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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 62

                 Friday, 11 November 2005


                  "Spiral" on the radio!
                 Re: New Songs on the Box
                   Andy on BBC 6 Music
           Partridge radio interview next week
   Andy Partridge on Radio 2 in the UK Tuesday (15/11)
               Ha Ha! An Actual XTC Review!
           Cheaper APPLE??? Who's Bite is This?
                  Re: Ogres have layers
                    Sea / Sky of Honey


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Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 20:03:14 -0800
From: David Gershman <>
Subject: "Spiral" on the radio!
Message-ID: <>

Howdy all,

Thought you might be interested to know that I heard "Spiral" on the
radio today (Nov. 8), on the great KEXP in Seattle. Heard it in the
car and it took me a few seconds to realize it wasn't the "usual" XTC
spin (Mayor of Simpleton, Dear God, King for a Day, etc.) --
fortunately, I'd downloaded the song just a couple of days ago, so I
didn't go off the road in shock hearing an unknown XTC song. It was
quite cool to hear it, and regardless of whether they play it again,
I highly recommend that you tune in to KEXP (for the most of you not
living near Seattle, just go to to listen on the
Internet) on a regular basis! They're essentially the NPR of very
cool music (that is, they're listener-supported, so no commercials!).

Spiraling out,

Dave Gershman


Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 00:41:13 -0800
From: David van Wert <>
Subject: Re: New Songs on the Box
Message-ID: <>

> Todd Bernhardt <>
> Mole said:
>> Colin Moulding - Say It
>> Andy Partridge - Spiral
>> Both of these could be really great tunes....... If only......
>> (fill in your own reasons)
> Because they are? I for one am very happy with both

I agree with Todd. Two very fine tunes. It may be possible that no
song by anyone will ever blow my mind like "River of Orchids" did
upon first hearing, but I think both these songs are worthy entrants
into the XTC catalogue. And honestly, both seem fully realized to me.
They feel more like Beeswax than Fuzzy Warbles.
My opinion, which is the only one I really care about,
"If it was so, it might be; and it were so, it would be; but as it
isn't, it ain't. That's logic." -- Lewis Carrol


Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 12:41:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Randy Posynick <>
Subject: Andy on BBC 6 Music
Message-ID: <>

Andy was "In Conversation" on Tom Robinson's Evening Sequence program
on Monday. You can listen to it again by following this link:

Fast forward to 17:10 or so (a little earlier if you need to hear
Easter Theatre) and you're good to go. Be warned that this week's
show will be replaced after next Monday's broadcast (which is
probably when this will end up on chalkhills -- drat!), so don't delay.


Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:41:22 +0000
From: "Anthony Earnshaw" <>
Subject: Partridge radio interview next week
Message-ID: <BAY101-F33CA835F09A595A50AC0CBE3670@phx.gbl>

Andy Partridge is appearing on Mark Radcliffe's late-night BBC Radio 2 show
next Tuesday, November 15 2005.  His show is normally 10.30 pm to midnight.

Best wishes.

Yorkshire Tony


Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 23:15:29 +0000
From: Jason Witcher <>
Subject: Andy Partridge on Radio 2 in the UK Tuesday (15/11)
Message-ID: <>

Just listening to Kate Bush on the Mark Radcliffe show and he
apparently has Andy Partridge in for an interview next Tuesday. If
you're not in the UK (or indeed if you are) you can listen online at, and the shows are archived for a week.
Apologies if this is old news, but I've missed a few digests.


Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 22:46:49 -0600
From: "eriC draveS" <>
Subject: Ha Ha! An Actual XTC Review!
Message-ID: <004c01c5e5b1$c32f5b80$0a0110ac@XLZOOM2>

I joined the Chalkhills mailgroup back in... oh, I don't know, started with
a 2 or something. Way way after their last official album. Now, of course,
there still is no new album yet, but now we have 2 songs LABELED XTC, and I
think 'Spiral' and 'Say It' are excellent, so my saying this should count as
a review.

It was great to hear CM (whose initials also stand for Captain Marvel) in a
new composition. I notice he's slowing somewhat, like in other recent ones
of his (Boarded Up, In Another Life, Frivolous Tonight), but it's all
because we're still accustomed to the incredible energy of "Cross Wires" or
other early works of his. This later CM is something to really appreciate if
only because he takes the time to get the notes right.

The AP work "Spiral" has already been criticized by several parties, but I
can listen to it and that's what matters. Remember that we are dealing with
a tough group to listen to in the first place, what with style changes every
couple of albums and obscurity in songs that takes several listenings to
really "get". (Probably be another 1,000 listens before I get "The Dub
Experiments", but I digress.) The best criticism I could find was the one
about rhymeing "spiral" with "spinal", and "45s" with "45s". Eh, I've heard
worse rhymes (remember "umbilical"? How about "cuneiform"?).

I suppose this review will be pointless if these songs are put in the new
album (a ploy of groups like Stone Temple Pilots), but it hardly matters,
because two songs are better than zero right now, and presumably by the time
the album comes out we'll have taken a better liking to them.

Got 89% in the XTC Trivia game, it really annoyed me on a couple of
questions though (not everyone can get the rare stuff!). When the song
titles I never heard before were mentioned, I wanted to tear things to bits.
(And no, I don't consider "Sargasso Bar" an XTC track.)

The local Burger King continues to play "King For a Day", wonder why? Next
to that is the local grocery store which continues to play the Billy Joel
song that goes, "Anthony works in the grocery store..."

Here's a link to some music:
It's not important (in fact, it's a pile of excrement droppings, if
excrement could further drop anything by itself), but it does appear to be
by three people named Andy, Colin and Dave (in that order). With odds of a
zillion-to-one (which are probably also the odds of their work being

(Non-XTC content starts here): Since I last posted, there's been too much
going on with me, including my filling the holes in my music collection
(Police, Led Zeppelin, etc.), but most of it is from before 1990 so there's
not much new to report. However, I did buy Madness' "The Dangermen Sessions
Vol. 1" and really enjoyed it. It's all ska covers, but very nice ones at
that. I was hoping for some new material (six years is a long time, but it
seems short because their last hiatus was fourteen years!), however there's
so much music out there it hardly matters.

I could also go on about Duran Duran's "Astronaut", Les Claypool's "Purple
Onion", Jet's "Get Born" and other recently discovered works, but why
bother? By now they've either been discussed to death or dismissed to an
equal extinguishment.

Fans of the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band may with to purchase the DVD "Do Not
Adjust Your Set", one of the two precursors to Monty Python, because the
band appear in every episode and usually sing something (isn't that what
bands are for?). They look quite creative and interesting. Sometimes they
even get in on the act. Not being a fan, I was still quite amused by their
silliness and costumery.

Also interesting is the mock serial at the end, titled "Captain Fantastic".
Isn't that supposed to be by Elton John?

Until 2006 (barring a December release),


"The wind just blew it off his head and sent it spinning, straight to


Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 10:09:10 -0500
Subject: Cheaper APPLE??? Who's Bite is This?
Message-ID: <>


I guess I should approach this with kid gloves, but I'm a little puzzled
here since I just ordered my APPLE BOX from the Idea website, but I'm
reading the most recent Not Lame update which also happens to be selling a
great tribute to the DB's and Nick Low as well, and I notice this:

XTC - Apple Box (4 CD's) Order Today -- $35.00 UK only, 4 CD box from
XTC!! This box set contains the complete Apple Works recordings including
the demos of Apple Venus and Wasp Star which gives a fascinating insight
into XTC's recorded works.Each disc is packaged with new artwork in a
cardboard wallet and the 64 page booklet has for the first time all the
lyrics to all the songs, plus new sleeve notes by Andy and Colin.This is a
limited pressed box, do not wait!  CDXTC9

So how is *THIS* possible?  I ended up paying over $100 for mine, and
suddenly it is appearing for only $35?  Again, I'm not trying to squelch
orders to Andy and Colin, but I'm sure that more than a few of you have
already noticed this update and are also questioning as to what this is

Is *THIS* the same APPLE BOX?  Of course, this copy probably won't come
with the link to the two new songs, but it just left me speechless for a



Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:40:21 -0500
From: Jefferson Ogata <>
Subject: Re: Ogres have layers
Message-ID: <>

Harrison quoted:
> Editor
> "To whomever or whatever is currently in charge of the free encyclopedia
> and online community portal at, I demand that you remove
> the mask of anonymity and account for the gross oversights to be found
> on your site...."

I find this works best if I imagine it in the voice of the Simpsons'
comic-book guy.

Obligatory XTC content: doesn't Dave like the Simpsons?

Jefferson Ogata : Internetworker, Antibozo


Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 07:54:29 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Sea / Sky of Honey
Message-ID: <>

New Kate "Aerial" is insanely, pervertly good!  Worth the wait.  Stone
cold Bush!!!  Wow.  I am an army dreamer.  Ba-ba-babooshska!!!

Thank you Kate.  (She shares my birthday, you know, that's why she's
beautifully weird.  The other one is the gov of California, but he
hasn't got those tits, nor the beautiful music).
Listening now, this music she has made is the culmination of all that
she promised and threatened to deliver.  Everything was fine up until
now, but here it really is!!!  Oh, I melt...

Ahhh'll be baaack


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