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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #5-288

         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 288

                 Monday, 18 October 1999

Today's Topics:

                      Re: Lyricists
                   Favourite Lyricists
               Paul McCartney covers album
               From an XTC and Squeeze Fan
                         Re: Xmas
                    American football
    Buying Martin Newell stuff has never been easier!
                    A Clockwork Orange
                 Japanese 'Homespun' Fun
                       XTC IS COOL
                    Investment Advice
                  Was there some point?
                  A Housemartins Divided
             more christmas stuff/Jon Hassel
                 Oingo Boingo and more...
                   oops ... uh, sorry.
                      Wes' Gear List
             The Grinch Who Stole Chalkhills
                    Little Saint Nick
             Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
               xtc live+direct online audio


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Message-Id: <l03130301b42ebbfa2dd0@[]>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 20:27:14 -0400
From: MinerWerks <>
Subject: Re: Lyricists

In Digst #5-286, "Diamond" wrote:

>Which brings me to my next point. I've talked to a couple people about
>TMBG's music, and how much I love them. And I've been met with some "Ef,
>there all right" Remarks which really surprised me. Personally, I think that
>TMBG are top notch Lyricists (Spelling?). It is obviouse that they are not
>excellant in the way that XTC is. Theier songs are seldom serious, but many
>are excellant.

I, too,  profess a strong love for the works of John and John and I rate
their wordplay up there with Mr. Partridge. I think that the average joe,
however, isn't attuned to their rather oblique style - their songs are
almost always impressionistic readings on slices of life (see "Metal
Detector" on _Factory Showroom_  or "AKA Driver" on _John Henry_).  In my
experience, the average TMBG fan actually *likes* the challenge in
decyphering the lyrics of the more unusual songs ("Pencil Rain" on
_Lincoln_, "Dead" on _Flood_, etc.).  But another problem is that the band
is most well known for their songs that more closely approximate tunes
created for children's educational TV - "Particle Man," "James K. Polk" and
their covers of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Why Does The Sun

But the Giants are somtimes more serious than you might think... witness:

Out from the kitchen to the bedroom to the hallway
Your friend apologizes, he could see it my way
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking
Can't shake the devil's hand and say your're only kidding.
- "Your Racist Friend" from _Flood_


Lie still, little bottle
Don't twist, it ain't twistin' time
With every move you make, you just disintigrate
My ever troubled mind
_ "Lie Still Little Bottle" from _Lincoln_.

and from the biting "I Should Be Allowed to Think" on _John Henry_:

I saw the best minds of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical
I should be allowed to glue my poster
I should be allowed to think

> Please, give these guys a chance. I suggest buying Factory
>Showroom first if you don't own anything by them. Dubbed "Their
>Masterpiece," it's not my favorite, but it's the most XTC influenced (And
>has XTC vs Adam Ant on it) and is the most popish and accesable.

I think TMBG are getting to a point where there are "newer" fans and
"older" fans. I guess some of the newer fans are touting _Factory Showroom_
as  one of the better albums. I know some of the older fans strayed when
the Johns added a full band to their discs on _John Henry_... Personally, I
think the one-two punch of _Lincoln_ and _Flood_ hasn't been equalled yet,
even though I like _John Henry_ a whole lot. Lately, the Johns have been
mixing in more Dukes-like forrays into the past. "S-E-X-X-Y" and "Pet Name"
on _Factory Showroom_ are less traditional Giants numbers than pastiches of
70's music. And even more obscure numbers like "Out of Jail" and "First
Kiss" are throwbacks to early eighties tunes.

In other Non-XTC music, I just picked up the latest Matthew Sweet disc, _In
Reverse_... Sweet is on my short list of people whose new albums I'll buy
hearing-unheard... The new one doesn't have the immediate hookiness of
_100% Fun_, but it's a bit more varied in instrumentation, if not style.
I'll probably need a few more listens to pick out any real gems on this
one, but on the surface, it's at least immediate pop ear-candy, with a
silly/clever package done "in reverse," so to speak...

And in XTC music... I've recently got a CD burner, and I'd like to do some
collections. I tried to burn a collection of all the live XTC B-sides from
a cassette, and it came out a little less clean than I would have liked.  I
think I'll pick up a copy of the Japanese CD "The Greatest" from Virgin
Megastore in Orlando this weekend, which would provide great sources for
some of the live cuts. I did realize that I dragged my feet on picking up a
copy of the "Adventure Club" CD that was being sold very widely in the
past, but now seems to have disappeared. I do have a fuzzy audio cassette
of XTC's whole appearance on KDGE in Dallas, but I'm sure the CD version of
"Blue Beret" would probably sound a lot nicer... If anyone knows where I
can pick this up, or has a copy they could burn (in trade for something
else), drop me an email. Similarly, I know some of you trade CD-Rs, and I'd
like to do some of that. If anyone has some URLs for those, I'd greatly
appreciate getting some of those in my private email.

Oh, another thing that I'd like to trade on CD-R is unusual Christmas
music. Gary Hooper wrote in digest #5-286 some of the stuff he had found,
and I wrote to him telling some of the stuff I have. If anyone else has (or
wants) some unusual/funny/modern/nontraditional Christmas music, drop me a

= Derek =


Message-ID: <>
From: "Kjetil Sorenssen" <>
Subject: Favourite Lyricists
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 12:31:59 PDT

Hi Everybody! (Hi Dr Nick!)

I'd just like to share my five favourite lyricists (in no particular order)

1.Guy Clark
2.Tom Waits
3.Andy Partridge
4.Randy Newman
5.Ray Davies

I recently bought the latest Mr Bungle cd: California. It's really great,
with more weight on melody than before. It's even got some (almost) normal
songwriting on it.

Chalking Heads- Remaine in Ermine


Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 13:42:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Misty Shock <>
Subject: Paul McCartney covers album
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.991016133826.10885B-100000@scn>

Andy just told us how much he admires Paul in the liner notes of Homespun.
There is apparently going to be an album of covers of Paul's solo work,
which will include artists like Squeeze, Echo and the Bunnymen, Brian
Wilson, Elvis Costello, and Ron Sexsmith.  Now, why isn't our Andy
involved in this?  Would he be interested?  It would be a dream of a
lifetime to see all these people on one album (save Echo and the Bunnymen
-- not a fan) *and* on an album that salutes one of my favorite guys.

Now, I have no idea what in the world Andy could cover from Paul's
sometimes dubious solo years...

Misty Shock


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 18:45:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Molly Fanton <>
Subject: From an XTC and Squeeze Fan

David Oh Wrote:
<<according to andy, the difford shit was this;
they agreed to a price, but
difford's studio suffered numerous technical
problems & delays, so andy &
colin left because they didn't want to be wasting
money and time. difford
called & apologized by offering the remaining
time for free. at the end of
the sessions, difford produced a bill for "time
spent". this makes xtc
cheap? i'd say it makes difford look cheap, and
dishonest, too!>>

Don't mention anything about XTC and Squeeze in the
Squeezefan mailing list or you'll get blown away.  The
people on that list can get very vengeful.  I was
going to go a Squeeze concert in Buffalo, when my
plans changed.  I told them and they pounced on me
that I left.  Dunks, I hope you stay safe there. :)
To me you can either like Squeeze or XTC, not both,
but I like both.  Okay, I'm rambling again. :P

Molly, visiting the lovely city of Toronto :)



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 18:57:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Molly Fanton <>
Subject: Re: Xmas

Gary wrote:
<<I'm looking for some Xmas songs....
Here's what I've come up with without looking too
Slade :" Merry Xmas Everybody" (bit of a worry)
"Thanks For Xmas ": (do I need to add this bit?)
Pretenders :" 2000 Miles"
Spa rks : "Thank God It's Not Xmas"
Tom Waits : "Christmas Card From A Hooker...."
Everything But The Girl : "25th December"
The Pogues : "Fairytale Of New York"
Die Toten Hosen : the album called "Waiting For
Santa Claus..." I picked up
on the weekend (16 Christmas- themed tracks)
And for those Australian subscribers : "Santa
Never Made It into Darwin" -
Bill & Boyd
Any contributions will be gratefully received....>>

Here are my choices:
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Do They Know Is Christmas? - Band Aid
Oh Kate Bush did a song, but I can't remember it now,
it's on the Edge of Christmas CD.
12 Days of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie
Santa Claus and His Old Lady - Cheech and Chong

Okay, that's all I could think of.  I'd pick up Dr.
Demento's Greatest Novelty Christmas CD of All Time,
because it has some interesting sounding songs.




Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 21:51:05 EDT
Subject: American football

  Easy big fella (DavidOh.). It was just one sentence about football. There
is a big rivalry between Dallas & Phila. in "American " football. I was just
having a little fun. I promise I'll stop. Perhaps if I spelled it E-A-G-L-Z?
 XTC content.---Has anyone else noticed that more than one person has ended
their XTC album reviews with " I'm even starting to like Colins songs" or
words to that affect?Why is that? For great pop songs ,you cant beat Colins
writings. Sorry David, "Fruit Nut" is a fantastic song.
   Now its time to watch baseball!!!  WOOO HOOO!!


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 19:48:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

american football is the most over-rated of all sports
and its fans'
worship of, and devotion to, the "sport" is the most
ridiculous and
incomprehensible thing i think one can do... next to
joining the kkk,
that is.

THANK YOU!!!! I hate football with a passion, and even
more than the sport itsself, I hate the sports
menality that has taken over this country. Part of a
'Stupiding of America' thats been growing over this
decade. I lived for years in Ann Arbor, and felt like
a minority for not giving the slightest shit about U
of M football. Home game days are a traffic nightmare
in Ann Arbor, too. A town of about 120 thousand with a
stadium that holds over 100 thousand!!!
Actually, I am an admitted sports bigot (got thet term
from John Waters). There's nothing like sports to turn
usually normal functioning people into incoherent,
violent idiots!


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 04:14:12 +0100
From: Ashley Powell <>
Subject: Buying Martin Newell stuff has never been easier!

Unless you live next door to a very accommodating shop, of course...

Anyway, the JARMusic website now has an easy-to remember url:

Any new material from Martin will be posted as soon as it's available
(maybe soon - see Martin's official site at
for news). Hopefully I'll get around to revamping the JARMusic site soon
too, but don't hold your breath ;)
Ashley Powell


Message-ID: <>
From: "Megan Heller" <>
Subject: A Clockwork Orange
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 21:08:43 PDT

Jill Oleson <> shares--
>Twas me veck who 'splained, "fuzzy warbles" are songs in Nadsat,
>the Droog-speak of "A Clockwork Orange."  Still a mix of horrorshow
>and hound-and-horny to me.  Too much like pe's yarbles, welly, welly,
>welly, welly, welly, welly, well.
>Hear it:

brilliant-- thanks for sharing that link.  I love that film, and it really
been too long since I've seen it.  I've even had it on the brain lately--
I've been listening to a lot of Wendy Carlos (although not last year's
release of the Clockwork Orange _Score_, which is wonderful and

hm, XTC content... I have listened to Carlos's _Switched-on Bach_ and AV1 in
the same sitting on a number of occasions.



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 11:04:38 EDT
Subject: Japanese 'Homespun' Fun

It's a sunny Sunday morning, on a beautiful day in New England, and I'm
listening to the Japanese _Homespun._ Again, nice packaging! Ah, what a
treat! I like the way the demos exude more energy and "scratchiness" than
the "polished" AV1.

I hear different things here. Andy makes some delightful vocal "mistakes."
I like the way Colin strums the guitar on "Frivolous Tonight." "Fruit Nut"
is more uptempo and comical. LOVE COLIN'S DEMOS!!!

I have both CDs in the player (the second being, of course, the "spoken"
disc of how three of the songs came to be).

We're so lucky to have such versions of Andy and Colin's "sketches" in
Homespun, aren't we, folks?

Wes Wilson


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 10:04:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: travis schulz <>
Subject: XTC IS COOL

I really disagree with Andy Partridge when he says XTC
aren't cool.  XTC is dripping with coolness!  Not that
I'm a diehard fan of any famous XTC follower- I just
think it's great that someone who is so currently on
top like Sarah Maclachlan digs them. But like my Limp
Bizkit loving neice tells me and what I've heard from
a lot of people at her young age of 19 have told me-
XTC sucks. And of course, I always have to point out
that respected stars like the late River Phoenix and
Trent Reznor were/are XTC fans.  Why do I bother? My
own strange thought here- XTC are so cool, they're the
type of band that Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace would get
into. (I like Mia, although it should be noted she is
dumb for snorting heroin or any drug for that matter).


Message-Id: <v03102804b42be2b09de5@[]>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 11:45:34 -0700
From: Richard Pedretti-Allen <>
Subject: Investment Advice

Bad grammer is something up with which I will not put!

Andy called me on Monday and we talked for almost an hour.  It was great
fun!  He was in a great mood and we just bandied wisecracks back and forth
for a bit.

1) Apple Venus Volume 2 is now looking like an April 2000 release.

2) Fuzzy Warbles, barring any intervention from EMI who owns the rights to
song from the back catalog, will be six months to one year after AVv2.

3) Andy is buying a new computer and has no intentions of getting on line.

4) Idea Studios has really come together with the help of Nick Davis
(mixmaster of AVv1).  Nick is the "Producer" of AVv2.  Beyond his
engineering work on the music, he has been very helpful in getting the
right electronics in the studio as well as acoustic treatments.

5) Chalkhillbilly Steve Oleson's wild montage photography will be gracing
the walls of Idea Recording Studios outside of Swindon.

6) Ken and Rich Burns, the gents who have done the "Civil War" and
"Baseball" documentary series, are doing (have done?) a documentary about
New York and have sought permission to use "Frost Circus" in it's

7) On the subject of rappers covering "Dear God." Andy likes Shootyz Groove
better than Heavy D's version (not that Andy is into rap, he just said he
liked it "better").

8) Andy was quite intrigued by my idea about the "King For A Day" tribute
site.  The spec is in the hands of my webmaster and he is extremely busy
right now, so no big news at the moment.  Andy and I also had some fun
retrospective talk about the Chalkhills' Children series.

9) I asked Andy which of Colin's songs he wished he had written.  Without
hesitation, he replied "Bungalow."   He said it was the English seaside
captured in sonic form.  His second choice was "Making Plans For Nigel"
though he added that he had a major hand in it's final state.  So all those
people who have groused about Bungalow at length will now have to go back
and reconsider it!

Lastly, it appears that "Homespun" may be pulled from distribution.  It is
creating some confusion in the marketplace (same songs / similar artwork)
and TVT, having shipped something like 17,000 in the U.S. are going to stop
distribution at 20,000.  It may later be offered via the web.  It was only
mentioned in reference to the U.S. and I'm not sure it's even "official"

If you want it for your ears and eyes, get it now.  If you want it for a
speculative investment to later sell on Ebay, buy stock in Qwest.  Homespun
may be offered via the TVT website.  John Wedemeyer told me that the
Japanese version has some additional stuff on it but I didn't see any
mention of that on Chalkhills (of course, I've been really skimming over a
lot of stuff lately).



Message-ID: <002d01bf18d1$72ef9a80$6f1017d4@smj>
From: "Stephen Jackson" <>
Subject: Was there some point?
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 19:53:53 +0100

Victor wrote

<here's a list of musical instruments I own. I play them all and I play them

<snipped list>

Fascinating. Would anyone like my list of the hair products I own? I wash my
hair every other day.....

Two steps forward, six steps back.


Message-ID: <001901bf18d0$6457c0c0$dce07ad1@default>
Subject: A Housemartins Divided
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 14:49:42 -0400

> Housemartins
> Where are they now?!

Well, they broke up.  Norman Cook formed Beats International, then that
disappeared, and now he's Fatboy Slim.  Erm...whatever, Norman.  Paul
Heaton, on the other hand, formed the Beautiful South.  Go buy all their
albums right now.  I'll wait.  (Pause, humming.)  Pretty good eh?  Their
latest was finally released here in the U.S., though two of their best
("Choke" and "Miaow") are either no longer in print here (the first) or were
never actually released here (the second).  I mean, what is it with my damn
country that it always fails to release many of the really essential albums
from overseas bands (like "Twisted Tenderness" from Electronic, which is ten
times better than their previous,
easily-available-in-the-States-but-who-exactly-would-want-it album)?  At
least Gorky's Zygotic Mynci seems to have finally found a new record deal.

-- Francis

"The sunset makes a fence out of the forest."
   -- Prefab Sprout


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 15:56:14 -0400
From: Michael Stone <nedrise@MNSi.Net>
Subject: more christmas stuff/Jon Hassel


Here's a few good christmas records:

The Stash Christmas album(Stash is the record label) -includes some great
stuff from the earlier part of this century, by the likes of Louie
Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Benny Goodman.

Nat King Cole Christmas Album -mostly standard songs and carols, but he's
so good I'd enjoy listening to him sing DOS line commands.  It's worth
picking up this recording just to hear the stunning little gem, "A Cradle
in Bethlehem".

A Charlie Brown Christmas -soundtrack to the TV special, with cool jazzy
tunes by the Vince Gauraldi Trio.

Here's a recommendation for all here at Chalkhills.

The new album by Jon Hassel, "Fascinoma".

Jon Hassel is a trumpeter/composer who has released 11 or so records since
about 1975.  His music is hard to categorize.  He has an utterly unique
voice in the sea of popular music.  He combines eastern melodies with
African rhythms and mixes them with western electronics and processing to
create a magical, mysterious musical brew.  He's also not afraid to try out
the latest trends -his brilliant '94 release, "Dressing for Pleasure" was
basically a hip-hop record.  With "Fascinoma", Hassel returns to a more
jazzy, acoustic sound, and lightens up on the rhythmic-sampling wall of
sound which has been his trademark in the past.  The last track,
Estate(Summer), is simply one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've
ever come across. Hassel plays a simple, melancholy melody with his breathy
expressive trumpet, accompanied only by the jazzy, Ravelesque piano of
Jackie Terrason.  It haunts me.  Subtle, surprising, quiet, and very, very
deep.  Right now for me, it's between Fascinoma and AV1 for album of the



Date: 17 Oct 1999 14:00:56 -0700
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Oingo Boingo and more...

I referred to El Diablo as a hamster because he IS a hamster. An adorable,
yet brilliant hamster!
But anyway, I agree with you that Oingo Boingo is/was great. The energy
they put into their albums is just frantic! (Like the song "Nasty Habits")
For a long time Only A Lad was my favorite LP, and it still rates pretty
high. I think what I like most about it is the technical sounding
arrangements, you know, the composition.
Speaking of composing, I have a composer friend for whom I played Knights
in Shining Karma. I asked him to write down the chord progression so I
could try to play it on my guitar ( I'm terrible). It took him about 30
minutes, and all along he was remarking at the choice of chords and note
progression. Yet, after all of that work, he STILL remained aloof, and
refrained from praising the work! What evil lurkes in the mind of men when
the light of truth strikes them square in the face and all they comment on
is the dust dancing in the beam?? (I don't know what that means either....)


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 17:08:45 -0400
From: Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt <>
Subject: oops ... uh, sorry.


Made a mistake and omitted some info in my last post:

 From Harrison, with my reply:

> > Damn yeah, that was a good time. Jeff Ogata & Pia, Dom & Debs, Rob
> > Cosentino and friend-whose-name-I-didn't-catch,
> 7) His name was Andrew,

D'oh! I mean, Anthony. Not Andrew. I guess I've got Partridge on the mind.

And I mistakenly omitted point #9:
9) We talked about all of you mercilessly all night long. That'll teach you
not to show up.

 From Steve O in #286:

>I know for a fact that DOM is, in reality, an eight foot tall troglodyte,
with red-glowing embers for eyes, whose rippling muscles enable him to rip
EMI A&R men in half, and then EAT them, while guzzling a keg of Watney's
Red Barrel!
I know that THIS is the true DOM! Todd B told me so, and he never lies!<

Sorry dude, I should have told you not to out Dom on the list this way --
he was heading straight from DC to Ontario, and wanted to make sure that
David Oh didn't find out what he looks like before he found
him. Dammit. Looks like we'll be plagued by more inane posts.

Finally, I've got some build-up here to get rid of. Let me tell you about a
few things I've got out in the back shed. Zzzzzip! Oh
yeah. Thassit. Whosyerdaddy, whosyerdaddy, whosyerdaddy...
SSL 4000 "G" with G+ Automation, Total Recall and Plasma Metering
Audio Recorders
Studer A827 2" 24-Track Recorder
Sony APR 2" 24-Track Recorder
Studer A807 2-Track Recorder
Studer A810 2-Track Recorder
Tascam DA-88 Digital Recorder w/Sync Card
Alesis ADAT XT Digital Recorder
Panasonic SV 3800 DAT Recorder
Tascam 122 MK II Cassette Decks
Dolby SR-24-Track Noise Reduction System
Dolby SR/A Stereo Noise Reduction System
S.O.T.A .CFM 750 Main Monitors (Powered by Bryston and Crown)
Genelec 1031A Near Fields
Event 20/20 Near Fields
Yamaha NS10M Near Fields
Auratone Cubes
Professional Custom Designed Headphone System (Powered by Hafler Amplifiers)
Individual Remote Headphone Controls for Volume, Balance, and Mono/Stereo
Fostex T-20 Headphones
AKG 240 Headphones
Lexicon 480L
Lexicon PCM 70
Lexicon 200
EMT Stereo 140 Plate Reverb
Yamaha Rev 7
Yamaha SPX 90 II
TC Electronics 2290
Eventide H3000SE
(2) Effectron 1024's
Korg SDD 2000
Systech Stereo Phase Shifter
(3) API 550B
API 550A
Focusrite Red 2
Avalon VT-737
NTI EQ3 Stereo Equalizer
NTI EQ3-D Stereo Equalizer
ITI Dual three band parametric
Barcus Berry 822A Exciter
Aphex C Exciters
(4) API 512b
(6) API 512a
Avalon VT-737
Demeter Stereo Tube
Neve 33609C Stereo Comp/Limiter
Summit Stereo Tube DCL 200 Comp/Limiter
Manley MU Stereo Tube Comp/Limiter
Urei LA2A Mono Tube Comp/Limiter
Avalon VT-737
Urei 1176N Comp/Limiter
(2) DBX 160X Comp/Limiters
DBX 166 Comp/Limiter
(2) DBX 902 De-esser
Orban 516EC De-esser
(3) Kepex II Gates
SSL Gates/Comp/Limiters
AKG C-24 Stereo Tube
Neumann M-149 Tube
Neumann U-47 Tube
(3) Neumann U-87's
(2) Neumann KM-86's
(2) Schoeps CMC-5's
AKG SolidTube
AKG 414e
(2) AKG 414ULS's
(2) AKG 451's
Sennheiser 441
(2) Sennheiser 421's
(6) Beyer M-201's
Sennheiser MD-409
(2) Electro Voice RE-20's
Electro Voice PL-20
Sony ECM-33F
(2) SM-58's
(6) SM-57's
Rode Classic
Yamaha C6 Conservatory Grand Piano
Yamaha 5-pc. Recording Series Drum Kit
Selection of Zildjian Cymbals
Nord Lead 2 Keyboard
Korg JV 1080 Module
Korg O1W Keyboard
Korg M1 Rack Module
Roland D-50 Keyboard
(2) MicroMoog Synthesizers
Akai MPC 3000 Drum Machine/Stereo Sampler
Akai MPC 60 II Drum Machine/Sampler
Akai S-1000 Stereo Sampler
Alesis D-4 Drum Machine
Marshall JCM-800 Guitar Amplifier
Roland JC 120 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier
C-Lab Creator Sequencing Software w/Atari Computer
Cakewalk Pro 24bit / 96khz
MacIntosh 8100 PowerPC Computer
Mark of the Unicorn Digital Performer
Macromedia Deck II
Sound Designer II / Sound Tools
MicroLynx Synchronizers
Panasonic SVHS AGDS-550 Video Deck w/Timecode
Sony 29" Professional Video Monitor
The Hollywood Edge Premiere Editions SFX
The Hollywood Edge ATX Editions SFX
Authentic Sound Effects Library
Network Library Music Tracks...OHMYGAWDYES!

Oh, sorry, got it all over everywhere, didn't I? You got some paper towels
or something around here?

--Todd "Coming to a studio near you" Bernhardt


Message-ID: <>
From: Wes Hanks <>
Subject: Wes' Gear List
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 14:25:29 -0700


I'm not a musician, but here's a list of souvenir instruments I've picked
up over the years...

Drum from Mali
Tambourine from the Canary Islands
Drum from Egypt
Steel Drum from Jamaica
Drum from Aruba
Maracas from Mexico
Castanets from Spain
Gouslee from Yugoslavia, (when it was Yugoslavia)
Pan Flute from Brazil
Beat Box from Cayman Island
Shaker from Venezuela
3-stringed banjo-type thingy, (sorry, can't recall what its called) from
Flute from India
Flute from Panama
Mandolin from Portugal
Kazoo from Canada

Now if I could only get a line on an excellent Crumhorn...

Laugh, ok

Wes Hanks

Dan, My deepest sympathies, brother.


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Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 08:28:31 +1000
Subject: The Grinch Who Stole Chalkhills

>>Message-ID: <000201bf1725$a38e3d20$dfe0868b@GaryHooper>
>>From: "Gary Hooper" <>
>>Subject: Re: Xmas

>>I'm looking for some Xmas songs....
>>Here's what I've come up with without looking too deeply...
>>Slade :" Merry Xmas Everybody" (bit of a worry)
>>"Thanks For Xmas ": (do I need to add this bit?)
>>Pretenders :" 2000 Miles"
>>Spa rks : "Thank God It's Not Xmas"
>>Tom Waits : "Christmas Card From A Hooker...."
>>Everything But The Girl : "25th December"
>>The Pogues : "Fairytale Of New York"
>>Die Toten Hosen : the album called "Waiting For Santa Claus..." I picked up
>>on the weekend (16 Christmas- themed tracks)
>>And for those Australian subscribers : "Santa Never Made It into Darwin"
>>Bill & Boyd
>>Any contributions will be gratefully received....

Are you sure about that last statement? Here's a few more just in case :

"Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas?)" - Elton John
"Last Christmas" - Wham
"Six White Boomers" - Rolf Harris
....and I think (Sir) Cliff Richard's done at least one Christmas song, but
I can't think of its name.

These might be pretty bad, but they're a logical progression from Bill &
Boyd (should I include "Kyle's Mom Is A Stupid Bitch"?).



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Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 15:02:02 -0800
Subject: Little Saint Nick

In #287 santanas diablo writes:

Why does everything I say on this list tend to piss so many off?  Can I
state my oppinion or are we all so close minded that I have to agree with
everything that everyone else says?

As stated by several is easy...because the opinions that you
state have nothing to do with XTC...and by definition are inappropriate
(since this is a band mailing list and all).  Just give up "defending"
yourself from nonexistent enemies and watch how much easier it will be
to communicate!

My all time favorite rock-n- roll X-mas song:  "Little Saint Nick" by
the Beach Boys

Harvest Festival from Homespun is WONDERFUL!!

Regarding possible XTC covering other's songs, I could really see them
doing a whole Kinks tribute album, especially "Soap Opera" and "Village
Green" material.

Lastly, my CD player died yesterday after 14 apartments and 6 years of
flawless service.  5 disc "single tray" mechanism has spun its last CD
(Homespun).  It caused me to recall the first....Funk Pop a Roll from
Mummer played at just barely allowable levels.  Looks like I'm in the
market for another shelf system!

Cheers from Juneau!


From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 01:45:37 +0200
Subject: Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
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Dear Chalkers,

First of all a gentle reminder to you all that the most curious piece of
memorabilia can be won by entering the A Piece Of Cake competition
at the Dave Gregory site
go to the News page and follow the link

Next please...

> >The formidable David Oh challenged me:
> > mark, you're a big tease, you are!
> formidable? moi? what do you mean, mark, just what do you mean?
It's easy, David... You called me big, i called you formidable
just wordplay, nothing more. no hidden meaning. Or is there?
(cue: spooky Theremin sounds)

Instrumental ( a list of the stuff i use to create noise )

Roland MC-303 GrooveBox
Roland D-10 synth
Roland Octapad II Midi Drum Pads
Spirit Folio Lite 12/2 Mixing Desk

on the PC:
Roland MPU-401 Midi interface
the amazing Generator 1.5 realtime SoftSynth
Cakewalk and SoundForge

Mark Strijbos


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Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 19:45:51 -0400
From: Ian C Stewart <>
Subject: xtc live+direct online audio

XTC LIVE AND DIRECT online audio and video!

today's uploads are a theme: demos that were released as b-sides,
the b-sides to
KING FOR A DAY 3"cd single

these ear-delectables join the growing swarm of live and rare audio
already on

thanks to everybody who's emailed in their requests and their feedback!
Keep it coming, without it I'll assume everyone has lost interest. If
you haven't checked it out yet, do so now! You'll wonder why you didn't
go sooner!

Also peep the new color scheme and the newly chronological layout!

And keep those requests coming!

Ian C Stewart


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