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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 301

                 Tuesday, 2 November 1999

Today's Topics:

             a (currently) lurker's greeting!
     what have i got? also: a little respect, please
       Billy Bragg Might Be A Fishbone Giant XTC CD
                     Evil Superstars
                   Playing the numbers
              You, May, Like Laurel & Hardy
                  Merchant of Venice????
                      Rodent rodeos
           Fishbone is red hot!/Me and the Wind
                 Jules Verne, Bull, etc.
                     What Difference?
            stop me if you've heard this one..
              brian at bridge school concert
                       Re: Linnell
                     they are mighty
                XTC LIVE AND DIRECT update
                    this is for Brian
                   What a coincidence!
                   SSL 4000 G nonsense
         Them Colin Moulding Songs- Oh So Good!!!

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Message-Id: <l03130300b4429dc94d3e@[175.20.83.2]>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 14:32:50 +1300
From: James Dignan <digja611@student.otago.ac.nz>
Subject: a (currently) lurker's greeting!

just peering out of the lurk mode I've been in for the last few months to
wish you all a happy (Southern) Beltane or  (Northern) Samhain. I hope
you're all playing 'Greenman' in the south or 'Sacrificial bonfire' in the
north!

James

 James Dignan___________________________________               You talk to me
 Deptmt of Psychology, Otago University               As if from a distance
 ya zhivu v' 50 Norfolk Street               And I reply. . . . . . . . . .
 Dunedin, New Zealand               with impressions chosen from another time
 steam megaphone (03) 455-7807               (Brian Eno - "By this River")

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Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19991101010447.006aec64@mail.interlog.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 01:04:47 -0500
From: David Oh <davidoh@interlog.com>
Subject: what have i got? also: a little respect, please

greetings chalkpersons, i hope this finds you all well and happy.

as i have only been on this list for just over a year, i may have missed
this discussion, if it has indeed been mooted before, so i apologize in
advance to those who might have a feeling of deja vu.

i have a question about the cd version of 'the big express'. i received the
cd for christmas a few years back, but i've only recently started to listen
to it. however, i've made a discovery; there's something missing!

on the back, in the lyric sheet and on the cd label itself, the 3 bonus
tracks are listed ["red brick dream", "washaway" & "blue overall"], but
when the cd plays, it goes from "this world over" straight to "the everyday
story of smalltown". the displays on my cd players (i have 3; home, car &
portable) display the track numbers for these two tracks as 5 and 6, with
the total track numbers displaying 11, not 14 as the packaging indicates.

i'm so confused (nothing new there, i know...), but i must ask;

wussup wi' dat? do i have a rarity or have i been ripped-off? is this
common or uncommon? does anybody else have this disc/packaging? is there a
complete version available? if so, what should i look for?

here are the details of the disc i have:
virgin label, cat # cdv 2325, manufactured in the u.k.
no other distinguishing marks as far as i can see.

i have had the vinyl version of this album since its release, but as i was
disappointed with mummer, i didn't give 'tbe' much attention. now that i've
listened to it a few times recently, it's starting to grow on me. i only
wish i could hear the bonus tracks along with the regular tracks (yes, i'm
aware that they weren't on the original vinyl release). i have other
thoughts on 'tbe', but i'll save them for another post.

* -----------------------------------------------------------------------

onto a completely different, and very off, topic... page down if you must!

i am contradicting myself in regards to previous rants i've made about
off-topic posts, but i just have to express my feelings at this time here
amongst friends. many people have posted off-topic threads in the past,
which i have complained about - sometimes vociferously - even though i,
too, have been guilty of this at times. today, i am guitly again, but i
don't care. be forewarned, this is completely off-topic.

i'll try to be brief:

today (99-10-31), i am deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of
racing driver greg moore, at just 24 years of age. as a canadian and a
big-time motorsports fan, i feel very empty right now. he was a bright
talent and a decent person in a world full of enormous celebrity egos and
he will be sorely missed, at least by me. the sporting world in general,
and the motorsports world specifically, is very much diminished by his
passing.

i realize that, in such a dangerous sport, these things can, and do,
happen, sometimes inexplicably, and that the drivers know and accept the
risks involved.
i am aware, too, that there are some people who do not consider it to be a
real sport in the first place. so be it. i don't feel like arguing about
it, anyway.

flame away if you will, but i don't care, i had to express my grief.

i _will not_ respond to any of the flames that i know i will receive about
this.
i've had my say and now it is over, as far as i am concerned.

davidoh

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Message-ID: <384746418.941448882452.JavaMail.root@web04.pub01>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 04:34:42 -0500 (EST)
From: Satanas Diablo <thedevil@minister.com>
Subject: Billy Bragg Might Be A Fishbone Giant XTC CD

First, the important part of my message is at the bottom.  If you get bored
by my endless rants and misc. subjects, please skip to the bottom of the
message.  Thank you.

Billy Bragg... Love em!  He did a really great song with KRS One a while
back too.. Bet yall didn't know that?  So did Too Much Joy for that matter.
I have that record, a classic!  Though, its been re-released with extra
tracks now!

They Might Be Giants are not broken up, he just does some solo stuff.  I
still love Adam Ant, even though XTC won!

Fishbone is the shiznit!  Though, the guitarist now works in Whole Foods
Market.  It really sucks thinking that one of my favorite groups in the
80's ended up working at a market!

Gang of Four, now that is a political group with a tight bunch of songs.
Shriekback was cool too.  I don't have to mention that, umm, well I am sure
you all know that. :)

Godfathers.  They were great.  Flesh for Lulu, Mighty Lemon Drops...  ahh,
the 80's spawned so much music in so little time.  Killing Joke, Camper Van
Beethoven, Run DMC and Minor Threat.  Some of the great bands to come out
of the 80's.

Oh, Cross Wires was my second choice.  Impatiently I await AV2.  I am less
fortunate then many of you as I have to sit here and listen to all the
other stuff and have no demos of the new stuff.  Who put all these boots
and demos out anyway?  I would not mind a nice gesture of kindness if
someone were to send me a demo or 2!

Speaking of Demo's, bootlegs, etc.  I decided to make a CD set of all my
XTC stuff.  Sort of a greatest hits of my stereo kind of thing.  I may have
narrowed it to about 5 disks!  Its hard to chose!

Well, I would like to include a CD or 2 with all the rare stuff, b-sides,
etc.  I have all the CD's and the only rare thing I have is the Peter
Pumpkin Head EP.  If anyone would help me out with a few tracks, I would
really appreciate it.  I would make whoever helps a CD or 2 of whatever
tracks they want.  I run a mastering studio and have really worked the
sound of some of the old classics.  My good friend has mastered half of
them, but gave up because of paying customers!  Think of that, loosing out
on the chance to listen to XTC all day just to make a few bucks (jk)!

I must say, this offer only goes out to people who have paid for the
albums.  I wont sell these, because people like myself spent hundreds,
maybe even thousands of dollars buying every record, cassette & CD from XTC
and I would hate to see them lose money. I am only making this just to
compile the tracks for myself so I can listen to a nice mastered CD
collection.

Plus, as anal as I am, I like to keep the originals in perfect shape and
always make a backup copy of my most treasured CD's.  Virgin must have been
real cheap if they could not even master some of the old stuff.  Also, I am
only looking for rare stuff not available on the CD's, demos, remixes,
compilation tracks, side projects, etc.

If your interested, let me know.  If you live in Southern California, we
could either meet up, or we can exchange numbers and take it from there.

Didn't it sound like he came in too late in Millions?  Maybe that's just
me...

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From: "HUDSON D.J" <hh902013@stmail.staffs.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 11:31:19 +0000
Subject: Evil Superstars
Message-ID: <EXECMAIL.991101113119.A@kc16-12.stmail.staffs.ac.uk>

Evil Superstars

If you haven't heard anything by this band I heartily
recommend them.  Weird guitars, quirky arrangements, great
tunes, crazed lyrics.  Their masterpiece is Love Is Okay,
one of my favourite albums of all time.  Boogie Children R
Us, the only other album I know of is pretty good.
They consistently 'rock' more thatn XTC but they really
inhabit the same universe of inventive and imaginative pop

David Hudson

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Message-ID: <381D858E.41207F74@erols.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 07:20:30 -0500
From: Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt <toddjenn@erols.com>
Subject: Playing the numbers

Hi:

Simon Said:

> Todd, I had another look at Digest #5-288 and I couldn't help noticing the
> following:
>
> <S.O.T.A .CFM 750 Main Monitors (Powered by Bryston and Crown)>
>
> I happen to be on the look out for one of those. As you own 750 of them, any
> chance of us arranging some kind of trade. I've been "monitoring" ebay for
> just this very item and they are very few and far between and when they do
> crop up some bastard keeps on outbidding me.

Um, that would have been me, pal. How do you think I acquired so many of
them? Anyway, I outbid you fair and square, so I'd appreciate it if you'd
lighten up on the name calling.

That said, I just checked with Bryston and Crown (I had to bring them their
mail anyway), and they said -- among other things that I'd prefer not to
repeat here -- that they cannot work with fewer than 750 of these monitors,
and would in fact like 50 more.  When I asked them why, they grumbled some
technical mumbo-jumbo that even a gearhead like me didn't understand,
including the necessity of a "nice round number" of the units for proper
frequency response. Frankly, I didn't really get it all, because they kept
putting their hands over their mouths and their bodies seemed to be shaking
uncontrollably. Whatever. I should have known better than to interrupt
their breakfast of espresso and Mallomars, for they can be insufferably
rude when they're deep in their cups.

So, I guess we'll continue to meet on the playing fields of ebay, eh? See
you there...

--Todd

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From: unna@worldmailer.com
Date: 1 Nov 1999 05:53:42 -0800
Message-ID: <19991101135342.27788.cpmta@c008.sfo.cp.net>
Subject: You, May, Like Laurel & Hardy

I, too, loathe romantic comedy. However, at least one of my favorite movies
is a love movie, The Rose Tattoo. Seen it? With Burt Lancaster and that
beautiful Italian actress who was in some Fellini movies? Man, that movie
gives me life! Whew, just thinking about it makes my heart a happy bird!
But honestly, I'm not really amused by Laurel & Hardy, but I do like Abbott
& Costello. Even more do I like Ren & Stimpy! Much to my mom's dismay, I
have a pretty gross & stupid sense of humor. Sure, I like to titter at an
erudite quip, but deep down I'd rather snort at an uncoordinated slip! I
think that if you're raised on "pull my finger" you will usually gravitate
to its likeness....

-Laura

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Message-ID: <19991101141903.21452.rocketmail@web2904.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 06:19:03 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: Merchant of Venice????

Oh god... I should stop now.

Anyways... Roger posted:

And finally , just to stir some juices, I  saw Natalie Merchant on
Letterman. I just dont get it. Is she supposed to be good?
  Night  Night,    Roger

Have you noticed that, since she left 10,000 Maniacs... her head is a
bit disproportionate to the rest of her body?  She needs a band that
can tame her, way-too-politically-motivated tendencies. Its like Rage,
you know?! One or two songs are great fun to listen to... and
interesting points at that... After a while, though, I just want to
yell "SHUT UP"... and "return to your naked antics"(pre-Blink 182, mind
you).

XTC related stuff? I met a Brit my age (28-29) who did not know of
XTC!!!  Interesting... but I do think this topic has been mentioned
before!

-Nicole

=====
Nicole's internet music station:
http://www.imagineradio.com/mymusiclisten.asp?name=phoenixyellowrose

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From: "Damian Wise (Foulger)" <damian@imclaser.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 08:03:25 -0600
Subject: Rodent rodeos
Message-Id: <19991101080016.3c261592.in@ceo.ceolasers.com>

Pete Williams wrote:

> My daughters gerbils have been with us for over 3 years now,
> I think they're getting a bit old, but they still seem fairly active.
> Every now and then one will run round his little wheel, stop,
> and then run some more. Sometimes he runs everso fast,
> stops, and nearly ends up going over the top as the wheel is
> still moving. Must be the gerbil equivalent of a roller coaster
> ride.

That just gave me a great idea.  I've also observed the behaviour
of rodents to suddenly stop on the wheel.  Most Gerbil wheels
that I have seen have been really light-weight jobs with almost no
inertia.  Hence, if one increased the inertia of the wheel by
attaching weights around the outside of the wheel, one might
observe a small rodent making many trips full circle around the
wheel!  Of course a small rodent might have some difficulty in
getting the wheel goind, but one could replace the 'wire through
a hole' bearing at the centre with a real bearing to decrease the
friction.  This would be really really funny, and if the rodent in
question didn't enjoy it, then it would stop going on it in the first
place, so it wouldn't be cruel.

Oh, and I like XTC too.

Dames tWd

'Real' is an adjective and 'Really' is an adverb.

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Message-ID: <70C9C5C2CA53D111BD3B006097CF27812E3AD7@boston.onlc.com>
From: Eric Brittingham <EricB@onlc.com>
Subject: Fishbone is red hot!/Me and the Wind
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 09:35:35 -0500

>Perhaps there aren't many fans of Fishbone on this list...
Fishbone.  Oingo-Boingo.  You guys are taking me back, man.  I missed O-B
live, but I've had the pleasure of dropping Fishbone's Antonio Moore at the
edge of the mosh pit when he got handed back to me, and I found myself
trying to hold up this slippery half-naked writhing mohawk-wearing freak all
by my malnurished lonesome.  He dropped like sack o' wet ham-dingers.  But
up he popped, screaming "Fishbone is red hot!"  It must not have phased him
because the next week he appeared on Saturday Night Live and during "Sunless
Saturday" he did 3/4 forward-flip that landed him on his tailbone.  Dude,
stokin'.
>In regards to Danielles question about "por -poise." I believe it is
Andybeing clever. He also uses it in >"Season Cycles" on Skylarking,
changing "Umbilical" to"Um -bil -LYcal" to rhyme with cycle. >Listened to
"Mummer" for the first time in two years yesterday. Man o Man,is "Me & the
Wind " an >excellent song or what?
I dig "Me and the Wind" too, AND I think your mention of it intersects with
the poetic license & list grammar threads.  Imagine if Andy had stuck to
good grammar with this song.  "I and the wind are celebrating your loss... I
and the wind are pulling kites and pushing trees."  Or even worse, "The wind
and I..."  I can't even continue that one.  I don't think much of it.  No, I
don't think much of it at all.

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 17:31:49 +0100 (MET)
From: Martin van Rappard <rappard@dds.nl>
Subject: Jules Verne, Bull, etc.
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.90.991101172828.24474D-100000@fatima.dds.nl>

In 5-299 Wayne (WTDK@aol.com) asked:

> Something for Mark Strijbos--(or anybody that can answer this) what's the
> deal with Jules Verne, Bull, etc., and Andy's reluctance to release these
> on CD? Seems to me that Cooking Vinyl (or TVT) could do a limited run of
> these and sell them via their websites. I'm sure most fans would
> appreciate having cleaned up and remixed versions (and perhaps it would
> sell enough to cover the cost).

I think they will be included on the Fuzzy Warbles set....it really
irritates me that while the project is long in the making, no definite
tracklist has been announced yet. Of course, this could be good news as
well, meaning that Andy and Colin are having a good think on what's good
enough to include and what not.

Martin
http://members.xoom.com/rappard

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Message-ID: <003601bf2487$bbefc0e0$2373fbd1@JH3.alternatech.net>
From: "JH3" <jh3@netins.net>
Subject: What Difference?
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 10:39:57 -0600

Pete Williams wrote:

>Does anyone know how I tell the difference between the Ford CVH
>1.6 engine block as fitted to European Escorts and Fiestas circa 1990
>and the American 'tall block' CVH 1.9 engine block - the difference has
>to be detectable with the engine in a car.

Really, the only sure-fire way to do this is to actually measure the
engine capacity by draining the existing fluid out of the the system
and replacing it with some sort of recognizably separate fluid, thus
determining how much it can hold. I recommend using Mrs. Dog's
Hot Pepper Sauce, or maybe just some Guiness Stout in a pinch.
But wait - you're talking about the engine itself, or just the *block*?

>My daughters gerbils have been with us for over 3 years now, I think
>they're getting a bit old, but they still seem fairly active. Every now
>and then one will run round his little wheel, stop, and then run some
>more. Sometimes he runs everso fast, stops, and nearly ends up
>going over the top as the wheel is still moving.

This is actually a gerbil mating ritual. You're being highly insensitive
for staring at them during what should be an extremely personal and
private moment for them! Would you want them to watch you getting
it on with someone? Shame on you! (Go watch some pornography
instead - it's healthier.)

>Isn't it really annoying when the weather is great all during the week
>whilst you're at work and then as soon as the weekend comes it rains
>consistently until Sunday night. Even more annoying is that the weather
>does the same thing for the next 3 weeks.

It wouldn't be so annoying if you were a professional hay grower. In
fact, I've been wondering: How many people on this list are farmers,
ranchers, or in some other sort of agriculture-related profession? I'm
only curious because I've never heard of any farmers who are XTC
fans, and yet you'd think their music would have a certain "resonance"
with them. But hey, everything is relative, including absolutes.

>and the XTC content of this message : "I like XTC"

Me too!

John H. Hedges
XTCware: http://www.alternatech.net/jh3/xtc

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 09:05:08 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199911011705.JAA27895@mail2.deltanet.com>
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: stop me if you've heard this one..

Hi Chalkboards and Boardettes-

I would like to know how many of you have sent a request to VH1...show of
hands please?  I have sent personal reminders to 40 or so digest members...I
will continue to try and rally support for an XTC/Behind The Music episode
until VH1 responds-OR-some chalker puts out a contract on me :-O

On that note...please send another request, por favor...(one or two a week?)

Thanks again,

Debora 'sinister chin, indeed' Brown

send requests to:
VH1POSTAL@aol.com  -or-   go to the VH1 website and click to SHOWS

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From: dan@gge.com
Message-ID: <381DE09A.FFAB26E5@gge.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 10:49:05 -0800
Subject: brian at bridge school concert

dan wiencek wrote:
>Every account of the Beach Boys' career I read turns into a cartoon
>where Brian is the victim and the Beach Boys are the Four Evil Bastards,
>and I personally don't believe anything is that simple.  But everyone
>wants to bend over backwards for him: "Sure his keyboard wasn't plugged
>in, and sure, his backup singers hit most of the high notes for him, but
>come on -- it's Brian!  At least he was there!"  When people are willing
>to make those kind of excuses for an artist, you're not going to get
>anything like a disinterested view of what really happened.

i saw brian wilson play last nite at the bridge school concert.
he sat in a chair at the front of the stage and introduced each song and
sang flat, off-key lead vocals while his band members smirked at each
other and shook their heads, hitting all the high notes. at the end of
the set the brian asked the audience if they wanted "some more good
vibes" and they started into a confused *second* rendition of 'good
vibrations', starting with the chorus. suddenly, as if he just
remembered that they'd already played the song, he called "that's it!"
and hurried off the stage without a goodnight to the fans.
it was absolutely heart-breaking. it was bizarre. also, during the set
when he was giving a little 'thanks for coming out and supporting bridge
school' spiel he made some (inadvertantly tasteless) remark about
helping "all the cripple children" and the crowd groaned their
indignation.
it was like watching a car accident; i stood there helpless watching
everything go to hell.
the rest of the concert was great. crowd favorite (and dark horse for
me): pearl jam. what a performance! neil young must have known i was in
the audience because he started his set with a 20-minute long banjo
number about a dog.

xtc did not play at the concert. no bands covered their songs. i did not
hear their name mentioned at all, nor did i see any passing references
or images pertaining to them.

-dan

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 11:55:39 -0800 (PST)
From: "J. Brown" <ringostr@u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: Linnell
Message-ID: <Pine.A41.4.10.9911011143590.82302-100000@dante06.u.washington.edu>

Ben Wrote:
> First, I'm sure that John Linnell's "State Songs" has been mentioned on the
> list, but I want to echo the (I'm sure) positive comments.  It's fun, the
> songs are quite catchy (especially "Montana" and the song about my state!),
> and I like the concept.  So, there.  Does anyone know if Linnell's solo
> stint means that TMBG is breaking up?  Or what?

TMBG is certainly not breaking up.  State Songs is just a side project
just like Mono Puff is for Flansburgh.  TMBG just put an MP3 only release
called "Long Tall Weekend".  I saw them last month here in seattle and
they said they expected to have a new album out next spring or summer.
They played some new songs including "Cyclops Rock" and "I'm finished with
Lies".

Jason Wilson Brown - University of Washington - Seattle, WA USA
BA History '99 - BA Canadian Studies '99 - MLIS Library Science '01
 "I Have Heard The Word -- It is Battle!" -Jack Kirby

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Message-ID: <19991101203218.3541.rocketmail@web601.yahoomail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 12:32:18 -0800 (PST)
From: hans strmberg <hojs64@yahoo.com>
Subject: they are mighty

Chalkoholics!
I just want to thank all of you who ever mentioned the
name The Might Be Giants here on the digests and some
extra thank you`s to those who said it was a great
band; I found "Lincoln" (from 1989) on vinyl a month
ago for the price of an ice-cream! - had never heard
them before, and the album is one of the best I've
heard for years ("every jumbled pile of person has a
thinking part that wonders what that part that isn't
thinking isn't thinking of" from "Where your eyes
don't go" - yeah, that's what I (...) always been
thinking! I love this song and also "Ana Ng" &
"They'll need a crane".
	XTC-content: I'm trying to listen to some XTC demos
from the Live and Direct-site, but there's somethings
wrong with... something; the sound vanishes, comes
back, vanishes again, gets all weired etc (i'm using
real player G2). Have I missed some important
information? Is there a helpful soul out here (who
thinks he's got clue about this) who can mail me and
just give me a hint?

=====
Hans Stromberg
hojs65@yahoo.com

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Message-ID: <381E08A3.E8D5B5D2@autoreverse.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 16:39:48 -0500
From: Ian C Stewart <ian@autoreverse.net>
Organization: http://www.AUTOreverse.net/
Subject: XTC LIVE AND DIRECT update

http://www.geocities.com/xtcliveanddirect/index.htm

NEW UPLOADS this weekend...

a whole buncha COLIN MOULDING demos! 22 of the suckers actually.
Including stuff you've probably never hard before!

a smattering of ANDY PARTRIDGE NONSVCH leftovers like "Goosey Goosey"
and "Rocket." And others.

NOW: XTC-DEMO-RADIO! Listen to 40 XTC demos in whatever sequence your
Realplayer selects! Hours of fun!

remember, keep those requests and testimonials coming! Without your
feedback, it all goes ka-plip! And nobody wants that...

let's ban the bomb,
Ian C Stewart
http://www.geocities.com/xtcliveanddirect/index.htm

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Message-Id: <v03007800b44449efd1fa@[165.247.18.78]>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 03:02:04 -0500
From: Mitch Friedman <mitchf@mindspring.com>
Subject: this is for Brian

Susan revolving/Nicely nicely Jane - both are solo acoustic Andy Dukes
outake demos

Cheap perfume - a Colin GO2/D&W outtake

I overheard - same as above

Primal gallery - one of several instrumentals Andy recorded for an
underwater filmaker he knew who made a film called "Ocean's Daughter" in
'82-ish

Little lies - Andy doing some funny fake Hendrix on a home demo from
'84-ish

Holding the baby/monkeys in humanskin suits - two Andy solo electric Black
Sea outtake demos

Aqua dream - really called "Aqua Deum" and goes along with "Primal Gallery"

Jacobs' ladder (now we're all dead) - Andy Big Express demo outtake

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Message-Id: <v03102803b44446393e84@[165.227.110.102]>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 01:26:13 -0800
From: Richard Pedretti-Allen <richard@tactics.com>
Subject: What a coincidence!

I attended an ISP Conference (coincidentally called "ISPcon") in Silicon
Valley  (coincidentally where I live) and the Ariel Corporation
(coincidentally a company from which I have purchased DSP cards) was
playing XTC ("Merely A Man") in their tradeshow booth.

Cheers,
Richard

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From: JEFFREY.THOMAS.JT@bayer-ag.de
Subject: SSL 4000 G nonsense
Message-Id: <0006800016588881000002L012*@MHS>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:45:02 +0100

Hi "Kreideberger",

Just got back from a two-day trip to France (wonderful time, beautiful
place), and was catching up on my Chalkhills.  Got to the bits by Todd and
Dan and there went my vacation feeling right out the window.  Great
explanations and all in #298, ... but WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!

Man, I followed it a bit, I was almost ready to believe you, but then I
read this:
You have to connect the plasma conduit first to the primary intercooling
vents, then shunt the excess through the EPS power taps running behind the
matter/antimatter containment pods.

Then:
Flick on the rod and lightly spark the side of the integrator marked
"matter" (NOT "anti-matter" or the neighbors will _really_ get pissed).
This will disable the interruptive capacity of the Axual F/G switch, with
the added benefit that the glow of the electrical arc will reveal a tiny
chain lock behind the plasma metering unit.

Oh yeah, right.  Sacre moo, Homme de Batte, they're trying to kill us all!
This CANNOT work and you know it.  Why?  It's simple: The bounded sequence
of the logarithmic base is integrally proportional to the cotangent of the
square root of the matrix, times the rate of diffusion, convergent to the
y-intercept, when graphed octahedrally on a cotermind and consistently
expanding plane, when the angle of depression "b" is the deteminant of the
interpolation, increased in gradients by the chi-square value of pi.

Every 5-year-old knows that!  Well, I guess maybe not down there around
Washington, DC, or wherever it is you come from.  Sheesh!!!  I sincerely
hope you haven't scolded any fellow 'Hillers about their bad spelling, not
after this performance!  You ought to be ashamed!  Poor old, gentle,
mild-mannered Dom asks a simple question, and all you can do is get the
simplest things wrong.

As Voltaire or somebody said*, and I misquote, "I may not agree with what
you say, but I would rather be stoned** to death than be forced to listen
to it."  I have no idea why he said it or what he was trying to tell us,
but heck, he said it and he's French, so he should know!

* please read with a French accent for maximum effect
** with _rocks_

Have a nice day.

- Jeff

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Message-ID: <19991102102825.8227.rocketmail@web601.yahoomail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 02:28:25 -0800 (PST)
From: travis schulz <xtcisadarngoodband@yahoo.com>
Subject: Them Colin Moulding Songs- Oh So Good!!!

I'm in total agreement with what Chris (who digs White
Music- awesome!) wrote in digest 300 about how amazing
Ian Stewart's "XTC LIVE AND DIRECT" is. For me, this
site is the best thing on the net right now. There are
several Colin Moulding demos that I recently had the
pleasure of hearing there- 22 in all, most I haven't
heard til now. They are fabulous to the f-ing max! The
songs "Spare A Penny", "I Feel Blue", and "I
Overheard" are simply out of this world. Colin's songs
here, like on the studio albums, shine like gold!
Getting them on Fuzzy Warbles is what I really want to
see happen. Thanks to Ian, again, for all the hard
work in putting this great listening party going- job
well done!! Now back to more Backsteet Boys, Britney
Spears and lame commercials- now you know why I'm on
the net while I work!

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