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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 13

                 Saturday, 20 March 2004


           wonder why the ass-pants falls on me
                  Size 18 With A Bullet
      Don't stand so close to me in those ass-pants
        Re: Man that lady clippie rip your ticket
                    Re: Total Eclipse
              ass-pants ass-pants ass-pants
                      Big Time irony
                    Scatman O'Brothers
           George Harrison boxed set - XTC DVD
        Time to update "History of Rock 'n' Roll"


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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 20:29:16 -0800 (PST)
From: Jemiah Jefferson <>
Subject: wonder why the ass-pants falls on me
Message-ID: <>

Thanks to you evil people, I spent $1 US on "Wonderfalls" at the iTunes
Music Store and now it's stuck in MY head too. It's no "Love on A
Farmboy's Wages", but it's a hella good tune... what's with his "say no to
drugs" schtick, though? If it wasn't for psychadelic drugs we'd have never
gotten "Armenia City In the Sky"! Foo.

As to how I got into XTC, I don't remember - it was too long ago. I must
have been about 16 though and someone thought I listened to the Beatles
too exclusively, so they gave me "Oranges and Lemons" and then I went out
and bought "Drums & Wires" and the rest is, uh, you know.

"The sky was the color of ass-pants tuned to a dead channel..."
Jemiah (celebrating 13 years on the Chalkhills list- yes, John, you're
 R.I.P. Spalding Gray 1941-2004
 R.I.P. Paul Winfield 1941-2004


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 22:06:22 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: ass-pants
Message-ID: <>

Thou shalt not take the name of the Ass-Pants in vain.



Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:37:48 +0000
From: John Morrish <>
Subject: Size 18 With A Bullet
Message-ID: <>

Wrong again, smart boy Sherwood.

Wonderfalls has just hit  NUMBER ONE on the official World Google chart
of ass-pants enthusiasm [sponsored by Pepsi]. As of 9.28 am Imperial
British Time.

I wonder why the wonder falls on Andy P? Also, I wonder whether he
appreciates it.

Love and mercy
(as we in the Church of Brian say these days)

John "Ronald" Morrish


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 07:32:09 EST
Subject: Don't stand so close to me in those ass-pants
Message-ID: <>

>She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one
>sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores
>on the dotted line. But in ass-pants, she was always Lolita.

Harrison, this is divine!  Only you could improve on perfection.



Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 22:49:21 -0800
Subject: Re: Man that lady clippie rip your ticket
Message-ID: <>

>Steve Dockery asked:
> Here's my question: At the beginning of the clip, before the video
> proper starts up, there's a bit of an interview with Colin wherein he
> talks about the song. Anybody know where this clip comes from
> originally?

Your probably getting a few poeple answering this one.
It comes from the Look!Look! video collection released in 1982.

Another Steve


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 07:26:29 -0800
Subject: Re: Total Eclipse
Message-ID: <>

>Steve Dockery asked:
> Here's my question: At the beginning of the clip, before the video
> proper starts up, there's a bit of an interview with Colin wherein he
> talks about the song. Anybody know where this clip comes from
> originally?

It comes from the "XTC Look Look" video collection released
in 1982.
This Is Pop
Statue of Liberty
Are You Receiving Me?
Life Begins At The Hop
Making Plans For Nigel
Towers Of London
Respectable Street (sans "contraceptive" "wretching" etc)
respectable version?
Generals and Majors
All Of A Sudden (Its Too Late)
Ball and Chain
Sense Working Overtime

Another Steve


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 13:49:38 -0500
From: "Duncan Watt" <>
Subject: ass-pants ass-pants ass-pants
Message-ID: <>

> From: "Peter Rogers" <>
> Subject: Other Recordings from King-for-a-Day-ers?

> I've been listening to the "King for a Day" compilation for a couple of
> months now, and I'm really enjoying it.
>  Any tips on tracking down some other recordings from these folks?

Erm, I'm on iTunes, or you could grab me by the ass-pants right about here:

Duncan Watt, one half of The Striking Beauties, along with Harrison "Let Us
Now Consider The Head And The Ass-Pants" Sherwood

email me:
surf me:


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 16:15:44 -0500
From: William Loring <>
Subject: Big Time irony
Message-ID: <>


I also saw the Ford commercial with "Big Time" on it. I wondered if the ad
people responsible never played the rest of the song for the Ford Execs, and
were having a bit of a chuckle at their expense.

I suppose if Iggy Pop can sell flowers and sailing cruises, then PG can sell
cars with a song about conspicuous consumption. Kinda fits, really.

Oh and Ben, I sympathize on the wisdom teeth front. I'm on day five myself.
Just loving it.



Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:08:44 -0600
From: "Joe Funk" <>
Subject: Scatman O'Brothers
Message-ID: <000201c40c75$2e8bd740$6501a8c0@ecsxnnap94tjz2>

>The fadeout is an absolute catalog of Andean vocal gymnastics: It'd
>be a fun competition to name all the original XTC songs where first
>appeared all the scatting and voice-roughening and slow chromatic
>swooping that you hear from about 2:00 on.

>Harrison "Thanks for asking" Sherwood

AVG (Andean Vocal Gymnastics) can be traced back as far as the
Uffington Epoch.  During the settlement of England there was a strong
movement to "Melt The Guns", wherein the first hint of AVG surfaces.

Joe "Don't Ask For My Sources" Funk


Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 05:46:57 -0500
From: "Danny Phipps" <>
Subject: wonderfalls
Message-ID: <>

de-lurking for a moment here just to say that i think
andy's new "wonderfalls" song is really good!  but then
again, why shouldn't it be?  it's andy partridge!!!!  :-)

back to lurking ...


"all of the answers you seek can be found in the Dreams
 that you dream ..."
                                         ~ dan fogelberg


Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 11:36:43 -0000
From: "David Seddon" <>
Subject: George Harrison boxed set - XTC DVD
Message-ID: <003b01c40e6f$9f902800$14d37ad5@seddon>

Kevin said:

>On the reissue end, I did buy the box of George Harrison's DARK HORSE
YEARS, at first dismayed as to why the remainder of the Apple catalogue was
glossed over to get to the finale.  Did someone at Capitol mix up the
chapters in this fantastic musical book?  Needless to say, I know that some
have reservations on Harrison's solo stuff, but I'd been eagerly awaiting
this for some time and just had to snag it.  Yet, I'm puzzled to note that
it doesn't contain that flip side of the single, "I Got my Mind Set on
>You".  Strange!

Yeah, I'd love to get a hold of that, but it costs about #60 over
it may have to be a birthday present.  George's solo stuff (excepting All
Things Must Pass) is often under-rated.  33 1/3 and George Harrison are
great albums (not a bad track on them), which I listen to a lot, and Cloud 9
and Gone Troppo are cool too.  Some gorgeous songs on them.

I really like his solo stuff.  Is the DVD of the singles worth having?
What's on it?  And how would you rate the remastering?  I have all of those
albums on vinyl...and I love me vinyl and have a good deck, so they'd have
to be much better.

This must have been asked before, but hey, I don't remember the answer:

What are the chances of getting an XTC DVD of all of the singles (and
whatever else was around)?  Now that would be worth having.

Those who speak to Andy regulalry...Any news on a new album?



Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 17:14:06 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Time to update "History of Rock 'n' Roll"
Message-ID: <>

Isn't it time for the Great Ape to bring his
twenty-two-second "History of Rock 'n' Roll" up to

Actually (to risk dabbling in heresy), we don't need
Andy to do it. All you creative types with desktop
recording studios are up to the task. We could have
dozens of new versions.

I'm surprised that no contributor to the *King For A
Day* project didn't tackle "History." It is possibly
the only non-political XTC song that needs an update.

To represent the Fifties, Andy gave us two seconds of
hiccuppy doo-wop vocal which deserves to be retained.
Perhaps it could be cut short with the sound of a
plane crash.

For the Sixties, Andy uncorked two seconds of noodley
hippie guitar. How about splitting up that seminal
decade into three eras? For the early Sixties, a
high-pitched girlish squeal over a Wall of Sound; for
the mid-Sixties, a jangly Rickenbacker riff or sample
of buttah-smooth harmony (or, somehow, with peace,
love, and understanding, the two together); for the
late Sixties, noodley hippie guitar interrupted by an
explosion, siren, or overdose.

(How do you represent an overdose with a sound? Hey,
I'm not calling you "creative types" for nothing.)

For the Seventies, Andy channeled two seconds of Ted
Nugent. Tasty! But there was far more to that reviled
and underrated decade than The Nuge. For the early
Seventies, sensitive peeps from Joni or Sweet Baby
James or both over acoustic guitar; for the later
early Seventies, a mighty "heaugh!" from James Brown;
for the mid-Seventies, a Robert Fripp riffette; for
the early late Seventies, a protracted sniff set to a
disco beat; for the late Seventies, a loud
monosyllabic punkish obscenity.

For the Eighties, Andy could spare only one second,
and that for a fuzzy electronic sound effect. Instead,
how about that famous heavily-sampled metallic crash
sound from Yes's "Owner of a Lonely Heart" over the
drone of a hair drier?

The Nineties weren't great years for rock and roll,
but they deserve acknowledgment. How about two seconds
of grunge guitar and a sullen "yo-yo-yo"? (No, I'm not
referring to cellist Ma or the Duncan toy.)

As for the Oughts, which are a scant nine months away
from being half over ... any ideas?

Add six seconds for intro and four for outro, and the
new "History of Rock 'n' Roll" still clocks in at
under one megabyte -- er, one minute. Will someone
please have a go?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Jim Smart writes: "Perhaps a description of the
arizonachalkhillwives would help us? Do they sing any
particular song? How many breasts do they have?"

Jim, I don't remember, hoom hoom. Been too long,
haroom haroom. Best to grow, import, or kidnap some
new ones before we few remaining arizonachalkhillents
disappear entirely, or revert to lurk mode, and isn't
that the same thing?


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