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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 11

                 Wednesday, 10 March 2004


                    Wonderfalls video
                    Bands To Check Out
               Re: ESP 1st XTC LP + R Wyatt
                    How I got into XTC
                How I did not get into XTC
         "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" on iTunes
                     I wonder why....
           Great reissues to check out! Really!
                        XTC women
            Recommendation (Thanks, NotLame!)
        Mayor of Simpleton on Mooseport Soundtrack
                 New fan list for Pugwash
            Blegvad review/Apple Venus mention
Trivia: Grade-B comic actor referenced by multiple rock groups
                    Wonderfalls lyrics
           Wonderfalls lyrics: The first line!


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Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2004 08:51:07 -0500
From: William Loring <>
Subject: Wonderfalls video
Message-ID: <>

I'll be one of the millions to post this, I'm sure.

Click on "Watch the Music Video"

It's a catchy little tune.



Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 07:13:39 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <>
Subject: Bands To Check Out
Message-ID: <>

'Ello, Chalkhillers!!

Since everyone's been talking about how they get good
leads for music here on Chalkhills, I thought I should
bring your attention to a few bands you may enjoy. The
new album from Head Of Femur, 'Ringodom or Proctor,'
has been stuck in cd player for a while now. I hear a
lot of XTC influence in these guys' sound, more of the
early 'Drums & Wires'/'White Music' type stuff, but
some of pastoral pop as well... even a little Dukes
psych. There are a couple of free downloads from their
album at It may take a few listens, but
the songs on this album are amazing.

Also, anyone who hasn't picked up The Shins latest,
'Chutes Too Narrow,' it is a great great pop record.
One of the best of 2003, for sure.

And finally, if you're interested in the outer reaches
of pop music, there are several bands that I am
personally involved with, and you can get more details
on them at ...
There's even a free sampler cd available.

That's all for now!! Now about that new XTC album...

The Colonel


Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 10:18:01 EST
Subject: Re: ESP 1st XTC LP + R Wyatt
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 3/2/2004 9:50:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, Jim writes:

>I'd liked a number of the band's singles from Drums and Wires and
>Black Sea thanks to an early video show I used to watch in high
>school, Rock World (!). When I got to college, I befriended an older
>guy who had a great stereo system, a great record collection, and an
>even better can of the finest buds of pot. The day XTC FULLY clicked
>for me, we'd gotten done smoking some tight, purple buds, and then he
>cranked up the newly released English Settlement for me. I was blown
>away and haven't recovered from that album since. The buzz from the
>purple buds cleared up long ago.

oddly (or not) enuff that was ME as well (yaKnow what I mean) although the LP
was different (D+W) I had D+W on the table (thinking it was too squeeky) till
a "bud incident" (high school as well) turned my head around...
Then (as you) Black Sea rolled by (MAVEL OF MARVELS , I thought) ... I was in
Heaven ...
A year passed
Eng. Set> was released.... I HAVE NOT "RECOVERED"
ON that

I think it would be lovely to hear Robert Wyatt cover a few XTC gems ... Has
he had anything going on (ever) w/ him? (seems everyone else does) ...


Carl R Snow,
Moss Hill Recording & Mastering


Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2004 15:45:37 -0500
From: "Krys Olsiewicz" <>
Subject: How I got into XTC
Message-ID: <>

Was lucky to grow up in the NYC Metro area during Those Great Post-Punk Days
of Yore.  My high school friends and I listened to radio stations like WLIR,
WNYU and WPIX.  That's where I heard XTC and immediately became a fan.  At
the time, I taped my best friend's singles onto cassette but since then I've
bought every LP, 12", 45, CD, 3" CD etc.  One regret I had was missing out
on a chance to see them live in NYC.

-Krys O.


Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 13:17:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: How I did not get into XTC
Message-ID: <>

OK, this really ticks me off, because being almost 40,
I am of the age that SHOULD have been enjoying each
new XTC release as it happened. Who knows, I might
have even seen them live.

But no. I didn't get into them until the Mayor of
Simpleton reached out through my car radio speakers,
grabbed me by the collar, and made me drive straight
to the record store to buy Oranges and Lemons.

This despite the fact that I was given a cassette of
GO2 back when it was fairly new. I was a goofy teen
who listened almost exclusively to the Beatles. I
figured there was no modern music for me. Back thn I
didn't have tons of cassettes and whatnot piling up
around me, so I gave this a careful listen. I didn't
get it. Thought it bad. Shat on it. It seemed out of
tune and too weird.

Oh, the shame. Oh, the pleasures delayed until
adulthood which might have been more righteously
enjoyed as a teen.


PS Perhaps a description of the arizonachalkhillwives
would help us? Do they sing any particular song? How
many breasts do they have?


Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 16:13:44 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" on iTunes
Message-ID: <>


Yes, Andy Partridge's theme song to the FOX TV show "Wonderfalls,"
which has been discussed on this list, is available in pristine audio
format (and for 99c) on the iTunes Music Store.  So why don't you go
there and download it?  Do a search for "Wonderfalls."  You won't be



Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2004 19:36:33 -0500
From: "James Campbell" <>
Subject: I wonder why....
Message-ID: <>

....Andy doesn't give these songs a full bloody recording!

Yeah, I realize that Colin's name isn't on the song, so going
over to the studio and recording it was out the window, yada
yada yada.......but, pardon the blasphemy for a moment, I
really resent the drum machine anymore.  And, Andy's bass
lines are always so understated (despite being so purrrty) and
he hides them in his mixes....listening to the track I can just
imagine the whole song opening up and flourishing had it been
given a full treatment.

I do love the buzz though that comes from hearing a new
Partsy song......although I think it may be rehashing some of the
beer buzz from last night, but hey....its all good.....8^D

Harrison, I hear Goodbye Humanosaurus, Goosey Goosey, and Rip
Van Reuben all through this song, fwiw....but it could just be that
damn drum machine.....


-- james


Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 20:54:51 -0800
From: "WAYNE KLEIN" <>
Subject: Great reissues to check out! Really!
Message-ID: <>

Thought this might be of interest to some folks...

Picked up the reissue for Gene Clark's "White Light"--one of my favorite
albums finally got better with some demos. The Church's latest Forget
Yourself is also quite good. Picked up the Mobile Fidelity Sound version of
Lennon's "Imagine". I was reluctant at first because of the price but it
does sound much better than the regular version. It has more depth, better
clarity and more low and high end.

Yes, once again I'll recommend Judee Sill's marvelous second album from
Rhino Handmade "Heart Food". It appears that emails pay off as well. I've
been emailing Rhino and Rhino Handmade for quite some time requesting "The
Name of This Band is Talking Heads". It appears they might issue it after
all. It's only taken two years of requests. Who says record companies don't
listen? They do. When they can take more money from you for something they
already have put out before.


Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 06:54:43 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: XTC women
Message-ID: <>

Chris Mullin wrote:

> Wish I had your luck mate, a female actually recommending xtc! I would
> think that xtc women are few and far between - rocking horse shit
> etc. I'm probably biased - by the sad fact that my wife has always
> hated xtc. Perhaps she resents them in a jealous way, perhaps it's me
> she can't stand, but it has always slightly reduced my 'listening
> pleasure'.

  If you're up for moving to Indianapolis, my wife's cousin Kristen's been
on this list in the past, she may still be lurking. She's single too, but
expect to tag along with her to a lot of science fiction conventions. Until
I found this list, most of the XTC fans I knew were women, mostly women I
knew in college. In fact, one of them turned me onto XTC, until she played
me Black Sea in its entirety I had only heard "Making Plans For Nigel" and
wrote XTC off as "Devo wannabes" on the basis of its vaguely herky-jerky new
wave rhythms. I'll be forever grateful to Nina for letting me have her extra
3D and 5 Senses EPs, until those songs ended up as bonus tracks on recent CD
rereleases, those songs just weren't available in the States.(I think some
of them are on Waxworks, though, now that I think of it)


Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 12:18:00 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Recommendation (Thanks, NotLame!)
Message-ID: <>


I just placed a gigantic order at NotLame (which included a membership
to the NotLame Clubhouse) and I wanted to recommend one of the CDs that
came my way: Kyf Brewer's "Bright Jewels."  Jangly 12-string, Jon
Brion-esque vocals and production, and catchy-as-hell lyrics.  If you
go to, you could order a copy yourself!  And you should,



Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 10:52:32 -0500
From: Gina Sigal <>
Subject: Mayor of Simpleton on Mooseport Soundtrack
Message-ID: <>

Hey there!

I was surprised to launch my iTunes and find out that Mayor of Simpleton is
being released as an iTunes Exclusive from the movie Mooseport.
It's by a band called The Engine Room. Not too bad, but why not use the
original, you know?

Hopefully the guys will reap some benefits from it.



"One is always considered mad when one perfects
something that others cannot grasp."
Ed Wood

Gina Sigal  |  Designer and Mac Keeper | The Free Library of Philadelphia


Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 17:55:16 -0000
From: "Shabbyroad Media" <>
Subject: New fan list for Pugwash
Message-ID: <000101c403a4$302111d0$847ba8c0@shabbyroad01>
Organization: Shabbyroad Media

As you know 'Pugwash' (heavily influenced by XTC among others) is working
with Dave Gregory on 2 tracks for the next Pugwash album.

I run a newly established Yahoogroups Fan list for Pugwash

It will be the place to go for updates on Dave's work with Pugwash and there
are already free downloads galore for anyone who is interested.

Thanks !
Peter Fitzpatrick
Somewhere in Dublin, Ireland

(thanks to John for allowing us this little plug)


Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 20:39:57 +0000
From: "*Hobbes *" <>
Subject: Wonderfalls
Message-ID: <>

Checked out the Wonderfalls video...  when i showed my sister I noticed the
video was different the third time.  Looks like they made more than one.

Great song, very Andy with the quirk factor upped to maximum.  I only heard
it three times but it's been stuck in my head, driving me absolutely nuts
for the last few days.  I can't imagine it being a hit in any way, shape or
form though.  Still, I'm hoping for a single release - the songs apparantly
available on I-Tunes but I want my hard copy.  Any word on if he's written
any other music for the series?

I've seen the first episode and was disappointed the other music they used
was the usual 'tame sensitive alt. rock' snorefest (think Smallville or
Dawson's Creek).  I'm hoping it was just temp music for the pilot.  The show
itself seems to be another in the genre of 'person is given messages to
meddle in other peoples lives / events for the better' ala Early Edition and
Tru Calling, and isn't half as strange as it thinks it is.

At least we got a great song out of it!


Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 18:50:52 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Blegvad review/Apple Venus mention
Message-ID: <>

There's a favourable Partridge/Blegvad review in The Guardian:


And, I forgot to point out an article in The Observer a couple of months
back, in which Peter Paphides (who has plugged XTC in the past) suggests to
Raymond Briggs that he should have Apple Venus in his collection:


Apple Venus was "an immediate hit".


Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 11:19:44 +0100
Subject: Trivia: Grade-B comic actor referenced by multiple rock groups
Message-ID: <>

Hi "Kreideberger",

I lurk, I lurk, and I lurk some more, even though I always intend to write.
Then, occasionally, something happens that forces me out of my hiding.
Today's "happening" occurred via one of my "guilty pleasures" of the past,
the Moody Blues.  I was a fan of theirs, big time, in the old days, and had
just picked out the old records and listened to them again for the first
time in years (in >20 years, in one case).  This got me to surfing the net;
I was reading about how their hippy-era record "In Search of the Lost Chord"
got its name when I saw this:

* * * *
Jimmy Durante recorded a song called "The Guy Who Found the Lost Chord,"
which recounts an old English legend about, in the words of Mike Pinder, "an
organist who, while practicing one day, hit a particular chord which
elevated his consciousness and he experienced what might be called nirvana
or a glimpse of heaven -- perhaps a trance of sorts. However, as with all
forms of stimulants, it was short lived and he moved one hand and could not
find that special chord again. He spent the rest of his life searching for

Mr. Pinder credits this legend and the Jimmy Durante song as having had a
major influence on him during his early years growing up in England during
the final years of WWII. The legend is also related in a poem, "A Lost
Chord" by Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864) which can be found in the poetry
anthology "A Treasury of the Familiar", and the song "The Lost Chord" was
recorded by Reinald Werrenrath prior to Jimmy Durante's version. An mp3 of
the pre-1926 Werrenrath version of the song can be found at
* * * *

XTC content?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it selfsame Jimmy Durante
who uttered the famous words, "I'm in Ex-Tee-See," leading to the very name
of our favorite group?  Who would have thought Jimmy Durante would have such
a profound effect on pop/rock history?

Another parallel (and if you remember the famous Swindon mural, you'll know
what's coming now): Both groups boast Swindonites as members, namely all of
XTC, but also one -- the most famous -- Moody Blue, Justin Hayward.  And to
close, both the Dukes of Stratosphear and Justin Hayward were also
contributors to the "Wish List" CD for MS aid.

Now that I'm out of lurk mode, perhaps I will finally get around to telling
everyone how great I think "King For a Day" is.  At some point, I might even
actually send in the list of my favorite tracks on the CD.  (But don't wait
up.)  Additionally, I might send in my list of "best CDs" of 2003.  (But
don't wait up.)  But while I'm here, the short versions of both, just in

KFAD Top Track:  "Then She Appeared" by Morningwood B. A.

Top CDs of 2003:
- "The Complete Pet Soul" by Splitsville (better than I expected, and better
than both The Waking Hours and The Fountains of Wayne)
- "Ringo Rama" by Ringo Starr (big surprise - "Ringo"-style music, 20 years
on.  Had he made this record in 1975, he might still be on the map today.
Get the extended version of the CD with the 3 bonus tracks, if possible.)

Back to lurking...

- Jeff


Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 16:39:13 +1100
From: Adam Davies <>
Subject: Wonderfalls lyrics
Message-ID: <>

I can't find any on the website, so I typed them up from the clip [the
first line is interpolated, since it's cut off the start of the clip for
some reason]:


Some of us bob along in our barrel
Some of us tip right over the edge
But there's one thing really mystifying
Got me laughing, now it's got me crying
All my life I will be death defying
'Til I know

I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
I wonder why the wonderfalls on me
I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
With everything I touch and hear and see

We teeter along on our tightrope
Some of us trip and damage our heads
Popping pills is really stupefying
Gets your curling when you could be flying
All my life I guess that I'll be dying
Just to know

I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
I wonder why the wonderfalls on me
I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
With everything I touch and hear and see

Don't you ever think about this life
And how strange it all can seem?
Only way to find the answers out
Is to wake up from its golden dream

But there's one thing really mystifying
It's got me laughing, now it's got me crying (ha-ha-ha-ha)
All my life I will be death defying
'Til I know, 'til I know, 'til I know
Will I really need to know?

I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
I wonder why the wonderfalls on me
I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
With everything I touch and hear and see

I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls (I wonder why it falls)
I wonder why the wonderfalls on me (I wonder why it falls, I wonder why
it falls, it falls on me)
I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
With everything I touch and hear and see

See, I told you I was right about the wonder-wonder-wonder-wonder
Wonderful-ahh the wonderfalls
I've got to find out from where the wonderfalls

And, as an added bonus [and in case I'm late to the Wonderfalls party,
so to speak], I typed this up as well:


Busg inda na sai nai nai-upp ohna stup
Sherdderp nusay-nai-nah kup
Saynuh aynuh aynuh aynuh aynuh aynuh stahnarha
Busih-nah dishickma-ohni chuch <quack>
Dos moona nawa sei-dei-dei-dei
Ois ovoh sho-no-no-no-no-no-no-weseiaio bo go sakaadawa
Aiza muppa til-ma boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo-boo biazanado
Ohhhhhhhhh oh-ohhhhh
Osoon'naaaa bai-aa-nanawaayey teis-anenna
Guzza norrrrrr-ya faaaaaaia disurrrrrrrp daidazenna

Ohhh ohhh ohhh
Ohhh ohhhhhh
Azaaaaa chei-na-nei dei-bei-sei-woap
Sahwanava sahwanepteh sahwajisha'aa-di sa
Ahs ahs ahs ahs nei-owahna
A'ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ohhh ohhh oh
Ohhy ohhy nah-sa'ohhy
Shi'nahnah fah fah fah fah fah fah
Ohhh ohhh
Ah-senn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn
Ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn
Ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn ha-nnn
Ohhh ohhh OHHH-OH!!
Poh-saaa saaing ma dung-bup seia nanahionn shon duh
Dah-na-now sor-na daana' sonna beedi seeniee-i-ieh he-ieh
Yehy pah-rrrrrrrrrrrrrrudn uh seh uh seh uh seh uh
Ohhhh ohhh ohhh OHHH!!
Saaa shurrrrup shurrrrrup shurrrrrrr-buk st'-bah ohh ohh OHH!!

Daaaaaa sa-na-na-na-nain-dai-dai-dai zoh-doh-waizhaow
Sa-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo-mo babadabadabadab zizadada'a
Buh-zhin dupz dok-zieeh sdokieh sdokieh sdokieh sdokieh bahs d'dokieh
'Ah-sah-nah-lah-lah-lah ohh ohh OHHHHHH!!
Saaa-naaah saaa-naaah saaa-naaah'uh saaa-naaah'i saaa-naaah'i saaa-naaah'i
Saaa-naaah'i saaa-naaah'i saaa-naaah'i saaa-naaah'i skaaa-naaah'i
Saaa-naaah'ahoom-moh boh mboh mboh mboh mboh mboh dieh-mboh
Deh-la b'boh-ndoh dieh-ndoht
N'bohdn-dohdn-dohdn-dahdn-da bahz ndohdn-dohdn
Bahs ndohdn-dohdn-dohna-noh-noh N'NHOONDA!! s'uhmm
Sss'n dohdn-doohdn-dorrdn bohdn doohdn dooh-bowm

Check it against the song!  I guarantee it's 98% accurate.



Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 16:41:08 +1100
From: Adam Davies <>
Subject: Wonderfalls lyrics: The first line!
Message-ID: <>

Exactly 14 seconds after sending the previous email, I got the first line:

We're bobbing along in our barrel

Don't you hate it when that happens?



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