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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 14, Number 30

                 Thursday, 9 October 2008


   "Into the Atom Age" is the MySpace song of the week
                "Jammin' with the G-Bomb"
             Songs and Stories book for trade
    one is the loneliest number (some random thoughts)
              Mike Keneally with Andy & Dave
                     That Wave video


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Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 17:35:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Into the Atom Age" is the MySpace song of the week
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Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Into the Atom Age."

If you want to know why Andy insisted in the band's early press
materials that he be described as a "nuclear-powered Syd Barrett," or
which part of the song sounds a bit Nazi to him, check out the XTCfans
blog site at

I'm heading into the atom age
My contemporary house is all the rage...



Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:37:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Jammin' with the G-Bomb"
Message-ID: <>


Daniel Steinhardt of the GigRig ( has posted
a number of videos of Mr. Dave Gregory jamming with Daniel and his
band, putting amps, guitars and effects to the test. Check it out at:

My only problem with the clips is that they're too short!


A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
 -Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)


Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 13:58:27 -0500
From: "SKNL" <>
Subject: Songs and Stories book for trade
Message-ID: <B0352C1801ED498BB800A8778FBEA8B4@MDNL>

Hello, I have a copy of the wonderful book "Songs and Stories" by XTC and
Neville Farmer. I'm looking to trade for any music that anyone would want to
send along. Due to financial concerns, my music collection is dwindling.
Contact me at



Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 06:27:41 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: one is the loneliest number (some random thoughts)
Message-ID: <>

hello XTC enthusiasts

me = haven't bothered lately with chalkhills mail list.  hope you, my
frenz, are all still havin fun anyway, and are happy and well.

me = have had other "fish to fry".  hey, i for one, am "over it". i mean,
the band is all but defunct, isn't it?  that happens with pop groups.  you
can hold onto and savour their musical legacy - and in the case of XTC,
that's considerable and far ranging, and has had (will continue to have) a
far ranging influence on our lives.  not just the music itself, which to me
is the most important thing, but also the effect that band has had on us as
fans.  and not to diminish the wonderful friendships made thru this
chalkhills forum.

but why labour the point?   do we need to dissect it any further, like
cutting apart a laboratory rat?  the music is there - let that do the
talking.  enjoy that, and remember the good times.  let it stand.

in my case, it seems to me that many times, all i have done is to annoy
people with my misconstrued exuberance.  i didn't mean to do that, but some
of you have seemed to not grasp it.  just chill down.  listen to the lyrix
of XTC and try to understand.  why place a value over and above what is
essentially an extremely wonderful pop group who made (note, past tense)
some great sides?

XTC continues to be "where it's at" for me, always will be.  but, we move
on.  don't we?

i'm running with new flows and they are grand.  for those few of you who
care (you know who you are, and you know i care), you might like to spend
five or so minutes at: and see how the other half
lives.  comments welcome.

meanwhile, please try not to sweat it.  just groove on what XTC gave us
over 30 or so years.

love and PeACE
(oh, i keep forgetting, some of you feel uncomfy when i say stuff like
that).  but i mean it.

and, to quote the bard mr partridge: "before i let go, is that my name on
the bell?"


"you reap what you sow, but you sew what you rip"

Paul Culnane
ICE/CU[b]E Productions Australia


Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:12:41 -0400
From: "Scott N." <>
Subject: Mike Keneally with Andy & Dave
Message-ID: <21557768.140851223475161780.JavaMail.servlet@perfora>

Hello 'Hillians,

After lurking here (forever), I was compelled to surface by the
following excerpt from the latest Keneallist e-newsletter from Mike

  "I'll be in England this month, mostly on holiday, but also doing
  some writing with Andy Partridge, and doing one gig with my very
  special guest Dave Gregory, in Swindon at Riffs Bar on Thursday
  Oct. 23.

  I'll be primarily playing solo but Dave is going to join me on a
  passel of tunes. It's the one gig I could persuade myself to do in
  the midst of vacation, so if you're anywhere nearby I hope you'll
  come join us for a good time."

I would dearly love to be able to catch that gig!

Scott Nuckles
from the wilds of Dayton, Ohio


Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:34:02 -0400
From: "Scott N." <>
Subject: That Wave video
Message-ID: <13252395.146281223476442848.JavaMail.servlet@perfora>

"J. D. Mack" wrote:
>>Here's a YouTube video of XTC recording and listening back to "That Wave."

>>What's cool about this video is one can hear Dave's original guitar solo
>>(which was re-recorded at the mixdown session).

Other coolness abounds... Andy's acoustic segment gives a closer look
at the musical structure. Also, it's  great hearing a different
interpretation than the released version, somewhat like the acoustic
version of "Train Running Low..." from the Play At Home video.

"Steve" wrote:
>I love this studio footage. Must be a wannabee. Is there more???

If my fuzzy memory is correct, this was part of the video shot for the
1991 XTC convention that Pete & June Dix put on in Barrie,
Ontario. Seems that there were also segments showing the recording of
"Then She Appeared" and "Didn't Hurt A Bit," as well as a short
convention greeting segment from the the band & Gus Dudgeon.

Scott Nuckles


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