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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 96

                 Sunday, 21 February 1999

Today's Topics:

               RE: Andy in Boston Next Week
                      NY Appearance
                       Charting AV1
     gold word ribbons rope and rodeo the dark clouds
            Got it! (Friday 19/02/1999 13:40)
                    a few more gurgles
             Greetings from a new subscriber
                    Space Ghost Report
                           Ack!
                 Re: Apple Venus Unveiled
                 This is getting silly...
                       lurker alert
                          Re;ELO
         Englishman in New Orleans? And why not?
                         Shhhhh!
Hitch-Hiker's Guide to XTC (or How Will Molly Get to See Them)
                      Re. Band Names
                     Borders Chicago
                   Something Frivolous
                        XTC in NW
                  Dressed In Yellow Yoke
               yet another chicago posting
                   Fears for the future
             Re: That Sound, Lurkers de-Lurk!
         Cleveland-Toronto urgent carpool request
                Does He Want To Be There?
                       Princely !!

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From: WWi8064839@aol.com
Message-ID: <9cd31571.36cd5e85@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 07:52:21 EST
Subject: RE: Andy in Boston Next Week

Jennifer,

I'll be at the "Andy at Tower Records on Newbury Street" EVENT next week. I
simply can't wait! And every day I open my mailbox hoping to see AV1 there.

See you other greater Bostonians there, too!

Wes

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Message-ID: <19990219141616.22358.rocketmail@send104.yahoomail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 06:16:16 -0800 (PST)
From: julescheer <julescheer@yahoo.com>
Subject: NY Appearance

Hey All!

I'm a newbie to the list.  Just wondering if anyone is going to the NY
appearance at Tower on the 23rd.  If anyone wants to meet up, please
let me know.

Julie

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Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 05:23:27 -0500
From: Cooking Vinyl <Cooking_Vinyl@compuserve.com>
Subject: Charting AV1
Message-ID: <199902190524_MC2-6B08-D685@compuserve.com>

Message text written by INTERNET:<chalkhills@chalkhills.org>
>
In the meantime, a wise man once said:
Ask not what XTC can do for you, ask how many extra copies of AV1
_you_ can afford to buy for friends and family...

yours in xtc,

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

We are hoping for a prominent UK chart position.  In a display of crass
unchalkhillian commerciality I would like to ask for your help in this as
it is all down to the number of sales we do in the shops next week!

Please call your local record shops and pre-order the cd to make sure that
they have enough copies for your and all your friends.

I would just like to point out that on Monday there will only be 303
shopping days left to Christmas.  What better Christmas present could you
give someone than AV1?  Do your Christmas shoping next week!

Fingers crossed

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From: weslong@usa.net
Message-ID: <19990219155450.6130.qmail@www05.netaddress.usa.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:54:49
Subject: gold word ribbons rope and rodeo the dark clouds

Chalkies:

Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas for my interview with
Mr. Partridge....I got a call from my editor, who had been alerted by
Partsy's publicist, and was told that Andy had had enough of the Q&A thingy
for one day, and that I would have to wait another week to talk to our
boy-wonder...ahhh well, that's not quite this world over, though the wait
is agonizing, and the pre-interview jitters were getting the better of
me...and now I get to have them all over again, JOY!

When I posted my '98 fave list a while back, I mentioned that I had
discovered a disc by The Moles, led by Richard Davies...who worked with
Eric Matthews under the guise of Cardinal.  I recieved an email soon after
that posting from a splendid gal who later sent me recorded copies of
Richard Davies' released material...as well as some awfully gear b-side
schtuff. Sadly, & I'm ashamed to admit this, I've never thanked her...and
worse, I can't remember her name or her email address.  Who are you? If you
read this, please drop me a line, I'd love to talk to you.

Lastly...I've seen a lot of bootleg material of the lads for sale lately
online...esp on the ebay auction site, and would like to advise potential
buyers to think twice before doing so.  There are a lot of people selling
cdr copies of boots, and copies of videos as well...and it is VERY WRONG
for these people to make $ off of the name XTC!  I've obtained a shload of
XTC audio & video boots over the years, and have never paid for any of it.
I know you want to hear it...so do I...but I'm telling you that it can all
be obtained through trades.  The ebay site is full of cdr sales, many of
which do not include the information that they are copied cd's(cdr's)...so,
these sellers aren't just ripping off XTC...they're ripping you off as
well...and by purchasing their material you are helping them to do both.
Please, just think about what it is that you are buying.

I can only view this wreck with the aid of a drink and a mirror,

Wes
Optimism's Flames
"http://members.tripod.com/~The_Last_Balloon/index.html"

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From: Paul@pi-design.com
Message-ID: <7792192DE506D2119A6100A024F0274A1C2858@PIMAIL>
Subject: Got it! (Friday 19/02/1999 13:40)
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:59:57 -0000

My friendly local record shop (Rough Trade, Nottinghill, London #14.99) let
me buy my copy early this lunchtime...  so there I stood at work... big
chunky Sennheiser at rather high volume configuring a new Mac and... no-one
interrupted me, I could listen to the whole album.

Well, as I hadn't checked out the track list on Chalkhills I didn't know
that one of my favourite demos isn't on there (You and the clouds...) but
never mind.  I'm tempted to give details of the packaging but that would
spoil things for y'all.

On the peacock orientation debate side of things, my copy's artwork was
pointy-end to the left.

Oh for you vinyl types I have seen it, it exists.  When the assistant went
downstairs to get my copy she brought the album up too.  I might go back and
buy it.  What do you mean I haven't got a record player?  That's right, time
to get on the completist bandwagon.

As everybody's going to write reams and reams reviewing AV1 I'm not going to
say a word.  Oh, all right.  Think English Express or Big Settlement.

Now I've heard the final version - yes! "Easter Theatre" for a single please
Cooking Vinyl.

That's enough, I've got servers to ruin, er, I mean optimize.

------------
Paul Stratford
Systems Manager

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From: WillJ4comm@aol.com
Message-ID: <4c40b390.36cd9926@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:02:30 EST
Subject: a few more gurgles

Bubbling up to the surface:

1. "Ship Trapped" and "I Don't Want to Be Here" - Agreed, two fantastic
tracks, but I see why Andy wouldn't want to do these in their current
form. As noted, the intended topic of Ship deals with their problems with
Virgin, although there's only one line that mentions it with any degree of
specificity. To me the song can be about many things, as suggested,
personal relationships, self-reflection, etc.

Secondly, "I don't Want to Be Here" sounds like a song resulting from his
divorce, and recently being remarried, I can totally understand why the
track would no longer hold as much appeal for him -- add to that that he
says he wrote it for Cathy Dennis.

My suggestion (one of you privileged dozen pass this on to Andy, OK?):
Transform these songs into new ones with new lyrics, a la "Goodbye
Humanosaurus" to "Then She Appeared." I'm in agreement with everyone else,
the song structures, harmonies and melodies are too good to toss (or let
someone else sing), but perhaps a new lyrical treatment with new subject
matter could be just the trick. Like Then She Appeared, maybe a future
album title would bubble to the surface from the resulting tracks.

1. Frivolous Tonight - Downloaded the first minute from Mark's site, and I
feel confident that this will be my favorite work from Colin since English
Settlement and the Dukes. The primary word that comes to mind as I listen
to the grand excerpt over and over is "glorious." Makes me giddy -- I must
admit, I was a bit apprehensive over his song titles, but Frivolous Tonight
makes me WAW for Fruit Nut -- er, wait, makes my flag unfurl! Sorry, a bit
tired (yon, ahem, yawn).

3. I'd Like That (supersonic semi-spoiler) - Also listened to this track
via liquid audio from the tvt site (you'll notice I broke my self-imposed
AV1 blackout, thus qualifying me for super-value radical sainthood like a
rocket from a bottle shot free - what can I say? The arguments made sense,
and nothing positive ever came from denying one's most glorious
desires). The song has remained in my head, creep about my brain for the
last 24 hours. I can't wait to hear it on cd, it's fantastic. Dug into the
exotic feast before grace was finished, and am loving every succulent
mouthful. Interestingly, having never heard a demo of the song, I was
surprised how organic and bare this track is -- I'd say it's the most
simply-arranged finished recording during this detailed and polished phase
of xtc (maybe ever, relative to where they are in terms of the thoughts put
into the arrangements). However there's some very interesting swirly sounds
lurking in the background that liquid audio didn't fully accentuate, plus a
very interesting drum or beat sound -- maybe not as simple as first glance
would reveal. And of course, tuneful as all get- out. I can't wait to hear
how it contrasts following the complexity of the album opener River of
Orchids.

What more to say but "5 days."

Will J.

"Choose to give unconditional love until it's like second nature. In truth,
that is your second nature. Your first nature is that you ARE unconditional
love. It's your second nature to desire to demonstrate your first nature,
experience it, and help others do the same."
   - God, from Conversations With God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch

"And just to end the list, everything that could exist needs the loving!" -
Andy Partridge, "The Loving", Oranges & Lemons

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Message-ID: <19990219171335.9895.qmail@www0i.netaddress.usa.net>
Date: 19 Feb 99 11:13:35 CST
From: Mor_Goth <mor_goth@usa.net>
Subject: Greetings from a new subscriber

Hello all,

I just thought I'd introduce myself to the fellow XTC
fans on the list since I have just subscribed today.
A few bits about myself: I am a 24 year old male from
Wisconsin.  I discovered the music of XTC about 3 years
ago from a college roomate.  I'd have to say XTC is one
of my favorite bands of all time and certainly my
favorite of those currently making music.  I have all of
their albums on CD except for GO2 and the remix experiments.
I am, of course, incredibly psyched about the upcoming
Apple Venus Vol. 1 release and have my copy advance
ordered already.

So there you have it.  I'm sure I'm in for some lively
discussion about the upcoming album.

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Message-ID: <19990219172253.21600.rocketmail@send104.yahoomail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 09:22:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Andisheh Nouraee <andisheh@yahoo.com>
Subject: Space Ghost Report

Dear Chalkhillites:

Andy Partridge taped Space Ghost this morning as planned.  Some
friends of mine work at Cartoon Network and were able to get me onto
the set.  I'll relay my full story when I get home from work, but be
assured that he was an absolutely awesome guest.  When I asked him to
sign my box from Transistor Blast, he laughed and said, "You actually
bought that?"

'Twas the thrill of a lifetime.

One of the better questions was, "Who is Nigel and are your plans for
him good or evil?"

Later,
Andisheh
==
************************************************
ALWAYS!!!!!! REPLY TO: mabrey@mindspring.com
************************************************

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Message-ID: <C4D3F9980FD4D111892B00805FBBF5D10189D060@mailsvr1.lernerny.com>
From: "Lieman, Ira" <ilieman@lernerny.com>
Subject: Ack!
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 13:24:21 -0500

Oh my...check out http://wallofsound.go.com/news/stories/xtc021899.html

It's great XTC is getting exposure, yadda yadda...
But "In other XTC news, Partridge has given permission to rapper Willie D,
formerly of the Geto Boys, to reinterpret the first verse (the part the
little girl sings) of XTC's 1987 hit "Dear God" on his upcoming solo album."
--- did I miss something?

-ira

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Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:24:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Benjamin Lukoff <blukoff@alvord.com>
Subject: Re: Apple Venus Unveiled
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.990219111724.9717B-100000@locutus.alvord.com>

Molly wrote:
> Could we please try to not say too much about AV until the release date?
> I don't mean to be a party pooper, but some of us haven't gotten a copy
> yet, and knowing Music Boulevard not until two weeks.  So please I ask
> you wait until the people get it.

Page down Molly!  This is an XTC discussion list...XTC hasn't put out a
new album in seven years...people are excited...many of us have heard the
new music and want to use this list for what it was designed
for...discussion...

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

From: keith@car.net
Subject: This is getting silly...
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 14:35:46 -0500
Message-ID: <710A7D30AC98D111B682005004060C5F1D7D@LOCAL-SERVER>

These audio previews are getting to me. Even though I've been listening to
these demos for two years now, hearing 60 second samples of the finished
work is so... titillating! I ventured down to the OSU campus today, combing
the used CD bins for an Advance copy of AV1. I guess I can wait four more
days... :(

It doesn't help matters that I'm reading all these wonderful reviews on
Bungalow and Chalkhills.

Elvis Costello fans: check out this great FTP server: elvis.nws.net (login:
extreme, pass: trust).

Keith

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Message-id: <fc.000f4ca3001e1529000f4ca3001e1529.1e1586@cfrb.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:10:32 -0500
Subject: lurker alert
From: rgreenham@thebear.net (Rich Greenham)

i'm a comin' in (and in lowercase at that!)
thanks to all for providing me with years of reading pleasure -- i woulda
joined up earlier but i used to be an absolute idjit when it came to
internet stuff.  now i'm not -- so there!  here comes my big opening
line...
greetings from ottawa, canada...
i have the pleasure of working in the broadcasting industry (radio)...  so
the other day the record rep comes in and i find myself the proud owner of
an "i'd like that" cd single...
to say that i melted into a big puddle of goo would be an
understatement...  since then, i've listened to the single:
outta both speakers (up close and far away)...
outta the left speaker / right speaker...
with / without e-q...
with my dog...
very loud...
very quiet...
then very loud again...
what a wonderfully innocent musical proclamation of absolute love.
question time -- andy partridge in toronto?  where?  what time?  a
roadtrip is in order!
and is it just me, or is this album artwork symbolism debate getting very
yawn-ic?
thanks for reading -- a wee bit long, but i'm still a chalkhills virgin.
(grrrrr... virgin bad - tvt good)
rich

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From: m01xh400@cwcom.net
Message-ID: <36CDC342.FE3AB0C0@cwcom.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 20:02:10 +0000
Subject: Re;ELO

The ELO track recently referred to , One Summer Dream, is indeed a
cracker. It comes from their 1975 LP called "Face the Music" which also
yielded hits "Evil Woman" and "Nightrider". This song has got Partridge
and B. Wilson all rolled into one.

Martin Steel

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Message-ID: <19990219201432.1858.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Kristen Reed" <kreed31@hotmail.com>
Subject: Englishman in New Orleans? And why not?
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:14:32 PST

Beware, another lurker emerges!

If anyone has contacts w/Andy, pass this along...

OK, so some of us may live in the cultural black hole of the South (I
haven't figured if Mardi Gras is an argument for or against that
statement), but does that those of us with excellent musical taste
should have to suffer needlessly (to say nothing of the past seven
years), knowing you've passed through the States, but have given the
whole South a miss?!  C'mon, I'd even drive to Atlanta for this!

Aside: Believe it or not, around the release of _Nonsuch_ I was visiting
NYC for the first time and staying at the Plaza, right across from
Central Park, right at the time Andy was doing his interview there.  Of
course, I only found out about it when I returned to Louisiana & saw it
on MTV.  "Chagrined" does not describe my state.  I've gotta right that
wrong, or my *whole life* will be whiled away thinking of my near-miss
with genius. (OK, so maybe that was a little theatrical, but I'm going
for sympathy here).

Can't wait for next week and the latest addition to my (near-complete)
XTC collection!  I've already got a little space there for it amongst my
alphabetized CDs!

Kristen

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Message-ID: <19990219201958.1273.rocketmail@send104.yahoomail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:19:58 -0800 (PST)
From: Veronica Kyle Robertson <veronicakr@yahoo.com>
Subject: Shhhhh!

   OK, according to Molly, we should cease discussion of AV1 for a few
more days.  She also doesn't want us to talk about all the XTC merch
we have purchased, wish we could purchase, or plan on purchasing
because SHE can't afford them.  Next thing you know, she's gonna get
upset at the people who have the opportunity to meet Colin and Andy on
the upcoming bookstore tour.  By other people's rules we are also not
supposed to talk about religion or how it relates to certain lyrics.
We ARE however encouraged to talk about female anatomy and how much
David Oh's posts annoy us.  If we are not free to discuss XTC and
their music for fear of making Miss Molly jealous, what are we to do?
   Well, I won't let her stop me and I'm sure none of the rest of you
will be discouraged either!  I like reading about the opinions of
those lucky enough to have acquired advanced copies and demos of AV1.
   I've been listening to the audio clips over at the Cooking Vinyl
site.  I think it's great that they have been providing one-minute
clips to sample for each of the tracks.  Today's clip is "Fruit Nut".
It's adorable.  It's very Broadway musical sounding.  Sort of like
something that could have fit into Singin' In The Rain. It's my
favorite so far, but I'm sure the others will grow on me, too.  Real
Audio is neat, but it's not exactly crystal clear.

Veronica

Molly said:
"Could we please try to not say too much about AV until the release
date? I don't mean to be a party pooper, but some of us haven't gotten
a copy yet, and knowing Music Boulevard not until two weeks.  So
please I ask
you wait until the people get it."

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Message-ID: <19990219203118.12423.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Molly Fanton" <mollyfa@hotmail.com>
Subject: Hitch-Hiker's Guide to XTC (or How Will Molly Get to See Them)
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:31:18 EST

Well, I was just thinking.  Are there any XTC fans from the Niagara
Frontier (Buffalo, Niagara Falls, NY, etc) going to Toronto?  Does
anybody want to give me a ride so I can see them?  Or if they are coming
to Buffalo, does anybody want to pick me up?  I don't drive and I rely
on the NFTA (the wonderful metro system).  And it would cost me a bit of
money I don't have right now to get to Toronto, but I'm sort of
desperate to see the infamous Mr. Partridge.  I usually don't like
pleading, but I would love to meet him.  Please help.

Molly (I don't mean to sound desperate)

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Message-ID: <003001be5c47$824efa80$df5908c3@edhouse>
From: "Stuart & Pauline Mitchell" <edhouse@clara.co.uk>
Subject: Re. Band Names
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 20:32:26 -0000

In #5-94, Belinda Blanchard wrote:

>In the film 2001 (you probably all know this) they named the
>computer HAL after IBM being I after H, B after A and M after L.

This is one of those "amazing facts" that isn't a fact at all. Kubrick and
Clarke both swear that the adjacent letters in HAL and IBM are a complete
coincidence.

Stuart Mitchell

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Message-Id: <199902191544.PAA074.05@GATEWAY.TIRERACK.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:45:31 -0600
Subject: Borders Chicago
From: "William Loring" <bloring@tirerack.com>

Mitch,

Here's the link to the Borders site:
http://www.bordersstores.com/events/events-4.html#25

And here's what they said at that link:

XTC, Apple Venus, vol 1
Chicago, IL (Phone 312.573.0564)
Thursday, February 25, 1999, at 7:00 pm.
Come meet XTC as they sign their new cd.

I have no other confirmation of the time... being the music biz, I imagine
that it could be somewhat variable...

I got this info by calling the phone number above:
Borders is at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Pearson St., across from
Watertower Place.
Bus service: 151 Sheridan
Nearest L stop is Chicago Ave. & State St.

I didn't talk to a human, but did listen to the event list on the phone
machine. They did confirm the appearance of Mr. Partridge, and had many nice
things to say about him. I would say they "gushed" a bit. More than a bit.

"They are back in Full Force" "orchestral arrangements with diverse rhythms
and intensly personal lyrics" "Please join us for this rare opportunity to
meet one of the most inventive minds in pop music"

Finally: "a signing and discussion only, there will be no performance"

All the other events in the message were simply time and event description,
no elaboration on the person making the appearance. I think they might be
about as excited as we are.

Call the number above, and press "2" to get to the events listing. You'll
have to listen to other event first. They do also state that there is
another author event taking place at 6:00pm. There was no mention of a time
anywhere in the message for Andy's visit, but it did come after the 6:00pm
event.

William Loring

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Message-ID: <36CD6FA0.CEBCBE29@airmail.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 15:05:38 +0100
From: Jeffrey Fentum <rollmo@airmail.net>
Subject: Something Frivolous

The other day I was hooking my stereo amplifier up to my computer so I
could listen to the AV1 previews in full, glorius stereo. My 2-year-old
boy was doing a little stomp-dance to the intro of Greenman and then the
full orchestra came roaring in. He jumped back and exclaimed "Whoa, it's
a lion!!!" I don't think I could have described the power of this intro
better myself.Of course, I know he'll probably grow into an eye rolling
teenager that'll scoff when I dare to play Greenman for the
156,241,651st time. I'll just have to remind myself of his first
impressions.

Just 5 more days.

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Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 13:35:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Misty Shock <mccrtny@u.washington.edu>
Subject: XTC in NW
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.05.9902191333050.23153-100000@saul3.u.washington.edu>

I'll repeat the pleas of Phil Corless and Ben Lukoff.  We want XTC in
Seattle/Pacific NW!  I know that our local Adult Alternative station has
dj's who are big XTC fans.  San Francisco isn't that far from Seattle, is
it?

Misty Shock
"No round of drinks can extinguish this feeling of love and engulfing
bliss."						--Andy Partridge

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Message-Id: <199902192139.WAA15790@mail.knoware.nl>
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 22:50:06 +0000
Subject: Dressed In Yellow Yoke

Dear Chalkers,

Molly has me euh... mollyfied i guess

> Could we please try to not say too much about AV until the
> release date?
oh please... i think everybody behaved pretty good. Hardly a word was
said by those lucky enough to own it already

 >I don't mean to be a party pooper
then don't!
I'm sorry but you always seem to find some reason not to feel happy
or elated about XTC events and releases.
What i can't fathom is how reading about an album can spoil it for
you. Don't you read magazine reviews and such?

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: <19990219215737.18946.rocketmail@send101.yahoomail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 13:57:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: yet another chicago posting

This week's Chicago Reader (weekly events paper) has a 1/4 page ad for
Andy's appearance at Borders. It's in section three, page 36.
According to the ad, the event is being billed as "A special
discussion and signing". The ad also states that its at 7:00 pm on the
25th. Also interesting to note that they used the image of the apple
filled with text for the ad instead of the record cover. I think that
image is nearly as suggestive as the peacock feather.

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Message-Id: <s6cd9c59.091@chemonics.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 17:13:05 -0500
From: Todd Bernhardt <tbernhardt@chemonics.com>
Subject: Fears for the future

Hi:

John Irvine asked:
>Of course my new year's resolution (no 99.1 WHFS in '99) may hinder
me in that regard. Anyone in the DC/Baltimore area heard any AV1 on
the airwaves?<

I just back from a meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, which meant that I
was in receiving distance of the DC/Baltimore area's only decent radio
station. (I agree with you completely about WHFS.)

At 7:23 yesterday morning, I heard new XTC ("I'd Like That") on the
radio, and it was an  extremely fulfilling experience. The only thing
that pissed me off was the DJ saying, after the song played, that
"that was Andy Partridge and XTC, sounding a lot like Paul McCartney."
I'm really afraid that people are not going to be able to get beyond
the album's obvious "tips of the hat" to other artists and get down to
the originality underneath. Yes, they're influenced by various bands,
and you can hear that influence, but much as you can hear the
influence of Bach on Mozart. Would you call Mozart derivative?

XTC -- esp. Andy -- is _building_ on the work of the artists before
them/him, not ripping them off (which is the impression I'm afraid
some people are going to get if DJs and critics, for ease of
reference, keep comparing them to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks,
etc.).

And now for something completely different: What's all this then about
the band being in Philly on the 22nd? Are they going to be there or
not? Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Finally, Molly asked:
>So please I ask you wait until the people get it. <

But Molly, I thought you said we just don't get it!   ;^)

--Todd

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Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 14:26:54 -0800 (PST)
From: relph (John Relph)
Message-Id: <9902191426.ZM72888@mando.engr.sgi.com>
Subject: Re: That Sound, Lurkers de-Lurk!

On Jan 20, 18:05, John Irvine wrote:
>
>There is a sound, best heard on the middle eight of "Baby, I Can't Please
>You", played on and produced by Colin on Sam Phillips' Martinis and Bikinis
>LP, that I can only describe as a high fluttery vaguely tape-loopish sound.
>It also turns up on various Dukes tracks.  What is it?  It sounds like some
>sort of guitar played through a melotron backwards.  It is cool as penguin
>poop, and I wanna be able to duplicate it.  Anyone?

It sounds like extremely distorted guitar noise, a mixture of feedback
and harmonics.  But since I don't play electric guitar I wouldn't have
the faintest idea how to duplicate it.

	-- John

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From: Melsta@aol.com
Message-ID: <316b20bc.36cdef81@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 18:10:57 EST
Subject: Cleveland-Toronto urgent carpool request

Attention Cleveland Area Chalkers:

Anyone planning to go from Northeast Ohio to Toronto to see Andy? I'm
desperate to go, but have no transport. Let's carpool! I'm up for any time
from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. If you want to do it all in one
day on Saturday I'm up for that too. As long as I don't have to miss work,
any schedule that includes being at the Toronto Tower Records at 2 pm on
Saturday Feb 27, 1999 is dandy with me.

We could even stop in Buffalo and pick up Molly!

I will help with the driving and gas money, and I've been to Toronto a few
times so I can even serve as a tour guide, recommending things to see and
do and eat etc.

Not only that, but I'm a scintillating conversationalist, which will no
doubt come in handy over 12 hours of driving. But you don't have to spend
time with me outside of the car, either, if you don't want to. I just need
a ride.

Whadaya say? Wanna take a road trip? Anyone? Anyone? Please write!

Melissa "But I'm married, so don't even think about that" Reaves

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Message-ID: <36CDC055.8EDFD0B0@erols.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 19:49:44 +0000
From: "Neal H. Buck" <nealhbuck@erols.com>
Subject: Does He Want To Be There?

Chalkie Hillside Village,

Has anyone else noticed that both California appearances by Andy & Colin
are at VIRGIN megastores?! Is this irony or what? Does the band know?
How did they get them to do it? Will Andy perform "I Don't Want To Be
Here"?

I haven't heard AV1 on HFS yet, but I'm going to follow Nicole's lead
and e-mail Alan Scott (Lou Brutus doesn't have e-mail yet).

Hey! How about XTC on Loveline? I'd bet Andy would be a hoot answering
questions on orgasmic dysfunction!

I checked Sam Goody's (music mega-chain) and while the latest issue of
the in-store mag "Request" says AV1 is releasing 3/22 (just like Tower),
the clerk at the counter had the correct date in her book. While I won't
buy it there (I'll go to Best Buy so that I can afford two copies), it's
good to know mainstream Mall stores have the right info. They still
weren't displayed in the "Upcoming Releases" sign, though.

Hey Dom! When Melissa and I are in London March 18-25, how about giving
us a tour of your "office building"?

Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Neal

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Message-ID: <36CE092A.1678@virgin.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 01:00:26 +0000
From: Peter Wright <Peter.wright2@virgin.net>
Subject: Princely !!

Hi C People !,
              You can't imagine how chuffed (!!) I was to read
Chalkhills 5-93. I honestly thought that I was alone in thinking 'Prince
of Orange' was one of Andys best. After all , I don't believe its ever
been mentioned by anyone when talking about their fave demo tracks. Then
along comes 5-93 and it gets - count em - TWO mentions in one issue.
Thanks Jon S and Mike - I'm with you ! And if anyone out there knows
what 'side product' the song was used for , can you let me know ? (Mr.
Strijbos ?!!) What can I say ? The chorus is great , the
miles-out-of-time piano sublime......its a classic. Please let it be on
AV2.
Incidentally , IMHO , Apple Venus is a nothing title and the peacock
cover is pretty bland. After 7 years maybe the guys could've come up
with something a little more exciting. Still - as long as the music is
good who really cares about that stuff anyway ?

> Richard Pedretti-Allen wrote:
> p.s. Lame-ass Lyric of the Moment: "Just a small town boy, born and
> raised in South Detroit..."  (THERE IS NO "SOUTH" DETROIT!!  SOUTH OF
> DETROIT IS WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA!!)  -who else would ejaculate such
> drivel but Journey - "Don't Stop Believing" (or some such hooey)<<

Your right , Rich , but I have to admit I love that song !!

See you , Pete.

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