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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 2, Number 10

                 Tuesday, 10 October 1995

Today's Topics:

                      Spookey Ruben
           11 Different Animals - still looking
              Questions, comments, kvetching
                   Nonsvch and airplay
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9
                    Tape Tree Proposal
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9
                       AOL posting
                   Police, Sobule, etc.
                    Testimonial Dinner
                Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9
                      Re: skylacking
                Review- Skylarking Gold CD
              High school students + XTC = ?
                 Newbury Comics Web Page
                  Blurred on Supergrass
                    VIDEO TREE SIGN-UP


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From: (Giancarlo Cairella)
Subject: Spookey Ruben
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 1995 22:59:24 GMT
Organization: L'Agora' Srl

I've missed some Chalkhills postings, so please forgive me if someone has
already posted this. I just wanted to announce the discovery of a very
XTC-sounding CD: it's "Modes of Transportation Vol. 1" by Spookey Ruben.

I don't know much about the artist (I think he's american, but some of the
songs were recorded in Canada) except that he plays pop songs with melodies
that are spookily similar to XTC (sometimes too much so).

I think it's worth checking out: it's on TVT records (TVT 5410-2).


PS: does anyone have more info about this Spookey character

<c> 1995 by Giancarlo Cairella, Internet User Computer Magazine
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Date: Fri, 06 Oct 1995 19:08:53 -0500
From: (Rob Warmowski)
Subject: 11 Different Animals - still looking

Oh sure, there's nuts and there's crisps and there's c-c-c-cola on tap, but
there's no copies of XTC's 1981() publication of sheet music named "11
Different Animals" to be found anywhere on the planet , it seems.

Has anybody here ever even seen a copy, let alone anyone who  -gulp- OWNS
one If you do, PLEASE tell me what I need to do to 1) own it 2) receieve
xeroxes / faxes of the pages.  I'll pay.  Hell, I'll even HTML-ize the
content of this long out-of-print book and drop it on our server (and pull
it down only when the letter from the lawyer comes.)



Rob Warmowski
Automatic Media Group: On-line Presence Development for Business
3757 S. Wallace Chicago, IL 60609 (312) 538-0350  FX 548-6822


From: (Patty Haley)
Subject: Questions, comments, kvetching
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 23:28:15 -0400 (EDT)

Hello everyone:

>From Adam Ostermann:

> >  * David Yazbek's excellent album _The Laughing Man_.  Power pop,
> >    featuring Andy Partridge on a couple of tracks.

I would appreciate some private email letting me know the label this
is on.  If my local store doesn't have it, they can get it, but their
first question to me besides "Who did you say that was"  is always,
"What label is that on"

> Anyhow, I'm babbling, so I'll sign off.
> And as Colin Moulding comments on the ^XTC: Radio One Live^ :
> "Good to be Bach!"

OK, I can't remember if this is something I've mentioned to the list
online or only in my head, but I find the earlier voices of Andy and
Colin *much* more difficult to distinguish than of late.  I always
thought this was Andy, although I certainly don't dispute Adam's
comment, as now that I think about it, it does sound like Colin.  Of
course, since I think Colin and Andy sound so similar back then (although
it's easy to tell on the live disc who is who when they're singing),
they both sound like the same person at times, so I'm right, no matter
who I think I'm hearing.  (How's that for irrational logic)

And as far as "The Testimonial Dinner" goes, well, thanks, but someone
else can have my seat on the dais.  Ruben Blades' contribution sounds
interesting, but I just can't see the point of tribute albums.  All
they make me want to do is go listen to the original artist anyway.
Case-in-point:  Sarah McLachlan's (sp) cover of "Dear God".  The
only time I can think of offhand where a cover song has really taken
on a new life is when Monsoon covered The B*****s' "Tomorrow Never Knows".
And speaking of "Tomorrow Never Knows," that song could be our theme
for the release date of the next XTC album.  I'd love to get my hands
on that Louis L'Affair Trio album, but I've had no luck trying so far.


-Patty (wondering if the feet of the person diving into the water on
the cover of the new Blur album belong to the woman in the bathing cap
on the cover of their first album, "Leisure"--nah, probably not)


Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 14:33:16 +1000 (GMT+1000)
From: Vzzzbx <>
Subject: Nonsvch and airplay

Adam J. Ostermann said:

 #> ^Nonsuch^ was the No.1 airplay album
 #> on college radio for, like, a solid month or so.

Triple J here in Australia [a youth network set up by a government-run
broadcasting corp] played Nonsvch to death when it came out, mainly 'Then
She Appeared', 'Dear Madam Barnum', and '...Peter Pumpkinhead'.  'The
Disappointed' actually got to around number 39 on the Australian singles
charts at one point.

It's amazing how many people I know who have never heard of XTC, who know
these songs quite well.  I have a feeling that their next album will be a
commercial hit in Australia -- if Triple J get behind it, then the
mainstream stations are likely to pick it up.  And so on.


In the CD changer [this idea is plagiarised, ner]  :)

- The Cure, 'Mixed Up'
- Single Gun Theory, 'Flow, river of my soul'
- Blur, 'Parklife'  [which I think is an immensely eclectic album]


Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 01:51:41 -0400
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9

Hello Chalkhillians,

It's been a while since a post but I have been recieving these past issues
and am happy.

Anyway, right now I am listening to "A street called Prospect " from Newell's
"Englishman". I disagree with everyone who disagrees with this album.

I have called Alibi Records the way, THANK YOU whoever put their number
in Chalkhills 7 because in about a week I will not only be the proud owner of
XTC demos 1-5 but also 6 and 7. I can not wait and will post a review of 6
and 7 when they arrive. It set me back only a SMIDGEN of what I would pay to
get XTC material. Next shall be "Testemonial Dinner".

I like Blur. They are like gum during a non-smoking flight.

Ok. One last thing. I will hand over, NOT a copy but the actual video tape
with cover and all of a show called "ROCKPALAST" which was recorded in
Germany which contains on it an entire live XTC concert two weeks before
English Settlement came out, many XTC videos and live footage of them at work
on MUMMER including many interviews ........................ALL THIS for one
damned copy of the NEW XTC demos...(or if this is not possible....The actual
disc of Hello Recording Clubs A. Partridge disc)

thanks email me.

P.S. any body from England that wants to be E-mail friends, E away. I am
somewhat of an Anglophile and would enjoy the conversation.

Put on "Through the Hill" just to relax to. Don't listen, just hear.


Date: Sat, 07 Oct 1995 09:53:13 -0700
From: (Dave Franson)
Subject: Tape Tree Proposal

In Chalkhills 2-8, wrote:

>As for tape trees, as I've said in the past, I'm more than willing to
>organize one for the demos & cassettes circulating.  No offense, but this
>is quite a selfish list compared to others (Hitchcock, Floyd, etc.) when
>it comes to sharing rare materials for tape trees: why is this

Good God, this person is right!  As a 2-year participant on this list, I
can't recall a single tape tree (which is not to say I didn't nod off and
miss one here or there).  It IS damned odd that we XTC fans en masse haven't
shared the goodies more readily.  Consider the Elvis Costello list
(, where a 7-tape set of Elvis' August performances in NYC
were recently tree'd (hi, Dean!).

OK, here's the deal... if you are interested in a tape tree of Jules
Verne's Sketchbook backed by The Bull With the Golden Guts (one 90-minute
tape), e-mail me PRIVATELY (NOT the Chalkhills list) so we can see how much
interest there is and negotiate the details of the tree.  When you write,
please specify whether you want to be a BRANCH or a LEAF.  Branches are
responsible for trading down the line to one or more leaves; the benefits
of being a branch are getting a higher generation tape and realizing a
greater potential for trades.  It is assumed that branches have reasonable
tape dubbing equipment.  Without going full tilt into the ground rules of
tape trees, let me mention that as a participant you are not expected to
profit from your branch/leaf transactions, nor am I from my root/branch

Sorry, I don't have any of the new Andy demos that are rumoured to be
circulating.  I offer a JVS and TBWTGG tree with the full realization that
many of you may already have one or both of these, but that many of you may
not.  Also, it really burns me to see Ecstatic bootlegging JVS.

Remember, if you're interested, send PRIVATE e-mail to
DO NOT respond to the Chalkhills list.

Sorry for the authoritarian ring above, but tape trees only work if you take
the responsibilities of participation seriously.

* If I'd known we would be casting our feelings into words *
* I would have memorized the Song of Solomon.              *


Date: Sat, 07 Oct 1995 09:19:11 -0600 (MDT)
From: Eric Muller <EMULLER@UWYO.EDU>
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9

In the last Chalkhills:
References to (or posts by) David Yazbeck, Gene Yoon, Sean Altman.
I feel like I'm reading the Brown Alumni Monthly!
(Not that it bothers me...)
Eric Muller (Brown '84)


Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 10:05:35 -0400
Subject: AOL posting

Don't know if anyone sent this in yet, but this was posted on AOL be Thirsty

Subj:  Andy Partridge on "Testimonial"       95-10-07 17:17:31 EDT
From:  Thirsty e

We went straight to the horse's mouth to get Andy Partridge's thoughts and
comments on the forthcoming XTC tribute album "A Testimonial Dinner."  So we
sent him a few questions in the mail.  Here's what he had to say:

Notes on A Testimonial Dinner
by Andy Partridge

Re: "Surprised by XTC's influence"

Yes, because we just started out emulating our heroes with no initial 'big
plan' other than having fun (with a guitar hanging around your neck) and the
whole thing just grew into this vast delightful cake.  I have a feeling we
may get to return the compliment one day if/when some of these artists get a
tribute album built around them , we'll help, pass the brick and mortar.

Re:  "Sarah McLachlan's 'Dear God'"

I think its better than the original, much more spooky.  A great marriage
between her voice and haunted arrangement.  We should have done it like this.
 Paganism never sounded so good.  Verve Pipe's "Wake Up" hits 11 out of 10 on
the spunk-o-meter.  Ruben Blades versions of "The Man Who Sailed Around His
Soul" really makes my spine tingle, which is quite a feat as I haven't owned
one for the last thirteen years!  And what Terry and the Lovemen did to "The
Good Things"  brought a lump to my trousers.

Re: "Terry and the Lovemen" 

Are a group of fellows from Wiltshire and one from Liverpool, who are
besotted with XTC.  They just seem to take the band's career as a template to
live by, (sounds unhealthy to me!)  You've got to admit they do a pretty good
job on the "sounds-alike" scale.  Their singer does a passable Colin and even
manages to sound not unlike Dave and Andy in other places (weird).  With
dedication to duty like this, how could David Yazbek have refused them a
place on the album.  I hear they took their name from an ad in Japan for our
album "Black Sea."  (The Japanese) jumped the gun and advertised it under the
name of one of our "in" jokes at the time, which was calling the record
"Terry and the Lovemen."

Re: "Future Plans"

At the moment our career is held in the fridge while we undergo protracted
legal wranglings to get of our Virgin/EMI deals.  We have enough material in
store to make future albums, but can't do anything with it.  When we get
sorted, the next album's going to be a killer.

Re: "Other Comments"

If you pick me, I'll find a cure for cancer, help starving record company
executives, teach third world children to sing (in perfect harmony), dispense
love, affection and diet drinks to all single parents, beat the meat import
restrictions, get drunk with the pope and wear this beautiful crown, on my
last surviving tooth, day and night.


P.S. I'd also like to meet all the bits they cut off of Michael Jackson.  I
hear they made a nice guy.

**"A Testimonial Dinner:  The Songs of XTC" will be released on October 17,
1995 by Thirsty Ear Recordings.***


Date:         Sun, 08 Oct 95 11:09:18 EDT
From: Peter <>
Subject:      Police, Sobule, etc.

Does anybody know if the new Police live record is from a concert where XTC
opened up I think it's taken from show in Boston around the time of "Regatta
de Blanc."

Does anyone else out there listen to Jill Sobule She has had some fame recent-
ly with "I Kissed A Girl" (which actually reminds me a bit of "Balloon Man" by
Robyn Hitchcock.) Anyway, her most recent record has some very catchy pop songs
with some funny lyrics too. Sort of like a really giggly Aimee Mann.

The other pick of the week may sound like it comes from left-field but here it
is. The new Prince record is amazing. I realize that the thought of Prince does
not ordinarily lead one to XTC but in actuality I think there is a lot about
Prince's music that XTC fans could appreciate. Firstly, I can think of few
artists who do as much with arrangements and sound as he does. If the listen-a-
1000-times-and-still-hear-new-things style of Skylarking and O & L  interests
you then you should check it out. Secondly, Prince shares several influences
with XTC including Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa. Thirdly, if you can get past
the ever-present sense of rabid sexuality, there is a positivity in Prince's
music not unlike XTC's conception of peaceful, socially concerned happiness.
Prince is also one hell of a musician.

Forward in all directions.


Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 21:00:19 -0400
From: "Craig Snyder" <csnyder@YorkU.CA>
Subject: Testimonial Dinner

Hi, I thought I might de-lurk to report on a sighting of XTC on Commercial
Radio.  CFNY here in Toronto (the commercial alternative station in the city)
has justplayed two songs off of Testimonial Dinner.  On their new music show
they played Sarah MacLachlan's version of Dear God.  I think it is absolutely
great.  Indeed I think her voice may suit the song better than Andy's.  That's
not to say I dislike the original I just think Sarah's voice adds a more subtle
element to the song which counterpoints the message.  CFNY also played
Spacehog's version of Senses... and I can't top Gene Yoon's description of it.

It is too bad the DJ didn't pick up on the Terry and the Lovemen secret
identity as I would have liked to have heard that.  Then again I should be
thankful they didn't play the Crash Test Dummies!

While I have your attention to answer a previous question about which song I
would cover (doubtful as I have no musical talent) if I could I think it would
be Wardance, Living Through Another Cuba or Generals and Majors -- the best
anti-war songs I have ever heard.


Craig Snyder
Post-Doctoral Fellow			Fueling power and glory fever
International & Strategic Studies	Makes for a sicker Union Jack
York University, North York Ontario


From: David Yazbek <>
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 11:52:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Chalkhills Digest #2-9

Thanks for the positive responses to the Testimonial Dinner album thus far.
If you didn't know, it's coming out October 17th and it's already been
added at a lot of imporessive radio stations, including WNEW in N.Y. and
DRE in Long Island. It's Sarah Mclachlan's  sublime (I think) version of
"Dear God" that's getting the lion's share of attention. Partridge says
"It's better than our version" and while I won't agree, being a diehard XTC
fan, I will say that I've listened to it probably a hundred times and it
still brings a tear to the eye. Now let me address a few issues that have
been brought up in Chalkhills and that I have been e-mailed about--

Johnny Nexdor is not XTC. But it's pretty obvious that Sean Altman was
doing his best A.P. impersonation. It's the only cut off that album (Carmen
Sandiego) that I wasn't around for, but I probably would have told him to
tone down the XTC-ness a bit.

Space Hog is an excellent band of English guys who live in NYC. Their
energy and musicality reminded me of a young XTC and they turned out to be
fans of our lads, so I asked them to be on the album. Their debut album is
out on Elektra, I believe. Some great songs.

The Verve Pipe is an extremely inventive, musical band out of  I think
Michigan. They also submitted a cover of "The Blue Beret" that blew my
socks off, but there was only room for one of theirs so we used "Wake Up",
which I've always loved and which also blew my socks off. I've taken to
painting my ankles lately. Their new album is coming out on R.C.A. soon.

P. Hux's version of "Another Sattelite" was submitted almost a year ago and
I've always loved it. He has a new album out as well.

Stop asking me about Terry and the Lovemen. Those bastards were hell to
work with. They're undisciplined, smelly, ignorant youngsters with some
musical ability but no sense of rhythm. I'll never work with them again.
Except maybe the drummer, who is nice.

Finally- Thanks also for the nice reviews and feedback on my album, "The
Laughing Man". It's sold okay in Japan and extremely well in France (!)
and it's coming out here at long last in January on W.A.R. records. I
should start touring around then also, possibly with Dave Gregory in tow,
schedule and budget permitting.

One other thing-- there's a band in NYC called Skeleton Key that I highly
recommend. Especially if you like XTC circa Big Express. There are shades
of that angular, heavily rhythmic, angry stuff that is among my favorite
XTC sounds.


Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 22:44:01 -0400
Subject: Re: skylacking

Hi kids!
If anybody out there is in contact with Ian Stewart (the guy putting together
the Skylacking tape, would you tell him that someone (me) has done a
rendition of "Ballet for a Rainy Day"  Last I knew, it wasn't taken...And it
came out darn well, IMHO. :)
I sent him a regular old letter, since he isn't online, but we all know how
  s   l   o   w  that is.  The computer age has us all hooked on instant
gratification, doesn't it
That's all for now...See Ya!


Date: 10 Oct 1995 10:23:41 -0500
From: "Wesley Wilson" <>
Subject: Review- Skylarking Gold CD

In Chalkhills issue #9, "Brux Deluxe" asks about the Mobile Fidelity gold
"Skylarking" CD.

As an owner of this CD, I do think it's the best recorded version available of
the album, but I am keenly disappointed in two areas:

1.) They don't include "Mermaid Smiled," which was on the original American
pressing of the album but was deleted in favor of "Dear God."

2.) The jewel case baffles me. It's apparently designed so that the CD does
not fall out upon opening the case, but what happens to my copy is that the
entire jewel box becomes undone and I have to fiddle with it to an annoying
degree to get it as it should be. And it doesn't close tightly like other
jewel boxes.

Hey, I have some questions:

(1) Is "Testimonial Dinner" officially released yet

(2) Why is the Japanese CD of "The Laughing Man" so hard to get here in the
U.S. My local CD store has been trying to get a copy for a month now. I want
this version because it has "Welcome to the Go Go Years" on it.

(3) Anyone able to get "L'Affaire Louis Trio" CD from anywhere in the U.S.



From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: High school students + XTC = 
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 95 10:55:00 edt

I don't have a lot of time to write--I have math in five minutes. I just
wanted to let all of you know that I've turned *two* people on to XTC in
the past week (one by playing "Nonsvch," and the other by playing "English
Settlement.") So all you XTC fans, don't despair: there's hope for
Generation X...

Ben Gott
The Hotchkiss School


Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 09:34 -0600 (MDT)
From: "Daryn C. Tufts" <>

I've seen XTC videos out there from time to time, but I've never been able
to find my own copies.

Does anyone have any XTC videos they would be willing to copy for me, or
does anyone know how I can get some

Just wondering,


Date: 10 Oct 1995 11:24:39 -0500
From: "Wesley Wilson" <>
Subject: Newbury Comics Web Page

Newbury Comics is a New England-based CD/comics/cool stuff store specializing
in "alternative" music. Check out the Newbury Comics web page at

There's a short blur(b) in there about a new album called The Great Escape,
showing the album cover and describing the responsible band as follows:




Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 13:40:17 -0500
From: (William J. Cohen)
Subject: Blurred on Supergrass

>Actually Supergrass sound much more like XTC.  I don't know if their
>LP has been released in the US yet.  It sounds not unlike Drums and
>Wires period XTC which augers well for a first.

(Supergrass was talked about on this newsgroup last August I think).

I think they sound a lot like The Jam too - they have a very mod sound. I
would say more like Go2 than D&W, as far as the xTc comparison goes.

>Blur couldn't turn a corner.

I think a lot of English people might not like Blur because they are a top
40 band over there (are they even considered an "indie" band in England) I
know how it is, too much of a good thing and all. So I'm glad that they're
not superstars stateside because I probably wouldn't like them as much. But
I do think Blur is a good band; we'll see if they ever achieve the status
of xTc.


Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 13:28:18 -0600 (CST)
From: Erik Anderson <>


To obtain a copy of the xTc VIDEO COMPILATION send a message to

and include the following information (in this order):

1) Name and reliable e-mail address

2) the country you live in

3) whether or not you have dubbing capabilites (ie. do you own two VCRs)

4) the number of copies you would be willing to make

and 5) whether or not you have anything to trade (do not include
complete lists -- a few examples of your rarer material will do).


After that date, I will compile the list of names and construct a tape
tree.  FYI, if you are interested in obtaining a second-generation dub,
it would be in your best interest to answer "yes" to article #3.
Otherwise, you will receive a third generation dub that will,
unfortunately, be of lesser quality.

Any comments or questions can be directed to me by PRIVATE e-mail.


Erik Anderson


Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 13:27:06 -0600 (CST)
From: Erik Anderson <>

The following is a list of what appears on the xTc VIDEO TREE COMPILATION.

(Please note, this is NOT the video tree sign-up form.  I will post the
sign-up form as a separate message.)

1)  *Urgh! A Music War* -- Respectable Street, live at Frejus. n.d.

2)  Le Palace 3/18/82 -- Respectable Street, featuring Andy's now-famous

3)  Apeldoorn, Holland 8/8/80 -- Real by Reel, Generals and Majors, Love
at First Sight, Helicopter and Making Plans For Nigel.

4)  Excerps from *XTC at the Manor, The Making of Towers of London* --
XTC in the studio with producers Steve Lillywhite and Hugh Padgham
recording Towers of London.  Interviews included.

5)  *The Oxford Road Show* n.d. British TV -- Snowman, Ball and Chain and
Jason and the Argonauts.

6)  *The Old Grey Whistle Test* n.d. British TV -- Yaught Dance and No
Thugs in Our House.

7)  *Rockpalast* 2/10/82 live German TV -- Burning with Optimism's
Flames, Senses Working Overtime and Living Through Another Cuba.

8)  *Scorpio Studios* 3/17/82 French TV -- Beating of Hearts and Wonderland.

9)  *Xtc Play At Home* (video documentary) 1984 -- Includes a live
performance of Train Running Low on Soul Coal and videos for Love on a
Farmboy's Wages, In Loving Memory of a Name, Human Alchemy, Beating of
Hearts and Funk Pop a Roll.  Includes band interviews.

10) All You Pretty Girls -- Lip Sync. video performance.

11) *The Road to Oranges and Lemons* -- The history of XTC puppet show,
starring Andy Colin and Dave!

12) XTC on MTV -- Interview and studio session featuring the vocals to
The Mayor of Simpleton.

13) *Late Night with David Letterman* 6/30/89 -- King for a Day.

14) MTV's *Post Modern* 1989 -- Scarecrow People performed live from the '89
radio tour.  This format eventually became know as "Un-plugged."

15) King for a Day video with Ian Gregory on drums.

16) Grass video -- Andy on *Post Modern*...again!

17) MTV -- King for a Day live in the studio from the '89 radio tour.

18) Live in Andy's recording shed in Swindon.  XTC rehearses Humble
Daisy, Dear Madame Barnum, Goosey Goosey, Where Did the Ordinary People
Go and The Ugly Underneath.

19) Andy discusses Dear God on Much Music.

20) xTc recording Nonsuch at Chipping Norton Studios, featuring the songs
Then She Appeared (listen to those drum parts!), The Disappointed, That
Wave and a brief soliloquay by the band.

21) The Nonsuch era: Books are Burning (live), The Disappointed (lip
sync.), another couple of interviews with Andy and videos for The Ballad
of Peter Pumpkinhead and The Disappointed.

The XTC VIDEO COMPILATION features close to five hours of rare video
footage and will be made available to the Chalkhills newsgroup on
20 October 1995.

I would like to thank the following for their contributions and support:

Aaron Rolick, John White, Mitch McGlothlin, Brad Waddell, David Pannell
and especially Scott Ramsey.

Any questions or comments should be directed to me by PRIVATE e-mail.


Erik Anderson


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