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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 299

                Thursday, 23 November 2000


                      Re: on Karaoke
                Jeannie's Dairy is killer
                         Band aid
Spin magazine is as dull witted as the rest of those worthless music mags
               Number Two (with a bullet!)
              monster killer fighting robots
           Dave & Andy / King For A Day update
                 Early Video...and Hares?
               Molly- I agree w/ you on BNL
                   Re: Red Brick Dream
                        Red Bricks
                         Arf arf!
                 hello, list newbie here
                   NEW, BEST XTC SITE!!
                 RE: Red Brick Nightmare
                  Re: KPEZ Tour Audio...
                   Re: Top Of The Pops
                    Cyberspace Jamming
                Music for All Us Children


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Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 01:24:32 EST
Subject: Re: on Karaoke
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 00-11-18 01:12:08 EST, you write:

<< Anyone sung any XTC on Karaoke? >>

Being a good Otaku I usually only do songs in Japanese for Karaoke (purist?
yeah I guess.. do I good 'Ai Just or my Love', though)

Once, however, I did do "garden of Earthly Delights" at a private 'karaoke'
party... kinda fun.

-Irresponsible Con Chair Dave (Mayor of Lurkerton)


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 06:20:52 -1000
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: Jeannie's Dairy is killer
Message-ID: <>

Good milk there? I'll have to try it.

oh, to be one single page,



Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 10:23:30 -0500
From: "Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt" <>
Subject: Band aid
Message-ID: <>


Ryan Anthony responded, about my copyrighting -- (c)2000, all rights
reserved -- of "Dead Chicken Launcher" as a band name:

> Okay, Todd, but you have to thank me in the liner
> notes to your first album, and I want a copy.
> (As has been noted often, but probably not often
> enough, an *album* can be released in any format,
> including Edison Cylinders.)

Fair enough. Furthermore, I'll return the favor by pointing out that "The
Edison Cylinders" would be an excellent name for a band.

-Todd " 'Christian Tits' wouldn't be bad, either" Bernhardt


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 10:15:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Spin magazine is as dull witted as the rest of those worthless
Message-ID: <>

music mags
Britney Spears - Tits, Tits, They're My Christian Tits
Puff Daddy - My Jewelry Bill Needs Paying (So Who Else
Can I Rip Off)
Madonna - Spirituality is SO Last Week
Christine Aguilara - Britney, Shitney
Eminem - Way Down Upon De Swanee Ribuh

This is the funniest thing I've seen in quite a while!
Spin's editors are a bunch of idiots.

While we're on the subject of Andy's wit:
I recently traded with someone for a bunch of things,
one of which is a tape of something called 'Agony
Andy', which is our dear Andy Partridge giving advice
to listener's letters on a radio show. Hysterical,
full of the Partridge warped humor. I nearly pissd
myself laughing.

I forgot who I traded with to get this one (thanks,
whoever you are) as I've been doing LOTS of trading
recently and lost track of where it came from.

Does anyone have any info about this? I assume Andy
was a guest host ona radio show. It dates from 1984. I
checked the Chalhills FAQ to no avail.

If anyone has info on this, I'd appreciate knowing it.
Also, if you want a copy, I'm always up for a trade,
although I'd like to rest for a couple of weeks first
after a large recent round of trades.



Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 14:42:06 EST
From: "Mike Wood" <>
Subject: Number Two (with a bullet!)
Message-ID: <>

The new HMV Christmas catalogue lists Wasp Star as the second best-selling
album of 2000 on (behind... Jann Arden???)

Here's the complete list:

1.) Jann Arden - Blood Red Cherry
2.) XTC - Wasp Star
3.) The Tea Party - Triptych (Ltd. Edition 2CD Tour Edition)
4.) The Catherine Wheel - Wishville
5.) Paul Weller - Heliocentric
6.) Jeff Buckley - Mystery White Boy
7.) Various Artists - Queer As Folk Volume 1
8.) The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
9.) The Wild Strawberries - Twist
10.) Treble Charger - Wide Awake Bored

(that new Dandy Warhols disc is fab, eh? I've gotta put in a nod to Treble
Charger, as well... a surprisingly solid album sure to make my top-20 of
this year, full of great FountainsOfWayne-esque hooks, balladry, and

~~ Mike Wood ~
Drink, drink, to no big surprise
But what words rhyme with "buried alive"?


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 17:11:15 -0800
From: "Wes Hanks" <>
Subject: monster killer fighting robots
Message-ID: <000001c051c5$a15e68a0$41c8fc9e@default>

Unfettered ones,

I spent today attending the filming of the next season episodes of
"Battlebots" for Comedy Central. I sat front row center behind the blue
square proudly wearing my green Uffington Horse Chalkhills t-shirt. So if
you notice a guy with  said shirt doing his best to convey forced
enthusiansm - why, that's me.

To those of you who bet on the outcome of the matches, I have a few tips.

Harrison, I promise, it's in the mail.

Wes "now my son wants to build a fighting robot in the garage" Hanks


Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 14:07:11 -0600
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: Dave & Andy / King For A Day update
Message-ID: <00e401c05264$4d982e00$>

Sorry about the Spin mag double posting.  I wasn't finished with the message
and fat-fingered the send sequence.

Another thing that Andy mentioned is that he is currently working with Colin
and Dave on a project for Virgin.  It is part of their contractual
obligation.  They are not recording any material.  It is simply compiling a
package of studio outtakes, live material, demos, and favorites.  The
working title is something like "A Coat of Many Cupboards."   ...I think.
There was some long distance talkback going on and it caused him to
occasionally stumble over his words as his voice came back to him.  I half
expected Andy to recreate the echo outro to Scissor Man during the

In other news, we currently have 51 people who have expressed interest in
contributing to the "King For A Day" XTC tribute.

The official contribution guidelines will go out this week to potential

The plan is to make this an MP3 CD containing playlists, MP3 player with XTC
skins, all three previous Chalkhills' Children releases (as space permits),
a credits document and lots of new covers.  The planned release is in March



Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 16:08:30 EST
From: "Seth Frisby" <>
Subject: Early Video...and Hares?
Message-ID: <>

Hello Chalk-Folkies,
       It's been a while since you all heard from me, unfortunatly Life,
Work, and death have been commanding my attention (yes all three
Yippee!!)..For some reason my local station plays Stupidly Happy almost
everyday...Whooopp! Just as I was typing that last sentence the before
mentioned song has magically appeared on my radio...Dang! what great timing
guys...has anyone ever had Radio Telepathy before? I'm quite good at it
usually. There have been times that i've had a song leap into my head and
then when leaning over to flip the radio on I've found that very song
happily playing on the radio. Quite weird. By the way is it me or does
Stupidly Happy sound glorious on the radio? All radio should follow its

     On the subject of Video innovaters i've but two cents(pence?) to add to
the discussion. One of the earliest longish musical videos was one Jethro
Tull made for their 1973 Passion Play tour. It was for the "Hare Who Lost
His Spectacles" and featured many strange people in Animal costumes
cavorting on a stage and in a woodland scene. Quite daft really, but also
very amusing! There were also some random cameos from the band. You also
can't forget Frank Zappa's attempts at music type movies such as "Uncle
Meat" and "Baby Snakes". Of course Baby Snakes came at the end of the
seventies so couldn't be classified as early pioneering, unlike "Uncle Meat"
which the majority of was filmed in the late sixties and early
seventies(with parts later added in the late eighties).

Seth"Cro-magnon Mountain man"Frisby

p.s. anxiously awaiting Fuzzy Warbles...anyone know the time frame for this
or the Wasp Star demos Andy has spoken of?


Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 15:30:56 -0800
From: "Wes Long" <>
Subject: Wonderland
Message-ID: <000901c05280$c40c3600$>

I've been holed up, beer in hand and XTC in ears, in the warmth of my little
hut here in fabulous North Carolina (land of the free, home of the
illiterate) as monstrous white flakes of snow, coaxed from the heavens by
the ever-enticing pull of gravity, cascade to earth to the thrill of...well,
I guess everyone not afflicted with snow-phobia, if there is such a thing.

For the moment, all is right with the world.  All my debt is absolved.  My
daughter's "stinkies" are finding the potty with the same ease they once
found the innards of her Nature-Girl diapers. My mother isn't calling my
house on an hourly basis to discuss problems that she all but invented in
her own soupy head.  My hand isn't throbbing with pain from the hotter than
Satan's ass Pop-Tart I carelessly grabbed from the toaster, that is no
longer broken, yesterday morning. all those problems exist.  Just not today.

Wrapped in this mysterious wonderland,



Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 09:15:29 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <>
Subject: Molly- I agree w/ you on BNL
Message-ID: <>

I think their lyrics are clever. They make me bite my lip to stop from
laughing just as much as XTC's lyrics do. The music is quite often fun
and uplifting while the content remains cynical.

Its great. They are great. And they tour (not like I've ever been to
their concerts).

-Nicole "XTC is still my fav" Ross

Nicole's internet music station:


Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 11:21:46 +0000
Subject: Re: Red Brick Dream
Message-ID: <>

In #6-298 Pancho asked:

> what meaning did Andy intend in his tune Red Brick Dream <

At a guess, and obviously it'd have to be, I'd say neither. It is more
likely that he was simply referring to the predominant building material in
those terraced houses that made up the abodes of the working populace of

Cheers, Steve

NP: Patti Smith - Easter

PS. Please accept my apologies if this email is followed by some crappy
disclaimer, but I was unable to talk my bosses out of it :((


Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 20:52:39 -0000
From: "David & Fiona White" <>
Subject: Red Bricks
Message-ID: <006801c05336$656c2720$c9c3fea9@S.White>

Hello Chalkists,

Pancho XPRXTCFAN wrote,

"...what meaning did Andy intend in his tune Red
Brick Dream... Discuss if you care to."

I'm pretty sure that it doesn't have anything to do with universities but a
lot to do with railway sheds. Swindon was a railway town (much less so now)
and in such a place you get a lot of locomotive sheds, and buildings that
look like locomotive sheds. The ones in Swindon were made of red bricks. Red
Brick Dream is a brilliant lament for the railway industry, people and
culture that were Swindon's lifeblood: once vibrant, now dormant.

But, hey, Swindon has a website - SwindonWeb - with, I think, some mention
of XTC. I'll let you know what the URL is once I've found it.

David White


Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 00:56:08 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Arf arf!
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkers,

Re. St. Andrew's pop picks:

> Eminem - Way Down Upon De Swanee Ribuh

Andy's picks do show that he's just a little bit more aware of the
current trends in popular music than he usually lets on, don't they?

BTW: who's this Chad guy i'm hearing so much about?

yours in xtc,

Mark S. @ the Little Lighthouse


Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 23:12:35 -0500 (EST)
From: Andreas J Athans <>
Subject: hello, list newbie here
Message-ID: <>

Hey everyone, I am new to this list, just saying HI and introducing myself
as a big XTC and music fan.


Andreas J. Athans
UNH Chemistry Dept.


Date: 20 Nov 00 23:03:07 PST
From: Brian Wysolmierski <>
Message-ID: <>

Check out this new XTC website. It has some amazing information, never seen
before. Plus, Mr. T commentary:

-Brian W.


Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 20:44:28 -0600
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: BUMBLE!OUT!
Message-ID: <>


         This is to inform you, in accordance with
   article 4.0.1; Paragraph 7; Line 3.8 (page 2119) of
   the 'Chalkhills' manifesto.

        The exhibition known as Bumble Nova (AKA: "The
   second wonder annual harvest festival of XTC song
   parodies") (or,B.N; T.P.V.2) has officially come to a

              (Was it good for you?)

        I'd like to thank all of the exhibitionists who
  (Cindy Lou?) exposed them elves for all of us to see. A
  question does come to mind here.(?) What are we going to
  do next year if the 6 CD 'FUZZY' comes out?????

        I'll be reviewing all of the entries over the T'day
  weekend and will contact the most embarrassed entrants shortly
  afterwards. Remember, if the 'mystery' package doesn't say...
  ...From: VeeTube DON'T OPEN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    Thanx again!


P.S. This is the last time I'll mention...
            ...XTC LIVE! IN HOLLAND!

       Why? 'Cause I'm finally done remastering 'USA 1980'
                 XTC LIVE IN BOSTON!

     And (I think) Sir Demon Brown's band, ELF POWER! is about
   done with their 3-4 week tour of the US. With any luck I'll
   catch up with him  soon, and up the MP3s to his KICKASS server.

     In the mean time, you should all go to and get
   your own idrive (it's free!) Wes Long already has...


                 (XTC O&L LIVE FROM KPEZ)

     And, well, I have a few more tricks up my gills too!



Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 14:35:15 -0000
From: "Smith, David" <>
Subject: RE: Red Brick Nightmare
Message-ID: <>

Pancho said about Red Brick thus:

	>Limited evidence suggests that "redbrick" may be developing
	>an extended meaning of "lower-class" or "working
	>class," but this is not established enough to merit
	>dictionary entry.'

>From my POV, the term "Red Brick" is less about social/class strata,
>ie, red brick meaning lower/working class, and more about a reference
>to demographics.

A Red Brick Town is typically a large provincial or suburban town
where a central industrial core is surrounded by its own mini-suburbia
of family dwellings.

In many cases, the towns have regenerated over the course of this
century, often from the inside outwards.

A classic case of this is (surprise surprise) Swindon, where suburban
terraced housing grew around the industrial and rail-works centre,
which was then run-down and replaced with commerce and (in Swindon's
case) a mini silicon valley (indeed the area of the M4 corridor around
Slough, Reading out to Swindon, is often referred to as Silicon Alley)
as a large number of high-tech business are located there.

Another Red Brick Town is my "be it ever so 'umble) home town of
Croydon.  Croydon has always been a densely-populated suburb of
greater London, most of its modern housing dating from this
century. In its centre is a largely-1960s built commerce centre,
comprising a bunch of (spectacularly nasty) 60s office blocks - all
the same height (18 floors) and mostly looking just like the next. It
earned the catchphrase the "New York of London" in the late 60s, which
has made it the butt of many jokes ever since!

It's interesting to note (well, to me, anyway) that if Croydon were
not a suburb of London, it would be immediately recognised as a City
and would be the 10th largest urban conurbation in England - larger
than Sheffield, Leicester and even Swindon.  Unfortunately our
proximity to "The Big Smoke" means this will probably never happen

You may go back to sleep now.

Smudge "urban geographer" boy


Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 14:34:17 -0800 (PST)
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Re: KPEZ Tour Audio...
Message-ID: <>

"Wes Long" <> wrote:

It is clear after giving the KPEZ "tape" a listen that it is being
played back a bit too fast.  Andy sounds like he's inhaled helium.
Revenge of the Helium Kidz.

	-- John


Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 22:14:59 -0500 (EST)
From: Dave Rutherford <>
Subject: Re: Top Of The Pops
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21L.0011222159260.10496-100000@esun1006>

On Thu, 2 Nov 2000, in Chalkhills #6-294, Michael Martin wrote:

> [...] 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.

Michael, such a survey is actually in progress.  Announced in Digest
#6-142 and intended for a long run, I have just about got all the
scoring done and will probably take the final tally sometime over this
long weekend.  But if you hurry, you can still participate at .

To the rest of you, thanks very much for the broad participation!
Nearly 300 of you have answered the survey to date, and the responses
have been varied and honest.  Over this long Thanksgiving weekend, I
should have time to fine-tune my spreadsheet and write up the most
interesting results for these esteemed pages.

And I promise that the survey results will be published before the
US election results are decided.  :-)



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Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 10:33:30 -0600
From: "Joe Funk" <>
Subject: Cyberspace Jamming
Message-ID: <016701c0556b$1e425860$7721fea9@user>

Well...  Not exactly jamming, but collaboration...

Sorry for the shameless self promotion, but I think
y'all might find it interesting that a couple of list members,
Randy Hiatt and Moi, have a song up at

It's actually a tune I wrote,  "Waltzing with You", with
Jason Doggett (on Chapman Stick) for our band; Two Sheds...
We recorded it in a studio here in south Austin, sans drums.....

I had been corresponding with Randy for some time when I
finally got a wild hair:  Your a drummer..our demo needs drums..
Can you do it?

I sent him a copy (via snail mail), and,......WA LA!!  Here you
have it...

The song is on a station that was put together by members of
Joytown, a Kevin Gilbert list...

Daresay...  are there any Flautists out there?

XTC content.. I am also collaborating with another list member
(whose name shall remain anonymous to protect the guilty) on
an XTC cover...

No,  its not Funk Pop a Roll....

Joe "Mellotron would be nice, also" Funk


Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 11:36:49 -0800
From: "Macdonald, Robert " <>
Subject: Music for All Us Children
Message-ID: <>

	Hello All

	I am keeping busy these days with my new bundle Zoe who is now over
ten weeks old.  I know, I know ...please spare me the details!
	Just found something though that I think will appeal to many here on
Chalkhills....those with children as well as everyone else.
	Last weekend I bought a "children's" cd by the Canadian band The
Rheostatics called The Story of Harmelodia.
	I don't recall anyone mentioning this cd, but it is really amazing!
	It's one part psychedelic, one part prog rock, one part XTC pop, and
one part Children's story.  The music rocks a little hard at times for most
kids therefore will probably be listened to much more by their parents.  The
cd is beautifully packaged as an illustrated book.

	Here are a couple other review clips:

	Thomas Hayden, Newsweek
	"the Rheostatics re-invent the fairy tale as a concept record.
Gently sad and slightly scary, it is the musical equivalent of an Edward
Gorey tale"

	Jeff Batemen, The Record
	We've heard the "there's no place like home" message before, of
course, but never with this degree of tunefulness, mischief and merriment.
Child-like wonders never cease from the Rheos.

	Reviewer: Juan S. Alemparte from toronto
	Just fantastic! Children`s story mixed in with a dash of "Lamb lies
down on brodway" a pinch of "ogden`s nut gone flake" a little rheos magic
and presto "harmelodia". Get the point? Didn`t think so. Anyways,Get it!

	Any of you who would like more info on this just send me some mail


	Rob Macdonald
	Victoria BC


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