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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 58

                Thursday, 7 December 2006


Andy discusses "Peter Pumpkinhead," the MySpace song of the week
          I hope you read this, Andy Partridge!
                   Our man on the spot!
            Could it be a gentle dig at Colin?
                  New songs by the Nines
          Let's get Dave Gregory to Number One !


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Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 18:12:26 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Andy discusses "Peter Pumpkinhead," the MySpace song of the week
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Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead."

If you want to know who the "giant in the Nonsuch stakes" was, as well
as who's really plugging that guitar in at the start of the song,
check out the XTCfans blog site (

Any kind of love is alright!



Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 13:44:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Wes Long <>
Subject: I hope you read this, Andy Partridge!
Message-ID: <>

Andy Partridge, I am so damn mad at you. For the past
twenty-plus years I've occasionally smacked down small
wads of cash for XTC discs - and other than
mindbogglingly creative life-altering music drenched
in orgasmic wordplay and garbed in the most clever
packaging conceivable - I've received absolutely
nothing in return.

You bastard.



Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 12:37:49 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Our man on the spot!
Message-ID: <>

Yes, thanks Todd for all that stuff.  Those song-by--song things
are ace, they add to the "Song Stories" book.  Good website, much

Next time you talk with Andy, can you ask him how much pain he was
going through to produce that amazing solo coda to "My Land Is
Burning".  Or, then again was he, in his genius, just going through
the motions and just dashing off a riff?

Tell him, here is one guy wherein that solo makes me fall apart.

Harvey Crimble

"What?" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 12:09:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Could it be a gentle dig at Colin?
Message-ID: <>

If anyone on this Hill ever perused the Collectors'
Choice Music catalog ( and put it down
thinking it was cover-to-cover Sarah Vaughan, Jack
Teagarden, the Ink Spots, and Johnny Mathis, it's time
to pick it back up, flip a few more pages, take note
of listings for the likes of Slayer, John Mayall, the
Clash, Moby, Nirvana, and Frank Zappa, and come to the
discomfiting realization that "Oldies" R Us.

Here's an offering in the Christmas 2006 catalog that
caught my attention ...

ALBUM: FUZZY WARBLES. XTC frontman Andy Partridge has
never been shy about sharing his musical scrapbooks
with his fans. This 9-CD set (eight plus a bonus CD
including nine tracks exclusive to this set) presents
over 100 songs from when XTC was signed to Virgin
Records, featuring alternate versions of band
favorites, unreleased songs and unfinished tunes that
Partrige polished off for this 'Fuzzy Warbles' series.
Even includes a sheet of Fuzzy Warbles stamps and an
oversized booklet ...  one of our favorite British
eccentrics! $79.95."

(Obligatory disclaimer: I have no relationship to
Collectors' Choice Music, or to any parent company,
affiliate, agent, partner, licensee, subsidiary,
reptilian Martian overlord, 10cc, C. C. Ryder, or Cece
Penniston, except that of a satisfied customer.)

Take a close look at the cover of Andy's "stamp
album." Can we agree that the enthusiastic blond boy
playing ride-'em-cowboy on the nose of the rocketship
is an idealized representation of the great Ape
himself? Okay, then, who's the black-haired little
girl sitting demurely astern? As we learn more about
Andy's undiminished drive to compose, collaborate, and
record, and of a certain bass player's evident loss of
interest in music, a forbidden thought takes shape:
Could this be a gentle dig at Colin?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 21:56:59 -0500
From: "david henwood" <>
Subject: New songs by the Nines
Message-ID: <BAY119-F3991C592AE88F732818626C1DD0@phx.gbl>

The Nines have been discussed on this forum for a while and Steve Eggers,
the lead Nine has worked with Andy PArtridge recently so I thought that this
would be of interest...This just in from their mailing list...

the nines have a new 5 song Xmas E.P out which is out on their store is also selling the new cd...

5 songs, 4 of which have never been released and both places are selling it
as "limited quantities".

there are also streams of 2 of the songs at (the
lead vocal on It's Christmas is remarkably Andy Partridge sounding...with
Paul Mccartney thrown in..



Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 22:25:39 +0000
From: Peter Fitzpatrick <>
Subject: Let's get Dave Gregory to Number One !
Message-ID: <>

We're hatching a plan to get Dave Gregory to Number One for the first
time.  Read on . . .

There's a CD single out this week !  I think you'll like it. A lot.

"Tinsel & Marzipan" has been put together by some friends of
mine (Pugwash) and they've got some guests including Mundy, Eric
Matthews, Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy... the chap who wrote
the theme to Father Ted, and of course the one and only Dave Gregory.
[Somewhere on there you'll hear my keyboard noodlings and you'll hear
my kids singing backing vocals but that's not important right now]

This is the Christmas-song that won't have you reaching for the
"off" button I promise.

We reckon we can get this CD into the charts if enough friends buy it
this weekend (December 8th. 9th, 10th, 11th)

It doesn't take many sales to get into the Top Ten in the Irish
charts.  If we get into the Top Ten next week the momentum (and a
little luck) could carry the single to Number One.  Wouldn't that be
cool ? Wouldn't it be great to beat all that reality-TV rubbish to
Number One this Christmas ?  One in the eye for the boy bands.

Here is the interesting bit : you can purchase this song online using
digital download and it will still count toward the chart position !

If you're an iTunes person then search for "Pugwash and Friends" to
locate it.

If you're not an iTunes person then go here to purchase a digital

you can buy it using Paypal, credit card or SMS using mobile phone
There is even a ringtone version ! Is that a first for XTC ?

If you're a collector and would like to have a copy of the actual
single then please email the record label (

As if that wasn't enough : all proceeds from sales of the single go to
the Epilepsy charity Brainwave.

If you're in Ireland watch out for the band & friends promoting the
single on RTE's "Ryan Tubridy TV Show" Saturday December 9th.
If you're not in Ireland stay tuned: I will ensure that the
performance gets on-line so you can all see Dave performing.

He's coming over to Dublin for the show and I'll be sure to pass along
your collective best wishes.

More information here :


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