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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 245

                 Saturday, 19 August 2000

Topics:

                      Concerts Redux
                    Re: Cut That Lick
                       Re: concerts
                       few concerts
        Andres Montoya and the Woodstock Allstars
                     Concerts Galore
                 More rambling responses
                       Concerts???
                      TELEPHONE MAN
                    Birthday anal-ysis
                         Scratch
                    Re: Telephone Man
                    A concerted effort
                     XTC review alert
    Do Not Accept Any Checks From The Following People
                      Re: Off Topic
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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 17:19:08 -0600
From: KirK.Gill@equifax.com
Subject: Concerts Redux
Message-ID: <8525693E.008037DD.00@noteswetc15.fin.equifax.com>

I just sent in a posting with my obligatory concert list, but once I sent
it I remembered THE most amazing, weird, experimental, memorable concerts
of my life.  If you haven't seen them, then you must. But Beware ! They
are Crash Worship.

Now, I know that Chalkillers are of all makes and models, but if you like
XTC then you likely have at least a smidgen of pop sensibility. Crash
Worship, when considered as pop music, sucks the big ugly. From a musical
standpoint, it's mostly tribal drums and overdriven guitar noise. There
are no lyrics as such, no song structure that you'd notice. In fact, more
than a concert, Crash Worship is a mass pagan ritual.

The first time I saw them, they were playing in an open field in the
middle of a semi-industrial part of Denver. Lots of old warehouse
buildings and trucking companies. I'm not the hippest guy in the world,
but the crowd at this show would make most anyone feel normal. The first
people I saw when I walked through the gates were four girls standing
together, wearing embroidered cutoffs and sandals from the waist down and
dried mud from the waist up. I was, thus, loving life. My friends and I
found a place about 40 feet back from the stage, and waited for it all to
happen. The band is made up of a host of people wearing masks and
decidedly tribal-looking gear. They start the show by walking into the
audience, some beating drums, some doing the fire-breathing trick (right
towards your face), some spraying flammable liquids around your feet and
lighting it on fire.

No, I'm serious.

During the course of the show, once the "band" makes it to the stage, the
audience was squirted with water and wine, more flammable liquids were
dispersed and lit, a young woman on a platform was passed about by the
audience while dispensing sips of wine and pieces of fruit. Bags of flour
were hurled over the moistened audience, making us all look a bit tribal
ourselves. Folks would disperse through the crowd flipping spoonfuls of
colored goo on your clothes and in your hair, or lighting off fireworks at
your feet. At one point a part of the wall next to the stage opened and
what appeared to be a burning car was pushed through the crowd. It was
made of bent tubular aluminum with flammable materials strapped to it. The
"band" rolled it through the crowd without warning. You basically got the
hell out of the way, or you were burned. Amazingly (and probably due to
the repeated drenchings we were receiving) I received no burns, nor did I
see anyone get burned (well, one guy, but more on that later). The music
was almost incidental, but it had an undeniable beat, and I found myself
giving in to it, moving with it, dancing to it, communing with the
crowd. I can't explain it, but it was a powerful experience.

A bonfire was started in the middle of the crowd, and people started
jumping across it. The one fellow who was injured attempted to jump over
at the same time as someone on the other side. One fellow fell into the
middle of the fire and looked like he got a decent burn out of it (and
something tells me the band wasn't carrying any insurance).

I've seen them twice since, and they don't disappoint. It's like a Cirque
de Soleil for the Burning Man set, if you have any idea what I mean. If
they come around, see them. You may love it, like I do. You may hate it,
like my wife did.  But you won't forget it, ever.

k

"Please do bend down"

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 19:34:56 EDT
From: WTDK@aol.com
Subject: Re: Cut That Lick
Message-ID: <7e.9245b45.26cdd0a0@aol.com>

Ed asked:

>If this is
>your favorite album (ES), then what do you find compelling in the current
>work? What similiarities still float your proverbial boats?

I like ES a lot, however, it is flawed with a couple of less than stellar
tracks. However, I like the experimental nature of the album. It's where
Andy's ability as a songwriter showed a huge leap (although that was evident
on Black Sea as well). It's one of my favs (although of the two I prefer
Black Sea--very little fat there). It's the last mature statement of early
Xtc. Mummer began their next phase although it was just as experimental as ES
in its own way.

>Also, sorry to disappoint you, but Harrison did not have the kind of
>chops to cut that lick.

Well, got to disagree Kingstune. George was quite a good guitar player. His
slide work was always memorable (for those who point to For You Blue as an
example of his "weak" slide ability I'd like to point out that was John
playing the solo). Harrison's solo work and later Beatle albums have some
marvelous moments on them. I don't doubt with enough practice George could
pick it up (after all, McCartney did on Flaming Pie and a couple of other
albums).

My personal favs  (in no particular order)are Black Sea, The Big Express,
Skylarking and Apple Venus Volume One,  ES and Nonesuch. I decided to pick
those songs that strike me as unusual and creative. I went

George's early solos are simple because he was told to play what George
Martin would pluck out on the piano. He had little say as to what he could
play then. Martin's main concern was making sure the solo was short, sweet
and melodic. Complexity wasn't the the point. Around Help & Rubber Soul
George finally got his say as to what he would play (although if Paul wrote
it or the bulk of it, anyway, he would frequently suggest solos to George as
well).

Marcus sayeth--

>through my collection and came up with this list (I tried to pick at least
>one from each album - starting with D&W). I found it interesting that
Although I have >to admit to growing fond of Wasp Star of late.

I'd suggest Mermaid Smiled (one of my favs--when Andy was going around
signing autographs he was upset that MFS hadn't contacted him to ask which
version they should put out. He would have opted for the original with Dear
God as a bonus track--maybe). Also, Making Plans for Nigel is a great song to
include as well. I'd go with Blame the Weather from Rag.

>Do all Nonsuch CDs have PROMOTIONAL stamped across them or
>do I have one of these CDs that should have never seen the
>light of day in the public?

Josh the answer is No and No. Stores aren't supposed to sell promos.

Vee mentioned the Pretty Things' CD SF Sorrow. It's one of my favs and a lost
classic that only gets better with time.

Oh and Bumble, rumble nova later

Wayne

That Wave and Then She Appeared would also be very good choices from Nonsuch.
As to Apple Venus I'd have to include I'd Like That. WS I'd include Maypole,
Standing in for Joe and CoW (or Playground).

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 16:42:32 -0700
From: "Ray Michno" <rmichno@my-Deja.com>
Subject: Re: concerts
Message-ID: <MLMGIGFKDKBEKCAA@my-deja.com>
Organization: My Deja Email (http://www.my-deja.com:80)

First concert: Black Sabbath & Blue Oyster Cult (early 80's) on
               the Black & Blue tour. I fell asleep during BOC's
               set....I was only 11-12.

Best concert : The Blasters with The Beat Farmers (mid 90's). I have
               a wonderful memory of the late great Country Dick
               Montana from the Beat Farmers standing right next to
               me after his band's set. He was digging The Blasters
               just like me.

Best concert runner up: Too many to name. All of them in small clubs
                        or outdoor venues. Big arenas are a terrible
                        place to hear music!

"What the hell was I thinking?" concert: (tie) The Monkees reunion
               tour during the late 80's & Heart ("Barracuda"), also
               in the 80's.

Wish I'd seen: XTC, The Replacements, The Jam.

Last concert(s) I saw: Steve Earle at Lupo's. Bob Dylan in Hartford.
                       July was a good month!!

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 02:51:37 +0200
From: otadui@euskalnet.net
Subject: few concerts
Message-ID: <399C8899.2AE6858A@euskalnet.net>

Here's mine:

"I want more" concert : Robyn Hitchcock ,Bergara 1999
Best concert: Stranglers, Donostia 1983 & King Crimson 1981
?
"Only for you & me" concert: Peter Hammill,Eibar 1997
friendly concert: Dr. Feelgood, Arrasate 1983
Most inexplicable concert:  Kevin Coyne ,Ooati 1996
"Wish I'd been there" concert: XTC ("English Settlement
Tour")

Imanol

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 21:38:58 EDT
From: KINGSTUNES@aol.com
Subject: Andres Montoya and the Woodstock Allstars
Message-ID: <31.90515fa.26cdedb2@aol.com>

Chalkrealmers,

First concert - Monterey Pop 1971 (Linda Ronstadt, John Phillips, Beach Boys,
    some locals)
Favorite concerts - Bob Dylan with The Band, '74; Yes - Tales tour '74;
Gentle Giant    '78; Joni Mitchell - Shadows & Light tour, '79';  Pat
Metheney Group at Stars,    Philly, '79; Pink Floyd - The Wall, '80; Talking
Heads - Speaking In Toungues.   '82; Weather Report - Glassboro State, '81;
Police (with many others) -     '81:Seamus Egan with Zan MacLeod and Cathy
Ryan - Circlewood   Coffehouse, Cherry Hill, NJ, '90; Joe Jackson - Night
Music, '94  (Sorry, can't   pick just one.)
What the hell was I thinking concert - Jefferson Airplane reunion, '79
Wish I could have seen - Monterey Pop '67, Woodstock, Beatles Shea Stadium,
    Isle of Wight, The Last Waltz, and at least one Grateful Dead show, to
say
    I did it.  (If I HAD to pick only one, I'd go with Monterey '67).
In your dreams concert - the Rooftop jam, Beatles '69 (I mean on the roof,
Jack!)  And, if ever,ever -     XTC on song stories!!!!!
*************************
Misheard lyric - "Glad that you want to beat my wife for all this"
**************************

>George's solo work is full of high calibre playing and I somehow doubt that
>he couldn't hack a bit of Spanish!  I have a friend who plays guitar.  He
>professes to be "about grade 4."  I have heard him play a few bars of
>Granados and Albeniz.  He could not play the whole piece for sure, but he's
>learnt 20 seconds of it pretty well.  The man who played And Your Bird Can
>Sing and many other superb solos With and Without the Beatles could surely
>have learnt 8 seconds of Spanish guitar, and don't forget that The Beatles
>also were fond of speeded up tapes if he needed help.  So, George may not
>have played it, but I bet he could have with a bit of practise.  It's hardly
>the whole of Rodrigo's Aranjeuz is it?  To add further weight: as a grade 7
>sax player, I can play short pieces by Bird, Coltrane and Rollins.  Of
>course, I don't sound as good, I may not have their tone and I couldn't
>improvise around them too well, but I can play the tunes all the same.

Ok.  Here's the deal.  I adore George's playing, and I understand what you're
trying to say.  But following your logic, we could also suggest that Neil
Young could have played it.  I'm sure anyone could do anything if they tried
their little hearts out.  But it's really moot to suggest that he could,
since he didn't really need to or nescessarily want to.  There's more to
this, as well.  The first thing is that there is a distinction between what
is accepted as "classical" guitar and Flamenco.  This is tricky, because
guitar has its roots in the Spanish tradition, and I don't want to get deep
into a history lesson.  Flamenco involves dance rhythms and florishes (like
the one on Bungalow Bill) inherent to the Spanish gypsy styles.  No written
music per se, and rather improvised within it's stylistic guidelines.  It
even involves a slightly different guitar, with a Granada spruce top and
stings of a much lower tension.  This style was popularized with the likes of
Carlos Montoya, and brought into modern fusion music with players like Paco
De Lucia.  Classical guitar takes the instrument that developed from this and
bings it musically into the fold of the mainstream European musical
tradition.  The styles run the gamut from Rennaissance to Baroque to
Classical and so on up to modern.  Classical players require extensive
training and background in musical study to acommodate these styles.  The
instrument tends to be larger and use higher tension strings for concert hall
clarity and precision.  Now, where it gets a little confusing is that the
Spanish "classical" players and composers from the 1800's lean on the styles
and sounds of flamenco.  This is where Albeniz, Torroba, Granados, Aranjuez,
Cadiz (sounds like a damn Spanish road map!) and so on come from.  But, it is
not true flamenco!  The lick in that mellotron tape was a flamenco run.  Many
classical players dabble in it, but I can tell you from experience that it is
a whole other can of worms.  The best flamenco players usually start with
that and stick with it.  It's difficult for classically trained players to
attempt.  It's analogous to a properly trained flute player attempting the
raw approach of Irish tin whistle playing.
As for whether or not George could have done it, you need to understand that
the technique needed to play that run with such assurance requires years of
dedicated practice, not weeks or months.  A steady right hand with even
apoyando execution; fatter, softer strings; wider neck and string distances;
and a whole new musical language to contend with.  That's what jumps out when
you hear that Bungalow Bill sample.  I am by no means knocking George.  But
it's not as easy as you make it sound.  It was no simple "bit of Spanish"
that any one could hack at!

Credential for this *expert opinion*; BA in Performance, classical guitar,
Glassboro State class of '80.  Former member of the Grove Guitar Quartet, '86
-'89, and still occassionally performing on the "nylon string, man!"

Strange what pops up on this list, eh, Chalkers?
*******************

ObXTC - It worked!!!!  They all fit the CD on my test burn!  Sampler is
happening.
Get back to you later with results!

Tom "so you wanna be an XTC fan" K

"Good pitching will always beat good hitting, and vice versa." - Casey Stengel

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 22:06:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: Radios In Motion <radiosinmotion@iwon.com>
Subject: Concerts Galore
Message-ID: <384444777.966564403200.JavaMail.root@web185-iw>

I have been to quite a few concerts so I will try as best I can to remember
them all.

XTC: Yeah, I saw them, about 25 times!  uh huh... Sure I did.  Ok, I didn't,
but I did watch "Look Look" in slow motion!  Ok, so I did not do that
either, but I did watch it at regular speed and enjoyed it just the same!

Boingo: I can't even remember how many times I saw them.  I saw them so many
damn times (really on this one though!)

Drama Rama: Damn good show, but did not like the fact that he lit a bunch of
cigarettes and through them out to the audience.  I got burnt, but the show
was still good. (I should have called Jacoby and Myers!)

B-52's:  During the "Cosmic Thing" era.  Also a good show.

Robyn Hitchcock: Saw him for the first time this year!  Small Gig, great
show.

Public Image Limited: Saw them at some college when 9 came out.  It was a
good show and I got to hang out with them for a while.

Depcehe Mode: During Violator Tour I think.  I also saw them when they did
the Music For The...  One thing I liked about the Violator tour (besides
getting some...) was Nitzer Ebb.  Tons of energy.  Electronic bored me
though for some reason.

Fugees:  What can I say, a good show.  They performed with Tribe Called
Quest, Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes and others, but the Fugees took the show.

Wu Tang Clan: You would think they would be as good in person as they are on
their first album, but they weren't.

Circle Jerks: All I remember is a big fight after the show because there was
this "Nazi Skinhead" against "Sharps" thing going on.

I also seen Black Flag and a few other Punk shows in the 80's but they were
often violent.  I did see the Surf Punks and they had a much more calmer
audience.

That is all I can recall for now.  I know there was lots more.

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 18:26:40 -0700
From: jbkxtc@ev1.net
Subject: More rambling responses
Message-ID: <006501c008b6$929237a0$1b525d3f@sony.com>

Hi kids,

Okay, just trying to catch up and get back into the swing of things.  I'll
quiet down soon, I promise.

I'm not sure what the whole ELO discussion has been about, but Bob or David
wrote about their "weakness" for "Can't Get It Out of My Head" and I agree.
I had the sudden craving a few weeks ago to hear "Eldorado" and bought it
and have been playing at least once a day ever since.  Of course, the album
has some significance for me as back on April 4, 1974 as I listened to
"Laredo Tornado" after school one day back in Alabama, we had about 20
tornadoes come through in one night over about a six hour period.  Aside
from that, I just love the album.

As to Jayne's question regarding the murder of her flatmate - it depends,
dear.  Is he helping you move all your books?  If so, kill him later (and is
murder completely necessary?  Would a proper maiming suffice?) but if not,
go ahead and do it now.  Oh, unless it means you lose your security deposit
(do you even have those in the UK?).

That's it for now.  You're getting off easy . . . this time!

Thanks for listening,

John

p.s. - Oops, I forgot my XTC content.  I forgot who it was (sorry) that
mentioned Colin's bass playing and I can't agree more that he is one of the
most underrated, overlooked, inventive bass players.  His work on Nonsuch
alone should go down in history as some of the best rock bass ever.  Okay,
bye.

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 22:57:48 -0600
From: Phil Corless <philco@micron.net>
Subject: Concerts???
Message-ID: <3.0.5.32.20000817225748.00a60560@pophost.micron.net>

I can count the number of concerts I've been to on one hand:

BEST:
Oingo Boingo/Police, 1982.... Oingo Boingo blew Sting & Co. away.

WORST:
Chuck Mangione, 1978... My dad thought Chuck was cool.

BEST AUDIENCE:
Dixie Dregs, 1980.... I was 16, never heard of the Dregs, but high
school buddy Eric Persing (founder of Spectrasonics) talked me
into going with him.  Everyone there was *INTO* the whole Dregs
scene, and at the end we were standing on our chairs and tables
chanting "Dregs! Dregs! Dregs! Dregs!"  Afterwards I had to wait
out in the alley because Eric just had to meet the Dregs keyboard
player.  Anybody out there know Eric Persing?  He's made quite
a name for himself in the music industry these days.

The only other concerts I've been to in my 35 years:  Queen,
Pretenders, Yes, Lyle Lovett, Roger Whittaker, The Chieftains,
Wynton Marsalis with Lionel Hampton, Busboys, X, Sparks.

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 08:06:00 +0100
From: davebancroft@cwctv.net
Subject: TELEPHONE MAN
Message-ID: <0429b5201071280DTVMAIL12@smtp.cwctv.net>

hi,si curtis and squirrelgirl talked of this trashy song.it was by
MERI WILSON and it reached 6 in 1977.how sad am I? OOOOH QUICK XTC
CONTENT......err andy is ace....

kind regards, DAVE

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 09:51:40 +0100
From: "Chris" <bonyking@sniffout.com>
Subject: Birthday anal-ysis
Message-ID: <001c01c008f1$c6155040$29a0a8c0@sigta>

In #6-243 Gary posted a list of celebrant's and included

>Gilby Clarke (not sure...Butthole Surfers maybe?)

No, that's Gibby Haines isn't it ? Gilby Clarke was Gun's and Roses
replacement for Izzy Stradlin (I think).

Quickly...

First concert : Rainbow, St. Austell Coliseum 1983 (on a school trip ! How
cool was my school ? )
Best Concert : Meatloaf, Brighton Centre 1994(?) - say what you like, he's a
great showman
'Why, God, why?' Concert : The Damned, Worthing Assembly Halls, 1995 - Did
they suck? Oh yes....

chris2

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Date: 18 Aug 2000 11:18:00 +0100
From: "Robert Wood" <Robert.Wood@mutech.co.uk>
Subject: Scratch
Message-ID: <0000388A@mutech.co.uk>
Organization: Mutech Ltd

Wayne said:

>> Steve Young Said:
>>I wish Aimee Mann's new CD hadn't been housed in that cheap paper
sleeve.  My copies is scratched and won't play in my car.

That's why I scanned the back cover and put it in a jewel box (with the
lyric booklet as the cover). I usually don't like the album
sleeves. There's two options 1) A CD resurfacer (runs about $25.00) gets
rid of bad scratches and can be used quite a bit <<

Eh? How do you get rid of scratches on a CD? Does it work out which bits
were corrupt and insert the appropriate 0s and 1s?! Sounds like a marketing
scam to me...

>> or 2) Contact someone who has a copy and get them to burn you another
(hint-hint I have a copy and would be willing to trade since you've already
purchased it once...not that I want to take any money from Aimee) <<

That's NAUGHTY!!

Go and buy her album again!! She needs the money! And go and buy 'Til
Tuesday's Welcome Home if you don't have it too! It's Aimee's best album
(IMHO of course!)

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 06:45:05 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Re: Telephone Man
Message-ID: <l03130301b5c180667aec@[208.13.202.9]>

>6.  Since some of you have proven your superior knowledge of Awful Songs:
>does anybody remember an awful song from 1978ish, sung by a female and
>called "Telephone Man"?  Who was that?  Why do I remember it?
>
>SG

  That would be one hit wonder Meri Wilson. Very pretty lady, very goofy
song. Hey lally lally! So awful it was downright surreal.

Christopher R. Coolidge

"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: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 06:58:59 EDT
From: Jxnsmom@aol.com
Subject: A concerted effort
Message-ID: <e1.8ad77aa.26ce70f3@aol.com>

I already shared this list personally with Dan, who started this concert
thread, but since everybody else is sharing with Chalkhills, I will too, by
golly!

First concert: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, 1977 (at age 10, I'm proud to say!
I was a huge fan, and I was certain, looking through binoculars, that Keith
smiled at ME)

Best concert: U2, 1983

Best unknown (at the time) opening band: Soul Asylum, 1986

Most flawless performance: k.d. lang, several shows from1989-1996

Most flawed but extremely entertaining performance: The Replacements, several
shows from 1984-1989

Most pure fun concert: Thompson Twins/English Beat, 1983

Oh no, it's puberty!: Air Supply, 1981

Best international performer: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 1988

Most likeable performer: Adrian Belew, 1988 and beyond

Most physically dangerous concert: Einsturzende Neubauten, 1986

Worst seats: The Who's "farewell" tour, 15,000-seat arena, upper deck, third
from the last row, furthest section from the stage. We suffered a major sound
delay way back there. Miserable.

Sorry I missed it: XTC, the Jam in Chicago (1982?), Kevin Gilbert

Amy N.

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 09:23:07 -0400
From: fheaney@erols.com
Subject: XTC review alert
Message-ID: <002501c00917$74c2dfc0$f1e17ad1@default>

Hey there.  I've written a somewhat idiosyncratic review of "Wasp Star,"
which can be found at http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2000/08/16lipograms.html --
enjoy.

-- Francis

"I've run right out of words." -- The Cure

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 08:01:47 -0400
From: "Michael Versaci" <stormymonday@sprintmail.com>
Subject: Do Not Accept Any Checks From The Following People
Message-ID: <000001c0090c$165e7300$0949d23f@mtwe50004>

Folxtc,

At many retail stores, if you peek behind the counter, right next to the
register, there may be a list of patrons who have a reputation for passing
bad checks.  This list contains names, account numbers and a note at the top
that says:

"DO NOT ACCEPT ANY CHECKS FROM THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE!"

I suggest that we all consider an adaptation of this principle and apply it
before responding to certain posts on Chalkhills.  This can be done at the
"post" level, or at the "poster" level.

Example I.  "Post" Level:

Chris Coolidge

>When it comes to gun control, you have two realistic choices, disarm
everybody or allow everybody concealed
weapons.<

While some of his observations are worthy of a response, this one clearly
isn't.  No, I won't explain why, because if you can't see it, my explanation
won't help.  Moreover, I would  be in violation of my own proposition.

Example II.  "Poster" Level:

You *KNOW* who I'm talking about...Just ignore him.

Michael Versaci

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:34:17 +0100
From: John Peacock <johndrewp@zoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Off Topic
Message-ID: <399D031A.4F62D4BD@zoo.co.uk>
Organization: The Nice Organization

I can never resist off-topic..

> >First concert:

Whitesnake, 1979. Very good too, if you like that sort of thing, which I
did at the time. I was impressed that someone was allowed to be that loud.

> >Best concert:

Um. First thought - King Crimson, Aylesbury Friars 1981 (the week after
Discipline came out) or the following spring at Oxford Poly (they sort of
run together as the same event for me). Now, that was a religious
experience (I was jut entering a possibly unhealthy period of
Fripp-worship). Or getting to see Peter Blegvad for the first time after
buying his records for years - Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1990.

> >Best concert Runner-up:

Either Motorhead on the Bomber tour (although I had to lip read for a few
days) or Thin Lizzy in the early eighties sometime (Snowy White era - I
wasn't a real fan, but they were excellent, and Phil Lynott was the most
astonishingly charismatic performer, filling the theatre. I've never seen
anything like it since). Or Michael Nyman Band 1984/5.

> >Most disappointing concert:

Hugh Masekela, 1985 - we came to dance, he came to play soul ballads. The
only concert I've ever walked out of.

> >"What the hell was I thinking?" concert:

Nope, apart from the above. Either lucky or smart. Could have been the
Thompson Twins, or Blancmange or Marillion, but I am sorry to say they
were all excellent in their own ways.

> >"Wish I'd been there" concert:

Well, the boys, obviously. Crimson - Thrak tour. Hugo Largo -
1989. Talking Heads - 1981/2ish. Pixies - 1989.

> > Most Recent Concert:

King Crimson again (I'm not *obsessed*) at Shepherd's Bush Empire. And
Slapp Happy at the QEH - a deeply lovely night.

Telephone Man, Schmelephone man. Who remembers the Lone Ranger song from
about 1978? Quantum Leap, wasn't it?

John

--
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: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:18:14 EDT
From: Jxnsmom@aol.com
Subject: A truth for a truth
Message-ID: <22.a1b794f.26ce9fa6@aol.com>

I've had Wasp Star for a couple months now, and I'm just realizing how truly
gorgeous Church of Women is. I kept getting stuck at ITMWML and We're All
Light as my favorites, but WOW! Now I go right to the end of the CD for a hit
of Church of Women/Maypole. That guitar solo in Church of Women just gives me
goosebumps, especially the way it leads back into the chorus at the end. Ooo!

Also, I love listening to Andy singing that bit at the end of We're All
Light. "Kiss me now, just kiss me now." Can't you just hear him smiling from
ear to ear on that line? His voice gets a little shaky, like he's just so
happy and excited. That's the way I hear it, anyway.

I'm so glad I have you all to share these little things with. Thanks for
listening.

Amy N.

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