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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 16, Number 7

                   Friday, 18 June 2010


                 The Manor - up for sale
    Pat Mastelotto is the MySpace drummer of the week
              Open letter to Andy Partridge
            Chalkhills: Dave Gregory sighting


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Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 09:50:36 +0200 (CEST)
From: Gary Nicholson <>
Subject: The Manor - up for sale
Message-ID: <17061053.416641275810635983.JavaMail.www@wwinf3721>

Yes, according to The Independent, the home of Tubular Bells is on the
market. And XTC do indeed get a mention.

Strange choice of song chosen to represent their collected
Manor-recorded works though.

Gary Nicholson


Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 12:48:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Pat Mastelotto is the MySpace drummer of the week
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Over at the XTCfans MySpace site (,
there's an interview with master drummer Pat Mastelotto (whom I was
able to meet at a recent gig with his band Stick Men), who talks about
the recording of Oranges and Lemons.

If you want to know who took the original demo cassettes Pat got for
the album, or who Vern is (and why it mattered), check out the XTCfans
blog site at:

Even I never knew this is what I'd be
Even eyes never mean that you're sure to see...



Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:30:06 +0200
From: Jan Bletz <>
Subject: Open letter to Andy Partridge
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Spotify was introduced in the Netherlands the other week, and when I
looked for 'Andy Partridge', I found a song called 'Open letter to
Andy Partridge', written in 2003 by Billy Gewin.

You can listen to it on Spotify or (for 45 seconds) on

The song has quite a few nice XTC references, especially the lyrics:

Open letter to Andy Partridge

Three worldwide records and you said "that's quite enough!"
We're boarding up now and this band is going bust
Where did Sergeant Rock go?
Why don't you play a show?

When dreadful knitwear snuffs out optimism's flames
Ten thousand fans' umbrellas will capture the rain

Pay not the painter to be watched while making replica
I'd pay five hundred just to hear Pete Head's harmonica
Tired yet of the shade?
Be ye kings for a day

I want to camp out in the ticket master yard
And raise a tent with all my friends next to my car
We'd spend the day outside the venue grilling
All of our notes and coins would make a presidential killing

Guitars on WASP Star banish night but lacking luster
I say you gather up all the humility you can muster
Are you receiving me?
I miss Dave Gregory

I want to hear the one about the man who sailed around his soul
I'll drive the omnibus from east to west and pole to pole
Those Martians all agreed to put away their rays
If you'd sing Statue of Liberty

c2003 Scott Korey and Billy Gewin


Jan Bletz



Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:54:29 +0100
From: Jon Heal <>
Subject: Chalkhills: Dave Gregory sighting
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Long time subscriber, first time emailer to Chalkhills, as they might
say. It's a great site, thanks for all the work you do for us
In XTC-related news, I thought it might be worth a belated mention
that Dave Gregory popped along to the Lexington in London's Islington
to guest with Pugwash on April 28th. The evening was the first 'Word
in Your Ear' gig organised by Word magazine. It made a wonderful night
even better. Here is the proof!

Jon Heal


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