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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 57

               Wednesday, 29 November 2006


                      Robyn Hitchock
                Goosey...err Turkey Turkey
              What happened to Idea Studios?
                   LOVE is all you need
                Andy discusses "Dear God"
           D.G. & A.P. as XTC works for me, too
           Andy's Amazonian Audio Adventures!!


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Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 18:21:24 +1300
From: "Neil Sheppard" <>
Subject: Robyn Hitchock
Message-ID: <> being interviewed on Radio New Zealand (or so I think I heard
yesterday on an advert) tomorrow (Tuesday evening). If this is true, it will
be available for streaming for a week afterwards. thought You'd like to
know. Could find no mention of it on the website though...



Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 09:08:48 -0800
From: "Wayne Klein" <>
Subject: Goosey...err Turkey Turkey
Message-ID: <BAY108-F18A28F3EE49F3B0D58CB1F9E20@phx.gbl>

>If you want to know who's playing the military-style snare drum and
>where the "Beatle moment" in the song is, then check out the XTCfans
>Blog (, where there's an exclusive
>interview with the birthday boy himself.

Todd thanks for continuing to provide these interviews they are very
enlightening. You always ask intelligent questions and they're not the
obvious ones that every other interviewer has asked Andy!

By the way a happy belated birthday to Andy!
>J Pinto wrote:
> > My local Record Shop has "Warbles" Collector Set for
> > $69.95.
> >
> > I paid $67.45 for the "Box" and the last TWO Warbles
> > from Andy's site(now mysteriously "suspended"
> > probably because he cut a distribution deal). Add to
> > that buying the individual discs as they were
> > released and I'm up to near $180.00 for something I
> > could now own for $70.

Honestly it never bothered me. I got to hear them when they were released
before the bulk of the rest of the world so that was cool. It's like when
you purchase a new DVD or CD while you might get them on special (at a
lesser price) within a couple months to a year they are even less than the
reduced price you paid for them.

It's called commerce dropping the price to move more units as the CDs sell

Also putting them together in the boxed set I don't doubt that the price was
reduced to make the set more attractive. If they hadn't sold well in the
first place Andy would never have been able to put them out in this fashion
so the argument would be academic.

Also from Todd:
The band is very close to reaching a settlement with the label, buck up --
video releases should be on the way in '07...

Yes about bloody time that this set was out!

>With his Monstrance album of improvised music with early XTC keyboard
>player Barry Andrews released in January, MOJO must also ask about
>that long-dormant parent band.  "I speak of XTC in the past tense",
>admits Partridge.  "It's in the freezer and I dunno if it'll ever come
>out again - Colin [Moulding] phoned me recently and said he wasn't
>interested in music any more, and it wouldn't be XTC without him.  But
>I have been ummm'ing and arr'ing about working with Dave Gregory
>again- so I mustn't say 'no' ".

Paul thanks for the info I haven't seen the latest issue of Mojo (to be
honest I usually skip it at the newsstand before I decide if its a
worthwhile issue to buy).

All I can say is that if Colin is out of the picture I'm hoping he'll say
yes to Andy and Dave working together under the name. While it wouldn't be
the same the two collaborating together would be very interesting indeed
without Colin in the mix. As much as I've loved the last XTC album I did
miss Dave's guitar playing that always complimented Andy's and his backing
vocals (and his "presence" on the albums).

To all those in the U.S. have a Happy Thanksgiving and to those outside the
U.S. a great weekend!



Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 01:22:06 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Amazing!
Message-ID: <>

Don Device (a Chalkfiend and a Chalkfriend) rocks!  That's all.


"The vanquished sun is like the withered yolk of a weathered egg" - Marc Bolan

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 08:49:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Michael Myers <>
Subject: What happened to Idea Studios?
Message-ID: <>

Hey folks;

I perused the recent interviews with Ansy, in which he describes the
comatose state of XTC right now since Colin is not inclined to make
music right now.  Did it strike anyone else odd that Andy described
Colin as disappearing?

He said that he does not know where Colin lives anymore, nor does he
have a phone number for him.  He describes the situation as being kind
of weird since Colin is his partner in Idea Records.

Wait a minute!  Imagine how it must feel to be Andy right now.  Your
partner drops out of sight.  He no longer wants to make music.  But
didn't they spend a huge amount of time and money building a modern
studio in Colin's garage?  If Colin has apparently moved, what the
heck happened to Idea Studios?  Does anybody know?  Perhaps Todd can
ask Andy next time they speak.....



Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 01:11:37 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: LOVE is all you need
Message-ID: <>

The "new" Beatles album is certain to spark some robust debate.  What
I find refreshing is that this time (as opposed to the Macca-centric
"1" collection), the focus is on Dr Winston O'Boogie and Hari
Georgeson, and even little Richie gets his share.  But you simply MUST
get the CD/DVD-A version.  George and Giles Martin have gone ballistic
with the sound quality of the standard CD, but the 5.1 Surround mix on
the DVD-A will leave you breathless.

Many people may feel like they've had a Fabs overload (interesting
that this one has emerged just before Christmas), but in my opinion,
this LOVE thing is the ace-est ever.

Has anyone seen the Cirque du Soliel (sp?) show in Vegas? What's it
like?  I bet it's a real spectacle.  Hope they put it out on DVD.


"The vanquished sun is like the withered yolk of a weathered egg" - Marc Bolan

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 16:30:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Andy discusses "Dear God"
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Dear God."

If you want to know where the shrine to St. Andy would be, or find out
what America's marketing jingle is, check out the XTCfans blog site

Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look...


We all need a big reduction in amount of tears/and all the people that
you made in your image/see them fighting in the street/'cause they
can't make opinions meet about God...
  -Andrew Partridge, songwriter (1953- )


Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 08:30:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Kzincat <>
Subject: D.G. & A.P. as XTC works for me, too
Message-ID: <>

>"I speak of XTC in the past tense", admits Partridge.
>"It's in the freezer and I dunno if it'll ever come
>out again - Colin [Moulding] phoned me recently and
>said he wasn't interested in music any more, and it
>wouldn't be XTC without him.  But I have been ummm'ing
>and arr'ing about working with Dave Gregory again- so
>I mustn't say 'no' ".

LOL so what *is* Colin f'n doing/interested in these
days then!?!?!

I think Dave G. and Andy need to sit in the shed and
laugh alot.... then get down to work. Yay!

...BTW, whats with all these people bidding against me
for the F.W. box set up on ebay?... dang, too late.



Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 17:53:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Andy's Amazonian Audio Adventures!!
Message-ID: <>

You've heard the podcast! (

You've downloaded 2 Rainbeau Melt! (ditto)

Now you can THRILL to Andy's AMAZING musical recommendations as
never-before revealed -- ON SCREEN!!

Where can I FIND such riches, you ask? Why, say I, right HERE:

Find out more about what's in Andy's junk drawers (hmmm, perhaps I
should rephrase that), what's going on with him and Colin, what's
going on with him and Barry and Martyn, what's going on with him and
Robyn, what's going on with him and Charlotte, what's going on, yeah,
what's going on, etc.

You can also find out what albums Andy's been wearing out the laser
beam of his CD player on, all courtesy of Amazon's Benjamin Lukoff,
who deserves a tip of the hat and a tipple off the bottle for his fine
work on our behalf. Ben, next one's on me.


The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and
deeds left undone.
 -Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and novelist (1811-1896)


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