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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 32

                   Tuesday, 22 May 2001


                  di barthrop?, oh dear!
                     Servers & Gregsy
                  Oils on troubled water
         Amendments to Minutes of Oxford Meeting
                  Psonic Nonsense Stuff
                     DOM, ya BASTID!
                A vile din from a theremin
                     Arcaninity Now.
                    XTC-DC = MK & BFD?
                    One more thing...
Re: Now Why Stop There?... and some questions/observations...
            Yes, Rory, we're paying attention
                    Re: You're a Hogg
                    Delays, delays....
            Re-mastered WHITE MUSIC: comments
                    Atlanta Gathering
                   Manhattan Transfer?
              King For A Day tribute status
             Chalkfest in Chicago 2nd Annual
                      these just in
                     Boo! Hiss! Boo!
         I'm Wishing (and this is the wish I had)
                        Pete Yorn
                     Homegrown Times
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Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 17:20:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: pancho artecona <>
Subject: di barthrop?, oh dear!
Message-ID: <>

First of all,

the movie about the Theremin happens to be on rotation
this month on the sundance channel in case anyone is
interested, synchronous indeed.

Then about the Pearl Jam video...
" The final cut, with Eddie Furlong (right?) returning
to kill  his classmates, and that frightening shot of
all of them frozen in fear, white shirts stained with
blood, actually gave me goosebumps."

I always thought he came back to shoot himself in
front of everyone....oh well.

And I'm not big on Pearl Jam but I think that's the
best music video ever on MTV.

And finally (XTC stuff)

 ' Slom - di barthrop RRRRRuppp ding,
   Slom - di barthrop RRRRRuppp ding,
  Slom - di barthrop dear (enter poor childs
 Slom - di barthrop RRRRRRRRRRRuPPPPPPPP

I wish I got  that.....perhaps a friendly brit would
explain it to this cuban lad asea in the intricacies
on the linguistic escape of the Partridge lad.

Much obliged



Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 22:37:14 EDT
Subject: cockpit,stuff
Message-ID: <>

Hello folks! Long time no post. I waited until I had a few things, so there!

 Some minor xtc stuff first. In the past, some few chalkhillers have
mentioned hearing a bit of Generals & Majors on Limbaugh. Well,  I recently
heard the same on the Dr. Dean Edell radio show... I wonder if they share
producers or something...

 Just 6 nights ago my wife and I were eating out at a restaurant that has the
NTN trivia game on the big screen. The last question was (basically) which
college radio favorites scored a hit with Mayor of Simpleton?  only me and
one other person (out of 25 or so) got it right (for 1000 points) and yes,
that was enough to win it for me! I won the next game, too!

 Hmmm... I often have thought, while listening to or thinking of " Down in
the Cockpit"  about an old, cheesy movie I vaguely remember from when I was
young...which, as part of the plot had some dude or dudes kept in a pit by
some tribe of women...maybe 'Amazons' or some similar group.

   It starred an actor I couldn't remember by name, but I think he was in a
lot of sci-fi made for tv movies. ...occasionally , over the years, I would
see him, and recently decided his name is John Saxon. Figured that out while
watching a Bruce Lee movie. I did a search online and I think the movie
"Planet Earth" is the one which has Down In The Cockpit type theme. I thought
you might like to know.



Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 22:41:10 -0700
From: "Long's" <>
Subject: Servers & Gregsy
Message-ID: <000901c0de93$fa2d3780$>

Hiya Kidz:

Thanks to all of you who sent me questions for Dave Gregory.  If there are
more there is still a wee bit o time to get 'em in to me.

Anyone know of a great deal on grabbing some pay-for-it ad free space




Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 04:16:01
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Oils on troubled water
Message-ID: <>

>Subject: no more oil (midnight, that is)
>Went to buy my tickets for Midnight Oil, INXS, and Men at Work today,
>only to find that they had canceled all shows in the U.S.  There was
>no explanation given - has anybody heard what happened here?  Will
>these bands tour separately?

Possibly Oils, but don't hold your breath for INXS. Rumours abound as to why
it was cancelled. The latest goss from immedia's Vince Lovegrove is that
INXS pulled out after having a hissy fit over who was headlining.

(FYI Vince is the former co-lead singer of The Valentines, Bon Scott's first
major band, was manager of Divynils, and wrote a book about Hutchence. He
KNOWS people.)

Anecdotally, I can second his opinion of Beers - I know someone who worked
for INXS's management in the 80s and they said most of the band were really
nice, but that Garry was a prick, at least at the times when that person had
to deal/speak with him. And while Jon Stevens is a great singer (and I do
think Vince is being a bit catty about him there) it's certainly NO secret
that he has a fairly broad industry reputation for being an arsehole.

Read all the dirt at:



Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:18:51 +0100
From: "Belinda" <>
Subject: Amendments to Minutes of Oxford Meeting
Message-ID: <007e01c0dec3$26aaf160$>

Amendments to the Minutes of Oxford Meeting

I wore a Skylarking Tshirt purchased at the 1989 Manchester Convention, and
ate an icecream.

Thanks Rory for getting us all together.
And there wasn't a single fight! Tho the Warrior Queen had some damn good
defence had there been one.



Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:57:16 +0100
Subject: Psonic Nonsense Stuff
Message-ID: <D6AE4B65DC1AD511AE9A0050DA6A0FA032A027@mail1.mbk.rpl>

> From: "Pledge" <>
> John
> Went and had a look at and realised that although it
> claims to be Psonic Psunspot the track times relate to the track
> times from Chips From The Chocolate Fireball. So it's probably
> another mistake like offering a 108 track (or whatever
> it was) box set for #10.99 a couple of weeks back. Did anyone order
> one? I was going to and demand they supply it but decided against it
> as they are generally quite good...
> Pledge

	[Loschner, Holger]  Beware of that CD NOW NONSENSE! I asked them
before ordering and they told me a long lament about the history of the
Dukes and what records they published with the closing that this CD that CD
NOW offers is really - and they meant really! - Psonic Psunspot! I made the
mistake and ordered it. Yesterday it arrived at it is - logically - Chips
from the Chocolate Fireball! Don't trust them!


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 08:35:58 -0600
From: "Steve Oleson" <>
Subject: DOM, ya BASTID!
Message-ID: <>

DOM-a-nick Lawson! Where are you?
You've gone all Howard Hughes on us since the Pizzicato 5 did that concept
album about you.

Please, by the grace of your hand, give us a sign!
Steve Oleson


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:40:27 +0100
From: John Morrish <>
Subject: A vile din from a theremin
Message-ID: <>

> well, correct me if i'm wrong but it is nearly impossible to actually
> play a real Theremin in tune like in the WAL 'solo'.
> Think about it: it is not unlike playing a guitar without a fretboard;
> you literally have to play it by ear as you go along without any easy
> reference points like frets or keys.

Er, Mark, you do have violins over there in Holland, do you? People have
been known to play those in tune. (And did you know you can buy a fretless
guitar now? There's an amusing simulator at

Personally, I think the WAL sound is more like the old ribbon controller,
beloved of Emerson, Wakeman and co. Not to mention a song called Crazy
Horses "Ooo-wah! Ooo-wah!"

Apologies for bringing that up.

John Morrish


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 10:03:59 -0400
From: "Duncan Watt" <>
Subject: Arcaninity Now.
Message-ID: <>

Whew! "Michael Versaci" <> vented:

> LA radio sucks like Atlanta radio sucks like
(snip, insert sad truths re: the music biz)
> Girls with big hair, curvaceous asses and
> give them some coke and watch them meow and bark into the mics and
(snip, you get the idea)

And let's not forget it's all going to a generation of people who will
expect to get all this for free... Huzzah, man. Music is the ultimate
loss-leader. The new music biz is built around merch sales and big corporate
tie-ins. Synergy! Music? XTC should start a women's clothing line, sell it
at Target, y'know? Spring-fresh Capri pants, Citrus-y short-shorts, the 80's
are back, y'know? Stretch pants with the Uffington horse *right on the
ass*... and pimpy purple-magenta giant felt hats and coats, maybe
vertical-lined pants like on the Oranges And Lemons cover... awesome! And
handbags! Faux Crocodile-skin clamshells are so IN! Music is so
*last-year*... you still *listen* to it? Just by itself? What do you *do*
while you're listening to it? Look, I don't have time for this...

Duncan "Arcane music RULES!" Watt


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:18:39 -0400
From: "Todd Bernhardt" <>
Subject: XTC-DC = MK & BFD?
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Enterworks, Inc.


Given the sporadic nature of Chalkhills as of late, I hope this gets
published in time, but anyway, here's the poop:

Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins are playing at Zig's in Alexandria,
Va. (4531 Duke Street -- in the Foxchase Shopping Center) on Wednesday,
May 23rd. And, as if that weren't enough -- and those of you who know of
or who have seen Keneally know that it is -- Nick D'Virgilio, who has
played drums with Kevin Gilbert, Genesis and Spock's Beard, is part of
the band. Yow.

In other words, I'm THERE.

Despite a heads-up on this some time ago by stalwart fan J.D. Mack, the
demands of work and family kept me from remembering to organize a
full-fledged XTC-DConvention, as we did last time Mike and BFD came to
town ... but what say you, DC-area fans? Let's meet up at Zig's, have a
bite to eat, lots to drink, talk some shit, and listen to some great

You can find out more about Zig's at

Keneally info, as usual, can be found at

Come one, come all! (Or, given that the Foxchase Shopping Center is also
home to the fabled Foxchase Adult Theater, last of the area's "Art
Cinemas," perhaps it should be ... oh, never mind.)

-Todd "Cum On Feel the Noize" Bernhardt


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:27:55 -0400
From: "Todd Bernhardt" <>
Subject: One more thing...
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Enterworks, Inc.


Forgot to add that Mike Keneally and his bassist, Bryan Beller (a
stunning player), are also conducting a clinic for Taylor guitars at
Melodee Music, Tuesday, May 22, at 8 p.m. You can call (703) 450-4667
for more info. I think the cost is $5, and the setting is intimate. Fun
for all you fretheads out there.

For more info, check out:



Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 10:57:28 -0700
From: "Drude" <>
Subject: Re: Now Why Stop There?... and some questions/observations...
Message-ID: <000a01c0defa$d6bee980$>

Well, Rob...  Interesting to note that there is a fellow Victorian (British
Columbia, that is...) on the list!!!

I too just purchased a couple of the re-masters -- Black Sea and English
Settlement -- probably at the same place as Rob ($16.69...odd price...), and
here are my observations (as if anyone cared...).

-Black Sea sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! NOTE... no break between Language
and it!  Most noticeable improvement... Travels In
Nihilon....bloody fantastic!

-English Settlement sounds great, but so did the earlier version (mine is a
German Import), and, if I have any complaint, it's that it sounds rather
BASS-y to me.  Not that I don't like bass, it just sounds on the verge of
muddy.  Maybe I'm just too used to the original.

-Why didn't they put the Cd's IN the paper lyric sheets (as in the vinyl) in
BS?  Those little plastic bags are annoying!  Yet they DID make one of the
lyric sheets able to hold a disc in ES...PLUS included the CD in the little
plastic bag... very strange...  Wasn't ES a gatefold...?  Can't remember...

-How would all of you Hillians have felt if ES had been re-issued as a
DOUBLE CD in the paper sleeve format (if price hadn't been affected...)?  I
think it would have made for a nice package.

-Does anyone out there remember the track listing for the SINGLE LP version
of ES?  And has it ever been released on CD?  I doubt it, but....worth

And finally...

-I noticed the puke-green paper 'bag' that BS has been re-issued in.  I know
that is how the original vinyl was released, but when I bought my vinyl,
back in '84 or so, it was issued in a BLACK PLASTIC bag, complete with
carrying handles!  Also...the actual album sleeve did NOT say XTC-BLACK SEA
up in the right hand corner!  Does anyone else remember this?  Is my mind


Cool... record shop just called and said my New Model Army CD is in... but
that's another story...



Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 18:47:03 -0500
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: Yes, Rory, we're paying attention
Message-ID: <a05010400b72a115dbb4b@[]>

Okay, Mr. Wilsher,
	I read your "minutes" to the bitter end, where you put this:

>Andy and Colin turned up as
>well and did an impromptu acoustic concert in the garden, showcasing new
>material and playing requests.

I think just to see who amongst us was paying attention? Well, I for
one, am very observant.

(it was spelled HOUSINGE on the side of the van!)

'twas just a touch o' the blarney, I presume?

Chris "Fish License?" Vreeland

Still playing:  Mike Keneally, & BFD, Dancing
Just bought, think I like it: Latin Playboys, Dose


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 22:02:29 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: Copywrong
Message-ID: <013d01c0df46$fa329e60$>

While trying to answer a question about copyrighting, I entered the
following into the Excite/AtHome Search Engine"

+Patent +Copyright +U.S. +Register

The tenth response was:

XTC - eBay
Check out the offerings related to the notoriously elusive alternative band
at this massive auction site. Includes CDs, posters and T-shirts.

As usual, I have no clue.

Richard "I will put my paper hat on my concussion... and dance"


Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 05:08:28 EDT
Subject: Re: You're a Hogg
Message-ID: <>

Dear Simian,
            Agreed, my memory isn't that accurate! However, you miss the
point. If you re-read my posting you'll find I was replying to someone who
perceived AP as extremely articulate, and I recalled this episode
(incorrectly) to illustrate how inarticulately articulate he could be, if you
see what I mean. The whole gist of it was the rendition of Happy Birthday was
unique, bizarre and typically AP, and telling the story was purely to get to
this truth. If the incorrect telling of the story was offensive to you, I
apologise, but surely you can appreciate the point of the thing?
            I appreciate that being part of this digest is an exercise in
one-upmanship for some people (note the posts about musical integrity) in
order to elevate themselves to the status of 'true fan,' a situation I find
quite sad. As the constant bickering unfolds about who did what when and how,
my eyes glaze over. So you've got the video and all power to you, but do you
have the German version or the extended, picture sleeve, 3D Martian
collectors limited edition. Excuse my sarcasm, but do you feel it? At all?



Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 15:43:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Delays, delays....
Message-ID: <>

I got this message from HMV today:

We would like to apologize for the delay that you have
experienced receiving your order.  Unfortunately we
have been informed by our supplier that the release
date for the following XTC titles that you have
ordered has been changed:


At this time, we have been told to expect these title
to be released on June 5, 2001.  Our Fulfillment team
will ship the CDs to you immediately when they become

It will be worth the wait, if the first batch is any
By the way, I ordered from HMV because they were CHEAP
there. So cheap that I'm getting all 5 cd's for less
than I paid for 4 ordering from Siren Disc.

Siren Disc were pretty good service wise, though.
We'll see how HMV works out.


Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 20:10:00 -0400
From: Douglas Bailey <>
Subject: Re-mastered WHITE MUSIC: comments
Message-ID: <>

I just got my Japanese re-master copies of WHITE MUSIC, GO 2 and BLACK SEA
(still waiting on DRUMS AND WIRES and ENGLISH SETTLEMENT, curses!).

So far, I've only had time to listen to WHITE MUSIC in depth. My reactions:

(1) I'm surprised at how much I really *like* having the extra tracks
located *after* the album rather than tucked in between sides A and B. I
wouldn't have expected this to make that much of a difference, but the
album just seems to flow better this way.

(2) The re-mastering is *very* nice: unlike, say, some of the recent King
Crimson re-masters, the sound doesn't seem so much drastically altered as
*restored*, as if I'm hearing information/frequencies that I always knew
were missing. Compared to the older CD, the drums have more of a "thwack"
to them and the bass is much more prominent -- but the guitars and
keyboards and vocals aren't obscured. Well done, IMHO.

(3) The irritating "pop" noise found on the old Geffen/Virgin CD at 2.45
into "Radios In Motion" -- in the "move" of Andy's final "when we move then
so do you'se" -- also appears on the new CD, though it's at 2.46 owing to
differing amounts of silence at track start. I assume this means it's
present on the original master tape. I apologise to Geffen/Virgin for
silently blaming them all these years.  :-)

(4) The five photos -- one band photo, one smaller photo of each band
member -- which appeared inside the old Geffen/Virgin booklet don't appear
on the new edition (though it, in turn, restores the back cover art, which
the older CD omitted). Guess I'll have to hold on to both CDs after all.

(5) My only real gripe about the packaging: I wish they'd included proper
plastic-lined paper sleeves instead of the "elephant condom"-style U-shaped
plastic ones. The paper ones don't wrinkle and slip down the way the
plastic ones do. Ah well: I can buy these myself.

So far, I'm very happy indeed with the re-issues. More to come after I have
a chance to listen to GO 2 and BLACK SEA...


--------------douglas bailey  (
please don't heed my shout; I'm relaxed in the undertow...


Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 20:37:45 -0400
From: "Michael Versaci" <>
Subject: Atlanta Gathering
Message-ID: <000001c0e0c5$17471f10$ac004d0c@tornbmv>


In case you missed it, Pete Roberts and I are planning an XTC (note the
spelling!) party in the Atlanta area this summer.  We've done it twice
before and a pleasant time was had by all.  The response from the first
announcement was excellent, with interest from places as far as New Orleans,
Austin Texas and Baltimore MD.

Please e-mail me off list if you are interested and I will forward on the
details as our plans are finalized.

Michael Versaci


Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 21:53:20 EDT
Subject: Manhattan Transfer?
Message-ID: <>

Bouys & Gulls,
  Anyone else start singing " Ooo-wah Ooo-wah, cool cool kitty, talk about
the boy from New York City" during the second demo of "I'm  The Man..." ?
     Roger, an adult lowland gorilla, chuckling at the Philadelphia Zoo


Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 19:05:43 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: King For A Day tribute status
Message-ID: <030b01c0e189$c841d2a0$>

I had a fair amount of drop out near the deadline for the King For A Day XTC
tribute.  This included Thomas Dolby, Brave Combo and Sean Altman who cannot
contribute due to time constraints and other conflicts.  Any rumors that The
Foo Fighters and Shebodah were contributing were wholly unfounded (though a
member of Shebodah was interested but I haven't received anything).  I was
never able to find Andy Sturmer.  The Paperboys and Shawn Colvin were unable
to contribute due to their recording contract.  So most of the people on the
tribute are "reg-lur foke."

The second-hand contact who approached Bill Nelson probably phrased the
question poorly as Bill's response was that he hadn't heard anything about
the tribute.  Subsequent contact was routed through his management.

Management companies always ask how much money is involved.  When they find
out that there is no compensation it pretty much means that the artist will
never hear about the project.  (Tuck Andress' management hustled me off of
the phone when I stated that there was no planned compensation).

The rumor that the Fire Department of Tracy, CA wants to record "Great Fire"
is not totally untrue, it's not the entire department and they are lacking
some the necessary musicians to complete their vision.  Maybe Anton Barbeau,
Khoi Huynh, Becki di Gregorio, John Wedemeyer, Endre Tarczy, Randy Hayes,
John Relph and Bundy Brown could help out?  ...just thinking out loud.

I've also had a surprising amount of artists express interest only to bail
out without any notice.  I've followed up with many of them only to get no
reply.  By now, I guess I should count them out (and maybe publish a list of

Beyond that I have some grand interpretations of XTC songs, plenty of tracks
worth hearing (at least once), a few that I dare you to try to make it
through ...and just wait until you hear Mitch's latest!

For those who have never heard the Chalkhills' Children series, there will
be at least 20 songs from that series.  The selected songs are based on
responses that I recieved from Chalkhillbillies, in case anyone thinks I'm
playing favorites for including or not including any particular track.

At this moment, I am nine tracks shy of my minimum target so if you know
anyone who has an XTC cover that they can send, I'd appreciate it.  If I get
more than that, I'll simply start removing some of the less favorite tracks
from the Chalkhills Children series.

This is not a suggestion that you START working on an XTC cover unless you
can get it to me FAST.  I seek any tracks that people have completed or can
complete it VERY SOON (and I've already received the obligatory stinko
track, so if you can't do something good, save your Dictaphone from the
needless wear-and-tear of recording your little piece of "art.")  A majority
of the tracks are already in mastering and the cover art is in transit to me
right now.



Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 22:24:02 -0500
From: "jamielowe" <>
Subject: Chalkfest in Chicago 2nd Annual
Message-ID: <007701c0e1a5$95981780$abb5e041@unlpm>

Dear Chalkholders,

The second annual Chicago Chalkfest will be Friday May 25 at the Abbey Pub
at 8 PM.

Special Guest performance will be by the Apples in stereo.

The show starts at 9 PM and the Apples will be backed up by four other indie
pop bands as a part of the Abbey's IndiePOP Fest.

For more info email me about our party, although there is
not much to tell, other than be there....

 For ticket info call 773-478-4408 or go directly to the the Abbey's site. .

If you're not familiar with the Apples in stereo do not be afraid!  Besides
it's only $14, what do you have loose?

Robert Schneider the lead guy in the band recently sent a tape of his music
to Andy Partridge and they are now writing songs together!  The Apples
latest cd " The Discovery of the World Inside the Moone is ****!  And IMHO
seeing this band in a tiny club and MAYBE talking to Robert about his recent
collaboration with Andy is to good an opportunity to be true.

I hope to see you there.


Jamie (in the stupidly happy t-shirt) Lowe


Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 23:26:15 -0400
From: mitch friedman <>
Subject: these just in
Message-ID: <v03007800b72e39fe56fb@[]>


A few news niblets for you all . . .

Sadly the website is not going to happen as
planned.  At least not now. It seems Kabel Media agreed to do it for a
certain price and then most recently changed their mind and more than
tripled what they originally agreed upon. So Andy and Colin are
shopping around for someone else to do it.

A few weeks ago they spent about two weeks in Idea Studios finishing
off the Nonsuch abandoned studio version of Colin's "It Didn't Hurt a
Bit". Apparently it sounds great now and will be in the boxed set. At
this point most of the boxed set will be unreleased material including
things like a slower version of "Towers of London" that would have
been the original single but it was ruled out for a faster version we
all know. This slow version has never been properly mixed before but
it will be this week.



Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 10:52:55 +0100
From: Jason Witcher <>
Subject: Boo! Hiss! Boo!
Message-ID: <32D4AD886C11D511955C00508BAD1C108EAA52@EXCHBACK>

I've got 'Skylarking' on order from (I wouldn't normally buy a
CD I've already got but my original has an annoying crackle at the beginning
of 'Summers Cauldron' and it is the best album ever made ever by anyone not
just XTC. Ever. So I thought I'd treat myself...) and they've just e-mailed
me to say that the release date is now 'mid to late June'. I guess this
applies to the other reissues still outstanding.


Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 18:43:12 EDT
Subject: I'm Wishing (and this is the wish I had)
Message-ID: <>

Hi everyone! I was notified by HMV that The Big Express remaster (don't know
about the others after it as I'm not going to order Skylarking or O&L since I
have the MFSL versions) has been delayed.

While I appreciate Virgin Japan going to the trouble of recreating the
original artwork (and what a terrific job they've done!), I'm disappointed
that Virgin chose not to include any bonus tracks on O&L and Nonesuch. The
bonus track of Dear God on Skylarking is nice (and I'm thrilled that they've
restored it to the original LP/CD running order with Mermaid Smiled in its
proper place) but I would have also liked to have seen a couple of the demos
for the SL sessions (yes, I know they're probably saving them for the boxed
set but they don't need to be so cheap).

By the way, King Crimson's Discipline, Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair have
all been re-leased in gatefold sleeves with a terrific booklet for each. The
sound quality is outstanding (although there isn't a huge difference it is
noticeable on a good system). Discipline has an alternate version of Matte
Kudasani. It doesn't sound that different from the album version but I
appreciate that Fripp has finally begun adding bonus tracks to the albums.

Now if David Byrne would finish the remastering of all the Talking Heads CDs
I'd be a happy camper! Maybe he'd also consider finally releasing The Name of
This Band Is Talking Heads on CD with bonus tracks. Until then I'll have to
be happy with my bootleg CD copy....

I doubt that Andy and Colin would want to do a Behind the Music special for
Vh1 but maybe we can persuade VH1 to at least contact them about doing one.
It would a great chance to promote their next album for 2002 (and the boxed
set, Fuzzy, etc.) It would also be a great bonanza for fans as we might be
able to see some rare live footage, videos, etc.

I guess I'll just have to keep wishing..



Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 21:23:15 -0400
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Pete Yorn
Message-ID: <>


In the tradition of not talking about XTC, I'd like to mention Pete Yorn's
new album.  Because of the alphabetical nature of the English language,
"musicforthemorningafter" will be placed near XTC in your record stores.  It
will also be placed near "Weird Al" Yankovic.  And recent Drama Desk Award
winner "Yazbek."

At first listen, I was convinced that the album was nothing special -- just
a bunch of pop hooks, tasteful guitar bits (that sound very much like Johnny
Marr and/or Peter Buck), and Jason Falkner-esque production.  At seventh
listen, I can't stop humming, even though I'm still not convinced that the
album is anything special.  The songs are perfect pieces of pop perfection,
though, and Mr. Yorn sounds like a cross between Eddie Vedder, Mike Stipe,
and Morrissey.  I think you'd like it.  (And Columbia has priced at "The
Discovery Price," which means that it retails for $9.95...Sweet!)

I like XTC, too.  And I have five days until graduation!  (But don't worry
-- I won't be graduating from Chalkhills anytime soon!)



Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 18:23:10 -0000
From: "pop boy" <>
Subject: Homegrown Times
Message-ID: <>

Taken from The Times last friday.......

"The profits may be relatively modest, but at least if you own your record
company you can release whatever the hell you want, an idea which has
clearly taken a firm grip on the imaginations of Andy Partridge and Colin
Moulding, the remaining partners in XTC, and now proprietors of their own
Idea label. Not for the first time, the duo have hit on the wheeze of
compiling an album of demo recordings, and Homegrown comprises early
versions of the songs which were released in completed form on last year's
Wasp Star album.

Given that this procedure is roughly the equivalent of me submitting for
publication the various rough notes and doodles which went into the writing
of this article, you have to wonder at the sheer chutzpah involved. After
all, this isn't Elvis Presley or the Beatles we're talking about, but XTC, a
band who may enjoy national treasure status but these days would count
themselves lucky to sell 20,000 copies of a "proper" album in this country.

Sounding at times like lost fragments of old Beatles songs and at others
like a fully completed Keith Richards album, it is a collection that is
likely to be of limited interest to even the most hardcore XTC completist. "

Have to say that I agree with the sentiment. Why xtc couldnt have put this
stuff out as free downloads?
What next? Stuff Andy whistled in the toilet?



Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 11:31:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ira Lieman <>
Subject: Instant gratification? Try again.
Message-ID: <>

Fellow Chalkers, I'm pissed.

Anyone else (here in the US) try to go to a store (you know, the ones
with the doors and cash registers, not the secure servers) to purchase
Homegrown, only to be told that "it's not a major label, we don't
always get them on the day they come out?" Now, mind you, this was not
at "Mom & Pop Record Shop" in Topeka, Tallahassee, or Truth or
Consequences, NM...  This was at the huge outpost of J&R Music World
in downtown NYC.

I guess I'm finally learning about the downside of my favorite band
not being on Sony, Geffen, or <gasp> Virgin Records.

You think Homegrown is carried at Sam Goodgodthisisexpensive?



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