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Subject: Chalkhills #259

                  Chalkhills, Number 259

                 Monday, 1 February 1993
Today's Topics:
                        2 covers.
                    Japanese "Demo" CD
                Japanese "Demo Tracks" CD
            Re: "Humble Daisy" interpretation
                  XTC Discography stuff
                        XTC Videos
                   Re: Chalkhills #257
                      take this town
                     Non-NET XTC Fan

Subject: 2 covers.
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 93 22:52:40 -0500

Forgive me if this has been covered, but this has been bothering me.
I remember reading in one of Pulse magazine's "Desert Island Classic"
trivia contests a question that asked for both of the cover songs XTC
has recorded.

Obviously, one is Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower".

What is the second one?  ack!


Date: Fri, 22 Jan 93 12:10:39 MST
From: (James Robert Campbell)
Subject: Japanese "Demo" CD

        In reply to John Davison, the disc is actually a 5-song CD.  It has
"Peter Pumpkinhead", "Smartest Monkeys", "Down A Peg", "My Bird Performs" and
"Always Winter, Never Christmas".  They have all appeared on "Nonsvch"
singles.  The kicker about this CD is the price people want for it.  The new
L.E. has an ad wanting $20 (canadian) for it.  Last week I picked it up in a
Tower Records in Los Angeles for $8.  Don't know if this is the trend at all
Towers but worth looking into.  Package color is kind of ugly but the booklet
includes all words.

        By the way, does anyone know if this "alternative album award" is a
broadcast award or one of the ones they give away the night before along with
"Best childrens' recording".  Oh, and if it is, does that mean one of the a
artists might perform???????  A few years ago, Sinead O' Connor did "Mandinka"
on the show.



Date: Fri, 22 Jan 93 05:56:42 PST
From: Wes Wilson @PKO3 - 223-3413  22-Jan-1993 0846 <>
Subject: Japanese "Demo Tracks" CD

There's nothing on the Japanese "Demo Tracks" CD that you can't get
>from buying the UK CD singles of "The Disappointed" and the two
versions of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead." (A CD single of
"The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead is available from this US; this
CD is the same as one availabkle from the UK, except it has the
LP version of "Peter Pumpkinhead.")

Following are the demo tracks available on the Japanese CD:

The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
My Bird Performs
The Smartest Monkeys
Down a Peg
Always Winter, Never Christmas

I guess this CD would be nice if you don't have any of the CD singles
>from 'Nonsvch.' I don't have it, and don't know if it has any
special artwork, photos or test that might make it desirable
(the way it was desirable to get the European/Japanese early
versions of 'Nonsvch' for the gold silkscreened castle cover, for

Oops, just noticed I misspelled "text" up above. (Dreadful nit wear...)



Date: Sat, 23 Jan 93 16:15:01 PST
From: "John M. Relph" <>
Subject: Re: "Humble Daisy" interpretation

Douglas Foster McBride <> guesses:

>  The beginning of the song almost
>sounds like an ode to the actual flower, but I get the feeling I'm
>missing one of those patented XTC double meanings.

I think it IS about the actual flower, the humble daisy that everybody
takes for granted, in every field and hedgerow, nothing special unless
you look.

        -- John


Date: Sat, 23 Jan 93 16:19:16 PST
From: Chalkhills Administration <>
Subject: XTC Discography stuff
Organisation: Chalkhills Anonymous

Two new compilations with olde XTC songs have been released, here's
the information from the Discography:

 223. Teenage Kicks: UK Pop I (1976-79)
     compilation album includes XTC: This is Pop?.
     a. CD/CT, Rhino USA, R2 71173/?, December? 1992.
 224. Starry Eyes: UK Pop II (1978-79)
     compilation album includes XTC: Life Begins At the Hop.
     a. CD/CT, Rhino USA, R2 71174/?, December? 1992.


Date: Thu, 28 Jan 93 10:25:42 PST
From: Wes Wilson @PKO3 - 223-3413  28-Jan-1993 1303 <>
Subject: XTC Videos

I didn't mention this before in Chalkhills, but quite a while
back a friend told me about an article he'd seen in GOLDMINE
about XTC videos.

He gave me the name and address of this guy, and I sent in $25
for a tepe. Here's what the tape had:

XTC - Live on Rockpalast (German TV show)

They did songs from "English Settlement" like Jason and the Argonauts,
Senses Working Overtime, and others. This was approximately a 1-hour

Heat Wave - promotional video (great shots of Barry doing funky
keyboard runs!)

Promotional videos of Beating of Hearts, Wonderland, Senses Working

Short documentary in black & white of Andy doing a sound check before a
show. He's not wearing the familiar round glasses but a squarish pair,
like the ones he's wearing on the back of the "Kings for a Day" bootleg

Documentary for French TV. Interview in English, with French subtitles.

Interviewer: I have...always thought of XTC as my heroes...

Andy: Heroes? Wow, We've never thought of ourselves as heroes., etc.

Later, Andy says, referring to playing live concerts: "The French
are great throwers." (Adopting an accent) "Ah, you could use a CHAIR
up there!" (Motions with his arms like he's throwing.)

Videotape of Andy putting guitar down and walking off the stage in
Paris. Band plays on for a while afterward.

I haven't watched this tape in a while, but I do recall other
snippets of video as well. Some of it is the same as from the
"Look! Look!" video.

Because it's an n-th generation copy, the quality is not so good
obviously as a professionallly copied tape, but it's still kinda fun
to watch.

I was disappointed that it did not include the videos for "Dear God"
and "Mayor of Simpleton".

I saw the "Dear God" video twice, I think, and the MoS once.

In the "Dear God" video, I think Andy is standing under a tree, and
I seem to remember the camera moving from up in the tree to ground
level. Interesting.

Fron what I remember of the MoS video, it's just the three of
them with a white backdrop. I think Colin's the only one with
an instrument (bass guitar), and there are lots of close-ups
of Andy's face.

That's about the extent of my knowledge of XTC videos! I know they've
done others. Just thought I'd share this with the readership here.



Date: Fri, 29 Jan 93 10:16:57 EST
From: (Martin Parker)
Subject: etc


While I was on hold on the phone I heard a portion of a song I had
never heard before.  It sounded xtc-like, and I believe the name of the
band was The Chills.  Has anyone heard of them? Are they 'good'?

Martin A. Parker      Eastman Kodak Company      B-65 F-1 RL 01801
716-477-1271          Rochester, NY 14650-1801 USA


Date: Sat, 30 Jan 93 17:21:19 EST
Subject: Re: Chalkhills #257

                About the Reflex XTC flexi-

        The flexi comes to subscribers only, and it only contained one XTC
song, "Rip Van Reuben."  The other song on the disc was "Moving to the Sun" by
They Might Be Giants.  This song was later released on the CD single of "The

         Someone also asked earlier about the Japanese release of demos.
Well, it is on Virgin and contains demos for "The Ballad of Peter
Pumpkinhead," "The Smartest Monkeys," My Bird Performs," "Down a Peg," and
"Always Winter Never Christmas."  Lyrics to all songs are given.  I found it
at Tower Records in Rockville, Maryland.  They are usually pretty good about
import stuff, so any Tower might be worth a try.

                                                        - Scott


From: (Melinda M Hale)
Subject: take this town
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1993 23:42:47 -0500 (EST)

As I understand it, we cannot write to the person in Japan who wrote that
note about "Take This Town", so I will ask the general Chalkhills
community.  Does anyone ELSE out there have the words to "Take This Town"?
 I've been trying to figure them out since the durn song came out, years
and years ago.  If you'd rather, e-mail me direct (

Melinda (Brainiac's Daughter)


Date: Mon, 1 Feb 93 12:57:01 PST
From: "John M. Relph" <>
Subject: Non-NET XTC Fan

Hi folks,

I spoke to Joe Jarrett recently.  He is a long-time XTC fan who does
not have network access, so he can't subscribe to Chalkhills.
However, he IS interested in corresponding with other XTC fans.  Joe
says he has a few things available for trade, as well as a few things
he's looking for.  Here's a list of what he has available:

    The Difappointed UK 10" single
    Nonsvch Card Game
    Nonsvch UK LP, cassette or CD
    New Adult Contemporary CD sampler
    Radios In Motion CD retrospective
    Acoustic Tales CD bootleg
    Chalkhills and Children biography
    Beeswax Japan CD

Joe tells me he is looking for a few things:

    Dear God UK 7" (mint or near mint)
    Tiny Circus of Life France CD
    XTC Picture CD UK 3-CD box set

If you would like to arrange a trade with Joe, please call or write him
at the number or address below:

    Joe Jarrett
    201-70 Cass Avenue
    Scarborough, Ontario
    M1T 3P9

Joe also tells me he will be attending the Convention in May.  I hope
to see y'all there.

        -- John


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