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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 17, Number 12

                 Sunday, 18 December 2011


              2012 XTCalendar is now online
     Re: World's Greatest Bands You've Never Heard Of
                   Wing Beat Fantastic
       Jordi mentioned an interest in "Song Stories
           Strange bedfellows at the NRBQ show
Other than Mary, are there songs about any female Christmas characters?
               From A.V. Club's Will Harris


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Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:27:58 -0800
From: "Paolo Di Modica" <>
Subject: 2012 XTCalendar is now online
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2012 XTCalendar is now online. I hope you enjoy it.


Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:00:31 -0500
From: Christopher Coolidge <>
Subject: Re: World's Greatest Bands You've Never Heard Of
Message-ID: <>

Boy, haven't posted in a dog's age, still lurking after all these
years, first joined this list back in'95. Interesting choices, Crack
The Sky I've heard in passing during my college radio days, can't say
I remember any of their songs, but they sounded progressive in the
same way as early Ambrosia except without the hooks.NRBQ I love, I've
been listening to their early album Stay With We and their album with
Skeeter Davis on occasion lately, saw them live a couple of times
fairly recently with Joey's brother Johnny on guitar, he's been a good
fit in the band. Deaf School...are they available on CD? I have the
double LP of Don't Stop The World/2nd Honeymoon that I haven't
listened to in years, might be interesting to see if some of my online
sources has them.
My choices-
1. Pilot
2. Airwaves
3. The Motors
All three had at least one hit in their day but seem to have been
forgotten in the CD reiissue department. Especially Airwaves, who were
three Welsh session musicians with connections to Rockfield Studios
and Dave Edmunds who put out two excellent albums I found used for a
couple of dollars each on vinyl in the early 80's.
On Dec 3, 2011, at 12:16 PM, Chalkhills wrote:

> Good Morning Chalkids...
> Sort of in the one hit wonder topic thread, I often ponder XTC's
> lack of mass appeal and I ask myself "Who are the world's greatest
> bands you've never heard of ? "...Here's three of mine, will you
> please share yours?  1) Crack the Sky 2) NRBQ 3) Deaf School

My Internet Radio Station, Guerilla Musicsaw


Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:10:32 -0500 (EST)
From: "" <>
Subject: Wing Beat Fantastic
Message-ID: <>

Hello Chalk Sorts,

From the lastest Mike Keneally newsletter, The Keneallist:

"The new album Wing Beat Fantastic , featuring songs written by myself
and Andy Partridge, is something in the neighborhood of 73%
completed. There hasn't been time lately to be in the studio but we
will pick up work on the album in the very beginning of the new
year. Although I've been working on the album mostly on my own with
Mike Harris, Andy is still very involved in the creative process,
making suggestions on works-in-progress and, in fact, still writing
for the album - he just sent a full set of new lyrics for one of the
tunes. I imagine it should go without saying how monumental it is for
me to be collaborating with Andy, a musical hero to me, and clearly
one of my major influences. This album is very exciting to all of us
here and we hope to have it in your hands reasonably soon!"

Scott Nuckles


Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:00:00 -0800
From: "Michael Versaci" <>
Subject: Jordi mentioned an interest in "Song Stories"
Message-ID: <>

Jordi mentioned an interest in "Song Stories," which gives me an
opportunity to remind everyone here that XTC has a MySpace page hosted
by the sometimes enigmatic and always entertaining Todd Bernhardt.  If
you go to the MySpace page and find the blog and page down and down
and down you will find many conversations between Todd and members of
the band about specific songs.


Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 19:37:34 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Strange bedfellows at the NRBQ show
Message-ID: <>

"Two Digests in a month!," Andrew Notarian exclaims. "Let's go for 3!"

A worthy goal. I'm in.

Defending the New Rhythm & Blues Quartet as unfit to be considered a
band no one has ever heard of, Danno, aka PMFPS, aka freeq27870,
mentions two famous musicians who are fans of the group: Elvis
Costello and Bonnie Raitt.

Really? NRBQ may the only thing those two agree upon. Didn't she slug
him once when he spoke coarsely of Ray Charles? Elvis called Ray, if
memory serves, an "O.B.N.," where "O" stands for "Old."

I've known about "The Q," as Danno styles the combo, since the '70s,
when it released an album called *At Yankee Stadium* which featured a
cover photo of Yankee Stadium and was not, it turned out, recorded at
Yankee Stadium. Chastened by the ensuing scandal, the Quartet went on
to release albums titled *Not At Big Pink*, *Not At Budokan*, and *Not
After Bathing At Baxter's*, plus the smash single "Not In Candy's

I missed all those, and in fact the only "Q" I've got in my library is
"Next Stop Brattleboro," from a Rounder Records compilation of
railroad songs built by my acquaintance, Michael Hyatt, of KXCI-FM
here in Tucson (

XTC content? This is a stretch, but back when I shopped for Christmas
presents in actual stores, I did once hear the Three Wise Men's
"Thanks For Christmas" over the PA.

Ryan Anthony - An independent Internet content provider
Now playing: "Star Of Bethlehem" by Emmylou Harris and Neil Young


Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:40:16 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Other than Mary, are there songs about any female Christmas characters?
Message-ID: <>

And another thing, while the floor is open (as it has been for a decade) to
non-XTC-related topics ...

Relph-san, are you going to buy up the domain name "" so it
doesn't get taken by, oh, I don't know, a terror cell of chalk fetishists or
Ghostface Killahs or someone?

Late in November, Amazon offered a compilation titled *100 Classic Christmas
Songs* for download for US$5.99, and I went for it. Granted, "Classic" in
this case is sadly overstretched, but there are enough gems among the
teeth-grindingly saccharine cuts ("Santa, make me his Christmas bride ...")
to justify the buy. One agreeable discovery was Rosemary Clooney's "Suzy
Snowflake" (Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett) from 1951, which may just be the only
answer to the trivia question: Other than the Virgin Mary, can you name a
Christmas song about a female character?

Go down the list. Jesus is a guy. Santa is a guy. Mean Mister Grinch and
Good Ol' Charlie Brown are guys. Ditto Rudolph and his reinmates, Frosty,
the Magi, St. Stephen, Good King Wenceslas, Jack Frost, Jack Skellington,
the Little Drummer Boy, Dear Oh Joseph Mine, Parson Brown, Scrooge, the
God-rest-ye-merry Gentlemen, Garfield the cat, Nestor the donkey, the elves,
and even Lalo Guerrero's Pancho Claus. ("I am Santa's cousin / From South of
the Border / My name Pancho Claus / And I bring you your order.") "Suzy
Snowflake" may be awful in the cloying pre-irony mid-20th century way, but
it might be worth downloading to play for your mother, wife, s.o., sister,
or daughter.

Okay, there are two other female Christmas characters: Mrs. Claus (any songs
about her, though?) and, if you're a fan of mondegreens, you can't overlook
Olive, the Other Reindeer.

Ryan Anthony - An independent Internet content provider
Now playing in the Xmas Mix: "Gaudete" by Steeleye Span


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 03:02:20 -0800
From: "Rob Hill" <>
Subject: From A.V. Club's Will Harris
Message-ID: <>

From A.V. Club's Will Harris: "...Three Wise Men are, in actuality,
XTC, and it never fails to make me chuckle that the holiday which
celebrates the birth of Jesus inspired one of pop music's most
notorious atheists (Andy Partridge) to write one of his catchiest

(The Kinks' "Father Christmas" gets a nod too.),66686/


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