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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 52

                  Monday, 4 January 1999

Today's Topics:

       These are some of my favourite things ('98)
                       My new poll
                       Best of 1998
                Where to buy Apple Venus?
                    Chalk Horse Shirts
               Once again, TVT please read
               Harsh words, I know, but...
             Holly Up On Poppy, Moody Blue !
                   The Poll has Changed
                   It's A Livin' Thing
                         A return
                Re: say the bells of what?
                       Colin gives
             getting Apple Venus on the radio
                   Re: Dave's Not Here
                      Under the Wire
                    christmas already?
                    RayGun XTC article
                      Lennon & Jesus
    Potential AV1 Airplay (at least, in Australia...)
               Dave Gregory's contribution
                    Transistor Blasted
               Re: aco and this world over


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Message-ID: <Jr3a0CA$>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 17:28:31 +0000
From: Jon Holden-Dye <>
Subject: These are some of my favourite things ('98)

Well, didn't want to be premature (for a change). 16 discs (it's a new
trend - The Top Sixteen), all pretty much unrelated to XTC, no
particular order (and omitting "TB" - bit of an obvious choice, on this
list) :-

The Beta Band   "The 3 E.P.s"
        Eccentric, eclectic compilation of 3x 12" singles.

Air     "Premier Symptomes"
        Ambient, schmambient, sublime. (Not '98, really.)

Kid Loco        "A Grand Love Story"
        Groovetastic, stoned.

Prince  "Crystal Ball"
        U no hoo. Varied.

Ultramarine     "A User's Guide"
        Dancetastic. Sublime (like everything else they've done).

Boards of Canada        "Music has the Right to Children"
        (U.K., actually) triptastic, varied.

Thievery Corporation    "Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi"
        Dubtastic, stoned.

The Irresistible Force  "It's Tomorrow Already"
        "Ambient", tuneful.

Wagon Christ    "Tally Ho!"
        Luke Vibert's more acceptable side.

Spiritualised   "Live: Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997"
        Current world record holders for highest altitude gig.

Coldcut "Let Us Play!"

Grant Lee Buffalo       "Jubilee"
        A bit disappointing after "Copperopolis"

Money Mark      "Maybe I'm Dead"
        Varied stuff from the Beastie's keyboardist.

Various "3a.m. Eternal"
        Superb ambient collection.

The Negro Problem       "Post Minstrel Syndrome"
        Well-documented, on this list.

World Standard  "Country Gazette"
        Weird (liner notes describe it as "first Ambient C.&W. album").

Won't bother putting "Apple Venus" (Vols. 1 & 2) in '99 list, either.
Jon Holden-Dye
"I like to keep an open mind - but
not so open my brain falls out." (Anon.)


Message-Id: <>
From: "Molly Fanton" <>
Subject: My new poll
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 13:42:41 PST

     I would like to announce a new poll I started on my web page.  It's
the five favorite XTC albums.  I don't want to get e-mail from people
complaining that I didn't pick their favorite XTC album, because I could
only pick 5 albums, and I picked the ones that came to the top of my
head.  Just go to
If you have any problems e-mail me at



Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 17:26:02 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <>
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Best of 1998

I've waited until nearly the last minute of 1998 to decide on my best
for the past year, but here it is.  For what it's worth.

Robert Wegmann: "Red Hair"
	Far and away my favourite for 1998.  An excellent EP (or
	mini-album) in which Mr. Wegmann turns from straight Beach Boys and
	Beatles inspired pop to something a little grander.  Elements of
	King Crimson and Peter Gabriel pop up in these rich tableaux of
	sound, with bits of world musicks thrown in as connecting passages.
	Mr. Wegmann has taken up the Stick and married a concert
	accordionist from Russia, both of which feature prominently in this
	recording.  Really, I cannot recommend this highly enough.  Mail
	order from Fumiko Records (

L'affaire Louis Trio: "Mobilis in Mobile"
	Okay, so this one's from 1993, but I didn't discover it until this
	year, and I've played it quite a bit.  I suppose it would help to
	understand French, but so far I've enjoyed the album quite enough in
	my ignorance.  My sister tells me they sound like XTC.  I suppose
	they do, in that they mine that vein of power pop, but their
	influences are more varied than that.  In any case, I have been
	playing this one a lot lately.

Brian Wilson: "Imagination"
	The production is a bit on the cheesy side, but Mr. Wilson writes
	and sings some great songs here.  And it's not all nice.  He plays
	with the production for a bit of the ugly underneath, especially on
	the album closer "Happy Days".

Nick Heyward: "The Apple Bed"
	Not as good as his previous, "Tangled", this one is still chock full
	of Beatles and 80s pop inspired tracks.  Mr. Heyward may wear his
	influences on his sleeve, so that one can list them easily (The Jam,
	The Beatles, XTC, My Bloody Valentine...) but his melodies are
	infectious, his performances are convincing, and his lyrics are
	never trite, though they may lean that way.  Basically a good solid
	listen.  And this album contains one of my favorite tracks of this
	year, "The Man You Used To Be".

"Chalkhills' Children '98"
	Perhaps there's a little bias involved, or perhaps it is, as has
	been said, that this album is the best we can do until the new XTC
	album comes out.  In any case, CC98 is the third in a series of XTC
	tributes compiled and performed by subscribers to Chalkhills, the
	official XTC fans 'net mailing list.  And it is by far the best of
	the series.  This tribute contains some excellent interpretations of
	XTC songs.  (For ordering details, see

Slapp Happy: "Ca Va"
	Yes, it's true.  Slapp Happy reunited for an album, after more than
	20 years.  And it's a good one.  Dagmar Krause, Peter Blegvad, and
	Anthony Moore have definitely not been sleeping for those
	intervening years.  And yet they have managed to remain both outside
	the mainstream and interesting.  Another of my favorite tracks of
	this year are on this album ("Scarred for Life").

Yazbek: Tock
	This Yazbek guy is a nut.  A nut who writes some twisted and
	eminently hummable pop.  Ya gotta love songs like "Tool Calendar
	Girl" and "Here Come The Ducks".

The Negro Problem: "Post Minstrel Syndrome"
	Not without its problems, this disc had its share of memorable
	melodies.  I usually programmed out the "bonus tracks", but
	nonetheless this album spent a lot of time in the player.

The Bevis Frond: "North Circular"
	This double album has some of Mr. Frond's best work in a few years,
	but it's also sprawling and overwhelming.  And has one of the best
	rants I've heard in ages (since Ice-T's "This One's For Me",
	perhaps).  And the live gig at the Great American Music Hall in San
	Francisco was one of the best of this year.  Nick Saloman's electric
	dulcimer solo had to be heard (and seen) to be believed.  (P.S. I
	was joking when I said "Mr. Frond".)

And honorable mentions go to the following:

Happy Rhodes: "Many Worlds are Born Tonight"
The Eels: "Electro-Shock Blues"
Mary Lou Lord: "Got No Shadow"
Clockwise: "Clockwise"
"National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest 97"

Happy New Year!

	  -- John


Message-Id: <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 19:02:50 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Where to buy Apple Venus?

I'd like to get it straight as to where we can buy Apple Venus
and have it actually count toward SoundScan or whatever sales
tracking system is predominant.   My ignorance about music charts
is showing.... But if there's the slightest possibility that ALL OF US
buying Apple Venus during the same week can make it appear on
someone's chart, then I think we should all be straight on which
retailers actually report their sales.  Is anyone out there familiar
with this?  I normally buy my CDs on-line through CDnow or Amazon,
but if it means putting XTC in the Top 20 then I'll seek out the
proper store!

Phil Corless


Message-Id: <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 19:05:17 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Chalk Horse Shirts

I have 4 extra Chalkhorse shirts -- XL Leaf Green.  $20, includes postage.
Email me if you want one and I'll send you my address.  First come, first

By the way, my next batch of shirts will NOT be shirts.... I'm going to
try something different this year:   XTC Mouse Pads!   Let me know
what you think, or if you'd be interested in one for $8 or $9.

Phil Corless


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 21:51:10 EST
Subject: Once again, TVT please read

IN Chalkhills #5-51, we read:

>  I've just seen this in the latest email update from Esprit:

>> XTC Apple Venus (Ltd Edn Japanese CD album includes extra bonus
>>   track[s] comes in a lavish shaped CD package with p/s due mid Feb!)
>>    UK 23.99 / $ 39.00

O.K., I promise I won't write this in all caps, but imagine that I'm agitated
and shouting.

Will someone please explain to me why so many Japanese CD's have bonus tracks
not available anywhere else??!!  It simply doesn't cost any more to press a CD
with ten songs or twelve songs!

I hereby vow that if this is true, I will NOT by the TVT release of "Apple
Venus."  And I suspect many others will boycott the U.S. release if they can
get their hands on the Japanese import.  The question that needs to be asked
is: what percentage of the people who would by "Apple Venus" in the U.S. are
subscribers to this list (i.e. - die hard fans who care about these things).
If we only make up, say, 1 % of all the people who will buy this album, then I
guess it doesn't matter.  But if we make up the majority of purchasers, the
TVT would be making a colossal economic mistake not to release "Apple Venus"
with bonus tracks as well (or at least make them available as a separate CD

Am I way off base here?  How many other U.S. fans feel the way that I do?
It's time to let TVT know how we feel!

Of course, the Esprit e-mail might be mistaken, in which case, forget
everything I said.

Thanks for New Year,

J.D. Mack


Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 19:38:52 -0800 (PST)
From: Jennifer Linnea Strom <>
Subject: Harsh words, I know, but...

> I gotta disagree with you here. Dave is a much more proficient and
> talented guitarist than Andy and has a much wider guitar background
> from which to draw ideas. The guy reconstructs clasic rock tunes for
> fun. Pretty accuratly from what I have been told. Andy has immense
> talent but he spreads it over a wider area. He has chosen to pursue
> songwriting perfection while Dave has chosen to pursue supreme guitar
> muscianship.
> The departure of Dave will dimish the guitar aspect of XTC.

I have to admit, and I am aware that will very likely receive
merciless taunting for saying this, but I have reservations about what
XTC will sound like without Dave Gregory. Not just in the guitar
department, because his talent was much more far reaching than that,
his string arrangement on 'Skylarking' as proof to that. It's not that
Andy isn't a good guitarist, he's probably better than most out there,
but my humble opinion is that he can't hold a candle to Dave. I can
tell you that I identify a lot of their songs as much by the guitar
riffs as the melody lines. This has been reinforced listening to
'Transistor Blast' and noticing that, in my humble opinion, they sound
a hell of a lot better with Dave than with Barry.

Speaking of his reconstructions, I had almost forgotten that I had
this (It's on vinyl and I haven't had a turntable for quite a while
now), but is anyone familiar with the compilation 'Through The Looking
Glass'? Under the name 'Colin's Hermits', they did a version of
'Strawberry Fields Forever' that sounds exactly like the original,
with the exception that it's Andy singing and not John Lennon.

Let the taunting begin.



From: "Bill Curran" <>
Subject: Holly Up On Poppy, Moody Blue !
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 23:09:25 -0500
Message-ID: <000001be3605$aefb6540$dfa82581@blueskye>

Dearest Chalkhillbillies,

So glad to hear someone mention Holly Up On Poppy again.
This one never makes anyone's fave or hate list, but if you have
kids, especially girls aged 2-11 , this song connects. My 3 year old
daughter Mackenzie actually talks in ribbons and furls ! Even moreso
around Christmas. And of course, she did escape from the world
where they make beautiful girls, but you knew that already, didn't
you ?

Swindon sighting - an unexpected one. I was making a CDr for a
friend that is a huge Moody Blues fan of the Justin Hayward solo
album - Songwriter. I had never got around to reading the liner
notes, I assumed that they would be the same as on the vinyl release.

New liner notes ! What is this, Christmas ?  So I quote from page 8
(page 8 of 11 ! in a CD !) :
"Going back to basics, Justin Hayward was born in Dean Street,
Swindon, Wiltshire, on October 14th, 1946, just a stone's throw
from the magnificence which was the works of the Great Western
Railway. It wasn't long, however, before the family moved to a
Berkshire village. ...... stuff edited ..... Shortly after his tenth
birthday, the Haywards returned, lock, stock, and barrel to Swindon
where Justin attended Commonweal Grammar. ...... " Glad to see
that another of pop's great voices hails from Swindon.

Bill Curran


Message-Id: <>
From: "Molly Fanton" <>
Subject: The Poll has Changed
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 21:34:49 PST

   I just wanted to tell you that I changed my poll, and I found out how
to add a few more albums.  Just go to  I added 8 albums
instead of 5.  I hope you're happy now.  :)



Message-ID: <>
From: "Bob Crain" <>
Subject: It's A Livin' Thing
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 00:21:25 PST


A. The multitude of Dan Phipps posts in #5-51 was an unprecedented
number by one Chalkie in one digest, was it not?

B. Parthenon Huxley is joining ELO Part II as guitarist, staring in
mid-January 1999 ( He's
replacing the outgoing Phil Bates (and why the hell I know anything
about ELO Part II is, a pal at work is a ridiculously big ELO fan and I
have to admit a great fondness for ELO up through "Out Of The Blue", and
so I went with him up to Wilmington DE to see them play, and they were
amazing (if you like ELO, that is)).  ELO Part II has three original
members of ELO plus the original orchestrator, and does put out an album
of originals (which mostly suck bags in my opinion) every few years.
Could the involvement of P. Hux actually lead to some good new ELO
songs?  I for one am metaphorically holding my breath.

C.  Andy is a great, great guitarist, and so I don't think XTC needs any
help in that department for Apple Venus II.  I am expecting the major
effect of Dave's absence to be felt in the arrangements.  Will Andy add
as many cool twiddly bits as Dave?  I for one am metaphorically holding
my breath.

D.  However, I would not be surprized to hear Mike Kennealy on Apple
Venus II!  I for one am...oh, you know.

- "Burning" Bob Crain


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 15:06:24

Fellow Chalkheads:

I recently mentioned that I've spent most of '98 listening to the Apple
Venus Demos.....and have had several people contact me requesting a trade.
I'd be more than happy to trade these demos, and any of the others that I
have...including copies of my original JV Sketchbook, and my first gen Bull
With The Silver Innards.  I've got shloads of audio and a fantastic list of
video, and I usually have a couple of extra original memorabilia type items
as well.  Check out my list, and LMK what you want & what you have to trade
with. I'm always happy to talk to, and trade with, other XTC'ers.


you can also access my list through Chalkhills Anonymous by clicking on my

gold word ribbons rope and rodeo the dark clouds,

Wes Long


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 16:41:26 +0000
Subject: A return

Well after allowing my Chalkhills digests to build up since mid November I
ventured back to see if the ritual self abuse had ceased.

It seems to have abaited at last, the bickering and the 3 or 4 dull threads
seem to have gone away for a while.

The two messages over the last couple of months which stuck in my mind, are
both from Mitch.

Mitch lying to Andy about the chalkhills content at that time.
Mitch mentioning the re-re-re-release of SF Sorrow (several other Pretty
Things re-releases are available)

It's worth buying for the saddest song of all time"Lonelist Man in the

To read about SF Sorrow have a look at



Message-ID: <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 12:29:32 -0400
From: Brian <>
Subject: Re: say the bells of what?


>That's a bit hard to imagine for a Yank whose only auditory likenesses are
the song "Winchester Cathedral" and the round sung in "Sweeney Todd" (if
those are both real).<

I've heard OF "Sweeney Todd" and I've heard "Winchester Cathedral" (one
of my faves when I was a kid), so I'd say they were real, yeah.

* Digital & traditional illustration/animation
* Caricaturist-for-hire
* RENDERMAN ~ One-Man Band Ordinaire


Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 14:16:08 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <v03007800b2b3d775a76a@[]>
From: Mitch Friedman <>
Subject: Colin gives

I just wanted to back up what Peter Fitzpatrick said about Colin's interest
in what's going on in the studio. When I was at Rockfield I was pleasantly
surprised to find Colin extremely involved in the mixing of each song
. . . even Andy's songs.
He was very attentive to details and made numerous good suggestions on how
to improve things as the mixes progressed. I'd even say that he was
sometimes more present and involved in Andy's songs than Andy was (at least
while I was there.)
Colin may be laid back and quiet but don't get that confused with


Message-ID: <>
From: Martin & Jamie Monkman <>
Subject: getting Apple Venus on the radio
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:31:03 -0800

Mark wrote:

>> I thought I had read somewhere (Paul's Andy Interview?) that
>> there weren't going to be any singles. What is the scoop?
>You're right, Andy did talk about this with Paul C....
>There won't be any singles whatsoever UNLESS there is an overwhelming
>response from radio stations for one particular song of the album;
>more or less forcing the band & company to release a single.
>It costs a lot of money to release, distribute and promote a single
>and that money is probably better spend on Volume Two.
>BTW: I guess this also means no more XTC vinyl (arrrrrrghghg!!!!)
>So we know what we have to do, right?
>As soon as the album hits the streets we have to start harrassing our
>local radio stations and demand they play that song. Only trouble is:
>how are _we_ going to agree on a song? or anything else for that
>matter... ;)

This may seem like an aside, but bear with me for a paragraph or two.
 Recently, the Wall of Sound website ( ran a
"Top 100 albums of the 60s-90s" poll, where readers got to vote for their
favorite albums.  Some folks on the usenet group got wind of it, and wanted to get some
classical representation on the list.  I'm not sure how they came up with
the final result, but they all agreed on the Bernstein/NY Philharmonic
recording of Mahler's 9th Symphony, recorded in the 60s.  So they all did
it as a write-in vote, and voila, it made #6 on the write-in portion of
the tally.

The moral:  a concerted effort CAN make a difference.

While TVT and Cooking Vinyl might not be releasing singles, they might
"work" an individual song to radio to promote the album.  It would be
interesting to find out if there is such a track.  And if there is, it
will be easy to choose which one to request from your local radio station.
 Is there any way we can find out?  (Cooking Vinyl, are you listening?)

Note that radio play is treated separately from sales--for the Soundscan
sales chart, check out Billboard ( and for radio
play in the USA, there's the Gavin report (  When
you look at the Gavin report, you'll see that the top songs or albums
(depending on the format) are judged by the volume of "spins"--and the way
we'll get XTC on the list is to all request a single track.

If Idea and its distributors aren't going to promote an individual track
to radio, I'll volunteer to run a survey to get a Chalkhills consensus on
which Apple Venus song has the most commercial potential.  What we're
after here friends is not the song we as individuals like the best, but
which one will suck the most radio listeners into liking XTC and rushing
out to buy the album.  At this point, I envision a selection process like
the one used to elect a political party leader here in Canada--there are
any number of candidates on the first ballot, and then only the top
vote-getters survive to the second ballot, and on until a single candidate
has a clear majority.  This way, if your song falls off the ballot, you
are free to switch to any of the survivors in the next round.

Comments, please.


Our homepage:


Message-Id: <>
From: "Michael Davies" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 20:20:35 -0400
Subject: Poppy

> I bought an Action Man for my 5 year old nephew's Christmas.
> When I gave that to him, he seemed very happy. Suddenly, I
> just imagined how was Andy's daughter Holly pleased when she
> saw a rocking horse on her 4th birthday long time ago. She named
> it poppy.

Hey!  I always (well, since I got the album, which was about two
months ago, but I'd heard of the song before) thought that song title
referred to her jumping up on her father.  Now I understand what the
"canter" means.

Michael davies


Message-ID: <>
From: "Amanda Owens" <>
Subject: Re: Dave's Not Here
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 17:30:18 PST

Hello and a slap-happy nude year to all!

Gotta have my responses:

>Andy can't cut Dave's cheese (This is my obligatory Big Inflamatory
>remark designed to draw all Andy lovers into this debate).

:( Sniff.....sniff.....sniff, did you have to bring

Tis all for now,
Amanda C. Owens
"People will always be tempted to wipe their feet on anything with
welcome written on it."-Andy Partridge
XTC song of the day-Omnibus
non XTC song-Poor Side of Town-Johnny Rivers


From: "Benjamin A. Gott" <bgott@Bowdoin.EDU>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Under the Wire
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 14:55:44 -0500 (EST)

Happy New Year, everyone!

I just bought two albums that have quickly slipped into my "Best of 1998"
list: Babybird's "There's Something Going On" (available in the UK only,
but I got it at the Virgin Megastore), and Tori Amos's "From the
Choirgirl Hotel." Babybird's album is astonishingly good -- quick, witty,
"urbanpop," with a hint of sarcasm holding the album together. He does
the alternative thing ten times better than Beck, in my opinion, because his
stripped down songs remain incredibly interesting *and* inventive at the
same time. Truly, folks: this is some of the best stuff I have ever heard.

The Tori album is, thank God, her best thing since "Little Earthquakes."
"Jackie's Strength" is great, as is "Spark." In fact, the whole thing rocks.

Try 'em out, and let me know what you think. And don't forget: a month
and a few weeks to AV!



Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 16:18:50 +0000
From: "Daniel Prendiville/Mary O'Dwyer" <>
Subject: christmas already?

I'm considering the release of a compilation CD of original Christmas
songs/music for possible release in October. Any Chalkhills persons
interested/willing to submit material for *possible* inclusion (and I
*stress*, **possible**...) should contact me at a.s.a.p. I
can only accept material submitted on CD at this stage.

Hope this 99 is better than the last one I had, which melted in me hand and
dripped all over me jumper...

Daniel Prendiville
Daniel's Den -

Tantrum Ego - coming whenever -


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 22:41:38
Subject: RayGun XTC article

Much thanks to the Chalkhead that posted the info on the RayGun's a good one.  I've always loved to hear/read quotes from
Andy....especially when someone (or thing) has incurred his white hot
wrath.....but I'll be damned if it doesn't hurt like an open wound mutha
when the verbal assault is aimed at Dave.



Message-ID: <>
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Lennon & Jesus
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 20:16:55 PST

Hello Cork-chillers,

I'm back, and may yet have reason to regret it. I have a veritable
plethora of postings to dispatch, but for the nonce I shall don ye
asbestos suit and send forth this first epistle. Pay thee now good heed,
lest Ozzy smite thee, and thy "Transistor Blast" boxed set be
transformed unto the "Best of Celine Dion". Draw near, and and mark well
my words:

**Twelve reasons why John Lennon has nothing in common with Jesus**

1. XTC were not playing the night Jesus died

2. Jesus never wrote even *one* good pop song

3. Nobody ever burned down a city and massacred all the inhabitants for
the "greater glory of John"

4. Jesus never took acid

5. Mary Magdalene did not make a solo album

6. Jesus was circumcised

7. Lennon met Elvis years before Jesus did

8. They both wrote two books, but John's are shorter AND funnier

9. Jesus' comeback promises to be much better than "Double Fantasy"

10. Lennon is obviously NOT the son of Ozzy.

11. They both had friends called Paul, but only one of them was really
crucified (I mean, have you actually read the reviews of "Give My
Regards to Broad Street"? That's GOTTA hurt).

12. Errrm ... John Lennon was a real person

Here endeth today's lesson. Now go my children, and prostrate thyselves
before the Great White Horse.

Yours angelically


Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 21:09:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Iain Murray <>
Subject: Potential AV1 Airplay (at least, in Australia...)


Over the past few weeks, I've been listening out for radio mentions of
the upcoming release of AV1. I haven't heard anything as yet, but
Triple J Radio have started playing a few XTC tracks. Since the week
before Christmas, I've heard "Ball & Chain", "Love At First Sight",
and Primus' cover of "Scissor Man" (and the DJ actually knew it was a
cover of an XTC track!). Hopefully this augurs well for a bit of radio
attention for the new album/s - at least we can hope so.

23 days till Elvis - he'd better be worth it.   :)


"The sooner L.A. falls into the Pacific Ocean and is flushed away like
the turd city it is, the better this world will be" - Bill Hicks.


Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 00:00:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Brent Palmer <>
Subject: Dave Gregory's contribution

Dear Chalkhillians,

Regarding Jon's pointing out of Dave Gregory's guitar prowess: very
true - and don't forget his contribution to the keyboard side of
things either, as well as his string/horn arrangements on "1000
Umbrellas" and _Nonsuch_!  With this past work in mind, methinks Dave
would've benefited the "orchoustic" material enormously.  (Still like
to hear _Apple Venus I_, though!)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 12:01:34 +0000
From: Dominic Lawson <>
Subject: Transistor Blasted

Happy New Etc, Chalkhills pals!

No prizes for guessing what I got from my beloved this Christmas. A lovely
shiny copy of TB and the new Busta Rhymes album. Fantastic.

And what a treat-fest TB turned out to be. Superb versions of many of my
favourite XTC tunes (a special thumbs aloft for "I'm Bugged" and
"Roads..."), and two live CDs of such undeniable excellence that I am now
officially VERY DEPRESSED at never having seen the band live. Apart from
Gang Of Four, I can't think of another band from that period that kicked
anywhere near as much buttola. The Black Sea-era gig is particularly
arse-widening in its toe-tapping glory.

Also, thanks to Sue & Don Parker - guardians & supervisors of the unruly Dom
muse - Song Stories has been inwardly digested and thoroughly enjoyed,
despite the author's claim that the British "deserved Margaret
Thatcher". Er, no, I don't think so Mr. Farmer. No one deserved that, stupid
& apathetic though "we" may have been... Cracking book though, and yet
another reason to drag my crusty vinyl LPs from my silver wardrobe of

Anyway, mere weeks until the rebirth of our favourite plank-spanking heroes,
who are the lucky sods who'll have early access to the new masterpiece? No
gloating allowed! Just give us the lowdown......and make it snappy!

Somehow I suspect that most of us will have the same Album Of The Year this
time around.....

Cheers & here's to more Chalkhills escapades in 1999. I promise to behave



Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 12:55:56 +0000 (GMT)
From: Chris Clee <>
Subject: Re: aco and this world over
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.00.9901041254420.8136-100000@piranha>

well miss it doesn't, much better version in my opinion

hope you all had a jolly break,


Chris Clee
Team 55
The Sanger Centre


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