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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 18, Number 6

                   Friday, 9 March 2012


                      XTC: ESSENTIAL
              This a nice track listing ...
             Pops and ticks, videos and bits
             Andy interview on
      And another Andy interview (on
                    Stupidly expensive
   After DFS...what further commercial success for XTC?
                    Vale: Paul Haines
       Randomly came accross this. Great club name!
   Completely OT: French spy spoof translation mystery


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Russia and America are at each other's throats.


Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:23:22 -0800
From: "Egidio Sabbadini" <>
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Release date due
19TH March 2012
EMI Gold
CAT NO. G6440982

Track List

1. Making Plans for Nigel
2. Life Begins At the Hop
3. Statue Of Liberty
4. Mayor of Simpleton
5. Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down
6. Sgt Rock (Is Going to Help Me)
7. The Disappointed
8. Great Fire
9. Wonderland
10. Generals and Majors (Edit)
11. Jason and the Argonauts (2001 - Remaster)
12. This Is Pop?
13. Science Friction
14. Are You Receiving Me?
15. Senses Working Overtime

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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:07:01 -0800
From: "Jamie Lowe" <>
Subject: This a nice track listing ...
Message-ID: <>

This a nice track listing and certainly might be a good intro to the band
but for me I have everyone of these tracks on numerous other CDs.  Here's
the track list I just did for a friend:
WXRT Chicago Acoustic Medley
Wake Up
I Bought Myself A Liarbird (2001 Digital Remaster)
Burning With Optimism's Flames
When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty 3
Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down
Dear Madam Barnum
The Smartest Monkeys
Dame Fortune
Church Of Women
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Rip Van Ruben
Shake You Donkey
difficult Age
Wounded Horse
I Gave My Suitcase Away
Desert Island


Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:11:16 -0800
From: Wayne Klein <>
Subject: Pops and ticks, videos and bits
Message-ID: <SNT136-W5743757C103BD62D7A3C99F96D0@phx.gbl>

While the "Skylarking" remaster isn't ideal even with the some of the
additional dynamic range on the earlier CDs (and you can look it up--CDs
have more dynamic range than vinyl does although CDs are limited to 16 bits
while vinyl is more of a lossless format), I must be in the minority as I
like most of the remasters (they aren't great mind you--but it does fix a
flaw with the bonus tracks bizarrely put in the middle of the CD). Even
"Skylarking" for its flaws is OK especially compared to more recent

As far as the polarity issue, I'm waiting for a CD version that corrects the
issue until then my go-to will be the Mobile Fidelity version for the issue
with "Dear God" as part of the cylce.

While I loved vinyl back in the day, I would disagree with the poster that
states that they don't take extra care--especially with newer pressings you
run into issues with problems with pressings and while cleaning them will
help with some of the issues, I've grown weary of putting that much effort
into caring for vinyl. I also had vinyl releases that sounded quite nice
even after 20 or 30 years but I also had some that with time would develop
crackles, pops and--I hate to say this--I don't care for surface noise all
that much.

I'm not going to debate the merits of each format (and each format has its
own plus and minus for various things in each one's favor) but the ease of
use and access springs to mind for me.

I'd love to see a proper CD reissue deluxe edtion of "Skylarking" (and the
promised "English Settlement" which is one of the best remasters by the way)
and--Andy--where in the heck is "Rag and Bone Buffett 2" and Colin what ever
happened to the videos for DVD you were working on? Time is passing and your
fans aren't getting any younger.

XTC is one of the few bands not well represented on DVD or Blu-ray. Let's
change that guys as this is your legacy. Heck, if you don't have the time or
can't be bothered hire me or Dave Gregory...someone who cares about the
legacy to put it all together.

Rant over.


Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 15:01:54 +0100
Subject: Andy interview on
Message-ID: <>

(Apologies if this was posted before, I'm lagging several digests behind.)



Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 15:06:17 +0100
Subject: And another Andy interview (on
Message-ID: <>

Andy discusses everyone's* favourite album:

(Again apologies if this was posted before, I'm lagging several
digests behind.)

(*: If it's not your favourite you're an idiot. There, I said it. Feel
free to blacklist me into eternity. Some truths can simply NOT be



Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:54:21 -0800 (PST)
From: Jamie Crampton <>
Subject: Stupidly expensive
Message-ID: <>

Hello Chalkies

Good (or bad, depending on your opinion) news!  Possibly, or then again
possibly not, due to the exposure from the DFS commercial, the price of Wasp
Star has gone nuts recently.  A couple of weeks ago I picked up an A1 (used)
copy of the CD for #2.65 via Ebay - currently the cheapest I can find (in
the UK) are used ones for #16 +++.  New - think of a number and double it...
At least #30.  Vinyl LP's are going for #45 +.  If you're feeling really
flush you can have the 7" box set for $600 via Amazon US...  Surely someone
owns the rights to put these out again, I notice Virgin are issuing yet
another low price compilation of their XTC stuff this month, this Cooking
Vinyl product seems to be becoming ever more elusive.
Who'da thunk it - never mind investing in gold, stick it in Apple Venus



Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:19:02 +0000
From: Jason Fox <>
Subject: After DFS...what further commercial success for XTC?
Message-ID: <>

Perhaps a deodorant ad featuring 'When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty'?

Or will only advertisers with 3 letter acronyms use XTC?

In which case, how about DHL using 'Roads Girdle The Globe'  or, better
still, 'River Of Orchids'?

More suggestions, Chalkhillians - let's have some FUN.

Jason Fox


Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:41:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve Cameron <>
Subject: Vale: Paul Haines
Message-ID: <>

Paul Richard Haines 8 June 1970 - 5 March 2012

It is with great sadness I write of the passing of a fellow Chalkhillian
after a long battle with cancer.

Paul was a respected and award winning author here in Australia. A lot of
his writing was dark, twisted and unsettling but the person was nothing but
warm, friendly and embracing. I was fortunate enough to have had Paul as a
writing mentor and friend. He adored XTC and included them in several of his
short stories.

During the mentorship, we became friends - not only through our writing but
through our tastes in music.  And then one day we discovered we'd been
reading each other's Chalkhills posts since the mid 90s.

My thoughts are with Jules and Isla.

"There is no language in our lungs ....."


Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 17:40:14 -0800
From: "Nick Prol" <>
Subject: This_World_Over_by_anchormoth.jpg
Message-ID: <>


Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:39:13 -0800
From: "Lance Peterson" <>
Subject: Randomly came accross this. Great club name!
Message-ID: <>

Randomly came accross this.  Great club name!


Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:29:37 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Completely OT: French spy spoof translation mystery
Message-ID: <>

All quiet on the XTC front still? Then perhaps I can broach an
entirely off-topic question to Chalk Nation. This is directed to
M. Don Device and all other French-speakers.

The agreeable trio who made *The Artist* such a pleasure -- Jean
Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, and director Michel Hazanavicius -- worked
together for the first time in 2005-'06 on *OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of
Spies*, a French secret agent comedy, set in 1955, that fearlessly and
even-handedly mocks the fetid Third World, Islam, and boorish Western
(and especially Gallic) imperiousness. The three of them became such
good friends that Bejo and Hazanavicius got married and named their
son Lucien, after the Dujardin character's cover name during his Egypt

(If this is all so French, you ask, why is the hero working for the
American OSS, predecessor of the CIA? In the books, the first of which
(1949) predated James Bond's debut by four years, Agent 117 was a
bilingual American from Louisiana who became France's greatest secret
weapon. For *Cairo* and its equally spoofy sequel, *Lost in Rio*, he
was reimagined as wholly French.)

In one scene, Agent 117 knocks out three Soviet heavies with deadly
yet dashing efficiency and explains (in the English subtitle) to his
fair companion, "They came 'Russian' at me."

Here's where I need help from a Francophone who has access to the
movie. "They came 'Russian' at me" is a pun in English. Is it a
complete departure from the French original, tossed in by a thoughtful
translator for the benefit of spy-spoof fans in the Anglosphere, and
if so, what did Dujardin's character actually say?


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