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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 117

                   Monday, 15 May 2000

Topics:

       Finger Transmitted mind Wanderings..and XTC
                     color your sound
                      VH1 "The List"
                 re: All the way through?
                 Mightier Than The Pen...
                    Re: The Lambrettas
                        Burroughs
                        Say watt??
                       Can vs Must
           How bright are the fires of thought
               Couldn't stand the "weather"
                    Andy on "The List"
                     Mothers and XTC
                    Off Topic Request
                    Jesus H. Kingston
The Piccadilly Circus Tent Rip Repair Company/ Wasp Star Prediction

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 19:16:25 EDT
From: "Seth Frisby" <vagueyear@hotmail.com>
Subject: Finger Transmitted mind Wanderings..and XTC
Message-ID: <20000514231625.86014.qmail@hotmail.com>

Hello Chalkvillians,

      Just me again so don't get excited. I'm just publicly answering
Sushiman's question of why there arn't more "eclectic" bands on this list.
I've sent him an offlist message so for him this might be repetitious
(sorry). For me the only reason why members of this list might not opt to
speak of more off-beat less pop like music lies in the nature of the band
we've gathered on this list to discuss. Because XTC is an unashamedly old
fashioned "POP" band many people seem to keep their posts on the subject of
the music most likely to fall under that category. Basically the music that
most resembles Andy and co's musical manifesto.(Kinks, Crowded House, Jason
Falkner etc.) I'm sure most people here listen to music they never mention
that certainly falls under the category of "eclectic". They just want to
mention those bands they think others will enjoy. Hell we can talk about
William Burroughs all day and get responses but if we talk about music far
removed from XTC we seem to get less response. Its just the way our fanboy
nature works on this particular list..I guess..but then again that's just me
and my humble finger transmitted mind wanderings speaking....

       On another note I need to publicly second the opinion that Montpelier
Vermont's the Point radio station is one of the best. I've heard Adrian
Belew, gobs of XTC, and even a block of Kate Bush (which is a true rarity in
america). All in all a very good station.

        Oh and one more thing..who gave the idea to someone that Black Sea
was controversial? I thought that BS, ES, and SL were one of the list's safe
zones..was I wrong? Personally I think Oranges&Lemons should be added along
with those but I am not in the mood to debate it. Except how can people use
White Music as an example of an album that needed editing, when this is
considered a high point(and there are many) of possibly the greatest pop
band ever? Yes Revolution 9 is wonky, yet it doesn't subtract from the whole
package's grandeur..the same can be said for the weakest but certainly not
weak songs on O&L...ahem....so sorry don't know what happened..didn't I say
I didn't want to debate? Guess I did...Oh well...

Well until next time....or sooner...

Seth "maybe I am the sole fool who pulls his trousers down" Frisby

p.s. The spellcheck always wants me to change my last name to Frisky...how
do I take that? Does it know something I don't?

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 19:24:31 -0500
From: "Jan C. Harris" <wow@bluemarble.net>
Subject: color your sound
Message-ID: <01d801bfbe05$23e83e40$632f573f@janstrigem>

NV writes:  <<but summer's cauldron/grass is a very crisp light
green and yellow. >>

mmmm.  I associate it with "English green" that shade of green in
England which is merely imitated over here in the States.  The
closest we have is the fresh green we have right now, with trees
coming on at their fullest, and the wheat, soy, and cornfields
coming up with all of their shades of green.

It's a song / color I associate with "June," but "May" is doing
quite nicely, too.

JanCarol
wow@bluemarble.net
www.bluemarble.net/~wow

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 19:34:43 -0500
From: "Jan C. Harris" <wow@bluemarble.net>
Subject: VH1 "The List"
Message-ID: <01de01bfbe06$93a7eb80$632f573f@janstrigem>

I don't have TV (broadcast) much less cable, so when Dan W.
writes:  <<the average
adult buys something like 4 or 5 CDs a year (all high-profile,
major-label releases of course)and those are the people VH1 goes
after, people who stopped giving a shit once they had mortgages
to pay.>>

Gee - that doesn't sound to me like a very viable market!  Is it
better to market to hundreds of thousands who buy only 5 CD's a
year?  Or to market to a few thousand who buy tens, fifties, and
hundreds of CD's a year?

I've got a mortgage, and rarely buy new CD's (much to my "in the
biz" brother's chagrin), but I still manage to accumulate 20 - 40
a year.  Of those, >none< are the high profile releases - I
didn't even get the Carlos Santana, as much as I enjoyed the
title track, since the rest of the album was the same stuff he's
been doing since Abraxas.  Of my net friends, I accumulate
probably the fewest of the folks I "hang" with - but of my local
friends, I probably acquire a lot more.

I know my Dad looked at my CD rack, and thought it was a huge
waste of money.  He seems to believe that I bought them all
yesterday, instead of accumulating them since 1991 when I
converted to CD (and I've sent quite a few back to the used
racks, as well).  And I'm small potatoes, I know it - too many of
my friends have 3-5,000 CD's in their collection, and know them
all better than I know the 500 that I have.

JanCarol
wow@bluemarble.net
www.bluemarble.net/~wow

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 19:44:20 -0500
From: "Jan C. Harris" <wow@bluemarble.net>
Subject: re: All the way through?
Message-ID: <01df01bfbe08$03661220$632f573f@janstrigem>

Chris Browning writes:  <<. i see an album as like a book, and i
rarely skip bits in books.  the running order, the track listing
WHATEVER is absolutely integral to teh importance of
the record. >>

and Erik Schlichting responds:  <<Hmmm.... I don't agree with
you. In fact, I think most
albums are a conglomeration of songs held together only by the
fact that they're being performed by the same people. Your
metaphor seems to compare an album to a novel, but I'd
say most albums are more like a collection of poems or short
stories.>>

In the days of vinyl, I was more inclined to agree with Chris.
Albums were limited to 45-50 minutes long, and often fell short
of that.  Then, they seemed to be held together better, by a
common  thread, a theme, or even a musical style.  XTC seems to
write their albums in "suites," with one song flowing seamlessly
into the next.  I like that (except when I'm trying to make a
tape, and my stereo wants to put a 3 second break in between
songs.  ARGH.).

However, in the days of the 74 minute CD, there is likely to be
more filler and garbage on an album.  It is rare when I find a CD
album which is "over too soon,"  (though again, that can happen
for me with XTC and Yes.)  The artist (or the promoter or
producer or record company, take your pick) seems to feel
obligated to fill the space available, so that the consumer feels
like they are getting their money's worth.

I think it's actually quite bold for XTC to release Wasp Star at
51 minutes - that would have fit on vinyl.  It tells me that if
something didn't "make the cut," they didn't feel obligated to
put it in as filler, or, worse yet, a "bonus track."    (that
doesn't mean that wee Chalkhillers might not still want it,
though!)

We are fast becoming a race of short attention spans.  "Surfing"
a CD used to be unheard of - you dropped the needle on the album,
and enjoyed the 20-25 minute passage of music - then - you GOT UP
FROM YOUR CHAIR! to turn the thing over.  Geez.  What a life!

JanCarol
wow@bluemarble.net
www.bluemarble.net/~wow

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 22:17:36 EDT
From: WTDK@aol.com
Subject: Mightier Than The Pen...
Message-ID: <a1.549a3c8.2650b840@aol.com>

Thomas said:
> Enough with the great lost bands thread. Let's get serious!! Anybody out
>  there familiar with the Mighty Heroes? They were a group of cartoon
>  misfits (eg. Diaper Man & Cuckoo Man) who fought misfit villians. I've
>  spent the better part of the 90's being nostalgic for the show, but only
>  found info on it. Total surreal lunacy. Don't know why, but thought I'd
>  share it. There must be an xtc tie-in somewhere (Dave would probably have
>  made an excellent Rope Man).

I remember the program quite well. One of Ralph Bakshi's early efforts
(prior to some of his interesting feature films like Fritz The Cat. He had
his share of overblown ones as well---The Lord of The Rings being the
least memorable that I've seen).  Don't know what he's done lately. Last I
heard he had done Cool World with Gabriel Bryne. I think it would be
interesting to see Ralph have a crack at using some of Andy's
illustrations in a video for songs from Wasp Star.

Anybody know Ralph? If you do pass it along and give him a copy of Wasp
Star.

The List--well it is a pretty stupid program but kind of an interesting
concept. It fits in well with a list obsessed world. Have to say most of
the guests have been pretty lame. Maybe Andy can inject some wit and humor
into the program--actually I'd love to see Andy (and Elvis Costello) on
Politically Incorrect. We can add Sting in to the mix as well and let them
argue about whether Andy sounds like Sting or vice versa. Elvis can
referee the match.

On a related note--anybody know if Martin Newell ever plans on touring the
US? Granted it's a long shot as his stuff isn't released domestically but
it would be a heck of a lot of fun to see him (with Dave on guitar of
course) performing live. What the hell, he can be the unknown guest on
both VH1's The List and Politically Incorrect. He'll be the wild card in
the deck of Brits....

Wayne

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 09:01:31 +0000
From: Simon_Auger@mandg.co.uk
Subject: Re: The Lambrettas
Message-ID: <002568E0.0031777C.00@mailgate.mandg.co.uk>

You're nearly right I think. You Need Wheels was recorded by another early
eighties Mod group called the Merton Parkas. The only hit I recall by the
Lambrettas was a cover of the evergreen Poison Ivy.

Later

Simon

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 19:46:45 -0700
From: "Wes Hanks" <wes@iolvegas.com>
Subject: Burroughs
Message-ID: <000001bfbe17$d58ee420$3eb59fce@default>

Pale & Precious,

To add a faggot to the Burroughs fire, vis how bands, in this case an
alt-country band, can't resist pilching from his work...

There is a alt-country band named 'Clem Snide'.

Wes 'He's the Indian in the band' Hanks

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 18:48:26 PDT
From: "Duncan Kimball" <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: Say watt??
Message-ID: <20000515014826.91805.qmail@hotmail.com>

DUNCAN Watt posts a review of a concert by someone called Jennifer KIMBALL??
AND there's an XTC connection???

This is some spooky shit! I'm freakin'out!

Seriously though, Duncan II (or is that Duncan I? No - I'm older ahahaha) -
thanks for the tip. What a pleasure to see one of my family making a name
for themselves as a musician. That's way cool. I'm off to the import shop to
order her CD.

[FYI, I couldn't write a song to save my life, and I have never played in a
band with ANY famous people ... except the guy from Karma County, who is now
semi-well known in Australia. God I'm pathetic.]

Harrison - coolness onya for the synethesia thread and link. Seconding a
previous statement - if you are not writing for a living - why not? You're
too damn good at it. (I hate smart people like you :p )

Doctor Kimball
(just a quick examination - I promise it won't hurt ... much)

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 21:28:38 -0400
From: "Cheryl" <mcgregoc@mindspring.com>
Subject: Can vs Must
Message-ID: <003201bfbe0c$e62f2e80$8c01f7a5@mcgregocmindspring.com>

Hi...it's me... Miss Blabbermouth again...

Tom Kingston  queried and commented on a snippet of Mr. Relph's post:
>>Now what I'm interested in are albums that you simply *must* listen to
>>in their entirety.  Not albums that you *can*.
>When I picked up on the thread, it appeared that the thrust was albums you
>'can' listen to from beginning to end, with the implication that no
>particular song would be left out by choice if possible.  I did not see
>John's suggestion.
What Mr. Relph suggested was exactly what I was trying to get at when I
posted the question.  I can listen to all my albums in their entirety but
there are only a select few that I feel I *must* listen to in their
entirety.

In the second part Tom mused:
>But 'must' could mean that once you put that record on, it doesn't make
>sense to stop it anywhere.  I see two possibilities here - one would be
>that every track is just so fantastic that you just have to hear them all
That's it!  That's what I was trying to say!  You feel you must listen
because each song just gets better and better as you go along.  You don't
want to skip any because all are brilliant!

I wish every album I purchased and will purchase would be of the
must-listen-to-category but for me, and this is just for me, I know that
isn't realistic.  My taste in music wavers and changes. Some albums I
thought were absolutely fantastic are now complete duds to me.  Of these, I
have chucked and some I kept for sentimental reasons.  On occasion its great
to go back and listen to a fav song, but I don't usually go back and listen
to the whole things.  Only the albums in my short list were the ones that
still hold me spellbound.  My attention doesn't waver for a minute when
these albums are on.

Tom also said:
>I make no apologies for the fact that I love such a variety and expanse of
>music, and I only wish to share my joy with all of you!
I'm so glad you took notice of the question and did add your part.  Good for
you!  Hell, I wouldn't have found out about one of my other favourite bands
if it wasn't for this digest.  It's a great place to discover other musical
forms and new bands.

Kudos to those individuals who also added albums from other musical forums
such as jazz, classical and heavy metal.  It's great that chalkies have such
diverse musical tastes and can enjoy music from a variety of  different
angles.   Todd -all round cool dude and my friend- Bernhardt said something
really great to the effect that someone who truly loves music enjoys a wide
spectrum of styles.  At least that's how I interpreted it a few digests ago.

One album outside the pop realm that I truly love is a compilation of world
music called "The Planet Sleeps".  Every song on there is just gorgeous and
I *must* listen to every track when I put it on.

Take care,
Cheryl

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 22:44:43 -0500
From: RN van Vliet <rnv@mac.com>
Subject: How bright are the fires of thought
Message-ID: <391F7296.93EF9079@mac.com>

The inimitable Harrison kindly wrote:

> Did anyone take notice of [your humble author's]
> take on synesthesia in #114...? This was utterly
> transfixing reading. Thank you!

Well, let me push the "shucks" button. . .

Now, you must know, this whole "synesthesia" thing isn't really that
principal to my listening experience (but it sure is a fun word to say!
synesthesia synesthesia synesthesia!). I've been a musician most of my
life, and there are lots other things that hold my attention, and is
often of greater importance, than any "synesthetic" element. A song that
is well written and well produced can have so many facets: it can be
like standing in a woods, and you can choose to focus near, middle or
far, or blur your eyes a little and see the whole. Follow the bassline,
or just the percussion, or the vocal lines, or "stand back" and hear it
as a song.

But the synesthesia (which is not drug-induced, mind you; never actually
having taken any drugs, I can't be sure, but my suspicion is that true
synesthesia and hallucinagens focus on different parts of the brain and
create at least somewhat different sensations) can actually be fairly
monotonous at times. Tambourines, for example, tend to bear the same
color wherever they occur (clear yellow, like chardonnay in sunlight,
but more spiky) so if there's a tambourine in the song, it may, er,
color my impression of that song. And Rickenbackers or Telecasters. Or
men's voices and women's voices. These all bear different color
signatures, and mixing them together, and then mixing them with the
melodic and harmonic color signatures, is what will make each song
unique. That's at least partly why I cannot "get" techno. It's all the
color of Pacman or Missile Command as viewed on a cheap monitor. Gaudy,
flickering, and slightly out of focus. Not to mention it's the
soundtrack to every migraine I've ever had. A really talented composer
working in that medium might change my mind, but I haven't actually
bothered to look.

My Oxford Dictionary of Music has this to say on the topic of color (or,
as they have it, colour): "It is impossible for music to convey colours,
but it is customary to speak of 'colouring' or 'tone-colour' where
variations of timbre or tone are produced by different intensities of
the overtones of sounds. 'Shade' is perhaps a more accurate term, since
the differences are often those of 'darker' or 'lighter' sound."

What can I say? It's Oxford. I'm growing sleepy, and on the count of
three, I will agree with everything they say. . . But I can agree with
them to a great extent, that it is the shading of a song that strikes me
first. But then, I imagine this strikes most people first: is it "dark"?
is it "up"? There are so many ways to experience music. I experience
music in colors and shapes as well as purely music. There's a passage in
one of Kundera's novels about how the narrator's father perceived each
note in the musical scale as a different person with a different
character. He
made it all about people, like a little drama. The tonic was the king,
with the subdominant and the dominant as his courtiers, and so on. A
whole heirarchical soap opera. He hated modern music because it was so
"democratic." That was his metaphor. I don't know how involuntary or
neurological it was meant to be; maybe just another thinly veiled
political satire.

This relates to the "dancing about architecture" line that's been
bandied about recently (for viewers at home, the quote runs something
like: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture"). I
disagree. That's precisely what is so engaging about music in
particular. It is virtually unique among the arts for being so
completely expressive without actually communicating anything. Say what
you like. Colors, shapes, landscapes, moods. And so on. Can we agree
that the songs on "White Music" are more sparkling and crisp than those
on "Black Sea"? BS seems heavier than WM, no? These are metaphors.
Sparkling, crisp, heavy. To some extent, we all use metaphor at one
point or other to come to terms with our surroundings. (Actually, there
are some extremists who would maintain that all language is metaphor: by
saying that the tree is tall, you are equating two different things: the
tree and "tallness." Is the sky *actually* blue? Or do we just say it
is to make conversation?) As I understand it, synesthesia is simply a
situation where the brain (perhaps because it doesn't have anything
better to do) sets up some metaphors on its own.

> Wonderful synesthesia links at
> http://web.mit.edu/synesthesia/www/synesthesia.html.
> It looks dry as dust, but believe me, folks: *Fascinating* topic.

Yesndeed! Thanks for the link, Harrison!

--NV (Hey! My "o" is white, too!)

ps/ And no: "Officer Blue" isn't blue.

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 22:18:49 -0500
From: RN van Vliet <rnv@mac.com>
Subject: Couldn't stand the "weather"
Message-ID: <391F6C88.63D63FE@mac.com>

"You, Clouds, etc" supposedly sounds so much like Sting? I think it's
just because of the jazzy vocal harmonies toward the end and the use of
the word "weather." Sting patented that word. You can't sing it without
sounding like Sting. It's just not possible. Other than that, it's
REALLY not very Stingy. If you ask me, it's "We're All Light" that
sounds like a b-side from Ten Sumner's Tales (And that's *only* because
of the shuffling drum step).

And for those who have heard WaspStar: is it me, or is this the first
album since, oh, 1982, that Terry would have felt completely at home on?
Just a thought.

--NV

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Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 22:09:20 -0700
From: "John Keel" <jbkev1@ev1.net>
Subject: Andy on "The List"
Message-ID: <028401bfbe2b$bb83a020$1e525d3f@sony.com>

Hi kids!

So, I was fortunate enough to attend today's taping of "The List" and along
with a few more Chalkhillians - including the esteemed Mr. David Bash from
IPO - managed to get seated on the front row directly across from Andy
(thanks to David).  Now, my thrill at being in the same room with Partsy was
only slightly tainted from my concerns of Andy's appearance.  Allow me to
explain.

Today's topic for the show was "Most Overplayed Song of All Time".  Consider
the fact that the host was Ashton Kutcher from "That '70's Show" - which was
great because it's one of only three shows I watch every week (I graduated
in 1976, so I love the flashbacks I get from watching it and hearing the
music), and the other three guests were also all in their -20's.  One guy
was an actor that was in a Drew Barrymore movie I never saw and I have no
idea who he was, the second guy was a comedian named "Shang" who I've never
even heard of and the lone female on the panel was Mila
I-can't-think-of-her-last-name-right-now-but-boy-she's-pretty-damn-cute who
plays Jackie on "That '70's Show".  In fact, Mila is still in high school in
real life - I think - and isn't even 20 yet.

So pretty  much this whole group was BORN somewhere around "Drums & Wires"
and "Black Sea" and quite possibly have never even heard an XTC song.  That
definitely left Andy as the odd man out.  Now, he held his own wonderfully,
but I felt it would have been nice to have at least ONE other panellist
closer to Andy's age to even things out.  While some of the other guests
named songs (I won't give them away and ruin your enjoyment of the show
should you actually get to see it) from a few years back, a lot of them were
recent hits by bands like Backstreet Boys and N-Sync and I had never even
heard them.  Andy's selections were pulled from a much more historical
perspective and he was dead on with one in particular that we had pretty
much all agreed on outside before the show started.

So, depending on who watches the show Andy will either be seen as 1) his
usual wacky, unique self or 2) some bizarre, old British guy.  If it's #2
then they probably won't even consider checking out the new record which is
counter-productive to having him on in the first place.  Unfortunately one
of Andy's best lines will probably be left in the Avid trash bin, it having
to do with him being a "closet fag" like everyone else in England (it would
be so funny if they left it in though - there was NO malice in it
whatsoever).

I'll get in touch with VH1 tomorrow to try and find an airdate and let
everyone know.  I look forward to hearing the impressions/reviews from the
others who were there.

Thanks for listening!

John

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 06:23:11 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Mothers and XTC
Message-ID: <l03130300b5458c79ff13@[209.91.3.85]>

>I had a compilation of XTC songs that I had put together on tape that I kept
>in my car. Well, I plugged this in as we were on the way to the grocery
>store and I forget what song came on, but my mother asked me who the band
>was.  I explained that this was my favourite band, XTC.  "Oh" she says and
>then thinks a moment.  She then responds "well, this stuff sound like what
>you hear on the radio, it's good".  I guess this was a novelty for her.  I
>think she felt I tended to listen to "unlistenable" music.  After shopping,
>we hopped back in the car and I switched it on again.  A song came on from
>one of the earlier albums.  I look over to see what her reaction will be and
>she looks at me with this pained expression on her face and asked, "Who's
>this?!"  I told her it was still XTC.  "Oh", she says a little confused.  It
>makes me chuckle now, but I remembered having my feathers ruffled at the
>whole situation.  She just didn't understand.
>
>Cheryl

  I haven't quite turned my mother onto XTC, but I did play her Captain
Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica(only one side, there's only so much most
people can take of that album at one time)once, and she commented that it
sounded a lot more interesting than some of the pop stuff I used to play on
the radio. She'd probably say the same thing about XTC. I have to remind
myself that my mother was one of those morose girls in college who listened
to jazz and dressed in black all the time.(early to mid-50's)If she'd been
in college when I was in the early 80's she probably would have been a Cure
fan.

Christopher R. Coolidge

Homepage at
http://homepages.together.net/~cauldron/homepage.html

"A Great law protects me from the government. The Bill of rights has 10
GREAT laws.  A Good law protects me from you.  Laws against murder, theft,
assault and the like are good laws.  A Poor law attempts to protect me
from myself."  - Unknown

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 21:32:07 -0400
From: Keith Hanlon <keith@orchestraville.com>
Subject: Off Topic Request
Message-ID: <4.2.0.58.20000515213030.00b4a8e0@rhino.he.net>

Hello Chalkers,

My band will be on tour in July. I'm looking for some bands that would like
to play with us. In return, I can offer shows in Ohio.

We want to stick to the northeast US. Boston, Rochester, Albany,
Providence, Buffalo, etc. Other options: Baltimore, Detroit/Ann Arbor....
heck, even Toronto!

What are we like? Let John Relph tell ya!

"A dark, sparse, forboding musical landscape. Strange creatures wander
through the desert at night. XTC meets Violent Femmes, Pixies, and Glass Eye."

Contact me OFF LIST if interested. Check out my band by visiting the link
in my signature. Thanks!!!

Keith
_______________________________________________
Orchestraville: Dark, twisted pop music

http://www.orchestraville.com

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 16:19:36 +0100
From: Lawson Dominic <LawsonD@parliament.uk>
Subject: Jesus H. Kingston
Message-ID: <4782AD6ADDBDD2119B570008C75DD5C1BD4D8E@mgmtm02.parliament.uk>

Tom!!!! Stop It!!! I'm trying to get some work done and this is really
neither the time nor the place. I shall be quick.

>>'Must' is a strange guideline.  "Could you please define 'must' for me,
>>Mr. Prosecutor?"

You know what 'must' means. If you don't, you is a bit thick, no?

We're talking about albums which demand to be played the whole way through,
because anything other than the complete works, in the intended order, would
be robbing each experience of its full and natural splendour. Is that clear?
If not, I may have to kill you.

>>So in that sense, every album on my
>>submitted list were musts, all the way through.

Yes, but that's not the point. The point is your list was WAY TOO F**KING
LONG. It may well have meant a great deal to you, but I really don't want to
waste valuable seconds scrolling through an interminable litany of soft rock
and Simon and bleedin' Garfunkel. And no Akercocke??? Shame on you.

>>I have been collecting, performing and listening to music for nearly 35
>>years.

What do you want, a fucking medal????? Sorry Tom, but you really should stop
trying to justify your opinions by unzipping your trousers and anticipating
stunned gasps from the rest of us.

>> I own nearly 4000 tiltes in my collection (which is still largley
>>vinyl.

OK, so that's less than me then...zzzzzziiiipppp!...go on, gasp ladies!
GASP, goddammit!!! (although in fact, I don't own any "tiltes", but I have a
large number of CDs and vinyl LPs....and yes, I know it was an unintentional
typo, as was "largley"...snort!).

For reasons of space and the wish to avoid the unnecessary projection of my
anal nature onto others, I chose to list a not unreasonable total of five
albums. We like a good list on Chalkhills...shit, some of us are so anal
that we live skidmarks on the upholstery...but that's a GOOD list, not yet
another instalment in your bid to become Buddha...a list of 235 of anything
is dull, unless of course it's a list of foolproof ways to get free beer.

>>>> I listed 235 recordings on my list,
>>which represents less than 5% of my total collection.  Not nearly enough to
>>constitute everything I own, and, in context, rather brief.

Yes, but the context is Chalkhills, not the relative vastness of your
(cough) collection. Therefore, 235 recordings is massively excessive and
utterly pointless. Editing, dear boy, editing!!!

>>I have another lost band - anyone remember Pigbag?

Yes. They were from Bristol. In the UK. Parp!

Dom "Largley Tiltes" Lawson

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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 11:01:37 -0500
From: "Joe Funk" <twosheds@mindspring.com>
Subject: The Piccadilly Circus Tent Rip Repair Company/ Wasp Star Prediction
Message-ID: <001c01bfbe86$db0fbcc0$7721fea9@user>

Greeting Chalklings!!

With "Wasp Star" just a week away, I have already started wondering what the
next project will be..  It sounds like the legal battles with Virgin over
the proposed "Fuzzy Warbles" release could cause major delays..  Has the
"Bubblegum Project" been scrapped for good?  Just curious, because Andy
mentioned the following in an interview with Mojo magazine, May 2000:

"We were going to be 12 different bands. I've got a book of band names that
we were going to be. Like Sopwith Caramel or The Twelve Flavors of Hercules.
(Finds notebook) Let me go through some of these names: The Tweedledeens,
The Herbert Fountains, Irving Merlin, The Lollipopes, The Four Posters, The
Periwig Pack, Cake's Progress, Jellyache, Funnel Of Love, The Rubber Ducks,
Ancient Grease, The Piccadilly Circus Tent Rip Repair Company, Kitchener's
Sink, Isambard Kingdom Necessary On A Bicycle?"

Sounds like it could still be in the works....?

I know I'm getting way ahead here, and let's just wait and see how "Wasp
Star" does..  I really think this ONE could be the money-maker for the
lads!!  "Playground, Stupidly Happy, ITMWML, We're all Light" should all get
some airplay, and IMHO, any one could/should be a hit!  The problem is, I am
no prognosticator..  I thought the same for O&L with "Mayor", and Nonesuch
w/ "The Disappointed, World Wrapped in Grey", but then again Virgin was
promoting (yeah, right!) those releases.

I am going out on a limb here....  I predict "Wasp Star" will sell at least
750K units!.....  Bold?  You bet!  I really want this to be a success for
Andy & Colin..They more than deserve it!!

That is my prediction..Scathe away!!

Joe "I may not be a Doctor, but I do look like one" Funk
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PS: Wasp Star is ranked 19th in New Zealand on Amazon.com...

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