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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 87

                 Friday, 12 February 1999

Today's Topics:

  XTC to be at Borders, Feb. 25, Michigan Ave., CHICAGO
                         Howdy...
                        Young fans
                 Orchoustic = unfinished?
              Stan Ridgway (no XTC content)
                     I'd Like That...
                       FNX and XTC
                      I'd Like That
                          bravo
                   One more drum thang
                       XTC on eBay
                         Kurosawa
                     All us old farts
                      Froomlarking?
                      Barry question
            Hello young livers...I mean lovers
                         TVT UCE
                      The Economist
           Apple Venus on 180 Gram British Wax
                           WAW
                Waiting & will Andy heal?
    Dave's Discontent/Season Cycle/A few other things
                         XTC Rap
  Hanna-Barbera v. Harveytoons--a breathless world yawns
                          fallus

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:39:41 -0600 (CST)
From: Andrea Lynn Rossillon <rossillo@students.uiuc.edu>
Subject: XTC to be at Borders, Feb. 25, Michigan Ave., CHICAGO
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.990210162055.25316A-100000@ux11.cso.uiuc.edu>

Went to the store today (the Record Service here in Urbana), and they told
me that Feb 23 is indeed the release date.  Then the guy behind the
counter said, "It's on the CD player right now."  And INDEED it WAS XTC,
sounding very melodic and orchestral and lush; "Wrapped in Gray" and the
opening to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" came immediately to mind.  I
don't blame that guy at Wash U for thinking they were a Beatles'
derivative--'cause they ARE, ya punks, but I like to describe it (when the
uninitiated ask me about their music) as "Imagine the Beatles if they'd
stayed together and continued to evolve and experiment; XTC sounds like
that. NOT like those smegheads Oasis who rip off the Beatles and everyone
seems to think they sound great.  Fuckin' posers."

The track in play was "Easter Theater".  Wow.  I only heard a little of
it, but I am happy.  I sang all the way home.  I asked the sales dude if I
could have it, and he and his coworker laughed, and said it was already
claimed, that three people wanted it.  It only had the cardboard "A"
sleeve, so I still haven't seen the artwork, though.

He also told me that XTC would be at the Borders' on Michigan Avenue in
Chicago on Saturday, Feb.25, at about 6 pm.  PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE I know
someone on here lives in Chicago; I can't go because I have to run the
wardrobe crew for a play all that weekend (hey, anyone want to see
_Tartuffe_?  A very funny production).  PLEASE someone go, see them, talk
to them, buy a copy of AV1 for me and have them sign it.  I'll pay you
back and give you my undying thanks.  Beyond that my imagination is a
little weak.  But I would appreciate it SO MUCH if someone could do that
for me.

David Oh-  I'm sorry that you decided not to buy _Making Plans for Andy_;
I like it a lot; that album was the first time I heard all of XTC's early
stuff, back when I still only had D&W, Nonsuch, O&L, and Mummer (best
album!)  Too bad it was C$40; I paid US$25 when I bought it.

For the person who is 13 and asked how old we were--I'm 23 now, but I
first heard XTC ten years ago (wow--10 years) when I was in 8th grade.
O&L had just been released and a classmate had brought her older brother's
copy to school.  I copied it immediately and next bought D&W, and was very
startled at the difference.  But I liked them both.  In fact, XTC was my
first foray into "alternative music", back when that label actually meant
something.

non-XTC material that you might find interesting:

Jerry Falwell, head of Praise the Lord ministries and the founder of the
Moral Majority, today released a statement saying that the teletubby
Tinky-Wink is a homosexual, because he is (ostensibly) male, purple (gay
pride!), has an upside down triangle on his head (gay unity!), and carries
a purse.  Mind you, my friends had kind of wondered the same thing, but we
didn't give a shit--we just thought it was funny.

Sorry for the long post.

-Andrea

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Message-ID: <C4D3F9980FD4D111892B00805FBBF5D1014BBF8D@mailsvr1.lernerny.com>
From: "Lieman, Ira" <ilieman@lernerny.com>
Subject: Howdy...
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 17:19:44 -0500

Chalkhaholics,

Just thought I'd wave and express my personal excitement about Apple Venus
I's impending release...It's the best news I've had in, well, about three
weeks.

Why three weeks? Well on Friday, January 22nd at 4:50 pm, my wife and I
welcomed our own little pink thing, Ryan Andrew Lieman, into the world.
(20"/41.8 cm, 9 lbs/4.1 kg). I'm only getting to let you in on this now
because the first 18 days or so have been a whirlwind and I'm just now
getting my footing. Julie and I picked Andrew for different reasons, but it
*IS* pretty cool that it worked out that way.

So, how many of the rest of us have little ones at home? We were looking to
start a play group...

Later folx.
-ira

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From: OMBEAN1@aol.com
Message-ID: <4b29186.36c21126@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 18:07:18 EST
Subject: Young fans

How Do,
  How precious,A thirteen year old fan!! Like a kid saying "bisgetti", XCT!!
  No matter how you say it, Its all the same great, great music. Man, is AV1
great.
 Colins songs are classic pop. Get ready to bop around. It just blows
everything out of the water. GET READY WORLD!!!
    Come to Philly,Andy & Colin.
                 Crouching here with a keyboard in hand,  Roger

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From: tim@edenpop.u-net.com (Tim Eden)
Subject: Orchoustic = unfinished?
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 23:15:00 GMT
Message-ID: <36c2118a.23615801@mail.u-net.com>

Those of you who have AV1 and love it - please comfort me.

I have heard 2 tracks via the internet so far: "Your Dictionary" and
"I'd Like That". Both sound like great songs but the arrangements are
so disappointing. Where are Colin's basslines which are usually
interesting enough to be a song in themselves? The cracking
contributions from guest drummers? The sumptuous string arrangements?

Have I just struck on two of the more sparse arrangements? They sound
unfinished to me - "Here's the basic track we've demoed up - we're
going add the frilly, interesting bits later".

Acoustic albums can so easily sound like an excuse to not put any real
effort (and money?) into the arranging/recording.

Like I say - comfort me. Please reply. Soon? (bloody digest format,
grumble, grumble)

Tim
(hardly feeling enveloped by the Chalkhills bosom)

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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 15:41:20 -0800 (PST)
From: "Halsted : \"the apple-polisher's friend\"" <halsted@lucasdigital.com>
Message-Id: <199902102341.PAA25966@brak.lucasdigital.com>
Subject: Stan Ridgway (no XTC content)

I noticed Stan Ridgway (ex-Wall of Voodoo) mentioned and wanted
to mention to the newsgroup that he has a mail-order only album
(500 copies) out right now.  It's call "The Way I Feel Today" &
it's Stan crroning to classics from the 40's - 60's.  His version
of "I've Got You Under My Skin" is worth the cost of the CD...

Mail drywall@primenet.com for information...

(by the by, you also get an autographed picture of the man...)

========================
Michael J. Halsted : ILM
halsted@lucasdigital.com
========================

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Message-ID: <19990211003532.21367.rocketmail@send101.yahoomail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:35:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Langr <jlangr@yahoo.com>
Subject: I'd Like That...

Thanks to John Hammond & TVT for making
"I'd Like That" available!  Sounds great!
I'm not yet enamored with the really high,
really high bit but I'm sure it'll grow on
me.  Some sounds of Brian Wilson and (I know
some of you will hate this) ELO.  Also some
echoes of Skylarking era XTC, and Then She
Appeared in spots.  All in all a great track.

Jeff L.

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Message-ID: <19990211005048.1712.rocketmail@web1.rocketmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 16:50:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Cheryl <cxtc@rocketmail.com>
Subject: FNX and XTC

Hey there Chalkies!

I recieved word from the WFNX dj, Charlie, that he
will be playing I'D LIKE THAT on the First Contact
show this weekend.  He said it will be between 8 and
9:30pm.  If you are in the Boston area, tune in and
support the guys!

Take care,
Cheryl

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Subject: I'd Like That
Message-ID: <19990210.212206.5047.2.mbrechtel@juno.com>
From: Meredith Brechtel <mbrechtel@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 20:28:08 EST

Oh my...Now I've gone and done it.  I was innocently walking through my
local shopping mall tonight and happened into the music store.  Lo and
behold, there was the CMJ New Music magazine, complete with a plastic
sleeve that said "Enclosed CD - New Music...XTC".  So, naturally, I just
had to get it.  It burned a hole in the bag the whole ride home and I
took about 7.2 seconds after I walked in the door to have the CD in my
player, playing "I'd Like That".  All I can say is...ORGASMIC.  If this
is a sampling of what the rest of AV1 is like, I may get a divorce.  Who
needs sex when music is this good???

Meredith
squirlgirl_99

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Message-ID: <01BE5522.CD7812C0.monkman@coastnet.com>
From: Martin & Jamie Monkman <monkman@coastnet.com>
Subject: bravo
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 18:25:14 -0800

Dom writes:
>Duh! What's wrong with you? Where does all this ludicrous nonsense come
>from? If I hear one more person making a bid for saint status I will vomit
>blood. As soon as I heard that there was a new XTC tune on the Uncut CD I
>raced to WHSmiths and nicked a copy. Then I got home as fast as I could and
>played it. Any other decision would have been moronic. "I'd rather wait for
>the whole album" indeed. What a load of crap. You're an XTC fan, you've
>been waiting seven years for a new album and now you want to delay it even
>further? Stop turning this into an exercise in self-flagellation and HEAR
>THE SODDING TUNE!!!! Like this........

Bravo.

And that goes double for those who don't want any discussion of the new
stuff until EVERYONE'S got it.  Shall we be fair to the poor souls in
Australia and not discuss it until they've had a chance to buy in mid-March?
 And what about those folks who are going to hear "I'd Like That" on the
radio, run out and buy Apple Venus, and join Chalkhills without ever having
heard Nonsuch or English Settlement?  To be fair to them, shouldn't we stop
nattering on about XTC altogether so that we don't spoil the discovery of
XTC for any potential newbies?  Fie--let the lucky sods with advance copies
crow their lungs out.

I haven't been able to find a copy of Uncut anywhere in this backwater, but
when I read John's post about TVT's update to their website I didn't bother
reading the rest of Chalkhills until after I'd downloaded the sample and
listened to it 5 or 15 or 55 times.  And just to crap on the
holier-than-thou "I don't want to hear the demos" flagellites, my excitement
and enjoyment was not diminished one bit having heard the demos.  When I get
that AV1 CD on the 23rd I'm going to be so gol-durned happy.  And to think,
some folks reckon I've spoiled the experience.

Also released on the 23rd:  Steve Earle's bluegrass album The Mountain.

Misty Shock wrote:
>I thought that
>XTC was big with the college crowd.  Does this reflect some changed
>perception of XTC since the times when Peter Pumpkinhead was such a hit?

No, I think it's got to do with the fact that all of the kids who were at
university when Nonsuch was released have long ago graduated.  The kids who
entered college in September were born the year Black Sea was released and
were in grade 7 (roughly age 12) when Nonsuch came out, just the right age
for thinking that Nonsuch is boring old-person music.  I can imagine it now,
some 12 year old asking "What the hell is that "Rook" song about, anyway?"

Martin

Our homepage:  http://www.coastnet.com/~monkman

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Message-ID: <36929D22.F30270A3@geocities.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 23:15:47 +0000
From: Robin Holden <rhoblidnen@geocities.com>
Organization: RPHolden Software / Pathogen UK
Subject: One more drum thang

Michael Davies wrote:
> you notice drumming when you listen to music, some people don't.

If you listen to a song, such as Nigel or Helicopter (or a drum break in
any song (Shed 7's Dolphin)), and you _hear_ the drums, ie they are at
the forefront of the musical stage, then you notice them.  The point
that Steve Jackson was making (and a good one, too!) is that this
pushing of the drums to the forefront _makes_ you notice them and lets
you know they exist; and this becomes integral to the song itself.  Can
you imagine if "Nigel" started with a slide-down of Colin's bass and all
the other parts, including drums, came in together?  If someone asked
you what the introduction of Helicopter was like, the first thing you'd
mention (perhaps alongside the helicopter sound effect) would be the
drums.  How does "Radios in Motion" start?  Er... the - drums - come -
in - and - then - the - rest - of - the - music - starts, daddy.  How
about "Beatown?"  The same thing.

A song doesn't have to start with the drums.  They can be musically
"pointed at" in different ways.  With "Respectable Street" for example,
you _know_ when the drums start.  You may not consciously think "Ah!
Now the drums are starting," but the emphasis is such that it still
makes you subconsciously aware that "this bit gets louder because
Terry's whacking some bits of wood with animal skin on."  I know people,
non-drummers, who listen to this song and spasm involuntarily at this
intro because the drumming is so distinctive.

So.  So what?  Well, the next time you think of saying "I haven't
noticed anything special about the drums that would cause me to pay
attention to them" also think "Ah, but do I have a choice?"  Either you
become spontaneously deaf every time you listen to the intro of "Nigel"
or some such song, or you just don't _realise_ that you're paying
attention to the drums.  It's fair enough to say that you don't notice
it, but it's also fair to say that you can't _help_ but notice it.

Love you.  Don't shout at me.

--
Robin Holden (rhoblidnen@geocities.com)

Check out Pathogen's Website: http://listen.to/pathogen

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Message-Id: <199902110320.TAA20851@harrier.prod.itd.earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 21:18:21 -0600
Subject: XTC on eBay
From: "Bob O'Bannon" <batchain@earthlink.net>

More fun news from Music Blvd (who broke the Space Ghost bit). They
definitely must have an XTC fan on staff:

>>XTC fans are having a heyday on eBay. The band's forthcoming TVT album,
Apple Venus Vol. I, won't see the light of day in stores until Feb. 23,
but you can find a promo version of it on www.eBay.com, the Internet
auction house, for anywhere between $30 and $90.
   Ten promo copies of the album -- most of which were only distributed
within the music industry itself -- have gone for a total of $513 since
the end of January. The promo CDs lack liner notes, finished artwork, or
even a jewel box.
   Despite realizing that he is losing potential income from the illegal
sales, XTC frontman Andy Partridge sees the lighter side of the issue.
"It's a perverse form of flattery, really," says Partridge. "In a way
it's bootlegging, so I guess everyone shelling out these dollars owes me
a pint!"
  XTC have always been known to possess a rabid fan base, and the
bidding frenzy on eBay.com comes as no surprise considering Apple Venus
Vol. I is the band's first album since 1992's Nonsuch.
  The first single from Apple Venus Vol. I, "I'd Like That," hits radio
on Feb. 15. At press time, XTC has no plans to tour behind the record or
make a video, but they will do a promotional run in the States,
including in-stores in Los Angeles, Denver, New York, and San Francisco,
in late February/ early March.<<<

Bob

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From: /scotth@henry.wells.edu
Organization: Wells College
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:30:42 +0500
Subject: Kurosawa
Message-ID: <19990211033226062.AAA318.258@dial-8.wells.edu>

Having not heard the tune "rivers of orchids", I can only point to a
well-remembered scene from a Kurasawa (sp?) film (Kagemusha?) in which
blossoms fell, rampant, into a garden's brook and drifted along.  The
camera lingered, and lingered . . .  I look forward to both parts of
AV, since I'm a bit of a fan of the rockin' side too.  --- Billy
Blackstone

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Message-ID: <19990211050235.25857.rocketmail@send106.yahoomail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 21:02:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: All us old farts

Katy Coope wrote:
What's the usual age for an XCT fan then? I'm 13 and have yet to find
someone my age to like (let alone have heard of) the band...

Well...
my guess is that most of us range in age from the late 20's to mid
40's.  XTC have been around awhile, and have a fan base that goes
baack a couple of decades. I don't know if there is a "usual" age, but
age being largely irrelevant in terms of what makes a person unique,
it dosen't really matter how old any of us are.

By the way, how did someone as young as you develop such good taste?

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Message-ID: <19990211052856.12763.rocketmail@send102.yahoomail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 21:28:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: Froomlarking?

Re:
So, lets get a little poll going here: Who thinks Skylarking would have
been better with Ol' Mr. Froom ( or any likewise producer )?

Who thinks the Beatles would have been better had Ringo not been
allowed to sing?

Who thinks the Sex Pistols would have been musical geniuses if not for
the lack of talent?

Who thinks Nirvana would have lasted for another 3 albums had Kurt
Cobain not died?

Who thinks Peter Gabriel should be punished for quitting Genesis,
causing Phil (flaccid) Collins to take over as vocalist-paving the way
for the solo career?

Who thinks Hendrix would have put out a couple of wretched disco
albums in the 70's had he lived?

Who thinks the Rolling Stones should have retired after "Exile on Main
St."?

Can't spend your life thinking of what could have been, no matter how
FUN it may be. Skylarking is a great album, I personally think Todd
did a fine job with it. I'm just glad I didn't have to withness those
sessions in person! Froom may still be a possibility for the future.
As long as we're playing what if, I actually would like to see what
would happen if XTC were to hook up with Holgar Czukay, either as
producer or collaborator. That could be um...bizarre..
Or maybe Brian Eno (don't think of bloated old U2, he has done
interesting work with Jane Siberry and more recently with Robert
Wyatt). Actually, a Wyatt/XTC collaboration would be tasty...

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Message-ID: <36C2E628.95ACDBDD@biocomp.unl.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 08:16:08 -0600
From: Peter Mullin <pmullin@biocomp.unl.edu>
Subject: Barry question

Devotees,

Just a quick question: I was listening to my old copy of Iggy Pop's
'Soldier' LP (yes, LP) the other day, when something about the vocals on "I
Snub You" struck me.  I checked the liner notes, and sure enough, a
BarryAndrews is listed (along with Glen Matlock, of original Sex Pistols
fame...).  This is the same Barry "My Weapon"Andrews, is it not? ('Soldier'
was released in 1980, btw)

Peter Mullin

"Stop and go, all of the time."

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Message-ID: <618F91505D89D21185330001FA6A49542299BB@HFD-EXCH008>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <WitterKF@aetna.com>
Subject: Hello young livers...I mean lovers
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 08:58:23 -0500

>Kimberly Martin: Hopefully [Apple Venus I] will also sell well, but
>judging from the average listener's average tastes...eh, I guess
>the Offspring's new cd will still be flying off the shelves.

I figure you wanted to lambaste some genero-modern-rock, but please
pick your targets more carefully. For clever songwriting that flies
under the radar of its subject, you could do much, much worse than
"Self Esteem" & "Come out & Play". I've been waiting for someone
to write "Pretty Fly" for about 5 years of wannabee sightings.

>Neal Buck on Lenny Kravitz's new single: For chrissake!

My word exactly. One can do 60's retro without returning to the
60's equivalent of moon/June/spoon. (Any number of Dukes or XTC
tracks make this clear.) And I don't think he's pulling our leg.

Thanks to all relentless promoters of VH1! The program ran while I
was in the middle of nowhere last week, but I tuned in and it
reran last night.

Yeah, yeah, yeah,
Karl

PS Apple Venus I should make a perfect Valentine's Day gift. Let's
face it: If they're buying you something besides a trinket, they
know your fanaticism already, and they don't scare easy.

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Message-ID: <36C2F592.4F779215@pobox.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:21:54 -0500
From: Jefferson Ogata <ogata@pobox.com>
Subject: TVT UCE

Well, I'm faced with a really nasty dilemma. I just got spammed by
TVT Records. I *never* do business with anyone who engages in UCE or
residential telemarketing. But TVT is the supplier for XTC in the
U.S.

Can I arrange a purchase through Cooking Vinyl via some kind soul
over in the U.K.? Or is there a way for me to buy the new disc online
from Cooking Vinyl or some other U.K. outlet directly?

I am *never* again going to buy a single recording from TVT. I'm
trying to figure out how to cancel my musicblvd.com order. What a
f*cking disappointment to find out that TVT is spam scum. Now I have
to pay extra shipping and wait longer to get the disc, and I don't
get the pleasure of supporting the lads in the U.S..

Principles can be a real drag sometimes.

--
Jefferson Ogata.  smtp: <ogata@pobox.com>  http://www.pobox.com/~ogata/
finger: ogata@pobox.com  ICQ: 19569681  whois: jo317@whois.internic.net

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Message-ID: <003101be55e1$f00ae140$49738bd0@ginsim>
From: "Simon Deane/Gina Chong" <ginsim@netvigator.com>
Subject: The Economist
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 01:14:07 +0800

For reasons best known to myself, I sent an email to The Economist
newspaper suggesting they do an article on XTC and Apple Venus Vol. 1. (I
said something about XTC being about the only currently working pop group
who would merit an article in a magazine of the "gravitas" of The E.) If
any of you don't know, The Economist makes "Time" and "Newsweek" look like
"The Beano" (an English children's comic, for all you Time and Newsweek
readers out there). I set out below the response:

>Thanks for your email suggesting we do a review of the forthcoming XTC
album, and we are of course delighted to hear of your satisfaction with The
Economist.

When it comes to rock/pop music we always find it a bit of a struggle to
decide what to cover: the daily papers -- even the broadsheet ones -- now do
so much about popular music that it is hard for us to find topics on which
we can "add value" by commenting on.

We do try to look out for the ones that are worth writing about, but even
when we think we have a good reason to cover such topics, not all readers
like the idea of us doing so: recently I wrote a very brief item about
Robbie Williams, noting that he had been written off by most pundits only to
sell more albums in 98 than any other British artist, and to receive a
record number of Brits nominations. We had a couple of letters telling us
that we should not be devoting space to such trivial matters (even
though the pop industry is as big as many of the other industries we write
about).

However, as the proud owner of an XTC greatest hits compilation, I would
personally agree with you that they are among the minority of bands that
would be worth considering writing about. I have passed your suggestion on
to our arts editor -- but of course, in addition to the usual considerations
(eg, what other stories are around at the time) it also depends on whether
the new CD is indeed a work of genius, as you put it!

Yours sincerely
Peter Collins
The Economist.>

Well, it seems there'll be an Economist article then, unless there are some
other interesting stories around at the time.

Yours (not very) Economically,
Simon Deane

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Message-Id: <199902111744.MAA19602@virtualmaster3-int.prodigy.net>
From: "Noble K. Thomas" <moonsilver@prodigy.net>
Subject: Apple Venus on 180 Gram British Wax
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 11:41:36 -0600

Remember the old days?.. gingerly ripping off that shrinkwrap and then
getting a supreme nose hit from all that beautiful shiny LP vinyl platter
that somehow, within its flat black grooves, contained wonderful NEW music
by your absolutely favorite band?

The experience can still be had. E-mail me for details.

Silver Moon Guy

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Message-ID: <36C31DCC.651494B2@which.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 18:13:32 +0000
From: B Blanchard <b.blanchard@which.net>
Subject: WAW

Well, the answer to:

>Would any of you linguistically talented ones care to suggest a word which
>is the feminine form of "phallic"?  For such word would certainly describe
>the AV artwork!

is:
WAW  (Wet And Welcoming)
Bye Bye!
Belinda

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Message-Id: <199902111933.LAA06551@sgi.com>
Subject: Waiting & will Andy heal?
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 99 13:36:46 -0600
From: Robert Dassie <weirdass@xsite.net>

Hello Chalks,

Count me as one of those "looking for Sainthood" for NOT listening to any
of the demos, singles, or anything else.  Although I'm not necessarily
looking for sainthood.  I'm just waiting somewhat patiently and hopefully
for Feb 23rd to come around and reward me with the first new sounds of
XTC in ages.  Call me nutty, but I like my pleasure in one big dose.
Indulgence is nothing to get frothy about.

Speaking of frothy, Andy seems to be spitting the acid lately, no?  From
all that I have read, it appears that Andy a) has a piss poor temper, and
b) doesn't think much about keeping personal issues personal.  He may be
completely justified in all that he's saying, but to spill it out at
every chance he gets is spreading the bad Karma something fierce.  That's
the same feeling I got after reading Song Stories.  Andy comes off as
bitter and I think it's 'bout time the boy heals a bit.  Putting that
negative energy into something healthy is what I would like hear.

Final thought: It would be nice if Andy would make the solo album that
he's always been trying to make, Colin would make the solo album that he
may like to make, and David would maybe release his solo stuff to this
list (at least).  That way we'd get 3 times the music that we would
surely love.  Oh yeah, and they should release Apple Venus Vol 2. this
summer.  (I'll wake up now)

ta.

-Bob.

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Message-ID: <697A4CA51395D111A658AA00040058069D9F99@NT6>
From: "Wiencek, Dan" <wiencek@aaos.org>
Subject: Dave's Discontent/Season Cycle/A few other things
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 14:27:37 -0600

Wanted to slap my mitts on a bunch of threads going by ...

* The Dave/Colin Situation

That was quite a sobering update from Lady Cornelius (shouldn't that be Lady
Cornelia?), re Dave's response to the Raygun article ("RaygunGate").  I
don't blame Dave for feeling that his impeccable manners have been in vain,
and it tells you something sad about Andy that he couldn't maintain the same
level of decorum.  On the other hand, Dave's prediction about Colin calling
it quits one day seems a bit farfetched.  Obviously this is pure conjecture,
since I don't know any of the principle players, but Colin must have a
pretty good idea by now, after more than 20 years of working with Andy, of
just how much his role in the band allows him to contribute.  Colin doesn't
seem to mind not playing on certain tracks; he produces at a much smaller
volume than Andy, so it's not as though there are hundreds of Colin songs
welling up, George Harrison-like, never to be heard by anyone; he's content
not to tour; and, like Andy, he's a family man with strong roots in his
community, and has no need for the trappings of rock stardom.  So given all
that, why and how is he supposed to snap one day and tell Partridge to stick
it (back) up his arse?  Anyone?

* Season Cycle

I will confess that this is not one of my favorite XTC tracks, though I
don't really mind it.  I think its Beach Boys pastiche is obvious and a
little self-conscious.  I probably would dig it more if it were a Dukes
track; that way, the song's stylistic borrowings wouldn't seem out of place.

* Los Lobos

Kudos to everyone who's voiced support for this terrific band.  Kiko is one
of the few contemporary albums I consider worthy of comparison to Revolver,
and they are a formidable live presence indeed.  Fans of the band should
note that Cesar Rosas, the band's second guitarist and no slouch of a singer
and songwriter himself, has a solo album out now, which I haven't picked up
yet but which has gotten quite good notices; I think it's called Soul
Disguise, but don't quote me.  I'd be interested to hear from any Chalkers
who've heard it.

And thanks to Pete, for so enthusiastically appreciating my Space Ghost
pastiche ... no, I don't write for the show, merely a humble student of
Ghost Planet lore.

Until next time,

Dan

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From: Eieiodin@aol.com
Message-ID: <4b6568f.36c34222@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 15:48:34 EST
Subject: XTC Rap

I was hoping that someone else on the list would pick this up to spare me
the burden of de-lurking, but, apparently, I was not that lucky.

In any event, SPIN's AOL news update reports the following unlikely
combination:

Rapper Willie D to Sample XTC's "Dear God"
XTC's 1986 controversial classic "Dear God" will be sampled by rapper
Willie D on an as-yet-untitled cut from his forthcoming release on
Rap-A-Lot records, according to sources for the British pop act (who'll
release their comeback disc Apple Venus Vol. 1 on February 23). XTC leader
Andy Partridge cleared usage of the song's famous intro, sung by a child
("Dear God, sorry to disturb you...." Oh, buy the record). Rap-A-Lot
sources could not confirm the rap version's title but hinted that it may be
available as early as this summer.  We'll keep you posted. Meanwhile "I'd
Like That," XTC's first single in nearly seven years will be added to rock
radio on February 16.

Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but, I need to bust a rhyme.  Word.

Back to lurking.

Seth.

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Message-ID: <618F91505D89D21185330001FA6A49542299CD@HFD-EXCH008>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <WitterKF@aetna.com>
Subject: Hanna-Barbera v. Harveytoons--a breathless world yawns
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 16:10:24 -0500

>John Voorhees: The original Space Ghost was a **cheesy cartoon
>by Hanna-Barbera**.

Whoa, isn't that the definition of redundant right there?

>Paul Culnane asks for a switched-gender adjective to complement
>"phallic".

I don't think there is one specifically, all the words that I can
think of have something to do with farming or Georgia O'Keefe.

Sapphic? I "dare not say its name"; if not corrected, I think
that's a bit sideways.

Yonic? Sherwood is that the region or the, em, status?

I submit that if yonic is the region, one may be forgiven to
think that men control language. We're looking not for the
region, but the status--having a difficult time deriving a
feminine "phallic", much less "priapic".

AVVIAVVIAVVIAVVIAVVI...slow, deep breaths, into a paper bag,
Karl

PS My spell-checker tries to change yonic to ionic, a style of
column...oh, never mind! Wonder what it's thinking?

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Message-ID: <36C2C73A.FC8AA640@fastlink.com.au>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 23:04:11 +1100
From: "Joseph J. Ierano" <chierano@fastlink.com.au>
Organization: chiropractic ierano
Subject: fallus

The feminine couterpart to "phallic" would be"vaginal", would it not?
I could probably think of a few others....

joe ierano

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