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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 43

                 Wednesday, 15 March 2000

Today's Topics:

                thank you, phil corless!!
                         The List
                     XTC SPOTTING!!!
                     Beeswax - Japan
                  RE: Wasp Star in Japan
                  Orgone-XTC connection!
               Dont forget Apple Venus....
                    Japanese pop, etc.
                    A little Reminder
Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?
                 additional butt-lickery
                   Re: HOUSEHOLD NAMES
                  What of them Pyramids?
                        Baby Names
                       Sleazy filth
                      Wasp Star Park
                 cooler than White Music
                  My 2 Bits on Wasp Star


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Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:51:34 -0500
From: Danny Phipps <>
Subject: thank you, phil corless!!
Message-ID: <>

thanks, phil, for a beautiful xtc / chalkhills t-shirt for y2k!!
once again, you've outdone yourself, mate!!  :-)

LOVE IT!!  (and i know my friend pearce in north ireland
will enjoy his, too, when he gets it!)

good job!!!!  :-)

later --


"i would have made this instrumental, but
 the words got in the way."  (andy partridge)


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 07:35:21 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: The List
Message-ID: <l03130300b4f3df9484bc@[]>

>Okay okay, I know that I am thus admitting guilt in actually watching this
>musically irrelevant, stupid show, but "Dear God" was actually mentioned as
>one of the top 'rebel songs of all time' on VH1's "The List." But, alas!  It
>got beat out by a couple rap songs and Bob Marley for the top three spots.
>What else is new!

Off the top of my head, I would have gone for "Funk Pop A Roll," "God Save
The Queen,"(i.e., the sex Pistols, not the brit national anthem)and
"Heroin."(Lou Reed was writing about smack when everybody else was writing
about hallucinogenics- how rebellious can you get?)But hey, that's just me.
A while back the topic was most underrated band, a category tailor-made for
XTC, who got nary a mention, though Sammy Hagar, of all people, picked Tom
Waits as one of his top three. The guy has more taste than I thought. It's
a show that might have been a good idea if they picked more celebrities who
actually had some intelligence, like Bill Maher did with Politically
Incorrect when it was on Comedy Central. Bill would pick four different
people he obviously respected and liked from four different aspects of the
entertainment industry and have them square off on the political issues of
the day. He would often have at least two people he knew would be
diametrically opposed on certain issues, so sparks would often fly, though
most of the time everybody was at least polite. It was rare that things
would escalate into fistfights(I never saw it happen) like on Jerry
Springer. Since he switched to late nights on ABC, though, the show hasn't
been as interesting the few times I've stayed up for it.

Christopher R. Coolidge

Homepage at

"A Great law protects me from the government. The Bill of rights has
10 GREAT laws.  A Good law protects me from you.  Laws against murder,
theft, assault and the like are good laws.  A Poor law attempts to
protect me from myself."  - Unknown


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 12:26:57 -0000
From: Jason Witcher <>
Subject: XTC SPOTTING!!!
Message-ID: <95C71B56E1D6D211919600105AD9B9DE020D1E98@MAILSRV2>

> From:
>Lucky me was channel surfing last Saturday when I happened across a
>documentry about Las Vegas on The Learning Channel. Just as I was
>being drawn into the sleazy filth of the Vegas underworld there was a
>scene showing neon lights being reflected in a puddle of water on the
>street. And what do you think was playing as the droplets shook the
>neon reflection in the puddle? Why, River of Orchids, of course! They
>played the intro up until the vocals about 3 times during the scene!
>Happy to tell you,

Well, I was actually in Vegas last September, went to the bathroom in one of
the casinos and they were playing 'King For A Day' in there! Sort of
appropriate, I suppose



Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 12:12:05 +0000
Subject: Beeswax - Japan
Message-ID: <>

Sorry chalksters about this . . .

 I know that this is a FAQ on the Chalkhills site, but is there
somebody (in Japan?) who could help me in my quest to pick up a copy
of Beeswax on CD.  I have spoken to many sources in the UK who deal in
imports, but to no avail.

I know that all the tracks are available elsewhere, but this
collection meant a great deal to me as a teenager getting into XTC for
the first time.  It would so like to get hold of a copy of this.

Anybody who can help, please email me!!

Many thanks

Dave Wilson (Nottingham, UK)


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 12:47:31 -0000
From: Jason Witcher <>
Subject: RE: Wasp Star in Japan
Message-ID: <95C71B56E1D6D211919600105AD9B9DE020D1E9A@MAILSRV2>

Found this on the 101CD website (
Format: CD album
Cat #: PCCY-01449
UPC #: 4988013091702SSJ
Released: 15-Mar-00 Japanese Import
Price: #19.85 ADD to basket (and continue to shop) you can always remove the
title later
Postage/packing: #1.00 - Total: #20.85

Jason Witcher
Client Services
UK Holidays
Senior CSO

> From: "Jim S." <>
> With the new album being released early in Japan, how does one go
> about ordering a copy?  And will there be any nifty extras, either
> bonus songs or packaging?


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 08:56:01 -0600
From: chris vreeland <>
Subject: Orgone-XTC connection!
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Vreeland Graphics

One-eyed men aren't really reigning
They just march in place until
Two-eyed men with mystery training
Finally feel the power-fill
Three-eyed men are not complaining
They can yo-yo where they will....
			Thirteenth Floor Elevators


Please shut up about the f***ing Orgone Accumulator or
go to the bloody Hawkwind site!!! I thought this was
supposed to be an XTC newsgroup


Dear sir, might I say you've got your one eye wide shut.
Orgone energy IS an xTc related topic! It is through the dedication of
serious fans such as myself that the truth is ferreted out for the
benefit of list members such as yourself. To wit: The two current
members of XtC have in their very own homes, as well as do ALL THREE
former members, a device similar in shape and size to an Orgone
Accumulator in every way, save for one subtle design variation. Their
boxes, which I am given to referring to as "Orgone Disseminators" vary
from an Accumulator only in that the organic material in on the inside,
surrounded by a box made of inorganic metal. Proof that these objects
really work is easily seen in the fact that they are substantially
cooler inside, and therefore must be disseminating Orgone energy into
the surrounding environment.

Now that you have been armed with the FACTS, I invite you to taunt away
IF you can!

Chris "Country White, Harvest Gold, or Avocado" Vreeland


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 10:07:23 -0500
From: "Mike Livingston" <>
Subject: WasppppPStar
Message-ID: <000201bf8dc7$00a22d60$>

Have any of you ever tried to say Wasp Star five times fast?  When I first
heard the new name, I thought it was just the boys trying to trip up some of
the lamer DJs out there.  It can be a tongue twister!!  Especially after a
few "Red Barrels".....
I can't wait for May to come around!!!!

 - Mike Livingston


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:12:16 -0600
From: "Robert Kulick" <>
Subject: Dont forget Apple Venus....
Message-ID: <>

Diane, you forgot to mention "apple venus in a half opened-shell...." in
"Then She Appeared". I suggested a while ago Chocolate Nipple Brown as a
possible album title, but I guess Andy doesn' always listen to his fans.
BTW, the Fountains of Wayne is quite a lovely listen: Robyn Hitchcock, Nick
Lowe and Squeeze are all obvious influences...And did you see this month's
Playboy where John Flansburgh of TMBG is asked for his "best songs of all
time?" I guess this quirky pop thing may be catching on.



Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 13:28:46 EST
Subject: orgoing...orgoing...orgone!
Message-ID: <>

<< Nick Howorth wrote:

 "Please shut up about the f***ing Orgone Accumulator...."

Yes!  Lets have an "orgone conclusion",please Mr. Relph...


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:48:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Japanese pop, etc.
Message-ID: <>

Someone posted this, can't remember who:
> Back in the 60's and early 70's they had a genre of
music over here called " group sounds " . The record
companies manufactured  goofy
>groups who sung current pop hits in the US in
Japanese The fans of course assumed the tunes were
original .

John, you wouldn't happen to have any examples of
these, or maybe provide a link to someplace that sells
them?... this sounds  utterly hilarious.
Someone gave me a record a few years ago by a band
called the Spiders (I have a HUGE collection of
strange lp's I call my 'tacky record collection', this
one fits that description nicely).
The Spiders are a Japenese pop band, circa mid '60's
(most of the writing on the cover is in Japanese, so I
don't know the exact date). The cover photo makes them
look like the Japanese equivalent of Herman's Hermits,
in matching mustard-colored velvet suits. While there
are some original songs on the record, the best part
of it to my ears are the cover tunes scattered
throughout. They make a goofy mess of "Land of 1000
Dances", The Temptation's "Reach Out I'll Be There",
an old Peter, Paul & MAry song called "Cruel War",
John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom", and others. These are
all done in a sort of British Invasion knockoff sound.
The cover songs are in English, but it's obvious that
their command of the language is rather dubious.
Anyways, a fun record, thought you might enjoy hearing
about it.


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 09:39:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Molly Fanton <>
Subject: A little Reminder
Message-ID: <>

I just wanted to remind you people about the EnglishSettlement listening
party I'm having tomrrow night at 10pm EST.  For more info, go to

And starting next week, the date of the listening party will change to
Thursday, but it will be at the same time.  If anybody has any problems let
me know.

I want to see more than 2 people join me in the chat.


Molly's Pages


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 13:08:49 -0600
From: "Todd Bernhardt" <>
Subject: Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more?
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Enterworks, Inc.


Our own Mitch Friedman has posted almost 40 of his b&w pictures to

Check it out from work or somewhere else with a high-speed connection
when you have a chance. Not only is Mitch a fine photographer with a
keen eye for composition, but he gives his pictures some really funny



Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 11:34:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Jon Rosenberger <>
Subject: Trainspotting
Message-ID: <>


Somebody get me to the ER!! I am going to explode

They are playing Nigel here on the Radio.

I am freaking OUT!!!

The Mole Jamming at the Ministry

(amid hordes of worried onlookers, but fuck em it's NIGEL!!!)


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 11:18:26 -1000
From: "Jim Smart" <>
Subject: additional butt-lickery
Message-ID: <>
Organization: 3Tripper

There I was, standing in my doorway after a swim, wishing I had a
T-shirt at hand so I wouldn't have to trudge upstairs to get a clean
one. Tugging at my mind was the odd box from Idaho lying at my
feet. Idaho? Sure, I lived there for two years (I couldn't wait to get
away, as I recall), but who would send me a package from Idaho?
Setting aside my shirtless dilemma for awhile, I opened the box to
discover.........a shirt! And not just any shirt, but a bold green
short sleeved Chalkhills shirt. A cosmic doorway intersection of the
eddies in the space time continuum! As I slipped the shirt on I felt
the power of the Uffington Horse flow into me. That's the thing about
internet shopping. No instant gratification, but you get these little
packages like presents from yourself at odd moments.

I can't believe some folks have a problem with Chalkers bitching about
the title Wasp Star. Hey, this is AN XTC LIST! This space is for
sharing opinions about things related to XTC. Saying anything,
positive or negative, or adding delightful side trips into
pre-Columbian history of the Americas is all fair game. It's the new
album title (well, until the next one comes along) It's what the list
is for!

Is Wasp Star harder to say than psonic psunspot? Tolkien's book
"Roverandom" has a character called Psamathos Psamithides, which puts
the the passing problem of the proper pronunciation of Wasp Star seem
rather tame.



Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 17:32:52 -0500
From: "Ian C Stewart" <>
Message-ID: <>

Jill Oleson said y'all oughta check out HOUSEHOLD NAMES at the SXSW thangy
there in Ausssstin. I'd just like to add that a humorous and insightful
interview with head HOUSEHOLD NAME Jason Garcia appears in the forthcoming
issue of AUTOreverse magazine which I coincidentally am the publisher of!
Small world!

The same issue also features interviews with other Chalkies like Ben Gott
(the guy's a young pop maestro, serious biz) and MITCH FRIEDMAN, who also
has a fabulously amazingly catchy and tuneful CD out right about now.

The corker for some will be the Martin Newell cover story and attending 10
page interview! The interview is awesome and incredidbly insightful and
educational for all fans of Newell. And I'm not just saying that because he
actually *answered* my fake question: "So, you and Andy Partridge were
lovers and that's why you both ended your relationships with women during
the making of 'The Greatest Living Englishman,' right?" Although that's
pretty cool too!

The magazine will be out in two weeks or so... jet over to the AUTOreverse
HQ for pre-ordering info if you wanna. And you know you do!

It's always on and it always rules! And so do you!

Good Night Suckers,
Ian C Stewart


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 18:53:05 -0600
From: timide <>
Subject: What of them Pyramids?
Message-ID: <>

Personally, I think every track on Homespun surpasses those on AV1 -
they won once and for all for their wonderable warmth.

On the Mayan thread, I highly recommend a read of the singsong ole book
called "LORD OF THE DAWN - Quetzalcoatl" by Tony Shearer. It is derived
from the ancient Mayan prophesies carved in glyphs on jaguar bones. The
whole thing has this sort of timeless ring throughout.

By the way, I've stumbled across a few gems which I think many of you
will find interesting:

A comprehensive collection of miscellaneous footage throughout their
"Pepper" era

Rare footage of the Pythons from Holy Grail through Baron Munchausen

Different from the Silent Sea release - filled with rare sessions,
interviews, demos, etc.

Now... All these are incredible. I can get them for you if you have
something to trade. Feel free to email me for the complete details.

Still tick tock tickin' for the demo box set and the new Wasp Swap as

               - George Gescheider


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 19:15:08 -0800
From: "Wes Hanks" <>
Subject: Baby Names
Message-ID: <001101bf8e2c$c6b1a7a0$40b59fce@default>

Noble Gasses,

For all of you who are having kittens over the choice of "Wasp Star" let's
try this little excercise...every parent on the list can post the names they
decided to give their kids and then everyone on the list is free to
criticize, over-analyze and engage in all forms of Monday-morning
quarterbacking regarding your choice of names.

Please, who is NOT going to buy a "new XTC release" because the title in
their opinion is off-putting? And further, has it "ever" been your
experience in your record buying habits to pass over a release based "soley"
on the album's title?

Bring back the orgone theory debates, I say.

Wes "The St. John's Wort doesn't work anymore" Hanks

PS The issue of Uncut I mentioned previously has what's left of Oasis on the


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 19:01:09 -0800
From: "Wes Hanks" <>
Subject: Sleazy filth
Message-ID: <001001bf8e2c$c1daa420$40b59fce@default>

Laura wrote:

"Just as I was being drawn into the sleazy filth of the Vegas underworld
there was a scene showing neon lights being reflected in a puddle of water
on the street."

 tut tut sweet Laura, that sleazy filth is what I call home. ;-)

Wes "..and our cops always shoot first." Hanks


Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 12:12:42 -0000
From: "Davies, Huw (TPE)" <Huw.Davies3@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK>
Subject: Wasp Star Park
Message-ID: <508B42AA354AD21194F80001FA7EBE3906352763@WOMAIL2>

Does the title WASP STAR make anyone think of STAR PARK, the name of the
first band to feature Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding. I don't know if
there's meant to be a connection.

I cant's say I like the title, but it is the music that matters. I'm
especially looking forward to hearing "Church of Women" in its completed

Huw Davies


Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 23:41:30 -0600
From: RNV <>
Subject: cooler than White Music
Message-ID: <>

> . . . Would anyone
> have bitched about " Big Express " or " NONSUCH " if the list had been
> around then ? Come on , WASP STAR has got both of those beat , don't you
> think ?
> Sushiman

This is a variation on one of my early, desperate theories as to why it
wasn't true that Dave was quitting the band. Would all the petulant
I-quit-I'm-going-home door slamming tantrums during Skylarking have looked
like this if there had been a Central Scrutinizer like the Web peering in
at them all the time? Like that Farside cartoon with a couple of green
bug-eyed aliens on some moonlike terrain: They've got two astronauts in a
mason jar and one of them says, Shake the jar, let's see if they fight.

Of course I was wrong. It wasn't that we were all shaking the jar . . .

Also, I don't know if that was just a spiders web against my face, but I
detect the faint presence of another thread, possibly called "album titles
dumber than Wasp Star." My vote would be for White Music, since they had
wanted to call it Black Music but they were strongly encouraged to change
it. They should have just dropped the whole thing and gone with
something---anything---else. Like "Captain Froot" "Venusian Blinds" "Yard"
"Four Young Snots Get Up Your Nose" "Never Mind the Sex Pistols" (or would
that last one be an anachronism?). The list could go on.


ps/ speaking of wrong---yes, Steve, "Prisoners of the Sun" involves Incas,
not Mayans. Slipped my mind in the heat of the moment.


Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 10:01:49 -0800 (PST)
From: pancho artecona <>
Subject: My 2 Bits on Wasp Star
Message-ID: <>

Ok, here's my 2 bits on Wasp Star.

Rest assured that, regardless of the title, I'll be
buying at least 3 copies of the new cd.

That being said, however, it seems to me that Andy's
penchant for sabotaging his own success may be evident
in the choice of this title, mainly because it will
alienate your casual white anglo-saxon buyer by the
title, since WASP does have negative connotations in
the US. Its sort of like Wop Star, Kyke Star or Spick
Star or whatever you choose.
I seriously doubt wether this will alienate current
fans, it might just make acquiring new fans a tad more
difficult, but then again, XTC have always taken some
getting used to (at least for me). I personally prefer
music that I have to work a little hard to fully
appreciate as opposed to stuff that is immediately
appealing (not that there's anything wrong with that
mind you).
Andy shall always keep on being Andy. No unse
expecting anything differently.



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