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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 107

                  Wednesday, 10 May 2000


                  Do you hear in color?
   Things to listen to at home when you're dead (tired)
                     re: "lost" bands
      Our Andy on VH1's the List...ain't it Cute..!
           WARNING : Inflammatory opinion alert
   Addendums, deletions, lost bands and other gyrations
                         Re: hmm
                    Code Blue, Busboys
                   Intro to this is pop
                       The Busboys
                   Every Grueling Note
                    Farmyard analogies
     The Busboys "The Boys Are Back In Town" in movie
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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 11:49:26 +1000
From: Iain Murray <>
Subject: Taxi!
Message-ID: <>

I have to say that Ben Gott's Taxiride post caught me by surprise,
particularly coming from someone who I've found has always been on the
mark when it comes to recommending albums.....until now....

>>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
>>Two minutes later, I had the Taxiride debut CD, "Imaginate," and I was
>>blasting it in the car.
>>XTC fans, GET THIS.

Being the incurable cynic that I am, when I first heard "Get Set", my
immediate thought was "Shit! These guys have got 'one hit wonder'
written all over them!", which isn't to say that the song is bad, as
such (each to his or her own and all that). Personally, I found it a
tad *too* slick - as though someone's trying to cover up something
incriminating (hey, maybe they don't sing or play their own
instruments! You heard it here first!).

>>Plus, they're Australian, so all the Aussies on the list can be proud of

Can't we be proud of you for something else? To me, bands like
Taxiride are like the musical equivalent of Foster's Lager -
inexplicably popular overseas, but Australians won't touch it with a
barge pole (that doesn't mean Australians have superior taste to the
rest of the world, mind you - groups like Pseudo Echo put that
argument nicely to rest). If I may make a suggestion, try to get your
hands on a few albums by groups like You Am I and The Whitlams, or to
go back a bit further, The Go-Betweens and The Triffids. I don't think
you'll be disappointed.

Here endeth the opinion.


"I believe there's a commonality to humanity. We all suck." -- Bill


Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 21:40:11 -0500
From: Jill Oleson <>
Subject: Do you hear in color?
Message-ID: <81CC73FC2FACD311A2D200508B8B88AA0D7152@KURION_EXCH>

On the Easter Theatre single, Andy talks about certain chords
sounding to him like colors:  "[strum] This is a chunky brown chord.
[different strum] This is the luscious earthy green that appears as
Spring rears its head each year..."  (not real quotes, mind you,
I only heard it once.)

>From the real quotes, however, Andy makes it clear that he
associates sounds with colors.  As a painter, I find this a compelling
concept.  So my question for you, whether you are a musician or
not, do you hear in color?  Please offer specific examples, so I
can see what you see, and hear what you hear.

I dream in color, and I adore Bill Nelson, but that is a different story.

Jill Oleson
Austin, Texas

FWIW:  "Boarded Up" was my immediate favorite song on Wasp Star.


Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 23:00:33 EDT
Subject: Things to listen to at home when you're dead (tired)
Message-ID: <>

I'll bite. There's a number of albums that I can listen to in their entirety.
There are very few flawless albums out there (if any--it's all subjective) so
whatever flawed songs there are can be overlooked.

Abba-Greatest Hits (Scary isn't it?)
Joan Armatrading-Best of
Tori Amos-Little Earthquakes
Beatles-Abbey Road, The White Album (without Revolution #9 although I
generally listen and just ignore it), A Hard Day's Night, Rubber Soul,
Revolver, Pepper
Bowie-Low, Aladdin Sane
Adrian Belew-Twang Bar King
Kate Bush-Hounds of Love, The Whole Story, The Sensual World
CCR- Willie & The Poorboys, Green River
Cheap Trick-1st four albums
Tracy Chapman-1st, New Beginning
The Cars (1st), Panorama
Elvis Costello-Armed Forces, Imperial Bedroom, This Year's Model, EC & Steve
Nieve Live Acoustic Shows (boxset), King of America,
Dire Straits-Love Over Gold (particularly the remastered import
edition--sounds great)
Donovan-Greatest Hits (remastered edition again)
ELO- El Dorado
Peter Gabriel-Melting Face (3rd), So, Passion
Jellyfish-1st album
Joe Jackson-Night and Day, Look Sharp!, Laughter & Loss
King Crimson-In the Court, Discipline, Beat
The Kinks-Face to face, Something Else, Village Green, Arthur, Lola, Muswell,
Low Budget,
Misfits, Word of Mouth
John Lennon-Imagine, Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy
Nick Lowe-Jesus of Cool,  2nd album,Pinker, Prouder than Previous, Abominbal
Showman, last one (drawing a blank on the name)
Paul McCartney-Band On The Run, Tug of War (Ebony & Ivory is a minor
annoyance and I can tolerate it), Ram, Flowers in the Dirt
Mott The Hopple-Mott, Brain Capers, Mott the Hopple
Nirvana-Nevermind, Unplugged
Roxy Music-Country Life, Stranded, For Your Pleasure, Avalon, Manifesto
Tom Petty-Damn the Torpedos, Full Moon Fever
Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good, From Langley Park to Memphis, Jordan
Pretenders-1st, 2nd and Learning to Crawl
Prince-Albums 2-8
10cc-10cc,Sheet Music, The Original Soundtrack, How Dare You!, Deceptive
Bends, 10 out of 10
Supertramp-Breakfast in America
Talking Heads-Remain in light, The Name of this band is Talking Heads, Stop
Making Sense
U2-Boy, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby
The Velvet Underground-1st, Velvet Underground, Loaded
The Vapors-New Clear Days
The Who-albums 2, 5 and Who's Next?
Xtc-Big Express, Drums & Wires, Black Sea, Skylarking, Apple Venus and Wasp

Now it looks as if someone needs to start a thread about albums you can only
listen to one track on but you've inexplicably kept!

Don't want to step into the fray about Zep vs. Black Sabbath
but...well...although Sabbath may have been formed before Zep, Jimmy Page was
a member of the Yardbirds and had begun to investigate the similar territory
that he would later check out with Zep. The Beatles before 1964 but that
doesn't mean they invented power pop! They sounded a heck of a lot different



Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 22:29:57 CDT
From: "Megan Heller" <>
Subject: re: "lost" bands
Message-ID: <>

Olof Hellman said--
>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
>control and beer", they are/were much more than a novelty act.

wow, I haven't heard about them in ages!  They were very popular in Boulder,
Colorado, when I was living in Denver back in 1991.  I remember seeing their
posters - "They're not two, they're not nice, and they're not girls!"  My
friend Laurie introduced me to their music through what was called, I
believe, "Queer Song" (something almost to the tune of "I Want Candy" ?).
It's been a while.

Hm, other lost bands... In the DC area about five years ago, there was a
song being played all the time on the "alternative" (less and less so)
station (HFS for you locals) called "Sideways" by a band called Scarce.  I
loved the song, but it seemed to disappear, and I never managed to find the



Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 00:22:14 EDT
From: "Seth Frisby" <>
Subject: Our Andy on VH1's the List...ain't it Cute..!
Message-ID: <>

Hello Folks,
            It's been a little while since I last communicated (to this list
not in general), if you remember these sorts of things. I actually have a
reason to be here today, i'm not just here to read my own posts among
everyone else's posts (though it is gratifying sometimes isn't it?)I've
actually got some XTC related news.

    Today in Massachusetts Andy gave a nice little radio interview on 92.5.
WXRV Which of course was a blast to listen to. He talked about the album of
course, and more reasons why he won't tour (like we need those). He
mentioned squeezing his soul until it drips onto the album (is it me or does
Andy love talking in metaphor? very admirable actually) He even stated that
he thinks Colin's the handsome one and that he himself would be classed
under "interesting", he also thinks he looks like a potato. The dj said he
was sure there were many girls who would disagree (so Andy said "well then
send 'em over") So all of you girls out there come out in Andy's defense
because I sure won't.

    He mentioned that this weekend he will be taping an episode of VH1's the
List. (I'm starting to hear humming VCR's..weird) I don't know if anyone
knew this but what the hey! It's going to be an episode about the most over
played songs ever (which of course isn't XTC) Andy is convinced he has the
best one and thus wouldn't reveal it. He's worried he'll curse the show like
he cursed Space Ghost, poor fellow. They also played the TMWML which is of
course murderously catchy (pun heavily intended).........i'm going to have
to agree about TVT's site...not only did it look annoying it spewed loud
ugly music at me..two things I hate.

    All this music 101 nitpicking is interesting...but tiring. It just shows
you why Music Journalists are no fun at partys (i'm teasing guys). I do
think Complicated game along with Travels in Nihilon are close to a "heavy"
style. (but I will not nitpick..much) The guitar in Complicated Game is
reminiscent of K.Crim and Travels in Nihilon sounds like an semi-epic prog
song. (don't hurt me...just in its aggression and strange lyrics..travels
where?) Speaking of King Crimson  (one of the only still respectable
Prog-bands) they're set to release their new album soon..which should be
excellent so keep an eye out for it.. Well not too much more to
add...just....WAHHHH! 13 days till Rapture!.....(or what the layman term
"WASP STAR")  Talk to you all(notice two words and not one)sooner or later!
Take care and keep eating well, I intend to.

Seth "Am I not the sole fool who pulls his trousers down?" Frisby

p.s. is it me or is there a preponderance of very nice people on this list?
Just wondering....about a lot of Avocado ice cream...Why?


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 15:27:27 +1000
From: Iain Murray <>
Subject: WARNING : Inflammatory opinion alert
Message-ID: <>

>    The views expressed herein are those of the >individual authors.

Good point......

My posting about Taxiride was pretty well covered by an earlier one of
Duncan's - e-mail time lag can be unfortunate, but he pretty much said
everything I tried to, so it all worked out in the end. He also posed
an interesting twist to the "entire albums" thread :

>Albums with tracks I can't stand:

Okey dokey. Here's a quick selection -

1. The Rolling Stones - "Sticky Fingers". Don't get me wrong; I
(mostly) love this album, but the second half of "Can't You Hear Me
Knockin'" descends into some kind of jazz-lite lounge music guitar
noodling. No thanks.

2. The Beatles - "The Beatles (white album)". It's probably been
discussed many times before, but this would be a killer single album.
Consequently I've made a 60-minute tape of what I regard as the really
good stuff, and I no longer listen to the original. Tracks like
"Bungalow Bill" and "Martha My Dear" might be someone's cup of tea,
but I'm not that person.

3. Uriah Heep - "Live" (that's debatable). A well-meaning relative
gave me this album for my birthday some years ago. I only listened to
it once in full - that was in 1992, and for some reason, I still have
it. This album has one good track on it ("Stealin'"), but the live
version is so god-awful that it's hardly worth the effort.

(Did I mention this posting contained inflammatory opinions?)

4. XTC - "Black Sea". I'm fully aware that an opinion like this is
enough to have me excommunicated from the church of Andy, but believe
me, I've tried to love this album and it hasn't worked. I'm really
really close, though - I've reached the point where I only skip
through "Living Through Another Cuba" and "Sgt. Rock", and "No
Language In Our Lungs" is in my top 5 XTC songs. I'll keep trying, but
I can't promise anything.

5. Travis - "The Man Who". I bought this album just before I went to
Britain last September, and loved it. While driving around the UK,
however, I soon found that "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" was being
played on every radio station at least once an hour (or so it seemed
at the time). Now that this single is on the charts in Australia, it's
pretty much the same situation over again. I just can't bring myself
to listen to that track, which is a shame, because I still think the
album as a whole is fantastic.

...and the winner of the award for "Crap Album by someone I normally
worship" goes to :

Neil Young for 1981's "Re-act-or". God, this album sucks! "Got mashed
potato, got mashed potato, got mashed potato, ain't got no t-bone"
repeated for 9 minutes? Pass.


"I believe there's a commonality to humanity. We all suck." -- Bill


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 03:00:21 EDT
Subject: Addendums, deletions, lost bands and other gyrations
Message-ID: <>

Hey gang (are we still friends?  please?)

I knew I'd forget some (thoroughly listenable albums, to me).  Don't worry;
short list.

David Bowie - Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust

Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde

Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Eddy Arnold - Cattle Call (another one that I played all the time when I was
    small - my mother's.  I can still enjoy it, if only sentimentally).

Jesus Christ Superstar (the original with Ian Gillan, NOT the movie

Speaking of which, in all this friggin' metal debate, no one's mentioned Deep

I am dying to add some Moody Blues, but Ray Thomas manages to screw up all
thier albums for a smooth listening experience.  The closest I can come is To
Your Children's Children's Children.

For the sake of accuracy and fairness, I am retracting the following
selections (with explanations):

Led Zeppelin II - because of the drum solo in Moby Dick.  It's killing me to
take this one off, but, hey, it's a drum solo!  Oh well.

Chicago III for the same reason - stupid drum solo Motorboat to Mars.

Yes - Fragile:  Rick Wakeman just had to show us how clever he was by
muli-tracking keyboards to do his cheesy Brahms thing.  Otherwise, it stays.

Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme:  this one really, really
hurts me to the bone, but I have to let go because of the Silent Night/6
o'clock News bit.  Made me cry when I was 11, but just plain silly now.

Finally, the Philly Orchestra Christmas Album, only because I said I could
listen to it any time.  Of course, I only pull it out at Christmas.  However,
NOT the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Christmas Album.  Give it to me on July
the first and I'll put it on.  Fuck everyone.

I suppose the Hitsville USA box set is cheating, but it's a no brainer, if
it's allowed.
Also, I'll take a hit on the greatest hits and compilations if I have to.
But NOT the Donovan Greatest Hits album.  Reason; It contains singles that
were not on albums (such as There Is A Mountain and Epistle to Dippy), as
well as lovely remakes of Colours and Catch the Wind.

If I could I would add the Byrds 5D, minus the lame Hey Joe rendering.

Two albums I'm on the fence on with (but have decided to keep) are In The
Court of the Crimson King (the meandering avant garde jam at the end of Moon
Child is useless space, but not annoying enough to keep the album off the
list) and Led Zeppelin IV (Why?  Stairway to Heaven, of course!  But I
decided that If I choose to listen to it on my own time, it doesn't totally
suck enough to keep the album off the list, in spite of the monster it

Now some other stuff:

Lost Bands - Does anyone recall a prog rock band from Italy called Premiata
Forneria Marconi (PFM)?  They were actually quite good!  They had Pete
Sinfield (of early Crimson fame) write the translated lyrics on their debut
album, although one of the songs was in Italian.  I knew a local band in the
70's that actually did one of their songs, 'Celebration'!  I have the vinyl.
If there is a CD reissue, please contact me directly!!!!

Another lost band from the 70's was a bizarre sub-supergroup known as
'Captain Beyond'.  They consisted of ex-Iron Butterfly and (I think) Deep
Purple members.  They only did 2 albums, but the first side of their debut,
while a bit pretentious lyrically, was killer musically!   The original
release had a 3D inset (like Her Satanic Majesty's Request) on the cover.  I
have a post 3D vinyl copy.  It was a cult favorite in college.

Someone mentioned Gentle Giant, my alltime favorite prog rock group.  They
suffered from what I call XTC disease (too brilliant, too over the average
audience's head to be where they should be).  In the seventies they were
known as the band that other bands listened to.  Listen to 'Leave It' by Yes
and tell me you don't hear the influence.  Anyway, they are on my alltime
underrated bands list (which XTC heads and they're second, followed by
Badfinger and Ben Folds Five). But they're not completely forgotten, and they
have a website.  I used to have it until my AOL crashed on me (fuckers!) in
Feb.  I can't remember it.  If anyone knows the URL, please contact me;
conversely, if I get it, I'll post it.  Weren't GG just fantastic????!!!!!  I
still listen to those albums today.  My favorite GG cut of alltime is
'Schooldays' on Three Friends, although I think the band improved overall
when Weathers joined afterwards.  If you don't know their music, please check
it out, especially if you are an XTC fan with some prog rock sensibilities.
Classical players love them too.  A true wonder, that band!!!!!

Someone else mentioned the 13th Floor Eleveators.  Early American
Really odd band.  They were from Texas, of all damn places.  Imagine being an
early acid rock band in Texas in 1966, where you could go to jail for 20
years for mere possession of a joint at the time.  Oh, they paid their dues!
If anything, I give them an A for guts.  My father (an army lifer) was
transferred to Ft. Hood (between Waco and Austin.  It's the Army base where
Elvis did his BTC before leaving for Germany) in '65, where we lived for
three years.  My brother, a righteous baby boomer (born in '47) was in a
local band called JC & the Humans, so called because his homemade bass
cabinet would cut out on him at gigs and he'd yell 'Jesus Christ'.  At the
time all the famous bands had animal names so....  Anyway, he finshed high
school and went to college there at Beaumont (not far from Janis Joplin's
home town) at a school called Lamar Tech.  When he came back from his first
semester, he was sporting a copy of the 13th Floor Elevator's debut.  I ended
up with it.  I still have it, together with my original copy of Sgt. Pepper's
(that he brought home on his summer break in June - he gave it to me and
bought another copy because I loved it so much, I wouldn't stop playing it.
I was 11.  Imagine what that was like!  It still gives me goosebumps.  I used
to play along with it by banging on a kitchen soup pot bottom.  The copy is
complete with the cutout insert).  The Elevator's album is a trip!  I've seen
the cover in various rock album cover art books.  The liner notes on the back
are hysterical!  All this pre new age silliness, really funny!  Their (the
Elevator's) history is available on the Microsoft Music Central program.

And finally, How 'bout the Jayhawks??

Special thanks to Harrison Sherwood for his research on the term Heavy Metal.

The link is now in my favorites.

To Chris Veeland - I don't know if you'd call Comlicated Game truly metal, as
it's not coming from a metal group, but it is a real sonic mindfuck, isn't
it????  The lead, oddly enough, reminds me of Robbie Krieger's incredibly
posessed work on 'When the Music's Over' by the Doors.  Hmm, could that be
metal...... Naw, they're American.  Dom wouldn't approve.

There it is!  But it's just my opinion.....

Tom  "$^%*UY*(O&*I"  Kingston


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 06:56:45 -0400
From: "Tim Kendrick" <>
Subject: Re: hmm
Message-ID: <001901bfba6e$6ff8abc0$68a91b3f@tim63>

  >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
  >the style of AV1?  Does it FEEL like any previous album?


If BLACK SEA and ORANGES & LEMONS had a baby together,
WASP STAR would be the result.  It has the straight forward (simple?)
pop/rock sensibilities of BS, but has the harmonizing and horns of O&L.

To try to get the "sound" I suggest listening to "Towers of London",
"Mayor of Simpleton", "Pink Thing" and "Love At First Sight" over and
over again.

Actually, for Colin's songs, I would suggest listening to Martin Newell
(In Another Life), Tom Waits (Boarded Up) and Steely Dan (Standing In For

But having said that, no it really doesn't sound like anything they've done

   Tim K.


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 07:00:36 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Code Blue, Busboys
Message-ID: <l03130302b53efaf2798a@[]>

>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.

  Code Blue put out a one-off album in 1980, I get the impression they were
session players thrown together by their record company to cash in on the
power-pop craze of the time. The bass player Gary Tibbs was with the
Manifesto lineup of Roxy Music, and the other two(Gary Chamberlain and
somebody else)I recognise from somewhere. I used to see the album a lot in
used record stores in the early 80's, apparently they were hyped big-time
by their record company and the record laid a big goose-egg in the

  The Busboys, on the other hand, I remember very fondly. Their
gimmick(wish it didn't have to be one, but there it was)was that they were
a black rock and roll band who sounded white. That's not meant as an
insult, just straight up rock and roll, no R&B or funk moves. Very similar
musically to The Kinks- one critic even called main songwriter Brian O'Neal
the black Ray Davies, which isn't too far off, one song of his, "There Goes
The Neighborhood," deals with gentrification in black neighborhoods in a
similarly pointed and tongue-in-cheek way to Ray, if Ray were black, that
is. "I ain't moving out for no Carol and Bob/The inner city's much too
close to my job." I have their first album, Minimum Wage Rock and Roll, and
saw them live once. Their second album American Workers is almost as good,
and they released a third album in the late 80's I haven't heard with only
O'Neal, the guitarist and drummer remaining from the original
lineup(bassist and O'Neal brother Kevin, who wrote two or three on each of
the first two albums was gone; that's like Dave Davies leaving the Kinks).
If you're into good 80's rock with intelligent lyrics, you'd do worse than
grab a Busboys album from your local used record store, I don't know if
they've been released on CD. Good music is good music, I wouldn't care if
they were green with purple polka dots.

Christopher R. Coolidge

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 14:40:56 GMT0BST
From: "A D Higginson" <>
Subject: Intro to this is pop
Message-ID: <391974F5.30802.6D6394@localhost>
Organization: The University of Nottingham

Hi, Johan was trying to transcribe the intro to This is Pop at the
Hammersmith. I'm just filling in the gaps....

AP says

doesn't bear thinking about

you're damn right it is!

two pence pieces


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 14:59:27 GMT0BST
From: "A D Higginson" <>
Subject: Entirety
Message-ID: <3919794E.14746.7E5F30@localhost>
Organization: The University of Nottingham

There's albums you can listen to in their entirety, and then albums
that you can listen to on repeat for hours and not realise - they're
the classics. Off the top of my head; the latter list is;

radiohead - pablo honey
steely dan  - katy lied
ned's atomic dustbin (remember them!?) - first 2
levellers - levelling

the albums that i listen to in their entirety include

other radiohead
other steely dan

and it all goes on a bit like that, except ned's who were abysmal
after the classic "are you normal?"

thanks for listening



Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 07:56:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jon Rosenberger <>
Subject: The Busboys
Message-ID: <>

Greetings all,

Deb Brown was speaking of the "Busboys" in the last chalk.

... 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(?)

Deb, the flick was 48 Hours with Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. They do a
scene in a bar they enter and then they use the song in the film for a
chase scene I think..

Also on an extremely trivial note.... The Busboys appeared in the
CLASSIC film "Animal House"... Yep that is them as "Otis Day and the
Nights" both at the toga party and later at the R&B bar on the road

"Wait till Otis Sees us, he loved us!!!"  God what a film.

Cheers  Mole

XTC Content: I think Terry would have made a great frat brother!


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 09:25:08 -0500
From: chris vreeland <>
Subject: Every Grueling Note
Message-ID: <>

What albums do I listen to in their entirety?

1. Exile on Main Street

2. The Beatles  (white album)  I actually quite like revolution #9,
though I merely tolerate Obladi...

3. NONSUCH!  Don't think I've ever even skipped over "War Dance."
        -Of course, Joe Funk has pointed out why.

Actually, my favorite penis quote is by Andy Partridge (that I may be

When asked how fatherhood had changed his perspective on songwriting, he
replied (something like) "What you can do with a guitar pales by
comparison to what you can do with a penis."

Chris "think of the harmonies I could sing" Vreeland


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 15:34:51 +0100
From: "Mick Casey" <>
Subject: Farmyard analogies
Message-ID: <002601bfba8c$f9b771c0$>

Hi all

Bless me father for I have sinned. It is two years since my last post...

The pile of CDs on my desk at work includes Fossil Fuel, which gets an
airing every once in a while.

My colleage Ian has an endearing habit of singing along with Love On A
Farmboy's Wages, particularly the bit where Andy sings, "Shilling for the
fellow who milks the huuuurd", which Ian insists on accentuating to the
point where it sounds like a particularly happy cow after a good feed (try
it yourselves... huuuuurd!).

This led me to thinking - could this be a deliberate piece of word /
soundplay? Andy surely couldn't have consciously decided to sing the word
'herd' in the voice of a cow? Or could he?

PS. Heard (or maybe that should be 'huuuuurd') We're All Light on London
Live Radio the other day. Sent lots of little tingles down me spine it did.
Mick Casey                                 


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 17:32:17 +0200
From: Johan Ekdahl <>
Subject: The Busboys "The Boys Are Back In Town" in movie
Message-ID: <>

In C'hills #6-106 Debora Brown asked about The Busboys:

Didn't they do that song, "The Boys Are Back In Town"?
I seem to remember it was used in a
popular film.  Anyone remember which film?

For all questions "cinematique" do not hesitate to consult The Internet
Movie DataBase

Great site!

I happened to remember the movie, but a search for Brian O'Neal would have
done the trick.

The answer(s) is (are):

1. The movie is "48 Hrs." starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy

2. Yes, "(The Boys Are) Back In Town" was used.

3. IMDB credits Brial O'Neal for writing and producing three songs used in
the movie; "Back In Town", "48 Hrs." and "New Shoes". Only for the last of
theese credits are given to The Busboys for performing it.

4. With knees trembling of fear for opening a closed thread I note that
someone called "S. Sting" is credited for a song entitled "Roxanne"...

5. Oh, wasn't there a sequel? What!? A mediocre action-comedy-movie without
a sequel? Of course there was a sequel! It's "Another 48 Hrs.", in wich
there seems to be two performances of "Back In Town" credited to The Busboys
and Jesse Johnsson.

So, many years ago I was watching this movie on TV. Fun, but far from great.
What I do remember was sitting up straight in my sofa when Jack and Reggie
(Nolte and Murphy) enters a disco or music club. On the stage is a band
performing music of a genre that I always had a soft spot for. Simple
"rock-and-roll" with a good dose of "boogie", and the lyrics to the chorus
went "The boooooys are baaaack in town!" I had to watch the rest of the
movie to get a look at the credits, and made a note of The Busboys. That
note is still around somewhere in a great pile of
"should-be-checked-out"-notes. It has popped up from time to time, me
thinking "have to look them up sometime". Now suddenly the pop up in the
least likely of all places methinks; Chaklhills. Anyhow - I looked them up
and it seems to be too late. HMV-shop lists the record as out of print.
Sniff.... Sob...

Oh, XTC?: Wasp Star - Not far away now!

/Johan Ekdahl


Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 16:29:38 +0100
From: Lawson Dominic <>
Subject: Thank Gawd For Th@
Message-ID: <>

Mr Relph was sensible enough to say...

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

Exactly. I mean, COME ON!!!! If you want everyone to read a list of every
bastard CD you own then why not make a homepage??? THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE
FOR!!!!! Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezus.

Thanks John, I was just about to chew my leg off.

And furthermore, here's a VERY F***ING BRIEF list of albums which I MUST
listen to all the way through.....seethe, twitch etc...

CARDIACS - Heaven Born & Ever Bright (triumphant beginning, exquisite
ending)SLEEP -- Jerusalem (one song, fifty two minutes...)
ELVIS COSTELLO - Blood & Chocolate (next time raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahnnnnd!)
THIN LIZZY - Live & Dangerous (genius!)
CAPTAIN BEYOND - Captain Beyond (a recent discovery - tophole entertainment)

and, of course....

XTC - Black Motherf***in' Sea




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