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Subject: Chalkhills #275

                  Chalkhills, Number 275

                    Monday, 3 May 1993
Today's Topics:
                         New Kid
                   Re:  Chalkhills #274
           XTC Guitar Parts, Tabs, Chords, etc.
        My 2 cents worth on Chalkhills (the book)
                       Chalk Horse

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 93 16:13:33 CDT
From: (Tom Arvetis)
Subject: New Kid

Hi gang.  I'm new to the club and am interested in getting as many back
issues as I could.  I have #273 & 274 now so I guess I have a long way to
go, yet.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and reply to a couple of messages.
Patty Haley <> wrote in pondering whether or
not to buy the "Chalkhills" book.  I haven't read what club members have
already said about the book, but I found it to merely feed into Andy
Partridge's inflated ego while Colin and Dave were thrown to the back
burner.  Don't get me wrong, I love the music.  But, concerning Partridge,
I'm forced to separate the artist from the man.

This brings me to my second point.  Melinda Hale wrote on April 9:
>I'm amazed at how many people's fave [album] is Skylarking
>-- I love it, yes, but I don't think it's one of their best (and I would
>put "Mermaid Smiled" back and put "Dear God" back on a single where it
>belongs). So what do y'all think?

Well, I have to disagree, partly because of my partiality to Todd Rundgren.
 Long story short, the friend who got me into XTC also got me really into
Todd so I'm very fond of both and don't think XTC could have done quite the
same without him.

This same friend of mine thinks Jellyfish, also a hot topic of
conversation, could be the 'XTC of American bands' because of their
distinct, almost British sound.  What do you think?


"Please don't pull me out this is how I would want to go..."


Date: Mon, 26 Apr 93 18:38:49 -0400
From: (burning airlines give you so much more)
Subject: Re:  Chalkhills #274

Actually, I can't stand Dan Smith's style either.  Whatever
interesting information he has put into his messages has been lost on
me and, obviously, others.

This mailing list is for the exchange of information about XTC and
related topics, not for showing off your unusual writing style.

It is an accepted (albeit unwritten) part of net ettiquete to compose
your messages in a clearly readable and intelligent fashion.  Private
mail is one thing, but posts to newsgroups and public mailing lists
should be executed in a mature manner.

If you feel you have to be "weird" and "creative", fine -- but on your
own time and with people who will *all* appreciate it.


Joe Turner  <<>>     |
             \/   617/527-3957          |
What's my mission now?


Date: Mon, 26 Apr 93 13:46:47 -0700
Subject: XTC Guitar Parts, Tabs, Chords, etc.

Reader Paul Mitchell writes:

> I was wondering if there are any musicians on this list that have
> hammered out the guitar parts of XTC songs....
> It would be great to have the tab/chords located at the chalkhills
> FTP site as well as the lyrics!

I agree, and I would in turn be a contributor. Over the years, I've
worked out note-for-note transcriptions of my favorite Dave Gregory
moments, including the solos from Real by Reel, When You're Near Me...,
Rocket From a Bottle and Ten Feet Tall. Notice that they all tend to be
>from about the same period (early 80's), which was when I was doing
considerably more jamming and gigging. Like the band, I've gotten more
into my acoustic guitar in recent years, but haven't tried to figure out
any more XTC stuff.

I find their songs are pretty easy to figure out, chord-wise. Trying to
guess where Dave comes up with some of his tones leaves me baffled
though. I once nearly deafened myself trying to get the same piercing
Telecaster wail you hear on Generals and Majors...  Actually got pretty
close to the sound though.

If there's a particular riff or chord progression you're having trouble
with, drop me a line. I'm always willing to lend a hand to a fellow

- Jim


Date: Tue, 27 Apr 93 18:48:20 -0500
From: (Stephen M. Cranfill)
Subject: My 2 cents worth on Chalkhills (the book)

>Also, is the "Chalkhills" book worth buying?  I have seen the
>hardback copy on sale for $25--yikes!

I just joined Chalkhills, and decided to reply to the above, but my
computer crashed, and my lengthy reply was lost--let me try to recap (it
was probably too verbose anyway)

The book is pretty good, but far from unbiased.  The cover fairly well sums
up the message within, which is "Andy is the God of XTC, and Colin, well,
Colin adds the occassional song or two."  I'm being a bit hyperbolic, but
the book definitely has a heavy Andy tilt.  I think that's rather
unfortunate, because, even though Andy does write the majority of the
songs, he doesn't write the majority of the really quality songs.  I don't
intend that as a slam on Andy;  If I didn't like Andy, I wouldn't like XTC,
but Colin, albeit not nearly as prolific as Andy, writes consistantly good
songs, whereas Andy writes lots and lots of songs, a much smaller number,
proportionally, which are of the quality of Colins.  Oh well, just my two
cents worth.

Northwestern U


From: (brandon milner)
Subject: Bootlegs
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 93 23:52:54 EDT

Dear fellow XTC persons,
        I am very new to this list but have accessed the FAQ which has
spurned some questions and thoughts...
        - Could someone recommend some bootlegs and/or help me aquire
          them? I know everyone asks this but I read the Discography
          and the desriptions were vague enough to confound me
                - specifically- Acoustic version of songs
                  there were several on the list.
                - I'm not really interested in older more punk
                  live recordings (unless you think I'm really
                  missing something!)
        - Why does everybody yell at eachother so much on this list?
          Can't we play nice? we have so much in common :)
        - If anyone can figure out there guitar parts, let me know!
          I'm a jazz guitar major in school and the stuff still goes
          over my head a lot of the time.
        - Lastly, of course could someone recommend similar bands to
          check out. For example "the fertile crescent" or "the
          sneetches"(both pretty great if you haven't heard them)

Thanks SO MUCH,
        Unfortunately all I have to trade is some prince Bootlegs,
money or my first born son :)

Brandon                               (o o)
--------------------------------------w U w---------


From: Andrew Russell Mutchler <>
Subject: Chalk Horse
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 93 14:04:07 CDT

                                In the latest issue
 of  Smithsonian  magazine  (May 1993),  there  is
  a picture  of the chalk horse  that was used on
   the cover of  "English Settlement."  It's  in
    an article about  the Celts;  seems they're
     the blokes  who carved it.  Cut  into the
      chalk cliff  in the  first century  BC,
       appearing on  page 125  and measuring
        360 feet long,  it is  visible from
         20 miles away,  according to  the
          caption.  It  looks  just  like
           the cover of "English Settle-
            ment,"  although   I  think
             it was  photographed from
  A           a  slightly   different
   n           angle.    The   horse
    d           is  kept  neat  and
     r           tidy  even today,
      e           thanks   to   a
       w           group  called        Whew! Don't
                    E n g l ish    expect much more
  Mutchler           Heritage.     triangular mail!


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