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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 17

                 Thursday, 15 April 2004


                  Re@Unclaimed royalties
                      re: Royalties
                   Unclaimed royalties
                    the fall of wonder
          Dave Gregory in Abbey Road this week.
                 RE: Unclaimed royalties
The tendency towards over-emotional rageoholic clownishness in music-sharing
                       Todd 'n' XTC
         I'm out of date. But I'm reading along.


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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2004 16:46:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: sean hewitt <>
Subject: Re@Unclaimed royalties
Message-ID: <>

This "Unclaimed Royalties" site is interesting - and it's amusing to
see Dave Gregory listed for Peter Gabriel's Games Without Frontiers.

Just one problem: Dave doesn't play on Games Without Frontiers. How
much do you reckon he's claiming?



Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 02:06:50 +0000
Subject: re: Royalties
Message-ID: <>

Very interesting link Paul.
Did you happen to notice the name of a certain Mary Margaret O'Hara?
I wonder if still still brings her sewing machine around with her?...


NP:  World Trade


Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 11:21:38 -0700
From: David Gershman <>
Subject: Unclaimed royalties
Message-ID: <>

Perusing the list, I noticed that George Gershwin has yet to pick up his
check for "Rhapsody in Blue." Given that my last name is so close, I'll
just go over and get that for him and give it to him next time I see him.
Ol' uncle George, I love him so.

I also noticed that there's one "John McCartney" who has yet to be paid for
"Dear Prudence" -- could it be an accounting data entry error that combined
"John Lennon and Paul McCartney," leaving out the middle bit? In any case,
I'll just pick that up for them while I'm getting uncle George's check. You
know, since I'll be there at the royalty office anyway, and all that...

Thinking those would be a couple of decent checks to pick up,

Dave Gershman-win


Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 03:28:23 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: the fall of wonder
Message-ID: <>

Someone should suggest to Andy to include it on a future Warbles????

Interesting to speculate on the mixed fortunes of AP with placement of his
songs in films and TV series:

* Take This Town - from the dire Times Square, straight to video in many
* Happy Families - from She's Having A Baby - not exactly the most A-grade
of movies
* James & the Giant Peach songs - rejected in favour of Randy Newman's. As
Andy remarked with typical wit, "now I'm stuck with all these songs about a
fucking peach"
* My Train Is Coming - submitted but rejected for two films: Buster (AP:
"put it down to Phil Collins' megalomania") and That Thing You Do (Fountains
Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger got the nod instead)
* Cherry In Your Tree - from kids show Carmen Sandiago; arguably Andy's most
successful venture into soundtrack composition, but still relatively obscure
* Blow You Away (written with and performed by Brian Vanderark/The Verve
Pipe) - from the dire The Avengers, straight to video in many territories
...and now, I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls

An ignominious track record for Andy's filmic forays, to put it mildly.
Lesser mortals would have chucked it in by now...

~~Paul "Tenacious A?" Culnane


Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 08:14:19 +0100
From: "Shabbyroad Media" <>
Subject: Dave Gregory in Abbey Road this week.
Message-ID: <000001c41f94$a1e5cf70$847ba8c0@shabbyroad01>
Organization: Shabbyroad Media

Ok, here goes. First up - this is really gonna sound/read like bragging but
fffsakes it's a dream come true.
I can't believe I just spent Tuesday night and all-day Wednesday in Abbey

I've been working with a local (Dublin, Ireland) singer-songwriter and his
band : Pugwash.

Thomas is the main man (songwriter and singer) and is a fan of the fabs (of
course!) and power pop generally (counts ELO, The Move, Roy Wood, Honeybus,
Kinks, and most *definitely* XTC among his influences). Anyone from
Chalkhills that has checked out Pugwash has fallen in love with the music.

The older Chalkers among you will remember I was in Abbey Road once before
back in 1998 in Studio 1 for the Apple Venus orchestra session.

Couple of months ago I used my trump card and contacted Dave Gregory to do
the string arrangements for 2 songs on the upcoming Pugwash album. Meanwhile
Thomas (from Pugwash) contacted The Section ( who
were fans of previous Pugwash albums and jumped at the chance to work with
Dave. Next thing we know we've booked a day in Studio Two and off to London
we go.

What a day ! I got to play the Steinway in #2 (and tried out the one in
Studio Three while I was there) as well as the upright piano that has been
there since the Fabs. Many frames of video were shot and a large number of
photos were taken. The highlight of the day, for me anyway, was working
through my piano arrangement for one of the songs with Dave. Originally I
was going to play the track but we managed to persuade Dave to play it !
Talk about magic - not only recording in *that* studio but getting one of
our musical heroes to play on the album too.... "back of the net" as a
certain Mr. Partridge would say.

His string arrangements are wonderful, as was the performance by The

Dave will be recording some guitars for this album which is great news - he
still records in his home studio and appeared to have really enjoyed himself
on Wednesday.

Some very amusing XTC stories were told throughout the day  - I have to say
that Dave is a v. funny guy (apart from being a gentleman and all round
class act).

Andy has been listening to recent Pugwash albums and is the most recent
addition to the fans of this music - watch this space for future news of
potential Andy/XTC/Ape involvement.

If you want to check out the photos go join the fans mailing list

We were joined for the day by Steve Somerset (Hi Steve !) as well as some
other folks you might know : Chris Hare (from The Honeybus), Graham Linehan
& Arthur Matthews (writers of 'Father Ted', 'Big Train' and
writers/contributors on 'Alan Partridge','Black Books','The Fast Show' and
many more) and Kevin Eldon who is the guy who does George Martin in those
'Big Train' sketches. We found out that the 'real' Mr.Martin was in Studio
One that day for an interview (some Beatles related project I think) which
set the guys off on a hunt to try out their doppellganger Martin on the real

Yes. I'm still on cloud nine and it's a long way down.

-Peter, Dublin, Ireland.


Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 07:58:40 +0100
From: "Shabbyroad Media" <>
Subject: RE: Unclaimed royalties
Message-ID: <000001c41f92$6e09aa70$847ba8c0@shabbyroad01>
Organization: Shabbyroad Media

Thanks for that Paul !
Asked Dave and unfortunately it's an error - he didn't play on that track.
Did find a good friend and member of Pugwash on that site & he's chasing it

>From: "Paul Culnane" <>
>DAVE GREGORY is listed!  He's due however many pence for having appeared on
>Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers"!  Buy yerself a pint Dave!


Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 10:32:24 -0700
From: "Ed Kedzierski" <>
Subject: The tendency towards over-emotional rageoholic clownishness in
Message-ID: <>

music-sharing arguments.
Whoa, looks like the fastest man in the world could use some meds.

Seriously, I've gotten to the point where the more I read someone having
a big bloody hissy fit over some favourite hobby horse, (oh, I'm sorry,
I should say "topic they feel strongly about", because feelings must
always be respected, especially that most holy of rock n' roll cool guy
emotions, anger), the less sympathetic I'm likely to be, regardless of
how I might have been inclined to feel in the first place (I'm talking
all over the net now, not here specifically).

Nothing pisses me off lately like someone who's pissed off. Why they're
pissed off? Couldn't care less, I just want it out of my face.

I realized some time back that if someone makes it a point to make it
abundantly clear very early upon knowing them that they "have a major
temper, so watch it", what they are really saying is "I will bully
everyone around me with spaz-outs of rage in order to force people to
behave the way I prefer them to, so I'm telling you this now to save
myself the energy of actually demonstrating one", and that. Is. That.

If you're so feckin' angry that you can't contain it, you know what?
Bloody well contain it anyway. Sit on it, rupture your colon doing so
for all I care. I'm quite through meekly acquiescing to the loudest
voice or most threatening presence and then being led to think that
that's as it should be because anger is such an "extra legitimate"
emotion, especially in musical and arts circles.

Control yourself, you're a goddamn human, not a chimp,

Ed K.


Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 19:57:49 -0400
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Todd 'n' XTC
Message-ID: <>


Perhaps this means a mending of bridges: I was just visiting Todd
Rundgren's website, looking for tour information, when I spotted the
"Producer" link at the bottom.  If you watch the whole thing through,
past the Flash animation that piles on the albums he's produced, you'll
see a picture of Andy, Colin, and Dave singing backing vocals for
"Skylarking."  It's pretty cool.

Yeah, so that's -- go there and be happy.

In other news, I GUARANTEE that I'm listening to more Billy Bragg than
is ANYONE ELSE on this list.  Listen to "St. Swithin's Day" 100 times
and maybe you'll start to come close.  But I doubt it.



Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 07:11:13 -0500
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: I'm out of date. But I'm reading along.
Message-ID: <>

Catching up after a month-long veering-into-the-wilderness of the
intarnet. If I wait to reply until I'm caught up, it'll never happen.

> From: Adam Davies <>
> 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


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

Thanks, Adam. My attempts too sing along have always fizzled out by the
third line, or so-- until now. You (and Chalkhils) have provided an
invaluable service to all humanity. Bloody good job.

Chris (forgotten language of posting) Vreeland


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