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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 138

                   Sunday, 28 May 2000

Topics:

       Re: Footy, a town in Wiltshire and Maypoles
                         farting
      Andy Partridge: The Man who Wounded the Horse
       The DEFINITIVE Ranking of Studio Recordings
    Hopefully Looksmart won't truncate *this* one.....
                    Partridge in Pulse
                     greased bananas
              Dedicated Followers of Fashion
                   In this Nude Ark Age
          "It's the same story" the crow told me
                 How good is this band...
                         waspster
                  Re: Strawberry Fields
                      Re: Bad Cutoff
             re : free "Wasp Star" CD single:
                    The Odd Man Out ?
        Miscellaneous Wasp Star Inspired Thoughts
                     We're All Light

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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 00:10:45 +0100
From: "Pledge" <PLEDGE7@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: Footy, a town in Wiltshire and Maypoles
Message-ID: <000201bfc68b$0d150b60$3fbe01d5@PLEDGE>

Huw asked about which English football teams we like. Well I love Gillingham
(Kent), who are at Wembley on Sunday in the Division 2 play off final. The
irony/ XTC content here is that Gillingham FC's biggest rivals are Swindon
Town FC. I caused great consternation of the Gills' mailing list last year
by constantly plugging XTC and Apple Venus, whilst others were listing all
the things that come out of Swindon that they hate! Happily I managed to
convert a few of my less narrow minded compatriots to the wonder of Apple
Venus Volume 1, with the most successful conversion being my mate's fiancee,
Paula, who is a die hard Michael Jackson fan. It was the Easter Theatre
single that I bought prior to an away game at Wycombe that swung her,
although she waited until Christmas day to receive AV1. Guess what I'm
buying them for their wedding present assuming they haven't already bought
it?

Her other half Simon had been a lapsed fan since Mummer I believe.

Joshua, your poetic description of the Wheel And The Maypole sums up exactly
how I feel about this track. On the first play of WS I was worried the album
might pass me by after my love of AV1, but suddenly some lunatic is singing
about dashing a pot to the ground and maypoles. In the UK maypole dancing
is, I believe viewed with the same distain as Morris Dancing. Only XTC would
celebrate something as English as this and that is why I love them now like
I never have before. I now don't so much skip tracks as repeat the ones I
love several times. I only hope that the instant tunes syndrome doesn't mean
that I will tire of Maypole as is often the case.

Finally I belive the big stick/ Aunt Sally's head couplet is a reference to
scarecrows. There was a TV programme in the UK starring Jon Pertwee (of
Doctor Who fame) in the 80's (can't remember its title) as a scarecrow whose
female sidekick was called Aunt Sally. So I guess Andy is perhaps suggesting
that scarecrows can get excited in his own smutty way!

Pledge

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 23:14:05 +0100
From: Mark Fisher <fisher@easynet.co.uk>
Subject: farting
Message-ID: <a04310103b553522b8a3a@[194.128.83.69]>

In the current issue of London listings mag Time Out (the one with
Beth Orton and Ian Brown in a tent on the cover) there's a very
unexpected story in a column by Peter Paphides about a friend of his
who a) lives in Swindon and b) is a huge XTC fan. Apparently, said
friend spotted Colin Moulding in a pub and decided to tell him how
much he loved his work. He waited till Colin stood up to go to the
toilet, but didn't time it right so by the time he'd caught up with
him they were both at the urinals . . . whereupon the bloke let out a
massive fart. Colin gave him a strange look then left.

Sorry for lowering the tone.

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 18:59:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Jennifer L. Geese" <jlg@svsu.edu>
Subject: Andy Partridge: The Man who Wounded the Horse
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.10.10005251849400.29724-100000@tardis.svsu.edu>

Ok -  I've gotta jump in with my first impressions here.  They can
basically be summed up with the following sentence:  "Wasp Star is {insert
your favorite adjective here} AMAZING/wonderful/really, really, really
good, phenomenal, something else along the lines of too good for words -
except for "Wounded Horse".  I just can't get into that song.  I think
part of it is that the intro just leads me to expect a song much... better
than the reality.  It's just not living up to my expectations, I guess.  I
don't have to skip it or anything, but I can't wait for it to end so I can
hear what's next.  I'm really enjoying YATC much more than the demo
version.  I can't quite say why.  But the big surprise was Wheel/Maypole.
This was the only song I hadn't heard before I got the album, and at first
I was underwhelmed.  Fear not, brave Chalkhillians!  I am now a devotee.
Somewhere between the first and fourth listen to my brand spankin' new CD
copy, something clicked and I realized that it is truly an awesome song.
What can I say?  It just *works*.  I can see this being potentially their
biggest selling album to date.  We'll see what happens.

"My heart's pumping wine,"

Jen

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 23:35:17 +0100
From: Ben Woll <bwoll@datamonitor.com>
Subject: The DEFINITIVE Ranking of Studio Recordings
Message-ID: <F9097CBF3DC3D311AFFE00508B8BD57F3A7BF5@EROS>

I just said definitive to tick off all the "different shades of beige"
people out there - but to each their own, yaddy, yaddy, yaddy...

Five Stars - English Settlement
Four and a Half Stars - Skylarking
Four Stars - AV1, Black Sea, The Big Express, Oranges and Lemons, Wasp Star
Three and a Half Stars - Drums and Wires, Mummur, The Duke's Records
Three Stars - Nonsuch
Two Stars - White Music, Go 2

Wasp Star is much better on CD than on MP3.  My Brown Guitar and In Another
Life keep it from moving up a notch, as did ROO and The Last Balloon on AV1.
Yeah, I know there are a lot of ROO fans out there, but it doesn't do much
for me - it's in the Human Alchemy, Deliver Us From the Elements camp.  They
kind of drone on without going anywhere...

Interesting to hear commentary on Colin's songs for Wasp Star and AV1.  To
me, Frivolous Tonight is brilliant but the rest are merely good.

Colin's best?: all of his stuff on English Settlement, Wonderland, Wake Up,
I Remember the Sun, Dying, The World is Full of..., Blame the Weather, One
of the Millions, My Bird Performs, Bungalow, Frivolous Tonight.

The World is Full of... has meant more to me than any song, period.

Ben

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 10:31:52 +1000
From: Iain Murray <iain.murray@looksmart.com.au>
Subject: Hopefully Looksmart won't truncate *this* one.....
Message-ID: <200005260158.LAA09615@send01.start.com.au>

What's an 'axis mundi'? Reply off-list.

Iain

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

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 18:30:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: Michael K Ong <mikeong@socrates.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Partridge in Pulse
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0005251825130.28930-100000@socrates.berkeley.edu>

Just picked up the new June issue of Pulse!, the free Tower Records
magazine.  Andy has a cute little monologue about being a "dinosaur" and
his sketch of himself is hilarious.

mIKE

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 15:04:01 -1000
From: "Jim Smart" <jismart@ksbe.edu>
Subject: greased bananas
Message-ID: <392DCD77.3B3EE3AF@ksbe.edu>
Organization: 3Tripper

I'm frustrated because I can't get the video guitar lesson to play on my
computer at guitar.com. I have always hated RealAudio, never more than
now.  Blasted thing won't work for me on my Mac. Still, I enjoyed the
interview with Andy there. The following quote was just too funny not to
post here:

    "To be truthful, Volume 1 was a huge window in the buttocks to
    record. But this one was a complete and utter pleasure.  The first
    one was a difficult birth, with a team of divers going in with
    forceps and dynamite to get the baby out. This one was, "Stand
    well back, there's a greased banana shooting across the room."

Jim "insert phallic banana joke here, but don't insert a banana" Smart

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 06:57:36 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Dedicated Followers of Fashion
Message-ID: <l03130300b552c4cc17c7@[208.13.202.32]>

>Once upon a time (1982?) I bought an  album called
>"Fabrique" by a band called Fashion. I believe they
>also made a second album, "Twilight Of The Gods" (or
>was it "Idols?" dunno). They did a sort of
>guitar'n'bass (slappy/plucky style  I'm not a muso)
>mixed with synths and sequencers, but it was
>GOOOOOOOD! Anyway, they had no impact on the charts,
>or people in general. The tape, of course, has long
>since gone to the great Cassette Deck In The Sky, and
>there doesn't appear to be any info on this band (let
>alone CD releases) that I can find. Anyone? Anyone?
>
>Rory "just kidding, Tom and Dom" Wilsher

  I have their first album, Product Perfect, which is by far their best,
with a different guitarist/lead singer. It's more reggae influenced,
similar to The Clash's stuff in that style, such as "Charlie Don't Surf" or
"The Guns Of Brixton." Probably too obscure to find on CD, but you may be
fortunate enough to find some used vinyl somewhere. So that's actually a
total of three Fashion albums.

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: Thu, 25 May 2000 19:06:16 PDT
From: "Duncan Kimball" <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: In this Nude Ark Age
Message-ID: <20000526020616.55096.qmail@hotmail.com>

Whoooop!

Is everybody happy? Sounds like it. Congrats to the boys on the release of
this great great album. Nice to see our Relphie and the Little Expressers
get their just desserts. Really cool cover design (if vaguely reminiscent of
one of the old Utopia albums). Love the touch of having Venus framed in the
claw of the jewel case. Nice work TVT.

Hardcore track-by-track analysis:

Track 1 - classic!
Track 2 - cool!
Track 3 - groovy!
Track 4 - fantastic!
Track 5 - superb!
Track 6 - brilliant!
Track 7 - excellent!
Track 8 - beautiful!
Track 9 - maginficent!
Track 10 - wonderful!
Track 11 - sensational!
Track 12 - masterpiece!

[I should add that I learned my critical skills from Aussie movie guru Bill
Collins; he was interviewed once after a premiere -- "Tommy"I think -- and
began by saying "Well, I didn't really like this film ..." and concluded: "
... but I LOVED it!"]

I agree with LC - "Wheel and the Maypole" was the least "grabby" track for
me on first hearing. But only on first hearing - like so many good Andy
songs it's SUCH a grower. That "everything decays" bit REALLY gets in.

Great to see so many many Chalkers grooving on it. I have a really good,
strong feeling that this will be THE big record for them - fingers crossed!
I think either "We're all light" or "You and the clouds" should be the
single in Australia. If someone did a good dance mix of "We're all light" I
reckon it would provide them with a ballistic dance-floor hit.

Missing Dave? Yes and No. True, he brought special gifts to the band, but in
the washup at the end of the day, it's Andy and Colin's call. This is how
they want it, let's just accept that shall we? Longing for Dave's return,
and imagining how the album would sound with him seems to me to be vaguely
akin to that secretly longing for a Beatles reuinion with, say, Julian or
Sean singing Dad's parts. *Shudder*

Toni - your "King of Roots" observation made me laugh immoderately. I hold a
similar opinion about peanut butter, which a wise friend long ago dubbed
"Prince of Spreads". However I'm concerned that only fellow Australans might
get the joke. (For non-Ockers, the Aussie slang verb "to root" is roughly
equivalent to the English "to shag". Sorry if that is stating the bleedin'
obvious. I just wanna do my bit for corss-cultural communication. [Next
week's lesson: "What is a 'dag'?"]

Good to see you back on deck, Toni! However I have to quibble with your
choice, if only because I marginally prefer the sweet potato to the regular
varieties (and *which* variety, exactly? King Edward? Kennabec?). True, the
potato is of immense importance - but KING of Roots? Aren't we unfairly
overlooking the rootiest root of all - mother's little helper, the carrot?
(Which I might add, is not only delicious raw AND cooked but is also a major
dietary source of beta-carotene, the wonderful compound nominated by Moth
Expert #1 Miriam Rothschild as one of her all-time most amazing natural
things. Why? Without it we would not have colour vision. Ta-daaah!)

Wasp Star ... hmmm... could that be someone prominent in the field of
"foundation garment" modelling?

Dunks

*********************************************************************
Welcome to MY annoying politicised signature line.

Did you know that:

- of the world's 100 largest economies, 50 are corporations

- the world's 200 largest corporations account for 29% of the world's
economic activity, but employ only 0.33% of the world's population

- the top 500 corporations control 70% of world trade

- only 5 corporations control 50% of world trade in 7 major industries
inlcuding IT and motor vehicles

- Cuba is the world's largest planned national economny, but ranks
only 73rd in the list of the world's largest planned economies. The top 72
are all corporations

- in the USA, the top 20% of income earners control 98% of all corporate
shareholdings

- the world's billionaires number less than 500 people, but have a combined
annual income which is roughly equivalent to that of the poorest 3 billion
-- about 1/2 the world's population?

" ...and I think to myself: 'What wonderful world'."

*********************************************************************

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 01:05:12 EDT
From: KINGSTUNES@aol.com
Subject: "It's the same story" the crow told me
Message-ID: <34.5ab0555.265f6008@aol.com>

I'm probably posting too frequently, and the incoming is jamming up the old
box, but, what the hell!  This doesn't happen too often!

I just saw a half page ad in the City Paper (Philadelphia) from Tower Records
for WS.  The last time I saw an ad for an XTC album was for English
Settlement.  It showed a picture of the cover with two round pills coming out
of the top, with a caption reading "Take XTC and see!"  I kept it in a scrap
book.  Anyone remember that one?

I've been checking these posts about Standing In For Joe and it seems the
Barrytown reference has been kicking around.  I didn't think of Tell Me What
You See, but that's similar.  Not meaning to get technical, but the verse is
closer to Barrytown because the chords change on the 2nd measure, and the
melody continues through as one phrase instead of two like on TMWYS.  Not to
say that Steely Dan (please, no more Burroughs references!) didn't politely
borrow from the Beatles.  By the way, another song with the same melodic
theme (although not as syncopated) is Uncle John's Band, on the verses.  I'm
sure there may be others.  I doubt that Colin was intentional.  A lot of
stuff sleeps in our subconscious and pops out.  I don't think George Harrison
was intentionally stealing when he wrote My Sweet Lord, law suit or no.  So
I'm not knocking a perfectly clever tune!  Which, by the way, gets better
with each listen.

Also, it hit me that the incredible, amazing, unstoppable chorus to ITMWML
could sit right on top of Dear Madam Barnum.  And whoever it is out there
that doesn't like that lead, go take a long walk on a short pier!  It's
PERFECT!   God, that song RULES!  XTC AT THEIR BEST!  (Ooops, I'm
yelling....)

My choices for singles would be ITMWML (I think they chose a winner!), then
We're All Light, then Church of Women.  Playground would work.  I would never
release Standing in for Joe (sorry, whoever suggested it) because it doesn't
have as good a singalong quality as the 3 I mentioned.  I think that's
crucial for a single, no matter what the style, speed, or whatever.  Stupidly
Happy has potential, but it's too much a novelty tune, and despite the
production, too silly.  IMHO.  Church of Women, even though it's slow, could
be a real sleeper!  I think the verses are clever and sexy, and the chorus-
yow!  I can see people eating it up.  Women especially!  An anthem!  Michaela
Mijoun, are you paying attention??

I wonder if the first two songs are meant as a one-two punch to Marianne?
Hmmm...

Tom (Yeah, Waddaya think to that?) Kingston

"Don't let the loveless ones sell you a world wrapped in grey"

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 22:33:07 PDT
From: "David Macaulay" <david_macaulay@hotmail.com>
Subject: How good is this band...
Message-ID: <20000526053307.66918.qmail@hotmail.com>

They just keep getting better in my book... how many bands that have been
around 20+ years can you say that of?

Agree with a few others that initial listenings of WS didn't impress but by
listen #5 it became hard to tear myself away! Now on listen number 15 ish.

Favs are wheel & maypole, church of women.

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 23:00:29 PDT
From: "Sebastien Maury" <seb101@hotmail.com>
Subject: waspster
Message-ID: <20000526060030.47275.qmail@hotmail.com>

Is it safe to talk now? I mean even Oceania has the blasted disc!
Having only heard the demo to Clouds on a radio show about a year ago (and
not liking it), I really had no idea what to expect, apart from the usual
fanging brillo snazfest A&C seem to produce whenever they turn their minds
to it.
One striking thing on the first 3 listens or so is the stylistic
divergence-from Colin's sparse and desolate Boarded Up to the joyous Easter
Theatre counter argument Church Of Women (almost enough to make me turn!).
In Another Life is high quality Britjaunt (with a lyrical debt or two to I'd
Like That), and Wounded Horse amazed me with Andy's rootsy drawl spewing a
blue pain through the mic. I could go on but won't (at this stage).
One more quick piece of ridiculousness about Church: the first listen
through, I immediately thought of Freiheit (speaking of forgotten bands:
darlings, sometimes there's a very good reason for obscurity) and their 80s
song Leaving The Dream Behind-which I obstinately continue to love in all
its aweful pompous splendour. OK I'll stop dribbling about 'em.

Oh but one thing I can't let go from 10 days ago: my mate Dunks needs some
on-list spanking for this:

>>Harrison - I'm utterly with you on Techno. As far as I'm concerned, it's
>>electronic polka music. Only bagpipes could make it worse. It doesn't
>>swing,and it has no groove. There is nothing "unhip" about not liking it.
>>It's crap.

Look Dunks, I don't mind your not liking what you call "techno", in fact I
can't do anything about it, but it's not really a question of hip or unhip.
There is a slew of commercial dance/techno/electronica/ what you will
clogging up the airwaves, but as Dom will tell you, this is *not* the whole
story. I don't pretend to know even a little bit about the whole gamut of
electronica, but what I have heard that is good ranks with the best of any
genre I listen to. A few names to chuck your way if you'll deign to indulge
me: Talvin Singh, Rainer Truby, Momus, Peshay, Lamb, Chemical Brothers, Moby
and Boxcar.
I'm hoping people will write back to point out that maybe none of these
artists would fall under the rubric "techno"...and perhaps they don't! I'm
not going to urge people to "check out the scene man, cause it roolz", but I
just want to point out its attractions for at least one list member. Oh, and
XTC is for home. Dance music is for the clubs. Different music for different
reasons. And if you can't dance to techno, then you're in **real** trouble!
N-ts n-ts n-ts n-ts! Nothing easier!
Cheers and here's to sparse guitar solos.
Seb.

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 04:26:35 -0500
From: "Jim S." <jims@inlink.com>
Subject: Re: Strawberry Fields
Message-ID: <392E434B.BBB4A117@inlink.com>

> Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 21:16:11 CDT
> From: "vee tube" <veetube@hotmail.com>
>
> P.S. Don't forget to grab your free MP3 of Dave and Andy
>              doing 'Strawberry Fields'
>
>              http://www.idrive.com/fabx

Sure sounds an AWFUL lot like the version the Beatles did where they
slowed it down to match the pitch of another take.  That altered Lennon's
voice.  Are you sure that's not what you've got a hold of there?

--
 Jim S.     <jims@inlink.com>

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 08:19:38 -0400
From: "Brian" <mattone@bhip.infi.net>
Subject: Re: Bad Cutoff
Message-ID: <007701bfc70c$aa7e4480$5ee49cd1@Brian>

> -Brian Matthews wrote regarding Wasp Star:
>
> P.S. I heard a bad cutoff in headphones at the tail end of a fade-out on
> one of the tunes... ouch.
>
> Yeah, that just couldn't have been done on purpose could it?  Andy's so
> damn slack in the studio.  They just don't pay enough attention to the
> songs.  They just spit 'em out and make albums as fast as they can,
> quality be damned!  They didn't have enough time to fix that bad fade-out
> did they?  Or, maybe slack ass Andy just didn't notice it.  I'm sure he
> never listened to the album with headphones like you did, or perhaps your
> headphones are better and his weren't good enough to catch the error.
> Really neat that you heard it and Andy didn't.  Maybe you should produce
> the next XTC album so that all the fade-outs will be perfect.  I think you
> can blame this whole imperfect fade for the fact that XTC have never
> received the commercial acclaim they so richly deserve.  I mean, you don't
> hear 311 or Kid Rock albums with flawed fade-outs.  Hell, even the New
> Kids On The Block got the damn fade-outs right.  Well, I guess Andy just
> hasn't mastered the art of the fade.  There's always next album Andy,
> don't give up.

You know what, Wes?
If my opinion about anything on this mailing list doesn't match up to your
specs, then neither does yours to mine.
Your reply is sarcastic, stupid and pointless as any retort that was ever
made to stir up the muck.

-Brian Matthews

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 14:59:46 +0200 (CEST)
From: <gmiller@altern.org>
Subject: re : free "Wasp Star" CD single:
Message-ID: <200005261259.FAA08444@sgiblab.sgi.com>

Hello All,
Can the lucky ones you did get their free "Wasp Star" CD single can make
mp3's for those who don't ?
I think there are only 2 unreleased tracks on this
cd single, it won't take a lot of time and place to encode/
upload them. What do you think ? Can anyone help ?

Here in France, we won't get WS until the end of next
week, "pauvre France !".
Regards,

Gerard

Hi!  About the free "Wasp Star" CD single: some of the 'participating'
retailers haven't received their copies.  I tried 3 of the Record & Tape
Traders locations in the Baltimore area and none of them had recieved
their free CD single shipment yet.  Getting one might be a shaky
proposition even if you can make it to one of the stores.  Has nyone else
had trouble with this?-Dave
Of Cardinals and Moles: The Richard Davies & Eric Matthews Website
new album out: June 6th (hopefully)

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 22:51:21 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <aso1@mocha.ocn.ne.jp>
Subject: The Odd Man Out ?
Message-ID: <000001bfc71b$f29727a0$695791d2@johnboud>

regarding wasp star  veetube said :

>...XTC sound more like a 'Band' then they have since
>  D&W.

huh ?????? i beg your pardon ...

sushiman

sushiman

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 11:52:58 +0000
From: Simon_Auger@mandg.co.uk
Subject: Miscellaneous Wasp Star Inspired Thoughts
Message-ID: <002568EB.003DF38C.00@mailgate.mandg.co.uk>

First off, I got the album on Monday (although the local HMV didn't have it
on the shelves until Wednesday.

Overall I love the album. Its been on my MP3 player all week and has
accompanied me on the train back and forth to work each day.

Playground  - the opening reminds of 'A Little Bit of Love' by Free.

Stupidly Happy - sounds so much better in the context of the album than as
an isolated track on the Uncut magazine disc.

In Another Life - This one really puzzles me, I find myself not wanting to
like/listen to it, but somehow it keeps creeping up on me.

My Brown Guitar - OK, but hasn't really left any great impression as yet.

Boarded Up - This is just brilliant, dark gloomy brooding atmospheric,
plain and simple but effective.

I'm the Man Who Murdered Love - Or Dear Madam Barnum with an absolutely
brilliant opening guitar lick.

We're All Light - I'd forgotten how good this sounded at an XTC convention
some three years ago. At first I was a little disappointed (no pun
intended), but now its brilliant.

Standing in For Joe - I just love this one its brilliant and puts me in
mind of Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces, very sixties very catchy.

Wounded Horse - I think this is great a really raw rough song full of
bitterness and loss. Very bluesy and very Big Express to my mind.

You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful - I'm still waiting for the hook
on this one. Yes it does sound like Sting, although only on the title and
the line that follows it.

Church of Women - Nice to hear some of those old XTC signatures in this one
(butter err err etc).

The Wheel and the Maypole - I've gone from being mildly unimpressed to
thinking it is absolutely brilliant and back again. Last night going home
on the train I got that real idiot grin on my face as the Maypole kicked
in. I had been having an absolute shit of a day to go with the rest of the
week and I wasn't feeling at like grinning, but out of nowhere came this
bloody great smile across my face which I recognised from other peoples
comments.

Overall I think its a brilliant album. As an indication of how good I feel
it is , its had me checking sales positions on Amazon and wondering where
it may chart, something I've not thought about for any album for an awfully
long time.

With regard to closing sons on albums, I've tried starting at I'm the Man
Who Murdered Love and then looping round to end up with Boarded Up, its
amazing whaat a difference this gives to the feel of the whole thing. It
doesn't spoil it for me, just leaves a slightly different feeling. Maybe
there is a hidden subtext in the Wheel and the Maypole of things going
round in cirecles and continuing endlessly rather than having a definite
start and finish to them. If you take the album this way as a cycle to go
round rather than starting from a point and progressing through to finish
it gives the whole thing a different complexion. I suppose its just a
continuation of the themes from Season Cycle.

Bye for now, just an hour to lunch and some more Wasp Star.

Simon

P.S. As of last night Wasp Star on Amazon was rated as Number 21 in the UK,
19 in New Zealand and 16 in the US. Lets all keep buying

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Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 11:26:42 +0100
From: "David Edwards" <david@awed.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: We're All Light
Message-ID: <001701bfc6fc$f5c43cc0$d582883e@oemcomputer>

Chalklings

Just a word of praise for the menagerie playing on 'We're All Light'. I'm
particularly impressed with the performance of the hamster playing the
Arab-sounding flute so reliably from the right speaker, swaying from
side-to-side as it does so. Also there's the pink, balloon-shaped alien with
the funny ears playing the rising Martian space synthesiser from the left. I
also very much like the overfed goldfish - a long-standing friend of Andy's,
I'm told - blowing kisses into the aquaphone all the way through from the
right. All three deservedly come to the fore at the end. Wonderful stuff!

DE

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