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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 58

                  Saturday, 1 April 2000

Topics:

                  Pink Thing - The Movie
               The Japanese release of AV 2
          Seagulls kissing her while she screams
                          balls
                  Playground on my mind
                      assorted dregs
                       Re: Wallace
           I won't, no way, not gonna, nope...
                    "Exile" overrated
                      Phil and Oscar
                 XTC rocks on "Wasp Star"
                     A Bursting Wimp
                  Molly, you are busted.
              five more things from Jill...
                 Guess what I've got!?!?

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Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 11:16:06 -0600
From: "Michael Versaci" <stormymonday@sprintmail.com>
Subject: Pink Thing - The Movie
Message-ID: <001301bf99a2$78467ba0$94081e26@mtwcorp.com>

Folxtc

Day Video Productions announced today that the eccentric art-rock band XTC
will supply the music for their latest skin-flick "Pink Thing."

The film will feature the talents of veteran Harrison Surewood and newcomers
Todd Bonehard and Polly Fathom.  The supporting cast of the Dim Lostone
directed epic will include Jill E. Anne and Dunkin Doughnuts. Kris Koolaid
was rumored to have made the short-list for the title role, but he is slated
to star in the dramatic re-telling of the tragic story of the infamous
Aussie pop-duo "Air Supply," and therefore would not be available for what
director Lostone had coined, "The perfect vehicle for Mr. Koolaid's unique
talents."  While on location in Melbourne, the agitated but controlled Mr.
Koolaid was asked about the conflict and responded with a terse "I'm only
doing this for my wife!"

The entire cast and Mr. Lostone held a press conference today in Swindon at
the site of the ancient landmark The Uffington Horse.  When Mr. Surewood was
asked about his role, he said, "I feel compelled to avoid the obvious gambit
that inevitably presents itself and begs for the actor of my caliber to cast
aspersions upon the jejune interpretations of the authoritarian and
duplicitous members of those organizations that would pretend to offense by
the otherwise innocuous musings of the clever though somewhat angular author
of an iconoclastic yet quasi-relevant pop song about a pee-pee!"  At that
point, the drummer-turned-porn-star Todd Bonehard quipped, "Does he make you
horny baby?"

There was a tense moment when one of the writers asked Lostone about his
recent public altercation with president and founder of Day Video
Productions.  Mr. Lostone whirled around and shouted, "F--k you, you
ignorant low-life snot! Who let that wanker in 'ere anyway?  If there was
any justice in this world, the likes of 'im would be relegated to reviewing
CSN&Y and Phil Collins' concerts. Jesus wept!" The journalists were stunned
into silence, but Jill E. Anne broke the tension by saying, "The film
celebrates the marriage of beauty and lust.  It is about rebirth.  It is
about 8 mm wide and 80 minutes long."

During an interview for the promotion of the band's soon-to-be released
record of catchy pop-songs "Track Star  (Apple Turnover Volume II)" when
asked about the project, Andy Partridge was quoted as saying - "They offered
us 30 quid and a walk-on in the finale.  I was flattered that such an
important work was to be based upon a song that featured the little fella.
I was originally approached to star in the film, but Erica would have none
of it."  Erica tells a different story that has Mr. Lostone leaving the room
in a fit of laughter after viewing Mr. Partridge's 30 second screen test
saying, "Bloody shite! That was the inspiration for 'Pink Thing?!' Better
put in a call to Surewood."

Filming will be done on location in Swindon and will commence on 1 April
2000.

Michael Versaci

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Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 03:33:42 +0900
From: nishimatu <new_sphere_@mbb.nifty.ne.jp>
Subject: The Japanese release of AV 2
Message-ID: <v04210a00b50a9dc3688a@[210.131.81.195]>

Hi, from Japan.

Excuse me if anyone already had mentioned.
The Japanese release of AV 2 is dated on 17th May. A week before oversea's,
as usual.

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Date: 31 Mar 00 13:57:26 CST
From: Mor_Goth <mor_goth@usa.net>
Subject: Seagulls kissing her while she screams
Message-ID: <20000331195726.16460.qmail@nw175.netaddress.usa.net>

 owlhiss@ix.netcom.com wrote
>hi. thought I'd reintroduce myself after the Blackie Lawless
  association. I'm 22 and live in Madison ...
 inhale tons of music, too much to name. but here is stuff worth
  mentioning to the list:

  Dismemberment Plan,... <

Yea! Go Badgers!

Ahem... Glad to see there's another Plan Fan on the list.  There latest
album "Emergency & I" is excellent. They play a kind of disjointed
punk/alternative type of music I guess you'd say.  Think Beck with heavy
guitars.

On "Wasp Star":  I told a friend of mine and a fellow XTC fan about the new
title and his comment was "Sounds like a cheap Death Star 'Lord Vader, we
couldn't afford a big laser so shall we just release the wasps?'" *shrug*
Personally I think the name is cool.

My WIMP list:

XTC :AV1
Tom Waits: Nighthawks at the Diner
Dismemberment Plan: Emergency & I
TMBG: Long Tall Weekend (I burned a copy for my player)
Faith No More: We Care Alot (disk 1)

Comps to whoever a few issues back (I think it was Molly) had the Shock
Treatment soundtrack in their player! :)

I am so bleeping pumped for WS:AV2!

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 11:41:42 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: balls
Message-ID: <20000331194142.3819.qmail@web2901.mail.yahoo.com>

Thomas Long posted:

>>Without naming band names, I found them all a bit twee... "Ok, you
be John, and I'll do the Paul bits, and has anyone seen my Beatle
boots?"  Many of the bands I'm thinking of have no,
erm... cajones. Not that I want testicles in my music<<

Hey - I can get rid of those testes if you like, no problem.
Its my specialty.

=====
Nicole's internet music station:
http://www.imagineradio.com/mymusiclisten.asp?name=phoenixyellowrose

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:44:52 EST
From: OMBEAN1@aol.com
Subject: Playground on my mind
Message-ID: <66.251de35.26164c24@aol.com>

Buoys & Gulls,
  I have NEVER had an XTC song influence me the way "Playground" has. It is
such a great song. I can not get it out of my head. As soon as I wake up, its
in my head. If the rest of the album is half as good, I'll be happy as hell.
The female backup singers are the shit.
 On another note , if  you havent been on John Relphs web site , take a look.
This guy has a full plate and yet he is able to keep this site going. He is a
genius.
  Awaiting my copy, Roger

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 16:48:55 EST
From: Saints3Den@aol.com
Subject: assorted dregs
Message-ID: <7e.2f261a9.26167747@aol.com>

folks-

<< Date: Sat, 30 Mar 1996 08:42:43 -0500
 From: "Duncan Watt" <dwatt@fastestmanintheworld.com> >>

if you are the fastestmanintheworld, why did it take 4 years for this to
reach us?

  molly, I -was- refused access to the Eng. Set. listening party, so I guess
neither of us knows why. Thats the way it goes.

 Stranger yet, I got into The Big Express listening party, so it couldn't
have been my server. The refused access must have been a glitch.

Yes, I was there, my "nom de keyboard" was "Dell".

 Mitch- are there any copies left of   The Importance of Sauce? And, if I
ordered one, what are the chances of your promo of Wasp Star being sent to me
erroneously ?

Lastly, has anyone bought that new Cathall Coughlan (???sp.?) record, the one
with Dave Gregory supplying a full albums worth of guitar, according to
guitargonaughts?  How is it?    eddie st. martin

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 14:47:14 -0600
From: William Loring <bloring@tirerack.com>
Subject: Re: Wallace
Message-ID: <B50A6AF2.1CED%bloring@tirerack.com>

Jayne wrote:

> personally I'm a Shaun Sheep person but they can't get me for that.  Nick
> Park & Co have a site full of fun things to add to your computer, news
> about what they're doing & so on.
> http://www.aardman.com

My office got into a Wallace and Gromit conversation, and one of my
co-workers brought in the box set for another to borrow. Well, we couldn't
wait, and so the whole marketing department sat down and watched "A Close
Shave" in the conference room during lunch... big six-foot projection
screen, and stereo sound. I couldn't think of a better use of corporate
resources. The newbies loved it, and now the office is full of people saying
"Get off me cheeese!"

I visited the Aardman site today. Lots of new stuff since I was there last.
Wonderful.

XTC content: Has Andy or Colin watched W&G? It seems it would be right up
Andy's alley...

bill "what's wrong with Wensleydale?" loring

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:23:34 -0800
From: T Lewis <tlewis@televar.com>
Subject: I won't, no way, not gonna, nope...
Message-ID: <38E51755.C718B8C7@televar.com>

I'm weak.

COWBOYS INTERNATIONAL
The Original Sin
just rediscovered this. What a
gem. What became of these guys?

BLUE NILE
Walk Across the Rooftops
a companion for 20 yearsalmost
impeccablea classic.

STEVE REICH
Music for 18 Musicians.
a companion for 25 years.absolutely
impeccablea legend

STEELY DAN
Two Against Nature
Was looking forward to loving this, but it
feels dry. All grown up. A little monotonous. Why the restrained,
tight-headed drumming throughout, no matter who's behind the kit? Got a
lot of the Dan slyness. But lacks the old deep pools, where slumbering
beauty and weirdness lay, coiled and waiting to snap at your privates.

DONALD FAGEN
Kamakriad.
Two Agnst Nat sent me back to this one. Not
crazy about it 6-7 years ago(!!). The concept album thing seemed kind of
forced. But, Big News. It's pretty wonderful! "Tomorrow's Girls" is
just dizzying.

NEWSBOYS
Going Public.
 Yep. A Christian band. Get over it. These guys
are making some of the best full tilt pop out there. They're from
Australia and have a lot of that "Split Enz" (as opposed to "Crowded
House" ), try anything flavor.

DC TALK
Jesus Freak.
See above and maybe more so.

GERSHWIN/COREA.
Great combo CD of Chic's Children's Songs and George's
preludes. Gershwin's 1st piano prelude is as catchy and effervescent
and, yes, "quirky" a chunk of  sound as you're likely to hear.

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB.
Just absolutely delightful. I haven't seen the
documentary, but these guys might have been robbed at the Oscars.
Nothing surprising there.

MARY POPPINS.
Movie Soundtrack.
 I could write a dissertation on why this
is so great, and why the movie is probably among Walt's top 5. Get past
Van Dyke's lame cockney, and it's pure gold and cleverness and wonder.

SUGARPLASTIC...Bang the Earth etc... Great stuff. Next one is well
overdue.

SELF...Subliminal Plastic Motives. A hoot. Great. And Grate. "Lucid
Anne" is a pure goodness.

XTC...Transistor Blast, Disc4/Hammersmith Palais Concert...Extended
serene wash of diaphonous meditations, wafted gingerly by a coy rythmic
lilt.

Over n out.
T
Over the Hedge
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/hedge/archive/

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 13:06:22 -0800
From: Ed Kedzierski <ed.kedzierski@blvdmedia.com>
Subject: "Exile" overrated
Message-ID: <08B5DDC2BABCD311BFC6005004A884B013B588@mgcservices.com>

In 6-56, a response to something I'd thought would get more reaction when I
first posted it was finally provided by Thomas Long:

"So did someone really say a while back that Exile on Main St. was
overrated? I know these "if-you-don't-like-what-I-like-then-you're-crap"
things can get a bit tedious, but to slag Exile is a bit much."

Yes, that was me, Thomas. This was just something that had been building up
in me for years. Now, understand, I don't exactly hate Exile, and saying
something is overrated is not necessarily slagging it, especially when
something has been treated as such an untouchable holy cow for as many years
as the album in question. I felt that if people thought Sgt. Pepper needed
to be taken down a peg, then Exile, having been moved up several pegs over
the years mostly (in my opinion) merely on the basis of no-one disputing its
greatness, was a prime candidate for a more realistic appraisal. I think
it's much more of a candidate for editing down to a single album; It starts
of great with "Rocks Off", but quickly loses my interest from there.
"Tumbling Dice" is one of my all-time least favourite Stones songs, and
don't get me started on "Hip Shake" (or "Mick Wank" as I call it: "Do the
Mick wank, bay-bee..."). I'd rather listen to "Satanic Majesties" or
"Aftermath" any day of the week (I still generally prefer Brian Jones-era
Stones to anything later, with certain exceptions, and I don't even consider
the current Mick-Keith-Ron touring show version to be the same band, and I'm
someone who has no problem considering just Andy & Colin to be fully & truly
XTC). I guess I also became fed up over the years by people who cite this
album like they're chanting a bloody mantra, whenever I so much as admit to
any degree of affection for the Beatles (you know the usual "oh I always
liked the Stones better, they were so much more REAL and ROCKIN', man, in
fact 'Exile on Main St.' blah-blah-blah..." to which my response was always
"(yawn) wake me when your finished running through your coolness credentials
as a rocking dude with no patience for that pussy Beatles shit, I've heard
it a million times".) I've just always felt that there was every bit as much
posing involved in the Stones image as there was in anything the Beatles
ever did, it's just that theirs was this tougher image that people bought
into as supposedly being more "genuine". If anything, the Stones upbringing
was more middle class than that of the supposedly "soft" Beatles. And sure,
bands that rip off obvious pop aspects of "Beatleness" without adding
something of their own can just become grating, but what about pseudo-Stones
bands? When my girlfriend at the time brought home the first Black Crowes
album, all I could think was "how long am I going to have to put up with
this?"
Anyways, my main intention when I first said "Exile" was overrated was
mainly to get others opinion on which sacred-cow albums they thought had
received praise beyond their worth (though I welcomed debate on my choice -
thank you Thomas for providing it). This apparently didn't catch anyone's
interest. Far be it from me to inflict the oldest and moldiest fan opinion
argument in the world ("Beatles vs. Stones" in case you weren't paying
attention) upon the hill.
After high school, I finally bailed out of the bombed out sterile craters of
the "Beatles vs. Stones" fan war by escaping through the mountains to Kinks
country.

Anyways, Thomas, if I haven't offended you beyond forgiveness, I noticed the
"ubc.ca" in your address. Does this mean you're a fellow Vancouverite? Any
others out there? Enough for some sort of gathering? I'm feeling rather
isolated & geeky, what with all these fellow XTC fanatics scattered around
the globe with just text on a screen to keep us in contact, and the way
peoples eyes glaze over when I talk about the band with anyone else...

If I won the lottery I'd finance a big convention & fly everyone to it...
(maybe)

Ed K.

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:30:41 -0800
From: "Mike Martis" <mmartis@softcom.net>
Subject: Phil and Oscar
Message-ID: <009401bf9b4f$fc4eaf40$1badfea9@mmartis>

Hot on the Phil Collins thread: True, Mr. Collins' ballad from the "Tarzan"
soundtrack is not likely to be locked in anyone's time capsule, but the
Academy had to give him an Oscar sooner or later after stiffing him for the
theme to "Against All Odds" some years back. It was a pretty fair tune, and
certainly head and shoulders better than that year's winner, Stevie Wonder's
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" (from, I believe, "Lady In Red"). I love
Stevie, but he's written better stuff in his sleep. Anyway, a major slight
has been partially atoned for, and I was happy for the guy. And, not that
I'm a huge Phil fan or anything, but I will second the motion on "Face
Value." It was, and is, a stellar record.

As for Duncan Watt's comments on Todd Rundgren's "Nearly Human," I'll add
this: It's my favorite Todd record (with "Mink Hollow" a close second),
richly textured, full of really great melodies and big harmonies, basically
catchy as hell pop in traditional Todd fashion. Try getting "The Waiting
Game" out of your head after a couple of listens. And if you, too, find one
for a buck, spoil yourself and buy two.

Finally: Yes, there certainly has been a lot of Nick Drake listening
reported here. Can this be attributed to the Volkswagen commercial? Or has
he been this popular (in an underground way) for a lot longer than that?
Just wondering. He did die in, what, 1974 or so? I hadn't heard of him until
last year when, Duncan Sheik mentioned him in a song on his "Humming" CD.

Add XTC content: If the Pac Bell Ballpark comes close to matching the hype
surrounding it (see today's SF Chronicle), and if Russ Reynolds' grading
system is as accurate as his dog's typing skills, Wasp Star sounds pretty
amazing....

-Mike

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:58:24 -0800
From: "John Keel" <jbkev1@ev1.net>
Subject: XTC rocks on "Wasp Star"
Message-ID: <00df01bf9b53$dbc0cde0$bf5bd1d1@sony.com>

Hi kids!

I just got through listening (for the 3rd time) to the new XTC disc "Wasp
Star (Apple Venus Vol. 2)" and I've got three words for you: Oh. My. God.

I've got to say in all honestly that every single track on the album is
great.  Andy is in perfect form and Colin's songs are all really solid.  As
always there are wonderful melodies, heavenly harmonies and - after a long,
long wait - some fantastic guitar (guitar players take note - no pun
intended - I'm already picking out the songs and may have tablature
available before the album is even out). I don't know which tracks Dave
Gregory played on because this in an advance promo, so there aren't any
liner notes (in fact, my friend that loaned it to me had it in is CD changer
in his car and didn't even have the sleeve, so I had to pull the song titles
from Neville Farmer's book "XTC Song Stories").

TRACK LIST:
1. Playground (AP)
2. Stupidly Happy (AP)
3. In Another Life (CM)
4. My Brown Guitar (AP)
5. Boarded Up (CM)
6. The Man Who Murdered Love (AP)
7. We're All Light (AP)
8. Standing in for Joe (CM)
9. Wounded Horse (AP)
10. You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful (AP)
11. Church of Women (AP)
12. The Wheel and the Maypole (AP)

I've got to say in all honestly that every single track on the album is
great.  Andy is in perfect form and Colin's songs are all really solid.  As
always there are wonderful melodies, heavenly harmonies and - after a long,
long wait - some fantastic guitar (guitar players take note - no pun
intended - I'm already picking out the songs and may have tablature
available before the album is even out). I don't know which tracks Dave
Gregory played on because this is an advance promo, so there aren't any
liner notes (in fact, my friend that loaned it to me had it in is CD changer
in his car and didn't even have the sleeve, so I had to pull the song titles
from Neville Farmer's book "XTC Song Stories").

"Playground" opens the album perfectly with a great riff leading into a
great song with Andy telling how the personal dynamics on the school
playground never really change as you get older. Definite single potential.

"Stupidly Happy" repeats the same groovy riff over & over for the entire
song while Andy tells us all how wonderful it is to be in love.  What a
great song.

"In Another Life" is my favorite of Colin's songs on the album.  A great
acoustic number with harmonica and horns in all the right places. I think
this could be a great single as well - very radio friendly.

"My Brown Guitar" features some great lead guitar during the chorus of yet
another great song.

(you'll notice the words "great" and "wonderful" keep popping up - when you
hear it you can tell me if I overused them)

"Boarded Up" finds Colin singing about the lack of culture in Swindon.
There's more than a hint of "As Tears Go By" during a few chords in the
chorus.

Okay, "The Man Who Murdered Love" gets my initial vote for favorite song on
the album (although that will probably change from hour to hour).  A
perfect, little three-chord pop song.  Plus, Andy once again visits
heartbreak and lost love in a way that makes you dance all over the room.

"We're All Light" could very well be the first single and deservedly so.
It's the kind of song that you hear on the radio and turn up really loud as
you drive with your windows down in the sunshine. Perfect song for Spring &
Summer.

The main character in "Standing in For Joe"  finds himself having an affair
with his best friend's wife in another great song from Colin.  The melody in
the first half of the verse reminds me so much of another song and for the
life of me I can't think of what it is.

"Wounded Horse" is pretty much a straight ahead power-pop/blues song about
lost love. I won't spoil it for you by giving away the main lyric, but,
trust me - it ain't subtle.

The percussion on "You and the Clouds Will Still be Beautiful" is
reminiscent of "Snowman" from "English Settlement".  According to "Song
Stories", Andy insisted that they record this song and the rest of the group
agreed on the condition that they get to record "I Can't Own Her" and "Your
Dictionary" - both of which Andy didn't like!

"Church of Women"  is pretty self-explanatory.  Andy gives us some "Tower of
London"-ish vocal stylings during the verse leading into a lovely chorus and
a glorious bridge. "Let me worship at the church of women" Andy sings.  I
reply "Amen, brother! Amen!"

Finally, "The Wheel and the Maypole" ends the album on a high note.  The
song starts with another great guitar riff which sustains the mood for the
first half and then midway through the song takes a different, more upbeat
direction leading to a slow fade out making you wish for more.

Those fans who own Neville Farmer's excellent book "XTC Song Stories" can
get the inside scoop of all the songs starting on page 295.  For the rest of
you, my recommendation is to be at your local record store the morning it
goes on sale.  You won't be disappointed.

I definitely agree with Dan W. that "We're All Light" is ripe for airplay as
well as "Playground", and I would also nominate Colin's song "In Another
Life".  I absolutely love "The Man who Murdered Love", but I don't think
enough of the audience would get Andy's irony and we would end up with
another "Dear God" situation after all the shootings we've had here in the
states.

So, now that I have a copy of "Wasp Star", here are the CD's it knocked out
of my deck for a while (until my girlfriend makes me stop playing it).

1. Owsley - I just heard this for the first time a week ago today. Where
have I been?

2. Macy Grey "On How Life Is" - My girlfriend is best friends with Macy's
keyboardist/co-songwriter and so I bought this the day it came out and love
it.  I know she's huge in the UK and finally getting more exposure here in
the states.  Great album.

3. Shelby Lynne "I am Shelby Lynne" - I was a big fan of Shelby's album
"Temptation" when I was living in Nashville.  The new record is phenomenal.
Any fans in the Los Angeles area should check her out at the House of Blues
on April 28.

4. Jen Trynin "Gun Shy Trigger Happy" - I LOVE this record and may never
grow tired of it.  I know Dave Gregory played on her first album
"Cockamamie" but her second one is genius. Why isn't she famous??

4. Richard Thompson "Mock Tudor" - I just saw Richard live for the second
time on this tour and just missed the chance to meet him while he was
shopping at a local guitar shop yesterday (I got there about 30 minutes too
late).  The greatest guitar player on the planet and one of the best
songwriters in history. Period.

5. Soul Coughing "Ruby Vroom" - Sheer coincedence given the break-up.  I've
been learning some of the bass lines and just keep listening.

6. Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach "Painted from Memory" - I don't know
why I love this album so much, but I return to it again and again.

7. Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" - This record just gets
better and better every single time you hear it.  If you ever get the chance
to see her live with her band - DO IT.  You will be amazed.

8. eels "Daisies of the Galaxy" - Just starting to seriously listen to this
after having it at work in the background. Still fairly new to eels, but I
like what I hear.

9. Rialto - I don't know anyone else who knows about these guys.  I found
the album by accident and love it. You can't sound much more British than
this.

10. Cake "Prolonging the Magic" - Another all-time fav.

Runners-up include Tom Waits, Fountains of Wayne, Chris Cornell & Radiohead.

Okay, there you have it.  And, as always . . .

Thanks for listening,

John

*************************
"The world is not my home, I'm just a-passin' through."
Tom Waits

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 14:56:21 PST
From: "Ralph Simpson DeMarco" <sawpit@hotmail.com>
Subject: A Bursting Wimp
Message-ID: <20000331225621.15015.qmail@hotmail.com>

Dear Affiliated Members:

I am bursting to hear the new XTC! I have not heard any of the demos,
soit should be a very long month for me to wait - unless I can
find a promo at my favorite record store in Port Chester, NY - The
Vinyl Solution (I know the play on words is a bit questionable).

The best thing about Chalkhills Digest for me is the musical
suggestions. I love you all for that! I was introduced to Ben Folds
Five and The Negro Problem (among others) - you guys n' gals rule! XTC
fans have the best, most eclectic tastes of any fans I know.

OK - what a great lead off to what's been in my CD player the last few
weeks (in no particular order):

Can: Future Days
Herbie Hancock: Headhunters
Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music
Funkadelic: America Eats its Young
The Negro Problem: Joys and Concerns
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: Barafundle
They Might Be Giants: Apollo 18
Steely Dan: Two Against Nature
Joni Mitchell: Blue
Tom Waits: Frank's Wild Years
The Kinks: Arthur or the decline and fall of the British Empire
XTC: Oranges & Lemons

Whew!

After reading some interesting thoughts on Steely Dan, I decided to
really go through their catalogue and give a new review. I will post
that next week.

Thanks again! Really, I know I sound silly but - thank heaven for
little chalkhills.

Ralph Simpson DeMarco

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 16:17:30 -0600
From: Jill Oleson <Jill_Oleson@kurion.com>
Subject: Molly, you are busted.
Message-ID: <81CC73FC2FACD311A2D200508B8B88AA0D6F33@KURION_EXCH>

Molly, you are busted.  You once wrote in Chalkhills:
"Well, you have to remember there are kids that read this list, and even
though they've heard this stuff before, but we have to remember that some of
the language is offensive. I'm sorry you're offended by some of us being
"thin skinned", but I find swearing very inappropriate. There are better
ways of saying stuff without swearing. You can do whatever you want
privately, but when you're in a public forum you have to use some
discrssion, because you don't know whose reading this. And I don't think
this is censorship. It's just showing some discression, so we can prtect the
innocent kids that read this. If you had a child would you want him or her
to read swear words or some of the other things that go on here? I don't
like censorship either, but we have to be a little careful."

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 16:14:54 -0600
From: Jill Oleson <Jill_Oleson@kurion.com>
Subject: five more things from Jill...
Message-ID: <81CC73FC2FACD311A2D200508B8B88AA0D6F32@KURION_EXCH>

Thing #1:  Clarification:  I did *not* get a CD, I got a tape of a CD.

Thing #2:  I whole-heartedly agree with Dan Wiencek that
               "We're All Light" is the best choice for the next XTC single.

Thing #3:  Aimee Mann may have enjoyed having Dave Gregory, but
               according to http://www.aimeemann.com , she married
               talented singer/songwriter Michael Penn in 1998, so
presumably...
               oh, nevermind...

Thing #4:  David Bauman, don't be a fool!  Leave Phil Collins in his can of
worms.

Thing #5:  Note to Self:
               Create a sock drawer, asap.
               Buy socks.
               Add socks to newly created drawer.
               Check sock item off ever-growing To Do List.
               Send thank-you note to Chalkhills for the great idea.
               Return to business as usual.
               *sigh*

Jill Oleson
Austin, Texas

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 17:40:41 EST
From: WESnLES@aol.com
Subject: Guess what I've got!?!?
Message-ID: <5a.33624db.26168369@aol.com>

Moles:

Been checkin' my mail for weeks waiting for this very moment. There it
is, a CD sized brown bubble-wrap package from my editor.  I fumble
with the damn thing for a moment before I locate the semi-glued flap,
open it up and there it is in all its splendor, accompanied by a
presskit.  I scamper, yes SCAMPER, into the house and throw the disc
into the Onkyo and a few seconds later the sweet sounds of the first
track fill my eager ears.  The lyrics which I've waited so long to
hear: "the bright and chilly morning, sneaks up my shirt cuffs, i see
you drinking coffee, looking pretty rough."  WHAT?  The new Jules
Shear disc of course, what did you think I was going on about?

Okay...still no XTC for me.  I've read that some of you have already
gotten copies, and that's great, but there's a great deal of sweetness
in the waiting.  I recall last time round (AV1) that some moles on
this list got upset with folks chatting about the disc, I mean ALBUM,
so far ahead of the release date.  Remember that soon we will all have
heard the ALBUM and will be looking forward to the next.  The wait is
wonderful so enjoy it, someday this wondrous ride will end.

Oh...the Jules Shear is actually quite nice.

wesLONG

XTCrap:  audio/video/memorabilia & much more:
http://members.tripod.com/~The_Last_Balloon/index.html

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