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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 104

                    Monday, 8 May 2000


             More Therapy for Chris Vreeland
                       Full albums
                        Code Blue
                   All the way through?
         Rough translation of belorussian article
                    Re: Bodysnatchers
         Hammersmith Palace intro to This Is Pop?
                 Great lost bands thread
             Re: More praise for Fingerprintz
                 Various and Sundry Items
                TVT have yet to announce.
                        Lost band.
I'm just getting ... I'm just getting a buzzing noise in my left
      Great lost (or is it slightly misplaced) bands
             How Frivolous Tonight Came To Be
                      Metal Hurlant


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Date: Sun, 07 May 2000 22:19:20 -0400
From: Ben Gott/Loquacious Music <>
Subject: Taxiride
Message-ID: <>


Last year at (almost) exactly this time, Stormy Monday posted about a band
called "Taxiride."  I wrote back, telling him that I had heard their single
on VH-1, and had liked it -- but I promptly forgot about the band, and about
their debut album.

Tonight, while cleaning out e-mails, I stumbled upon Stormy's note and I
checked Napster for "Get Set."  I listened to the first thirty seconds, then
sprinted to the car and took off, tires squealing, towards Bull Moose Music.
Two minutes later, I had the Taxiride debut CD, "Imaginate," and I was
blasting it in the car.

XTC fans, GET THIS.  It was produced and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig and,
indeed, it makes Jellyfish's "Spilt Milk" look like child's play.  These
guys are a cross between Jellyfish, Sloan, with a touch of the pop
sensibilites of the recent boy groups that have hit the market...(Of course,
their songs are much more intelligent than "Bye Bye Bye," but you catch the
drift...)  They also sound eerily like CS&N (especially the first track,
which could've been "Suite Judy Blue Eyes - Pt. 2")...Plus, they're
Australian, so all the Aussies on the list can be proud of me.

Another band y'all might like is Pepper Sands; their new single "So Fine" is

Live it.  Love it.  And XTC is good, too.  (No press releases this time.)


      Benjamin Gott . Loquacious Music . Brunswick, ME 04011
AIM: Plan4Nigel . Tel: (207) 721-5366 .
  You can feel it all over / You can feel it all over, people...


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 00:50:29 -0500
From: "Joe Funk" <>
Subject: More Therapy for Chris Vreeland
Message-ID: <003201bfb8b1$6a038140$7721fea9@user>


According to my careful prosthesis....

You have singing penis envy.

Joe "With a Melon?" Funk


Date: Sun, 07 May 2000 23:31:58 PDT
From: "Beverly Cash" <>
Subject: Full albums
Message-ID: <>

Hmmm,albums I can listen to all the way through.A good number really,not
including any compilations of sorts..
Firedances,Brighter Than a Thousand Suns,self titled album and Pandemonium
all by Killing Joke.
All Mod Cons by The Jam.
Introducing The Style Council and Internationalists by the Style Council.
Out of the Blue by ELO.
Land of Rape and Honey by Ministry.
The Hurting and Songs From the Big Chair by Tears For Fears.
Srgt.Peppers by Zee Beatles.
I Had Too Much to Dream by The Electric Prunes
Phantasmagoria by The Damned
Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds
Oranges and Lemons,Skylarking and Nonsuch (and hopefully the forthcoming
Wasp Star will be added hehe...all the talk has made me bonkers!)

But I must say though,there is sometimes a song or two on some of these that
I may not think is great,but not altogether skipable and horrendous.
There's actually probably more that I just havn't thought of in a while in
my fickle ways :)

All this talk of the Kinks.They were 'credited' with the first metal
'riff',not actual song.And all it is, is 'credited' with it,most likely as
to not have to really answer to it from anyone trying to debate it hehe.That
way they could say"Well,we were just 'crediting' them to it,not actually
saying it actually is".It's good for them anyway I suppose to be in the
Guiness Book of World Records hehe.
My very favorite Kinks tunes anyway are Til' the End of the Day,Sittin' on
my Sofa,and Sunny Afternoon.

You know,they say their videos weren't good.And though I havn't seen them
all,I don't think most of the ones I've seen are too bad.Mayor of Simpleton
is cute,King For a Day is simple but came out nice,even earlier ones I've
seen aren't too bad.The only video I think is pretty lame is Ballad of Peter
Pumpkinhead.I actually like the song,but the video is pretty cheesy to
me.I've seen a video compilation on e-bay now and again but havn't really
had the funds lately to go on a bidding war for it (after all,the house
WON'T repair itself will it?Too bad to!)
I hope they do some videos for Wasp Star.Even if they don't really like
them,it's the only way for us to see them "perform".I want to see them doing
King For a Day on Letterman.Sometimes old Lettermans get played like the old
saturday Night Lives do and maybe it'll turn up.Speaking of,does anyone know
if they ever played on Saturday Night Live?Those come on a lot.

Anyway,have a good one***Cheers***Beverly


Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 01:27:37 -0600
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Code Blue
Message-ID: <>

One of my great forgotten bands.... An early 80's Los Angeles
group called Code Blue.

I know nothing about them.... I just have a tape someone gave
me in high school nearly 20 years ago.

If anyone has ever heard of Code Blue, let me know....

Oh, and speaking of early 80's LA bands, how about The Busboys?
Anyone remember them?  Great things were expected of their
leader, whose name escapes me at the moment, but I don't think
he amounted to much.


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 03:59:54 EDT
Subject: All the way through?
Message-ID: <>

Here are the albums (I probably missed a couple) that I can listen to all the
way through, anytime.  I absolutely love these recordings and know most of
them inside out.

(By Artist):

Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions

Dave Brubeck - Take Five

Chick Corea and Return to Forever - 1st, Light as a Feather

Ralph Towner - Solstice

Joni Mitchell - Songs to a Seagull, Court & Spark, The Hissing of Summer
    Hejira, Turbulent Indigo (remove 'My Old Man' and I'd add Blue)

Beatles - Everything.  I mean everything!  Disgusting, Isn't it?

Led Zeppelin - 1st five

Charlie Parker - Byrd Symbols

Donovan - Greatest Hits

Peter, Paul & Mary - In Concert, Album 1700

John Prine - Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings

Randy Newman - Sail Away

Mose Allison - Your Mind is on Vacation

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday, The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Buffallo Springfield - Again

Crosby, Stills & Nash - 1st, CSN

Stevie Wonder - Inner Visions, Fulfillingness' First Finale

It's A Beautiful Day - 1st (self titled)

Yes - Time and a Word, Fragile, Close to the Edge

Animals - Greatest Hits

Chet Atkins & Les Paul - Chester & Lester (1st)

Planxty - 1st (self titled)

Bothy Band - Old Hag You Have Killed Me

The Band - 2nd (self titled)

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck Group (1st), Blow By Blow

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King, Discipline

Mary Black - Collected

Susan Werner - Time Between Trains

Blood, Sweat & Tears - 2nd (self titled)

David Bromberg Band - Reckless Abandon

Alison Kraus & Union Station - So Long, So Wrong

Jackson Browne - Saturate Befroe Using, The Pretender

Chicago - II, III, V, VII (everything after VII, well, you know, sucks)

The Chieftains - 2

Clannad - Dulaman, Crann Ull, Fuaim, Magical Ring

Creedence - Green River, Willie & the Poorboys

Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age of Wireless, The Flat Earth, Astronauts &

Seamus Egan - A Week In January

Danald Fagen - The Nightfly

Steely Dan - everything (Haven't got the new one yet)

The Doors - 1st, Strange Days (favorite Doors song - When The Music's Over)

Peter Gabriel - So

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste, Power & the Glory, Free Hand

Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Grateful Dead - American Beauty, Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station

Hall & Oates - Abandoned Lunchonette

Hendrix - Are You Experienced?, Axis, Electric Ladyland (Why isn't the Cry of
    available on CD??? Waaaahhhh!!)

Joe Jackson - Everything except Willpower and Symphony #1

Jefferson Airplane - Crown of Creation

Jethro Tull - Stand Up, Benefit

Elton John - 1st (self titled)

Kinks - Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society, Lola Vrs. the
Powerman (their best album, IMHO)

K. D. Lang - Absolute Torch & Twang

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Manhattan Transfer - Brasil

John Mayall - The Turning Point

Pat Metheney - Bright Size Life, The Pat Metheney Group (1st group album)

Pat Metheney & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

Paul McCartney - Band on the Run (drop Ebony & Ivory and I'd add Tug of War)

John McLaughlin - Extrapolation, Shakti (1st)

Midnight Oil - Deisel & Dust, Earth & Sun & Moon

Glenn Miller Orchestra - With the Army Air Force Band (grew up listening to

The Monkees - Headquaters, Pisces Aquarius Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

Motown - Hitsville, USA

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, Moondance, Irish Heartbeat

Willie Nelson - You Were Always On My Mind (I love Willie!  So what?)

Pure Funk (compilation)

Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time

Ry Cooder - Bop Till You Drop

Paul Winter Consort - Icarus

Oregon - Winter Light, Music of Another Present Era, Distant Hills, Out of
the     Woods

Pentangle - Basket of Light

Fairport Convention - Liege and Leaf

Steeleye Span - Commoner's Crown, Below the Salt

Queen - Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera

Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall

The Pogues - If I Should Fall From the Grace of God

The Police - Outlandos D'Amour, Regatta de Blanc, Synchronicity

The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl (one of the best rock albums ever, IMHO)

Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly

Relativity - 1st (self titled)

Stones - Between the Buttons, Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers

Todd Rundgren - The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, Something / Anything?

Santana - Abraxas, Caravanserai

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - The Silly Sisters (1st)

Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, Bookends (My alltime
favorite album!), Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Paul Simon - 1st (self titled), There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Hearts and Bones,

Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle

Stephen Stills - Manassas

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, Remain
    In Light, Speaking in Toungues

James Taylor - 1st (self titled, on Apple), Sweet Baby James

Traffic - Mr. Fantasy, 2nd (self titled - their best, IMHO)

U2 - Joshua Tree

Urubamba - (self titled album by Andean Indian group who backed up Paul Simon
    and S & G; produced by Paul Simon.  Unbelievably beautiful!)

Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night

Weather Report - Heavy Weather

Who - The Who Sell Out, Live At Leeds, Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia

XTC - Black Sea, English Settlement, Big Express, Skylarking, Oranges &
    Lemons, 25 O'Clock, Apple Venus 1 (remove Bungalow & War Dance and I'd
include Nonsuch)

Neil Young - 1st, Harvest Moon

Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free, We're Only in it For the Money, Grand Wazoo,
    Roxy & Elsewhere, Overnight Sensation, One Size Fits All

The Cars - 1st

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Punch the

The Eagles - Greatest Hits

Ben Folds Five - 1st, Whatever and Ever Amen, ....Rheinhold Messner
(brilliant  fucking  album, IMHO)

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Nuggets - Vol. I

West Side Story - Soundtrack

I'd be crazy to go into classical, but I will mention a special few:

Classically Inclined -Los Indios Trabajaros

Casals Conducts Bach; The Brandenburg Concertos

Handel's Messiah - John Elliot Gardiner & the English Baroque Soloists (on
    original period instruments)

Mozart - Piano Concertos K450 & K467:  Alfred Brendel & the Academy of
    St. Martin in the Fields - Neville Marriner, conductor

Mozart - the Symphonies Vol 6:  the Academy of Ancient Music - Jaap
    Schroeder & Christopher Hogwood

Beethoven - 9 Symphonies:  Weiner Philharmoniker - Karl Bohm, cond.

Gabriel Faure - Requiem & Maurice Ravel - Pavanne pour une Infante Defutne:
    Philharmonia Orchestra & Choir, Carla Maria Giulini, Cond. (With Kathleen

Stravinsky - the Firebird Suite - Vienna Philharmonic, Dohnanayi, cond.

Julian Bream & John Williams Live (1979), double album set.

Andres Segovia - Bach:  Chaconne and other works

And whatever the name of that Christmas Album that Eugene Ormandy
    and the Philadelphia Orchestra did - I dubbed it on tape a long time ago.

There you go!

Tom  "Serca ohw t'nseod ti on skcus latem yvaeh"  Kingston


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 17:46:36 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <>
Subject: Reduced
Message-ID: <000601bfb8d9$ecaf7900$fc78aad2@johnboud>

Chris Coolidge re: great , forgotten bands :

>  Honorable mention goes to The Reducers, a mid-80's rock and roll band out
> of New London, CT;

I support Chris on this . I am from that neck of the woods and used to see
The Reducers regularly kick ass , usually at smalltown bars scattered across
eastern CT . Always had a great time at their gigs . Check 'em out ...



Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 15:01:05 +0200
From: "Giovanni Giusti" <>
Subject: Rough translation of belorussian article
Message-ID: <002001bfb8ed$79ab69a0$>

This is my best translation (without a dictionary at hand) of the article in

<<After a seven-year hiatus, the British XTC released on February 16th their
new album "Apple Venus, Volume One", in which  they included (?) acoustic
and orchestral songs. But on their newest finished (?) release "Apple Venus,
Volume Two" [there is] more rock-like material.>>




Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 04:24:10 -0700
From: "Ray Michno" <>
Subject: Re: Bodysnatchers
Message-ID: <>
Organization: My Deja Email (

>> From: Molly Fanton <>
>> The lost band I can think of are a great ska
>> band from the late 70s/early 80s called, The
>> Bodysnatchers.

I agree that the Bodysnatchers were an excellent
ska band, but I've also never found a complete
album by them. They do have one track on the
Dance Craze soundtrack (they also appeared in
the film).

Glad to hear that somebody else remembers them!



Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 15:09:25 +0200
From: Johan Ekdahl <>
Subject: Hammersmith Palace intro to This Is Pop?
Message-ID: <>

OK - so now that it seems Tom Kingston and "Dom" are entering a cease-fire
my devious plan has gone obsolete. I was planning on citing Mr P from the
intro to This Is Pop from the Hammersmith Palais 22.12.80.

TIP is one of my absolute favourite-XTC-tunes (the one that got me hooked,
actually) and I did try to transcribe the intro - and failed! This is what
I've got:

   The music press now(a)days seems to have
   it in it's head that it must categorize people.

   You know what I mean - labels ... aaah ...
   well let's see they're post-punk-funk with just
   a touch of modernist ... aah ... You know the
   sort of stuff ...

   I want to give them one big label that categorizes
   everything, okay?

   Nothing more, it's very very simple!

   [Voices in crowd goes "This is pop!"]

   Doesn't [???] thinkin' about.

   This is pop! You're damn [???] it is!

Anyone care to help me with the two [???]-pieces?

(In the notes in Transistor Blast AP says "Sorry about the sermonizing at
the top of a very rocked up 'This Is pop'.
I ask: Why? If You dont read it literally it makes sense, and it's a good
intro to the song!)

/Johan Ekdahl


Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 08:21:29 EDT
From: "Brian Young" <>
Subject: Great lost bands thread
Message-ID: <>

Hi Chalkaholics,

There was a band that I heard play live on WFMU in New Jersey on Columbus
Day 1985 that blew me away.  They were called The Fabulous Lesters.  Does
anyone know of them?  I just happened to tape their live segment, and it has
been one of my favorites ever since.




Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 10:11:43 -0500
From: Olof Hellman <>
Subject: Re: More praise for Fingerprintz
Message-ID: <>

Tyler Hewitt was right on about Fingerprintz.  And as I recall, they were
also released ( at least The Very Dab and Distinguishing Marks ) on Virgin.

My other choice for best lost band is 2 Nice Girls, a folk/gay/hardrock
power-pop threesome-then-foursome from Texas who manage to be a wonderful
combination of funny/sarcastic/political/sentimental/kiss-off/cute while
turning in well-crafted tunes.  Best known for "I spent my last $10 on birth
control and beer", they are/were much more than a novelty act.

And my sentimental favorite is The Groceries, an early 80's Princeton band.

- Olof


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 11:30:27 EDT
Subject: Various and Sundry Items
Message-ID: <>

OK, here's a few responses:

1. To Duncan Watt - I suggest you read the NY Times op-ed piece from Chuck
D.  His point is not that artists are merely lazy.  Someone else mentioned
this as being his argument, and it is just not the case (at least not in
this article).  His argument is more nuanced and compelling than that.  I'm
not saying that he is necessarily right, but I think you should give him
the honor of reading the article before assuming his argument.

2.  I have to second Dominique's thumbs up for Dan Castellaneta's
psychedelic/homage album.  I was very surprised how much I liked it.

3. Great Lost Band - The Mother Sound - 1990's New Jersey.  I had their
first album & then the bass player died (and I moved to the Midwest) and
I'm not sure if they folded after that.  Anyone know them?



Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 10:57:09 -0700
From: "Digitalmaster" <>
Subject: TVT have yet to announce.
Message-ID: <000d01bfb916$d51f98a0$0200a8c0@digitalpc>

TVT have yet to announce where XTC will be.  I know they said they would be
in New York this week and California next week, but hell, I could tell you
"I'll be in California next week" and that really means squat!  Are they
going to be on the radio?  Will they be doing TV spots?  I am an admirer of
the group.  I want to support and listen to the interviews or whatever that
will be doing during the promo tour.  Will they be on the radio? TV?  Just
let me know please; I am sure I am not the only one wondering!

W&TM is the best song on the album, DAMN good closing...


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 14:59:09 EDT
Subject: Lost band.
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 5/8/00 1:44:57 AM US Eastern Standard Time,
<> writes:

> >>I know, what do you think is a great lost band or album? One that is
>  >good, and should have been huge, but somehow didn't make it? It should be
>  >one >that's fairly obscure.

So many!  But one that SHOULD have been huge?  The Soft Machine.  Their first
two albums are masterpieces.  You just can't find intensity like that in most
music.  Also Robert Wyatt (their original drummer/singer) who had two minor
hits in England, deserves a hell of a lot more recognition than he gets.

Also:  Faust.  The mad geniuses of 70s German rock music ("Krautrock" as it's

- - -
Reverend Jody L. Barnes
"May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind." - Don Vliet
"Being disabled has never really interested me very much.  It's very serious,
like plumbing is serious, but I'm also not interested in plumbing." - Robert
Wyatt (paraplegic)


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 14:16:39 -0500
From: "Wiencek, Dan" <>
Subject: I'm just getting ... I'm just getting a buzzing noise in my left
Message-ID: <>

ear ...
A few thoughts on WS, if I may. I shan't keep you long.


Having spun the album a dozen times or so since it landed in my eager hands
last week, I probably fall into the "it's good, but not a classic" camp. Of
course, almost anything would sound prosaic and mundane after AVI, a record
I firmly regard as one of XTC's very finest, and I judge XTC, like the
Beatles, on a very steep curve; their throwaways are better than most other
bands' careers. Wasp Star is a fine record, fun and great for kicking out of
your car stereo on a hot day with the windows down, but
sonically/texturally, it has the least variety of any XTC record since Big
Express. Every song (or every one of Andy's songs, to be accurate) has that
same muddy, distorted guitar tone, as though Andy hurt his back and couldn't
reach down to change the settings on his DOD pedal. It is, as Mitch said,
probably the most immediately likeable record they've ever made, but, well,
I liked XTC already, and I like how their records grow on me. Maybe this one
will too.

A few specific comments ...

* We're All Light, My Brown Guitar, Playground and Wheel & Maypole are
kick-ass, fantastic songs. The former and the latter in particular are works
of genius.

* People are already speaking out against Boarded Up. I *like* this song.
Skeletal and sparse, mournful, and obviously from the heart. Has any
decaying metropolis been documented in song as well as Swindon? I'd like to
hear people's opinions of this track, on- or off-list, pro or con.

* The solo on Church of Women is embarrasing. It almost makes me wish I'd
never heard the demo; it's like the song's idiosyncratic heart has been
pulled out, and I can't listen to the Wasp Star version without remembering
what came before. Is this really the best that Andy could come up with?

* The remaining tracks, to my mind, fall somewhere on the "good" continuum.
(No outright clunkers--Colin's stuff is quite fine.) Maybe that's why the
album feels a little unsatisfying ... too much of it is merely (!) good.
Yes, I'm *that* spoiled. If this album were a debut by an unknown band, I'd
be pretty blown away. As it is, I'm satisfied.


Returning you to your Music 101 discussion,

Dan W.


Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 21:41:48 +0000
From: Jayne Myrone <>
Subject: Great lost (or is it slightly misplaced) bands
Message-ID: <>

Hi there
To start with the good news for me my local music emporium will be
open for the release of WS.  Yipee!  To all of you who have a copy -
I'm green with envy , yellow with jealousy and probably about to turn
purple for for no particular reason.

My nomination for the great lost bands thread is One the Juggler.

A long time ago, when my hair wasn't going white, and I probably put a
hole in the ozone layer with all the hairspray I used to get that
Flock of Seagulls look, I saw a video show earlyish one morning in the
kids telly for the summer holidays.  (It was about the time that I
also saw John Foxx's Endlessly video, which was set in the Highgate
cemetery and had a spiral staircase going no where, but I digress,
frequently and without hand signals.)  I don't remember too much about
the video, which I think was for Everyday. It was catchy and the band
seemed to be dressed up in an 80's take on mediaeval gypsy clothing.
Didn't think too much about it after that, but when I got to
university and was going through the sale bin in the one record shop,

I pulled out Some Strange Fashion.

One of the best 3 quid I ever spent.

Some of my friends who I've played to have rated it among their "Top
10 records I really hate" others love it.  There was a second album,
but I think that was released in Japan only.  (Any UK Chalkhillers
remember that 80s band Big in Japan?)  I know very little about the
band except that they came from London, some were from a Romany
background and the name is supposed to be derived from the Tarot's
Major Arcana.

If anyone has any more info about One the Juggler can you let me know
off list.

Jayne "Who put the wallaby in my verb bag?  And yes, there is a sensible
explanation for this" the Shaun Sheep worshipper.

Apples are always inspiring... I have found them so all my life and
always shall.
Mark Gertler


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 17:04:18 -0400
From: "Tim Kendrick" <>
Subject: How Frivolous Tonight Came To Be
Message-ID: <000f01bfb930$fa999080$27a1113f@tim63>

Hi Everyone!

I don't remember anyone saying much about this.
I just got the Japanese version of Homespun, which contains
that second CD with "How Frivolous Tonight Came To Be".
It's VERY interesting!

First of all it's great to hear Colin talk at length about something
without Andy chiming in. (As fun as that usually is.)  Two things
which made an impact on me:
  1.  The song was originally called "Trivial Tonight".  But Colin
       had already used the word "trivial" a couple of times before
       the chorus, so he thought that he was overusing the word.
  2.  Although I always assumed the song takes place in a pub,
       Colin says that it's actually set at a dinner party at someone's

Anyway, I found this Bonus CD to be well worth paying the extra
price for an import.

   Ben said:
   >"and that 'Boarded Up' is absolutely
   >the eeriest song that Colin has ever written."

I totally agree.  I REALLY love this song.  Both my boyfriend and I feel
it's the best thing on WASP STAR - which we also both agree is one
of the best XTC albums ever!!!


   Tim K.


Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 18:08:27 EDT
Subject: Metal Hurlant
Message-ID: <>

Say, kids....

I don't mind you yacketing on about Heavy Metal, just as long as that
insufferable old fraud Burroughs doesn't get even *more* nomenclatural
credit... Or (heaven forfend!) Steppenwolf...

"Heavy Metal" is a military term that dates back at *least* to the Napoleonic
Wars, when it referred to heavy cannon. It has been in nearly constant
military use since then, meaning any large, threatening weapon (see, for
example, Burroughs's use of it in "Nova
Express" derives from this sense. He invented nothing--only repurposed an
older expression. Steppenwolf's use, in "Born to be Wild," is even more
plainly derived from the older expression, "heavy metal thunder" referring to
the roaring noise made by motorcycles, not guitars.

Also, let's not forget the existence of the heavy metals
(, metals and
compounds which cause disease and deformity in young people exposed to them.
Draw Your Own Ponderous Conclusion.

It has been asserted that "A journalist in Creem magazine used this
expression [heavy metal] for the first time in 1968 to describe a performance
of the band MC5 from Detroit. Soon the same magazine began to name such acts
as MC5, The Stooges, Amboy Dukes and so on as 'heavy metal'." I am not going
to vouch for the total crystalline accuracy of this, as it comes from that
paragon of the researcher's toolbag, "some guy on a website," but you can
sniff the credentials yourself at

Research Assistance provided by Mata Hari, Siren of the Eucalypts, for whose
gracious help much thanks is given.

Harrison "Antimony, Arsenic, Mercury, Slayer" Sherwood


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