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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 22

                   Tuesday, 25 May 2004


                    My Train is Coming
              Re: That Thing Andy Almost Did
                     re : 'wake up!'
                    re: BBC Mastermind
                          Re: 4
                   Andy's filmic forays
                Lumps of it out the back.
                       Re: Wake Up!
                    Xray Tango Charlie
                  That Thing You Do Deux
               Another Chalkhills sighting!


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Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 11:49:01 -0400
From: Susan DeMaio <>
Subject: My Train is Coming
Message-ID: <>

Andy's offering to Tom Hanks was My Train is Coming--a catchy little
number it is, to be found as the opening track on Fuzzy Warbles 3. I
think it is as catchy as Wonderfalls. Great stuff! Andy reports in the
liner notes that it was the song so nice they rejected it twice. First
it was offered for the "Great Train Robbery Film 'Buster'" and then to
Hanks & Co.

Now go to the Ape site and buy FW3!!!! Here's the link:


Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 17:52:47 +0100
From: "Peter Fitzpatrick" <>
Subject: Re: That Thing Andy Almost Did
Message-ID: <000901c43cf8$8d63a410$6501a8c0@shabbyroad01>

That thing he did was "My Train Is Coming"

Ryan Anthony <> wrote:

>"That Thing You Do" was written by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of
>Wayne.  (iTunes doesn't have it yet.) Did Andy have a go at that
>song, or did he offer something else for the soundtrack? And whatever
>he wrote, is it available for love or money?


Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 13:12:12 -0400
From: "Chris & Melany" <>
Subject: re : 'wake up!'
Message-ID: <000901c43cfb$4354b820$>

**SNIP**Let me know what you think. (Does anybody know what chords the
"chopping" guitars are playing at the start of the song? Mine sounds too -
er- musical, not noisy enough.)

i think its a the standard C7 chord & slide it up to the 10th
fret...sounds right to my deaf ears!

carry on...


Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 19:01:36 +0000
Subject: re: BBC Mastermind
Message-ID: <>

I believe the contestant you're referring to joined the XTCIdea forum
under the name 'ricehammer'.  I think he was able to enlist some help
from the other forum members on what to 'bone up' on beforehand.

>From his accounts, he did well, but he says that the show won't air
until February(?).  He's honor-bound not to discuss the questions (or
is it contract-bound).

Don't know if he's a Chalkie, but if he isn't, he should be.


NP:  Elysian Quartet - Prokofiev String Quartet No.1


Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 19:50:41 EDT
Subject: Re: 4
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 5/18/04 9:46:50 AM, <> writes:

Speaketh Wayne Klein

> I finally picked up Joe Jackson's "4" and like it very much. I was quite
> disappointed in "Night and Day 2" despite some strong tracks. I actually
> would have preferred to have live stuff from "4" or "Laughter and Lust" vs.
> the older stuff but I can see that the bonus disc was designed to attract
> fans that like his earlier stuff.

    Back in March Ryko released "Afterlife" which is a live CD from
the last 3 JJ shows on the reunion tour ( I was at the Fillmore show
... he covered "Mayor of Simpleton" and fucked up the turnaround to
the third verse; that didn't make the cut).

     Great album with live takes from the "4" album and songs from "Big
World" and other records ... get it!

Warren in Sacramento

... who will now plug his CD "Gearhead", available at and   ... mp3s can be heard at
... search for The Holy Men.



Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 01:49:28 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Andy's filmic forays
Message-ID: <>

Hey hamsters

From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: That Thing Andy Almost Did

>Huzzahs to Paul "Tenacious A" Culnane for his list of
"Andy's filmic forays" around five Digests ago (I'm
catching up).

And huzzahs to Seb Maury who added to the list by pointing out the use of
"I'd Like That" in a recent Jim Carrey fillum, the name of which eascapes me
just now, but Seb described it as "dross" (the movie, not the song).

>"That Thing You Do" was written by Adam Schlesinger of
Fountains of Wayne. (iTunes doesn't have it yet.) Did
Andy have a go at that song, or did he offer something
else for the soundtrack? And whatever he wrote, is it
available for love or money? Fill me in, Mr. Culnane,
if you please.

The song Andy submitted was "My Train Is Coming", and, like Rudgren or Neil
Innes' efforts, it's an eerily accurate pastiche of 1964 British beat music
- or as Andy himself describes it, it's all of "A Hard Day's Night" rolled
into one song.  He has made at least three different demo treatments of this
tune over the years, one of which (the most 'polished') is the lead-off
track on Fuzzy Warbles Vol 3.

>P.S.: If Mr. Partridge were to release an album of
"all these songs about a fucking peach," I'd buy it.

Well Ryan, as a consolation prize, some of these Giant Peach songs have
already made it to the Warbles series, and no doubt the full batch will be
included on future FWs.  So far we've got:
"Don't Let Us Bug Ya" - FW #1
"Everything'll Be Alright" - FW #2
"All I Dream Of Is A Friend" - FW #4
"Stinking Rich" - FW #6 (forthcoming)

...if I'm not mistaken, that's the full batch of Peachy-keen tunes that AP
offered to the film producers.

~~ PC


Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 08:02:03 +1000
From: "Andrew Gowans" <>
Subject: Lumps of it out the back.
Message-ID: <>

Greetings on a chilly Sydney morning,

I was browsing for some software that had dropped off the Net when I
stumbled upon the live music archive - mostly live recordings by
artists in favour of/unopposed to fans recoding their gigs and
trading/sharing them for no profit.

Quite a list of artists and various concerts including, for the Deadheads,
over 1000 Grateful Dead concerts between 1969 and 1993. I mention this
because I have a mate who's a Deadhead who'd never struck reference to this
site before and is now drooling in anticipation at what he can download.

Ain't broadband a marvelous thing?


P.S. don't drool on your keyboard, it makes all the toast crumbs and food
particles we leave in there turn to glue and it's off to Mr Happy Keyboards
for a replacement (low-mileage, one careful owner, only used it to download
sermons on get the idea).


Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 07:49:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Burly Jim <>
Subject: Re: Wake Up!
Message-ID: <>

> From: Steve Dockery <>
>...I've completed another XTC cover using Garageband

Please tell us (me) more about GarageBand.
Is it entirely on the Mac (ie no Midi, no other sound
input?). I have absolutely no musical background but
had immense fun a few years ago playing with various
PC based drum machines and composers (possibly
Q-Base?? i forget the name) and I'm about to buy a G5
so would love to find something to play with


Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 18:52:13 -0500
From: "James Lowe" <>
Subject: Xray Tango Charlie
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkholders:

I think it's about time that we sent a message to XTC asking-cajoling them
to put out some new music.  What we need is a massive grass roots movement
to bring the lads into the recording studio and crank out some ear candy for
us.  Hey, we're a loyal bunch and we need to speak up now and be heard.
Didn't we patiently wait through a seven year strike?  And didn't we rejoice
and happily trade our cash for Apple Venus and Wasp Star?  Although we have
had some Fuzzy Warbles and assorted bits of miscellany it's just not the
same as some brand spanking new music!

It's been four long years since WS and my patience is waning.   Yours too
I'll bet?  Here's what I propose to you all:  please send an email to the
official XTC web-site<>  stating the

I _______ a loyal XTC fan hereby respectfully request that you Andy
Partridge, Colin Moulding, and Dave Gregory et. al. AKA, XTC produce at your
earliest possible convenience a record of original music compositions for
consumption by your fans both new and old.   In exchange for said work I
_______(a major fan) will pay in cash the market price to you for each CD

Respectfully submitted,

And if that sounds to lawyerly then make up your own plea but don't stray to
far from the central point of give us some new music.   And give it to us
sooner that later.  And don't forget to say please!  You've got the address
so what could be better than to put it in a electronic letter.  Start now by
cutting and pasting your 2 cents.  This is an issue of supreme importance to
each and everyone of us.  Please act now!

Your Jonesing for new XTC Pal,

Jamie (bumper sticker) Lowe<>

"You didn't ask for it but it's your wind and you've got to sail it!"
Valerie Wilcox


Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 06:45:18 +0000
From: "*Hobbes *" <>
Subject: That Thing You Do Deux
Message-ID: <>

>From Ryan Anthony:

>The song itself, "That Thing You Do" (quotation marks,
>not asterisks), upon which both the fictitious band
>and the real movie ride, bears up nicely under that
>double weight. It was nominated for an Oscar, but
>alas, it was beaten by a tune whose title might as
>well have been "Love Theme From (Insert Name of Movie
>Here)" -- something by Phil Collins for Disney's
>*Tarzan*, I think.

>"That Thing You Do" was written by Adam Schlesinger of
>Fountains of Wayne. (iTunes doesn't have it yet.) Did
>Andy have a go at that song, or did he offer something
>else for the soundtrack? And whatever he wrote, is it
>available for love or money? Fill me in, Mr. Culnane,
>if you please.

If we're playing six degrees of Phil Collins here:

Andy writes "My Train Is Coming" for the Phil Collins Great Train Robbery
film "Buster" and the song is rejected for Phil's remake of "Groovy Kind Of

Andy re-records "My Train Is Coming" in a Help! / Rubber Soul period Beatles
style for "That Thing You Do" and the song is rejected again.

The Phil Collins Version is on "The Bull With The Golden Guts" cassette and
also opens Fuzzy Warbles Volume 3.  The later version will probably show up
later on.  There's also a live-rehearsal version floating around in demo

Opening myself to flaming:-

I usually love Andy's work.  (I even love both the unfairly maligned Here
Comes President Kill Again and Bumper Cars). But this song is a natural born
b-side (like the equally ploddy and lifeless "Goosey Goosey"). It's trying
to be a big party but sounds more like an uninvited nerdy kid watching the
next door neighbour's party for the more popular through a window while
letting that air out of a slowly deflating balloon.  And i've heard three
different versions in two different styles!


The vocals on "That Thing You Do" are provided by Mike Viola of the Candy
Butchers, who co-wrote the song with Adam Schlesinger.  If you enjoy the
song, check out the Candy Butchers' albums, in particular 2002's "Play With
Your Head" for Michael Penn style power pop goodness.  It's easily as catchy
as Fountains of Wayne, with the Annoying Irony Factor replaced with
Costello-style Vitriol.  Now if I could just find their new album "Hang On
Mike" which i've been looking for since January... has anyone seen this?


Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 13:50:59 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Another Chalkhills sighting!
Message-ID: <>

Ooh dear, this frivolous thing might be okay (I hope).  You see, I posted
summat that might have embarrassed some parties, and I hope Relphie might
have been able to pull it before publishment.  If not, my profound apologies
to those who might be red-faced and pissed off...

Here's something kinda cute though...  A very favourite TV series of mine is
"Monarch Of The Glen", it's produced by BBC-Scotland and screened here in
Australia on Saturday evenings.  It's lovely.  Anyway, in the current
screenplay we're getting, there's a young bloke called Ewan, the chef
(played by Martin Compston).  He seems to be one of those endearing
tearaways.  But get this: in two episdes so far he has blatantly sported a
wonderful t-shirt with the Uffington Horse across his chest (exactly like
that on "English Settlement").  Did he buy that shirt off Phil Corless???

I was chuff(ington)ed to see that...

And, yeah, I mean no harm - "peace & love" is me.  As Johnny L. was wont to
say to Paully McC.: "it's only me..."



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