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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 108

                  Thursday, 11 May 2000

Topics:

                       All Too Much
                      Wesley Willis
               The court of the Skylar King
                       rambling on
                        Lipps, Inc
                One thing stays static....
                      Party Poopers
                        Lost bands
             A alternative graphic for TMWML?
                  Roads Girdle The Globe
             All Through Albums and the Such.
                 "River of Orchids" dance
                     Read & disregard
                     Wasp Star sound
                    spoil, er, a lert!
                  Lost (becomes a rant)
                   xtc radio interview
                     Re: The Busboys

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 13:22:49 -0400
From: MinerWerks <dminer@gte.net>
Subject: All Too Much
Message-ID: <l03130302b53f3407ef21@[63.25.149.175]>

Wow, a digest full of lots of great minutiae that made my head spin!

>From: "Radiosinmotion" <radiosinmotion@earthlink.net>
>I got a game, who can name this tune? ( This is the intro lyrics to the
>album and song)?
>
>"She said, FUCK this town, nothings ever going down..."
>
>This was a damn good album and the group has done very little in the public
>eye (well, nothing really and they never charted as far as I know).

Ah! The Paul Fox production "Cereal Killers" by perennial favorites (of
mine, anyway) Too Much Joy. As far as their stint in the "public eye," that
is probably limited to the time they got arrested in Florida for covering 2
Live Crew songs in concert. They're still making albums, though, god bless
'em.

Side note to the above... one of the most amazing experiences I had
listening to the radio was driving from Orlando to Tampa at 3am on a Sunday
night/Monday morning last year and hearing Too Much Joy's "Crush Story."
That was even weirder than hearing "That's Really Super, Supergirl" on the
radio - the same station, as a matter of fact.

-----------
>- May "afraid that they'll discover my redneck past" O'Mahoney
Good quote! Love that song...

-----------
In the recent controversy over MP3 trading, I remember the issue of
devaluing the product being brought up. I had been tossing a few things
around in my head related to that idea that I wanted to put out.

When I first started really buying CDs a lot, around 1990, most stores had
a bargain or cut-out bin. I discovered that this was an interesting place
to find some weird or obscure titles that the store wanted to get rid of. I
always liked this idea because a store could lower the price on some
inventory if they decided it wasn't going to move. The stuff was at least
available and the record company considered it sold. Well, some things
started changing soon afterward. The Used CD began to appear. As used CDs
began to get more popular, cutout bins at record stores began shrinking.
I'm not suggesting that the two things are linked, but they happened at the
same time.

Now cutout bins are pretty much reserved for bottom-of-the-barrel stuff
that nobody has bought for several years - or bargain-line compilation CDs
that no self-respecting music fan would buy anyway. And Used CDs have
become a way of life for some music fans - some places I've seen have
larger USED inventory than NEW inventory.

Without too much effort, I'd bet I could (if need arises) replace most of
the CDs in my collection by purchasing used copies. Some CDs I own, I
repeatedly see in used bins, but with hole punches or promotional stamps. I
started wondering, "Am I the only one who BOUGHT this disc?" Sadly, I'm
probably the only one who bought it from *the record company*. And if I try
*selling* some of my discs as used, most of the time I'm told I can get 2
or 3 bucks, or the discs are turned down flat. And this is for something
they would probably mark up two or three times! A CD I buy brand new
suddenly plummets in value to about 30% of its retail price once I open it!

So, the market's glutted, full of product that nobody paid for in the first
place, and the value of used items is a mere fraction of new ones. And how
many of you who criticize Napster have never bought a used CD? The record
companies have fought used CDs for the same reasons they fight Napster -
they get no money on a product they produced - yet they couldn't stop that
trend. Does this indicate to anyone that the market structure of
pre-recorded music was already shaky and due for collapse anyway?

Just a thought.

-----------
And lastly, my list of albums I listen to in their entirety (intentionally):
The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles -  Revolver, and Yellow Submarine Songtrack (does that count?)
Frank Black - Frank Black
The Monkees - Headquarters and Head
The Muffs - Blonder and Blonder
R.E.M. - Out of Time
Self - Subliminal Plastic Motives
Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun
They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
Too Much Joy - Cereal Killers
Weezer - Pinkerton
XTC - Skylarking (with Nonsuch, Black Sea, Mummer and English Settlement
running close behind, with one or two tracks I feel like skipping
occasionally)

"J. Brown" <ringostr@u.washington.edu> wrote:

> Subject: Listening all the way through? (are you on crack?!?!)
> 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!

I could make a crack about Billy Joel, but listening to a Wesley Willis
album all the way through was funny on its own.

"Yeah, I read that someplace" - AP
= Derek =

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 08:56:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: Wesley Willis
Message-ID: <200005101556.IAA29947@mail2.deltanet.com>

allright, J. Brown!... I love that madman too!!... :D

Tally-ho!

(Debora) D. Brown

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 11:17:21 -0500
From: John Voorhees <johnvoorhees@johnvoorhees.com>
Subject: The court of the Skylar King
Message-ID: <39198B912A5.2862JOHNVOORHEES@EXCHSRV>

Hi, Chalkers.

It's been a little while since our Skylar King (Jason Phelan) plugged
his MP3.com page.  I just wanted to doubly encourage any potential
listeners.  Jason clearly wears his influences on his sleeve, and his
songs (to me) come across as more assured and consistent than the work
of many popsters recommended on this list, including Jason Falkner and
Owsley!

There are 5 musical nuggets of joy at mp3.com/phelan.  Go take a listen.

(You could also listen to my stuff at mp3.com/johnvoorhees, but it
bears no particular resemblance to XTC.  It's more of a folk-rock
nature.)

Anyway, cheers,
John Voorhees
johnvoorhees.com

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 09:16:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: rambling on
Message-ID: <20000510161601.27261.qmail@web2102.mail.yahoo.com>

Deborah Brown wrote:

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 love X too! Wild Gift is as good as Los Angeles, and
both are conveniently available together on a single
CD. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! X were by far the best band to
come out of the LA hardcore scene, probably because
they weren't really hardcore. If you can find a copy
of the film 'The Decline of Western Civilization'
you'll see some great footage of X, as well as the
other LA hardcore bands of the early '80's-BLack Flag,
Germs, Fear, etc. WHile dated now, the film is still
pretty entertaining. Darby Crash's story of the dead
painter is funny and disturbing at the same time.

I just traded for a tape of X live in 1983. Havent
listened to it yet (I'm really behind in listening to
stuff I traded for at the moment) but if you're
interested, drop me a line and maybe we can trade. By
the way, my ever-expanding trade list is
at:http://www.mindspring.com/~t.hewitt/tradelist.html
I'll be adding a bunch more stuff to it over the next
couple of weeks.

Ed Kedzierski wrote:
My mother used to play 78s of his (Spike Jones) 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).
-------
I like your mom! and I think she's right.  Laughter is
good for the soul.

Joe Hartley said:
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.
-------

NO!
 Tender Comrade is a beautiful song.  And one of the
best tracks on Worker's Playtime.

XTC content: I'm starting to get a little antsy with
the approaching release date. I still havent heard
anything from Wasp Star. The only radio I listen to
regularly is NPR, and my modem is way too slow to ever
endulge in Napster (and I'd probably find it
addicting, and I just don't need any thinge ELSE to
distract me from work, thank you!). I'll probably
check out the snippets on the Cooking Vinyl site,
although I did that with AV1 and was dissapointed with
all the songs. Hearing them off of the cd was an
entirely different experience.

Tyler

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 08:48:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: Lipps, Inc
Message-ID: <200005101548.IAA27352@mail2.deltanet.com>

Steve says-

<<P.P.S. Andy's lips do seem rubbery and kissable (sorry, forgot who made
the comment).>>

It was me, Steve.  I stands by my statement... it's all in the lips.

(sigh)

Debora Brown

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 10:58:13 -0500
From: chris vreeland <vreecave@realtime.com>
Subject: One thing stays static....
Message-ID: <39198703.E9B8CD22@realtime.com>

There are snakes in the attic.
                                -Brian Beatty, of Glass Eye

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

        -- John

    Quite right. I've been kicking around the Austin music scene for
longer than I care to admit, and worked around the both of them a good
bit in the mid eighties. Danie Johnston is a bonafide kook, but a really
nice, loveable kinda  guy. He wanted my then band to play some of his
material, and I still have the home made cassette he handed me
personally.
    Have you seen the official Dead Dog's Eyeball t-shirts? Printed 'em
right here. Used to run sound at a club in town called "The Beach" and
Glass Eye played there all the time. The first time I worked with them,
Kathy walked up to me and without any introduction announced "If you put
any reverb on anything, we'll kill you." I'm still alive.

Chris Vreeland

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 20:07:31 +0200
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Subject: Party Poopers
Message-ID: <20000510180307.63214A6CFC@mail.knoware.nl>

Dear Chalkers,

Now what's all this then?

> RealAudio and MPEG samples of <ALL> the tracks from Wasp Star are
> currently available at CDNOW.

That kinda spoils my surprise a bit...
The Cooking Vinyl website and the Little Lighthouse were secretly
plotting another "preview a day all the way up to May 22" scheme

ah well... guess we'll go ahead anyway. The more exposure for our
lads, the merrier

yours in xtc,

Mark S. @ the Little Lighthouse  www.come.to/xtc

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 15:31:50 EDT
From: Chauncy14@aol.com
Subject: Lost bands
Message-ID: <46.52a40ec.264b1326@aol.com>

Hey clan,

Memories of lost bands....in most cases I am glad many are "lost."
Although, I would have liked more albums and such from _Split Enz_ of the
Finn brothers' dayz.

Any references to Rick Springfield make me gag; I would rather eat the lint
in my belly button than hear his music....Yuck!

One band I am glad is gone and forgotten was _Off Broadway_.  A garage band
from Oak Park, Illinois, with the one hit wonder "Stay in Time."

Just thought I would throw in a few cents on this issue at bar...

Anxiously awaiting AVII - WS and desperately avoiding all subject matter on
review of this album....

Have a sunny and beautiful day all.

John Gardner
Chicago

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Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 03:50:38 -0700
From: "Periwinkle" <periwinkle@cybertours.com>
Subject: A alternative graphic for TMWML?
Message-ID: <000a01bfbb36$bfc12ec0$c56dded1@p8t0x1>

Hi- I'm new (in a sense). Fascinating to hear other devotee's thoughts.  I
felt oddly compelled to share one of my favorite paintings that immediately
leapt to mind, hearing "The Man Who Murdered Love",(especially with the
reference of the thorny roses springing up where he bled). If you care to
look here is the URL:  www.cybertours.com/periwinkle/murdered_love.html
That's all folks!

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 11:27:10 -0700
From: "Radiosinmotion" <radiosinmotion@earthlink.net>
Subject: Roads Girdle The Globe
Message-ID: <002301bfbaad$5b8f74e0$0200a8c0@digitalpc>

Our friend Todd says "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."

Huh?  I love this song.  This is just so... Drums and Wirish!  I mean, it
fits in with the whole feel of the album.  One thing I loved about Drums and
Wires over other XTC albums is that the entire album belongs together.  If
one track was pushed off to another release it just would not fit.  The
whole album sounds like it was recorded together and each song sounds right
in place.. That's just my opinion now...

X was good....

I knew about the Fishbone album which I ordered a while ago and have yet to
receive.  As soon as I get it I will give my thoughts on it.

Devo was pushed back a week damn it!  Hopefully they don't do that with WS!

Nitzer Ebb =  One of the only Industrial bands I have continued to enjoy
throughout my 20's.

Voice Of The Beehive = good.

U2 = great > good > ok > bad

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 13:11:00 -0700
From: "d. Taylor Singletary" <graysweaters@yahoo.com>
Subject: All Through Albums and the Such.
Message-ID: <LPBBLAAPLOFABJAAKNJGGENECAAA.graysweaters@yahoo.com>

Albums that I can listen to all the way through:

TNT by Tortoise. I cannot stress this one enough. The single most important
album of the 1990s.
Ruby Vroom by Soul Coughing.
Moondance by Van Morrison
More Songs About Buildings & Food, Fear of Music, Speaking in Tongues, Stop
Making Sense - Talking Heads
Only a Lad, Nothing to Fear, Good for Your Soul, Boingo - Oingo Boingo
Moon Safari - Air
Emperor Tomato Ketsup - Stereolab
Fin de Siecle, Cassanova - Divine Comedy
Meat is Murder - the Smiths
Vauxhal & I - Morrissey
Tea for the Tillerman - Cat Stevens
Black Foilage - Olivia Tremor Control [a feat with 20-something songs]
Odelay - Beck
Best of - Robert Johnson
Like Swimming - Morphine

There's probably more too.. just can't think of them off the top of my head.

XTC doesn't make the list, unfortunatly. Every single album has songs I just
can't stand to hear.

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 16:39:03 -0400
From: Ben Gott/Loquacious Music <gott@tmbg.org>
Subject: "River of Orchids" dance
Message-ID: <B53F4126.237F%gott@tmbg.org>

Chalkers,

My mom just called.

"I wonder," she asked, "if you'd like to go to a dance performance on May
20th."

"Errr," I responded, because May 20th is the day that I'm going to
Northampton to hear Glen Phillips (formerly of Toad the Wet Sprocket).  "I
can't, 'cos I'm going to the concert with Curtis," I replied, "but tell me
what it is."

"Well, she said, "the announcement says: 'Benefit preview in support of the
Neta Dance Company's new production of 'River of Orchids,' featuring music
by renowned British musicians XTC'."

I almost dropped the phone.  "F-----" I started to say, but you can't say
"fuck" in front of your mother, can you?  "GO, MOM," I said strongly.  "It
should be great!"  So, my mom's gonna go.

Cool, huh?  And it's happening in my little town in Connecticut!

-Ben

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      Benjamin Gott . Loquacious Music . Brunswick, ME 04011
AIM: Plan4Nigel . Tel: (207) 721-5366 . http://listen.to/loquacious
   Squander your cash, be rash / Just hold on to your friends...
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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 17:33:54 -0400
From: Peter Nau <caps@hockeymail.com>
Subject: Read & disregard
Message-ID: <B53F4DC5.A4F%caps@hockeymail.com>

To call me a lurker would be to overstate things a bit. I don't read the
Digest often enough to  rate that moniker. Since I didn't even get "Vol.1"
on the day it came out, I guess "heretic" is probably what I am. (Hey, what
was the rush? I'd already survived those many years without a new album, and
besides I was busy.) If you disagree with anything I say here then, you can
consider my thoughts the rantings of one of the unwashed masses, even though
I think XTC on a bad day is better than most bands on a good day.

Here, then, are my initial thoughts on Wasp Star, which I have listened to
courtesy of Napster. (For the record, I think Napster should be declared
illegal and shut down, but it hasn't been yet. Yes, I promise to buy Wasp
Star, but not necessarily on the very first day.)

Best thing: Colin Moulding's songs actually belong on the album. This is the
first time I'd rather have his songs instead of what was in Andy Partridge's
dustbin since Psonic Psunspot, and if that one doesn't count, then
Skylarking. This is partially because Moulding's songs are better than
they've been, and also because Partridge's songs are a tad weaker than
usual.

Worst thing: Dave Gregory's absence. If you don't miss his contributions on
this album, then you probably didn't understand why he was important in the
first place. In the long run, he will be missed more than if Moulding had
left the band. This unquestionably would have been a better album with him
than without him.

Yes, "You and the Clouds" does conjure up thoughts of Sting. Sorry.

Does anyone else hear another song on the album that conjures up thoughts of
another British singer/songwriter? This one is, I believe, more flattering
than the Sting comparison. I can imagine Richard Thompson singing "Wheel and
the Maypole" (especially the first part of the song) from both a lyric and
melody perspective, perhaps at a bit different tempo though.

Where does this album stack up in the XTC catalog? I think that music, like
history, is difficult to judge in the here and now. It takes time to lend
perspective, and there are few albums that one can tell with certainty from
the get-go are exceptional, such as "Skylarking" or "Car Wheels on a Gravel
Road," to name two. Having said that, if I divided up XTC's albums equally
into a first, second, and third tier, my guess is Wasp Star will wind up
grading out as a second tier effort.

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 18:26:12 EDT
From: "Garret Harkawik" <funktaisia@hotmail.com>
Subject: Wasp Star sound
Message-ID: <20000510222612.99759.qmail@hotmail.com>

>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?

Although I haven't Wasp Star yet, i'm guessing that it doesn't sound that
much like any other album because one of the great things about XTC is that
all of their albums have a distinct sound and no two really sound the
same(except for mavbe WM and Go2)

Garret Harkawik
"There are only 5 great men in the world, and 3 of them are
hamburgers"-Captain Beefheart

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 11:59:10 -1000
From: "Jim Smart" <jismart@ksbe.edu>
Subject: spoil, er, a lert!
Message-ID: <3919DBAC.F4A73FC2@ksbe.edu>
Organization: 3Tripper

I'd like to join the chorus: Boarded Up is really starting to grow on
me. It's a really cool tune, once you get into what it is (and accept what
it isn't).  Still sticks out like a sore thumb. Sorry to use that cliche,
but it seems to fit since I have a very sore thumb from pounding it with a
hammer while "boarding up" our pet bunny's new cage.

Jim

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 15:41:13 -0700
From: Ed Kedzierski <ed.kedzierski@blvdmedia.com>
Subject: Lost (becomes a rant)
Message-ID: <08B5DDC2BABCD311BFC6005004A884B013B63A@mgcservices.com>

What with all the band names, some of whom I've heard of, some of whom I
haven't, being kicked around as "lost", the real answer seems to be "too
damn many bands that deserved better". There are, I'm sure, those who would
say that if they were really that good then they'd have made it & be big
now, that the tastes of the general public can be relied upon. This would be
a load of crap. Popularity and quality are now more disconnected than they
have ever been (or at the very least, they certainly haven't gotten any
closer).
In 6-106, I was shocked when Debora wrote:
"does anybody remember X?"
My god, are they forgotten now too? I was never super-hugely into them, but
they were a well-known, respected band, and the very idea that people
wouldn't remember who they are just leaves me stunned. Have you experienced
mentioning them only to have people say "who?" If so, that's truly a sad
state of affairs. People on this list must at least have bumped into them
while scanning record store "x" sections for you-know-who. It's almost as
galling as the idea that people really are remembering the music of the 80s
according to TV-advertised decade compilations featuring the likes of Glass
Tiger or Huey Lewis (just to name two of the worst I could think of).

I guess this kind of brings us back to the old debate over the
meaning/meaninglessness of the "alternative" tag. I've heard a lot of people
argue that the older definition encompassed more diverse (and sometimes
conflicting) styles, rendering the term useless. Maybe so, in a way, but at
least it covered a number of things which were actually good and worth
listening to, especially compared to the mainstream of the time. As far as
I'm concerned, nothing is more debased and useless than what is currently
labelled as "commercial alternative". Where I live (Vancouver), we just
recently got one of those bogus "alternative" radio stations, and man, talk
about disappointing... I'm lucky if I hear anything even remotely tolerable
(maybe one Beck song every few days, otherwise mostly crap). Rarely do I
hear anything that doesn't make me snap "shut up!" and slap in a tape (my
car is the only place I ever hear any radio at all). Everything is so
dominated by that damn put-on "husky" vocal style (like whoever the twit in
Bush is) and the same damn identical guitar sound on every song on every
album by every damn band. And is there some kind of face-stencil that these
guys buy so that they can all shave their facial hair into exactly the same
shape? At least in the "old days" (where are my teeth?) you had the hard,
the poppy (as in catchy, but you knew that...), the gothic, the electronic,
etc. all rubbing shoulders, and everyone had friends in all camps (or at
least that was my experience). Now all the subgenres have become so damn
insular and hostile to one another, just because one minor (IMO very minor)
strain of what was once "alternative" has become commercially dominant at
the expense of all others. It just makes me sad, angry and feeling old (not
as old as some of you, I know, you don't need to remind me, Tom...).
I've only recently regained any enthusiasm for buying anything new, thanks
largely through reccomendations here on the list and the reviews in the Big
Takeover (whoever was praising that magazine a while back was spot on; I was
genuinely stunned to actually be reading reviews of albums that sounded like
I'd actually want to buy and listen to them).
And Nicole said (regarding Wasp Star):
"I just don't think its going to be marketable to the 90's-2000 radio..."
How can I argue with that, given that from what I can tell (demos, samples)
I'm going to love this album, and the radio situation is so horribly dire?
What the hell ever happened to the original "AAA" format ("Adult Album
Alternative" or something like that, as I recall), that was supposed to
(supposedly) allow aging alterna-types to hear half decent music on the
radio, without being expected to settle for the "Phil Collins retirement
home" format of most "soft" or "mature" stations? Radio sucks. What about
college stations, you say? Well, college stations frequently have weak
transmitters, and you're usually at the mercy of the taste of whoever's show
is on at the time, at least when it comes to the better kind of college
station; I'd rather put up with anyone's tastes, honestly felt, than live
with the idea that I was listening to one of those college stations that
uses a playlist.
Maybe we can hope against hope that the Internet music situation can be
turned around and become a real alternative to radio without ripping off the
artists. MP3s are just a file format (among many) after all, and not some
evil plan to starve musicians to death, maybe there's a way, but exactly
what that way might be I admit I can barely begin to guess...
I wish I had more productive suggestions right now, but if anyone does have
any, feel free...

As a side note, I don't believe that there's a single person on this list
who's not going to buy the album legitimately, regardless of what they've
heard/been given/downloaded in advance (jokey/baiting comments and naive
statements to the effect that "the music wants to be free of its creators"
notwithstanding). The Napster debate is a serious one, and I'm as worried as
anyone (for a non-musician) about the future, but I think it's premature to
predict the end of music as we know it, or of physical media as a mode of
distrubution (then again, I've kept all my vinyl, so I may not be
typical...).

Well, I think I've tired myself out on this for now. Sorry to rant, but,
well I'm sure you know how it is...

Ed K

PS: What the hell is the deal with that damn S Club 7 show? Seems like a
very poor rip-off of a vaguely Monkees-type idea. Can't they at least fight
robots or get their personalities switched by a mad scientist or something?
Seems like they owe us that much to make up for those horrible, horrible
songs...

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 15:59:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: xtc radio interview
Message-ID: <200005102259.PAA09645@mail2.deltanet.com>

Greetings, chalk chums!

Just finished listening/taping the on air interview with the boyz (at 103.1
Santa Monica).. Between the weak radio signal and our absolutely archaic
equipment, I ended up standing on a chair, holding a cheesy antenna up in
the air... kinda like a shorter, dimented Statue of Liberty... still had
lots of static, but I have an interview on tape!..

A few low/highlights- (paraphrasing alert)
A and C were late... (I forgave them)... After the obligatory introductions
and a little WS plug (from the DJ), the station played, 'I'm The Man Who
Murdered Love'.  I want you all to know I kept my vow, no peaky until I have
MY copy, so I ran outside and had my son 'hold the torch' until the song was
over.  Andy mentioned that it was the first time they had heard the track on
the radio.  The DJ asked if it sounded good or bad?  Andy said something
like, "it just sounds different...it sounds like Sheryl Crow!..."

Andy introduced SH by saying we wanted to see what we could do with one
chord...regarding the 'layering effect' on SH, Andy said "we added layers
until we had a sorta wedge..like a giant piece of Gorgonzola!"

Colin introduced 'In Another Life' by describing it as "a tune about
marriage, but not in a country and western way, more in an English music
hall way."  Mr. M barely spoke, he sounded a bit under the weather...  I'd
like to do 'a day with Colin Moulding' interview... see what makes that
quiet fellow tick.  Andy was in good spirits though... and charming, natch.

On the subject of touring, Mr. P's response was something like, "not now,
no.. but who knows? When we're sixty-five we might wake up one morning and
say HEY LET'S TAKE IT ON THE ROAD!"

When asked if A and C ever listen to their early music, Andy equated it with
"a dog going back to his own vomit."...Colin added, " you hear something you
think you could have done better."  Although Andy DID admit to getting very
drunk and lying on the floor with headphones on, maybe sneaking a little
listen...

I am sorry, I've jumped around alot....  good thing the interview was
relatively short (30-ish minutes) ...my arm was getting awfully tired.

I'm sure some of you other Chalkers will add or subtract to the above.  I
must say I enjoyed hearing Andy and Colin chat up their music... :)

That's all folks!

Debora 'the tips of my fingers are still numb' Brown

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 20:20:20 EDT
From: BrainiacsDaughtr@aol.com
Subject: Re: The Busboys
Message-ID: <c4.384bef1.264b56c4@aol.com>

In a message dated 5/10/00 8:08:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
<owner-chalkhills@chalkhills.org> writes:

<<
 Phil asked if anyone remembered The Busboys-

 I believe The Busboys came on the L.A. club scene around 1980.   >>

Talk about sign of your age, the Busboys got back together this past year and
began hitting the L.A. club scene.  I remember seeing them at a rehearsal
studio in Hollywood unloading their instruments and I asked the guys in my
band "Hey, isn't that the Busboys?"  They said, "Who?"  I'm at least six or
seven years older than my bandmates... I felt 20 more that night LOL.  Of
course telling them about XTC got this reaction from them, "You know, the
song 'Dear God' that was out when we were kids."  Oy vey.

XTC were on 103.1 in LA today.  Andy was his usual colorful self.  Colin
chimed in and I was happy to hear him talk about bass playing in general and
how a lot of people *over* play.  They D.J. tried to encourage them to play
live again for something like Storytellers.  I dunno, at this point, I for
one never expect to see XTC live.  I'd love to see them, but I just think its
kind of pointless to keep asking.

Laurie

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