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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 14, Number 23

                   Friday, 25 July 2008


                    Re: New Wave Nigel
                   Voice of the Beehive
                     Cherry Picking?
     Re: Cherry-in-your-tree-picking the best Warbles
      All You Pretty Girls : The Sea Shanty version
"I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls" is the MySpace song of the week
XTC - Gaston Hall - January 24, 1980 NTSC DVD - REMIX ---> Bittorrent
                  Dave remembers "Roads"


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Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 18:06:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Steve <>
Subject: Re: New Wave Nigel
Message-ID: <>

Ben Gott wrote:
>Seen this?  Maybe XTC should join Devo in the lawsuit!

Looks like a case to me and McDonalds has very deep pockets.
-Another Steve


Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2008 16:49:42 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Voice of the Beehive
Message-ID: <>

Whatever happened to Voice of the Beehive?

XTC connection:  a 1995 collaboration with Andy.

Songs and interview here:


Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 21:08:10 +0000
From: <>
Subject: Cherry Picking?
Message-ID: <BAY128-W272141D4F0320A5EF3DCD3D0960@phx.gbl>

Ryan wrote:

>especially if you want the option of>cherry-in-your-tree-picking only the
best songs (e.g., "Ship Trapped>In The Ice") and avoiding Andy's
masturbatory audio excesses.
... except I doubt any of us would be able to agree which are which.

I find the collections fascinating.  I unconditionally love the albums the
band put out, up to and including 'Oranges and Lemons'.  After that, there's
usually a few songs per album that don't really do it for me and that I've
tried and tried to like, but simply have never been able to warm up to.
I'll name a couple, but I bet you I'd be naming people's favourite songs and
they'll leap to their defence.

I figured Andy had just hit a slump.  This is where I find the Fuzzy Warbles
albums fascinating.  By piecing together what was written and when, these
albums make the story much richer.  Rather than being in a songwriting
slump, Andy was writing some of the strongest songs of his career.  He was
on a real high during the Nonsuch period, for example.

It's a shame some of the more generic songs, ('Books are burning', 'Wounded
horse'), shut out the ones that I would consider 'uniquely Andy', ('End of
the pier', 'Bumper cars').  I can point out a lot of artists who sound like
the former two, but almost none who sound like the latter.

Sure, the basic D to Dsus4 strumming of 'The Man Who Murdered Love' is fun,
and the metaphor holds, but I could get that from beginning songwriters.
It's not jawdropping in the way that 'Young Marrieds' is - which slips
effortlessly from key to key in a triumphant spiral, and is topped off by
the detailed observation of lyric, proving that the social satirist who
wrote 'Respectable Street' and 'No Thugs In Our House' is still alive and

The completely FW box set turns up at over 60% off now and then on various
online retailers.  I think it's a bloody good investment - you can never
tell what people will like about a piece of music - so you might as well
have access to it all.


Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 14:51:45 +0800
From: "Simon Deane/Gina Chong" <>
Subject: Re:commendations
Message-ID: <01b801c8e3eb$c1b4f220$0501a8c0@Simonnotebook>

Another recommendation of a band: Alabama's "Drive By-Truckers". Not very
XTC like, granted, but more of their songs hit the spot than most other
bands I have listened to recently - try A Blessing and a Curse, the Dirty
South and Southern Rock Opera - two of those albums available on emusic.  A
lot of guitars, songs with a beginning, middle and an end, anger, social
commentary, personal confessions, sadness. Fantastic stuff in my view.

Simon Deane


Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 14:30:06 +0800
From: "Simon Deane/Gina Chong" <>
Subject: Re: Cherry-in-your-tree-picking the best Warbles
Message-ID: <00d601c8e3e8$ba4d11f0$0501a8c0@Simonnotebook>

Ryan wrote: "Make sure to download "Song For Wes Long." Andy needs to
know we appreciate him dedicating music to Chalkhillians and that the
rest of us want songs, too. Granted, Relph is next in line, then come
Sherwood, DiGregorio, Coolidge, Dunks, Versaci, and the rest of our
heavy hitters, so you and I will have to wait until sometime in the
22nd century, but let's at least get the ball rolling."

I reckon Mr T Bernhardt ought to be fairly high on the list too (followed
shortly afterwards by my goodself....).

Simon Deane


Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:46:03 +0100
From: Toby Howard <>
Subject: All You Pretty Girls : The Sea Shanty version
Message-ID: <>

Dear all

This from The Observer (UK Sunday newspaper) today.

"Weds 16 July, BBC Radio 2, Mike Harding: Singer and musician Jim Moray
[  ] joins Harding to talk about his
new album, Low Culture. Despite Harding's attempts to put him on some
kind of traditional musical pedestal, Moray maintains that he is
interested in English music of all descriptions and cheerfully admits to
'popping up' his folk. He is also pretty good at 'folking up' pop-songs,
as in his sea-shanty version of XTC's 'All You Pretty Girls', "

These BBC shows often crop up on the Web to "listen again" so I (or
maybe you, dear reader) will be able to check that in the coming week
and report.

best wishes to all!


Toby Howard
Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science
The University of Manchester


Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 19:21:08 -0400
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: "I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>

I'm pinch-hitting for Todd Bernhardt, who is nowhere near a computer this week.

J. D.

             * ------- *

Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls," written and
recorded by Andy in 2003 for the TV show Wonderfalls

If you want to know what Leon Redbone and Doris Day have to do with
the song, and where the Dick Van Dyke references are, check out the
XTCfans blog site.

I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
With everything I touch and hear and see


Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:31:10 -0500
From: "Rich MacDonald" <>
Subject: XTC - Gaston Hall - January 24, 1980 NTSC DVD - REMIX --->
Message-ID: <001201c8e79c$08818700$0401a8c0@dual>

Just an FYI that there is a torrent at dimeadozen for the XTC bootleg
concert at Gaston Hall, 1980-01-24.
Unlike the "standard" DVD release you may have seen, this release boosts
the video brightness and has a greatly improved audio remix in stereo
and 5:1. You can see the additional notes at (assuming you
are a member), and you can download the torrent from

I have been informed that this video is an "approved" bottleg, so as
long as no one attempts to make any money off it, there are no legal
problems owning a copy.

It's a great show, so I hope you can join in.


Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 16:40:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Dave remembers "Roads"
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is the BBC version of "Roads Girdle the Globe," which
Andy discussed in early June.

This week, Dave Gregory looks back on the writing, rehearsing and
recording of the song (and the album), adds technical details for all
you gearheads out there, and even tells how Ian Anderson lost a sonic
battle with Terry Chambers. Check it out at the XTCfans blog site at

Hail mother motor
Hail piston rotor
Hail wheel!



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