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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 256

                 Tuesday, 29 August 2000


                   Napster and all that
                 Re: Stupidly Remastered
                    I heard it in my X
         Re: Queen/Mott/Daughter of Mr Partridge
                     Re: taking chex
   Censorship? We don' need no steenkin' censorship....
                I prefer Rogon Josh myself
               Blue Ribbon Winning Concert
            My Sentimental Inclination. . . .
                     concert memories
                     Stupidly Single
                       re: Maypole
                   re: Carrie Newcomer


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Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 16:53:01 -0600
From: "Joseph Easter" <>
Subject: altitude
Message-ID: <001501c00fb0$63cfd700$48720a3f@default>

Are you people high or something?

The saddest song is Peter Gabriel's Here Comes the Flood.


Joseph Easter


Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 11:08:15 -0400
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: Napster and all that
Message-ID: <007501c01038$a0e2b940$610affd1@Brian>


Since there's still a bit of mention 'round here about Napster and copyright
and all that from time to time, I thought I'd provide a link for your
reading pleasure:

-Brian Matthews
 From sunny Florida, where XTC is getting some airplay...


Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 00:24:01 EDT
Subject: R.(eally)E.(ntertaining)M.(inimally)
Message-ID: <>

Quick REM note...

Growing up here in Gastonia, NC, (the land of the free, the home of the
illiterate) I had the opportunity to see GA's REM on many occasions.  The
early shows, pre and slightly post Murmur, were actually quite splendid gigs.
 They had such an earthy vibe to 'em, and many of the shows went on for hours
and often culminated with versions of standards like Moon River...they could
actually harmonize quite well.  All the gigs were in small venues so the band
was that much more accessible.  The last great REM show I saw was in support
of Reckoning, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA.  Love that venue.


The last gig I saw was in support of Monster, Charlotte, NC.  I got free
tickets and decided to check it out.  They played a piss-poor set and didn't
return for an encore.  I doubt they were on stage an hour.

They're still a damn good band, but they've very much lost touch with the
foundation of their celebrity. Stipe's ego is virtually unmatched these
days...well, there's always Sting.

wesLONG @ Optimism's Flames


Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 22:47:21 -0400
From: Sylvan <>
Subject: Re: Stupidly Remastered
Message-ID: <>


> OK - the promo postcards I have for Wasp Star state:
> (Apple Venus Volume 2)
> The Eclectric New Album Featuring
> I'm The Man Who Murdered Love
> Stupidly Happy"
> WHY oh WHY does it say this if SH is not going to be a single?

Maybe they were only planning to release SH if ITMWML (everyone loves
acronyms!)  was wildly successful. Because they're blind... so, so


And while they're at it they should remove/relocate some of those
B-side-tack-ons, (like Somnambulist or the homo safari tracks on
Mummer) put Mermaid Smiled back where it belongs, etc.

> (I guess 'devils' ain't so diplomatic)

I prefer 'evil bastards'.

And now for my redundant opinion on the whole immature -> mature XTC

There is no line! Every single album has been slightly more mature
than the one before it. So there.



Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 20:10:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: I heard it in my X
Message-ID: <>

Am I the only Chalkhillian who drives a vehicle the
model name of which begins with the letters X and T?

Yes, I paid some dues. I put nearly 100,000 miles on a
1989 Escort I bought in 1995 with 48,000 miles already
on it. And yes, the Devil made me do it. Thanks,
Devil! What took you so long?

Ryan "the Hamster from the Ministry" Anthony

An independent Internet content provider


Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 22:37:38 -0400
From: "Roger Fuller" <>
Subject: Re: Queen/Mott/Daughter of Mr Partridge
Message-ID: <034701c010a0$02f50e00$b47cd63f@hp-customer>

>From: "Todd Bernhardt" <>
>Subject: God Save the Holly Limerick T-shirt (not nec. in that order)
>to which I reply:
>There once was a writer named Flicky
>Who found conflicts of interest quite tricky
>Whilst writing 'bout Holly
>She fantasized, "Golly,
>I'd fancy her dad for a quickie!"

Well, it's amazing the stuff that is out there for us all to see on the
Internet. More wondrous :^) is how some of us react to them. I agree, Todd,
the young lady is, well, probably best to be left alone by XTC fans, but,
anybody can say anything they want,.....

>Rory Wilsher said:
>> Or how about "SHUT YOUR
>> t-shirts with this on? Please please please!)

Exhibit A of living with free speech!
"I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend your right to
say it with my very life!"

>>When can we expect these, Mr. Corless?

Wait till he sees what I'm printing up.... :^)
>Then he stood up for live Queen. As someone who saw them twice, I've got
>to back him up, with the caveat that the studio band and the live band
>were two different creatures. If you expected the studio band to show up
>at a live show, you'd be disappointed. If you showed up unburdened with
>such expecations, they were a ton of fun.

Perhaps I should have explained my feelings more fully. Queen's only
recorded output up til then was the eponymous debut album, with the minor
hit "Keep Yourself Alive", which, like the entire album, was REALLY good. I
was barely into my teens and did not understand Mr M's lyrical bases, nor
did I care (who cared about lyrics in 1974?...), so I didn't get the
intended double entendre of the group's name and lyrics.  I enjoyed,
however, the recorded music and found the album's production flawless. I had
no idea in 1974 what to expect from them other than what they had sold me,
an LP. But with all the overdubs (remember, they prided themselves at that
time on "no synths"!) it was impossible to reproduce live, and they should
have taken that into account when they made it, and been more forthcoming
with their audiences.  (They were only four guys!) Had they recorded
themselves exactly as they really were, they would have sounded on record
and on radio merely like a better than average band of the mid-'70s and
might have fallen by the wayside by 1977 or so. They knew their market-
teenagers into pomp rock- and went after it like circus dogs after Alpo.

I must admit I showed up for their concert with Mott the Hoople (all of us
who remember this influential band, speak up!), in 1974 with a lot of
expectations, but the sound and the playing turned out like mud. Live, they
reminded me at that time musically of Leslie West and Mountain, although
Freddie's voice did cut through the mix- bear in mind, they were the act
that played before Mott the Hoople so I imagine their sound check had been
cursory at best...- but he got very hoarse tow'ds the end. At least he
endeared himself to the audience by flinging his tambourine out to them at
the end- such was the expectation of rock audiences in the mid-'70's... It
seemed at the time as I remember it that the basic idea of a successful rock
band was to go around acting like spoiled royalty and expect the audience to
lap up anything thrown/given/sold them. Souvenirs like T-shirts, drumsticks,
broken guitar bits and tambourines became more important than the sound of
what was played onstage. I didn't care about the former (still don't), I was
and am interested in the latter. These guys are MUSICians, let's not forget.
(Yes, I am a pre-MTV person.... :^) )

Does this mean that Queen was "spoiled royalty"?  Geez, I hope not, but the
audience, like many I remember, seemed well-trained by the increasingly
self-indulgent acts such as ( fill in the names of most of the headliners
back then here....), who, as they got bigger, got more and more remote from
their audiences and their own beginnings. (No wonder they came up with
punk....) I felt at the time that Queen, with their bad stage sound and
affectations were going down that same road, and it was a disappointment. My
friends who came along with me seemed to really enjoy it though. I still put
on the first album now and then, but their later stuff just isn't my thing,
sorry to say. (Didn't they end up going into synthesisers, as well, like so
many others?)

Mott the Hoople, on the other hand, I feel, musically I knew what they were
pretty much going to sound like, as evinced by their live version of Little
Richard's "Keep 'A Knockin" from their previous album "Wildlife". Slam-bang,
basic rock-n-roll, but unfortunately now Mick Ralphs was no longer with
them, so, it wasn't as well played musically (wrong guitarist for the band-
Luther Grosvenor from Spooky Tooth), but the basic format was still there.
(Fewer overdubs on record than Queen, anyway.) The band looked unhappy, and
the music sounded it, but I had a great time anyway, because they sounded
closer to my expectations than Queen did, and I didn't feel as if somebody
was handing me a bill of goods and then couldn't deliver.

How does all this fit in with the XTC of today? Hey- here's how- they don't
bother to try and come up with some bowdlerisation of Wasp Star or AV1 to
bring it on the road, so they can cash in and have the privilege of shouting
over the din of their now- greatly changed (read: now stadium- or even
club-friendly) masterpieces: "C'mon, Dundee- let's rock!" They just want to
sit in their back gardens and make aural sculptures, and they freely admit
it, and I find their honesty -and their music- refreshing. Truth in
packaging is just as important as the product.


Anyway, here's
>what Andy had to say about Her Holliness when last we spoke:
>>I'm thinking about the tattooed line across the middle of the stomach,
>with a "Nobody below this line" written there -- you could attach a list of
>names there, as well: "None of these people below this line."<
>So, not a chance, Pally.

As a father, I understand EXACTLY how Andy feels!....... perhaps you could
pass him along one of those various "applications to date my daughter"
fill-in questionnaires that circulate about from time to time? :^) I hope
he'd at least get a chuckle from one.

Roger Fuller

"I prefer champagne to ditch-water, but I've no reason to suppose the cosmos


Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 23:27:31 -0400
From: "Roger Fuller" <>
Subject: Re: taking chex
Message-ID: <034901c010a0$05c54500$b47cd63f@hp-customer>

>From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
>Some subjects are difficult to be articulate on no matter what
>your stand on them.

Or: one is damned if one says something, or damned if one remains silent.

>  Thanks for the defense, though.

My pleasure.

>Hey, I'll talk about anything, I don't
>offend easily, but I don't like to offend if I can help it.

It happens- no matter what one writes or says, somebody will be invariably
offended by it.  One must develop a leather hide in the realm of public
discourse. Fortunately, one's rights do not end where others' sensibilities
might begin. Write on, all!

Roger Fuller

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident
proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their
freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not
to go into the water till he had learned to swim. If men are to wait for
liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait


Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 23:14:53 -0400
From: "Roger Fuller" <>
Subject: Censorship? We don' need no steenkin' censorship....
Message-ID: <034801c010a0$0487e300$b47cd63f@hp-customer>

>I would never advocate censorship.  What I am advocating is restraint.

Restraint; last time I heard that being used was by Tipper Gore and Susan
Baker to Frank Zappa about his lyrics a few years ago. "We don't want
censorship, but merely restraint..." was the primary message of the PMRC, as
I recall. Wonder how come we don't hear about the PMRC anymore?

>What makes me uncomfortable is extremism.

And who decides what is extremism? You? I? Let the chips fall where they
may. One hundred years ago, the idea of minorities achieving full equality
with the white world was seen by most whites the world over as an extremist
view. If we follow your logic, just where would you have stood on that issue
back then?

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


>I said:
>>>While some of his observations are worthy of a response, this one clearly
>Roger asked:
>>Why not? <
>Even though I said I wouldn't, I will.
>Gun Control in the USA is a complex issue.  There are many intelligent
>people who can debate passionately and logically on both sides. Reducing it
>to an "either-or" argument is a gross over-simplification.  Anyone who
>approaches this complex issue with an open-mind and a certain degree of
>intelligence can see *many* "realistic choices," not just two.

Oh, I get it- if we go along with your views, we are intelligent. If we
aren't sure and want to look around, we are not? I don't think denigrating
someone's mental capacity, should one not fall in lock-step on this issue,
is an effective way to convince me. Maybe he's all wet- maybe he's not, but
let us decide for ourselves. But you don't sound all that far off from Mr
Coolidge in his statement. You two have more in common on this issue than
you might think! Both of you seem to be saying that there is room for
choice. Whew! I thought I was going to read some emotionally fraught,
invective-laden diatribe on this issue, full of lots of heat, but little
light, that originally sent me reeling offa Chalkhills about a year or so
ago. More facts, less emotions from all sides on such issues, please.

Roger Fuller

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may
sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those
who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they
do so with the approval of their consciences."



Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 15:39:25 +1200
From: "Simon Curtiss" <>
Subject: I prefer Rogon Josh myself
Message-ID: <005001c010ad$1b7653a0$2d64a8c0@emigre>

John Cooper Clarke rhymes - what a good thread!!  My personal fave is from
the NME C81 Cassette.

The kitchen had been ransacked
ski trails in the hall
the chicken had been dansak'd
and thrown against the wall

from the Day My Pad Went Mad by the Massed Carnaby Street John Cooper

for you denizens of the USA and other non curry-eating places Chicken
Dansak is a curry dish. Not my favourite either as it involves the use of
pineapple - a fine fruit but one that should be kept a long way away from
curry (and pizza for that matter), which also goes for sultanas, raisins,
currants and any other form of dried fruit - blechh.

Another concert reminiscence

The concert I have no idea who played: Band x?x?x?x?x?x?x - Scraptoft
Campus, Leicester Polytechnic 1980. I have never been so off my face,
whatever we had been smoking was pretty powerful stuff (my friend - may she
remain nameless - never made it to the concert itself as she was "trapped
in her room by the music on the stereo").

 Watching the band whilst standing on chair at the back of the hall it did
occur to me that a) the stage was very low (which was why I was on a chair)
and b) the band were not putting on much of a stage show, but c) the music
was just fine thanks -  the word Reggae lurks at the back of my head.  When
exiting the hall (or rather being walked out by friends as the police had
just arrived and I was acting in an 'abnormal' manner) I asked why the stage
was so low to which the reply was, "It's not , but you spent the entire
concert watching the mixing desk"
Aaaaaaah - bother - well I still enjoyed myself!

XTC news?
I was told  on the 25th by an employee of Cooking Vinyl that and I quote:
I'm afraid there are currently no plans to release another single off
'Wasp Star'

Bummer - and frankly watrafux wrong with everyone - it's a hit - if they let




Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 10:27:47 -0400
From: Jeff Eason <>
Subject: Blue Ribbon Winning Concert
Message-ID: <>

Hey All,

It seems as if it is a basic truth of life that concerts at fairs tend to
be the least entertaining show on the midway.
My one exception would have to be seeing Ray Charles at Dorton Arena at the
North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh in 1988 (I believe). Dorton Arena is
this monstrous concrete dome of a building that must have looked very
futuristic in, say, 1962! Most of the time it is sort of a holding tank for
professional wrestlers who are either on their way up to the big time or on
their way down from said big time.
During the week-and-a-half long State Fair every October, Dorton Arena
hosts one free concert a night. Most of the time the show consists of some
of the worst country music you've ever heard by groups with names like
"Uncle Dad". Every year the good-old-boy organizers of the State Fair throw
a bone to the sizable African American population in Raleigh by scheduling
one "non-redneck" musical act. Most of the time it is a cheesy beach music
band that really appeals to the Myrtle Beach crowd more than the R & B crowd.
Anyway, my girlfriend and I just happened to make the trip to Raleigh on
the night that Ray Charles played at Dorton. It was a one-hour tour de
force through the man's greatest hits--complete with horn section and
backup singers. What a show! We left completely drained with hardly enough
energy to see the calf with two heads. It was probably the best free show
(the show was included with entrance to the fairgrounds) that I've ever seen.
Does anyone else have any fair shows or free shows worth noting?


Jeff "In the cage at the Omni for the Belt" Eason


Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 10:53:45 -0400
From: "Michael D. Myers" <>
Subject: miscellaneous
Message-ID: <>

Chalksters and Chalkettes;

The Mole said:
>>To really get a grip on the concept, you need to realize that in 1998
the only city in the World that was close to 20 MILLION residents was
the New York Metro region. LA was second with 15 Million.>>

And Ned replied
>Sorry for nitpicking Jon, but I just got back from Mexico City. It is
now closing in on 30 million people. I've heard that Sau Paulo, Brazil
is around the same number.  I'm sure they both had NYC and LA
beat in '98.>

I can vouch for Sao Paulo; I've been there about 4 times in the last 2
years.  A huge, gritty city that is the center of South American
commerce (no matter what the folks in Buenos Aires say).  You know, a
lot of countries don't have the time or money to do a proper census,
but the generally-accepted population estimates of 30 million can't be
far off.  I was also in Moscow, and the dirt-poor Russian economy has
forced huge numbers of people to come into the city seeking work.
Apartments made for a family of 3-5 now have 12-15 people living in
them.  It is generally accepted that 25-40 million people live in the
city right now.

Chris Coolidge said:
>Phil Keaggy(he's recorded for Christian
labels throughout his career, with the exception of his oneoff album with
the Christian rock supergroup Chagall Guevera<

That's not quite accurate; Mr. Missing Fingers (Keaggy doesn't have a
full complement of digits)recorded four non-Christian-music albums
with a rock band called Glass Harp in the early 70's.  They were OK; I
have one of their albums.

Lastly: shock of all shocks.  I was in Denver last week at a Marriott,
and there was music playing in the lounge where we ate dinner.  "I'm
the Man Who Murdered Love" came on TWICE while we ate.  The barmaid
was singing along and smiling; the music seemed to come from some
canned source rather than a jukebox (none in sight).



Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 11:44:14 -0400
From: "Walker, Keith (Imprimis)" <>
Subject: My Sentimental Inclination. . . .
Message-ID: <7A57F750AF65D411949C00508BDFD81801094413@USPLM202>

One more entry in the bad lyrics thread -sorry, no rhyme:
Mike sez:
"I've been hitting the town, and it didn't hit back."
                      -Paul McCartney - My Brave Face

I think the song is aptly titled.  He'd need to have a brave
face to go out in public after writing that.

Keith sez:
I dunno. . . .  Maybe you should ask Elvis Costello, cuz he's the one who
*did* write it.  His demo version of the song, by the by, is, I'm afraid to
say, much superior to Mr. McC's, though I like both versions.

Keith "I should be only the fifth person to point this out" Walker


Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 10:26:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: concert memories
Message-ID: <>

Jon Rosenberger posted a lot on Michigan concert
memories. As a former Michiganian, I have lots of
memories of the same, so thought I'd add to his

RE: U2: Joshua Tree Tour, The Pontiac Silverdome, I
was there too! Sitting behind you. Quite a ways behind
you, actually. I was pissed that people weren't paying
any attention to the opening act, Lone Justice (they
were a good band). I went with the underage nephew of
a friend I was with, so after the show we coulden't
grab a bite at TGI Friday's in Troy as we had planned.
Wound up in some diner instead. Found out later that
U2 were in TGI Friday's being all friendly and buying
beer for everyone.
By the way, the Pontiac Silverdome is absolutely the
WORST place I have ever seen a concert.

Saw a few shows at the Nectarine Ballroom and a bunch
at the Second Chance, which is what the Nectarine was
called before it became a dance club.
Lost hearing (permanently) at a Ramones show at the
Chance, 1981,  saw Bow Wow Wow there as well.  At the
Nectarine, saw They Might Be Giants and Divine (yes,
that Divine).

St. Andrews is a good palce to see shows, Sonic Youth
in 1989 being my most memorable there. I knew the
drummer's sister (she lived in Ann Arbor) so we got to
hang out in the dressing room, and had pizza & beer
with them in nearby Greektown.

Worst Weather and what am the @$@$(@$($ was I
Mine was Sting, also at Pine Knob. The show was
decent, actually (was his first solo tour w/ Branford
Marsalis & Omar Hakim), but there were severe
thunderstorms and tornado warning sirens going off,
and we were sitting on the LAWN! no cover at all. We
were soaked to the skin. Then, the weather cleared,
and just as Sting hit the stage, a single ray of sun
got through (I'm not kidding. Must have inflated
Sting's ego even more!)
Pine Knob pretty much sucks as well, I much prefer
Meadowbrook for outdoor shows.

Saw the Pixies at some place on East Grand Blvd. in
Detroit that isn't open anymore.
Saw Alex Chilton and Snakefinger (and many, many local
bands) at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.

Saw too many things to list at the Michigan Theatre
including Iggy Pop, The Residents (twice!), Suzanne
Vega, Plilip Glass (several times), readings by
Margaret Atwood and Douglas Adams, etc. Michigan
Theatre is one of my favorite places to see shows (and
films), I miss it here in Chicago.

Other things: the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill
Auditioium, Great shows at the Ark (saw Marianne
Faithfull there-wonderful show, and the 3 Mustaphas 3
on the night the Gulf War broke out), lesbian folk
music night at the half-ass (Halfway Inn in East
Quad), etc.

Anyways, Jon, thanks for the memories!

Tyler "I'm an Ann Arborite in my heart" Hewitt


Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 12:41:34 -0400
From: Gary McBride <>
Subject: Stupidly Single
Message-ID: <p04330101b5d043e84815@[]>

>From: "Ralph Simpson DeMarco" <>
>WHY oh WHY does it say this if SH is not going to be a single?

Looks like it is... check out the eBay auction for a SH promo single
sent to radio (including call-out hook) at:

I've attached this wag's scan of the item in question. No sighting of
a proper store-buyable version, but this would indicate it could soon

Also, very nice XTC content at website, if you search for
XTC. Or try,4391,1029669,00.html

or even the Dukes:,4391,1007899,00.html

There's supposed to be XTC content on the new Launch CD #43, but all
I could find was the following rave review:

Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) (TVT)
Rating: 6 out of 7
By Ken Micallef

    After the all-acoustic, orchestral washes of its last outing,
XTC's Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) is a gobsmacking return to
electric form for one of England's finest ever pop exports. Recalling
such classic albums as Black Sea and English Settlement, Wasp Star
bounds from one slamming single to the next, with Andy Partridge's
wry lyrics and captivating guitar licks leading the way. From the
rambunctious George Harrison-like majesty of "Stupidly Happy" through
the rocking country send-up "I'm The Man Who Murdered Love" to the
plaintive salute "My Brown Guitar" and the liquid mercury grace of
"Church Of Women," XTC proves that its brand of pop remains as
mentally invigorating as it is melodically memorable. As Britpop from
Oasis to the Verve gets stranded on the shores of boredom and
dissipation--not to mention plummeting records sales--XTC comes up
with this perfect pop gem. Hail Britannia!



Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 12:10:45 -0500
From: "Jan C. Harris" <>
Subject: re: Maypole
Message-ID: <012501c01114$18b977c0$a72f573f@janstrigem>

Pancho writes:  <<<<Anyway, my misheard lyric is still Napalm
instead of

Me too!   Gods, I thought I was a real sicko - or that Andy was.
He sounds so *cheerful* about it too.

One of the reasons Wheel and Maypole hasn't quite grabbed me is
that unclear enunciation....



Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 11:06:39 -0700
From: "Hiatt, Randy" <>
Subject: re-prize
Message-ID: <>

I just wanted to chime in with a reminder for all those desperate to get
their xtc related fix.  I just re-bought (lost a 50 pack of CD's) Martin
Newell's Greatest Living Englishman.  CD Only had a 30% off sale.  It's Andy
hidden in them thar hills too  (he produced/engineered/played... all over
it).  It's been so long I had to re-acclimate myself to some of the melody
lines.... now everything is just fine.  I love it.

Anyone know if/when this CD will be re-available with all the extra cuts?
That is what I thought I re-bought, will have to investigate.

Randy (re-bounding) Hiatt


Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 14:08:53 -0500
From: "Jan C. Harris" <>
Subject: re: Carrie Newcomer
Message-ID: <016501c01123$789a9ca0$a72f573f@janstrigem>

Dan W. proclaims in embarassment: <<<<Her mix tapes were lousy
(even tapes she made from MY OWN CDs were lousy) and the one
concert we went to at her behest was ... Carrie Newcomer. Now,
if there are fans of this earnest, stultifyingly competent
strummer/songstress in this forum, I mean you no harm.  For
those of you unfamiliar, imagine Shawn Colvin with a plainer
voice, less memorable songs, and an inability to muster
anything resembling intensity or passion in concert. It was a
trying evening, redeemed only by the fact that I actually
remember very little of it. Maybe in another ten years, it will
seem like a horrible dream ...>>>>

LOL!  Where did you see her?  She lives in my hometown!

I've lived here for 15 years, and never seen her live.  I keep
*meaning* to, since she's such a local icon.  You know, the local
"flavor."  I have one of her CD's "The Bird or the Wing" that I
think I listened to twice, and I'd sell it off, but I don't think
anyone would buy it.

Her background is Quaker - plainsong.  So take folksinging, and
make it, well, *plainer* and you've got Carrie.  She's definitely
what I would call a *local* talent - so imagine my surprise to
see her mentioned here!



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