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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 3

                Wednesday, 19 January 2005


                       Andy's Army
                     Look Look cover
                      XTC on iTunes
                next uk
                     Dukes on Le Show
                   Tanks for Christmas
                     Faithfully Brion
                     re: coincidences


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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 19:00:45 -0600
From: "James Lowe" <>
Subject: Andy's Army
Message-ID: <BAY4-DAV214269E9889CC1E3988AABBE8C0@phx.gbl>


I ran across a couple articles on Andy lately which I sent into John Relph
for posting on the Chalkhills site. The first is an article about Andy's toy
soldier hobby
that appeared in the most recent edition of Tracks magazine.  The other is a
review of FW 5-6 which sums them up pretty well from a fans point of view.

Which brings me to my point which is that Andy and in a small way XTC still
manage to stay in the radar of pop culture albeit ever so low on the horizon
with the Fuzzys and the other side projects.  Despite the fact that sadly
there is not any XTC music since Wasp Star in 2000.

Obviously we are all here still and there is an another crossover group of
fans on the Idea chat site who continually fan the flames of fandom in their
own way.

Some of them are Chalkhills defectors who have found more life in the Idea
format.  I know because I had a chance to meet a bunch at one of their
gatherings last summer in Chicago and they had people come from all over the
Midwest to celebrate their friendships and more importantly their favorite
band. But for some reason many did not get Chalkhills and greatly preferred
their way of doing things.  Maybe some of their lurkers can explain?  David
Lake or Omnibus?

They are also hosting a gathering in Swindon the weekend of September 30th
this year.  I am hoping to get the time and the money to drop in on them.
If anybody else from Chalkhills would like to join me it be great.  The old
Chalkhills Family meets the young Idea family it might prove to be a lot of
fun and quite interesting.  Not to mention a rocking good party!  I can see
it now a bus full of Ale drinking disciples driving past Andy, Colin and
Dave's homes with there cameras clicking away...

Anyway, happy new year to all of you who let me lurk around your computer
rooms whenever a Chalkhills comes through the ether.

Best Regards,

Jamie Lowe

Purveyor of the worlds best XTC stickers

Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan. - Mary Somerville, radio
pioneer, 1948


Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 17:42:11 -0800
From: Ian Dahlberg <>
Subject: Look Look cover
Message-ID: <>

Speaking of Look Look vids, does anyone know the story behind the
cover? The guy buried in fish parts? Was there any art direction from
the band? Where did the title 'Look Look' come from?

Ian D.


Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 11:29:18 +0000
From: John Morrish <>
Subject: XTC on iTunes
Message-ID: <>

I don't know whether this is "corn laws", as they say on popbitch, but
249 XTC items (many of them duplicates) have now appeared on the iTunes
Music Store.

I know this because I was sad enough to have been looking at, where I found one of the other fungus-encrusted
obsessives (c Harrison Sherwood) bitching about the fact that his
download of Generals & Majors had a glitch at 1.13. (Apple have fixed
it, apparently.)

There's plenty to moan about with the whole iTunes thang (since when
did 99c equal 79p - and how much of that finds its way back to
Swindon?) but who wouldn't want Science Friction, Battery Brides or
Statue of Liberty for less than the price of half a pint of beer?



Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 22:27:33 +0000
From: <>
Subject: next uk
Message-ID: <>

dear xtc fans,forgive me as a newcomer,where is the next uk,what prompted the brilliant mr gregorys departure
truthfully.i have heard so many versions

kind regards,  DAVE BANCROFT


Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 13:14:10 -0500
From: Gary McBride <>
Subject: Dukes on Le Show
Message-ID: <>

Just a word that Harry Shearer's Le Show on NPR this Sunday (1/16)
featured the Dukes "Vanishing Girl" -- possibly the only time it has
ever been segued from Louis Jordan's "You Dyed Your Hair Chartreause."

Download the show for free on sometime Tuesday afternoon,
or check

Nice tribute to one "fake band" from the member of several others.
(Besides doing many of the voices on The Simpsons, Harry is Derek
Smalls of Spinal Tap, plus was in A Mighty Wind as one of the faux
Kingston Trio whose name I've spaced.) Le Show is always an hour well
spent each week, so if you haven't yet, check it out!

Just wanted to report the "sighting" -- back to lurking.



Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 09:48:07 +0100
Subject: Tanks for Christmas
Message-ID: <>

Hi, people of the collines de la craie,

Happy New Year to us all, and may we all see Andy and Colin back in the
studio in 2005.  Slowly but surely, the time they have spent out of the
studio *without* needing to be on strike is approaching the time they spent
out of the studio while on strike.  This worries me.  But I know I am not

In #1, our fearless leader wrote:

>But this morning as I made my way to the cafe for my
morning caffe latte, what to my wondering ears did appear?  The Three
Wise Men singing "Thanks For Christmas"!  The world is not such a bad
place sometimes.

John, perhaps this is a geographical thing, since you apparently did not
hear "Thanks for Christmas" very much when you were still living in S.F.,
but whenever I am on the East Coast near Christmas (which is often), I
always hear "TfC" multitudinous times.  I've heard the song in malls,
grocery stores, women's clothing stores, men's clothing stores, bookstores,
and restaurants.  In fact, I was beginning to wonder if a] XTC get(s) any
royalties from these things, and b] if this song is not, as I have opined to
friends several times, now the XTC song with the most airplay of any song in
their catalog.  It is constantly present on store Christmas p.a.s around
this time of year, and yes, as Tiny Tim said...

>God bless us, every one!

...oops, I meant as Tyler said,...

>Hopefully, it won't get associated in people's minds
with bad pop Xmas songs.

I agree wholeheartedly with Tyler, although you have to admit, it is better
than at least 90% of that Christmas crap out there.  On a related note,
though, what I do find funny is Pugwash's version of the song with their (in
this case) unfortunate Irish mispronunciation of the T H.  The result is
"Tanks for Christmas", which sort of changes the sentiment of the song...

Bomb, umm, oops, *Bonne* Annee!


* * * * *
PS - For a wonderful article on the horrors of Christmas music on the radio
and on store p.a.'s, try this link:  The author nails it on the
head, especially the part about my personal "fave" Mariah's 95,000 16th
notes!  Hilarious!


Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 19:23:57 -0500
From: "Ben Gott" <>
Subject: Faithfully Brion
Message-ID: <>


Boy, I'm excited.  In reading a review of Marianne Faithfull's new
album, due out 25 January in the U.S.A., I stumbled upon a description
of the last track, which was co-written by none other than Jon Brion!

"The disc closes with "City of Quartz," written with Brion. It's a
fractured, slightly off-kilter waltz that could have easily appeared
on Blazing Away or even as an outtake from 20th Century Blues. The
notion of time's passage is in the present tense here, as strings
enter amid the chimes underscoring longing, and the acceptance of
human need."  (Thom Jurek, AMG)

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!  I'm psyched!  (The XTC connection, for those who
are wondering, is that a Jon Brion-produced XTC album would be SOLID

Also, please check out Tori Amos's new single, available on iTunes.
It hearkens back to her "Little Earthquake" days: it's poppy, bright,
and sing-alongable.  That's our Tori!


Benjamin Gott
Departments of English & Reading
Assistant Director of Admissions


Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 02:45:37 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: re: coincidences
Message-ID: <>

"eriC draveS" <> sayeth:

>Thought I'd share with my fellow Chalkhillbillies a couple of coincidences I
came across while doing nothing related to XTC.<

Thanxtc eriC, I enjoyed those - I love bits of random serendipity like
that.  - Paul


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