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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 17, Number 13

                Thursday, 22 December 2011


                  Partridge Solo Project
            Re: I desperately miss this band.
             Some XTC Goodies for Christmas?
                   Re: Christmas Songs
                      Andy Solo CD?
          Re: Great bands you've never heard of
           You don't have to believe to believe


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Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:45:44 -0800
From: "Erik V. McCrea" <>
Subject: Partridge Solo Project
Message-ID: <COL108-W241F6D56E8C3829A0AA6C80A70@phx.gbl>

In reply to Mr. Andrew Notarian's message, it really irks me that Mr.
Partridge thinks that writing songs is "a game for young people and old
people just tend to embarrass themselves." The Apple Venus albums were
absolute masterpieces. I think Mr. Partridge has already embarrassed himself
by making his Fuzzy Warbles releases more of a priority than focusing on new
XTC material. During that span, there could have been at least 5 or 6 new
XTC albums for all of us to treasure. And now the band is kaput? I still
cannot believe this turn of events. It angers me to no end. My favorite
songwriter thinks he's washed up? Give me a break, Andy.  Erik Victor McCrea


Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:38:50 -0800
From: "Lance Peterson" <>
Subject: Re: I desperately miss this band.
Message-ID: <>

Lance Peterson commented on Stuart Fratkin's post in Chalkhills.

They have given so much, and dealt with so much of industry B.S that I can
understand them not to every create as a group again.  But this world could
really use more XTC.  They are lucky to still be in good health and still
creatively active and it's great that they want to do things on their own
and start down their own paths.  The combination of them working together
was magic and I hope they realize that and one day have plans to gather
their home demos and pop in a studio at least one more time.


Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:30:16 +1100
From: Rat Whacker <>
Subject: Some XTC Goodies for Christmas?
Message-ID: <SNT111-W54E3937FACEE49336C1034C9A70@phx.gbl>

Hi Folks,

Any XTC collectors in the NSW Central Coast? I was in a 2nd Hand bookstore
in Gosford last weekend & I spotted a couple of XTC singles behind the
counter for sale. They were <from memory - shaky at best> Radios in Motion
and Senses Working Overtime (in the picture sleeve). They were sealed in
plastic bags with a list of $10 each.

This is the 2nd hand dealer on the same side as the train station tucked in
next to the Podiatrist on the corner.




Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:00:09 +0100
From: don device <>
Subject: Re: Christmas Songs
Message-ID: <>

Our Man Ryan, asked:
Other than the Virgin Mary, can you name a
Christmas song about a female character?

Well,  God help me, Grandma Gut Run Over by a Reindeer...


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


Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:32:31 -0600
From: David Hughes <>
Subject: Andy Solo CD?
Message-ID: <>

Any word yet on an Andy partridge solo CD with SONGS (yup, that means Andy

Dave Hughes
Producer of Nebraska Concerts
Associate Producer of Friday Live
Host/Producer of Early in the Evening
NET Radio, Nebraska's NPR Station


Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:52:55 +0000
From: rodgers paul <>
Subject: Re: Great bands you've never heard of
Message-ID: <>

Great bands you've never heard of:

1) Pugwash;
2) The Singing Loins (local to me in Gillingham, Kent, UK. Still releasing
albums on Damaged Goods and gigging. Acoustic punk folk a roll and
3) The Lilac Time;
4) The Divine Comedy

Three of them most readers of this will have heard of. Their sales simply
do not match the quality of their output.
The Singing Loins started in the 90s, released a few albums with the help
of local lad Billy Childish then split up. Reformed in 2005 to promote back
catalogue coming to CD and have released four albums of new material since,
whilst picking up a following. Not for nothing did they release an album
called 'Songs To Hear Before You Die'

There's plenty to be found on you tube, including much posted themselves as

Paul Rodgers


Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:04:31 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: You don't have to believe to believe
Message-ID: <>

It's good to be reminded of how much fun it is to read, and write for,
Chalkhills. Arigato as always, Relph-san.

Rob Hill quotes Will Harris of A.V. Club: The "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

Rob adds: "The Kinks' 'Father Christmas' gets a nod too."

Ian Anderson also deserves to be in this conversation for the secular
crush on Jesus he displays in multiple songs, as does Tom Lehrer, as
does Greg Lake for ELP's "I Believe In Father Christmas"
(Lake/Sinfield), as does Jackson Browne for "The Rebel Jesus,"
performed with The Chieftains.

Factoring in the classic tunes written by Jews, from Irving Berlin to
Sen Jacob Javits's niece, Joan Javits ("Santa Baby"), and you're left
pondering this seemingly unresolvable paradox: What is it about
Christmas that you don't have to believe in order to believe?

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanuramakwanstice to all.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

Now Playing: "Fruitcake" by The Superions (fronted by Fred Schneider
of The B-52s), now available at Amazon for $0.00. Very funny,
especially the reference to mace: "The stuff they spray in your face?"
"Oh, no, you sillies, it's a spice for taste." At 1:26 in, listen for
a cheesy organ-and-bongo solo that sounds like an Andy Partridge


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