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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 56

                 Sunday, 16 October 2005


                      Gentle Advice
                     something new??
                  Historical Perspective
                  The Swindon Gathering
                   JS liner notes by AP
                   Lillywhite Promoted!
                         Hot Dogs
                  Somerset On The Radio
                 A Bit of Self Publicity


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Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 10:53:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Harrison Sherwood" <>
Subject: Gentle Advice
Message-ID: <>

don device expostulated, while threatening to lick any man in the house:

 > NEW XTC PLEASE!!! I felt sorry for thelwilst they were on strike, but
 > upon, being struck I'm forced to look at how solid an seemingly
 > impervious tos everal mailings and moves are my VIRGIN issue XTC CDs,
 > LPs and 45s...

I've generally found that, temptation and impulse to the contrary, it's
best to avoid posting pugnacious opinions on the Internet while
falling-down, weeping drunk.

Harrison "voice of experience" Sherwood


Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 13:44:02 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Danny Phipps <>
Subject: something new??
Message-ID: <>

hey all ...

i agree with mr. culnane here in an earlier digest posting re: him
wanting some new material from the swindon lads.  why the hell
doesn't andy (especially) stop concentrating so damned much on
rehashing stuff that's at least 6 years old, but go ahead instead
and put out an album's worth of new material?   we all know, as
their longtime fans, that colin and andy both have it in them to
easily pull it off, so why not, guys?  come on already!  how many
friggin' copies of AV1&2 do we need?  how many copies of the
demos for AV1&2?  and why am i constantly hearing the same
accompanying XTC lyric in my head over and over again re:
this issue?  ("... selling you stuff that you really do not need!")

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!  give the fans a NEW ALBUM!!!!!!

i swear, as much as i LOVE this band, i do believe they're simply
getting lazy now and starting to rest on their laurels, as it were.
and i'm sorry, guys, but that's simply not good enough for me.
especially considering that these guys are so fucking TALENTED!

so ........

show some of that TALENT with an album of NEW material for
the fans!


thanks for the eyetime, chalk-folks ......

/danny (... who tends to LOVE exclamation marks!!!!)


Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 1:16:37 +1000
From: "Gray Packham" <>
Subject: Historical Perspective
Message-ID: <>

Mark Fisher <> wrote:
>Subject: Re: English Tea
> This is banal. Andy would have come up with something much better.
>   Why are we allowed to talk about a has been pop star and not guns?

I posted an opinion on a song that to me had a little bit that
reminded me of Andy. So you dont agree? Fair enough. Im okay with you
having an opinion of your own and expressing it. I dont even care that
you disagree. The point I made and what you have missed, was a
personal observation, not a direct comparison between the lyrical
prowess of the two songwriters.

Also, your post suggests you have no idea of musical history. To
dismiss Paul McCartney as a has-been pop star is ridiculous. You may
or may not like him or his music. Thats fine. Youre allowed to like or
not like whatever or whoever you want. McCartney, however, will go
down as one of the greatest musicians in history. Your opinion on that
(and mine as well for that matter) is irrelevant. People will judge
Paul on his extraordinary talent and career, not your whiny and
disparaging opinion of him.

In two hundred years time his work will still be listened to. In two
hundred years time the likes and opinions of one Mark Fisher will of
course continue to be largely unknown and totally irrelevant (as will
mine). That is historical perspective. Something you seem to lack. No
doubt Beethoven had his detractors, many of whom would have made the
same boorish, offhand comment as you. Centuries later, he rightly
assumes an important place in history. Who remembers any sneering,
snide and sniffy sniper?

As for not being able to talk about guns in this digest, again you
fail to see the true issue. The Administrator decided to put an end to
the Melt the Guns thread as in his opinion it had gotten out of hand
and needed to be reined in. If they remain unchecked, threads
like that one can end up having a negative and damaging impact on a
messageboard, as was pointed out by the Administrator.

I, like you no doubt, look forward to participating in the discussion
of new XTC material, should that long overdue new album ever

Gray Packham.


Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 19:22:52 -0400
From: "Tim Kendrick" <>
Subject: The Swindon Gathering
Message-ID: <006701c5cc5f$35a2d370$47c8f504@Kendrick>

Hi everyone!

Just thought I would send out a brief synopsis of the
events that took place last weekend in Swindon.
Several hardcode fans meet there to party and celebrate
our love for the music of XTC.  I'm not sure of the exact number
who attended, but I think it was in the 80 -100 people range.
So it was a pretty good turnout!

I had a blast!!!!!

Friday night - we watched Martin Newell play some songs,
many from his "Greatest Living Englishman" CD.  Then it was
an XTC cover band, who played mostly the "demo" songs of
Andy and Colin.

Saturday daytime - the main Gathering, where we broke up into various
sized groups to participate in a Quiz (it started easy but the
questions got more difficult as it went on)(my team came in 4th
place), then an auction of XTC memorabilia (I had the winning bid on a
red plaid waistcoat that had been owned by Andy and then given to
Martin Newell) and then finally we watched some very rare video and
live concert footage of early XTC.

Saturday night - the fantastic XTC cover band X-sTatiC played an
almost 3-hour set.  They were wonderful!  And one of the highlights
was their encore when Lee Moulding (Colin's son) came out and played
drums on 3 songs (My Love Explodes, No Thugs In Our House and his
father's big hit - Making Plans For Nigel).  He then made a very brief
speech saying how his father was very humbled by all the fans
gathering in Swindon - and that his father thought we were all mad!
(Someone yelled back "We are!")  This evening was the highlight of the

Sunday - a bus was hired to bring us all to the Uffington Horse.  Lots
of fun and several group pictures.  Then it was off to a local pub,
where various fans got up and did various songs - some originals, some
XTC covers and some covers of other artists (including someone doing a
wonderful cover of Elvis Costello's "American Without Tears").

I can't say enough about what a great time I had.  This Gathering
(surprisingly) was even better then the two North American ones I
attended years ago in Barrie, Ontario and Princeton, Illinois.

There's already talk of another one in Swindon in 2 years time (2007).
If it comes to fruition I strongly suggest all Chalkhllians make plans
to be there next time.  It's not something to miss!



Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 06:25:24 -0400
From: robin heath <>
Subject: JS liner notes by AP
Message-ID: <>

 Apparently the 1st two Judee Sill albums are getting a US CD release -- at
a more reasonable price than the recent Rhino Handmade editions, but without
the lavish packaging or bonus tracks -- on November 1. XTC-relevant detail:
according to the listing, Andy (an avowed and longtime JS fan)
has penned new liner notes for the 'Heart Food' CD.

 Thanks and cheers,

-Robin Heath


Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 16:58:20 -0400
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Lillywhite Promoted!
Message-ID: <>


Steve Lillywhite is now the Senior V.P. of A&R at Columbia Records.
Read the whole story here:


Benjamin Gott
Department of English
Assistant Director of Admissions


Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 00:39:16 +0000
Subject: Hot Dogs
Message-ID: <>

From the forum Q & A:

Q - A and C, what do you think of this new wave of bands that use you
as an influence? Fellinifield

A - My dearest Felli, I have no particular thoughts about Future Dogs
Die In Kaiser Ferdinands Hot Hot Car Party the thing is, they're going
to that place I've been through 30 years ago. It's tough for me to get
excited about that, its an old journey for me. I'm much more
interested in types of music, or bands, musicians, who go where I
never have, or can't. Yo man, how dey do dat opera shit? A.P


Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:41:28 +0100
From: stevesomerset <>
Subject: Somerset On The Radio
Message-ID: <>

Tune In Turn On To Somerset On The Radio!

You can catch me presenting an hour-long radio special on Alan Haber's Pure
Pop on Live365 on Tuesday, October 18 from 10-11 am; Sunday, October 23 from
3-4 pm; Thursday, October 27 from 5-6 pm; and Monday, October 31 from 8-9
am. All times are US EST so you'll have to work out the timings for your
part of the world. It was a real thrill to have an hour of air time and play
some of my favourite music - thanks Alan! Hopefully you'll all be able to
tune in at some point and, I'm pleased to say,  I'll be recording another
show real soon.
Here's the link
You should keep the link and stay tuned because Alan plays some really great


Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 12:26:25 +0100
From: "Belinda" <>
Subject: A Bit of Self Publicity
Message-ID: <004101c5d17b$4770bb00$0402a8c0@davidfoh4tm83a>


Hope the Swindon weekend went fabulous and I look forward to all the
postings on it (that were listed above perhaps?!)

I have just had an article published in THE ROAD magazine, which is the
magazine of the Motorcycle Action Group, a pressure group for motorcyclists
in UK.  It's a fun and beautifully produced A4 magazine with all sorts of
articles from those about safety and how the law is trying to always stop us
having fun, to articles on bikes and gear and meetings and members' news and
more bikes.... and this issue out now has an article I wrote about my two
month trip biking across New Zealand over Dec 1999 to Jan 2000.  I appear in
a photo wearing my black XTC Wasp Star tshirt... and I mention that when I
had to have a filling replaced along the trip, the dentist asked me to pick
my music and I chose "English Roundabout".  Spot the mistake... oh well,
never mind. Anyway, I am so proud of this article I just had to tell you
all. So now I have.



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