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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 21

                   Friday, 12 May 2006


            Having a Phipp over new XTC music
        Some musicians should be forced to retire
            'freeq' pop-a-roll eats up my soul
                 My Arsenal/Roger Daltrey
                   re: message to andy


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Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 13:03:06 -0700
From: "Wayne Klein" <>
Subject: Having a Phipp over new XTC music
Message-ID: <BAY108-F9ED0E4C6C0E31AF0B3B58F9AB0@phx.gbl>

>From Danny Phipps (which who I've been meaning to ask...any relation to the
former Patricia Phipps?) you can reply off list if you'd like

>i think i can safely speak for the rest of your (former?) band's
fandom when i say that the bottom line here, mr. partridge, is I'M

Couldn't agree more! Yes, I realize that Andy has many things going on but
I'd prefer to hear Fuzzy Warbles if i can't hear any new XTC music. The
release of "Spiral" and the two by Colin have only made me more anxious to
hear something new from the duo from Swindon. Oh and Andy when you do get
around to finishing up Fuzzy please add the Dukes song recorded for the
benefit album as my copy of the benefit was idly destroyed by my boys (turns
out my 7 year old twins are BIG XTC fans as well as fans of Richard Thompson
although I pity my one son when he finally realizes what "I Feel So Good" is
really about!).

Andy how about compiling an EP CD (or making it available at itunes)
featuring the three most recent releases along with the benefit Dukes cut
and any assorted unfinished business you and Colin just never got around to
putting out? Maybe you can get Dave to contribue an unfinished instrumental
or two as well. Titles for such a venture folks?


Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 12:59:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Some musicians should be forced to retire
Message-ID: <>

What would happen if we fans held an unmelted firearm
to the heads of Messrs. P. and M. and forced them to
produce a new XTC album?

Even working at gunpoint, Andy would delight us with
the quality and quantity of his output. But Colin? Am
I alone is fearing he would give us two songs,
totalling five minutes in length, about thinning hair,
thickening waistlines, decreasing capability to ingest
alcohol, and Mister Happy's more-than-occasional
refusal to answer the bell?

(No, I don't have any inside dope on what does or does
not happen upstairs at Chez Moulding; I'm just, you
know, sayin'.)

There comes the time when those musicians who do not
die young must be allowed to retire. Then there are
some who should be forced to. I borrowed *Clapton
Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton* from a friend in
order to add its contents to my iTunes library, and
while listening I came to the depressing conclusion
that if this erstwhile guitar god had clocked out
after *Slowhand*, around the time we lost John Lennon,
we wouldn't have missed much.

My next visit to (I'm not a shill, just a
satisfied customer) will be to buy, not Andy
Partridge's latest offering of songs he likes to play
on kazoo for his own amusement, but a good Yardbirds
compilation: part Eric, part Jeff, part Jimmy.

Unless ... does any Chalker feel strongly that the
Yardbirds are important enough that a casual fan
should avoid all Greatests, Best Ofs, and Essentials,
and instead begin collecting the group's real albums?
I'm coming, grudgingly, to the conclusion that Elton
John belongs in this super-elite group, although I
don't yet own anything but *Yellow Brick Road*. (What
should be acquired next: *Madman*? *Honky Chateau*?)

I know I need help bringing my music library up to
date. I wish someone in this Hill would write *The
Music of the 21st Century for Dummies*.

Ryan Anthony

An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Typing "Messrs. P. and M." made me think of the
Messrs. K. and H., and I had to listen to "Being For
the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"

P.P.S.: On my American editions of *Sgt. Pepper*,
analogue and digital both, there is indeed a period
after "Mr"; pardon me for being a Yank.


Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 16:24:38 -0400
From: "Bram and Bill" <>
Subject: 'freeq' pop-a-roll eats up my soul
Message-ID: <>

Danny 'da freeq' Phipps says,

"i think i can safely speak for the rest of your (former?) band's
fandom when i say that the bottom line here, mr. partridge, is I'M

Well Mr. Freeq you cannot speak for me.  I don't think of Mr. Partridge, or
any artist for that matter, as my music monkey or slave that must perform
for me whenever it pleases me.  The man has outperformed most artists in
terms of putting out a consistently fine product that has brought, and will
continue to bring, decades of listening pleasure.  If at some time he
chooses to record a tasty tidbit here or there, or an entire feast, I will
be truly thankful for the sonic repast.  And even if he records something
that does not satisfy my palette, I still have that yummy back catalog to
dig-in to.  Not to mention the countless artists I continue to gorge myself
on that are out there.  Right now I'm on a bit of Sloan kick, as well as
Nick Castro and the Poison Tree's latest.

Frankly Mr. Freeq, I have heard sentiments such as yours before on this here
digest (long may it last), and I tire of them.

William 'the silly Daddy' Caughlan


Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 06:58:45 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: My Arsenal/Roger Daltrey
Message-ID: <a06110400c084d3e7063d@[]>

Jamie Lowe wrote:

> I've been put to task by some of my soccer teammates to do a compilation
> of songs about or reference soccer/football in someway.  I have a couple,
> like XTC's Senses Working Overtime, Robbie Williams, Del Amitri and The
> Referees alphabet by Half man Half Biscuit.
> Your suggestions are appreciated! And may result in a kick ass (pun
> intended) compilation.

There's a new song Roger Daltrey wrote in honor
of his favorite football team, Arsenal. Typical;
Pete Townshend still writes mini-rock operas,
Daltrey writes about football.

At 8:21 PM -0700 5/6/06, igor pressley wrote:
>The Who's Roger Daltrey will show his devotion to his favorite
>soccer club, Arsenal, by performing at the closing ceremony
>for the team's stadium, familiarly known as Highbury,
>on Sunday in London.
>The rocker will sing a song called "Highbury Highs," *
>which he wrote especially for the occasion, as well
>as a classic Who tune, after Arsenal plays its final
>game at the venue.
>"I'm more excited about this than I was about
>playing Woodstock!" said Daltrey.
>---SEE the article here:
>* "Highbury Highs"
>- written by Roger Daltrey
>I've seen children grow
>On this field of green
>On this field of dreams
>The years have passed away
>I've stood side by side With London's Pride
>We laughed and we cried
>We lived another day
>To those Highbury Highs under North London skies
>Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
>Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
>Yes we will remember those Highbury Days
>From Rocky,Ray and Raddy
>To Dennis,Chippy,Paddy
>The Rock of Tony Adams
>The Joy of Charlie George
>Chapman, Graham, Wenger
>Yes we will remember
>And those record breaking scores
>All those Highbury Highs under North London skies
>Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
>Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
>Yes we will remember those Highbury Days
>May those Highbury Highs be with you all your days
>May your Highbury Highs last forever
>There's one thing that's certain when they drop the final curtain
>Something you can bet your shirt on The Arsenal's here to stay
>All those Highbury Highs under North London skies
>Yes we will remember those Highbury Highs
>Those Highbury Days and those Highbury ways
>We will always remember those Highbury..HIGHBURY..Highbury
>Highbury Highs say your final goodbyes
>We will always remember those Highbury Highs
>Say your final goodbyes to those Highbury Days
>WE will always remember those Highbury Days

Chris Coolidge
President, Vermont Spiritualist Association


Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 18:57:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pastor Tim <>
Subject: re: message to andy
Message-ID: <>

--- mr. 'da freeq' wrote:
> i think i can safely speak for the rest of your (former?) band's
> fandom when i say that the bottom line here, mr. partridge, is
> I'M TIRED OF WAITING!! ... i think it's time for you to shit or
> get off the pot, andy.  you're losing fans here through your
> procrastination, whether you're unaware of it already or you
> simply don't give a fuck about us anymore .....

Uhhhh, Mr. Phipps?  Speak for yourself, and please don't presume to
safely speak for all of us, leastwise not me.  Sure, you're entitled to
your own self-described "pissed" opinion, but next time try drunk
instead of angry... if nothing else it'd be a lot more entertaining.
I'll skip commenting on your laughable reference to "those occasional
royalty checks," but I will go on record as saying I really like "A
Song for Wes Long" -- it's catchy, it's got a good beat, and I can
dance to it... which is more than I can say for your pissed missive.

+ Pastor Tim

"We're spending millions to learn to speak porpoise,
 When human loneliness is still a deafening noise..."
                           -- XTC, 'Across This Antheap'


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