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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 301

                 Friday, 8 December 2000


                       karaoke XTC
                   I pity the fool.....
                Q magazine, Y? more like!
                    Top Ten List 2000
                      Groovy, baby!
                  Top 10 Albums for 2000
               Odd goings on in Swindon...
          Track list for the "Bubblegum" album?
                   Spin Soldier Stories
                        Paul Wilde
                  Trash Cans XTC covers
                Jonesing for broken glass
                    Reconfigure This!
                 Ride 'M In, Pide "m Out
                   XTC featured in R&R
                  Live365 Internet Radio
               run to his arms at the door
               It was 20 years ago today...


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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 21:07:38 EST
Subject: karaoke XTC
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 12/1/00 8:59:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<> writes:

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

I don't know if there are any Karaoke tapes of XTC available at your local
bar Karaoke set up, but I have played "Mayor Of Simpleton," "Another
Satellite," and "The Disappointed" at open mike nights with just me and my

J. D.


Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 23:18:49 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: I pity the fool.....
Message-ID: <>

ok that website that translates web pages into
Mr. T-ese  is just too damn stupid-funny! Thanks!

I did a lecture in the 2D design class I'm teaching on
record cover design, how it helps to create an image
and can provide visual connections to the music
contained on the disc (I'm having the class design cd
covers as a project).
I finished the lecture by showing a slide of the cover
of Go2, presenting it as an example of a postmodern
aesthetic in record packaging. Don't think anyone in
the class was familiar with Go2, but they all seemed
to appreciate the cover.

In case anyone's interested, here's the list of covers
I showed slides of:

Meet the Beatles
Bartok-Six String Quartets-Emerson String Quartet
Kronos Quartet-Morton Feldman String Quartet
Gershwin-Rapshody in Blue-Chicago Symphony Orch.
Miles Davis at Fillmore
Os Mutantes-Everything is Possible
Jimi Hendrix-Axis: Bold as Love
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
The Residents Commercial Album
XTC-Go 2


Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 09:56:24 -0800 (PST)
From: andrew sneddon <>
Subject: Q magazine, Y? more like!
Message-ID: <>

Hello Chalkers

Unless my eyes fail me Q has missed out XTC on the 50
best albums of the year this month.  It's to be
expected I guess, sigh, moan etc etc.  Spose I could
just stop buying it now...

Non-XTC content.  Any "League of Gentlemen" fans out

Time for a curry



Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 16:37:39 EST
Subject: Top Ten List 2000
Message-ID: <>

My list is kind of pathetic, not because of the quality of the music (it was
great) but because I probably didn't buy 10 CDs this year.  Damn Napster!

Wasp Star (of course)
The Trouble With Being Nice - Household Names (still spinning this one, Jason)
Breakfast With Girls - Self
Bachelor No. 2/Magnolia - Aimee Mann
...and the best music discovery for me this year were some tracks some
musical aquaintances of mine did under the name The Byl Gates Trio.
Unfortunately these songs never really made it off my VS-880, and the "trio"
has for the time being disbanded.  But I have to say these songs along with
Household Names are the ones of listened to the most this year.

So thats my all too short list.



Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 17:46:14 -0600
From: "Larry Stevens" <>
Subject: Groovy, baby!
Message-ID: <00f301c05cbb$2cbe90a0$78c6d4cc@oldbessie>

Hey All:

I'll sell you my Jules Verne Sketchbook for -- (best Dr. Evil imitation) --
one mil-lion dollars!

Larry Anglophile Stevens


Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 13:46:13 +1100
From: "Iain Murray" <>
Subject: Top 10 Albums for 2000
Message-ID: <>


10. "Silver And Gold" - Neil Young
9. "Kid A" - Radiohead
8. "Renegades" - Rage Against The Machine
7. "Thousand Yard Stare" - The Fauves
6. "How It Works" - Bodyjar
5. "Wasp Star" - XTC
4. "Two Against Nature" - Steely Dan
3. "Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline" - Gomez
2. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" - U2
1. "The Friends Of Rachel Worth" - The Go-Betweens


"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." - Dan Quayle


Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 08:55:44 -0500 (EST)
From: Joe Hartley <>
Subject: Odd goings on in Swindon...
Message-ID: <>

Shamelessly purloined, et cetera . . .

   SWINDON, England, Dec 3 (AFP) - The Reverend Carol Stone
returned to her parishioners on Sunday for the first time in three
months, having last seen them as a man, the Reverend Peter Stone.
   The 46 year-old Anglican vicar of Swindon's St Philip's church
and father of an 18 year-old daughter underwent a sex-change
operation in September.
   Some 100 parishioners greeted the vicar warmly on her return
Sunday with a standing ovation before Sunday worship began.
   The only discordant note was provided by one elderly lady who
let her disapproval of sex-change operations be known in no
uncertain terms before being escorted discreetly to the church porch
by her fellow worshippers.
   The vicar told her flock: "This sermon hasn't been just three
months in the making. If the truth be told, I've been waiting to
write it for the best part of 46 years - never dreaming one day I
   "After almost 23 years of preaching I felt like a young curate
again preparing for one's first sermon," the divorced vicar said,
thanking the faithful for their support.
   After the service, parishioners spoke of their feelings towards
the vicar.
   Michael Ennis, 71, said: "She has shown a great deal of courage.
I remember how she was in the last few months before, and you could
see the strain on her face.
   "I don't think the people here will ever let her go. A person
doesn't change - their abilities don't change. I thought the service
went very well."
   Greta Davies, 56, added: "It was a lovely service. Peter was an
exceptional priest and Carol will be too.
   The clergyman first announced in June he was going to have a
sex-change operation
   He obtained the support of Bishop Barry Rogerson of Bristol to
continue as vicar of his parish.
   The Bishop let it be known in June that all the parishioners
supported their vicar and that there was no prohibition, legal or
ecclesiastical, to prevent the vicar continuing her pastoral

       Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant -
Without deviation from the norm, "progress" is not possible. - FZappa


Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 10:18:25 -0500
From: Steve Maser <>
Subject: Track list for the "Bubblegum" album?
Message-ID: <p0501040db651635ab4c0@[]>

I searched the archives and never found this in a "completed" form:

Was there a projected tracklist for the "bubblegum" album and did the
demos for the full album ever make it "out there"?

- Steve

Steve Maser (    | Thinking is man's only basic virtue,
Systems Project Coordinator      | from which all the others proceed.
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering  |                          -- Ayn Rand


Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 14:56:02 -0700
From: Angie Kelson Packer/Shaun Packer <>
Subject: Spin Soldier Stories
Message-ID: <>

Kiddies off to school, Christmas decorations kinda up, and I'm
hiding from female ecclesiastic leaders meeting next door, hoping they
don't come knocking on my door. This has turned out to be a l-o-n-g
post, so feel free to scroll to more concise, wittier, and likely more
informative posts.

Thanks much for the posting of Andy's Top 5 for `Spin.' I used the
Brittney Spears "Tits, Tits, My Christian Tits" line on a friend at
lunch the other day, and made hot sauce come out her nose, which
wouldn't be unusual in a kid, but this is a 40-something professional
woman. She seems to vaguely remember XTC, so for Christmas I'm
proselyting by giving her "Upsy Daisy Assortment."

Now, thanks to Andrew Boyle for his new "bare bones" page and the
article/photo of the other Andy with his toy soldiers. My younger
brother was over for dinner the other night, and the DDH ( the Shaun
of the header) and I were waxing poetic about XTC and forcing my
brother to listen to "Upsy Daisy" which I had just purchased. After
putting up with our gushing for approximately 15 minutes, my brother
says "I saw Him (okay, my capitalization <G>) on `120 Minutes' (an old
MTV show profiling, I guess, artists who didn't quite fit the American
framework of Pop. I remember episodes with Lloyd Cole, Aztec Camera,
Psychedelic Furs and Big Country. Hello, can anyone say 1980's? Now,
back to my sacrilegious brother) "I saw Him on `120 Minutes.' He's a
freaky fat fucker." My brother went on to narrate, complete with bad
British accent, this television interview wherein Andy showed off his
toy soldier collection. I was unaware of this eccentricity in our
Dear, Beloved Andy (would this make him the DBA?) And was glad to see
verification of my brother's story, just so I could understand what
was going on. And my brother likes XTC, he's just not, um, as
dedicated as Chalkheads, and he likes to play the Devil's Advocate, so
please don't beat him to a virtual bloody pulp for taking the DBA's
name in vain.

Thanks also to Andrew Boyle for the ordering info. on "Song Stories."
I'm contemplating it as a Christmas present for the DDH (is that okay,
sweetie?) and now I know where to get it. And what's with this blurb:
The book shows "how XTC's history of bad record deals, emotional
breakdowns, death threats, obsessive fans who become lovers and
constantly looming financial ruin is inextricably woven into  their
music?"   I'm aware of most of the above *normal*  life events (hey,
come on, haven't we all had emotional breakdowns, looming financial
ruin and bad music deals. Ah, I remember my sour experience with
Island Records back in the late `80's <G>). But, what's this about
death threats (wait, I read an interview where the DBA received a
threat from someone in New Mexico over "Knuckle Down") but what's this
bit about "obsessive fans who become lovers?!" I guess I do have to
buy the book after all! many husband/wife, or other partnership, Chalkheads are
out there? Seems like a few. And what is it about sensitive, artsy,
poetic (Colin and Andy) guys that makes gals, even those who should be
over the girlish crush stage, swoon? I have my own theories, to which
I won't subject anyone today. And believe it or not, I have another
comment comparing XTC and novelist Henry Green, but I won't subject
anyone to that today either. Well, at least not on-line. Maybe I'll
try it on the DDH at tonight and see what kind of look I get.
Certainly not a `longing look,' I can tell you that now!

Thanks for putting up with my rambling, again.

"Help! I'm talking and I can't shut up!"


Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 17:09:42 -0800
From: "Long's" <>
Subject: Paul Wilde
Message-ID: <000b01c05e58$0c5c9160$>

I'm looking for a chap by the name of Paul Wilde...thought he may be on the

If anyone knows him, or how I can reach him...please email me offlist.

Thanks and sorry to be a bother,



Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 23:34:59 +0000
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: Trash Cans XTC covers
Message-ID: <a05001900b651da665be1@[]>

Just got these details of a Trash Can Sinatras CD with versions of a
couple of XTC tracks:

Now for the "On a B Road" double CD of b-sides and
cover songs.  The CDs and artwork
are completed and at the manufacturer.  This will
be similar to the "Chewing a Brick" CD,
it's a full color 4 panel insert and traycard,
silkscreened CDs, shrinkwrapped in a slimline
jewelcase.  Unfortunately, I found out a couple of
days ago that there was a problem with
one of the CDs, so that master is being re-burned
before the CDs can be pressed.  I was
originally supposed to have the CDs around December
8th, but now I probably will not have
them until around December 15th.  I know a lot of
you were hoping to have your CD in
time for the holidays, but I can't make any
promises, other than as soon as the CDs are
available, I'll start sending them out.

To hopefully clear this up, this double CD is not
an official release, and is basically a
combination of the last "On a B Road...Again" CD
(last available in the summer/fall of
1998) and the "Aberrations" CD from the summer of
1997.  Most of the changes are from
the "Aberrations" CD, many of those tracks have
been replaced with better versions of the
same songs, or new songs entirely, as the new
compilation includes versions of the latest
TCS releases (such as "Duty Free", and live
versions of all of the songs from the "Snow"

Following is the track listing for the CDs:

CD 1
1. Who's He
2. Drunken Chorus
3. Tomorrow Never Knows (radio session, Aug 1990)
4. Useless
5. Tonight You Belong To Me
6. Spanish Stroll (New York, Feb 1991)
7. Tales From the Riverbank (New York, Feb 1991)
8. Circling the Circumference (single mix)
9. My Mistake
10. White Horses
11. Love On a Farmboy's Wages (Minneapolis, Feb
12. Senses Working Overtime
13. For the Meantime
14. Dolphins (radio session, 1991)
15. Say
16. Kangaroo Court
17. Skindiving
18. When I Kissed the Teacher (London, Apr 1992)
19. I'm the One Who Fainted
20. Houseproud
21. Ask Davy
22. Little Things That Keep Us Together (London,
Apr 1992)
23. The Lady Is a Tramp (radio session, Jun 1993)
24. No Gasoline

1. Mr. Grisly
2. A Boy and a Girl
3. Aberration
4. Stainless Stephen
5. Charlie's Atlas
6. Jane's Estranged
7. Something Stupid (Minneapolis, Jul 1993)
8. Save Me
9. A Worm with a Head
10. Little Things That Keep Us Together
11. Ghosts of American Astronauts (radio session,
Oct 1995)
12. Claw
13. You Only Live Twice
14. Born Free
15. Free As a Bird (Tokyo, Sep 1996)
16. I Know It's Over
17. Alfie (radio session, Sep 1996)
18. Stainless Stephen (alternate version)
19. Duty Free
20. Snow (Dublin, Mar 1999)
21. Leave Me Alone (radio session, Mar 1999)
22. Co-Stars (Dublin, Mar 1999)

Each CD is around 76+ minutes.  Every TCS b-side or
other one-off release is included as
far as I know.  The live tracks/sessions vary in
quality, but they're all very good except the
two from London 1992, which aren't that great, but
were included as there are not any other
known recordings of those cover songs.  Everything
else is audience DAT, soundboard or
radio broadcast.

If you're interested in getting the double CD set,
the cost per set is as follows:
US$25, including postage, in the US and Canada
US$27, including postage, to South America and
US$28, including postage, to Asia and Australia

You can pay by cash, check or money order.  For
those of you outside of the US, a bank
check or international money order in US$ (or US$
cash) is the easiest way to pay.

You can send to me at the following address:

Joe DiMaria
47 Hillview Road
Westwood, MA 02090

As I said, I will do my best to get the CDs sent
out ASAP.  There are more people on the
mailing list than there will be CDs, but I would
guess there will be enough CDs for
everyone interested (but can't make any promises).
Mark Fisher

Scottish Theatre Links:
Home email:
Work email:


Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 22:48:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Jonesing for broken glass
Message-ID: <>

Have you ever jonesed for one particular song so badly
that you had to play it over and over, dozens of
times, before your need was satisfied?

This year it happened to me three times. The songs
were "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, "It's the End of the
World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M., and
"Heaven is Paved With Broken Glass" by Colin, Andy,
Dave, and Terry.

I had given *The Downward Spiral* away to the very
cool NIN-jonesing teen daughter of a very cool very
good female friend of mine at the time, so I had to
buy myself another copy. (The "very cool" part is
important, because, if you're familiar with the lyrics
to "Closer," you know that, in some jurisdictions, I'm
flirting with a
contributing-to-the-delinquency-of-a-minor rap if I
give that song to a kid.)

What album is "Heaven" on? Wasn't it *English
Settlement*-era? Yes, but it's not on the album. Hmmm
... oh, there it is, it's on the B-side of the "Ball
and Chain" single, which I have on vinyl. Alas, I
don't have a working turntable. An alternate version
is on the *Rag & Bone Buffet* compilation, so I've
been playing that, but it's not as good as the

XTC fans will understand that when you want to hear
the original "ah-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-waaaaaa," you
want to hear the original
"ah-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-waaaaaa," and no other
variety of "ah-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-ooh-ee-waaaaaa" will do.

I understand that the original "Heaven is Paved With
Broken Glass" is available on CD on a compilation
album called *B's Wax*. I'll keep my eye out.

All that is moot for the time being, because it's
December, and here at the Hamster Ranch, December
means wall-to-wall Mannheim Steamroller, interspersed
with Christmas offerings from Vince Guaraldi, Michael
Martin Murphey, the Chieftains, Riders In the Sky, and
James "Santa's Got a Brand New Bag" Brown.

Happy Kringle to all!

Ryan Anthony

An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Thanks to Michael Versaci for Tony Levin's
delightful Gospel According to the Bassman ...

P.P.S.: Brian Matthews wrote:

> Being a good Otaku I usually only do songs in
Japanese for Karaoke ...

Brian, what does *otaku* mean? If *gaijin* means
"foreigner" or "barbarian" (there being, evidently,
little distinction between the two in the Japanese
mind), is *otaku* perhaps a *gaijin* who has begun to
learn manners?


Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 17:05:26 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Reconfigure This!
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkers,

Thanks to the wonderful folk at Micro$oft (Peter F. & other list
members excluded! ) i've had to re-format my C: drive and lost all
my current and archived email, including the address books and
other contact information.

So anybody who's expecting an answer from me should not hold
their breath. Same applies to anyone who emailed our mutual friend
Dave G. through the Guitargonauts website during November. All
messages have been well & truly lost forever

Anyway, if you have a burning question pending please send it
again! While i ponder the unbearable shiteness of Windows i
remain, as ever,

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse


Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 17:05:26 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Ride 'M In, Pide "m Out
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chakers,

> If XTC wrote a C&W song, I wonder what would the subject be
Easy...the answer is : rejected love, like 99% of all the C&W songs
i'm aware of.

An the funny thing is, XTC agreed and have given us the wonderful
song 'Wounded Horse' just to prove my point. Yeehaw!

Some folk on this forum have painted this horse in blues but i say
neigh! nothing but good ol' country and western; from the
instrumentation down to the lyrics with the deliberately corny and
'horsey' metaphors


Our friend the Worrier Queen asked:

> >Is a frog an exotic Patagonian nose flute or instrument of
> >another kind?

To which the ever-friendly   John R. replied

> 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 croaks.

And here's a neat tip for all budding and starving musicians:
A real frog will croak just as well provided you use a slightly   bigger stick

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse


Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 19:43:51 -0800 (PST)
From: travis schulz <>
Subject: XTC featured in R&R
Message-ID: <>

Hey there XTC fanatics!  Haven't been here in a while;
guess I got sick of the net for a while. But I thought
I'd inform those who might be interested that XTC was
covered in a two part series in Radio And Records
Magazine (the radio industry's #1 newspaper!!!!).  The
overall theme is that XTC have thrived for a long long
time and XTC in their present form are totally the
shit on the Adult Alternative station and charts.
And according to the article XTC seems destined to
have quite a successful future.  I've honestly never
read a more positive article on XTC. "XTC's Stateside
Success" is it's title so it does mention a decline in
interest from the Brits.  Later.


Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 13:12:11 -0600
From: "Paul Vicory" <>
Subject: Live365 Internet Radio
Message-ID: <>

I just created an internet radio station, and I'm playing as much XTC on it
as is legal! Please check it out at:


Paul Vicory

P.S. I don't receive any financial benefit from your listenership, this is
just FYI.<br clear=all><hr>Get more from the Web.  FREE MSN Explorer
download : <a


Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 19:55:51 -0000
From: "Adrian Ransome" <>
Subject: run to his arms at the door
Message-ID: <001701c06087$b4a5f380$34997ed4@atidy>

Just a little note for anyone that's interested, I have become a father for
the second time yesterday.

Please to dance round for the one called Stephen Peter David Ransome born on
the 6th of December. Mother and baby are fine and firstborn son is bemused.

If it weren't for the fact I'm utterly knackered from trips to the hospital
and arranging care for our firstborn, I'd be leaping around the front room to
the sound of Stupidly Happy. (If our boys had written a tune called Wearily
Elated then that'd be my current themesong).

Now back to your scheduled programming....

Adrian (at home)


Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 06:45:03 -0500
From: "Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt" <>
Subject: It was 20 years ago today...
Message-ID: <>

That our friend John Lennon passed away...

Hard to believe, ain't it? We miss you, Johnny.

On a lighter note, according to the most recent newsletter from Musician's
Friend -- yep, the same folks who got Colin's name wrong when reporting
*his* birthday -- Andy Partridge was born on Dec. 11, 1953. Happy birthday
(again), Andy!



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