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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 14, Number 6

                 Friday, 29 February 2008


                    Working Man's Cafe
             Hello from Mark Bignell, XTC fan
                  Looking For Footprints
                Dave remembers "Smalltown"
             ......and the jellyfish stings..


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No she can't hear what's going on.


Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 16:11:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Two-thirds?!?
Message-ID: <>


DAMN, folks, I do *not* want messages from me to account for
two-thirds of an issue of Chalkhills!  (And I doubt you do, either.)
Let's hear some chatter out there, eh?

Like, how 'bout that Andy interview yesterday (Sunday 17th) on
RundgrenRadio? The man's wit and stamina were stunning -- two solid
hours of fielding fan questions with profound and funny answers. I
wish I had his brain buds.


I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his
creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short,
who is but a reflection of human frailty.
-Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)


Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 5:32:21 -0600
From: <>
Subject: Working Man's Cafe
Message-ID: <11092106.744201203507141382.JavaMail.root@hrndva-web17-z02>

It's rare for me to post anything but wanted to let everyone know that
a very good review of "Working Man's Cafe" is in the Kansas City Star
Feb 19.
He takes the Rolling Stone review to task and I believe his point is
very well taken plus the review is quite good.


Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:05:15 -0800
From: "Randy Miner" <>
Subject: Hello from Mark Bignell, XTC fan
Message-ID: <000801c874bc$b48afb60$88289c4b@Dell>

Great to hear Andy on the net last Sunday.
Andy should have his own radio show. Seriuosly.
He's entertaining as hell and knows his stuff.

I just wanted to drop a line saying I've started up an XTC
Appreciation Society page on facebook.

Anyone can join in on the fun.

Mark Bignell
XTC fan


Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:13:06 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Sherlock <>
Subject: Tributosaurus
Message-ID: <>

Hi all Chicagohillians,

Thrilling news in the News section of! Ace band
impostors, Tributosaurus, are adopting the guise of XTC for a show
at Martyrs on 3/7. 

Any interest in a meeting? The last one we had at the Fireplace Inn in
Ravenswood was great (though I did get soaked on my bike ride home)
and it would be fabulous to see you all again.

What say?
Bill Sherlock


Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:47:46 -0500
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Looking For Footprints
Message-ID: <>


Duncan Watson just sent in a photo of a pic sleeve for the Looking For
Footprints single:

So.  What do you think?  Is it legit?  Or is it an after-market mod?
The world needs to know.

	-- John


Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:01:38 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Dave remembers "Smalltown"
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is a stomping live version of "Are You Receiving
Me?", recorded in December 1980 and initially released on "BBC Radio 1
Live in Concert."

In addition, Dave Gregory -- who plays some nice-n-crunchy guitar on
the song -- shares his memories about recording "The Everyday Story of
Smalltown," last week's song of the week. Check it out at the XTCfans
blog site, at What he says about the
song might surprise you!

I put it in a letter
What could be better?



Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 19:23:58 +0000 (GMT)
From: nigel turner <>
Subject: ......and the jellyfish stings..
Message-ID: <>

Hi people of the chalk. Just felt the need to surface for another
moan. Having watched some of the Brit awards last week, i realised
that until Macca came on at the end, it was the usual uninspired
non-event. I am bored with Amy Wino, Arctic Monkeys et al. It's as
stale as last weeks beer that's been left in the sun. Then I decided
to do a bit of a nosey around the web. I was stopped in my tracks when
I reached Roger Manning's home page, got a bit excited when I read
that he has an album due for release very very soon. My glee was
de-gleed when I read the bit about Roger not having a label to release
said material through (except in Japan I believe) in either the
U.S. or Europe or anywhere else for that matter. He has put out a plea
to everyone for possible labels that may release his new stuff. It
makes me sick to think that the Arctic Monkeys can churn out the same
old dirge, CD after CD which sounds the same (smells like oasis) and
record companies throw cash at them like it's going out of
fashion. Roger's plight reminds me of our own chaps and is still a
reminder that the music biz has it's head up it's arse. Maybe Roger
should approach Mr P for an APE release? I haven't heard any of the
new stuff but if Mr Manning's back catalogue is anything to go
by...bring it on. Sounds like I'm going to have to pay a fortune for a
Japanese import...again. Well, moan over for now. Keep happy people. 

Nigel T.


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