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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 106

                  Wednesday, 10 May 2000

Topics:

                      right through
                 I get to post hahahahaha
Re: Bodysnatchers/ The Big Express/ No need to skip this bit about Wasp Star
             I remember The Busboys (no xtc)
                 Uninterrupted listening
                   Help get XTC on TV?
                          [???]
                        Not Mummer
                  Andy Interview on WXRV
                   The Sumner Quotient
                       Trax I skip
      Re: hmm, Forgotten bands that were really cool
                    Re: ENTIRE Albums
            Andy on the Line (Stupidly Happy)
                      Re: Glass Eye
                      XTC preview UK
                   Partsy on The River
            a good band that never hit it big
  Listening all the way through? (are you on crack?!?!)

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 10:53:21 EDT
From: Powerpop10@aol.com
Subject: right through
Message-ID: <3a.4deb38a.26498061@aol.com>

Dear Chalkies,

As Wales is a quiet place with time enough to think I have decided that
albums i would listen to right through would be..........

xtc - skylarking
the lilac time - the lilac time
the mutton birds - envy of angels
the damned - strawberries
eric matthews - it's heavy in here
beach boys - sunflower
ballon - gravity.

er......that's it.
With regard to lost bands. Does anyone else remember a band called Balloon?
They released just the one album in the early 90's entitled Gravity which
sounds like a cross between Simon and Garfunkel, xtc, the undertones and ben
and jason.
Got great reviews, they (strangely enough) supported Bill Hicks on a tour of
the UK, released one more single, then disappeared without trace. The album
is well worth seeking out. In fact as i write this i have come to the
realisation that i listen to this album right through more than any of the
above so i will amend the list.......
Another album by a lost band would be Five Guys Named Moe. Scottish I think
with a boy/girl vocal partnership. Catchy, melodic pop in the style of
er......difficult to describe really but well worth it.

That's it.
Ta Ta for now.

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 08:26:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: I get to post hahahahaha
Message-ID: <20000509152621.20920.qmail@web2906.mail.yahoo.com>

Okay... so, really, I'm not on the list at this moment, but someone -
SOMEONE slipped me WASP STAR... so I snuck around, peaked at a few
posts to check out what all was goin on, etc...
But, I had to give my opinion... quick, short sweet and then back to
work for me:

1.  It took me approx. 3 listens of the whole album before I got the
"well this is nice, but its not going to sell" thought out of me head.
It sounds very eighties at points.

2.  Maypole is the best song on the album, and it belongs at the end.
Its perfect...

3.  Boarded up bored me on the demo and on the finished album... but
both Standing in for Joe and In another life make me smile.

4.  Playground, Church of Women, You and the Clouds... all very nice.
Poppy... but, I think they are the ones that sound very dated.
Actually, I keep thinking "Paul McCartney, circa Wings"... though that
fits the next comment better:

5.  We're all light - the ending: "Paul McCartney Circa Wings"

6. what I'd put on the radio "I'm the man", I guess. I liked this song,
but I don't think its the strongest. Definately cute. Maypole... Its
too catchy and clever and perfect to imagine it not being popular.
We're all light - or Standing in for Joe or Playground... oh hell, its
hard for me to choose I'm so biased.

7.  Therein lies the problem. I love XTC music. How can I  objectively
critique the album. I just don't think its going to be marketable to
the 90's-2000 radio... except maybe to adults that go for soft Sting
music and wander back to the soft music stations.... How do you market
to them?

8.

See you all later on!

=====
Nicole's internet music station:
http://www.imagineradio.com/mymusiclisten.asp?name=phoenixyellowrose

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 20:23:00 +0100
From: "Pledge" <PLEDGE7@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: Bodysnatchers/ The Big Express/ No need to skip this bit about
Message-ID: <001f01bfb9ec$0047f740$2829073e@PLEDGE>

Wasp Star
Ray was talking about 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!

They released two singles "People Do Rocksteady"/ "Ruder Than You" and "Easy
Life"/ "Too Experienced" on the 2tone label. After they split, a few joined
The Special AKA (the post Terry Hall/ Fun Boy Three Specials), whilst others
formed the Belle Stars who joined Madness on tour and on Stiff Records and
had a few UK (and I think one USA) hit.

Other than the aforementioned Dance Craze, the only way to get any other
recorded output from them is the track "007" which finishes the excellent
"Compact 2tone Story" 4 CD box set.

XTC content:

After reading a few recent postings on here, I decided to give "The Big
Express" another try as I'd never much liked it. I'd just like to say thanks
to anyone who liked it because I do now. It's always hard to buy a band's
recorded output in reverse and at the time of purchase the backwards step
from Skylarking to The Big Express was a leap too far for me. However, I've
listened to it several times recently and find most of it highly enjoyable,
if not in the same class as Skylarking or Apple Venus Volume 1.

No need for a spoiler alert here, as all I've got to say about the stock
copy of Wasp Star I've just been given by a music journo is that the
'Maypole' refrain in "The Wheel And The Maypole" is exactly the type of
Partridism that made me love XTC in the first place.

Oh and it's nice to see a proper CD inlay this time around.

Back to lurking again now methinks.

Cheers

Pledge

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 13:02:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: I remember The Busboys (no xtc)
Message-ID: <200005092002.NAA29530@mail2.deltanet.com>

Hola to all of you Chalk cherubs!

Phil asked if anyone remembered The Busboys-

I believe The Busboys came on the L.A. club scene around 1980.  The major
musical force/leader was Brian O'Neal.  Kinda unusual for the times, a black
band that rocked (as opposed to rap, r&b, etc)... Didn't they do that song,
"The Boys Are Back In Town"? ..and it's not the Thin Lizzy hit(I love Thin
Lizzy!)  It was a rootsy rocker piece.  I seem to remember it was used in a
popular film.  Anyone remember which film?  I heard they were reuniting to
release an album last/this year(?)

On the subject of L.A. bands- does anybody remember X?  I adored John Doe
and Exene Cervenka!  Their strange blend of stream of
consciousness-rockabilly-punk was mesmerizing.  If you can find it, try and
pick up the album, 'Los Angeles'... it's my favorite X album.  Damn it! I'm
getting misty eyed... those were the days, kidz..sniff-sniff... Thanks for
reminding me, Phil. :D

Right now I'm listening to 'Garden of Earthly Delights'... what a lusty bit
of hedonism it is, eh?

Wasp Star is coming ...  joy!

Cheers,

Debora Brown

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 13:14:48 -0700
From: Ed Kedzierski <ed.kedzierski@blvdmedia.com>
Subject: Uninterrupted listening
Message-ID: <08B5DDC2BABCD311BFC6005004A884B013B636@mgcservices.com>

Well, I might as well jump on the "which albums do you play all the way
through" thing, so here goes...

Kinks - Arthur, Village Green, Something Else. These three albums are the
foie gras of 60s English pop.

Burt Bacharach - Casino Royale soundtrack. I found this in my grandmother's
house when I was about 11, (I'm 36 now) and played it relentlessly for
years. My vinyl's in surprisingly good shape for something played so many
times at such a young age (yes, I'm one of those people who's kept every
record they ever owned), but I was given a CD copy a few years ago. I still
play the whole thing, and it still makes me feel happy just hearing it. That
interview or whatever with Andy where he praises this album (it's in the
Chalkhills archives somewhere) was highly pleasing, to say the least...

Rolling Stones - Satanic Majesty's Request. The only Stones entry here, and
my personal favourite of everything they've ever done. My exasperation with
this band owes a lot to the fact that they still regard this album as such
an embarrassment. As far as I'm concerned, they showed more charm with this
one great interesting "failure" than in all of their "triumphs" combined
(such as... well, you know).

Elvis Costello - This Years' Model, Armed Forces, Imperial Bedroom. My own
personal "supreme troika" of EC albums.

Beatles - White Album (yes, the whole thing. I'd put "Revolver" here as
well, but I've yet to re-buy it on CD, and the vinyl I have is North
American, so listening to the proper running order involves jumping up to
switch back and forth between "Revolver" and "Yesterday and Today"...)

XTC - English Settlement, Big Express, Drums & Wires, Skylarking. Obvious
choices.

The Who - Sell Out. My only Who entry & my personal favourite of theirs.
Well before Daltrey really starts to bug me with the "rock howl" that starts
to show its ugly face on "Who's Next" and has kept me away from
"Quadrophenia" (sorry, Q-fans, his bellowing on "Love Reign O'er me" just
drove me off...).

Bowie - Ziggy. Let all the children boogie...

Spike Jones - Transcribed (a compilation of radio sessions). The only stuff
of his that I have on CD, but a great selection. My mother used to play 78s
of his stuff on Friday nights to keep me up until Monty Python would come on
at 11:30 (she placed a lot of importance on good comedy & thought it would
be good for me). If all you've ever heard is "Two Front Teeth", you owe it
to yourself to check out his really good stuff. Yes, it's all funny (those
of you who might get all snobby about "jokey music"), but this guy was a
genius. (As a side note, I accept that Spike "Jonze" is clever and funny,
but there's something that's just plain wrong about the way he appropriated
the name.)

Bonzo Dog Band - the Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse. A fantastic album. All
their stuff is good, but this is their real "play repeatedly all the way
through" record. If you've never heard this album, you're missing out.

Well, that's all for now. I wanted to post a bunch more stuff (Tom's
replies, genre definitions, welcomes to various newcomers, etc.) but it's
been pretty busy here lately (I post from work...). I'll see what I can get
to. (not that you'd miss me if I didn't...).

Ed K.

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 16:33:36 -0400
From: "Michael D. Myers" <mmyers@telcordia.com>
Subject: Help get XTC on TV?
Message-ID: <852568DA.0070F6C2.00@notes949.cc.telcordia.com>

Chalksters and Chalkettes;

I just visited the website for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  For our
international friends, this is a very popular late-night talk-show in the
USA which is hosted by a comedian who's pretty popular, and the show gets
good ratings.

Anyway, there is a tab for "Music", and they accept candidates for future
broadcasts.  I think it would be great if the 1,000+ people on this list
sent them a quick message asking the show to petition Andy and Colin to
appear and do a number.  You can find this capability at:

www.nbc.com/leno

Of course, they did appear on a competing show years ago (1989?) and did
"King for a Day", if memory serves me correctly.

Also, I recently posted a note mentioning that one of Colin's songs on
Wasp Star was originally slated for the stillborn "Bubblegum Album", where
XTC would pretend to be several different bands and record various songs
under these bogus names, just like some production companies used to do in
the 60's and 70's (think of the Ohio Express and other bands like that).
Anyway, I couldn't remember the name of Colin's song, and as per Eb's
questioning, I researched a bit and discovered that it was "Standing in
for Joe".  So that is the song that was rescued from the abandoned
bubblegum album project and reused on Wasp Star.  My original point was
that this was an older song of Colin's not specifically written for Wasp
Star.

Does anyone know if any or all of the demos for the bubblegum album exist?
Are they candidates for the Fuzzy Warbles compilation?

See you,
Mike

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Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 17:04:53 EDT
From: "Garret Harkawik" <funktaisia@hotmail.com>
Subject: [???]
Message-ID: <20000509210453.83818.qmail@hotmail.com>

>This is pop! You're damn [???] it is!
i think the ??? is the word right.

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Date: 09 May 2000 17:36:12 -0500
From: blindowl@sympatico.ca
Subject: Not Mummer
Message-ID: <200005092139.RAA07944@smtp11.bellglobal.com>

Just a thought. reading people claiming "Mummer" is not a classic. I
disagree. Great Fire, Love on a Farmboys Wages, Human Alchemy, Loving
Memory of a Name to name just a few. Not a Classic? I think so. At that
time, there was nothing quite like it by anybody, not unlike now! It was
THE XTC album (yes I said album) that made me bandy the word, Genius. By
the way, anybody heard the XTC tour to promote O&L. Just the trio playing
acoustics and discussion. Great stuff.

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Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 17:51:18 EDT
From: "Jane Spencer-Davis" <janesunfish@hotmail.com>
Subject: Andy Interview on WXRV
Message-ID: <20000509215118.37214.qmail@hotmail.com>

Chilly Hillers:

I just finished taping the interview with Andy on 'The River'. Being a
newbie I haven't a clue how to spread the cheer. I can take 3000 years to
transcribe it in a post...I wouldn't have a problem doing it, it'll just
take forever- about 20 minutes worth. If anyone has any bright ideas, please
email me off-list. Also, according to Andy, he will be taping on Friday or
Saturday to be on VH1's 'The List', but he didn't know when it would be
aired. I'll look on the VH1 site and report if I find anything. If anyone
can assist(?) Thanks! Happy Jane

P.S. To us smitten Andy fans: When asked about his female following after
his assertion that he looked like "a potato", the D.J. said "Well, I bet
there are a lot of women listening right now that think *you're* attractive,
Andy replied "Send them 'round." I wish *I* knew where he was staying! Room
Service, anyone? ha-ha!

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 15:41:19 -0700
From: "Steve Young" <sjyoung@hotmail.com>
Subject: The Sumner Quotient
Message-ID: <20000509224409.62916.qmail@hotmail.com>

First of all, I am one of those who began wailing out the lyrics to "Jason
and the Argonauts" when the cheesy advertisement came on the teevee.

SPOILERS AHEAD.  If this post were a winding mountain road it would have
yellow diamond-shaped signs staggered on either side with generic black
outlines of scrunched-up, frustrated faces (having something "spoiled" for
them, obviously)...

I have heard several tracks from the new album, thanks to a
promotionally-enhanced acquaintance.  Here are my impressions.

1. Reading through Chalkhills I'm happy I never heard the demo for "Church
of Women".  Apparently the strange solo in the middle of the original was
the *cat's meow*, and now Andy's replaced the (unintentional weird solo)
with a conventional one, and it's gone and ruined the song.  Or not.  I love
it.  How could this be better?  Maybe I'll find out.  Or maybe not...

2. "My Brown Guitar" - I've not heard the finished version, but apparently
the tempo is more sluggish than on the demo?  I was hoping it would speed
up.  Here's the funny thing, again:  I will grow to love it.  I will adore
it like I already adore "The Wheel and the Maypole" and "We're All Light".

3. "Sting".  Let me get that word out of the way.  Jaguar car commerical
(solemnly lip-synching in the backseat of the car - anyone seen this
commerical?  it's a hoot), snapping his fingers and rising onto the stage
surrounded by dry ice mist on MTV Sting.  Money stuffed into his bulging
pockets Sting.  Tantric sex, authorized tributes, earnest harmonicas and
oboes, soft musical edges, "let your soul be your pilot", Compaq computer
Sting.  First of all:  contrary to reports, Andy Partridge is not Gordon
"Sting" Sumner.  From what I can tell they're two different types of
people/musicians.  Now on to a song:  "You and the Clouds Will Still be
Beautiful".  A nice shuffle beat, some deceptively slack-jawed and poetic,
perfectly realized verses... cool.  Then... "No matter what the
weatherrrr..."  then an eerily familiar titular refrain... am I crazy?
Someone say yes.  This sounds like Sting to me.  As a whole, this song is
tonally, lyrically Partridgian.  But that chorus, musically, vocally... keep
in mind, I was one of the folks who has never heard an ounce of Mr. Sting's
vocals in our dear deep pot of acrobatic nasal-throat Mr. Partridge... not
even on AV1... do I like the song?  Well, yes.  I mean, it could sound like
Rush. (kidding!)

4. "Wounded Horse" - if this is the worst song on the album, then WOW!  I
dig this.  It's crunchy and bluesy.  Dig the half-tone-down singing.  I was
expecting something more pensive, along the lines of "I Can't Own Her"
(which, apart from not relating entirely to the sentiment, I do enjoy).

5. "Boarded Up" - Colin often has that "Adrian Belew" thing going, despite
all the differences between the two songwriters.  Their lyrics are often
blunt to the point of seeming... naive?  (Mr. Belew takes the cake for his
political/religious commentary... taking first prize is the "jesus rap" from
"futurevision":  "white / like the white robe of Jesus Christ / whose
message was / each one of us / is equal in the eyes of God")... but like
Belew, Moulding makes songs like little innocuous seeds that wiggle into
your brain and flower there, like the memory of a comfortable stuffed
animal.  Makes me wanna hug Colin like the big mop-headed teddy bear he is,
tell him everything's going to be okay.  I'm one of the millions, too.  I'll
come play in Swindon.  I won't rock the boat either, yeah.  Damn that
Churchill.  By the way, I LOVE THE SINGING PENIS!  It seduced me (upon first
listening) into proclaiming "War Dance" my favorite song from Nonsuch.
Really.  (No Dom-casm, honest)

Wasp Star:  Classic Album?  Probably not in the "classic" sense, BS, ES, and
so on.  But a damn fine one - time will tell.  Anyway, as good as the
critic's darling "Skylarking" is, even the MFSL version seems less like a
"summer's day baked into a cake" and more like a faded circa-1975 magazine
advertisement of Said Cake, elmer's-glue-pasted onto a flat piece of
cardboard.  I'm talking about Todd, here.  I have never been fond of his
production.  It has held me back from unabashed adoration of this album.  I
won't need a "flame-proof suit" or whatever it is you fine folks are wearing
these days.  I don't need one.  Burn me to a crisp!  Make me black and
steamy, like a rich cuppa joe.

~~Steve Young

P.S. I do like Sting.  I love my Police Box.  I liked Soul Cages.  I'm just
surprised Andy Partridge could up & emulate/outdo the Compaq spokesman in
several choruses.

P.P.S. Andy's lips do seem rubbery and kissable (sorry, forgot who made the
comment).  Pity I'm not into men so I can't realize this fantasy more
deeply.  Andy the love-potato.  All right, I'm finished.  I guess I don't
blame him for not wanting to read the list.  "AP: Yes, some gent handed me
some printed copy from an internet list, and it struck me as rather bizarre
and frightening, really, with fans typing of 'rubbery love potatoes'... they
also said I quite resembled the spectacled villain from 'raiders of the lost
ark'..."

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 18:31:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Joe Hartley <jh@brainiac.com>
Subject: Trax I skip
Message-ID: <200005092231.SAA20323@metheny.brainiac.com>

As does Duncan Kimball, I listen to almost all of the albums I own all
the way through.  While some stand out as consistently strong throughout,
most albums I own are good enough to stand a complete listen.

One track, though, that has me jumping for the "next" button every
time:  Billy Bragg's "Tender Comrade" on "Worker's Playtime."   I find
it completely unlistenable.

======================================================================
       Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant - jh@brainiac.com
Without deviation from the norm, "progress" is not possible. - FZappa

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Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 15:41:22 -0700
From: David Hathaway <davidh@electricmail.com>
Subject: Re: hmm, Forgotten bands that were really cool
Message-ID: <4.3.1.2.20000509153341.00b64550@aka1.electric.net>

At 02:36 PM 5/9/00 -0700, "May O'Mahoney" <may5272@gte.net> wrote:
>
>OK Chalquettes:
>
>I'll ask the question again:
>
>Could you (at all) categorize the sound of Wasp Star?  Does it have a
>concept feeling like English Settlement or the Big Express or is it much in
>the style of AV1?  Does it FEEL like any previous album?

Hmmmm, having spent a bunch of time listening to it, I'd say it stands out
as a unique one, I can't "place" it with any other XTC record off hand, tho
if forced at gunpoint, I'd say Black Sea'ish in places. But, they are all
very different works, every single album.  Me, I have kept quiet, I
understand both sides of the napster debate, and, yeah, I'll buy my copies
the day it comes out, period.  8)

And, yeah, I love the album. Its different without Dave Gregory, but, still
an excellent album, sometimes it sounds like their best.

Another "new" album (thats actually released even...) is Fishbone's latest
platter. Gone are the crap metal trappings that made them terribly noisy
thru the 90s, back are the infectious grooves. Go get it, solid funk, from
end to end. They are back and with a vengeance. I did catch the Fishbone
tour as well. Anyone who has ever seen Fishbone will usually rank it as
"their all time favorite live show" and, wow, that sure hasn't changed.

On Mon, 8 May 2000 23:52:47 -0700 "Radiosinmotion"
<radiosinmotion@earthlink.net> wrote:
>Subject: Forgotten bands that were really cool.
>
>Other groups who I felt deserved more credit were people like Fishbone,
>Wire, Pop Will Eat Itself and Aztec Camera.  Just some random groups that
>just came to mind but were damn good at making music.

David Hathaway                                  davidh@electricmail.com
The Electric Mail Company                         +1 (604) 482-1111

Dogbert: Has your electronic mail system made you more efficient?
Dilbert: In a way... Now I'm getting ignored at the speed of light.
                                                 -- Scott Adams

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 16:42:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Relph <relph@cthulhu>
Subject: Re: ENTIRE Albums
Message-ID: <200005092342.QAA28521@mando.engr.sgi.com>

Mud Shark <mudshark1944@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>
>Here's a list of albums that I listen to in their
>entirety (for what it's worth):

Now what I'm interested in are albums that you simply *must* listen to
in their entirety.  Not albums that you *can*.

The Beatles' "Revolver" comes to mind.  Not many others.

	-- John

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 19:35:39 EDT
From: SLEDZNH@aol.com
Subject: Andy on the Line (Stupidly Happy)
Message-ID: <57.5724a6c.2649facb@aol.com>

Chalkhilians,

I had the radio on in the car on the way home from work tonight (WXRV 92.5
Boston area) hoping that I might catch "...Man Who Murdered Love".  I rarely
listen to radio anymore I might add....

...and what did I "stumble upon": Andy Partridge doing a live phone
interview!!  It lasted at least 20 minutes and was on during the rush hour so
I am sure lots of local people heard it.  Great publicity.   I won't go into
details but needless to say, it was funny and great to hear him speak about
songwriting, and the new album and all.  They also mentioned that Andy will
be on VH-1 doing something called "The List" where he will nominate his vote
for "most overplayed song of all time".  The segment is taping this weekend
but Andy was unsure when it will air.

They played ITMWML right after and I cranked it and sang along all the way up
Route 3!

Only 14 days left to wait - and I am so happy I have not succumbed to getting
the demos.  As someone else mentioned, I feel like a child waiting for
Christmas morning.

Carry on,
~~Jim

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 16:34:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: relph (John Relph)
Subject: Re: Glass Eye
Message-ID: <10005091634.ZM27975@mando.engr.sgi.com>

chris vreeland <vreecave@realtime.com> wrote:
>
>Glass Eye. another Austin band that kind-of reinvented music, on their
>own terms. amazing live, as well. One watershed cd can still be found in
>the used bin occasionally- Bent By Nature

You should also check out K. McCarty's album "Dead Dog's Eyeball - The
Songs of Daniel Johnston".  Excellent.

	-- John

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 16:45:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: relph (John Relph)
Subject: XTC preview UK
Message-ID: <10005091645.ZM27942@mando.engr.sgi.com>

Chalkees,

Cathal Coughlan of Cooking Vinyl UK wrote to tell us all the following:

    From midnight BST on May 10, there will be a preview of all tracks
    from Wasp Star, one track per day, in RealAudio format, at:

        http://www.cookingvinyl.com/xtc/wasp/

    There are XTC digi-postcards also, at:

        http://www.cookingvinyl.com/postcard/index01.html

This information is also on Chalkhills.  Surf today.  Surf often.

	-- John

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 16:50:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Savelle <tesavelle@yahoo.com>
Subject: Partsy on The River
Message-ID: <20000509235001.4884.qmail@web3004.mail.yahoo.com>

Chalkbots:

Andy Partridge was schedule (pronounced shhhedyoold)
to talk live on the air here in Boston today on local
station 92.5 The River sometime in the dead center of
the afternoon (2 or 3 p.m.?) -- whilst I was at work.
Happily enough por moi, he was having problems getting
through from wherever he was (L.A. ?) and only put the
call in during peak "drive time" -- 5:10 p.m. Eastern
Deluxe Time.

Joy of joys, I flipped over to catch some of The River
at the time, and tuned in just as Partsy was coming
on.  From his intro to his outro, he was a splendid
and humorous guest.  Not only that, he spent much time
comparing a good pop song to a brilliant piece of . .
. yes, you guessed it, architecture.  Not quite the
"talking about music is like dancing about
architecture" fracas we've been through here in the
foggy past, but still. . .

At the end of the oh, let's say 15(?) minute
interview, they played "The Man Who Murdered Love."
Sweet.  I don't have the demos, nor am I a believer in
Napster, so, this was my first *full* taste of one
corner of the Wasp Star cake.  Yummy.

Interestingly, on Sunday while listening to same said
station, they announced bands to be played in the next
hour.  Among them: XTC.  I waited and waited.  And
waited some more, thinking: Finally, I get to hear the
new single.  NO!  But I was happy to dance around the
bedroom while The River played "Making Plans for
Nigel."

Weird.

In summation: ITMWML is excellent straight-ahead XTC,
much in the vein of "Black Sea" era tune-age, with the
added weight of 20 years of pure pop refinement
(IMHO). I like that, to coin a phrase.

"Making Plans For Nigel" -- not showing even the
slightest hint of age to this Chalkbot.

Word to Phil -- nice shirts.

Word to the wise: Cleean underwear - live it, learn
it, love it.

Indefatigably yours,
Todd

P.S. To follow up on a somewhat dated topic, the only
XTC tune I am sure to hit the skip button for is
"Roads Girdle the Globe."

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Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 19:49:12 -0500
From: Mark Newberg <mhnewberg@home.com>
Subject: a good band that never hit it big
Message-ID: <3918B207.B714134F@home.com>
Organization: @Home Network

Hello fellow Chalkies,

Sun 60 was a northern Californian band that I enjoyed very much. Their
debut album was very good. The second album was nice. Their third album
was just OK. I don't think they are around anymore, but don't take me to
the bank on that one.

Mark N.
--
'You're the opposite of paranoid. You think everyone loves you'
	- Woody Allen's 'Deconstructing Harry'

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Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 18:20:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: "J. Brown" <ringostr@u.washington.edu>
Subject: Listening all the way through? (are you on crack?!?!)
Message-ID: <Pine.A41.4.21.0005091812570.111480-100000@dante36.u.washington.edu>

This has got to be the dumbest thread in the history of chalkhills!  Which
albums do i listen to all the way through?  um all of them! I always
listen to everthing all the way through.  Even my Wesley Willis
Album!  Even my Billy Joel Albums!  Only time constraints ever stop the
process!  I find when i do this i begin to appreciate songs that didnt
grab me at first for example: Bungalow.  I hated it and now its one of my
favorite songs.

Jason Wilson Brown - University of Washington - Seattle, WA USA
BA History '99 - BA Canadian Studies '99 - MLIS Library Science '01
"I was an I now I am a V" -John Linnell

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