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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 161

                   Friday, 9 June 2000

Topics:

                 No sainthood for analog
                         Re: lph
                         opinions
             Napalm- The fires that blind you
                I'll make your flag unfurl
                        once again
              That's Really Super, Supergirl
  The Go-Go's Inspired music business promotion tangent
         Several years in the land of the Gibber
                  INXS in Black America
                     I've been bad...
                           huh?
                      Different Ears
               Next week's listening party
                a squall line/ Dom rules!
                 Worst band in the world

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 14:02:52 -0700
From: "Drew MacDonald" <drewmacdonald@mediaone.net>
Subject: No sainthood for analog
Message-ID: <003401bfd18c$e99d73e0$ac841818@we.mediaone.net>

As a recovering audiophile, I promise this will be my only sonic-geek post,
but I wanted to respond to Brett's comment:

> Due to the sampling rate, commercial CD's cannot present sound above
> 22k which is thought to be about the highest pitch that humans can hear.

Most studies put the human high-range perception limit closer to 20 kHz, and
then only if the human is a young one. The ability to hear high frequencies
drops rather sharply with age, particularly among males. As a 43-year-old
man, I heard my last 20 kHz note back around the time of NONSUCH's release.
(Fortunately, most music -- and nearly all pop music --  operates well below
that threshold.)

> As an analog source a record can produce a much wider range of sound
> than a CD can.

In theory, maybe, though I don't know how much the "much" would be, even if
there was a way to actually hear it (see above).  But you would need some
sort of superstable vinyl to press the record on; a perfect-speed motor to
turn the record with; a completely vibration-free base to put it in; an
intricately-carved, perfectly weighted-and-balanced stylus to ride the
grooves, etc.

This was the goal of audiophiles in the pre-digital era, and they got pretty
close before the curtain fell on that technology. And I still like visiting
my old sonic-geek pals who still have setups approaching that ideal. It
sounds wonderful, especially if the speakers are "good." (Don't get me
started...)

But it would be a mistake to believe that the analog tech that existed -- or
could exist - in  the real world ever reached the ideal described above.
(Not that Brett was suggesting that.) Just a reality check.

XTC content: SKYLARKING was one of the super-fi LPs I owned.

Drew,
who REALLY doesn't miss having to adjust phono cartridge tracking angles

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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 17:41:48 -0400
From: "Duncan Watt" <dwatt@fastestmanintheworld.com>
Subject: Re: lph
Message-ID: <200006082144.RAA28654@gilgamesh.nh.ultra.net>

Givin' mad props to John Relph for puttin' my CD-EP up on the 'Chalkhills
Recommends' page. A Meta-class Act, that Relph. Thankaverramucha, mister.
Rilly.

Duncan "et voila!" Watt

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surf me: http://www.fastestmanintheworld.com

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 14:27:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Lukoff <blukoff@alvord.com>
Subject: opinions
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10006081414500.23508-100000@locutus.alvord.com>

On Wed, 7 Jun 2000 "Brian" <mattone@bhip.infi.net> wrote in Chalkhills
Digest #6-157:
> > Oh, come on.  I am not nearly as talented as Andy or Colin but I don't
> > feel that precludes me from having an opinion on their work, however
> > strong, however negative.  If you held everyone on this list to that rule
> > traffic would dwindle to nil, and if you held everyone in the world to it
> > all the critics would disappear.  I am sick of people answering negative
> > posts with "shut up -- you couldn't write a song half as good as they
> > could".  I don't know the first thing about making a movie but I still
> > know Congo and Mission to Mars sucked.
>
> Sorry BDL, but your stating that you 'know' these two movies sucked is only
> true AS FAR AS YOU ARE CONCERNED. You state this like it is an objective
> fact. Personally, I liked 'Mission To Mars' (never saw 'Congo'), so this
> means that your statement is merely subjective, as are your opinions of XTC
> music. This is all they can and EVER will be.

No argument there.  I never really claimed otherwise.  Personally, I think
one should always read posts as if they began or ended with "in my
opinion", even if words such as "know" are used in them.  I don't think
very many of us here think our opinions are objective facts, and it is
too tedious for us to have to spell that out each time.  At any rate, rest
assured that I, at least, do not labor under such a misapprehension.

Anyway, my point was that the fact that I don't know anything about
moviemaking shouldn't preclude me from stating my *opinion* about a movie
-- likewise, the original poster should be able to say that "Ball and
Chain" sucks regardless of whether he can write a song as good as Colin.
The attitude that only experts are fit to comment really bugs me.

BDL

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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 16:39:50 -0500
From: chris vreeland <vreecave@realtime.com>
Subject: Napalm- The fires that blind you
Message-ID: <39401273.E147846F@realtime.com>

I reemerge to note the following.

An unsigned message which emanated from:
Saints3Den@aol.com

Asks

 1)What is the one word, which, if correctly spelled, is pronounced
wrong?

Uh, wrong?

  2)Which word is always spelled correctly?

Uh, correctly?

  3)Which word is always misspelled?

Uh, misspelled?

  4)What is the longest word in the english language?

Uh, language? (only one letter longer than english, but substantially
longer than the)

  5)Which three words are always pronounced right?

Uh, right, write and rite? what about wright? that makes four.

Can't fool me, mister! (ms.?)

As far as the theme of wasp star goes, I have this to say:

"What Harrison Said."

    I've been working way too hard, and have about a thousand things I'd
like to add to the debate, but life is getting in the way. I keep
getting behind in my Chalkhills reading, and haven't been able to post
in a timely fasion, so I'll just agree with all the positive reviews.
    I haven't gotten the demos out since I got the album, except to
compare the leads in Church of Women, and I REALLYREALLY like the album
version. However, the unnoticed moment of gold for me (this week) has to
be the guitar solo on You and the Clouds... It's deceptively simple
sounding, at first, then it kind of expands into an amazingly intricate
little vignette.
    It may be a stretch to say this, but as a guitar player, Andy
Partridge's solos are beginning to compare favorably to Richard
Thompson's. My new fantasy is that the two of them would write and
record together. (Everybody sing! "To dreeeeam the imposssssible
DREEEEEAM!)

    Andy's right, though, on that last song--just goes to show what
happens when you let women in the military, then put them on guard duty.
TWAT MP!

Chris "you knocked me off my ass this monday" Vreeland

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 16:50:51 -0600
From: "Joseph Easter" <easter2000@earthlink.net>
Subject: I'll make your flag unfurl
Message-ID: <001401bfd19c$03e97c80$b7730a3f@default>

In reference to the diabolical meanness displayed by forcing bibulous
working class mopes to suffer through musical "pieces" in their
intoxication, I believe that The Doors' "Light My Fire" or "Hello I love
you, won't you tell me you your name," one of the long versions, might
actually make someone a little over the edge yawn in a technicolor fashion
most promptly. But I'd never do anything like that. Giggles.

What will the next album's title be? I don't think it will be anything from
WS. It's usually an unsuspecting tune and the WS ones are a little obvious.

Did I mention that IAL is the best pre-macking song? Next to Andy's song,
Condemnation.

What nation would that be, anyway?

I have been listening to the past and in retrospect, the drumming does seem
uninspired (WS) compared
to Nonsuch. Damn, that album rocks.

Last question, for the love of God, why can't I find a karaoke venue w/ XTC
songs? Is it intrinsically possible?

JEaster

Su Madre is muy bonita.

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 17:32:12 -0400
From: mitch friedman <mitchf@mindspring.com>
Subject: once again
Message-ID: <v03007800b565c06d7a42@[165.121.69.154]>

Ok,

Thanks to Mr. Sherwood for pointing out that I was quoting Andy's favorite
book and not my own brain in offering the defnintion of 'axis mundi'.

It's not a harmonium on "Boarded Up". It is actually an extremely cheap,
not even battery powered $5 garage sale quality toy children's keyboard
that Andy found in a thrift store in Swindon. It cannot be amplified so it
was miked very close up, hence the hiss and finger clicks.

And finally from the Barnes and Noble on-line chat from two weeks ago:

>Mitch from Mitchville: Who is the mysterious but greatly appreciated
>"Spoofy" that the band thanks in the WASP STAR liner notes?

AP: Caught you out, Mitch! "Spoofy" is one of a cast of many, many
make-believe characters that populate this house. He is a five-inch-tall
gingerbread man who causes nothing but creative mischief. His
accomplices are Bingles, Jiffy, and a one-legged gingerbread dog called
Spinky. Anything untoward that happens in the house is usually blamed on
this band.<

Mitch

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Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 01:14:58 +0200
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Subject: That's Really Super, Supergirl
Message-ID: <20000608231013.66A48A6D8E@mail.knoware.nl>

Dear Molly,

Thank you for challenging the formidable Wes "Long" Long on my
behalf:

> Maybe you're the  one who hates XTC.
> Why don't you leave poor Mark alone?
never mind, Wes is already way beyond help.
he just hates everybody and everything he cannot possess

Tell me Molly, what are your plans this Summer?
have you ever been to Europe before?
would you like to come and see my private collection of Swindon art
movies? i could show you xtc like you've never seen before

> Well it worked on me - we live together in domestic
> hiss with our three kids in sunny Canterbury - he told
> me he works away a lot. You don't think he's got other
> happy families do you?
>
> Yours (and his) Belinda

Oops!
Sorry, Moll, gotta retract that invitation. Just got off the blower with
my English wife and she's wasn't sounding very happy. as you can
see above,  she's suscribing to the list too ! just my luck, eh? fancy
the odds...

Anyway, i just pray that Erica doesn't get to hear about her or any of
the other... welll, you know, stuff. Look, there's a safe-deposit box at
the ABN-AMRO across the street from the central train station in
Amsterdam, in name of Harry West. If anything happens to me i
want you to open it and send the contents to P.O. Box 2097 in
Swindon. in a plain, unmarked brown envelope naturally

your secret friend,

M.

yours in xtc,

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

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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 16:21:52 -0700
From: Herne <herne@earthlink.net>
Subject: The Go-Go's Inspired music business promotion tangent
Message-ID: <39402A8F.B303EE00@earthlink.net>

Welcome to my tangent...

You know if ever XTC gets a Behind the Music done on them they'll have
to try hard to top last Sunday's on the Go-Go's.  Did anybody see this
one?  The Go-Go's basically admit to starting the band to be more a part
of the LA party scene and get more guys and drugs.  They showed footage
of them playing...no shit...at the Masque(!) in L.A.  Unreal.

Later, they manufactured a clean nice image for themselves which hid
their drugging, sex-fiend ways from the world.   Then there's the
unbelievable videotape made by a drunken Belinda Carlylsle and another
band member where she babbles about how women should "jack off" and then
in blurred video we see someone(obviously Belinda) astride a toilet in
the throws of self-induced ecstacy.  What next?  Bananarama wearing
strap-ons?

It's simply amazing how much access musicians allow the press into their
private lives these days.  In every Andy Partridge interview he is
regularly quizzed about the mundane for a second before we hear
everything about his business dealings, sex life, marriages, divorces
and even his prostate. And it's not like he's holding it back.  He's
just letting it all out there.

Is it just me or are groups letting out way more of their private lives
than tv or movie people do when they're hawking their stuff.  I mean
basically one of the reasons the Go-GO's Behind the Music exists is to
help hype their tour and a new VH1 GO-Go's Compilation.

I suppose it's not odd that for a lot of bands that the only way to sell
records is to talk about their life stories as well as music cause god
knows radio isn't doing anything.  I've been working for a music
consultant and I've  been analysing playlists.  It is just frightening!

Thirty year old records from Molly Hatchett and Thin Lizzy get more play
in one year than any of the bands we listen to in these parts do in a
lifetime. This isn't exactly earthshattering news I know but it's truly
horrifying when you actually see the numbers.  I suppose all the radio
people on this list know what I'm talking about.  I was only viewing the
top 300 for each category(out of a 1000 entires for each format) but it
was enough to make you ill.  Hell even the Beatles barely rate in the
classic rock category.

Wouldn't it be nice if in the next batch of XTC songs that there's
something, that maybe will get used in a Volkswagon ad and become a
radio sensation so that maybe we don't have to hear "Hotel California"
as much any more.  Volkswagon ads and other commercials are the hot new
place for songs to get exposure.  I just heard the Moby PLAY album for
the first time this week.  It is AMAZING.  But I swore I'd heard half of
it before in commercials.

Where was I?  What was I talking about?

Cheers,

Ken

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Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 01:38:19 +0100
From: John Peacock <johndrewp@zoo.co.uk>
Subject: Several years in the land of the Gibber
Message-ID: <39403C79.4F3B030A@zoo.co.uk>
Organization: The Nice Organization

I'm sorry, most of this appears to be gibberish:

Joseph Easter said-

> I wouldn't turn on XTC for drunken macking with a barely legal doll.

Neither would I - even if they were to commit such drunken macking, I would
never turn on them. Whatever the legal status of their mannequins.

You do realise I have no idea what you are talking about.

> >"Hey Joe" was written by Billy Roberts and first recorded by The Leaves.
>
>   According to the credits on my vinyl copy of Nuggets, Dino Valenti wrote
> "Hey Joe."

Saw a singer-songwriter called Tim Rose a few years ago, and he says he
wrote it. Let's get them all in the same room and have them fight it out
like gentlemen.

Actually, Tim Rose's version was much longer and made a lot more sense than
Hendrix's version, with more foreboding.

To me, Hendrix's version sounds like:

"I say, Joe, old man; why the firearm?"
"Suspect the wife of unfaithfulness, old chap."

(after a while)

"What's up now, Joe, old fellow?"
"Shot the wife. Off to Mexico. Pip pip."

Dosen't really have the suspense.

You may be talking about a different Hey Joe. Definitely not to be confused
with "Eh, Joe", which was Samuel Beckett.

> Sushiman, he say:
>
> We Americans also have a Miss America contest

Expats sitting around trying to outnostalgia each other - "I miss America,
and her spacious skies," "I miss America and her dedication to motherhood
and fruit-based pastry dessert more than you," "I miss America and her love
of individual freedom so much my heart will explode like a ripe cantaloupe
under undue pressure."

Without wishing to reignite the tedious gun debate, it struck me that quite
possibly the amendment usually referred to was caused by a very stoned T.
Jefferson deciding that people should have the right to arm bears ("'Cause
the barr cain't defend hisself, no sir. S'very important that mister barr
has a musket to defen' hisself 'gainst ... raccoons ... and other
interlopers."). Of course, it got made semi-sensible in the drafting
process, and his suggestion that the President Washington's offical title
be "Lord High Pooh Bah Miserytrousers" was written out altogether. Which is
a shame.

We should be able to make up history if we want. Everybody else does.

Jason K (Josef's brother, no doubt) pointed out:

Real theremins (the ones with the sphere you move your hands toward and

> away from to control pitch) are *extremely* hard to play in tune.  The one
> the Beach Boys used live had a ribbon controller, so it's not technically
> the real deal.

I think if it has a ribbon controller, it's not technically a theremin at
all, but an Ondes Martinot - this was the instrument used to great effect
on a lot of Brel recordings. I think it has a rounder, more pleasing tone
than the theremin.  Incidentally, you can get that theremin effect with
minimum outlay with a cheap metal detector.

But you can't find buried treasure with a theremin. You could try, but
people would laugh at you and your haunting glissandos.

Oh and the Line 6 Pod is a fine, fine thing, though I actually favour the
SansAmp, myself (and would recommend their Acoustic DI for almost anything -
works wonders on my double bass) since I actually own one.

I'm sorry for everything. So that's alright, then,

John
(Oh, alright Mr Inmotion, you can call me

--
In the spirit of shameless self promotion, my songs may be found at:
 http://www.mp3.com/peacock
"sell yourself, sell yourself, expect nothing" as a sage saith.

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 21:07:39 -0400 (EDT)
From: Radios In Motion <radiosinmotion@iwon.com>
Subject: INXS in Black America
Message-ID: <380665566.960512859674.JavaMail.root@web186-iw>

>>In the words of Andy Partridge (although HE meant Spandau Ballet): "They
were the worst band in the history of foreverness."<<<

I thought this was a funny qoute.  On the back of my Soft Boys CD, Robyn
Hitchcock also takes a crack at Spandau.  I have also heard Zappa take a
crack at them.  It seams all of my favorite bands hate Spandau.  I remember
a few songs, but never really liked them much (but they did get the teen
girls in bed when I was in high school).

INXS was a great group in my oppinion.  Most of their career in music was
overlooked.

The person who mentioned Miss Black America. The reason that was started was
that orignally blacks were not able to be Miss America.  So, that is how
those pagents started, and it never stopped because it had too much of a
following.  The regulard Miss America pagent does not say "Miss White
America" so its open to everyone now, as it should be.  No one is bad for
starting something seperately.  I personally love all woman and would not
mind if we had Miss Indian America and Miss Itilian America, or Miss Jewish
Princess and so on.  Just bring on the ladies, and the less amount of
clothes the better!

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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 21:32:27 -0400
From: Diamond <arnos@nantucket.net>
Subject: I've been bad...
Message-ID: <3940492A.3E5A4D5D@nantucket.net>
Organization: Zoomastigina Records

Dear Gang,
oh my, I'm so many Chalkhills behind now, I'm ashamed. I haven't even
posted my feelings on Wasp Star yet! Well, here's my review of Wasp
Star. Have you seen Dogma? You know how Alanis Morrisette, who plays
god, can't communicate to humans? Well, it's kind of like that. If I try
to explain how much I like Wasp Star, it all comes out as one long
"Wa-hoooooooooo!!!". So, I won't try to. Save all of your ears from
having to bleed.

Quick Question: Has anyone transcribed the Boston Globe review of Wasp
Star yet for the website? Cause if not, I will be happy too. Also, I
just wrote an article for my School Newspaper, a Music Column titled
"This Is Pop,". The subject of this issue is: The Great Lost Pop Band.
I'll put it up on the net eventually if anyone is interested in seeing
it.

One last thing. I've come out with my Solo Cd on MP3.com. The website is
www.mp3.com/bass-cleff and the CD is called 500 Ways Of Dying. It's a
bit indie in recording quality, but that's because, in my real band,
French Electric, who's first album will be made available June 26, it's
my musical partner who owns all the recording equipment. I'm left to
record my solo songs on my computer. But I hope it's the songs that will
shine through. It's a very strange collection of tunes. Some of you
might enjoy it, but I'm guessing some might not too. IT's allright. It's
all just for the love of the music, right? And anyway, my real band is
my passion. Once again, that's FRENCH ELCTRIC, who's first album will be
available June 26. Wanna pre-order it? e-mail me off-list. So far, only
one of you have e-mailed me. Don't be shy! The price will definitely be
less then 10 dollars, although the exact price has not been decided on
quite yet!

My vote for least-favorite Wasp Star Lyric: "No, nothing's not wrong"
from Stupidly Happy. It's so throwaway. It doesn't really fit with the
song, cause it translates to Yes, Something's wrong. and the song is
about being so happy that nothing can go wrong. My guess is he
orrginally wrote "No nothing is wrong" or something, and thought it
sounded too plain, so he threw the double-negative in there. I love that
song, though. Great stuff.

Kevin Diamond, AKA Bass-Cleff, AKA One Half of French Electric

www.mp3.com/frenchelectric
www.mp3.com/bass-cleff

P.S. Wayne, I got your CD-Rs! Thanks! I'll be sending yours soon, I've
just gotten a bit lazy as of yet. Sorry! I'm a Lazy Bum, I am, I am.

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 18:57:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: huh?
Message-ID: <200006090157.SAA21855@mail2.deltanet.com>

Mr. Easter, you said-

<<You tell alot about a person about what they listen to>>

I think I know what you were trying to say..I just never heard it put that
way...

Debora 'one of the imbeciles' Brown

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Date: 9 Jun 00 11:31:06 AES
From: Paul.Culnane@dcita.gov.au
Subject: Different Ears
Message-ID: <0005rbpbvbjb.0005jrxbtrvf@dcita.gov.au>

A concise practical manual, suggesting a variety of ways to listen to it
(Wasp Star - Apple Venus Volume 2, I mean):

1) My venerable paddy mate, Peter Fitzpatrick, is typically verbose and
florid in his expression when he rambles on and on, and then brazenly
suggests something along the lines of: "turn it up really loud!"  Er, he's
right, you know.  And I think he was talkin' about open loudspeakers.  This
method enables you to savour the sheer (wasp) bite of the guitars ("POD" or
otherwise), and the great drum dynamics.  My gosh, what an ally they've
found in co-producer/mixer Nick Davis, eh? (ever since Nonsuch of
course). he found them Chuck, and then got to engineering the Prairie &
Chuck bits beautifully.  Not to mention Colin's stupendous bass
contributions, and the beautiful way the vocals are recorded.  Yeah, if you
feel you belong to the school of thought that "AV2" is XtC's most
"band-sounding" album for some time, slide your Wasp into sting position
and crank up the vol to 11!

2) My own discovery (and, I'm sure, many of yours as well!)  An evening
with "Wasp Star" in headphones or, er, `cans', is extremely beneficial.
There's a lot of detail that's revealed - lovely surprises buried low in
the mix.  Things whizz back and forth across the stereo spectrum, and
little bits of musical detail lost in the melee - if you employ Method (1)
- infiltrate the fuzzy hairs on your [Harrison or some other egghead! Help
me here: what's the bone in yer ear with the little hairs on it that sense
the sound vibrations?], er, ear `ole!  It's a sonic delight.  Nice this way
with a bit o' green. (obviously, I know)

3) With kids.  I've enjoyed reading about how so many of you Chalkies have
been turning on your kids to the delightfully childlike delights of the
album, and the way they dance to certain songs and so on; some really
charming anecdotes!  I'm sure both AP & CM would be blown away to hear
about all that.  My fave so far is Dunks' beaut Boy Lucas `remix' of the
lyrics to " The Wheel & The Maypole": "It's a popcorn holder, love".  I
nearly shat meself!

4) I just suddenly felt needful of having to discuss what is known among
some cinema-goers as a "Popcorn Surprise".  Perhaps some other time though,
or mebbe some other filthy pervert might wanna take up the gauntlet, or the
popcorn holder. er, where was I?

5) Oh, of course!  Isn't it a blessing that you can sit down with the album
and enjoy reading along with the lyrics?  AV1 had a cornucopia of
compelling themes, but this new album shows off both Andy's and Colin's
skills with wordplay, storytelling and setting an atmosphere, and this time
with a booklet of lyrics to move along to .  That's one of many reasons we
love `em, right?  So, yeah, sit down and listen intently while reading
along with the lyrics, that's a rich experience!  I always thought it a
pity that there wasn't a lyric booklet with AV1.  (Unless you're Sushiman!
- can you please email me John?)

6) With friends.  If you're like me, you'll have friends who might say
something like: "oh, here he goes again about bloody XTC".  My recent ploy
has been to not reveal who it is, and then play `em the startling one-two
opening punch of "Playground" and "Stupidly Happy".  By the time they might
glean who it is, they're hooked anyway.  It's that good, innit?  Otherwise,
why would one hang around such philistines and ingrates who wouldn't
appreciate such "corduroy-us-ness"?!!

Listen and enjoy any way you want.  But if you're a true XtC fan (guess you
are if you're on this list), be mindful that everybody's listening
experience might be slightly different.  It's certainly worth comparing
notes, eh?  I always love to.  Here were a few simple suggestions from me.
I've been diggin' this album from many perspectives, whilst enjoying
clocking the impressions everyone else has put forward.  Chalkhills is at
its best for me when these very exchanges occur over a new XtC release.

Which brings me, in closing, to a reiteration of a point I briefly brought
up quite a while back.  given XtC's enforced hiatus under the Virgin
"strike", and the eventual formation of IDEA and securing of new licensing
and distribution deals, consider this following list (by no means
complete), of _official_ XtC releases, or related things, made available
since 1992's Nonsuch.  Not bad pickings for fans of a band who were
supposed to be " dormant" for such a long time, eh?  Not to mention the
rich vein of demos & live recordings etc, floating around if you want to be
slightly naughty.  If you're even a wee bit obsessive about XtC and its
output, I reckon we as fans and collectors have been comparitively lucky,
don't you?  But being greedy, I'm wondering, are some of you a bit like me
and can't wait for this mooted Virgin box set and/or "Fuzzy Warbles"
they've been talking about???  I'm slavering at the thought, me!

Well, here's the list I mentioned.  Remember, it's official XtC releases
since Nonsuch.  Add to it if you will (and should, for Relphie's archives).

Drums And Wireless (BBC Radio Sessions)
Live In Concert (BBC 1982 concert recording)
A Testimonial Dinner (tribute album with one authentic XtC track,"The Good
Things")
Carmen Sandiego TV soundtrack ("Cherry In Your Tree" contained)
The Adventure Club Sessions ("Blue Beret" contained)
Fossil Fuel - 2CD, beautifully remastered singles retrospective
Upsy-Daisy Assortment: US Geffen companionpiece to FF
Greatest: A Japanese `best of' that gathers some nifty and rare live trax!
Transistor Blast - four-CD set - orgasmic in its appeal!
Apple Venus Volume 1
Apple Venus Volume 1 (special Japanese edition)
"Easter Theatre" single
"I'd Like That" single
"Wasp Star - Apple Venus Volume 2"
"Wasp Star - Apple Venus Volume 2" (special Japanese edition)
"I'm The Man Who Murdered Love" single

.`nuff to be going on with, eh?

Now, I must say, all this great interchange among fans wouldn't be
happenin' in quite the way it is, without the good graces of John Relph.
Do you ever sleep John???  Thanks for providing the platform mate!  I think
I can speak on behalf of most, and say that what you've provided via
Chalkhills has given us wee small folk a lot of pleasure.  God bless you
sir, you deserve your " kudos" in the line-her-nodes of "Wasp Star"!

Well, it's been nice sharing this time witchoo.  Good friends you all are.
I'd thank you all individually and effusively, but it'd come forth like a
Sally Field Oscars spewout.  Yuk!!!!  Suffice, a favourite Bowie quote: "
Love~On~Ya!"

~~ p @ u l

PS:  MOLLY!  MARRY!  ME!!!!!     [ 8^),  #-p,  %-D, &-P,  ;^) ]

oh: PPS: My beautiful most-ever best mate, Tuomo (Tom of Finland for
connoisseurs) rang me on his mobile from the most remote part of Western
Australia, driving a great big truck with the wind blowing wildly through.
I could barely hear him but he was going nuts about hearing XtC on the
Jays!!!  Tuom's all-time favourite is "My Bird Performs", now he loves
"Standing In For Joe".

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 18:53:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Molly Fanton <mfanton99@yahoo.com>
Subject: Next week's listening party
Message-ID: <20000609015313.633.qmail@web1302.mail.yahoo.com>

Well, there were only four of us in Talk City last
night for the Wasp Star listening party.  I don't know
if I should be disappointed or just plain sad that
nobody came.  I hope more of you come to the listening
party next week.
Since I finally got all of XTCs albums now I've
decided to start over to the beginning of XTC's career
with their first album, White Music.  The listening
party will be on June 14, at 10pm in Talk City.  For
more details go to
http://www.angelfire.com/mn/mollyfa99/xtclisteningparty.html.

If you guys have any suggestions on how I can get more
of you to come please let me know.

Molly

=====
Molly's Pages: http://www.angelfire.com/mn/mollyfa99/index.html
My Tribute to Talk Talk & .O.Rang:
http://www.angelfire.com/mn/mollyfa99/talktalkorang.html

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 19:34:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: a squall line/ Dom rules!
Message-ID: <200006090234.TAA00180@mail2.deltanet.com>

Mr. Easter, I had a little trouble with this line-

<<Also, it's okay for Colin to be macking with Joe's piece.>>

..err, piece of what?  piece of cake? piece of real estate? piece of
eight?.. just what exactly do you mean?

Oh! I get it.. Joe's 'piece' is his girlfriend...   a woman is a 'piece',
according to your statement..

 Apparently not all the imbeciles are in L.A.-

...and one of my favorite inmates, Mr. Lawson, reveals another amazing talent-

<<(although I have been known to fart a rather splendid version of "Just
Can't Get Enough" from
time to time) ..>>

Sir, I would pay you handsomely to hear that!

..."I can't seem to forget you...your windsong stays on my mind..."

Debora 'Inherit the Wind' Brown

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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 22:42:35 EDT
From: WTDK@aol.com
Subject: Worst band in the world
Message-ID: <62.4329c40.2671b39b@aol.com>

from Dunks:
>Depeche f***ing Mode?? Could you possibly have found a band I despise
>more?

Let's see, where to start? America, Hall & Oates, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,
Starland Vocal Band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown? The list could be
endless....Hey and 10cc already wrote a song about it (called, strangely
enough, Worst Band in the World)

Speaking of bad bands I noticed that the folks that were nominated to the
rock'n'roll hall of fame fall into that category (most anyway). What is the
wait period 25 years? Seems Xtc will shortly fall into that category. Here's
hoping they get in on the first vote (or maybe I should hope they don't
considering some of the company they'll be keeping).

Rock'n'roll hall of fame seems like an oxymoron. They shouldn't nominate so
many acts as they'll be working their way down to Starland Vocal Band within
short order (hey they could do a televised Afternoon Delight with the crowd
singing along. I can just picture Jann Wenner dancing in the aisles).

I have to concur that Blue Overall and The Wounded Horse are soulmates (it
struck me the first time I heard it). Still don't care for it all that much
although it is growing on me like a fungus. I kind of like Blue Overall
better---just the vibe works for me plus the fact that it was a b side
originally makes it an underdog.

Wayne

"Fear is never boring" - The Bears (and the Raisins)

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