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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 44

                 Wednesday, 1 August 2001


                 XTC Remasters in Sydney
                    Just add water ...
                worries, worries, worries
                        Very Fundy
                        Re: XT Sea
                  Re: Another Satellite
      The "John Relph Christmas Pledge Drive" Update
                  Harvest Festival music
                    Poster Boy Returns
           I think Judge Bean sprained an ankle
                     Strawberry Yoga
                 Harvey wants to know...
                   a pickle (re: to TP)
         Re: The John Relph Christmas Fund Drive
              King For A Day tribute update
                        The Donnas
           The Nines (w/ Jason Falkner Aug 2nd)
         RE: The John Relph Christmas Fund Drive.
                 OT My New Web Site Addy
                   Fluffy Place-holder
Me showing off (for everyone who didn't see it on


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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 12:24:21 +1000
From: "Peter Brown" <>
Subject: XTC Remasters in Sydney
Message-ID: <015a01c1157a$1472b620$850ca8c0@peter>

Fellow travellers,

Red Eye Records in Sydney has all the Japanese remasters for $34.98 each,
that's thePacific Peso, not US$.  Just ask at the front counter as you won't
see them in the rack. It appears that every employee of the store has them
as well.



Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 22:46:32 -0400
From: "Angie Hill" <>
Subject: confuzzled
Message-ID: <>

Hi there fellow chalkhillians!

I quite enjoyed John's post about Skylarking and what songs were planned to
go where and then how it actually ended up. There's just one thing that
threw me off...when he listed the order of the US album, he had the second
half listed like so:
Earn Enough For Us
Big Day
Another Satellite
Dear God
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Sacrificial Bonfire

Every US copy of Skylarking I've ever owned (and I've gone through several
in the last ten years, as this record is one of my all time faves!), has the
second side in this order:
Earn Enough For Us
Big Day
Another Satellite
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Dear God
Sacrificial Bonfire

Now, unless his list was the order in which Andy and Co. wanted it
sequenced, then I'm just being feather brained in not catching that. But I
understood that list to be the final running order, and so my state of
confuzzled-ness. Just where are these mutant US copies of Skylarking???
In my world, Dear God has always tick tocked into Dying quite nicely...

Tossing a few shiny new pennies into the mix,


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 03:54:38
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Just add water ...
Message-ID: <>

Pardon the off-topic post but I really wanted to commemorate the passing of
these three very notable figures from the entertainment world:

- DICK DENNEY (1921-2001), inventor of the Vox amplifier

- DELIA DERBYSHIRE, composer/arranger (1937-2001), doyen of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop, who arranged and produced the electronic realisation
of Ron Grainer's "Dr Who" theme.

- MAURICE NOBLE, animation artist (1910-2001), whose work is known known by
millions - maybe even billions! He worked extensively for Disney in the 30s
and early 40s, on their most famous animated features "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs", "Bambi", "Fantasia" (particularly the Mushroom Dance) and
"Dumbo", where he headed the team that created the brilliant Dance of the
Pink Elephants, when Dumbo and Timothy the mouse get drunk. He moved to
Warner Bros in the 40s and became the longtime collaborator of animation
director Chuck Jones. Noble was Warners' leading background designer/artist,
creating the fabulous backgrounds (and making major storyboard
contributions) for many of the most famous WB cartoons of the 40s and 50s.
His work includes the classic Bugs Bunny 'Fantasia' send-up "What's Opera,
Doc?", the legendary sci-fi spoofs "Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2 Century" and
"Hare-Way to the Stars", and all of the Road Runner series, for which he
created the inimitable desert backgrounds.



"DRUG (noun) 1. Any substance which, when injected into an albino rat,
produces a scientific paper." (Dr Dale Atrens)


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 10:33:46 +0100 (BST)
From: andrew sneddon <>
Subject: worries, worries, worries
Message-ID: <>

Hi folks

Currently "enjoying" the london life- me and my
friends got attacked by a gang of kids in Clapham last
Friday as a result of the Brixton riots.  All I was
doing was having a quiet pint and then a shower of
glasses came flying past me.  It's more like Noo York
every day.

Have been reading all the stuff about Andys shed and
Colins studio and I got thinking- How secure are they?
 From the articles Ive read there must be a fair
amount of kit in there which some dastardly fellow
wouldnt mind nicking!  I hope/pray that theyve got
good insurance.  I was also wondering if they are
going to rent out idea studios for other bands to use?

anyways back to the fortress.  take care out there!

ps I got Jeffery Archers autograph when I was 7
(someone made me do it honest).  Are there any
suitable counselling services available?


Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 23:49:30 -0400
From: "Pete Roberts" <>
Subject: Very Fundy
Message-ID: <001c01c11585$fa59b020$905a56d1@t7u9z6>

Hey since everyone is going to send John money for a new computer...

I want to move to San Francisco. As you may know, it's the most expensive
city to live in the U.S. So how about everyone sending me $1,000 or so (I
will NOT accept pledges of over $5,000! None! Zip! Zilch! Nada!)

When I get 60 pledges that will be enough for a downpayment on a condo in
the City and I will print my mailing address. You may send the money then.


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 18:30:56 +0000
From: "Nathan Mulac DeHoff" <>
Subject: Re: XT Sea
Message-ID: <>

Jamie Lowe:
>XTC music with reference to or inspired by things nautical...
>1) Jason and the Argonauts


>19) No Language in our Lungs

What about "Brainiac's Daughter," for its reference to "a sleigh ride
underwater," and various watery sound effects?  "Wounded Horse" mentions a
ship.  "The Somnambulist" compares sleepwalking to deep-sea diving.  I can't
really think of anything nautical about "No Language In Our Lungs," though,
so why is that on the list?
May the light shine upon thee,


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 18:25:34 -0700
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Re: Another Satellite
Message-ID: <>

on 7/25/01 5:11 PM, Mole wrote:

> One other note, I find it very interesting that Andy comes over to
> America, undoubtably sees Erica in NY before heading up to Todd's place
> in Woodstock. Thinks about whether or not he wants to get involved with
> her and cheat on Marianne. Writes "Another Satellite" as his answer (or
> possibly as part of his decision making process) and then makes sure it
> gets put on the LP so it will be heard. I wonder if Andy taked with
> Erica again before she heard it?..........

  According to Song Stories, he didn't, and she was deeply hurt and upset
upon hearing the song and either figured out it was about her or was told by
either Andy or someone else after the fact. I could see why, if I were
involved with someone who was in a marriage which I knew was shaky, and I
were told "don't need another satellite," I'd be upset too.

-- Satan: "Saddam, you're dead. I killed you."
   Saddam: "Yeah, well, where was I gonna go- Detroit?"

Chris Coolidge

mp3's of my band available at


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 21:15:02 -0500
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: The "John Relph Christmas Pledge Drive" Update
Message-ID: <>

   Hi kids, we know you hate it when we interrupt
your regular programs with these pledge breaks but,
some of our phones are not ringing.

   Could it be you actually read the directions and
clicked the link in the 'legal disclaimer' section?


    All that did was take you to!

          (Me *so* stupid, I spank
              fin long time!)

   Some of you figured it out and sent your pledges to...


    If you clicked the link and said to yourself,

        "What the F!?!?!?" "I give up!"

   Please reconsider your decision and try one more
  time to send your pledge to...


   If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, see
  the previous Chalkhills digest.

   Wait a minute, Jackie's phone is ringing! (Jackie is
  a little odd) And, what? Susan's phone is revolving!

   Well, I guess I'll let the girls 'handle' things and
  make a beer run.

   Don't forget to grab your FREE XTC CONCERTS HERE!



Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 22:43:24 -0700
From: idahlberg <>
Subject: Harvest Festival music
Message-ID: <>

Hello all,

For those keyboard-inclined folks, I just posted a piano vocal
arrangement of Harvest Festival at my site. Enjoy!

Ian Dahlberg


Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 22:52:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: eriC draveS <>
Subject: Poster Boy Returns
Message-ID: <>


> " I don't even own a PC.  I do all my work on a borrowed UNIX box.  Soon.
> Really soon I gotta get a PC."

THIS man has a problem? That's nothing, I am using a Sega
Dreamcast. Nope, doesn't play MP3's either.



>Andy and Colin both discuss the instruments and recording techniques
>they employed recording WS in their new studio, which is located in
>Colin's garage.

You don't mean... *gasp*
Are XTC now a GARAGE BAND???

This reminds me of Pink Floyd rumors about "The Division Bell" (may it
rest in peace). The rumor monger I talked to before the album came out
said, "You'll like it. They recorded it on Roger Waters's boat."
Wrong both times!


> XTC music with reference to or inspired by things nautical...
> 1) Jason and the Argonauts
> 2) Yacht Dance
> 3) Desert Island
> 4) All You Pretty Girls
> 5) Seagulls Screaming Kiss her, Kiss Her
> 6) Wait till Your Boat Goes Down
> 7) Mermaid Smiled
> 8) Blame The Weather
> 9) Little Lighthouse
> 10) Summer's Cauldron
> 11) The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
> 12) One of the Millions
> 13) That Wave
> 14) Then She Appeared
> 15) The Ship Trapped in Ice
> 16) Statue of Liberty
> 17) Kaleidoscope
> 18) I'd Like That
> 19) No Language in our Lungs
> If any of you can add to this line up I would really appreciate your help,

20. RIVER of Orchids
21. Great Fire Burning ("Bring WATER")
22. Bungalow ("By the SEA").
23. Rook ("Gaze in the BROOK")
24. Ballet for a Rainy Day ("See the colors of the SEA fall on the rooftop")
25. 1000 Umbrellas ("I cried 'til I floated DOWNSTREAM")
26. Yellow Submarine, etc. :)


>And then the second US release
> Summer's Cauldron
> Grass
> The Meeting Place
> That's Really Super, Supergirl
> Ballet for a Rainy Day
> 1000 Umbrellas
> Season Cycle
> Earn Enough for Us
> Big Day
> Another Satellite
> Dear God
> The Man who Sailed Around his Soul
> Dying
> Sacrificial Bonfire
> Tada! The only thing that is strange is Dom's version of DG with Dying
> starting next. The only explanation I have for that is that perhaps it
> is an interim tape from Geffen while they are deciding what order to
> use for the second release??? Still working on that part of things.

Actually, Dying follows Dear God because the Man who Sailed Around his
Soul sailed around Dear God and now actually precedes it. Either that
or it was an Act of God.

What sticks in my mind is... the order on the CD version,
unremastered, and no amount of acting all shifty-tracked is going to
preserve the disorder that has resulted from all this.

As for royalties, just how completely did they cut themselves off from
Virgin? Do they still get residuals from their songs being played
(albeitly seldom) on the radio? Don't they still OWN the songs they

I like remasters, but I don't understand why we have to follow the new
track ideals, especially if Virgin is behind all this. My unremastered
CDs will last either 100 years or 1000 umbrellas (I've gone through 10
or so since 1980...), so I'm sticking with those.

Until next time, this is still this time.

eriC draveS

I asked myself... should I put my finger to the LEFT???


Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 06:29:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jon Rosenberger <>
Subject: I think Judge Bean sprained an ankle
Message-ID: <>

Ok Ok Ok,

I goofed.

The proper US re-release running order for Skylarking is ..

Summer's Cauldron
The Meeting Place
That's Really Super
Ballet for a Rainy Day
1000 Umbrellas
Season Cycle
Earn Enough for Us
Big Day
Another Satellite
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Dear God
Sacrificial Bonfire.

BUT the order of the songs on the Geffen Interview LP is still......

Summer's Cauldron
The Meeting Place
That's Really Super
Ballet for a Rainy Day
1000 Umbrellas
Season Cycle
Earn Enough for Us
Big Day
Another Satellite
Dear God
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Sacrificial Bonfire.

Howse about them Apples?

So apparently they changed it AFTER Todd gave the interview, they
pulled the same song but then changed the order? Why? Why not just put
D.G. after A.S.?

Harrison also wrote to tell me that the single version (B-Side I assume
but he might be reffering to the promo single) does not include the
fade-out segue into dying. This also explains why Dom's tape features
Dying as part of the D.G. outro.

GRRRR I am confused again! I'll figure this out yet though!



Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 08:54:15 -0600
From: "Angie Kelson Packer & Shaun Packer" <>
Subject: Strawberry Yoga
Message-ID: <003e01c116ac$027088c0$6b19adcf@packer>

Earlier this summer, I discovered a lovely cache of XTC vinyl at a local
music store. Purchased a 12" Ball and Chain Single among others. Finding
the XTC vinyl was a bit of a challenge, as it was shoved underneath the
CD racks. Furthermore, the XTC vinyl was living in a cardboard box
which, in a previous life, had housed cheap whiskey. Contrast this
shabby treatment with a proud display of "Collector's Items" at the
front of the store consisting almost entirely of Strawberry Switchblade
LP's, EP's and singles! Talk about'cher screwed up priorities!
Additionally, the proprietor of said store spent much time attempting to
convince me *not* to buy the XTC vinyl but instead to buy the
re-masters, which he did not have in stock. Patiently, I explained to
him over and over that I *wanted* the vinyl. I don't think he ever quite


Andy Partridge mentioned in June's "Yoga Journal." Okay, only as an
aside in a review of Harold Budd's "The Room."

~~Bloom has "broadened his pop influence to include work with the Cocteau
Twins and Andy Partridge of XTC."~

I like to think this aside was a small attempt at cosmically
counteracting the magazine's article about Sting teaching a yoga class
for 35 contest winners. The article itself is amusing. Sting is, shall
we say, overrated as a yogi?

Whaddya think the chances are of Colin or Dave teaching a yoga class? I
think a Partridge yoga class can be crossed right off the list of
possibilities. Unless, of course, it was a team-teaching endeavor? Can
you picture that class?! Ah, I've *got* to find better ways of spending
my time! Okay, yes, this is not *serious* speculation. We all *know* the
lads prefer Synchronized Water Aerobics over yoga any day!

Angie KP


Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 15:20:27 -0500 (CDT)
From: Brown <>
Subject: Harvey wants to know...
Message-ID: <>

..So I'm perched on a bar stool at my favorite watering hole, when this
rather *large* rabbit comes through the door and takes a seat on the stool
right next to me.. I'll admit I was a bit shocked to see a rabbit this far
uptown, but, Hey!..who am I?..the social decorum patrol?.. Anyway, after a
few uncomfortable moments of silence, I decide to break the ice and buy this
bunny a drink..

After a couple of Stoli's on the rocks we were jawing away like a couple of
old friends, and that's when Harvey..did I mention his name was
Harvey?..well, that's when Harvey said, "say, madam, what's up with that
there XTC tribute project thingy?..(he seemed to favor the term,
'thingy'...he must have used it at least forty times that evening!)..I mean,
have ya heard anything.. anything at all?"  Well, my apple dumplings, I had
to tell him, "nope!! I don't know nuthin 'bout nuthin, and I know
even *less* about that there tribute thingy!" (I always revert to this sort
of *relaxed* manner of speech when I'm slightly lit!)

To make a long story short, besides pledging my undying friendship, and
springing for the cab ride home, I promised Herr Hare that I'd ask The
Powers That Be about the project 'thingy', and so I put forth this humble

What's up with that there XTC project thingy?  Both Harvey and myself would
be most grateful for any news!

Did ya hear? Honda's Civic-Si 2002 model will be coming out of the Swindon
plant...  I *knew* you kids would want to be the first to know. <G>

Wrap me up in drums and wires, and send me home, boys!

Debora Brown

p.s.- Richard, if you need any assistance, any assistance at all, do let me
know.. I can walk your dog, lick envelopes, wangle day passes to ANY animal
safari park west of the Mississippi river, and I can even fashion a likeness
of Andy Partridge made completely out of egg salad, if need be.. *anything*
to help further the cause.. just ask, buddy!  ;-)


Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 13:41:34 -0700
From: Randy Hiatt <>
Subject: a pickle (re: to TP)
Message-ID: <>

"I'm glad to know the XTC albums have been re-mastered and re-issued,
but in light of all the band's legal and financial problems with
Virgin, what about the royalties? Will buying these albums in the
re-mastered versions just

screw Andy & Colin? If so, I advocate a boycott!

Tony Picco"


Though a good gesture it wouldn't help.  Just keep buying their "own"
stuff.  Any "virgin" ears that may hear these re-masters will be pulled
into the xtc, and that can only be a good thing (regardless of who gets
the $).

Of course I'm speaking about the current "deal" the boys have with
Virgin or whatever, I don't advocate this business model.  I expect alot
more product from the boys anyway, they could just be getting started.


"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,
a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free,
and good men die like dogs...There's also a negative side."
-- Hunter S. Thompson

you can hear our stuff at


Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 10:39:22 +0100
From: Marc Wickens <>
Subject: Re: The John Relph Christmas Fund Drive
Message-ID: <>

At 17:11 25/07/01 -0700, you wrote:

>" I don't even own a PC.  I do all my work on a borrowed UNIX box.  Soon.
>Really soon I gotta get a PC."

He can't steel me an Indy from work can he? (type of workstation)! They are
very good!



Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 09:47:08 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: King For A Day tribute update
Message-ID: <06b101c1183d$57b47340$>


I'm sorry for the lack of updates but this project brings a constant
reminder of the problems associated with project involving volunteers and...
ahem... musicians.  I mean no offense to anyone, I'm guilty of missing
deadlines as well, but there have been many musicians that have submitted
their contributions much later than would have been acceptable but I had so
much dropout that I wanted to build up the numbers, so I waited.

The good news is that the wait was worth it.  We have some truly excellent
contributions.  There are over 70 new covers of XTC material.

There are several people involved in different stages of this project and
one of those people is going through a divorce and another had a death in
the family.  So, the schedule ran into some delays.  I was simply giving
these people as much time as they needed to heal.

The project is in mastering right now and I'm am finalizing credits, artwork
and liner notes.

I'm trying to explain, not whine.  Please understand that the people
involved with every step of this project are volunterring their time and
effort.  That means that family, work, house, school, car, pets, fun and
music often come first.  beyond a few of the early contributions, nothing
has been done on time and that has given everyone else more time with which
to procrastinate.

I expect that the CDs will be available in late August but I have some
travel plans that will prevent any shipments until early September.

I will post an artist list, cost, instructions and mailing address in a few



Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 14:16:15 +0100
From: Mark Fisher <>
Subject: The Donnas
Message-ID: <>

 From Saturday's Guardian magazine: an interview with the Donnas

'They want to be XTC - and sound a lot like XTC, only more, well, raw.
Robertson says this is deliberate. Ford says no way could she play bass as
well as the guy from XTC.'



Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 21:35:55 -0400
From: "Mike Wood" <>
Subject: The Nines (w/ Jason Falkner Aug 2nd)
Message-ID: <>

On a complete lark, I searched the Chalkhills archives for [Toronto pop
tunesters] "the Nines", and found a post by Mike Myers from Sept. '98, who
heaped some praise on the band for having recorded the "Best XTC Songs not
written by, played by, or probably ever heard by the band XTC".

Having bought The Nines' CD's "Wonderworld of Colourful" and "Four Song EP"
since then, I have to agree completely... it's hard to believe that one
isn't hearing long-lost Andy-demos on first listen. (I've put a few tracks
online at  for the time being if anyone wants to hear

For anyone in the L.A./Hollywood area, The Nines are apparantly playing at a
club called Sixteen-Fifty (formerly Vynyl) this Thursday August 2nd at
9:30pm, followed by esteemed Jellyfish-genius Jason Falkner at 10:50.

~~ Mike ~


Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:54:45 +0100
From: "Peter Fitzpatrick" <>
Subject: RE: The John Relph Christmas Fund Drive.
Message-ID: <>

I'll donate whatever Microsoft software John needs or might use on this

(ok ok, no jokes please !)

>From: "vee tube" <>

>     You can buy a damn fine PC for $600 these days.
>   You can get a 633MHz E machine w/monitor/printer
>   for $500. If we come up with $700, Mr. Relph will
>   never again ask "anybody know how I can see the
>   'Diffapointed' video at on a unix?"


Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 01:20:52 -0400
From: Molly <>
Subject: OT My New Web Site Addy
Message-ID: <>
Organization: AT&T Worldnet

I just wanted to let you know that I've moved my website to:  My XTC site is now at:



Date: 31 Jul 2001 07:20:41 -0700
Subject: Fluffy Place-holder
Message-ID: <>

Hello to all!

Maybe it's the summer, the beach, the garden, hikes in the woods with
the dog of my dreams - who knows! But for some reason I've been
without good ideas for the past few months. Yikes! I don't want to
lose touch with my chalk-bretheren, so here's some fluffy
place-holding until I can get my brain jumpstarted!:

I say Trey Anastasia and his band (complete with brass ensemble) play
at Merriweather Post Pavilion (Maryland) last Saturday. The show
brought out the usual Phish crowd, and the place looked like it had
just been bombed, there was so much smoke rising from the crowd. While
the show was not as exciting as a Phish show, it was rather amusing to
see the hippy girls with faery wings sewn on their homemade dresses,
twirling and trippy-dancing to a tuba solo.

Tonight, 7/31/02, Phil Lesh will be playing. I'm sure it will be a
good show, if only because tomorrow is Jerry Garcia's birthday. I'm
considering going to the show because Les Claypool is supposed to be
playing with them. It sounds like a crazy combination, and I'm
interested in hearing what bass slapping does to Wharf Rat.

Speaking of xtc, they are the best. Sure, I've been totally in Ween
mode these past few weeks...okay, months. But I haven't forgotten on
which side my bread is buttered. And of course it's real butter. Real
butter on fabulously crusty, sour dough bread.

Well, I've offered you words. Let's hope that next time they'll
represent some good ideas!

Take care!


Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 21:26:49 +1000 (EST)
From: Mark Wotton <>
Subject: Me showing off (for everyone who didn't see it on
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0108012124210.763-100000@wotbox>

I turned 22 recently, and my girlfriend made me something fairly cool.
There's only one picture of it so far, and it doesn't show all the
carvings, but I think it's pretty cool. Check it out and tell me what you


I am here by the will of the people and I won't leave until
I get my raincoat back.       -- Richard Kadrey, METROPHAGE


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