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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #12-40

         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 40

                 Monday, 4 September 2006


                   Once Again Faithful
                   Absolutely Wizard!!
               Warbles Box/Three XTC Tracks
                   All You Need Is Cash
                      Re: fuzzy set
                     not raped at all
                    Completists rule!
               Re: Wo ist der Rag und Bone?
              PHILATELY (lick it with beer?)
              ** RAPED ** by fuzzy warbles??


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Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 10:39:50 -0400
Subject: Once Again Faithful
Message-ID: <>


You said:  <<It seems they're still working on a separate package for those
who've already bought the albums and once all is revealed, it won't

Whew, I was really starting to angrily turn against all things reissued,
and I'm as big an obsessive as one could get!!  But, for now, I'm back on

I just couldn't see having to sell off all my autographed copies of the
FUZZIES that I already had shelled out all that much money for, although
having 'em all in one set did sound somewhat inviting, especially if other
cuts were added on to the already long track list of each disk, or
something like that.

Again, though, I have to stress making some of those RAG AND BONE tracks
available, even if remixed or given to us as a demo.  I rather like "Always
Winter, Never Christmas", for example, and expected it to show up on the
Virgin reissue since it was merely just a B-side of a single, along with a
couple of great demos.  Since the whole Virgin reissue thing is a moot
point, I will only say that, if the guys have any control over that
material as yet, certainly at least those little odd tunes should be issued
somewhere, somehow.

Oh, and I hate to sound nagging, but please, someone slip me the correct
link to the APE site, once again?



Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 11:00:14 -0400
Subject: Absolutely Wizard!!
Message-ID: <>


You said: <<Anyway, I was the interviewer, and it was great talking to
Todd, and great to hear what he said about XTC. Was trying to get him
to say more but he *does* always mention them and he had Esquivel and
Space Ghost to plug...>>

I'll tell ya, I was astounded to hear Todd give a head's up to Frank Zappa
& Mothers of Invention album, WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY.  At one time,
I considered Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa to be the major producers of the
decade because absolutely *NO* one was doing what they were doing,
sonically.  Can't say whether the mutual society would have been felt by
the late Mr. Zappa, but I know that I miss Zappa's musical presence and
know that many musicians turned out to be closet fans.  Both he and Mr.
Rudgren have specific ways of recording that amaze and still delight me
today.  I am and always will be an extreme fan of A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR,
despite what critics back then said about it.  Since all the songs on that
album seem to segue nicely into the next, it proves that, perhaps, Todd was
listening intently to what Frank Zappa was doing with his music and
concepts, while inserting his own sensabilities to the mix as he went

Zappa is one individual who, while he would be feeling that reissuing stuff
again and again might seem a bit pretentious, would definitely see the
avenues of surround sound as another cue to reissue all his classic albums
with his multi-channel stuff finally being issued the way it was originally
conceived!!  Of course, this would all hinge on whether or not all such
masters still exist on some of these things as the various labels,
especially Verve, did not treat the source material all that well.

But, as I listen again to the most recent reissue of WIZARD by Todd on
Sanctuary/Castle, I could hear this and, perhaps, INITIATION, as dual disk
or CD/DVD combos with the surround sound experiments intact.  I'd never
heard an album that so utilized the headset than WIZARD.  It's brilliant!

Which brings me to the FUZZY WARBLES collections.  I'd said it once on this
list already, but I'll say it again--I liked the way these demos and
rareties are strung together as if they were like those Zappa-esque
concepts or like Todd's WIZARD album, not entirely taking itself too
seriously and always keeping the ears awake!

Good job!



Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 10:07:32 -0500 (CDT)
From: John Holcomb <>
Subject: Warbles Box/Three XTC Tracks
Message-ID: <>

As yet another fan who has already purchased six authographed volumes
of the Warbles from APE (ordering each one of them as soon as they
were available), I, too, SINCERELY hope that there is a way to buy the
next two voumes AND get the bonus track disc/booklet, etc., without
having to buy the whole box.  In fact, if I have no choice, I WON'T
buy the whole box.  Enough is enough.

That said, I have not kept up very well on these last three XTC tracks
and how to obtain them, as I am bummed out by crappy mp3 downloads and
Apple Venus being issued over and over again.  What is the best way
for me to get "Spiral", "Say It", and "Where Did All the Ordinary
People Go?" on CD, not mp3 downloads?

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE XTC/Andy/Colin.  But all this repackaging
has gotten me dizzy.




Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 13:13:00 -0700
From: "Wayne Klein" <>
Subject: All You Need Is Cash
Message-ID: <BAY108-F19157073CB414DBF823815F93C0@phx.gbl>

It's nice to see the newsletter pick up more activity. I'm also glad to hear
that Andy will be offering the ninth disc separately for those of us who
have bought the previous 6. I've got 7 and 8 on order at

For those who are fans of Squeeze the Difford & Tilbrook album has finally
been issued in the U.S. on CD by Hip-O select. There aren't any bonus
tracks, rarities and/or demos :( but at least we can finally have this
terrific album and NOT pay an outrageous price (it's $12.99). Also available
is a long sought after item "All This and World War II" which features
Beatles songs performed by Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel and many other
worthwhile artists. It's worth it just to hear Peter's "Strawberry Fields
Forever". Again this is available from Hip-O Select which is increasingly
replacing Rhino for me. Ever since Rhino release "Brick" (the Talking Heads
boxed set) and the defective Dualdisc version of "Fear of Music" (also
included in "Brick") and failed to take responsibility for their screw up
(it won't play on computers nor will it play on a lot of CD players)by
reauthoring the disc and replacing it, they've lost my respect. Even some of
their Rhino limited edition releases have had problems.

I was quite upset at them for licensing out the Judee Sill albums AFTER many
of us paid extra to get the deluxe editions. It's not that I'm not in favor
of Judee's music being heard by others but release it as an internet
exclusive non numbered set for Christ's sake! I've also had problems with a
pair of other limited edition releases where they've had glitches on the
discs (the Jimmy Webb set and Fanny set).

It's too bad really because Rhino seemed to be the one company that cared
about their customers. I guess Ape takes the top slot followed by Hip-O with
Rhino a distant third.

So whatever happened to the new XTC rarities disc that Virgin was planning
on putting out?

Oh and Ben excellent interview with Todd. I've always liked his music and
the fact that he can still be a fan of XTC and promote them even after the
conflict he had with Andy (and vice versa) says a lot about him as a
musician and person. I also doubt he would ever work with them again just
because it could bring up some bad experiences.

As a Badfinger fan I was hoping he discuss his work with them on "Straight
Up!" (and the revamped tracks that showed up on "ASS"). I also keep hoping
that Apple will get their stuff together and finally remaster the back
catalog. I've got the gold discs for "Straight Up" and "No Dice" and they
put the regular CDs to shame.

XTC in 5.1? I'd love it as long as they don't put it out on a dreaded

Wayne Klein


Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:01:36 -0700
From: Steve <>
Subject: Re: fuzzy set
Message-ID: <>

Jude wrote:
 >want to continue to support the band, but this bonus 9th FW cd - on the
 >heels of having to buy the Apple/Wasp box set for 2 tracks last year - >is
 >really too much. (I've bought every incarnation of the Apple/Wasp cds >so
 >far, by the way, but I'm going to draw the line at the series of 13 7"
 >singles that comes out this fall.)

It's great to have fans that are such rabid completists, huh? :-{

I agree.
The 9th CD needs to be available to those who've bought *everything* up
to date short of the upcoming duplicated set. ...and I admit I only
bought the apple box for the downloads (silly me)... and there the box
sits with the enclosed download card scratched off.

Another Steve
still listening to xtc after all these years
(just like my grandpa listened to big band!)


Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 10:54:04 -0400
From: "jude hayden" <>
Subject: not raped at all
Message-ID: <>

I humbly eat all my words from the last digest, and am tickled pink that the
final 2 volumes will be available with the packaging and the bonus disc.

My prayers are answered - thanks, Andy!



Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 10:32:48 -0700
From: Don Pennington <>
Subject: Completists rule!
Message-ID: <>

I'm casting my vote for not making fans buy yet another cash heavy
release of FW. I too have the XTC needle sticking out of my wallet
(are you an XTC fan or just happy to see me?) and couldn't be happier to
be able to wade through my copies of the permutations of each release
I'd prefer to complete my signed set with the hope of also enjoying the
bonus, 9th FW.



Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 08:33:35 -0400
From: Christopher Coolidge <>
Subject: Re: Wo ist der Rag und Bone?
Message-ID: <>

On Sep 1, 2006, at 9:22 AM, Kevin Chalkhills wrote:
> Eegads, and where *IS* the RAG AND BONE BUFFET material?  Now, those
> would be well worthwhile to add to my selection.  When I heard of yet
> another collection of XTC rareties being offered in a box set, I
> thought that, surely, RAG 'N' BONE was going to be among these, along
> with live material and other things not yet given to us, but *NOT*
> this!

I think Virgin has ownership of the Rag and Bone Buffet material, so
Andy has no responsibility for that nor any desire to make them any
more money off him than they already have. Besides, Rag and Bone
Buffet has already been released on CD(I have it in that form),
though it wouldn't hurt for Virgin to rerelease it(I'm sure they have
more material in the vaults).


Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 04:57:06 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: PHILATELY (lick it with beer?)
Message-ID: <>

1) Off topic but I know quite a few of you will be agreeing with me
   once you hear it: SCRITTI POLITTI: "White Bread Black Beer".
   Heavenly stupendously deliciously good!  Even better, IMO, than
   "Anomie & Bonhomie", if that was at all possible.

2) On topic.  Someone in this forum was wondering whether the Stamp
   Album would mean you have to re-purchase the whole lot of Fuzzies.
   Well, according to the APE website, you have choices: buy the whole
   lot, or get the additional stuff in various combinations, or if,
   like me, you've got Warbles 1-6, you can buy the box with the bonus
   (number niiiiine) disc and all the extras along with FW 7 & 8 ,
   which is the way I think I'll go.  So, you DO have a choice.  Go to
   the APE House and find out more.

3) Who wrote "Song Of Joy" and what is the definitive version?
   Something about Pier Jesu?  'Scuse my ignorance. An acquaintance
   who's still on this list (the one who whinges all the time, about
   seemingly everything going, from revheads to cowboys) was telling
   me about it one time and I just don't remember, but it's such a
   pretty  tune. You see, my best friend just rang me to say his Mum
   passed away.  Her name was JOY.  He was crackin' up of course, poor
   guy - what do you say a times like this?   I gather she was a
   special kinda Mum.  I want to make him a CD to comfort him or
   something, but all I've got is the Wendy Carlos vocoder version
   from the "A Clockwork Orange" soundtrack and I'll have to dig it
   out of my detritus.  Any suggestions or recommendations please?
   Didn't someone have a hit with a vocal version of it in mid-70s?
   Any help appreciated.

4) Don't expect too many of you outside Oz  will clock the
   significance of this, but, last night I witnessed possibly the most
   fantastic live rock & roll extravaganza I think I've ever seen &
   heard.  Right up there with things like Bowie, McCartney and
   Supertramp.  It was THE COUNTDOWN SPECTACULAR.  "Countdown", I
   guess was the Oz equivalent to "Top Of The Pops" (only far
   superior).  This concert was a reunion of many of the  main
   protagonists.  They couldn't do DRAGON, 'cos most of them are now
   dead for various reasons.  So, for that, they displayed some great
   old footage on the humungous vid-screens from said band's hey-day.
   Well, who should show up, grinning like a cheshire cat on the tubs?
   Why, our Terry Chambers!  For it woz him wot played in Dragon for a
   while.  As if everything else didn't send shivers up me spine,
   seeing Felix Rex O'Tels 20 foot high sure did!!!!

Do yourself a favour
Your white bread boy

"A bare toe is a device for finding a chair leg in the dark" - anon

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 13:01:35 -0700
From: "Pastula Aaron" <>
Subject: ** RAPED ** by fuzzy warbles??
Message-ID: <BAY109-F5514500C6A6E71AC282BEA2320@phx.gbl>

Really?  Raped?

If you've been "raped" by this latest effort to provide you with a unique
offering by XTC, then what do you call what happened to Andy & Co. under the
watchful monacle of Virgin records for all of those years; years for which
Andy is now trying to pay himself back?

Just curious,


PS -- I hear that after the FW box set comes out, Andy is going to release
the *demo versions* of the demo collection as a 27-disc, ultra-rare
collector's edition which will include Andy's previously unpublished
children's book "Snarky McSnark-Snark and the Purple Whales of
Fallum-Butter;" a hardbound, 500-page liberetto/expanded liner note/recipe
book which will include several pages of fake XTC tattoos and technical
recording schematics of Andy's shed throughout the years; a DVD of Andy
making funny faces and voices in the mirror; and X-ray reproductions of
Andy's injured hand and a vial containing microscopic fragments of his
broken eardrum.  All packaged in a faux-fur carrying case worthy of the
"fuzzy" namesake.  Pre-order yours and start bitching today!


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