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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 59

                Thursday, 22 November 2001

Topics:

                     Newbie XTC songs
                      BFF/Go2/waffle
                        Rumblings
                     Fripp the thief
                      Re: Playground
                    Re: compiling XTC
 Firing Lines And Flying Lambs, Or XTC As A Gateway Drug.
               Fanoguitars.com Redesigned!
                    Death Cab for XTC
                    XTC Starting Line
               Re: Best Introduction to XTC
                Andy and the Echoplex-men
                 introduction to XTC +...
                 five years (man and boy)
                     Oh Happy Day :)
                    season motorcycle
                   Place of Retribution
                   Re: The Crimson King
                       andy and bob
                   After The Revolution

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Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 19:00:12 -0700
From: "DHF2000" <dhf2000@home.com>
Subject: Newbie XTC songs
Message-ID: <000801c16fd4$c2b0c880$3780ff18@boulder1.co.home.com>

The list posted below is a good'n.  And "Senses" is good because maybe this
person new to XTC heard it on the airwaves not knowing it was them.
It depends on the musical sensibility of the person.

Here's my list
All of a Sudden
The Disappointed
Harvest Festival
Rook (For certain types of listeners, u know)
That Wave
Then She Appeared
Another Satellite
Yacht Dance
Snowman
Mayor of Simpleton
Books Are Burning
River of Orchids

Oh, couldn't we all just go on and on?

"I'm The Man Who Murdered Love"
"We're All Light"
"Greenman"
"One of the Millions"
"Love on a Farm boy's .....................................Wage-ez!"
"Wrapped in Grey"
"Generals and Majors"
"Ballet for a Rainy Day"
"Dear Madame Barnum"
"All I Dream of is a Friend"

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 02:46:21 +0000
From: Phil Hetherington <phil@emdac.demon.co.uk>
Subject: BFF/Go2/waffle
Message-ID: <H7UbWVA9Dy97Mwvg@emdac.demon.co.uk>

Hey ho. I'm up to date with Chalkhills for a change so a few things:

Ben Folds Five: to the guy who has 'Whatever and ever Amen' and isn't
keen on it, not surprised. I started with the first album when it
came out (recommended by Chalkhills - thanks!) and saw them live in
the Splash Club in London, all of 250 people there (I had ticket
No.249 I seem to recall), and they were amazing. Still the only time
I've seen a piano played with a piano stool. The next time I saw
them was in the Royal Albert Hall, which was kind of nice as I saw
them at each end of their career, so to speak.

Anyway, the first album is fantastic, the second one is "difficult"
(still don't like it much actually, though 'Kate' is great), and the
third album is a work of flawed genius. Darren Jesse's "Magic" is
still the best BFF song ever so I hope he doesn't totally disappear
from the scene. Oh and the new BF solo album is also great. So it
looks like you started with the wrong one, sorry. Try the first one.
Oh, and as for "Naked Baby Photos" - use it as a coaster or something.

Go2: It's great, not my favourite XTC album (that would be The Big
Express) nor even the best (that would be Nonsuch - and I mean
that), but it's probably the most fun, and it's also the one I keep
coming back to. Incidentally, it's just occurred to me that the only
time since then that Barry Andrews' keyboards have sounded quite
so frantic is on the Refugees album 'Lovejunk' (contact address on
my Shriekback site somewhere,
www.emdac.demon.co.uk/phil/shrkindx.html and find the Refugees link,
sorry don't know how much it is but if people are interested email
me and I'll find out - it's a damn fine album).

BTW Shriekback are making another album, the OtherWebsite(TM)
www.shriekback.com (no not an official site) are doing some
fan-based fundraising, a suitable donation gets you a signed
copy when it comes out or something. Lineup is as per Oil & Gold!

Oh and as for most accessible XTC album, you could do a lot worse
than start with Wasp Star. But whatever you use, and this goes
for any music really, don't hit people in the face with it, it
puts them off.

Early warning of best of 2001: Eels (new album is bonkers) and Thea
Gilmore (young and talented female singer songwriter with added
bite - cue "new Dylan" reviews etc... amazing lyricist and musically
a lot more interesting than most in that genre. Start with the new
one "Rules For Jokers". Order it from www.theagilmore.com if you
can't find it. You'll thank me later). Well, that's it. Crap year
really, musically speaking, but time yet.

NP: Nothing, it's 2.30am and everyone else is asleep.
In car earlier: OMD - Crush.

'Night,
Phil
--
Phil Hetherington

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Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 20:15:56 -0800
From: Rando <randos@home.com>
Subject: Rumblings
Message-ID: <B81C75FC.6AE%randos@home.com>

Howdy folks --

Long time reader, ultra-rare poster here.

For the fellow that posted about the band "Death Cab for Cutie" -- strange
coincidence.  After your posting, I remembered that band because they were
included on a CD from a magazine (NMJ?  I don't remember) which features new
music.  This was a couple of years ago, before AV I was out.  I bought the
mag for my first new taste of XTC in years -- "I'd Like That".  On this same
CD was DCfC's track "President of What?".  I remember it being extremely
catchy, but let it gather dust in the back of my brain.  Fast forward to
your Chalkhills post -- I went and bought DCfC's disc "Something About
Airplanes."  Wonderful!  Then I bought their latest -- "The Photo Album."
Wonderful again.  Gibbard's a gifted songwriter, but the band is in dire
need of a good producer (and a bigger budget) IMO.

And for the fellow who questioned the musical backgrounds of Chalkhillers:
I'm a classically trained pianist, my specialty is the four-letter-word
"jazz" (with ragtime included).  I don't play much anymore, but I do write
tunes on occasion.  In my youth, I actually played some piano riffs for
Count Basie.  Later, I played some tunes for Ella Fitzgerald.  My fondest
memory is getting a piano lesson from Oscar Peterson.  What brilliant,
brilliant folks.  When I listen to jazz, I usually prefer Miles Davis
(Bitches Brew is a must) ... Norman Brown is spectacular (plays like George
Benson wishes he could).

Oh, and about that Andy-and-Brian-Wilson thing.  Wilson seems to "open up"
and actually be halfway "normal" when the press isn't around.  Maybe Andy
could help Brian finish "Smile."  (And yes, that WAS a joke.)

New material from Andy and Colin?  I can't wait (but have, and will).  "Coat
of Many Cupboards" will be awesome.  Andy should draw cartoons all over the
publicity photos.

--
Rando
"Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script."
 ... Seen on t-shirt in Silicon Valley

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 07:52:03 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <cauldron@together.net>
Subject: Fripp the thief
Message-ID: <B81D1923.137A%cauldron@together.net>

on 11/14/01 5:32 PM, someone other than Chris Coolidge said:
>
> Chris Coolidge said:
>> Check
>> Miles Davis' Bitches Brew or Agharta or Mahavishnu Orchestra's The Inner
>> Mounting Flame; the only thing I can think that's similar on the rock side
>> of the fence is King Crimson circa Larks Tongues in Aspic and Red. Still not
>> four minute pop songs, but structured compositions with a beginning and end
>> and fiery instrumental interplay.
>
> Very apt comparison, that. The 1973-74 incarnation of Crimson were
> *very* jazz-oriented, with anywhere from a third to half of their live
> repertoire comprising free-form improv. Sometimes they stumbled, but
> when they clicked -- and they did often -- they were a frighteningly
> powerful, tight, melodic and gloriously dissonant force. Hell, even Dom
> likes them!

  For owners of a copy of both The Inner Mounting Flame and Robert Fripp's
Exposure album: There is a track on the latter, I believe it's "Haaden Two,"
that's a direct rip almost note for note from a track on side 2(I have it on
vinyl) of The Inner Mounting Flame. I kid you not, they are practically
identical. I actually played them back to back once. I thought better of
Fripp, that he had enough ideas of his own without going stealing from
others like Jimmy Page.

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 09:20:03 EST
From: DanAbnrml9@aol.com
Subject: Re: Playground
Message-ID: <a7.17067f1a.29291d93@aol.com>

In a message dated 11/17/01 8:13:58 PM Eastern Standard Time,
someone other than Jason writes:

> It wasn't that long ago that I heard my first XTC song, I am both ashamed
> and excited to say - and that song was "Playground," the first on Wasp
> Star.

While we're all coming out of the closet about being slow on the uptake with
XTC, I'll admit that Wasp Star was the first "proper" XTC album i first
bought (I owned Upsy Daisy earlier, then sold it and bought Fossil Fuel to
replace it)., and I had much the same reaction. While I love all the XTC
albums now, Wasp Star was the one that grabbed me the fastest and hardest,
and I still love it today. It is true that it lacks some of the depth of some
of their earlier material, particularly "Skylarking" but also even "Oranges
and Lemons," "Nonsuch," and "Drums and Wires," but I think that as a great
pop album, it is in fact very strong. Maybe I'm just lucky that I heard it
before hearing the others, so I had no expectations. --Jason

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 09:35:14 EST
From: DanAbnrml9@aol.com
Subject: Re: compiling XTC
Message-ID: <f6.127bf99e.29292122@aol.com>

In a message dated 11/17/01 8:13:58 PM Eastern Standard Time,
someone other than Abbie Normal writes:

> Anyway, I got a problem. I promised a very good friend of mine a
> compilation of XTC. Just because I've told her I was on this list, she
> asked me naively "Oh, so you must really like this band, I'd really fancy
> to listen to their music, will you burn me a CD?", and just because she is
> my friend, I mumbled "Errrrr - (terrible blank) -  yes, of course".
>
> I am in the shit.

Well, I agree that "compiling" XTC is very difficult because they have such
strong albums, that breaking them up feels pointless. However, I think that
if you listen to Fossil Fuel straight through--keep in mind, it's literally
just a straight singles compilation, in chronological order--then it plays
very well too. And since it's JUST the singles--meaning you don't have to
pick and choose--then someone else has done the judging for you.

Just a thought, and I've found that in general if you're trying to get
someone into a band, it's good to give them the "hits" ("Making Plans for
Nigel," "Mayor of Simpleton," "Senses Working Overtime") becuase those are
generally easier to latch onto. And the singles compilations ("Upsy Daisy"
and "Fossil Fuel") are what got me into XTC.--Jason

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 11:55:00 -0500
From: "Duncan Watt" <dwatt@fastestmanintheworld.com>
Subject: Firing Lines And Flying Lambs, Or XTC As A Gateway Drug.
Message-ID: <200111181657.fAIGvNx05652@chmls20.mediaone.net>

"hjstrole@earthlink.net" <hjstrole@earthlink.net> wrote:

> Actually what I do do is sell jazz (and classical) CDs.  Though I agree
> with those who get a little lost in the meandering, I would have to say
> seeing a jazz artist perform live is much more satisfying than trying to
> get "it" from a recording.

...ayyyy...men! One of the things(among many) I love so much about listening
to 'jazz' (a shitty word, that could mean so many things, suffice to say
'improvisational instrumental music played live or live in the studio, no
overdubs') is the soap opera that develops among the players as they pass
the lead role to one another, sometimes willfully, sometimes competitively,
sometimes antagonistically. The easiest way to understand how this might
work is to see live players and learn a little about them and what they're
trying to say. Without this insight, it can be very much like listening to a
political discussion about a subject you have no understanding of.

Re: Gateway XTC:

Having succesfully 'turned' another young 'un (he chuffed) a few weeks ago,
the process is simple:

1) Stand there, in front of the speakers with the poor sap/sap-ette, and
BLAST one of your favorite XTC songs at them, all the while talking/yelling
over the music about what you like about the song. Like my Grampa said,
never underestimate the audience. Let 'em feeeeeel the *love*...

2) Stop the song short, moving on to another, play a little drop the
needle/laser, mentioning how the songs are 'so different'(use Skylarking or
better for this section). Under the guise of trying to find the song you're
looking for, don't let them get the gist of any of the songs, just clue them
in subtly to the radical differences of emotion and art they're in for.
Bonus points for pulling one CD out in haste and throwing in another...
'hang on, let me see...'. Double bonus for hitting the
"F....U....C...Kaaay".

3) Give up, say there's just so many unbelievable things to choose from,
then give them "Upsy-Daisy" (you DO have a few on hand for occasions like
these, hm?) "no, you can keep it, if you don't like it, give it to someone
else" and move on to another topic, like how if the Beatles were *really
good*.... Don't forget to mention how silly Dave looks with that mustache,
image is everything with these little ones these days...

Duncan 'c'mon, it's wafer-thin...' Watt

--
email me: dwatt@fastestmanintheworld.com
surf me: http://www.fastestmanintheworld.com

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 11:15:14 -0800
From: "fanoguitars" <fanoguitars@fanoguitars.com>
Subject: Fanoguitars.com Redesigned!
Message-ID: <200111181915.LAA14006@yakko.newdream.net>

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God Bless America.

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 16:06:26 -0500
From: Ben Gott <bgott@rectoryschool.org>
Subject: Death Cab for XTC
Message-ID: <B81D8D02.59AA%bgott@rectoryschool.org>

Gang,

This appeared in a recent interview with Death Cab for Cutie's drummer,
Michael Schorr, in _Synthesis_ Magazine.  To read the full text, head here:

http://www.synthesis.net/framel.php?main=/music/interview.php%3Fpage%3D2308

He was asked whether or not Death Cab considered themselves an "indie" band,
and he responded that they were more "pop-rock."  In response to the
interviewer's thought about "not [spending] a whole lot of time worrying
about terminology," Schorr said: "Yeah, we're just as apt to listen to XTC
as we are to the new Pinback. But most people would just consider us a
pop-rock band or maybe an indie-pop band. Especially the way we've gone
about things; it's been kind of a D.I.Y. ethic, so in that sense we are
totally aligned with indie-rock and indie-pop. But musically, our influences
are across the board."

Excellent, huh?  And shall I remind you of the link to the DCFC website?  I
think I shall.

http://www.barsuk.com/web.cgi?bark021

-Ben

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 17:51:42 -0500
From: eriC draveS <zoom98@mindspring.com>
Subject: XTC Starting Line
Message-ID: <E165ams-00048M-00@hall.mail.mindspring.net>

LET THEM EAT COMPLEAT, or,
A BEGINNER'S BUFFET

Where does one start listening to XTC music,
on an accessible level? Permit me to answer
with an analogy for which most of you will
probably hate me.

I was a minor Guns'n'Roses fan who liked
some tracks in "Appetite for Destruction",
but when I heard of "Use Your Illusion",
the "double-double album" as the critics
put it, I was shocked. Further shocked
was I that this massive monstrosity of
metal (but they aren't really metal, are
they? It's complicated) was #1 and #2 on
the charts at the time.

There was no recourse but to plunge in.
As soon as I had enough grotzits scraped
together I plunked them down for the whole
shebang. Then came the pickle-- I had no
time to listen to it until the late
evening which meant listening perhaps
beyond two of the ante meridian. (It ended
up being 3:15...)

So I did. THE WHOLE THING. It was
mesmerizing. It was dazzling. And it
sounded so much more fantastic and dynamic
from it being viewed in its totality, like
the whole of a garden maze or the
Big-big-picture of the Beanworld. (Don't
ask.)

So my recommendation would be, if you know
someone who is just starting to take an
interest, PLUNGE HIM/HER IN! Sit them down
for playings of entire albums (perhaps only
1 or 2 per day though, you don't want to
brainwash them, Chalkhills gets enough
posts here as it is), and perhaps precede
these presentations with a little anecdote
about what their music style was at the
time and how their music has changed a lot
over the years... from a post-punk parody
through their melodic metamorphosis.

The only problem here would be, they might
balk at listening to entire albums worth
of music like "I am the Audience" much
like people might balk at Primus, or even
Guns'n'Roses.

But I suppose it doesn't matter what order
you play the albums in. I started with
Nonsuch. Either that or Apple Venus with a
Volume of 1.0 should do nicely. Then
perhaps backtrack to Skylarking and
especially English Settlement (an
important key to appreciation of the older
albums). From there, Drums and Wires,
Wasp Star, Rag and Bone Buffet, Black Sea,
then you can put up your Dukes and let
the pfur pfly with Psonic Psunspot and
Five-and-twenty of the Clock. After that
they'll listen to anything, even the
madness of 3D-EP/White Music.

A background in other British pop music
is essential, in my opinion. I listen to
and enjoy thoroughly Duran Duran, Madness,
Level 42, Def Leppard and a couple others.

(non-XTC content-- I just got Madness'
"Wonderful" and have been humming "Wizard"
nonstop, an interesting coincidence with
the release of the Harry Potter movie.
Speaking of whom, anyone else think of
"MASH" when his name is mentioned? Do the
names HARRY Morgan and Sherman T. POTTER
ring a bell?)

Until next time.

eriC draveS

"Think I'll take a flyer/ The thought of
it's causing me pain."

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 15:38:26 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <captainextraneous@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Best Introduction to XTC
Message-ID: <20011118233826.86301.qmail@web12106.mail.yahoo.com>

Best introductory track? Well, here are some
suggestions:

The spazzy, new wave XTC:

Science Friction
Radios In Motion
Are You Receiving Me?

The classic, rocking XTC:

Respectable Street
Senses Working Overtime
Ball & Chain
Life Begins at the Hop
Earn Enough For Us
Mayor Of Simpleton
Great Fire
Making Plans For Nigel

The "adult contempoary" XTC:

Dear Madam Barnum
Wrapped In Grey
Easter Theatre
Green Man
Man Who Murdered Love
We're All Light

Damn, so many great songs, so little time...

The Colonel

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Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 13:40:08 -0600
From: "Steve Oleson" <Steve.Oleson@oag.state.tx.us>
Subject: Andy and the Echoplex-men
Message-ID: <sbf90bbd.023@OAG.STATE.TX.US>

We have Harrison to thank for the -

Partridgism of the Week:
"Discussing tape flange used in "Jason and the
Argonauts," he reached for the term "Doppler Effect," and came up with
"Knopfler Effect" instead. Laughed crazily, and then in a German
mad-scientist voice, said, "Ja, ja, ze Knopfler effect: ze silliness und
sentimentality of the ze guitar solo is in direct relation to ze
coefficient of the tightness of ze headband!"

DAMN, that ol' boy is GOOD!

'Course Harrison is no slouch himself. His explication of the
evolution of XTC is well conceived and delivered!

One of things I've loved most about XtC is the fact that they HAVE
evolved, and as a  whole. Their lyrics, Colin's bass playing, and
Andy's singing voice have shown amazing continuing growth.  I cant
think of another band that has survived all these years and flourished
as XTC has.

Can any of you?

Take care,
Steve "Not to be confused with SOlsen" Oleson
Austin, TX

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Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 14:35:53 -0800
From: "Thomas Vest" <tvtwo@hotmail.com>
Subject: introduction to XTC +...
Message-ID: <F38QJ9heKuszyUUKqiD000229ff@hotmail.com>

Hello everyone!

I have to agree with others posts that I have read-- Senses Working Overtime
is one of the best songs to introduce anyone to XTC.  I also have fondness
for Making Plans for Nigel, Grass, No Language in our Lungs and Love on a
Farmboys Wages as well.

Not sure if anyones ever mentioned this, but at Live365 (www.live365.com),
there is a broadcaster who has uploaded XTC tracks to listen to.  The
broadcaster goes by Radioxtc.  Lots of good stuff on there.  I wonder if
this broadcaster is also a member of Chalkhills...
If so, well done!

regards,

Thom

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Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 18:05:52 EST
From: Huwptd@aol.com
Subject: five years (man and boy)
Message-ID: <ca.1f3b399.292aea50@aol.com>

I've been an on/off subscriber to this list for a number of years. But I am
back again after a break with a new e-mail address, new job, etc. I realise
that recently it was the fifth anniversary of me discovering or getting into
XTC. It was November 1996 when a chance purchase of a cheap cassette of
Oranges and Lemons set me on this path. And what a strange wonderful journey
it has been. Anyway, this brings me onto the question of what is a good XTC
song for beginners. From personal experience, I can say that it was Garden of
Earthly Daylights that got me hooked, which is kind of odd as I wouldn't
consider it to be among their best. It may work as a beginner's song though.

I know that people are in the habit of recommending other artists on this
list so I must tell everyone to go out and buy Rings Around the World by
Super Furry Animals now. It is a superb album and would be the sort of thing
that fans of XTC would like, especially those who like XTC in their more
psychadelic/Beach Boys-esque moments. SFA are almost like a Welsh XTC (if
such a thing is possible).

Cheers.

Huw Davies

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Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 21:49:47 -0500
From: MollyFa <mollyfa0000@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Oh Happy Day :)
Message-ID: <3BF9C4C9.B9F5E6A9@worldnet.att.net>
Organization: AT&T Worldnet

Well, today I received more of the limited edition remastered from
http://www.hmv.com.  I got:

Mummer
The Big Express
Oranges & Lemons
Nonsuch
English Settlement

This means I have most of XTC's albums in this format.  Now I find
myself with some duplicates, but for now I'm keeping them just in case
something horrible happens to the remasters.
I was curious if anybody in here is interested in having listening
parties of the new remastered albums?  It would be great to speak to you
people again in chat.  :)

Molly

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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 00:12:38 EST
From: Poisongold@aol.com
Subject: season motorcycle
Message-ID: <89.f2bdf00.292b4046@aol.com>

In a message dated 11/17/01 8:13:58 PM Eastern Standard Time,
a source who, on condition of anonymity spake:

> And on the issue of what season is best for XTC, I must agree that all
> seasons are best !   For spring, Skylarking comes to mind, or Mummer and
> Wasp Star. Summer hearkens to Oranges and Lemons, White Music, and Nonsuch.

I guess it's because I listened to it over and over again on a college
shuttle bus that was stuck in a snowstorm, but winter and Skylarking are
bound together forever in my soul.  Not the lyrics, obviously, but somehow
the sound and production cry out (in me) to be played in the winter.
English Settlement, Mummer and AV1 are the "spring" albums to me, Black Sea
and Wasp Star are "summer," and Nonsuch is "fall/winter."  I don't have
seasonal associations with the others.

Best for newcomers?  My nominations have all been cited; "Optimism's
Flames," "Wrapped In Grey," "Respectable Street," "Seagulls Screaming" and
above all, my favorite XTC song, "Mermaid Smiled."

So... does anyone know why "Wait 'Til Your Boat Goes Down" isn't a bonus
track on any of the albums?  Does everyone know but me?

MJC

___________________________________________________________________
"The enemy is the idea that man is depraved, that the mind
is to be jettisoned, that life is a waste."
- Harry Binswanger

D2 is coming!  www.WalkForCapitalism.org

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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 21:16:20 -0500
From: "Scott Barnard" <brainiacsdaughter@hotmail.com>
Subject: Place of Retribution
Message-ID: <F44RGryWtIIZS2TRqf60000f965@hotmail.com>

Right.

I inadvertently started the damnable GO2 thread with a bit of carelessly
tossed-off irony on the England's Glory message board, which inevitably
ended up here, and then back there again, and now I have one of those little
left-eye headaches and, well, enough is enough. Knowing that I am the
(perceived) pathetic little bastard that had people rushing to the defense
of GO2 has become a burden I no longer wish to bear. A little back-history,
then...

I received GO2 as a very special birthday present in January 1979, a pivotal
time in my misspent youth. I don't need to tell you (but I will) that this
was a very exciting time to be a discerning rock 'n' roll fan. Other people
have already argued more eloquently than I ever could how this album is of a
piece with all the other new, exciting music that was coming out at the
time, and how GO2 is an integral part of the organic growth of XTC. I agree
with all of them, but I don't know if anyone else should.

One thing I do know is that I was that lone kid pogoing to Meccanik Dancing
at that Montreal gig in January '80 when none of the scenesters could be
bothered. Our Boys probably thought it was a bad gig, but that hardly
matters. It is my narcissistic XTC moment and I will cherish it forever.

Thank you.

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Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 08:37:58 -0500
From: William Loring <bloring@TIRERACK.COM>
Subject: Re: The Crimson King
Message-ID: <B8211866.15CD1%bloring@tirerack.com>

Ian asked if anyone was going to see KC on this leg of their US tour:

I'm going to see KC in Chicago on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to
it, as I missed them last time around due to conflicts with business travel.
I've not yet seen the double-duo.

Thanks to the KC website (http://www.disciplineglobalmobile.com/index.htm),
I've got pretty good seats, although they're not quite 3rd row. 5th or 6th,
I think.

Have fun at the show!!

And Ian; There were probably plenty of folks who recognized CC Deville, but
none of them wanted to admit it!

Sorry to say there's no XTC content here, except to say thanks to Wes for
the "Coat" update! And new material too! Good news indeed.

...bill

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Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 16:18:58 -0500
From: James Michael Isaacs <jmisaa00@uky.edu>
Subject: andy and bob
Message-ID: <1006377538.b960c920jmisaa00@uky.edu>

Hillers-
long time, no write.
A few weeks ago, I got a chance to see Apples in Stereo in a very
small club in Lexington KY, my town.  It seems that the drummer (and
Bob Schneider's wife) has relatives in town.
Anyway, after the show, I got a chance to ask Bob about his
collaboration with Andy.  He said they were communicating songs via
telephone, and they had composed "around 40" songs for an album.  I
don't know under what guise it will appear, or when, but it will
certainly have to be very sweet ear candy.
Adieu,
James- now a holder of a MA in German.

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Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 15:09:44 -1000
From: Jim Smart <smart@punahou.edu>
Subject: After The Revolution
Message-ID: <a04330104b821e6932b20@[10.23.4.7]>

Palos de choco:

Tired of waiting between XTC releases? Take a walk on the indie side!
3Tripper has a new album that you might enjoy called "After The Revolution".

What's the XTC connection? Not much, admittedly. Members of the band
are big fans of XTC. Also, 3Tripper's last album was sent to some
actual members of XTC, and they noticed the retro tendencies therein.
Still others have commented on the strong writing and playing
exhibited by the band.

3Tripper's previous album featured a cover of Merely a Man,
originally recorded for an alleged Oranges and Lemons tribute album
(whatever happened to that?) here on these very hills of chalk.

Though 3Tripper grew as a side project from a Beatle tribute band,
the new album "After the Revolution" takes the band in new
directions, moving away from the Beatle thing and into their own
sound. All 13 of the songs on After the Revolution are originals
rooted in the power pop tradition of the past 40 years, following in
the footsteps of the Kinks, Zombies, Who, Beach Boys, and Beatles, as
well as Elvis Costello, XTC, REM, Beck, and Wilco.

3Tripper has been featured as a part of "Chalkheads - XTC fans
Unhinged", which you can visit at
http://stations.mp3s.com/stations/56/chalkheads_-_xtc_fans_unhi.html

You can preview After The Revolution at http://www.mp3.com/3tripper.
You can order a CD there, or e mail me if you want a copy.

Now back to your regular programme,

Jim

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