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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 294

                Thursday, 2 November 2000


                   RE: Very fishy . . .
                        The Last 6
                      Ticket To Ride
              Re: The Plague - at a tangent
                     Might I Suggest?
                    Andy and Costello
                     In another life
                       Wierdy Books
           Bumble Nova entry -aka- stuff this!
        Mystery Solved: Great Longing Look Debate
                     Top Of The Pops
                   What's Your Problem?
                  Your Wish, My Command


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Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 14:13:10 -0000
From: "Smith, David" <>
Subject: RE: Very fishy . . .
Message-ID: <>

Oh Rory, Rory, set me off laughing again with your alternative Skylarking
titles - lucky I'd just FINISHED listening to it.

Would take issue with Dear Bod however. Everyone knows this is Andy's
homage to our brave boys in the north sea fishing fleets, where they catch
Britain's staple food fish . . . no, I'm not going to do it!

Oh all right then:

Dear Cod
Hope you snag the nettage cos
I want to dip you in some batter up here
And then eat you with a nice big pint of beer

And all the other little fishies you swim with
They be crackling in the oil
And they won't let chips all spoil
With Cod
Hope they fillet yoooooo oooooo oooou

And now, in the spirit of sharing, I'll give you the alternative Mummer:

Bleating of Carps - an message from those lesser fish, mightily peeved at
the dominance
of Cod (see above)
Underhand - more politics, this time a comment on the fragrant Peter
Love On a Farmboys Pager - uncomfortable . . .
Grape Hire - a new concept in fruit marketing
Deliver us from the Elephants - they're coming, they're coming!!
Numan Alchemy - the rare sight of Gary Numan having a gold record
Ladyboys - Recounting a trip to Bangkok (sorry!)
In Loving Memory of a Dame - an ode to all things Pantomime
Vee and the Sinned - a ditty re Mr Tube's treatment of those non-believers
on the list
Junk Not The Dole - finally, investment adice, put your money in high-yield
bonds rather than risk losing everything

Hur, hur, hur!

Sorry . . .

Harrison, on, well everything really . . .

	I think Andy Partridge finds *this* to be a mystical idea--that
women participate in history in a way that is incomprehensible to men.

Well, it WAS incomprehensible until then - nice job!

Smudge "Just a small saveloy please" boy


Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 22:42:08 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <>
Subject: The Last 6
Message-ID: <000801c04344$59f8f960$705791d2@johnboud>

The last 6 Cds I have listened to , in order ...

William Orbit - Strange Cargo Hinterland
Willie Dixon - The Chess Box
Phillip Pickett - The Bones Of All Men ( featuring R. Thompson and Dave
Mattacks )
Peter Namlook/Tetsu Inoue - 2350 Broadway
Sun Ra - Angels and Demons / Nubians of Plutonia
The Durutti Column - Lips That Would Kiss ( Form Prayers To Broken Stone )


P.S.   Pardon off-topic content .


Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 16:57:49 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Ticket To Ride
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkers,

I'm going to see Dave Gregory perform with Steve Hogarth's band
'h' this Halloween. Care to join me? Come to the Tivoli in Utrecht
(NL) and meet me there at around 20.00 o'clock
A splendid time is guaranteed for all

yours in xtc,

Mark S. @ the Little Lighthouse


Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 10:36:03 -0600
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: ANNOUNCING...
Message-ID: <007501c04358$a9586720$>

:::::: Long Post
:::::: page down to "ANNOUNCING..."
:::::: if you have A.D.D.

I had made some ASCII rumblings about starting a website to be called "King
For A Day" wherein people submitted XTC covers to me.  I would then encode
them as MP3 and put them on a website for downloading.

Fundamentally, it was a good idea (Andy even liked it!) but the time,
efforts and COST was prohibitive because I ultimately had bigger plans for
the site.  It simply would have been a noticable amount of cash out and very
little cash in.  These project need to be essentailly "break-even."

With the Chalkhills' Children tributes, I wasn't trying to post a profit but
more importantly I was trying NOT to post a loss.  In essence, the "King For
A Day" website will not happen.

I had also done some evaluation about making a "Best of Chalkhill's
Children" CD available.  Unfortunately, the songs that I felt were critical
to include were larger than one CD and making a 2-CD "Best of..." of a 3-CD
series is pretty lame (though I know most of you purchased cassettes and
might welcome the digital versions).

Someone else on the Chalkhills digest was assembling another tribute but
that seems to have fallen apart.  This was a very unfortunate situation as
almost half of the songs were already completed and submitted.  Harrison
"Listing To Port!" Sherwood sought to salvage the project and asked if I
could help him maneuver it out of this halflight.

Harrison and I have always worked well together (and I don't mean to imply
that I am a control freak) but I'm not always that "fair" with true
collaborators.  Everyone may have their individual role but they are
seperate.  It is why I _AM_ a recording producer by trade and why I _AM NOT_
in a band.  I agreed to handle the thing, with the participation of others,
if I could handle it my way (honest, I really am not a control freak!).

I have taken over the tribute project (and made it my own).


King For A Day    (or)   MP3 In Motion     (or)   Living Through Another
Tribute (or)   Rocky VII   (or)   This Was Pop  (or)   Drunk And Wired
(or)   English Sediment  (or)   When You Hear You'll Have Difficulty

The tribute will be an MP3-CD containing all three previous "Chalkhills'
Children" tributes plus just about anything else I can get my hands on
(well, I do have a limit of about 50 or 60 songs of average length).

If you are interested in contributing a cover of an XTC song by the end of
February, email me at or  There will be
no "reserving" of song titles, just let me know if you plan to contribute.
Should the unlikely situation occur where I receive more songs than I can
fit, it will be on a "first arrived, first included" basis.

I am also investigating the inclusion of MP3 player, "skins" and playlist
software on the CD, making it a virtually complete package.  If I receive
more tracks than I can initially fit, I will start chipping away at the soft
amenities to make room for more tracks.

On a more acidic note... please, please, please try to avoid sterile MIDI
tracks or howling-hound singing.  If you can't hit the notes or follow the
melody, find someone who can.  If the musicianship sounds like you showed up
drunk for your second piano lesson, save yourself the postage and
humiliation.  I'm not going to play judge on this project, but I am willing
to play critic.

If you are interested in ordering, please do not reply at this time.  Stay
tuned.  I will post the ordering information and other news on Chalkhills
when it is time.  I expect the CD to be available in March, 2001.

I want to make this a grand production so if you know any mildly or
extremely famous musicians, see if you can get them involved.  We are close
to getting commitment from a few nationally known groups/performers.  If I
can subsequently publish their names, that should "validate" the project in
other's eyes and we should be able to get more big names.  I'll have more
information about this in a few weeks.

We already have interest from Sean Altman (to cover "Ten Feet Tall") and Ken
Siegert (check out his CD "Up From The Murky Depths" - I really enjoy it.)

I already have a planned contribution from an internationally known, big
name band of exceptional musicians but they may have to use a psuedonym (a'
la "Terry & The Love Men") for contractual purposes.  Should that happen,
rest assured that the true identity will eventually leak out, if not be
deduced by a Chalker.  In any event, I think you'll be surprised (even if
you don't like them).

In the end, whoever you are, you will be in good company on this CD.



Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 18:13:30 +0000
From: The Worrier Queen <>
Subject: greetings
Message-ID: <>

Happy New Year -
if you're of the Celtic persuasion

"season cycle go from death to life"

Jayne the Worrier Queen

Salmagundi can be found at
He Toi Whakairo He Mana Tangata:
Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity.
Maori saying


Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 07:52:40 EST
From: "Andrew Gowans" <>
Subject: Re: The Plague - at a tangent
Message-ID: <>

Greetings Folks,

In V.6 No.293 Mr Coolidge wrote about the use of video clips;

>the only significant American video pioneer in the music business was
>Todd Rundgren, who was using video to promote Utopia albums as early as

Not to forget Mike Nesmith who created his hilarious 'Rio' video clip a few
years earlier (@ 1977 ? - I'll dig out my old vinyl and check the date
sometime). This also led to his 'Elephant Parts' special which garnered him
an some awards (an Emmy ?). He also produced clips for Jimmy Buffett around
then as well.

Don't forget the Monkees. Essentially, a precursor to the MTTV (no spelling
mistake !) generation, but perhaps with more energy, wit and imagination
(oops - an opinion or two in there).

In all probability there is no definite originator of the video clip as a
stand-alone product. The oldest 'filmclips' (pre-video) that I recall seeing
are from around 1966-7, various Beach Boys from Pet Sounds, Pink Floyd'
Astronomy Domine from Piper at the Gates of Dawn and (in Australia) The
Master's Apprentices with Elevator Man.

On whether the early MTTV effected the influence of Brit music at the time
in the US - I don't know but it sounds plausible.

Andrew Gowans


Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 17:47:19 -0500
From: "Michael D. Myers" <>
Subject: harmonies
Message-ID: <>

Chalkksters and Chalkettes;

Just a few thoughts for your consideration:

- I read some additional favorable reviews this week about Andy friend
David Yazbek's score for the new Broadway play, "The Full Monty".  The
review seemed to categorize the music as light, breezy and fun, and that
it helped move the play along at a good pace.  I believe that Andy could
write a brilliant score for a musical, and I truly hope he gets around to
exploring this creative outlet someday.

- Glad to hear a mention in this digest about a blast from the past,
namely Emitt Rhodes.  Emitt was a pretty amazing guy because not only did
he write some great pop songs that were clearly "McCartneyesque", but he
played all of the instruments on some of his albums and was arranger,
producer, engineer, etc.  I think he hit the public consciousness about
1970.  I have all of his vinyl releases and I am quite certain that a CD
anthology of some sort just became available.  One of his songs, "She's
Such a Beauty" reminded me of "Martha My Dear".  He was a pretty good
piano player, could play guitar well enough to do some lead work, and his
drumming was a least as good as McCartney's playing on Paul's first couple
of solo efforts.

- I realized that the music I've been playing recently has mostly
contained great harmonies.  XTC, Badfinger, Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Beach
Boys; they all have such beautiful elements of harmony that sometimes the
various parts slip by without realizing how well-constructed they are.  I
especially listened to Badfinger, Todd R, and XTC to compare the different
methods of harmonizing they use.

Badfinger seems to use more straightforward harmonies.  I guess from a
chord perspective, they're more along the lines of using the 1-3-5 notes
in the chord.  Todd used to take a whole different approach in his earlier
stuff (1971-1985 or so).  To my ears, he seemed to be influenced equally
by the Beach Boys as well as the soul groups in his native Philadelphia.
Listen to songs such as "Marlene" or "Wailing Wall" to understand what I
mean.  I've found myself humming some of these tunes a lot this week; I
can't get them out of my head.

Andy and Colin seem to have the most intricate harmonies of just about any
rock group (and I'm not trying to include any of the "boy groups" in this
discussion) that is currently making music.  I think they are deceptively
complex.  To my ears, the boys have been influenced equally by the Beach
Boys as the Beatles.

I would like to hear expert analysis on this topic from other folks who
can discuss it in more accurate technical terms.  I've played various
instruments for a lot of years, but I am in no way a music major since I
do everything by ear and by trial and error.  Plus, I don't make my living
by music.

I would appreciate any discussion of the technical aspects of XTC's
harmonies, such as the various harmony "parts" in relation to the melody
and the chord patterns.  Maybe some knowledgeable soul will discuss what
they appreciate and understand about some favorite song from the XTC
canon.  Maybe this would be more interesting than some of the boorish
fights that we seem to get into upon occasion........



Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 13:34:44 -0700
From: "Steve Johnson" <>
Subject: Might I Suggest?
Message-ID: <>

Here's a tip to: (a) increase the number of people who read your posts, and
(b) enhance your credibility.


Oops, I hope I haven't touched a raw nerve with the reference to the Big Guy.

But seriously, does anyone read those 19-page posts, filled with 200
snippets from other posts and the author's responses to each snippet?  I
can't scroll down fast enough when I hit one of those babies!

If I wanted to read a philosophical treatise, I'd pick up some Kierkegaard
or some Steve Martin or something.  But this is a music site!  And it's
devoted to a couple of fellows who have a sense of humor about even the
most serious subjects.  So be like Andy and Colin and, for the love of
Christ, lighten up!

There...I've done it again.


Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 19:58:29 -0800 (PST)
From: pancho artecona <>
Subject: Andy and Costello
Message-ID: <>

Well since this came up....

"Anyhow,  Vanity Fair just published their rock
edition. Elvis Costello names what he considers to be
the 500 most important albums (includes music from a
variety of styles including classical). Missing is
anything by Xtc (althoughthe EC produced Squeeze album
East Side Story is included). Some very interesting
choices but I was a little surprised by the slight to

I have a little Costello/XTC anecdote I'll share with
My lucky brother was recently in NYC to see a musical
play by Steve Nieve in which Costello sang. Before the
show he's outside smoking a cigarette and next thing
he knows Ruben Blades is smoking alongside him, so
they get to talking (in spanish of course) about salsa
and all kinds of music and stuff, and of course about
Elvis Costello.

Well, they part ways and each goes to see the show. I
know my brother never expected to see Blades again.
Later on in the evening my brother is at a bar (I
think it was the Algonquin, I'm not sure) and lo and
behold there is Ruben Blades sitting with Elvis
Costello, Cait Oriordan (Elvis' wife) and Steve
Buscemi. Well at one point in the evening Ruben
recognized my brother and invites him to come over. My
brother of course is overcome with excitement and
takes pictures with some of those present. At one
point my brother says: "God, I can't believe I'm
sitting here next to two of my three favorite
songwriters, if only Andy Partridge were here this
would be absolutely perfect"......Costello then says
"I guess you'll have to take what you can get".

That's it. True story and I thought quite funny. I
don't know if it sheds any light into Costello's
glaring omission but I figures this might be
interesting to some people.

Oh and BTW, Ryan Anthony is my idea of a good God.
Notice his willingness to allow his Airdale the free
will to treat him disdainfully and he still feeds said
beast. If that's not unconditional love I don't know
what is......I think I want to get a dog.



Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 11:22:02 +0100
From: "Carlos Rodriguez" <>
Subject: In another life
Message-ID: <000c01c043ed$ac15e4c0$05a9ae3e@cgrg>

Hi all! found in Napster all the Wasp Star demos in mp3 except "In another
life". Does it exist? Where  can I find it?
Thanks a lot.


Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 00:42:04 +0000
From: John Peacock <>
Subject: Wierdy Books
Message-ID: <>
Organization: The Nice Organization

I don't know why I wrote this, but I've done it now, so I might as well
post it.

> Tom K wrote:
> If you want a story, read James Redfield.

Those last three words should never be seen together in that order unless
immediately preceded by a "Don't" or a "Never ever".

I was once stuck on a train between London and Edinburgh (a four-hour
journey plus a delay of at least two hours on this occasion) with nothing
else to do but read but Celestine Prophecy, and I have to say that it is
the worst book that I have ever dragged myself through, paragraph by
agonising paragraph, right to the end.  Even speaking as someone who once
used to have a complete collection of Robert E.  Howard books.

There is a very good demolition of it here:

My theory is that it was written in response to an unhappy package holiday
to Peru.

I am generally pro wierdy books though. I did read the Casteneda books a
long time ago, but my memory thuswards is a bit patchy. I have to say that
the debunking I read was fairly thorough and convincing, but that was
itself fifteen years ago, so I can't remember which one it was. Certainly,
since I read it I have viewed them as quite eccentric novels.

The undisputed champion of wierdy books is Colin Wilson's "The Occult"
which has pretty much everything in it (and what isn't in it turns up in
the sequel, "Mysteries"), and a personal favourite of mine is Ken
Campbell's "Violin Time", though that is almost unobtainable as far as I
can tell - It doesn't count as a wierdy book per se but it does have
Cathars in it in force which is the next best thing. It has more jokes
than all of Castaneda and Redfield put together. Mind you, so does a
telephone directory. Campbell's The Bald Trilogy is also very good, but
even less of a true wierdy book. He's more of a Fortean.

There is also "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". A pot pourri of wierdy
brouhaha for seekers of all persuasions. It might upset Christians. And
people who are keen on a logic you can follow. But it's full of *stuff* -
the mystery of Fr. Sauniere, the Cathars (again), the Templars, the
Merovingian kings and the bloodline of Jesus Christ (oh, yes), all present
and correct. Treated with contempt by Eco in Foucault's Pendulum if I
remember correctly (and quite right too, in a way). On the same level
(both of entertainment and of credibility) is Arthur Guirdham. He spirals
off into silly-space somewhat in his later books as I remember (much as
Casteneda does), but the first - "The Cathars and Reincarnation" - is
actually quite good. It would make a terrific movie (probably Antony
Hopkins as Guirdham and Gwyneth Paltrow doing one of her jolly hockey
sticks English accents as his patient, whose name escapes me at the

For wierdiness grounded in hard reality, may I recommend the books of
Frances Yates (particularly The Rosicrucian Enlightenment), which are yer
actual history books with sources and evidence and everything. Or indeed
Julian Cope's masterly The Modern Antiquarian despite the dodgy snapshots.

Or you could read Gurdieff's "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson".

You could try.

Most importantly, as Ken Campbell suggests:

"Don't *believe* in anything ... Nothing which is the product of the human
mind is a fitting subject for belief ...  ... But you can suppose
*everything* ... and in fact you should ... Supposing as much as poss is
mind-opening, mind-widening ... Suppose God ... suppose flying saucers
... suppose fairies ... I suppose you could suppose that one of the Big
Religions had got it right ... to the last nut and bolt! ... But don't
*believe* it! ... If you really believe your belief is IT, it would be
what the Greeks called 'hubris' ... and it would be very nasty for you and
all concerned ... (and possibly some innocent bystanders too)
     Ken Campbell, Jamais Vu, 1993

Oho, yes,


P.S. Aleister Crowley is far less scary than his detractors would have you
believe. And considerably less interesting than his admirers would like
you to think.


Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 14:57:23 -0800 (PST)
From: brown <>
Subject: Bumble Nova entry -aka- stuff this!
Message-ID: <>

To be sung to the tune of I'm The Man Who Murdered Love-
(I hope this hasn't been done already)

I'm the dame who murdered Tom,
Yeah, what do you think to that?
I'm the dame who murdered Tom,
Yeah, what do you think to that?

I had a yearning for a tasty fowl
To celebrate the harvest and the plow
No beef, no pork, dear me, no stinking fish
Vegetables? of course, but as a side dish!

I'm the dame who murdered Tom,
Yeah, what do you think to that?
I'm the dame who murdered Tom,
Yeah, what do you think to that?

I hid myself within the tall, field grass
and put a bullet in his feathered ass
Now to get you home, to clean and stuff
I just hope your meaty flesh is not TOO tough!

Many thanks to the tolerant Mr. Relph :)

Debora Brown


Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 23:25:28 EST
Subject: Mystery Solved: Great Longing Look Debate
Message-ID: <>

p. 215 Gravity's Rainbow
Viking Compass edition


Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 12:49:50 -0000
From: Michael Martin <>
Subject: Top Of The Pops
Message-ID: <01e401c044cb$64b4e340$160b10ac@m9v7a9>

I know, I know:

*	it's probably been done before
*	you can't measure 'Art'
*	it would be like trying to choose your favourite child
*	lists are for unreconstructed boys with too many unresolved
issues that have to be channelled into trivial pursuits
*	etc etc

But wouldn't it be interesting to do a poll on people's favourite XTC
albums?  I'm sure this must have happened at some point, though had a
rummage around the archives and couldn't find any evidence of such.

Suggest we vote for top 1,2,3 for quickness, or top 1-5 to prevent hours
of angst over what to exclude.  (No doubt some drongo will now send in
scores out of 1000 for every track in existence, but hey, it'll keep
them off the streets).  It would then need someone at Chalkhills HQ to
collate - might even be easier to send votes to a separate address to
prevent the main mailing becoming a numbers fest?

Just a thought...



Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 10:08:12 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Eeeuuuch!
Message-ID: <>

Adrian Ransome wrote in #6-290:

Ryan Anthony revealed of his retriever/collie Susan B

>she and the Airdale have (gasp!) licked out the fudge
>pan dozens of times

Oooh! Matron! I'm not sure that's the sort of
information you should be divulging in a public
forum...... ; )


Touche! (Insert the accent-grave yourself.) I never
even thought of the double-entendre, Adrian. I tend to
forget that five out of a hundred men view the anus as
an altar, and the remaining ninety-five occupy every
waking hour either tormenting homosexuals, joking
about homosexuals, or suspecting themselves or others
of homosexuality.

I'm a fool to assume I could mention fudge in this day
and age and have everyone think of chocolate candy.

I can hear it now: "It IS chocolate candy! Ar ar ar!"

Let me start over. Delete the references to fudge and
chocolate. The dogs were actually licking a portable
Sony entertainment center.

Centre. Sorry.

It was some fifteen years ago that I was blindsided by
a reader who joked that one could assume my references
to owning hamsters meant I did with those rodents what
some men do with gerbils. Eeeuuuch!

All hope is not lost. I am slowly learning the rules
of the new game. One rule: Do not to mention wood in
the presence of Beavis or Butt-Head. Another rule:
Everyone is Beavis or Butt-Head.

Oh, Adrian, I did see your winking emoticon. Visualize
one just like it on this post.

Ryan Anthony

An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Yes, Kinsey estimated ten percent of the male
population is homosexual (and that figure has become
unassailable dogma of the Church of the Anus), but he
was working in the 1940s, the Paleolithic era of the
science of statistics, before the importance of a
random sample was widely understood, and his
interviewees were prisoners. Modern surveys put the
percentage at anywhere from two to eight, hence my
choice of five. We have one queer-theoretician in
Chalkhills who may care to weigh in on this.


Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 23:49:12 +0000 (GMT)
From: Rory Wilsher <>
Subject: What's Your Problem?
Message-ID: <>


In 6-293, the delightful Mr Powerpop10 opined:

<snip>...but I really do enjoy reading the  thoughts
of [Mr] Wilsher...I really mean this. <snip> (Ahhh,
the delights of selective editing! (surely an oxymoron
- Ed))

Thanks, mate! Nice to know you're having fun!

No. This won't do at all. A quick trawl of the
archives reveals the following:

Posts by Mr. Powerpop: 8
Positive thoughts from Mr. Powerpop: 0
Negative thoughts from Mr. Powerpop: 8

((c) Bridget Jones' Diary)


And finally...I was delighted to discover that he is
the original "ridiculous prick" of SYWPTYRP fame. Plus
ca change... Obviously still working to maintain his

So I'll repeat it in case you didn't get it the first


XTC Content (Well it's about time!):

Santa Theatre

Cold sun rolls around
Let's go shop up town
Presents in your arms
Like the tree your gifts swell
Children wake from sleep
Reindeer kick and leap
Holly climbs erect
Scowling with its thorn leaves and its berries red

Stage left
Enter Santa and he's dressed in cherry red
                                  Stage right
Now the legend's died, consumerism's born
                  Stand up
If we'd light the fire and all breathe in the smoke
New bike, we'll applaud the new bike

Robins on the cards
Earth is cold and hard
Snowflakes on the sill
Flow'ring on the 'Hill
Kids will laugh and cry
Presents to enjoy
Tearing all the wrap
As the parents drink themselves to spinning fits

Stage left
Enter Santa and he's dressed in cherry red
                                  Stage right
Now the legend's died, consumerism's born
                  Stand up
If we'd light the fire and all breathe in the smoke
New bike, we'll applaud the new bike

Santa... with his white beard
Santa... in his sleigh
Santa... wearing tinsel
He flies everywhere

Stage left
Enter Santa and he's dressed in cherry red
                                  Stage right
Now the legend's died, consumerism's born
                  Stand up
If we'd light the fire and all breathe in the smoke
New bike, we'll applaud the new bike

Santa... everywhere

Rory "This button's got 'Page Down' written on it. I
wonder what it does?" Wilsher

SYWPTYRP - Ancient Chalkhill saying
STFUB - Modern Chalkhill saying


Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 22:51:30 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Your Wish, My Command
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkers,

> The Amsterdam show sounds like it was recorded sometime in 81 as it
> includes a generous helping from English Settlement.  Mark S. any
> thoughts on these boots?

yes. The A'dam show in question was recorded at the Paradiso on
March the 8th 1982 (not 81!) and was indeed part of the ill-fated
English Settlement tour. Almost 60 minutes of this concert were later
broadcast in glorious FM stereo by Dutch radio.

Now i wasn't fanatical about XTC at that time so i did not attend the
concert but i did decide to record it and somehow that tape has
survived all the split-ups and moves and everything else we call

Many many years later i bought a CD-writer and the first thing i
transferred was this show so i'm afraid that i might have been
responsible for the bootleg in question. In fact i think i must have
'spread' about a 100 copies to various Hillers and other fans.
And all the featured musicians of course.
Anyway, if anyone is interested in a copy, email me privately.

PS: Don't say i didn't warn you!
Last Tuesday Dave Gregory and his 'h' band friends played an extra
"after show" set in a small smelly grotto down here in Utrecht.
Think Cavern Club and you're not that far off... in fact, they played
nothing but songs by those other Fab Four.
Honestly, i just couldn't believe my luck; that i was there and
witnessing this legendary event in the making.
And when we all sang out loud to the chorus of Hey Jude i had
goosepimples all over.

Andy's so wrong, so tragically wrong...

yours in xtc,

Mark S. @ the Little Lighthouse


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