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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 15, Number 27

                Tuesday, 29 December 2009


        Shout-outs to Jeffrey Thomas and Rob Leary
         Lighterthief and Mr Partridge [Personal]
 "When You're Near Me..." is the MySpace song of the week
                    XTC in the AV Club


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This is the part where all the curtains come down.


Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 20:51:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Shout-outs to Jeffrey Thomas and Rob Leary
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Thanks to Jeffrey Thomas for naming me as one of three people who
"keep the Chalkhills flame lit." Hey, I'm not one of the original old
lions -- where did those Sherwood and Coolidge gents wander off to:
the Moulding Rest Home? -- but I'll lend a hand to help keep this
'Hill alive if the rest of you will occasionally delurk. You wouldn't
have discovered this site if music weren't important in your life. Do
you have any stories to share?

Mr. Thomas's tale about his girlfriend, Netti, hearing Brian Wilson's
*Smile* and asking, "Are they fans of XTC or something?," is a good
example of the yarns all of you are probably sitting on which should
be shared on this site. Can you spare a moment to compose something?

Thanks also to Rob Leary for mentioning that the Atlanta-area XTC
tribute band "Nigels With Attitude" is going to open for Riggs at a
forthcoming concert. Is this the same Riggs that contributed two songs
to the soundtrack of *Heavy Metal*, that Russ Meyer-influenced
softcore porn animated sci-fi comedy, around 1980?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider


Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:52:20 +0800
From: "Deane, Simon" <>
Subject: Lighterthief and Mr Partridge [Personal]
Message-ID: <>

Long time no write in but anyway I felt I had to on the above. I took
Tracy Angelina's advice in the last Chalkhills after I had read which
band Andy Partridge was now inon Todd Bernhardt's excellent blog about
XTC songs (which regrettably I rarely read - no offence Todd).

I recommend Lighterthief to anyone and it did leave me wantingmore
than the mere 3 EPs that are on offer on Apehouse. There's a bit of
everything in there including Miles Davis during his "Bitches
Brew"/"In a Silent Way" years.

What really got me going though was "Up On Hi" - I think this is from
the "Trick" EP or maybe it's the "Maximalism" one. Andy was the singer
on this and the repeating guitar riff was XTC through and through -
it's as if we have an XTC song as of 2009 - could easily have gone on
the Wasp Star album (alright, that makes it circa 2000....). I was
thinking about the guitar riff and it then occurred to me that it may
be the "Stupidly Happy" riff backwards. I don't have the technology to
check this out but maybe someone on this list does and can confirm or
deny my suspicions. In any event, Up On Hi is one of my favourite
Lighterthief songs. Great stuff with a humorous Andy quip at the end.

Happy Christmas and a merry new year to all.
Simon Deane


Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:01:17 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "When You're Near Me..." is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty."

If you want to know who the song is about, or what a DFA fader is,
check out the XTCfans blog site at

So I'm warning all you cool cool icemen
You'd better be prepared to be melted right down...



Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 22:14:11 -0500
From: Bill Caughlan <>
Subject: XTC in the AV Club
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Forgive me if  you've heard this before.
While browsing The Onion's AV Club, I came across the XTC content in Noel
Murray's "Popless" blog. It's from 2008, so this may have been posted on the
Chalkhill last year.,2534/
A little love/hate never hurt anyone.


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