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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 19

                    Monday, 2 May 2005


              RE: XTC at the Hollywood Bowl
                      RE: Pilarimage
                     Re: Hot Leathers
                    re: neil's missive
                   Stars In Battledress
                    Next XTC sighting
                    Thumbs up for Go2?
                 Ol' Grey Whistle.. pause
                 And They Love Our Band!
           New XTC compilation release May 3???


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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 10:04:31 +0100
From: "Paul Sandford" <>
Subject: RE: XTC at the Hollywood Bowl
Message-ID: <000c01c54bd1$4a373fb0$5abe4254@Samnjake>

"someone named Hazel O'Conner"(sic)........That lttle line made me feel so
so old......


Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 09:11:36 +0000
From: "Gerardine kooring" <>
Subject: RE: Pilarimage
Message-ID: <BAY19-F40C846FA7F4615CBE7F0A7D3230@phx.gbl>

Plans to visit Swindon?

Why don't you come to "XTC the meetingplace 2005"

Visit:   You can also find
Swindon travel & hotel information on the site.

Hope to see you there!




Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 13:15:59 +0100
From: "Barney" <>
Subject: Re: Hot Leathers
Message-ID: <000501c54bec$0b15cbb0$a0644f51@MacFarlane>

yeah  -that's the one


Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 08:03:48 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Danny Phipps <>
Subject: re: neil's missive
Message-ID: <>

re: neil's missive in chalkhills #11-18 ~

"Neil Oliver" <> wrote:
> "Andy Partridge was on a roll with Vol. 6, and I hope the remaining 5 or six
> volumes give us some incredible highlights."
> As far as I know there are only going to be two more volumes of Fuzzy
> Warbles. It was going to be more when Colin was involved.

reading this news saddens me since i was really looking forward to 10
volumes altogether being released as stated at the beginning of all this.
(does this make me a SELFISH xtc fan?)  oh well, i guess eight volumes
is better than none at all, eh?  andy's doing an excellent job in cleaning
these demos up and making them more "presentable" to us so i do thank
him for that.

can't wait for the final two volumes then ........


"Belief makes things real ..."
                      ~ Gavin DeGraw


Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:15:06 +0100
From: Anthony Chapman <>
Subject: Stars In Battledress
Message-ID: <>

I did sound for a gig in London last night featuring The Free French
(great new album just out - definitely XTC fan-friendly, I think), and
the opening act were called Stars In Battledress.

Beautiful stuff - two brothers, one on a grand piano, the other on
guitar.  Spiralling, baroque, heart-explodingly beautiful songs.  I
detected a bit of an XTC influence, and one of the songs sounded
vaguely familiar.

Of course, today "The Affiliated" by The Dukes comes up on my Ipod
shuffle, and I realise the familiar song was a radical (and absolutely
gorgeous) reworking of the above.

Anyway, they had an album out a while back that's well worth investigating.

Both worth investigating, I'd say.

Anthony Chapman


Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 11:58:34 +0200
Subject: Next XTC sighting
Message-ID: <>

Hi people of the collines de la craie,

It seems like I only have one thing to report nowadays - XTC sightings in
magazines.  And the weird thing for me is, the farther away XTC seem(s) to
get from actually presenting themselves to the public, the more frequently
they seem to be in everybody's thoughts/words at the moment.  It's almost
incredible -- I can't recall reading this much about the group since the
release of AV1!

Today's sighting:
In the German edition of "Rolling Stone", there is a short article (typical
for the front end of the magazine) on a new down-under group called "The
Disassociatives" (I believe -- what about it, Porl, Dunks, Andrew, others?)
entitled "XTC down under".  In the article, they claim the sound of the new
group is reminiscent of our boys'.

Well, work beckons.  Au revoir!

- Jeff


Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 03:46:36 +0200
From: "don device" <>
Subject: Thumbs up for Go2?
Message-ID: <002701c54def$9c985a80$a43e4251@computer>

hi y'all,

i'm sure i can't be the first to notice the striking sililarity (approach,
tone) of the trailer for the film version of the regretted Douglas Adams'
'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and our own boys' (regretted but by an
unfortunate, mummer-blinded few) cover for GO2... ie, "This is an album
cover...", "This is a movie trailer..."
coincidence? I think not, et vous?
I'd honestly like your opionions on this...
GOing2cthe movie (if it ever coimes out in France),
don device


Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 16:45:19 +0200
From: "don device" <>
Subject: Ol' Grey Whistle.. pause
Message-ID: <001a01c54f25$8feff860$a43e4251@computer>

hello all,

just finished listening to the version of 'Yacht Dance' from Coat of Many
Cupboards and I was on ce again, first worried, then absolutely carried away
by the passion in Andy's voice. It brought home to me (not for the first
time, but curiously strongly) the reget of never being able to see them
live: Andy seems about halfway trough to accrellerate, to flirt with pitch
and get ahead of the rhythm, always staying just this side of a f..k up
(ecxusez-moi mon francais, mais il est sans doute mieux que le votre!), when
he makes it all pay off boldly at the end of the 'oh, oh oh's..
listen and see if you don't agree... ON recordings (especially the 2 most
recent, even 3, I'd say (flame away) he's too controlled... We never have
that exciting feeeling of wondering if he's going to lose control because,
of course, he never does or will... which may be re&assuring for some, but
i, for one, regret that malicious spark...
don device


Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 19:56:03 -0400
From: "Ben Gott" <>
Subject: And They Love Our Band!
Message-ID: <>


There's a very surprising mention of XTC in the "Music You Should Hear"
section of's website.  Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal picks
"Black Sea" as one of the wlbums we should hear and says this:

"I used to know someone who worked for an Italian record company and in a
thick Russian/Italian accent, he would declare that Andy Partridge is a
genius. I think he may have had a point."

Yes, he may have!

On another note, one of my students handed me his iPod yesterday.

"Mr. Gott, you know how I usually listen to music when I study because it
helps me to concentrate?" he asked.
"Sure," I replied.  "But it doesn't look like you've gotten anything done."
"I was listening to this song," he said, "and I can't concentrate because
it's so good.  I mean, I just keep playing it over and over again."

I put on his headphones and he pushed play.  The song was "Easter Theatre."

There's hope for the "Z Generation" yet!


Benjamin Gott
Departments of English & Reading
Assistant Director of Admissions


Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 21:28:06 -0400
From: Andisheh Nouraee <>
Subject: New XTC compilation release May 3???
Message-ID: <>

Hey all-

The weekly "New Releases" e-mail from Norcross, Ga.'s Murmur Music
Gallery cd store lists a new XTC compilation for release on May 3.
According to the e-mail, it's called "Working Overtime" and it's a
compilation of "early singles." That's all it says.

I've never heard of it and five minutes of frantic Googling hasn't
turned up any details about it either. I'd call the record store, but
it's 9:30P.

Has anyone heard of it? Are there any rarities on it?



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