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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 10

                Thursday, 31 January 2002


                   2001 - not so bad...
                      Toddler Tunes
                      Vocal stylings
                     RE: Flaming Lips
                   Coat of many titles
                    Re: Negro Problem
                    Re: Ryan's XTC Mix
         Thanks to XTC and Chalkhills for Easter
    Successful solo singing drummers -- a select club
        ...the kid's talking about my John Henry!
                       Merely A Man
             The solo that murdered the song?
                     Kinks and Sharks
               Is that all there is? (Yes)
                        Steady On
                        No Return
                    The Gilmore Girls
                    The coat is here!
            there, above j-lo's shaking booty
                    Older and Better?
             More semi-OT: DG & Mike Keneally
                      Happy Birthday
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Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 15:55:38 -0500
From: arthur james virgin <>
Subject: 2001 - not so bad...
Message-ID: <>

After close to 2 years, I delurk for this....

Wes Long wrote:
> Ultimately 2001 disappointed... but these two discs
> remained in my players the longest:
> Ron Sexsmith, "Blue Boy"
> Spoon, "Girls Can Tell"

I disagree... I REALLY disagree... Those are fine albums (and Ron Sexsmith
was great live this year), but 2001 had a lot to offer.

1) Muse - the origin of symmetry.  I never imagined so much energy could fit
on a little plastic CD.  A wonderful listen thanks to Jon Leckie's

2) Radiohead - Amnesiac.  I pine for their return to OK Computer or The
Bends-type traditional rock songs, but this album was brilliant.

3) Death Cab for Cutie - The Photo Album.  Knock-your-socks-off delivery.

4) Rufus Wainwright - Poses.  He needs to lose Sarah McLachlan's wimpy
producer, but these songs are amazing.

5) Glenn Tilbrook - The Incomplete...  Good for a him.  A better album than
Squeeze has made since "Play".

6) Neil Finn - One Nil.  Amazing songs hampered by muddy production.

7) The Strokes - Is This It.  Great little pop songs via grainy/vox vocals.

8) Superchunk - Here's to Shutting Up.  The songs take on an eerie tone
after the events of 9/11.  "Plane crash footage on TV / Oh yeah, / I know
that could be me."

9) Bjork - Vespertine.  What a set of lungs.

10) Weezer - the Green Album.  They come out of a coma swinging.

Since I've been lurking for a few years I'll tell ya', Augie March "Sunset
Studies" was without a doubt the best release in 2000 - in fact I can't
remember an album so good in YEARS.  Pick this up if you get a chance.

2002 looks to be really incredible with Elliot Smith, Elvis Costello (!),
and Radiohead heading up my most anticipated.

Now if only we can get an XTC album soon... Hmmm...

Back to lurk.


Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 14:26:25 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Toddler Tunes
Message-ID: <>

These stories of toddlers bouncing around the room to XTC songs is making
me sad..... My 3 1/2 year old will only sing "C is For Cookie," "Twinkle
Twinkle Little Star," and the "Veggie Tales" theme song.

When I play XTC, or any other artist that I love, he says to me, "Daddy,
turn that music off.... it's bad."

Excuse me while I go sit in the dark and cry.


Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 16:40:21 EST
Subject: Vocal stylings
Message-ID: <>

Much has been said lately about the appeal (or lack thereof) of Andy's voice.
As a singer myself, I'm enthralled with and envious of singers like Andy,
Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel whose voices are so unique and immediately
recognizable as their own. They each have wonderful vocal quirks that are so
much more interesting than the garden variety "good voice." I think there's
much to be said for vocal character over vocal perfection.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 15:07:54 -0800
From: "da9ve stovall" <>
Subject: RE: Flaming Lips
Message-ID: <>

>From: James Michael Isaacs <>
>Subject: Kinks, Lips, and other musings

>Speaking of music, are there any Flaming Lips fans out there?

YYYYEEESSS!!!!!  That would be me.  They're one of my favorite
things - and if you haven't seen 'em live, make it a point to
the next time they tour.  A truly ebullient experience - you
gotta see Wayne walloping his gong, putting on a puppet show
and showering the audience with confetti.

>Perhaps the weirdest band ever to come from Oklahoma.
>Their last album, "The Soft Bulletin", . . .

Is a classic.  If _Zaireeka_ hadn't been proof enough, _The Soft
Bulletin_ sealed the case that they're one band who actually
deserves the 'progressive' tag with all its best connotations.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 23:54:24 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Coat of many titles
Message-ID: <>

> Something tells me I won't be the first to post this, but what the hell
> ... the song listing and running order of the upcoming boxed set have been
> posted at:

I see there's a song included called Sleepyheads, an outtake from Drums and
Wires - presumably, this is Looking For Footprints which was released as a
flexidisk freebie with Flexipop magazine and later on Rag and Bone Buffet
(which includes the phrase 'sleepyheads') . . . or is it something else?

And I do hope the closing track, Books Are Burning - Live on The Late Show
BBC TV, sounds better than I remember it watching it on telly the first time

Otherwise a very tempting proposition.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 20:04:15 EST
Subject: Re: Negro Problem
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 1/27/02 11:44:36 AM, Bob writes:

>I'd love to know anything remotely interesting about this guy and his band.
>Has he ever acknowledged XTC as an influence? Why doesn't he get more press?
>(could it be the potentially offensive band name?) What's his live
>performance like? Educate me....

I did sound for the Negro Problem at a club here in Sacramento. Great
songs and Stew is a solid onstage presence. If they come anywhere near
you, go see them.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 17:18:29 -0800
From: strwbrry <>
Subject: Re: Ryan's XTC Mix
Message-ID: <>

> My son (3 years old today) likes "Playground" (Holly's singing,
> especially) and "1000 Umbrellas" -- he likes orchestration. I don't
> think he's heard much of AV1, but I think he'll like that. He points
> out the instruments he hears, sometimes he's even right! ("ooh, I hear
> clarinets!") Maybe I'll just make "Ryan's XTC Mix" for the car based
> on your opinions. That might be the best way to do things.

I get a kick out my kids singing along with my favorite "oldies." My
pre-teen girls like Down in the Cockpit - "Queen wants the castle..." and
Big Day - "If you have love then let it show like on the...." They actually
know many of the words. Scarecrow People is another family fave.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 19:13:36 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <>
Subject: Really??
Message-ID: <>

Todd B reply times deux!

First of all I disgree with your assessment of the most overlooked
singles. Both of those are indeed fine tracks that certainly deserved
notice and promotion


Radios In Motion

has to be the one. I mean the thing screams SINGLE yet it never got any
notice from Virgin. The CADS!


Mole says "Let's hear it for the goober!" Hip Hip Horay! Hip Hip Horay!

I raise my glass to you Sir. The finest goober in the land!

Mr. Mole


Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 22:41:30 EST
Subject: Thanks to XTC and Chalkhills for Easter
Message-ID: <>

Hello all,

First off, let me say Yes, Cousin Chris Coolidge, I still exist.  I'm still
on this list you logged me onto two years ago. I just loooove to lurk.

Second, as I love to read about these moments in other people's lives, I just
had to share an XTC/Chalkhills moment of my own.  I just finished reading
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, an excellent writer of comics and an OK
writer of prose.  One of the "old" gods who made brief appearance in the book
was Easter, anthropomorphized into a voluptuous blonde a la Marilyn.

She preened as she claimed that her holiday was still celebrated every year,
with egg and bunny sacrifice, etc.  Another old god dared her to find a
single person in her city of San Francisco who knew where she or  "Easter"
actually came from.  Well, none of the puny humans in the book knew but I
did, and you know why?  Bwah hah hah, because of the best song from AVI,
"Easter Theater," and from reading discussions on Chalkhills regarding
paganism and said song.  And believe me, I wouldn't have known otherwise.

Oh, and please let me add my vote for best song from Wasp Star, which would
be "The Wheel."  I left off the "and the Maypole" part because that is where
I stop the CD player and go back to the beginning of "The Wheel."  The first
half of the song is simply transcendent.  No insult intended to Andy & Colin
& Co., but it almost seems like two completely different songs.   Perhaps if
someone explained it to me I would understand and grow into it more.  Mmmm.
I also find myself strangely drawn to "In Another Life."

Thanks to all of you for your fascinating musical discussions.  I just can
never join in fully because I'm at the musical knowledge level of "XTC Good.
N*Sync Bad."  But just ask me about Star Wars or Vorkosigans or something.



Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 21:48:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Successful solo singing drummers -- a select club
Message-ID: <>

James Isaacs asks in Digest #8-9:

"Is there a singing drummer of a successful act that
has had a solo career that is both critically and
commmercially successful? If so, does everyone here
despise that person?  (Phil and Don are glaring sores
of examples). Maybe there is a trend ..."

Successful solo singing drummers are a select club.
Those who can be mentioned in Chalkhills without fear
of ridicule are rarer still. Two names come to mind:

I don't think anyone here despises Levon Helm. I don't
think anyone here despises Ringo Starr, either.

Okay, maybe Levon's solo career wasn't all that
successful (other than getting Elton John to write a
song about him, insert winking emoticon here), and
maybe Ringo's solo career wasn't all that critically
acclaimed, but both of them certainly had Rolodexes
bursting with talent, and when they called, the talent
came. Levon's "RCO All-Stars" boasted Dr. John, Paul
Butterfield, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, Robbie
Robertson, and Booker T. Jones. The 1992 edition of
Ringo's "All-Starr Band," which I saw, included Todd
Rundgren (the all-important XTC connection), Nils
Lofgren, and Joe Walsh.

Here is a third critically and commercially successful
singing drummer: Animal! No, not Philthy Animal Taylor
of Motorhead, but Animal of the Muppet house band: Dr.
Uvula and the Electric Teeth, or something like that.
What a tub-thumper he was! What other drummer ever had
to be chained to his drums for the safety of himself
and others? I mean, besides Keith Moon.

Ryan Anthony

An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: I finally registered as "Hamsterrancher" at It's good to see that
Our Heroes deem Chalkhills the best of the fan sites.
I'm sure I'll continue to spend more time here, and
especially on the Digest, than at the official site.


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 07:26:39 -0500
From: "Duncan Watt" <>
Subject: ...the kid's talking about my John Henry!
Message-ID: <>

"Bob" ( wroteth, re: XTC for toddlers:

> I've always found that kids respond better to They Might Be Giants
> though...

...yes, my 5-year-old runs around all riffin' "S-E-X-X-Y"...

Duncan "..there she is... standin' on the bed... cookie in one hand... " Watt


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 08:40:32 -0600
From: "Jim S." <>
Subject: Merely A Man
Message-ID: <>

> From: Todd Bernhardt <>
> Warren Butson asked
> > What do you think is the greatest single [XTC] never released?
> "Merely a Man," from O&L. And "We're All Light," from Wasp Star.

Funny you should mention Merely A Man.  I also think it is a terrific song
and was surprised to learn that Andy never did think much of it and had to
be talked into recording it and including it on O&L.  Producer Paul Fox
really liked the song.
Jim S.


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 18:55:35 -0800
From: "Sughosh Varadarajan" <>
Subject: The solo that murdered the song?
Message-ID: <000101c1a892$e2876460$652bc5cb@SughoshVaradarajan>

Hi all,

Paul said -

>the chorus really bugs me. It has that (forgive me all, no offence is
>intended, I realise where most of you Chalkhillians are living) American
>sound to it (I'm saying the big fat 'yeah' sounding like commercial rock
>and ruining the song). What's worse is, the verses are great and the
>lyrics true Partridge. Why the chorus? Oh why?

Point taken, but I think what really spoils the song is that noisy, needless
guitar solo down the middle. Makes no sense whatsoever IMO. I can live with
the chorus, but that solo is a no-no.

Quoth Gary Nicholson:

>On the subject of which - I'm sooooo glad that 'Coat of Many Cupboards'
>will include Fireball XL5. This means that I can stop indulging in period
>searches in the attic for a cassette (which I'm convinced must be there
>somewhere) containing a John Peel session they did featuring that very

Gawsh!! XTC played that song!!! I've been hearing this one ever since I was
a little kiddy riding me rocking horse (not unlike Holly, up on Poppy).
XL5 was about all that Indian television could afford to pick up those days,
by way of international kiddie fare. Anyone else here remember Steve and
Venus ? And what exactly was that creature who kept saying "Follow me...
Welcome home" in that mournful whine?

Cheerio all!!
Sughosh. (currently reliving the days when he would wish he were a
spaceman... the fastest guy alive... to travel through the universe on
Fireball XL5!)

  "Some might say they don't believe in Heaven
   Go and tell it to the man who lives in Hell."
     - Noel Gallagher


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 13:35:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: Kinks and Sharks
Message-ID: <>

<>I often wonder, when listening to anything they did
>after 1972, "What happened?"  The period between
>"Face to Face" and "Lola" was on par with the
>Beatles, but it has gone largely unrecognized >by
>the general mob.  But fom Muswell Hillbillies (which
>was the >"Jumping the Shark" album) on, it was as if
>Billy Shears replaced Ray >Davies.  Total dreck.

I agree. Though Muswell Hillbillies is OK, it marks
the start of a major downward spiral. However, I
believe the band crossed back over the shark, if only
for a while, when the punk and new wave movements of
the late seventies and early eighties reinvigorated
them. One can find all sorts of good and clever Kinks
songs from this time, if one can get past snare drums
that sound like depth charges.

The Kinks jumped the shark the second time after "Word
of Mouth"; any other band been back and forth over
that toothy sucker?



Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 00:55:55
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Is that all there is? (Yes)
Message-ID: <>

Further proof that there is no god: Peggy Lee dies - Kenneth Lay lives. Come
on, theists - explain to me how a just and all-powerful god could get THAT
so wrong?

OK, once or twice in eternity, you can understand -- we all make mistakes.
Even Her. (Don't believe me? How about bubonic plague - I mean seriously,
what *was* She thinking when She created that?)

But you really start to wonder about it all when She takes people like Jeff
Buckley and not only leaves someone like Dick Cheney but makes him
Vice-President of the US.

* * *

>From: Nick Tidey <>
>Subject: Re: Wasp Star faves

>Howdy folks. First let me say g'day. I've been reading the list with
>interest for a while now, but this is my first post.
>Having missed Sughosh's earlier posts about favourite songs from Wasp
>Star, I thought I'd throw in my two cents worth now... "You and the
>Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful". An obvious choice maybe?

Strewth, we Aussies have flamin' good taste don't we? Welcome Nick! Where
the hell in OZ are you, maaaaaate?

>Oh and I prefer both Kid A and Amnesiac to Ok Computer (and
>occasionally to The Bends as well), seems I stand firmly in the
>minority too.

Am I turning into an old codger? Why is it that Radiohead leaves me utterly
cold? Maybe it's due in some measure to the fact that I CAN'T UNDERSTAND A
BLOODY WORD HE'S SAYING ... *sigh* ...

It's like the opposite of Yes. I happily admit I've never understood what
the hell Anderson was on about, but at least I could understand the words,
even if they were patent nonsense.

* * *

>From: Todd Bernhardt <>
>Subject: Coat of Many Cupboards
>Something tells me I won't be the first to post this, but what the hell
>... the song listing and running order of the upcoming boxed set have >been
>posted at:>newsid=27

Todd -- SPELLCHECK ALERT!! Has anyone yet twigged you to the fact you yet
that the name of my own dear old Smalltown has been misspelled on the list?
It's SYDNEY, dear heart, not "Sidney". The Marconi Club is in SYDNEY, OK???

I can only hope this grievous error hasn't made it into print yet on the
boxed-set. Go to it, lad -- oh and congrats on the payoff for decades of
obsessive fandom! Nice one, centurion!

* * *

Re: Records of the Year - it is my observation that there are far too many
people with far too much disposable income on this list. How the HELL can
you afford all those records?

Covetously yours,



Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 08:11:55 EST
Subject: Steady On
Message-ID: <>

On Thu, 24 Jan 2002 03:00:15 EST
< wrote:-
2. No Doubt
(I thought these folks ran out of ideas after their first album).>

If I could just beg to differ here.. I have the last 3 albums, I
actually thought they ran out of ideas on Return of Saturn which was
pretty bad, however they seem to have found the key to the box marked
"tunes" for this latest one, Rock Steady.  It is (IMHO) a fine "pop"
album, maybe its because some of the tunes are getting airplay thru'
various sources and are therefore lodging in my brain more than any of
the last lot.
However anyone who likes Nick Lowe is OK in my book..

Jamie Crampton
Northampton (the UK version)


Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 20:48:35 -0500
From: "Scott Barnard" <>
Subject: No Return
Message-ID: <>

James Michael Isaacs said:

>I often wonder, when listening to anything they did after 1972, "What
>happened?"  The period between "Face to Face" and "Lola" was on par
>with the Beatles, but it has gone largely unrecognized by the general
>mob.  But from Muswell Hillbillies (which was the "Jumping the Shark"
>album) on, it was as if Billy Shears replaced Ray Davies.  Total
>dreck.  Perhaps the Kinks should have hung it up at that point- much
>like the Stones should have after "Exile on Main St."  Bring forth the

Well, exactly. Couldn't have said it better myself. I think our Ray
developed a case of Tommyism, as did many of his peers in the early
seventies. In his case it entailed female backup singers (what was wrong
with Dave?), inscrutable This Is Important Dammit album concepts,
ill-advised television dramas, little discernable melody, and far too many
saxophone players. Total dreck indeed. Even after he got "back to basics"
there was, sadly, no return to form.

JMI also said:

>Speaking of music, are there any Flaming Lips fans out there?  Perhaps
>the weirdest band ever to come from Oklahoma.  Their last album, "The
>Soft Bulletin", and AV1 make wonderful companions for a weary
>thirtysomething like myself, having been weaned on the milk of 80s new
>wave and psychedelia.>

Truly a man after my own heart. Yes, back in '99 (and still today) these
albums renewed my faith in music that could speak to me intimately and
directly, while being completely, ridiculously over-the-top at the same
time. See also: All is Dream by Mercury Rev and Let It Come Down by
Spiritualized. I might go so far as to say that it is exactly this fine line
between art and bombast that Ray tripped over all those years ago.



Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:40:43 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Clones
Message-ID: <>

Hi everybubble

In 'Hills # 9, Michael Versaci <> began:


Paul from OZ stated:<

Whaaa????  Another one?  Who is this pretender, this cheap charlatan?
Whoever you are, watch out mate because it's possible you'll get an
unsolicited "spray" by a weirdo from Wagga and then get called a
"contemptible prat" for your trouble.  Well, that's what happened to me...

Anyhow, I've been away - almost completely "out of the loop" since October
last year, but I'm BACK with a vengeance, so look out!  And next post I'll
actually have something reasonably newsworthy to share with you all.

Looks like 2002 will be a chronically-empty-wallet but potentially blissfull
year XtC-wise.  I look forward to sharing the spoils with you all.

BTW, welcome to Nick (Aussie) who joined us on Digest #9.  Your song choices
and XtCperiences tally pretty much with my own.  Have fun mate!

See ya soon
(THE ORIGINAL) p@ul-from-Oz
Canberra, Australia


Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 13:49:12 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: The Gilmore Girls
Message-ID: <>

Dear chalkmarks-in-a-rainstorm

(for that's what we all merely might be...)

Please forgive if this has been covered before, but I and my bestest mate
Dominic have been on 'ollydays so neither of us have been able to convey
this to you until now.

Dom told me that he was indifferently watching an American TV show with his
girlfriend, a thing called "The Gilmore Girls".  Have you seen it?  I
haven't.  But what pricked up Dom's ears (oo-err) was that there was a kind
of "prom ball" scene in one show, during which "We're All Light" formed the
background music.  Nice enough in itself.  But the following week, watching
again with his GF, Dom noticed the closing sequence - involving I gather,
the protagonists setting off into a gathering snowfall - the strains of
"Thanks For Christmas" soundtracked it.

Too much of a quinsidense!  Does anybody else know about this show?  Is the
musical director an XtC fan or does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?

Nice to see our boys getting a guernsey in this way - refreshing after
copping all those stories of hearing Muzak "King For A Day" at yer local
7-11 (or wherever it is you hear these things in the States)...

Anybody got further info on the GG's and why they might be favouring the
Swindonians' recordings; or indeed other hearings/sightings of XtC on other
TV/film media?

In other news:  Terry Chambers' son Kai's band, STARPARK, have just
completed basic tracking for their official debut CD EP.  In Kai's exact
words: "it's huge!"  And, having heard this band first hand, I *know* this
is an accurate assessment (just wait till you hear their contribution to
Richard P-A's thing).  For those of you who may be interested (and believe
me, you should be), I will provide full release and ordering information for
the STARPARK CD in these pages as soon as it becomes available - that's
soonish.  Sheesh, you're in for a surprise and a treat!

"Up she rises, each and every morning"...



Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 14:54:15 +0100
From: "Clinton, Martin" <>
Subject: The coat is here!
Message-ID: <>

Hi everyone,
Not sure if this has been posted before, but the 'Coat of Many Cupboards
is showing on Amazon UK for release on March 25th @ 35.99 GBP:

Or cheaper at Amazon France for release on March 25th at around 28 GBP
(when you convert Euros to GBP):

all the best



Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 08:09:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeff Eby <>
Subject: there, above j-lo's shaking booty
Message-ID: <>

While getting ready for work I have VH1's Jumpstart on
and above the videos on the news ticker is a badly
worded XTC news bit.  Something like:

"Psychedelic English band XTC finally get their due,
and then some. The box set 'A Coat From Many
Cupboards' will be released on March 26 containing 41
unreleased tracks"

I checked the VH1 news site to see what they had to
say about it (Is it being released in the U.S.?) but
they have yet to post anything there.

"Y'all don't know what it's like/ being male, middle-class, and white"


Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 17:10:46 EST
Subject: Older and Better?
Message-ID: <>

OK,  a new tread--how many singers have improved as they've gotten older? Not
everyone. I'd nominate, of course, Andy Partridge as one of them. A couple of
others on my list is George Harrison, Kristy MacColl (mmm...maybe this should
be the deceased singers list instead), Ray Davies....let's open it up to
debate here folks. I'm not talking technical proficiency here.

A question--an award for those brave enough to answer the question. What was
the first appearance of a George Harrison composition on a single in the
world? The winner will get my George Harrison single disc anthology which
includes; Horse to the Water, Miss O'Dell,  Hear Me Lord (electric demo),
Nobody's Child, Window, Window, Cosmic Devine, If Not For You (acoustic demo)
and 11 others!

Send your response to



Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 21:27:02 EST
Subject: More semi-OT: DG & Mike Keneally
Message-ID: <>

Hello to all!

I hope this doesn't come across as unrelated and unwanted spam.  I'm pretty
jazzed about the new Mike Keneally album "Wooden Smoke."  And I've been
allowed to pass on a quote from Dave Gregory about the album -

"'Wooden Smoke' - damn you, Keneally. This is far and away your best yet, I'm
loving it more each play. And so perfectly recorded, too...deserves a Grammy
for Best Engineered (if there is such a category) alone - I'm serious. Your
playing and singing never sounded more perfectly relaxed, and you've done a
masterful production job too. How I envy your acoustic guitar sound! Come to
that, how I envy your acoustic guitar playing! Lovely use of the Wilson
brothers' vocal aesthetic on several of the songs, just beautiful. Carl
lives! Again, congratulations Mike...hope this is the one that gets you that
long-overdue mass exposure."

Just passing it on,
J. D. Mack


Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 06:05:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Happy Birthday
Message-ID: <>


I'd just like to send out my fondest best wishes for a scrumptilicious 51st
birthday to Chalkhills' favorite drummer, Phil Collins.

Oh, and happy 65th to Philip Glass, happy 51st to Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. &
the Sunshine Band (get down tonight!) and Phil Manzanera, and last but
definitely not least, happy 46th to our favorite punk, John Lydon.

All together now: Happy birthday to you...



Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 07:32:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Ira Lieman <>
Subject: Thanks for the feedback...
Message-ID: <>

Howdy Chalkfolk...

When I come up with a track listing for my son's first XTC mix, I'll post it.
I appreciate your suggestions, and maybe I'll make him a TMBG mix as well
(thanks to Bob) because his friend Sam likes them too. Sam's parents make
frequent trips to Long Island (from New Jersey, where we live -- right next
to Tony Soprano, natch) and they have TMBG singalongs in the car. Barney be
damned! Sam likes "Women And Men" and "Minimum Wage" off the Flood album, and
I've seen him make air guitar motions to "Ana Ng". He's also 3.

Ryan Anthony: you crack me up. Women screaming your name in supermarkets. Ha!
As a matter of fact, when we moved into our house and started taking walks
around to meet the neighbors, we found out there are 3 other Ryans (I think
they're 10, 8, and 2 now) on our street. I have the opposite problem ... I
might be the youngest Ira on the planet. <sigh> Nope, I'm mistaken. Check out I have 2 years plus on this guy.

ObXTC: TVT records signed with Pressplay. Wonder what Andy has to say about

-ira, funk-pop-a-rolling.


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