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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 41

                Tuesday, 21 September 2004


                    XTC & Joni Covers
                  Uffington Horse Shirts
                    Thumpin' Catfish!!
                     Tears For Fears
                 Re: Concert Information
        Extra cash burning a hole in your pocket?


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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 22:45:26 EDT
Subject: XTC & Joni Covers
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Just thought I'd my quest for collecting Joni Mitchell covers,
I came across a UK acapella group called Naked Voices that just released a
CD this past June titled "All Together", in which they cover Joni's "Chinese
Cafe" and XTC's "River of Orchids" - a very nice acapella choice too I must
say. They have some samples available, not the XTC sadly:

_ (

For the trainspotters out there, this is the third CD featuring both an XTC
& a Joni cover...Chalkhill's own Krystyna Olsiewicz recorded "Carey" and
"Chalkhills & Children" on her "Encyclopediac 2", and Mandy Moore did "Help
Me" & "Senses Working Overtime" last year. Hey, it could be a trend; if so,
it's a fairly cool one.

Then there are the artists who have covered XTC & Joni but on separate
releases, Sarah McLachlan is actually the only one that comes to mind. Would
love to hear Terry & The Lovemen do a Joni song!



Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 19:52:41 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Uffington Horse Shirts
Message-ID: <>

Great shirt story, Ira....

Which reminds me, I do have a few Forest Green Uffington Horse (no
lettering) shirts left.

If you want one, email me with size request and I'll see if I have it.  I
only have about a dozen left.

See them at:

Also, I have a few XTC English Settlement Logo shirts that I must part with
at very low prices to avoid transatlantic legal trouble.... Email me if you
want one of those too.  I'm practically GIVING them away.

- Phil


Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 09:00:21 -0400
Subject: Thumpin' Catfish!!
Message-ID: <>


Yes, I bought that Primis release as well and am anticipating the
forthcoming release of Adrian Belew and Primis' bass player.  It should be
quite interesting.  I've enjoyed Primis ever since I'd heard Tom Waits'
familiar R&B howl and influence showing up on one of their albums.  Your
assessment of the band is incredibly sharp.  If Don Van Vliet did go back
to music (don't really know why he just quit outright; maybe it was the
same reason why Andy Partridge just ceased all music production for seven
years?), he just might sound like this.  It is very possible that TROUT
MASK REPLICA could be a favorite of this band since one or two members did
participate in an album of Zappa favorites hand-picked by others currently
recording.  If Frank Zappa's music perks 'em up, can Beefheart's best be
far behind?

Lately, I don't always like linking Zappa with Beefheart merely because Don
Van Vliet's wordplay wasn't just silly nonsense sylables.  His is a unique
type of poetry that I'd lately felt that Zappa was just using because he
thought it was irritatingly weird.  The marriage of styles for TROUT MASK
worked because Zappa's way of documenting sessions by recording just about
everything worked, since thinking of colorful prose on the spot was Don's
best way of creating.  This form of creating probably irritated musicians
in his future bands, but it was probably what brought himself and Zappa
together originally.  Great stuff.

So does anyone know whether Adrian Belew's new material has shown up as yet
as, perhaps, on line only product?  Where would I go to seek out such

And I'm still patiently awaiting news on FUZZY WARBLES V and VI.



Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 19:13:25 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Tears For Fears
Message-ID: <>

Fellow Chalkpeople

Michael Versaci wrote in 10-40:


Well Mr. Versaci, thanks very much for the link.  I had forgotten to check
out the new Tears For Fears cd yesterday when I was in one of my local
record shops.  Today, I had a chance to hear the first three tracks at
another place and was sold.  The review at allmusic is just about spot on.
Matter of fact, a few of the harmonies that I heard were very reminiscent of
Crowded House.

A very enjoyable cd.



In rotation:

TTF- Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
Tosca- Suzuki
Tori Amos- Scarlet's Walk
Captain Beefheart- Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
PJ Harvey- Uh Huh Her


Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:32:12 -0500
From: C Bisson <>
Subject: Re: Concert Information
Message-ID: <>

>Does anyone know what the largest concert (crowd of people) XTC has played
>in front of?

I don't know numbers, but I'm sure one of the South American (Brazil,
I think it was) XTC riots may be up there.


Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:54:56 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Extra cash burning a hole in your pocket?
Message-ID: <>

Hello chalkfriends

Just taking a look through the Gemm website for XTC related items and I
stumbled upon this little nugget:

I hope the link works. If it does not or is somehow gone by the time this
email posts:  here is the description of the item I am talking about:

1992 XTC Wrapped In Grey - Town House Acetate (Very rare 1992 UK original.
2-sided 8" acetate of the hastily withdrawn single. This 8" disc features.
custom Town House studio labels and has the full 7" versions cut onto. it.
Side 1 plays the 3:46s TOWN HOUSE:ACETATE

Price:  $2643.00

I saved the picture if anyone wants to see it in case the link or item has
been taken off the site.  Email me off list and I will send it to you.



Lakme - Leo Delibes


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