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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 10

                Thursday, 22 February 2001

Topics:

                        Canadians
                     Countdown to XTC
                Mystery XTC track revealed
                        Homegrown
                  Re: Listening Partners
                          Organs
                   Straight to Cut Out
               A Collectors Plea for Help!
                    prome, not cut-out
  A wolf in sheep's clothing.. or is that a sheep in...
           the ill-fated peregrination of fagen
                       Midwest XTC
            RE: Annandale - That'll be the day
             RE: Lost chords and other trvia
                       Hello there
                   Coming To America...
                     a Dallas thanks
        Just who is that? & Just what is he saying
      The CM song that most sounds like an AP song.
                     xtc as sickness?
                 Nonsuch a disappointment
                   Psssst!!! David Lake
                           Bent
                     Biting the Hand
                   12 Steps to Success
               What decade are we in again?
                Under the influence of XTC
             no warbles that are fuzzy... :-(

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 22:19:58 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve Grenier <the_greniers@yahoo.com>
Subject: Canadians
Message-ID: <20010215061958.8407.qmail@web5101.mail.yahoo.com>

>Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 10:42:55 -0500
>From: "Lisette Proulx" <lisette@quatuor.cc>
>Subject: Is this addiction going to last ?
>
>Are we, my husband and I, the only french canadians who like this music. ?
>(S'il y a sur ce chatgroup d'autres quebecois, n'hesitez pas a me
>contacter )

I missed being born in Quebec by 18 months, does that count?  :-)  My parents
moved to the States in 1966, I was born in '68. J'ai beaucoup de parentee au
Canada (Sept-Iles, Quebec, Montreal, Sherbrooke, la Beauce, Ontario, Alberta,
Vancouver).

regards,
Steve Grenier

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 10:03:27 -0000
From: "David Pitt" <david.pitt@talk21.com>
Subject: Countdown to XTC
Message-ID: <000401c09736$92bc0e40$0100a8c0@pwd.hp.com>

> 'what will it take for Donald to go back to
> Annandale?'

"California tumbles into the sea - that'll be the day I go back to
Annandale."
My Old School - Steely Dan

Good luck with the competition,
David

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Date: 15 Feb 2001 18:27:45 +0800
From: duttonj@mpx.com.au
Subject: Mystery XTC track revealed
Message-ID: <200102151022.f1FAMm724166@mail001.syd.optusnet.com.au>

> From: "*SUPER SPANGER*" <superspanger@hotmail.com>
>
> There was an ad for "Double shots of rock"- an album with "17 great
> artists and 34 great tracks"...  I nearly had a stroke... XTC was one of
> those "great artists". One song was 'Senses working overtime', I don't know
> what the other was.

I saw this ad too.  The other track is "Generals and Majors".  So now
you know.

Jon

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 11:11:24 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Darryl W. Bullock" <drol_uk@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Homegrown
Message-ID: <20010215111124.1450.qmail@web1401.mail.yahoo.com>

Dan Phipps, I'm ashamed of you! ;)

For someone usually so up on all things XTC you
should have known that Homegrown is not exatly
new, but the proposed name for the Wasp Star
demos (already available on a divine little boot
in the UK, I'll see if I can obtain a copy for
you, my friend!).

Incidentally, according to Cooking Vinyl in the
UK, neither Homegrown or Fuzzy Warbles are
happening at all!...although we all know that
that means absolutely squat!

Darryl.

=====
Darryl W. Bullock.Check out the This Is Pop XTC web site
at:http://members.tripod.co.uk/thisispop/

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 08:25:53 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Re: Listening Partners
Message-ID: <l03130302b6b0367242a8@[206.231.24.55]>

>How come, besides my husband, I never find other listening partners. When I
>start playing it to friends, they talk, joke, do not listen and think that I
>am just a old Beatles melancolic...
>
>Are we, my husband and I, the only french canadians who like this music. ?
>(S'il y a sur ce chatgroup d'autres quebecois, n'hesitez pas a me
>contacter )
>
>vanishing girl
>Lisette

  You can ask the ones who were listening to CHOM-FM in Montreal in '79;
"Making Plans For Nigel" was getting a lot of airplay and Colin Moulding
was even interviewed on the air when they were in town for a show. I wrote
them off at the time as just another one of those sort of OK post-punk pop
bands, they weren't punk enough for me at the time. I got hooked when I
heard Black Sea a couple of years later, by which point I was in college
Stateside.

Christopher R. Coolidge
"The bad news is, there is no key to the universe. The good news is, it has
been left unlocked."
-Swami Beyondananda

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 12:47:57 +0000
From: "Philip Lawes" <pjl@plextek.co.uk>
Subject: Organs
Message-ID: <sa8bd021.035@mailgate.plextek.co.uk>

Iain Murray wrote:
>I was in Swindon about 18 months ago, and missed out on a trip to the John
>Holmes Organ Centre. To be honest, I'm not even sure if it's still there,
>but if it is, I'd love a photo.

No need to go there - just click on http://www.holmesmusic.co.uk/.
Select the 'Keyboards' link to see those organs.

Interestingly there used (about 10 years ago now) to be a shop in Mill
Road here in Cambridge called the 'Cambridge Organ Exchange', which
did good business upgrading the punters old Yamaha keyboards and the
like.  The bloke who ran it was (I'm not making this up, honestly) a
transsexual who became a woman just before she sold the business on.
I think it's now a Chinese supermarket.

Phil

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 06:07:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <wile1coyote@yahoo.com>
Subject: Straight to Cut Out
Message-ID: <20010215140729.25627.qmail@web106.yahoomail.com>

RPA queried in chalk.

>>>>I noticed that there are copies of Wasp Star on half.com (no
endorsement...  first time I ever wandered onto the site) that list
the condition of the CD as "...hole in barcode..."

Has Wasp Star hit the "cut-out" bin already?!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

These are TVT promos Richard. They pop the hole in the barcode before
they ship them out.

Mole

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 10:23:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <wile1coyote@yahoo.com>
Subject: A Collectors Plea for Help!
Message-ID: <20010215182314.5542.qmail@web120.yahoomail.com>

Greetings Chalkizens,

I beg your attention for a moment,

As many of you know, and perhaps some of you don't, I am an XTC
collector. I desire all things XTC whether they be Records, Cassettes,
CDs, MiniDiscs, 8-Tracks, Posters, Buttons, Badges or old used
T-Shirts. I am thrilled to be able to line my walls, shelves, and
turntable with anything even remotely related to our boys o'Swindon.
Over the years I have traded XTC items with many of you and have
certainly traded thoughts and dreams with the rest of you here on
Chalkhills. Through the efforts of many of you here who have shopped
and scoured garage sales and dirty stinky cutout record bins in every
corner of the globe and on 6 of the 7 continents I am proud to say that
WE have amassed a heck of a nice collection of XTC Media and
Memorablia. I particularly want to thank a young lady in Swindon and
another gentleman in that fine hamlet and a neighbor of theirs in the
Swindon suburb of London, two music frenzied Gents' Down Under, One
crazy Brit currently abiding in Kiwi and a certain Sushi consuming
individual in Japan and last but certainly not least a wonderful guy
who currently hangs his Stars and Stripes in Germany, for filling in
parts of my collection that would never have been filled without help
from you guys. I doff my chapeau to all of you and to all the others
around the world and here in the US that have made collecting XTC such
a joy, not just for the thrill of opening the mail everyday but for the
rich personal experiences that interacting with all of you have brought
me. I have learned a million things about the world outside of my own
that I never dreamed I would have when I started this crazy quest back
15 years ago or so. And I promise one day I will get around to buying
you all that pint in your local pub that I am sure I have promised. :)
But enough of my blabbering. I need HELP filling a few more holes in my
collection and I am hoping that the rest of you here in the XTC world
can fill the voids that hour upon hour spent in worldwide record store
websites has not.

Quite simply, I need your XTC cassettes.

I own nearly every CD and LP for every album released in every country
of the globe. Why you ask? That is a good question for which I know no
good answer. It is just something I do. Something that I feel should be
done. This band is so important to me that I have a primal need to
acquire everything. And everything includes the lowly cassette. The
Cassette is perhaps the hardest of all XTC media to locate, let's face
it cassettes are not great quality audio and as such are not for the
most part resold in stores or garage sales or auctioned off on Ebay.
They are pitched! Tossed out with the fish papers and the lemon peels.
This makes them darn hard to locate for us collectors. I have got quite
a few, some of which are pretty rare but I can't find the really common
ones. So I am asking for your help, I currently am looking to locate 48
XTC Cassettes from around the globe, some of which I am sure someone on
this list has like the Canadian releases of Skylarking or Black Sea,  I
am hoping that some of you Chalkizens have a box of old XTC cassettes
laying around that you never play anymore because you have upgraded to
CDs or just don't play much etc..

If you do, please contact me @ Wile1coyote@yahoo.com and ask for my
list. I have a very detailed list of the items that I am still looking
for and perhaps you could check your old box and see if you have any
hiding in there. If you do I am willing to trade you for your cassette,
something from my extensive trade list or a CDR copy from a LONG list
of  XTC lie shows, bootlegs, demos, interviews etc... OR if you aren't
interested in that stuff as I am sure some of you aren't, I will
purchase for you a new commercially available CD of your choice and
have it shipped to your home. If you want the new Brittany Spears CD or
new Ben Folds Five, Sugarplastic or whatever, I'd be happy to trade one
to you for your old used decrepit cassette. REALLY! And if you don't
have any cassettes but would like to discuss something else that you
feel would be worthy of a trade, I welcome your emails.

I look forward to hearing from some of you, and I thank the rest of you
for letting me interupt your reading with my little commercial.

All of you have an XTCellent day.

Cheers

Jon Rosenberger
AKA themolefromtheministry
Detroit, Michigan USA

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 10:46:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: prome, not cut-out
Message-ID: <20010215184644.20820.qmail@web2104.mail.yahoo.com>

RE:

I noticed that there are copies of Wasp Star on
half.com (no endorsement...  first time I ever
wandered onto the site) that list the condition of
the CD as "...hole in barcode..."

Has Wasp Star hit the "cut-out" bin already?!

Whew, it is tough to maintain momentum in this
disposable world!

    ______________

I think what Half.com has are promo copies. Promos are
either punched through the barcode, cut in the side of
the case, or stamped/stickered 'for promotional use
only'. The cut or barcode punched promos are basically
marked the same way as cut-outs, so there's really no
way to tell the difference.

Funny thing, some people think promos are somehow
collectable. I used to work in a record store, there
were literally thousands of promos floating around the
store, sometimes multiple copies of the same disc.

Other people hate promos, think that their value is
diminished, etc. Some used cd stores refuse to buy
them. Obvioualy Half.com is not one of them.

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 18:34:35 -0600 (CST)
From: Brown <i.sundog@verizon.net>
Subject: A wolf in sheep's clothing.. or is that a sheep in...
Message-ID: <200102160034.SAA113394521@smtppop3pub.verizon.net>

Hey there, Hillians!

Hats off to Michael M. for posing the juicy question:

What Colin Moulding song sounds most like an Andy
Partridge song?--

At this moment, I'll go with Deliver Us From The Elements.  Musically,
Deliver Us From The Elements has a pagan, almost spooky atmosphere, complete
with what sounds like 'The All-Druid Choir' backing Colin.. all goose
bumpy...very Andy flavored.  Then you have the planting and growing, the
forces of nature, Providence, etc.. also very Partridgian themes.
(Partridgian?.. wha?)

Though I couldn't quite picture Andy appealing to God for any divine
intervention.. that's a Mouldingism if ever I heard one:

Oh Lord deliver us from the elements
We at your mercy and your reverence
Oh Lord deliver us from the elements
We've no defence we are impotent

Logical follow-up Q:

Which AP song sounds most like...

Debora Brown

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 18:11:59 -0800 (PST)
From: dan duncan <artthief1@excite.com>
Subject: the ill-fated peregrination of fagen
Message-ID: <9947711.982289519878.JavaMail.imail@bessie.excite.com>

to pancho:
"california tumbles in to the sea,
that'll be the day i go back to annandale..."

personally, it would take more than that to get me to go back to the east
coast.

obligatory xtc content:
i like(d) the song "church of women" but i got sick of it so fast that now i
always skip over it.

my bird sings sweetly,
dan

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Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 22:34:17 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Midwest XTC
Message-ID: <l03130301b6b24ec222e6@[206.231.24.233]>

>>Hey all...Presently I live in the midwest (Indianapolis, specifically)
>>and I was just wondering if there are any XTC people around here. It's
>>very lonely being a fan of XTC, or really any other 'off the beaten path'
>>groups or music here in Indiana, so it would be nice to get in touch with
>>some like minded folks..... anyone out here? Email me at saxd00d@aol.com
>>if you're anywhere near Indianapolis, or the midwest in general. By the
>>way, the Oh's are zeros.....Kenny Kipp

  Incidentally, Kenny, my wife's cousin Kristen lives in Indianapolis and
was on this list at one point, I don't know if she still is. She's single
too!(married to her hobbies, though) I suspect one of those Indiana plates
was my wife's Aunt Jackie(not Kristen's mom, another aunt; my mother-in-law
has three brothers and one sister) who divides her time between Indiana,
Long Island, and Florida. She's retired, she can afford the time. How she
affords it financially is anyone's guess, maybe her husband gets some hefty
kickbacks from being on the Easthampton board of selectmen.

Christopher R. Coolidge
"The bad news is, there is no key to the universe. The good news is, it has
been left unlocked."
-Swami Beyondananda

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:06:16 -0000
From: "Smith, David" <David.Smith@tfeurope.com>
Subject: RE: Annandale - That'll be the day
Message-ID: <4BBE67B71C1DD411A23600508B65F71E01168BF2@tfsecmsg04.tfseur.co.uk>

Hi Pancho

"California, tumbles into the sea
That'll be the day I go back to Annandale"

. . . are the opening lines from the last verse
of "My Old School" by Steely Dan.

The "Donald" in question is, of course, Donald
Fagen, who sings those immortal lines - and wrote
them.

What do *I* win?

And what's the betting Debs' beat me to the post
in replying to this? :-)

Smudge "Guadalajara won't do" Boy
EMail: david.smith@tfeurope.com

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:30:41 -0000
From: "Smith, David" <David.Smith@tfeurope.com>
Subject: RE: Lost chords and other trvia
Message-ID: <4BBE67B71C1DD411A23600508B65F71E01168BF3@tfsecmsg04.tfseur.co.uk>

Hi, it's me, back again . . . sorry . . .

Steve Schiavo said:

> I figure Andy's got THE lost chord somewhere around
> his place.  Probably keeps it in a box.

I bet that's pissed off the Moody Blues no end!

Cathryn Myers bemoaned the lack of seeing her faves play
live, saying:

> The other three aren't even in the same country.
> Lets see: one has performance anxiety.  Another may
> be a witch who is afraid to fly over water

????

> , and Prefab Sprout has apparently given up on making
it big in the States.

Cathryn, Prefab Sprout have apparently given up on making
it big *full stop*!!

I will now ruin your day (joke, hope I don't) by saying
that the Sprouts did a small UK tour last year. I was
fortunate enough to see them at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

After getting over the shock of Paddy McAloon's (almost)
knee-length "jesus beard", I enjoyed the second best gig
of 2001. They were without Wendy Smith )maternity and all
that) but somehow his single vocal added to many of the
songs - wonderful. Don't give up hope.

Smudge "A nice glass of soil" Boy
EMail: david.smith@tfeurope.com

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:53:15 -0000
From: Dewi Thompson <dewi@dewi1.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Hello there
Message-ID: <01C09830.A4C4FFC0@dewi1.demon.co.uk>

Hello everyone,

I have just subscribed and I thought I'd say hello.

I'm currently listening to Apple Venus vol 1.  In fact, I've spent
most of the last couple of months listening to my XTC CDs over and
over again.  Originally I only had the Dukes CD and the singles
collection.  But after the Mojo article when AV1 came out, I invested
in Skylarking.  And although I wasn't astounded initally, I came to
love it.  I kept going back to the Mojo article and rereading it and
finally got AV1 and 2.  However in the last couple of months it's gone
insane.  I've got Mummer, TBE, O&L and Nonsuch in the space of a
matter of weeks.

When I got into Frank Zappa a few years ago, I would go weeks on end
without listening to anything else.  That's how it is with XTC at the
moment.  After I've listened to O&L or something practically
everything else in my collection seems like substandard tosh.

I have been amazed by the absolutely staggering quality of this
music. The reason I've joined the list is that I wanted to hear from
people who felt like I do, although I realise that most of you have
listening to XTC for a lot longer than I have.

Sorry for the rant, but everyone else I mention the band to respond
with "XTC, aren't they dead or something".

cheers
Dewi

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 17:45:20 -0000
From: Dom Lawson <dom.lawson@emap.com>
Subject: Coming To America...
Message-ID: <F1C32CD48B89D411AD2B00D0B78EC389ABE1EE@mappinmail01.emap.com>

...although since you've elected a complete c**t, I'm not entirely sure I
want to risk it. Still, thanks for that anyway. Bastards.

Anyway, hope you're all happy, healthy, shiny and full of it as usual. I'm
enjoying my new career more than I can say...so I won't bother trying.
Needless to say, the world of rock salutes you all.

I'm coming to LA next week to interview Fear Factory - not terribly similar
to XTC, but dammit, you might like 'em - so if there's any local residents
who fancy a swift cold beverage or twenty, then mail me and let me know
where you're "at", as I believe you people say...

No sign of an XTC feature in Kerrang! yet, and if I'm honest there's f**k
all chance of it happening, but I've worn my Chalkhills shirt to work a
couple of times and managed to avoid being lynched or tortured, so there's
hope for me yet.

Finally, I've been keeping fairly up to date with your rantings and, as
ever, you're all quite wrong.

Right, I'm off to snort some staples...

Salut!

Dom.

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 22:44:38 -0800
From: Randy Hiatt <rhiatt@gte.net>
Subject: a Dallas thanks
Message-ID: <3A8E1DD7.CC3BAEF7@gte.net>

I'd like to thank all those who responded to my call for things to do in
Dallas.  Deep Elum was my choice as everyone mentioned it, but as it
turned out I ran out of time (no car of my own and those I was with were
too old to enjoy that idea, or so they thought).

I did however one night get to see fellow poster Joe Funk (he was in
town on business as well and stayed an extra day so we could meet).  Joe
and I did some long distance music creation and I never expected to ever
meet him in person.  Thanks Joe for the fun dinner and night, the CD's
of rarities (and an early listen to his xTc tribute covers, which are
perfect if I may add).  He also put up with my selections of tunes I
made him listen too (he was into it all).  We cranked them in the car
and then a parking lot as neither of us had any other place to listen to
them.  Old proggers never die but their car batteries might.

I may go back someday and fully expect to get lost around that airport
again and again...

Randy

**************
wanna hear my tunes?
http://www.mp3.com/RandyHiatt

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 16:04:57 -0800
From: "Thomas and Karen Long" <tlong1@telus.net>
Subject: Just who is that? & Just what is he saying
Message-ID: <000a01c09875$457d2980$ed8be8d8@bc.hsia.telus.net>

Chalksters,

Having listened & relistened to XTC Live In Concert - as well as doing many
other things in the course of my life - I have to say quite adamantly that
the voice singing Making Plans For Nigel could not in fact belong to Colin
Moulding. I know what Colin's voice sounds like. And if you hear any of the
other Colin songs off of this collection, they do indeed sound like Colin.
Not so MPFN. If anything, it sounds like Richard Thompson.

Also, I'm sure someone else somewhere must of mentioned that it sounds like
Andy's singing the following in River of Orchids:

Take a packet of seeds
Take yourself a toupee

whatever & ever,
amen,
thomas (aka Sparky)

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Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 23:16:11 EST
From: CrissysDad@aol.com
Subject: The CM song that most sounds like an AP song.
Message-ID: <cb.e413c55.27c0a68b@aol.com>

Chalkhillpersons,
Maybe someone has mentioned this already, but...
I was shocked looking at the Dukes "Chips..." that 'Vanishing Girl' Is a Red
Curtain (CM) song!
My reasoning goes:
1) It's up-tempo, CM's songs tend to be slower.
b.] It's more a 'guitar' than a 'bass' song.
III.} Comic Book theme. All of the other 'comic book' songs are AP songs
(Brainiac's Daughter, Sgt. Rock, That's Really Super, Supergirl)
Dave "The Disappointed" Davis

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Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 22:43:28 -0800
From: Virginia Rosenberg <vmr423@earthlink.net>
Subject: xtc as sickness?
Message-ID: <B6B6008F.EF%vmr423@earthlink.net>

hello-

i've been reading since december, but this is my first posting. would like
to also reassure lisette that one's initial mode of coping with the wonder
of xtc (i.e. fanatic obsession) soon deepens and evolves into a more serene
state of appreciation. however, while to a large extent this is true for me,
i must also confess that every so often i still go through stages where i
don't just want to listen to xtc, i absolutely need to. it's a cyclical
thing, but unlike, say, the season cycle, these needy fits are rather
unpredictable-anyone else out there who can relate?

my vote for colin-sounding-andyish song is "day in, day out". of course,
i've never been entirely sure it really is a colin song-no doubt i'll hear
about it if it's not...

on another note, can anyone out there give me an idea of how rare an item
the bootleg, "the rhythm" is? (i'm assuming it's a bootleg-the sound quality
is wretched.)

another voice in the wilderness,
virginia

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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 13:30:51 +0000
From: Dave.Wilson@bhint.com
Subject: Nonsuch a disappointment
Message-ID: <802569F8.004B23BC.00@noteshub1.bhint.com>

This is bound to alienate over half the readership.  I was born and raised
on ES, O&L, BS, Beeswax.  As much as I love these with a passion -
curiously I did not bother to research further into the back catalogue as
I did with other artists.  AV and WS awoke me from my slumber.

Read the Chalkhills archives and discerned that 'Skylarking' was rated
highly.  Picked it up and was - yes - bowled over by its seamless beauty.
I have friends who have been into XTC for a while.  They have played
bursts of D&W and DofS and now these are definitely on my wants list.

I read quite a few of the interviews with Andy on the Chalkhills website
(is he a splendid interviewee or what!!)  and he seemed to rate tracks off
Nonsuch highly.  It was with some expectation that I listened properly to
the album this weekend.  Have to say 'The Disappointed' was an apt title.
He doesn't write trash - but these songs don't have any oomph to me.  Or
real emotional weight.  The artist is so often not the best judge of their
own material.

If this was where his head was at in the early nineties, maybe a
career-break was the best thing that could have happened.  Judging by the
evidence of the last two efforts, a break from the corporate treadmill was
healthy.

My mate also reckons TBE is an uninspiring collection of songs too.  What
do you say Chalksters?

'Honest' Dave

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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 18:21:12 -0000
From: "Belinda" <b.blanchard@btinternet.com>
Subject: Psssst!!! David Lake
Message-ID: <00d801c09aa0$bd45ffa0$9c787bd5@btopenworld.com>

Hi to the Chicago XTC fans

I just met David Lake from Chicago, as he came over to London and I took him
for a ride, sorry, for a walk. (Tee hee!)

What a lovely sweetie he is!  It is such a delightful thing to meet XTC fan
friends from across the waters in USA (and also, in my case, the other side
of the world when my partner David and I visited New Zealand and met with
Simon Curtiss and others).

Sadly I couldn't take David Lake on the back of my motorbike for a ride
round London because his head was too big for my spare helmet.  I think his
head may have grown too big as a result of showing me all the photos of he
and Andy Partridge together at the Borders meet with all you other Chicago
people!  So we walked on a beautiful SUNNY Sunday afternoon around the City
of London and did an architectural tour.  Like Andy has said about himself,
David Lake does a good disappearing act with a pint of beer.

So please, if anymore of you plan to visit, make sure you have small heads
if you want me to show you London on the best and most fun form of transport
in the world!

Happy dais, BELINDA

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Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 06:04:10 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: Bent
Message-ID: <20010220140410.28042.qmail@web2906.mail.yahoo.com>

You know... I really like that Matchbox 20 song. I heard it three times
on the way to work today, and its stuck in my head now, woohee!

Wow, the pres kill again stuff is still going! I still dislike the
song, but I can see the opposite point of view. Dropping my hubby off
the other day, we talked briefly about politics and he basically stated
that our government, while faulty, is a lot less corrupt than others. I
agree with this, but I couldn't help expressing the opposite view ...
That we don't really know all that is going on behind the scenes, we
are just fed info through the media.

So... What it comes down to is, fine, I may have gone overboard, but I
still don't like the song. Its icky.

Probably been asked before, but:

What is your least favorite XTC song, and why?

Indianapolis XTC fan?  Hi there! I am now a Cincinnati XTC fan! Only a
few hours and one speeding ticket away!

-Nicole

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

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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 15:33:36 -0000
From: "Jason Phelan" <phelander@hotmail.com>
Subject: Biting the Hand
Message-ID: <F36c2gdcmLDEIW5JV0100004677@hotmail.com>

Now "Sense of Humor" Records presents...all the XTC hits for your
perusal.....

Liiiiiiiiife
is pathetic in the Chalkhouse
I'd rather read "The Onion"
than this mickey-mouse (bullshit)
 --------------------------------------
Here comes shitty Chalk-hills again
nothing new but reviews again
Read one more TROUT and I'm round the bend
Here comes shitty Chalk-hills again
 --------------------------------------
Church of Chalkhills
is losing it's patrons-ons-ons
Church of Chalkhills
is trying my patience-ence-ence
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Hey, Hey,
This turds and whey
This fodder for the nerdies
and the prog-rockers who all are BO-RING
so damn BO-RING
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Chaklkhills churning

up my stomach

watch it fester

with all the stagnant replies
 --------------------------------------
I'm floating in this cess-pool
it by choice I know, so punish me
I'm speeding through this Chalk-lite
it's a hollow shell of what used to be
And I'm getting tired
If I were Mr. Relph I'd retire
all this
mailing list ka-ka clogging the lines
mailing list ka-ka bringing me nothing but
eternal unending bla-bla-ing

Even I
could've got
better talk
from the "Bizkit" list......
 ---------------------------------------

Order now for only 99.95 on 8-track, ree-to-reel, and 47 wax cylinders

But wait, if you call within the next 60 seconds, you'll get this bonus
cut...and it's a deep one.....

Now
Chalk-hills
in printed format
Ripping them up is easy for me now!

also, we'll super size your order.

Flame-ON, I'm gone.........
THE SKYLAR KING

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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 20:54:28 -0500
From: "Kate Burda" <burdakat@pilot.msu.edu>
Subject: 12 Steps to Success
Message-ID: <015b01c09c72$64e7ede0$52850823@user.msu.edu>

Loved the 12-step XTC program posting.  How very true, too!  Looks like AA's
got some competition now.  :-)

Kate

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Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 16:21:45 +1100
From: "Iain Murray" <halfmanhalflager@hotmail.com>
Subject: What decade are we in again?
Message-ID: <F66PzQT456UnHAaaz7E0000cfa9@hotmail.com>

Best Album Grammy: Steely Dan, "Two Against Nature".

Scratch my original question - what *planet* are we on?

There is a God (Donald be thy name).

Iain

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." - Dan Quayle

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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 23:26:08 -0600 (CST)
From: Brown <i.sundog@verizon.net>
Subject: Under the influence of XTC
Message-ID: <200102220526.XAA108219649@smtppop3pub.verizon.net>

I came across this while cruising around VH1's website.  I'm not real big on
Paula Cole or VH1 for that matter, but I thought it was pretty nifty *in
spite* of that..  Those gear Swindonians strike again!

excerpt:
".....In the meantime, providence stepped in to provide Paula with the means
to share her talent with a wider audience. Peter Gabriel had heard a few of
her songs and invited Paula to be a featured backup singer on his 1993-1994
Secret World tour. After wrapping that up, she solidified her deal with
Warner Brothers and moved to New York, where she went to work on her second
release, This Fire, and began studying Buddhism through the teachings of a
Vietnamese monk named Thich Nhat Hahn. The release of This Fire in 1996
brought immense amounts of praise, radio airplay, fans and awards. With the
singles "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want To Wait," which
became the theme song to the hugely popular teen drama Dawson's Creek, Paula
and This Fire were everywhere you wanted to be during the last few years of
the century.

      This Fire was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 1998, including one
for Producer Of The Year, the first time in Grammy history that a woman was
recognized in that category. She took home the gold gramophone for Best New
Artist. Ironically "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" was met with some
criticism when certain listeners felt that Paula was not taking her feminism
seriously enough. In fact, as she has often explained in interviews, her aim
was to take a pointed look into gender stereotypes.

   ***"I was listening to XTC at the time," Paula has explained, "I really
appreciated the cleverness and sarcasm in their songwriting. It just made me
want to try my hand at sarcasm but using a woman's perspective." Despite the
naysayers, Paula's musical perspective remained in great demand. She
performed for the U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf, was a main stage
performer during 1997's Lilith Fair lovefest (check out www.paulacole.com
for Lilith diary entries, etc.) and toured extensively through Europe and
the States."***

To cleverness, sarcasm.. and hands!

Debora Brown

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Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 08:47:52 -0500
From: "Danny Phipps" <phipps@schoollink.net>
Subject: no warbles that are fuzzy... :-(
Message-ID: <web-6349615@schoollink.net>

if this is "old news," then please forgive any repetition on
my part.  i haven't had much time to catch up on my
chalkhills reading lately --

damn!!  i knew it was only a matter of time.....

i was just informed from another xtc friend that "fuzzy
warbles" is now history.  they are NOT planning to release
it.  that means, no 6-cd boxed set of all the home demos
including "jules verne's sketchbook" and "the bull with the
golden guts."  or even the "windowbox" EP.  (whimper)

why didn't i see this coming?  my anticipation of it
evidently blinded me!

man, this sucks the big one!  :-(

/dan

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"All of the answers you seek can be
 found in the dreams that you dream..."
                      -- Dan Fogelberg
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