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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 100

               Wednesday, 24 February 1999

Today's Topics:

              Happy Apple Venus Day!!!!!!!!!
                   Good day collecting?
                 Andy To Visit MuchMusic
                     DELIGHTED IDIOTS
                     Re: Philly radio
                        I Give Up
                River of Orchids backwards
                     bomb this site!
                 TVT Has Got Some Money !
         Andy Partridge Taped Space Ghost & More
                   1st thoughts on AV1!
                        I got mine
                           Wow!
                         WAHOOOO!
                     AAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh
                   Are You Xperienced?
      Another Spelling Mistake & More AV1 Impatience
               I heard the dandelions roar!
                         Response
                 another long time lurker
                     Pie In The Sky??
                         Re: AV1
                      XTC in Denver
                        Cover Art
           OK, now I've heard the real thing...
                  Sleeveless in Austin?

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From: nedrise@MNSi.Net
Message-ID: <34F1FE1A.CDEE8D43@mnsi.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 18:54:47 -0400
Subject: Happy Apple Venus Day!!!!!!!!!

Friends

The long awaited day is here.  Halleujah!!

Apple Venus Day happenings:

-WDET(Detroit) dj Martin Bandyke played *6* songs from AV, AND an
    interview with the boys
-recieved the AV1 postcard from Cooking Vinyl - impeccable timing there!
-Canadian fans, I found an article/chat with Andy in the February issue of
     Exclaim! magazine (distributed freely across Canada to record stores,
     clubs etc.)
-there is an interview with Colin in the webzine Leisure Suit (leisuresuit.net)
-oh, and I bought  5  copies  of  Apple Venus, coincidentally

In the throws of yet another aural orgasm,

Michael Stone
Windsor, Ontario

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Message-ID: <36D1FC03.8838F061@my-dejanews.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 18:53:23 -0600
From: Kurt M <kurtm@cruzio.com>
Subject: Good day collecting?

</lurk>

Greetings all Chalktiles,

forgive me if this is disjointed and rambling.  I'm a bit shaky
at the moment...

This is a request for assistance.  I've been a fan since '88, with
an appreciation that's been steadily growing.  I've never been
a collector, though.  However, today, overcome perhaps with
anticipation for AV1, I decided to scour the local record shops for
everything XTC I could find.  And I think I did pretty well (hence
the shakiness).  Some highlights of my search --

promo maxi-single Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
Black Sea LP w/ green outer sleeve
Drums and Wires LP w/ gatefold insert
Great Fire EP
other neat stuff

I've never seen any of this stuff before.  ::shake shake::

So now I'm hoping that some kind soul who knows something about
these things might contact me via e-mail, to help me out.  I
would just like to get a bit of a jump start learning a bit more
about what I found, whether or not I got rooked, what sort of
condition these things are in (I think fair to very good, but what
do I know?), etc.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Kirby

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Message-ID: <01BE5EAB.8A105FA0@biged.interlog.com>
From: Ed Dalkowski <biged@interlog.com>
Subject: Andy To Visit MuchMusic
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 21:36:14 -0500

If this has already been posted, I apologize:

Andy will be visiting MuchMusic on Friday at 2:15pm Eastern. The interview
will air on both MuchMusic and Much USA (according to RockOnTV).

Start setting your VCRs...

Ed

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From: RSMko@webtv.net (R. Stevie Moore)
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 21:57:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: DELIGHTED IDIOTS
Message-ID: <17036-36D2191D-1676@mailtod-251.iap.bryant.webtv.net>

XTC on WNEW-FM Sunday night?
How many of us missed it? Legendary
Vin Scelsa hosted the boys for a long
spell, on his weekly spot "Idiot's Delight".
Was it pre-announced???

Hope to get dub of it soon....
Andy, you shouldhavecalledme!!!??!!

My name was www.rsteviemoore.com
and I singlehandedly impressed dozens
of folks in early '78 with my German
pressing of WHITE MUSIC. Life hasn't been the same since!

Happy ending to this briefing: Just got in
close(r) touch with one D.Gregory,
and, me being a phat musician of illin'
repute, we plan to COLLABORATE via
snailmail very very very soon!

Anybody know which MOJO ish has
GREGSY's comments? (I guess I should
ask him)@@@@@@@@@@

AV1======mere hours away.
I Can't Own It!
not yet, anyway..............

This daily check-up on Chalked people
can make one's eyeballs pop out from the MINUTIAE.  Whew!  Locating the
"Smartest
Monkeys" in an ocean of "Monkeys In Human-Skin Suits" is quite "The
Disappointed"!!!!!!!  What's up with all
you people's bickering & grandstanding?
Since when were you "King for a Day"?

Shut up and play your pink thing!
Get back to us with up-to-the-minute reports.

Love from Montclair NJ,
RSM / KO 22/2/99

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Message-ID: <36D23388.B27A3080@bellatlantic.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 23:50:16 -0500
From: Jim Slade <castells@bellatlantic.net>
Subject: Re: Philly radio

The only chance that XTC has of getting airplay in Philadelphia is on WXPN,
the University of Penn's "pro" AAA station.  Why would the local "modern
rock" station want to touch XTC, who's music is nothing if not out of step
with current trends?  I can hear it now: "That was Sugar Ray with their
latest obligatory mix of hip hop, ska, and skate punk posturing," says the
modern rock DJ, "and here's XTC with an insightful, orchestral number from
their new album, Apple Venus 1!"

Philadelphia music fans should contact 'XPN and encourage the DJs to pick the
album as their "album of the week."  Maybe I'll take my own advice tomorrow.

Jim
 http://www.groovedisques.com

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Message-ID: <19990223045338.25790.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Molly Fanton" <mollyfa@hotmail.com>
Subject: I Give Up
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 23:53:37 EST

Well, I give up looking to see if Andy's coming to Buffalo.  It looks
like he's not coming.  I've checked everywhere I even e-mailed my local
radio stations and a DJ friend of mine.  And they have no clue about it.
I don't know where Wes got this list, but it looks like no go for
Buffalo.  I can't afford to go to Toronoto, unless there's a carpool
going there.  I really want to meet Andy, only because his music helped
me recover from my accident I had last year.  I know it might be
important to everyone else, but this is very important to me.  So if
anybody has an idea, please let me know.

Molly

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Message-ID: <19990223053401.161.qmail@ww184.netaddress.usa.net>
Date: 22 Feb 99 21:34:01 PST
From: Brian Wysolmierski <bwysol@netscape.net>
Subject: River of Orchids backwards

Holy cow! Apple Venus is the BEST XTC album ever. I love all of it.

For those of you who don't like River of Orchids:
Play it backwards. It sounds just like Mayor of Simpleton.

-Brian Wysol
Oh, by the way... Bad music gives me mental diarhea

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Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19990223004813.006bd6b0@mail.interlog.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 00:48:13 -0500
From: David Oh <davidoh@interlog.com>
Subject: bomb this site!

http://www.dallasobserver.com/sceneheard/radio/playlist/index.html

do it now! go there, listen to their comments & then email them just what
us xtc geeks feel about the smug comments made about us, the band & their
music.

it's one thing to not like a band (there are many bands i absolutely
detest!), but to denigrate & belittle a band's fans does nothing but show
the ignorance & arrogance of those making the snide comments.

let's get the bastards!

davidoh

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Message-ID: <000601be5ef3$0a6975a0$27db45cf@mabrey>
From: "Andisheh Nouraee" <mabrey@mindspring.com>
Subject: TVT Has Got Some Money !
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 01:09:13 -0500

Interesting TVT Records News:

I picked up the following item at Yahoo News.

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/en/story.html?s=v/nm/19990222/en/music-tvtrecords1stld_1.html

If you've no time or desire to follow the link, it talks about how TVT
Records has just secured $23 million loan with which it plans to aggresively
expand its operations.  That could be fantastic for XTC because for obvious
reasons.

Later,

Andisheh

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Message-ID: <000901be5ef6$614db180$27db45cf@mabrey>
From: "Andisheh Nouraee" <mabrey@mindspring.com>
Subject: Andy Partridge Taped Space Ghost & More
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 01:33:08 -0500

Hello:

I was at the February 19 taping of Space Ghost with Andy Partridge as the
guest.  I've written a brief description of the taping.  It's here:

http://www.mindspring.com/~mabrey/features.htm

Apple Venus Vol. 1 Little Known Fact:

River of Orchids, when played at loud volume, will make a light plugged into
The Clapper blink on and off in rhythm.  I own The Clapper and have noticed
that loud noises (CDs, radios, talking) will make The Clapper turn on or
off, but River of Orchids is the only song that ever made the thing work in
rhythm.  It was no doubt intentional on the part of the group:)

Andisheh

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Visit Mabrey at http://www.mindspring.com/~mabrey
It will make you more fit to live.

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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 01:50:18 -0600
Message-Id: <v03007800b2f7acccda29@[144.92.211.66]>
From: Austin T Quinn <atquinn@students.wisc.edu>
Subject: 1st thoughts on AV1!

Such a momentous occasion calls for a de-lurking. So, here are my
(demo-free) first impressions of AV1:

River of Orchids: So, it's to be a Garden of Earthly Delights opening as
opposed to a Respectable Street/Peter Pumpkin Head/Wake Up opening. Great
song.

I'd Like That: I've heard this song a couple times on the radio a few times
and although it sounds better on my stereo, it still doesn't do all that
much for me. I do like those big-ass jazz chords on "sunflower" though. (In
general, I'm a sucker for jazzy vocal harmonies, which is one of the
reasons I love I Remember the Sun)

Easter Theatre: Starts great and, impossibly, gets better as it continues.
O.k., so I'm only 3 songs in, but my bet is it's going to be my fave.

Knights in Shining Karma: A beautiful lullaby

Frivolous Tonight: Colin makes his first appearance with a Sesame
Street-for-adults song. A bit cheesy. Maybe it'll grow on me?

Greenman: Shades of Beating of Hearts. Fruity, fun, and (like much of the
album so far) cinematic

Your Dictionary: I just don't know. The lyrics are pretty good, the music's
pretty good...I know! When the piano comes in, it makes me think of that
"Because the night belongs to us" song as performed by 10,000 Maniacs. I
HATE that song.

Fruit Nut: More Sesame Street music from Moulding. Like Frivolous Tonight,
it's not bad, but it leaves me wondering if Colin has gone full-blown
Bungalow.

I Can't Own Her: Well, this at least ties with Easter Theatre for fave
song. I've realized that cinematic isn't the right word to describe this
album. The way the songs are arranged reminds me more of music from a
musical (anyone care to write the plot?).

Harvest Festival: See "I Can't Own Her". Damn, Andy's a pretty good lyric
writer ain't he?

The Last Balloon: When the bass line comes in, it kinda reminds me of That
Wave (which I love). This is a good song and a good way to end the album.

Wow! This is a long message. I think I'll stop now.

	-Austin

P.S. As long as I'm here. Does anyone have the album "The Last Drag" by the
Samples? If so listen to Misery (which is, I believe, song #10). Does the
vocal wail right before the chorus sound like a sample from "Leisure" to
you too?

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Message-ID: <001b01be5fd3$0f91bca0$0d2aa8c0@me.myoffice.com>
From: "Steven Paul" <spaul@armstronglaw.com>
Subject: I got mine
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 11:51 AM

I promised my wife that I would wait to buy AV1, and let my kids give it to
me for my birthday (March 7), but I just couldn't help myself.  I'll have to
listen to it on the sly for a few weeks, but I can do that.  And my joy will
be genuine when I open the birthday gift - because then I can share it with
the ones I love.

Looking forward to hearing great reviews - and hearing about your encounters
with Andy and Colin.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to make any of the road
trips to LA or Denver or anywhere close to Salt Lake  -- THIS TIME  --  But,
there will be others because the future is looking bright for the lads from
Swindon.

BTW, I ordered my copy from Music Blvd, got $10.00 off, cost to me - $6.87
delivered.

Now, -- TO THE CD PLAYER.

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From: SeamusII@webtv.net (Nanette & Phil Smith)
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 14:37:23 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Wow!
Message-ID: <4905-36D4372F-1292@mailtod-271.iap.bryant.webtv.net>

Tuesday AM. Foot surgery at 9:30, with lasers turning my toes black &
blue. Then my flu catches up with me, & I have to call in sick to work,
& miss an important business lunch. So I'm laying at home with a fever &
throbbing toes, & in the best mood I've been in a long time! Laying here
listening to AV for the first time & there's a big smile on my face. I
don't think this is the commercial hit many are predicting, but it's a
damn good album.

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Message-ID: <36D33523.3FB71D96@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:09:23 -0500
From: "Mark D. Irvin" <mdirvin@mindspring.com>
Subject: WAHOOOO!

***
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***
                                          *** WOW ***
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The time is now.........Febraury 23 is a musically historic day.........

Such a wonderful display of songwriting and music.....It seems to fit
the progession that XTC has made over the
years.......wow.........*sigh*......i really don't have much to say
yet........I am savoring in it's beauty for now...*sigh*

Mark
mdirvin@mindspring.com
Longwood, Florida
2/23/99

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Message-ID: <19990223231508.20658.rocketmail@send1e.yahoomail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:15:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: AAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh

It's here!
Couldent wait until ThursdAy at Borders, had to rush out and buy AV1
today. Sat in my car and tore open the wrapping to find...not much.
THe packaging is minimal, although the cover is BEAUTIFUL. Iridescent
inks give a glittery shine to the cover-nice.
The Real audio files on the Cooking Vinyl site do this cd no justice
at all. It may be due to the technology involved, or to the fact that
my computer has small speakers, but while listening to the snippets I
was, well, underwhwlmed. Listening to the actual cd was a huge
improvement. While some of it may need to grow on me some, other
tracks are brilliant from the get go. Get yours as soon as you can!
See you on Thursday at Border's in Chicago!

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Message-ID: <EB3FE924F73DD11187E400805FEA8E81010A6796@bcbcmail.bcbc.bc.ca>
From: "Macdonald, Robert " <RMacdonald@bcbc.bc.ca>
Subject: Are You Xperienced?
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:20:20 -0800

Hello all.

I just got back to work after an extended lunch hour where I went downtown
bought the new CD and quickly headed home.

I arrived and carefully sat myself down in our eames lounge and ottoman and
sat perfectly still for the next fifty minutes and seven seconds while
listening to the most joyous noise my ears have heard in the past seven
years.

Major spine tickling occurred on I'd Like That.....strangely it sounded
much better to me than it did on the radio(?), Greenman, Harvest Festival,
The Last Balloon, and my absolute favourite from the first day I heard
Andy's demo.....Easter Theatre!  That song....it can send water spurting
from your eyes.

The string arrangements are great, the sound is beautiful.  The singing,
top of form.

It was my first listen to Colin's songs and both of them offer a chuckle
and they strike me as very catchy......In my mind a return to form.

All this jubilation is only tempered by the fact that other than my wife
who loves the band but is not quite as fanatical as I am there is no one
directly around me who I can really share my joy with.  Don't these people
understand?!

I told one of my co-workers this morning that XTC had a new cd out today.
Her reply....she didn't really like Andy's voice?!.....but she liked Sarah
McLaughlin's version of Dear God.  Oh well.  I am just hoping that people
out there buy this record.

The store I bought my copy from had brought in fifty copies and they had
been selling well.

To all of you out in Chalkland.  Happy listening, and remember we are
sharing this together!

Cheers

Rob

Rob Macdonald
Victoria, B.C. Canada

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Message-ID: <19990223232335.9442.rocketmail@web306.yahoomail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:23:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Iain Murray <twentiethcenturyfrog@yahoo.com.au>
Subject: Another Spelling Mistake & More AV1 Impatience

Richard pointed out the spelling mistake on AV1 ; has anyone picked
out the spelling mistake in the Transistor Blast booklet? "Terry
Cambers" indeed....

You'd be surprised just how bored it's possible to get when you're
waiting for the music store to call you and say that your XTC order
has finally arrived (or then again, maybe you wouldn't). Hopefully
I'll get a call sometime in the next few months - until then, I'll
have to settle for the impressions, opinions and reviews of others on
the list. They've been great - keep 'em coming.
==
Iain

============================================================
"Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not
truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music. Music is
the best." - Frank Zappa
============================================================

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Message-ID: <19990223232722.18272.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: I heard the dandelions roar!
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:27:21 PST

Dearest Chalkhill-dwellers

Oh frabjous day, calloo callay! I got Apple Venus at last. What a bloody
fantastic album! Thank you, Andy, Colin and Dave. It was worth the wait.
I'm still reeling from my first listen through. Incredible production.
My 2yo daughter was bopping along to "Frivolous Tonight" right away. The
songs ... well how can a mere mortal comment? They are superb.

An initial observation - there are some obvious Beatle-isms (no suprises
there) and the whole tone and feel of the record immediately made me
think 'White Album' - anyone else think so?

I am really starting to come around to the thought that they should have
released all the songs as a double CD - it would have been even more of
a knockout, if that could be possible. But I guess after 8 years away,
and with Transistor Blast also on the shelves, they thought it might be
more than the market could bear?

Anyway, I hope everyone is loving it as much as I am. BTW I have an
American import copy (I'm in Australia) - there is no booklet, just a
card cover, no writing, with the title and the credits printed on the
inside back cover. Is this the standard edition? Any other variants
turned up yet? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I've been away and
am still catching up on back issues of the digest.

Yours blissfully
Dunks

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Message-Id: <36D3396E.D2B04774@bowdoin.edu>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:27:50 -0500
From: Ben Gott/Loquacious Music <bgott@bowdoin.edu>
Organization: http://listen.to/loquacious
Subject: Response

An open letter to Andy, Colin, and the residents of Chalkhills:

It's Tuesday, February 23rd.  After leading a grueling presentation at the
Bath Middle School on sexual harassment, snoozing through two English
classes, and correcting a misunderstanding with a professor, I ventured
down to my local music store to buy "Apple Venus Volume 1."

Actually, "ventured" isn't the right word...more like "peeled out of the
fucking parking lot, and raced, Mario Andretti-style, down into Brunswick."
When I got to Bull Moose Music (the store), I walked in and ventured
towards the "XTC" section.

All I saw, though, was "Skylarking," "Upsy Daisy," and the "Transistor
Blast" set.  I was mortified.

So, I made my way to the counter to try and find a salesperson...What the
hell was going on?  They told me they'd order a copy!  I'm going to have to
drive to Portland, and buy dinner at McDonald's, and...

WAIT!  There's a pile of CDs on the counter!  I got closer...and
closer...and they were ALL "Apple Venus Volume 1"!  There were THIRTY
copies!

"Shit!" I muttered.

At that exact moment, the salesguy approached.  "Could I, um, grab a few of
these?" I asked.

"Sure," the salesguy said.  "We sorta over-ordered."

"Looks like it," I replied, taking four copies from the top of the stack.
"I know, I know," I said, as he eyed my pile of discs suspiciously.  "I'm
buying 'em for my friends."

$54.06 later, I was sitting in my car.  My front seat was covered with
copies of "Apple Venus Volume 1."

I couldn't wait.  I popped the CD into my Discman, and took a drive up the
coast of Maine.  I opened the sunroof.  I turned the Jetta's stereo up.  I
was in tears.  I was in heaven.

The feather sparkles.

Now, you must be saying "Ben is quite a freak, reacting to the album like
that!"  I'm not, though...at least I don't *think* I am.  Simply put,
"Apple Venus Volume 1" is the most gorgeous, beautiful, overpowering album
I've ever heard.  The lyrics and instrumentation are splendid.  Nick
Davis's mix is *amazingly good* -- there's a full bottom, and a full top.
"Harvest Festival" is nice and poppy.  "River of Orchids" sounds like Steve
Reich on a diet of Beach Boys, Beatles, and your mother.  This music is
unique, though.  In the words of the head of Bowdoin College's Music
Department (who is going to order the album for the Department): "This is
like nothing I've ever heard before."

Obviously, Amazon.com's customers feel the same way (the album is now at
#33).  And, Music Boulevard must also be feeling the XTC pinch (the album
made their top 10 this week).  My roommate Curtis (for whom I bought a
copy) was so excited that he brought a Discman and headphones to work with
him.

The feather sparkles.

Please excuse the length of this note, and the omission of any particular
reviews.  ALL of the songs, however, have blown my mind.  I'm surprised I
can type this.

So: Andy, Colin, Dave, Haydn, Nick, Barry (Hammond), and all the others
involved in this masterpiece: thank you.  So much.  I've been smiling all
day.

The feather sparkles!

-Ben

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From: ttaylor@traumarecords.com
Message-ID: <CEA1F0E4B1B1D211BBD80090273A8C9CDEB5@uni.pacificnet.net>
Subject: another long time lurker
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:57:32 -0800

here is another long time lurker slinking in to the light from the
shadows...

first, regarding the 'ignore the south' thread, had dinner with mr p in the
french quarter last friday night. he had just come off a plane from, of all
places, atlanta where he taped an upcoming episode of 'space ghost coast to
coast'. so there, save your dixie cups, cause the south is gonna rise again!

second, regarding the aforementioned dinner, andy was amazing, funny, happy
and a bit tuckered out. i have had the privilege to meet him on five or six
occasions, and he has always left me with butterflies in my tummy. and don't
quote me on this, but i would say the door is open for a possibility of a
few select small live dates in our future. cross your fingers and pray (if
you believe).

third, regarding av1, not for nothing, but on first listen i hated it.
having been a fan since the first record (i was in high school ok?), i
thought this was just every song i didn't like from all the albums on one
disk. i was disappointed. and it hurt. but luckily, two months and 1,000
spins later it is my favorite xtc album to date. i told andy as much, and he
agreed with my theory that the best albums take a bit of getting used to,
even for a die hard fan. i'm glad i kept my original thoughts to myself, as
i'm sure i would have ended up in the burn ward from all the flames i would
have received. i was wrong and admit it freely.

lastly, may i humbly suggest that everyone who has a promo copy, or a dupe
tape, go out and buy av1 this week. it would be great to see a dent in the
soundscan monster. i, myself, am buying 5 and giving them away to skeptical
friends.

ok, really lastly this time, if anyone wants to have a little get together
after the los angeles in store, email me. maybe we can talk the man into
joining us, stranger things have happened, like watching mr. p walk down
bourbon street!!

back to the shadows,

ted

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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:59:26 -0500
From: Steve Pitts <Steve_Pitts@compuserve.com>
Subject: Pie In The Sky??
Message-ID: <199902231859_MC2-6B92-B891@compuserve.com>

Chalkfolks,

In 5-97 Phil Hetherington wrote (of the promo postcard for AV1):

> On the front is "Apple Venus Volume 1 XTC" down one side, and a peacock's
feather (as discussed previously but sideways) <

But then that is the orientation on the front of the CD too (logically
enough). FWIW I showed it (point upwards) to all and sundry in my office
today (Tuesday) and only one young lady made the yonic connection without
prompting, so I guess it passes the subtlety test <g>

A Peckham Rose stated:

> Got AV1 yesterday from the home of Cooking Vinyl itself  (VINYL AND CD -
got paid last week!)  and read the lyrics <

Does that imply that the vinyl version came with lyrics, or were you
referring to the Chalkhills web site version of the lyrics??

(As an aside, Cooking Vinyl folk, why on earth doesn't the CD include a
booklet with the lyrics??)

John Boudreau asked Katy:

> is it really true that you don't like River Of Orchids ? If it IS , I
find this truly incomprehensible <

FWIW (which is probably naff all) ROO didn't grab me on the first couple of
listens either. In fact it still grates a little, but then I _hate_
pizzicato strings and that is obviously colouring my opinion of it (and
Harvest Festival too, although to a much lesser extent). It was quite a
shock to have such a negative reaction to an XTC song, but by the time I
got to Your Dictionary I was back on an even keel, and on subsequent
listens (I'm on my fifth, and I only bought the album, during my lunch
break, 10 hours ago) the first half of the album has grown on me each time

Cheers, Steve

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Message-ID: <36D3433D.75DF@wwa.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:09:34 -0600
From: PsychRO <Psychro@wwa.com>
Subject: Re: AV1

Re: AV1 and the 7 year itch
Bliss!!!!
Enjoy y'all-Russ

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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:12:16 -0600 (CST)
Message-Id: <1.5.4.16.19990223181134.3fa78a3e@unlinfo.unl.edu>
From: Dave Hughes <dhughes@unlinfo.unl.edu>
Subject: XTC in Denver

Does anybody know where the boys will be appearing in Denver (Tower?) and
what time on Sunday, Feb. 28?

Thanks!
* --------------------------------------------
Dave Hughes
Host of "Late in the Evening"
Nebraska Public Radio

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Message-ID: <01BE5F8B.4D6A0840@robert>
From: Robert Wood <wobbit@bigfoot.com>
Subject: Cover Art
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 00:18:20 -0000

Steve Said in 5-98

>> Hmmm... no accounting for taste, eh? When I saw it reproduced in the Lil
Lighthouse (Thanks again, Mark!) I thought it was lovely: elegant and
beautiful, much like the music on the recording. <<

Couldn't agree more; the record (you know as opposed to CD) is just
fantastic with the sleeve having a stamped, ridged, 3-D kind of effect.
Embossed? That the word? I'm sure there's a really good word for it! Whatver
it looks great and it's *big* on the record!

It's a damn shame about the lack of decent liner notes and no lyrics, I'm
putting together my own lyric sheet which I'll post on me Web site when I'm
done so people with a colour printer can take advantage...

On second listen "Easter Theatre" stands out. OK, I'll stop this now...

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Message-ID: <001c01be5f8d$114f7500$e264b2d1@oemcomputer>
From: "Aaron Pastula" <apastula@earthlink.net>
Subject: OK, now I've heard the real thing...
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 16:31:47 -0800

...and yes, River Of Orchids is the best AP song of all time.

This track alone is worth the 7 year wait.

Aaron.

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Message-ID: <19990224004533.23298.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Joe Funk" <jomama64@hotmail.com>
Subject: Sleeveless in Austin?
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 16:45:33 PST

Chalkies,

Got AV1 today!!! Suprise!!! A piece of cardboard with the cover on front
and the guy's pictures on the back....No Lyrics!!!!!!!!!  Was this a
mistake, or is TVT to cheap to include a lyric booklet!!!

Anyway, listening to River of Orchids driving away from Cheapo's CD's
expelled all anxiety and dissapointment I had about the sleeve.

'til the gutter shines like the swirling sky!

Blown away in Austin!!!!

Jomama

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