Precedence: bulk
From: Chalkhills <>
Subject: Chalkhills Digest #13-33

         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 13, Number 33
                      The Vinyl Issue

                  Friday, 10 August 2007


           "Before they invented color covers!"
                        Re: Rodney
                    Dan / Empty chairs
        "Greenman" is the MySpace song of the week
                   Misheard XTC Lyrics
                     the Dan and XTC
                English Settlement at last


    Issue 13-33, almost, but not quite 33-1/3.

    To UNSUBSCRIBE from the Chalkhills mailing list, send a message to
    <> with the following command:


    For all other administrative issues, send a message to:


    Please remember to send your Chalkhills postings to:


    World Wide Web: <>

    The views expressed herein are those of the individual authors.

    Chalkhills is compiled with Digest 3.8c (John Relph <>).

Dormant in the black valley of the vinyl.


Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 22:55:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: "Before they invented color covers!"
Message-ID: <>

"I must say," writes the delurking Jon Rosenberger,
"you fellows [particuarly] Anthony do have an immense
talent for waxing ad nauseum about todo, tada and

It's called helping keep Chalkhills alive between XTC
releases. The pay sucks, but Relph-san has never
complained, and he's the only one who deserves a

("Todo, tada and nanana" would make a good title for a
Santana jam.)

Dunno if this should be filed under todo, tada, or
nanana, but I thought of another empty-chair album
cover: Randy Newman's *12 Songs*. A chair and a half
on that one, actually.

I have *12 Songs* on vinyl, but not CD. Recently I
borrowed it and Traffic's *John Barleycorn Must Die*
from a friend to rip, and I observed somewhat
sheepishly that I'm really not an old man; it was just
a coincidence that both albums I picked are nearly 40
years old.

Her immediate comeback: "Before they invented color

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 07:42:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Re: Rodney
Message-ID: <>


> Cannot believe burnedfart didn't know whom
> Rodney Bingenheimer was ...

Mole! Glad to see you pop your head aboveground.

Once I found out more about Rodney, I was appalled I didn't know more
about him, too. But I watched the excellent (and somewhat troubling)
documentary "Mayor of the Sunset Strip"
(, and all was revealed. Highly

Time to put my own head back down.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the
rest of the world.  John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer


Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 22:24:13 +0000
From: "dunks58" <>
Subject: Dan / Empty chairs
Message-ID: <>

Jeffrey - thanks for that notice about The Dan -- whets my appetite no end!

re: empty chairs on album covers -- I am patriotically compelled nominate
The Masters Apprentices classic 1971 LP "Choice Cuts" (recorded at Abbey
Road) which features a great 'empty chair' concept by the fabled folks at



Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 17:42:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Greenman" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


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

If you want to know what the "sound of sex" in the song is, or why the
string arrangement at the end of the song sounds so lush, check out
the XTCfans blog site at

Lay your head, lay your head, lay your head, lay your head on the Greenman
Lay your head, lay your head with mine



Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2007 10:51:58 -0500
From: Cory Berry <>
Subject: Misheard XTC Lyrics
Message-ID: <1186415518.6478.4.camel@cberry-Ironic-laptop>
Organization: Ironic Design, Inc.

My favorite misheard lyric is a more recent one:

"Spraying my butt, spraying my butt/
Got to keep away diseases"

I had that song and those misunderstood lyrics stuck in my head during
my honeymoon.  My wife loved my suddenly singing that incorrect
line...or, that's what she told me at the time.

Wishing disease-free arses to you all,


Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 17:21:00 -0300
From: Kevin Brunkhorst <>
Subject: the Dan and XTC
Message-ID: <BAY141-W13264C9A3F8F95CC5C1CF8B6E70@phx.gbl>

From the late 70's to the 90's, I did not believe that I would see the
Dan live... and then suddenly, there they were.  The show at MSG in
'93 was absolutely mind-blowing, not just because of the music itself,
but because of the expectations everyone brought to the table, which
were met... the show I saw in Miami in '94 was good, but the one in
Dallas in '01 or '02 was the best of all, for purely musical reasons.
That band was burning.

But while there are some parallels, I doubt that XTC will follow suit.
Look at the background:

The Dan had a good selling back catalog, driven by a few radio hits,
so they didn't need the money real badly.  So their motivation was
more musical, less financial.  Money makes artists do bad things
sometimes.  Both of them seemed to have worked out their individual
demons sometime during the layoff.  And one of their main stated
reasons for not regrouping - the expense of assembling a good enough
band to play their tunes - disappeared as the overall quantity of good
players has been increasing in the US since the 70s. I think that
without those things, there would have been no Dan in the 90s.

I don't see those reasons at work for Andy or Colin.  They would both
have to want it bad enough to actually put together a band.  I see no
danger of Andy wanting to do it strictly for money.  They've never had
a large following in the US that would warrant it - they couldn't fill
big halls.  And I don't see Andy approaching that 'commercial' frame
of mind.


Kevin Brunkhorst 

> The main reason is, somewhat unfortunately, not an XTC one, but
>rather Steely Dan.
>  Like XTC, Steely Dan was long a studio band (whose singer had
>stagefright), but somehow Dan decided to return to the road.  As the
>case now seems to be for XTC, the two core members of Steely Dan were
>long estranged before finding their respective ways back to each
>other and to their band.  Thus, not *all* hope is lost in XTC's
>story, as dire as it may seem.


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 18:37:01 +0100 (BST)
From: Chris Clee <>
Subject: English Settlement at last
Message-ID: <>

Finally got to see the Uffington horse last weekend and jolly
impressive it is too (and with good parking courtesy of the National
Trust :-)

that's my two penneth for the next 5 years,


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is operated by Genome Research
Limited, a charity registered in England with number 1021457 and a
company registered in England with number 2742969, whose registered
office is 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.


End of Chalkhills Digest #13-33

Go back to the previous page.