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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 134

                  Wednesday, 24 May 2000

Topics:

                         Our Wasp
                      Sting Schming
        STANDING IN FOR JOE, TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE!
          Wasp Star - "second first" impressions
                      Sting Schming
              record of the month in France
      London Live/Football/Wasp Star/Lene Lovich etc
               ITS THE BEST XTC ALBUM EVER
                      hello (again)
               Re: XTC Music & Synesthesia
                Faded Waspies In My Hamper
Limited Edition of free disc with WS: public announcement
                 Wasp Star Is Awesome!!!
    Greetings from North Carolina and Mountain Men...
             those mp3's and that wasp star.
                     The Perfect Song
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Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 23:09:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Thomas Long <thlong@interchange.ubc.ca>
Subject: Our Wasp
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0005232238030.6855-100000@inch.interchange.ubc.ca>

So like I won't be able to buy the cd for another 6 weeks, so would
everyone please refrain from talking about... [insert laughter hear].

A few brief points:

1). Boarded Up actually sounds great as the opener.

2). Might I humbly suggest that Standing in for Joe & We're All Light
be removed (the former is just too damn pedestrian to wear the label XTC
with any distinction, and the latter conjures images of Paul Simon at his
most grating).

3). Wounded Horse t'aint so bad (as Linus said: "All it needs is a little
love").

4). Church of Women's solo sounded retarded on the first pass, and sublime
on all subsequent listenings. The song should definitely be THE single.
Besides, religion & XTC make for better market shares.

10 outta 12 tunes rates pretty damn fine with me. Bring on the Definitive
Collection, Fuzzy Warbles, & the bubblegum project!

Thomas & his Amazingly Deep Pockets.

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 02:18:15 -0500
From: Mark <lollard@usa.net>
Subject: Sting Schming
Message-ID: <392B8237.CD482CE8@usa.net>

Sting Schming!  As i sit about add to the silly "weather" chain, this
wonderful song* begins.....i think Andy does a  mighty fine job with his
voice.....sounds better than Sting's "weather" dambit.
anytime....lol...i was wondering about Andy's "uh" though.....costello
maybe??  or then there was when Andy sang "world"  did i hear some woody
allen in there??  hmmmm...food for thought.....lol..... dont even think
of comparing chops on Wounded Horse with Bolins...What about
Lennon??...Tom Petty?  Hazel O'Conner? hehehe... for crying out
loud....lol.......  In my opinion, there are no comparisons......from
any of this or that........XTC has always been a special unique for
me.....which is probably we they mean so darn much........*sigh*  but i
accept that some may disagree with me, but that ok by me.......cuz i'm
stupidly happy.

 ...anyway, You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful* was one of my
faves on the demos as it is even more so now with Wasp Star AV2  - -
I'm just stupidly happy still, you see?  Let it
go........hehehehe...relax and enjoy....this is great...not just the
music and the lyrics, but the whole experience of it...i mean, i dont
want to sounded obsessed or anything ya know..hehehe..nott just the song
or what it is about, but everything.....airplay...interviews....articles
and reviews...the time has come.  It will be a couple of  weeks before I
listen to something else......just  like AV1......god....we have...they
have....you have & i have........waited so long......

Mark in a boarded up house on a hill in Omaha

p.s.
major typo  .........marc bolan not tommy bolin........LOL....but like
it matters......i'm guilty i'm guilty i'm guilty........LOL........

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 08:35:33 +0200
From: "PUBLITREND Moda" <publimoda@fashion.com>
Subject: STANDING IN FOR JOE, TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE!
Message-ID: <000701bfc54a$44263670$740a15c2@sistinf.it>

Hi,
I'm a new chalkhillian from Rome, Italy and, Ok, Hip Hooray for XTC and WS
(great!), but...
don't you think/hear/feel that "Standing in for Joe" is a devoted tribute to
"Tell me what you see" (John Lennon, maybe in "Help")? I'm not here to say
the same stupid things 'bout XTC and Beatles: it's only, if you want, a new
discussion line on "XTC remembering...". Tell me what you see! ;-)
Bye
Pier Luigi
Please reply to: p.zanzi@poboxes.com

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:46:20 +0200
From: jeffrey.thomas.jt@bayer-ag.de
Subject: Wasp Star - "second first" impressions
Message-ID: <0006800024906597000002L072*@MHS>

Hi again, "Kreideberger",

Well, after three listens, I am beginning to form some definite opinions;
the past two days have helped me crystallize a couple of thoughts
re. radio play and single potential.

I think the three songs that should be chosen first as singles are "I'm
the Man...", "Standing In For Joe", and "Playground".  These three have
all the writing, playing, and production values that are needed for radio
play -- catchy as hell, fun, and "schnoerkellos" (let's see, the
dictionary says: without frills), at least for XTC.  I guess what I'm
trying to say is they have the hooks without too much of the XTC
phlegmaticism or quirkiness.

Now I love that quirkiness as much as the next guy, but I don't think it
helps them in this "sound-bite" world.  If they want to have a hit, they
have got to think in these terms.  I mean, "Easter Theatre" is really
great, but it's only for the fans.  If the goal is to establish XTC on a
solid market basis, they should have been thinking "Greenman" then, and
they should follow "ITMWML" with "Joe" or "Playground".  If one of them
catches fire, they can put out a quirkier number later.

One I *don't* think should be a single, despite some popular support, is
"Stupidly Happy".  I don't think it'd go anywhere.

And as a last comment for today, Mike asked in #124:

>I don't know if this has been posed yet, but does anyone hear
>a striking similarity between Standing In For Joe and the
>Beatles' Tell Me What You See?

Actually, Mike, I *did*, even before I heard the song.  Back about 70
digests ago, it seemed that everyone who had a copy was comparing "Joe"
either with Steely Dan's "Barrytown" or with some nondescript Beatles song
from "Sgt.  Pepper", the White Album, or "Abbey Road".  I tried to focus
this from my perspective in #65:

>Can't wait for this song.  It sounds like it's influenced by all the
>right people!  And folks: When *I* listen to "Barrytown", I am always
>reminded of the Beatles song "Tell Me What You See".  The main melody
>is almost identical; similar cases have been know to result in
>"co-authorship" in order to avoid plagiarism suits (eg. k.d. lang's
>co-authorship of the Stones' "Anybody Seen My Baby").

And now that I have the song, I have to agree with myself.  It does sound
a bit like "Tell Me What You See"!

After a couple more listens, I'll pass along my "third first" impressions.
But now it's time for work...

- Jeff

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 02:18:15 -0500
From: Mark <lollard@usa.net>
Subject: Sting Schming
Message-ID: <392B8237.CD482CE8@usa.net>

Sting Schming!  As i sit about add to the silly "weather" chain, this
wonderful song* begins.....i think Andy does a  mighty fine job with his
voice.....sounds better than Sting's "weather" dambit.
anytime....lol...i was wondering about Andy's "uh" though.....costello
maybe??  or then there was when Andy sang "world"  did i hear some woody
allen in there??  hmmmm...food for thought.....lol..... dont even think
of comparing chops on Wounded Horse with Bolins...What about
Lennon??...Tom Petty?  Hazel O'Conner? hehehe... for crying out
loud....lol.......  In my opinion, there are no comparisons......from
any of this or that........XTC has always been a special unique for
me.....which is probably we they mean so darn much........*sigh*  but i
accept that some may disagree with me, but that ok by me.......cuz i'm
stupidly happy.

 ...anyway, You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful* was one of my
faves on the demos as it is even more so now with Wasp Star AV2  - -
I'm just stupidly happy still, you see?  Let it
go........hehehehe...relax and enjoy....this is great...not just the
music and the lyrics, but the whole experience of it...i mean, i dont
want to sounded obsessed or anything ya know..hehehe..nott just the song
or what it is about, but everything.....airplay...interviews....articles
and reviews...the time has come.  It will be a couple of  weeks before I
listen to something else......just  like AV1......god....we have...they
have....you have & i have........waited so long......

Mark in a boarded up house on a hill in Omaha

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 10:08:09 +0200
From: "jpcac" <jpcac@wanadoo.fr>
Subject: record of the month in France
Message-ID: <001001bfc557$52320660$c1c6fac1@ordi>

Hi everyone,
I don't know if it was noticed before, but Wasp Star is the record of the
month in Rock & Folk, the main french rock magazine (issue 394, june 2000),
with a 4/5 (= excellent) appreciation. Yeah !!!!
Jean-Philippe
Lille, France

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 08:20:28 GMT
From: "Tim Brooks" <bridgered@hotmail.com>
Subject: London Live/Football/Wasp Star/Lene Lovich etc
Message-ID: <20000524082028.94692.qmail@hotmail.com>

Wow after a couple of years of lurking heres goes my third (and i fear
longest) post in a month - this gets addictive!!!

UK RADIO PLAY SHOCK - Nice to here from Huw WS gettting a R2 play, in
terms of national radio R2 is definitely XTC 's only hope, perhaps with
the lovely Janice Long having a show their she could re-ignite "Agony
Andy".

London Live (formally GLR - "The Greatest Station In The World.....ever)
has had a few mentions recently. Gary Crowley not only played ITMWML last
night but then called the album the best release of the week with 12
singles on it and choruses to die for. Of more interest he went on to say
that they would have an interview with Andy and Colin soon with copies of
the CD to give away.

This will be no less than the 5th appearance of XTC on the station since
Andy co-hosted and took musical control over the full two hours of Gary's
show back in 96 as part of the Fossil Fuel promotion. Must get my trusty
tape recorder warmed up.

Regarding recent comments on Robert Elms (and forgetting for a moment his
Genesis reference!*#$%) at least the guy is passionate not just about
London but also music and the music he plays on his show - how many other
DJ'son other stations in England can you say that about? Sadly not many.

Back to Huw's post, Leyton Orient living in Cardiff - bet you keep that
quiet!!  I share Huw's thoughts on Swindon more than most being a
Wimbledon supporter (what is it about London clubs and 'hillers?) i saw my
beloved club conspire to send themselves out of the premier league on the
last afternoon of the season.

Received my WS from Cooking Vinyl Monday morning, how come some have their
signed copy already? Mine arrived with no sleeve with an explanation that
due to the US promo tour they have'nt managed to get the signed copies
back.  I therefore have to wait for their return till i get the sleeve -
arghhhhh!!!

First thoughts the second six songs better than first six, Colins songs
better than AV but have to admit to a slight feeling of disapointment. Not
too concerned though as i had same feeling with last four releases on
first play but soon changed my mind.

Last point before i go "Radios" mentions Lene Lovich good, I say LL
great. I picked up a 2CD Stifff years compilation in Germany recently
which contains the whole of her first album which is simply superb,
quality dips a little on the second CD though. Whatever happened to
Lene???

TMB OVER AND (finally) OUT.

OH! Thanks for the name check Vee!! WES-TMB-VEE-WORLD. Modern technology
WOW!!!

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:00:22 +0100
From: davebancroft@cwctv.net
Subject: ITS THE BEST XTC ALBUM EVER
Message-ID: <076524557071850DTVMAIL12@smtp.cwctv.net>

Is Chris Ormsby deaf? andy and col are leading the way.no artist on this
planet could touch the sheer songwriting brilliance on ws.there isnt a
duff track here.they suffered for ages,this is the real xtc give them some
bloody credit.I didnt think they could top NONSVCH but they have

best wishes from, dave.

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 06:27:41 -0400
From: "Daniel Phipps" <phipps@schoollink.net>
Subject: hello (again)
Message-ID: <002501bfc56a$b1a8d3e0$d18c04d8@pavilion>

hi all!

just wanted to reintroduced myself again...quickly.
i've decided to resubscribe to the mailing list here
and continue to let everyone know that xtc rules!!!!

haven't gotten the new "wasp star..." yet, but this weekend
will see me at the nearest available music store with it in my
hot little hands!!  heard some sound samples from tvt records
and sounds like it's gonna be a rockin' keeper!!  way to go,
big andy and colin!!!  you've done it again!  :-)

anyhow, it's good to be back within the xtc circle and i
personally wanna thank our lovely moderator (sir) john
relph for allowing me to return.

later then --

/dan

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
/dan & ginger phipps <phipps@schoollink.net>

"right here in this moment is right where
 i'm meant to be..."  (edwin mccain)

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 08:05:34 -0500
From: RNV <rnv@mac.com>
Subject: Re: XTC Music & Synesthesia
Message-ID: <B5513DCD.12B%rnv@mac.com>

At risk of talking about ANYTHING ELSE besides the new XTC . . .

> From: Tomgriffin100276@aol.com
> Subject: XTC Music & Synesthesia
>
> I'm sorry to prolong this discussion, but one thing has been gnawing at
> me. I do, on rare occasions, have the ability to see sounds. And, I want to
> stress that this is very different from what we have been talking about here.
>
> It is not merely that different songs/sounds make you sense a different
> color, but that you actually see the sound as plainly as I see the computer
> in front of me.

Yes, exactly. Not only that, but the difference between synesthesia and
other similar things (like wild imagination, drugs, or metaphor) is that
it's involuntary and arbitrary. I don't know *why* different letters are
different colors. And I can't help it. And different contexts still produce
the same connection. "A" is *always* yellow. I've been told many times that
it's just that I'm imaginative, and at some point in infancy I must have
associated some colored blocks or a picture book with the letters. If the
letter/color and number/color association were the only varieties of
synesthesia, that *might* make sense, but the music/color, music/shape,
shape/taste, and pain/sound varieties would be difficult to explain by the
same method. At the same time, there is a fair amount of consensus amongst
researchers that synesthesia is somehow connected with the development and
refinement of the senses in infancy and childhood. But whether the
synesthetes fail to make some sort of cognitive distinction that others
navigate successfully or that it's everyone else who fails to retain a more
integrated sensory perception that synesthetes carry on into adulthood,
well, I couldn't venture any guesses. (And I'm certainly misspeaking by even
using terms like "fail" or "successfully".)

> This is not to lessen the discussion of color & music (In
> fact, I find that discussion very interesting), but merely to let you know
> the difference.

I agree. And Harrison pointed out awhile back that All Music
(http://allmusic.com) offers a questionnaire in which you evaluate a band
not in terms of whether you "like" them or not (which is fairly useless
information, most of the time) but rather where their music falls on a
series of descriptive scales. Dense and thick or light and free; cold or
warm; and so on. Because then we can really start getting somewhere. I'm
pleased that people have occasionally been offering colorized impressions of
various songs and albums, even if we can't be sure how many are synesthetic
and how many are value-associated reactions.

Also, Jill asked the other day about specific chords, and how (and whether)
they carry color signatures. I'd like to address that a bit at some point in
the near future, and I'd like to hear other folks' impressions, but frankly,
I'm a little distracted: you see, I just got a new album by a very talented
band you may have heard of, so if you'll excuse me . . .

~~ R N V ("I'm the man!" "No, I am!" "I am, and so's my wife!")

------------------------------

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 22:57:20 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <aso1@mocha.ocn.ne.jp>
Subject: Faded Waspies In My Hamper
Message-ID: <000701bfc589$ce623fc0$6e5791d2@oemcomputer>

michael martin wrote :

>Had Wasp Star all
>of one day, and it ain't really happening for me.  Where did the magic
>go?  Who turned the tunes button off?  Not saying it's a bad album, but
>as of a couple of listens, it is a disappointment.
>Every so often my ears perked up and had me twitching "there! that bit
>was XTC! that's them!", but occasional signature flourishes and noodles
>do not a whole song make

yes ...  something ( someone ? ) is missing from the formula . the only
tunes that really push my buttons are playground ; itmwml and church of
women .

some have said that colin's contributions are among the best he's ever
written . i couldn't disagree more . boarded up is a v. decent little tune
but " in another life " and " standing in for joe " are weak b-side
candidates at best , and sometimes downright corny lyrically/musically .

mark strijbos exclaimed :

> the "guitar solo" in I'm The Man is a joke.
> Those of you who predicted that A.P. would be able to replace or at
> least replicate Dave's parts are proven wrong once & for all.

couldn't agree more . andy and colin must find someone to fill dave
gregory's shoes ( good luck ) ,
and get dave mattacks in for the next
album !

sushiman

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 08:04:38 -0500
From: "Damian Wise (Foulger)" <damian@imclaser.com>
Subject: Limited Edition of free disc with WS: public announcement
Message-ID: <392B8D16.8128.80F4A@localhost>

Dear all,

Yesterday I walked into Streetside Records in St. Louis and
picked up WS and received the limited edition free CD single
with it.  There were quite a few left and they only had twenty to
start with.  I can't promise anything, but if anyone wants I will
walk into said shop again tonight and try to pick up WS and the
free CD for them.  WS was on sale too, so I only paid 14 US
dollars for the whole shebang [sp?].  Let me know asap.

Dames tWd

P.s. you must be honest and promise to repay me.  :-)

-- Waited for AV2

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:43:41 -0500
From: "Dupuy, James" <James.Dupuy@COMPAQ.com>
Subject: Wasp Star Is Awesome!!!
Message-ID: <5F053E2E2107D41188D600508B6C92642C0E8A@cceexc02bk.cce.cpqcorp.net>

I couldn't wait on the postal service to deliver my 3 copies of Wasp Star so
picked one up last night at the only place I knew would have one and I can't
believe how awesome this CD is. I told my cousin who works for a library in
Michigan about Wasp Star and she is purchasing a copy for the library as
well. They already have Nonsuch and AV1.
Anyway back to Wasp Star. I listened to it all night and it kept growing on
me. I really love Colin's "Boarded Up" and "Standing In For Joe". I was
skeptical about Colin's stuff because of AV1 but man I am a true believer
once again. I think SIFJ is one of the best songs on the CD. I personally
think the 1st single should be "Playground" although I do like "The Man Who
Murdered Love" and "We Are All Light". This whole CD is awesome. For me it
is in the class of Skylarking and O&L. I was spoiled a little by the demos
on "My Brown Guitar" but I got over it. Oh, and the lead on "Church of
Women" blew me away and I am an avid fan of the demo lead. Andy starts that
lead out with so much feeling. My chin drops every time I hear it. This was
well worth the wait. I hope this CD does well for them. I know I am doing
everything I can to push it in my neighborhood.

"On my mountain Preaching"

Jim

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 02:57:31 -0400
From: "majormidi" <majormidi@twave.net>
Subject: Greetings from North Carolina and Mountain Men...
Message-ID: <LOBBKHMGJFGLPFPMINBPOEANCHAA.majormidi@twave.net>

Hello Everyone!

I've been reading and enjoying this group for months but I've never dared to
post anything, but I'm bubbling tonight, so please bear with me while I
crawl out of my cave for a few moments...

I just want to say that I'm in my 40's and I was seriously "out of place"
standing in line on Tuesday night, waiting for midnight to come so I could
purchase Wasp Star.  There were several hundred kids buying "m'n m" (I don't
know how he spells his name!), along with two or three other artists.  A few
of the young people noticed that I had two copies of Wasp Star along with a
poster and an album size cover, (which I was stupidly happy to accept) .
Maybe the struck up a conversation with me because they felt sorry for
me...Nevertheless,

While in line, a group of the "young people" inquired about XTC and before I
knew it, I had several groups of boys & girls wanting to hear a cut or two.
Out to my BMW, (which didn't fit in either), and I fired up Playground, I'm
the Man who Murdered Love and The Wheel and the Maypole.  Before I knew it,
I had at least 10 "kids" around.  I listened to a couple of  "m'n m" tunes
and a splendid time was really had by all.  I wouldn't have expected
something like this to happen in a million years.

The final outcome:  3 guys and two girls went back into Media Play and each
purchased Wasp Star!  Score 5 for our team.  I only wanted to share this
because I haven't had much faith in the younger generation for a while.  XTC
touched something with these kids, not to mention myself, (who has been
playing the CD over and over all day).  It's incredible music and tonight I
called at least 5 friends to make sure that they didn't delay in picking up
the CD.

I'll shut up now, but one more thing... There really isn't a bad cut
anywhere on this CD.  I know some have slammed Wounded Horse and/or My Brown
Guitar, but after multiple plays, they too are growing on me.  Thanks all
Chalkers in the world who let me SHOUT for a few minutes!!!  I was a fun
night!

-glen

-you'll never know how far you can go until you've gone too far...

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 08:41:54 -0700
From: "Brent" <oreo.rasta@canada.com>
Subject: those mp3's and that wasp star.
Message-ID: <392BF842.95518B2C@canada.com>

Morning Chalksters.

Was flipping channels last night and on the local CBC news I came across a
story on MP3's and Napster etc. I came in half way thru the story. They
showed this guy searching and finding MP3's using Napster ( I believe) and
lo and behold the computer screen was full of XTC tracks. Then they went
to a close up of the PC screen showing the downloading of one of the songs
and it was XTC 'Love On A Farmboys Wages'. Wish I saw the whole news
story.

Went to buy Wasp Star yesterday at HMV.  Got there and they had one copy
priced at $24.99. No promotion at all at this HMV location.  I told the
twee people at the cash register, who were wearing big HMV.COM buttons,
that XTC were 'Artist Of The Month' on the HMV.com website. They had no
clue at all. I'm sure they had never heard of XTC before. This HMV
location is located in one of the biggest malls in the Vancouver area. I'm
sure the downtown location is a bit more up on things.

I ended buying my single CD copy at A&B Sound for $15.79 + tax.
In Canadian funds.... We got cheap CD's in these parts.........

Will try to get the two CD copy from TVT today.
Wouldn't order it on-line as their site is not secure...
I'll keep trying the toll free number.

Oh Wasp Star..... Haven't heard it yet. I made a nice new C-100
cassette with Apple Venus Vol.1 on side A and Wasp Star on side B.

Having a one year old means not blaring new music loud at home at night.

Brent in Sunny Vancouver.

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Date: 24 May 2000 08:43:11 -0700
From: unna@worldmailer.com
Subject: The Perfect Song
Message-ID: <20000524154311.19490.cpmta@c008.sfo.cp.net>

The Wheel and The Maypole is perfect on every level. There is absolutely
nothing to add to the song to make it better, and nothing to take away.

My favorite thing is definitely the "Everything decays" section. It is so
beautiful and true that you want to smile and cry at the same time! I love
that complex feeling of beautiful sadness and joy.

In fact, I would say that TWATM is so perfect as to be absolutely
timeless. The song will hold true wherever, whenever it is played! So, is
Wasp Star XTC's finest album? I can't say, but The Wheel and The Maypole
may be their finest song.

"Forests tumble down to make the soil."

-Laura

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 09:03:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: post 2
Message-ID: <20000524160316.15237.qmail@web2901.mail.yahoo.com>

en response to:

From: Michael Martin <m.martin@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Faded Wasp Star

>Sorry me hearties, but a bit of a sad de-lurk here.  Had Wasp Star all
of one day, and it ain't really happening for me.  Where did the magic
go?  Who turned the tunes button off?  Not saying it's a bad album, but
as of a couple of listens, it is a disappointment.<

I knew a Mike Martin. He was the antichrist.

>Every so often my ears perked up and had me twitching "there! that bit
was XTC! that's them!", but occasional signature flourishes and noodles
do not a whole song make.  I ignored the advance Chalkhills previews in
order to make my own-mind up, but in retrospect I can see where the
"this isn't the work of our beloved"-vibes were coming from.<

(cough) I see you really ignored them well.
:-)

>I have to say that I've approached every album since (and including)
Skylarking with sky-high expectations, which normally take a while to
reach some sort of fulfilment, but it really feels like this is maybe
the weakest effort to date.  Colin's efforts are the most ear-catching
for me so far, maybe because there the nearest to what I was expecting
-
I'm not against progression, but just bring some decent melodies along
for the ride...<

Well, its all opinion. I happen to think its a great album. Its not as
hoppy and sellable as I think the older albums were. That doesn't take
away from its greatness, in my mind. I've played it a lot (advanced
copy) around work. I've had people sing along to it... saying it was
funky. People at work in general think its really nice music. That
doesn't mean it'll sell... but check out AMAZON... #19 in sales!

But its all opinion. I can't understand why anyone would not just
absolutely love The Wheel and The Maypole. Infact, I think its Andy's
best song. But its all opinion. Go back to your matchbox or counting
crows!

>Ironically, I part-paid with a refund from the last Barenaked Ladies CD
(utter pants - unwanted present), but so much of WS reminded me of the
same kind of sound.<

Ah! no wonder I like this cd so much.

>Oh dear.  I don't suppose this will win me many new friends.  If Wasp
Star grows on me after a few more listens I'll come back and fess up.
AV1 didn't blow me away to start with but I now see as one of their
finest, so you never know.<

If people don't like you because you don't like a cd, its a sad sad
world. But, if you are the Antichrist, that would explain it.

(doubt it though... there are a lot of Michael Martins out there)

:-)

-Have a good day, cheer up its just a cd.
-nicole

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

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