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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 15

                 Monday, 18 February 2002


                 RE: Churchill said what?
                         face it
                 Morissette and drummers
                   Drumming and Wailing
                 A Song and a dance band
                   It's just a thought
                  XTC: 2Cool 2B 4gotten
         looking for "xtc at the manor" video...
          Re: Can you please speak more clearly?
                Slightly blurred responses
                      Moving Maypole
                   Is Curiosity a sin?
                    70's kids and XTC
                       Best of 2001
             Cervantes has left the building?
                       XTC on DVD?
                 what...February already?


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Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 11:37:20 -0800
From: Gil Lamont <>
Subject: RE: Churchill said what?
Message-ID: <>

Smudge (did I mention I hated the 70s?) Boy wrote:

>Churchill liked a bit of a tipple and could be a little, let's
>say, garrolous, when he'd been partaking. One night he managed
>to offend Lady Astor (I believe) giving rise to the following
>Lady Astor: Mr Churchill you are quite horribly drunk!
>Churchill: And you are ugly madam. However, in the morning,
>I shall be sober . . .

This has been attributed to everyone, and is even a scene in W.C.Fields'

Another great putdown is the one from 18th century Parliament. Can't
remember the participants, but it went something like:

One Lord: If the Honorable Whosis continues in this course, he will die of
the pox or on the gallows!

Honorable Whosis: That, sir, depends on whether I embrace your principles
or your mistress!



Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 11:36:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: face it
Message-ID: <>

Fellow Chalkonians,

if the boys from Swindon became household names with their own trading
cards, cartoon show, muzak channel and infomercial, we would'nt think
they were so cool. Here's one selfish fan hoping they make enough to
live in the style they desire but keep their esoteric purpose.


Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 14:46:09 -0500
From: "Michael D. Myers" <>
Subject: Morissette and drummers
Message-ID: <>

Chalksters and Chalkettes;

Just thought I'd drop in to a couple of debates for a second, but my goal
is to disappear before the ink is dry.........

Jxnsmom said:
>I was also thinking, about my character surpasses quality argument, about
>Alannis Morissette. Here is a women who started out before her recording
>career with a straight-ahead, sounds-like-everybody-else female voice. Then
>she decided to be America's answer to Sinead and came up with a ridiculously
>put-on vocal "character." In my book, it doesn't count if it isn't natural.
>Her singing annoys me more than almost anyone on the planet

Uh, just one tiny correction is in order here;  Alannis is from Canada, so
America cannot take the blame/credit for her nationality, but I guess the
U.S. album-buying public is responsible for her popularity.

Also, on the topic of singing drummers, I think that the denizens of
Chalkhills have left a few musical genres unanalyzed.  For instance, the
great soul singer Teddy Prendergast began his career as the drummer for the
back-up group behind Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes.  One day, they heard
his vocal chops and said, "Teddy, you bring your bad self up to the front
line".  The rest is history, but his near-fatal auto crash stopped his
career cold about 15 years ago.

Next up:  Peter Rivera was the drummer for a white group signed to Motown
called Rare Earth;  they had a couple of big hits in the 1969-76 era.
Marvin Gaye was also a great drummer who played on many of his own hits
plus some session work for others in the Motown stable.  Stevie Wonder is
also an exceptional drummer.  One might say that he doesn't count because
he is more known for his keyboard and harmonica capabilities, but he has
drummed on his recordings almost from the very start.

In addition, there are a bunch of other people who are known for their
competence on a variety of other instruments but who have done solo albums
where they played all the instruments, including drums.  How about:
Paul McCartney
Todd Rundgren
Peter Townshend
John Fogerty
Jon Brion
Jason Faulkner

XTC content:  did Terry ever even grunt or hum on any XTC song as a
background singer?

Stay well,


Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 07:31:18 +1100
From: "Andrew Gowans" <>
Subject: Drumming and Wailing
Message-ID: <>

Not so much drummers singing as singing about drumming.

The Scottish Singer/Songwriter B.A.Robertson had a song on (I think)
"Initial Success" in tribute to drummers everywhere called "Eat Your Heart
Out Buddy Nelson" that is a lot of fun (In fact the whole album is - check
out his catalogue for wry-comical-pop/rock-whimsy ;).

..from memory..

"Rock 'n' Rollers are never quick
and drummers some say are thick.
When you ask them of their technique
they say 'I hit it wiv this stick'"

XTC content stuff: Due to resignations in my area I'm temporarily in charge
of our IT Comms. So, what do I do ? I start choosing cool names for network
Routers. The new Internet gateway is Partridge. Keeping in a (slightly)
avian/XTC theme the two new client routers will be Skylark and Ladybird.
Yes, I could've used Rook, except the ex-head honcho was called that and it
could be misconstrued. Last year I named one of our comms servers Wasp-Star.
Hey - I think it's cool, but then I'm easily confused by windows and
attracted to small glittering pieces of glass.

It certainly beats the dork who named his print servers Mickey, Donald and
Goofy !

Back to the grindstone.

Andrew Gowans


Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 17:34:41 EST
Subject: A Song and a dance band
Message-ID: <>

 Dunks writes:

> And I'm sorry but IMO the French
> CANNOT rock. Plastique Bertrand was about the nearest tey ever got (and
> anyway he was Belgian wasn't he?).

The French might not be able to rock but those Cajun offshoots sure can! (by
the way I highly recommend  Evangeline Made. John Fogerty must have some
Cajun (or maybe the it's the Irish in him that makes it work) in him
somewhere (based on his version of Diggy Liggy Lo and My Toot Toot--although
the ultimate version is still by Queen Ida).

Lyndy stated (for the record) >XTC content- I happily waited in line for
over four hours to get Andy Partridge's Autograph at the San Francisco
Virgin megastore a few years back.<

How long did you wait? I was there and ended up taking the day off.  Yes, I
know it's extreme and an example of the true meaning of "fan". The only
advantage was being first in line. I have to give the local radio station
(Kfog) lots of credit for giving Andy lots of airtime. Now if they would only
play their music in heavier rotation I might actually listen to them again!

Oh, and the answer to the Beatles quiz about George Harrison--the -- amended
-- question was (I have to admit to poor phrasing on this one as I usually
only read and respond late at night).

What George Harrison song was the first to appear on a single (this would be
A) after they came to fame and B) on their "official" label).

The answer -- Help/ I Need You. This single was issued in Germany. For those
that had a different answer, the judge elected to create a second prize for
the many (correct) answers that pointed out that the first appearance on a
single was Cry for a Shadow (as a b side) in late 1964 (preceding Help/I Need
You) by a good couple of months).

I always felt I Need You was an underrated Harrison gem. It's not up to the
standards he later established (or to most of the Lennon-McCartney material
but it is worlds better than the potboiler McCartney numbers) but it's still
quite good.

Speaking of John Fogerty---I can only hope that Andy never starts referring
to himself in the third person (as JF does in interviews). Quite a talented
guy but, really, that suggests his ego has gotten a bit too big for his head
(maybe it's ballooned to such a size that it is like another person).

Caught JF at the Filmore on his solo tour for Blue Moon Swamp. He was still
quite amazing on stage. If (and this is a big if) the dynamic duo ever do
return to performing the Filmore would be a perfect venue for them.

I've noticed quite a bit of complaints about AP's guitar playing on Wasp Star
over the last year. Yes, I, too miss Dave Gregory but Andy's spare style
seemed to suit the material for Wasp Star. Let's not forget that he played
lead prior to Dave's arrival (unless Barry was playing guitar in addition to
sax and keyboards and I don't know about it. You never know as he was a
pretty unpredictable fellow. Since I became a fan after Barry's departure and
never saw him in the band, I have no clue about this).

I'd suggest (for fun) a rotating series of guest guitarist to duel with AP on
the next album (whenever that I might be coming out). Let's start with Neil
Finn (GH would have been a choice, too if he hadn't passed away), Richard
Thompson and Prince for fun. Who else should make an appearance?

Incidentally, the ultimate XTC tribute album for me (far superior to the
Testimonial Dinner CD) would include the following artists--

Richard Thompson - I'd Like That
Neil & Tim Finn - Science Friction
Kate Bush - Pink Thing
John Fogerty (him again?) - Earn Enough For Us
Sting (just for fun) You and the Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful (or maybe
not...since their delivery would undoubtably be similar)
Ian Brown - Generals and Majors
Queen IDA (her again?) - Senses Working Overtime
James Brown - I bought Myself a Liar Bird
Radiohead - Battery Brides
K C and the Sunshine Band - Meccanik Dancing (yes, an obivious  one)
Joan Armatrading - Deliver Us From The Elements
Air - Frost Circus
Paul McCartney - Seagulls Screaming, etc.
Aaron Carter - Dying (My daughter's suggestion)
Backstreet Boys - The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul (ditto but an
interesting suggestion)
Phil Collins (Not him again!) - Dear Madam Barnum
King Crimson - a medley of That Wave/Bungalow
 any other suggestions?

Yes, clearly, I have too much time on my hands this week.

Idly wasting an hour of my time...



Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 17:39:58 EST
Subject: It's just a thought
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 2/14/02 11:14:48 AM Pacific Standard Time,
someone writes:

> Compare and
> contrast 20 years of Xtc's music with anything from the Stock, Aitken,
> Waterman back catalogue of the same time period to see what the Great
> British singles-buying public prefer. They prefer being whacked around the
> head with a simple lyric and simple melody at 125 bpm for three minutes.

Sadly, so do the Americans now. It's a pity that American radio has become a
sterile wasteland (at least for me). The (very) brief period when it was
interesting was squashed by the Corporate Radio Sound.


Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 15:39:31 -0600
From: "Steve Oleson" <>
Subject: XTC: 2Cool 2B 4gotten
Message-ID: <>

I imagine that XTC's popularity, per capita, in the UK is about as
high as it is here in the US. There are just more of us here.

Messers Pastula and Edwards made several good points regarding XTC and
their popularity in the UK. SALUTE!  XTC was very popular and may have
been considered cool until they went pastoral with Mummer, AND quit
touring, thus denying their fans the opportunity to bask in their
shared coolness, whatever that is!  There is a difference between
being cool and being popular, though. In fact, I would argue that they
are somewhat mutually exclusive.  Often, people quit liking a band
when they become popular with the masses: they lose the allure of
being special to the cognoscenti and "sell out".

Unfortunately, there is a short "shelf life" to the quality called
"Cool". Even if XTC had done everything they could to stay on top of
the cool heap, they would have eventually fallen off when they grew
too familiar. Luckily for us, they jumped off the heap before they
were thrown off.


Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 16:08:31 -0800
From: becki digregorio <>
Subject: looking for "xtc at the manor" video...
Message-ID: <>

greetings keen xtc folks,

first a thanks to sir relph for once again setting me up to receive these
'hills posts.  i've missed the banter and keeping in touch with the (any?)
news.  reckon it _does_ matter when i change my eddress, huh john??

i have a very old and unfortunately poor-quality copy of "xtc at the manor,"
the video/documentary of the lads recording "towers of london" at the manor
studio in england.  do any of you folks happen to have a good copy of this
that i can buy/trade or borrow (if you're in the san francisco area)??

thanks in advance.  good to be back...



Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 17:40:17 -0800 (PST)
From: Nicole Ross <>
Subject: Re: Can you please speak more clearly?
Message-ID: <>

Duncan K. wrote:

>...That being said, I always loved The Pretenders,
even though to this day I still have NO idea what half
the lyrics to "Brass In Pocket" are.<

Oh so unrelated to anything, and really of no big
importance, but I just wanted to say that that
statement cheered up my rather mediocre day.

Thank you.

Back to lurking,



Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 10:54:11 -0500
From: "Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt" <>
Subject: Slightly blurred responses
Message-ID: <>


Here's a bit of a primary source on the XTC and England debate, taken
from my original notes from my interview w/Andy in 1998 ... don't think
this made it into the Modern Drummer article, or even into the
Chalkhills version:

TB: Yeah, I was going to say, you're more popular in America than in
England, right?
AP: Oh, forget it, we can't get arrested in England. They're just not
interested. They think we split up in 1981 or in '82, and that's it. But
they're very much flavor-of-the-week in England. You can have a career
and it can last six months or less. They don't value things growing
slowly and surely. It's very fickle.

TB: It's interesting that this happens in a country with so much
history, and here we've been around for 300 years or so...
AP: Well, it has to do with the size. The size of America versus the
size of England. I mean, England is like the size of one small state
England's like Maryland or something like that. So there you go.
Everything happens and it's all like a little village and everybody
knows everything instantly. You can walk anywhere in England, almost.

TB: I've heard a joke that asks, "What's the difference between an
American and an Englishman?", and the answer is, "An American thinks 100
years is a long time and an Englishman thinks 100 miles is a long way."
AP: [laughs] Yeah, exactly. We do! But you can almost walk anywhere in
England. You're never far away from the sea. So, everything in the arts
happens very quickly. It's great for being a hothouse of ideas, but the
English are usually too lazy to do anything with the ideas that they
come up with.

Make of that what you will.

Other quick thoughts (forgive me for not citing sources, but time is

Elvis Costello is a brilliant singer, one of the few whom I've seen who
can do everything live, and more, that he can do in the studio.

Rufus is a band, not a bloke, and they've got a very good and
influential drummer, JR Robinson, who's also a very big and very nice

I should have also mentioned "Extrovert" as a great, lost single. It's
one of the songs I play to the uninitiated, and it always gets a
response of "Wow! Who's *that*?"

Love, kisses and spit to all,


Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 12:08:42 -0400
From: Andrew Boyle <>
Subject: Moving Maypole
Message-ID: <v04210102b892e0ce6eec@[]>

Hello, Hills.

Long time, no post. But typed:

>... But I must admit to being in the group who prefers the
>first section of that song over the second half. That rollicking "maypole,
>maypole" section just doesn't move me............

Wha? Huh? Doesn't what?

I hope you are just trying to get me Irish up, boyo!

The song works best all tied together. Probably why AP did so in the
first place. If it weren't for the Homegrown CD we might never known
they were ever separate in the first place.

After the slow waltz (or some other medieval prance) through the
beginning I am nothing BUT moving through to the end. I LOVE singing
"Everything decays", etc. in a happy sing-song kind of way.

Tell me you were teasing, Kirk.

And then you ask for sources of vid and such and...

>Can anyone let me know off-list where I
>might be able to find such tidbits?

...want to keep it all to yourself.

Come on.  We are all friends here. Let's share. Please? :-)

Mr. Coolidge? Thanks you for adding what may be a personally used
quote from one of my favorite guys:

"He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord
would suffice."  - Albert Einstein

Until next time,

Andrew Boyle
Orlando, FL


Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 18:25:26 +0100
From: art et affiche <>
Subject: Is Curiosity a sin?
Message-ID: <>

They always say that Andy Partridge is a reclusive songwriter, locked
in his ivory tower (or ivory shed?), but folks, just surf the web with
a good search engine and you will find that this guy has never stopped
to work with other artists!  Thanks to Mister Relph, I was well
informed, but I've found recently that Andy is featured on the last
album of a girl called Jacqueline Kroft (living in the UK), along with
his friend Neville Farmer. Does anybody here know about this artist?
I couldn't find what was Partridge's contribution, production or

And Mary Maria, if you read this, I've read in an italian interview
from 2000 that he has also worked with an italian jazz guitarit called
Roberto Zorzi. Do you know about that?  I'm curious. The jazz
connection is very interesting.  On the other hand, from a ''Six pence
none the richer'' interview (dated 7 february): "Matt Slocum remained
perhaps the most active, relocating for a year to Berkeley,
Calif. While there, he played cello on a Mark Isham film score, wrote
music for a Partnership for a Drug Free America commercial, did
session work for Paul Fox, and worked at Dorothy Day House, a homeless
relief agency. "I also began talking to Andy Partridge of XTC about
doing some writing over the phone," Slocum adds.  "I really hope that
works out."

Nice if it would!

All this makes me ask a question: why Colin Moulding never managed to
do that sort of things? He is talented too, an amazing bass player,
seems to be a ''cool'' guy, and opened to contatcs with other
musicians. So what is his problem? Or is he not interested at all? Or
maybe nobody calls- What a shame!

Back to my dear books,

Marie ''Why am I so curious'' Omnibus.


Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 10:23:49 -0800
From: strwbrry <>
Subject: 70's kids and XTC
Message-ID: <>

> >David Smith said:

> >I seem to remember a distinct lack of interest in just about
> >ANYTHING around that time.


I remember my teachers here in the U.S. lamenting that we were the
most disinterested class they'd ever had! It was western-wide
disinterest. Musically, the mid-seventies at my high school was a
largely a division between Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. So when punk
arrived we were eager -- it was still the seventies! Some of the best
clubs were prior to 1980. Yet, punk was much about hate; as cool as it
was the seventies would therefore still be considered hate-able.

>Personally I'm rather glad the UK as a majority never really "got"
>XTC. It means I get to be the one in my group of friends who has an
>"enigmatic taste".

I get a little frustrated that more people don't know XTC. Even back
then they were of most interest to non-mainstream young adults. Still,
what made them exciting for me was how smartly they expressed
important issues of youth and society for the disenchanted and numbed
generation growing up right behind them... issues still not addressed
much in mass-media today.

"...they taught me how to work but they can't teach me how to shirk

Current favorite lines:

"louder than tanks on the highway,
louder than bombers in flight..." fill in the next line.



Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 00:55:07 +0000
From: Phil Hetherington <>
Subject: Best of 2001
Message-ID: <>

Late as ever, here's my best of 2001 list... I have spent some time
writing a few words on each of them and the whole thing is way too
long, so I'm done some serious pruning so it's little more than a
plain old list. If anyone really cares what I think they can email me.

Best albums of 2001 (Nos. 1 & 2 are, IMHO, essential purchases):

1. Eels - Souljacker
   (Inspired, insane, incredible, funny and moving all at once.
   Nobody else could possibly have made this album.)
2. Thea Gilmore - Rules For Jokers
   (The Eels album wins for sheer bloody-minded uniqueness, but this
   is the one I'll still be listening to in 20 years time.)
3. They Might Be Giants - Mink Car  (specifically the UK version ONLY)
4. Pulp - We Love Life  (return to form)
5. Clem Snide - The Ghost Of Fashion  (it's a grower!)
6. Tindersticks - Can Our Love  (another return to form)
7. Tony Joe White - The Beginning
8. Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
9. Catatonia - Paper Scissors Stone    (R.I.P.)
10. Sarah Jane Morris - August  (everyone else hates this; beware)

Favourite lyric of the year must be from the Catatonia album:
  "Mad cows like bumble bees
   With Chemistry Degrees
   Is everybody here on drugs?"

TMBG deserve special mention for 'My Man' and the very beautiful
'Another First Kiss' (can't work out whether this is a love song
or not?). Note that the UK version is +2 songs, -5 songs compared
with the US one, and the UK one is better mainly thanks to
including 'Boss Of Me' and excluding 'Mr Xcitement'.

Favourite singles of 2001 (in no particular order):

Belle & Sebastian - I'm Waking Up To Us
Simon Breed & The Birthmarks - My Eyes Have Seen The Glory
  (This is a homemade CD-ROM only available from Selectadisc
  in London, and only then by asking for it over the counter.
  Also has the rudest artwork of the year!)
Crashland - The Devoted EP
  (They could go far, but they're an arrogant bunch live).
Tanya Donnelly - Sleepwalk
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Shopgirl - Exotic Pictures
  (2/3 of the much-missed Posh. They did a gig in a lap=dancing
  club which I missed, er, unfortunately? This is, by the way,
  far and away the best single of 2001 and in fact in ages. And
  virtually impossible to get, more's the pity).

Best B-side of 2001:

Gorillaz = The Sounder  (from 'Rock The House' CD1)

Best back-catalogue find of the year:

Shoulders - The Fun Never Stops (CD single)
  (I now have a full set. 'Who?', I hear you say).

Favourite 2000 leftover:

Cousteau - Cousteau
  (Think I squeezed this into last years list; I'm still playing it
  a lot).

Biggest disappointments of 2001 (albums) - in no particular order:

Ryan Adams - Gold
  (Hello? The other one was better!)
Vincent Clark & Andy Ware - Pretentious
Bob Dylan - Love & Theft
Neil Finn - One Nil
Garbage - Beautiful Garbage
  (An odd one this as some of it's very good)
Billy Joel / Richard Joo - Fantasies & Delusions
  (This could have been a great idea - but it's not. It's wallpaper.
  And he can't even be bothered to play it himself since he's a
  "composer" now. Oh dear).
Muse - Origins Of Symmetry
Various - Pretending To See The Future, A Tribute To OMD
  (or, unknown bands slaughtering some once-great songs)
Suzanne Vega - Songs In Red And Gray

Best gigs of 2001 (there were so many!):

Barenaked Ladies & Steven Duffy, Royal Albert Hall
  (BNL supporting themselves, essentially)
Luka Bloom, Purcell Room
Yo La Tengo / Broadcast, Shepherds Bush Empire
They Might Be Giants / Cousteau, Shepherds Bush Empire
  ('Fingertips' live for the first time in the UK! 'Shoehorn with
  Teeth' in fast forward mode! They enjoyed this so much they came
  back for another one a couple of months later).
Space, Dingwalls
Saw Doctors, Dingwalls
  (Both the above gigs notable for the APPALLINGLY SLOW BAR SERVICE).
James, Wembley Arena

Worst gigs of 2001:

The Fleadh, Finsbury Park
  (Almost a complete mudbath, and topped off with 2.5 hours of *yawn*
  Neil Young.)
Belle & Sebastian, Royal Albert Hall
  (A complete and utter travesty. I will never go and see this band
  live ever again. For a band which has produced so many beautiful
  records they were *awful*).

So that was 2001. Not a bad year musically, as it turned out, and I
even thought of 10 favourite CDs and had to leave a couple off too.
Lets hope the 2002 list includes some XTC then?
Phil Hetherington


Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 19:30:18 -0300
From: "=?iso-8859-1?B?U2ViYXN0aeFuIEFk+nJpeg==?=" <>
Subject: Cervantes has left the building?
Message-ID: <002701c1b739$900d63a0$bdc831c8@sebas>

<<<". I'm one of those weirdos who thinks that somehow rock music being
sung in Greek or Spanish doesn't quite sound right, somehow. And I'm sorry
but IMO the French CANNOT rock. Plastique Bertrand was about the nearest
tey ever got (and anyway he was Belgian wasn't he?).>>>

Perhaps it's a question of habit, embellished with some reductionist
thinking ( or ethnocentric, maybe).

Although I tend to agree about French rock - exception made with Mano
Negra -, the Giovanotti's " afacciate a la finestra, amore mio" or " io
penso possitivo" are unbeatable,  for example; I can't imagine them being
replaced by English lines like " get close to the window, my dear" or I"
think possitive" . I can't tell about rock sung in Spanish: there were rock
bands here singing in Spanish before I was born. I never found that strange.

Sebastian from Buenos Aires, still alive in spite of corrupt governments,
dollarmania and IMF receipts.


Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 23:26:11 -0500
From: MollyFa <>
Subject: XTC on DVD?
Message-ID: <>
Organization: AT&T Worldnet

I just ordered a DVD player this last week, and I was just thinking how
cool it would be if XTC (or their record company) would release all
their videos/live performances on DVD.  I would definitely buy it if
they released it.
An off topic question, does anybody know of any music video collections
on DVD?  I've been looking around, but I haven't found that many.  I'm
looking mainly for 80s videos.  If you know of any, please e-mail off
list at  Thanks.  :)


XTC Song of the Moment: "Your Dictionary"
Non XTC Song of the Moment: "Cry Me a River" - Mari Wilson


Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 10:32:21 +1100
From: SEBASTIEN MAURY 02 9950 3315 <>
Subject: what...February already?
Message-ID: <>

A brief hiatus from defending the ABC from defamation to give my musical
highlights of 2001, in no particular ordure:

1. XTC: Homegrown (fascinating...need I say more?)
2. Kylie Minogue: Fever (in which our heroine discards disco pop and
discovers Daft Punk)
3. Macy Gray: The Id (possessor of one of the most distinctive voices in
music: good enough for me)
4. Depeche Mode: Exciter (remix of "I Feel Loved" is perhaps the best
single I've heard in 5 years)
5. Basement Jaxx: Rooty (party people in the house...)
6. Bjork: Vespertine (inexplicably beautiful: sensual nocturnes)
7. Neil Finn: One Nil (Wendy and Lisa back from the dead. Sweet and sharp)
8. Ben Folds: Rockin The Suburbs (stoopid single, great chops, live at
Newtown RSL, ta Dunks!)
9. Jamiroquai: A Funk Odyssey (boy know how to *move*!)
10. Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End (lackadaisical and comforting)
11. Radiohead: Amnesiac (great guitar band shows how to evolve: so rare to
see talented bands flexing and aiming higher)
12. Michael Franti: Stay Human (sexy man with a fine voice and a beautiful
mind; killin's bad mmm'kay?)
13. Lisa Stansfield: Face Up (still doing her 70s soul thing, it's just
no-one's listening anymore. Pity)
14. Rufus Wainwright: Poses (bingo. Again.)
15. Pearlfishers: Across The Universe (thank you Chalkhills. "Love" it!)
16. You Am I: Dress Me Slowly (and make me forget about Number 4 Record.
Thanks, that's tasty)
17. Disco Kandi 5 (fine compilation from Hed Kandi)
18. Corroboration: indigenous Australia meets electronica in an amazing

Plenty to enjoy on the charts and in the margins...



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