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Subject: Chalkhills Digest #4-4

          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 4, Number 4

                  Monday, 6 October 1997

Today's Topics:

                        XTC Drink
         Osaka, Japan Chalkies Meeting This Week!
            the amazing letdowns of _Nonsvch_
         American Music Forms, An Idiot's Opinion
     Solos On Abbey Road -- A Fake Scholar's opinion
                     XTC Vs. Adam Ant
          I've arrived, and to prove it I'm here
                     96 Demos on CD!
                      Nonsuch Insert
           A Small Break In Transmission......
                        Atom? no.
             National Lampoon's XTC Vacation
      Re: David Yazbek @ Irving Plaza & other places
                quotes, queries, quandries
                   Andy & the Residents
                   Hello, This Is Andy
                Urgh! A Music War and XTC
                    elric et hercules
             Colin's Hermits and Don Quixote
                 Andy Partridge Uberstar
                      Fancy a beer?
                   a nationwide stalker


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Date: Sat, 04 Oct 1997 21:53:44 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Organization: Loquacious Music
Subject: XTC Drink

Would anyone be willing to pick me up a can of the XTC drink? I'll pay
ya for your time, and for the drink.

I'm down in the dumps with an ear infection. Oh, well -- some say I look
like Andy; now, if my eardrum ruptures (which we hope it won't), I'll be
able to tell my children the "banging my head on the wall" story. Next
time, someone should tell Andy to either sleep on the opposite side (to
let the gross stuff drain the other way), or to sleep with his head on a
heating pad (which will expedite the inevitable).

Wouldn't "Ear Infection" be a great name for a band?


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Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 18:39:12 +0900 (JST)
Message-Id: <>
From: mikewix <>
Subject: Osaka, Japan Chalkies Meeting This Week!


Been fun reading the many new developments with the band; like D. Gershman,
am looking forward to next Spring (?) when the new (what do we call it now?
CD? album? record? how about...) XTC Masterpiece will be out and ready for
ravenous consumption by all!

Hard to believe its been 20 years since the XTC 3 know, I
think I saw one of these rare items in a used record shop here in
Osaka...I'm gonna go back and check it out this week! I think it was, like,
6000 yen ($50 bucks) or something like that...I'll keep ya posted!

On Thursday, October 9th, we XTC fans and Chalkies here in Osaka are going
to get together for a little party, so if there are any Chalkies who just
happen to be in the Osaka/Kansai, Japan area this week, be sure and e-mail
either myself ( or Naoyuking
( Perhaps someone will bring a camera, digital
or otherwise, and we'll put them on the net (no promises here, but, you
never know!)

A big THANKS goes out to Giles Ward, for the video and XTC Live '79 and '82!

Just Lurking Around (for now),

Mike Wicks (nfl)  (niners) (earlyninersvideos)


Message-Id: <l03020900b05d1ae09c27@[]>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 07:21:33 -0400
From: aka Louise <>
Subject: the amazing letdowns of _Nonsvch_

[David Gershman <> secretly wrote:]

> Rumor: Someone I know who's involved in the music scene here in Boston
>tells me that the band (Lilys, that is), having relocated to Boston over
>the past year, has now broken up. I haven't heard anything about it
>elsewhere, so if anyone has any further details on that, please let me
>know (and be sure to say it ain't so!). Thanks!

i thought the lead singer Kurt left a few years ago (after their other
great EP,_A brief history of amazing letdowns_), but apparently he didn't,
as he appeared on all three of the records they've put out after that. so i
won't believe it until i see some kind of proof.

[re: the new album]

>Ahhh...the mere thought of it is almost enough.

i couldn't agree more. it's almost like drugs.... not that i would know. :)

[Willard Preston <> earnestly wrote re: "Long, Pointless
Guitar Solos Are Performing":]

>But I am somehow poignantly reminded of Lennon and Harrison's alternating
>solos on Abbey Road that (nearly) conclude the album.  Though there is not

yes, i have no doubt that that is what they were *intended* to invoke, but
they hardly live up to that standard IMO - where JL and GH's solos were
totally on, AP's and DG's are flat and lifeless. again i lay a lot of the
blame on Gus Dudgeon, who makes this song sound more like a weak Beatles
_ripoff_ (c.f. Don Was' watering-down of the eponymous Mommyheads album)
instead of an excellent song in and of itself as well as a worthy tribute.

AMANDA - don't they have Xerox machines in New Orleans (or in Canada, for
that matter)? maybe you should look into that. and furthermore, when are
you going to get it through your head that no one gives a rat's about Crash
Test Dummies? because believe me, we don't.

Harrison "And get that man some sodium bicarbonate" Sherwood - without
resorting to cheesy acronyms, i'll just mention that i greatly enjoyed your
analysis of "Bung-holio", although i still can't abide the actual song.

[Ira Lieman <> wrote:]

>Anyone else besides me going to see fellow Chalkhillian [David] Yazbek
>>perform on Monday, October 6th at Mercury Lounge in the East Village?

[and Chris Van Valen <> wrote:]

>Yazbek is playing in NYC on 10/6/97 at Irving Plaza(15th Street at Irving
>Place) opening for The Samples. 8 pm. Tickets are $16.50. Over and out...

someone got their dates wrong. unless he's playing both, which is highly
unlikely. i'd go if it was at the Mercury Lounge, but Irving Plaza is too
annoying unless you're going to see someone silly like the Deftones.

		- brookes
		  who is wondering if AP is in town...
R. Brookes McKenzie                                        aka crabby
Don't bother to call this room, / There's nobody here who can pick up
Or has stuff they need to talk about /  And who won't be now checking
                       out and flying      - "Destination Moon", TMBG


Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 19:00:06 +0700 (WIB)
Message-Id: <>
From: todzilla <>
Subject: American Music Forms, An Idiot's Opinion

It's a bit of a sticky wicket, trying to say one form of music is 'purely'
this or 'purely' that. (Ohhh, I just love putting words in little quotes to
smush them..oh the 'power' of it all.)

Most music has something in it that is from somewhere

Jazz has roots in French marching band music

bluegrass is strongly from euro folk music, particularly scots/irish

country has bluegrass which-- see the above

ragtime as the same roots as jazz--see the above

rap is strongly the result of carib DJs who moved to NYC

blues scales can be traced to Africa

disco I won't comment on (the word disco comes from French, though)

Captian Beefheart (he's his on style, right?) borrowed from Howlin' Wolf
(See blues)


The same goes for European music.....

My point? I need a bath.

Todzilla, Rain City


Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 19:00:09 +0700 (WIB)
Message-Id: <>
From: todzilla <>
Subject: Solos On Abbey Road -- A Fake Scholar's opinion

>But I am somehow poignantly reminded of Lennon and Harrison's alternating
>solos on Abbey Road that (nearly) conclude the album.

It seems to be three guitar players if you listen closely.  Someone once
told me it was Lennon, Harrison and Clapton OR L, H, and McCartney.  I
wasn't there (the BASTARDS didn't invite me, I was just sitting around in my
crib that day, doing NOTHING!) so I ain't sure. Whichever the case may be,
I'd lay serious money on it being Lennon who closes the trade-offs. And that
last riff, in my humbop, says it all about rock and roll, and blows away the
other two guys. God I love that last riff. That's the essence of ROCK. That
IS guitar.

>. . .as is also the case in the final movement of Beethoven's String quartet
>in E-flat major, Op 127, but that is perhaps bringing the comparison too far.
>. . .

OK on that one I'm sure, that's Zappa on the last solo.

Todzilla, defeater of frogs


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 11:49:26 -0400
From: Adam Tyner <>
Subject: XTC Vs. Adam Ant

As an obsessive TMBG fan, I can tell you without hesitation that it's 'XTC
Vs. Adam Ant'.  The CD says it, and they've discussed it in the TMBG Info
Club Newsletter.

As for the song itself, I don't really care for it too much's
not bad, but I don't think either band mentioned in the song would be
particularly impressed with it.  I would've thought a creative band like
TMBG would stick in riffs from songs from both bands as sort of a nod of
the head, but there was nothing like that in there as far as I could tell.


-Adam, who just requested "No Thugs In Our House" on the college radio
station...  :)
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Message-Id: <>
From: "Matt Keeley" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 10:13:33 +0000
Subject: I've arrived, and to prove it I'm here

Hello... after a long hiatus, originally spawned by me having broken
my hands and then continued by me not being able to think of anything
to say (Oh, like that stopped me before), I'm back...

> From: David Gershman <>
>  Just flipping through the BMG Music Club catalogue (I don't know WHY I
> keep rejoining these things...I enjoy going into CD stores so much more), I
> came across a listing for "Factory Showroom" by TMBG. Among the songs
> listed is "XTC vs *ATOM* Ant" -- haven't heard it myself, but I guess we
> need to rethink that whole previous discussion about it being *Adam* Ant.
> All that hubbub, and it turns out that they're just comparing XTC to a
> cartoon character. As if there's any competition... :)
Hehe... you're implying that there was competition between XTC and
Adam Ant...8)

> (Bowing) Yes, I started the whole "How many people can you mindfuck at once"
> thing, thank you, thank you.
I don't know... I personally always liked that quote.. and I remember
when that started!  I don't remember if it was when I first
subscribed, or just a little bit before when I was looking through
the archives, but I remember it!  8)

> From: "Sherwood, Harrison" <> Subject: Marginalia Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997
> I can't help it--the picture of Colin's freshly removed heart, recumbent
> on the sun-dappled lawn, smoking and sizzling ("It crackled and spat"!)
> while the smell of frying bacon fills the air and the carnivorous
> cuckoos salivate, just doesn't strike me as an auspicious beginning to a
> salacious little double-entendre pop song. Too, I dunno, Edgar Allen Poe
> for my taste.
What do you mean?  It's a metaphor... he's saying that as in all
relationships, it'll end with his heart being torn out by the person
he loves (still not sure about that pronoun thing)... (ok, so he's
really the one l(a)ying on the what?)

> From: jason garcia <>
> >I would love to hear about YOUR fantasy meeting with Andy.
Ok... here's mine:  It starts out with me finally meeting him, and he
gives me the tour of his house ending with the shed.  I get to ask
him all sorts of stupid questions, not unlike I did during the Rifff
chat (Yep!  I was the one who asked about the Dukes!), and then we'd
end up jamming for a bit on the guitar/MIDI/etc.  Then he'd ask me to
join XTC, as the token incompetent so all the fans would have a place
to direct their hatred, instead of picking on the innocent producers.
 Then he'd say that he doesn't mind them picking on Todd.  Then I'd
go and record lots of albums with them, until they finally got sick
of my questions (hey, I dreamt that I got to talk to Colin, and I
ended up really pissing him off with my inanities) and the inevitable
would come:  they would all get together and throw me out of a moving
lorry, then back over me a few times.

That's how it would go!

     -=>Matt Keeley<=-
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Message-ID: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 13:57:12 -0400
From: RocketRob <>
Organization: Pink Palace Productions
Subject: 96 Demos on CD!

Hi All
I have the XTC/Andy Partrige 1996 Demos (15 songs) on CDs (plural) if
anybody is interested.


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 15:31:30 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Organization: Loquacious Music
Subject: Nonsuch Insert


I'm very happy...I just shelled out a measly $4.00 to buy a used copy of
Nonsuch in which was hidden the infamous "If those dollars are burning a
hole in your pocket, Andy tells you how to rationalize the musical
universe." Can anyone tell me if I should've just saved the $4, or is
this thing hard to find?

Happy (belated) birthday to Lindsey Buckingham! It's OK - fifty isn't
*that* old...


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From: Squidly <>
Subject: A Small Break In Transmission......
Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 97 17:38:52 GMT


Its been many many months since I walked the chalkhills list, and I have to
say, its nice to be back....this transparent greeting is really a way of


I lost has e-mail address a while ago.....if you're around, James.....its
Will....ex-of Sheffield, now in Southampton.

You still there ?  Get in Touch, matey!



Message-Id: <>
From: "Kevin Keeler" <>
Subject: Atom? no.
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 16:47:02 -0400

David Gershman wrote:
>came across a listing for "Factory Showroom" by TMBG. Among the
>songslisted is "XTC vs *ATOM* Ant" -- haven't heard it myself, but I
>guess we need to rethink that whole previous discussion about it >being
*Adam* Ant. All that hubbub, and it turns out that they're just >comparing
XTC to a cartoon character. As if there's any >
>competition... :)

I assume i was picking up some sarcasm on that.  Prolly you  were just
poking fun at BMG's typo.  if should have been.  Cuz thats what
it was.

>>So, did anybody else notice that the last digest was numbered v4-
>>#1 and the one before was v3-#165?
>Yeah, I noticed this, and I'd like to join my voice to the growing
>chorus demanding an explanation. If this is just some capricious
>whim on your part

If you look on the archive page on the chalkhills site, you'll notice (with
the exception of volume 1) that each September, Mr Relph (bless his soul)
starts a new volume.   so, once the end of september 98 rolls around, you
wil find its time for volume 5.  I cant believe no one else has noticed
this (actually, im sure some have)

I guess that is all.

oops, no

I recieved a fairly good copy of a bootleg:  3/27/80.  Davis, Ca.  80
minutes.  if anyone is interested in a trade, let me know.  I'm trying to
build my collection.

so long.
                    Kevin Keeler

      ***Official Member, A.. A..***


Message-Id: <l03110700b05dd017dfce@[]>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 17:31:13 -0600
From: jason garcia <>
Subject: National Lampoon's XTC Vacation

Yes, here I am.   AGAIN with tha computer lab!

>But I am somehow poignantly reminded of Lennon and Harrison's alternating
>solos on Abbey Road that (nearly) conclude the album.

McCartney, Harrison, and Lennon, to be exact, in that order.  (Just wanted
to give Paul his due- he was always a rockin' lead guitarist)

>Now playing: Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits. Going to see 'em tonight! Ha!
>Lindsey Buckingham for producer?

That's an interesting thought.  Lindsey Buckingham has always turned ME on
(musically speaking).  I just rented "National Lampoon's Vacation" and was
surprised to find that the theme song "Holiday Road" was Lindsey!  I
"no wonder I'm getting into this..." He always had an ear for pop (and cool
guitar licks).

Re: "Grass"
>Leaving aside the relatively minor grammatical bloomer of "laying" for
>"lying," the thing that gives me a bit of a softoff about "Grass" is
>that the whole first line of the song is a whopping dangling participle.

Andy has said "ain't" in songs before.  I think that's what distinguishes
pop music from, say, a dissertation.  :)

>Anyone who says they're in this industry because they like music is a
>lying pathetic piece of s***.

Oh I agree entirely!  I'm just doing it to get chicks. ;)

Half-assedly yours,


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 20:58:47 -0400
From: Nancy McGrath <>
Subject: Re: David Yazbek @ Irving Plaza & other places

In Chalkhills Digest #4-3, Ira Lieman <> stated:

>Anyone else besides me going to see fellow Chalkhillian Yazbek perform
>on Monday, October 6th at Mercury Lounge in the East Village?

Actually, Yazbek will be at Irving Plaza on Monday 10/06, not at Mercury
Lounge. Here's the info on that gig and several others:

Monday, October 6, 9pm - IRVING PLAZA, NYC (212/777-6800 or  Yazbek opens for THE SAMPLES

Tuesday, October 7, 8:30pm - TOAD'S PLACE, New Haven, CT (203/562-5694
or  Yazbek opens for THE SAMPLES

Wednesday, October 8, 9:30pm - LUPO'S, Providence, RI (401/272-5876 or  Yazbek opens for THE SAMPLES

Monday, October 20, 9pm - ARLENE GROCERY (212/473-9831 or  Solo gig!!

Anyone interested in keeping up to date on David's activities (including
the release of his upcoming and much-awaited second album, TOCK) may sign
up  for his email mailing list by sending an email containing only the word
SUBSCRIBE in the body of the text to

Nancy McGrath


Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 19:02:34 -0700
From: becki digregorio <>
Subject: quotes, queries, quandries
Message-ID: <>

greetings all folks xtc,

dave gershman wrote in 'hills 4-3:

>I am living for the moment when I have that brand new album in my hand,
>>unopened, and I begin to unwrap it, peel off that (annoying) little sticky
>>strip, remove it from the case, pop it into the CD player, and here those
>first >few notes or beats come through the speakers.

hee hee... truly, rarely is a moment such as this more exciting.  i
remember when i got my copy of nonsuch: locked the door, unplugged the
phone, lit candles and incense, and put the cd on. *loud.*  and then that
opening riff... delight!!

and ira posted:

>The best (paraphrased) quote of the evening, which was a collaborative
>effort: "Andy seems very down-to-earth, but he's just far enough off the
>ground to be creative."


and so keen to hear of your meeting up w/ a fellow 'hillian.  i must say
that since joining this list i too have met some wonderful xtc fans, many
who've become very dear friends (you know who you are).  not only has xtc
given me hours (days) (months) (_years_) of listening enjoyment, not only
did dave and andy contribute their talents to my cd, but i've made a circle
of friends that
i wouldn't have met otherwise.  truly a blessing...

and to mitch friedman: i miss you!!    *sniff*

and to any folks who live down in the los angeles area -- i'm currently
trying to book some dates at clubs/venues down there to support my cd
release, and will have my friends john wedemeyer, randy hayes and endre
tarczy accompanying me (john is also a 'hillian).  any suggestions for
venues??  we're looking to come down in the next few months.  please email
me privately??

dean martucci -- still considering a stab at management??  (wink)

peace to all,

--becki digregorio, depressed worthy in the bamboo grove because her
cd-player at home is now *broken*


Message-Id: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 22:47:22 -0400
From: Adam Tyner <>
Subject: Andy & the Residents

This afternoon I picked up a copy of "Commercial Album" by the Residents,
which features Andy playing and singing on the 38th track, "Margaret
Freeman".  I haven't seen anyone talk about this since I've been on (given,
the album has been around since 1980, but it -was- recently re-released),
and I'm just wondering what all of you think...

While I don't particularly think the track stands out above the rest (the
album is fantastic; comes very highly recommended...certainly unlike
anything I've ever heard before), it's still quite good.  Andy's vocals
don't appear until near the end of the song, and although they're
unmistakably his, it's very hard to make out what he's saying...  :)  I
took a look at , and the lyrics are quite
interesting.  :)

I used CDWorx to get a copy of this on my computer.  I've made an MP3 as
well as an 8-bit, mono, 22kHz WAV file...I've offered them to John in case
he'd like to post it on the Chalkhills site...  If not, I'd be more than
happy to send it to someone who'd like it on their XTC site.

The MP3 (16-bit, stereo, 44.1kHz) is 987K, and the 8-bit, mono, 22kHz WAV
file is 1.32 megs.  Remember, John gets first refusal rights.  ;)


-Adam, who should have a copy of the Andy Partridge material from the Hello
Recording Club on CD any day now...  :)
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Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 02:07:33 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Hello, This Is Andy

Well, not even an incredible simulation....sorry.

Jason, I for one would personally hand Andy your tape if I knew the guy, but
YOU MUST set up you're own publishing company first.  I've been instructed
by a pro (and you know who) so I'm passing this along to anyone who writes

And if I could meet a member of XTC, I'd like to meet Dave.  I think I'd be
more comfortable around him for some reason.

By the way, Fleetwood Mac always rocks.  Lindsey Buckingham is the reason I
picked up a guitar.  Dave Gregory is the reason I put it down and then bow
gracefully, "We're not worthy!  We're not worthy!"

Laurie Collins

Who thought she was a dweeb in HS for listening to the MAC (come on it was
the 80s not the 70s) but now I know the breadth of their influence,
especially among musicians.  Anyone else think the world of Danny Kirwin?
 Possibly a pre-Dave Gregory?


Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 07:33:57 +0100
From: Simon Sleightholm <>
Subject: Urgh! A Music War and XTC

Hi guys, I just this in the mail - it may interest some of you...

Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 14:50:22 -0700
From: Kombiz Lavasany <>
Subject: Urgh! A Music War and XTC

Just wanted to let you know that CinemaStar Luxury theaters
( in Riverside (Southern  California) is playing
Urgh! A music war. If you're not familiar with the movie its a
collection of really cool 80's bands. XTC is the ninth act in the show.
There also a bunch of other great 80's bands like Boingo, Dead
Kennedy's, Devo, etc.... There is a list of bands at
It's a really rare oppourtunity to see Urgh!these days so if you can
post the info for any So. Cal. fans that would be really cool.
The film starts at 10:00 P.M. next Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11
and its a double feature with Pink Floyd's the Wall which starts
afterwards at midnight.

If you need any info reply to and I'll get back to you.


Bye for now,

-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-  (
An XTC resource - "Saving it all up for you..."


From: "The Great Lemur" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 01:32:31 CST
Subject: elric et hercules
Message-ID: <>

moorcock, i do believe, actually started his work writing hercules
comics.. but i also could be wrong.



Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 09:35:06 -0700
From: Jon Eva <>
Organization: Oxford Molecular Group
Subject: Hawkwind

PCulnane" wrote:

> Perhaps why Jon Eva may have thought Michael Morcock was connected to
> Quicksilver (Messenger Service), when in fact the connection was with Brit
> band Hawkwind....Hawkwind's first hit single was entitled "Silver Machine"
> p@ul

Thanks Paul, that must have been the reason I got mixed up. I certainly
wasn't thinking of Quicksilver Messanger Service when I suggested Moorcock's
band was called Quicksilver, QSM are fairly familiar to me due to the late
John Cipollina's work with the Welsh band Man.

Actually Hawkwind were the very first band I saw live, at a Science Fiction
convention when I was about 12 years old. Obviously they didn't make much of
an impression as I couldn't even remember their name when I needed to.

Anyway, the point I was attempting to make was that was Andy P. may have
been influenced by the books of Moorcock, not his music.



Message-Id: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 8:10:57 +0000
Subject: Colin's Hermits and Don Quixote

If anyone does speak to Dave Gregory would they ask him what music would he
use to accompany Borges's  'Pierre Menard & Don Quixote'.

I was listening to CH's strawberry field forever and thought of Jorge Luis
Borges  and one of the short stories in his Labrynths collection. It's about
a French guy who decided to rewrite Cervante's Don Quixote and tries to work
out how best to approach it.

As for the turtles, well !  Happy Together was the second LP i had , 'please
please me' being the first, and the first i bought having saved my pocket
money for a couple of months. I still love it ; harmonies, humour and
arrangements . Battle of the Bands is great as well as it includes Surfer
Dan, Elenore,  'Buzzsaw', a killer instrumental, as well as  that Gene Clark
song 'you showed me' which gets you back to the Byrds (who don't get much
mention here sadly). Gene Clark , together with Doug Dillard recorded my all
time favourite LP, the Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, a scorcher.
The Turtles had Ray Davies as producer on one album ; any good?

I should be in Vienna next Wednesday so if anybody has any recommendations
for places to eat/drink i'd appreciate it .

enjoyed the weekend

The views expressed are of the individual, and do not
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From: "Stafford, Dave" <>
Subject: Andy Partridge Uberstar
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 97 07:31:00 PDT
Message-ID: <3438F766@dilbert>

>>Meaningless XTC-related survey question of the day:  You're putting
>>together a kick-ass tribute to the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack album.
>>Which song do you give to XTC?

What a remarkable notion.

If we pick a quiet song:

"I Only Want To Say" without a doubt.  Just imagine Andy singing over
that lonely piano

"then...I was inspired

 now...I'm sad and tired

  listen surely I've exceeded...expectations

   tried for three years...seems like ninety..."

If we pick a loud song:

"Judas' Death"

Imagine Andy screaming "My God I saw him!..." and then later,  going all
misty and poignant for that brief heartbreaking reprise of "I Don't Know
How To Love Him", his voice cracking wonderfully with the sorrow and
emotion of the moment...

Heck with it, *I'd* like to hear them do the whole album.

BTW  IMESHO  YDHTAWM: only the *original* opera, featuring Ian Gillan as
Jesus, should be listened to.  All later versions are suspect.

A weird and excellent idea.   That's IDEA to you chalksters.


...and to John Relph: just so long as you are not hopping into the trunk
of a Gremlin, I will know all is well.

It's just like A BIG ROCK SHOW....

All for knot,

dave at studio seventeen


Message-ID: <>
From: Catherine Sweeney <>
Subject: Fancy a beer?
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 17:04:04 +0100

Until it was mentioned, I don't think I'd ever had a Partridge fantasy
in the way you lot meant it to mean.  But having introduced the topic,
this is the best I could do.

Oh hello, Andy, nice to see you've brought Colin n' Dave.  Here's 20
quid, now nip out to the offy, will you, and get some beer in.   Polly
Harvey and Julian Cope are also here for the evening, so get some for
them whilst you're about it. We're going to watch my favourite videos
and then Julian is going to talk about pagan fertility rites, so hurry
up, mate, I'm gasping.  Don't forget the Pringles.  And no, you can't
bring Dave with you.


Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 09:07:52 -0600 (CST)
Message-id: <>

I'll get to that in a minute, but first......

FS-:P TTTTTHHHHHPPPPPPTTTTTT!!!!!!! (Raspberry in your direction.) And a

Jason-Well, if you want a copy of my fantasy meeting with Gregsy, you can
ask mygood friend Matt Kaden.....but make sure you can stomach such extremes
of mushiness first.....(this is rated TVM, R, whatever your rating is.)

Fantasy meeting with Andy......browsing through the XTC section in the store
and hear a heavy Swindon accent tell me to "put that God-awful crap down",
whirl around, come face to face with the Great One himself and proceed to
spend an afternoon at his house munching sarnies and drinking Pimms. That's
good enough for me.

Alright, on to my desperate plea......  Saturday night a show aired on PBS
entitled "Sessions At West 54th". The featured artist was Joe Jackson,
playing his new album. I was all excited because I knew Brad Roberts was
going to be on, and since I hvaen't heard anything remotely Dummy-related of
late, I jumped to my VCR. HOWEVER, I got the wrong time and ended up missing
the first half hour of the show, which just happened to include Brad's
performance.  Much pillow throwing and primal screaming ensued. So this is
my question...  Did any of you tape the show, or did you know anyone who
did? I will give ANYTHING for a copy of this show!!!!!!!

I finally got my stuff from vinyl vendors. I LOVE the dance mixes of "King
For a Day", and the inside picture on Skylarking. I can now see why some
people thought they were dressing like schoolgirls. (Never realised Dave had
such skinny legs either......) I am nowq off to order some more stuff....

Ciao for now,
daemon est deus inversus
XTC song of the day-Wonder Annual
non XTC-Say What You Want-Texas


Date: Mon, 6 Oct 97 08:11:28 UT
From: "Edward Percival" <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: a nationwide stalker

Jump Jump, go ahead and Jump Jump
if it's what your heart is longing to do....

Hello all believers.  Sgt Rock recruited me back in 1980 and I've bought
everything which I can get legally, so can anyone help me out with the
demos?  I'm a new recruit to chalkhills.

The strange thing about following XTC all these years is that almost
everyone I know has met Andy Partridge- Dentist's waiting rooms, gigs etc.
You talk about fantasy meetings, the meeting I want involves the boys and a
stage..  Sad but true, but if they ever toured again I would have to be a
nationwide (UK) stalker.  And what would I want the set list to be?

Peter Pumpkinhead/ mayor of simpleton/ Grass/ meeting place/ All you pretty
girls/ Great Fire/ Dear God/ Love on a Farmboy's Wages/ Earn Enough For Us/
Towers of London/ Generals and Majors/ Respectable Street/ Chalkhills &
Children/ World Wrapped in Grey/Books are burning /Encores: Nigel/ Senses
working overtime/ the Dissappointed

I'm sure I would include some new songs, but I guess I need to wait for the


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