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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 4, Number 61

                 Thursday, 12 March 1998

Today's Topics:

                      No comparison.
            Mommyheads RIP (0.1% XTC content)
                       Domain names
                      Depeche Andy?
         Exeter University and Chalkhills Digest
                      And then.....
                      Whence Dukes?
         Grammies, Youngsters, T-shirt and Tapes
                    Apologies o'plenty
            First Post (SORRY FOR THE LENGTH!)
         Special request from a fellow XTC fan...
                       Re: 15 Glass
                    Pervy xTc hearing
                     The Big Express
                   rifff prizes at last
                     Yazbek CD's!!!!
                        X Tree C ?
           quick news while I remember it . . .
                   Hope for the Future
                         New Wave


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Message-ID: <>
From: Wood Robert MMUk <>
Subject: No comparison.
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 08:31:45 -0000

I don't want to drag up the analogue vs. digital argument again, but I'm
going to... <g>

>> Vinyl LPs have a far more limited bandwidth and dynamic
range than CDs. If you "cut" a vinyl album using the
same production master for the manufacture of CDs (without
additional filtering of the "low end"), a turntable needle
would fly right out of the groove altogether, or the
groove would have to be so wide that the 16 songs might
not even fit on TWO LPs. <<

Er, hello; that's why all vinyl is mastered differently with bass end
rolled off and why you need an RIAA preamp for phono inputs. That's
entirely irrelevant as to whether Firework's on vinyl. If that had any
relevance why would at least 50% of new releases be on sale on vinyl as
well as CD in HMV?!

>> By the sounds of it, XTC certainly do not have the money
to get "Firework" mastered twice, once for CD and once
for vinyl. <<

Bollocks, the cost of mastering is a tiny fraction of recording.

>> Because so much additional filtering is necessary to
master for vinyl, a CD production master is a far better
approximation of the final mix of an album. <<

An even bigger pile of bollocks! Once you've listened to a decent vinyl
system vs. a CD, you'll be amazed. Don't go off what so called experts
tell you, listen with *your* ears, not somebody else's! To say a CD
production master is far better than album is truly outrageous! I've
been involved with it myself and I've *heard* the difference between the

>> This info courtesy of a well-known industry professional (not me
obviously). Sorry. <<

Well known does not mean he/she know what he/she is on about. Elton
John's well known a singer, but he's crap at it! <g>


Message-Id: <>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 07:39:08 -0500
From: Keith Hanlon <>
Subject: Mommyheads RIP (0.1% XTC content)

I don't think this has been mentioned yet - if so, forgive me.

The Mommyheads have broken up. This list has always been split on the
band... but I know a lot of you out there really dig them.

Adam Cohen is working on a solo project with members of Cake, and Michael
Holt has a new band.

For more information:

For those of you who never dug their major label debut... check out my site
dedicated to their very first album, Acorn - which owes more to early XTC
than the McCartney-esque pop music of their last record:

That is all,


"It's no good to say 'without pickles,' because you're going to get pickles."
			-  Johnny Cash


Message-Id: <>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 08:23:53 -0500
From: Adam Tyner <ctyner@CLEMSON.EDU>
Subject: Domain names

<<*nobody* has registered as a domain on the Net.>>

I ran a whois on XTC.COM and found out that it is indeed registered.  :-(
I'm not sure if you have access to a UNIX box, and since posting the whois
results would take up a bit too much space in the digest, I'll post a link
to a WWW one:

XTC.NET and XTC.ORG have also been registered as well.

The home of He-Man, "Weird Al", Yoo-hoo, Killer Tomatoes, and more!
   Demented music list admin           O-         MiSTie #67,326


Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 10:50:56 -0500 (EST)
From: Karen Piotrowski <>
Subject: Depeche Andy?
Message-ID: <>

another question from the lurker front....

I've been wondering about this for AGES!!!
On the Depeche Mode - Violator album between Enjoy the Silence and Policy
of Truth there is a wierd interlude where somebody growls something
unitelligible to me.  I would *swear* it's Andy.  Any input on this?
Please email privately as time prohibits me from keeping up on this list
as much as i'd like to.

I won't repeat myself again, I will not repeat myself again - Toad the Wet


Message-Id: <>>
From: Jonathan Monnickendam <>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 13:21:33 +0000
Subject: Exeter University and Chalkhills Digest


 A big thank you on this one. I can rest easy........(skip to avoid trivia)

October 5, 1979 - Exeter University, Exeter, UK

I finished at Exeter in June 79 and so when XTC were hitting the stage in
the Great Hall I was working back in london saving up for a 3 month trip
around latin america which took 2 years. I even got to ring Borges doorbell
in BA only to find he was in Mexico collecting a literary prize. Had the gig
been earlier in 79 I would have been there for fun (and as photographer for
the University newspaper). I'd forgotten about showaddywaddy.

April 18, 1979 - Routes Club, Exeter, UK

A superb venue ; where else could you see the Police playing to 100 people
whilst topping the US charts. Good job the support band was Alberto y los
trios paranaios.

hoping a good weekend was had by you all


in the tape deck ; Magnesium Proverbs - Syd Barrett

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From: LadyCPlum <>
Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 12:00:27 EST
Subject: And then.....

Hey Jeff Smith! We've got the frugal gourmet on our list!!!!! (JJ!) Anyhoo, on
the subject of an XTC mascot...howzabout a Partridge in a Pear Tree????

I finally managed to catch "Hey go fuck yourself with your atom bomb" on the
end of 25 O'Clock. I didn't realise you had to let the album run right to the
end to hear it, I thought it would be pegged on right at the end of Mole.

Molly-As far as I know the only acting XTC has done is in their videos.
(Taking at look at them would lead one to realise just why we will never see
XTC actually acting professionally.) ;)

On Dave's rejection of the album title-Somebody's sense of humour is flying
out the door in his old age. :() But when you think about it, A History of the
Middle Ages sounds more like a title for a retrospective, not a new album.
Still in all, I quite like it. It's whimsical.

Tis all for now.....
XTC song of the day-Paper and Iron
non XTC song-High and Dry-Radiohead
Python quote of the day-"Oh intercourse, the penguin!"


Message-ID: <>
From: "Steve Stearns" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 09:15:26 PST
Subject: Whence Dukes?

Hello Chalkhill-dwellers,

Forgive me if this is in the FAQ somewhere but does anyone happen to
know where XTC came up with their pseudonyms for the Dukes?  (I know
that "The Red Curtain" comes from Colin's nickname when he had super
long hair, but the others?)

And Molly, I could see Andy as a sort of psychedelic Doctor Who . . .
maybe a 1967 adventure where he saves The Isle of Man Rock Festival from
the Daleks:

"Stop, everyone, wait til I reverse the polarity of the neutron flow
BEFORE you eat the brown acid!"

Scuffing at the dirt I wait,



Message-Id: <>
From: "Pedretti-Allen, Richard" <>
Subject: Grammies, Youngsters, T-shirt and Tapes
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:06:08 -0800

Amanda, I think there are some who haven't gotten used to you yet.
Soooo... how many necklaces did you get on Bourbon St?  You know...
people can't see the Chalkhills T-shirt image when it's bunched around
your neck!  I think the latest Radiohead is fantastic and rightfully
deserved to win a Grammy but you need not shun the Grammies themselves.
While I'm a non-voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts
& Sciences, the voting members are peers in the industry, so it's not
just more press for those who already went double-platinum.  It's not
like some of the other awards shows that are just circle-jerk exposure
games.  A voting member can vote for ANYONE, as long as the material is
commercially released and has sold a minimum number of copies.  The
minimum is to keep from getting 32, 746 votes for different acts (if a
situation like that happened, it becomes much easier for a group to
rally their associates to vote for their act and win the award), so they
narrow the field a bit.  The problem is, for example, if you voted for
Laurie Anderson's LP Big Science in 1982, it wasn't going to win because
it simply didn't have the exposure.  One could then construe that you
have to sell a lot to be nominated but it is more rational to look at it
as a function of "exposure" and "market penetration" (Honest!  I'm
talking about business!).  The record is simply in more people's hands.
In the end, though the show may still be too H-wood and they don't show
presentations of the lesser categories, it is above board.  So, the
question is... how do we get Firework in the hand's of ALL the voting

Ben made comments about young Chalkhillbillies... I am seldom
disappointed when I talk with people who explore music outside of their
demographics.  My nephew (16) likes XTC, The Spent Poets and Yazbek.  He
has said things like, "Nirvana seemed kinda lame." (PLEASE!  No need to
post, "Well I like XTC _AND_ Nirvana!")

Harrison, Harrison, Harrison... tsk, tsk.  There are no damn hops in
Newcastle Brown!  It's because the northerners don't have the
technology!  Only fogblind geezers in Northumberland, Durham and Tyne
drink Newcastle!  Everyone else is quickly progressing toward the status
of "Official Lager Lout."  "Oy, loyk to get reeelly peessed on Four-X
and then, whenever Arsenal wins a football match, I smosh somebodies
fice in."  I bet Swindonians quaff a bit more Bank's Bitter or Marston's

Phil, Only one left?  Consider yourself a very lucky merchandiser!

By the way, Chalkhills Children tape sales have slowed down so now would
be a good time to order.  Order before March 16 or you'll have to wait a
month.  I'm off to Denver (work), Singapore (work), Bombay (work) and
London (hidden agenda).

Cheers, Richard


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 15:58:54 -0500
From: "M. D. Irvin" <>
Subject: October?!

I just learned today that the long awaited XTC release has been pushed
back to October (I'm sure this is not new news, but I've been out of the
loop for a bit).  And May was getting so hoo.  Rats!!  Oh
well, now I wait for October to come around.  Is the release to be
called "Fireworks"?  Anyone have a list of the tracks??  Any Florida
people here other than myself and Bradenton Brian??


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:57:31 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Gibron <>
Subject: Apologies o'plenty

First and foremost, if I insulted anyone, I deeply apologize. I tend to rant
and rave (just ask my students) and they too wonder what end I am coming to.
I will not defend myself, just my position. And then I had some additional

First, I have been a fan since 1978. This is a fact. I have everything that
was legitimately placed on the market for sale in vinyl, 45, CD, CD single
and cassette form. (Here I go again. I've pissed off the
booters. Sorry. Didn't know you existed 'til now.) All I was trying to say
is that, as a long standing fan, I was with XTC when they played "Senses
Working Overtime" on empty-v until it became rote, and I have been there
when I have had to search high and low in a huge warehouse music factory to
find a copy of "The Big Express" each release is met with excitement. I
cannot say, ever, that I have been disappointed with an XTC album (song,
yes, album, no).

Yet, when I joined Chalkhills, I found post after post listing the flaws
with this record and the concern for this song and the desire to tear apart
the only group who, in my opinion, compares favorably with the Beatles as
master song craftsmen.  To complain, in my opinion, is to miss the
point. XTC are geniuses, no doubt about it.  Their music transcends 99.999%
of the crap that passes for music today. Opinions are fine on the issue of a
song's merit, but to desecrate a whole album, or period of musical
expression just because it "Don't sound like Black Sea" seems pointless.
Rubber Soul did not sound like Abbey Road did not sound like Let It Be. What
they do sound like is the Beatles. And what XTC sound like are XTC. I said
it before and I'll say it again. XTC are XTC. That's all they can or ever
will be.  They will not conform to your desire to mold them.

Second, about I was a very late comer to Guided by Voices. I
bought their 12th album. I knew nothing about them. I only knew what I read
and what I heard. Then I found Now, I said it before and I said
it again, Chalkhills, the Little Lighthouse and the miriad of other XTC
related sites that you will now throw in my face are
CREATOR OF ANOTHER. THEY ARE JUST FINE.  All I was trying to say was, that was a good idea, as is all the other web sites. True, I held it
out as an example of "what could be done with some effort". Perhaps that was
meant as a more PERSONAL attack than a group thing. MORE OF US SHOULD HAVE
XTC SITES. At last count, a favorite show of mine (it consists of three
letters and 3000 at the end) has over 400 web sites. 400!!!!!! And not
everyone has access to it. My friends in England and Europe may be
scratching their heads on this one. Yet everyone and anyone can walk into
Toadbuster Music and buy XTC. We need more promotion. WE NEED TO MARKET

As to inside info, I have no qualm with those in the know. True, I do not
get to hang around with Mr. Partridge and the gang. I am not part of the
inner circle who is privy to the comings and goings of the band. Something
tells me if I was, I would not mention it, since I have two very good and
very famous friends in the movie business, and I value the non-famous
friendship we have had more than the minimal thrill it may cause you to know
that I know them. I also know a famous writer, but again there is no reason
for me to mention it other than to get some reaction out of you. Will he
publish your work? NO, won't even look at mine. Will my other friend place
me in a film he wrote? NO. Will he mention that a character he created was
based on me so that I get a silent thrill when I see the film among an
audience of the unknowing. Yes. So, I will always bow to the information of
someone in the know. Bully to those who can befriend those who we wish we
could. I have nothing bad to say about you. You're postings are always
thrilling to read.

Now that I have made my mea culpas, I plunge into the fray again...  Does it
bother anyone but me that Oasis and Blur are so ABSOLUTELY HUGE in the world
market, but XTC are not. I can say that I have an Oasis album and a Blur
album in my collection (450 discs, 350 LPs, 320 45's and growing) and they
are fine, but they are not XTC. And yet, they're on MTV and they're hyped
out the ying-yang and they sell a gig or two of albums, and we argue that
Andy and the gang need our money.  Someone once said their is no God. Then
someone said he was out to lunch and left his dog in charge. I just don't
get it.  Dog lovers, Noel lovers, Blur lovers, please do not attack me. This
is not all together serious. I have been known to place my tongue firmly
inside my cheek).

A final word. Remember why we listen to music. It transports us to a magic
place of peace and good feelings. I promise to keep those good feelings as I
write to Chalkhills, please keep them as you read what I write. We all have
but one goal: total world XTC domination. Lets achieve it, not just banter
it about.


Love to hear from you one on one. I love to read and write. E-mail me.

Don't let them sell you a world wrapped in gray...


Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 10:25:32 -0500
Subject: First Post (SORRY FOR THE LENGTH!)
Message-ID: <>
From: (Smiley Pants)

Hello  Chalkers

This is my first post to Chalkhills. Allow me to introduce myself and to
tell my story of how I was turned on to XTC.

My name's Ken. I'm from Pennsylvania and 17 years old.  A lot of my other
favorite bands include KMFDM, China Drum, Therapy?, GWAR, Extra Fancy,
The Smiths, and tons more. My tastes in music are quite diverse so I'll
give anything a chance.

The stort of how I was turned to XTc is kinda bizzare, so bear with me :)

I remember that when I was about 12, I saw the video for "The Ballad of
Peter Pumpkinhead" and my brother and I thought it was a pretty cool
song. We never really got to buying Nonuch and so we kinda forgot about

But about 2 years later, for some reason I started thinking about "that
Pumkinhead guy song" but I just couldn't remember who it was. It bothered
me for a while but then again, I started to forget about it.

But years later, in the winter of '96, I saw the video for "Dear God" on
MTV's little M2 Preview, which I would set the timer for on the VCR
because it came on before I got back home from school. Lucky for me that
I taped it. You'll find out why I was lucky in just a sec.

In the summer of '97, I was in  Sam Goody, when they were playing the
"Upsy Daisy Assortment." I was really kicked in the ass by  "Life begins
at the Hop" and "making Plans for Nigel". I just had to find out who this
band was!
I stuck around, pretending to be browsing for something ( I had already
made my purchase and was about to leave before they started playing it)
just so I could listen to this CD. Then what do I hear? "Dear God", the
song whose video I have  on tape!! So when I got home, I searched all my
tapes for the video, and there it was!! After I found out it was XTC, i
quickly wrote that name down on my "Cd's to buy" list!!!!!!

Then I went and bought Skylarking and Upsy daisy Assortment and I had me
a new favorite band. I have yet to purchase ES, Big Express, Mummer, O&L,
Nonsuch, and BS because I haven't been able to get myself to the stores.

Sorry to make this post even LONGER (!!!) but I would just like to
conclude it by listing my fave songs from the albums I have of XTC.

White Music
	"Radios in Motion"
	"This is Pop"

	"Meccanic Dancing" (When my girlfriend and I listened to this
song together for the first time, she said "Is he saying 'Pic-a-nic
	"Crowded Room"
	"The Rhythm"
	"Super Tuff"
	"I Am the Audience"

Drums and Wires
	"Making Plans for Nigel"
	"When You're near me I have Difficulty"
	"Ten Feet Tall"
	"Roads Girdle the Globe"
	"Real by Reel"
	"Complicated Game"

	"Summer's Couldron"
	"Earn Enough for Us"
	"Dear God"

Well, that's all. I'm sorry I wasted so much bandwith on my stupid
opinions and my stupid story. Hopefully, my next post(s) won't be as

Buh bye
Take care, chalkers


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 08:44:29 -0800
From: Dan Phipps <>
Subject: Special request from a fellow XTC fan...

Hello all,

I don't post to this mailing list very often,
but do enjoy reading the comments from other
fans of XTC.  (They're so GREAT, aren' they?
An understatement!)

I'd like to ask a possible dubbing request of
any XTC fan out there who'd be willing to do
this for me.  A long time ago, I received a
dubbed cassette from an XTC fan (who will re-
main nameless, but I'm sure you know who you
are!!).  The B-side to this tape featured the
now infamous "Black Sea Session / A Drunken
Jam" recording, but to fill up the gap remain-
ing on this side, the dubber put something on
there which I've decided to call "Interview
With A Radical."  It's the interview which takes
place between three people at a radio station
(I think) and this hippie-type is talking about
how America is just a state of mind and he sings
the "Hey, go fuck yourself with your atom bomb"
thing.  Sound familiar?  Well, the thing about
all this is I only have a part of this interview.
Does anybody out there have the complete thing?
My tape runs out right in the middle of this
radical's sentence and I'm dying to know how it
ends, as it were.  Believe it or not, I've had
this tape ever since Andy's first demo cassette
"Jules Verne's Sketchbook" came out.  And I've
NEVER inquired about the full uninterrupted in-
terview until now.  Go figure...But if anyone
out there can help me with this, I'd surely
appreciate it, as I've always wondered how this
recording ends.

I'm also very interested in getting a complete
dub of Andy's "Playground" demo, too.  I've got
a snippet of this that features AP giving comment-
ary on a "Rock Over London" radio show, but would
KILL to have the entire demo recording.  Does any-
one out there have it to possibly share with a
fellow fan?  Please e-mail me privately if you
can help me either of these requests.  Thanks!

Looking forward along with everyone else for the
new album.  Although I subscribe to Chalkhills,
I don't get much of a chance to read each digest
as fully as I'd like (work schedule and all, you
know!).  I guess I should go back through each
one and see if something's there pertaining to
this latest news or whatever.  Hmmm...

Keep up the good work with the monitoring, John!
So far, job WELL DONE!!  :-)

X T C     R U L E S  ! ! ! ! ! ! !

/Dan Phipps <>

* ---------------------------------------
"Imagination like a muscle will
 increase with exercise."
(Peter Blegvad)
* ---------------------------------------

Latest favorite XTC track:  "Cockpit Dance Mixture"
Latest favorite XTC lyric:
   "I would have made this instrumental, but
    the words got in the way."  (A. Partridge)
Latest favorite non-XTC track:  "The Mummer's
   Dance" (Loreena McKennitt)
Latest favorite non-XTC lyric:
   "We all have deeply hidden chords that
    someone else must strike to hear the
    very ringing of the psyche."  (Stephen Duffy)


Message-Id: <>
From: "Ben Allen" <>
Organization: The Dead Cat Revolutionary Army
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 22:54:56 +0000
Subject: Re: 15 Glass

> 15 Glass

LOL...I think I'm turning Japanese etc...well, that was a lame
de-lurk. Is this typo absolutely-for-real?...if it is I might have to
blow some money on this...

<skulks back off, singing tunelessly about the things we did on
Ben Allen -
Duty now for the future



Message-Id: <>
From: "Simon Knight" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 08:22:45 +0000
Subject: Pervy xTc hearing

Oh don't tempt me Harrison, i'll pawn my guitar and send you the
plane ticket myself, if you don't mind being trapped in first
class with Oasis for 22 hours.  (All the aussie guitarists seem to be
too busy stuffing jumbucks in their tuckerbags or somesuch).

Had a really weird xTc experience last night - kiddies you'd better
head for the door to the next post or cover your eyes - the dreaded f
word will be used.

SBS is Australia's World television station, and as such it normally
plays a lot of foreign art films with lots of what dear old Kenny
Everett used to call "naughty bits".  It also plays South Park
Uncensored, which is why we were watching it.  (You believe me,
don't you?  Those tissues were only there because i've got a cold).

Well, south park had finished and everyone was laughing at some
dopey 1996 french short film that had started.  I was busy trying
to locate my vinyl copy of Pinky Blue by Altered Images so i could
frighten my sister with the strains of "Happy birthday", so i
obviously wasn't paying close attention.  As far as i could tell,
this is what happened.

A man was driving his car along a road with a playboy centrefold
stuck on his dashboard.  Well, he get's a little TOO excited from
the visual stimulation so decides to start playing the bone-a-phone
as he's driving, almost running over a hitch-hiker in the process.
He pulls over to go for the gold in safety but keeps getting
interupted by other people who keep asking him if he's run out of
petrol etc when all he wants to do is finish his date with Mrs
Palmer and get on his way.

In one scene the hitch-hiker has caught up with him and switches on
his radio to start go-go dancing next to his car.  It didn't register
at first but i thought it sounded familiar.  I was so startled i
dropped the Duran Duran's first no-hits album and screamed
"xTc!" My sister screamed "Duran Duran!" and i screamed
"xTc!" again.

Then suddenly the man switched off the radio just before the
chorus and i started wondering if i'd just imagined it.  He stalked
around the car screaming "How can you listen to that rubbish?
It's just noise!  It sound like bulldozers fucking!"  (Makes me
wonder what else he listens too - it's xTc!  Hardly Einsturzende

It's probably the best mini-review of xTc i've ever heard!  If the
band need one of those little stickers lauding praise on the band for
the front of the Firework CD, they couldn't do much better than:

"'Sounds like bulldozers fucking!' - Some french wanker"

Wondering what song was used in this little masturbatory epic?
The very apt "Science Friction".

I can just tell no-one believes me.


From: MFa2707621 <>
Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 19:01:30 EST
Subject: The Big Express


I just got The Big Express a couple of days ago, and I love it.  I love the
song, All of the Pretty Girls.  I sent an e-mail to 120 Minutes asking them to
play either Grass or Ballad of Peterpumpkinhead.  I hope they play either one.
I would like to get my hands on either or both of those videos, especially

I still want comments about what your opinions on if Andy Partridge got to
play Dr. Who.  I've gotten a couple responses.  As I said it before it would
be great to see him as the Time Lord.

If there are any Chalkers out there that are from or live in Buffalo I would
love to hear from you.  Just e-mail me.

Buffalo, NY


Message-ID: <B9B4268C8F87D11195DC0000F840FABEC7F173@DUB-MSG-02>
From: Peter Fitzpatrick <>
Subject: rifff prizes at last
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 05:58:15 -0800

just a quick note to those of you waiting on the prizes from the Microsoft
Network "Rifff" show.
(history : the show no longer exists, the team no longer work at Microsoft,
the prizes didn't ever get to the team in the first place, yada yada yada)

Paul Bailey (XTC Manager) very kindly sent the autographed CDs to me here in
I have the list of winners and hope to have these discs sent in the mail by
the end of next week
(but please don't e-mail me on this - I promise to mail them, just be
prepared for the inevitable delays : I'm uptomyeyesinitatthemoment).

Somewhere along the line we hvae lost one or two CDs so there are not enough
One or two winners will have to wait a couple more weeks while the band sign
some more discs.



Message-ID: <>
From: "Miller, Ed" <>
Subject: Yazbek CD's!!!!
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 10:36:35 -0700

Greetings, all...

Okay, okay.  I know there's probably too much Yazbek discussion on this
list, but I'm so into this new stuff I just have to comment.

I received The Laughing Man and Tock last week (a heck of a deal from
What Are Records here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado and at
http:\ and I'm completely nuts over them.  These albums are
filled with a wonderful collection of songs that are at once complex and
accessible.  The craftsmanship is exquisite, the performances are snappy
and the recordings jump from the speakers.  Andy's talent in
songwriting, guitaring, and producing is a real plus, too.

Ed sez buy 'em.

I'd also like to start a rumor about WAR and IDEA, but I'm far above
that kind of thing....

Living Goo Inside My Tuba,



Message-Id: <>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Organization: The Little Lighthouse
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 21:12:36 +0000
Subject: X Tree C ?

Dear Chalkers,

If you like a bit of history with your ecstasy be sure to check out
the new XTC Rock Family Tree page at my Little Lighthouse

While we are on the subject: due to new size restrictions imposed by
my Internet Service Provider I'm forced to remove large sections of
my site. I'm not thrilled about this (hah!) but am working on a new
more dynamic format. One that fits in 5 Mb instead of 50!

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 the XTC website @


Message-Id: <>
From: "Simon Knight" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 10:13:04 +0000
Subject: Whinyl

Michael Roden was speaking about our vinyless prospects for Firework
which made me wonder about the whole CD / Vinyl thing.

It's not something i can put a finger on but some of my favourite
albums lose all their character on CD.  It's not an obvious "that
sound is too quiet on CD" thing, more an uneasy feeling that a record
you know you love is boring you and leaving you tired and restless.
The life and energy has been removed from the music and it becomes a
chore to sit through. I'm not speaking of CD's in a grand sweep -
there's plenty i love and which the format suits, but occassionally
you'll get a real dog in your collection.  For example:

Devo - Freedom of Choice
The Cure - Japanese Whispers
David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and super creeps)
Koo de Tah
Split Enz - Enz of an era
Pulp - His 'n' Hers
Psychedelic Furs - Forever now
The Velvet Underground and Nico

Now there's nothing theoretically wrong with any of those CD's.
Higher frequencies can be reproduced, a couple of them have been
digitally remastered, all polished up and presented for our
enjoyment.  So why do they sound so flat?  Why did i consider
burning the Devo one?  Why do i always end up reaching for the vinyl
versions, which is REALLY inconvenient in my house?

But the one record where the CD version does absolutely NO justice to
the material:

xTc - English Settlement

I cannot recommend the vinyl version of ES highly enough.  It was
always an album that left me cold on CD and i've barely played it all
the way through.  I picked up the double vinyl for a trade a while
back and thought i'd better test it out to see if it was scratched.
It blared out of my speakers with an enthusiasm and energy that is
only hinted at on the CD.  I listened to it all the way through, and
then started at side one again.

Needless to say, i didn't get rid of it.


Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 23:46:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <v03007804b12a2ed8865b@[]>
From: Mitch Friedman <>
Subject: quick news while I remember it . . .

since I just this evening got home from a most extraordinary week in Ray
Davies' songwriting course in Devon and am jet-lagged and apemanned at the
same time.

I spoke to Andy yesterday (Dave was in the background making chicken curry
for dinner which I suggested he send me the leftovers by "currier" and heard
him hiss near the stove). When Andy was in NYC he met with a bit of friction
in response to the double album idea so at the moment (at least up until
yesterday) the new plan is to make two separate albums to be released 3 or 4
months apart but sharing both halves of a title/concept.

Someone approached the band with the idea of making a feature film about
XTC's career but with actors playing the band members. Andy suggested that
the guy who played the nazi who gets his face melted in the first Indiana
Jones movie could play him.



Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 19:13:40 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Organization: Loquacious Music -
Subject: Hope for the Future

I love Chalkhills!

So, I'm standing in line, paging through vinyl (we have this guy come up
from Boston every month with about 400 records). I've picked out three
albums and am deciding on a fourth when the kid in front of me picks up
his HUGE pile and makes his way to the merchant-dude.

He had some good stuff -- including an original "Look Sharp," complete
with button -- but he also had a copy of "Waxworks," on vinyl! We
chatted XTC -- he's a fan -- and I left with a smile on my face.

I also left with Mike Oldfield's "Hergest Ridge" (my second vinyl copy),
Elvis Costello's "Imperial Bedroom" (!), and Robyn Hitchcock's "Gotta
Let This Hen Out" (which is worth it if only for "My Wife and My Dead

* ---------------------------------------------- *
B e n   G o t t       ::           Bowdoin College
(207) 721-5142        ::       Brunswick, ME 04011
I just might die with a smile on my face after all.
* ---------------------------------------------- *


Message-Id: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 00:43:46 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Organization: Loquacious Music -
Subject: New Wave


EXCITING NEWS! Go to this site...

You'll find a celebration of New Wave music, and a certain "English
Settlement" cover on the main page! (Ira - you'll love this!)

Vote for your fave New Wave song (two votes for Mike Oldfield's
"Moonlight Shadow"!) Check MPEG files! Take up company Internet time!

You can thank me later...


They won the Totally 80's "Site of the Day" award the day after
Chalkhills did...Coincidence? And, how do I know? Because Chalkhills won
on July 20th -- my birthday!

* ---------------------------------------------- *
B e n   G o t t       ::           Bowdoin College
(207) 721-5142        ::       Brunswick, ME 04011
I just might die with a smile on my face after all.
* ---------------------------------------------- *


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