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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 50

                 Tuesday, 2 November 2004


                     re: BW's "Smile"
               Brian Wilson presents SMiLE
                   More rare autographs
   The Bossa Nova version of Making Plans for Nigel...
         I'm Afraid of Making Plans for Americans
                     Wonderfalls DVD


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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:48:55 -0400
From: <>
Subject: re: BW's "Smile"
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three words -



Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:29:54 -0500
From: Bill Sherlock <>
Subject: SMiLE
Message-ID: <>

Hi all,

I have to concur with Duncan's assessment of Brian Wilson's masterpiece.
I came to the album having heard so many people on the Audities list
gush about it, and I wasn't disappointed. Alas, it was just days after
it was performed here in Chicago. (I'll forever mourn that missed
opportunity!) I was never much of a Beach Boys fan aside from being
familiar with the songs played on the radio and thinking that they put
out some catchy bubblegum pop, but this one is a revelation.

I can envision an alternate history where SMiLE was released as
scheduled and Sgt. Pepper was shelved, with John Lennon sinking into
major drug abuse (earlier than he did) and the Beatles drifing their
separate ways. 37 years later Paul McCartney cobbles together a band
that is able to recreate the Beatles' sound and he takes it on the road
and it is celebrated as the greatest "lost" album of all time come to
life. That is how good Brian and the Wondermints' effort is here, folks.

Sure, Brian's voice is not what it once was (to hear a sample of what
SMiLE could have been check this out but, as Dunks points
out, not many 62 year old men sound like they do when they're 24. It's
still a very serviceable voice and the Wondermints do great things to
disguise its shortcomings.

XTC content: I would say that any fan of XTC has already learned to love
and listen to a group with a lead singer possessing a less than perfect

Go buy this album!

Bill Sherlock
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
						Ben Franklin


Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 10:45:31 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Brian Wilson presents SMiLE
Message-ID: <>

Here's my tupp'orth about this album if I may...

First up, somebody said Brian's vox weren't up to par - you're
entitled to your opinion, but I thoroughly disagree.  He cuts it!  And
a friend told me he didn't like the album much.  Okay, move on, that's
okay, in its original form it carried some flaws too, but...

This new version has made it necessary for me to be peeled from the
ceiling, attached to it as I am by a film of musical jism.  And picked
up by some kindly soul from the floor, drowning as I am in joyous

SMiLE has made me do just that - no other piece of music has moved me
so much in recent times.  The most fantastic suite of music this year
(and beyond) by miles.  Get the album in its pretty box, and buy a box
of Kleenex tissues to go with it.  I promise you, you will be
rewarded, and be left gobsmacked.

Oh, considering Brian is blind in one ear, I found it delightful that
the stereo on this is amazingly wildly widescreen!

Yours, awaiting the swells


Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:37:01 -0400
From: Anthony Chapman <>
Subject: Peel
Message-ID: <>

Quoting Adrian :

"I still remember the shock of hearing him play Mayor of Simpleton (my first
hearing of it) sandwiched between some bangin' drum'n'bass and heavy
Jamaican dub. I think he described it as a perfect pop song, but derided the
quality of the pressing he was given. Then he played Bogshed."

I remember exactly the same incident!  And yeah, the 7" pressing was terrible.

I still love both Mayor Of Simpleton and the mighty Bogshed.  Therein
lies the genius of John Peel.

On tuesday morning, thousands of musicians and labels across the world
awoke to find their only outlet for music on UK radio (and sometimes
in the world) had been taken away from them.  At the moment, those of
us who worked with John, even in the most fleeting way (he called me
twice, 14 years apart, to say how much he liked two self financed 7"
singles the band I was in had produced - he also said a Bis b-side I
produced was "The best thing they've ever done!" which was possibly my
proudest moment) are feeling sad and angry, but when the dust settles
I think the UK music scene is going to be changed forever.  And not in
a good way.

Anthony Chapman


Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 05:00:27 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: More rare autographs
Message-ID: <>

Really enjoyed seeing the pic of Carl Lightbody's beautiful
Andy-signed guitar.  As usual, AP went the extra distance to
personalise it with those funny little bits of onomatopoiea.  Thanks
for sharing with us Carl!

In similar vein, I thought you might like to see my little treasured
artefact [John: are you able to find space on the Chalkhills site for
this attachement, and if so, please provide a link within the mailing
list - thanks in advance].

This "slick" for the Fossil Fuel CD is, as far as I know, one of only
two in existence signed by all four members of the classic XtC
line-up.  Our clever and very generous Chalkie-friend, Peter
Fitzpatrick in Ireland, was fortunate enough to witness first hand the
orchestral recordings for AV1 in Abbey Road Studios, and while there,
he managed to get signatures from AP, CM and DG, in the now obligatory
gold pen.  Peter sent two booklets to me in the hope that I could coax
Terry Chambers to sign as well.  So I sent TC the booklets and a gold
pen, and he was happy to oblige.  Peter said I was to retain one; the
other was for his collection.  So I selected the one with Andy's happy
snail.  Peter's has a bunch of (humble) daisies poking out from the
fossil, and on his copy, Terry has inscribed "looks like Partridge is
trying to re-invent the wheel again".

Nice little artefact, don't you think?

Oh, and I have enjoyed the various appraisals of SMiLE, particularly
the erudition from Dunks, Dom and Ben.

I haven't had a chance to read the booklet yet - too wrapped up in the
music and (according to the instructions) grinning like a cheshire
cat.  Maybe the booklet might confirm or deny as the case may be, but
I'm wondering whether at least some of the backing might be from the
original tapes and re-tweaked?  I know most of it is The Wondermints,
but some of the sonics resemble the production ethic that Brian
employed in the 60s - those big booming timpani-like drum sounds and
the fat bass.  Whatever, he's nailed it authentically, and overall
it's an aural phantasmagoria!

Okay, I'll put away my Thesaurus now...


	[ see ]


Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:25:09 +0100
From: Jan Bletz <>
Subject: The Bossa Nova version of Making Plans for Nigel...
Message-ID: <>

... by The Nouvelle Vagues can be heard here:


Jan Bletz


Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 14:28:39 -0500
From: John Relph <>
Subject: I'm Afraid of Making Plans for Americans
Message-ID: <>


According to various Bowie websites and the Go Home Productions
mashography, Go Home was contacted by EMI to produce a mashup of
Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" and XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel".
Has anybody heard this mashup?  Can I get a copy?  :-)

	-- John

NP: The Sugarplastic: Will


Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 09:35:38 -0800
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Wonderfalls DVD
Message-ID: <>

Wonderfalls: The Complete Series will be released on February 1, 2005 from
Fox (SRP $39.98) featuring 3 discs in anamorphic widescreen video and Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include audio commentary on several episodes
by the show's cast and crew, and the Greetings from Wonderfalls and
Fantastic Visual Effects featurettes.


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