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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 216

                  Thursday, 27 May 1999

Today's Topics:

                   Re: Jolly Green Man
                 My Own Personal Greenman
                         Liarbird
                      Ben Gott Five
                     100% XTC Opinion
        What do you think of this one...seriously?
             Helmet/Dimmu Borgir etc etc etc
       Greenman: Heavy radio rotation in Austin, TX
                    High-Interest CDs
                      King For A Day
           Re: The *All New* Testimonial Diner
                       DIMSDALE!!!
                      Re: Goon Show
                      the goon show
                   misheard album title
                  re: urgh! a music war
                       AV1's Order
               Clean Dirt To Play Around In
                  Bad Songs Say So Much
                     Re: Spent Poets
                       ap/residents
                       Alice Donut

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Message-Id: <l03110700b36f38c8f79e@[209.112.137.18]>
Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 09:20:01 -0800
From: Michael Travis <mdt@pobox.alaska.net>
Subject: Re: Jolly Green Man

For your amusement:

<http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/ads/mexicorn.html>

(Be sure to scroll down and read the caption below the image!)

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Message-ID: <65B793F0016DD11196E800A0C960343612A803@FS_1>
From: Sheridan Zabel <SZabel@rawnarch.com>
Subject: My Own Personal Greenman
Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 16:55:57 -0400

Long, long story shortened:

When I was in highschool I dated this guy (who repeatedly broke my
heart) off and on for all four years.

He dyed his hair green and my friends and I dubbed him "Green Man".  One
night a slew of us went camping and he really ticked me off so I
visualized pushing him in the fire (I'm a wuss, so I didn't actually do
it).

After that, whenever he did something to hurt me, I would walk around
chanting "Green Man in the Fire... Green Man in the Fire...  Green Man
in the Fire... "

Now when I listen to Greenman, all I can think of is this poor,
miserable schlep and how much better off I am than he is.

Thanks for indulging me.

~Sheri

- I would like you on a long black lead
  You can bring me all the things I need
      ~Soft Cell

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Message-Id: <199905242150.XAA25936@mail.knoware.nl>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 00:04:39 +0200
Subject: Liarbird

Dear Chalkers,

Regarding Ian Reid:

> So, who has Ian's address?  I would love to give him "WHAT FOR!"
I think he was last seen selling sports goods in Chiseldon or
Cirencester or someplace; makes you wonder what happened to all
those millions, doesn't it?

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/
     or http://come.to/xtc

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From: WWi8064839@aol.com
Message-ID: <bb577efc.247b6860@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 22:43:44 EDT
Subject: Ben Gott Five

In Chalkhills Digest 5-213 Ben Gott wrote:

>So -- if any of you would like me to have Mark keep an eye out,
>please let me know.  Let's see how "easy" this CD ["Ro-Sham-Bo" by
>The Grays] is to find!

Ugh! Wouldn't it be painful for anyone to keep an eye out? All that blood
and connective tissue? (Gotta stop watching "Millenium"...;-))

I went looking for this CD a few years ago with no luck. It's never occured
to me to check used bins because this album's so great, why would anyone
off-load it? Besides, I want a new copy when it's reissued. (Oh, by the
way, I never did get that "Jason Falkner Sampler" from Elektra
Records. Guess they ran out of copies.)

>I've been listening to "White Music" lately, and it's really growing on me.
>Has this happened to anyone else?

Yeah, in 1978!

Back in 1990, I was becoming such a serious XTC fan that I sought out their
early back catalog, which at that time in the US was available on
"imported" CDs. I played "White Music" quite a bit and then one day, it
just became annoying. That was a sign I'd better put it away and drag it
out only occasionally. I do think that it's an enjoyable listen every now
and then, especially "Into the Atom Age" and "Dance Band." I abhor "All
Along the Watchtower." But Barry's keyboards and the total off-the-wall
feel of this album will always be appealing. Just don't overplay it.

If you seriously like "White Music," try locating Bill Nelson's "Red Noise"
(it's out of print and luckily I got a copy in 1993 via Goldmine magazine).
But the site

http://billnelson.com/rednoise/discography.htm

offers hope that it will be reissued. (Also, check out the cool New Wave
pics there.) All this great stuff came out when I was in college
(1977-1981), and I feel lucky to have been there! Now I'm the one that the
clerks at Starbucks think is such a dud. (You'll have to excuse me; I'm
going off to feel melancholic and wistful now...)

Wes Wilson

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From: SLEDZNH@aol.com
Message-ID: <12aa9bbb.247b6c6a@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 23:00:58 EDT
Subject: 100% XTC Opinion

Please Note: The following post contains 100% non-recycled, all XTC content.
Hope you will all bear with me, I dont post too often and have been saving
up quite a bit of  opinion and trivia.....this is the opinion part.

It has been 3 months since AV1 was released.  It is now fully digested and
I am now ready to contribute my own song-by-song thoughts...thanks for
listening:

RIVER OF ORCHIDS
I will always remember the day last February when I pulled the shrink-wrap
off the FIRST NEW XTC RECORD IN SEVEN YEARS - popped it in my car, cranked
up the volume and ROO came blaring out! This song has reminded me of why
this has been my favorite band for the past 20 (yes, count em) 20 years.
Another interesting thing about ROO to me personally is that I wrote a song
last winter with the lyrics in new york city it seems, the flowers and the
trees all scream, because theyve been planted in granite (I had never heard
the demos before this).  The similarity with ROO kind of made my hair stand
on end for a while...

BTW, the last water plop sound at the end of the song to me is Andy
smirking and winking at us fans as if to say thanks for waiting, hope you
like it.  (...maybe you just have to be there...).

ID LIKE THAT
Not sure this has a place being a single here in the U.S. anyway.  I keep
thinking that half of the people will think its too deep because of the
references to persons they dont recognize and can't appreciate, and half
will think its too shallow because a really high thing, say a sunflower,
but thats fine because I suspect it was perfectly meant that way.  Itll be
a great Summer of 99 love song for me thank you very much.

EASTER THEATRE
Wow, right near the end with that slighly elongated pause and strange
chord....gives me chills every time I hear it still.  Did I happen to
mention I like XTC?  This is why.  This may be their best song ever.

KNIGHTS IN SHINING KARMA
I agreed with someone on the list early on who thought this sounded like a
B-side...so why do I find myself singing it to myself all day at work?

FRIVOLOUS TONIGHT
I posted once here many moons ago how I made a best of Colin mixed tape for
the car....now I have to re-make the tape to get this one on too!

GREENMAN
Very good production.  Sounds great loud but I cant get fully involved in
this one so far, sounds a bit preachy to me.  Im not yet fully appreciative
of the lyrics and who/what/how the Greeeman is/was or means.  I will admit
being quite naive here.  Were it not for my Chalkhills friends I would be
fully in the dark but ignorance is NOT bliss and maybe Ill get it one day.
XTC songs like this have a way of coming back and biting me months, even
years later.

YOUR DICTIONARY
Most everyone I know who has listened to AV1 seems to pick this one out as
the song they remember and initially like the most.  Isnt it funny then that
this is the one Andy supposedly didnt want to put on here.
Four-eyed fool you led round everywhere....Wow.  This is one song that I
DO want to hear the demo of someday.

FRUIT NUT
I really like the way Colin pronounces strawberry fool - not sure what it
is here - just kind rolls off the tongue.  Personally, I appreciate my shed
a bit more these days too.

I CANT OWN HER
This is a perfect example of music that makes you *feel* not just hear.
The marriage of words and music that creates the swirling sky alone is
worth the price of admission.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
Spine-chilling moment #2 at see that you two got married and I wish you
well.  That line sends me right off, so personal, so close.  I have not yet
reconciled the views recently posted on Chalkhills about who is actually
the giver of the longing look.  I hate to get into another No Thugs debate
but I tend to think it is the one who is getting married that is giving the
look as she gets to the altar.  This may be my favorite on the record if
there has to be one.

THE LAST BALLOON
I think ever since English Settlement, it has seemed that the last song on
every record was Andys swan song to me, the last record, the last song, the
last goodbye...All of a Sudden, Funk Pop A Roll, Train Running Low...,
Chalkhills and Children, Sacrificial Bonfire, Books Are Burning, The Last
Balloon...they all somehow seemed to me to be the last big statement from
the band.  Kind of depressing but its just how I think.  Its nice knowing
there will be an AV2.  Phew.

Thanks Andy, Colin, (and Dave!) for hanging in and giving us this one, it
was worth the wait...and did I happen to mention I like XTC??

Cheers, James W.

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Message-ID: <19990525040741.3774.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Daniel Wrzesinski" <rockhurley@hotmail.com>
Subject: What do you think of this one...seriously?
Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 21:07:40 PDT

My dream tribute album.  Some of these bands aren't necessarily favs of
mine, though I like them all.  Some of them don't even exist anymore, but
they could come back for a tribute, right?  I think each band is best
suited for the song given.  What do you all think?

SIDE A
1) Ben Folds Five-"Real By Reel"
2) Roby Hitchcock-"King For A Day"
3) King Missle-"Your Gold Dress"
4) The Pogues-"The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead"
5) PRIMUS - "Roads Girdle the Globe"
6) The Residents- "Mole From the Ministry"
7) Oingo Boingo-"Poor Skeleton Steps Out"
8) Lisa Gerrard and Loreena McKennitt -"Greenman"
9) Moxy Fruvous - "The Meeting Place"
10) The Tragically Hip - "Another Satellite"

SIDE B
11) Shreikback - "My Weapon"
12) Beastie Boys-"Respectable Street"/"Melt The Guns"
13) Tripping Daisy - "What in the World...?"
14)  Barenaked Ladies - "Mayor Of Simpleton"
15) Skankin' Pickle - "She's So Square"
16) Henry Rollins - "No Thugs In Our House"
17) Nine Inch Nails - "Heaven Is Paved With Broken Glass"
18) Devo (with STOMP) - "Shake You Donkey Up"

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Message-Id: <4782AD6ADDBDD2119B570008C75DD5C10A316E@MGMTM02>
From: Lawson Dominic <LawsonD@parliament.uk>
Subject: Helmet/Dimmu Borgir etc etc etc
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 10:34:35 +0100

>> Oh Dom, where the hell's _Betty_ (1994)?
Fair point I suppose. The thing is, I could have posted a HUGE list of
albums, but instead decided to spare many of you from unnecessary tedium by
just picking a few. "Aftertaste" is definitely nothing to do with the early
AmRep stuff - and I find it bizarre that you could make such an association
- as it is packed with more memorable melodies and less oblique lyrics than
on any of Helmet's other albums. It's easily their most accessible album and
although I rate "Betty" just as highly, I figured that Chalkhillians would
be much more likely to appreciate "Aftertaste" than any of the band's more
intense material.

>> Iron Maiden, Helloween etc. are just dated, and I don't like drug-related
things

Firstly, I never said I liked Helloween. Not that it matters, but let's be
accurate here (for a change). As for "drug-related things", I think you've
completely missed the point, presuming that you're referring to the "stoner
metal" bands I listed. I won't pretend that I don't smoke loads of pot, but
there's no reason why you would have to in order to appreciate these
wonderful records. I have numerous clean-living pals who often shake a
tawdry buttock to the sounds of, say, Clutch or Cathedral and they don't
feel the need to dismiss an entire genre because, gasp, the people involved
might be, wait for it, drug users! Honestly, don't be so daft.
Secondly, Dimmu Borgir are OK but they're one of the least original and
experimental of the Black Metal bands. I quite like them myself, despite
their foolish decision to mix their keyboards louder than the guitars (doh!)
but they're not fit to kiss Emperor's boots, quite frankly, and are really
just a blatant copy of Cradle Of Filth anyway. My guess was that XTC fans
would be more likely to enjoy Emperor or the deliciously progressive Opeth -
your suggestions of Sigh and Limbonic Art are definitely on similar lines
and I applaud your logic!

>> But why did you miss out Girlschool?!
Same as above - I was consciously trying to avoid the (david lee) wrath of
the digest by listing too many bands. Mind you, I was never much of a
Girlschool fan anyway. Give me Lisa Dominique any day.........ahem.

Cheers!

Dom "It's my appendage and I'll wash it as fast as I like!" Lawson

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Message-ID: <900822C71730D2118D8C00805F65765C605D9C@EINSTEIN>
From: Jill Oleson <oleson@moneystar.com>
Subject: Greenman: Heavy radio rotation in Austin, TX
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 08:41:45 -0500

It appears that the 6+ minute length of Greenman is not
a deterrent to making that wonderful song a big radio hit
in Austin, Texas.  The song was put into heavy rotation
this week on 107.1 KGSR.

The two morning DJs briefly discussed it after it played:

* That's Greenman from the new Apple Venus CD from XTC.

* Wow, that one's really different from the other.

* You mean, I'd Like That?

* Yeah, Greenman has a lot more, uh, hongos.

* Yes, it has a lot more, um, depth.

Well, folks, I've got to agree.  I've always felt that Greenman
better represents the brilliant creativity of XTC than I'd Like That.
And I am thrilled to hear a more complicated tune representing
the album on the radio than the pleasant-but-super-poppy
I'd Like That.  It makes me glad that I have called the radio
station twice a week to request Greenman.  Perhaps my foolish
persistence has paid off!

FYI -- I think the DJ meant to say huevos instead of hongos--
although I rather like the idea of the Greenman having a lot
of mushrooms.  Maybe Andy and Colin could rewrite their
song,  I am Merely a Man, to I am Merely a Fungus.

Cheers!

Jill Oleson
Austin, Texas

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Message-ID: <D9E6CEC7734AD111BCF70090273C5D67131941@user8.chemonics.net>
From: Todd Bernhardt <TBernhardt@Chemonics.net>
Subject: High-Interest CDs
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 11:02:30 -0400

Hi:

Mitch wrote
>What may be of interest to all of you is that none other than Mr. Dave
Gregory is prominently featured on the opening track called
"Simplification". His playing will, as usual, make you smack the side of
your head in awe and amazement. This song is also special in that I got to
co-write it with Ray Davies during the songwriting course I took with him in
March of '98.<

I trust you'll be sending part of my $10 to Messrs. Gregory and Davies,
then? Hmmm?

Speaking of worthy CDs, Ben "Mein" Gott had mentioned that his
record-store-owner friend might have a line on some copies of The Grays' CD,
Ro Sham Bo. I urge anyone interested in great pop music (might be one or two
of you on this list, I guess) to get their own copy of this. Great stuff,
esp. the Jason Falkner cuts.

Also recently picked up a copy of "This is Fiction." Not just another band
from L.A., Fiction is fronted by Harrison's brother Bob, who has come up
with a CD full of catchy melodies, aggressive yet dynamic playing, and the
occasional odd-time sig to keep us music geeks happy. Check out any of the
online services to hear samples and/or buy a copy.

Ben also said
>I've been listening to "White Music" lately, and it's really growing on me.
Has this happened to anyone else?<

Definitely. It happened to me about 15 years ago, and I haven't been able to
get it off since.

These are the very best years,
Todd

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Message-ID: <BFF173C03701D211852000805FA745052B4CAE@sbkmxsmb05>
From: "Wayne, Rich" <Rich.Wayne@dowjones.com>
Subject: King For A Day
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 13:21:42 -0400

	Working for a business-news service, I have written and read much
about the current Internet-stock bubble as well as previous speculative but
short-lived rages.
	Given the current state of affairs - companies with weak
fundamentals racing to go public and attracting billions in investments -
Colin's "King For A DAY" has never been more relevant. "The loudest mouth"
could well refer to the absurd roadshows and chatroom hype that is
propelling the absurd valuations.

rich
_________________________________
Rich Wayne, Assistant News Editor
Dow Jones Interactive Publishing

"The only way to be fashionable is to be totally out of fashion ... It's
about listening without prejudice .... taste is the enemy of enjoyment."
- Tristram Penna, A&R exec at EMI

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Message-ID: <19990525173744.73997.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Joe Funk" <jomama64@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: The *All New* Testimonial Diner
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 10:37:44 PDT

Here are some new menu items being offered up at Jill's Testimonial Diner:

"Seagulls Screaming "Kiss her, Kiss her"" - Alfred Hitchcock
"Grass" - Bob Marley and the Whalers
"Sacrificial Bonfire" - Slobodan Milosevic
"Living through another Cuba" - The Baltimore Orioles
"I Remember the Sun" - Ray Charles
"Fruit Nut" - Tom Cruise
"Earn Enough for Us" - Bill Gates
"Mayor of Simpleton" - Marion Barry

We will updating the menu, as necessary.....

Jomama (Partridge)

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Message-Id: <s74aa986.021@OAG.STATE.TX.US>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 13:45:03 -0600
From: "Steve Oleson" <Steve.Oleson@OAG.STATE.TX.US>
Subject: DIMSDALE!!!

Re: Monty Python, the Beatles, and the Goon Show-

Yeah, I thought about the Goons before posting the Python note, but left
them out for simplicities sake. The Goons were funny, but not as surreal as
MP. Of course, it would probably have been better to pose the question:
"How did the introduction, and celebration of psychedelic drugs affect the
art and culture of the mid-1960s, and how has that culture affected XTC?",
since psychedelics clearly warped the psyches of the Beatles, Monty Python,
et al..., and they have in turn affected XTC pretty profoundly.

 Psychedelics certainly had a part in the growth of the publics'
appreciation of the surreal and absurd!

Chris-
Thanks for the insightful post re MP and the Beatles. Another connection
that I had forgotten is that George Harrison's film company (Hand Made
films, I think) produced Life of Brian and some others.

Briefly yours,
Steve Oleson
Austin, TX

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Message-ID: <19990525190228.10565.rocketmail@web208.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 12:02:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: pancho artecona <partecona@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Goon Show

John said,

"Methinks that both MP and Beatles (in particular John!) owed a great
deal to the Goon Show, the legendary British comedy show with (i
think) Peter Cook & Dudley Moore."

I remember hearing a couple of albums from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
I believe they were called Derek and Clyve. It was incredibly
hilarious.

Pancho PRXTCFAN

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Message-id: <fc.000f4ca30022b3303b9aca001b472681.22b3b1@cfrb.com>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 15:23:30 -0400
Subject: the goon show
From: rgreenham@thebear.net (Rich Greenham)

Mark wrote that The Goon Show starred (he thought) Dudley Moore and Peter
Cook.  Good try!  : )  The Goon Show actually starred Spike Milligan,
Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.  The show ran on the BBC in the 50's (my
Dad was a big fan!); The Goons also released several albums -- all of
which (I pray that this is true so I don't look like an idiot!) were
produced by George Martin!  I've read in tons o' Beatles books that Lennon
was a huge fan of The Goons.

As for Peter Cook and Dudley Moore -- they had a BBC TV show in the 60's
but I'm not clear on the name (I did read it somewhere -- maybe it was
called "Not Only, But Also").  John Lennon did a guest spot w/ them on one
show, playing the part of a washroom attendant.

My family immigrated to Canada from England in '68 (I was 9 months old).
Growing up, I absorbed almost every Brit-TV show that made it over the
pond (searching out my roots?)  I became a huge Python and New Avengers
fan -- but does anybody remember "The Goodies"?  I used to love that show!

XTC content -- Been listening to "The Big Express" a lot over the past
week or so.  I'd forgotten how much I really used to love that album;
particularly "Liarbird"!

Cheers!

Rich

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From: dan@gge.com
Message-ID: <374AF6D9.7A47EA36@gge.com>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 12:15:54 -0700
Subject: misheard album title

apologies in advance:

jamie wrote:
>AP vol.. 1 was worth the wait, needless to say a very bright spot on the
>1999 music scene.  AP vol.. 2 can't come soon enough.  Can we have Rag &
>Bone 2 not too far behind as well????

AP? that could only mean "apple penis", am i right?

please forgive me this post, but i couldn't resist.

-dan

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From: dan@gge.com
Message-ID: <374B1A96.6CA5EC46@gge.com>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 14:48:34 -0700
Subject: re: urgh! a music war

that movie is the best! i had [access to] a copy back in the 80s when i
was in high school. it was very helpful in rounding out my musical taste
and learning my 'who's who' of pop music of the time.
some of my fave performances, in no particular order, were:

chelsea "i'm on fire"
athletico spizz 80 "where's capt. kirk?" (this one squeeked past the
zany band name thread, circa early-mid april)
xtc "respectable street" (obviously)
jools holland "foolish i know"
wall of voodoo "back in flesh"

weren't the dead kennedys in it too? they could have had 3 more good, or
even ok performances by other bands in place of the toya wilcox epic
aerobicise video in the middle of the whole thing. talk about a turd in
the punch bowl. the klaus nomi bit is worth the ticket price alone
though! i would love to see the video again, but i believe its out of
print (verification anyone?) and even my ultra-hip neighborhood video
shop doesn't have it. alas, alack.

xtc content:
i met the author of the xtc interview in the apr. '99  issue of "guitar
player" magazine at a party last week. i hounded her, slapping my
forehead and begging "what did you ask them?! what did they say?!" and
she kept looking everywhere but at me, saying "ummmm.... i can't
remember. it was, like, technical stuff about their equipment." i asked
if she knew about xtc b/f the interview and she nodded "oh, yeah, i'm a
fan." indeed. i found the interview on chalkhills and thought it was
lousy. concrete daubed in dull monotone.

remember kids: "i'd like that" single comes out today. <sarcasm>better
get there early and beat the lines at the record shops!</sarcasm>

dan

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From: Chauncy14@aol.com
Message-ID: <902e45eb.247c91f9@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 19:53:29 EDT
Subject: AV1's Order

Hey XTC Clan,

Willj4@aol.com proffered on Sat, 24 April 1999 the New AV1 Order, and I
can't recall which digest it was from:

Order:  11, 10, 7, 6, 8 and then 5, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9.

Last Balloon to start and I Can't Own Her to end is incredible!  As you say
Will, it is a new *experience* and I would highly recommend the order to
anyone.  Definitely a better way to crescendo the paragraphing by songs.
The arrangements do have a different *emotional* effect on you.  Thanks for
the recommendation!

Cheers!
John Gardner
Chicago

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Message-Id: <v03007801b3710e846db1@[209.172.222.83]>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 21:37:38 -0500
From: John Yuelkenbeck <jy@tomrussell.com>
Subject: Clean Dirt To Play Around In

I haven't been paying as close attention to the list as I should, so this
may have already been mentioned, but . . .

I was listening to "Your Dictionary" on the jukebox at the bar and it got
to this little transitional string run that sounded just like the little
transitional string run in the Beatles' "Piggies." Anyone else hear it?

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From: JStrole@aol.com
Message-ID: <2d3d0986.247ccfa4@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 00:16:36 EDT
Subject: Bad Songs Say So Much

-Please stop.  I'm hurt.  I will talk.  What do you want to know?
Stop with the bad songs.  All the bands we like have written clinkers or at
least bad lyrics.  Squeeze could take up a whole digest if we think about
it.  Needless to say Journey (those lyrics have to be improvised, no one
could possibly put pen to paper and keep the paper on that lot) and Led
Zeppelin (no really, read anything that wasn't ripped off from Willie
Dixon, without being under the influence) and don't forget Wings (or maybe
we should).  Even Andy has missed the point on occasion.

-Reportedly, one of the main reasons The Beatles were happy George Martin
was producing them was due to Sir George's work with The Goons & Peter
Sellers.  Some of the studio trickery George Martin employed on Beatles
records had been experimented on during his work with The Goons.  A few
years ago, a Peter Sellers box set was released by Parlophone and it's
quite funny.

-George Harrison said that the Traveling Wilburys sessions were peppered by
verbatum recitations of Monty Python material.  Yes, even Roy Orbison was
apparently a big fan.  I am having a hard time picturing Bob Dylan as Mrs.
Smoker.

-NYC Chalkers, don't forget June 5, The Nigels will be playing at The
Baggot Inn-82 W 3rd ST.  Tim O'Byrne tells me they have quite a set
planned.  I'll be there openning for them w/ The New Town Buskers.
Festivities start at 8 pm.

Harry

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Message-Id: <l03130301b37136153472@[204.144.224.61]>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 23:29:31 -0600
From: Brian Landy <blandy@lawyernet.com>
Subject: Re: Spent Poets

I have found the discussions of other bands in the XTC-vein to be the most
interesting posts on this list.  I can't help but add my two cents.

The Spent Poets was an American band that released one album to my
knowledge.  They are as "XTC-influenced" as any band I have heard, with an
obligatory, successful nod to Syd Barrett.

I've seen their CD available new in bargain bins in real record stores and
on the big internet sites (e.g. 2.99 American dollars).  The CD has 14
songs, none of which fail to please.

Every XTC fan should buy this CD. At least try downloading samples if
available from the online stores. It is amazing.

BL

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Brian Landy, Attorney at Law

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From: jsteich@mindspring.com
Message-ID: <000b01bea74e$70d5cca0$1a2a8ad1@funtosplamisham>
Subject: ap/residents
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 04:04:53 -0400

if some of you havent heard ap's contribution to the residents' commericial
album, go buy a copy!  the other 39:50 is worth it too.  bands dont come
any better than the residents.
jesse

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Message-Id: <4782AD6ADDBDD2119B570008C75DD5C10A318C@MGMTM02>
From: Lawson Dominic <LawsonD@parliament.uk>
Subject: Alice Donut
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 10:41:08 +0100

>> Alice Donut is sort of a goofy version of Soundgarden...assuming anyone
took Soundgarden seriously at all.

Firstly, Alice Donut didn't sound anything like Soundgarden at all. I've
know idea how you made the association in the first place, but it's a
rotten one! Alice Donut were one of the most original bands on Alternative
Tentacles - they split up fairly recently having released a final album,
"Pure Acid Park", which I suspect most Chalkhillians would enjoy quite a
lot. Musically they were vaguely grungey, quite psychedelic and always
pretty quirky - not to mention their trombone-playing drummer. They also
did a song called "Hose", about Michael Jackson's penis - which can only be
a good thing (i.e. the song, not the penis).

Secondly, as you are no doubt well aware, lots of people took Soundgarden
seriously because they were a fucking brilliant rock band. There's lots of
bands that demand to be laughed at, but Soundgarden have never occurred to
me to be one of them. Weird choice!

Dom "Jesus H. Corbett" Lawson

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