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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 296

                Wednesday, 27 October 1999

Today's Topics:

            Transistor Blast--Is it worth it?
                   March of the Cuckoos
                  Animals Are Panicking
                   Re: Boingo & things
                       Oh, come on!
        Questions, answers and assorted gibberish
                 Re: Clever Vodka Jellies
            An album Chalkheads might enjoy...
                      Felt/Ann Arbor
                          stuff
             homespun and gear and lyricists
       Stage left ... Stage left ... Stage left ...
             Rhyme of the Ancient Marylander
          all breathe in and blow away the smoke
       I love to hear the sound of my own keyboard
                 Scooter's Got My Studer!
                  Re: xTc TrIBuTe UpdATe
                      Look out Belew
                     dropping it all

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From: Wxdoctor@cs.com
Message-ID: <0.107bcae5.2545f4ba@cs.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 14:00:26 EDT
Subject: Transistor Blast--Is it worth it?

Hi all. This is my first time posting so I'll be real brief. Before I
opened the wrapper of my TB CD, I wondered if this was indeed a wise
purchase considering the $45 I spent on it when I could get an import of
XTC live with basically the same tunes etc. much cheaper.
Well, to my suprise on disk one after John Peel's into Life Begins at the
Hop exploded into one of the best remakes of a song that I ever heard. That
song alone made the $45 spent worth it.
Cheers
Scott

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Message-ID: <3AE4C7B8CC1BD31194140008C7B14DE8012DE22F@hfd-exch008.aetna.com>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <WitterKF@aetna.com>
Subject: March of the Cuckoos
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 16:59:41 -0400

>Wazza: Why is it most men love Laurel and Hardy but women
>can't stand them?

Because men recognize themselves. I am the uber-Laurel, who
will notice impending disaster, but conditioned by a child-
hood and adolesence of browbeating at the hands of my
older brother, I find myself unable to say anything which
keeps him (a Hardy type) from meeting it head-on.

Women merely recognize all males as little boys, and cringe.

Harrison, I'd like to be the first to apply for my grad
degree after your many and varied lessons. I could
tutor you in my specialties, including 20th Century
Psychologically Abusive Comedy, but I wouldn't be
embarassed or shocked if you trumped me there also.

>Vee Tube replies with a bit of Donovan: "Green's the
>colour of the sparklin' calm, in the morning, when we rise.

No, that's not even close. Good guess, but head in another
direction. And by that I don't mean some Sherwoodesque
PhD dissertation about when literary and artistic colossi
strode the earth.

>Roger says: "Hey Karl, You're a good man. Where's my bonus
>points?"

Roger, I'll give you half credit for figuring out I referred
to a slight row on these very pages from issues 281-292. But
I was getting a heavy Philly vibe about you, for some reason,
so we may not be referring to the same colour.

Another clue? Pay close attention: No offence, but, strictly
speaking, I'm afraid you're not in my league. :-)

 From my own list, two lyricists of note (E-flat):
Michael Penn
Peter Kingsbery

A poisoned kiss can taste like a reprieve,
Karl

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From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 01:41:38 +0200
Subject: Animals Are Panicking
Message-Id: <19991025234043.3F106A6CE1@mail.knoware.nl>

Dear Chalkers,

Last issue fellow Chalkoholic David C. Berry asked:

> I've never even found an XTC songbook among those often badly-arranged
> piano/vocal scores that one finds in music shops.  Is any of their
> music available in printed/notated form?

Well, available is not the right word, but i'll come to that...
(after all, i'm a big tease)

To the point: a collection of eleven XTC hits' called
 _11 Different Animals_ was published in the early 80's and has
been "out of print" ever since.

It has a beautiful cover and a great foreword by Dave Gregory and i
suspect he was also responsible for the actual transcription from
XTC to guitar or piano chords and melody. All in all it's a nice and
collectable item but alas, copies are very scarce
I'd pay $100 for one in reasonable condition, no questions asked.

There's this library, not far from my home that has a copy in its
music collection...
i must admit that i have been seriously tempted to snatch it,
but stealing a book from a public library goes against everything i
believe in. Damn these principles!

Talk about the devil: our new friend Satanas Diablo said:

> People love talking about me.
no we don't. nuff said?

> Grow up and let me talk about music!
> All you keep doing is dwealing on stuff I said a long time ago!
and you just perpetuated it again, and now _i've_ done it too!
Damn those exclamation marks! This dwealing has got to stop!
:)

yours in xtc,

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

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Message-ID: <3814D8A3.319F@bhip.infi.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 22:24:44 +0000
From: Brian <mattone@bhip.infi.net>
Subject: Re: Boingo & things

Tschalkgerz!

>Chillers,
  A quick story. In 1988 , I saw Oingo Boingo when they opened for
Squeeze at the Spectrum in Philly. I happened to be wearing a Drums &
Wires T-shirt. I tried moving towards the front , to no avail until 3
guys screamed "Nice shirt " and literally picked me up and put me in the
front
row ( Im 6' 3", 185). I saw the entire Boingo show from 5 ft away.They
FUCKIN' ROCKED! The Seagrams 7 helped a bit. Their roadie was a
knockout, to boot. She blew me off,though. In case you 've never seen it
,their "Little Girls" video is one for the books. A classic.<

I had the opportunity to see Boingo three times before they went
bye-bye, and they ruled, truly they did.
The last time was at a cozy little venue in St. Pete Florida,  called
Jannus Landing, which is a courtyard surrounded by buildings smack in
the middle of downtown. Great concert spot.
I was all of eight feet away from Elfman during the whole show, and was
wearing a T-shirt I had made for the show. Being in the front is a
double-edged sword, as during the tune 'Sweat' a mosh pit opened up two
layers of people behind me, and I was literally crunched up against the
front black spray-painted plywood wall the security types huddled
behind. But I still have that shirt and it's black stain from the wall
as a momento.

R.I.P., O Mystic Knights...

XTC was always up there near them, though.
Now they are all I have of my original faves.
Well, them and Bill Nelson, who also rules in his way. :-)

-Brian Matthews
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/sapringer
STONE TREK: The Webpage!

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Message-Id: <l03130300b43ab86cccbd@[63.23.190.78]>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 22:54:58 -0400
From: MinerWerks <dminer@gte.net>
Subject: Oh, come on!

I was all ready to go into a tizzy about the absolutely puritanical
interpretation of Andy's words in digest #5-293... After all, how could
Harrison Sherwood, of all people, completely overanalyze something so
achingly purile... but then, when I realized that reading signatures on
this digest actually *means* something....

>Harrison "Ward, don't you think you're being a little hard on the
>Beaver?" Sherwood

So, in the words of Emily Littella: "Never mind!"

However, when Pancho connected Andy's demo of "Pearl" with "Omnibus"...

> The song itself is quite beautiful, with connections to the later lyric
>"Makes your Shakespeare hard and your oyster Pearl" ("Pearl Oh Pearl/
>Don't cloister yourself away/ Everybody loves a pretty girl/ The world's
>your oyster come out and play").

I think perhaps the oyster/pearl simile is up to different uses in these
two songs. "Omnibus" is full of directly sexual language (come on,
"Shakespeare hard!?") but "Pearl" is rather innocent...

In other subjects:

Steve asks:

>Is their stuff [The Waitresses'] readily available in the US on CD,
>because I've had little luck tracking anything down over this side of the
>pond (although I have to admit that I've not yet taken a trip into the
>Smoke (old Lahndahn tahn) to try the likes of Virgin, HMV or Tower)?? I
>have Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?  on cassette and Bruisology on vinyl and
>I'd like to replace them, and add anything else the band might have done,
>with the silver discs that aren't as susceptible to the attentions of
>small children and the increasingly clumsily arthritic fingers of their
>father.

All I've seen available is a great "Best of" compilation on Polygram, but
I'm not even sure that's in print anymore...

And then we go out on this lovely note...

>PPS: Christmas? Baaah! Humbug!!
>
>Dunks

Awwww... come one, Dunks! But if you *really* hate Christmas, perhaps you
would be interested in my compilation of Christmas-themed songs this year.
After compiling four tapes worth of unusual but positive songs (of course,
I've included as much XTC as possible - even stretching to "Always Winter,
Never Christmas"), I've amassed enough angry or dysfunctional songs to make
a collection. I usually do these collections for family and friends, but
this collection is going to carry an "Explicit Lyrics" advisory, so the
distribution list is little more limited. If anyone from the list would
like a copy, I'll make some extras. I'm dying to really get my new CD
burner going. Just drop an email to me if you're interested...

And with so many musicians out there, some of you MUST have written and
recorded your own Christmas songs! Don't hold back, let's hear about 'em!
(I'd like to put you in my collection!)

Oh, on the subject of musical instruments... here's my list:

I was just going to leave a big honking blank space here, but then I
realized I have a set of five individual note xylophone bars I grabbed from
an audience participation presentation. I can play d-e-f#-g and a, but not
in any sequences that resemble music.

= Derek =

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From: Iain.Murray.70428176@army.defence.gov.au
Message-Id: <4A256816.00054B1E.00@stagemaster.army.defence.gov.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:22:00 +1000
Subject: Questions, answers and assorted gibberish

>>From: "Chris Clarke" <bonyking@sniffout.com>
>>Subject: Xmas and stuff

>>Xmas song - 'The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot' - excellent version
by Billy MacKenzie, (I think!). If it is Billy MacKenzie, it's also kind of
poignant considering later events.<<

Sorry if this question makes me appear (more) clueless - you might have to
help me out off-list. Who's Billy MacKenzie, and which "later events" are
you referring to? You've gone and engaged my curiosity, y'see....

>>Dom writes:

>>>Oh yeah, Up The Hammers! Now that's football.......

>>As I believe Steaua Bucharest discovered last night. You wouldn't suffer
>>this sort of disappointment if you had the good sense to support a team of
>>persistent underacheivers such as the Seagulls

.....or Watford <sob>. Then again, perhaps I'm confusing "underachievers"
with "losers" (but they *did* beat Liverpool!).

>>From: Tomgriffin100276@aol.com
>>Subject: Delurking

>>3) Finally, and sorry to prolong the "football" listings (but my parts 1
and
2 WERE about XTC), but I must reply to Mud Shark.  I cannot agree with you
less re: Glasgow Rangers.  I know that this is largely ancient history, but
for years they discriminated against Catholic players.  That is why Celtic
was able to so-thoroughly dominate the league back when.  So, I must put my
support in for now-second-place Glasgow Celtic.  But, to each his own.<<

Hmmm....I was almost disowned by the rest of my (Catholic) family about
twelve years ago for daring to wear a Glasgow Rangers scarf at my
grandmother's house - back then, I honestly had no idea about the religious
affiliations of Rangers & Celtic. Now that I do, I couldn't give a fly**g
f**k - football and religion should be kept well apart (at least, they will
be when *I'm* President....).

There was a song called (something like) "Rangers Should Hire A Catholic",
but I can't remember who recorded it.

>>From: Satanas Diablo <thedevil@minister.com>
>>Subject: Wooden Tops and Wooden Foot Chalkhills members

>>People love talking about me.<<

Yourself included, I'm guessing.

>>From: David Oh <davidoh@interlog.com>
>>Subject: lyrics

>>am i right when i say that no one has mentioned frank zappa as
a great lyricist?<<

Damn - you beat me to it (and not just a great lyricist - a fine guitarist
and brilliant composer. Listen to his London Symphony Orchestra discs, if
you haven't already).

XTC Content : "The Mayor Of Simpleton" sounds rather odd when played at
33RPM instead of 45.

Iain

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Message-ID: <19991026030814.57685.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Megan Heller" <hellerm@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Clever Vodka Jellies
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 22:08:13 CDT

Harrison Sherwood expounds--
>And there, off to the right-hand side of the painting, we see the very
>bush to which the Renaissance wits were referring--a mountain laurel, if
>my guess is right. That there don't appear to be any birds around it, and
>that we native speakers of English refer to a bird's pedal appendage as a
>"claw" and not a "hand" are the merest trifles; those Italian guys could
>spin symbolism out of the sheerest gossamer.

ha.  you, sir, are quite clever.
(and I actually mean that, sarcastic as it may sound-- I got quite a kick
out of that whole thing)

Gary Hooper agrees with Tyler Hewitt--
>>Well I've recommended this one before on this list, but you really >>need
>>to get a copy of Joni Mitchell's "Hejira".
>
>I just had to leap in to second that emotion. One of my all-time top >10,
>not just for the arrangements, the sinuous bass playing of the >late Jaco
>Pastorius perfectly complimenting the guitars of Joni and >Larry Carlton,
>but also for the LYRICS!

agreed, it's an amazing album, and I think Mitchell's most consistently
high-quality album ("Blue" is great, but I don't think it quite matches this
one).  My parents tried to get me to listen to it for years, but I always
balked at their music (still balk at a lot of it-- that's what happens when
you say "no, no, come listen to this!" to a seven year old too many times--
I developed a Pavlovian response of leaving the room everytime I hear
Emmylou Harris-- I digress).  It wasn't until freshman year of college that
I happened upon Hejira for the first time in years, and it ended up coaxing
me through a not-so-good relationship.  Great stuff.

"brynneandscott" mentions my very favorite (well, I mean, other than XTC)
artist--
>Subject: Momus cd f/sale
>Some of the catchiest songs I've heard in awhile are on this release >and
>in a variety of styles.

hooray!  am I going to cheer every time Momus gets mentioned on this list?
hm, probably, although everyone buying "Stars Forever" might make me stop.
(I'm just very happy about his success-- I've been a fan since 1992 and
until Twenty Vodka Jellies was released in 1996, I *never* heard about him
in the US.  Listening to him made my XTC listening habit look positively
mainstream.)

m out.

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Message-ID: <381525E3.3EBC8B54@vyo.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 23:54:11 -0400
From: Troy Peters <troy@vyo.org>
Subject: An album Chalkheads might enjoy...

One of my favorite things about the list?  I've discovered some other
great artists through Chalkhills recommendations.

So, returning the favor, here's a new one I like a whole lot:

The new CD, "Half Moon," by Salt Lake City singer Evan Brubaker is a
genuine find.  The song writing is smart and sophisticated, and the
guitar playing is pretty smoking.  (Brubaker used to be a crew member
for Michael Hedges and he definitely picked up a few guitar tricks.)  It
has songs reminiscent of Ben Folds and Elvis Costello, backed up by
members of Ani DiFranco's band in great arrangements.  And there's a
*very* cool cover version of "Nothing Bad Ever Happens" for you Boingo
fans.

Want to know more?  For links to MP3s or to shop, go to
http://www.evanb.com/

(I am not the artist or a band member or anything -- I just wanted to
recommend one that is definitely worth checking out.)

Troy Peters
troy@vyo.org

P.S.  "Homespun" is growing on me.  It seemed like a bit much at first,
since I already had most of the demos, but hearing them in better sound
quality and thinking about the songs' evolution is trainspotting that's
worth engaging in, at least until AV2 is a bit closer...

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Message-ID: <19991026051855.4298.rocketmail@web2106.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 22:18:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: Felt/Ann Arbor

RE:
2)  Every other post around here mentions Ann Arbor.
I'm beginning to wonder
if that city has the highest per-capita total of XTC
fans.  (Along with the
highest per-capita totals of bookstores, cafes and
soccer fields)

You're right about the cafes and bookstores. Shamen
Drum Books ROCKS!  Add sports bars to that list. and
Bagel shops are threataning the cafes (although the
Bagel Factory on South U. is still the best). Add
people with attitude to the list as well....
Actually I miss good old A2. Ive been in Chicago for a
little over a year now (after spending my entire adult
life in the Ann Arbor area),-and Ann Arbor still feels
like home. funny, when I go back there, I run out of
things to do in a day and wonder what the Hell I'm
pining about. Thats life in a big city for you!

If anyone is interested, I have a tape of XTC live in
Ann Arbor Jan. 22, 1980. It was recorded by WCBN, a
student radio station at U of M. XTC were opening for
the Police-during a backstage interview, Colin and
Andy get intterupted by the Police starting their set.
The interview is funny, and the set good.  I'd like to
trade, if interested, e-mail me off list.
___
RE:
Anyone ever hear Felt?  Genius!  He is kind of like
Robyn Hitchcock with a touch of Beck's quirkiness and
some 60's acousticisms.

Felt are (were) a THEY, not a HE. Maybe you're
refering to lead singer Lawrence?  I had a brief Felt
thing a few years ago, but found that they had no long
lasting interest for me. Sold most of their cd's, kept
a couple. They wear their influences on their sleeves
in a big way.  Picture Lou Reed singing Morrissey
lyrics with a backing band sounding like the evil love
children of Television and The Band and you'll get the
picture exactly.

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Message-ID: <19991026063409.41032.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "rob allen" <prefab11@hotmail.com>
Subject: stuff
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 23:34:08 PDT

Glad Kevin dug Prefab Sprout. Really great mix of Jimmy
Webb/Gershwin/McCartney. I highly recommend them. Check out the import only
"Andromeda Heights". Key trax: "Electric Guitars", "Swans" and "Mystery Of
Love". Why it was never released in the States, I dunno.

Who would I like to meet?

Well, the other night I saw Brian Wilson live at the Wiltern Theatre in
L.A.. I was blown away. He is my all-time favourite. If anybody was there
you can back me up when I say that it was awe inspiring. Downright
spiritual. Anybody else catch any of his solo tour?

He deserved a standing ovation just for being alive. But he and his ace band
(including members of SoCal's Wondermints) delivered the goods & then some.
Perfect mix of hits & relative obscurities. Lots of industry type people
(cocky/cell phones/all knowing, etc.....) were in tears. Yes, it was BRIAN
WILSON.
And Brian is back. For real.

So, Brian would be the person I'd like to meet the most. Then, of course,
Andy & Colin. I waited in line for over 2 hours to meet them at the
Hollywood Virgin Megastore in March. But I had to leave before the big
moment. I'm sure I would have been a stuttering mess anyways.

Well, at least I got to see them.

And who knows.... if Mr. Wilson can get up on that stage, maybe someday
we'll see Swindon's finest up there one day. Or maybe not....

Rob
Carson, Ca

Brian Wilson is God
Mike Love is the Anti-Christ

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From: "Lemoncurry" <dieling@hrz1.uni-oldenburg.de>
Organization: University Of Oldenburg Comp.Center
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 10:07:27 MET-1METDST
Subject: homespun and gear and lyricists
Message-ID: <C84D24C3@hrz1.uni-oldenburg.de>

Hi all!

Been through trouble with my mail account, actually still in trouble
there but me, the wiz kid :), sorta managed it.

I've been very very astonished to find Homespun not only in my
record shop without having to order it, but also put up in the window
next to the all the other new stuff. Strange, as I'd have thought
it's only me and Erich Sellheim here in Bremen who'd buy it.
I love Homespun, but I love Apple Venus more.

Lot of talk about instrument gear lately, here's mine:

a 1973 Hoyer electric guitar strangely shaped (John Mayall had one
like this), not a really good guitar to play on, but the sound just
kicks me.

a fully nonvintage Hughes&Kettner ATS 120 amp

a classical guitar from Japan I've had since I was six

my fingers (ten, to be precise)

my brain fully equipped with multifx

so, that's that.

Good lyricists:
1. Andy and Colin
2. Sam Prekop
3. Mike Watt
4. whoever does Thought Industry's lyrics
5. Nina Persson (or whoever does the Cardigans lyrics')
6. Peter Gabriel (for Moribund the Burgermeister)
7. Jon Anderson (nah, just kidding, though I like old Yes stuff)

Hope you're all well. Also hope I'll get Fuzzy Warbles for birthday.
Also hope I'll find a flat soon (been looking since April........:()

Bye, Lemoncurry

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Message-ID: <381581D2.8919B407@erols.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 06:26:26 -0400
From: Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt <toddjenn@erols.com>
Subject: Stage left ... Stage left ... Stage left ...

Hi:

> From: David Carson Berry <david.berry@yale.edu>:
> P.S.  I recently racked up another XTC convert: for a friend's birthday I
> gave him CDs of AV1 and Skylarking; he now sits at home each day, listening
> to "Easter Theatre" over and over again.

How horrible for him. Perhaps he should try one of the modern psychotropic
drugs.  Science has made great advances lately in treating
obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Roger shared:

> I saw the entire Boingo show from 5 ft away.They
> FUCKIN' ROCKED! The Seagrams 7 helped a bit. Their roadie was a knockout,
> to boot. She blew me off,though.

Well then, it sounds like the evening wasn't a total loss, eh?

I tried to see Oingo Boingo on that tour (supporting "Dead Man's Party")
with Squeeze, but Danny was sick when they came to DC and so only Squeeze
played.  They sucked.  Uninspired performance, inexcusably bad mix.  Glenn
Tilbrook was good, though.

--Todd

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From: unna@worldmailer.com
Date: 26 Oct 1999 05:23:55 -0700
Message-ID: <19991026122355.24696.cpmta@c008.sfo.cp.net>
Subject: Rhyme of the Ancient Marylander

I'll bite this thread. I was born on July 5th, 1967. They called that
summer "the summer of love" (shudder)! The 4th of July fireworks symbolize
my birthday eve! (Narcissa rides again!) 

Here is a little poem:

A walrus dwalls.
and wolves do dwoll.
A seagull dwells,
while the piglet dweals!

Nonsense! Sorry folks, I *do* believe the written word is more than sacred!

Squirming back under my rock,

Laura

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Message-ID: <19991026133406.74254.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Tom ..." <tomyates@hotmail.com>
Subject: all breathe in and blow away the smoke
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 20:34:05 ICT

Nirvanic Salutations

Are any members of XTC (all 2 now) vegan or semi vegan (lactating or
ovulating... ;)?  Curious just because I've been a "trying hard"  to be a
rwa-foodist....and by magical serendipity got Apple Venus (the number one
part) at about the same time.  I find a lot of pagan (the cool pagan stuff,
anyway) in their music...more so in the last few albums, but most on this.
Guess it's the theme that moves me.  Very down to earth and honest, natural
and, well, should I say it?  Organic?  Overused I'm sure that adjective is
to art, but don't you agree that this album is a total "equalizer", and an
"earthing mechanism for the human soul" (and that's including ALL of the
songs! on this wonderful disc).  (Even those wondefully crafted B*A*T*E-esqe
diddies).  Hail to the New(but getting old) Kings!  Our Saviors!  Those who
tell us to save ourselves!

Lay ouR Head On The Greenm@n!!!!!!!!

DO WHAT YOU WILL BUT HARM NONE

Tom

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From: corpcommtemp@gtsgroup.com
Message-Id: <TFSNFLFU@gtsgroup.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 10:20:08 -0400
Subject: I love to hear the sound of my own keyboard

I haven't posted in a year, and if things hold true to form, no one will
notice I was gone, or that I reappeared.  Non-entity.  Non-factor.
Non-stantinople for you know who.

This from Patrick in Juneau-

"I really like that XTC CD.  I also really enjoy listening to the tape you
made for me.  My favorite song on the tape (one of my favorites) is "I'd
like that".  You have a good taste in music.  :-)"

He/She wants you bad, Patrick.  I will also put smiley face to indicate the
levity and playfulness of my statement.  ;-)

DavidOh got all up in our stuff when he queried,

"when i mentioned xtc at a party once, a girl said, "ooo, i like them,
especially 'i need you tonight'". she was thinking of inxs, of course. when
i corrected her, she implied that xtc must've gotten their name from
inxs... i didn't feel like telling her it was the other way around - i
don't think it would've mattered to her. i sought out more stimulating
company elsewhere.
so, how 'bout you? anyone got a similar story of mistaken identity?"

Yes, when I bought Av1 at my local megamusicstore, the snot nosed punk
behind the counter said, "XTC!?  They suck!"
To which I replied, "Oh, I think you're thinking of INXS."
To which he grunted.
To which I said, "ABC, then?"
To which he said, "Wha?"
And we stared at each other, confused and alone, until I recalled Bowie's
"Loving the Alien".
I gently pressed, "Are we done here?"
Oh, this never happened.

DavidOh again:
"keef riffhard - well, because he's keef. also because he should've been
dead 20 times over and can rock 'n' roll better than any kid 1/4th his age!

anybody else care to follow this thread?"

I will, but first I had a dream about Keef last night.  Me and Mick were
hangin' at his hotel (God knows why I was there in the prenoon hours,
charming bugger) waiting outside Keef's door.  We were both giggling at the
thought of what Keef would look like when he came out.  And sure enough, he
stumbles out, proclaiming he's ready to roll, looking like a 6 foot Sharpei
crawling out of Mt. Vesuvius.  Well, Mick and I fell about the place.
Actually, this is true.  The dream, that is.

As for 5 musicians I'd love to meet:

Andy Partridge:  As much as I've listened to his music, I really only want
to shake his hand and say "Well done!".  I'm not sure what else I
could/would say.  I think I would just be in awe.  I mean, how much more
brilliant, talented, clever, and at the same time humble is the man than
anybody else?  It amazes me.

David Bowie:  Just to cool for school.  And he's lived a thousand lives.
Another humble genius.

Mick Jagger:  He owes me money.  That Voodoo Lounge concert was crap!

Mariah Carey and that chick from Catatonia (Cerys Matthews?  Charlize
Theron?):  Sugar and spice, naughty and nice.  Which is which?  Who cares!
Roll me in designer sheets, I'll never get enough of that just right amount
of baby fat.  FLESH FACTOR 5000!

Where am I?  Who wrote this?  No, I will not sign my name to this atrocity!

(one of many) Jason ('s on this list)

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Message-ID: <3815CDAB.CBD6B1EE@averstar.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:50:10 -0400
From: Harrison Sherwood <sherwood@averstar.com>
Organization: Averstar, Inc.
Subject: Scooter's Got My Studer!

In #288, Todd Bernhardt crowed that he possessed (among a few other odds
& sundries):

> Studer A827 2" 24-Track Recorder

Say, Todds-o:

Don't mean to be an old stick in the mud, there, Chucko, but you
wouldn't mind doing a quick serial-number check on that Studer 24? I had
one out in the garage, holding down some old tarps behind the Avid Media
Station rig that I used to use to edit our family holiday vids, and I
just noticed it was missing. It took me a few months to catch on,
because the workmen are still soundproofing the rumpus room and are
halfway through installing the 4 synched Tascam D-88s and Mackie SR32*8
rig that will be my kids' music-homework workstation until they're in
high school. Hope they're able to share like good kids, 'cos the
suspended-room soundproofing was a trifle hard on the pocketbook, and
I'd hate to have to install another one in the spare bedroom.

Anyway, old cock, you're welcome to the Studer (it's really *so* three
years ago!); I'm sure you meant to return it and it just slipped your
mind. I have a few dozen reels of 2-inch tape lying around; would you
like them, too? I know how pricey that stuff is, and you with three
mouths to feed. Not to mention the wife & kids.

Harrison "He hates it when you do" Sherwood

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Message-ID: <3815DE76.713FC3F2@mailorder.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 10:01:42 -0700
From: Kerry Chicoine <kchicoine@mailorder.com>
Organization: American Computer Group
Subject: Re: xTc TrIBuTe UpdATe

Dearest Fans of xTc,

My feeble attempt at assembling yet another xTc fan tribute is
barreling along at full steam! We have tracks spanning virtually
every era of xTc's illustrious career.

Here's what we have thus far (and what a collection it is!):

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen		Kevin Kelly
Making Plans for Nigel			Leighton
Humble Daisy				James Campbell
I'm Bugged				Todd Bernhardt
Dear Madam Barnum			Nipper and the Seaturtles
This is the End				Harrison Sherwood
Mermaid Smiled				Kerry Chicoine
Melt the Guns				Steve Stearns
Knights in Shining Kharma		David Lake
One of the Millions			David Storm
T.B.D.					Michael Versaci
Lady Bird				May O'Mahoney
Books are Burning			Peter Fitzpatrick
Reign of Blows				Vee Tube

There's room for at least two or three more songs, so if anyone
else would like to contribute, what better time than now?

Thanks to those listed above for their commitments!

Kerry Chicoine
aka Kompost

http://www.mp3.com/artists/15/kompost.html
http://www.cdbaby.com/buy/kompost.htm
http://www.popstar.net/kickstand/

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Message-ID: <3815EE37.77F0@ksbe.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 08:09:05 -1000
From: "Jim Smart" <jismart@ksbe.edu>
Organization: ksbe
Subject: Look out Belew

To all Halloween witches, humble daisies, and the spun from home:

Kevin Diamond asks about Adrian Belew. If the shop has "Here", I'd start
"there", as it were. Just watch out for the Dutch dog shit near the end
of the album. That is a real classic, killer album from a master of pop,
and the creator of many a fine twang doodle on the geetar. I also like
"Mr. Music Head" (very Dukes in places) and Op Zop Too Wah", which is
less focused and much more varied in the sorts of music included. "Here"
is his most poppy, I think.

BTW, Adrian Belew and XTC are fans of each other, and have met....

Someone else asked how to wade through all the up and coming bands on
MP3.com. They do try to categorize and make lists for you to explore.
There are hundreds of genres that you can delve into. That's a way to
start (once you configure your browser....and they help you do that
easily on the main MP3 page. Of course, many Chalkers have bands on
there, and would like you to pay a visit. I'm no exception. My band is
called 3Tripper and can be found at

http://www.mp3.com/artists/18/3tripper.html

Our band page has links to other MP3 artists that we find interesting.
Maybe you will too. I know it is an overwhelming amount of music, but
the next XTC may be lurking within. Who knows? Who would have known what
wonders would spring forth from four scruffy lads in the mid seventies?
If MP3.com had been around then, would they have found their way there?

I'll stop now before the grammarians suss out which there is there and
which witch is which.

aloha,

Jim

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Message-Id: <Version.32.19991020092231.00e0a220@mail.sonyinteractive.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 12:00:42 -0700
From: Bob Estus <bestus@intergate.sonyinteractive.com>
Subject: dropping it all

Hi Chalk People,

Harrison pointed out:
>I came across the little epigraph on the back of the CD cover, in the same
>place as that Wicca Golden Rule "Do what you will but harm none" thingy on
>AV1: "A bird's bush in your hand is worth it too."

Is it possible that this is merely a rejoinder to the cheeky:
"And I may as well wish for the moon in hand"

Homespun listening reminded me that awhile ago someone pondered "why did
Andy bother to change the line in Your Dictionary from 'your song sounds
cheap' to 'and all your corn I'll reap'?", preferring the demo version. I'm
guessing it was a result of editing after the final AV1 songs were chosen
to serve the binding fresh produce and harvest themes. See also the change
in Green (Grocer) Man: the first appearance "down from the hills to the
shore" is changed to "down through the skin to the core" (more wild fruit
reference).

Jill Oleson asked, ages back, what we thought the smoke in Easter Theater
was. Well initially I thought Andy might have included it as a reference to
a quaint stage effect (like paper snow) but now I look at Easter Theater as
being such a completely orgasmic construction that I'm inclined to liken it
to the smoke after sex (yes, I may have gone too far there).

And another thought I need to unload. I love the vocal effect on the "climb
aboard" lines of the Last Balloon. They are meant to sound mildly
carnie/barker-like with a bit reverb(?) (in the tradition of XTC's cupped
mic. effects). I think Andy does a wonderful job of traipsing the line
between a straight and novel vocal style. Like the other sound effects it
could have been overdone and trivialized a moving piece. Give it a listen.

that's my packet of seeds,
-Bob

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