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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 31

                   Friday, 14 July 2006


             Andy and Todd Rundgren, reunited
                     nines free songs
               Music Knows How Best to Mend
       English "aliens" near the English settlement
                      Crazy Diamond
Andy Partridge #64 best songwriter in Paste Magazine poll


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Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:42:34 EDT
Subject: YouTube?
Message-ID: <>

Has anyone checked out the various live bits on YouTube.Com? I found the TV
clip for "Books Are Burning" last night and it made just wish that Andy could
get some of Brian Wilson's mood drugs and do a few shows; no "pork shaking",
just solid live musicianship.

Warren in Sacramento


Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 07:10:51 -1000
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: Andy and Todd Rundgren, reunited
Message-ID: <>

There's a new Mojo magazine out about the Beatles and Revolver and
all that, where several other artists make comments about fave Beatle
tracks. Andy of course chose Rain, and his comments and photo are
right there next to Todd Rundgren's, on p. 90.



Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 09:50:48 -0700
From: John Thomson <>
Subject: SWEET!
Message-ID: <>

Delurking for a moment. My fave political blog 'Crooks And Liars',
posts music clips every night-a short diversion from all the bad news-
and last nites clip was...Ta da!! It's a busy blog so you might need to
scroll down. We've all seen the vid, of course, just make sure to read
the comments.


  "If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular
error." -John Kenneth Galbraith


Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 13:04:43 -0400
From: "david henwood" <>
Subject: nines free songs
Message-ID: <BAY119-F81B25E1E7799E808162A4C16B0@phx.gbl>

Love the Nines. and they now have other songs up now on an alternate
my all unreleased demos etc and a
download that sounds like XTC.


Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 14:35:24 -0400
From: Harrison Sherwood <>
Subject: Music Knows How Best to Mend
Message-ID: <>

Wull, hully gee, cul! -- that ol' Venus Apple sure don't  fall far
from the tree...

You First Responders holding gurneys, firehoses and the Jaws of Life
keep your grips, but the rest of you should drop everything and pop
(yeah!) over to and glim the glam that
is Holly Partridge's band, The SheBeats!

Poppa Partridge points with pride to the harmonic hookiness and
melodic marvelousness of Holly's composition, "Music Knows," which
she writty all by herself and no kibitzing from the Patridge-arch.
It's the first of the three posted tunes. The heatherosexually
inclined among you might want to keep the "homina-homina-hominas" to
yourselves at least in Poppa's hearing, but the rest of you may feel
free to express your approval of the Partridgean Pulchritude. And
dig: Absent the flowing blonde tresses and kohl-rimmed eyes, you
might be looking at the mouth, jawline and cheekbones of the
Reluctant Cannonball hImself! Ain't genetics great?

In Arthur news, Rhino's new box "Children of Nuggets: Original
ARtyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era - 1976-1996" features two
Dukes tracks -- "The Vanishing Girl" and "25 O'Clock.' "Vanishing
Girl" is given pride of place as Disk 1, Track 1, which has got to
signify something-or-other. (

Harrison "When she's here it makes up for the time she's not" Sherwood


Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 20:18:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Wyatting
Message-ID: <>

OK, this really has nothing whatsoever to do with XTC,
but it's too damn funny not to pass along.,,1816986,00.html

Introducing Wyatting, the fine art of selecting music
on an internet julebox that will clear out a pub.
Named after Robert Wyatt, who apperantly is amused by
it all.


Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 08:16:53 -0400
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: English "aliens" near the English settlement
Message-ID: <>

Well done crop circle near the Uffington horse.

J. D.


Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 09:52:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Crazy Diamond
Message-ID: <>

The recent death at 60 of Roger "Syd" Barrett,
announced this morning in a statement from the
surviving members of Pink Floyd, reminds me of why
Chalkhills is so important. Anyone else in my life --
family, friends, coworkers -- would say, "Syd who?"

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: The crazy diamond named Peter Green still shines!


Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:42:35 -0500
From: "LaShawn" <>
Subject: Andy Partridge #64 best songwriter in Paste Magazine poll
Message-ID: <006201c6a543$be5bb1b0$3b131510$@net>

Hi all,

Long-time lurker, but since I haven't seen this yet, I thought I'd surface
to let y'all know. Our beloved Andy has appeared on Paste Magazine Best
Songwriter's list at #64. Here's the blurb that accompanied it:

64>ANDY PARTRIDGE (XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphear)

"I'm 12 o'clock / All daylight hours / I'll warm your bed / I'll grow
your flowers / Like I'm a miniature sun / This ball ignited when she
told me I was her only one."

Bursting from England's polyglot punk movement with jittery energy,
Swindon's XTC shed its genre-bound genesis to reveal a beating heart of
classic pop songcraft. Led by the stubborn, brilliant and prolific Andy
Partridge (with Colin Moulding, who also contributed key tunes to the band's
catalog), the songs drew on England's pastoral tradition ("River Of
Orchids") and railed against the absurdities of modern life ("Scarecrow
People," "The Last Balloon"). Partridge's songs, brimming with Technicolor
imagery, jaw-dropping extended metaphors and some of the catchiest (and
quirkiest) pop melodies this side of the Fab Four, earned the band an
enduring cult despite no public performances since 1982. Reid Davis

GET>"The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" (1986), "The Mayor of Simpleton"


You can see the entire listing here:

There's also a podcast where they interview Andy...pretty nice interview
that also includes Peter Buck of REM and Paul McCarthy (but not all of them
together). You can download that at

Diving back into the sea of lurkdom, now.



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