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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 54

                 Thursday, 7 January 1999

Today's Topics:

                     Radio and Sales
              Re: Once again, TVT pease read
                 TVT -- Another Chapter.
    Belated drummer talk / Garden of Gregory Delights
              Anyone Still Believe in Fate?
            Japanese BONUS Tracks... and more
      defending dave, praizing colin & 'tb' thoughtz
         Gotta dance, gotta dance, got-ta daaance
                    White Music Review
                  TB and catching up...
    Revolver! (no not the Beatles album, the ATV show)
           the abc of xtc: andy, brian & colin
                    Re: All That Jazz
               Boycotting/Japanese release
              Another XTC contact , In Paris
      I still buy vinyl too (plus a bit of a rant!)
       Take Two: Another try at getting published.
                       RE: Limbaugh
                       RIP Frankie


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Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 10:27:11 -0600 (CST)
From: James Reimer <jrreimer@DELTA.IS.TCU.EDU>
Subject: Radio and Sales
Message-id: <Pine.PMDF.3.95.990105101647.847954A-100000@DELTA.IS.TCU.EDU>

I noticed that someone mentioned the Gavin charts as being a major
component of radio broadcast in the U.S., but let's not forget CMJ.  There
are many more stations that report to CMJ and in the College market (which
is where I think they should concentrate on) it is absolutely huge.  There
are a handful of stations that report to both, which can be a double
bonus, especially since this is the first time they have released
something in some time and since it's the legendary XTC.
	I do have concerns however.  Their label, TVT, is not exactly the
best when it comes to distribution.  I have encountered some problems with
them before, especially recently with the Brian Jonestown Massacre's
Strung Out IN Heaven.  My station played it all the time, but there was no
place for the people hearing it to buy it.  With this whole Seagram's
fiasco, we are running into problems trying to promote 4 Hero's Two Pages
(Talkin' Loud/Mercury).
We play the hell out of it, but it is difficult to track down due to the
shoddy distribution.  What I am getting at is that this is all a team game
and if the album is to sell, it needs to be there to sell.  (I guess I am
still a little bitter on how long it took me to track down Transistor
Blast as well as Jets To Brazil's "Orange Rhyming Dictionary (Jade Tree))



Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: Once again, TVT pease read
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 99 21:00:32 -0600
From: steve <>

>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!

It's common for Japanese CDs to have 1 or 2 extra tracks.  I suspect it
has something to do the the Japanese domestic market.  They didn't record
anything extra, so it's very likely that any bonus tracks will be demos.

>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 is, do you want to pay $24.00 extra for a fancy package and
a couple of demo tracks?

>But if we make up the majority of purchasers, then 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 single).

If we make up a majority of the purchasers, then TVT made a colossal
economic mistake when they signed XTC.

>It's time to let TVT know how we feel!

Sure, by writing them directly.  But calm down first! ;)

- Steve


Message-ID: <>
From: "Candiani, Erik" <>
Subject: TVT -- Another Chapter.
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 12:35:04 -0800

I am usually just a reader of the Digest, but after the post put up by, I had to put my two cents in.  I have to seriously agree
with him in questioning the purpose of leaving off certain tracks on
domestic releases.  I have over 750 CD's, and a large part of those are
imports.  A bit more expensive, but they include extras a lot more than ours
do.  WHY?  TVT - if you are reading this, an explanation would be great.  I
have enjoyed a lot of the ideas presented in this digest -- and would love
to take part in some of them like the "purchasing AV all in the same
week"...  However, one idea I WILL be taking part in is NOT PURCHASING the
US release if the import version has a track or two more.  Why waste my
money?  And releasing it on a separate single is not going to fix it for me
-- why should I have to pay more to get the same?  I would rather have all
of the songs on ONE CD... even if it is more expensive.  What do you all
	As far as the packaging for TB... I think it was great.  The only
thing that would have made it better would have been to have the plastic
cases inside of another cardboard half-case -- INSIDE the outer-casing.
That way the individual CD's wouldn't slide out so easy.  (Kind of like Pink
Floyd's PULSE case) Anyway, hind-site is at least 20/40 .  See ya'... and I
look forward to reading more for you all...

Erik A. Candiani


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 22:47:20 +0000
From: Robin Holden <>
Organization: RPHolden Software / Pathogen UK
Subject: Belated drummer talk / Garden of Gregory Delights

Parte the Firste:

I've just read a lot of the stuff about XTC's drummers over the years
and there seems to be one other element about a drummer that defines
their 'quality': their selection of drums/cymbals.  Selecting
distinctive drum tunings and cymbal types is halfway to getting your
style.  Dave Mattacks will tell you that any day (he's a very rigid
methodist in the way he tunes his drums).

In my opinion, Terry Chambers' style is characterised by his choice of
hi-hat and the way he uses it (he rarely used a ride cymbal).  The
'loose' sound of his hi-hat (achieved by not putting too much pressure
on the pedal) is common to all his drumming and the way he opens the
hi-hat is very crisp and precise.  His actual choice of hi-hat seems
like a thinnish type of metal, giving quite a high-pitched sound.  The
differentiation between the sound of his crash cymbals is also very
defining.  He tunes his toms to sound very large.  It's almost as though
he's drumming on cardboard boxes!  Great sound, great drummer.  I would
disagree that he's not technically proficient.  You can be a technically
brilliant drummer and still sound crap if you don't support the music or
select appropriate instruments.  Terry knows what he's doing, he's just

My favourite bit of Terry's drumming:  the tiny tiny ghost notes on the
snare drum at the beginning of "Roads Girdle the Globe" on "Drums and

Prairie Prince is also one with a distinctive sound, but it's his snare
sound that really thrills me.  He actually manages to make a note out of
his snare beats.  There's definite pitch there (for reference, listen to
Bill Bruford's drumming on Yes's Fragile album).  Again, he
differentiates his cymbals a lot.  All his drums and cymbals have a lot
of sustain, which really comes through on "The Man Who Sailed..."

My piece of Prince:  "The Fill" on Summer's Cauldron.

Pat Mastelotto shouldn't be criticised for his work on O&L.  In some of
the mixes you can hardly hear him, but the sheer tightness of his drum
heads makes a great sound.  I couldn't imagine "Mayor of Simpleton" with
a more suitable drum beat.  Plus, the junk percussion on "Scarecrow
People" and the percussiveness of "Garden of Earthly Delights" are
mesmerising, whether or not they are Pat's own creations.

My favourite Pat Percussion Piece:  the above said bit of "Scarecrow

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

Parte the Seconde:

Whilst listening to "Drums and Wireless" I've found it incredibly
enlightening to turn off the left or right speaker on the stereo and
listen to Dave's playing.  I have tried this with "Scarecrow People" and
"Roads Girdle the Globe."  If there's a way of learning XTC guitar
parts, I think I've found it.  Lovely little gems like Dave's bit behind
the "steer me, Anna" section of RGTG have been revealed.  Also, I really
reccomend listening to Dave's acoustic guitar part on "Scarecrow People"
on D&Wrls. as a tribute to the sheer hard work that this man puts into
the playing and study of his instrument:  it appears to be a single


Robin Holden (

Check out Pathogen's Website:


Message-ID: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 20:16:34 EST
Subject: Anyone Still Believe in Fate?

I got a subscription for Stereo Review a few months back on a whim because
(in part) I wanted to check in on the latest technology and after reading a
few issues in the waiting room of the clinic where I was a Physical
Therapist.  I never dreamed that the following would take place:

I got out of my mailbox as I returned home from work the premier issue of
Sound & Vision (the combination of Stereo Review magazine and VIdeo
magazines).  I was feeling a little dissapointed because I really just
wanted the Stereo Review aspect of the magazine but I dove into its pages
nonetheless.  I started at the "letter from the editor" page which
introduced the readers to the new set up and gave a preview of the premier
issue.  I skimmed over the parts that covered the video material but my
interest was peaked by the following line: "And on page 143, just for kicks,
we let a couple of well-known rock musicians sit in the reviewer's seat to
audition three speaker systems."  Thinking that it might be Jagger/Richards
or maybe Entwhistle/Towshend I hurredly flipped open past advertisement
cards and IMHO worthless articles about HDTV to page 143 and there were Andy
and Colin (sitting atop the speakers they reviewed, Andy in an arms-spread
pose with totally cool plaid golf pants on)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They reviewed the speakers with their "freshly mixed" Apple Venus Vol. 1.
Also included in the pages of Sound & Vison is a review of the album.  FOUR

I do not know if Stereo Review or Video (magazine) has had a web site (or
even if Sound & Vision does for that matter), but the entire article may be
found on any of those places.  Run, do not walk to your local bookstore to
pick up this copy of XTC in a major magazine.  Very big things are on the
horizon for our beloved XTC.

Jazzed as I ever,


Go Go2


Message-Id: <>
From: "Noble K. Thomas" <>
Subject: Japanese BONUS Tracks... and more
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 16:42:34 -0600

Supposedly, Japanese releases include bonus material due to the dollar-yen
currency relationship. It seems Japanese customers could very easily buy
the American import at quite a reduced price as opposed to buying the
Japanese version. Therefore, they need something to induce the customer. I
would assume it is very likely that the Japanese release of AV 1 will
include extra cuts and special packaging. As for these extra songs, usually
they show up on singles from Europe or sometimes even in the USA... but
since there are no singles slated for release, the Japan release may be the
only way to get them. Which brings us to this question: what are the BONUS
tracks? Are any of the recorded songs not slated for the TVT release? My
guess is that any BONUS tracks will be demos or remixes etc.

Regarding another matter... I'm looking for a tape or CD copy of the Dave
Gregory CD. Anyone care to trade?

Finally... should any musical artists out there wish to sumbit at tune for
an upcoming CD compilation please feel free to send it my way. Contact me
(toby) for more details.


Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 23:28:08 -0500
From: David Oh <>
Subject: defending dave, praizing colin & 'tb' thoughtz

az much az i love xtc & az much az i'm looking 4ward 2 the new albumz, i,
personally, will miss dave's guitar playing on the future xtc releasez.
i've been listening 2 a lot of xtc lately, in my car on 2 recent journeyz
of 4 hourz duration each, in the big run up 2 the release of 'ap-v1' &
there are a few thingz i've noticed...

1. from listening 2 'o&l', 'skylarking' & 'tb' straight thru & back 2 back,
i've concluded that dave wuz (& still iz i suppoze) an awesum guitar
player! just listen 2 his great work on 'merely a man', 'the loving', 'pink
thing', his solo on 'that'z really super, supergirl', his great playing on
'towerz of london' on 'tb', hell all of his playing 4 that matter. he gave
them a muzicality that wuz missing in the 'barry yearz', & hopefully it
won't b 2 badly missed in the 'post dave yearz'

2. while listening 2 theze albumz, i wuz struck by colin'z great bass
playing. on 'the mayor of simpleton' it'z all over the place & not an easy
thing 2 play, @ least in my admittedly pathetic attemptz @ it. imho, colin
wuz playing @ his best on 'o&l' & my relistening 2 it has made me
appreciate his, & dave'z, abilityz even more than i did b4.

3. again, listening 2 'tb' has confirmed my opinion that xtc became a much
more muzical band after dave joined than they were with barry on keyz. the
live stuff with dave on 'tb' rockz, while the stuff with barry iz merely
charming in a quirky, atonal sorta way. even andy sez that his voice in the
early daze wuz like a barking seal! dave definitely brought out the muzic
that wuz in the band.

4. with repeated listenz, & with her being a captive audience 4 up 2 4
hourz @ a time, my wife iz starting 2 unnerstand my obsession with all
thingz xtc. b4 i arrived on the scene, her tastes in muzic were very
mainstream, having been force-fed with commercial radio all her life. she
wuz completely unaware of muzic beyond whitney, celine, rod, brooce, pill
collinz (?), taylor dayne (??), lionel ritchie (???). i have tried, gently,
2 educate her in muzic on, & beyond, the fringez mainstream radio & now
she'z listening 2 much more than she ever could've imagined herself
listening 2 just 10 yearz ago. in the interests of the great debate on
'o&l' vs. 'skylarking', she likez both equally, but her favourite songz
from each r very interesting indeed. from 'sky', she likes 'grass', 'season
cycle', 'mermaid' & especially 'sacrificial bonfire'; from 'o&l', she likez
'tmos', 'k4ad', 'hold me', 'pink thing' & especially 'chalkhillz'. however,
she really dislikez 'prezident kill'. hmmm, perhapz she'z been reading sum
of the chalkhillz posts...

in conclusion, i realize that sum of u like the 'barry yearz', but 4 me @
least, xtc matured with the addition of dave, from 'drumz & y-erz' onwardz...
i will miss dave being a part of xtc.


"if you celebrate mediocrity, you get mediocrity" - frank zappa

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Message-ID: <618F91505D89D21185330001FA6A49540822B3@HFD-EXCH008>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <>
Subject: Gotta dance, gotta dance, got-ta daaance
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 10:45:57 -0500

>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.

No, I know that the songs are real, (I can dig them both up at home)
but do they mimic the actual notes played by real bells, or are
they fictions?

>Sting's lyrics, as an example, are "aggressively bad" as in they're
>"not content to just sit there and be ignored".

I'm adding this to my musical lexicon! I waver between the two poles,
but if someone sits down to write an Important Song, it better say
something in a new way (taking for granted that there's nothing new
under the sun). Otherwise things can get pretty painful; look under
"Through-Sung Broadway Shows", subsection "Translated from French".

However, that's not carte blanche for mere ditties to be idiotic,
banal and full of tortured near-rhymes.

>Well, they showed a clip of Paula Abdul in some low-budget obscure
>film where she looks terrible and sings even worse.

Are you sure that isn't the diet Coke commercial with Gene Kelly's ghost?
His estate looked more alive than she did in that one.

Broadway rhythm, it's got me,


From: Matt_Kaden/CAM/
Message-ID: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 11:59:31 -0500
Subject: White Music Review

White Music

They're up to no good; this much is clear. At once traditional and
rebellious, values re-assigned, standards redefined. In the face, up the
pace, spastic, elastic, drastically enthusiastic, sarcastically
ecstatic. You try to tap your feet but you lose your breath as the
adrenalined voice crams in more words and sounds per second than you thought
possible. The singer's been shouting all night and you just tuned in. The
guitar attacks with crunch and slippery slapstick and percussive precision
[I can't help but imagine this guitar to be strung with wires and springs
with spokes sticking out of it] steadily chewing into every song until its
finish. The drums are slapping you repeatedly and this is not going to
stop. The bass is gleefully off, jagged and unrelenting with its rubber fret
jumping and deliberate wrong notes. The tinker-toy piano is tapping with
unlikely repetition, then the organ is churning out carnival waves and
whirlwinds, contradicting all the other tones with a childlike irreverence
and fearless victory. XTC are not out to make friends. They are professional
confusers - this is good; we need more of them out there. After stripping
the structure of rock music to its bare spinal column, they rearrange the
bones and mangle and mutate what's left to reconstruct the form under the
name of uncontrollable frenzy... "just like a needle that keeps sticking to
the same old groove".

***** 5 stars out of 5


Message-Id: <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 19:43:30 +0000
From: Simon Sleightholm <>
Subject: TB and catching up...

Hi gang.  It's been a while - the last six months have been pretty hectic
around these parts, and to emerge resoundingly into 1999 with a great job, a
continued loving relationship and a baby on the way, all of which were in
doubt for a spell, has taken a great load off.  Without wishing to denigrate
the list or its contributors, keeping up with Chalkhills has constituted a
pretty low priority against such a background, so I apologise in advance if
the content of this mail is old hat.  I'm sure much of it has been said
before, and with more flair.

Transistor Blast:  I have it at last!  My wife bought me the set for
Christmas, a few weeks before the holiday, and refused to let me anywhere
near it until the day.  Being laid low with the, by now traditional, winter
agues (I was serving up the 'neck oysters' with alarming frequency) I tried
to convince her that the last act of charity for a dying man should be the
bestowing of just such pre-bundled CD-ular trinkets, but to scant avail.  So
I had to wait until the 25th which meant that I just enough time to tear of
the wrapping and examine the packaging before being whisked off to the
annual round of family visits (imagine the chariot race from Ben Hur,
lengthened to three days and with me emerging from the end of it in much the
same state as Stephen Boyd's Messala).  Actually _listening_ to the thing
didn't occur until the last few days.

Fist impressions?  Well, I did a mean Winston Churchill when I was three
months old (hyuk, hyuk).  But seriously... I think the packaging is cute and
well realised for what it is - okay, so maybe the whole thing isn't too
practical for regular use but then I'm not convinced that this will be many
people's prime 'must play' XTC release, it truly is a collector's item.
Even though mine was bought from a record shop I can sympathise with those
who got a damaged copy by mail; the plastic on the cases does seem extra
brittle and I seem to recall a mention somewhere, not long before the
release, that there were problems with the perfecting the 'neon' plastic
fabrication.  I've whisked the CDs out into regular cases and put the box on
my CD shelf.

The music is, of course, excellent - standout bits so far are the extended
intro to 'Life Begins At The Hop', the adrenaline whoops in 'Into The Atom
Age' and Andy's scatting on Three's 'Science Friction' - but the running
order of the sessions is a trifle bemusing.  Why not a simple chronological
arrangement?  It's not really much of a problem for fans who enjoy the music
from throughout XTC's career (though we know there are plenty of people who
do not), but it _can_ jar a little - a varied diet is a wonderful thing, but
varying between chocolate and chowder several times in the same meal can
cause indigestion.  It's a signal problem for casual listeners, though -
I've played the CDs in my new work environment and they _really_ annoy
people; it's not so much the music as the stylistic switching, there's
little for the casual listener to latch on to.  They may get a hit from the
aforementioned rush of 'Atom Age' but before long we're into 'This World
Over' and brows furrow. (Also vice versa with 'Ten Feet Tall' and 'Earthly
Delight').  I suppose this, in light of the avowedly 'collecting fan' nature
of the package, is not a _major_ minus, but I like to play this stuff
LLOOUUDD, and bugging family and colleagues for the hell of it is not
something I'm happy to do.  If I play 'White Music' or 'Skylarking' they're
happy to go with it, but the haphazard (although there must be _some_ reason
for it lurking around in the Partridge/Moulding collective consciousness)
order of CDs One and Two mean that I don't get to play it as often as I'd
like.  Of course I _could_ try and edit the CDs onto tape in a suitable
order but the last time I tried something like that there were ructions.
Speaking of 'This World Over', I have to put my lot with those who say it is
indistinguishable from the album version - I haven't yet found a single
difference in vocal or instrumentation.

I was thinking about the whole notion of radio sessions as I was writing
this.  They're a strange thing.  A band who, like XTC with Skylarking, felt
messed around by their producer after an album might be tempted to record
radio session versions of the tracks more as they'd have liked them to have
been on the album, but this would perhaps be counter productive considering
that the main point of such sessions is national exposure for album
promotion.  What's the point of broadcasting a version of a song which will
entice listeners to buy an album which contains nothing remotely like it?
For collecting fans alternate takes can be wonderful things, but I remember
hearing Beth Orton on the Mark Radcliffe show doing wonderful acoustic songs
and then hearing the album and thinking how much better her acoustic takes
were.  But that was from the casual listener standpoint, as a rabid Blue
Aeroplanes fan I was dazzled by _their_ acoustic session on Radcliffe.  A
tricky line to straddle, something for the fans, or something for the

Anyway, nice to see you all again, and I hope you all had a grand time
during the holidays.  I'll _try_ and keep up...


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Message-ID: <000301be39ce$5d267440$d5f9abc3@default>
From: "David McGuinness" <>
Subject: Revolver! (no not the Beatles album, the ATV show)
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 23:42:44 -0000

Hi folks -

Did anyone else here in the UK see the Revolver repeat on VH-1 tonight?
Britain's greatest comic genius Peter Cook being drunk, gratuitously
offensive and occasionally very funny 'and a word of advice - don't use the
toilets unless you're in them'

and then

on came our lads to do This is Pop!

AP in dire need of a haircut, rooted to the spot in fear.  Silly split
screen shots of a not-very-authentic punk yob in milkbar and on a walkway,
attacking the camera at the end of each verse.  The director seemed to want
little other than shots of the back of Andy's head and the rather ugly
audience (a few punks, a lot of Top Shop girls with flicked hair and mohair
jumpers, and the odd future megastar: Bob Geldof hanging around at the front
in a black leather jacket, clearly enjoying XTC, and was that really Julian
Clary dancing to Tom Robinson at the end?).  Sadly no view of Barry's
disintegrating organ (missus).

Oh how I laughed.

P Cook: 'that was TCP and that was Pop - well if that was Pop I don't want
to meet Mum'  Cue abuse and heckling from audience.

Oh yeah, and Kate Bush did Them Heavy People wearing tails and holding an
SM58.  Gosh.
And Tom Robinson did Glad to be Gay and Up Against the Wall.

Wasn't Britain a wonderful place in 1978?  Answers on a postcard etc.



Message-Id: <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 22:31:56 -0500
From: David Oh <>
Subject: the abc of xtc: andy, brian & colin

dearest chalkhilltonz

all the talk of av-volz. 1 & 2 & producerz haz got me 2 thinking (& it
really hurtz, 2!). according 2 song storiez, xtc asked brian eno 2 produce
go2, but he declined by saying, @ the time, "u don't need a producer. all u
need is an engineer just 2 capture what u do".

that wuz then, this iz now! i'd love 2 hear an album (or more!), from my
fave band, produced by brian eno, my fave producer. eno'z track record
(punz not intended!) speakz 4 itself, having produced, & in some casez,
performed on, some of the most influential albumz of the '70z, 80z & 90z.

the only reservation i have about my wishful thinking iz how would they get
along? andy haz a reputation az an unorthodox & sometimez difficult
muzician, while brian haz a reputation az an unorthodox producer, relying
az much on chance & randomness az he duz on hiz ample recording knowledge.
would it be a match made in aural heaven or a recipe 4 disaster? & how
would colin'z muzic, & state of mind, cope with the 2 super-brainz @ the
helm of thoze recording sessionz?

i hereby throw open the doorz of debate on the topic of the abc of xtc...

any1 else feel that eno would pull a great album from andy & colin? iz it
just wishful thing? a recipe 4 disaster? 2 peaz & a pod?

just a thought i had...

"if you celebrate mediocrity, you get mediocrity" - frank zappa

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Message-ID: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 06:26:21 EST
Subject: Re: All That Jazz

>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.

  Sorry about the late response, I just flew in from a week in L.A.(and boy
are my arms tired, hyuk hyuk) to find a week's worth of digests to work
through. This is too interesting to ignore, though. I can think of quite a
few jazzy XTC songs, off the top of my head; "Ladybird," "I Remember The
Sun," "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul," "Dying," "Miniature Sun,"
"Chalkhills And Children," and there may be others, but nothing I can think
of. Definitely not much jazz influence on their early material with Terry,
though. On the aforementioned, however, though it's definitely not
traditional jazz, the jazz voicings and rhythms are definitely there. I knew
my college music theory classes were going to pay off someday...

>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.

  All very diverse, yet all considered jazz to some degree. I prefer the
wilder free jazz of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, and late Coltrane myself.
Nonetheless, I don't listen to my few jazz albums much not because I don't
like them, but because my wife actively dislikes jazz. It's a great
prejudice of hers, but it doesn't both me much because jazz is something I
enjoy hearing once in a while but don't hanker for much when I'm not
listening to it, unlike, say, whatever pop/rock album is tickling my ear at
the moment and saying "play me again; I know you've missed me." Right now
it's Neil Finn's Try Whistling This, which my in-laws gave me for
Christmas.(and one of its songs was even on the in-flight programming coming
back from LA, along with juicy bits from Jeff Buckley, Lucinda Williams, and
Sheryl Crow, among other AAA type stuff; somebody at United has taste)
Unfortunately, the airline lost our luggage due to a cancelled flight and
last-minute rerouting, with all the CD's and tapes I acquired in LA(both
X-Mas gifts and raiding a couple of used CD stores). Waah.

>There is so much boundary breaking and experimentation in jazz that is
>absent in a majority of rock and pop bands.  That is probably one of the
>major reasons we are all here on Chalkhills...  because XTC tends to test
>or violate a great deal of the rock/pop preconceptions and quite often make
>it work.

  Ain't it the truth. That's why I feel that XTC has more in common with
some of the more adventurous jazz-fusion type stuff than most rock and
roll. The main difference between XTC at their most adventurous and, say,
Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, is XTC uses the shorter song format with vocals
and a beginning, middle, and end. They're not afraid to use chords and
voicings that just aren't done in rock and roll, just like Miles Davis had a
tendency to do things that just weren't done in jazz and make them work.

>In that way, XTC is similar to Rush.  Though I'm not a big fan, I have
>heard most of their stuff and some of it is pretty damn impressive in that
>they'll mix in a bar of 5/4 or 7/4 timing and make it work.  They make it
>sound natural and not some spazo-herky-jerky discomfort.  Rush does this
>with timing, structure and polyrhythms.  XTC does this with chord
>structures, words and production.
>Cheers, Richard

  I'd quibble with similarity on musical grounds, but a contrast based on
approach and a common devotion to pursuing their own sound is interesting. I
do notice "Miniature Sun" comes closer to Rush's sound and approach than any
other XTC song, though.



Message-Id: <>
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 1999 10:02:45 -0500
From: Adam Tyner <ctyner@CLEMSON.EDU>
Subject: Boycotting/Japanese release

>Yes, I think you are.  I hate boycotting things.  How is XTC going to
>get the sales if we boycott the album?  Why should we punish the band
>becaues of the record company.  I'm going to buy the album the first
>time it's released, which is when?
>I say go buy the album, and not punish the band.  That's all for now.

If the Japanese release does indeed contain material that won't be released
in the U.S., I will without a doubt buy the import rather than the domestic
version.  I wouldn't call it a boycott, though...more like exercising my
right as a consumer.  :-)


/=---------------- ----------------=\
 He-Man, Tuscadero, "Weird Al", Yoo-hoo, Killer Tomatoes, & more!


Message-ID: <E0A8A4268B36D211B53000805FA9DACC14A43F@EXCHANGE_FRA>
From: Denis-Philippe Legros <>
Subject: Another XTC contact , In Paris
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 17:48:12 +0100

Hi there ,
This mail to wish you a Happy New Year from a French XTC Appreciator and
to ask you few questions :

Have you heard about a US PROMO box Numbered Up to 100 with these 2 CD
inside :
	Radios In Motion ... A History of XTC
			The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (edit); The
Mayor of Simpleton (3'58); King For a Day (3'35); Dear God
(3'36 LP version); Grass (3'05); Love On a Farmboy's Wages (3'58);
Senses Working Overtime (4'45); 		Making Plans for Nigel
				CD-5, Geffen USA, PRO-CD-4397, 24? March
1992. promo, gatefold paperboard sleeve.
	This Is Not The New Album
			The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (5'00); Books
are Burning (4'51); Crocodile (3'56).
				CD, Geffen USA, PRO-CD-4396, 24? March
1992. promo, gatefold paperboard sleeve

The 2 CD's have the same cover as thes ones I have seen on your web site
at this page :

Thanx for the reply
Best Regards

Network Engineer


Message-ID: <>
From: Jill Oleson <>
Subject: I still buy vinyl too (plus a bit of a rant!)
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 10:51:48 -0600

Per Aronsson brought up an interesting issue regarding
whether Apple Venus will be released on vinyl.  Like Per,
I still buy vinyl.  Sometimes I think that perhaps I'm buying
more for reasons of nostalgia than for the superior sound
quality... but either way, vinyl still gets part of my hard-earned
dollars.  Examples of recent purchases include Beck
(extended tracks) and Stan Getz (an antique disc to be sure).

So what's the answer here?  Does anyone know if Apple Venus
will be released on that treasured, cardboard-sleeved plastic?
A ripe apple-green disc with a large full-color fold-out brochure
would be quite nice, don't you think?  Perhaps Andy and Colin
could write some more liner notes like they did for Transistor Blast.
I really enjoyed reading their comments, didn't you?


Can you believe that quote from Andy in the "Music News of the World"
article kindly sent to Chalkhills by Neil Oliver?  Andy apparently said,
"We don't make great concerts, anyway. I got that out of my system
in my late 20s."

Well, bullshit, Andy.  Bullshit!

I saw XTC play only twice when Andy was in his twenties and they
were incredible.  Absolutely astounding.  In the first show I saw,
the opening band got booed offstage because people were SO
excited about seeing XTC they wouldn't wait any longer.  The second
show I saw had XTC opening for the Police.  The crowd was packed
for XTC -- everybody dancing their butts off and having a GREAT TIME.

When the Police eventually took the stage (and I'm talking Sting, et al,
not uniforms with clubs and guns, of course) people looked at them with
curiosity for a short while and then walked out.  I am not kidding.
The crowd thinned to a small group who were clearly not having as
much fun as they had had when XTC was playing.  What can I say?
My friends and I walked out on the Police too.  They were BORING.
Now to be fair, they wouldn't have seemed nearly as boring if they
been playing AFTER XTC.  If you have any doubts about XTC's ability to
put on a spanking-fine show, listen to Sissorman on Transistor Blast
and prepare for rocket launching followed by a wild disjointed meander
through space and time.  The expression "breath-taking" falls way too
short of an adequate description for the powers of XTC in concert.

Hey, you were GREAT in concert, Andy!  Absolutely GREAT!


In answer to Duncan Kimball's question about the title track to
Lyle Lovett's latest album "Step Inside this House," the song was
written by Guy Clark, not Roky Erikson. Roky's song, "Slip
Inside this House," is very, very different.  As Duncan mentioned,
you might trip to Roky's 13th Floor Elevators song, but Guy Clark's
is meant more for drinking heavily.  Most music in Texas tends to
go one way or the other.  Yeehaw!!

Jill Oleson
Austin, Texas


Message-ID: <>
From: "Candiani, Erik" <>
Subject: Take Two: Another try at getting published.
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 09:09:01 -0800

Bungalow Buddies -

Not sure why, but my last (and first) post never showed up!  So, I will
attempt to invade the list yet again.  This time with a few questions for
the hardcore collector out there...  I am only missing a few songs on CD,
and would like to know if ANY of the following tracks (B-sides) have been
released on CD anywhere... and under what name.

Drums and Wires: 	1.	Chain of Command      2.	Limelight
Mummer: 	1.	Cut it Out
Skylarking: 	1.	Terrorism	2.  The Troubles		3.
Let's Make a Den	4.  Find The Fox
(All four of the above are on my "The Meeting Place" record -- but was it
ever released on CD?
Johnny Japes and his Jesticles: 	1.	Bags of Fun with Buster
2.	The Scrotal Scratch Mix
Oranges and Lemons: 1.	My Paint Heroes		2.	Skeletons
Nonsuch: 1.	Down a Peg

Other than the above, I believe that I have everything else...  Any help
would be greatly appreciated!

Erik A. Candiani


From: "Jim McGowan" <>
Subject: RE: Limbaugh
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 09:10:51 -0800
Message-ID: <000101be3a60$ad8b1fc0$>

In Chalkhills #5-53, marystephens <> wrote:

> Not much to say but I just had a panic attack in my cube.

> I'm sittin' here catching up on my vacation e-mail (Reading vol 5-50 as a
> matter of fact), listening to Tony Snow filling in for Rush Limbaugh, and
> coming in off of the 2:25 e.t. break I hear "Generals and Majors" being
> played as bumper music.

And I'm having a panic attack knowing that a Chalkhills subscriber listens
to Rush Limbaugh.

James McGowan
Capital Management Sciences
Los Angeles, CA


Message-Id: <v04011700b2baab87fed0@[]>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 12:26:20 -0600
From: Ken Herbst <>
Subject: RIP Frankie

>From Duncan:
>Sinatra did, does and will always just totally, completely SUCK ASS. Flame
>away, kiddies.
>IMHO he bites - bigtime.

Ditto Duncan.

The only person that's as overly worshipped as Sinatra is the much overated
Elvis Pres.


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