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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 1

                  Friday, 6 January 2006


                      what is love?
                       Rhapsody XTC
                   Re: XTC Vs. Cracker
                 Happy Nude Year to all!
                   Music, Best of 2005
                    RE: Puffy AmiYumi
                        Spiral etc


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Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 10:47:03 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: Danny Phipps <>
Subject: what is love?
Message-ID: <>


In CH 11 / Vol. 73, the ever-genuflecting wordsmith (aka "Insane"
Culnane) asked the $64,000 question ~

> ...but you still wont talk to me (why do people shy off when I tell
them that I love them?).  Oh, well, s'pose it might be my cheap
deodorant or something...

my answer to this question might have something to do with the
inclusion of a certain pair of shorts along with requested music cd's
to be burned and then mailed out, righto paullie?

yeah, that's "Love" for ya .... (hmmm)

flame on .......... happy new year, everyone.  (that includes you,
too, andy and colin!)

<back to lurk mode>


Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 11:45:34 -0800
From: "Wayne Klein" <>
Subject: Rhapsody XTC
Message-ID: <BAY108-F33D14EC6B376F2698BBF7F92B0@phx.gbl>

I wash listening to some of the XTC selections from Rhapsody...when I
noticed that the tracks from "Apple Venus" and "Wasp Star" are actually
drawn from the demo albums "Homegrown" and "Homespun". Kind of interesting
but I would think that the finished versions might attract more fans...

Thomas noted:

>>anyone else notice that the artwork for Fuzzy Warbles 8 is nearly
to the artwork from Golden Age by Cracker?

Thanks for the info for the site Thomas. Very interesting. I didn't see
Andy's cover there but saw one for "The Climax Blues Band" (next to
Cracker)which resembles the stamp covers Andy has used but nothing for

Maybe I didn't dig far enough into the site...

Sadly I don't have much of a "Best of the Year" but some nominees that I

"Aerial" by Kate Bush. Once you hit middle age things change and, like Andy
and Colin, I think that Kate made the perfect middle age album. I remember
all the criticism that John Lennon took when he released "Double Fantasy"
another perfect middle age album.

"Gentle Giant" -The Power and the Glory reissue. An album I've always liked
sounds great on this reissue with two bonus tracks. Also Gentle Giant's
"Free Hand" with 1 bonus track...

"From Chaos to Creation" by Paul McCartney. I'm happy that Macca's taking
risks again and this is the fourth worthwhile studio album in a row...a new
record for Macca.

Kirsty MaColl - "Titantic Days" reissue with a 2nd disc of previous unissued
demos, single tracks, etc. One of her best albums.

"Front Parlour Ballads"-Richard Thompson. RT in fine form on this acoustic
album of new songs recorded with his buddy bassist Danny Thompson.

"Master of Diaster" -John Hiatt Another interesting, quirky and fun album
from Hiatt. Combine this with the "Live at Austin City Limits" CD for a
perfect combo

"Live at the Filmore"-Lucinda Williams. Great show and I'm glad I was lucky
enough to be there.

"Kicking Television"-Wilco. A great live album. Didn't care for the
indulgent last studio release but liked this.

"Paradise Hotel" -Eliza Gilkyson. She opened for Richard Thompson at the
Filmore and was terrific. Great songwriter/singer.

"1000 Years of Popular Music" -Richard Thompson--This makes the list because
I picked it up this year.

The "Born to Run" reissue with the DVDs was also fun. Got that as a Xmas
gift. Not a huge Springsteen fan but have always admired his music and the
two DVDs are terrific. XTC--make a DVD about the making of your most popular
US and UK albums!

By the way, thanks to Happy Puppy Records for the info on Roger Manning's

I also thought it was interesting the remarkable indifference that Big Star
faced with their latest airplay that I know of and few reviews.
Interesting considering what a cult following Alex Chilton has that and the
support of two of the Posies for this "reunion".

Happy New Year to all stay sane, avoid the rain, stay dry


Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 15:46:20 -0500
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Re: XTC Vs. Cracker
Message-ID: <>

On Mon, 26 Dec 2005 23:25:23 -0700, "Thomas Vest" <> wrote:
> anyone else notice that the artwork for Fuzzy Warbles 8 is nearly identical
> to the artwork from Golden Age by Cracker?
> noticed that when i was browsing tonight.
> quite interesting.
> is FW8 artwork definitely the "official" artwork for this release?

No.  It's something I did a while ago (maybe for Fuzzies 3+4) as a
placeholder.  That and the "artwork" for Vol. 7.  And yes, I took the
Cracker artwork and Gimped it.  The other stamp came from the 'net
somewhere.  And I modified it heavily as well.  I really should have
stuck Andy's boyhood photo in there.

> was this approved by andy?

Hell, no.

> does andy know?

Do you know if Andy knows?  I don't know if Andy knows.

> does the shadow know?

The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

	-- John

np. Daniel Carwile: Terra Nova


Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 16:56:55 EST
Subject: Happy Nude Year to all!
Message-ID: <>

Just dropping in a quick one for my fellow CHalhillians, everyone be
safe, and to all those who live in the Gulf Coast area (probably only
me!) WATCH THE BLUE ROOFS! They're flammable! So no bottle rockets,

See y'all in '06!
Tis all for now,
XTC song of the day-Reign of Blows
Non-XTC song-Death of Cedric by Patrick Doyle (Goblet of Fire  soundtrack)


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Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2006 23:20:43 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: Music, Best of 2005
Message-ID: <BAY109-F12D53974B48E90C01DDAAAA12D0@phx.gbl>

Hey Chalkheads,

Here is my list of favorite releases this year (in order):

1)   Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine
2)   Paul Weller - As Is Now
3)   Nada Surf - The Weight Is a Gift
4)   Los Super 7 - Heard It on the X
5)   Madonna - Confessions On a Dance Floor
6)   Tosca - J.A.C.
7)   Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
8)   Bravery - Bravery
9)   White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
10) Blackalicious - The Craft
11) Magic Numbers - Magic Numbers
12) Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
13) Son Volt - Okemah and the Melody of Riot
14) Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
15) Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution

For months, I have been stuck on the Ry Cooder and Los Super 7 releases.  I
figured they'd be 1 & 2 at the end of the year and no clue as to who I'd put
on top.  Ry Cooder's Chavez Ravine ended up being my top choice with Paul
Weller (getting better with nearly every album) and Nada Surf coming up
strong with end of the year releases.

But please, check out Heard It on the X.  Really good stuff on that disc.

Other worthy releases this year:

Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Neil Young - Prairie Wind
Weezer - Make Believe
Mark Eitzel - Candy Ass
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights
Beck - Guero & Guerolito
World Leader Pretend - Punches

Guilty Pleasure of the year:

Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor.

Yes, it has nearly some of the most trite lyrics ever.  Yes, its a dance
album.  Yes, its Madonna trying for yet another comeback.  Do I care?
Nope.  With the exception of a few songs, I loved every second of it.

Disappointment of the year:

Tori Amos - The Beekeeper

What a turd of an album.  Sorry, but this just sucks.

Debut of the year:

The Magic Numbers.  Just run out and get this cd.  Its very good.

Reissues of note that I enjoyed:

The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (Deluxe Edition)
The Cure - Faith (Deluxe Edition)
The Cure - Pornography (Deluxe Edition)

Trend I wish would go away:

Dual Disc

Just add a second disc to the packaging you money hungry major label

Ok, enough ranting.

All the best for a wonderful New Year ahead!



Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 07:00:58 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <>
Subject: RE: Puffy AmiYumi
Message-ID: <>

I wanted to put my vote in for Puffy AmiYumi as well -
a big thumbs up (btw, it's just "Puffy" in Japan, but
was changed for other parts of the world due to the
popularity of "another Puffy")...

I have their best-of 'Illustrated History' cd release
from a couple of years ago, and it's a great cd! It
also has a couple of songs in "Engrish" if that helps

I've been interested in seeing the cartoon too, but
keep missing it. Sounds like I haven't missed much
though. I guess like the Beatles, Puffy is best at
making music!

-The Colonel


Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 11:50:51 -0000
From: "David Edwards" <>
Subject: Spiral etc
Message-ID: <01b201c612b7$715ccc60$cc864ed5@David>

Spiral tells me that the fire is still very much alight in the Partridge
belly. I especially like the classic, discordant XTC guitars after 2:25 -
an auspicious sign.

On My Land Is Burning, Andy croons:

"pity me pity me
my fair lady
pity me if you can
as I stabbed myself
with a small black cross
when I voted for that man"

Are we to understand that the fair lady doesn't vote, then? The song can't
be set pre-suffragettes because the countryside is "entombed" in tarmac.
Just a thought...

Best wishes



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