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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 19

                   Saturday, 1 May 2004


         I wonder where the wonderfalls song went
                    Outrageous Cherry
                         Minna no
                Orpheus crashes and burns
                  Re: Nilsson Schmilsson
                        The Grays
                      Wild toddlers
              One door closes, another opens
                  Share and Share Alike?
                     minna-no design
            the musical 'season cycle' of life
               Top of the Pops video clips
                   XTC Bumper Stickers
                      business model


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Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 10:05:52 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Thanks!
Message-ID: <>

Hello chalkfriends

I just want to say thanks to everyone who answered my post back in 10-9 on
how they were introduced to XTC.  Lots of good stories there.



In rotation:

Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Davis
Magnolia soundtrack - Aimee Mann
Air - Talkie Walkie (a damn fine album!)


Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 10:44:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jeff Eby <>
Subject: I wonder where the wonderfalls song went
Message-ID: <>

As requested, the place to get an MP3 of "I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls"

Also, the video, the "making of the video" and show scripts.

I guess there's some trouble watching the video, you have to have the
right Flash video player or something, but I haven't tried yet. Or if
you want to send Andy about a dime and have the capability you can
also find it at I-Tunes for 99 cents.


Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 11:45:38 -0700
From: jemiah <>
Subject: Outrageous Cherry
Message-ID: <>

I always get jealous of folks who post about other bands they like on
C'hills, but at last I've witnessed one that I think XTC fans would
really love... Outrageous Cherry.  Something like a convergence of
Sloan, Mr. Partridge, the better Monkees songs, and the Sonics.  More
aggressive than psychadelic live, I guess the opposite is true on
record (which, unfortunately, I was too broke to acquire at their show).

check 'em out, and those of you who are richer, pick up their record
and enjoy it.

My apologies if they've already been discussed - I just saw 'em...

'I do have to say that it's much easier to tell people I just came out
with a novel than it is to say, "I write humorous essays."  If there's
a duller sentence in all of English, I'd be hard pressed to say what it
is. Perhaps, "Every now and then I enjoy a nice baked good." ' - Mike


Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 00:20:36 +0100
From: "Toby Howard" <>
Subject: Minna no
Message-ID: <001401c42be5$1645b9f0$0100a8c0@monty>

"minna no" means "everyone's".

Example: "minna no ongaku" = "everyone's music", or "music for

There's a very well-known Japanese language course called "Minna no
nihongo" = "Japanese for Everyone".

Readers who are interested in the meanings of "matte kudasai" or "shou
ga nai" I refer to Elephant Talk.


I will shut up now.



Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 00:31:20 +0000
From: "WAYNE KLEIN" <>
Subject: Orpheus crashes and burns
Message-ID: <>

So I'm cruising through my local music shop and see Andy's "Orpheus"
collaobration and decided to check it out. Now, I'm also a fan of Slapp
Happy so I figure--hey Andy and Peter Blegvad might be interesting.

Sorry folks it was about as much fun to listen to as it is to watch paint
dry. Actually, it was worse much much worse. I've already got my nomination
for worst album of the year.

Perhaps this album just wasn't made for me. Imagine "Explode Together" mated
with "Revolution #9" heated, twisted and turned like taffy and you can
imagine what "Orpheus" sounds like.

Not even the melodies were memorable. Well, there was one solid melody but
it sounded like Andy borrowed it from his own"Omnibus".

Oh Andy, Andy how disappointed I am.


Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 23:57:45 -0400
From: "" <>
Subject: Re: Nilsson Schmilsson
Message-ID: <001801c42c0b$ccd43c20$9200a8c0@lab1>

Previously Wayne stated.......

> Totally unrelated to XTC--
> Harry Nilsson's classic album "Nilsson Schmilsson" has been remastered and
> reissued with bonus tracks most of which have never seen the light of day
> before. It sounds better than the UK remaster of a couple of years ago
> (which sounded like it was from a second or third generation mastertape).
> My fav song still has to be "The Moonbeam Song" (along with "Gotta Get Up").

This is a great record. Thanks to some of you younger XTC folks I have
been turned on to some really great music in the past few years. The
Shins have become a favorite listen lately, next to "Nilsson
Schmilsson" in the 6 disc changer in the car.  Nilsson was a great
singer and songwriter. Glad someone else is still listening to this
record. Brings back fond memories of school.

For some XTC content, I was cleaning out my file cabinet the other day
and found a black and white promo photo of XTC. I'm not sure if the
group can handle attachments but if not I'll try to post it on a site
somewhere. In the same folder is a photo of Gang of Four (1980)

	[ Posted to ]


Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 07:06:38 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: The Grays
Message-ID: <>

on 4/26/04 9:01 AM, Ben wrote:

> By the way -- does anyone want a copy of The Grays' "Ro Sham Bo"?  I
> saw one on eBay for, like, $10 (and the price is rising!)  Isn't that
> unfair?  Anyway, I'll burn you one if you'd like.  Ian C Stewart was
> kind enough to send me a copy he'd bought in a cut-out bin a while
> back, and it's been spinning a lot recently.  (Speaking of The Grays:
> the new Morrissey album, "You Are The Quarry," apparently features
> Jellyfish keyboardist Roger Manning on a few tracks.  Interesting!)

  Interesting. I found mine in a local bargain bin for a dollar a couple of
years ago. I don't think the person pricing the used CDs knew what they had,
I used to pick up some very good finds there, such as Alison Moorer's The
Hardest Part for $3, The Monkees Pisces Aquarius Capricorn&Jones for $2.
I've noticed there's a couple of people who don't work for that store
anymore and the bargain bin's been smaller and not as good lately.


Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 07:10:29 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Wild toddlers
Message-ID: <>

on 4/26/04 9:01 AM, Steve Dockery wrote:
> For my first effort, I did a cover of "Earn Enough For Us." If you want
> to check it out, read my blog entry for notes on how it was done, some
> excuses for why it's not perfect (ha!), and a download link. Please be
> kind!

  My question: how do you get ANYTHING done with a wild one year old in the
house? I have very wild two year old twin girls, I haven't been able to get
anything done that isn't work related in the past year, since they started
walking. We spend most of our spare time cleaning up after them when they're
in bed.


Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 11:59:33 -0400
From: "Bernhardt, Todd" <>
Subject: One door closes, another opens
Message-ID: <>


Dunks wrote:
> .. which reminds me of another Aussie muso (ex of cult Melbourne 70s
> funk outfit Hot City Bump Band) who contacted me recently, and
> admitted that he had turned down the offer to join an up-and-coming
> local band as their keyboard player, although his bandmate took up
> the offer to be their bass player. The newbies were about to head
> off to America, and shortly after that they made it BIG -- turned
> out it was ... Air Supply.

Whew! Sounds as if your keyboard-player friend dodged a bullet there,
eh? My sympathies to the bass player...

-Todd "Air Supply! Air Supply! Air Su-fucking-ply!!" Bernhardt

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion
is called a philosopher.
                         -Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)


Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 11:24:19 -0400
From: "Bernhardt, Todd" <>
Subject: Share and Share Alike?
Message-ID: <>


Interesting article on a new paradigm for copyrighting copywriting (and
other creating content, like music):,17925,608619,00.html


You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
   -Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet and artist (1883-1931)


Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 22:01:53 +0900
From: Nishimatsu2 <>
Subject: minna-no design
Message-ID: <v04210a03bcb6a9f8efe3@[]>

>From: John Relph
>minna-no design has a page about "The Big Express" at
>What's it all mean, Mr. Natural?

minna-no design = design for everybody

on the URL...
not only square record jacket designs, let me introduce a round shaped jacket.
it's easy to devise an idea making a round shaped jacket for a round shaped
record, but it's pretty difficult to make it real neat.

from Japan


Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 11:19:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Brent D" <>
Subject: the musical 'season cycle' of life
Message-ID: <>

Hey all

Was sitting thinking about 'Summer's Cauldron' looking
out at the warm sunny skies of Vancouver and thinking
about the whole 'season cycle', growing up, changing
tastes etc. and was wondering what sort of music Andy &
Colin listen to for leisure?

As I approach 40, (not km/hr but years old) I don't
reach for the music I enjoyed when I was younger as
much as I used to. I'm sitting listening to a Mel Torme
CD as I type this. I have a closet full of music that
gets neglected as I now choose to listen to something
else. I don't dislike the music. It just doesn't seem
to fit my listening habits anymore. Possibly my
listening habits have adapted to where & whom hears the
music as well.

I'm curious what Andy & Colin listen to.
Does Andy listen to Gregory Isaacs (reggae) on a hot
sunny day? Does Colin put on a nice Jackie Gleason LP
as background music for dinner?

Cha Cha Cha ya later.


p.s. I have a copy of the Love A First Sight 7" on e-bay


Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 22:43:39 -0400
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: Top of the Pops video clips
Message-ID: <>

Here's a link to some short clips of XTC on Top of the Pops.  I hadn't seen
this before, but for all I know this is ultra-common knowledge.

J. D.


Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 20:02:50 -0500
From: "James Lowe" <>
Subject: XTC Bumper Stickers
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalk Holders:

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that if you were one of the
millions who wanted a XTC  bumper sticker but did not jump at the
opportunity because we did not take PAY PAL.   We are here to tell you that
your credit is now good with us....

So don't waste another minute and buy a couple for yourself and all of your
friends too.   The cost is a bargain at $4 each postage paid to North
America and $5 PP anywhere else in this strange world.  There are two kinds
# 1 Clear Cling perfect for in the inside window of your motor car or type 2
that looks like your English settlement album cover and will hold your
fender together in a pinch.

You owe it to yourself to let your XTC freak flag fly.  Whether you are at a
crawl on the highway or at warp speed these babies look great!  Satisfaction



"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow
in Australia." -- Charles Schulz


Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 15:07:37 -0500
From: Bill Sherlock <>
Subject: business model
Message-ID: <>

Hi all,

The wonderful column Tuesday Morning 3AM ( this week has a
little story on how Marillion's (I know, not my cup of tea either)
latest single has managed to chart in the UK and elsewhere in Europe
despite being completely self-financed and -released. The story
illustrates just the sort of business model XTC ought to follow. The
non-musical similarities of the two bands are eerily similar, most
notably a rabid, loyal fanbase that is willing to part with their cash
to support their heroes.

The only difference is that Marillion produces new music. After having
gone without for so long during the Virgin holdout, I thought that the
pent-up songwriting would have resulted in more than the 2 albums we've
seen in the now 4 years since the strike ended. I don't count Fuzzy
Warbles since it's not band output and it was already recorded stuff
most of which XTC's fans have already heard.

I guess the upshot of this is: get back to work, O Great Swindonians!
There is an audience out there waiting to buy your stuff and I daresay
the Marillion model just might prove as fruitful for XTC.

Thanks for enduring my rant,
Bill Sherlock

P.S. Get onto iTunes and buy the Wonderfalls's well worth 99c.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
						Ben Franklin


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