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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 10, Number 7

                Thursday, 12 February 2004


           RE: How to boost XTC's record sales
          Re: New XTC album coming this decade?
                       311 and XTC
              My kingdom for a woodblock...
                     R. Stevie Moore


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Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:31:04 -0500
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: RE: How to boost XTC's record sales
Message-ID: <>

At 06:06 PM 2/3/04 -0500, you wrote:
>Book XTC to play at half-time in the FA Cup Final. At the end of their set,
>have Andy Partridge expose himself.

I don't know if the sight of Andy's breasts would help his record sales ; ).

J. D.


Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 12:19:14 -0600
From: Scott Fischer <>
Subject: Re: New XTC album coming this decade?
Message-ID: <>

Michael D. Myers said:
"My belief is that the reason for the delay is a lack of material,
specifically with Colin....  What I believe is going to be a problem is that
Colin seems to be suffering from long-standing writer's block."

That's certainly a theory, but I don't believe that's the case.  I
understand your arguments supporting your belief but then why would Colin
state that one of the reasons for pulling out of the Fuzzy Warbles project
(apart from the obvious money concerns) was because frankly, he's more
interested in getting started on *new* material than focusing on the
material from the past.

I could certainly be wrong too, but I don't think Colin will have any
trouble coming up with 2-3 tunes.  I believe if that was the case, they'd
either just use some of his previously-unlreased material or just stick with
Andy's plethora... but that's just me!  ;-)

Scott Fischer
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"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes,
so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." -- Frank Zappa


Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 14:53:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: crap
Message-ID: <>

Amanda wrote:

"I found the current
music state in America to be so utterly, ridiculously,
horribly bad..."


The proof of Amanda's hypothesis was demonstrated at
the recent Super Bowl half time show. That was a new
low. That had to be the absolute worst group of
performers ever assembled anywhere ever. We've talked
about 'crap towns', but this was the ultimate
unbeatable crrrrrap show of all time.

And it's interesting that CBS will show Janet Jackson
stripping, but won't air an ad about President Kill's
gigantic growing deficits. Priorities.


PS - Whoever recommended that book by Jasper Fforde,
The Eyre Affair, thank you! I am half way through and
enjoying it immensely. It's like Sue Grafton meets
Douglas Adams at a sci fi Shakespearean Rocky Horror
picture show, all in our beloved Swindon. Fascinating



Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 13:05:24 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Chalkie-friends
Message-ID: <>

Oh yeah, this is a nice thread and I echo my mate Dunks' experierience in
this regard.

I wouldn't be where I am were it not for Chalkhills, it's so true!

Look here, I for for one have made a myriad of friends through this group,
and it's jolly wonderful to have done so.  But most of them are far away and
up in the northern hemsiphere.  I really hope against hope to meet all of
'em them one day.  Yet, when we communicate, it's just like they're here
right beside me (and I don't smell).  You know who you are, and you know how
friggin much I lurve you.

But here's my list of the brilliant folks I have met in *person* (how lucky
am I, and I reckon it's a pretty impressive roll-call):

*  Dominic Van Abbe (my best ever mate - 'nuff sed - except, you haven't
   seen how hypnotic his crystal, limpid bright blue eyes are - I have!)
*  (Dunks) Duncan Kimball: facilitated rehibilitation and beautiful vibes.
   We do: together
*  Iain Murray: a funny and gentle man
*  Seb Maury: enigmatic spunkrat with taste
*  Toni Adler:  cooks great curries and really cares (more than she should)
*  Paul Haines: a really cool, loving and generous kiwi
*  Some character from Wagga Wagga.  A fabulous person, but this was one
   that didn't work out.  I still harbour considerable affection however.
*  Andy Cuthbert: visited with his lovely wife from California, and I was
   left feeling apeshit because they were so fantastic.
*  Terry Chambers - another "best mate" - sorry if that seems like bragging
   but it's true.  Who else among you can claim to have shared a
   jacuzzi in the nude with a member of XTC?  I've done that, ha ha!

It wouldn't have happened but for Chalkhills, so humble thanks John.

Okay, I'll grab me coat...



Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 16:49:48 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: 311 and XTC
Message-ID: <>


Nick Hexum, one of 311's guitarists, lists a number of albums and
artists on the 311 website by whom he has been influenced.  They
include The Minus 5 and Jason Falkner (Most Current Musical Favorites),
Weezer's "Maladroit," Jon Brion's "Meaningless" (Essential Records),
and, strangely enough, "Skylarking" on the "Top 10 Albums of All Time"
list (along with, for example, "Natty Dread," "The Queen is Dead," and
"Check Your Head," which just happen to rhyme).  Isn't that neat?  You
can go to to check it out.



Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 19:04:43 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: My kingdom for a woodblock...
Message-ID: <>


Because a student borrowed it, I had to replace my copy of "Oranges and
Lemons" with a new, digitally-remastered copy of "Oranges and Lemons."
All was going well until I got to "King for a Day," when I
discovered...the annoying woodblock!  It starts on every other third
beat, plays triplets, and repeats ad infinitum.  I happen to have a
copy of "Oranges and Lemons" on vinyl which has no discernible
woodblock.  Nope, all it has it the nice, un-annoying version of "King
for a Day" that I'm used to.  All I can hear now is that goddamned

In the course of remastering, did someone leave a level up somewhere?
Or was that woodblock always buried there, right out in front of the
mix?  Am I, as Mike Oldfield would say, a "cloth-eared nincompoop"?
Will my future parallel that of King Midas, whose ears Apollo turned
into asses' ears?  What do you say?



Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 22:05:40 -0500
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: R. Stevie Moore
Message-ID: <>

My new favorite album is R. Stevie Moore's "Nevertheless Optimistic"!  I
figure this is on topic because Dave Gregory contributes to one track.

The best way I can describe it is if Joe Meek had produced "Jules Verne's
Sketchbook".  The sound quality varies quite a bit (most of it was recorded
on home recording equipment), and the production is . . . non-traditional
at times.  But the songwriting is so strong!  It's very Partridge-esque at
times.  Not lyrically, but in terms of chords and melodies.  When I listen
to this album, I can hear all of these songs being covered by established
bands and sounding great.  A "Tribute to 'Nevertheless Optimistic'" album
could be incredible - though I'm not trying to take away from the talents
of Mr. Moore himself.  His own performances of his songs are quite good
despite their sketchbook feel.

If you subscribe to, you can download this album (and as far as
I understand, R. Stevie Moore gets paid).  Otherwise, got to or and order it.   If you have open ears,
you won't be sorry.

J. D.


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