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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 171

                  Monday, 12 April 1999

Today's Topics:

               Separated at musical birth?
 Instead of personal "Pepper's", howzabout some singles?
               Anyone interested in trades?
                   More Fun Say Limeys
   Shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top
                       RE: Horrors
    A question for Harrison and gushings from my soul
                       Utter Dreck
                   AV1 Deluxe Edition?
                      List of lists
                 a few of my silly songs
            Earthy Chords Ascending Seemlessly
                   Dreamin' of a world
            Song titles...still no XTC content
                   Andrew lloyd boring
          Over the Hedge with Beaver and Krause
                       Sgt. Pepper?
                     Re: New Videos?
                    up to date update
                        XTC Tattoo
                  Easter Theatre single
                  Re: Dave Seddon's List
                       Catching Up


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Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:32:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Chris Desmond <>
Subject: Separated at musical birth?

>From: "Eddie O'Hare" <>

>Precious and Few, by Climaxx. Ouch, it's so embarassing, it hurts to
>admit it. Good idea.

Are you sure you don't mean "Pale and Precious and Few," by ClimaxXTC?

Just wondering...

[Who, whatever Harrison may believe, has been reading Chalkhills for a
mighty long time and has made numerous lengthy, often witty, and always
incisive postings covering a vast array of XTC topics, IN MY MIND]


Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:56:40 -0700
From: Ken Sanders <>
Subject: Instead of personal "Pepper's", howzabout some singles?
Message-id: <>
Organization: Pacific Bell Internet Services

I wonder if a better gauge of impact of music on one might be a short
list of singles (video or vinyl/cd/cassette) , say , top 5.

Of course for me, BOTH Beatles and Beach Boys are bands whose music I
enjoy (I've been listening HEAVILY to "God Only Knows" while at work,
when testing cd players in cars during road tests, recently),  so they'd
be included on my list (from the Beatles, "It's All Too Much", from The
Yellow Submarine..GAWD I love that cartoon!..and that song make the hair
on the back of my neck tingle!).

    Anyhoo, on with the short list:

1. "Save It For Later" by The English Beat....THIS tune introduced me to
thier best, and sadly, last album, and it ranks accordingly.  One of the
bright spots of my High School experience was  being introduced to Dave
Wakelings' wonderful voice via "Special Beat Service"...AND hearing
"March of the Swivel Heads" AKA "Rotating Head" (one of my absolute
favorites, as quirky and energetic as it is) used in the movie Ferris
Bueller's Day Off.  So I grew up in the 80's *shrug* , what can I say?

2. The video for SWOT (Senses Working Overtime for the newbies) was what
planted the excellent kernel of XTC fandom in my brain that has grown
over the years.  I saw it on some independent dance/video-of-the-day
show that was shown on a local station in the afternoon, jumping on the
early success of MTV.  The combination of "seeing" XTC "perform" this
tune and it's mix of English historical references and absolutely
WONDERFUL music (not to mention AP's distinctive singing) implanted
themselves so deep in my ming, that years later I would find m'self
humming the chorus, or bits of lyric, and yet I hadn't heard the sond
for maybe 6 years or so!  The rest is history...

There's four singles.....and the last would be The Cars' "My Best
Friends' Girl".  When this tune from thier debut album burst onto the AM
Top 40 station in San Francisco, all of my pop music sensibilities began
to gel (and me bein' at the ripe old age of 10!).  I have learned of
other musical styles and bands, and have even learned to appreciate some
genres (EXCEPT Country..I just don't geddit..I'm a city-boy, been living
in the San Francisco Bay Area all my life, so I don't feel a connection
with songs from country artists), BUT, that single HOOKED me, and to
this day I get a warm-fuzzy feeling whenever I hear it.

Power-pop to the People!, I say...

Ciao 'n Hor's d'Oeurves


Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 00:07:43 -0700
From: Ken Sanders <>
Subject: Anyone interested in trades?
Message-id: <>
Organization: Pacific Bell Internet Services

    Hi-ho again, Cahlkies

I have a collection of "Reflex" Magazines (most of them with limited
release flexi-singles), and issue #24, from May, 1992 has XTC on the
cover as the main story (the release of "Nonsuch") and noted just below
them is TMBG!!

I don't believe a new issue has been out for years, but I could list
what issues I have along with which flexi-single came with which issue
that I have.  If interested, email me at my addy (DON"T ask for me to
post issue contents via Chalkhills..they aren't relevant to this group,
and I don't wish to cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Mr. Relph nor
m'self with the listing).  I'd be interested in obtaining a decent copy
of "Look Look", if possible.

Oh, before I forget....most embarrassing I was digging
through my little collection of 45's, I found "I Wanna Be A  Cowboy" by
Boys Don't Cry (Oh, I'm SO embarrassed..blame it on my youth..and the
fact that I had a friend named "Ted", yo yo yo).

*back to lurking*


From: "john gray" <>
Subject: More Fun Say Limeys
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 10:00:09 +0100
Message-Id: <E10WG6i-0002Tw-00@tantalum>

> From: B Blanchard <>
> It was asked: sorry - what's MFSL?
> Mother Father Sister Lover
> "My Fanny's Sore, Love!!" (UK def of "fanny")
> My Fave Song Lyric
> Move Further South Larry
> More Fucking Some Laughing
> My Future's Stopped Lengthening

THANKYOU BELINDA !!! and you are more awake than
Many Facile Somnambulist Losers! (or something)



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 06:04:05 -0400
From: Michael Stone <>
Subject: Shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top

Funk Popas:

Ridiculous Songs? ---oh yes!    ----->

     King of the Cops - Billy Howard
     Seven Spanish Angels - Ray Charles & Willy Nelson
     Dominique - The Singing Nun
     Buzzsaw - The Turtles
     A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John
     The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
     Feel Like Buddy Holly - Ted Chippington
     If - Telly Savalas
     anything by  Frank Sidebottom
     The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics
     The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins - Leonard Nimoy
     Super Trooper - Abba (love it, love it, love it)

Well since Brian Wilson is such a hot topic here lately, here is a book I
just have to recommend to you all.  It's called Whale Music, by Paul
Quarrington.  It's the story of Des Howell, a pop-song writing genius,
psychotic, filthy rich recluse who runs naked around his mansion eating
donuts in a sleepless, drug soaked delirium, working on his magnum opus, a
composition for the whales that swim by his estate from time to time.
Quarrington takes the Wilson legend and runs gleefully with it. A whacky,
hilarious homage to the frailty and strength of the human spirit.

Regarding the thread that someone brought up about having Andy and Colin
singing(lead) together on the same song - I think it's a great idea, I'd
love it if they'd try it.  Brings up possibilities for voicing different
characters, interacting, arguing, etc.  Examples that come to mind: The
Who, Pink Floyd (Comfortably Numb), Chicago (Dialogue). A Day in the Life,
of course.

Is anyone here into Steven Sondheim?  Now there is a great songwriter.
Acknowledged for years as the the king of Broadway, he is possibly the only
living songwriter that I would rate higher than our esteemed Mr. Partridge.
Here is an artist with a stunning command of language, an extraordinary
purveyor of wordplay who can toss around puns and witticisms like nobody's

In Sondheim's absolutely mesmerizing musical, Sweeney Todd, there's a song
called A Little Priest.  In it, Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett hatch a plan in
which Sweeney the barber will slit the throats of his customers and send
the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett's shop(the floor below), where she will bake
them into meat pies.

Here they gleefully scheme of preying on people from all walks of life:

What is that?
          MRS. LOVETT
It's fop
Finest in the shop
And we have some shepherd's pie peppered
with actual shepherd on top
And I've just begun
Here's the politician -so oily
It's served with a doily
Have one
Put it on a bun
Well, you never know when it's going to run
       MRS. LOVETT
Try the friar
Fried, it's drier
No the clergy is really
Too coarse and too mealy
       MRS. LOVETT
Then actor--
That's compacter
Yes and always arrives overdone
I'll come again when you
Have judge on the menu.......

Looking forward to the first Moulding/Partridge production...



From: "Robin Holden" <>
Subject: RE: Horrors
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:27:37 +0100
Message-ID: <000201be8416$aeed8060$d8468cd4@robin-holden>

> All of this talk about best and worst records has got me thinking.  Here's
> some fun categories to ponder:

Least favourite moment on Apple Venus1:
The change from the amazing intro of Knights in Shining Karma to the
comparatively mediocre verse.

Least Fav XTC song:

Artist most people seem to think is pretty naff, but you actually quite

Worst Beatles song:
Anything with Ringo singing

Songs that should have been strangled at birth:
The Birdie Song
Ooh Aah, Just a Little Bit

Extremely popular artists that you can't see what all the fuss is about:
Alanis Morissette
Baby Bird
All Saints
Warren G

Musician you'd like to kick hard:
Noel Gallagher

Whackiest Title for a song:
Playground for a Wedgeless Firm

Most Unpleasant Musical Experience:
The constant Bon Jovi that my ex-girlfriend used to play during my formative
sexual years.  It now carries that bad association for me.

Robin Holden (

Check out Pathogen's Website:


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 06:30:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cheryl <>
Subject: A question for Harrison and gushings from my soul

Hello All Good People,

Just a snippet of Harrison's response to Chris
Desmond's post:
>Surely, I thought, someone who cares so deeply for
>the content and direction of our
>discourse will have himself contributed at great self-
>sacrificing length to
>the ongoing give and take, with each carefully
>wrought post more trenchant
>than the last? Surely he would have, as the
>expression goes, *walked the walk*?

>Imagine my surprise.

>No, the foregoing was in fact Chris's *maiden* post
>to Chalkhills!
Harrison, you know I think you,you are all that AND a bag
of chips [: )] but I have a question that is bugging
me about your response.

Are you suggesting that because this person has never
posted to the group before, that his opinion is not
as valid? I'm just trying to understand your point

On to the gushing part...

Some have mentioned their favourite...bits of XTC
songs and I would just like to add mine in.

"I'd Like That" has been a personal favourite since
receiving the demos and in it's complete form on the
album, I really "love" the cracking noise at "My face
would crack in two...".  Also the harmonizing on the
word "Sunflower"(perhaps I'm phrasing that wrong
being musically illiterate) creates a slight buzz in
my ear reminding me of buzzing bees.  This song just
gives me such a warm squishy feeling.  It's a
masterpiece in my opinion.

I'm finding myself drawn to Colin's songs on this
album. They sound so complete.  "Frivolous Tonight"
makes me listen intently to the story unfolding.  I
absolutely love the line about driving the one (who
wants to talk shop) to the door with a broom or a mop.
And his Hip-hoooo-ray, puts this little smile on my
Oh!  One morning as I was meditating thoughtfully on
AV1 (translation: sleeping with my headphones on),  I
got the feeling I was listening to "She's Leaving
Home" by the Beatles.  Maybe it's a stretch, but it's
what popped into my head.

"Green Man"-   It has this...gypsy feel to it. I
would certainly be proud to dance for the Green Man.
Oooo!  I would let down my long red hair and cut
loose. Sorry!  I was overcome...
I just melt when Andy worbles(?) on Waaaa-alll-allll.

"Havest Festival" *sigh*  This song is better than a
stack of romance novel!  My thoat closes when I hear
the wedding bell chime!  Oh those longing
looks....*sigh*....*breathe* amongst
yourselves for a moment....*sigh*.  Okay,  I'm
...I'm...fine now.  Where's my tissue? *sniff*
Love the sound of moving chairs and the sudden hush
in the beginning.

Jumping off of the XTC bandwagon and into a
completely different subject...
Super Furry Animals.
Anyone into them?  I had the pleasure of seeing them
live a couple of weekends ago with Dave, David and
Jennifer.  I dig their groovy sound.  Talk about
cutting loose! I certainly let my hair down that
night.  They opened for Olivia Tremor Control (who
were also very good) but I really enjoyed the SFAs.

Met a couple of XTC fans at the gig as well.  Hello
to Sean(spelling?) and if you get a chance, shout a
hello to your mates Scott (the bus guy!) and
Manchester Andy(who owes me ten pounds! ;) )  for me.
 I certainly had a blast talking to you guys.

Oh I fear I have stayed too long.

Take care everyone.



Message-ID: <00f201be83b5$c2e417c0$31a725ca@speedking>
From: "Simon Curtiss" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 12:53:47 +1200
Subject: Utter Dreck

Rich wrote

  "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" by Mac and Katie Kissoon (very bubble

Nope nope nope nope nope nope.

 While Mac & Katie were responsible for some utter dreck in their day (which
always got to No1, much to the despair of my friends & I (we must have been
12/13 at the time) who loathed all Disco records) they didn't do this, but
for the life of me I can't remember who did do it - was it Middle of the
Road, or did they do _Son of My Father_ ??

yours confusedly



Message-Id: <>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 19:15:34 +0200
Subject: AV1 Deluxe Edition?

Dear Chalkers,

Once again it seems there just ain't no pleasing some folk:

> > we are thinking of bringing out a 2nd version of AV1 with the
> > Japanese booklet + all the demos + more so you might want to
> > wait a couple of months?
> whatwhatwhatwhatwhat????????? NOW they tell us !

Well, I'm not complaining! Please go on, Cooking Vinyl, go ahead
and make this year even more jubilantly ecstatic than it already is.
After the seven year drought we are thristy for more...
Put me down for three copies, Martin :)

There is no such thing as too much XTC and I should know 'cos i
hardly play anything else. Except for that brassband version of
Louie Louie of course

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse


Message-Id: <>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 19:15:34 +0200
Subject: List of lists

Dear Chalkers,

my 2 cents before ths thread gets too boring :

> Least favourite moment on Apple Venus1:
the end

> Least Fav XTC song:
My Weapon

> Artist most people seem to think is pretty naff, but you actually quite
> enjoy:
Fat Boy Slim

> Worst Beatles song:
Octopus' Garden

> Songs that should have been strangled at birth:
I Wanna Have Sex On The Beach

> Extremely popular artists that you can't see what all the fuss is about:
Elton John

> Musician you'd like to kick hard:
Noel Gallagher

> Whackiest Title for a song:
"Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Please" by
Splodgenessabounds. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the
song should note that the title is also the lyric; repeated ad nauseam

> Most Unpleasant Musical Experience:
The Sound Of Music

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse


Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 10:11:55 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <>
From: DCB-MB2 <>
Subject: a few of my silly songs

Hey Good People!

You CAN run, but you CANNOT hide from. . . those blasted ridiculous songs we
love!  Here are a few of my (blush) favorites--
Dizzy by Tommy Roe
In The Summer Time by Mungo Jerry
That 'Bertha Butt'song (Trogladites?)- by ??, someone help me out on this one!
Amos Moses by Jerry Reed
Me and You (and A dog named Boo) by ??
One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) by Coven
Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)-
by Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Rapper by The Jaggerz
ANYTHING by the Carpenters (I'm SO ashamed!)
Car Wash by Rose Royce
Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy
Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain and Tennille (or is it toenail?)
I Eat Cannibals by ?? (great video, no?)
My Sharona by The Knack
oh, and you may want to take that Dramamine now, because you WILL feel ill. .
Hair by The Cowsills...I realize this 'talented' family (the Partridge
Family series was based on them) didn't pen this fab tune, (it was from the
Broadway musical, right?). . . But let me say, in the Cowpie's defense, that
no one could belt out the line, "I'm hairy, noon and nighty-night-night!",
quite like Paul Cowsill, babies!!!
There!! I've said it, and I regret nothing!!!!!!  The sad part is that when
it comes to totally cheesy songs I adore, well I could go on and on and on
and on and on and. . .

Feeling strangely calm,
Debora Brown

XTC content- Wouldn't Colin look great in a caveman costume?  (you know,
with the thick animal hide draped across one shoulder, and the beard and
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Message-ID: <001101be83ad$a748cea0$5e3663c3@vucqprlj>
From: "David Seddon" <>
Subject: Earthy Chords Ascending Seemlessly
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 00:53:55 +0100

Interesting to hear Andy talking about matching two halves of a song
together (on the ET single).  It reminded me of A Day in the Life.  It would
never have occurred to me that the two bits were not originally composed to
run into each other.  They do indeed belong where they are.

What a good idea to talk as an extra track on a CD, tho' my friends who
heard it liked the song but were bored by the chat.  I loved it.  Still, I
guess that it was meant mainly for us aficionados and that's nice.


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:25:40 -0400
From: Adam Tyner <ctyner@CLEMSON.EDU>
Subject: WASP

Simon Curtiss <> wrote:
>"The insect headed worker wife will hang her waspies on the line"
>Vhat Vhe Vhant to know is "What are Waspies" ??  We are both english and
>still have no idea.

I always assumed the 'wasp' used here was the acronym for 'white
anglo-saxon protestant', and although I could probably come up with some
contrived explanation on how this fits in with the racial elements of
NTIOW, I'll leave that up to someone else.  :-)

/=---------------- ----------------=\
 He-Man, Tuscadero, "Weird Al", Yoo-hoo, Killer Tomatoes, & more!


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:59:26 EDT
Subject: Dreamin' of a world

<<From: "Simon Curtiss" <>
Subject: Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Ouch!

"The insect headed worker wife will hang her waspies on the line"

Vhat Vhe Vhant to know is "What are Waspies" ??  We are both english and
still have no idea.

Well,being not English(but speaking English or at least American English)
I'm not sure if I qualify,but I always thought that Andy was Playing on
W.A.S.P.(White Anglo Saxon Protestant). The world that "Little Graham
Anyone Agree?or disagree?

Take Care
Dan"Who can't wait for the weather to get nicer,so he too can play in his
"sane shed"! R.


Message-Id: <>
Subject: Song titles...still no XTC content
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 14:53:12 -0400

> Hey my favorite song title has "Prague" in it too!  The Dead
> Milkmen's "The Infant of Prague Customized My Van".

That's a good one, but my favorite song title is still "Guy Who Got a
Headache and Accidentally Saves the World" by the Flaming Lips

-- Francis

"Faster sins correct the flow."
   -- Yes (meaning what, that posting still more responses to a non-XTC
thread will help bring the universe into balance?  Okay then, I'm with


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:43:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Andrew lloyd boring

Musician you'd like to kick hard:
Andrew Lloyd Weber>>

Ehem, I like Andrew Lloyd Weber.  What is so wrong with him?  Am I the
only one who likes his stuff, because I notice a lot of people here
like his stuff.

Lloyb Weber's work is:
Trite (extremely trite), boring, lacking in imagination, and not
terribly original. His 'serious' music is about as worthwhile as Paul
Mccartney's classical works (that's an insult, folks. Paul needs to
stick to writing sappy pop tripe-he's mastered that form).  I've heard
all of his major works, and have found one piece that I think is worth
a repeat listen: 'Memory' from Cats (and of course he's not responsible
for the lyrics).
You want good writing for the stage? Try almost anythng written by
Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George and
Sweeney Todd are my favorites, but they're all good. Sondheim's
writing is better, miore fresh,  and more original than LLoyd Weber's,
and isn't trite and cloying like the crap that spews from LLoyd Weber's
Sorry, no XTC content here, but Lloyd Weber is so overrated that I
coulden't resist trashing him.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 14:05:49 -0700
From: T Lewis <>
Subject: Over the Hedge with Beaver and Krause

Hi, all

I draw the syndicated comic strip "Over the Hedge", and there were a couple
of posts early last month, one from the ever lovely Stephanie
Takeshita... the other from the ever lovely Mark Strijbos... concerning XTC
references in the strip.  Those were astute observations...I do indeed try
to drop in the occasional Hint to the Hip. Did a little tribute to Sifl and
Ollie last month that got a glob of email. I've learned that you mention
Ayn Rand at peril to your in-box. For those of you who get Hedge in the
sunday funnies, coming up 4-25 you'll be able to spy R.J and Verne lazing
in a hot tub with AV1 apparently playing on the boombox. You may have to
squint, but it's there. Thank you Stephanie and Mark for your scrutiny!

On the topic of the Last Balloon's crafty Partridge vocal segue to trumpet,
and possible percursers... besides the ones already mentioned...  Cleo
Laine and John Dankworth would often trade vocal/instrumental licks back
and forth during which her voice would swap with his sax in a seamless
blend. This would be live...really gripping.

On Beaver and Krause's "All Good Men", there's a one of my favorite
examples of this (sort of) in which a native american storyteller's voice
is sampled and looped and distorted till it becomes a haunting background
motif against which a solo is played (if memory's been a
while). Not a segue from vocal to instrument per se, but cool, and if it
inspires one of you imaginary people out there to go track down a Beaver &
Krause disc, I'll have spread some joy.

Speaking of looping and distorting, which I've now sort of done with this
thread... Steve Reich's early stuff does it masterfully. His found-sound
recordings like "It's Gonna Rain" loop and distort and merge till it's like
listening to sonic hallucinations. Fripp and Eno were taking notes.

T Lewis
Over the Hedge!


Message-ID: <>
From: "Chris Crouch" <>
Subject: Sgt. Pepper?
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 16:16:11 CDT

I think I may have missed the boat on this discussion, and at the risk
of showing my age (or lack thereof), the album that influenced my
musical tastes/outlook on life/attitude towards mars colonization was
probably They Might Be Giants' Flood.

It's not my favorite album in the world (or even my favorite TMBG
album) but it introduced me to the notion that radio music is not the
only music there is.

I was actually introduced to XTC through TMBG's appearance on A
Testimonial Dinner.  I bought it the day it came out and thought "hey,
these songs are neat" and as I happened to be in a mall the next day,
I picked up Skylarking.  Needless to say, I was blown away.  I've
since purchased everything XTC I could get my mits on...

chris in ames


Message-ID: <000901be845a$2a690000$95f594d1@compaq>
From: "Drude" <>
Subject: Re: New Videos?
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:30:38 -0700

Does anyone out in Chalksville have any idea whether or not XTC plan to
release any videos from AV1?

Do what you will but harm none.



Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 18:39:12 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <v03007803b3369a267c5b@[]>
From: Mitch Friedman <>
Subject: up to date update


I spoke with Andy earlier today. He and Colin were painting Idea Studios
and its construction is coming along nicely. Tomorrow Andy will be doing 6
radio interviews (a few for US stations) but he's doing it from a studio in
Swindon and his voice will be beamed over ISDN lines to the stations live.
There is a week long European AV1 promo tour thing coming up. Also earlier
today, Andy was recording the "How 'I'd Like That' Came to Be" thing for a
future single (just like the "Easter Theater" one). Andy's son Harry has
drawn himself and this drawing will be used as a template for a minor
character on a future episode of The Simpsons. The character's name will be
Harry but whether or not his last name will be Partridge is up in the
air. This came about through someone Andy knows that animates for The
Simpsons. (Stephanie: I told Andy about your Simpsons episode ideas and he
wants to see a copy of it).  In a few weeks Andy and Colin may be coming to
NYC to shoot a video for "Greenman". AV2 won't be started until June. "I'm
The Man Who Murdered Love" will now be included as one of the tracks on the
album. It's likely all the drums will be redone since only two songs were
partially finished to date and it will be better if they all sound alike to
some degree. Nick Davis will be the engineer.

Ta ta,


Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 09:11:38 +1000
From: Toni <>
Subject: XTC Tattoo

Well, I finally did it. After years of saying I want to get a tattoo, I
took myself down to the Celtic Dragon and got the chalk horse of Uffington
tattooed on my left shoulder blade. It is symbolic for me on several
levels. First of all because of its strong link to XTC and English
Settlement in particular (my fave XTC album). Secondly, because horses have
played a bit part in my life (grew up in a very horsey family). And,
finally because I am interested in most things Celtic (Irish on my Mother's
side). It seemed like the perfect design, though the range of skulls with
bulging eyeballs were rather tempting.

If anyone local is interested in getting a tattoo at the Celtic Dragon
(Dunks, perhaps?) they should ask for Mike. He's very kind and very skilled
at distracting you from the pain, which wasn't as bad as I imagined.

Has anyone else got an XTC tattoo? Do tell...



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 19:40:59 -0400
From: Tim Kendrick <>
Subject: Easter Theatre single

Hi Everyone!

  I just got a copy of the new EASTER THEATRE single,
  direct from England, hand-delivered to me.

  The packaging is absolutely wonderful!
  Gold (sun) yellow cover with an egg covering
  part of the peacock feather.  The CD itself looks
  like a fried egg (sunny-side up).  It includes a copy
  of Andy's hand-written original lyrics.
  It's interesting to note that the last line in the chorus
  originally went:
         "Hooray, here comes Easter and at last she's not a joke"

  Glad he changed that!!!

  The "How Easter Theatre Came To Be" is also very interesting.
  I hadn't realized that part of the tune had been running around
  Andy's brain since the Skylarking sessions.

  Overall I'd say it's a great single to get a hold of.

  Also (another gift from my English boyfriend) I now
  own an illustrated short story about the origins of the Green Man.
  It's called (surprise) "The Green Man" by Jane Gardam.
  The paintings are great, although I haven't yet read it.
  (I will soon!)



Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 10:19:35 +1000
Subject: Re: Dave Seddon's List

Least favourite moment on AV1 : The arrangement of Fruit Nut. To me, it
just doesn't seem to fit the song, for some reason.

Least favourite XTC song : Sgt. Rock (just ahead of Cross Wires).

Artist that everyone thinks is naff but you actually quite enjoy : Emerson,
Lake & Palmer (especially Pictures At An Exhibition - maybe I should have
thrown that into the Ridiculous Songs thread).

Worst Beatles song : I Dig A Pony (actually, I hated the whole Let It Be

Song that should have been strangled at birth : I Don't Want To Miss A
Thing (Aerosmith).

Artist who is extremely popular but you can't see what all the fuss is
about : Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Phil
Collins, Brittney Spears (somebody stop me), Shania Twain, Aerosmith, Meat
Loaf, Fleetwood Mac (please stop me, or I'll go on for hours), John
Farnham, Garth Brooks, All Saints, Prince (I'm going straight to hell for
that one), Spice Girls, Steps, B*Witched, Bryan Adams.......oh, sod it -
that'll do for now.

Musician you'd like to kick hard : see previous category.

Whackiest title for a song : a three-way tie. Two Pints Of Lager And A
Packet Of Crisps, Please (Splodgenessabounds), When The Apple Blossoms
Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind, I'll Be Your Valentine (Emerson, Lake
& Palmer), and What Need Have I For This, What Need Have I For That, I Am
Dancing At The Feet Of My Lord, All Is Bliss, All Is Bliss (Shakti with
John McLaughlin). I just can't separate them, although I realise there *is*
a difference between "wacky" and "pretentious".

Most unpleasant musical experience : I saw Bob Dylan perform in 1992, and
didn't recognise the first five songs until they were almost over. They
were All Along The Watchtower, Tangled Up In Blue, Lay Lady Lay, It Takes A
Lot To Laugh and She Belongs To Me - I know the songs well, but his singing
was so far off-key (even for Dylan) that the songs were almost totally
unrecognisable ; a complete waste of money.



Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 21:36:16 -0400
Subject: Catching Up
Message-ID: <>

Drude wrote:
>>The Beach Boys only sounded good on album due to a whole lot of studio
work. If you've ever heard them live, you'd realize how crap they actually
were. I saw them in concert years ago, and it was most painful and

Possibly, but I think their appearances on the now (thankfully) defunct
TV show "Full House" were probably even more embarassing. Yes, I used to
do a lot of babysitting.

As for my most FRIVOLOUS songs, the ridiculous ones, here goes:
Freeze Frame - J. Geils Band
Cum On Feel the Noise - Quiet Riot
Elvira - The Oakridge Boys
Golden Years - David Bowie

Yes, these are the embarrassing songs that I continue to sing loudly in
the privacy of my own car, and the people to the sides of me look at me
like they should call Highway Patrol or something.

I think that's it for now...



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