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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 14, Number 19

                   Sunday, 8 June 2008


                        RE: ZZ Top
                      I hate ZZ Top
              The Dukes in Sudden Apathy...
                       cross fades
 "Roads Girdle the Globe" is the MySpace song of the week
  Andy Partridge interview in Swindon Evening Advertiser


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Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 16:53:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: RE: ZZ Top
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RE:  "That's like saying ice cream ought to be more
like cat shit."

Tell your wife I love her!

My blog:


Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 08:01:44 -0400
From: Christopher Coolidge <>
Subject: I hate ZZ Top
Message-ID: <>

At 5:41 PM, Michael Versaci wrote:
> I fuckin' hate ZZ Top.  I love The Allman Brothers Band.  If you see
> any sort of contradiction there then that's your problem.
> The other day I was out for a drive in my new ride with the top down
> and the radio tuned to the classic rock station, and "Tush" reared
> its ugly ass, stinkin' up the otherwise delightful afternoon with
> that dopey, obnoxious in-your-face slide part.
> Punt!
> I turned to my wife and I said, "I Fuckin' hate ZZ Top."

Like them or not, ZZ Top is the one band who's been together longest
with the original lineup without breaking up or changing personnel at
any time. Since 1970, the same three guys. The next closest is Los
Lobos who got together with the same four guys as today in 1976, only
adding a saxophonist several years down the road. Or U2 in '78, same
four guys. ZZ Top are not without talent though, Billy Gibbons has a
pretty distinctive guitar style that Mark Knopfler attempted to
replicate and the result was "Money For Nothing." Gibbons also had a
pretty cool garage rock band in the mid to late 60's called The
Moving Sidewalks, who had a few regional Texas hits but never broke
nationally, though several of their songs pop up on compilations,
especially their closest thing to a national hit, "99th Floor," which
was on volume 1 of the Pebbles Anthology back in the 80's. You know,
on vinyl.

My Internet Radio Station, Guerilla Music


Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 16:58:45 +0100
From: "Paul Jenner" <>
Subject: The Dukes in Sudden Apathy...
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Many moons ago I had a magazine called SUDDEN APATHY.  For Issue One (Xmas
1987), Chris Twomey, a friend of mine, interviewed Andy Partridge.  As I've
just put the archive online, thought you'd like the links. We sold a few via
Little Express and the Virgin Megastore in London.

Find out more on the site here:
And the issue in question here:

We went to an XTC & Friends convention in the early 90's in the US where
Chris was guest of honour.  I actually took some video at the time as well
if you are interested.


Paul Jenner
Surbiton, Surrey
United Kingdom


Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 09:02:32 -1000
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: cross fades
Message-ID: <>

Friends, Romans, Guitargonauts!

Lend me your ears!

I know that Apple ad about iPods providing the soundtrack to my life
is a bunch of corporate pish posh, but I had to smile when walking to
work through a sunny playground full of kids ready to start their day
when my shuffle feature called up "Playground" as if by magic, as if
the universe knew what I needed at that moment. Rehearsing for the
big square world, rehearsing for the playground. Perfect.

What you don't get with the shuffle of your collection is cross
fades, that delicious magic as one song melts into the next. Or you
get a little snippet of the song before or after, a taste to remind
you of the proper order of things. No one does it as well as XTC.
I've always wanted to do crossfades with my own music, and I've
finally pulled it off on my new CD.  "Bone Daddy" is finished and
ready to roar into worldwide distribution and domination. OK, maybe
not roar. More like a squeak.So if you fancy some home-made fun from
an edge of the empire XTC fan family man, drop me a line and I'll get
you a copy. Other artists I like include Nick Drake, the Beatles, the
Clash, the Decemberists, and Chalkhills' own Mitch Fiedman.

Find it on Apple iTunes:

Bone Daddy has that "Gotta Write a Song" song I wrote at the Ray
Davies songwriting course that was making the rounds on YouTube



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Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:28:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Roads Girdle the Globe" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Roads Girdle the Globe."

If you want to know which Finnish film inspired Andy to write the
song, or how he "burnt the cheese away" from the major 7ths in it,
check out the XTCfans blog site at

Hail mother motor
Hail piston rotor
Hail wheel!



Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:27:03 +0200
From: John-Paul Coetzee <>
Subject: Andy Partridge interview in Swindon Evening Advertiser
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'Pologies if this has been posted already. Any Swindon-ites know if this was
in the print version?

JP Coetzee


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