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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 12

                  Friday, 11 March 2005


                       The Big Four
                    Re: URGH screening
                   apart from look look
                     Grouchy as Ever
                  Re: New XTC - finally?
               RE: Rare XTC release found?
           XTC Look Look Video for sale on eBay
                    Another invitation


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Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 23:46:25 EST
Subject: The Big Four
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This is the Big Four.

I am sixteen years old, and foolishly dream of being a musician myself when
I "grow up" (that is if kids stop downloading music).  And Iam really not
that bad, if I may say so (except for the fact that I am melodically
challenged).  There are four artists (groups, bands, whatever) who have led
me astray this way.

Here they are:

A.C. Newman - He blurs the line between rock and pop like no other.  I love
anything he is involved with; Zumpano, the Pornographers, and his solo
release are all great.  I canat wait to see where this guy goes musically in
the coming years.

Super Furry Animals - Gruff Rhys and his crew strike me as the absolute
coolest people in the world.  Most SFA fans seem to like Radiator best, but
I prefer Fuzzy Logic.  All of their albums are awesome, though.

Elliott Smith - I never hear XTC fans talk about him.  I wonder why.
Anyway, once again, this may seem blasphemous to his fans, but I enjoy his
last three albums best.  Itas a shame about Elliott.

XTC - Who else?  My dad is a huge XTC fan and Iave been listening to them
since before I was born.  They are my first musical memory.  I canat pick
out a favorite album I like them all so much.

Sorry for putting you through that.

Riley Johnson
Montana, USA

Others I like: the Weakerthans, Ben Folds, and Neutral Milk Hotel to name a


Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2005 11:57:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Randy Posynick <>
Subject: Re: URGH screening
Message-ID: <>

> WHY, OH WHY can't somebody restore this film, re-release
> it on DVD, and re-issue the soundtrack with ALL of the
> bands included?  Is there a conspiracy on the loose here?
> Does it involve a second gunman? The CIA?  Or maybe the
> Freemasons?

Check out the URGH! Yahoo group/mailing list:

You'll find up-to-date information about the movie, music, bands, and
so on. It's no Chalkhills, but it's somewhat educational. If you're
an URGH! fan, you should definitely take a look.

One of the members offers a two-DVD set of the entire movie, uncut,
and will throw in the soundtrack on two CDs as well. (The literal
soundtrack from the movie, not the released soundtrack.) I have it
and am quite pleased with the picture and sound quality -- much
better than the video I taped off of cable some fifteen/twenty years

Actually, he offers a *pile* of music videos/movies from the
Seventies and Eighties that he's transferred to DVD. These are mostly
out of print and living in legal limbo-land as far as DVD rights go
-- he claims if any of his offerings are released commercially on
DVD, he'll pull his copies. I've only got URGH! but others on the
URGH! list give him thumbs up on the quality of his products. His
site is

I guess I should say that I don't know Mr. Antisoshal, don't receive
any compensation for mentioning his website, etc. I am merely a man
who has gone off on a tangent and thought some of you might find his
catalog interesting.



Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2005 23:09:50 +0000
From: <>
Subject: apart from look look
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dear chalkers,can you please direct me to a different vid that was/is

kind regards,  DAVE BANCROFT


Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 09:44:22 -0500
Subject: Grouchy as Ever
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Hello, all!

So glad to hear whatever y'all have to say, especially when it comes to
listing favorite music that I'd never heard before, or to hear names
popping up on lists that I've also liked for many years.  It is, therefore,
amazing to hear Jason Falkner's name pop up again and again.  I wish he had
more of a following.

Yeah, I hate to seem so pissed off all the time, but I was reminded when
reading of Kate Bush on someone's desert island disks list, that I missed
my once-in-a-lifetime chance to purchase everything Kate, fully remastered
with all B-sides and rareties in one box!  When I'd first heard about THIS
WOMAN'S WORK, as an import, I thought it was a box of singles, dub mixes,
etc. for the avid completist.  Yes, I'm a completist, but I'd not spend
that much money on dub mixes of the same song, remembering the vinyl single
for "The Dreaming".  It's an interesting novelty, but not essential to me
in the long run.

I went on believing that this was a box set of singles, especially when it
showed up repackaged in a case resembling a box that we used to carry vinyl
singles in.  No one could tell me, in the stores I went to, just what the
box contained...until it abruptly went out of print and *THEN* I learned
that it actually contained *EVERYTHING* that Kate Bush ever recorded, fully
digitally remastered and sounding obviously better'n ever!  All I could
thing about, seethingly, is that U.S. version of her wonderful album, NEVER
FOREVER as it *STILL* appears on CD with horrible track incryptions that
occur a note or two into the song.  In fact, the first song cuts out the
clang of the first piano chord!!  What was her label, Geffen?  Oh, crap!
Guess we won't ever see this chance again, eh?  At least the golddiggers at
Warner Brothers reissue back catalogues both packed up in a box *AND*
seperately so the suits'  pockets are lined while we are given the choices
on which configuration we'd like to buy!  Come on, creeps, give us a

Ah me, I still say that, if the fan base was allowed to respond to reissue
campaigns, there would be some interesting projects out there.  I don't
know if there's a Kate Bush website out there, but I tend to feel that it
is as futile as our wishes on this site that the XTC albums would have been
reissued in genuine style, aside from the Japanese mini-LP sleeves,
genuinely honoring this band's full output.

No, the first big box to come out of 2005 is a reissue of the Eagles' back
catalogue while the Pogues and Boonetown Rats are seeing reissue campaigns
only Overseas!!  Pardon the lack of a smiley face, but happy fuckin' New

At least is there any news on FUZZIES 7 and8?

Thanks, again, though, for all the suggestions that I read on this list.



Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 07:36:25 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <>
Subject: Re: New XTC - finally?
Message-ID: <>

I just noticed that XTC's 'Songs To Help You
Breathe...' was listed on Amazon's upcoming releases
for summer. Anybody know anything more about this?


Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 10:09:17 +0000
From: "Darryl W. Bullock" <>
Subject: RE: Rare XTC release found?
Message-ID: <>

Hey all,

an update on my report from the last digest.

the demo copy of Are You Recieving Me, which I had thought was a different
recording to the version which appears on Coat of Many Cupboards, is in fact
the same recording albeit a different mix and edited.

The Coat version is 10 seconds longer because it has an extended guitar
solo, eight bars of which have been edited from the pressed single. The mix
is also quite different, the Coat version much brighter and crisper with
less accent on the keyboards.

Still a fascinating find though.

Also, whilst mooching through my 7" vinyl I discovered a one-sided test
pressing of The Man Who saled Around His Soul, which I had completely
forgotten about.  Does this mean that there is a 7" one sided test of The
Meeting Place in existence too?


Darryl W. Bullock


Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 18:28:35 -0000
From: "Edward Percival" <>
Subject: XTC Look Look Video for sale on eBay
Message-ID: <>

Tough times at X-sTatiC bass player's HQ.

Please bid generously..



Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2005 19:12:52 +0000
Subject: Another invitation
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Hey everyone,

This is MaxPower33 from over at the idea site forum.  I've been
conducting a poll to find out XTC fans' favorite songs.  There's going
to be a countdown on the forum and I'll post the results here, as
well.  If you'd like to particpate, just e-mail me at with anywhere from 10 to 25 of your favorite XTC
songs.  They can be any officialy released XTC or Dukes songs,
including b-sides, or anything else you can think of.  Just no demos
or anything from Fuzzy Warbles, please.

Please submit your favorite songs by March 31st.




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