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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 15, Number 24

                 Friday, 13 November 2009


                    Re: WAY off topic!
"Living Through Another Cuba" is the MySpace song of the week
               Drums and (Signature) Wires
I'm expecting a "pretty good" show in Santa Cruz on the 21st
     Portmerion, backdrop for "The Laughing Prisoner"
                       Goofy Fotos


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Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 15:00:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Re: WAY off topic!
Message-ID: <>


Not quite sure why John let Paul Culnane's (no doubt drunken) post make
it into Chalkhills, but instead of countering Paul's inane ramblings by
commenting on his own propensity to lie at every opportunity, or recall
some of the more blistering comments Andy has had about the "interview"
Paul conducted with him (or about Paul himself, for that matter), I'll
simply take a page from the Coen Bros.' catalog and paraphrase The Big
Lebowski by saying, "Shut the fuck up, Paul."



Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 16:41:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "Living Through Another Cuba" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "Living Through Another Cuba."

If you want to know what historical mistakes Andy has made in his
lyrics over the course of his career, or how he prefers to sabotage
versions of songs he'd rather not keep, check out the XTCfans blog
site at

We're the bulldog on the fence
While the others play their tennis overhead...



Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 20:26:31 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Drums and (Signature) Wires
Message-ID: <>

'Sup, gang?

As many of you know, I am a middle school English teacher.  What you
might not know is that I work at a "laptop school" at which every
sixth through twelfth grader is given his or her own machine.

Each of these school-issued laptops comes with a school-issued e-mail
account.  One of my sixth graders' favorite things to do is to clog
their signature lines with fluff: inside jokes, ASCII fish art, and
especially song lyrics -- lots and lots of song lyrics.

Recently, I got an e-mail about an assignment from a boy named
George.  His signature line contained the lyrics for some horrible
metalcore song that he had been playing in class.  I hate metalcore,
and, in my reply, I gave him a hard time.  "Hey George," I wrote.
"Get the lyrics to that horrible song out of my head!"

A few minutes later, he sent me the following message.  The first line
is what he wrote.  The second line is his signature:

> i changed it to a better song now
> Peter pumpkinhead came to town Spreading wisdom and cash around Fed
> the starving and housed the poor Showed the vatican what golds for
> But he made too many enemies

Do we think the big "Nonsvch" poster in my classroom is rubbing off on
my students at all?  Yeah.  It just might be.



Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:22:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: I'm expecting a "pretty good" show in Santa Cruz on the 21st
Message-ID: <>

Having somehow gotten myself stuck in a cult whose members are obliged
to send money on an irregular basis to irritable English gods who may
or may not still be in the miracle-making business, or even alive, I
did my cultish duty and bought the tarted-up remaster of *25
O'Clock*. Do you likewise.

The equally tarted-up *Psonic Psunspot* will also make its way onto my
CD shelf eventually, but I had to buy *25* now, because as the
capital-letter-deprived Becki DiGregorio let slip in the previous
Digest, I'm finally going to fulfill my oft-repeated promise to catch
her act and drive from Tucson, Ariz., to Santa Cruz, Calif., for her
Nov. 21 show at Asana Tea House.

Will any of you be there? If you can shlep yourself to the Phoenix
airport sometime in the evening of Thursday the 19th, or if I see you
hitchhiking along Interstate 10 or 5 holding a big cardboard sign
reading BEQ, I'll pick you up.

I won't call out for "Free Bird" at the show, but the diva might
possibly favor the house with a guitar-and-dobro "Susan Revolving," so
I had to hear Andy Partridge's original demo, and that meant I had to
buy *25*. I love it, as will you all, but it is truly nothing more
than a cardboard box demo, and it ends so abruptly that I suspect Andy
needs to have his prostate examined. He quaffed his pint, began
playing, and a minute and 24 seconds later, had to drop his guitar and
visit the loo.

Seriously, I hope a guitar-and-dobro "Supplication" makes the
playlist. I've lost a brother, too.

In his liner notes to *25*, Andy credits Becki by name for her "pretty
good version" of "Susan." I'm going to assume she will float back down
to earth by the 21st.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: No sass out of you, Becki, for my stubborn insistence on using
three capital letters when I type your name. That's how Andy did it --
plus he added a space after the *Di*. Maybe he thought it looked more
psychedelic that way.


Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:53:51 -0600
From: "James Kendley" <>
Subject: Portmerion, backdrop for "The Laughing Prisoner"
Message-ID: <>

Read with interest your recent posting, "WAY off topic!". The promos you
mentioned for "The Meeting Place" and "The Man Who Sailed Around His
Soul" were actually segments of "The Laughing Prisoner," a
tongue-in-cheek 1987 production featuring Jools Holland, Frye & Laurie,
Chris Difford, John Peel, some guys from Swindon, Siouxie and the
Banshees, Stanley Unwin, and a cameo by the late Patrick McGoohan
himself. Was on YouTube for ages, sadly removed by user. Perhaps someone
here downloaded and could share?


Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:06:08 -0600
From: George Gimarc <>
Subject: Goofy Fotos
Message-ID: <>

Found a few goofy fotos from the distant past that might amuse.

  We've got a snap from the recording of that Skylarking interview Lp
for Warner Bros, a pix taken during the BC sessions in north London.
Andy was mixing 'Seagulls Screaming..." and I asked him for an action
shot. And Andy and I in some of the mummer suits that were still
around at the time of skylarking. I couldn't take one home (no room in
the suitcase) so I asked for a photo instead !   Best !

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