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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 12, Number 8

               Wednesday, 22 February 2006


                   Official Bit Torrent
                      Nonsuch Demos
                    AP sighting, sorta
                       what I miss
                     Andy and Robyn!
                     Free association
                       Media slutz
      Rutles and stuff - not really XTC related BWTH
                 "Scanners" Scan to XTC?
                   XTC vs. Harry Potter


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Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:39:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve <>
Subject: Official Bit Torrent
Message-ID: <>

John wrote:

> Don't know if it's been posted here yet, but the Who have put up an
> officially sanctioned site,
> I've downloaded two DVDs and two audio discs, great stuff!

The site says:
"Long Live Rock is brought to you by carriepr and hntgzr."

Who are these carriepr and hntgzr chrktrs?

Another Steve


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 23:09:05 +1100
From: "Simon Knight" <>
Subject: Nonsuch Demos
Message-ID: <BAY109-F8F461E7E4AD03A9029BD6D0FA0@phx.gbl>

>The recent release of "Where Did the Ordinary People Go?" reminded me
>that there were so many wonderful songs from the "Nonsvch" sessions
>that never saw the light of day.  So let's open the blinds and expose
>(rawr!) them for all to see.

Since so many albums are released these days in repackaged forms with bonus
tracks, live versions, outtakes and demos I was just curious as to how
everyone else feels about this this kind of stuff being made public to our
ears?  Is this kind of information a positive or negative thing?  (This ties
in with Fuzzy Warbles as a whole I suppose).

I can't explain it, but for some reason whenever I listen to an album with
the added knowledge of what else was recorded during the sessions, it always
seems to end up with the result of always viewing the album in question as a
Flawed Work from that moment on.

With my vague knowledge of the 'Nonsuch' demos, I think these are some of
the songs that were offered  up for it:

Goosey Goosey
Wonder Annual *
Always Winter, Never Christmas *
Where Did The Ordinary People Go? *
Goodbye Humanosaurus
The Art Song (Something Good With Your Life)
I Can't Tell What Truth Is Anymore *
The Tiny Circus Of Life
Down A Peg
Didn't Hurt A Bit *
Rip Van Reuben *
Difficult Age
End Of The Pier *
Car Out Of Control

* indicates a song I would happily rather have on Nonsuch rather that a lot
of what's there - at the very least, Wonder Annual and End Of The Pier are
better to my ears than almost everything on the album.

Up until Nonsuch, the band's writing really connected with me with an
astonishingly high success rate, (there's not a dud song on the three albums
before it), so Nonsuch was a bit of a disappointment for me personally - a
lot of the songs don't emotionally connect as strongly as I was previously
used to, though i think the flat production has a lot to do with it.

Now I can only view Nonsuch as a lost opportunity.  What I wish it was,
rather than what it is.  I;m sure I wouldn't have this problem if I didn't
know what else was out there.

Anyone else think like this?



Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 10:30:23 -0500
From: Kevin Hiscock <>
Subject: AP sighting, sorta
Message-ID: <>

Can't remember seeing this mentioned during my lurking here.  I recently
(and finally) got around to listening to a Marty Willson-Piper CD I picked
up at a Church gig a couple of years ago and MWP mentions Andy in one of
the songs, "Forget the Radio":

All my favorite records
I never see or hear
And here's the plague of zombies
For power and career
Andy Partridge, Robert Wyatt
You hear it you buy it
The tail seems to wag the dog
The music's thick, lost in the fog
Without analysis
This is all we wish
Image kills the qualities below

According to someone on the Church's forum:

"Marty is a an admirer of both. At a show in Atlanta he expounded on the
subject of Partridge a bit and even sang a bit of 'Your Dictionary' a
capella. It was great."

Obviously MWP needs to listen to a certain Internet radio station . . .

cheers.kah - the home of radio hidebound, 151 proof
college radio aged 20 years
currently spinning: Bears - Superboy


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 07:46:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: what I miss
Message-ID: <>

This m-p-i-p digital age is so overrated. Even though I wasted a
fortune on one hit wonders, I miss going to the record store, getting
that big platter,nearly cutting the skin under my fingernail, loading
her up,  the downward movement of the needle, the ensuing hiss and
fondling the cardboard cover, liner notes and reading along to the
printed lyrics...sigh.


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 10:50:42 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Andy and Robyn!
Message-ID: <>


I am more excited about this news release than I've ever been about
any news release in my life.

 From the Idea Records website:

"Partridge And Hitchcock Hitch and Hatch"

Date: 13/02/06

Andy and psychedelic Soft Boy Shaman Robyn Hitchcock have been
writing and recording together recently. Robyn has been touring with
members of REM and when he gets off the road he and Andys sonic
experiments will re commence. Early song titles include 'Turn Me On
Deadman", 'Love' 'Let Me Exist' and 'Great Wall Of Breakfast!'.

As Tommy Boy would say, "Holy Schnikies!"



Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 10:03:57 +0100
Subject: Free association
Message-ID: <>

Hi people of the collines de craie,

Thanks to the beauty of Chalkhills and the incredible kindness of a certain
hilleR, I now have an .mp3 of "Ordinary People"!  I am psyched!!  What a
song, better than "Say It", in the same league as "Spiral", it's great!
Love the part where he sings "green" and the harmonies come in that sound
like a car horn, just before he sings the line about cars in his street.
Also how the vocals seem to bounce back and forth between ADT with reverb
and then without both.  My only wish (as with the other new songs) is that I
can someday hear "real" versions of the songs on a "real" stereo, not just
.mp3s on my work computer speaker.  But this is "Meckern auf einem hohen
Niveau" (complaining at a high level), as Germans would say.

If there is anything to criticize, it would only be that
production/arrangement-wise, the lack of Greggsy is more evident than ever.
It is really unfortunate that they can't all work together nowadays.

A (stupid) question, though: Did anyone else except me listen and start
free-associating with "Psycho Killer" by the Talking Heads??  ...  No??
Hmm, I didn't think so.  Oh! there comes my nurse, it's off to the ward for

Au revoir,



Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 01:37:07 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Media slutz
Message-ID: <>

Hi Chalks

As rats are being whacked and bats are being sacked, I thought I'd
bring something to your attention-

Have you noticed how Mr Partridge has been all over the media
lately?  Andy The Ubiquitous.  Is there some kinda new box set or
something he's seeking to promote?

I made an undertaking to the illustrious Mr Relph to transcribe and
scan stuff from the various English mags in which AP appears, to put
into the press clippings section of Chalkhills for all to enjoy.
However, certain events have overtaken that endeavour [sorry for the
delay John, I'm working on it-].

There's one particularly splendid example though, which I recommend
you seek out.  It's the Christmas '05 issue of Record Collector
magazine.  Lennon's on the cover (as seems to be the case with just
about every other December British music glossy).  Great interview
with an updated UK discography.  And in the same issue, there is an
item about the discovery of an acetate (conservatively valued at 400
pounds sterling) for the aborted "Wrapped In Grey" single.  Check it
out, trainspotters!

Also, I picked up on eBay a great 2-CD set of an interview that Andy
did for Swindon radio in December. I'll transcribe that for John (and
you) too, but it's such a bugger to do that with an audio source.  I
mean, "pause button working overtime". eBay can be addictive and
wallet-emptying.  I scored a retro-80s California licence plate which
has IN-XTC in big blue letters.  It's on my wall.  Is there some kinda
therapy that an XTC obsessive might undergo?  Or should I just tickle
my nether regions with the Apple Box peacock feather?

Finally, many of us know about the hidden tracks on discs 2 & 3 of
"Coat/Cupboard".  But when I was burning some selections for a comp
for a friend, my burning software flashed up some kinda message that
there is a ROM component on the disc.  I fiddled about but couldn't
find anything out of the ordinary.  Has anyone discovered any ROM-type
stuff that we should know about?

Repeatedly playing: Kaiser Chiefs "Employment".  That "Na Na Na Na
Naa" song is a killer!

At yer service

"When all is said and done, there'll be nothing left to say or do" -
Roger McGough

Paul Culnane
ICE Productions Australia


Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 01:01:05 +0100
From: "don device" <>
Subject: Knock-Knock?
Message-ID: <00be01c63679$ea08dd30$643e4251@computer>

Hey all,

Knock-knock? Who's there? Oh, it's just my telephone ith it's stupid
'knock-knock' ring because I still can't figure out how to download my
ringtone I got with my super-duper apple box (which is otherwise quite

The kind people over in Merry Ol' England have tried to help me a bit, sans
succes. Can anywone here give me advice? Am I just too old for this sorta

To be quite honest, I'd rather have any of a number of other XTC songs
coming from my Motorola telephone. I've looked for ringtones here on the
site, but only found ones for Erickson models...

Can anyone put an end to this infernal knock-knock joke?

yours in agony/xtc,



Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 13:38:24 +1100
From: "Andrew Gowans" <>
Subject: Rutles and stuff - not really XTC related BWTH
Message-ID: <BAY103-F40FD6AD8C128FAF8C8D566C9FD0@phx.gbl>

Hi De Hi!

For the Rutle'er'er'ers amongst us. If all you need is cash or a yellow
submarine sandwhich pop on over to:

He has some nice wallpapers including the Pre-Fab 4:

No XTC though. No, wait! What's that down the bottom? Is it? Nah! Wrong Sgt

Damn and blast!

Best of luck next time folks.

Andrew Gowans


Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 21:57:30 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: "Scanners" Scan to XTC?
Message-ID: <>


I've been relishing in a bit of a David Cronenberg movie-fest
lately.  It's been fun, what with the freaky exploding heads, buggy
Jeff Daniels, Christopher Walken, and all...

In any case, tonight I decided to watch "Scanners" again, and what to
my wondering eyes should appear but a "Drums & Wires" promo flat on
the wall of the record store through which the school bus crashes!
You've got to love production designers who listen to XTC.

Check out the screenshot here:

Keep those requests for the demos comin'...



Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 05:35:39 -0800
From: "Pastula Aaron" <>
Subject: XTC vs. Harry Potter
Message-ID: <BAY109-F2284688E4457FC7E452FAAA2FD0@phx.gbl>

Found this during a bout of insomnia...

A really, really nice a capella version of "Rook" coupled with a video
montage from Harry Potter...the cover is by a jazz quintet called +4db from
here in San Francisco.  Might have to check them out; their site is here:

Enjoy; I'm going back to bed.



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