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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 218

                   Monday, 31 May 1999

Today's Topics:

               XTC covers that hell spat up
                 gooney residential stuff
        I 'ear you've been a naughty boy, Clement
             covers lists are harmless fancy
      single mini-album seems to be sold in Japan!!!
Robyn Hitchcock, The Residents, Squirrelgirl and XTC Tribute albums
                XTC videos? Get 'em here.
       Jesse Freakin' Camp (I hope this is not TVT)
                     FALKNERDS UNITE!
              Re: My first Chalkhills entry
                     Goons, Hitchcock
              Re: The Stackridge Connection
                        Ad in SPIN
                Talkin' about pop music...
                      Re: the Grays!
      burning airlines and rock and i can't own her
   horse-hoof-based cuisine, people who don't 'get it'
                dave gregory as the gimp ?
                    Lots of Good Stuff
                Looking For Radio Tour CDR
                        Re: ex-XTC
           XTC....VIDS, DEMOS & GIGS....OH MY!

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From: CCooli9575@aol.com
Message-ID: <cb183662.247f5fb1@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 22:55:45 EDT
Subject: XTC covers that hell spat up

>For instance:
>There is no language in our lungs-----Michael Bolton (subtitled: But, I
>                                      won't let that stop me
>				      from singing it anyhow)
>Travels in Nihilon---Celine Dion, in neck straining glory
>Rook-----Styx, circa Mr. Roboto
>River of Orchids----Bijou Phillips
>Washaway----Cher
>Leisure-----Garth Brooks
>Wonderland-----N'Sync's in the house!!! let me hear you say "go N'sync!"
>Mayor of Simpleton----lets keep it real, with Eminem...
>Hold me my Daddy---Phil Collins, who also drums on every track
>Obscene Procession-----Ted Nugent
>Dear God----Hootie and the Blowfish
>Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead----Ricky Martin, joined onstage for
>			       a surprise reunion of Menudo....there isn't
>			       a dry eye in the house.
>This World Over----Michael Jackson
>and for the finale, all the above artists come out, for a "We are the
>World" type ending, which is of course, Books are Burning.
>
>Solid Gold!!!!!
>
>Perry (time to go back for my medicine, now)

  There's only one problem with this list: I can't imagine a single one of
the above doing these songs. It's like trying to have an orgasm during root
canal; can't be done. A list I'd like to see is hopelessly unhip acts doing
XTC covers that might actually work. Unfortunately, this means you'd all have
to work harder. Consider, however, that Barry Manilow has covered Ian Hunter
and Richard Thompson, Meat Loaf has covered Tom Waits, and The Carpenters
have covered Klaatu, so stranger things have happened. I offer a few that if
you think about it might actually work:
Holly Up On Poppy- America(with Gerry Beckley singing)
Chalkhills And Children- Air Supply
Bungalow- Engelbert Humperdinck(hey, not too much of a stretch after "Lesbian
Seagull")
Pale And Precious-The Beach Boys(no, not Brian Wilson, what's left of the
Beach Boys, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. PUHAHAHAHAHAHA!)
Train Running Low On Soul Coal-Leif Garrett(hey, I hear he always wanted to
be a rocker. Now's his chance, and the song could be about him too)

  Now, Barry Manilow, Donny Osmond, and Meat Loaf, they're too much of a
stretch, it's like imagining Grandma Clampett naked. Anybody else want to
stretch their brain cells, mine are getting tired.

Chris

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Message-ID: <19990528052647.8103.rocketmail@web123.yahoomail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 22:26:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: gooney residential stuff

RE:
>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.

Has anyone on this list seen the film Bedazzled starring Dudley Moore
and Peter Cook? It's a hysterically funny retelling of Faust. A must
see for anyone into silly humor, especially of the British sort,
especially if it mocks religion. EXCELLANT!
It's also very hard to find. Does anyone know where I can get a vhs
copy? Do you have a copy you can dub for me? I find some way to make it
worth your while.

RE:
>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.

Yes, the Residents are great, and you should all buy the Commercial
album, and Duck Stab/ Buster & Glen as well. I've nagged this list
countless times about the Residents. Just check 'em out, ok? A good
chance to check out one of Andy's favorites.

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Message-ID: <19990528063434.72483.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: I 'ear you've been a naughty boy, Clement
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 23:34:33 PDT

Interesting proposotion, Steve:

>From: "Steve Oleson" <Steve.Oleson@OAG.STATE.TX.US>
>Subject: DIMSDALE!!!
>
>Re: Monty Python, the Beatles, and the Goon Show- <snip>
>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!

(It's Dinsdale, actually)

Hmmm. I'm sure there are any number of doctoral theses about this. In the
case of the Beatles - yes. The Fabs spent most of the Sixties "on"
something or other, starting with pep pills and ending with heroin. They
were massively fond of the the ganja, mon (have a look at the "Butcher"
cover for "Yesterday and Today - check the eyes. Stoned off their tits.)
They were definitely not averse to a bit of brain candy either, in its
heyday. I think they were "spiked" first time round, as were the Small
Faces. Interestingly, while John (who admitted taking hundreds of trips)
and George were busy exploring the inner reaches of the minds from the
comfort of their own homes, Paul (the last to try acid) was out clubbing,
his favoured tipples being dope and cocaine at the time.

Equally though, many of the people who made great 'psychedelic' music
do/did not indulge at all:

- Frank Zappa, creator of surrealist epics "Who Are The Brain Police" and
"Help I'm A Rock" was vehemently anti-drugs, by his own account only having
ever tried a joint once or twice. His turnon? Cigarettes and beer.

- Roy Wood, composer of such trippy classics as "I Can Hear The Grass
Grow", "Night Of Fear" and "Flowers In The Rain" never indulged in the
heavy stuff at all. Preferred intoxicant? Vodka and lemonade

- and of course our Andy doesn't mind a drink or two, but that's as far as
it goes, he says.

Also Steve, I may be wrong, but I don't think any of the Python team took
drugs at all. I could be wrong, but as far as I know they never did. The
only one who 'indulged' to any major extent was the late Graham Chapman,
who was by all accounts a pretty fierce drinker during the earlier Python
days.  He dried up when he came out, but then took up smoking - heavily -
and eventually died of throat(?) cancer.

I don't know if Spike ever indulged in drugs; perhaps later on in the 60s
he might have. I don't know, but I doubt it. They used to smuggle drink
into the studio and make what they called 'brown milk' (milk laced with
whisky).  That's why they were always giggling so much. I know Spike was a
heavy drinker in the 50s, mostly due to the extreme stress of having to
write and perform the show. He had at least one major nervous breakdown, so
I doubt he was any stranger to prescribed tranquillisers. Peter Sellers, I
believe, did take acid and smoke dope later in the 60s, but he was much
more one of 'beautiful people" than Spike. I doubt if Secombe ever did more
than drink.

As for other artists - I think you can make a pretty good case that acid
had a significant influence, although the exact nature and extent of that
influence is debatable, and hard to define. There can be no doubt that it
had a marked effect on the music, outlook and image of Dylan, The Beatles,
Hendrix, Cream, The Stones, The Small Faces, The Kinks (I'm sure Dave did
it - after all he flatted with Brian Jones - but did Ray indulge?), the
Moody Blues (who were alleged to be one of the major sources) and many
others.  Pink Floyd of course loom large in the picture - but there, of
course, its worth weighing up the negative effects. The Syd Barrett story
is probably the best known and most extreme example, but there were other
similar casualties, including bassist Ace Kefford from The Move.

(Tangent - I'm fascinated by the phenomenon called "word salad", which is a
well-known symptom of schizoid states, in which there is a freeing of
inhibition, or an increased capacity to see and make real [or imagined]
associations between words and sounds. Think of that "Word Association
Football" sketch John Cleese did - kind of like that, except constant and
uncontrollable. Interestingly, the same effect is very evident in the
lyrics of people like Syd Barrett, Roky Erikson and Van Dyke Parks, where
there are multiple levels of pun, word-play, association and
homophony. After hearing Andy being interviewed by Paul, I was fascinated
to hear that he does the same thing, albeit on a more playful, knowing
level - always exploring associations and word-play even as he
speaks. Reeves and Mortinmer toy with the idea a lot too.)

Another factor is that artists, producers, venue owners, promoters, etc -
especially on the 'underground scene' - knew that some segment of the
audiences were stoned /tripping, so they started catering to that with
trippy prouction effects, light shows, artwork, etc. But it has to be said
that people like Martin Sharp (creator of the classic "Disraeli Gears"
cover" had been "turned on" too.

It was also a timing thing - as acid and dope came into vogue, they
expanded people's conceptions of what was possible. This coincided with
technical (and cost) advances in recording and performance equipment,
printing techniques, colour photography and so on. There were obvious
innovations like (Olympic Studio engineer) George Chkiantz's invention of
phasing/flanging, first used on "Itchycoo Park". On the live side, amps
became far more powerful and robust, effects units like the wah-wah and the
portable tape-echo unit were developed, and of course major new instruments
like the Mellotron came along. Just a lucky time in that sense.

A fascinating topic. Another curious aspect is how the acid scene came
about. Zappa has said - 'tho how serious he was is unsure - that it was
part of a covert government plan to disable youth unrest and dissent. Other
theories I have read assert that Soviet intelligence had a hand in the
large-scale manufacture and distribution, as part of their efforts to
undermine the west.

Who knows? I think it happened as it happened - started off small, people
saw it's potential as a money-earner and started mass-producing it. But it
IS a fact that both the US and the USSR were conducting experiments with it
as a chemical weapon.

Closing remark: a true story I remember from the late 70s - made into a
miniseries I think - was about how British police busted a huge LSD
manufacturing ring based in Wales(?), which was supplying most of the acid
sold around the world at that time. But that was just to bankroll their
major scheme. They had stockpiled something like 16 million trips, and the
plan was to 'turn on' the entire United Kingdom by releasing the acid into
all the major reservoirs in the British water system. Powerful, odorless,
tasteless, undetectable until too late. Imagine the entire British public
starting the day with a 'spiked' cuppa ... Scary, huh?

**********

Meanwhile, Rich Greenham [rgreenham@thebear.net] makes another salient
point:

>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.

Yes you are indeed correct. It was, as I recall the Martin's big "selling
point" Beatles when they signed with EMI. Lennon especially was massive
Goons fan (read his books, and then listen to the Goons again if you don't
believe me).

Oh man ... I'm freakin out! I see Ozzy!
Dunks

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From: dan@gge.com
Message-ID: <374ED793.F502DD99@gge.com>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 10:51:27 -0700
Subject: covers lists are harmless fancy

tim wrote:
>Coming back to XTC, I am also becoming a little tired of the XTC
>covers posts.
and
>Nobody else is,
>or can ever be, XTC, and all the endless posts suggesting artists
>covering XTC songs, to my mind, just illustrates that point
>perfectly.

while i agree with you, tim, that xtc is the only one and only, the
tribute/covers thread is just a little skylarking for the chalkhills
children. it's fun and sometimes interesting to think of how our boys'
songs would sound coming from our other favorite artists, or trying to
imagine an unlikely, though possibly excellent version of, say, "the
meeting place" by, say, the ramones. no one is trying to obscure xtc's
greatness and i daresay none of these projects will ever come to
fruition. and if you're concerned about these posts clogging up the
digest, be thankful they contain relevant content and aren't long-winded
essays about heavy metal or british comedy shows, circa 1960s and their
influence on the beatles' public image (wake me when that topic dies).
btw: that incident at the echo & the bunnymen show sounds like the
bummer of the decade. i feel your pain.
* ------------------------------------------------
somebody suggested an xtc - dr. dre collaboration. that gave me the
willies. but i like the turntable scratching in the dukes' "what in the
world".
* ------------------------------------------------
favorite xtc song today: "jump"
xtc song i hate today: "crocodile"

I crave your pardon if I woke you with my thinking,
dan

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Message-ID: <990528183468@pearl.ocn.ne.jp>
From: TAKASHI YAMAMOTO <oomax@pearl.ocn.ne.jp>
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 03:33:57 +0900
Subject: single mini-album seems to be sold in Japan!!!

Hello
single mini-album seems to be sold in Japan!!!

XTC / Apple Venus Vol.1 Singles EP
1)Easter Theatre (Album Track)
2)Easter Theatre (Home Demo Track)
3)Easter Theatre ( commentary ) 4)I'd Like That (Album
Track) 5)I'd Like That (Home Demo Track) 6)I'd Like That (
commentary
Another all 9 pieces collecting.
Original editing board!
Probably...sell it on July 16.

If you want to more information
Prease ask
http://www.cooshin.kita.osaka.jp/softspace/index.htm
or
<yozox@gold.ocn.ne.jp>

Tkank you from TY

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Message-ID: <19990528203719.93166.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Daniel Wrzesinski" <rockhurley@hotmail.com>
Subject: Robyn Hitchcock, The Residents, Squirrelgirl and XTC Tribute albums
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 13:37:18 PDT

Some quick messages for Dunks, Jesse, Tim and Squirrelgirl...and anyone
else who cares to eavesdrop:

Dunks:
   I just discovered Robyn Hitchcock a few months ago and I already own 3
albums.  He's very unique and very British.  (That's a good thing) Some of
his songs don't seem to make much sense but I think they must in some very
prolific and deranged way.  His voice sounds almost exactly like Syd
Barret, other times he sounds like John Lennon.  His music with The
Egyptians and The Soft Boys is sounds almost EXACTLY like old R.E.M.  and
kind of like The Smiths. His more recent solo stuff is much mellower and
acoustic.  I'm not as impressed with his later work but he may definitely
be someone to go see.
  He doesn't sound much like XTC, though I could see him covering "King For
A Day".  You'd have to cram "Mummer", "White Music" and both Dukes of
Stratosphere albums together to get anything of XTC's close to sounding
like Robyn. (weird combo, yes!)  But, like XTC, he's got a huge cult
following.  If you like happy post-punk pop that is 100% British, buy a
copy of "Fegmania" by The Egyptians. That's supposedly his best.

Jesse:
I'm not trying to make a fool of you.  I was just wondering if you were
aware that Andy Partridge didn't just sing, but also produced, "The
Commercial Album" with The Residents.  It probably doesn't give his name in
the sleeve because The Residents keep names very anonymous.  Correct me if
I'm wrong.  It may not be that particular album, but I do know for a fact
That AP did produce an album for The Residents.  He's a big fan.  Or was
anyway.

Tim:
You made some good points about XTC tribute albums, and a damn good point
about people who want to see them live.  But lighten up.  The Tribute album
crap is just for fun. We all know that no band can top the XTC originals.
Testimonial Dinner proved that years ago.  It's just amusing to envision
who could or would cover what song in what way.
   That post that I put up (My XTC tribute album thing) was my very first
Chalkhills post.  And you kinda hurt my feelings, man! *sob*

Squirrelgirl:
    What would it take to get copies of those XTC videos?  I've never seen
any!  They're my favorite band and I need to see them.  They can't be
bought anywhere.  I've looked.  Please help me!

Also...to whoever was writing about Andy's songs always being at the end of
albums:  "Sacraficial Bonfire" was a Colin Moulding song.
   Sorry, I'm not trying to be a smart-ass.  But I just couldn't let that
go.  Then again, Mr. Todd Rundgren insisted on ordering the song tracks
himself. So who knows.  Perhaps "Dear God" or "Another Satellite" was meant
to close Skylarking.
   Makes ya wonder!

Danny-boy

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Message-Id: <199905282120.RAA20834@mail.netwalk.com>
From: "Ian C Stewart" <ian@AUTOreverse.net>
Subject: XTC videos? Get 'em here.
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 17:17:50 -0400

Check out the list if you need XTC videos in NTSC (that's NORTH
AMERICAN/JAPANESE format) only! ONLY. I cannot stress this point enough...
I AM UNABLE TO MAKE PAL format dubs!

If your VCR is NTSC-compatible, head on over to The List...

cheers,
Ian
http://www.netwalk.com/~stewart/xtcvid.htm

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From: joel@kenlaw.com (Joel Flaxman)
Message-Id: <9905281942.ZM1973@custer>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 19:42:45 -0600
Subject: Jesse Freakin' Camp (I hope this is not TVT)

I got a mass email informing me that Jesse Camp's new cd (crap disc) is
available.  The first line of the email reads:

>Please Note: You are receiving this message because you have expressed an
>interest in hearing about new music, either through sending in a reply card
>from a CD or through opting in at one of our partner sites.

I hope that our friend the TVT rep (who has done only good in the past)
can assure me that getting this has nothing to do with my sending in
the cards in AV1 and/or TB.

Joel "I guess I don't take junk email as lightly as I should" Flaxman

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From: weslong@usa.net
Message-ID: <19990529013848.7095.qmail@nw177.netaddress.usa.net>
Date: 28 May 99 19:38:48 MDT
Subject: FALKNERDS UNITE!

Chalksters:

I mentioned a while back that I have an EX copy of Jason Falner's pre Can
You....tape, called Amazing The Survivors.  It has different mixes of every
song on the released version, except for Holiday...but more than makes up
for this with two fantastic tunes that didn't make the final cut, for
whatever reason?!?!?  Anyway...a crapload of ya emailed me about it, and I
put all of you off for an extended period of time....SO, now I'm back, and
ready to trade it............or, if you have nothing to trade, send me two
blank tapes(Maxell or TDK high bias) and return postage, and I'll mail one
of them back to you with the Amazing Falkner tape..........I actually
prefer AMAZING to the CAN YOU STILL release, and I think you will too.
Sorry for the delay....email me and I'll get my address to you.

WesLong@Optimism'sFlames

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Message-Id: <199905290737.HAA13290@out1.ibm.net>
From: "Shoalin" <shoalin@ibm.net>
Subject: Re: My first Chalkhills entry
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 13:08:06 +0700

Hi folks,

As AV1 plays wistfully in the background, I'm amazed at just how many other
listeners share the same level of fascination, affection and devotion for
XTC -- a band I didn't hear of until "Making Plans for Nigel" and didn't
totally fall in love with until "Black Sea".

It's been a turbulent twenty-year-plus on-again off-again musical love
affair since, given their eclectic mood swings from the raw intensity of
"Respectable Street" to the downright colloquial banality of "Mummer" and
recent tunes like "Fruit Nut" and "Frivolous Tonight".  But the funny thing
is that no band's music quite grows on you  like XTC's.  There's rarely an
XTC album I've purchased that I didn't want to chuck into the dark
"do-not-listen-to-again-until-doomsday" crevices of my record collection
after the first listening.  Then something magical happens.  The
intelligence, depth and originality of the at first difficult to listen to
pieces gradually blossom from obscurity into shear sonic brilliance and
majestry.  And the more I listen the more I fall in love until the once
prodigal album becomes one of my most treasured musical possessions.

AV1 was no different.  I first read "Song Stories" -- which claimed this
was probably the boys' best effort ever -- bought the album with massive
anticipation and had a very disappointing first listen.  Then, as they say,
history repeats itself and AV1 is growing on me like no XTC fungus has
grown before.  And the best part is,  it isn't even close to finished
growing yet.  I may need to build a shed.

DAVO

P.S.  If there's any other XTC addicts living in Indonesia give me a buzz
at shoalin@ibm.net

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Message-Id: <v01540b00b3761fb722d8@[175.20.83.2]>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 11:01:19 +1200
From: digja611@student.otago.ac.nz (James Dignan)
Subject: Goons, Hitchcock

>And I hate to be pedantic, but the Goon Show cast was Spike Milligan, the
>late Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe, and the scripts were mostly by
>Spike, sometimes in collaboration with Eric Sykes, Larry Stephens(?) and
>others.

hate to be doubly pedantic, but in the early days the Goons were Sellers,
Milligan, Secombe and Michael Bentine. Bentine left early on, though, after
just a couple of series IIRC. They were ably aidecd and abetted by BBC
station announcer Wallace Greenslade, and musical interludes were supplied
by Max Geldray and Ray Ellington, each of whom also had occasional
bit-parts in the crazy plots. Enter Bluebottle,m wearing string pyjamas -
waits for audience applause...

Oh, and to the Aussie who wanted to know about Robyn Hitchcock, yes, he is
well worth the price of admission. Not only are his weirdly surreal songs
fine food for XTC fans (sort of John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Ivor Cutler and
Billy Bragg all getting together to fight it out in one person), but his
between song banter has to be heard to be believed. If you'd like to check
out some of his oeuvre beforehand, I'd suggest Element of Light and Eye,
two albums of differing sorts that give some indication of the worldview
that is Hitchcock.

James (4 hours until the final... go Highlanders!)

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Message-Id: <199905300323.DAA66182@out5.ibm.net>
From: "Shoalin" <shoalin@ibm.net>
Subject: Re: The Stackridge Connection
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 10:31:16 +0700

The two very English, almost Vaudevillian folk tune by Colin on AV1 (Fruit
Nut and Frivolous Tonight) struck me with a very strong cord of
familiarity.   I finally traced this musical memory to some of the
recordings of Stackridge off albums like "Extravaganza" and "The Man With
the Bowler Hat".  Digging a bit deeper, quite a few Dukes songs such as
"You're a Good Man Albert Brown" and "Brainiac's Daughter"  also sound
extremely Stackridge-ish  (although Song Stories claims the Small Faces,
The Kinks and The Beatles were the main mimicry sources).  The similarity
in style  and feel is quite uncanny, but then again both Stackridge and XTC
may just simply  be emulating the low brassy musical style of a bygone
British era of eccentric show tunes (as done more blatantly by The Bonzo
Dog Doo-Dah Band, and of course by The Beatles on Sgt. Peppers).

If you aren't familiar with Stackridge, they are an often forgotten but
well worth checking-out progressive-regressive English band that put out
about six albums of music from 1971-76 before the progressive bubble popped
into punk and new wave.  Plus you just gotta love a band that once listed a
bogus member named Smegmakovitch.  Check out their official website at
www.stackridge.com

DAVO

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Message-ID: <3751353F.2CA@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 08:55:27 -0400
From: Tim Kendrick <tim63@earthlink.net>
Subject: Ad in SPIN

Hi Everyone!

The latest SPIN magazine (July '99) has a
FULL-PAGE ad for APPLE VENUS!!!!!

The ad says that it's:
      "The most acclaimed album of the year!"

Hooray for TVT records!!!!!!!!!
(Virgin never did this much publicity for an XTC release.)

       Tim K.

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Message-ID: <37517445.B1CC923@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 10:24:21 -0700
From: Yoshiko Yeto <beaudrillard@earthlink.net>
Subject: Talkin' about pop music...

Chalkhillians-

Greetings to all!

Cheers to Elizabeth of the Gallery of Indispensable Pop Music for endorsing
the Negro Problem!  Indeed, "Joys and Concerns", their new album, is quite
stunning.  I actually prefer it to "Post Minstrel Syndrome" due to the lush
harmonies, lovely melodies, and fine musicianship, which abound on "Joys".
"Ken", a slightly raggae inflected track with a touch of Paul McCartney and
Wings, is a sly musical portrait of Barbie's ever so misfortunate
homosexual companion.  Here's a tasty little lyrical sampler:

And I'll be forced to kiss Barbie's plastic tits
And I'll hate myself
But what's more I'll hate you for not letting me be the way I want to be

That's it for my half pence proselytizing.

Miss Malady "Shoo be doo be doo wop" Nelson

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From: "john gray" <jt.gray@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: the Grays!
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 20:31:25 +0100
Message-Id: <E10oBhE-0004MM-00@praseodumium.btinternet.com>

Ben Gott intrigued me with:

> So: I was at my local CD store (the one run by XTC fans), and I asked
> Mark (the co-owner) if he had heard the new Jason Falkner.  He said "no,"
> but then he told me that a friend of his used to be in this band
> called...The Grays!  According to Mark's friend, Falkner was "a freak."
> I told him (in my haughty Chalkhills way) that The Grays' CD was hard to
> find; he responded "No way!  You can find it in tons of used CD bins
> across the country!"

I have never heard of this band, but my surname makes me interested!
If any of you do find it in a bargain bin, would you please buy a copy on
my behalf?

John GRAY

<jt.gray@btinternet.com>

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Message-ID: <37528627.A5D85E05@geocities.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 14:52:56 +0200
From: dieling <lemoncurry@geocities.com>
Subject: burning airlines and rock and i can't own her

Hi all!

In #5-217, Elizabeth asked about Burning Airlines:

I haven't actually  heard them, but hey, it's made up by exmembers
from Government Issue, Wool and Jawbox, so I bet it's fantastic.
Jawbox has always reminded me of early XTC.

What else ?

Soundgarden seriously rocks, but so do Fear Factory. But that's a
different league anyway.

Some weeks ago I exchanged emails with someone regarding I Can't Own Her.
She said it was a landmark recording, I said it wasn't. I was wrong.  It
is.

All for now,

Lemoncurry

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Message-Id: <199905311256.IAA30090@hammurabi.nh.ultra.net>
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 08:54:00 -0400
Subject: horse-hoof-based cuisine, people who don't 'get it'
From: "Duncan Watt" <kanuba@nh.ultranet.com>

Thanks to maize-digger Michael Travis <mdt@pobox.alaska.net> for a great
bookmark, the Gallery Of Regrettable Food:

http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/

...and especially the Knox On-Camera Recipes: A Complete Guide To
Gel-Cookery. My favorite: The Grden Salad #1:

http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/knox/index4.html

Lent my AVV1 to my Yes-loving drummer friend. He attempted to lay upon me
the 'I guess some albums you just get and some you don't' line of
let-you-down-easy bullshit. I told him he was a dork and he'd never get
laid. Okay, no I didn't, I was actually quite polite, but I wanted to.
Frickin' dork drummers.

Duncan Watt

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Message-ID: <3752B359.9107AEB5@geocities.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 18:05:45 +0200
From: dieling <lemoncurry@geocities.com>
Subject: dave gregory as the gimp ?

Hi all!

Someone asked if Dave Gregory had played "The Gimp" in Pulp Fiction.
Well, the IMDB says no, The Gimp was played by a Stephen Hibbert.

Back to work now,
Lemoncurry

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Message-ID: <002d01beabb1$a7bb8cc0$24bfa0d0@meridith-s>
From: "squirrelgirl" <squirrelgirl@citrusonline.net>
Subject: Lots of Good Stuff
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 18:05:10 -0400

Howdy 'Hillians!

I have finally completed updating my personal "XTC List"; I have lots of
great stuff (old demos and out-takes - Star Park, Helium Kidz and early
XTC, audios of concerts, videos, many interviews, etc.).  If anyone wishes
to see my list, please e-mail me privately and I will attach it in an
e-mail back.  I would be especially interested in trading old demos for new
(anything after O & L, i.e. Nonsuch and Apple Venus).  I also have a few
"extra" things hanging around (Towers of London 7", etc.) that I would be
willing to trade for or sell outright.  Drop me a line!

PS - To those of you naysayers who insist that Andy couldn't possibly be on
this list because he has repeatedly spoken negatively about us here in
cyberland, my response is: "What a perfect cover!"  Of *course* he would
talk like that, so nobody would suspect that he might lurk in our midst!

Just keeping the hope alive,
Squirrelgirl

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Message-ID: <19990531232158.5832.rocketmail@send205.yahoomail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 16:21:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brian Downing <bdowning_99@yahoo.com>
Subject: Looking For Radio Tour CDR

Hi,

I was hoping someone could burn a CDR copy of either the Boston or Los
Angeles Radio Tour shows from '89.  I can provide blanks, or a CDR of
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians from '88, or a compilation of
extremely rare Robyn Hitchcock videos.  Please let me know privately.
Thanks.

Brian

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From: fheaney@erols.com
Message-Id: <199905282024.QAA20079@smtp3.erols.com>
Subject: Re: ex-XTC
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 16:23:56 -0400

> P.S. Until this point I never realized that there
> are now more ex-XTC members than there are current
> XTC members.  Anyone in the same boat?

Sure.  I have more ex-girlfriends than current girlfriends.

-- Francis

"That's the price you have to pay for every stupid thing you say"
   -- Belle & Sebastian

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From: WESnLES@aol.com
Message-ID: <928d1c3a.24809c3f@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 21:26:23 EDT
Subject: XTC....VIDS, DEMOS & GIGS....OH MY!

Fellow XTC geeks:

Noticed some of you were/are lookin' for XTC vids......I've got shloads of
'em, as well as virtually every demo that is available(just got a couple of
cd's worth of some demos I didn't have....and will soon have them
listed).....and a crapload of gigs and interviews........and some, if I say
so(write so)myself, pretty amazing memorabilia of the Swindon lads.  ONE
PROBLEM.....I don't sell any of the vids or boots, I trade only....but I'm
a real geek for memorabilia, ANY memorabilia(TRY ME!), and I'll make you a
fantastic trade for any good items.  I've got originals and first
generation copies of all of the hard to find
audio......etc..etc...SO....check out my site and perhaps we can make a
swap....at the very least, click on the link below and check out my
site....drop me a line with any trade suggestions, I look forward to
talkin' with ya...

Wes @ Optimism's Flames:
http://members.tripod.com/~The_Last_Balloon/index.html

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