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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 34

                  Sunday, 6 August 2006


                  XTC on Wikipedia/h2g2
     micro-mini XTC gathering in Los Angeles Area 8/8
               "Senses Working Undertime"?
                     Re: XTC for Kids
                  Whistle while you work
                     A lesson in XTC


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Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 12:18:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Lukoff <>
Subject: XTC on Wikipedia/h2g2
Message-ID: <>

Rory Wilsher wrote:
> Some time ago, someone complained about the Wikipedia
> entry on XTC, and it containing factual inaccuracies.
> It appears now to have been updated (at least, I can't
> see anything wrong with it). Does anyone have the
> original Wiki entry cached or saved?

Wikipedia keeps copies of all versions of all its articles, believe it or


Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 20:26:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kathleen Davis <>
Subject: micro-mini XTC gathering in Los Angeles Area 8/8
Message-ID: <>

Hello! I haven't posted in a b'zillion years, but some of the SoCal
XTC Forum members and I are trying to gather a few XTC folk...about
five of us are meeting somewhere near LA for dinner/drinks Tuesday,
8/8. The intent is to have fun and get a plan in the works for a
larger LA gathering in the near future. If you are interested, please
email me: ASAP.

Kate (the Baltimore one, still living in LA)


Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 05:46:30 +0200
From: "don device" <>
Subject: "Senses Working Undertime"?
Message-ID: <010401c6b453$f00b8590$743e4251@computer>

Fellow Hillians,

Not sure as to the reference to Tinnitus in "Get Well Soon", but always
willing to add my 1.7 euro-cents....

Four years ago I was hit in the ear from behind by an assailant in (where
else?) VIRGIN Megastore. My girlfriend was assaulted as well, but luckily
she ended up OK. I, on the other hand, lost my hearing in the left ear.

At first, I'd only lost about 35% and could use a hearing aid (they're very
sophisticated here in the future!), but it degenerated rapidly and now I'm
totally, 100% deaf in the left ear. A bit of a drag for a musician and so
much for i-pods and that muck.

On the other hand, I still hear, oh yes, and all too clearly. Each morning,
I know I'm awake because I hear a strong ringing in my ear, stronger than
someone speaking in a loud voice. Worse, it's not even on a 'pure' note like
'c' or something! It will be with me until death.

In fact, it's the sound of nothingness. My brain keeps asking my ear if
there's anything going down and there's no answer so it reads 'nothing' as,
i dunno, dial tone?

It's my understanding that Tinnitus is the same basic problem (for the
technical-minded amongst you, I have what's called an 'acouphen').

It is interesting that a window on the world can just be slammed shut like
that. I remember when I first heard "Senses Working Overtime", I was quite
amazed by the idea that all these elements (do I need to list them?) created
a sort of 3-D (for want of a better term) perception of our world.  I've
often wondered about blind people, those blind from birth and those who lost

For my part, After only four years or so, I've forgotten stereo. When I put
on a walkman (or 'balladeur' as the French language police would have us
say!) to listen to the fake stereo of the Beatles, I'm acutely aware of the
loss. Otherwise... It's just ringing and I wish someone (anyone?) would pick
it up!

Any other Chalkhillians who have one or another sense that works less than
full-time? I imagine deaf people are mostly out (at least long-term folks)
simply because they could only know our boys from the art-work and poetry
(not that that's small potatos, or as we say in French 'petite biere',
Little Beer)... Blind folks couldn't read, but could have it read to them...

Anybody have anything to add (to remove the guilt of this narcissistic



Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:44:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Happy Puppy Records <>
Subject: Re: XTC for Kids
Message-ID: <>

It might be too obvious, but "Cherry In Your Tree" is
good.  I used that on a CD I made for a co-worker when
she had kids (music that kids and adults can enjoy!)

My first introduction was "Making Plans" when I was 8
and I thought the drums were really cool - still do,
of course.  Had no idea what it was about, but it
sounded good.


> Cheryl wrote:
> >
> > I've decided it's time to bring XTC into my
> classroom.  I'm a
> > preschool teacher and am trying to figure out some
> good songs to put
> > together on a CD for my kids. I'm almost certain
> this has been
> > discussed before but hopefully not recently.  If
> that's the case,
> > please don't feel obligated to respond.


Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 04:40:23 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Whistle while you work
Message-ID: <>

Hi Cheryl

Nice to have you back on board.  Loving your thread about XTC songs
that may appeal to kids.

Cheryl wrote:
> I've decided it's time to bring XTC into my classroom.  I'm a
> preschool teacher and am trying to figure out some good songs to put
> together on a CD for my kids. I'm almost certain this has been
> discussed before but hopefully not recently.  If that's the case,
> please don't feel obligated to respond.
> However, if anyone has suggestions for a CD of XTC songs for kids I
> would love to hear them.

The "other" Steve had some worthy suggestions, and I think there are
many you could choose.  F'rinstance, I can visualise your charges
marching merrily around the classroom to "Generals & Majors" - the
whistling bit would be irresistible, don't you think?

But I'd like to relate a misheard lyric that the son of one of our
Chalkfriends (Dunks, MIA) delightfully mondegreened.  From "The Wheel
& the Maypole".  Dunks' boy came up with this: "It's a popcorn holder,
love".  PRICELESS.

Speaking of whistling, I recently had cause to do just that, when I
scored, for what they call "a song", a lovely bit of tat on eBay.
It's a California ("the golden state") licence plate with IN - XTC
in big blue letters.  Proudly displayed on my ecks-tee-see wall,
alongside a blow-up of the Fossil Fuel cover that carries the gold-pen
signatures of all four members of the classic line-up (courtesy of the
singularly magnificent Mr Fitzpatrick - "hippo, birdy, two ewes"

So there, nyah nyah.

"Oops" - Algenon the incontinent

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 18:09:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cheryl <>
Subject: A lesson in XTC
Message-ID: <>

Hello everyone!

Thanks for all the advice given on songs for the kids in my class. I
had forgotten all about the James and the Giant Peach songs as well as
some other demos that are geared toward kids.  This led me to think
its time to fork out some money for Fuzzy Warbles. So that is in the
plans for the wee bit of cash I have left after bills bills and more

I did make up a CD of songs I had available.  Let me tell you, I ended
up having to shave off some of them due space availability.  I thought
Cd's were limitless!  Anyway, I brought in the CD and eagerly put it
on for the afternoon crowd. Right way I had one tell his buddies,
"Hey!  I know this song! My mommy has this" Then he would mumble some
words and belt out "AND I'VE GOT 1, 2 , 3, 4 ,5" and resume mumbling
out the words. I made a mental note to corner said mom.  As the CD
continued heads were a bobbing and random body parts were a
wiggling. They were enjoying it! Yea!

At the end of the evening, I greeted the suspected XTC fan and told
her the story of her son recognizing the songs and she tells me, "Oh!
I love them! Did you play Skylarking? He knows those songs" It was
nice to find another fan in the midst of my classroom.

The next morning, I'm setting up the classroom for the day and have
the CD going for my own enjoyment. I turn around and a co-work has
this concentrated look on her face and asks, Who's this? Of course I
tell her it's XTC at which her face lights up, "I love them! I thought
it was them!"

I kick myself for waiting 8 years to do this.

I feel as if I'm going through a rediscovery of their songs.  I've
loaded up my CD changer in the car and look forward to my commutes to
and from work.  That's really something considering how bad Boston
drivers are.  :)

Take care everyone,


Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006 03:52:01 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Recommended
Message-ID: <>

The artiste: Daniel Prendiville.  The CD: "Hand Actor Part".  Where to
find it: yourself a favour!



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