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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 9

                Saturday, 15 January 2000

Today's Topics:

                         Crimson
              How Self-Indulgence Came to Be
                       If you dare
                      Feelin' Flicky
             Link to "A School Guide to XTC"
             Something fishy (and marilliony)
                Malcom in the middle, etc.
                     Re: Wedding XTC
                    Wedding Bell Blues
                   nose bleeds, etc...
                 The Shaming of the True
                        CDR trade?
                    Re: Wedding Songs
                   On your Big Day....
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Message-Id: <v03110700b4a3abdf24df@[129.74.189.62]>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 11:42:46 -0500
From: graw <graeme.r.wyllie.1@nd.edu>
Subject: Crimson

A chance to delurk though unfortunately with minimal XTC content..

 Todd Bernhardt wrote

Nope. They're down to a four-piece. Tony Levin's schedule has not allowed
for involvement in the album KC currently has in the works, and God, erm,
Bill Bruford declined to participate, citing the band's emphasis on
electronica and his own current preference for more-acoustic and
jazz-oriented endeavors. Apparently the door remains open for their return,
but for now KC is a double-duo.

Dont know if anyone else mentioned it but the last thing apart from live
albums from the crimson camp was the projeckts box set although i think the
albums are all available on their own as well. Basically Crimson has
fractured into a series of smaller groups, projeckts one to four each
featuring Robert Fripp and various other members of the band performing
improvised music in order to set out ideas for the next 'proper' KC album.
The music isnt bad, its just you have to be in the right mood for it and it
steers dangerously close to the territories of jazz and the like. And at
least personally, 90s crimson (sooo last decade :-)) prodced a great album
with Thrak which also had great songs as well. The new Projeckt stuff is
just improvisational and at times I just wish Belew would get out from
behind the elctroonic drumkit he is playing here and sing. With reference
to Levin, I know he plays in one of the projeckts and a recent interview I
read in Mojo I think said he hadnt ruled out playing in the next version of
KC. (though we all still wait in vain for the new Gabriel album)

"I hate my generation. I offer no apologies."

I guess I only get half the bonus points but the line is from appropriately
enough 'I hate my Generation' by Cracker ( the band of David Lowerey, ex
Camper Van Beethoven) and from the album the Golden Age. An old band of
mine used to play the song segueing in from My generation by the Who. As
far as Cracker goes, they've done four albums, getting better each time but
everyone I know seems to dismiss them as a one hit wonder MTV band due to
their song Low. Which is sad since their last album, Gentleman's Blues was
very impressive sort of guitar driven pop.

And as far as XTC content goes, my personal choice for a wedding would have
to Mayor of Simpleton which i still personally rate as one of their best
lyrics as well as being upbeat and pop enough.

be seeing you

g.

now playing: Sin E - Deep Water Drop Off

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From: Hbsherwood@aol.com
Message-ID: <47.af79e0.25af5ee6@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 12:01:26 EST
Subject: How Self-Indulgence Came to Be

>From: "HowTired" <nopat@tin.it>
>Subject: Re: Homespun vs. AVv1

>I am convinced that at least half of the "shitty" post-1970 songs by John
>or Paul would have been regarded as good songs if released in 1969.
>(let's face the truth, "Let it be" had no more than a couple of really
>great songs, and John was already missing. But no one has ever said or
>written that "dig a pony" is shit, though it undoubtedly is.)

While I take your point about the bad post-1970 songs and the "missing"
Lennon, that last assertion needs answering. From Ian MacDonald's "Revolution
in the Head":

     The first song rehearsed and played/recorded at Apple
     [after the disastrous and demoralizing Twickenham sessions,
     during which George "Midnight Rambler" Harrison actually quit
     the band] was Lennon's "Dig a Pony." Later described by its author as
     garbage, it went through various incarnations.... The comically
     lumbering unison 3/4 riff is undemanding....

     The song itself is inconsequential fun with a lyric celebrating
     countercultural claims that society's old values and taboos were
     dead, that life was a game and art a free-for-all, and (especially)
     that words meant whatever the hell one wished them to. Suspect even
     in 1967, such whimsy was looking distinctly bedraggled by 1969, but
     enough people wanted it to be true to ensure that it survived in the
     minds of progressive educationalists for the next twenty years.

(Ouch! Gratuitous Sixties Progressive-Education Backlash Zinger! Me-YOW!)

-----

Dismissing as "self-indulgent" an eight-minute Partridge lecture on songcraft
and musical arrangement given in the intimacy of his recording shed is an act
of heresy that requires that you be drummed out of the Corps of the Drooling
Fanboys without benefit of a court martial. You are hereby ordered to don the
Colonel Cunt Hat for the duration of Chalkhills Digest #6-8, after which you
may return to the company of the Two or Three Assembled at the reduced rank
of Bucktooth Fairy. *Dis*missed!

What's that, Colonel? Those eight minutes could have been used for actual
music instead of *talking* about music? Harrumph!
Preposterous...I...think.... Hmmm.

Consider this idle chunk of partially digested hay coughed up for rumination:
We've lamented the artistic impoverishment caused by the death of the
two-sided LP. But we haven't yet considered the disappearance of the classic
A-Side/B-Side single-release format. Is "How Easter Theater Came to Be" an
actual B-side? It's awfully long for that. Should we call it filler? Content?
A Free Toy Inside? (For me, it was the entire reason for acquiring the damned
thing, but I'm just self-indulgent that way.)

Well, it's better than arguing about gun control, isn't it?

-----

I think the reason for Homespun's existence is that in interviews Andy has
expressed astonishment at how far and how fast even the most obscure of his
demos travel, and I speculate that Homespun is a "Beat the Boots" kind of
exercise. We Drooling F's will buy *any* demo that comes our way, and it
might as well be a pristine first-generation cleaned-up copy supplied by The
Artists than a 20th generation cassette dub. I believe they know us very well
indeed.

Harrison "I-hi-hi-hi-hi...rigatoni" Sherwood

PS: Reading the above post aloud using the r/w speech impediment Michael
Palin gave Pontius Pilate in "Life of Brian" yields wesults that are wisible
in the extweme. Go ahead. It's a scweam.... "Weturn at the weduced wank...."
*Chortle*!

PPS: When I hear the word "gun" I reach for my culture.

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From: Kelly Nickel <nickel@sedsystems.ca>
Subject: If you dare
Message-ID: <SIMEON.10001131148.A@sw-35.sedsystems.ca>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 11:22:48 -0600 (CST)

RE:
"I'm getting married on the 22nd.... any ideas on
XTC "marriage songs"?

 My friend played "When You're Near Me" at his wedding...

Too much fun!

----------------------
Kelly Nickel
nickel@sedsystems.ca

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From: Hbsherwood@aol.com
Message-ID: <d5.938956.25afb9bd@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 18:29:01 EST
Subject: Feelin' Flicky

When I popped over to the Guitargonauts site to read the article on Dave
Gregory in the Swindon Adver, my eye strayed down to the bottom of the page
there reproduced (http://www.guitargonauts.com/news.html), where the byline
was rendered, "DAVE GREGORY was talking to: FLICKY HARRISON."

My tired, myopic eyes first formed a ligature between the "L" and "I"
rendering them as a capital "U," and I had the somewhat paranoid (not to
mention self-centered) thought Strijbos was having some abusive Photochoppy
fun at my expense. After a closer look scotched that impression, I began to
concentrate on the name "Flicky Harrison," wondering what sadistic parent
would give a child a name like that, and what a living hell young Flicky's
school days must have been. Then the blinding insight hit me: It's not a
given name; it's an *adjective*! Harrison (his *first* name, the lucky
wretch!) woke up that morning, examined his emotional state and decided that
the _mot juste_ for today was *flicky*! So that's what he was, all day!
Flicky! Flickyflickyflicky! Say it out loud, it's almost like praying! I'm
just feeling...I dunno...flicky!

What a wonderful practice! I propose to adopt it posthaste! Today I'm more
Jumpy than anything, but who knows--maybe tomorrow *I'll* be Flicky Harrison!
Say hello to my children, Pointy Emily and Jiggly Chase! My wife, Cranky
Kathy! Over there, those are my coworkers, Tweaky Chester and Entropic Joan!
To keep up with the ever-changing nomenclatural landscape, I suppose we'd
have to adopt a system of name-tags, but even that's fraught with
possibility! Come on! Who's with me? This could be bigger than the Internet!

Jumpy "Flick this, pal" Harrison "Tomorrow: Zippy" Sherwood

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Message-ID: <387e574239108de5@smtp1.libero.it> (added by smtp1.libero.it)
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 23:52:39 +0100
Subject: Link to "A School Guide to XTC"
From: "Ivan Serra" <ivanserra@iol.it>

Look to the Stampa Alternativa page for the forthcoming  book "A school
guide to Xtc":

http://www.stampalternativa.it/altre.htm

I have the Captain Beefheart and the Tim Buckley books: they are 120 pages
cd-jewel box size and have a Cd of unreleased stuff

ciao      Ivan

--
I am here
And you are my sofa

Frank Zappa

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Message-ID: <002b01bf5e19$deec88a0$43ed31d4@woodlouse>
From: "Richard Benjamin" <rickyb@woodlouse.icom-web.com>
Subject: Something fishy (and marilliony)
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 22:58:01 -0000

Hi  -someone asked recently about getting Fish & Marillion CDs? Try GFT, a
mail order place specialising in progressive rock, www.gft-cyclops.co.uk
They have loads of interesting stuff. I'd also like to recommend an album on
their own Cyclops label by Robert Andrews, called An Amnesty for Bonny
Things on Sunny Days. It's a gorgeous instrumental album which is fighting
with XTC for listening time here, at the moment (and only coming a close
second)  :-)  If anyone's brave enough to try it let me know what you think.

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Message-Id: <200001132340.SAA26338@nantucket.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 18:39:18 -0800
Subject: Malcom in the middle, etc.
From: "Diamond" <arnos@nantucket.net>

Ben:
Also, Fox's
new sit-com "Malcom in the Middle" is quite funny -- and They Might Be
Giants does all the music...

I'm glad someone mentioned that. I was gonna, but it slipped my mind. The
theme song they made for it isn't that good, a little to punk-ish for me,
but the last episode featured The Pencil Rain from their album Lincoln. The
placement of the song was perfect for the scene it was in. I hope they
continue to use old TMBG songs in the show. And the show was pretty good.
Bound to get better, I suppose.

BTW, I've been getting a lot of flack for mentioning Stephen King in my list
of good authors who get the credit they deserve. Let me just say that I
included him only out of necessity. I couldn't think of the name I was going
to put third, (I was going to put Martin Amis, I believe) and his name
popped into my head. I decided to run with it, cause he is tremendously
popular. I've only ever read one book by him: the Stand. That was actually a
pretty good book, but I really had no desire to read anymore by him. I feel
that people mainly buy his books because they know the name. As I mentioned
to Tyler Hewitt in a private e-mail, there were many books written under
King's writing alias that sold poorly. And than, when everyone found out who
they were really by, sold like hot cakes. So he is definitely a name that
people recognize.

Another XTCspotting occurence. Like the last time, when I walked into
musicall (My local music store) I heard an XTC album being played. Last time
it was Oranges and Lemons, this time it was Nonsuch. It's such a thrill to
here it being played in public. I have no idea what it is about it, it's
just like you're in on an in-joke, or something. A great feeling.

I just bought Rufus Wainright's 1998 eponymis (spl?) release, and it's
really fantastic. Thank you, Tyler Hewitt, for sending me that tape with the
song April Fools on it. That's why I bought it. I recomend this album to
everyone. Really great, it is, it is.

Tata for now.

Kevin Diamond
____________________________________________________________________________
"To emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on heaven is to
create hell."
          -Tom Robbins

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Message-ID: <387E338E.27FB@bhip.infi.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 20:20:31 +0000
From: Brian <mattone@bhip.infi.net>
Subject: Re: Wedding XTC

Tschalkgerz!

Jonathan Bean said:

>Congratulations, but no mention of "Big Day",  "Mayor Of Simpleton", "When
You're Near Me I Have Difficulty", or "Ball and Chain" if you and your
betrothed have a sense of fun?<

Hey, I mentioned "Ball And Chain"... as a joke, of course.

-Brian Matthews

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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 17:57:04 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200001140157.RAA12178@mail2.deltanet.com>
From: brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: Wedding Bell Blues

Hey now, Chalkie-doodle kidz!

 I'd like to add to the musical suggestions for that fellow Chalker who is
taking the plunge....(if this has been suggested, pardon)...
I imagine this...right after the priest/pastor/etc. says, "you may now kiss
the bride"...from the speakers comes 'Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss
Her'...cued up to the exact phrase, and played out as the lovely couple
exits...more snappy than the usual exit march which, IMHO, is an exercise in
boredom.....

Cheers,

Debora Brown

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Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.20000113223906.00721818@pop3.passport.ca>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 22:39:06 -0500
From: David Oh <davidoh@passport.ca>
Subject: nose bleeds, etc...

well, it's a new year/decade/century/millennium (as i like to believe it
is), so i just had to get a new isp. i hope they don't get bought out by a
huge conglomerate and have the life sucked out of them, too...
----------
my friend from hannover, germany, has come and gone. we had a great time
together as we've not seen each other since august 1988. as much as i
welcomed jurgen here in my home, i'm kinda glad i have my home to myself
again. i'm exhausted! there's a lot to see and do here in toronto and we
did it all, too.
now, back to reality... and xtc content...
----------
someone (i can't remember who) asked for other "punch in the nose" moments
(i paraphrase here) from us, so here's mine...

my nose bleeds when i hear:

the end of "chalkhills and children", when it goes "even i never know where
i go when my eyes are all closed (here i go again)". come to think of it,
it bleeds all the way through this masterpiece...

dave's stinging guitar work in "merely a man"

the strings swell up underneath "like the swirling sky" in "i can't own her"

all of "no language in our lungs"

the opening/closing guitar riff of "towers of london", as well as dave's
sweet fills in the bridge; "i've seen it in the paintings.../clear as
children's chalk lines on the pavement", especially on the "bbc radio 1
live in concert" cd (i would love to hear the version they played on the
night john lennon died, when they merged the beatles' "rain" into the outro
- i know i could not hold back the tears!)

"the time bomb", played by prairie prince, during "summer's cauldron"

"millions" through headphones, from terry's circular drum patterns to
colin's slippery bass parts, even the chinzy "faux-chinese" guitar figure
and the spine-tingling finger cymbals. simply beautiful and beautifully
complex

the 12-string rickenbacker chords strummed (by dave) in "senses working
overtime", right before the lines "and all the world is... etc"

the long, sad, sustained, feedback/crescendo guitar notes played in "this
world over", as well as colin's dotted-whole notes throughout the track

"but the only job i do well is here on the farm... on the farm... and it's
breaking my back" section in "love on a farmboy's wages". the music sounds,
to me at least, like a sad sigh during the second "... on the farm...",
with the "breaking my back" line being punctuated by the crashing
percussion, like musical underlining

there are many more, but this will do for now.
----------
mccartney's music:

the recent thread on mccartney's music got me a-thinking. in my opinion,
macca hasn't done anything really good since "venus and mars" and has since
only put out spotty records. the exception being "unplugged - the official
bootleg", but that's a live-acoustic rendering of classic rock 'n' roll
songs and some of his hits.

for me, though, his best album is still "mccartney", his first solo album
from 1970. several weeks back, "jerry maguire" was being shown on local tv
and i watched it because i remembered andy partridge saying at the toronto
"av1" signing that there was a piece of his music in it. well, like andy,
i, too, was disappointed that they talked over his music (from the
partridge/harold budd collaboration "through the hill"), but the movie
rekindled my interest in the "mccartney" album.

there's a beautiful piece on the album called "junk", with a companion
instrumental piece called "singalong junk", which plays a prominent roll in
this film (writer/director cameron crowe was a writer for rolling stone
magazine before marrying heart's nancy wilson and becoming a big-time film
guy. music has always played an important part in his films; see "say
anything...", a great little movie). however, you might remember another
song from this album, "maybe i'm amazed".

what makes this album for me, besides the music, is that macca played _all_
the instruments himself (with a few - ahem - harmony vocals by linda) and
produced it on a four-track reel-to-reel in his home in scotland, in
1970... something very few artists were doing at the time. it was a
refreshing change from all the big studio productions of that time.
----------
harrison's attack:

what is wrong with people? why do things like this have to happen?

and to add to the arguments:

john lennon's attacker had a gun. john is dead.

george harrison's attacker had a knife. george is alive.

that's why i say, "melt the guns, melt the guns, melt the guns and never
more to fire them. melt the guns, melt the guns, melt the guns and never
more desire them!" you can't get any clearer than that!
----------
tattoos:

i should've known that the inimitable mr. strijbos would have an xtc tattoo!

btw, mark, 2 of my 5 tattoos were done in amsterdam, in 1981 and 1985. the
other 3 were done here in toronto, 1990, 1992 and 1999.
----------
that wexler name:

i read in "song stories" that erika wexler's father is involved in the
movie industry (also that erika had a small role in "saturday night fever",
opposite one john travolta, even!). now, i've seen the name of haskel
wexler in the credits of several movies in the past - i believe he's a
director of photography, but i could be, and probably am, wrong - and i was
wondering if anyone knew if this was her
father/uncle/brother/grandfather/whatever or if indeed they are even related?

in other words, does anyone know who her father is and what he does within
the film industry?
----------
red dwarf/swindon/hitchhiker's guide:

thanks go out to andrew hawkes for the info on the red dwarf/swindon
episode. i'll be watching as much as i can and i hope to see that episode.
however, i've only seen the first couple of series, so i can't comment on
which series are the best ones. i have enjoyed what i've seen so far,
though, and if the later series are as funny/good as the early series, i
look forward to seeing them.

in regards to "the hitchhiker's guide to the universe", i haven't seen the
show, but i have read the book and i have to say it was one of the funniest
books i have ever read, right up there with kurt vonnegut's "breakfast of
champions". my question is this:

can anyone who has read the book _and_ seen the show tell me if the show is
as good/funny as the book?
----------
grammies-scammies:

to the young mr. diamond; i think the word you were looking for is
pre-masticated, as in pre-chewed.

once again, this year's grammy award nominees has proven me right - that
the grammies are nothing but a celebration of mediocrity! radio and the
music industry as a whole are indeed in a very sad state, circa 2000 a.d.

cher? ricky martin?? the backstreet boys??? - gmafb!

none of these androids even write their own music, nevermind playing any
musical instruments as well! what a load of crap!

frank zappa was right; if you celebrate mediocrity, you get mediocrity!

thank god we have xtc's music to listen to, instead of the pablum that
passes for "good" music these days!
----------
that's enough bandwidth for now, so i'll leave you with...

 peace & xtc,

 davidoh

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From: "Michael Versaci" <stormymonday@sprintmail.com>
Subject: The Shaming of the True
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 07:36:26 -0500
Message-ID: <000001bf5e8b$fa2bc1e0$d8a21e26@addatl.sterling.com>

Folxtc,

For whatever reason, many of us love music that evades the attention of the
masses.

I want to tell you about an album that should be available by the time this
post has reached your inbox.  It is called "The Shaming of the True" by the
late Kevin Gilbert.  It will not appeal to the masses, and may only be of
interest to a subset of XTC fans.  I managed to apprehend a bootleg copy of
the record about a year ago, not-so-coincidentally through a friend that
I've met and made through Chalkhills.  For my ears, it is as satisfying as
any XTC record, and coming from me, this is high praise indeed.

"The Shaming of the True" chronicles the rise, corruption and fall of the
"fictional" rock star "Johnny Virgil."  Although Kevin Gilbert is even more
obscure than XTC, the work is semi-autobiographical.

"What does the music sound like?"  Always a difficult question to answer,
but if you can imagine a mixture of Peter Gabriel era Genesis, Yes, Steely
Dan, XTC and Pink Floyd you will at least understand if it has an appeal to
your tastes.

The CD can be purchased at http://www.kevingilbert.com .  Only 1400 are
being sold, and it is expensive at $50 US plus S&H charges.  It is a limited
edition with special packaging including a 40 page booklet.  The plan is to
release a standard version in a few months at a much more reasonable price.
I'll let you know.

I have no legal or financial interest in the project.  I just know that I
crave music like this, and I imagine that some of you will be completely
overwhelmed by the emotional intensity and sheer brilliance of this record.

Here is a sampling of the words that you will hear on this album:

"I've been listening to Dylan
 I've been listening to The Dead,
 And I've been listening to the music that plays inside my head

 I've been listening to The Beatles
 I've been listening to The Who
 And they don't know it yet, but their gonna listen to me too..."

"The attendee at the Texaco saw the guitar-case in my back seat
 and decided to impart his tragic tale
 He said, 'I used to play in a band like you - we even made a record too'
 But he sang a bar that hardly rang a bell"

"Hi John, it's Al from A&R
 You don't really need the band they are in the way
 We only wanted you anyway, so dump the band"

 "On the way towards the light
 Blind ambition burns my sight"

"So what's a drop of water in an ocean of compromise
 One more shake of my tail, and it falls away and dies"

"The clowns arrive in a pirate ship and pose before the crowd"

"Its got tattoos, its got a pierced hood
 Its got generation X
 Its got lesbians and vitriol and sadomasochistic latex sex"

"Here I am again with a thousand screaming fans and I am lonely"

"We're gonna play the new 'Madonna' where she rips a fart
 And we're gonna stand around talking about why it's art"

"And I'll gonna build me a robot
 And we'll look just the same
 And I'll teach him the hand-shake
 And I'll teach him the game
 And he won't feel empty, and I won't feel ashamed
 And I'll find my way back home"

"Fuck 'em all, this is art!"

"When I was a boy, I'd sit by the sea
 And ambition's siren would sing to me
 Songs of, a future so noble and grand

 Now here I stand, with my back to the wall
 Errant in some ways and tired in all
 Live is what happens while you're making plans"

"My name is Johnny Virgil, I used to be a star
 It was a long long time ago"

All words by Kevin Gilbert, from "The Shaming Of The True."

Tragically, Kevin Gilbert killed himself and didn't leave a suicide note.
Or did he?

Michael Versaci

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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:58:12 -0600
From: Eric Foster <efoster@mindspring.com>
Subject: CDR trade?
Message-id: <003001bf5e9f$c7c4d5c0$035424a6@sug.mci.com>

Hello Chalkhillers,

I am itching for some rare/unreleased/unofficial live XTC...Anyone want to
conduct a CDR trade? As far as XTC goes, I only have one title, "Demos 7 :
Jules Verne's Sketchbook & Early Session" CD. But I do have a decent list of
other stuff. I am interested mostly in CDR trades, but will do a tape trade
if the item is tempting enough. Oh...and I am not interested in buying or
selling whatsoever, only trades!

CDR list : http://efoster.home.mindspring.com/cdrlist.html

Tape List : http://efoster.home.mindspring.com/tapelist.html

Eric Foster
efoster@mindspring.com
http://efoster.home.mindspring.com

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Message-id: <fc.000f4ca3002eac143b9aca006e887c46.2eac4f@cfrb.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:25:21 -0500
Subject: Re: Wedding Songs
From: rgreenham@thebear.net (Rich Greenham)

Best wishes to the Chalkie gettin' hitched on the 22nd!

Has anyone recommended "Yacht Dance" yet?  Or how 'bout "Pale & Precious"?
 Which eventually leads us totally out of XTC-dom to The Beach Boys' "God
Only Knows".  Beautiful.  And while I'm at it, why not try Buddy Holly's
"True Love Ways".  That was "our" wedding song...  Since then, anytime
that I've particularly pissed-off the wife (like buying XTC stuff on
eBay), all I gotta do is slap that one on the CD player and all the
nastiness seems to melt away...

Cheers all!

Rich

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Message-ID: <20000114135227.8011.qmail@web112.yahoomail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 05:52:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <wile1coyote@yahoo.com>
Subject: On your Big Day....

Congratulations on your impending wedding.

I will propose a slightly different list of XTC to commemorate this
special time.

Wake Up
Dear Madam Barnum
Your Dictionary
Snowman
Earn Enough for Us
Love on a Farmboy's Wages
Albert Brown
The Affiliated
Sacrificial Bonfire
Dying
Fruit Nut

and if there is any room left on your dance card after that, how about
Pink Floyd's "Run for your life"

You will think I am kidding, but really it isn't to late to join the
peace corps. :~D

Seriously though enjoy the day!

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From: WESnLES@aol.com
Message-ID: <89.896e86a4.25a92904@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2000 18:57:56 EST
Subject: THE LIST

Fellow Chalkgeeks....

Anybody else see this list and scratch their head til it bled?

The 100 greatest rock 'n' roll songs, as determined by a panel of 700 voters
assembled by the music network VH1:

1. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones.
2. "Respect," Aretha Franklin.
3. "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin.
4. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan.
5. "Born to Run," Bruce Springsteen.
6. "Hotel California," the Eagles.
7. "Light My Fire," the Doors.
8. "Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys.
9. "Hey Jude," the Beatles.
10. "Imagine," John Lennon.
11. "Louie Louie," the Kingsmen.
12. "Yesterday," the Beatles.
13. "My Generation," the Who.
14. "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye.
15. "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry.
16. "Layla," Derek and the Dominos.
17. "Won't Get Fooled Again," the Who.
18. "Jailhouse Rock," Elvis Presley.
19. "American Pie," Don McLean.
20. "A Day in the Life," the Beatles.
21. "I Got You (I Feel Good)," James Brown.
22. "Superstition," Stevie Wonder.
23. "I Want to Hold Your Hand," the Beatles.
24. "Brown Sugar," the Rolling Stones.
25. "Purple Haze," Jimi Hendrix.
26. "Sympathy for the Devil," the Rolling Stones.
27. "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen.
28. "You Really Got Me," the Kinks.
29. "Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison.
30. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel.
31. "Hound Dog," Elvis Presley.
32. "Let It Be," the Beatles.
33. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," Otis Redding.
34. "All Along the Watchtower," the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
35. "Walk This Way," Aerosmith.
36. "My Girl," the Temptations.
37. "Rock Around the Clock," Bill Haley & His Comets.
38. "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye.
39. "Proud Mary," Creedence Clearwater Revival.
40. "Born to Be Wild," Steppenwolf.
41. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana.
42. "Every Breath You Take," the Police.
43. "What'd I Say," Ray Charles.
44. "Free Bird," Lynyrd Skynyrd.
45. "That'll Be the Day," Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
46. "Whole Lotta Love," Led Zeppelin.
47. "Dream On," Aerosmith.
48. "California Dreamin'," the Mamas and the Papas.
49. "Brown Eyed Girl," Van Morrison.
50. "Wild Thing," the Troggs.
51. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," Crosby, Stills and Nash.
52. "Beat It," Michael Jackson.
53. "Great Balls of Fire," Jerry Lee Lewis.
54. "Stayin' Alive," the Bee Gees.
55. "For What It's Worth," the Buffalo Springfield.
56. "Blowin' in the Wind," Bob Dylan.
57. "Twist and Shout," the Beatles.
58. "Piano Man," Billy Joel.
59. "She Loves You," the Beatles.
60. "Space Oddity," David Bowie.
61. "Strawberry Fields Forever," the Beatles.
62. "Kashmir," Led Zeppelin.
63. "Crazy," Patsy Cline.
64. "London Calling," the Clash.
65. "Jumpin' Jack Flash," the Rolling Stones.
66. "Rock & Roll," Led Zeppelin.
67. "Let's Stay Together," Al Green.
68. "All Shook Up," Elvis Presley.
69. "Maggie May," Rod Stewart.
70. "Your Song," Elton John.
71. "Heartbreak Hotel," Elvis Presley.
72. "God Only Knows," the Beach Boys.
73. "The Twist," Chubby Checker.
74. "Good Golly, Miss Molly," Little Richard.
75. "Sunshine of Your Love," Cream.
76. "California Girls," the Beach Boys.
77. "Summertime Blues," Eddie Cochran.
78. "Blue Suede Shoes," Carl Perkins.
79. "A Hard Day's Night," the Beatles.
80. "Fire and Rain," James Taylor.
81. "Gloria," Them.
82. "Sexual Healing," Marvin Gaye.
83. "Start Me Up," the Rolling Stones.
84. "More Than a Feeling," Boston.
85. "Roxanne," the Police.
86. "We Are the Champions," Queen.
87. "Tangled Up in Blue," Bob Dylan.
88. "Somebody to Love," Jefferson Airplane.
89. "Stand By Me," Ben E. King.
90. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," Jerry Lee Lewis.
91. "You Shook Me All Night Long," AC/DC.
92. "When Doves Cry," Prince & the Revolution.
93. "In the Midnight Hour," Wilson Pickett.
94. "Gimme Some Lovin'," Spencer Davis Group.
95. "Jump," Van Halen.
96. "Thunder Road," Bruce Springsteen.
97. "No Woman No Cry," Bob Marley & the Wailers.
98. "La Bamba," Ritchie Valens.
99. "We've Only Just Begun," the Carpenters.
100. "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," the Temptations.

What a load of shite.

wesLONG

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