songs, complete with vocals, rather than solely tape loop noise pieces.) But, like all good terminology, the usage of the term
cliffordhas shifted to mean pretty much anyone with an interest in Severed Heads.
What happened instead was the community divided. First, the Exiles mailing list was created as an independent entity. Then, shortly afterwards a more closed BBS community (called Twister 4) was started under the Sevcom umbrella. The closed nature of this meant that it didn't really achieve a viable number of participants, so a web forum called Twister 5 was opened, which was open to all (including russian spambots, resulting a manual admin step being introduced, which seemed to offend the sensibilities of some of the Exiles). That said, there was (and still is) some overlap between the two communities.
Perhaps some of us were just becoming old and intolerant... Perhaps it was time for the new guard to take over and build the community they wanted.
business for Tom, a "research experiment" to sell to students doing psychology thesis. Although Tom has since post-rationalised the experiment, my recollection of it was simply as an attempt to open up the community to the wider public again, after the more closed nature of Twister 4. It was an experiment because the hosts were unsure whether the community would (a) grow to reach a number of active users to make it a viable community and (b) degenerate into the free-for-all that split the mailing list in the end.