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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 300

                 Friday, 1 December 2000


                  Rumblings & Ramblings
                  Chipmunks play @ KPEZ
                      Re: on Karaoke
                    New XTC MIDI file
                   xtc fan(s) in nc...
                     Band Name Entry
             Casey Kasem, countin' 'em down!
                        Re: frogs
            Wise Words, Courtesy Of Tony Levin
      I pity the (ack,ack I'm a F'n ROOK!) chalkfoo!
                  Satisfaction Plus CMJ
                 Well Bloody Sod You Then
                     CD-Rs For Trade


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Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 20:27:47 -0600
From: "David" <>
Subject: Rumblings & Ramblings
Message-ID: <003201c055be$27b20820$3c3b103f@6914cqcqa015>

Seventh Grade Says,

1. What do you call a boomerang that won't return?
2. No Moss grows on the Vikings' Randy.
3. If XTC wrote a C&W song, I wonder what would the subject be?
4. Luffas are the bison of the plant world.
5. Whatever status the name Chad had, is now gone.
6. Yet, the words bush and gore are still damn funny.
7. Styx.
8. Grits are very underrated.
9. Miss Kitty.

I likes my cornbread hot and my women kneady,

Senor Martin


Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 21:25:33 -0800
From: "Wes Long" <>
Subject: Chipmunks play @ KPEZ
Message-ID: <001301c055d6$f8296a80$>

Okay, John Relph is the second person to tell me that the recording runs too
fast.  Pee, uh...I mean Vee Tube said the same thing.  OH...well, he's a
freakin' fish, so: John was the ONLY person to provide me with said

Crazy.  My source recording is of excellent quality, so all I can figure is
that something went mega-wank during the conversion.

I'm trying to get this thing right so I can provide you all with a bunch of
audio in the future.

I'm going to delete the file that's up and reload the KPEZ radio tour audio.
This should be pulled off by the time you get this email.


I've got a new server and soon won't have to deal with idrive much, if at

Thanks to everyone who gave me info on the file,



Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 23:00:25 -0500
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: Re: on Karaoke
Message-ID: <002d01c055cb$13d7b680$6e0affd1@Brian>


> << Anyone sung any XTC on Karaoke? >>

I don't consider this karaoke, but others have, so:
I have MIDI files I have sequenced of "This Is Pop", "Melt The Guns" &
"Another Satellite" that I have performed (read: sang with) with my Roland
XP-50 Music Workstation at various parties and other such gatherings, and if
you would call this karaoke (I don't, because I did ALL the work - except
write the original tune... but then that doesn't count), then yes, I have.

> 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.

And to what sort of backing did you do karaoke for this song to?
Surely there aren't karaoke tapes out there with XTC tunes on them... are

-Brian Matthews


Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 22:53:41 -0500
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: New XTC MIDI file
Message-ID: <002901c055ca$22dae720$6e0affd1@Brian>


For those of you who are interested... after a long, dry spell, I have
completed yet another XTC MIDI file:
"Burning WIth Optimism's Flames", from their 1980 album 'Black Sea'.

Just get thee over to:

You'll also find the other XTC MIDI files I've done.

Have fun!

-Brian Matthews


Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 07:59:58 -0500
From: "Danny Phipps" <>
Subject: xtc fan(s) in nc...
Message-ID: <>

<delurk mode OFF>:

hello, chalkheads!

just wanted it known that i was totally psyched to see a
missive in here from an xtc fan (like myself) from north
carolina!  man, is this world getting smaller and smaller,
or what???  ("what in the world???....." indeed!!)

i swear, i was beginning to think i was the only one!!

i've been a dedicated fan of these guys now ever since i
first experienced their classic "english settlement" release
and am glad to report that i haven't been the same since!!
my wife actually turned me on to the band by presenting
"english settlement" to me as a b'day present back in '82.
man, i remember playing the grooves slam off that thing!!
there honestly was not a day that went by that i didn't put
it on the old turntable (remember those?) at some particular
point!!  then "mummer" came out afterwards and that was it
for me.....HOOKED!!!!!!!  partridge's words and message hit
me like a ton of bricks.  and colin's melodies soothed the
impact!  LOL

god, these guys can do NO WRONG in my book!  hell, if they
put out a cd of them singing nothing but the phone book, i'd
be standing in liner to buy it!!

over the years since my introduction to xtc, i've amassed
quite a collection of legitimate releases, of course, along
with other more diverse and rare collections, such as dave
gregory's "remoulds" (on cdr) and andy's "jules verne's
sketchbook" and "the bull with the golden guts" (both of
these on tape).  i'd eventually like to get a cdr copy of
the partridge items, but wouldn't even know where to begin
asking -- maybe here??  (hint-hint)

i enjoy trading music with other people, although i know
i'll turn a lot of fans off by stating that currently i do
not have a cd burner, so anything i dub for others would be
to least until a burner finds its way into my
home.  (someday soon hopefully)

i'm just so excited about this band though, people!!  they
write the greatest tunes that make you THINK and while
you're thinking, you're tapping your feet!  how can any band
top that???

i really enjoy talking GOOD music with other people / fans,
so anyone reading this, please feel free to e-mail me and
let's get some quality talk going about a quality band,
among others, okay?

XTC RULE!!!!!!! :-)

feeling the wait for warbles that are fuzzy is getting
closer and closer --


<delurk mode -- ON>

"Right here in this moment is
 right where I'm meant to be."
(Edwin McCain)


Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 10:46:10 -0700
From: "Steve Johnson" <>
Subject: Band Name Entry
Message-ID: <>

With apologies to Dave Barry, I hereby submit the following band name:
"The Hanging Chads."

Amazing.  I was just sitting there minding my own business and CNN
delivered it on a golden spoon!


Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 12:31:39 -0500
From: Jeff Eason <>
Subject: Casey Kasem, countin' 'em down!
Message-ID: <>

Howdy All Chalkboys & Chalkgirls,

As we plow our way out of another year (and century and millennium), I wuz
wondering if anyone would be interested in posting their Top Ten Records of
the year 2000 on this list. Might be interesting. Might help some of us
with our Christmas shopping.

Anyway, I propose that you post your Top Ten using the following criteria:
1) All albums should be new releases (no reissues) from the year 2000, or
so late in 1999 that they were not generally heard until this year. 2) If
you do not have Wasp Star on said list you are a traitor and should find
new friends more in line with your way of thinking. 3) Just kidding about
rule number two!

You can put them in order of your fondness for them if you like!


Jeff "approximately 45 miles north/northwest of Wes Long" Eason


Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 12:34:15 -0800 (PST)
From: John Relph <>
Subject: Re: frogs
Message-ID: <>

Jayne the Worrier Queen <> asked:
>On Knuckledown Mr P is credited with "frog".
>Is a frog an exotic Patagonian nose flute or instrument of
>another kind?

The frog is a kind of percussion instrument, shaped like a frog, with
a ridge on the back.  A stick is rubbed along the ridge and the frog

	-- John


Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 18:24:36 -0500
From: "Michael Versaci" <>
Subject: Wise Words, Courtesy Of Tony Levin
Message-ID: <000101c05736$e29c52c0$343045cf@tornbmv>


Michael Versaci


Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 01:17:10 -0600
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: I pity the (ack,ack I'm a F'n ROOK!) chalkfoo!
Message-ID: <>


        This is the most disturbing thing I've
      ever seen on the 'Hill. I visited this link
      just before my state dinner with ambassador
      Ballzoid from the brown planet of Testiculon.

        Unfortunately, every time I looked at Ambass-
      ador Ballzoid, he reminded me of this link. And,
      well, I 'Gassed my Gills' all over the freakin'
      lizard! George Bush Sr. would have been proud!


P.S. Thanx Deb!


Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 14:45:54 -0400
From: Andrew Boyle <>
Subject: Satisfaction Plus CMJ
Message-ID: <v04210100b649a8ca36db@[]>

Hello All,

Well. That only took 2 and a half months.

Song Stories is finally mine!!! This may not be a big deal to you
folks over in the UK, but I have had one hell of a time getting this
book. Meanwhile, everyone references it and reviews abound and still
I couldn't get it to me.

Long story short (or not):

Ordered from Amazon on September 15th along with Chalkhills &
Children and both Punk Diaries. Next day, Amazon says it might take a
little longer for Stories to arrive so they will go ahead and ship
the other 3 books.

Next email says "You should receive Song Stories on Oct. 19th."

October 19th: "Your order cannot be processed as the book cannot be obtained. "

Damn IT!

A week later, as I was about to throw out some copies of the New
Yorker I see an ad from Barnes & Noble: Specializing in hard to find
and Out of Print books!"

Order placed on Oct. 25th. On-line comments say that it is in stock! Joy!

Order confirmed and set to arrive the following Monday (this was when
I posted "Guess what I will have in my hands in 3 days?")

UPS tracking number says that the manifest has been received. I relax
and wait. And wait.

This leads to a series of phone calls between me, B&N and UPS to
confirm that I haven't received the book. UPS calls 3 times AND stops
by my house to ask if I have gotten the book yet.

B&N finally says they will put a trace on the package. UPS never
picked anything up from the warehouse even though their records had
it in the tracking system. B&N cancel my order at my request and
offer a $5 (WOW!) coupon for my 2 weeks of playing tag with no
negative result. I advise them that they should let their web team
know that they might want to change the status of this book to
WAAAAAY on back order.

Damn, damn IT!

My obsession at a peak, I contact Hyperion (the US Distributor). They
look. Nope.
I finally catch my breath and do more research and circle back around
to The Bungalow article on the book

I contact Helter Skelter (
via email. YES!
I place order and receive discount for mentioning Bungalow (Thanks!).
Book arrived 1 week (five bus. days) later.

Moral for the US citizens wanting to enjoy the book: Go directly to
the address above! On-Line retailers have misleading info on their
web sites so go to the horse's mouth.

B&N still lists this item as in stock.


So, now that I am happier, I will give a little back.
I posted about the article in CMJ a few months ago. I have started
the bare-bones of a web site and have put the article text and the
photo up for everyone who have never seen it. Enjoy!

Andrew Boyle
Orlando, FL


Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 16:50:27 +1300
From: "Simon Curtiss" <>
Subject: Well Bloody Sod You Then
Message-ID: <010401c059b7$836b2be0$2d64a8c0@emigre>

Alexei Sayle (the English comedian) has a book of short stories out called
Barcelona Plates - it's very dark humour and contains the highest usage of
the word 'Cunt' in a book that can be described as literature. Recommended,
possibly slightly embarrassing to read on the tube/bus as the back cover is
a picture of two ickle-pwetty kittens, don't ask me why.

XTC Content - one of the characters was a roadie for "XTC and Elvis


Simon 'Bobby Chariot IS funny' Curtiss


Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 16:52:10 +0000 (MET)
Subject: CD-Rs For Trade
Message-ID: <>

I found out I burned extra copies of the following:

XTC: K-Rocking In Pasadena (5/29/89) - full artwork
XTC: AV demos (with Ship Trapped In Ice, Am I The Kinda Girl
My Train Is Coming, Papersnow, Mates) - front insert only

Please contact me off-list if you're interested in a trade. If you have
nothing to trade: swaps for (second-hand) CDs will also be entertained.
No cash offers!



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