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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 56

                 Monday, 11 January 1999

Today's Topics:

                     Enough Is Enough
                            DM
                          screws
                This World Over and over?
                      Re: Mr. Hanky
FS: XTC 'Acoustic Tales' CD (or trade for a cd-r version)
                       Song Stories
                   An Andy Interview...
                 The Nigels are here!!!!
                        Virgin 25!
                    Vinyl non release.
                          Elvis
                Responses, sil vous plait
   A little clarification about Andy's "stage fright"?
                         Re: Rush
                       Vinyl again.
                Behind the Music feature?
                New XTC pic in the archive
             Procession Towards Learning Land
                   I just don't get it?
                     Ebay XTC posting
                       New XTC fans

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From: ERA1970@aol.com
Message-ID: <bf948aa3.36969d11@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 19:04:33 EST
Subject: Enough Is Enough

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

I'm having a panic attack knowing you're going to bring up the damn political
belief thread.
Look, it's very simple:
Political beliefs do not necessarily have anything to do with one's enjoyment
of music either way!!!!
Why must you waste bandwidth being so damn narrow-minded?  I have listened to
Mr. Limbaugh for years; in that time he has played XTC,Squeeze,Talking Heads,
Dave Brubeck,Miles Davis, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and about a
zillion other things that might surprise you.(James Brown, for instance is a
lifelong member of the Republican party).  Maybe there's other who don't
conform to your world/social view.  I guess we should make sure they're not
buying anything by XTC (never mind their money is the same color as everyone
else's, the band, I'm sure wouldn't want tainted conservative money)!
Anyway, that's my rant for the day,please,feel free to go back to discussing
produced vs. overproduced.
Chris w
PS message to David Oh: Dude please find the "s" key and stop using the "z"
key.  The content of your post sounds intelligent, but with the bad
punctuation and grammar, you come across like a 15-yr-old hacker.  Just a
thought.

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Message-ID: <002e01be3b69$211ff560$695791d2@johnboud>
From: "John Boudreau" <aso1@mocha.ocn.ne.jp>
Subject: DM
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 09:42:19 +0900

>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

The following quotes are from an article in DIRTY LINEN :

. "When people ask me what I do, I always say, `musician.' That's not to say
that I'm not proud of being a drummer. But, I'd like to consider myself, for
all my lack of ability on the instrument, as a musician first, somebody who
has a certain amount of knowledge about music."

"I'm more concerned with tone and sound and cymbals and response and that
whole side of the instrument than I am with any abilities or any kind of
facility on the kit. I'm very interested in the drums. I concentrate a lot."

Each song on the album uses a different snare drum and cymbal set-up. "They
all sound different," Mattacks said. "I love to pick the tone colors. I
picked the cymbals and snare drum to suit each track."

Fairport provided an entry into a much different world. "This was a real
turnaround for me," Mattacks said. "I knew that there was an alternative
type of music and I wanted to be involved. It was almost like a light bulb
going on," he recalled. "It had quite an effect on how I saw and listened to
music. It really changed how I played and how I wanted to play. I started
listening to songs and not to licks and technique. I started becoming much
more aware of form and lyrics."

Mattacks' moment of enlightenment was reflected in his approach to the
drums. "It made me appreciate even more straight-forward drummers who swung.
I became less concerned with trying to show everybody how clever I thought I
was and more concerned with trying to support the song and the singer."

Jazz has been a constant source of inspiration. "I've heard all the rock
drummers I need," Mattacks said. "I get more inspiration from listening to
Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette and Tony Williams. There's a lot of great cats
coming up. That's what I'm listening to these days. It satisfies me more. I
really like to play it. I'm trying to get better."

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Message-ID: <MFzCxXAXGql2EwoN@emdac.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 00:23:51 +0000
From: Phil Hetherington <phil@emdac.demon.co.uk>
Subject: screws

Not that I'd take anything with the words "News of the World" in
it seriously (those of you not in the UK need not ask), but this
article contains so many inaccuracies it's almost unreal. I give
the person who typed it the benefit of the doubt.

>From today's "Music News of the World" (in the online magazine Addicted to
>Noise):
>
>XTC End Silence With New Label Deal And Box Set
>Transistor Blast is the group's first album since 1992's Nonsuch.

Well, it's not a studio album, and much of it has been out before,
and if such things count then what about 'Fossil Fuel' or 'The
Greatest' or whatever that other one was called. For that matter,
what about 'Drums And Wireless'?

>XTC, which had been with Virgin UK since 1977, haven't released any new
>material since 1992's Nonsuch.

Apart from 'Cherry In Your Tree' etc.

>The band signed with TVT in the summer, and TVT released a live XTC box set,
>Transistor Blast, on Dec. 8. Three of the box's four discs feature
>performances recorded for the BBC in 1977 and 1989; the fourth captures a
>1980 performance at London's Hammersmith Palais.

Clearly didn't listen to disc 3 very carefully.

>The band stopped touring in 1992 because of Partridge's stage
>fright.

They toured in 1992? Damn!

>The live music compiled on Transistor Blast represents "songs we did from
>'77 to '89 and it was the best of the stuff they didn't erase," Partridge
>said. "They're not too different from the record[s], although they're played
>with a bit more fire."

Didn't hear many 1989 songs in the 1980 concert. OK, I suppose the
session tracks were sort of live-(ish)-in-studio. Perhaps I'm being
somewhat picky here.

>XTC were formed in 1977 in Swindon, an industrial town in Northern England.

Weird. It was in Wiltshire a couple of weeks ago when I went from London
to Swansea on the train. It was still there when I came back too.
Atlases aren't too expensive, are they?

>Partridge, for his part, said he couldn't care less what fans might think of
>the new records.

Can we quote him on that? There's a world of difference between the
above statement and what they actually quoted him as saying:

>"I'm not interested in winning back old fans," he said. "I don't care if the
>devil is stoking their asses in hell. I'm just interested in making music. I
>suppose I'll panic if nobody buys it. But if people like it, they like it.
>I'm not going to ram it down anybody's throat."

Well, sorry about that. I nearly resisted but it was that bit about
Swindon being in the north that finally did it.

As for the best of '98, I've come up with a list of 10 albums but have
yet to pick an overall winner. Hopefully next weekend. BTW, to the
person who picked Alain Bashung's album, did you realise that Martyn
Barker of Shriekback (Barry Andrews' band post-XTC) played on it? Oh
yes, and to the person who picked the Luka Bloom album, I'm very
jealous - it's not out yet in the UK.

Phil

PS: New Blur album due March-ish. This is promising to be a good year...
--
 _
|_) |_  * |    Me: http://www.emdac.demon.co.uk/phil/
|   | ) | |    Then for Shriekback add: shrkindx.html
===========    Or for Gang Of Four: gof/gof_indx.html

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 21:11:43 -0500
From: Dave Rutherford <drutherf@TECHMAIL.GDC.COM>
Subject: This World Over and over?
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.00.9901082057000.524-100000@esun1006>

On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, simon@nonsuch.dircon.co.uk wrote:

> 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.

It's very similar, and might even be a different mix of the same
session, but it's not identical. At least on my copy of TBE, TWO
starts off with two a capella lines which aren't on the TB version.

Actually I had an impression that ``Poor Skeleton'' might be the album
version 'cause it sounded so familiar, so I put it on one CD player and
the O&L version on another, and switched back and forth. They're not
the same -- it probably just seemed familiar from Drums & Wireless --
but what was interesting was how faithful the performance was to the
original recording in tempo and structure. I could just cut back and
forth and be in the same part of the recording I switched to as the one
I'd left. Oh, this one has a backing vocal or a sound not on the other,
but what really comes across is the raw energy (and higher dynamic
level overall) of the TB version.

Dave

(PS. Dave O'Connell, are you still with us? Please drop me a note.)

(PPS. David Oh, I see you've used up your quota of the letter Z for '99.)

------------------------------

Message-ID: <19990109014137.3660.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Amanda Owens" <daveizgod@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Mr. Hanky
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 17:41:36 PST

Howdy ho! (she says in her best Mr. Hanky imitation)

Robin did sayeth:

>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
>take.

I tend to do that speaker bit so I can hear Dave's backing vocals. Works
best on Skylarking and Oranges & Lemons, especially "Season Cycle" and
"King For a Day".

Jim McGowan did sayeth:

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

Well grab your Valiums because there's more than one on the list who
listens to Rush. (As if some of you didn't suspect that of someone like
ME already.)

Ken Herbst did sayeth:

>>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.

Never speak ill of the dead, my dear.

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-Scarecrow People
non XTC song-Come Sail Away-Eric Cartman
PS-Add me to the list of people whose Transistor Blast cases have
cracked.

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 23:37:53 -0500
Subject: FS: XTC 'Acoustic Tales' CD (or trade for a cd-r version)
Message-ID: <19990108.233848.-187805.17.blorp@juno.com>
From: blorp@juno.com (philip e kasiaras)

Greetings fellow Chalk-heads!

I'm currently accepting bids on the following CD:

XTC 'Acoustic Tales' (Hand Made) HAM 06 CD (1989)

(Acoustical Oranges & Lemons)
Live on KROQ FM LA May 29, 1989
1) Scarecrow People
2) Mayor of Simpleton
3) Medley:Senses workeng../Grass/Love on a Farmboys...
4) Blue Beret
5) Medley: Great Fire/Dear God/Big Day
6) King for a day
7) Medley: One of the Millions/Hungry Heart Beats/Garden of earthly
delights

BBC TV Special 'XTC Play at Home' 1983
8) Train running low on soul coal

BBC Session April 6, 1989
9) Poor skeleton Steps Out
10) Here comes president kill again

BBC Session June 11, 1989
11) King for a day
12) Garden of Earthly Delights
13) Scarecrow People
14) One of the Millions

BBC Session January 1987
15) The Meeting Place
16) Earn enough for us

You'll notice that there's other BBC stuff here that wasn't included with
TB & the 'Acoustical Oranges & Lemons' section is excellent quality &
features Andy in typically humorous form!  Odd how they do several
medley's of older songs, even though their promoting Oranges & Lemons!
(Chalk-Head Jeff Ogata points out)

I wouldn't let it go for any less than $20 though...
Highest bid by the end of next Saturday gets it.

I'm happy to trade a cd-r or tape version if you have something that
interests me.

Offers?

Thanks!

Philip
blorp@juno.com

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Message-ID: <19990109080906.6560.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "* Hobbes *" <hazchem25@hotmail.com>
Subject: Song Stories
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 00:09:06 PST

Didn't anyone else notice that they forgot "Rip Van Reuben" AND "Always
Winter, Never Christmas"?  Obscure maybe, but definitely "Officially
released".

And if there was so much stuff from the interviews left out, how about
getting Neville to release the tapes to us Chalkhillians?  I'd be quite
happy to donate some transcription time so we could all read just what
didn't make it in.  ;-)

Yeah, i know, dream on mate.  Ah well, not long till the apple lands!

BTW, i used to have a couple of lovely xtc videos which have been
missing in action for at least two years now.  It'd be really nice if
someone would return them to me one of these days....

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Message-ID: <001301be3bef$da078120$867862ce@candyman>
From: "Erik Candiani" <candiani@spiritone.com>
Subject: An Andy Interview...
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 08:48:13 -0800

Sorry if you guys already know about this one... but I can't remember
reading about it in the digest.  Here's the link:

http://westnet.com/consumable/1997/07.24/revxtc2.html

Enjoy!

Erik.

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Message-ID: <000701be3c12$54b0bfa0$13716420@oemcomputer>
From: "timothys" <timothys@gateway.net>
Subject: The Nigels are here!!!!
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 15:55:00 -0500

Well ladies and gentlemen,

What can I say?  It's been a long time but the time has come again!  The
Nigels, America's finest musical tribute to XTC is back
with a vengence.  We are planning shows for early spring,and we won't stop
until we see you all!  XTC,XTC, and nothing but XTC!! Yes, we did take a
long break since 1994, but it was time to get some affairs in order.
Drummer Tommy Joyner opened a new recording studio in Philadelphia called
Milkboy.  GuitaristVocalist Timothy O'Byrne recorded an album with his band
the Hunt Club at Tommy's studio.  Bassist/vocalist Kieran Mulvaney recorded
albums with Spite and Malice and joined the Hunt Club too.  And
Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Cavanaugh did anything he damn well pleased!!  The
Nigels have their own website where you can follow their whereabouts, as
well as contact them about playing your favourite songs live!  Please tell
us where you are from and any info you'd like to pass on, and we'll keep you
abreast of the dates.  Looking forward to hearing from you, Cheers, Timothy

Here is the Nigels website.  It's new and under construction, so please bear
with us
www2.netcom.com/~hntclb/nigels.html

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From: "Benjamin A. Gott" <bgott@Bowdoin.EDU>
Message-Id: <199901101925.AA02382@polar.bowdoin.edu>
Subject: Virgin 25!
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 14:25:49 -0500 (EST)

Chalkies,

I just saw a TV spot for the new Virgin Records 25th Anniversary
collection, and our boys are prominently mentioned in the voice-over! Of
course, so are about 40 other artists, but at least they made the cut.
The song included on the comp is "Making Plans for Nigel."

Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells III" has been living in my car for the
past week. It's amazing.

Is anyone else watching the M-TV video cliche thing? "Weird Al" is
co-hosting, and it's awesome to see him back on the circuit. Also --
doesn't that new Sheryl Crow song sound like Aimee Mann?

-Ben

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Message-ID: <01BE3CD6.DDB38430@e1c2p23.scotland.net>
From: Robert Wood <wobbit@bigfoot.com>
Subject: Vinyl non release.
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 20:21:53 -0000

Per asked in 5-53...

>> Since CDs sounds so bad, I really hope that Apple Venus will be released
on vinyl. Is there anyone out there that have any information from the
record company? <<

I *do* have that information and sadly, it's bad news. I actually e-mailed
Cooking Vinyl and asked them whether they'd be releasing AV on vinyl and I
received a reply that there were no plans to.

It was actually very good of them to reply, most record companies wouldn't
bother. They did day that if there was enough interest they might do a vinyl
release but I have to agree with them that that's pretty unlikely.

I have to agree with Per, listening to CDs is a pretty grim experience.
There are over 100 albums that I would have bought over the last few years
had they been released on vinyl. An album has to be exceptional for me to
purchase it on CD. CDs are great if you're one of these people who has music
on as a background thing but if you actual sit down and *listen* to music
they're truly horrendous. CDs, along with the awful production techniques of
the 90s, have massively reduced the amount of time I spend listening to
music. In the sales after Christmas I was far more interested in going to
the video section of HMV than going to look round the music to see what was
about.

If only people listened to good hi-fi, and didn't believe the marketing hype
that the record companies put out to brainwash people into believing CD was
a viable way of listening to music, we'd still be able to listen to music in
the analogue domain instead of having our ears blown off by the harsh pap
that is digital audio.

Ah well, that's "progress".

------------------------------

Message-ID: <01BE3CD8.B790DF80@e1c2p23.scotland.net>
From: Robert Wood <wobbit@bigfoot.com>
Subject: Elvis
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 20:35:08 -0000

Ken said in 5-54:

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

<G>

Yep, or the Burger King as we like to call him!

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Message-ID: <19990110205149.24204.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Amanda Owens" <daveizgod@hotmail.com>
Subject: Responses, sil vous plait
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 12:51:48 PST

Now that we've got that out of the way......

Steve said:

>I agree with Jennifer from the recent posting.  I, too, am >interested
in how XTC will sound without Dave Gregory.  "Skeptical" >might be how
I'd describe my feelings on future quality.

Amen to that.

>It seemed to me that Dave was an integral part of the group.  I >liken
XTC to a three-person corporation consisting of the >Entrepreneur, the
Engineer, and the Administrative Assistant.  Take >away any of the three
and you don't do business.   Each performs a >different, but vital
function.

I couldn't have said it any better, medear.

>I hope I'm proven a fool for doubting Andy and Colin, yet I can't >help
but wonder if ego(s) have ruined a good thing.

Indeed they have. On both sides. But IMNSHO, Dave wasn't very happy for
a LONG time, the whole Apple Venus incident was just the straw that
broke the camel's back.

Dave Gershman wrote:

>Okay, David, let me put it to you straight: Do you not see that your
>style of writing is so damn annoying to the majority of people >reading
it that you could be writing the Great American Novel >chapter by
chapter in your posts and no one would care because they >couldn't bear
to read on? Trust me -- it may not be obvious to you, >as I can only
imagine that you think you're being incredibly clever, >but your posts
are the best reasons to exercise the "Page
>Down" option that I've seen in Chalkhills since the last round of >the
"Dear God" debate!

Now now, to each his own.

The new AMANDA (Molly) wrote:

>Chalkers,
>   Some of you disappoint me.  I mean you would rather buy a Japanese
>import than the US version.

Ummm....why should that disappoint YOU? Nobody's saying you have to buy
any imports.

>I think most Japanese imports are too
>expensive.  I know yeah they would have extra tracks, but I can't
>afford Japanese imports.

Well Molly, that's you. There are some of us on the list who can and
usually do buy anything/everything XTC they can get their hands on.

>Man, you people just don't get it.

Oh dear. You're setting yourself up. I'm going to give you some advice
it took me a long time to start following: choose your words carefully
on Chalkhills, or your butt will be flamed so bad you'll have to find a
new way to take a shit. (No offence meant, take it from the voice of
experience.)

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-Life Is Good In the Greenhouse
non XTC song-Chocolate Salty Balls-Chef

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Message-Id: <v04011701b2bc1cd840a7@[208.240.250.142]>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 14:39:45 -0600
From: Ken Herbst <ken@bamadvertising.com>
Subject: A little clarification about Andy's "stage fright"?

Okay, I've been confused for years over the references to Andy's supposed
breakdown when XTC was on tour in the 80's.

I remember reading in "Chalkhills & Children" (by Chris Twomey), that Andy
started having panic attacks on stage due to "fatigue and road weariness",
not due to some extreme aversion to performing itself. My take on his
avoidance of touring today is that he's painfully aware of the effects that
the road has on his mental health, and he doesn't want a repeat episode.

This interpretation makes plenty of sense to me, because if you've ever
spent time on the road you know how distorted your sleeping/eating/thinking
patterns can become. This has been pretty thoroughly researched over the
years by the US military [big surprise!] in order to minimize the effects of
jet lag on troops being sent across the world to combat situations.  I
remember reading that ordinary jet lag can cause extreme reactions in
certain people including panic attacks, hallucinations, and extreme mood
shifts. I myself experienced a humiliating, all-consuming panic attack after
landing in New Delhi after not sleeping for two days. I got the shakes,
starting seeing floating geometric patterns and fireworks bursts, and became
nauseated and completely disoriented. I could barely walk, and my cognitive
abilities almost shut down. It was like having the world's worst acid trip.

While I've seen no reference to Andy experiencing symptoms like these,
everything I've read about his episodes points to extreme fatigue rather
than some kind of phobia.

What do you think?

-- K.H.

------------------------------

From: CCooli9575@aol.com
Message-ID: <17c5aa98.3699ddd8@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 06:17:44 EST
Subject: Re: Rush

>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.
>
>Did anybody else hear it? Does anyone care? I just thought it neat that
>anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 people could have heard a small snippet
>of OUR favorite mistrals.
>
>That's all 4 now.
>Mark D.

  I heard it too, I'll take my XTC any way I can get it. Rush also
uses the intros to several Todd Rundgren/Utopia songs; so far I've
heard "Itch In My Brain," "Too Much Water," "Zen Machine," and
"Princess Of The Universe," all from their out of print albums on the
defunct Network and Passport labels in the early to mid-80's. Great
albums and worth picking up if you find them used or remaindered. I
used to listen to Rush a lot more than I do now; I still tune in when
I'm working but I don't find him as interesting now that it's pretty
much a forgone conclusion that we'll either have a lame duck Bill
Clinton in office until next year or AlGore. Either way we'll have a
centrist Democrat in office, only in Gore's case he's sort of the
Democrat answer to Ronald Reagan, his environment fixation aside. In
other words, a decent enough guy but about as dumb as a bag of
rocks. I'm still in hysterics over Dee Snider of Twisted Sister saying
to him at the PMRC hearings(after he told Frank Zappa what a big fan
of his work he was)"So Al, you gonna tell me what a big fan of my work
you are too?" Personally I prefer some of Rush's replacements,
especially Walter Williams and Tony Snow, both of whom are very
intelligent and fair-minded. MIchael Medved should still with being a
film critic though. What a sourpuss. "Beavis and friend" indeed. Can't
bring himself to say butthead on the air.

  Sorry if most of you have no interest in the above, but I mostly
listen to talk radio on the job these days, though if Rush starts
boring me I prefer an XTC cassette...

Chris

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Message-Id: <199901110628.HAA10464@mb07.swip.net>
Subject: Vinyl again.
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 99 08:33:09 +0200
From: Per Aronsson <per@aron.pp.se>

Do you think that vinyllovers live in the past?

Well, some seems to think so. All I say is - listen. Your ears will hear
the difference.

So use your turntable and spin some LP:s. It will make your CD-player
live in the past. Right before writing this I enjoyed Englist Settlement.
I bought it 1982 and it still sounds great. The CD-version is not even
close.

But I agree with Jill Oelsen that vinyl has a nostalgic feeling. I think
it has to do with that an LP has greater looks...

One more thing. Someone asked if the orginal Jules Verne's Sketchbook has
a blank cassette. The answer is no. The title and the songs are printed
on the cassette.

Per Aronsson.

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From: "Will Kreth" <wkreth@twmaine.com>
Subject: Behind the Music feature?
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 02:40:33 -0500
Message-ID: <000b01be3d35$abd4e5d0$145cd2cc@dhcj1.maine.rr.com>

Isn't it time for an XTC interview on VH-1's "Behind the Music"?
Either that, or a "Whatever Happened To?" segment. Their story has
as much pathos, if not the usual drug habits (if you don't count Valium)
as any of the other sad sacks they put on there. The "stage fright" angle
hasn't really been covered on the show yet - now's their chance!
Also, since XTC actually pioneered the "Unplugged" format for
sister network MTV, they owe our remaining two blokes some air-time
for that.

Cheers-

Will

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Message-ID: <369A0444.BCA3326F@geocities.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 15:01:40 +0100
From: dieling <lemoncurry@geocities.com>
Subject: New XTC pic in the archive

Hi Chalkfellows!

Happy New Year to all of you, first of all.
I've just sent dear Mr Relph a new pic for the Archives, which I took
from "The Cartoon History of Rock'n'Roll", you should be finding it in
the galleries under Miscallenous in a couple of days.
What's more, regarding the Top albums in 98, I just have to add one more
to my list, which I bought a couple of days ago for a friend and
promptly fell in love with:
Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come
Anyone out there who likes a bit of hardcore as well as drum and bass as
well as complicated song structures should check these guys from Sweden
out, it's a terrific album. Anyone who likes Thought Industry (though I
guess I'm the only Chalkster who does) will love it.
So, that's all for now, there's more news to come, but I'm not quite
ready with it, so that has to wait. (Mysterious, innit ?!)
Bye everyone !
--
Lemoncurry
residing in The Lemon Lounge
at www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/9259
lemoncurry@geocities.com
XTC Song of the Day:
The Day They Pulled The North Pole Down
(it's snowing very lightly here in Northern Germany, and it's bitter
cold !)

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Message-ID: <19990111203014.4363.rocketmail@send105.yahoomail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:30:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <wile1coyote@yahoo.com>
Subject: Procession Towards Learning Land

David Gershman wrote:

"you think you're being incredibly clever, but your posts are the best
reasons to exercise the"Page Down" option that I've seen in Chalkhills since
the last round of the"Dear God" debate!"

I agree! David O. Find the shift key, and spell them out. This isn't
first grade.

Jon Rosenberger

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Message-ID: <19990111204515.2122.rocketmail@send102.yahoomail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:45:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <wile1coyote@yahoo.com>
Subject: I just don't get it?

Now you have done it.

Molly wrote

"Chalkers,   Some of you disappoint me."

Stop it you are killing me! Who are you my mother?

"I mean you would rather buy a Japanese import than the US version."

Nope! I plan on buying both and the UK and the French and the Italian
and any other country they deem to sell it in. I am a collector I will
add them to my collection. If I don't have a collection then what kind
of a collector does that make me? Some people collect baseball cards,
I happen to enjoy searching for and trading or buying XTC albums. Does
this make me a bad person? Could I get twenty years for excessive
purchasing of the Drums and Wires LP? Get real!!

"I think most Japanese imports are too expensive."

Cheaper than a night out at the bar and alot of other things, but you
are entitled to your opinion.

"I know yeah they would have extra tracks, but I can't afford
Japanese imports."

Yeah extra tracks which justifys the additional cost. Just because you
cannot afford it how dare you be disapponted in me because I can.

"Man, you people just don't get it."

No Molly you don't get it. I am getting it. I may even buy two!!

I thank you for your opinions, but I would never be self righteous
enough to tell others how to spend they're hard earned money.

Jon Rosenberger

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Message-Id: <v03102804b2c008f450c8@[165.227.110.102]>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 13:18:29 -0700
From: Richard Pedretti-Allen <richard@tactics.com>
Subject: Ebay XTC posting

Just saw the XTC / 3 Wise Men 45 - Thanks for Christmas posted on the Ebay
Auction website for a starting bid of $45.00 (youch!) but there hasn't been
any takers.  It was first posted on 28dec98 and nobody has upped the bid.

There were 54 items found with "xtc" in them.

Cheers, Richard

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From: Adamette1@aol.com
Message-ID: <e416e65.369a7fac@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 17:48:12 EST
Subject: New XTC fans

Hello Chalkies

     Rogerio of Brazil writes: "I completely fell in love with those melodies
and sounds all over the record [oranges and lemons]. I also bought the Nonsuch
CD..."   Well, Rogerio, welcome to a great adventure, and be happy because you
can only go up from there!

Patrick

Go Go2

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