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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 49

                Tuesday, 29 December 1998

Today's Topics:

          re: Richard's XTC and Jazz and Rush...
              XTC in latest issue of RayGun
            new to list, listening to TB now!!
        loved your "Thriving in the Market" post!
                    Favorite unknowns
              Getting the hang of this now.
                     Ecstacy and More
   XTC, jazz, ok, it's long. Four 'Page Downs' at least
                      Re: Mind Games
                      Re XTC n Jazz
                  Post-Christmas wish...
            Andy & Terry Interviews Tape Tree
                         98 picks
                 TB cases / 98 / singles
                    Self Produced XTC?
                       box a blast!
                    Just a thought...
                Re: XTC and Jazz and Rush
                     Transistor Blast
              Another Top Ten 1998 Favs List
                      Some TB stuff


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I've been clocking up the courage to ask you all year.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 17:06:40 -0800
From: Dan Phipps <>
Organization: CIC
Subject: re: Richard's XTC and Jazz and Rush...

Hey all! --

re: Sir Richard's opinion on XTC and
Jazz and Rush, he wrote:

XTC and Jazz and Rush

> With the exception of "The World Is Full Of
> Angry Young Men", I don't tend to find any
> real jazzy sounding stuff from XTC.  Not
> that it's not in there but it is so well
> integrated that it doesn't sound like jazz.

> In any event, there is tons of jazz that I
> like.  Older classic stuff like Miles Davis
> early stuff (I tend to fade when he got too
> modern), Charlie Parker.  Modern progressive
> like Dotsero, Charlie Hunter, John Abercrombie
> and Codona.  Jazz rock like Brand X (Phenominal
> stuff with Phil Collins on drums!!  neener,
> neener, neener), Alan Holdsworth and Weather
> Report.  Pop jazz like Tom Grant, Shadowfax
> and Tuck and Patti.

Wow!!  Someone else on the list here actually
digs Brand X, too???!!!???  Aren't they great?
I, too, like their stuff esp. w/ Collins on drums.
This is the only band that he was in where
he could REALLY show his chops with the sticks,
IMHO!!  Not a bad track in the bunch...and BX
put out a hell of a lot of albums!!!

Way to go, Rich!!  I'm with ya', bud!  Brand X
were way cool back then, and when I listen to
their stuff off and on today, some of it STILL
kicks ass for me, esp. PC's fills and alternate
time signatures, etc.  The man CAN indeed drum
when he WANTS to, eh?  Trouble is, half the time
now, it simply seems as if he DOESN'T want to!

Alan Holdsworth is pretty worthy of holding a
guitar, as well.  His work with the first "edition"
of the supergroup UK (Eddie Jobson, Bill Bruford,
and John Wetton) was awesome, too!!  Good show!!

BTW, for anyone interested, you simply CANNOT go
wrong with Miles!  (Think about it...)

Thanks again, Richard, for mentioning Brand X
though.  Cool band with some cool tunes!!  :-)

Damn there are some cool people on this list!!!

Peace to all --

/Dan Phipps <>

"Imagination like a muscle will
 increase with exercise."
(Peter Blegvad)


Subject: XTC in latest issue of RayGun
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 21:22 +0000
Message-Id: <>

I'm sure you all know this already but in the latest issue of Raygun there
is an article on XTC entitled "The rise and fall and rise of XTC".  Haven't
read it yet (saving it for a cup of tea and some Hob Nobs) but it looks
interesting (and at least its some new coverage...)

Seasons greetings...



Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 18:31:47 -0800
From: Shaleem Hosein <>
Subject: new to list, listening to TB now!!

Hello, everyone!

I've been a fan of the band for several years now, but I haven't
accumulated the entire catalogue since I'm into a wide variety of music
and have limited funds! In the past month, I've picked up Mummer,
Explode Together, Rag and Bone Buffet, The Dukes of Stratosphear's Chips
>From The Chocolate Fireball and Transister Blast.

Right now, I'm listening to disc one of TB. So far, so good. but I
wonder why they didn't put everything in chronological order? 'Garden of
Earthly Delights' as track # 6 was a bit of a surprise.

I intend to get all their studio albums on CD. Some of my vinyl copies
are a bit battered!

The "Song Stories" reviews that I've read from are strong, so
I'll add this to my must-get list.

Cheers and Happy Holidays,

Shaleem Hosein, MCSE
Network Technologist
Department of National Defense  home page  UMFM 101.5 FM, the
new radio station at the U of Manitoba.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 18:44:16 -0800
From: Shaleem Hosein <>
Subject: loved your "Thriving in the Market" post!

Yeah, they likely don't have much chance of becomming mainstream faves
that's also just fine with me! Puff Daddy stay away!


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 11:27:29 +0100
From: Imanol Ugarte <>
Subject: Favorite unknowns

Hi all,

Since this has been a year plenty of unknown XTC surprises,
(from April to December I've  came across with the
amount of  about  110 XTC unknown songs) I've decided to
list alphabetically my favorites from these (barring last

All I Dream of Is A Friend
Difficult Age
Down A Peg
Find The Fox
Gangway Electric Guitars
Living In A Haunted Heart
My Paint Heroes
Raising A Family in a House Full of Mice
Was A Yes
Young Cleopatra

Other big -mostly taped by gentle  friends-surprises :
Sugarplastic (rhythmically superb)
Martin Newell (fresh air)
The Lilac Time (sorry)
The Green Pajamas (old & new )
Sandy Denny's 3 CD Box
The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & Bad Seeds
Eric Matthews (bits)

and at last  I managed to get a CD with Brian Eno's
rare -terrific-ambient stuff

Just curious: ANDY  in Basque Language means BIG : )


Imanol Ugarte


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 15:16:54 +0000
From: B Blanchard <>
Subject: Getting the hang of this now.

But I piggin' HATE JAZZ.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 19:57:46 -0800 (PST)
From: Brent Palmer <>
Subject: Ecstacy and More

Dear Chalkhillians,
A few things to say upon my return to the 'Hills (under a new address
- one with the ".au" domain code, finally!)...

In response to Chris Vreeland's query re. similarities between
Midnight Oil and XTC: the most noticeable parallel is their refusal to
play the pop game; both have spent their careers thumbing their nose
at every rock-star cliche conceivable!  As an inhabitant of the
Island-Continent, I don't know what sort of "market" (if that word
could in any way apply) Midnight Oil have Stateside, but here they're
popularly regarded as one of the staples of Australian rock,
constantly enjoying airplay on commercial radio despite their maverick
     When it comes to jazz, my favourite album is (all-too-predictably
- but too bad!) _Kind of Blue_ by Miles.  Other much-appreciated
jazzmeisters include Joshua Redman, the 'Trane, and guitarist John
Schofield.  I guess it has to do with the fact that my tastes
gravitate toward quality, intelligent music that sounds human
(something common to most XTC devotees, as we all know!).
     _Transistor Blast_ has been near-impossible to find around my
neck of the woods, but one store had a Cooking Vinyl copy - albeit
costing a premium.
The last time I enquired about an album by X-ray Tango Charlie, the
store assistant pronounced guessed it..."ecstacy".
     Here's to a happy new year (and at long last, the unveiling of
_Apple Venus I_)...

Brent Palmer
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
New email address:


Message-Id: <l03010d02b2aaa158d257@[]>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 11:01:54 -0500
From: Duncan Watt <>
Subject: XTC, jazz, ok, it's long. Four 'Page Downs' at least

>Bob Says:
>>I've been
>>dabbling in John Coltrane, Dave Brubek and Joshua Redman, but need
>>more guidance from people I can trust.

...'jazz'. Or "Jazz". or... Welcome to the definition nightmare....

You're new to jazz? Wonderful! You have an open mind, you ACTUALLY LISTEN
TO MUSIC THAT DOESN'T HAVE A SINGER, and from your choices, I'm guessing
you're getting 'advice' already. Let me introduce you to the wolves...

The problem is, it's a shitty term, 'jazz'. It's way too general, and many
very well-known people use it to mean very different things, then rail
against people who don't agree with said definition. Example: let's say
'jazz' means improvisatory music. Brubek plays jazz. 5/4 times, strange
harmonies. Example: let's say 'jazz' means traditional American music
handed down over the years from slave blues to jukejoints and Jelly Roll
Morton to classically-influenced Joplin to Ellington and Parker and
Armstrong, and kept 'alive' by Wynton Marsalis... so Brubek is the opposite
of jazz.... is jazz Art Farmer trad? or Geri Allen piano-smooth? or zap-pow
Milt Jackson, old man? Is it Shirley Horn otherworldly? or Sun Ra
otherworldly? Tito Puente Latin? or Pat Metheny Latin? Who can sing it?
Betty Carter? Lambert, Hendricks and Ross? or Harry Connick, Jr.? Who's a
better drummer? Roy Haynes? or Paul Motian? Who can write it? Billy
Strayhorn? or Thelonious Monk? or Don Cherry? And I don't even want to get
into the 'jazz music is black music' argument. Period. Christ.

So 'jazz' is a terrible term, and it ironically, turns most people off to
the one thing every one of these artists, and countless others, including
Our Very Own AP, have in common: beautiful, tasty, interesting, chewable,
soul-filling, where-the-hell-has-this-been-all-my-life music. You can find
whatever you want in the music you're asking about, from acid-kill(try,
say, John Zorn) to lay-down-my-life sadness(Stan Getz and Kenny Barron,
'People Time'), to brain-bending complexity(hmm... how about,(remember,
he's a newbie) Mahavishnu Orchestra, 'Birds of Fire'), to a tremendously
deep tradition(Marcus Roberts, 'Alone With Three Giants'), to the roots of
funky, as spoken by someone who, truly, honestly knows
'what-it-is'(anything with Milt Hinton playing on it, bow your head,

Any list of artists like these is going to be sorely lacking at best, so
I'm sure everyone you ask will have their 'I can't believe he didn't
mention blahblahblah', as they should.

Since the word 'jazz' is used to define so many different types of music,
I'd say you have to listen, then go with what you love. One problem: when
you listen to pop music, you usually know something about the artist, and
why they made the record. With instrumental music, esp. obscure
instrumental music, it's tougher, until you learn to listen to the players'
'voices'. So I really like asking someone to play me something that they
like, and asking them what they like about it(You like jazz? Play me
something.). That way, you can hear some of the backstory, and you can
begin to hear how the musicians communicate back and forth. I don't mean
that to sound patronizing, I've been studying music for almost thirty years
now, and I'm still amazed at how much I can learn from listening with other

So let me tell you what I love. I love Miles Davis playing live in Paris,
because it's practically a stageplay. I love Osacr Peterson, because I'm a
piano player, and because he used to be Fred Astaire's pianist. Any 'jazz'
lover will steer you to the Big Three: Miles Davis, "Kind Of Blue", in
which MD defines the concept of band improvisation, check out the liners,
too, zen, man... John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme", you can literally hear
the heat coming off the streets of America divided... and Bill Evans,
"Sunday Morning At The Village Vanguard", in which Mr. Evans delivers a
mental mimosa to the entire music world... but I also love Metheny, and
Monk, and Mingus, and that's just the M's...

Are you seeing the connections? Music that expands upon itself rather than
repeating itself? Music that attempts humor and brains and sadness and sex
and love and history all at the same time? Sometimes on the same album?
Music that at the same time breaks new ground and still pays homage to the

Do you see the idiocy of trying to categorize this wonderful music under a
name? Do you see why... we listen to XTC? Even on the
"Or anges and Lemons", you can hear all of this and more! Middle Eastern
devices, Sgt. Pepper-y homage, funny lines everywhere(Stand clear!) African
polyrhythm, country twang, heart-stopping honesty, real beauty, swing,
overuse of the descending bassline...

Okay, for listening to me rant this year, I'll give you a little slice of
me. Hold out your hand, here it comes... The big one, the top of the list,
for me, is the aforementioned Stan Getz and Kenny Barron, 'People Time'.
Backstory: Getz, tenor sax, who's gigged with virtually every living jazz
great, is dying of cancer. His record company ponies up for recording a
four-night duo gig in Copenhagen. Each night is amazing, but his old friend
Barron, piano, notices Getz is tiring more after each piece. This, of
course, will be his last recording. The end of the last piece, "Soul Eyes",
when Getz leaves the stage, after playing a gorgeous solo, and Barron plays
him off stage, finishing the piece by himself, is probably the most moving
moment I've ever experienced listening to any kind of music. An absolute
must-buy for anyone with the open mind and heart to listen to XTC.
Especially the ones who actually like "Chalkhills And Children", a jazz
composition if I've ever heard one...

Duncan Watt

ps On the back of "Rag And Bone Buffet", Colin does look a tad like Susan
Faludi, no?


From: "Robert Triptow" <>
Subject: Re: Mind Games
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 09:29:28 -0800
Message-ID: <000001be30f5$4dbff8a0$0ceeb5cf@daedalus>

>Myself, I was listening to the Plastic Ono Band album the day Lennon was
>shot; as he was going through his list of don't -believe-ins in "God,"(a
>much better questioning-God song than "Dear God," BTW; Andy would probably
>agree) just as he gets to "I don't believe in Beatles," there's a knock on
>my door and my neighbor down the hall Fred MacKay says in a panicked and
>stricken voice "John Lennon's been shot!" I looked back at what was playing
>on my stereo and thought "holy shit, synchronicity..." Not only that, he
>was shot on my mother's birthday.(And MLK was shot on mine. Weird, huh?

I love synchronicity stories like this! Especially with music... And I know
this has nothing to do with XTC, but I have to tell it: In October 1989 I
was sitting at my computer in my Haight/Ashbury apartment and listening to
the Doors' first album. The last song was playing and Jim Morrison had just
barely sung "This is the END," when the quake of '89 slammed into the wall.
I didn't even think of the synchronicity of it until two days later, when
the electricity was restored in the middle of the night and I was awoken by
the album starting all over again, "Break on Through to the Other Side."


Message-Id: <v04003a00b2aaf6e65d4b@[]>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 15:31:24 -0500
From: John McGann/Original Custom Transcription Service
Subject: Re XTC n Jazz

From: "John Irvine":

>I don't know much about Jazz,

Yes, you do!

> but Stan Getz is just the smoothest.  He
>played sax like some disembodied angel.  Just pure sound.  I can't get

Yeah! I suggest the bargain CD "Stan Getz w/ Oscar Peterson Trio",
drummerless perfection.

 > Mingus invented punk rock - check out Hatian Fight Song and think
>Sonic Youth.

HAHAHA! Also Antibes '60 w/ Eric Dolphy-vicious!

Other great jazz players I'd suggest: Wes Montgomery (the non-commercial
stuff like "Full House" on Riverside), Cannonball Adderley, all the Miles
Davis groups '58-'68, Bill Evans, I mean there are 100s. One thing leads to
another and before you know it you are covered in recordings.


John McGann (jmcgann @ PO Box 688 Jamaica Plain, Ma.
02130-0006 USA

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Message-ID: <000a01be38fa$2db0e620$8312883e@o.e.e>
From: "John Bartlett" <>
Subject: Request
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 16:02:16 -0000

Sorry to use Chalkhills, but if Simon Knight of Wagga Wagga is still out
there, give me a shout. I'd like to know what groups are on the tape.


From: "Benjamin A. Gott" <bgott@Bowdoin.EDU>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Dreams
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 1998 21:47:22 -0500 (EST)

Friends in Chalk,

I had the *strangest* XTC-related dream last night (stranger than Ira's,
I must say!)

I dreamt that I was visiting Mitch Friedman in his midtown apartment
(which is funny, as Mitch lives in Brooklyn, and I've never been to his
place). Anyway, Mitch was on the phone talking to Dave Gregory, and I
was sitting on the couch reading a Dave Barry book ('cos I just got one
for Christmas). Plese note that -- in my dream -- Mitch didn't even
consider letting me talk to Dave.

Anyway, Mitch and Dave said goodbye (as I sat there, watching them talk
on the phone), and Mitch covered the mouthpiece and said "Andy's going
to talk next." He then proceeded to give the phone to me and go into the
kitchen -- except I didn't get to talk to Andy, I just got to listen to
the dead phone silence that accompanies a change in conversants. Mitch
returned, and I reluctantly handed the phone to him.

He began talking to Andy, and I pointed at myself and then at the phone.
Mitch said something like "Ben Gott is here, and he wants to talk to
you." There was an awkward silence. Then, Mitch put his hand over the
mouthpiece, and said "Andy doesn't want to talk to you. He's actually
kind of pissed at you. He says to 'bugger off'." (Don't ask me how I
remember this...but I remember feeling stunned in the dream.)

"Why doesn't Andy want to talk to me?" I asked.

Mitch relayed my question to Andy, and then he said: "He's upset that
you traded copies of the new demos, and he doesn't like your song on the

I swear I'm not making this up, kids. But then I woke up...still not
exactly sure why Andy Partridge was really upset at me.

Next week: Amanda Owens talks to Colin on a cellphone in the middle of
Mardi Gras? It's possible. I just have to be sure *not* to eat those
damned Tostitos and salsa before turning out the light.

Happy 1999,


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 00:14:49 -0800
From: Dan Phipps <>
Organization: CIC
Subject: Post-Christmas wish...

Hey all!! --

Hope everyone's Xmas was X-static!!!

Did you get what you wanted??  Hmmm??

Make a list then...tell us all what
you received from Jolly Olde St. Nick
in '98!!

Mine was a Lennon-based Christmas this
year, which pleased me no end!!  :-)

The Lennon "Anthology" boxed set along
with a book of his complete artwork and
films and other performances (been
longing for this one for YEARS!!).

"Icing on the cake," though was a 3-CD
boxed set retrospective / anthology of
the brilliance of Mr. Richard Thompson:
"Watching The Dar -- A History of..."
Although not Lennon-based as previously
stated, this is a WONDERFUL gift for
any fan of Fairport Convention or
RT's solo stuff!!  Do yourself a big
favor in '98 and GET THIS THING!!!

Here's to success (and the new XTC
stuff coming out!!) in '99!!!!!!!!

'Bout time, eh?

Happy post-Christmas, everyone...

Later then --

/Dan Phipps <>

"People will always be tempted to wipe
their feet on anything with WELCOME
written on it."
(Andy Partridge)


Message-Id: <>
Subject: Andy & Terry Interviews Tape Tree
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 98 23:54:26 -0600
From: steve <>

Paul Culnane has given me the go ahead to set up a Chalkhills tape tree
for the recent telephone interviews he did with Andy and Terry, so here's
the deal.

If there is enough interest, I will organize a tree.  A tape tree
consists of a trunk, some branches, and a number of leaves.  As you may
suspect, the trunk makes tapes for the branches and a branch makes tapes
for some number of leaves.

The interviews are on two 90 minute cassettes.  It is customary for some
form of compensation to take place between the levels of a tree.  I can't
dictate what people work out, but I consider tape trees to be a matter of
courtesy between members of the list.  From the branches, I will require
no more than blanks and postage.

If you wish to be on the tree, email me and use XTC TAPE TREE as the
subject line.  I will need to know if you want to be a leaf or a branch,
and how many tapes you are willing to do if you sign on as the latter.
Also include your city, state/province, and country and I will try to
regionalize as much as possible.  Being a branch requires some work, but
you get an earlier generation tape.  These being interviews, it's not
that big a deal, but without branches there will be no tree.

I'm more than happy to send a set or two overseas.  Perhaps I can set up
a contact person for the U.K. and Europe.  Those of you in Australia
should contact Paul directly when he returns from his holiday time.  I
can give you the contact information if needed.  Other regions I'll deal
with on an ad hoc basis.

I'll give people a couple of weeks to sign on before I do the first
status report.

- Steve


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 09:52:20 +1100
From: "Joseph J. Ierano" <>
Organization: chiropractic ierano
Subject: 98 picks

Some of my favourites from the past year...

1    The Church, Hologram of Baal.
Wonderfully atmospheric return of the Church to fine form. Some haunting
sounds, and some great pop treats. Nice use of guitar synth, too.
(Recently saw them live in an almost empty club on the south coast of
NSW, Australia. Their last hit here was so long ago that few know they
are still alive.)

2    John Barry, The Beyondnes of Things
Beautiful  orchestral peices by the author of a multitude of soundtracks
from James Bond to The Persuaders to Chaplin.

3    Neil Finn, Try Whistling This
This album has some superb songs on it.  Nice production and sounds

4    Gregariously Groucho
Doesn't have to be music does it? There have been quite a few CD
releases of the the comical genius' radio work and also studio songs
lately. This one is the most recent, I beleive, produced in Australia.
Some funny stuff, but mostly for fans, and those who like radio
recordings as old as my mother.

5    Echo & the Bunnymen , Evergreen (was it '97 or '98?)
Great album. The last song is worth the whole price just for the
"crying" guitar riff.

All I can think of for now...


Joseph J Ierano BSc DC
chiropractic ierano
PO Box 108
Camden  NSW  Australia  2570
Ph: +61 2 4655 4010


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 17:23:29 +0000
From: Phil Hetherington <>
Subject: TB cases / 98 / singles

As the person who started this whole thing about the TB cases getting
broken, I just wanted to add that, yes, I thought they were lovely.
Just not very practical. (Incidently, I'm dreading the day I drop my
copy of 'Nonsuch' on the floor as Virgin don't seem to be making the
printed jewel cases for that any more).

And as for the liner notes, I _liked_ them.

As for the best of 1998 - well, give us a chance, there's 3 days to
go yet! Who knows what might happen! I'll probably submit it in mid-
January. You have been warned.

Until then you could do a lot worse than pick up Pat Gallagher's
"Tor" (Cooking Vinyl alert!) and Johnson's "Hard Mouth To Feed",
plus mail-ordering a copy of The Refugees "Lovejunk" (featuring
Barry Andrews - see my Shriekback web page for the address to write
to). There are others.

And now that I've got Cooking Vinyl's attention:
  (1) When oh when oh when is Pat Gallagher going to play in London?
      (Or better still, reform Goats Don't Shave?)
  (2) Assuming there will be singles (and there must!)... I'm not
      sure about the first single, but perhaps 'Your Dictionary'
      (with a suitable radio edit) would grab the attention of the
      masses. Follow that up with 'Easter Theatre' (to be realeased
      around... Easter), and then absolutely definitely 'Harvest
      Festival' for a killer final single. (Though it really should
      wait until harvest time, in which case maybe we need another
      single to plug the gap - no real preference, maybe one of
      Colin's?). That little lot should take us nicely up to Vol.2.
      Of course, I haven't actually heard any of these songs. Ahem.

Oh yes, and 'The Last Balloon' would make a great single, but save
it until Mr. Branson's next attempt.

|_) |_  * |    Me:
|   | ) | |    Then for Shriekback add: shrkindx.html
===========    Or for Gang Of Four: gof/gof_indx.html


Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 14:08:20 -0800 (PST)
From: "J. Brown" <>
Subject: Self Produced XTC?
Message-ID: <>

Mr. Lukoff wrote:
>> If they're pretty close to starting on Volume 2, I wonder if it will be
>> the first self produced XTC album.
> Speaking of which, why haven't XTC released a self-produced album yet?
> Most other bands with which I am familiar had started producing
> themselves by this point in their careers.

I chalk it up to the rest of the band not wanting to give andy complete
control of the prodcution.  It seems that Dave was most wary of this
whereas Colin as usual doesn't seem to give a shit.

 Jason Wilson Brown - History & Canadian Studies - Seattle, WA USA
"The demon of brevity never took hold over the politicians of Canada"
		-Ged Martin


Message-Id: <>
From: "J & J Greaves" <>
Subject: box a blast!
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 22:27:54 -0800

Happily my copy of Transistor Blast was intact and with booklet. I have a
new appreciation for the "Barry years" after hearing the live stuff of that
time. Good stuff.

The BBC version of Life Begins At The Hop is, IMHO, worth the price of this
set! Put it on those compilations to play to those you want to convert!



Message-ID: <>
From: "Lieman, Ira" <>
Subject: Just a thought...
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:03:50 -0500

I was watching VH-1's "Where Are they now" last night.
There was a shot of Alice Cooper (hair dyed brown) looking relatively decent
for a man of 50...
He looks like Colin might in about 15 years (Colin is a little more
well-preserved than Alice).
No flames please, this is just my opinion.
Happy Gnu Year, folks.



Message-ID: <0143041F00B7D011B7C500A0C9005151206F55@IMA_NT1>
From: "BOB O'BANNON" <>
Subject: Re: XTC and Jazz and Rush
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:22:29 -0500

Richard wrote:

>>>With the exception of  "The World Is Full Of Angry Young Men", I
don't tend to find any real jazzy sounding stuff from XTC.  Not that
it's not in there but it is so well integrated that it doesn't sound
like jazz.<<<

I didn't mean to suggest that XTC is influenced by jazz, because
generally they are not. Although I would add "Ladybird" and "I Remember
the Sun" to this list of jazzy XTC songs.

>>>p.s. Why don't Christians sing "Happy Birthday" on Christmas?<<<

My family does every year. This year we even made Him a cake.



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Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 11:44:52 -0800 (PST)
From: Veronica Kyle Robertson <>
Subject: Transistor Blast

  I finally found a price for Transistor Blast that some of us can
afford.  has it for 30% off the suggested retail
price, making it $34.95 ($37.97 including shipping & handling). That's
a pretty good deal for 4 CDs. It is currently back ordered, but if I
could wait this long, surely I can wait a little longer.
  Oh, and I recently ordered White Music on CD. It's on it's way.
I've had the cassette for many years, and then I found the vinyl
version in the past year.  I don't think I've seen the CD in a store
in a while, so I finally ordered it online from Music Blvd.  I got it
for $9!  And the cool thing is that it has all those additional tracks
*I've* never heard. I remember reading about them in Song Stories and
wondering about them. I can't believe I went so long without hearing



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From: Jill Oleson <>
Subject: Another Top Ten 1998 Favs List
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:38:45 -0600

Jill's Top Ten Favs for 1998
* ------------------------------------
In particular order:

1.  "Tramcar to Tomorrow," Be Bop Deluxe
-- I wore a smile on my face for two weeks after listening this
incredible live album.  Power punches like "Blazing Apostles"
entered my dreams and on occasion woke me up from a deep
slumber.  Thanks to Bill Nelson, Hux Records, and John Peel
for making this album possible.  Twenty years was not too
long to wait to hear "God Drives a Dreamless Highway in a
Black Sedan" as a whipping-good massage from my favorite
guitar hero.  Wish it had been included in my second-favorite
movie of the year, "Velvet Goldmine" (an unfortunate
oversight, eh?).

2.  "Try Whistling This," Neil Finn
-- A near perfect album if you ask me.  Simple/complex
melding of beautiful melody and insightful lyrics.

3.  "El Oso," Soul Coughing
-- You simply must see these guys perform live!  Soul
Coughing is one of the most inventive bands of the decade.
I love how they combine samples of music from varying
time periods and genres with their own unique rhythm
and vocals.

4.  "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," Lucinda Williams
-- Gotta love this Texas home-girl.  Another album worth
waiting for.  Is it country?  Sorta. Well, no. Not really.

5.  "Hammock Style," Ganger
-- If you like London Suede or Porno for Pyros, don't be
a dweeb and miss Ganger.  Mesmerizing.  See:

6.  "Sing to God," Cardiacs
-- I'll be the first to acknowledge that the Cardiacs are
not for everyone.   But read doG, they're amazing!
What a strange fusion of styles!  I lie prostrate in awe.
Sorta like consuming dill pickles, chocolate, and beer
while a stranger performs CPR on your heaving chest.
Do your best to continue breathing, Dear Child.

7.  "Storefront Hitchcock," Robyn Hitchcock
-- Someone committed a sin by waiting soooooo long to
distribute the soundtrack to this incredible movie.
What were they thinking?  The movie made its world
premier here in Austin, Texas almost a year ago.  Why
the delay in its release?  Groove on, Disciples, after a
wait and a yawn.

8.  "Tomorrow Will Be Too Long," The Monochrome Set
-- Okay, I don't know when this compilation album came out,
but I just bought it the other day.  The Monochrome Set
is another British band that has often been compared to
XTC.  Such comparisons are not fair to either band.

9.  "Eloquence," Stan Getz (with Lionel Hampton and others)
-- I found this 1966 album in perfect shape at a little antique
store in Gruene, Texas.  Smooth really is the best term
to describe Getz's music.  And anything with Lionel Hampton
is just fine with me.  A-plinka-plink, plink.

10.  "Multiplex:  Our Secret Studios," Bill Nelson fan-tribute CD
-- I only participate in two online music discussion groups:
XTC and Bill Nelson.  After receiving scores of email notices
about the making of "Multiplex," I was thrilled to hear it for the
first time when Chuck Bird, the project coordinator, visited with
a group of us Bill Nelson fans in Austin.  I was also glad to
help out with the layout of the "Multiplex" CD brochure.
Devotion carries its own absorption apparatus.  See:

********* A 1998 Special Note**************
    Happy 50th Birthday to:

        Bill Nelson
        Ted Nugent
        Ozzy Osbourne
        Steven Tyler

(*** These are listed in ALPHABETICAL order, Dom!
-- And, sorry, Iron Monkey made my Top 100, but not my Top 10.
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             yer pal and Happy New Year,
                                                                 Jill Oleson
Austin, Texas


From: (Joel Flaxman)
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Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 17:36:09 -0600
Subject: Some TB stuff

I just picked up TB from my local CD store and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
I surfed over to to see how much money I could have saved (no more
than about a buck with postage), and much to my surprise it is being featured
on CDnow's main page with the following text:

"Given its cult status, XTC might seem an unlikely choice for a 4-CD box set,
but TVT has brought the English band back in both force and style with this
behemoth collection of tracks culled from the group's performances for the BBC.
For XTC-ites who've sat patiently by while the band worked out its legal
troubles with its former label, Transistor Blast is a holiday bonus. For
those fans who've yet to be turned on to Andy Partridge and mates' cerebral
humor and superb pop tunefulness, it's a great introduction to XTC."

Kind of a slight to Colin, but good publicity nonetheless.

Also did anyone notice that the notes for TB list Terry Cambers (no h) as
Drums up to late 82?

Joel "yeah I don't post much" Flaxman


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