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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 113

                 Wednesday, 3 March 1999

Today's Topics:

                      want to trade?
          Re: Wow, this album really blows guys
                       Sex Sex Sex
        Another AV1 review from a lurker? AGAIN?!?
                    Re: Much Apologies
                       Re: Greenman
            An Everyday Story of (a) Smalltown
                   Partridge in Chicago
             walking thru Zurich on Saturday
                   My 1.5 Cents' Worth
         XTC FM Recordings to promote Apple Venus
                AVI - the Next Generation
                  Medium is the Message
              Any Singles, Etc. from AV V1?
                    That's telling 'em
                   A new XTC Chat Room
    Re: Lyrics & Photo Booklet (and a little gushing)
                   Cold As Fishes Was??
                         Re: AV1
               XTC DEBUTS AT #42 IN THE UK
                  Living vicariously...
                    Andy's fetish...?
                Close Encounters With Andy


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Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 21:25:26 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: want to trade?

I have three tapes of interest to XTC fans:

1.  a recording of the Q&A session at Borders in Chicago 2/25/99.
Pretty good quality, andy is very clear, the audience questions a a
little harder to hear. about 25 min in length .

2. XTC live in Ann Arbor, MI  1/22/80. They were opening for the
Police. After their set, there is a backstage interview by a couple of
local dj's that eventually gets drowned out by the Police starting
their set. Andy makes disparaging comments about Sting, it's pretty
funny. about 80-85 min.

3.  XTC live in Boston, 1/30/80 same tour, a week later. No interview
here, but I think the performance is a little better. about 80 min.

If you're interested in any of this, e-mail me privately, & let me
know what you have to trade.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 23:34:59 -0800
From: "Jeffrey W Wall M.D." <>
Subject: Re: Wow, this album really blows guys

<<Here's my hasty assessment after about three listens to AV: I waited
<<seven years for this?

what kind of glue have you been sniffing?



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 23:49:40 -0800
From: Randy Hiatt <>
Subject: Sex Sex Sex

Harrison said (and quite well I may add):

See the Greenman blow his kiss from high church wall
    An unknowing church will amplify his call

[BTW: John R. and other Keepers of the Lyrics: That should
be "High Church,"
capitalized, don't you think? And "An unknowing," not "And

I don't know if your right but for kicks (or should I say
sex)  I see it the other way.  The lure of an unknown group
(church/cult...) intensifies the sexual attraction to it.
Anyone gone for a Roles Royce ride with the Boggie?

It's all the same, sex, magnatism, gravity... Greenmen

watchout, spring is .......


Randy (it must be Saturday night) Hiatt


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 05:01:29 -0600
From: "LaShawn M. Taylor" <>
Subject: Another AV1 review from a lurker? AGAIN?!?

Okay.  Looks like I'm gonna have to come out of my lurker's mode and give
my own little review of AV1.

I ordered it off of Music Boulevard (going through the first-time buyer
promotion and the discount, I bought it for $6.21 with tax/shipping.
Whoo-hoo!!).  It just so happened that on the day it arrived, I also had
received a new computer at work (Dell Pentium with 128 mg RAM complete with
killer speakers. Whoo-hoo!!) I was in the middle of figuring out how the
system worked when our friendly UPS came by with a package for lil ole me!

Folks, to test your computer by Apple Venus is the only way to fly!!!

The vocalization is pure bliss.  The instrumentation is sheer bliss.  This
entire CD is bliss, bliss, bliss!!!

River of Orchids- Like many others, I'm kinda bummed that I have this demo.
But the finishing touches on it was pure ear candy.

I'd Like That-They play it on WXRT here in Chicago a lot, but I never got
to hear it very well. On CD, though, I could understand the lyrics better
(bummer that they didn't include any with the CD this time. Who's
responsible for that.) The line "I'd smile so much my face will break in
two" is sheer genius.

Easter Theatre-To be honest, I don't really care much for this song, but it
is lush.

Knights in Shining Karma - not too different from the originial. It,
however, gave me a huge craving for Wonder Annual. Shame it didn't make the

Frivolous- When the vocals started, I thought, "Good grief. Whatever
happened to Colin's voice?" Shades of Dukes here

The Green Man - I am so *so* glad I did *not* get the demo for this song.
The green man happens to be one of my favorite myths in English literature,
and Andy captured him perfectly as he danced in his leafy glen.

Your Dictionary - I don't know. This came across to me as the song that
didn't fit on this CD. The lyrics was bitter and the music was unhappy,
entirely feeling out of place on such a wistful, joyful, poignant album.
Don't get me wrong; it's a great song, just the wrong placement.

Fruit Nut - Another Duke-like offering from Colin. I kept picturing him as
the Cheshire cat, happily giggling, "Mad? We're all mad here!" And yes, it
is hard to get it out of your head. <giggle>

I Can't Own Her - This is, by far, in my opinion, one of the *best* songs
Andy has done. I mean, hands down, the absolute *best*. As it played for
the first time on my computer, I sat there, unable to work, mesmerized by
the orchestration, and as Andy's rose on "like the summer skyyyyyyy..." and
the violins rose up to meet him in the air, I swear, a sweet-smelling
breeze suddenly lifted my hair, and it was summer, right there in the
cubicle! This is the only song that ever brought tears to my eyes. Drove my
co-workers crazy as I played it over...and over...and over..

Harvest Festival - The Green Man's presence still lingers, I see. Summer
plunged to Autumn so quickly.

The Last Balloon - a fitting finish, though it didn't linger in my mind
long. It will probably take a few more plays for it to firmly stick.

All in all, bravo!!!  Eagerly awaiting part 2. Thank you Mr. Partridge, Mr.
Moulding, and Mr. Gregory, wherever you are!
/===\     LaShawn M. Wanak ( Note! New Name!
|^ ^|\    "Though one is overpowered, two can defend themselves.
-\v/--)    A cord of three strands is not easily broken."
					Ecclesiastes 4:12
T-bone's Existential Cafe is at


Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 06:47:52 -0500
From: Paul Badger <>
Subject: Re: Much Apologies
Message-ID: <>

Hi Molly

>>I just wanted to apologise for the double posts I had about XTC not
coming to Buffalo.

No problem, no offence taken! No need for an apology. Take care of

Paul, UK.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 09:40:20 EST
Subject: Re: Greenman

> Who do you think would win in a fight: Soundgarden's "Spoonman" or
> XTC's "Greenman"?
>TMBG's Triangle Man, of course (he always wins).
>Robyn Hitchcock's Balloon Man could join in, but
>Black Sabbath's Ironman would kick all their asses...

  Then John Entwhistle's "Whiskey Man" would get them all roaring drunk.



Message-ID: <000901be632a$06571860$85fdabc3@xonwjikf>
From: "Ballentyne" <>
Subject: An Everyday Story of (a) Smalltown
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 14:52:12 -0000

Hello all! First time posting after more than a year lurking ... funny how
the new album has brought so many of us out of the woodwork! *s*

I've been interested to read so many tales from US folk of them travelling
umpty-ump miles to get to a big record store, only to find one copy of the
album, hidden away somewhere, or to have to trek through umpteen shops to
find a copy. I live in Oakham, market town of Rutland, England's smallest
county (pop. approx 12,000). We have none of the big stores found in the
cities here (not even a Woolworth's!), but we have got a great little
independent record store ("The Music Room"), run by a couple who are not
shy to broaden their own (and the local's) musical tastes. She's used to me
coming in and ordering all sorts of oddities, normally the morning after
hearing something amazing on Radio 3's late Monday night "Mixing It"
(British readers will know about it I'm sure ... most recently, for
example, Hal Wilner's "Whoops I'm an Indian" -- anyone?). So, on the day of
release (interestingly ambivalent word ... the album released, XTC released
from the captivity of their strike, all of us released from the grip of
famine), I was at her very door when she opened, and asked her to get a
copy of AV1 for me. She surprised me by saying, "Would you like it now?"
... Why, of course!  And as I paid for it and she bagged it, she said
... "This is going to be big, I've had half a dozen people in asking for it
this week already" !!!!

Without any kind of formal qualification in demographics, but knowing what
a dull as ditchwater one horse town Oakham is (and the horse died last
week) ... I doubt that "The Music Room" figures in anyone's chart
calculations, but in terms of units shifted ... I think it sets pretty fair
for this new album to be BIG indeed in the UK.

Oh, and twelve years ago, when I first moved here from Glasgow (I miss the
city life still!) and tried to order an XTC album at that time from the
only music outlet in town, the pimply youth behind the counter refused to
do so, telling me that there was no such band! So, there's progress for
you!  *s*

George M. Ballentyne


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 10:31:05 EST
Subject: Partridge in Chicago

Being a working stiff, barely earning enough for us, I was unable to attend
Andy Partridge's appearance at Border's Books and Music on Michigan Avenue.
But more distressful was missing his on air appearance on WXRT earlier that
afternoon.  If any other listeners taped this studio appearance, and would
like to share it with another longtime XTC fan, please email me.
Thanks, Kevin


Message-ID: <000201be6336$e137d8f0$3f61a8c0@devtrans63>
From: "Michael Goral" <>
Subject: walking thru Zurich on Saturday
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 17:21:06 +0100

Hi Chalkhills,

walking thru Zurich on Saturday with my mother was a nice affair - it was
the first almost warm and sunny day after this long period that produced
this massive amount of snow in the alps.

It was my mother's 77th birthday and I made the day for her. AV1 had finally
arrived. It was prominently displayed in the shops of a major CD-chain
overhere. I got my copy. I could not make it to JAMARICO's near the
Helvetiaplatz. This shop still has focus on vinyl items and I expect to get
the vinyl edition of AV1 there soon.

I hope AV1 will give Partridge and Moulding a healthy return of cash and the
like. AV1 deserves every effort on behave of Cooking Vinyl to re-establish
XTC in the market. I have all sympathies for AV1 as this light and beautiful
section of music only XTC can assemble.

One question concerning the recent demo material of XTC:
Does Cooking Vinyl plan to give this stuff an official release ? If so - in
between AV1 and AV2 or following the release of AV2 ?? As a fan I would buy
such a release for sure. If not - what to do to get the stuff ?

Many thanks to the chalkhills crowd for building up the excitement for AV1
in the past weeks.

Ciao, Michael.


Message-ID: <>
From: "Kristen Reed" <>
Subject: My 1.5 Cents' Worth
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 08:29:54 PST

I've had 3 days now w/AV1, which we all know is good for a good 15
listenings (though my estimate may be conservative)! I'll make this as
brief as possible...

BTW, I didn't hear any demos.

I think it's a gorgeous, lush album!  I am *such* a sucker for strings
and harmonies, so it's a good thing I was reclining for my 1st
listening; esp. for "Greenman".  (Has anyone listened to that thing
w/the volume absolutely *cranked* up? Pure majesty.)

"Your Dictionary" is such a stark, visceral piece; I think we've all
been there (if not due to a defunct marriage, anyway), and it's
comforting to have someone articulate the pain.  But I think there's a
strength in it, of having made it through.

I'm happier w/Colin's songs than I've been with most.  Their lighter in
tone than most of his previous ones.  They're frivilous (but of course)
and he sounds content. (I, for one, found "War Dance" to be a bit
plodding, no offense to anyone, that's just my humble opinion).

I would go on indefinitely, but I'll just go back to listening for now.

Oh, thanks to Mr. Relph for posting the lyrics at the Chalkhills site!
Without you, I'd have been forever, unfortunately, singing (to "ROO")
"Take a packet of seeds/ pick yourself a toupee"!

And thanks to those who've posted their XTC encounters; I'm happy for
you guys (if a little envious)! To those who've yet to meet
them...somebody give Andy a bit wet sloppy kiss for me!

Doing What I Will & Attempting to Harm None,


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:18:57 -0500
From: Chris Kushmider <>
Subject: XTC FM Recordings to promote Apple Venus


In search of any XTC recordings that might surface from their current
promotional tour. Looking for interviews, etc. Have a nice bit of XTC to
trade [largely '89 acoustic radio tour tapes from very high quality

"People see no worth in you - oh, but I do."- Morrissey


Message-Id: <v03007800b2fee6c05393@[]>
From: Erich Walther <>
Subject: AVI - the Next Generation
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:39:01 -0500

Listening (again,again,again) and reading Chalkhills (again, again, again)
Life don't get much better (well, if I lived in a major market with an
autograph table...).

I work with a music program here in Ottawa that works with 'inner city'
kids and part of my job is to come up with the listening music for the day;
usually something exotic as part of the program's goal is to foster
cross-cultural awareness. I thought that this week I would demonstrate
synchopation, cyclical composition and harmony: so I had a captive audience
of fourteen kids and five adults listen to "River of Orchids"!  Reaction?
Preplexity from some of the kids ('where's the drums?) nad smiles from the
adults. Perhaps I've made some converts, if they can find the CD here in
sonic Siberia.

Any other Ottawans find it yet?

Back to the headphones (after twenty listens, my wife has sentenced AV1
into exile; what's wrong with hearing the same thing five times in a row?)

Erich in Ottawa

p.s. I haven't forgotten the survey I conducted in December, but my
computer crashed and I'm still in file recovery mode. Results will be soon
(and by the way, the sampling was rather small - 35 responses).


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:55:23 -0500
From: Ben Gott/Loquacious Music <>
Subject: More...


I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it!

"AV1" has most definitely been making the rounds here in Brunswick.  My
friends Curtis and Laurie can't get "Easter Theatre" out of their heads,
and Jon, one of my roommates, has gone from "XTC sucks eggs" to "could we
play 'Greenman' again?"

I suppose that part of the allure of this album is that it's so
*different*.  It's not simply a Beatles/Beach Boys/Kinks rip-off, but seems
to encompass many styles without being overwhelmingly "burglaresque" (I
think I just made that up!)  It will remain on the stereo for a long time.

TVT or CV: any word on t-shirts?  Coffee mugs?  Buttons?  Bumper Stickers?
Flavoured "Apple Penis" condoms?

Although there have been quite a few Chalkhills coming our way, they've
been truly enjoyable to read.  It's great to hear everyone's experiences in
Chicago, New York, Boston, and beyond.  Keep 'em coming!

Yesterday, I was invited to be a special guest on WBOR, Bowdoin's radio
station, for "Laurie and Katy's Britpop Special."  We played Martin Newell,
The Cure, The Sundays, Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello, Robyn Hitchcock,
Stereolab...and, of course, XTC.  In fact, we began the show with the BBC
version of "No Thugs in Our House," and ended it with "Easter Theatre."  [A
sidenote: while in the 'BOR studios, I came across the "Mayor of Simpleton"
single...on vinyl (you know -- the one with "Ella Guru" on it).  I'd never
seen that particular album on vinyl before...They also had copies of the
"Great Fire" and "Peter Pumpkinhead," "3D-EP," "Go2," "Drums and Wires,"
"English Settlement," "The Big Express," "Skylarking," "Oranges and
Lemons," "Rag & Bone," "Testimonial Dinner," and "Nonsuch."  Someone had
circled "Senses Working Overtime" and had written "GREAT SINGLE!  PLAY

I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it!



Message-Id: <v03007800b2ff3ff9da27@[]>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:52:37 -0600
From: John Yuelkenbeck <>
Subject: Medium is the Message

Yeah, it's funny about Rolling Stone, isn't it? They have always given XTC
around 3 stars, and yet they raved about the band in their review of the
80s issue. One thing to note is that the reviews never seem to have
anything but positive comments, and yet the rating is middle of the road.

A musician I know has received several four/five star ratings for his
albums from the reviewer, which have been "downgraded to the three/three
1/2 range by the editors. Apparently, some of it has to do with how major
the label is, and it is rare that non-major, semi-unknown artists fare much
better than that in the ratings.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 14:36:46 EST
Subject: Any Singles, Etc. from AV V1?

Has anyone seen any 7-inch singles, CD-extra plays, or other spin-offs of
the Apple Venus, Vol. 1 album? So far, I'm just aware that the CD,
cassette, and vinyl exist.

E-mail me, or just share with the list.

(What I'm hoping for are demos, outtakes, that sort of thing...)

Wes (Wilson)


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 12:45:52 -0800
From: Jason Kirkman__Carol Kawase <>
Subject: That's telling 'em

Hello again,

Sorry to post again so soon, but I wanted to let you know I'm not taking
the bad review of AV1 in the San Francisco chronicle lying down.  Here's
the text of the letter I just emailed to them:


    You did your readers a big disservice by printing Julene Snyder's
    vacuous review of XTC's wonderful new album, Apple Venus Volume One,
    in the February 28 Datebook.  Her remarks indicate this CD contains
    derivative, "syrupy" music.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Most misleading is her assertion that XTC's new opus breaks no new
    ground.  In fact, it is a large leap beyond anything they've recorded
    before. There is nothing remotely like it coming from other bands.
    It is an extraordinary collection of songs, many with beautifully
    realized orchestral arrangements.  She says the effect of these
    arrangements is "sometimes baffling," which leads me to conclude Ms.
    Snyder's threshold for bafflement is very low.  As she concedes
    herself in her review, she doesn't have a clue.

    Her remarks suggest that Ms. Snyder actively dislikes XTC, which
    should disqualify her from reviewing their first new album in seven
    years.  Your readers deserve objective reviews.  This poor review of
    a fabulous new release could scare off listeners who would love Apple
    Venus Volume One, and would hear it if they knew it would reward them
    for listening.

I'll let you know if they print it in their letters section.

If any of you would like to email them with your opinion, their email
address is  They instruct you to "include your name and
city for publication, and a phone number for verification."

A quick listen to "I'd Like That" will cheer you up if this gets you down.

Jason K.


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 13:36:05 -0800
From: Ken DeRouchie <>
Subject: A new XTC Chat Room

Hello Chalkhills!
As a fan of XTC I have added an XTC Chat room to our existing chat lounge.
The site is the Portland Online MusicNet at
from there you simply click on the "CHAT" button and there you are.
Thank you very much for your consideration,

Ken DeRouchie

Portland Online MusicNet
The Definitive Portland Music Source!


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 18:16:43 -0500
From: mondacello <>
Subject: Re: Lyrics & Photo Booklet (and a little gushing)

Takashi Ikeda gloated:

>For those frustrated with the simplicity of the cover art:
>the first pressings of the japanese release of AV1 include a full color

>over-20-page booklet with all lyrics printed over photographs of Andy and
>Colin (in a circus setting!)...

I'm certainly not complaining about the absence of lyrics (I just
printed up my own from the Chalkhills site and made a little booklet out
of them to slip inside the jewel case)... but the Japanese Import sounds
great!! I'd love to see it, as I'm sure other unfortunates also would.

I've got a request... can anyone with a copy scan it in for the rest of
the world to enjoy?
Pretty please??

Now for my two bits (which has been more succinctly expressed many times
over... but hey, I'm just a dumb Canadian)...
I've been listening to it all weekend, and if I'm not getting chills
down my spine from the likes of 'Knights in Shining Karma' and 'Your
Dictionary', I'm practically in tears by 'The Last Balloon'. When Andy
sings that final line "Drop us all like so much sand"... well, I pretty
much lose it. Being a father, I suppose it's stuff like this that really
gets to me.
And as for Collin's offerings, once again... superb! 'Frivolous Tonight'
could easily fit in the midst of 'Sgt. Pepper's...' with an ease that is

All I can say is... Thank you to Andy, Colin and Dave. You've given all
of us one of the greatest experiences we've had in many a year.

... going underground

~Mark Kirk~


Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 18:17:31 -0500
From: Steve Pitts <>
Subject: Cold As Fishes Was??
Message-ID: <>


In 5-105 Michael Stone quoted:

> "Some may say we're a bit overshot , but this could be our finest hour!"

I think that ought to be 'a bit of a shower', old son. Having said that,
the subject of this Email should give away my own fave misheard lyric (so
far, plenty of time yet, especially without a booklet to help out)

In 5-106 our friendly CV rep wrote:

> This was how Andy and Colin wanted the artwork <

Now that kind of excuse is that?? Blasted artists are all the same. Always
want their own way :)) Ah well. I guess I'll just have to figure some way
of printing the Chalkhills web site version in a form suitable for folding
up and making into a booklet.

Cheers, Steve


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 23:25:47 +0000
From: Brian <>
Subject: Re: AV1


After my 3rd listen to AV1 ("What?" you ask. "You've not listened to it
more than THAT?!?" - no, I've been job-hunting and camping and don't
ask...), I have this to say:


Some one said it: Big and intimate at the same time.

XTC reinvents itself.


* Digital & traditional illustration/animation
* RENDERMAN ~ One-Man Band Ordinaire


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 23:43:52 +0000
From: Brian <>
Subject: $$$


OK, not like we need a new thread or anything, but let's see how much
money the lads are making off us...

Who's paid the LEAST for AV1?

Who's paid the MOST? (Me? $18.99)

I'd be curious...

* Caricaturist-for-hire


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 19:43:15 EST

Check  this site for XTC's entry in the UK Charts

Biilboard shows no XTC in the top 100 see below


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 19:51:31 -0500
Subject: Living vicariously...

how-do Chalkies,

  Just a quick little note here to say I've really enjoyed the past few
digests a lot, with all the tales of fans' BIG day meetings with Andy
and Colin, and just Andy. Its really fun to read everyones reactions,
the excitement, the buildup, the sudden attacks of stammering and
shyness, the replies of Andy and Colin, what was signed, who got photos,
how you became a fan, etc....thanks for giving us all (especially those
of us who weren't near any of the appearances...) your little private
moments (and "hard" info too----excellent to hear that the demo box is
on schedule).


Perry (


Message-Id: <>
Date: 01 Mar 99 12:20:41 +1100
From: "Adam Davies" <>
Subject: Andy's fetish...?

Ever seen the lyrics to 'Your Dictionary' from a distance?


Need I say more?


      The statements and opinions expressed here are my own and do
         not necessarily represent those of Oracle Corporation.


Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 19:23:01 -0600
From: Piriya Vongkasemsiri <vongkpp@LFC.EDU>
Subject: Close Encounters With Andy
Message-id: <>
Organization: Lake Forest College

Reading all of the accounts of everybody else's meeting Andy has
delighted me to no end!  So, I guess I wanted to contribute my brief
but enjoyable exchange with the man, the myth, the legend.  First of
all, it was nice meeting fellow Chicago Chalkhillians...that was very
cool!  I hope to see you all again! :)  And I was so happy to see so
many people there, even though I had to wait so long due to the
bumbling Border's people.  Okay, enough of that.

When I finally got up to meet Andy, I think we were both equally
tired!  I was about 10-15 people behind David (aka Spanky ;), and yes,
the line was still lurching along at snail's speed.  He held out his
hand for a shake, and I was shuffling items for him to sign from one
hand to another.  I think that was the only time when I felt really
dumb.  The first thing I said to him was, "Andy, I must say...I think
you're cooler than the other side of the pillow!"  He was already
signing a CD, but he stopped for a moment...cocked his head, looked up
and let out a laugh.  Then he said, "I've never heard that before!
I've heard, 'You're cooler than a penguin's chuff,' but I haven't
heard that one!"

Whew!  He liked it, AND I made him laugh!  I'm doing well...  Okay, on
to my next comment.  I said, "And, this album, it's almost as good as
being in love."  Still in the midst of signing a CD, he was
silent...and then he was uncomfortably silent (that's how I was
perceiving it!) as he stopped writing.  And I let out a little weak,
"Um, that's good...for me, at least!"  Then he said, "Oh wow, yes,
thank you!  I'm getting all emotional now...I'm going to have to stop
now, go back to my hotel room and start sobbing!"  So...I took that as
a good reaction.  I guess my comment just took him aback!  And I was
telling the truth--I honestly think that Apple Venus Volume 1 is
almost as good as being in love, though not quite AS GOOD.  But it's
up there!!!  It definitely had me swooning and reeling the first time
I heard it.  The album is so beautifully lush, rich, sensuous, erotic,
and exciting!  See, much like being in love. :)  Anyway, before I get
too carried away...

My last comment was, "I am going to toast a pint to you tomorrow night
at the Great Guinness Toast."  He said, "Thanks!  Yeah, that big thing
is going on tomorrow night..."  Hehe.  I said my parting thank you's
as he signed my Punch cigar box (which served as a paint box and was
also signed by Neil Gaiman), and I shuffled off to let my former
roommate meet him.  She took all of the pictures of me standing next
to him.  The officials were not letting anybody take any more posed
pictures by the time I got up there.  I felt slightly cheated to say
the least.  Especially since I had arrived 2 hours early!!!  Ah well,
at least I got to meet him.  It was an absolutely WONDERFUL
experience.  I'm dually envious and overjoyed for all of you who have
yet to meet Andy!  And a lot of you will get to meet Colin as well,
you lucky dogs!

Oh, and by the way.  Last night I processed and printed the pictures
from meeting Andy.  I have some nice black and white shots of him
during the Q&A session.  They look quite impressive as full 8 x 10
prints!  I'll try to scan them in as soon as possible, but it might be
a little while since it's midterm week, and then I'm headed off to
Florida for 10 days.  Anyway, the point is...I'm willing to make
multiple prints and send them out to people.  Also willing to trade
for tapes and such, but otherwise I might have to charge just a little
for postage and photo paper (I use ILFORD multigrade, double-weight,
fiber-based, glossy paper, i.e. really high quality expensive stuff.
;)  Also, I can mount them to matte board as well...that'll be a bit
extra.  I'm not charging for profit--just to cover my expenses!


ol, ceol agus craic!

"Your heart is the big box of paints, and others,
the canvas we're dealt."  -- Andy Partridge (XTC)

  Minister of Propaganda


Subject: miscellany
Message-ID: <>
From: Meredith Brechtel <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 20:35:21 EST

Howdy 'Hillians!

I keep thinking I've said all I wanted to say and that I'll just lurk for
awhile, but everyone keeps posting things that make me want to respond.
So here goes...

1.  Back in #106, Slonedog wrote some very negative things about AV1 and
the band in general.  I appreciate his/her courage to voice h/h opinion
which is clearly in the minority on this list.  I understand that the
"orcoustic" sound may not appeal to everyone and hope (s)he gives AV2 a
listen.  Hopefully there won't be too much fallout from Slonedog's post
by defenders of the band, as we all have our own opinions (thankfully)!

2.  Which brings me to my next comment:  in keeping with the recent
anatomical discussions we have had here, the word "orchoustic" reminds me
WAY too much of the word "orchiectomy".  Please see your nearest medical
terminology book for that definition (men, especially).

3.  Regarding the posts that have referred to Colin's voice as gruff, I
think his voice has matured wonderfully, and is now sexier than ever.
Carol is one lucky lady to get to hear it daily.

4.  I have really enjoyed reading about everyone's experiences meeting
Andy and Colin.  It has brought back wonderful memories of meeting all 3
of the lads in Philly at Tower Records just after O&L was released.  Same
long lines, same camaraderie.  I got some wonderful pictures, and the
hastily-drawn artwork on my Dukes and assorted XTC sleeves always gives
me a chuckle.  Glad to see they haven't changed much despite all the
horrible things that have befallen them in the intervening years.  Hope
they keep on making wonderful music and that we fans keep supporting them
like we have been on the various websites and through CD sales.  Tell a

Back to lurk mode for the time being!



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