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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 3, Number 96

                   Sunday, 6 April 1997

Today's Topics:

                 Italian band Senzabenza
                 Missed It By That Much!!
                Times Square, XTC Grafitti
                          D'oh!
         List of Chalkhills' Children Tape orders
                   Mandy? Who's Mandy?
              Mac Access to the MSN Andyfest
                        Get off it
                          Irony
                       XTC on Radio
         Dear God (Kill her kill her kill her...)
                       Overwhelmed
                   Anyone have the tape
        Sgt. Mac Is Going To Help You! (maybe...)
        BLOCK reviewed (finally) in the U.S. Press
                    It's hard to be us
             Response to White Album gushings
                  Lawsuits and children
                     Inhuman Alchemy
                   On Fact and Opinion
                      Viva Las Vegas
                      XTC on the air
                        Re: Amanda
                      Andy and Lloyd
             Visiting England & maybe Swindon
             A contribute for the discography

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Message-Id: <3341A460.3955@mbox.vol.it>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 01:12:16 +0100
From: Massimiliano Urso <ursom@mbox.vol.it>
Subject: Italian band Senzabenza

Hi everybody!
Just to let you know that Italian band "Senzabenza" covered the Dukes
"Your gold dress" on their first record "Peryzoma" (Mac Guffin MG-001,
1992, now out of print).  The band still plays the song on their
current Italian tour promoting the new record "Deluxe" (Upr/Sony).
Regards,
Max.

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From: nihilon@crisscross.com
Message-Id: <v03007800af67e5d478b5@[202.217.215.185]>
Subject: Missed It By That Much!!
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 10:54:37 +0800

Greetings,

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. Let me explain.

At work on Monday, we received a call from some colleagues at another
branch inviting us to go drinking with them.  They planned to come to a
retsaurant/bar within walking distance of my office, and since we are
fairly friendly they thought they would invite us along.  Now we are
regulars at this bar - it's actually a more generic version of the "Hard
Rock Cafe", with bits on the walls, and at least one DJ who occasionally
plays some good stuff.  In fact, he has given me the thumbs up before when
I've requested XTC songs, and even been known to play two of them in the
one evening. (Of course there is another DJ who plays "Michael Row The Boat
Ashore" every night - I'm not joking!!!!)

But that's another long, nasty and sordid tale.

But the point of the party this night, was that for the first time, they
were going to have a live band there!  Something I've never seen there
before.  AZnd I figured that a Japanese band playing covers was better than
just heading straight home, so we readily accepted.

So after work, we strolled down there, met our colleagues and headed into
the bar - only to learn that the band had cancelled - apparently the singer
had a sore throat.  Still not too concerned at this stage, as a lot of
Japanese bands tend not to excite me too much.  It was at this point that I
saw the sign on the door announcing the diner's apology for the band's
cancellation.  Of course it was all in Japanese, but I could read parts of
it, and I could read the English characters "They Might Be Giants".  "They
Might Be Giants," I yelped.  "Yes," my colleague said, "That's the band
that was supposed to play here tonight.  Have you heard of them?  Are they
Japanese?"

AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

I guess my boss at this point realised something was up.  She knows I'm an
XTC freak.  She asked me if I liked TMBG - I told her that I did.  She then
told me that I looked disappointed.

"Let me put this into perspective," I said, "On XTC's second last recording
they used TMBG's drummer."

"Know I'm disappointed," she replied.

I didn't even know they were in Japan.  They had one show in Tokyo last
night that I would have gone to see if I'd known in advance - unfortunately
I had to work.

And to John and John wherever you are - Thanks for cancelling.

Regards from the land with Rock 'n' roll shows where nobody dances,
(A tip of the hat to anyone who picks up on that quote)

Steve (MGV)

P.S. - I spoke to my Japanese teacher last night (remember I converted her
last month?)  In the last week she has bought English Settlement, Oranges
and Lemons and Skylarking!  I'm so proud of her.  As for the Tokyo XTC
party, it's on the go.  We have about 5 people now (Hi guys) and I've
received notes from about three people who have a Japan connection - Thanks
all.  If you would like to join us, please e-mail me.  Don't worry if you
can't speak English - I'm the only gaijin - everyone else is Japanese.

Konnichiwa,

Tokyo no chikai no XTC fans ni aimashoka?  Izakaya de tabete XTC ni tsuite
hanashimashoka? Ima 5 nin gurai ikimasu.  Nihon-go dake hasanakutemoii,
Watashi dake wa gaijin desukara Minna-san wa Nihon-go hanasemasu.

Watashi ni e-mail shite kudasai.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu

Steve (MGV)

P.P.S. - Did I mention AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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               Don't ask me how I feel - I might really tell you.
                             (Terry Scott Taylor)
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Message-ID: <33420C6E.58BF@webbnet.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 23:36:14 -0800
From: "Shawn D. Stone" <sdstone@webbnet.com>
Subject: Times Square, XTC Grafitti

I did a severe double take when walking home last week, I was looking
down while walking and what is plastered on the manhole cover, but
(something unintelligible) XTC! Whoa. Just two blocks from my house,
too. Do you think this is the drug culture grafitti, a fan of Andy &
Co., or some weird new gang? Also, on an unrelated note, while digging
through some old .25 bargain LPs at a local record shop and found a copy
of Times Square. About to cast it aside, I saw in the list of
contributors to this particular soundtrack, XTC! Among other 80's greats
such as Gary Numan, The Ramones, and the Talking Heads! It's great! I
like exclamation marks! Has anyone seen this film? I know that it has
Tim Curry in it, but is it any good? Thanks a bunch.	-	Shawn D. Stone.

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Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 11:36:23 -0600 (CST)
From: AMANDA CARYL OWENS <ACOEA@jazz.ucc.uno.edu>
Subject: D'oh!
Message-id: <01IH88LF0F8Y8XJHOL@jazz.ucc.uno.edu>

Well Rojer, I'm back! Back do you hear me, BACK!!!!!! And with a vengeance
as well. (s'funny, you only post to the list when it comes to berating yours
truly.......)

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From: Richard.PedrettiAllen@octel.com
Message-Id: <c=US%a=_%p=Octel%l=EX-CAMPUS1-970402174114Z-5825@ex-campus2.corp.octel.com>
Subject: List of Chalkhills' Children Tape orders
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 09:41:14 -0800

If your name is listed below, I have received your order for Chalkhills'
Children '96.

This list was compiled on the night of April 1 (seriously...).

(alphabetically)
	Todd Bernhardt
	John Christenson
	Randy Christopher
	Phil Corless
	Andy Cuthbert
	Bob Estus
	Mitch Friedman
	Greg Gillette
	Tim Kendrick
	Jeffrey Langr
	Richard Leighton
	Ira Lieman
	Andrew Lippitt
	Steve Perley
	Troy Peters
	Randy Posynick
	Dave Ray
	John Relph
	Della & Steve Schiavo
	Tim Schreyer
	Harrison Sherwood
	Charles Silverman
	Thomas Slack
	Jeff Smith
	Ekram Soylemez
	Wesley Wilson

Cheers, Richard

p.s. I know that King Crimson has been mentioned on this newsgroup in a
variety of contexts so I thought I'd pass along the word that the King
Crimson newsgroup is doing a tribute tape.  Robert Fripp (who
participates in the newsgroup) has indicated that he may possibly help
distribution of the final product in some way (I don't recall all the
details... if you're interested check out the newsgroup).

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Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 11:55:36 -0600 (CST)
From: AMANDA CARYL OWENS <ACOEA@jazz.ucc.uno.edu>
Subject: Mandy? Who's Mandy?
Message-id: <01IH895DPKIK8XJHOL@jazz.ucc.uno.edu>

Last time I checked, the name my lovely parents gave me at birth was
AMANDA.......

I'm sorry if you took offense to my post, David, but that's just me, I'm
here to stay, so deal the hell with it!

And now onto lighter things....

I'll have to go home and listen to I'll Set Myself On Fire to see what
little reference our Colin came up with.

But I forget, a few more things for David.....
WHo are you to decide what's necessary and not?
And you can repeat all you want, but for every one person who says that this
list should be 100% strictly XTC, there are four or five who disagree. If
you want proof, dip into the Chalkhills archives and see for yourself how
many times this tedious topic has been brought up.

Hope you're feeling alright Joshua!!!!!!

Ciao,
Amanda
Je me souviens du soleil

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Message-Id: <9704021831.AA02505@internet2.lotus.com>
From: "Robert P. Krajewski" <rpk@lotatg.lotus.com>
Subject: Mac Access to the MSN Andyfest
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 13:38:30 -0500

I've gone into various MSN sites and have had no problem (I was using
Internet Explorer for the Mac) -- is there something different about the
Andy Partridge stuff ? I though MSN was all web-based now...

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Message-Id: <3.0.1.16.19970402125450.08f7a3ba@mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 12:54:50
From: "Jason \"Freak\" Garcia" <h.h.name@mail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Get off it

Um...

>I really did laugh out loud.  I knew that Jeff Lynne was producing
>Paul's next effort, (Just what we needed. I can't imagine Mr. ELO
>bringing out anything but the absolute worst from Paul!)

Hey now, hey now (don't dream it's over)-- let's not be dissin' people
here without hearing the music first.  Several things about this new album
are very intriguing:  the first, and probably the most important, is that
Paul plays most of the instruments himself.  I think it's this "homegrown"
quality that makes his music stronger.  "Off The Ground" I felt was very
weak, there were 10 or so musicians playing on it, it lost some of the
connection to the artist.  Also, from what I've read, the sound of the
record is "90% Paul", so if you're worried about the thocky drum sound
and all the other crap that Lynne throws in (like 100 acoustic guitars),
your fears are probably unfounded.  In addition to THAT, some EMI
executive reportedly said it was his best record since "Band on the Run"
(this may not mean anything to some of you, but I LIKE "BOTR").
So there.

Laurie, I've been meaning to email you about Austin, and I will do so in
the very near future, believe me.  Sorry no XTC content, but I believe
Paul's record will be good, and I'm gonna say something about it!!!!!

Jason

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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 14:02:40 -0500
Message-Id: <9704021902.AA24691@notesgw2.cc.bellcore.com>
From: "Michael D. Myers" <mmyers@notes.cc.bellcore.com>
Subject: Irony

Chalkhillians;

Something popped into my head as I read about this prospective "fanfest" in
the UK scheduled for this spring......

Remember back when Fossil Fuels was due for release, there was a significant
number of people who said things like "I'm not going to spend $30 on a
greatest-hits release, that's a real rip-off!"

Now some guy who admittedly has never run a fan festival before decides to
run one for XTC fans, tells us point blank that he doesn't have any big
plans or events scheduled (to me it has disaster written all over it), and
bunches of people from the US on this list are making plane reservations to
fly across the big pond.

Isn't this ironic??  I for one don't want to hear any more complaints about
spending money on XTC product from people on this list if the band comes out
with something like a greatest hits or some other compilation.  I'd rather
that money goes to our favorite starving artists.

'nuff said

Mike

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Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 14:36:53 -0500
From: Patrick Guldan <guldanpj@muohio.edu>
Subject: XTC on Radio
Message-id: <3.0.1.32.19970402143653.0068ff40@miavx1.muohio.edu>

I began attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this year and the local
radio station I listened to played several XTC songs ranging from Towers of
London, Are You Receiving Me and other earlier stuff to stuff off O&L and
Nonsuch. They also have a good playlist of new music like Ben Folds Five
and others. So if you are ever in southwestern Ohio try 97.7 WOXY, and
maybe catch XTC on radio.

-Patrick

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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 97 15:02:40 -0600
From: svie@maryville.edu (Stephanie Vie)
Organization: Maryville University
Subject: Dear God (Kill her kill her kill her...)
Message-Id: <387413.ensmtp@maryville.edu>

Hello, yet again....

Reading the last Chalkhills, I noticed the post that talks about the TMBG song
"XTC Vs. Adam Ant" being changed to "AKA Vs..." - Can you tell me where this
new version can be found? See, I have Factory Showroom, which has the XTC
version on it, but I don't yet have THEN, and I was wondering if it was on
there, or somewhere else... Can you clear this up for me? And BTW, isn't the
damage already done if the name-change issue is true? After all, everyone I
know who digs TMBG has Factory Showroom with "XTC Vs. Adam Ant" on it, and
actually everyone thinks it's a funny song...course, we all know XTC kicks
Adamant's ass, but still, it gave me a chuckle...

P.S. Hey Amanda (AKA That Chick who Posts Miscellaneous Drivel): "Oui."

ha ha haa hae hee he he heee :)

Stephanie

--

Maryville University Saint Louis

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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 15:51:27 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199704022351.PAA14955@f11.hotmail.com>
From: " Ben  Gott" <xtcfan@hotmail.com>
Subject: Overwhelmed

Dear Chalkmonsters,

I just returned from a two week trip to San Diego, and I'm overwhelmed with
all the XTC news I've missed...Peter's interview with Andy, which I knew
about, but didn't *know* about; the "Upsy Daisy" collection, the timeframe
of which I was unaware; some new videos; the convention in Basingstoke (for
any Chalkies who are familiar with the play "Noises Off," which I was in,
this reference is very special to me)...It'll take me a while to sort
through back issues, but it'll be worth it (we just regained our electricity
here at School after being "powerless" for almost 2 days).

If anyone is interested, the gold "Oranges and Lemons" disc is available on
CDNow! (on sale for about $23.00) Also, strangely enough, some rare XTC CDs
have popped up: stuff like "Radios in Motion," "NAC," etc., and an
out-of-print copy of the 3" CD single for "The Loving" is also available. I
don't work for CDNow!, by the way.

Jellyfish sound like XTC. And the XTC references on Blur's "The Great
Escape" (fast becoming a favorite) are many: "I met him in a crowded
room..."  ("Charmless Man") Think they're coincidental?

If anyone attends Bates College, Kenyon College, or Bucknell University,
send me an e-mail. These colleges are (as of now) what I've gotten in
to. Yay!  (Still waiting on Bowdoin and William & Mary...)

Good, as always, to be back. ("Bach?"),
-Ben

* -------------------------------------------
Ben Gott
http://www.wp.com/58596
Get out of my reality!

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Message-Id: <v03007802af684209a288@[38.227.118.4]>
From: david@connors.com (David Friel)
Subject: Anyone have the tape
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 18:55:54 -0500

Greetings friends,

Does anyone know how I can come by a copy of a videotape of the performance
of "King for a Day" on the Letterman show in 1989?  I'm gladly willing to
part with hard earned cash, needless to say.  If anyone has this on tape
and can get a copy made, I would be greatly appreciative.  Thank you in
advance.

Dave in S.F.

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Message-Id: <199704022356.RAA25582@dfw-ix14.ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Sgt. Mac Is Going To Help You! (maybe...)
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 97 15:55:38 -0000
From: "dr.beat" <drbeat@ix.netcom.com>

Hey Dwellers of the Chalken Domain,

I, too, was bummed about the Microsoft Network/AP PC-only project. But,
luckily, I just picked up SoftWindows 95 for my Power Macintosh which has
the MSN software included. So I think I can get on and attempt to get the
transcript. I also have lots of utilities for converting .wav and .au
files to mac formats if needed too. Unfortunately, I deleted the digest
with info on when the project will air. So, if someone could send me that
(hi Steve Schiavo!), I'll see what I can do.

Actually, 25% of net users and some 30-40% of Internet content
creation/publishing marketshare is pretty damn good for a "niche"
platform with only 8%-10% overall consumer marketshare (depending on
market). I *work* with Suns, PCs, UNIX et al, but I *love* my Macintosh!

If you can, pick up the Mobile Fidelity Oranges & Lemons (I now have an
extra copy of the "regular version" available if you want...). It's a
good remastering, well worth the money, and it always feels good to
funnel some $$$ to our boys in Swindon.

Ciao,

Dr. Beat

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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 20:28:09 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <v02140b01af686b004475@[204.141.49.29]>
From: gramercy@angel.net (Richard Luckett)
Subject: BLOCK reviewed (finally) in the U.S. Press

Chalkhillian Children:
As most of  long-time subscribers know, NYC singer-songwriter BLOCK's lack
of a record deal has been referred to by Andy Partridge as "one of the
Profound Mysteries of the American entertainment business".
Could this be changing?

Posted for your indulgence is the review of his self-made Enhanced CD, LEAD
ME NOT INTO PENN STATION, in the May 1997 issue of "Alternative Press":

BLOCK
LEAD ME NOT INTO PENN STATION (Burning Bush Records)

A cutesy-titled CD from the band/man known as BLOCK, Lead Me Not Into Penn
Station is also an interactive CD complete with video clips, lyrics, photos
and a map of New York City. All of which would lead one to believe that
there's a lot going on with (or a lot of advance money going to) this Jamie
Block  - a sincere, street-credible vocalist/guitarist whose folksy
strumming and regular-guy appeal seep from every digitized granule on this
debut CD. No doubt about it: This man loves his town. And the music? Let's
call it city-folk - urban, urbane, sophisticated, sullen and reeking of a
smoke-filled packed house at Manhattan's Cafe Sin-E. For those weaned on
equal parts Joini Mitchell and Lou Reed, Penn Station is the perfect
transition to respectable adulthood: clad in ripped jeans and black leather
jackets, but packed with enough sensitivity to ward off that nasty
tinnitus. like contemporaries Jeff buckley and Ani DiFranco, Jamie Block
practices the alchemy of melodious disccord-pretty enough to draw you in,
rough enough to keep you listening.  -  Laurel Bowman

We would like to thank Ms. Bowman for her astuteness, Mr. Partridge for his
impeccable taste : ) and  all Chalkhillians for your continued support.

The CD is available at HMV, Virgin, Tower and directly from our Website at:

http://www.gramercy.net/block

Peace.

The BLOCK Posse NYC

"Fine art never moved my soul......"

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Message-ID: <33431576.41FE@snet.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 21:27:52 -0500
From: Andrew Lippitt <andylipp@snet.net>
Subject: It's hard to be us

William Wisner wrote:

> Now let me get this straight: there's some sort of problem here with a
> large commercial enterprise trying to make money by selling people
> access to Andy Partridge's creative work?

> Seems to me that's what Virgin and Geffen records have been doing for
> years.  And say what you will about the company, but without the
> efforts of Virgin or another record company very much like them, you
> and me wouldn't be listening to Andy's music today.

I think that youOre missing the point.  Purchase of Virgin and Geffen
products are not restricted to only 3/4 of the music buying public.
MSN, however, is available to only 3/4 of the web browsing public.
ThatOs my major beef.

> I haven't seen America
> Online signing deals with my favorite musical artists lately.

I hate to say it, but if it  _were_  on AOL I could make arrangements to
view it with my Mac.

ItOs great that this Riff thing is taking place, but it surely sucks
that 25% of us will not have the option to buy into it.  Bummer :-(

> (And why is it that I'm pretty much certain that if it had been
> eWorld, a couple of years ago, providing Andy Partridge content that
> only Macintosh users could access, nobody would be whining like
> they're doing now?)

This is not a Mac vs. PC thing.  I'm against any kind of restricted
access to cool things on the internet.  Suppose 'Chalkhills' was made
available only to AOL users.  Would complaining about that also be
characterized as whining?

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From: Nick.Key@solent.ac.uk
Message-ID: <8025646E.0033ABDA.00@notesgw.solent.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 09:38:01 +0100
Subject: Response to White Album gushings

Hi

Stormy Monday wrote:

<snip>
>Yeah, they were freaking out during that period,
>Ringo quitting, John busy exposing himself and his Yoko, Paul thinking
>that he's the manager in the aftermath of Brian Epstein's death, and
>George completely out of patience with Paul's incessant unwelcome
>suggestions for his guitar parts.  Or so the legend goes.  But no
>matter.  The album's reputation was earned honestly.  It is remains a
>classic.
<snip>

Sorry, I have to disagree with you about the White Album being a classic.
The Beatles were slowly falling apart and there was an incredible amount of
disharmony between the band. The White Album is a hodge-podge of individual
efforts and its plainly clear in each track who has had the most input.
There are some GREAT tracks on it, dont get me wrong, 'Back in the USSR',
'Dear Prudence'  - exceptional songs but I do not feel that a few decent
songs a classic album do make!

Just my tuppence worth.

N

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Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 01:23:15 -0800
Message-Id: <v01510103af692097fbfc@[194.128.83.69]>
From: fisher@easynet.co.uk (Mark Fisher)
Subject: Lawsuits and children

What is the source of the story about XTC sueing They Might be Giants? Is
it meant to be a joke?

Are the authors of Books are Burning really such sensitive little darlings
that they can't stomach being mentioned in the same sentence as Adam and
the Ants, even with the word 'versus' between them?

And who says Adam and the Ants are a "gimmick band"? TMBG make a more
accurate assessment in the song itself (which I also find rather funny - am
I to believe that XTC have lost their sense of humour?)

Furthermore, Andy used to boast that his early Helium Kidz posters used to
describe his own sound as "ant music" years before the phrase resurfaced in
the charts.

On the subject of inter-band conflict, there's an odd little reference in
the new issue of Q which refers to an incident in Newcastle in 1978 when
the Angleic Upstarts "confronted XTC after Andy Partridge had ill-advisedly
"dissed" them."

Is there someone at Q who is paid to store up obscure XTC trivia?

- Mark
http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~fisher/

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Message-Id: <2.2.32.19970403161318.00694a24@popmail.dircon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 17:13:18 +0100
From: Simon Sleightholm <nonsuch@dircon.co.uk>
Subject: Inhuman Alchemy

I woke up this morning (da-da-da-da-daaa) bleary eyed to hear a vaguely
familar voice reciting a little poem about pop music that included a mention
of XTC. Turns out it was Martin Newell (and quite what he was doing in my
bed, etc...) who is this week's featured poet on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast
Show, hosted by the twin-gods of DJ-dom - Mark and Lard (who have also
managed to inject XTC into their show on occasion)

The Mummer debate continues apace, I see, and yet again I start to feel part
of a minority when it comes to "Human Alchemy" - I just love that song. Real
"stupid grin" love. I can see, though, how it falls apart under analysis.
The moaning is no doubt supposed to indicate suffering but it has a very
European choral, ecclesiatical even, feel and suggests more the Purgatory of
Dante's Divine Comedy (spun from the fibres of the faith and heresies of the
world about him at the time - alchemy itself being most certainly not a
Godly pursuit) than the tribulations of enslaved blacks, lacking as it does
any African stylings. Interestingly, the drum rhythm, which does have a
pseudo-"tribal" feel, is similar to that of "Shake You Donkey" up, another
song which was based around crimes and punishment, and succeeds in
conjouring the essence of stumbling feet and the cracking of the lash. The
bell-tree during the "An alchemy, human alchemy..." sections neatly suggests
gold coins spilling though fingers, as well as hinting, again, at the sting
of a whip.

One slightly dubious element might be the reggae/ska tint to the track (a
feel which harks back, as the later "This World Over" did, to the heavy
influence that style of music had on the first couple of albums - reggae
being as "open" as Andy's beloved be-bop and jazz when it comes to scatting
or riffing freely into new directions) which has a tinge of bad taste about
it, in the same way that building a song called "Terrorism" on an
Middle-Eastern motif becomes more and more unpleasant the more you think
about it. It's nowhere near as jaw-gapingly awful as a current cereal ad
being shown over here which depicts a black gospel choir singing the praises
of the cornflake, the fact that thousands of black people died in slavery
while working for the farmers who developed the industry nicely forgotten by
the marketing folk, but it jars a little nonetheless. Maybe it's part of a
double-bluff in the song itself (something I could expect the band to pull
off) - here's a song about the white exploitation of blacks, and here are
some white guys performing it in a style lifted wholesale from "black"
music.

Even after all that I must say that, though I can see why people might
consider such a mixed bag about as appetizing as curried cheese and
ice-cream, for me the disparate elements hold together with some wonderful
hidden glue and I just *love* to play it loud. The drums make the ducks on
the fireplace tip, and my idiot dancing knocks eveything else over.

Well done Mark Fisher, that car-ownership post was neat work.

And, Cheryl my friend, I enjoyed your company immensely.

Oh lord, deliver us four more elephants,

Simon

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Message-ID: <33441CAB.51EA@sprintmail.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 13:10:03 -0800
From: Stormy Monday <stormymonday@sprintmail.com>
Subject: On Fact and Opinion

Folxtc,

Some readers and contributors of this newsletter have publicly and
privately taken me to task for stating my opinions as if they were
facts.  I'll apologize in advance to those of you who are already aware
of the points that I am about to make.

One of the following statements is a fact, and the other is an opinion.

"XTC released an album entitled `Skylarking' in 1986."
"Skylarking is XTC's finest album."

Can anyone honestly say that they have trouble discerning which one is
which?

When writing about the arts, there are certain quantitative issues that
can be cited as facts.   These can be interesting, and often will
provide insight into the creative process while adding to the overall
enjoyment of the work.  However, when writing about the qualitative
aspects of the arts, there can only be opinion.  To preface a statement
that by definition has to be an opinion with "in my opinion" is not only
redundant, it is a textbook example of patently bad writing.  Aren't
they still teaching this in English 101?

If anyone finds themselves genuinely offended by my contributions to
"Chalkhills" maybe they need to ask themselves "why?".  We're not
discussing the conflict between the Jewish and Palestinian peoples of
Israel.  We're discussing music.

I truly believe that art is in the eyes, ears and minds of the
beholder.  If someone thinks that a jingle for a fast food restaurant
commercial is good music, ultimately they can only be right.

Kind Regards,

Stormy Monday

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Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 12:43:50 -0700 (MST)
From: Miles or Gigi Coleman <coleman@cougarnet.byu.edu>
Subject: Viva Las Vegas
Message-id: <0E82UT1K500IGK@ACS2.BYU.EDU>

Wes posted:

>Hmmm, here's an idea, since Las Vegas plays host to many a convention,
>s'pose an xtc convention were to happen in Las Vegas. Any interest? Part of
>the program would be visiting the, wait for it, (Dukes of) Stratosphere
>Tower. (Sorry, this is the only place where I can make that reference with
>any hope of people getting it).

Depending on when you decide to have the little shindig there might be two
or three of us here in Utah who could go.  Yes, that's correct, three maybe
more!  Love to here more about it.

Miles

Miles and Gigi Coleman		Provo, Utah
http://www.byu.edu/~coleman		Family Home Page
http://www.byu.edu/~coleman/guatenor	Guatemala City North Mission Alumni
Page
http://www.mission.net		Index for Alumni of LDS Missions

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From: GTR80@aol.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 19:25:04 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <970403192326_-1937742892@emout06.mail.aol.com>
Subject: XTC on the air

Guess what? 92.5 just played Making Plans for Nigel on the radio! It was so
cool. I almost never get to listen to them on the radio. Just wanted to share
that with you guys. Bye!

Gerardo

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Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 12:35:39 +0100 (BST)
From: Chris Clee <cmc@sanger.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Amanda
Message-Id: <Pine.OSF.3.91.970404123347.5331A-100000@manta>

I must admit to not being very interested in dreams..........stick to the
point.

chris (35 and wondering if I was that dozy when I was 19)

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From: Bob Thomas <BobT@cait.wustl.edu>
Subject: Andy and Lloyd
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 97 10:37:00 CST
Message-ID: <33452E7A@msgw.cait.wustl.edu>

Hello Chalks!

This just happened on the Lloyd Cole list.  What's the word?  Have I been
a fool?

>just thought you guys would be interested  . . .  Lloyd's currently in
>the UK writing with Andy Partridge (of XTC).  Cool collaboration, eh?
>Laughter,
>deb

What does Laughter mean?

>UNBELIEVABLE!! 2 of my favorites (LC and Mr Partridge) working together!!!
>but what of the album Our Hero was working on??? Is it finished? Is he
>writing with Andy for it.?.I thought it was already being recorded... Help
>us understand Debbie Rose, whoever you are!! You come mysteriously bearing
>glad tidings and intriguing bits of info...but like all prophets, so much
>remains hidden..please reveal more!!
>ps...but thanks for the juicy item!

See these Lloyd people have great tatse.

>Subject: Lloyd and Andy
>Okay, it's April 3, this better not be a joke. Two of my fave songwriters
>working together?!
>It'll either be awesome or bizarre (or both).

I think awesome is more likely.

>gasp
>gasp
>is it true?

My question exactly.

I'll see if I can find out more, but I assume someone here already has a
line on this.

Cheers
Bob Thomas

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Date: Sat, 5 Apr 1997 11:00:42 -0600 (CST)
From: Eric Morris <erm892f@nic.smsu.edu>
Subject: Visiting England & maybe Swindon
Message-ID: <Pine.A32.3.91.970405105446.39098A-100000@nic.smsu.edu>

	I will see England for the 1st time in late May, and I may be
able to spend a day or so around the Swindon area. While XTC themselves
have let their desire for privacy be well known, I do not think I violate
it by seeing sites & inspirations, such as the English Settlement cover
inspiration.
	What do you suggest, aside from that and the map on the 2nd
album? I will compile a list of suggestions and (if requested) re-post
them back to the listserv. Also, if anyone has cautions or thinks even
this is too much a violation or privacy, I will listen to your arguments
on that as well.
	Please backchannel any replies to:

Eric Morris
erm892f@nic.smsu.edu

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Message-ID: <3346A44A.4841@mclink.it>
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 1997 20:13:14 +0100
From: Alberto Castagna <mc4950@mclink.it>
Subject: A contribute for the discography

Dear friends, Im an XTC collector from Italy and I have only recently
found the time (after years!) to keep order in my collection, so now Im
very proud to give my contribute to the very accurate discography of mr.
Relph.

ALBUMS:

DRUMS & WIRES
- LP, Virgin International USA (Atlantic), VA 13134, October 1979. first
15,000 copies included free Limelight Single (PR 344).
NOTE: I have a copy with stamped "Promotional Copy" on the front cover.

BLACK SEA
- LP, Virgin Italy (Ricordi), VIL 12173, 1980.
NOTE: I have a copy with stamped: "XCT" (Sic, wrongly) on the front
cover and on the back. I dont know how many copies are gone in
circulation before the Company noticed the error.

NONSUCH
- LP, Virgin Italy, ?, 1996?. :
NOTE: The Catalogue Number is  V2699

Singles:

THIS IS POP?
- 7", Virgin Italy, VIN45050, 1978. different p/s.
NOTE: The Catalogue Number is wrong: the correct is VIN45017

KING FOR A DAY
- King for a Day (remix); b/w King for a Day (edit); Happy Families.
12", Virgin UK, VST 1177, April 1989.
NOTE: Ive got also a testpressing of it, but Ive seen that you never
write about testpressing (its right, cause maybe exist testpressings
for every record)

Collections and others:

WAXWORKS: SOME SINGLES 1977-1982
- CT, Virgin UK, TCVD 2251, 1982. double length cassette includes
Beeswax
NOTE: the letter "D" doesnt appear on the Catalogue Number

FOSSIL FUEL - THE XTC SINGLES 1977-92:
- CD (2), Virgin Italy, CDVD2811 (7243 8 41983 2 9)
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

Attivita soliste:

THE THREE WISE MEN: THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS
Thanks for Christmas; b/w Countdown to Christmas Party Time. XTCs
Christmas single.
-7" Virgin France 105138, 1983
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

Guest Appareances and collaborations:

PETER BLEGVAD: KING STRUT & OTHER STORIES
CD, Silvertone, Germany, ZD74731
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

Compilations with other artists:

CATCH A WAVE
10" LP (2), NCB? Scandinavia?/England?, NICE 1, 1978. double 10"  LP.
NOTE: Its printed in England

TIMES SQUARE
- LP (2), RSO Italy, RSO 2658145, double LP, gatefold.
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

URGH! A MUSIC WAR
- LP (2), A&M, Holland, AMLM 66019
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography
Note 2: in the Movie (not in the record) there is a final exhibition
with XTC and Police together (and other artists) who join "So Lonely"
(Andy  is very funny)

SHE'S HAVING A BABY
. LP, I.R.S. Holland, ILP 4608061
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

FAST & BULBOUS
. LP, Imaginary, ILL 200, June 1988.
NOTE: The right Catalogue Number on vinyl is ILL002

``IF 6 WAS 9''
- LP, Imaginary, Holland, ILLUSION 008 -
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

EARTHRISE -- THE RAINFOREST ALBUM
LP Polydor, Italy, 515-561-
NOTE: This doesnt appear on the Discography

Unauthorized Releases:

WORLD WAR THREE
LP, ?, UNI 101 (GNV-004), 1981?. live pirate/bootleg.
NOTE: This is printed in Italy

BLACK SEA TOUR '81
LP, Fury UK, FURY 81, 1989.
NOTE: This is printed in USA

XTC DEMOS 6 -- SKYLARKING DEMOS AND OTHERS
CD, Extatic Japan, EX-007?, 1995.
NOTE: I confirm the Catalogue Number

Records that doesnt appear in the Discography:

VIRGIN DELIGHT
compilation includes XTC: Making Plans for Nigel (413)
- 12" LP, Virgin Italy, VCL 15002, 1980.

LINGHILTERRA DEL ROCK - GLI ANNI 80
compilation includes XTC: Towers of London (438); Generals and Majors
(341)
- CD, Editoriale La Repubblica, Italy, DpM-22, 1997, ). included with
"Il disco del mese magazine"

Ive got also two tapes (bootlegs) with concerts unreleased on bootlegs
(I seem)

EMERALD CITY FM, 17/4/81

XTC/TALKING HEADS HAMBURG MARKTHALLE 13/1/1978

That's All. I hope that Mr. Relph will put my notices on the Discography
and I hope that you all enjoy with the band.

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