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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 89

                 Sunday, 14 February 1999

Today's Topics:

         THURSDAY FEB. 25--XTC in CHICAGO UPDATE
                    Apple Venus Vinyl
                    Peel The Other One
              I'd Like That Greenman Better
                    Song Stories Stuff
                   SPACE GHOST blather
                XTC in Chicago - its true!
     East L.A. Bar Band on a proper Swindon-town list
                   Fire in the Kitchen
                   Re: Younger XTC fans
       History of R&R / "a is for..." / AVv1 single
                 AV1 (pre)release date UK
                       Hmmmmmmm...
                          Shecky
                   Apple Venus Unveiled
 ballet for a rainy day (ambient remix) from "Skylacking"
                   Re: Easter Theatrics
                 a brief re-introduction
                     Promotional Tour
                      Andy's Bolero!
                         Mr. Show
                    assorted comments
              Why can't anybody understand?
                        MTV/Radio

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Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 16:30:08 -0600 (CST)
From: Andrea Lynn Rossillon <rossillo@students.uiuc.edu>
Subject: THURSDAY FEB. 25--XTC in CHICAGO UPDATE
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.990212162236.21524A-100000@ux4.cso.uiuc.edu>

Apologies to Joel and Piriya who will get this twice:

Joel called Borders and they had never heard of XTC, so I went back to my
source with this result:

TVT records is sponsoring the event on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, at the
Borders Books & Music on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The appearance will be by ANDY PARTRIDGE, rather than XTC, so perhaps that
explains the confusion that Joel got from the employees.  Of course,
perhaps too the employees are just idiots, which happened to me once when
I was looking for some Plato, and the salesclerk had never heard of him.

This information came from TVT records to the record store here in town,
so it's official information.  Perhaps the TVT dude on the list can say
more about it?

The event is billed as "some songs with a question-and-answer
period"--definitely a MUST-ATTEND event.

I cannot say how much it sucks that I can't go.  Fucking obligations.  But
you all know how I feel.

-Andrea

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Message-Id: <199902122308.AAA06112@mail.knoware.nl>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 00:19:08 +0000
Subject: Apple Venus Vinyl

Dear Chalkers,

Somebody asked how to order Apple Venus from the UK and Thomas Noble
said:

> 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.

or you could also write directly to Cooking Vinyl and order a vinyl
LP from them. And if you join the Cooking Vinyl Club you'll even get
a substantial discount. They also sell CD's and tapes btw...

Write to xtcmo@cookingvinyl.com to receive all necessary details

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/
     or http://come.to/xtc

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Message-Id: <199902122308.AAA06104@mail.knoware.nl>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 00:19:08 +0000
Subject: Peel The Other One

Dear Chalkers,

A question was asked:
> When did Andy do that John Peel imitation that begins
> "Transistor Blast"?  The CD says it was done in 1979.
> Anyone know if that date is true?
Yes, it's true alright.

This spoof was recorded on October the 8th, 1979 at BBC's Maida Vale
Studio 4. Produced by Tony Wilson and engineered by Dave Dade and
first broadcast on the John Peel Show exactly one week later on the
15th.

They also taped Real By Reel, Scissor Man, Ten Feet Tall,
and Roads Girdle The Globe.

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/
     or http://come.to/xtc

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Message-ID: <36C4739E.EA4BFB2B@erols.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 18:32:02 +0000
From: "Neal H. Buck" <nealhbuck@erols.com>
Subject: I'd Like That Greenman Better

Chalkees in Love,

Thanks for the tip, I downloaded "I'd Like That" from TVT. It sounded,
on first listen, very similar to the demo version, but then again, it's
a pretty spare song. I STILL think "Greenman" would make a better
single. How do you figure "ILT" would be better for the US market? The
alterna-rock crowd (despite anyone's feelings about the genre/radio,
etc. - it's still XTC's market) isn't into the "sweet" stuff that much,
and all the lyrics about Hector, Albert & Nelson are WAY too Brit for
this side of the pond. I also don't think "Greenman" should be counted
out for length. Maybe on top 40 radio where anything over 3 min. is
edited down to fit, but 5 min. isn't unheard of anymore.

Yonic? How about Yanni-ick?

Now that the subject of cartoons has been brought up (one of my other
passions), who here is a Tex Avery fan? Anyone remember "The New
Adventures of Mighty Mouse" (Ralph "Fritz the Cat" [that is, the X-Rated
animated film version, not the original character by R. Crumb] Bakshi's
short-lived tribute/satire of the classic)? And let's hear it for
"Danger Mouse"!

Peter Mullin: Yes, that is Barry on Iggy's "Soldier," as well as Ivan
Kraal (?) from Patti Smith. Personally, I didn't like the album much,
esp. compared to "New Values" ("I'm the Chairman of the Bored").

Ben Gott: Yes, I've been corrected. I had the right song in mind (though
the lyrics I quoted were fuzzy), but it WAS the Sugarhill Gang (thanks
Marshall). When you hit your 40s the brain cells start to go (or maybe
it was the acid?)

Good idea - AV1 for Valentine's Day. Too bad it's a week off. Well,
better late than never. I was wondering what I was going to do with that
extra copy I was going to buy (for the cause!).

Later, mon
Neal

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From: tim@edenpop.u-net.com (Tim Eden)
Subject: Song Stories Stuff
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 00:39:59 GMT
Message-ID: <36cac61a.9034752@mail.u-net.com>

>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.

But Dave is the one I can't get over! He just seems to contradict
everything the others say. It gets quite embarrassing at times and
makes you wonder how why he didn't leave a hell of a lot earlier. And
as for his blunt put-down of "Wake Up"! Shocking!! What have you
written then, Gregsy, eh, EH?

Pleased to note that AP *does* play the intro to "I Remember The Sun"
as I suggested a few weeks ago. How could I have guessed this having
seen no live XTC performances and only the odd video? Is Andy's
personality so obviously translated into his guitar playing? Good to
feel so smug though.

Tim

Say "no" to digest!

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Message-ID: <36C4D4CD.4A0FCED3@netwalk.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 20:26:38 -0500
From: Ian C Stewart <stewart@netwalk.com>
Organization: http://come.to/autoreverse
Subject: SPACE GHOST blather

For non-Cartoon Network havers, the Space Ghost website can be found at
http://www.ghostplanet.com/
and it gives a pretty good idea of the general childlike hilarity of the
show. I think.

For me the best episodes of Space Ghost Coast To Coast were
1) the one with Beck, hands down the funniest thing I've seen in ages.
2) Metallica. I mean, when Zorak told them to shut up and called them
stupid, it was classic.

I just hope Andy and Colin don't suffer the same fate as Cindy Brady,
who got to say  about 2 words during her  appearance...

BRAK FOR PREZ,
Ian
XTC videos fo' sale: http://www.netwalk.com/~stewart/xtcvideo.htm

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From: astolfo@interaccess.com
Message-ID: <36C4C916.5FB0@interaccess.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 19:36:38 -0500
Subject: XTC in Chicago - its true!

Coming out of 3 year lurk mode -

I just called borders on michigan avenue and its true - the band will be
there THURSDAY (not saturday) the 25th, between 6 or 7. And I will be
there too.  Unbelievable - two radio stations playing them and now a
personal appearence.  Where's that blasted portable tape recorder of
mine?

returning to lurking mode

--
*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
Humanas Concedere Rebus
(yield to all things human)
			   -Lucretius

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From: "Will Kreth" <wkreth@twmaine.com>
Subject: East L.A. Bar Band on a proper Swindon-town list
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 20:15:32 -0500
Message-ID: <00ab01be56ee$5a6360a0$1455d2cc@wek.maine.rr.com>

Los Lobos - add me to the list - I'm a huge fan.

Unfortunately, the Web is not as on-top
of the whereabouts and projects of these sons
of East L.A. as it should be. The official L.L.
page:

http://www.wbr.com/loslobos/index.html

is woefully out of date, and e-mail sent to the
webmaster there <altorres@loop.com>
have not met with any replies.

Q: Does anyone know of a Los Lobos mailing list,
or....if there isn't one, would you like to start
one? I can start one, no prob. Just checkin'.

Recent news is that David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas
were both on the excellent, Grammy-nominated Los Super Seven
album (RCA Nashville) of Tex/Mex and traditional Mexican
folk songs. Produced by Los Lobos' sax and keyboard
player Steve Berlin, you can read about it
at:

http://imusic.com/showcase/indie/lossuperseven.html

Also, as was mentioned earlier - Cesar Rosas has a
new solo album coming out this month "Soul Disguise,"
AND in a round-trip on the perpetual Mitch Froom thread
floating around here, there's a second trippy Latin
Playboys CD (with Froom, Tchad Blake, Hidalgo,
and Louie Perez - also of Los Lobos) called "Dose"
coming out this spring, PLUS a new Los Lobos album in the
summer.

Like I said, if they don't have a mailing list, they
should! Their live shows are faboo. The Wolf Survives!

hasta la vista, baby-

Will

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From: Cgeorge971@aol.com
Message-ID: <6c267b16.36c4fcbb@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 23:16:59 EST
Subject: Fire in the Kitchen

Greetings Chalksters,

Do any of you have an album by the group Fire in the Kitchen called "The
Theory of Everything"?  The group was fronted by one Bob Bannister, and
I've been looking for it for 6 years.

Anyone who can help, please email me privately.

Thanks,

George

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Message-ID: <36C50690.1CB7@popd.ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 20:58:56 -0800
From: Rich Bunnell <cbunnell@ix4.ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Re: Younger XTC fans

>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.

  15 years old here. I got into XTC through repeated recommendations
from several TMBG fans last year (TMBG being XTC fans and all), and
finally picking up a copy of Waxworks, followed by Skylarking, and then
the rest of the albums.

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

  There're always the rebels. People at my school listen to some of the
most annoying, under-developed stuff I've ever heard (although
considering my out-of-place Duran Duran fixation, I shouldn't be
talking) and I'm always the one that annoys them by insulting it.

*------------------------------
Rich Bunnell
http://members.xoom.com/taoster
*------------------------------

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Message-Id: <v03102800b2eaca2841b2@[165.227.110.102]>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 00:00:46 -0700
From: Richard Pedretti-Allen <richard@tactics.com>
Subject: History of R&R / "a is for..." / AVv1 single

> History Of Rock 'N' Roll:
> "The 90's? I suspect that will be a bit of a James Brown drum rhythm."

Sampled, looped and overdubbed with some boisterously spat urban angst
with inane rhyming.

> The CMJ New Music Report review of AV1 on Chalkhills mentions "the
> bouncy first single 'I'd Like That'".  Does this mean an actual single is
> being released, or does this just mean that is the track that will be
> pushed most heavily to radio?

A CD single has been issued of "I'd Like That" (TVT 3251-2P).  It was
issued for promotional purposes only and sent primarily to radio
stations.  The cover has an orange background and green type that reads
"i'd like that" with "i'd" consuming a vast majority of the cover.  It
comes in a jewel box and doesn't say "xtc" on the front.  The CD design
is essentially the same design.  The back and inside show a close-up
partial of Colin (which makes his nose look huge) and a full picture of
Andy with hat.

The full Apple Venus Volume 1 promo (TVT 3250-2A) has the same kind of
design motif as the single and reads "a is for..."  It comes in a
cardboard sleeve.  The design on the CD and back of the jacket is
essentially text that reads ("Q" is used to designate a silhouette of
an apple - ...flip it)

"...ADVANCE COPY OF
THE NEW XTC ALBUM
Q APPLE VENUS Q
VOLUME 1"

It lists the actual release date as 3/2/99 but don't panic, you've
already heard otherwise from John Hammond of TVT.

So... the posts indicating that  "...'I'd Like That', XTC's first
single in nearly seven years will be added to rock radio on February
16." and "The first single from Apple Venus Vol. I, "I'd Like That,"
hits radio on Feb. 15." is a bit off the mark as the disc is already in
the hands of many radio stations as witnessed by many Chalkers who have
actually _heard_ it.  KFOG in S.F. has it and has played it but I've
never heard it (they state that it's not in heavy rotation).

Sectioned rugs and rockin' droll, Cheers, Richard

p.s. Lyric of the moment: "Eleanor, gee, I think you're swell and you
really do me well, you're my pride and joy, et cetera."  from "Eleanor"
by The Turtles

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From: garyt@dna1.dnet.co.uk (Gary Thompson)
Subject: AV1 (pre)release date UK
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 14:01:41 -0000
Message-ID: <000001be5759$620d57a0$44022ec2@gt628.dnet.co.uk>

Talking to a friend who runs the local independent record store here, and he
tells me that Vital, who distribute Cooking Vinyl, usually have their
product in the shops on the Wednesday before release date. So anyone in the
UK on good terms with their local CD emporium could have their sticky paws
on AV1 on wed! Happy hunting.
Gary

'We won't be told the past was pure gold
We were there and it wasn't'
Paddy McAloon

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Message-ID: <36C5858B.13F15AB8@earthling.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 08:00:43 -0600
From: John Voorhees <griffon@earthling.net>
Subject: Hmmmmmmm...

Apparently the "yonic" (or whatever) imagery of the album cover doesn't
sit too well with some webpage designer over at cookingvinyl.com.  The
page that includes the preview samples now has the infamous peacock
feather... INVERTED.  Turned on it's head so it looks a lot more like...
a peacock feather.  Harumph say I.

John Voorhees

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Message-Id: <199902131532.HAA16504@grebe.prod.itd.earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 07:32:41 -0800
Subject: Shecky
From: "Russ Reynolds" <rcreation@earthlink.net>

Did anyone on else on this list respond to an offer for a free Demo CD of a
band called "Shecky"?  I don't recall if the offer was from a list member
or just a polite spam, but I got this disc and I like it a LOT.

They're Jellyfish clones, but they do it well and the songwriting is pretty
good. The statement that came with it says that they're a group of "the
best studio musicians in Boston who are dedicated to pop with influences
such as Beatles, Jellyfish, Robyn Hitchcock, XTC...etc."

If anyone else received this disc or has any more info on Shecky I'd like
to hear from you.

-russ

-------
<rcreation@earthlink.net>
Russ Reynolds  <rreynolds@ksjo.com>

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Message-Id: <199902131547.QAA09654@mail.knoware.nl>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 16:58:06 +0000
Subject: Apple Venus Unveiled

Dear Chalkers,

I've got it!!!

Yes, finally after 7 long lean years this morning i'm holding the new
XTC album. Not the advance cd, but the real finished product as it
will hit the shops on February 22nd. Am i the first?

The package is dead gorgeous but, as far as i can tell, no lyrics!
Why not? A big mistake IMHO...
Anyway, i'll upload pictures to my site as soon as possible

Our esteemed fellow Chalkers Richard Pendretti-Allen and Mitch
Friedman get a "thank you" in the liner notes, along with Pete & June
Dix from the Little Express.

And 'our Dave' is credited for playing the piano, keyboards, guitar
and supplying backing vocals but as a guest,  no longer as a member
of XTC.

Heaps of thanks to the friendly folk at Cooking Vinyl for everything
and then some...

Those of you who missed the first announcement:

Near CD quality MP3 previews of AV1 are available for download at the
Little Lighthouse ( http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/xtc.html )
Another song snippet will be featured every day leading up to the
release of the new album on February 22.

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos @ The Little Lighthouse
yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/
     or http://come.to/xtc

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Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19990213074140.007cee70@mail.adnc.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 07:41:40 -0800
From: studio seventeen productions <ambient@adnc.com>
Subject: ballet for a rainy day (ambient remix) from "Skylacking"

dave from studio seventeen here, delurking, still a huge fan of XTC, and
among those who have preordered Apple Venus and are still waiting......

I've just remastered my ambient version of "ballet for a rainy day" from
SKYLACKING.  (remember SKYLACKING?  Ian Stewart?).

I also created a special super ambient remix, which is the version I'm
featuring on my pages now....if you want to check it out, please visit

http://members.tripod.com/technoambient/sounds.html

and select the link "misc" from the sounds/artists menu.

It's encoded in the new (better sounding) Real Audio G2 format. I've made a
number of digital improvements over the original version, although the
material remains original...let me know what you think!

cheers,

dave at 17

seventeen: the ambient music page
http://members.tripod.com/technoambient/index.html

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Message-Id: <199902131629.IAA29903@grebe.prod.itd.earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 08:29:24 -0800
Subject: Re: Easter Theatrics
From: "Russ Reynolds" <rcreation@earthlink.net>

Paul sez:
>Somebody wrote in recently, remarking that she had listened to "Easter
>Theatre" in headphones and noticed that the "stage left" lyric emanated
>from the right speaker and the "stage right" came out of the left.
>
>There's a simple explanation for that (corroborated by one of my collegues
>who's also something of a thespian).  If you were performing on stage,
>"stage left" to you would be on *your* left; that is, if another performer
>entered at stage left, it would be from the left hand side of the stage as
>you are looking out into the audience. Therefore, for the audience, "stage
>left" would appear to be on the right-hand side of the stage as you're
>looking at it (and vice versa).

The audience, or the director.

I missed a chance to go back stage at a concert once because I was told by
the dumbass record rep to meet at "stage left" at an appointed time.  I said
"Stage left, or the left side of the stage?"  He repeats "stage left" So,
drawing on my theatre training, I went to the right hand side of the stage
and stood there wondering why nobody ever showed up.

Sometimes a little too much knowledge can be detrimental in the wrong
circles.

>Oh, and I'll probably cop a fair bit of ridicule for this, but I find the
>coda to Easter Theatre as it fades with Colin and Andy singing in
>counterpoint to be uncannily reminiscent of some vocal arrangements used by
>the band Yes.  Anybody else notice this?

Now that you mention it...Yes.

-russ

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<rcreation@earthlink.net>
Russ Reynolds  <rreynolds@ksjo.com>

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Message-Id: <199902131727.JAA21182@grebe.prod.itd.earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 09:27:35 -0800
Subject: a brief re-introduction
From: "Russ Reynolds" <rcreation@earthlink.net>

'allo all.

I've thrown a few bones out there but haven't formally introduced myself to
the list yet, so I guess before too much time goes by I'd better take care
of that.

I'm Russ.  I was on this list briefly about 3 years ago and posted maybe
once.  Surely you remember.  I've been an XTC fan for longer than at least
one person on this list has been alive.  Was lukewarm to them until Black
Sea came out and blew me away.

Some of you know me from fegmaniax (Robyn Hitchcock list).  My wife Anita is
the more rabid XTC fan.  In fact we met in part because she heard me playing
"Snowman" on my college radio show, figured I must be pretty groovy (I
probably am) and decided to join the station too.  We both attended the
recent Sunnyvale gathering and met some nice folks.

Fave XTC: Black Sea (without the bonus trax).  Still miles ahead of their
other stuff, IMO.  Nobody dis "Living Through Another Cuba" any more okay?
You have no soul if that song doesn't have you bouncing around the room.

I have never misspelled XTC to the best of my knowledge.  I think I once
mispronounced "999" as "755" though.

Thank you for embracing me.

-russ

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<rcreation@earthlink.net>
Russ Reynolds  <rreynolds@ksjo.com>
Anita Reynolds

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Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19990213105642.0087b330@pophost.micron.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 10:56:42 -0700
From: Phil Corless <philco@micron.net>
Subject: Promotional Tour

>they will do a promotional run in the States, including in-stores
>in Los Angeles, Denver, New York, and San Francisco,

Aagh!   No Portland or Seattle???

TVT, don't leave the Pacific Northwest out!

- Phil in Boise, Idaho

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Message-ID: <19990213180223.182.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Joe Funk" <jomama64@hotmail.com>
Subject: Andy's Bolero!
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 10:02:22 PST

Chalkpeople:

A very interesting thing happened to me yesterday.....In my self-need to
verify how incredibly astounding "River of Orchids" is, I just so happen
to run into an old friend, and played the tune for him.  The guy is an
average "Joe" ( No pun intended ! ), and we began listening to the tune
when he exclaimed ( folks......this hit me like baseball bat!! ), " Man!
This tune builds to an orchestral crescendo like Bolero!!!"  I had
nothing to say but..." Yeah!!?"  I don't know if Andy intended it,  but
"River.." is his bolero! ( I know you classical music buffs can hardly
imagine a ballet )..hummmmmmm?  Wait a second... Ballerinas (adourned
with orchids) tosssing seeds on to a stage of concrete being encircled
by mad dogs chasing their tails while Nuryev (sp) wanna be's push
pantomime cars off stage left (right to the audience) to a backdorp of
Piccadilly Circus!!!!  It is in the works!!!

I need help with the choreography!

XTC song of the day- Frivolous Tonight
Non-XTC song of the day-........................

"I had a dream that the car was reduced to fossil......yeah..."

Jomama

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From: "Will Kreth" <wkreth@twmaine.com>
Subject: Mr. Show
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 13:33:47 -0500
Message-ID: <003601be577f$64f8e990$275cd2cc@dhcj1.maine.rr.com>

Skylarker <skylarker@iname.com> probed the wires, in all-caps,
shouting:

>>BY THE WAY: ANY MR. SHOW FANS OUT THERE?

To which I reply:

HELL, YES!

Call me crazy, call me a taxi, but I see a pattern here in
our vidiot box viewing habits. "Mr. Show" (for those that
have HBO) is one of the most inventive comedy shows ever!
Bob and David are brilliant! In the style of "Monty Python's
F.C." of yore - each half-hour show of "Mr. Show" contains sketch
comedy skits that segue seamlessly from one situation into another,
for a deliciously trippy meandering through the minds of the
writers and performers that bring it to us. Knowing how witty
and playful our favorite British pop blokes are - I'm sure they
would (if they've never seen "Mr. Show") get a kick out of it.
And because it's on HBO, they can say anything they want, surfing
that (feigned horror! quel mal!) scandalously ribald and sometimes
scatological comedic edge.

http://www.mrshow.com/

And the appearance of XTC on the dadaist "Space Ghost" comes
as no surprise to me, knowing Partridge's love of comix and
absurdity. If I were to guess which U.S. tv shows XTC would
enjoy, I'd say something like:

Mr. Show; Space Ghost; Mad TV; The Daily Show; The Tick;
The Critic; Dr. Katz; The Simpsons; King of the Hill...

- and perhaps "South Park" - (which I did not jump on the
bandwagon over), and perhaps reruns (if it was still showing)
of "Duckman" and "Kids in the Hall" (Canadian, yes - I know).

I don't get the "Upright Citizen's Brigade" - maybe I need to
give it more of a chance.

Other animated shows I haven't seen yet, but want to, are:
Futurama, and Dilbert.

ttfn-

Will

p.s. - Speaking of funny people...
http://www.harryshearer.com is the web site for
voice/actor/comedian/writer/radio show host Harry Shearer
- who is probably most famous for his role as Derek Smalls,
the bass player in "Spinal Tap." His new book is entitled:
"It's the Stupidity, Stupid: Why (Some) People Hate Clinton
and Why the Rest of Us Have to Watch"

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Message-ID: <19990213190648.9426.rocketmail@send1e.yahoomail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 11:06:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: assorted comments

Re:
As free public performance is open to legal taping in most states
{illinois included I believe}, if anyone intends on recording this show,
please drop me a mail.

I'm not sure XTC will be performing-I assumed that they (just Andy?)
would be signing stuff and chatting with fans.  I could be wrong-a
performance would be beyond my wildest wishes. But given their
attitude towards playing live...
A note to all those planning to attend the appearance in Chicago-I
know from past experience that Border's can be a little picky about
in-store appearances. They may, among other things, insist that only
copies of Apple Venus (no back catalog) purchased from Borders AT THE
TIME OF THE APPEARANCE BY THE BAND will be signed. They may also limit
signed items to one per customer.  This may be dependant on the size
of the crowd in attendance, or on the wishes of XTC. They could
actually be really nice about it, after all, it's hard to police what
people bring into the store, and XTC know how loyal their fans are.
This puts me in a bit of a quandary-I was planning on running out to
buy AV1 on the 23rd, but will be at Border's anyways on the 25th, and
could buy it there, avoiding any potential conflicts with them. If I
do that, however, I'll have to read through two days of gushy postings
from all of you before I get to actually hear it myself.  What to do,
what to do...

Re:
Complete the following:

   "XTC is to "ELO" as

a) A Porsche is to a Ford Pinto?
c) Elvis Costello is to Michael Bolton?
d) John Cleese is to Benny Hill?
d) A redwood tree is to a chia pet?

e) Peter Gabriel is to Phil Collins?
f) Glenn Gould is to Liberace?
g) the Alps are to an anthill?
h) John Coltrane is to Kenny G?
I) Tony Blair is to Margaret Thatcher? (I'm not British, but it seemed
appropriate)
j) sushi is to fish sticks?
k) Shakespeare is to Jackie Collins?

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From: nedrise@MNSi.Net
Message-ID: <34E49946.87940F3F@mnsi.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:04:48 -0400
Subject: Why can't anybody understand?

Dearest Chalklodytes

Dane Pereslete says:

<"That's the release date of that record, isn't it?".  I shook my head in
<affirmation, offering nothing more than a witless and sheepish grin.
<"You've lost it!...you're completely obsessed!", she proclaimed.

That was a great post , Dane.   I know how you feel, man.  In every
conversation I have with friends these days,  XTC is inevitably
coming up.

Something like:
Me:  "So what's new?"
Them:  "Well, I just a had a brain transpl-"
Me:  "Hey-XTC's new album is coming out!"
Them: "Oh and my wife just had twin baby gir-"
Me:  "Have you heard I'd Like That? It's on the radio!!"
Them: "See ya later.  Oh, and try to get a life."

They just don't understand.
Sometimes it's tough being an XTC fan(atic).

Michael Stone

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Message-Id: <4.1.19990213145308.0093ede0@mail.clemson.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:08:56 -0500
From: Adam Tyner <ctyner@CLEMSON.EDU>
Subject: MTV/Radio

In the last Chalkhills...

>You would be surprised how many stations wait until MTV adds a video until
they play the single.

You mean there are radio stations out there with 4 songs in rotation?  ;-)
As of late, I've come to the mostly-uninformed conclusion that the opposite
is true, for the most part --  if a song is getting a lot of play on the
radio, MTV will air it no matter how bad the video is.  As great as the
songs on AV1 almost certainly are, I have a hard time imagining a video off
of it airing at anytime other than 120 Minutes, which has massively dropped
in quality over the past year or so, but remains the best programming on
MTV.  Amazing.  Whatever happened to Matt Pinfield anyway?

>So... there seems to be hope in the DC area!

At least you have Tuscadero, Hot Pursuit, and the Rondelles, among others,
to keep you entertained.  :-)  Are any of the other stations up there
playing XTC?  XTC doesn't really fit the format of any of the stations in
listening distance around here aside from Clemson's WSBF, where I'm hoping
it'll be added...  It wasn't there 2 weeks ago, at least, although we're
having trouble with the transmitter, resulting in a lot of shows not
airing, so I wasn't able to get in during my normal time slot and dig
through everything this past week.  :-p

TTYL,

-Adam

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