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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 36

                Wednesday, 18 August 2004


                  Big "Wonderfalls" news
              Searching the water for Finns
              Andy is on BBC6 again - Aug 20
                       Hello Again
         Finn's ain't what they used to be . . .
                       Drummer Quiz
              Homegrown - $4.99 through Real
           A couple of things I've been up to.


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Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 21:02:41 -0700
From: "JK in L.A." <>
Subject: Big "Wonderfalls" news
Message-ID: <004f01c481b3$8bbc2970$2360fea9@johnjulie>

I just read in the new "Entertainment Weekly" that the currently cancelled
TV series "Wonderfalls" will be released on DVD in January with the entire
13 episode season intact.

I hope Andy gets something out of it.  For anyone here who saw the ...
three, was it? ... episodes that aired before Fox pulled the plug, it was a
really good show that wasn't given nearly enough time to find it's audience.
A sad trait in American TV these days.



Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 05:37:57 +0000
From: "WAYNE KLEIN" <>
Subject: Searching the water for Finns
Message-ID: <>

On the subject of CH, Neil & Tim Finn jeff wrote-

 >Tim Finn: If you like "Woodface" then you should probably get
"Before & After", which came out slightly later and has 2 co-writes
with Neil which, from their general tone and style, would seem to be
"Woodface" leftovers.  Both are 100% "Woodface"-compatible if you're
burning CDs.  It also includes a song co-written with Chalkhills
"darling" Richard Thompson ("Persuasion"), which Richard later
recorded on one of his albums with his son (I can't recall the name of
the album, sorry).  And there're lots of other good tunes on B&A, too.<<

Actually "Persuasion" was an instrumental that Thompson wrote for the
soundtrack to a film (I have the soundtrack somewhere). Tim heard the music,
loved it and asked if he could write a lyric to it. Don't know if this was
when they were touring together or not. Thompson's original instrumental
version isn't available anymore although it's a fine album and well worth
picking up as it includes a couple of Thompson songs (one of which he
doesn't sing) that aren't available anywhere else.

Dunks mentioned that the Finn Brothers album might be out. In the US I
believe the release date is 8/24. It's reportedly has an entire band
supporting them on it. I, too, saw them play but at the Filmore in San
Francisco. It was just Neil and Tim playing all the instruments and, yes,
they were incredible.  Unfortunately, I missed them when they played here in
July of this year and am hoping that they come back this way again.

I personally find all four of their studio albums (and even the odds and
ends album released after they broke up)to have enough strong material to
make them all worthwhile. Personal favs, though, include the first,
"Woodface" and "Together Alone". "Recurring Dream" just doesn't do them
justice as it skips many of the finest album tracks but it is a good place
to start (particularly now that it has been reissued with the DVD featuring
all the videos the band made).

Don't know if there are any Kinks fans here or not but I'm sad to report
that Dave Davies suffered a stroke that left him paralyized on one side of
his body. Evidently he had the stroke while promoting his latest album "Bug"
in July.

I'd also recommend that great album by the other brother band that
matters-The Kinks. "Village Green Preservation Society" has been reissued as
a great 3 CD set featuring the album entirely in stereo, mono and with a
third disc consisting of BBC tracks, recordings made for but not used on
"Village Green" (many of which ended up on b-sides of singles or on "The
Great Lost Kinks Album").

Also worth noting the reissue of the Godley & Creme catalog. Always been a
10cc fan (although their albums after Godley & Creme left fell victim to the
law of dimishing returns with the exception of two really strong albums) and
have always seen a 10cc/XTC type of connection there. Always loved "L",
"Freeze Frame" , "Goodbye Blue Sky" and parts of "Birds of Prey". Beyond
"Cry" didn't care for "The History Mix Volume One" album at all.
"Consequences" has its moments as well although it's a pity overblown. The
first two 10cc albums have been reissued (yet again!) but this time the
right way. The UK Sessions (I believe that's what it's called) has their
first two brilliant albums along with all the b-sides and single edits from
the same time frame. Great stuff. Any clue on "Fuzzy Warbles 5 & 6"? Yes, I
also have to know which of the two Dukes went to see Brian Wilson (although
if I had to guess Dave Gregory and Andy would be my pick knowing what huge
Wilson fans they are).



Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 00:53:06 +0100
From: "Stargazer" <>
Subject: Andy is on BBC6 again - Aug 20
Message-ID: <000b01c48259$d8e80100$30bd2b52@m31un>

Hi all!

From the BBC 6 website...

with Julie Cullen and Mark Sutherland - Friday 1900-2000

Friday 20 August

Music journalists Mark Sutherland and Julie Cullen bring you the latest big
music stories in just one hour.

We report from Edinburgh's T on the Fringe festival, which features
performances from Massive Attack, The Streets, and Morrissey

We visit one of the UK's premiere music industry showcases, In The City, to
find out which unsigned bands are setting record company pulses racing

Ex-XTC member Andy Partridge faces up to our 6 QUESTIONS"

'Ex-XTC'...I think someone's made a mistake there!

**stargazer crosses fingers to be on the safe side**

Anyways....Overseas folks can listen to the show here:

And the website for the programme is here:

Best wishes,


Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 08:44:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Molly <>
Subject: Hello Again
Message-ID: <>

Hello, fellow Chalkhillians, I'm back.  :)  It's been
such a long time.  I've been very busy for the last
couple of years.  I got a job, I lost a job, I'm
looking for a job, and I'm in a loving relationship
with a great guy.  My Dad passed away, my computer
died, I got a new computer and I became an aunt.  I
still continue to listen to XTC, and I got other
people hooked onto the music.
It's great to be back.  :)


Yahoo Messenger: mfanton99
Yahoo: mfanton99
AIM: TheNewWaveChick
My Website:
Favorite Web Sites:
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My Myspace Profile:

Listen to My Launch Radio Station:


Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 20:12:35 +0100
From: "Dave Smith" <>
Subject: Finn's ain't what they used to be . . .
Message-ID: <>

Wotcha 'hillers, long time and all that.

Good to read the mostly positive recollections of the various
ouputs of the Brothers Finn - mighty fine fellers they are. For those
who are interested, there's an article on them in the latest Word
magazine - worth checking out.

Dunks, good to see you're about as dead as me, but I was somewhat
puzzled when you typed thus:

> All three Crowded House studio albums are essential listening IMO
> but I have a real soft spot for the first, and for "Woodface" cos
> I think Neil and Tim are just meant to sing together.

So, that fourth Crowded House studio album that I own a copy of means
one of three things:

1. It was made for, and sold to, me only, and I'm on the verge of making
a killing on Ebay . . . hmmm, unlikely;

2. A whole album passed you by Dunks . . . sigh, hardly feasible;

3. I am the most pedantic git in South London . . . a-ha, a firm
nail-hit-head interface :-)

FWIW, there's almost unlimited pleasure to be had by putting a selection
of Split Enz, Crowded House and Finn solo albums on my car's 6-CD auto
changer, and hitting "shuffle" - I have been known to make a 20 mile detour
to the local shops . . .

Love to all



Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 09:56:12 -0500
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: Drummer Quiz
Message-ID: <>

As Per Haroldsen Shurewould:

> Pee Yes: XTC Bar Bet time: Name ALL drummers who have played with
> XTC. Betcha can't. Winner gets a big, slurpy lick from the ineffably
> sexy Thomas Walsh.  Second place gets two licks. (Rimshot.)

Scout's honor, this is offa the toppa my head, no peeking: Peter
Phipps, Praerie Prince, Ian Gregory, Terry Chambers, Dave Mattox, Chuck
Szabo, Pat Mastelotto.
I know I'm missing one or two, but how'd I do?

Chris "memory hole" Vreeland


Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 09:27:08 -0700
From: "Steve Wilcox" <>
Subject: Homegrown - $4.99 through Real
Message-ID: <001301c48477$0b015d70$>

Real just cut the price of downloads from their music store to $0.49 per
track and $4.99 per album for a limited time.  Homegrown and the Apple Venus
albums are available, as are select tracks from Testimonial Dinner.  You
have to be a full-fledged Real member to buy and burn to CD, but you can get
a 14-day free trial. I had previously decided not to buy Homegrown, but for
$5, I couldn't resist.  I assume the record companies and artists still get
their usual cut, and that Real is just doing this to get some traction on
Apple's iTunes.

-- Steve


Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:33:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jon Rosenberger <>
Subject: FinnTastic
Message-ID: <>

Since when did Chalkhills become the Finn Brothers appreciation

Dom, you were supposed to watch the door!

Peter Which two? Me thinks Sir John and Lord Cornelius.


Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 21:57:09 -0500
From: Chris Vreeland <>
Subject: A couple of things I've been up to.
Message-ID: <>

Fellow  humans, and other life-forms,

Old-timers on this list (those of you without form can read along,
too) will recall that I used to post here much more frequently. Well. I
just kinda slacked off. I think I've gotten too addicted to the
instantaneous (comparatively) response of message boards, and waiting
for a Chalkhills digest has gotten, well, like waiting for the actual
mail-- an anachronism of sorts. Who would have thought in 1993 that
ANYTHING to do with the intarnet would ever begin to seem
anachronistic? But you know, hey, I'm an XTC fan, so that makes me
predisposed to anachronistic tendencies anyway, so here I am, crawling
back every few months, sort of out of habit.

About 230 years ago (in internet years), I posted that I and some
friends of mine were starting an XTC tribute project, then, abject
silence. Well, that's because we got in over our heads. We had
personnel problems for the first nine months, with lead-singer changes,
and a multi-instrumentalist (you know, the Glue Guy) who REALLY WANTED
to be in the band, but cancelled four out of five practices for almost
4 months. We still rehearse nearly every Monday night, but none of us
had any clue just how insanely difficult some of the material we were
taking on was going to actually be to arrange, and then really nail
down RIGHT. And then, as we were finally ready to declare ourselves
ready to book a gig, our very own Chalkhillian Joe Funk had to undergo
shoulder surgery. So. Let us all wish him a speedy recovery, because A)
he's a really nice guy who has been in a lot of pain, and B) we really
would like to play in a club some day.

In the meantime, I've been working on a few other things, as well, one
of which is Radio Tejas. Yup, totally pirate, served off of my home
computer, using iTunes and a spiffy program called Nicecast. It's not
on the air all the time, but it's on a majority of the time, featuring
about 3000 songs (more added whenever I feel like it) usually on
random, unless you want to catch me on AIM (devilsrancher) and make
requests. Occasionally, I'll declare a theme, like commie-rock night,
or an all-Kevin Gilbert festival. Of course, XTC figures prominently.
Listen Here:

The other good news is that after 18 years, I have resuscitated an
ancient unfinished recording session, and gotten the thing mixed. The
Whore$ was a 3 piece art-punk-funk-what band that never really caught
on. We were too artsy and sarcastic for the punks, and we were too
punky and sarcastic for the New Sincerity crowd that ruled Austin in
those days. Mostly, we were too sarcastic.  The 2-inch 24 track sat in
my closet gathering dust until two years ago when I had to have it
baked (Screw you, Ampex) in order to transfer it from the crumbling
tape to hard disk via Pro Tools. I thereupon set out on the Herculean
task of learning to operate Logic Audio well enough to mix the basic
tracks down. Well, just yesterday, I declared the dumb thing done. You
can listen to the results here:
Download away. There's a paypal link for those of you who think they're
worth money, and thanks, or apologies, in advance.

Chris "As always, devoid of XTC content" Vreeland.

Now playing; Love Lost Love-- UFO, Force it.   (what? yup, that's what
is says, there.)


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