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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 13, Number 38

                 Friday, 12 October 2007


               re: Then She Appeared Twice
                      a RE: pO kcoR
                     Superhero Songs
                 Interviews and Freshness


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Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 21:05:22 +0100
From: Peter Fitzpatrick <>
Subject: re: Then She Appeared Twice
Message-ID: <>

Oh my giddy aunt Richard. I had forgotten about that recording !
But that photo !! I had hair back then !!!

Hello to the 'Hills. Long time no post from me.

Hope you're all well. It's XTC-quiet these days but it's scary when I
realise I've been on this list for over a decade.


>From: Richard <>
>  In conjunction with Todd's interview with Andy Partridge about "Then
>She Appeared" (which can be found at, I
>have loaded two great cover versions of the song, one by Endre Tarczy
>and the other by The Morningwood Brother's Auxilary. The third song is
>Peter Fitzpatrick's cover of "Making Plans For Nigel."


Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 17:50:56 -0700
From: Wayne Klein <>
Subject: a RE: pO kcoR
Message-ID: <BAY108-W37A318A92CB48DA8A731D3F9AF0@phx.gbl>

Andy Said:

"Part of me would actually fancy doing an opera. I detest opera, but Ikind
of like the idea of taking a type of thing (because I don't likeusing the
word "genre"), a type of thing that you don't necessarily enjoyand getting
right into it and using the challenge of that to writesomething that's
better than the people who are supposed to be good atit."

Well I'd like to suggest to Andy that he write a rock opera--yes a ROCK
OPERA (or even one of those Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber things). He'd do a
great job. Andy returns to many common themes in his work so I don't think
it would be very hard to assemble one with a couple of new tunes thrown in
for good measure.


Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 00:46:18 -0300
From: "Herman Ringer" <>
Subject: hi!
Message-ID: <BLU112-DAV64D4319AFBB23F35433BCD7AF0@phx.gbl>

Hi guys!

I don't know where should I post this video, for XTC fans to hear it and

This is my band rehearsing for a show we'll play on November 9th.

Oh, and forgive me forgeting the lyrics, I kinda learned them since then...

Here's the link:


Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 10:27:55 -0400
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Superhero Songs
Message-ID: <>


iTunes has released a compilation entitled "Superhero Songs" which
includes both "Sgt. Rock" and "That's Really Super, Supergirl".  More
details at

	-- John


Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 00:55:07 +0000
From: <>
Subject: Interviews and Freshness
Message-ID: <BAY128-W14871026A3159DF5198339D0A70@phx.gbl>

Thanks to Todd for the great 'Then She Appeared' interview.  It pretty much
confirmed my theoretical chain of events between 'Difficult Age', 'Then She
Appeared' and 'Goodbye Humanosaurus', especially now recording dates confirm
'Age' was the first recorded.  It's just a shame Andy isn't prouder of the
finished song.

Jim said:

>I think seeing Andy, Colin, and Dave perform
>Summer's Cauldron and Grass live would keep those songs fresher than
>leaving them alone. If the concert sent me running back to
>Skylarking, THEN the songs might sound fresh to this listener.

A thousand times no!  How can a simplified band arrangement compete with
that level of studio craft?  How empty would the arrangement sound?  Can you
imagine the unrest the standard gig poseurs would cause when confronted by
'Mermaid Smiled'?

I actually think it's the incredible attention to detail in 'Skylarking'
that has kept it fresh to my ears for 21 years.  I've recently figured out
that i listen to music by following layers of simultaneous melody - the more
at once, the more exciting it is to my ears and keeps my interest level high
through subsequent listens.

To my ears, 'Skylarking' is a perfect album for interesting, detailed
multiple layers of craft - and has outlasted contemporary recordings I was
obsessed with at the time but never listen to now, like 'True Stories',
'Life's Rich Pageant', 'Hounds Of Love', 'They Might Be Giants' and 'Liberty
Bell and the Black Diamond Express'.

Why have I never grown bored of it?  Why has it outlasted everything and has
stayed constant in my life?  Will I still be listening to it in another 21
years?  Why have I only heard one album since then that's created a similar
'out-of-time' obsessiveness to detail effect in me?  (That would be the
self-titled album by 'Great Lakes Myth Society', 2005 - and whose new album,
'Compass Rose Bouquet', has traded in that album's chilly winterscape for a
'Skylarking'-style warm summer's day, and is highly recommended for lovers
of intellectual folk-rock music).

Ade asked:
>p.s. Whatever happened to Anonymous Bosch?
Sorry to do this on the list, but since your email carrier and my email
carrier seem to loathe each other it's probably the only way:

My blog's back online for purposes of a long-term project.  Same old
address.  Contact me through the comments as it's probably a more reliable
mode of communication.  You'll see he's been spending his time to far more
productive ends.

Cheers all.


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