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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 16, Number 2

                 Monday, 1 February 2010


            XTC tribute show in NKY - 2/27/10
XTC's "Dear God" is #62 on VH1's Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80's
                    Terrific XTC Video
                Lighterthief, new XTC comp
                       Field Music
      Dave mentioned in Real World email (not news)
    "I Can't Own Her" is the MySpace song of the week


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Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:28:07 -0500
From: jude hayden <>
Subject: XTC tribute show in NKY - 2/27/10
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Hey 'hillers-

Last September, my band (Leisure, formerly The Bees) received a request to
play an entire evening of XTC songs as a surprise for the bachelor party of
a diehard XTC fan. It was very out of the blue but ended up being a lot of
fun. We're going to reprise the sets for public consumption next month, and
I thought I'd mention it here just in case anyone in the greater Cincinnati
area felt like coming out. (A few years ago we put on a performance of the
entire Ziggy Stardust album - this is going to be decidedly less of a
spectacle, but hopefully no less entertaining!)

*Leisure plays XTC
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:30pm
3rd floor, Molly Malone's
112 East 4th Street
Covington, KY*
*$5   Ages 21+*

Our official band web site is, and you can view
our Facebook event page here:

Thanks for your consideration, and may 2010 bring us even more in the way of
XTC goodness,


Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:09:41 -0500
From: Bill Wikstrom <>
Subject: XTC's "Dear God" is #62 on VH1's Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80's
Message-ID: <>

It's all in the subject line isn't it?

Earlier this month I watched this program and was surprised to see XTC on
the list.

Not surprisingly, Chris Butler (Purple K'nif, The Waitresses) was on the
segment and called them the "greatest band of all time".

Who can argue?


Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:34:47 -0800
From: Steven Reule <>
Subject: Terrific XTC Video
Message-ID: <>

Fellow XTC fanatics -

Thanks to those of you that visited my blog to see which XTC song I
used a few weeks ago for my Terrific Tunes For Tuesday feature. And
thanks also to those of you who left me a comment.

But how about this? One of the people who commented was actually in
the Dear God video. Yes!! How cool is that?

Anyway, maybe now I need to use a Dukes video soon....???

Oh, and the blog is in case you are so inclined.

Anyway, thanks again for the visits and the comments.



Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 23:40:13 -0800
From: Benjamin Lukoff <>
Subject: Lighterthief, new XTC comp
Message-ID: <>

Just wanted to thank Simon Deane for the Lighterthief recommendation. "Up on
Hi" truly *is* like a new XTC record (with female backing vocals). Picked it
up digitally from APE a few minutes ago.
Also, I see on the APE site that Andy is preparing to rerelease *Rag & Bone
Buffet* with additional tracks, and has issued a call for suggestions. I've
added mine.

Benjamin D. Lukoff /
Seattle, Washington, USA
LinkedIn profile:


Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 15:53:27 +0100
From: don device <>
Subject: Field Music
Message-ID: <>


I ran across a little blurb in a French cinema magazine speaking of an
English band in the tradition of XTC and the BEatles.. Generally I'm
not much for surfing and listening to unknown bands (my loss, i'm
sure), but this time i hoppe don over and was nicely surprised.

Not only is there a strong XTC influence (without aping it too
closely, ie Futureheads et al), but there are storng stuctures and
lovely harmonies as well as an occasionally assymetric, jagged guitar
that deconstructs the melody nicely...

I hear little bits of our boys, the fabs, as well as Kate Bush, Peter
Gabriel and Gentle Giant.. haven't listened to the lyrics closely yet,
but I shall...

(I am in no way affilliated with this group)..

They are called FIELD MUSIC...

check 'em out if you are so inclined:


Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:47:52 -0600
From: Richard <>
Subject: Dave mentioned in Real World email (not news)
Message-ID: <>

Dave Gregory gets mentioned for his work on Peter Gabriel's third solo
album.  Old news, but Gabriel's 'Scratch My Back' project is cool.


Real World Remixed is coming out of hibernation.

We've just added a new sample pack, Charlie Winston's 'Hobo', one of
the biggest hits of last summer in France, and that's just the start of
a flurry of activity.

Coming up in the next few days we are going to have the first in a new
series of packs and competitions from Peter Gabriel. 'Not One of Us'
will be made available here at the same time as it is released as half
of the first 'double a-side' release from his collaborative 'Scratch My
Back' project.

The first pair of songs from the 'Scratch My Back' (and I'll scratch
yours project) will be released on iTunes on this month's full moon.
The 'double a-side' will see Peter's cover of The Magnetic Fields song
'The Book of Love' from their acclaimed '69 Love Songs' ("three hours
during which the quality hardly drops below stunning" The Guardian),
and their - or more precisely Stephin Merritt's version of 'Not One of
Us' from Peter's third solo album (One of Q Magazine's top 100 Greatest
British Albums Produced by Steve Lillywhite, this album of May 1980
features Jerry Marotta and Phil Collins drumming, the guitar of Robert
Fripp, David Rhodes, Paul Weller and XTC's Dave Gregory)

More details will be coming soon, particularly on the competition. In
the meantime, we hope you like Charlie Winston's 'Hobo'.

"The gorgeous Like a Hobo - a No 1 single in France - goes the whole
pensive hog, with minor chords and whistling, while Tongue-Tied, a
flirtation with jazz that's partly sung in Suffolk-accented French, is
a showcase for Winston's excellent band. A worthy contender for la
petite sensation de 2010 in the UK." The Guardian

Check out for updates.


Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:52:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: "I Can't Own Her" is the MySpace song of the week
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (, the
song of the week is "I Can't Own Her."

If you want to know who was responsible for getting the song on the
album, or what role the anal cleft plays in music, check out the
XTCfans blog site at:

Of all the things you've got, the thing you want the most is her
And she's the one thing that you just can't have...



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