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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 15, Number 4

                Thursday, 5 February 2009


              Back in the High Life, Steve!
           Dave remembers "Across This Antheap"
               [Chalkfest] Pugwash go Ape!
   "The Meeting Place" is the MySpace song of the week
 XTC vs. Public Image, Ltd. - which was the better band?
                         XTC Live


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Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:41:28 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: Back in the High Life, Steve!
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Yo peeps,

So, for some reason, Chalkhills digests weren't coming to me for,
like, two weeks.  And I HAD A SAD.  But whatever.  Now they're back!
There's so much to catch up on: Kevin and Becki's return, Simon's
rant, and, of course, an XTC therapy session led by the one and only
Dave in Detroit.  (If you can get XTC back together, Dave, perhaps the
automotive industry should hire you to drag the Big Three out of

My big news is that, on February 10th, I'll be releasing my first
"proper" album, "Class Dismissed."  The XTC connection is minimal, but
I do listen to XTC (a lot), and Mitch Friedman, John Relph, Simon
Knight (who also co-produced over e-mail), Daniel Prendiville, Dean
Zemel, and Jim Smart all get credits in the liner notes.  If you're
interested in keeping up with a band that will never break up because
it's just ME, head on over to:

[ ]

It's good to be Bach!



Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:06:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Dave remembers "Across This Antheap"
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (,
Dave Gregory looks back on the recording of "Across This Antheap," and
we've got both demos posted.

If you want to know where Andy's memory failed him, and which part
Dave "cannot tell a lie" about, head on over to the XTCfans blog site

A billion feet sound just like a billion drums
A bed is creaking as the new messiah comes...



Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:19:24 -0500
From: "J. D. Mack" <>
Subject: [Chalkfest] Pugwash go Ape!
Message-ID: <>

Pugwash blogs about their deal with Ape Records:

J. D.


Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:40:46 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "The Meeting Place" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "The Meeting Place."

If you want to know why the demo for this song is in a different key
than the studio version, or why Colin hadn't learned any of the songs
before arriving in America to record the album, check out the XTCfans
blog site at

Share a joke the laugh's on me
But when I get you on your own we'll see...



Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:44:18 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Message-ID: <>

In the latest issue (February 2009) of MOJO magazine, they pose a set of
questions to Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap; the voice of Ned
Flanders in The Simpsons).

In answering the question: awhat, if push comes to shove, is your all-time
favourite album?a, he answers thusly:

Right now it would be Apple Venus by XTC. Every fucking song on that record
is a killer, and I just think itas Beatles-esque in the best sense of the
term. Weall never see it live which I both treasure and bemoan.

a|no accounting for some peopleas tastes, huh?

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

Paul Culnane
ICE/CU[b]E Productions Australia

t: +61 02 6156 2299


Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:13:31 +0100 (CET)
From: Gary Nicholson <>
Subject: XTC vs. Public Image, Ltd. - which was the better band?
Message-ID: <1412392.724801232964811172.JavaMail.www@wwinf3707>

Join in on The Guardian's Music Forum.

Join to take part - don't if you just want to read.

I love Death Disco, Public Image Theme, Careering, This is Not a Love
Song etc. Also the packaging of Metal Box. PIL had self belief and

But against perfect power pop tunes, the best ever cover version of a
Bob Dylan tune, meandering summer's day folk, startling brilliant
B-sides, some perfect albums, dub experiments, two excellent song
writers, overwhelmingly creative musicians and the fact that their
most recent songs were out-perfecting their most recent out-perfected
albums, I think I'd say XTC. I could go on.

And, I would love to hear an Andy Partridge solo album - ditto, a
Colin Moulding one. Perhaps they could get those out of the way and
then think about a new XTC album. Hopefully, with Dave Gregory. I'm
sorry chaps, but face the facts - despite the struggle, the tears and
the acrimony, the group works - maybe because of the struggle etc

Love and respect,



Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:09:28 EST
Subject: XTC Live
Message-ID: <>

Dime has a new XTC concert, and it's a good one!!
(Has it been 30 years already?) Sweet Statue of Liberty here, which  was the
first XTC I ever bought!

Torrent  #234388  XTC-  Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Mass. 1980/ January/ 30
(late show)- FM broadcast,  29th anniversary 1st time posted master reel > CD
recording, nice show, clean  sound, with samples


 I've seen enough posted by this band to think that my only not
officially released live XTC recording may be of interest to some here
on dime.  I don't recall seeing this posted while I have been on dime
time. around this time there was a big buzz for this band in Boston,
enough for them to play 2 shows this night. etree lists one for the
29th, one for the 30th, actually there were just the 2 shows on the
30th in Boston, and just the late one was broadcasted. for the first
time from my own master recording, this is how it sounded.

Andy Partridge- guitar and vocals
Dave Gregory- guitar
Colin Moulding- bass and vocals
Terry Chambers- drums (no relation to  Dennis)
Paradise Rock Club
Boston, Mass.
January 30, 1980
2nd  show
WBCN FM broadcast
runtime: 73:38
WBCN FM radio  > Sansui 8 reciever >
Teac reel deck > Maxell UD 7" master reel @  3.3/4 ips >
played on Teac 3300 deck into Realtek soundcard/soundforge  4.5 (WAV) >
CD > CD extractor (WAV) > FLAC 6 > torrentially  yours.
1: homo safari 2:28
2; beantown 3:42
3: real by  reel 3:38
4: when you're near me I have difficulty 3:58
5: life begins  at the hop 3:38
6: the rhythm 3:10
7: meccanik dancing 2:29
8: ten  feet tall 3:14
9: helicopter 3:55
10: this is pop? 2:26
11; battery  brides 8:34
12: (Andy paints Brian) crowded room 2:55
13: complicated  game 4:48
14: making plans for Nigel 4:08
15: encore break 1 2:02
16: radios in motion 2:51
17: are you receiving me 3:05
18: encore  break 2 1:27
19: outside world > dance band 6:49
20: statue of  liberty 2:51
21: radio announcer outro 1:20


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