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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 16, Number 4

                  Friday, 26 March 2010


          AP and TR square up... sorry it's late
                 Andy's son, I am told...
   Andy discusses guitar playing and players -- Part II
                  I'm hot for Warm Robot
                       XTC overview


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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:50:44 -0000
From: "Tim" <>
Subject: AP and TR square up... sorry it's late
Message-ID: <6798B230D59A4FCFBC137C5B7D6CB69B@TimPC>

Look out for a reappearance of a BBC radio 'Record Producers' episode on
Todd Rundgren. I found it by accident on the i-player on the last day of
availability. (Broadcast was 27 Feb)

For those who didn't catch it...
Near the end 7-8 minutes were devoted to TR's XTC/Skylarking adventure. TR
and Andy were interviewed.

The commentary said TR was XTC's producer of choice when told by Virgin they
had to look to make a big splash in the USA.

TR said he came to it knowing AP had a love of densely packing recordings
with sonic input across the audio spectrum. (Cue the end section of Blue
Overall) He said: as they didn't tour AP wanted recording to go on for ever!

This was contrasted with the 'space' on the opening tracks of Skylarking.
Click tracks were disguised - as the insects on Summer's Cauldren and on the
Meeting Place the click became the machinery noises).

AP praised TR as an arranger - citing TMWSAHS - but damned his engineering
and man-management abilities!

(Aside: Not being anything of a Tom Robinson Band fan, it was interesting to
hear how Rundgren was brought in to salvage the 2nd TRB album in the early
80s in London, supervising recording during the same week he was playing a
2-shows-a-night residency with Utopia. Then he took the tapes away and mixed
them privately in the USA.
As I then found, currently if you follow the TRB link through from, the TRB1 and 2 albums can be downloaded free in their
remastered/extended track USA versions!)

Tim Harris


Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:19:51 +0100
From: don device <>
Subject: Lillywhite
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Here's an nterview wiht Steve Lillywhite on the AVClub site with the
occasional XTC reference...,39124/


"Outside of dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's
too dark to read."
Groucho Marx


Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 11:01:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kzincat <>
Subject: Andy's son, I am told...
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:05:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Andy discusses guitar playing and players -- Part II
Message-ID: <>


Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (,
Andy takes a look back at his beginnings as a guitar player, while the
song of the week is a repost of "Are You Receiving Me?", a nice little
example of his early style of playing and soloing.

If you want to know whose Andy's influences are, or why his mother
never made the list of thank-you's in XTC's liner notes, check out the
XTCfans blog site at

I put it in a letter
What could be better?



Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:10:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: I'm hot for Warm Robot
Message-ID: <>


I just pre-ordered "Warm Robot" the other day (you can get it here:, and have been able to listen
to the free download you get when you order the physical CD. Even though I'd
heard early mixes of a couple of the songs, "Warm Robot" in its entirety is
a revelation. Jen's lead vocals are supple, smooth and slippery, bringing
Billie Holiday to mind, while her distinctive, layered background vocals are
both melodic and dissonant, sometimes giving me impressions of African
choral singing. Her guitar playing also has Afrobeat tinges to it, featuring
very capably played finger-picked, odd-time patterns that rub nicely against
the rhythm and melody of her vocal lines -- rarely duplicating them, always
complementing them.

All of this is further enhanced by Andy's production, mixing and
instrumental contributions. In some ways, the album reminds me of Martin
Newell's "The Greatest Living Englishman," in that it's a collection of
well-written and well-performed songs by a unique artist that have been
further polished by the presence of Our Man in Swindon. As I listen, I hear
little "Andyisms" all over the album -- a percussion part here, a low vocal
there, a guitar part here, or a Mellotron or other keyboard part there. And
the album sounds stunning -- yes, he may still be suffering from tinnitus,
but the man continues to have ears of gold.

All in all, "Warm Robot" is a welcome addition to my music collection. I can
honestly say I don't own anything like it, and I mean that in the Best
Possible Way. Highly recommended.


Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?
  -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)


Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:31:05 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: XTC overview
Message-ID: <>

Hi everyone,

There's an interview with Andy and an early-career XTC retrospective just
appeared here:



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