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Subject: Chalkhills #103

                  Chalkhills, Number 103

                  Monday, 6 August 1990
Today's Topics:
                 Re: Latest XTC goings on
                  Some initial requests
                 XTC Convention '90 News

From: dhgpa!
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 90 08:48 MDT
Subject: Re: Latest XTC goings on

John <> says:

>My sources tell me that Dave is over at his brother Ian's house every
>day because Dave is bored.  Dave and Colin really want to tour (they
>need the money).

Why don't Dave and Colin start their own band (besides XTC ofcourse, what did
you think?)? Sure would be more fun than sitting home and being bored. (And
maybe we would get to see the guys on tour in the local pub...).


From: Arnar Nesset <>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 90 14:11:30 BST
Subject: Some initial requests

I first joined a mailing list for REM-fans (are there any among you?),
and found the experience good fun, in that the major contributors to
the mailing list really has good knowledge of the band and know everything
about them and who and when they played this and that and so on,
and I figured that if the same thing is the case in this list, I'm in
for a treat (concerning trivia, at least).

I would also like some info, like a discography, and perhaps some
review of people who have been involved in the making of their albums,
if this is compiled, that is (it must be; isn't this a list for true fans?).
I'm afraid I don't know too much about the band; I only have Oranges and
Lemons, for starters, although I have been listening to a couple of other
albums. So a general briefing on their history (including the Dukes of
Stratosphear) would be very nice :-).

Arnar Nesset        (

	[ I have sent Arnor the discography.    -- John ]


Date: Mon, 6 Aug 1990 17:06:40 PDT
From: John M. Relph <>
Subject: XTC Convention '90 News

Hi everybody,

  I recently (last month) received this update on this year's XTC
Music and Friends Convention from Paul Wilde, and I thought you all
would be VERY interested!  I certainly was.

	-- John

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       P. Wilde, 47 Wycombe Close, Manchester, M31 2WD, England

Welcome to this our second convention newsletter bringing you up to
date with progress and information regarding the event and other XTC
news.  I am sorry for the delay in sending out merchandise ordered
>from the first newsletter but, because of the problems caused these
are NO longer available.  Also, the planned cassette fanzine has had
to be put back due to the fact that the convention takes priority and
is very time consuming.  What with trying to cope with a full time job
and young family I'm sure you will all understand.  I would still
appreciate your audio contributions because Andy Partridge is keen to
see this get off the ground and the project will be launched early
1991.  Please send no money regarding this item until a revised
release date is announced.  Money already received will be held over.
Every effort is being made to make this year's event very special
indeed because it may well be the last for a while.  This does not
mean that everything will cease, because I want to put my efforts into
other XTC projects such as the cassette fanzine.


Recently I made a visit to Swindon and chatted to Andy, Colin and Dave
about the event and once again they are really pleased with the news.
I can reveal that a new song from The Dukes of Stratosphear will be
given free to all at the convention along with the programme which
will be edited by Limelight's Mark Fisher.  Also the band will allow
me to conduct another interview on video with them hopefully while
they are in the studio recording the next album.  This will be seen
during the video show along with a rare pilot episode featuring Andy
Partridge as quiz master in a childrens television show that never
developed into a series.  Very amusing, very Andy Partridge!

Andy made a suggestion regarding the fancy dress on the Saturday
evening.  He thought it would be a good idea if people dressed as a
XTC or Dukes song.  And so be it, but don't worry, fancy dress is not
compulsory.  Fans will be given the opportunity to send a recorded
message to the group via our Video Box while at the event and those
artists amongst us can submit XTC artwork for display in the
Convention Gallery.  Prizes will be awarded and if you would like to
bring your subject along with you on the day write and let me know so
that I can allocate it space.  Once again, XTC Home Videos will be
greatly appreciated for inclusion in the video show and all efforts
will be rewarded (VHS UK PAL FORMAT ONLY and please send before 15
September 1990).


I have been promised a copy of the TV Show `XTC At The Manor' by its
producer Tony Stavacre who may well attend the convention.

Canadian radio station CIUT will be present at the event in the form
of DJ Dave Bookman who will be interviewing fans for his show back
home.  Dave is an artist in his own right and may well perform for us.

Also, I recently spoke to an old friend of the band's from their
touring days, Steve Warren.  He has plenty of tales to tell and some
rare home movies.  All being well Steve will be with us over the
weekend with his rare collection.

I have made contact with Barry Andrews who is keen on all the news
regarding our activities and a letter has been send to Terry Chambers
in Australia keeping him up to date.  Any messages received will be
relayed at the convention.



The above company are now supplying a variety of XTC t-shirts, many
for the first time.  If you would like details please send an SAE to
the address for an application form.  They apologise for delays caused
by sudden demand and every order will be sent out as soon as possible.

P.S.  The best shirts are 'English Settlement' and 'Senses...'  GREAT!
Also, P.P. will be supplying a variety of XTC merchandise at the event
so be well prepared.


No sooner had I announced the ticket price when suddenly we were hit
with an increase in everything imaginable, including poll tax!  My
first thought was to cancel but as commitments had already been made I
decided to wait for the response.  I have been surprised how few even
questioned the amount and the positive reaction to a three day event
with orders received so well in advance!  The band themselves wondered
how much interest could be sustained over the three days.  Had they
recorded enough material on vinyl and video and did they warrant a
convention even?  Well, after a long discussion I convinced them that
the event was long overdue and that enough variety would be packed in
to make it an XTC event not to be missed.  As I have already stated
this one could be the last for some time and so I hope as many fans
can attend as possible.

To help you secure your ticket I will accept payment as follows.
15-00 Pounds Sterling deposit immediately and the balance paid by
installments (post dated cheques accepted) or due before 1 September
1990 when the ticket will become available again if not paid in full.
I hope this is of some help and that it alleviates the worry of
missing out.

Fans from America and Canada have already committed themselves and a
letter from the Japanese Fanzine 'Ecstasy' suggests one or two of
their members may well be making the journey to celebrate with new
friends, and all brought together through the musical genius of XTC!

Overseas fans please ensure that when making payment it is in Pounds
Sterling.  Owing to the high bank charges for currency transfer it is
not possible to accept any other form of payment.  Alternatively, fans
have sent cash by registered mail exchanging currency in their own
country which seems a very good idea.

ACCOMODATION: I can obtain a variety of self-catering dwellings at a
fraction of hotel cost.  Although this will mean sharing I am willing
to co-ordinate accordingly.  Please contact me if you are interested.
Also if you think it will be warm enough I can probably find somewhere
for a tent to be pitched!


The latest issues of LIMELIGHT and THE LITTLE EXPRESS are now
available and both feature reports on last year's convention.  You can
obtain copies from the following:-

Enclose 1-50 Pounds Sterling for each issue (includes P & P)

Enclose SAE when writing.

I would like to thank both parties involved with producing these
fanzines.  The contents are excellent and a lot of voluntary time and
effort is put into each issue.  Well done, keep up the great work and
a big thanks for help in publicising the conventions.


Those of you at last year's event will remember The Miracle Workers
who played XTC songs throughout the evening and entertained us so
well.  The lads are now out on the road playing all over the country
and I urge you all to look out for our adopted band.  Lead singer,
songwriter Gary O'Donnell tells me a single is due shortly and those
wanting to know more about the group can write to Gary c/o my address.
We wish them all the best and hope to see them at this year's


Well, I hope I have included everything up to date and look forward to
hearing from you very soon.  Sorry again about the merchandise not
being available but there are many reasons and it will give me the
opportunity to deal with your many enquiries promptly.  Another
Newsletter will be produced late July informing you of further
developments.  Thank you for your patience - Paul Wilde


STOP PRESS: Listen out for the new single from THE LILAC TIME produced
by Andy Partridge.  Great!  "All for Love and Love for All"

ATTENTION!  I am pleased to announce that the venue for the event
caters for the disabled.

STOP PRESS: A Canadian TV crew will be present at the convention to
record the event and interview fans for broadcast.


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