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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 33

                  Tuesday, 3 August 2004


                     Devolution 2004
                      Re: Dead Dogs
         Poster Children - One; Society - Nil!!!
                       I Met a Girl
                    English Roundabout
                     Bassa nova Nigel
The Magic Roundabout/ DDIHC Vs. XTC/ Brian Wilson Vs The Dukes
                        Same here


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Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 22:05:47 +0000
From: "Ralph Simpson DeMarco" <>
Subject: Devolution 2004
Message-ID: <>

Dear Affiliated Members,

Have not posted in a while but the recent show by Devo (and Yea Yea Yeahs,
Stellastar*) at Central Park Summerstage was terrific. For those of you
unfamiliar with Stellastar* check them out. You can't really pin them down.
Anyhow, Devo was just spot-on despite the extra pounds and balding heads.
Really, really tremendous performance - they sounded like 20 somethings. One
member mentioned (not Mark M) that we have all de-evolved at a faster rate
since W. was elected. They also made an allusion to the election coming up
when they played Freedom of Choice for an encore. Sigh, all I could think of
was, damn, why not XTC renunion show. Just one? Ah, it will never be but I
can dream. Those of you who have forgotten, check out the first three Devo
albums again, you won't be dissapointed.



Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 10:30:22 +0100
From: Anthony Chapman <>
Subject: Futureheads
Message-ID: <>

Yes, funnily enough both the DDIHC and Futureheads albums came out on
the same day, and I'd been waiting for both for a long time.

One thing I can hear in the Futureheads record that nobody else seems
to have cottoned on to - a hefty slug of Adam & The Ants (in the
choruses especially).  "First Day" in particular.  Great record.

Anthony Chapman


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 07:43:29 EDT
Subject: Re: Dead Dogs
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 7/28/2004 4:01:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Have you never liked a band, read about their influences and then got
into the bands that influenced them? Looking on the bright side there is a
hell of a lot of XTC music on the shelves of record shops that the kids can
pick up and find out what the fuss is all about.  >>

This is realy how I found XTC in the first place, actually. I was really
into Blur and lots of mid-90s brit-pop and of course every review would
mention something about one song/band or another sounding like XTC. In 1999
I was at a Borders and found "Upsy Daisy Assortment" in the midline bin and
decided to check it out, and the rest was history. --Jason


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 14:30:13 +0100
From: Adrian Ransome <>
Subject: Poster Children - One; Society - Nil!!!
Message-ID: <>

According to this story in Pitchfork:

    Indie Rockers "The Poster Children" have recorded an album of
    "political" songs, one of which is Complicated Game by Swindon's
    finest rockabillyskiffle ensemble Xtc.

IS Complicated Game a political song? Answers on the back of a postman to
the usual address.

As you were,


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 13:19:14 -0400
From: "Ben Gott" <>
Subject: I Met a Girl
Message-ID: <>

Friends in XTC,

I've been working my way through CMJ CDs (I'm about three months behind),
and I've just discovered a nice piece of spazz-pop: "I Met a Girl" by Wheat.
I'm sure we've discussed them before on this list, as their most recent
album was produced by John "Strawberry" Fields, but I wanted to add my
tuppence.  This song, at least, is great: jerky rhythms, jangly guitars, and
a weird middle eight.  I'm not sure what the rest of the album is like, but
"I Met a Girl" is worth checking out.

So I made this mix for my iPod called "Living in the Jetta."  It's great.
I'm going to try to make it an iMix on iTunes, but iCan't, as all the songs
are on my iPod and not my laptop.  Oh, well.  Most of this mix has come from
songs I've heard over the past week on XM Satellite Radio Channel 54
("Lucy"), which brings me to the next question: off list, could someone talk
to me about Split Enz, Crowded House, and the Finn brothers?  I've got
"Temple of Low Men," but XM was playing "It's Only Natural" the other day,
and I'm enchanted.  I want more.  Where do I go next?

Finally, Dom, you know I love reading your posts, but give us Dogs Die fans
a little credit.  I started listening to them a year ago this week (yes, I
know), and I sent our own Jamie Lowe a CD with the new album as well as
three considerably better versions of songs that Langer and Winstanley
ruined: "Celebrity Sanctum," "Pastimes and Lifestyles," and "I Love You 'Cos
I Have To."  If anyone would like the "Dogs Die +3" sampler, let me know.

Chris Stamey's "Something Came Over Me" is a great song, don't you think?



Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 10:28:49 +0100
From: Anthony Chapman <>
Subject: English Roundabout
Message-ID: <>

AFAIK the original template for this "Telephone Dial" roundabout was
(and still is) in Hemel Hempstead.  Have negotiated it many times, and
it's a nightmare.  The locals seem used to it though.

Anthony Chapman


Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2004 10:20:02 +0100
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Bassa nova Nigel
Message-ID: <>

There's an album out called Nouvelle Vague in which various new wave hits
are reworked in a bossa nova style (hey, why did nobody think of that

Along with Love will Tear us Apart, Teenage Kicks and This is not a Love
Song, there's a version of Making Plans for Nigel. According to the review I
read yesterday, it "adds an extra layer of poignancy" to the track.

The other reviews I've read suggest it's hit and miss but worth a listen.



Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 21:56:38 +0100
From: "Pledge" <>
Subject: The Magic Roundabout/ DDIHC Vs. XTC/ Brian Wilson Vs The Dukes
Message-ID: <001901c47740$dff03450$df882bd9@oemcomputer>

Blimey I'm de-lurking twice in a week!

Please don't heap praise on Swindon's Magic Roundabout. It is a thing of
great evil as can be testified by anyone on a coach leaving The County
Ground, whose football team starts with Gill and ends with ingham. Being
surrounded by Swindonions on that odious traffic nightmare whilst bricks are
being thrown through the windows is the major reason why to this day I
refuse to visit Swindon, even when the wonderful X-Static are playing 2 gigs
there in 2 nights!

The magic roundabout is an abomination of a roundabout and I'm being kind
callling it a roundabout.

On a happier point, still love DDIHC's album, and would recommend it to
anyone on here who likes a bit of everything from every era of XTC's career.
I think they may have re-written Mayor Of Simpleton, however. Subtly, but
the subject matter of Lounger bears a strong resonance!

On an even happier point, I had the extreme pleaseure of attending Sir Brian
Wilson's London show on Tuesday. i think most of us have known for years how
great he is, but I'm a newbie to his world. The tour book mentions XTC and
the Dukes in particular as bands influenced by the unreleased Smile tapes.

On a very sad note, Brian is not well! I don't mean the highly publicised
not well: His problem is apparently a back problem, he had to be helped on
and off stage. Strangely though he showed no obvious signs of discomfort in
sitting still throughout the segments of the show.That sounds mighty odd for
someone with back pain. Don't wish to be morbid, but this great man will not
be around forever. Go see him if you get the chance. And if you do, see if
you can last longer than I did before shedding a tear of joy for being in
the presense of such a great man.



Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 09:15:49 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Same here
Message-ID: <>

In an otherwise interesting post in recent Chalkhills,
Marc LaFoy  offered the simple sentiment:

"BTW: This list has saved my life musically more than a few times. I
thank you all."

...hear hear!  And not just musically either.  Some mighty fine people
wandering about "at large" who prove to be not only erudite musical
tastemakers, but cool people as well.  For me, all culminating in some
beautiful, lasting friendships that I otherwise wouldn't have had
without this forum.

And anyone who spells his first name the same way as Marc Bolan, has
got to be okay!

On another note (F# susp7?), can't hear much XTC in the music of Dogs
Die IFC, but I like what I've heard.  But after Dom Lawson's and some
other bloke's recommendation of the Futureheads (comparing to our boys
and The Jam), I'm intrigued, and will certainly investigate.

NP: The The "Versus The World".  A splendid video live concert
featuring Matt Johnson, assisted by Johnny Marr (ex-Smiths) and David
Palmer (ex-ABC) among others.  It raaawks!



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