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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 20, Number 1

                 Monday, 13 January 2014


                   OST Podcast with AP
New "Towers Of London" cover makes you want to hear the original
                       big express
         More love for XTC from "Sound Opinions"


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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:00:34 -0000
From: "The White House hotel" <>
Subject: OST Podcast with AP
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Hello chalkhillers
stumbling randomly round the internet on a night when insomnia had long
since removed any chance of getting any further shuteye  I came across this
rather splendid 2 hr conversation with XTCs very own Andy Partridge. As is
the case with many of us XTC obsessives I though I had heard most of his
podramblings however this was new to me. I did not recall any mention of it
on chalkhills  and indeed a quick search on the site gave a blank but it is
well worth a couple of hours of anyone's time.




Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 00:17:54 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: New "Towers Of London" cover makes you want to hear the original
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"Towers Of London" has been tributized by Matthew Sweet & Susanna
Hoffs (The Bangles) on their third album of reworked tunes, *Under The
Covers, Vol. 3*, released Nov. 11 on Shout! Factory, which
concentrates on the 1980s. At Amazon's MP3 store, which gives a
"Popularity" rating to every track, "Towers" is currently (Dec. 9)
scoring a zero. I played the 30-second sample, and if a few more
Chalkvillains do likewise, perhaps we can give that rating a boost.

The album avoids the massive chart-toppers of the era for the most
part in favor of minor hits and agreeable also-rans such as Elvis
Costello/Dave Edmunds' "Girls Talk" and Lindsey Buckingham's

Check out a few samples and see if you don't agree with me that Sweet
& Hoffs's treatments don't impel you to press "Buy," they make you
want to hear the originals.

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider
Tucson, Wild West, America


Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:57:46 -0800
From: Steve <>
Subject: big express
Message-ID: <>

i really enjoyed reading the interview with the drummer for mummer and
big express. following that reading i got so lucky and have ended up
with a sealed big express lp from a record store. who would think after
all this time? craziness. you guys would understand such joy. it plays
quite loud :)


Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:35:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: More love for XTC from "Sound Opinions"
Message-ID: <>

A pre-Christmas tradition at the "Sound Opinions" podcast, hosted by
Chicago music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (available free at
the iTunes Store or at, is to play music collector
Andy Cerzan's setlist of undeservedly obscure Christmas songs. This
year, in the episode dated Dec. 13 (or 13 Dec.), the list includes Our
Heroes' "Thanks For Christmas."

Beginning at the 23:20 point ...

Cerzan: The next set starts off with one of the great British bands of
all time: XTC is in the rare air, without a doubt, although they're
virtually invisible, and as far as I know, non-functional even at this

DeRogatis: Andy, like Greg and me, we don't live in the past, but
isn't that a band you'd love to see? Wouldn't you love to see Andy
Partridge and Colin Moulding get back together for one more go?

Cerzan: Well, I was lucky enough to get invited to a super-rare radio
promo tour, and then ended up getting to spend the afternoon with Andy
Partridge and my friend, Mark, from Geffen Records, who called me and
said,  'Hey, what are you doing today? I'm going to take Andy
Partridge around town and you guys should meet each other.' I was
like, 'Are you kidding? I don't know if he wants to meet me, but I
want to meet him.' So, we had a gas, we went out drinking that night,
and, no, they're just the best. They did one Christmas tune, it was a
45, the A-side was 'Thanks For Christmas,' and the B-side was kind of
a disco-y sort of a track, it was called 'Countdown To Christmas Party
Time.' It came out in '83, only in Europe. This one stood the test of
time. This is 'Thanks For Christmas' by The Three Wise Men, who were
XTC, and XTC fans, rare note: Colin and Andy always wrote their own
songs by themselves, the two songwriters for the band, and in this
one, not only did they collaborate on it, but Dave Gregory also has --
their maestro, multi-instrumentalist guy in the band -- also got
songwriting credit. So this is the only song they, all three, did
together, and it's a great one: 'Thanks For Christmas' by XTC."

The episode also includes the Beatles' annual greetings to their fan
clubs. Happy Kringle to all! 

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider
Tucson, Ariz., U.S.

P.S.: Any reference to the Beatles is welcome here, right? If you love
*Yellow Submarine*, go to and download, for free, a 2008
animated feature by Nina Paley called *Sita Sings The Blues*, which
conjoins the story of an unhappy love affair in Indian legend, Paley's
own heartbreak, and torch songs from the 1920s. *Sita* mixes four
styles of animation: the "squiggly" look you'll recall from Comedy
Central's *Dr. Katz Professional Therapist*, shadow puppets
reminiscent of *The Adventures of Prince Achmed* (1926), Terry
Gilliamesque manipulation of paintings, and a stylized 2-D approach
that at one point pays tribute to the then-mind-blowing "Lucy In The
Sky With Diamonds" sequence in *Yellow Submarine*.


Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:39:21 -0500
From: CSRT Kelly <>
Subject: Thanksgiving
Message-ID: <>

A below normal chilly Thanksgiving morning here in Kentucky is a relief for
those who see global warming.  Andy would be happy to know that only four of
thirty relatives arriving for the holiday are flying in to the Bluegrass.
They will be properly surveyed on how many flights per year they take.  Two
seems ample.  Andy's how to better the world list eerily resembles mine.

As an XTC enthusiast for over 25 years, I have been fascinated that there
are no XTC cover bands in all the local places.  Song after infectious song,
they are the rulers of pop music.  I just want to have the opening guitar
for Vanishing Girl as my ringtone.

Here is an image for the day.  It is a reproduction of a recent painting I
call  "The Last of the Great Chicken Houses".  I think it would make a great
cover for Andy's next project.   Thanks for the site.  Truly, Cynthia Ryan

The Last of the Great Chicken Houses
water-based media on canvas
25" x 36"

more images at

Happy Thanksgiving!  We transplants over here are so grateful the Native
American Indians didn't wipe us out completely upon realizing the raw deal
they were getting.


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