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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 15, Number 23

                 Sunday, 8 November 2009


     A School of Rock more arduous than Jack Black's
               "New" Kevin Gilbert Releases
                      WAY off topic!
     "Collideascope" is the MySpace song of the week
     Stewart / Gaskin 'Roads Girdle The Globe' cover
        becki digregorio's shameless live-gig plug
                     Tin Spirits Gig


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Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:50:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: A School of Rock more arduous than Jack Black's
Message-ID: <>

Thank you, Chalkbro Ned Hurley, for passing along the news of, and
link to, Harry Son Of Andy's "Rock Band: Oasis" animated short. The
cub has the pen-and-ink chops of his comics-obsessed sire.

Here's the link again. It's well worth a view:

Yes, I loved seeing "Rock Band: XTC," and I hit >pause< to enjoy the
caricatures of Andy, Colin, and Dave, but my fall-off-the-chair moment
came seconds before, when the announcer (Harry himself?) spoke the
magic words: "Rock Band: Klaatu." Young Harry knows his pop trivia --
thanks to Pop, no doubt. He must have grown up in a School of Rock
more arduous than Jack Black's.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 07:27:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Karlton Graham <>
Subject: update
Message-ID: <>

I read all the Chalkhill editions. XTC is my favourite band all
time. I collect mildly.

I am too busy, really I am, to do alot of reading on the internet but
I like these e-mails i get from time to time.

Could someone give an update of Andy, Colin, and XTC in general. Is
XTC done for sure forever? What are Andy and Colin doing?



Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:05:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Michael Versaci <>
Subject: "New" Kevin Gilbert Releases
Message-ID: <>


If anyone here still cares:



Live CD/DVD:

Shaming Remastered

- Mike


Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 22:07:34 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: WAY off topic!
Message-ID: <>

to simon ("homefrontradio")

your recent post about "beatles rock band" (the game) was typically
interesting and informative.  you raised some salient points and voiced some
valid opinions.

but also typically, you whinged and moaned.  as you always seem to have.
you're a well-balanced person - that is, you have a giant chip on EACH
shoulder.  that's one reason why you and i ceased to be friends.  i won't
say in a public forum like this, what some of the other reasons are, or
describe some of the thoroughly nasty things you did to me.

in your post, you suggested that others might join you on X-box to play the
said game.  good luck, but i strongly doubt you'd have many takers.  most
clear-thinking people tend to avoid maladroits who constantly complain.

and, you aspiring to be like mccartney is a preposterous notion.  whatever
else, at least he has a modicum of talent.

on a happier note folks, my fabs mono box set (strictly limited edition) has
arrived.  i'm about to high-tail it to the shop to pick it up.  i won't be
ranting or whingeing, but it will be interesting, after so many years, to
hear the sometimes superior mono mixes, and to re-learn that sometimes ringo
hasn't got blisters on his fingers.  loved the stereo box, sensational
remastered sound and presentation.  there, not a word of complaint or any
nit-picking.  unlike some, i'm quite a happy chappy, thank you.

gratutious but spurious XTC content: was watching "the prisoner" t'other day
(patrick mcgoohan, not vinegar-tits). was a thrill to see portmerion in
wales - would love to visit there someday.  that's the location where XTC
filmed promos for "the meeting place" and "the man who sailed around his
soul".  recommend you seek out "the prisoner" on DVD or something.  it ends
with patrick mcgoohan emerging from his incarceration to the sounds of "all
you need is love".  which is where we came in...



Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 16:17:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Collideascope" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Collideascope."

If you want to know what Mellotrons eat, or what the original running
order of the album was, check out the XTCfans blog site at

You will see one young girl split into two
One half who's false, one half true...



Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 05:37:49 -1000
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: Goofyfoot
Message-ID: <>

Things are pretty quiet on the 'Hills lately, but I remain hopeful
that XTC band members will continue to flourish and be creative in new

To ease the wait, I humble daisily offer my own orangey lemon. Ever
since I was lucky enough to attend Ray Davies' songwriting course
Chalkhills regular (and friend of XTC) Mitch Friedman, I've been
trying to learn and re-learn the lessons from that amazing week. My
latest effort is a pop rock CD called Goofyfoot, which I hereby
shamelessly promote:

This link will take you to the album on iTunes:

For a CD or sound samples:




Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 14:32:24 -0500
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Stewart / Gaskin 'Roads Girdle The Globe' cover
Message-ID: <>


Dave Stewart let me know that he and Barbara Gaskin just released a
new CD called "The TLG Collection: Archive recordings 1983-2001" which
contains a remix of their version of XTC's 'Roads Girdle The Globe'
(and he thinks that Chalkhills is a "great site BTW!").

Musical contributors include Andy Reynolds and Jakko Jakszyk on guitars,
Gavin Harrison on drums and Annie Whitehead on trombone.  The CD has
14 tracks:

Transylvanian Blue Suede Hooves (Subterranean Homesick Blues extended
  mix) (B. Dylan arr. D. Stewart)
Ren,Ai(B and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War (P. Simon)
Shakin$,1ry(B All Over (2001 Rough mix) (J. Kidd)
Give Me Just A Little More Time (R. Dunbar / E. Wain)
McGroggan (1995 Remix) (D. Stewart)
When The Warcry Comes (D. Stewart)
Fear Is The Thief (D. Stewart)
Hold On To The Chain (D. Stewart)
Roads Girdle The Globe (1991 Remix) (A. Partridge)
Henry & James (1996 Remake) (D. Stewart)
The Curve Of The Earth (D. Stewart)
Painter Man (E. Phillips / K. Pickett)
Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut (quiet) (D. Stewart)
Ads Infinitum (D. Stewart)

Buy it at

I really like Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin's cover of Billy Bragg's
classic "Levi Stubbs' Tears" and their entire "Selected Tracks"
compilation is pretty cool.  I first heard of Dave Stewart because he
played on Bill Bruford's solo albums.

And now back to your irregularly scheduled Chalkhills.

	-- John


Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:18:53 -0800
From: becki <>
Subject: becki digregorio's shameless live-gig plug
Message-ID: <>

greetings 'hillians,

john, i hope it's ok to post this...

for any interested folks living in the san francisco bay area, i'll be
playing an acoustic gig at this keen tea house scene in santa cruz on
saturday november 21st starting at 8:02p.  dobrocat, who plays guitar and...
(wait for it...) *dobro* will be joining me for two sets of original
acoustic tunes and perhaps the occasional obscure psychedelic ditty.  my
friend glenn macpherson will be playing a set before us, an incredibly
talented singer/songwriter cat in his own right.  deets as follows:

Asana Tea House
103 Lincoln Street
Santa Cruz, CA
no cover (we're playing for tips!)

even our illustrious and fellow chalkhillian ryan anthony promises to
venture forth to the gig.  so whatcha' waitin' for??  wear your xtc regalia
so i know who you are...




Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 13:14:08 -0000
From: "" <>
Subject: Tin Spirits Gig
Message-ID: <001801ca6075$5adea020$1727fea9@Larry>

Hi there,

I have recently opened a specialist guitar effects shop in London and
we are holding a launch party on 18th November.  Live music will be
provided by the Tin Spirits featuring, as I'm sure you know, Dave
Gregory from XTC on guitar.  I believe this will be of interest to the
Chalkhills community.

Full details of the event can be found here:

Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries regarding
the event.

Kind regards,

Richard Gaya
Specialists in Guitar Effects, Accessories & Power Supplies


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