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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 19, Number 4

                  Friday, 19 April 2013


                     Ray and not Dave
           Earn Enough For Us - Andy on Twitter
    Fwd: XTC (@xtcfans) replied to one of your Tweets!
                  Interviews on YouTube
          Minneapolis XTC Tribute/Cancer Benefit


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As lifeless as some lunar sea?


Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:07:39 -0400
From: Mitch Friedman <>
Subject: Ray and not Dave
Message-ID: <>

Well, as far as anyone can divine, Dave Gregory's qualifications
didn't end up being the most important factor in who Ray hired to be
his guitarist. The bass player of his quite young backing band was
good friends with a session guitarist named Milton McDonald, and Ray
felt that his band would have better chemistry with him rather than
with Dave. Milton was hired, and only lasted about a year.  He was
replaced with the only guitarist I believe is better fit than Dave,
which is a guy named Bill Shanley. Bill is still with Ray and they're
excellent together.

I personally thought Milton was awful, and not entirely because Dave is much
more talented. Perhaps another reason Ray chose Milton is because he wasn't
ready to pull the trigger on having another lead guitarist named Dave who
had a high speaking voice.



Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:03:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Steve <>
Subject: Earn Enough For Us - Andy on Twitter
Message-ID: <>

Quite a coincidence to read that Ray Davies thought Earn should have been
the single.  I actually brought that up with Andy on Twitter the other day
and his response was:
"Virgin picked them after asking us...they would then ignore our choice"
So there you have it.

Oh, hi everyone!  I was on the list YEARS ago, and was on the first
Chalkhills' Children tape.  (It was the version of My Love Explodes with the
chords from Gloria.)  I've been following the website and decided to sign up
for the list again.  I was frankly surprised that a digest like this would
still be going in 2013!

And for a shameless plug, Here's what I've been up to musically in the
intervening years:



Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:01:17 +0800
From: Neil Sheppard <>
Subject: Fwd: XTC (@xtcfans) replied to one of your Tweets!
Message-ID: <>

Unless I'm mistaken, the below reply is from the great man himself!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: XTC (Twitter) <>
Date: Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Subject: XTC (@xtcfans) replied to one of your Tweets!
To: Neil Sheppard <>

@Herdsmann Sort of can hear something,you sure it's not the drugs you put
in his Cheerios? - @xtcfans

      Neil Sheppard,   Your Tweet got a reply!

Neil Sheppard 05 Apr @xtcfans When we play "Senses" , my 3 year old
always starts singing "Lunar Jim". I thought I'd investigate...


Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:27:47 +0100
From: "Tim Harris" <>
Subject: Interviews on YouTube
Message-ID: <D56E2B0F7A664AFA959C1B2BFB011FEA@TimPC>

I don't recall seeing these brilliant, long, documents, among others,
flagged up here:

XTC in the attic 1989  (posted 31st March 2013)

Dave Gregory 2012      (posted Sept 2012)


Tim Harris


Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:28:45 -0500
From: Northland Press <>
Subject: Minneapolis XTC Tribute/Cancer Benefit
Message-ID: <>


My name is Paul Boblett. I have spent the past 4 months (and 15
years) planning this event next week. Top notch MInneapolis musicians
and singers (and XTC lovers), great music of course, and an awesome

An all-star Minneapolis tribute to XTC to benefit the Pay It Forward
Cancer Funds at North Memorial Hospital, and Essentia Health.

Featuring performances by Adam Levy, Wendy Lewis, Chris Lynch, John
Munson, Jenny Russ, Joel Sayles, Tom Scott, Rick Meyer, John Eller,
Faith Boblett and Nate Dungan. Backed by Jim Anton, Chris Beaty, Paul
Boblett, Ken Chastain, Jon Hunt, Matt Kirkwold, Noah Levy, Amy Meyer,
Trent Norton, Mark O'Day, David J. Russ, Peter J. Sands and more.

The Pay It Forward Fund is a partner of North Memorial Foundation.
The fund serves patients at North Memorial, Maple Grove, Unity,
Mercy, New River and Ridgeview Medical Centers. 100% of the funds
raised are used to pay basic living expenses for women in need while
recovering from breast and other women's cancers.

Some proceeds will benefit the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for
Cancer Fund through the Essentia Health-St. Josephas Foundation.

$10 advance/$12 door




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