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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #3-87

          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 3, Number 87

                 Wednesday, 5 March 1997

Today's Topics:

                    English Settlement
             Grass, Oranges, Lemons and Gold
                      Re: Farmgirls
                Chalkhills & Children info
                Oh, all sorts of things...
               Nonsuch means without equal
                  Adrian Blew Them Away
              Demos request - PLEASE HELP!!!
                  A convert... sort of.
                       Re: Omnibus
             "Musically new " XTC and non-XTC
                      Nonsuch debate
             Sugarplastic (behind the times)
                      XTC vs. R.E.M.
                      Re: REM shite
                Re: making music interview
Another in a long line of senseless Chalkhills polls.....
                     Nonsuch On Tour
         Piling on on Grass, Emotionally reticent
               Chords/Tabs to Season Cycle
    Roy Harper/Weird Al/Some XTC content (finally) :)
         Dukes' John Leckie Produces Kula Shaker
    Taping off the radio and other aberrant behaviors


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Message-Id: <v01510103af3cc436049f@[]>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 07:23:39 -1000
From: (Jim Smart)
Subject: English Settlement

>Anyway, I hope the Michigan Chalkhills party goes well, and I'm glad that
>you got "English Settlement" on CD, Natalie!

Some of you may remember me as the guy who is buying XTC CDs one at a time,
in reverse order. Quite possibly no one cares. However, I have been playing
ES a lot these past few weeks. As you know, it is incredible. It is
probably the most focused album I have heard by our guys. I have noticed
one difference between it and the five great albums that followed it.....on
ES (Terry's last album), the band is the thing, whereas on the following
five, the song is the thing (If that makes any sense).

Next big juicy album just waiting for me: Black Sea

Jim          Honolulu, Hawaii    USA
     So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains


Date: Fri, 28 Feb 97 15:53:06 PST
From: "Sean Robison" <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Grass, Oranges, Lemons and Gold

     Hello all.

     Two thingies:
     1. Grass - DUH!! My brain is too thoroughly stuck in American mode to
     have seen the obvious! In this day and age, I'm so used to 'mate'
     being used as 'lover' or 'boy/girlfriend', that the idea of it meaning
     'good friend' seems foreign - I guess I'm one too many generations
     removed from my Engish ancestors...

     2. On the release slate - Mobile Fidelity is releasing their gold
     pressing of "Oranges and Lemons" around the 1st week of March. I'm
     hoping this pressing improves some of the sonic problems I have with
     the regular pressing - primarily, the fact that it's too 'bright' - a
     lot of the bass has almost no impact. Being that it's my personal
     favorite, I'd love to see it mixed with a much fuller sound, so I can
     be enveloped by it.

     3. (Okay... three thingies) - I was cleaning up the garage, packing
     for an upcoming move, when I happened across an old Rolling Stone from
     1989 - the cover story: "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980's". And
     clocking in at #46 - Skylarking. When I have some time, I'll type in
     the text for everyone. (Assuming there's interest... :))

     No more thingies.



From: (gARetH baBB)
Subject: Re: Farmgirls
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 1997 09:33:03 GMT
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Gink

In message <>,
 (Mark Fisher) wrote:

> The sleeve notes say: "Karen [Tweed, piano, accordian, backing vocals]
> would like to take the Poozies to Port Merrion but then she's slightly
> over-fanatical about XTC. It's an ideal Poozie song in that Sally [Barker,
> vocals, guitar] is both a farmer's daughter and married to a farmer."

Hmmm, slightly scary, I was just going to post about this.

My question is what do XTC and Portmerion have in common ? (except for the
Jools Holland thing). It's probably something simple which I should have
known, but it just hasn't come to me.

I've got The Poozies doing Farmboy's on video somewhere I think, there was a
BBC North programme with loads of "folk" type people and The Poozies popped
up doing it.

Must be the romantic in me but I always reckon (but am never sure, there's
always another one just round the corner...) that Farmboy's is my favourite
XTC track.


Message-Id: <>
From: Peter Fitzpatrick <>
Subject: Chalkhills & Children info
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 1997 04:37:35 -0800

Hi All,
just a short FYI....
I spoke with Richard Pedretti-Allen on Thursday (mainly to try & get a
copy of the master DAT to give to Andy)
As I suspected - Richard is *temporarily* off-line.

He's finalizing the dubbing and expressed concern that "we" might be
ticked off at his non-response........nonsense ! I told him. We're
sitting tight and everyone is being good little Chalkhillians.

So,'s a coming.



Date: Sat, 1 Mar 1997 10:28:51 -0500 (EST)
From: Natalie Jane Jacobs <>
Subject: Oh, all sorts of things...
Message-ID: <>

More news from the rainy Midwest -

I finally got my pop-hating friend Bryan to dig XTC last week.  I'd
started him out with "Go 2" because of Barry Andrews (he's a Shriekback
fan, not that there's much musical resemblance) - it failed.  I snuck
"Procession Towards Learning Land" and "Scissor Man" (Grant Morrison
connection) onto a sampler - no go.  So a couple of weeks ago he was
playing an Oingo Boingo album for me, and in its manic energy I recognized
a similarity to "Drums and Wires" (you may disagree).  I played said album
for him and he liked it!  Success!  Though he was listening to "Day In Day
Out" and said, "In the chorus it sounds like they're saying "Thaddeus
Bonehead."  (i.e. "Friday is heaven")  I think that wins the prize for the
weirdest misheard lyric.  I also taught his small daughter to say "XTC."
She has been assimilated.  She is one of us.  (She can say "Brian Eno,"
too, though she has trouble with L's and hasn't quite managed "Elvis

Odd XTC sighting part 236 - I was at the supermarket buying Cadbury Creme
Eggs (it's that time of year) and, as I was walking past the meat counter,
I heard a familiar tune in the distance... it was "Generals and Majors,"
blasting from a back room.  I thought of congratulating the butcher on his
fine taste, but he wasn't around.  Honestly, though, it was just like the
video for "This is Pop," except there was no plastic-wrapped vinyl in the
display case.

Who says "Omnibus" isn't a great song?  Why, I'll...  well, OK, Andrea
Dworkin might object to the lyrics, but she objects to everything.  It is
indeed a musical anti-depressant - pure pop Prozac, like "The Mayor of
Simpleton," which puts an idiot grin on my face every time I hear it.
Indeed, if "Nonsuch" consisted of nothing but the wonderful trinity of
"Omnibus," "That Wave," and "Then She Appeared," I would buy it for full
CD price.

And lay off the Beastie Boys, for cryin' out loud.  They came up with the
line "I got the attractions like I'm Elvis Costello" and for that alone
they should be praised.  Besides which, their latter-day records are a lot
of fun and consistently sonically interesting, unlike most music these
days (except for the equally brilliant Beck).  Anyone who thinks they're
some sort of icon of bonehead stupidity hasn't heard much by them.

Currently in the CD player: Peter Blegvad's fine 1995 opus "Just Woke Up."
It's been recommended before but I'll recommend it again.  The
collaboration with Andy alone ("Hell's Despite") is worth the price of


Natalie Jacobs, Curator
Perdix: The Andy Partridge Appreciation Page
Sorry, AMANDA - no Dave, just Andy ;)


Message-Id: <>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Organization: The Little Lighthouse
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 1997 18:15:05 +0000
Subject: Nonsuch means without equal

Dear Chalkers,

Jim Smart hit the nail on the head when he said:

> Nonsuch is one of the boys best. Not a difappointment in any way. To those
> who don't get it, I say "awaken, you dreamers!"

Exactly... Nonsuch is everything XTC-ish about XTC in one neat
Great songs, fab drummer, lush production: what more do you want?
And the package looks really nice too ;)


Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse

===> Mark's Random XTC Quote <===
I have  watched  the  manimals and cried


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 1997 14:21:02 -0800
From: Stormy Monday <>
Subject: Adrian Blew Them Away


The March 1997 Stereo Review published a very favorable review of Adrian
Belew's latest effort, "Op Zop Too Wah".

"These are words with a 'D' this time!"

Stormy Monday


Date: Sat, 1 Mar 1997 16:16:33 -0600 (CST)
Message-Id: <>
From: (Jim S)
Subject: Demos request - PLEASE HELP!!!

Just checked out the Perdix page and saw a complete listing of the demos.
Now I am insane to get them. If ANYONE out there could dub these for me,
please drop me an e-mail. I am willing to pay for high quality recordings.

Sorry for the intrusion, I know this has probably been asked 1000 times
here, but I must have these! Eternal gratitude for any help.

XTC Song Of The Day: Roads Girdle The Globe (Drums and Wireless version)

 Jim S.     <>

Serious fan of:
*St. Louis Rams       *Michigan Wolverines       *"JAWS"
     *St. Louis Cardinals        *XTC        *MST3K

Movie buffs: Check out Jake Gove's excellent "JAWS" homepage.
Video, sound, reviews, trivia and more from the 1975 classic!


Date: Sun, 2 Mar 1997 11:39:32 +0800 (CST)
From: Don Rogalski <>
Subject: A convert... sort of.
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.970302104159.5485A-100000@ms10>

Gracious sons and daughters of the chalk:

I posted quite a while ago about my hasty dismissal of O & L and NONSUCH.
A fellow lurker e-mailed me privately, and offered to tape both of them
for me.  I found that to be an offer I couldn't refuse, so just this week
her package arrived at my door.

(I should explain that I am living in Taiwan, and that even in the Tower
Records in Taipei (that's the monolithic capital city) only A TESTIMONIAL
DINNER can be had in the "X" bin -- on a recent trip back to Canada I did
make a point of picking up ES and SKYLARKING on CD)

I'm still absorbing both albums, but already I can tell that, aside from
"Mayor of Simpleton" and "Chalkhills and Children", I'll never be a huge
fan of O & L.  Although having said that, the aforementioned two songs
are staples in my XTC lexicon now.

I'd dismissed "Simpleton" in a posting awhile back, claiming that the
video turned me off it.  Well, let's just say that I haven't seen the
video in a long time!

As for NONSUCH, it has "My Bird Performs" and "Madam Barnum", two tunes
that are fast becoming essential listening.  I've yet to fully digest it
yet, though, so I'm sure other gems await.  I *would* daresay that NONSUCH
moves up a notch above THE BIG EXPRESS in my list of favourite XTC albums.

I've noticed in some back issues that there are quite a few boys who are
going out with quite a few girls.  Quite a few of these girls don't share
the boys' enthusiasm for XTC.  So is XTC a *boy* thing?

Of course not.  What a silly proposition.  However, in my paltry
experience with girls/women, the proposal to slip "something by... say,
XTC?" in the cassette deck always produced quizzical looks, followed by
either disgust or gentle denial when asked if it was appreciated.  But my
intentions here are not to slag women at all.  In fact, the question I've
been building up to is this:

I wonder how many couples out there include TWO fans of XTC?

It's a bit of a rare thing, isn't it?  Now, I don't want to sound like
I'm gloating at all, but I've been pleasantly surprised by how my wife
has really taken to some of XTC's songs.  She's a very worldly Taiwanese
woman who paints and teaches English and has travelled all over the world
by herself (these are not her "qualifications", but they do reveal how she
has veered away from the standard Taiwanese model of conservative,
deferent womanhood, and has been exposed to more than the sappy
"Mandopop" pabulum that permeates the air here).  When we met she a bit
more into Sting than I was comfortable with, but then again, no one's

With the arrival of O & L and NONSUCH this week, we listened to them a
bit, and then started listening to everything and anything XTC.  Her
favourites surprised me a bit:

1.  Dying -- by far the one she goes nuts for.  Especially the freaky
falling harmony at the end.

2.  Grass -- she says it's a very cute song.  A "feelgood" song.

3.  Yacht Dance -- no surprise here.  I've know more than a few people to
name this one as their #1 XTC piece of music.

4.  Chalkhills and Children -- she raved at how much this sounded like
Tears for Fears.  I shuddered and said, "naw... really?"  Then I had to
admit that she was right, which disturbed me a bit.  You see, I've always
loathed those two, and I hate to see XTC lumped into the same genre as
"Beers for Dears".

Then "Peter Pumpkinhead" came on, and she screamed:  "Paul McCartney!"
"Yeah, I guess," I whispered, slinking further onto the floor from my
original position on the couch.  I'm a passable, very selective Beatles
listener, but post-1970 for me is purgatory.  What, was she thinking of
something from BAND ON THE RUN?  Horrors!

"Senses Working Overtime" sounded like the Cure to her.  Or at least the
"hey hey, night meets day" could have been Robert Smith doing a cameo
appearance.  That I could live with, as I've always had a soft spot for
bits and pieces of the Cure catalogue, but ultimately the experience
became a little depressing.  What, does everything by XTC sound like
someone else?  My delight at how my wife was getting into XTC was turning
sour.  Don't they sound original?

What set me off was "Pale and Precious".  She looked at me and laughed:
"This is fun.  Like the Beach Boys".

My heart sank at that.  Sure, it DOES sort of sound like "Good
Vibrations", and sure, Andy P has mentioned how much of an influence the
Beach Boys were, but all the same it bugged me.

Beach Boys?  Surfer dudes?  Catch a wave?  Whoaa.... far out.

This thread has been done to death, so I won't pursue it further.
However, I do feel that the Beach Boy-haters are under-represented on
this list.  Not that we should split into factions ("Are you the People's
Front of Judea?"  "Fuckoff!  We're the Judean People's Front!"), and I
don't want to get into testy arguments about the Beach Boys, but my
wife's comment coupled with some of the comments posted earlier in the
Chalkhills postings brought me to the boiling point.

Oh, don't worry.  I still love my wife.  And she still loves me, in spite
of the fact that I love to blast "Roads Girdle the Globe" now and again
("How can you listen to that shit?").




Message-Id: <>
Date: Sat, 01 Mar 1997 21:17:05
From: Keith Hanlon <>
Subject: Re: Omnibus

>>I always thought Omibus was rather original( Yes!  I know a majority
>>of you people do not like this song).
>I never thought of Omnibus as especially innovative except compared to just
>other XTC stuff... but it is a great tune. Remember to take Andy's "Church
>of Women" remarks into account when listening to it. I love the lyrics --
>"make your oyster pearl" -- precious!

Next time it's on your stereo, listen to Colin's bass and Dave Mattack's
drums. Ignore everything else. Imagine yourself playing those parts.
Imagine yourself coming up with those parts! Now, I'm sure there's some
great musicians on this list, and I'm sure there are some non-musicians as
well. But can't we agree that this part is very fucked-up? I love it.

                      Norton's Orchestraville
                    twisted pop music from Ohio


Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 02:36:52 -0800
Subject: "Musically new " XTC and non-XTC

Hello Chalk-heels,

First post. Been lurking for quite a while though.

"Joshua Hall-Bachner" wrote:
>I have to admit that XTC haven't done much musically new
>in ten years.

This is something I've been worrying about. I don't agree a 100 % with
JHB, though. I think O&L is the most "modern" of the last 3 albums in
its approach and it had definitely something "musically new". It has a
certain novelty, alertness, energy and outward/forward feel that
Skylarking and Nonsuch don't have (which, of course, does not mean that
the two last-mentioned are not magnificent).
JHB adds that

>(With the new album that'll change, though!)

Glad to hear this - and it's all I want to hear until the new album(s)
is/are released.
I'm one of those who prefer to stay as far away as possible from the new

A lot of people have expressed their thanks to Chalkhills writers for
pointing out other bands/artists of interest while we're all waiting for
the new XTC album. I, too, thank you all for bringing up names I
wouldn't have heard of elsewhere. I must say though that, after buying
one of their records, some of these new acquaintances have been a bit
Such as? Well, the Posies (Dear 23), Jellyfish (Bellybutton), Martin
Newell (The Greatest Living Englishman), Martin Phillips (Sunburnt).
Now, by lumping them together I don't mean that they are musically
similar or that they have little or no merit at all. On the contrary,
they all have well-crafted songs and good lyrics. But I can't really
find any musical "novelty, alertness" etc. (see comment on O&L above) in
them. To me, they are essentially music of the past: "good old 60's
pop", "good old 70's rock" etc.
Yes, I know, one should not judge artists after hearing only a fragment
of their work. And there is nothing wrong with nostalgia as such. But
personally, I hope I'll still be able to digest stuff that is "musically
when I'm 64. Somehow I don't find the prospect of waiting each year of
the 40 or so years I can expect to live for a "new great 60's
psychedelic band" very inviting.
I suppose the bottom line is this: I just hope the Swindon lads have not
turned into old farts. I think not.

Bye for now,

Antti ( that's Finnish for Andy :-) )


Date: Sun, 2 Mar 1997 20:25:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Nonsuch debate

It's my first post on chalkhills, I'm just glad I'm able to talk about my
favorite band with other fans.  Never seem to run into any fans on the
street, ya know.

I like Nonsuch, but I have to admit that I like the demos better than the
album.  I think the problem with the album is that the production is too
slick.  Seems like for a lot of the songs something was lost in the
transition.  I'd like to blame it on Gus Dungeon, since he and Andy had such
a bad time of it during those sessions.

Songs on the Nonsuch album that are as good as or better than the home demos
Holly Up on Poppy, Crocodile, Rook, Omnibus, The Ugly Underneath, and
I absolutely love the demo of Humble Daisy.  It sounds like John Lennon wrote
a song for the Beach Boys Smiley Smile album.  I thought that was a great
concept, but the boys must've intentionally tried to escape the Dukes of
Stratosphear sound.  A lot of the 60s musical qualities evident on the demos
seemed to have been tossed for the album.  That's understandable as XTC could
have been in danger of keeping the stigma of being a retro 60s band rather
than the talented inovated musicians they are.

I'm looking forward to the new albums, I'm blown away by the demos floating
around now - they show real signs of growth.  It's funny, I listened to A
Testimonial Dinner at a record store and thought the best track on the album
was The Good Things.  Just goes to show you, nobody can do XTC like XTC can.

Laurie Collins
(heck of an email address, isn't it)


Message-ID: <>
From: Paul Haines <>
Subject: Sugarplastic (behind the times)
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 20:42:12 +1000


I found The Sugarplastic in a sale bin the other day and bought it. I'd
never seen it in any shops here in Melbourne Australia, and realised
sometime last year I had seen it in some other sale bin. I also
recognisied the first song 'Another Myself' as being the one I had heard
on the radio ripping off 'Paperback Writer'. I had never heard the start
of the song with the very heavily influenced early Talking Heads/XTC

I love the album.

Haines , kiwi in OZ


Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 08:55:12 -0500
From: Tim Kendrick <>
Subject: XTC vs. R.E.M.

>Who thinks Andy hates REM
>because of all the weird REM/XTC parallels...

 Before this gets too far out of hand, I have to comment.

 Andy does NOT hate R.E.M. - in fact, just the opposite.
 He has stated in more than one interview in the past that
 he thinks they're "rather good".  What Andy doesn't like
 is the newest R.E.M. single "E-Bow Letter".  It's that particular
 song that Andy hates (and I agree with him.  I'm a big R.E.M. fan,
 but that song sucks !)

 So let's not spread rumors and start a feud going.
 I hope Michael Stipe does call Andy up and that they do eventually
 collaborate on something.

                 Tim K.

XTC SONG OF THE DAY:  The Ugly Underneath


Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 11:07:30 -0500 (EST)
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Re: REM shite
Message-ID: <>

  Regarding Andy's "E-Bow shite" reference concerning REM, I think he
just plain hates the song. We all know how opinionated Andy can be, and
in this case I agree with him. I think it's the worst piece of crap REM
has ever put out next to the laughable "Stand." (try acting out the
lyrics sometime and you'll see what I mean)I think it was commercial
suicide to put that song out as the first single. It's one redeeming
factor is Patti Smith's backup vocal, which provides the song with its
only snatch of melody throughout.
  And yes, I was, and sometimes still am a fan. I liked them better when
you could listen to, say, "Sitting Still" and not understand more than a
few words of the song, including the title. When Michael Stipe started
enunciating and decided he had something important to say they kind of
lost what made them special to me. Life's Rich Pageant was their last
album that I enjoyed all the way through, though I found Monster to be an
encouraging return to form; at least it rocked and had a good fuzzy
alternative drone to it.
  I don't know whether Andy actually hates REM; I think he was just
referring to the song in question.


From: Stephen Clarke <>
Organization: NOP Research
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 16:25:31 +0000
Subject: Re: making music interview
Message-ID: <>

> From: "" <>
> In the February issue of the British free music magazine "Making Music"
> (available free in most music shops), there is an article by the band
> reviewing their own singles.

It's already on the chalkhills web page (just trying to save your
typing fingers lee).

'Making Music', by the way is a great magazine - and you can pick it
up for free in most music shops (if you live in the UK that is).

Steve Clarke.


Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 09:04:01 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Another in a long line of senseless Chalkhills polls.....
Message-id: <>

This one is concerning videos, videos, videos.....

I would really like everyone on the list to answer this question, if
possible, b/c I'm just plain interested to hear what everyone has to say. So
here are the categories for this XTC Video Poll.....

1. Favorite XTC video
2. Least favorite XTC video
3. Goofiest XTC video
4. Best visuals
5. Worst visuals
6. Bes concept
7. Worst concept

E-mail all responses to moi ( I'll take repsponses ill March
12 (that should be till, not ill.)

Oh yeah, I forgot question number 8!-How many of you have yet to see an XTC

I'll throw my votes in for all to see
1. Funk Pop a Roll
2. Ball and Chain
3. Grass
4. The Disappointed
5. Life Begins a the Hop
6. All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)
7. Are You Receiving Me?

Veni VD Vici-I came, I caught, I chancered


Message-Id: <>
From: "J. D. SMX" <>
Organization: Access Tucson
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 17:09:57 -0700
Subject: DeLurk-a-rama!

Hi Chalkhillians,

Well, I've done it.  I've been lurking on this railroad so long that
fellow chalkhillians are e-mailing me off list to find out, "what's
happened to me."  And, the Chalkhills address fell off my recently
used addresses list at the To: ? icon above the Subj: line. (wow)

The abundant comments to the Grass questions-threadline makes me
think another topic is due.  So here goes,  I've always wanted a COOL
tattoo but I've never loved anything enough to have it tattooed on me.

        Does anyone out there have an XTC tattoo of any kind?

I always thought the Drums and Wires cover was way cool and might
make a good tattoo but I've decided to wait on that one until I can
turn it into Stained Glass.  The Uffington Horse might be another
option; maybe," the official tattoo of the Chalkhills mailing list," but
(AMANDA wait. Put that $60.00 back in your wallet until this has been

        what official body part would the official tattoo go on?

Maybe I'll just wimp-out and get ink of a butt tattooed on my butt.
Doe! (original ideas pending)  L8r,  SMX

Video Engineer
Access Tucson


Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 17:19:56 -0800
Message-Id: <v01550102af4124fa1fcf@[]>
From: (jason garcia)
Subject: Partrocentrism

Hey there kids!

Thanks to Natalie Jacobs' wonderful Perdix page I've got Andy on
the brain.  Since it's going to be such a nice spring and a good
number of the new songs deal with that kind of feeling, I found
myself thinking, "If only the new Andy Partridge...aah,_XTC_ album
was coming out this spring..."  Some mighty humorous interviews
reside in that page...thanks for making me laugh!

So, when's that Chalkhills Original tape coming out? (At least there's
that to look forward to!)


"Aw, shucks!  If this was color radio, you could see us blushing!"
-who else?


Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 10:10:28 -0500
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Nonsuch On Tour

I just got back from Barcelona, Spain.  Whilst there I had to stick my
head in the record shop down the street from my hotel (for those that
know this wonderful city: just off Las Ramblas near Liceu metro).

In amongst the standard run of worldwide mega bands and the
compulsory eurotrash was...

..a near perfect copy of the UK limited edition Nonsuch CD.

Due to excessive consumption of chorizo and aguardiente my pesetas
were a bit low.  Next time I visit I will snap it up and offer for trade!

Hasta luego

PS: I wore the Chalkhills shirt to death out there.  No comments were
received but this is only the first step in my programme to educate the
masses of continental Europe!


Message-ID: <c=US%a=_%p=AETNA%l=AETNA/AETNA/>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <>
Subject: Piling on on Grass, Emotionally reticent
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 11:42:00 -0500

As long as we're looking at "Grass", I've been puzzled by something:

"Your mate has gone", "You are helpless now", "We flatten the clover"
are all present tense. From *when* is the subject saying "It would
shock you too the things we *used to do* on grass"? Do they no longer
do that kind of thing having "grown out" of it? Is he reminding *her*
about their wild past, or is he reminiscing alone?

>[Mark Fisher] The Poozies...includes a rather lovely cover of Love on
>a Farmboy's Wages. They change the lyrics from "I" to "he", as if it were
>being sung from the perspective of the farmboy's fiance.

Changes the complexion of the lyric somewhat IMHO. Being an emotionally
reticent Yankee I get more out of Farmboy's Wages when he's wrestling with
his soul. My first thought was "He's not telling her everything and
sometimes it wrenches his gut, in an E6 sort of way." And my second thought
was Hey! This song ends with a question--that's a touch unsettled, and seems

Shilling for the fellow who resets your password,


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Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 14:29:12 -0500
From: Chris Ferrall <>
Organization: Department of Economics, Queen's University
Subject: Chords/Tabs to Season Cycle

If someone could post the chords or tabs to "Season Cycle" it would be
greatly appreciated.

--Chris Ferrall

     Christopher Ferrall
     Department of Economics
     Queen's University
     Kingston, Ontario        voice: 613-545-6658
     CANADA K7L 3N6           fax:   613-545-6668


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 06:37:12 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <>
From: Greg Brady <>
Subject: Roy Harper/Weird Al/Some XTC content (finally) :) (James Dignan) is belittling my knowledge
of British folk singers (Well, not *directly*):

>WHO IS HE??? gah! How come so few people have heard of this wild eyed folk
>rocker? Roy's best known as the singer on Pink Floyd's song "Have a Cigar",

        I didn't even know about *that* performance.  My only knowledge of
him was seeing his name on the Led Zep song "Hats Off to Roy Harper" and
through some Led Zep bios.....

Eb was talking about Weird Al:

>A few years ago, I went to a They Might Be Giants concert in LA. The Young
>Fresh Fellows were opening. Anyway, I spent the whole show seated next to
>Weird Al Yankovic. Very nice guy. It was very strange, though -- people
>were coming up to him all night and treating him like he was John Lennon or
>something. "Oh, your music has meant so much to me," etc. Just a reflection
>of the TMBG demographic, I suppose.

        Don't get me wrong...I'm not one of these Weird Al groupies or
anything,  but I've always wondered..Does he *really* dress in those
Hawaiian shirts *all* the time?

Stormy Monday was talking about XTC and parallels to other groups:

>>It was "King For A Day", with Colin doing his best Steely Dan meets
>>Tony Bennet!
>I also here some "Tears For Fears" in this song.

        Specifically "Everybody Wants to Rule the World".  The intro to this
song is highly reminiscent of the guitar part to KFAD.  I think it's
cosmically appropriate. :)

"I'm a leaf on a windy day, pretty soon
I'll be blown away..."  Brian Wilson,"Til I Die"
"If you were ever happy all the time, you wouldn't
be human,you'd be a game show host." _Heathers_
Add some music to your day.............


Subject: Dukes' John Leckie Produces Kula Shaker
From: (Wesley H. Wilson)
Message-Id: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 97 08:51:43 -0500

Being the 60's and just general "Britpop" enthusiast that I am, I couldn't
resist buying Kula Shaker's "K" album. And what a pleasant surprise to find
it produced by Dukes' producer John Leckie! He certainly knows how to turn
out those "retro hippie" albums, eh?

Don't know much about Vishnu, don't know much about Hare Krishna (but I know
one thing, and I know that if you loved me too, that I'm the Mayor of
Simpleton and what a wonderful world it would be...).

Anyway, I think "K" is very good, and produced very nicely. They do the
right thing and completely ignore that the 70s and 80s (and Nirvana) ever
happened.  If you liked the Dukes and 60's music in general, you're likely
to enjoy "K."

I have found several albums mentioned in Chalkhills to be worth getting; viz.:

The Lilys - "Better Won't Make Your Life Better"
Jason Falkner - "Presents Author Unknown"
Brian Stevens - "Prettier Than You"

I'm still plugging Nick Heyward's 1995 "Tangled" album as an excellent
choice for XTC fans. Nick admires Andy's work greatly, by the way. And ol'
Saint Nick has a forthcoming album in May...

Okay, enough 4 now. In the meantime kids, here's a secret message (get those
decoder rings out!).

!zlur acillateM


P.S. Anyone heard any new songs from either Captain Sensible's or Julian
Cope's latest?


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 18:29:44 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Taping off the radio and other aberrant behaviors

Hey Chucklers!

First my own thoughts, then some reactions.

Cut-out alert:

The husband and I recently picked up a copy of Up from the Dark by Dave
Stewart and Barbara Gaskin at our local Best Buy for $5.99.  It features a
lovely cover of Roads Girdle the Globe that makes me even like the song.

Demo request:

If y'all can stand another request for the AP demos, mine were STOLEN along
with ALL 120 of my fave tapes in a big tape box out of my car.  Maybe
I sent to earlier could help me out?  Like that guy in Oklahoma or wherever
who still owes me a trade?
(sorry I have no idea what your name is since I switched e-mail names).



>>Simon! I married your wife's twin sister! Your description of her taping
>>efforts of the radio had me rolling.

Well we couldn't be triplets!  I made some pretty bomb tapes from the radio
when I was in 7th and 8th grades.  One even included a fresh new tune called
"Generals and Majors" by some one-hit wonder group.  Wonder what they're
doing these days.

But seriously.  That song was my entree into this here wonderful world of
Colin, Andy and Dave.  And the rest is her story.

From: (John Wedemeyer)
>>By the way, at this time Becki is an independent artist (read:she
>>isn't yet signed). You will almost certainly have to order the CD from her
>>directly if you want one. I hear it is set for a March release.

I trust ordering information will be posted to the list as soon as
available!!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who's aural mouth is watering!!

From: James Isaacs <>
>>So, I was in London for a few days.  Good to be around people who did not
>>speak a savage language!

Was meinst Du denn dabei??

>>How about "Parental Advisory - Contains intelligent lyrics!"

It'd never sell !!

>>Oh - another though - I'm not overly familiar with Americanisms, but where
>>I come from "mate" simply means friend, like "buddy."

Obviously someone out there hasn't been watching his EastEnders on Public

Anyway, that's all from me for now.

You're a working girl now.  You've got money of your own.

--Melissa M. Reaves
Kent, OH  USA


Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 00:58:54 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Homo-Safari?

Has it been explained what this series is.  I have seen a couple of parts on
EP's but not all.  Is it a series that has any relationship to a whole body
of  recordings or is each one unique and independent.


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