Cor Blimey!
I didn't realise how starved some Chalkies are for video material.  As am
I, I should add. So I naively posted an offer to supply "Look Look" copies
for swaps of other XTC collectables.  I recommend this process for other
collectors looking to trade with fellow obsessives - just do what I did -
trumpet your wares in Chalkhills and you'll be flooded with responses.  So,
three things:
(1) Many, many thanx to John Relph (Chalkhills coordinator) for having the
patience to allow this trading type business in the Digest.  I hope it hasn't
transgressed the spirit of Chalkhills.
(2) Thanx to those who've responded privately to me about proposed trades.
I'll get back to all of you shortly.  Meanwhile, I want to deal with each of
the (many) responses I've received to date and to help where I can.  My main
motive in this is to try and obtain for myself some rare XTC video (and audio)
stuff, while at the same time, share "Look Look" and other stuff I have with
Other Chalkies who can't otherwise obtain it........BUT......
(3)  Please, no more requests for video trades for the time being. I'm
overwhelmed!

I'm looking at a way to present my stuff to interested fans, at high
quality and minimal cost, without incurring the wrath of the copyright
police, et al (why do they always eat al, is he cooked to a secret
recipe?).  Once I figure all this out, I'll post again in Chalkhills.

Meanwhile, thanx again for your interest.  And anyway, Mark Fisher's recent
revelations from his conversations with Andy Partridge were such a treat to
read in Chalkhills, that all my bullshit seems to just pale preciously into
the background. Thanx Mark for taking the trouble to post that stuff - it
was a gas!

"Brainiac's Daughter, made me a suit of bricks & mortar and a stove-pipe
hat, oh yes..."

Anyone noticed how much this song is like an early 70s McCartney throwaway?
The piano style, the semi-falsetto singing, even the thrift-store lyrical
sentiments.  Well of course, stove-pipe hats and the like were staples of
the Marc Bolan ouvre too.  Read Chalkhills and Children (Chris Twomey's
biography) for verbal and visual evidence of the guys' interpreteation of
the GLAM scene.  I'd sure like to hear that bubblegum demo and also for the
guys to do a real pastiche of early 70s UK glam/glitter.  But then again,
we're all still waiting for a REAL XTC album, aren't we?

PS Check the new Supergrass single "Going Out".  Exuberant.  Youthful.
Defiant.  Loud n' snotty. Very Small Faces. RECOMMENDED.

Blah blah blah. Two carafes of wine and I'm anybody's.  So I'll stop now
and wish you all a (belated) happy Easter.

Paul.  Canberra. Oz.   It feels alright

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Message-Id: <v01510101ad8945912d5b@[194.128.83.69]>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 10:21:52 +0000
From: fisher@easynet.co.uk (Mark Fisher)
Subject: meccanic copyright - oh we go!

I think the point Andy was making about mechanical copyright is that the
record company can only charge the going rate for each CD it sells. The
price of a CD is much the same, whether it has 8 tracks or 18. However,
every track more than the acceptable minimum - Andy put that minimum at 10
- still earns the artists copyright fees. So the more tracks there are on a
CD, the less money the record company makes. Andy is concerned that a
profit-hungry record company would not be prepared to release so many
tracks on a single CD (hopefully he will be proved wrong).

By the way, thank you to all the Chalkies who thanked me for my posting.
What a good mannered lot we all are.

Mark Fisher (fisher@easynet.co,uk)

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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 96 08:56:26 EST
From: patty@gdb.org (Patty Haley)
Message-Id: <9604041356.AA15160@dev.gdb.org>
Subject: Once again, pop explodes

The quote below (reproduced here without permission) is from an article
entitled "Once again, pop explodes" by the Los Angeles Daily News.  I
really wasn't too impressed with what I was reading until I saw the
paragraph below--this writer has taste!

> The back-to-pop movement isn't new, of course. Even in the midst of
> England's influential punk explosion of the late '70s, XTC made clever
> Beatle-esque singles with a clean, modernistic bent. In the United States,
> Talking Heads took a minimalist approach to pop, but was branded art-rock
> and spent years touring before radio warmed to their sound.

Mark Fisher mentioned in his post about Andy saying some things about
the Talking Heads and David Byrne, and how some of those things might
be libelous if he repeated them to the list.  I wonder if they could
be any more so than a quote I read about Andy's saying that when XTC
were on tour with the Talking Heads that he remembers seeing David
stick his into a "mountain of cocaine" (or something like that).  He
was pretty surprised by it.  I've never been a Talking Heads fan, and
I've known about 'em since the very early days, so it just reconfirmed
my belief that David Byrne was a jerk.

-Patty

P.S.  I forget where that Andy quote was from--I need to check my copy
of _Chalkhills and Children_ and see if it's from there.  I know I have
it in print somewhere.

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Message-Id: <199604041534.AAA10985@patton.gate.asahi-net.or.jp>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 1996 00:40:54 +0900
From: mn8t-mls@asahi-net.or.jp (Ted Mills)
Subject: chain of office

# "No chain of office and no hope of gettng one."
# ...What is a chain of office?

Then Phil sez:

"Simple. Mayors wear a chain around their necks to signify being the mayor.
Usually quite an elaborate affair with lots of gold and gilt and a big
medallion thing hanging down over their chest. I think (though I've never
actually seen this myself) the 'swearing in' ceremony includes 'crowning'
(for want of a better word) the mayor by putting the chain around his neck."

In fact, doesn't Andy wear one in the video?

Ted

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ted Mills                                   "Money doesn't talk,
Crystal Mansion 201                                it swears..."
Shimotakatsu 2-3-21                                         - Bob Dylan
Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki-ken
Japan 300                                   mn8t-mls@asahi-net.or.jp
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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From: DAMIAN FOULGER <spxdlf@cardiff.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 16:52:11 GMT
Subject: The Tribute Tape name polls
Message-ID: <2D7BC99575D@nrd2s.cf.ac.uk>

Hello everyone,

Right, here is is at last - the tribute tape name polls.  Sorry that
it's a few days after the deadline of 1st April but I've been busy
with a conference over the past few days (If anyone knows of any jobs
in the St. Louis, Missouri area in semiconductors/lasers field let me
know.  ;-)  )

The rules go something like this.  Send me upto two choices for the
name of the tape from those listed below.  Send both the number and
the name so I don't get it wrong.  I'll count all these and then in
one weeks time (friday 12th) I will compile the results and list the
top four.  Then we can all vote again for our favourite out of the
most popular going.  That way everyones votes will count for
something and it is complicated enough for me to feel important!!!
Please put XTCTT in the subject line so that I can filter the
thousands of messages that I am bound to get.

0  AAAA
1  A larder full of all the good things
2  Are You Recycling Me?
3  Bastard Songs Of Hard
4  Blue Rayhead
5  Buzzcity Chalking
6  Chalkhills & Lemons
7  Chalkhills Children
8  Chalkhills Screaming
9  Tribute, Tribute
10 Chalklines On The Pavement
11 Chips From The Imitation Chocolate Fireball
12 Covered In Chalk
13 Covered With Optimism's Flames
14 Covers Of Swindon
15 Etc.
16 Fallen From the Garden
17 Fanses Working Overtime
18 Great Fires
19 How to Catch Brickbats at Night
20 I Dismembered The Song
21 I Need Production
22 I Remember The Song
23 I'm In The Audience
24 Icarus Regrets
25 In Loving Memory Of A Band
26 Instant Tributes
27 Is This Pop?
28 Kings And Castles
29 Language In Our Lungs
30 Lemons
31 Living Through Another Tribute
32 Mock-it From A Bottle
33 My Nerds Perform
34 Pink Thing Envy
35 Please don't
36 Rag and Bone Dessert
37 Reel By Reel
38 Seagulls Screaming "Tribute Tribute!"
39 Seasons Recycle
40 Senseless Working Overtime
41 Showbiz Moon
42 Tapeing Skinhouse
43 Tapeing Tapeing
44 The Bastard Step-Son of Hard Blue Rayhead
45 The Bull With Chalkhill Guts
46 This Is NOT!
47 This Is Pop
48 Tradurre, Tradire (Italian saying that means "To translate is to betray")
49 We Am The Audience
50 When You Tape Me I Have Difficulty
51 You're The Wish You Are We Had
52 XTC great tribute tape

Well there they are, I hope that you enjoy voting.

P.s. Send mails personally to me - I'll ignore any sent to the list -
So be warned!!!

	[ And I'll delete any sent to the list.  -- John ]

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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 10:19:57 -0600 (CST)
Message-Id: <199604041619.KAA03809@sky.net>
From: Scott Taylor <staylor@sky.net>
Subject: Buses Skidding on Black Ice

I got this message from the Rugburns mailing list (originating from the
band's guitarist Robert Driscoll on AOL --- I realize proper nettiquette
frowns on re-posting others' emails without permission, but it was a
broadcast list and it has some relevance here):

 "Greetings from the chilly midwest, where we learned that when you drive
  on something called "black ice," at the worst you might as well kiss your
  ass goodbye; just be thankful if you get away with missing a show, which
  happened to us in Champaign. Thankfully, the fine folks of Champaign
  didn't stone us (I think one of them got some of us stoned, but I'm not
  saying anything else to incriminate the band on the Information
  Superhighway), and they're allowing us to return in April to make up for
  that show."

I think this harkens back to the question regarding the deletion of "and
buses might skid on black ice" from the single version of "Senses Working
Overtime"...  Isn't it possible that Geffen and/or Virgin deleted this line
knowing that somewhere, sometime in the future, a band from another
competing label might be out on tour, innocently cruising along in a
bus...?  with the driver humming along to SWO as he plows on to the next
gig...?  But wait!  He's only heard the SINGLE version!  Due to the
dastardly revisionism of the evil labels he has never heard that warning
from the all-knowing Andy about the perils of "black ice"...  So,
naturally, he naively skids through the ice and throws the band's tour off
track.  Geffen/Virgin wins again!

The often-proffered explanation about making "Senses Working Overtime" more
"radio-friendly" by shortening it doesn't hold water.  It's not quite the
same as removing 11 minutes of Doug Ingall's keyboards from
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".  Come on... it's only three seconds out of the song.
I think my explanation is infinitely more plausible.  It's a simple
conspiracy.

Fight the power.  Rebel against the big-label tyranny.  Go buy the
Rugburns' "Taking the World by Donkey" CD out of spite if for no other
reason.  It's a fun listen.

ST
staylor@sky.net

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Message-Id: <1.5.4b13.32.19960404172343.0070c150@pppl.gov>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 1996 12:23:43 -0500
From: Tobin Munsat <tmunsat@pppl.gov>
Subject: more misheard lyrics

Sorry that this isn't an XTC line, but I think it's too funny to leave out
of this thread (and I'll keep it short): a friend of mine always heard the
chorus of "Spirits in a Material World" as "I spit it, into my cereal..."
-Tobin

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From: Ben Gott <BENG@hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us>
Subject: O&L Cube
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 96 10:12:00 est
Message-ID: <31653925@pentium3.hotchkiss.pvt.k12.ct.us>

OK-I'm desperate. I built an XTC shrine in my room last night, and am in
need of an Oranges and Lemons promo cube. If anyone has one that they'd
even think of parting with, let me know. I've got an kinda lengthy trading
list now, so...

~Ben
http://www.lookup.com/Homepages/58596/home.html

XTC SONG OF THE DAY: It's Snowing Angels [It's also snowing in CT!]

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