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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 21

                 Monday, 31 January 2000

Today's Topics:

                     Come to Swindon
                     DAVIDmead/XTCpic
                Smile when you say that...
                    The bloody assizes
                Soon to be Stupidly Happy
                       welcome Gwen
            Re: XTC's Sgt. Peppers (rebuttal)
                     Me Myself&Irene
                    Apple Venus Vol. 2
                    Re: AV1 Enjoyment
                  Re: Pressure on Julian
                  Re: Do the Luna Twist
              Green Man in the Grocery Store
             Long-lasting, hard-wearing love
       XTC-paranoia and julian cope-is he worth it?
                         Dream On
           Junk, Junk... well, if you insist...
           Pep up your day... with Sgt. Pepper.

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Message-ID: <000701bf6a65$e3a2c640$3ef831d4@e.e>
From: "John  Bartlett" <John@bartlett132.screaming.net>
Subject: Come to Swindon
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 14:32:45 -0000

Hello all ,
    since we seem to be mentioning Swindon a bit...
Driving home from work the other morning, I noticed a roadside poster
advertising Swindon as a lovely place to live. Britons of a certain age may
remember the "Come to Milton Keynes" tv ads in the 70s/80s, where a little
girl with a balloon tried to entice people to move to a Buckinghamshire "new
town"; well this poster was the same sort of thing for Swindon. My question
is... whats happening in Swindon? Are you all moving away? Are you all
topping yourselves because Swindon Town will be relegated this year?
Is it just East Anglians you want, or will you have anybody?
Just curious.
        John

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From: WESnLES@aol.com
Message-ID: <27.115be1a.25c3d039@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 00:10:17 EST
Subject: DAVIDmead/XTCpic

Fellow Chalkgeeks:

If you dig power pop bands like: Falkner, Owsley, Fountains of Wayne, etc.
Then check out David Mead.  Last year he put out a collection of very well
crafted hook laden songs that will greedily bore themselves a nest in your
head if given half a chance.  The cd is called The Luxury of Time.  If you
like the bands that I mentioned you will freak out on this one.

Here's a rare XTC pic for you all, the lads signing their lives away.

wesLONG @ Optimism's Flames
http://members.tripod.com/~The_Last_Balloon/index.html
(shload of XTCrap)

	[ http://chalkhills.org/misc/xtc-signing.jpg ]

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From: unna@worldmailer.com
Date: 29 Jan 2000 09:24:42 -0800
Message-ID: <20000129172442.12596.cpmta@c008.sfo.cp.net>
Subject: Smile when you say that...

I really appreciated the thoughts presented by Harrison Sherwood
regarding my idealistic query on True Love. When I first considered
the correlation between historical events in the artist's life and the
content of the artist's works I thought "OK, I guess its just
psychology and history." But something stuck in my craw. Then I
remembered this thing called the El Greco fallacy, which I think goes
like this:

El Greco's paintings showed the subjects drastically elongated.
El Greco, in fact, had an astigmatism.
El Greco made the subjects of his pieces elongated because he had an
astigmatism.
But wait! If El Greco was drawing the world as he sees it then the
paintings would actually appear realistically proportional to those of
us with normal sight!

I don't know why, but that seems to spoil the idea that you can sum up
the true nature of the artwork by knowing a timeline of events in the
artists life.

In fact, I think that the mini thread of True Love may simply be
unanswerable, and therefore not a very good thread.

If you knock on my head it sounds like a hollow coconut.

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From: JStrole@aol.com
Message-ID: <9d.1336740.25c4d1d1@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 18:29:21 EST
Subject: The bloody assizes

<<I know Andy is an asshole (or so I hear)>>

I have had the pleasure of meeting Andy a few times at events you would
think he would feel uncomfortable in.  To be honest with you, he seems
rather nice and tends to spend time with his fans and will answer just
about any question he can.  These are not the actions of an "asshole."  Is
he opinionated?  Most likely.  However, "opinionated" does not necessarily
need to be put together with "asshole."

<<Not really motivated to do that,  but I have noticed
some eerie coincidences in xtc records:>>

This was an extremely funny post, think about this:

XTC came off the road by 1983, Andy had stagefright?  You bet after losing
Dave to a bizarre choking accident.

Harry

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Message-Id: <v04003a00b4b953032cd9@[144.92.180.158]>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 22:05:14 -0500
From: maggie jungwirth <mmjungwi@facstaff.wisc.edu>
Subject: Soon to be Stupidly Happy

Chalkys,
Thanks to everyone who wrote with their impressions of AV2.  Thanks also
for pointing me to Chalkhills/Future Releases for the preview (duh)  I read
each word of the lyrics with Xcitement and Anticipation...   as AV1 was
sex/earth/fertility to me, my early take on AV2 from the lyrics is
woman/sex/love.  Church of Women? Playground? Stupidly Happy?  Was this by
any chance written when he discovered Erica? yow...this could be more of an
aphrodisiac than AV1...   can't wait to hear the music.  Gee...I wonder if
the guys will have to travel around to promote this one....?
Speaking of stupidly happy, that describes High Llamas/Hawaii-dum de dum
happy lazy relaxing long strange trip.  Very enjoyable and I think a great
compliment to the intense energy and intellegence I feel from XTC.

  *****************
      **************
               maggie
under mats of flower lava

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Message-ID: <3893B479.FA6C89C3@home.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 22:48:10 -0500
From: Mark Newberg <mhnewberg@home.com>
Organization: @Home Network
Subject: welcome Gwen

Welcome Gwen. Pull up a seat.

	Mark
--
Do I have to tell the story of a hundred rainy days since we first met,
It's a big enough umbrella but it's always me that ends up getting wet.

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Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.20000130000742.00721494@pop3.passport.ca>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 00:07:42 -0500
From: David Oh <davidoh@passport.ca>
Subject: Re: XTC's Sgt. Peppers (rebuttal)

>From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
>BTW... the esteemed David Oh said:
>> I would have to say that Chips from the Chocolate Fireball is
>> XTC's Sgt. Peppers

sorry to disappoint, mark, but this was not my quote! i just posed the
question as to whether "skylarking", as i have read many times, could be
considered to be xtc's "sgt. peppers".

i did *not* say that "Chips..." was, nor did i say that *any* xtc album was.
just for the record, here's my original question:

>>i'm sorry if this may seem a little redundant, but i've heard, and read,
this so many times, i thought i would put to the members of the 'hill for
debate.

what i've heard and read is that "skylarking" is regarded as xtc's "sgt.
peppers".

my question is this: do you agree or do you think this is a load of
cobblers, as one dom lawson would so eloquently put it? i am a little
curious as to what the general concensus is regarding this viewpoint.

i have my own spin on this argument, but i'll save that for later...<<

ok, mark?

 peace & xtc,

 davidoh

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Message-Id: <v04220800b4ba25a9b3a8@[208.13.202.89]>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:42:00 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Me Myself&Irene

At 5:27 PM -0800 1/28/00, Dane asked:
>
>Has there been any further news regarding the inclusion
>of "I'd Like That" in the new Farrelly brothers (There's Some-
>thing About Mary) movie starring Jim Carrey and Renee
>Zellweger?
>
>The reason I'm concerned is because I've read that Rolling Stone
>reports that Monsieurs Fagen and Becker (Steely Dan) have
>been hired to score the movie and that it will include such artists
>as Wilco, Brian Setzer, and Smash Mouth covering various SD
>tracks.
>
>Can anyone out there in Chalkhillsland confirm or deny?

   I hear both are true; remember the Crash Test Dummies version of
Peter Pukmpkinhead was in Dumb and Dumber, and the Farelly brothers
have already shown to have cool taste in music(both XTC, Steely Dan
and Jonathan Richman!). I have a bit of an inside on it though,
considering that most of the movie was filmed within a few miles of
my home(the hotel scene was just around the corner from me on
Williston Rd). I auditioned as an extra but didn't get a callback;
apparently they go down the list and call everybody back once until
they find people at home and get the crowd they need. The Farelly
brothers and company were good guests and very polite even when they
blocked traffic for their street scenes, unlike the What Lies Beneath
crowd who filmed in my area a month or two later who were for the
most part disdainful pricks.

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: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 09:34:33 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200001301734.JAA92417@mando.engr.sgi.com>
From: John Relph <relph@cthulhu>
Subject: Apple Venus Vol. 2

Chalkheads,

According to the CDZone catalog, Apple Venus Vol. 2 will not be
available until 17 April.  Yet another inconclusive datum.

	-- John

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Message-ID: <38947DC6.585CFB4@home.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 10:07:02 -0800
From: Rich Bunnell <richbunnell@home.com>
Organization: @Home Network
Subject: Re: AV1 Enjoyment

> Now, go back in time (mentally), close your eyes and imagine being 13, or
> even 16, and liking AV1?  Be honest. 

I bought it when I was 15 and enjoyed it perfectly fine, but I'm just
weird...

---------
Rich Bunnell
http://members.xoom.com/taoster/
---------

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Message-Id: <200001302020.MAA12123@harrier.prod.itd.earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:20:03 -0800
From: David van Wert <mcknife@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Pressure on Julian

On 1/30/00 at 8:39 AM, Wes Wilson wrote:

> I'm taking art classes (creating collages, figure drawing), am busy
> around the apartment, and have been cleaning this place and recently
> rediscovered FLOORED GENIUS: THE BEST OF JULIAN COPE AND THE TEARDROP
> EXPLODES. Luckily, I also found "Kilimanjaro" and "My Nation Underground"
> (which I think is a reference to the deceased - buried under the ground -
> as opposed to a counterculture movement of some sort). These three are
> all I have. Never did get "Peggy Suicide" or any others. Should I?

Yes, you should! But you may want to fill in the gaps between the Teardrop
days and "Nation" first by picking up St. Julian, Fried, and World Shut
Your Mouth (which doesn't contain the song of the same name...) based on
the favorite tracks you mentioned. Some of these contain a song or two from
the Teardrop albums but re-made, and I think re-made better.  Now, I'm not
saying that you won't like Peggy Suicide, because you probably will,
because it's dadgummed brilliant. It's sort of like when you're trying to
get someone into XTC-- you might not start with the most brilliant
material, you start with the catchiest, get them addicted, then hit them
with the rest. With the vast majority of artists, the catchiest IS the most
brilliant, but we fans of XTC know that ain't necessarily so... A favorite
Cope album of mine is Skellington, for example, but I'd be unlikely to
recommend it to anyone as their first (maybe one or two people are
exceptions). As a fan of XTC, however, you have already proven yourself to
be a person of discerning judgment and excellent taste, so you probably
don't need to be slowly immersed. Forget all that stuff I wrote above.
Just dive into Cope anywhere you want based on how much you like the album
cover. The only album of his I never really got into was Autogeddon, but a
former house mate of mine over heard it and fell in love with it, so what
the hell do I know?

> I really, really "dig" (sorry!) the sound of the guitar on these tracks -
> crisp, with just the right amount of distortion. Who is this tasteful
> guitar soloist, anyway? I can't tell from the liner notes. If anyone
> knows, send me e-mail. Does the guitarist have solo/other work out?

Well, I've never been one of those quite geeky enough to sort out who plays
individual bits in songs (no offense Books are Burning solo people-- I'm
quite geeky enough to do things you would never consider, I'm sure), but
this is probably the work of Donald Ross Skinner, Cope's long time
guitarist. That's something I find interesting about Cope-- how little his
ensemble line-up has changed over the years. Whether it's incredible
loyalty to each other or Cope has their family members locked up in his
basement, I don't know.

Enjoy,

David van Wert      http://www.davidvanwert.com/

`I don't know about the rest of you guys, but these tight colonial pants
are killing me. I gotta change before I pass out!'
Patrick Henry, 1776 (later condensed to `Give me liberty or give me death.')

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Message-ID: <20000130201706.18161.qmail@web214.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:17:06 -0800 (PST)
From: pancho artecona <partecona@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Do the Luna Twist

Hey 'hillers,

Since no one mentioned it (I think....didn't really
pore over the thing) I just want to thank whoever
pointed out the Luna thing re Erica Wexler. I just
love when things fall into place and that one just
reeks of truth to me.  too much of a
coincidence....another satellite indeed!

As always, kudos to Sherwood for his lovely
exploration of the twisted loves of Partridge. I just
hope that in extrapolating I am wrong in thinking that
there may be present 'hints' that things in the Erica
camp may be souring (I'm by nature paranoid and
usually wrong so I'm not very concerned about it).

And misheard lyrics- instead of "Maypole" in the
chorus I keep hearing Napalm!

Well, that about does it then.....

Pancho XPRXTCFAN

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Message-ID: <20000130202740.6280.qmail@web1303.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:27:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Molly Fanton <mfanton99@yahoo.com>
Subject: Green Man in the Grocery Store

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping with one of my friends, and I heard
the beginning of a familiar song.  It was Greenman.  My friend was
talking to me, but I wasn't paying attention to her, because I was
listening to Greenman.  The only problem is that they kept using the
PA system, which annoys me, because I like to listen to the whole
song. :)

Molly

Molly's Pages

http://www.angelfire.com/mn/mollyfa99/index.html

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From: Melsta@aol.com
Message-ID: <7d.848e8f.25c62352@aol.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 18:29:22 EST
Subject: Long-lasting, hard-wearing love

Hey-

Me again. Still catching up. Nice post, unna. Way back when.

> From: unna@worldmailer.com
>  Date: 13 Jan 2000 04:53:54 -0800
>  Subject: On Love
>
>  I've been wondering about concepts of romantic
>  love. When listening to XTC love songs I've been noticing that the
>  angle is either a. the fantastically beautiful newness of it, b. the
>  end of it, or c. whats gone wrong with it.
>  Now, I'm not cynical, although the groom may think my timing stinks,
>  but are there any songs about a peaceful, steady, nourishing, and
>  enduring love?
>  Life imitates art (imitates life? chicken? egg?), and it seems that
>  most people share the same concept of the excitement of fresh love,
>  and it seems also that people can relate to songs of betrayed or ended
>  love, so why can't I think of a song about the state of lasting and
>  flawless love?

Couple candidates: The Prettiest Eyes by The Beautiful South(?), True
Companion by I don't know.

Both of these songs bring me to tears _every_single_time_ I hear them.
Granted, True Companion is about the promise of lasting love given at the
beginning when all is fresh and new, but at least whoever-he-is has the
imagination to go even past his own death "I'll be up there waiting for my
true companion" (sniff).

And surely one or two of Sting's songs are like this? Umm and then there's
"Still the One". Orlando, was it? And I have to believe one of them thar
Finn brothers must have done something like this. Oh, and there's Kenny
Rogers' "She Believes In Me".

But of course it's easier to wax poetic over new things. New love, new
loss.  The emotion is more immediate. And steady, abiding love gives you a
basis from which to sing about other things. "When you're in the arms of
the one you love you can forget the daily push and shove. You need a
friend you can rely upon, someone else to make some sense of it" (Split
Enz)

"Flawless love" is just part of who you are, there's not so much need to
sing about it.

Great topic.

Melissa "right off the top of my head" Reaves

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Message-ID: <20000131022445.334.qmail@web2102.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 18:24:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: XTC-paranoia and julian cope-is he worth it?

Wes Wilson asked:

Never did
get "Peggy Suicide" or any others. Should I?

Yes, you should buy Peggy Suicide. I'm not a Julian
Cope aficianado, but that album's pretty damn good.
People tell me its his best, too, although I liked the
Teardrop Explodes quite a bit back in the day. My
feeling about Julian Cope is that he'd be a lot better
if he would just lay off the halucinogens.

digitalmaster posted a longish paranoia-filled
discussion of why XTC are doomed as a band. THe gist
of his message seemed to be that they are not youth
oriented.

Well yeah, they're not. and that makes me happy. WHile
quality seems to have no bearing on what gets released
and/or promoted these days, there is a lot of music
being released that the average (I said AVERAGE, kevin
diamond!) 16 year old could care less about. Recent
recordings by Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Los
Lobos, XTC, and many others were relesaed to
considerable critical acclaim, and probably sold
decently as well, and are probably owned by only a
handfull of 16 year olds, if that.
Don't know what my point is here, exactly, but I
woulden't worry that Andy and Colin are too old to be
relevant.
The other points drought up in this post:
1. that a duo is more likely to break up than a larger
group.
Don't know about that. They Might Be Giants and
Everything But The Girl spring to mind right away, I'm
sure there are many more examples of duos sticking
around for years.
2. the cover of AV 2 will confuse buyers.
Could be. It's already been considered that Homespun
confused people, that's why it was made a limited
edition. Someone may decide to make the cover art for
AV2 very different from AV1, who knows? WE don't know
for SURE what the cover will look like, do we?
And, if it does confuse people, leading to fewer
sales, will that necesarily cause XTC to break up?
After 7 years of no new recordings, a few lost sales
probably wouldent be noticed (assuming that sales were
lost. How would you know for sure what caused low
sales?)

It may look like the deck is stacked against XTC
(although I don't think so,personally). But really,
that's par for the course for this band, and it's
worked out fine so far!

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Date: 31 Jan 00 13:17:29 ASD
From: Paul.Culnane@dcita.gov.au
Subject: Dream On
Message-ID: <0001eceuksgy.0000cuywsyeq@dcita.gov.au>

Dear Chalk-o-philes

The Mole's vivid tale of his dream about witnessing XTC perform was an
excellent read.  Thanx for sharing that with us Jon!  (And thanx to you,
Mark, Dom VA, Toni, Dunks and a couple of pop stars who shall remain
nameless, for the cards and gifts - cheers!)

I particularly enjoy reading Chalkhills when it contains heartwarming and
evocative postings like Jon's, or that splendid essay on "Millions" that
david oh sent in.  Great stuff!

Jon's story bore a couple of similarities to my introductory Chalkhills post
all those years ago.  I wonder if some of the newcomers to the list might
like to have a look at it? Well, just to save you the trouble of looking it
up in the archives, I hereby present my little story again at the foot of
this post.

Meanwhile, - aghast! - I will be without XTC music for a whole month starting
tomorrow.  What brings about this peculiar and potentially torturous
happenstance I hear you ask?  Well, it so happens that it is my turn to mount
a display at my workplace, showing off my prime hobby.  So I shall, of
course, be presenting a full multi-media exhibition of my entire XTC
collection.  I'll be getting some digi-pics made of the display, and if
anybody here is interested, I might see if Mark Strijbos might put the pics
in his "Treasure Trove" section on The Little Lighthouse site.  But no XTC
music for a month?!?!?! Do you think I'll survive?

Well, here's hoping everybody's 2000 is a pearler.  Frankly, my 1999 was my
"annus horribilus"...

Volume Two is on its way.  Hip hip hooray!!!!

Cheers
~~p@ul

+++++++++++++++++++++++++

 From Chalkhills Vol 2 # 140; 26 July 1996:

"DREAMS SOMETIMES DO COME TRUE"
This year on my birthday (30th July), I've got a choice of two visiting
international bands to see in my home town: Presidents of the USA or Fear
Factory. And fair enough too, for this rock-deprived capital city of
Australia.

But way back in '79, I received the best birthday present anyone could hope
for - XTC played here on 30/7/79 (or 7/30/79 for US readers).

I caught them a week earlier in Sydney. They were supported by Flowers, who
were soon to transmogrify into Icehouse.  Just before XTC took the stage,
the intro music was "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" by AC/DC.  I
braced myself for the onslaught, and was rewarded with a sit-down concert
of exemplary music.  It was magical.  [in retrospect this was incorrect - the
concert that I refer to here took place the following year on 7 Sept 1980 -
but I'm an old man with a decidedly scrambled memory so please forgive me]

Then, back in Canberra, it was announced that XTC would perform at the
refectory of the Australian National University.  Aghast, I realised that
this would be THE REAL THING.  The ANU Ref is one of the legendary "beer
barns" in which many Oz bands honed their acts in preparation for world
domination (INXS, Midnight Oil, et al).  XTC were to play here, and on my
birthday!!!  This venue was a 2-minute walk from my place and, already
well-primed, my mates Steve and Ralph joined me to set out with great
expectations.  We were not disappointed!

Unfortunately, the actual list of what they played is lost in the debris of
time, but I recall vividly and fondly such highlights as Terry's huge drum
sound, Colin's svelte bass-playing, and the seemingly shy Dave giving his
all to songs previously arranged for the now-absent keyboards of the
recently-departed Barry Andrews.  And Andy....Andy just popped his eyes out
and behaved like a possessed dervish.  Our eyes (and ears) popped in
response.

The band ripped through well-chosen selections from 'White Music', 'Go2'
and the freshly-released 'Drums & Wires'.  I, like most of the audience,
was awestruck.  We'd recently witnessed the likes of EC &the Attractions,
Graham Parker &the Rumour, The Pretenders, Rockpile and Ian Dury &the
Blockheads.  Great acts all, but XTC simply, deftly, consummately and with
great abandon, blew all of them (and us) away!

As if that concert wasn't enough, afterwards I had the great and rare
pleasure of actually meeting the guys.  At the time I was contributing
occasionally to the local uni radio station.  They gave me a cassette
machine and said "go on, interview 'em".  So, with some guile and gall, I
approached somebody who looked "in charge" and requested entry to the inner
sanctum. Entry duly gained, I headed in and met all four Swindonians, just
like that!

I can't remember much at this point (I was a major mess by this time; after
all, it was my b'day).  But the guys were all sweet and receptive.  Andy &
I chatted at length about (aarrgh - I can't remember!) - he was so friendly
and easy to approach - a really witty guy.  Colin seemed preoccupied and a
little surly - still nice though.  I didn't get a chance to chat with Dave,
other than to say "hi".  But I particularly remember my encounter with
Terry Chambers.  When I drunkenly said "I'm here to interview you", he
replied with words to this effect: "fuck that for a lark, mate, suck more
piss!"  I readily complied to his invitation and we went on to discuss
kangaroos, koalas and the infamous drum sounds on D&W.  And sucked piss
copiously.

Then they left, with a distressing lack of groupies in tow, for their
hotel.  I went home and kept pinchin' m'self.

Remembering this hazy but beautiful experience, as I do every year around
this time, I still feel as young and spritely as the madcap TC who faced me
on that ill-advised interview couch. What a birthday memory for me!

That's all.   Paul-of-Oz

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Message-Id: <200001310358.WAA13016@nantucket.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 22:57:27 -0800
Subject: Junk, Junk... well, if you insist...
From: "Diamond" <arnos@nantucket.net>

>close your eyes and imagine being 13, or
>even 16, and liking AV1?  Be honest.  No matter how much we love Apple
>Venus, we would probably not have bought AV1 and XTC would have not have
>made it this far.

I don't have to imagine, I am 16. AV1 is probably my favorite album by them,
and, therefor, my favorite album. Does that answer your question?

Oh, and I don't think that I am any different then you were when you were
younger. I mean, Skylarking WAS thier biggest hit, but it wasn't a major hit
in any respects... Skylarking is extremely different then what was popular
in 1986 (that's when it was released, Right? or '85?) . Probably just as
different as AV1 is from Backstreet Boys or Limp Bizkit. Am I wrong here?
Hasn't XTC always been relatively under-ground-ish? Please let me know.

>XTC is doomed if you ask me.

What? Honestly, what are you talking about? Doomed? This whole post was kind
of wierd. I couldn't tell if you were talking about album design or music,
it changed from both topics.

>Though I love the music with a
>passion, the youngin's wont feel the same I'm sure.   They will move over to
>something easier to handle.

Then let them. I honestly don't think that if Dear God, or Mayor of
Simpleton was released right now that the majority of my age group would
care. It doesn't matter, they're very happy with thier TRL, so leave them
be. We can save the good stuff for ourselves.

>With the so called
>"80's revival" coming on,

What? Really? I honestly hadn't heard about this. ROck! The eighties are my
favorite time period ever! New wave is my fav. type of music, and I could
lounge around all day watching john Hughs movies. I just got Ferris Beuler's
Day Of on DVD! In fact, my friend and I are writing a script of the ultimate
eighties movie. And my band, French Electric
(http://www.mp3.com/frenchelectric) is a new-wave band. Actually, we call
ourselves Neo-Wave. What does it mean? Nothing. But it's catchy. So listen
to us. ...sorry, shamelss plug.

Look, let me just say one thing... I really don't think you have any point
here. There's no way of getting around the fact that you are recomending
that XTC sell out. Honestly, I don't think anyone here would really want
that. Or maybe you're just saying that you liked the albums Skyarking and
O&L's better then AV1 and Nonsuch... fine, but just come out and say that...
make your point clear, we'll all understand. Hell, there are people here who
STILL are determined that GO2 is XTC's best album... I say, right on! Stand
by your tastes! In my opinion, that's more important then anything else.

ummmmmm... I gotta go to bed now, It's a school night.

Kevin Diamond

P.S. I mentioned to you guys that I was doing the play Noises Off.. just
wanted to let you know, it's over... finally... and it went incredibly
well... I didn't think we were going to pull it off, but we did. I still
think it's the funniest play ever written.

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"She thinks she's Edith Head,
But you might know she's not
the accent in her speach
she didn't have growing up."
        -John Flansburgh/They Might be Giants

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Message-Id: <200001310413.XAA14000@nantucket.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 23:11:41 -0800
Subject: Pep up your day... with Sgt. Pepper.
From: "Diamond" <arnos@nantucket.net>

Well, I don't think this is finished really. I don't think I put enough
thought into it... but if I think of any changes, I'll inform you.

Sgt pepper - The Loving
    They just sound similar... In fact, I think this is the most obvious
choice

With A Little Help From My Friends - Frivoulous Tonight
    Hmmmmmm... I'm not sure why... I think an up-tempo Frivoulous Tonight
would sound great in this spot.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Mole from the Ministry
    I think this one was actually supposed to sound like LSD, so maybe it's
not a fair choice.

Getting Better - Then she Appeared
    Same theme... in then She Appeared, everything got better whith this new
woman.

Fixing a Hole - Earn Enogh For Us
    Simply because of the line "A roof held together with holes.... no other
reason

She's Leaving Home - Harvest Fetival, perhaps?

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
    Both song stories, with a set of characters. Also could be No Thugs In
Our House for same reason.

Within you Without you - ????
    I hate this song, and don't really remember it very well.

When I'm Sixty-Four - Fruit Nut
    Same type of innocents, In 64, he imagines his simple life when he's
older, in fruit nut, Colin is older, and is reveling in his pleasent life.

Lovely Rita - I'd Like That
    The same type of air to both songs, I think

Good Morning, Good Morning - Wake Up
    Obvious choice.

Sgt. Pepper. Reprise - The Loving, reprise

A Day in the Life - All of skylarking compressed into one song... is that
allowed?

Here's a song that I thought sounded to similar
Accros the Universe - You're The Wish You Are I had

It sounds exactly like the music during the line "Nothings gonna change my
world"

Kevin Diamond
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"Nothing's gonna change my clothes... ever anymore"
                -They Might Be Giants

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