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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 13

                  Sunday, 26 March 2006


                     Re: Lily Fraser
                       World Party
                      message to xtc
                   Skylarking Remaster
               Polls, singles, and MySpace
              New Radicals, Not Even Sacred!
                   Paste Magazine poll
                Snipping Snipping Snipping
    Interview on MySpace with Andy about lyric writing


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Songs that we loved now make me cry.


Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 22:26:22 -0800
From: David Gershman <>
Subject: Re: Lily Fraser
Message-ID: <>

Amanda wondered:
> Whilst perusing the music channels on XM Satellite, I stopped at one
> station upon seeing an artist named Lily Fraser performing. Would
> anyone happen to know if this is the same young Lily Fraser who did
> the spoken words on the Dukes records? I've only heard her speak
> before, but the voice did sound somewhat like her.....

Well, I just got back from checking out her Web site, and no mention is
made of it in her bio. But don't let that stop the rest of you from
visiting her site: My heart is still beating
a bit quickly...thanks Amanda. :)



Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 06:40:59 -0000
From: "Jonathan Bean" <>
Subject: World Party
Message-ID: <005101c64cb2$819a4aa0$9f7d893e@Family>

Quite agree with Pablo on the New Radicals/World Party soundalike comment.
NP Abba and the Bunnymen - "The Killing Moon"
XTC tune for today "We're All Light"
Jonathan Bean


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 01:56:08 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: "Danny 'da freeq' Phipps" <>
Subject: message to xtc
Message-ID: <>




Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 08:21:35 +1100
From: "Simon Knight" <>
Subject: Skylarking Remaster
Message-ID: <BAY109-F25F08EF7A9BFED371EAAD3D0D80@phx.gbl>

Pablo wrote:

>PS: Despite of the above-mentioned quote, I just bought a used copy of a
>remastered edition of Skylarking (Virgin, UK, 2001, CDVX2399), which
>puts "Dear God" at the end.
>Haven't had a chance yet to listen to it alongside the 1986 U.S. copy of
>the disc. Is it a noticeable improvement?

I've been spending a lot of time with `Skylarking' lately.  I bought a flash
drive MP3 player *very* cheaply so I could listen to music whilst
bushwalking. I can only fit 5 albums at a time on it, which sounds like a
minus, but it's forcing me to spend a lot of time with particular albums.
It's been a good two months and the 2001 remaster of `Skylarking' hasn't
left the player yet.

I can't recommend this remaster enough.  The difference is like that moment
in `the Wizard Of Oz' where everything becomes glorious Colour.  The
original Australian pressing, (no `Dear God'), is darkly muted, both lacking
in presence and dynamics - something I notice on earlier CD, including the
Beatles set from 1987.  On this Remaster, I can finally hear Colin's bass
just `throom', and notice the separation and space around the vocal tracks.
I've been listening to this album for 20 years and I'm noticing little
touches in the arrangements I've never heard before.

It's made me realise just how *amazing* this damn album is.  The guys really
know their stuff - and i have a sneaky suspicion this is simply My Favourite
Album Ever.  Are the other Remasters as good?  The originals of `Big
Express' and `White Music' sound particularly flat to me too.

Speaking of early CDs, I dug out 1985's `Little Creatures' by Talking Heads
and found large patches on the discs where it almost looks like the silver
has been eaten through or faded away.  I'm not game to put it in the Cd
player now.  Does anyone know what this is?


Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:19:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Polls, singles, and MySpace
Message-ID: <>


Thanks to David Emprimo for alerting us to the Paste poll -- duly
noted (and voted), but I couldn't help wondering why the hell Jon
Brion was included in the list, but Jason Falkner wasn't?!?

Wayne Klein asked:
> I was under the impression that both Spiral and Say It was somewhere
> for download outside of the Apple Box where you had to pay for each
> tune. If it isn't the guys really should consider it for those of us
> who already have the four discs of Apple Box and would just like to
> purchase individual songs for their ipods.

This will happen ... the band is waiting a bit, to use the songs as
enticements to buy the boxed set, but they do plan to release them

And now for something completely different (but still XTC-related):
The lovely and talented Rob Cosentino has started up an XTC site on
MySpace. You can find it at:

I'd like to encourage all fans to come on by and check it out. If
you're already on MySpace, add the site to your friends list, so you
too can catch the viral-marketing bug!


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could
 do only a little.  Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (1729-1797)


Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:11:32 -0500
Subject: New Radicals, Not Even Sacred!
Message-ID: <>


It had been said: <<To me, the best song of the last, say, ten years,
has to be "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals. Despite the fact
that it was butchered to form a Mitsubushi car commercial, this song
talks DIRECTLY to me.  Think Todd Rundgren with a dash of Ben Folds.
Multiply that by ten and if you don't come out weeping at the end,
then YOU DON'T FEEL.  Some dancey troupe have even appropriated it
recently.  Even Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick said it was the best
song ever.

Some kudos for its creator, Gregg Alexander, who, strangely, promptly
retired after recording it.  Go figure.>>

Well, you, yourself, said that it was "butchered" (your words) to form a
car commercial.  In reality, it spoke to the distortion of what pop music
of any generation was trying to say, and sure enough, the song was sold off
to yet another nagging TV commercial!  I think I'd be throwing up my hands,
too, if my art were suddenly being used to sell something that I'd not even
want to remotely be connected with!!  And, yes, it is sad that this
aggregation of musicians broke it off after one tremendous album.  It was
pure, sly pop music at its best!



Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:53:22 +1200
From: "Neil Sheppard" <>
Subject: Youtube
Message-ID: <>

Nice to see a healthy batch of XTC on "YouTube." thought I'd mention this in
case there folk out there who didn't know

Neil Sheppard,

XTC fan since Magpie.


Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:05:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Jemiah Jefferson <>
Subject: Paste Magazine poll
Message-ID: <>

> Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 09:12:49 -0600
> From: "David Emprimo" <>
> Subject: Chalkhills...
> Thought you and the fans might be interested in this:
> PASTE Magazine is having a poll on the 100 Best Living Songwriters.
> Andy's on the list (why no Colin?  I dunno...I e-mailed them but
> haven't heard back) of nominees.
> All XTC fans should go to and vote for
> Andy to insure his place on the list in the June/July issue of PASTE.

Did so happily - but noticed some other glaring omissions from the list -
I mean, no DANNY ELFMAN?! WTF?

I also did a write-in vote for Shuggie Otis, because, seriously, it's
ridiculous that the blokes from the Strokes should be up there, but not
that already-mostly-forgotten genius. I guess it was close to ten years
ago that there was a tny resurgence of interest in Shuggie, thanks to
Quentin Tarantino including the Brothers Johnson recording of one of
the best pop songs ever, EVER written, "Strawberry Letter 23", on the
soundtrack of JACKIE BROWN. There are several songwriters influenced by
Shuggie on that list, but not Shuggie himself - and yes, he's still alive,
as far as I know! (And isn't John Popper dead?)

Thank God Andy Partridge is more prolific, because the "indie" music
industry has a very short memory for genius, it seems.


Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 08:25:18 +1100
From: "Simon Knight" <>
Subject: Snipping Snipping Snipping
Message-ID: <BAY109-F40AB9C07BF12A3E9E4ED0DD0D90@phx.gbl>

'Scissor Man' fans might find this new interpretation of 'Struwwelpeter'

You want to read 'The Thumbsucker' - click on 'the background' to see the
original illustration.  I can see why Andy was traumatised.


Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 08:04:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Interview on MySpace with Andy about lyric writing
Message-ID: <>


Almost two months ago, as part of a project being edited by fellow
Chalkie and all-around-nice-guy John Morrish (a book titled called
"How to Write Lyrics," written by well-known music journalist Rikky
Rooksby and scheduled for release this summer), I interviewed Andy
about lyric writing.  Because I had to pare the hour-long, 10,000-word
interview down to 1,500 words for the book (which will contain
interviews with well-known lyricists as segues between chapters), and
thus leave a lot of good stuff on the cutting-room floor, Andy
suggested that I create a longer version for the XTCfans MySpace site,
which I've done.

You can find it at:

Just click on the appropriate blog entry, right underneath the music


If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to
save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the
pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and
righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God,
and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
--Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)


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