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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 47

                 Thursday, 30 August 2001


    train of thought still boarding at the station...
             Re: beautiful XTC wood carvings
Re: Douglas Adams said: "[There is] no message [in my novel]...
                  New XTC Tribute disc?
                    I'm Happily Stoopy
                    English Settlement
                        XTC covers
                Re: Mike Myers = XTC fan?
      You know the more it seems we talk about it...
                 Summers Cauldron Bubbles
                    Re: XTC Re-Issues
                   Ben Folds 5 and/or 6
                   Re: XTC song covers
                    Yazbek concurrence
                      PC for john..
                     Greenman meaning
                   ...all a Blur to me
                 Science Friction single
            I've had a few beers inside me...


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Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 20:39:30 -0400
From: Virginia Rosenberg <>
Subject: train of thought still boarding at the station...
Message-ID: <>

Hi David-

In the for-what-it's-worth department (next stop- lingerie!), I have never
heard the expression "train running low on soul coal" used in a non-XTC
context.  Not conclusive proof that Mike's a fan, but the usage is
suggestive, no?



Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 11:46:40 +1000 (EST)
From: Mark Wotton <>
Subject: Re: beautiful XTC wood carvings
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0108241141230.1362-100000@wotbox>

On Thu, 23 Aug 2001 Tony Picco wrote:

> Gee... my girlfriend gave me a crumpled piece of paper for MY birthday and
> said it was a replica of the Mummer album cover... (hmmmm)

An update on this: hopefully more pics will be up soon. I borrowed a
digital camera from a friend, but the day afterwards some bugger broke
into my house and it went. Soon, I promise.


i gave you seven years, what did you give me back
a jawgrinding disposition to a panic attack
	-- Soul Coughing, The Incumbent


Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 22:14:25 EDT
Subject: Re: Douglas Adams said: "[There is] no message [in my novel]...
Message-ID: <>

Eventhough I have no idea which novel Douglas Adams was talking about, I am
'virtually certain' that the message of the novel was, in fact, indeed, 42.
So long D.A. and thanks for all the laughs (not to mention the Dr. Who work)

So when's the new album due {tapping his foot obsessively}.
I heard it has TEN Colin tracks and TWO Andy Tracks!

Yours in Cthulu,

'If Daddy could see today, he'd be turning in his grave' ...What in the World.


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 00:33:44 EDT
Subject: New XTC Tribute disc?
Message-ID: <>

Hot off the wires:
* ------------------------------
Following in the footsteps of "Testimonial Dinner", TVT (Tee Vee Toons)
Records are proud to announce the latest XTC tribute album. Several of the
label's most famous artists have been assembled to pay tribute to the
songwriting genius of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding.

The full lineup of artists and tracks is not known but will be chosen from
among the following:

YOGI & BOO-BOO BEAR ("Meccanik Dancing"):
"Pic-a-nic baskets, oh we steal pic-a-nic baskets"

"We-ee.... we are strong-to-the-finich, 'cause we-eats-our-spinach...
In a yacht dance... ak-ak-ak-ak-ak aaaak!"

TWEETY BIRD ("I Bought Myself A Liarbird")
"I t'awt I taw a puddy tat...
All he would say... was 'suff'rin succotash', all he would say..."

"Just like summer holiday, you've got no class..."

BUGS BUNNY ("This Is Pop")
"What's up Doc? Yeah, yeah... What's up, doc?"

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS ("Jason And The Argonauts")
"We'vegotlongtailsandearsforhats thereisnotimeforpurrsorpatswith
Jo-sie and the pus-sy-caaaaats!"

"I dig the limestone (yaba-dabba-dabba-doo!)"

ELMER FUDD ("It's Snowing Angels")
"I'm hunting wabbits... gonna catch me one!"

"Yeah! Fire! Burning! Cool!"

PORKY PIG ("No Language In Our Lungs")
"There is no l-l-... there is no l-l-l... there is n-no l-l- vocabulary in
our lungs."

SNAGGLEPUSS ("Easter Theatre")
"Exit stage left...."

Other possible artists include The Smurfs ("Blue Overall"), George Jetson
("Daughter Judy"), the cast of South Park ("I'm The Man Who Killed Kenny"),
Boris Badenov ("Hey Moosey Moosey"), and Daffy Duck ("Desthpicable Street").

The album, entitled "Instant Toons", will debut on a Saturday morning this

* --------------------------------------

I'm looking forward to this one!

- John


Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 15:35:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: eriC draveS <>
Subject: I'm Happily Stoopy
Message-ID: <>


> Gee... my girlfriend gave me a crumpled piece
>of paper for MY birthday and said it was a
>replica of the Mummer album cover... (hmmmm)

Does it come with hand shadow puppets?


> "When pigs fly" is basically a way of saying
>"never" (sort of like "at 25 o'clock,"

You forgot about "The 12th of Never" again.


> This is quite a stretch, but at one time
>Colin was apparently asked to tour with Pink
>Floyd after Roger Waters left.

Was this before they got Rick Wright back? And
does anyone notice how Nick Mason sounds like
Colin in "Coming Back to Life"?


> The first word on the first song on the first
>album of the Beatles' is "well". It's also the
>first word of Radios In Motion, which
>(needless to say) is the first song on XTC's
>debut album, white music.

The first word of the first recording of the
Quarrymen (precursor to the Beatles) is ALSO
"well", as in "Well, that'll be the day..."

And don't forget it's usually the first word
out of Ronald Reagan's mouth. (Formerly
President Killagain, donchaknow.)


> Sources say John Leckie is being considered
for Producer of the next Los Lobos album.

Well. Leckie him.


> Lately I've been using some of the file
>sharing programs to look for cover versions of
>our heroes' songs. I've found but a few and
>managed to  download only one so far (ah, the
>joys of a 56K modem!), a quite realistic
>version of "Are You Receiving Me" by the
>Jayhawks. At any rate, I am still looking and
>if anyone could direct me to any artist that
>has seen fit to cover any XTC song I would
>really appreciate it.

Well. Maybe I will someday get around to
programming my MTV Music Generator to play some
decent new stylings of XTC music and tape an
Most of the time I try to be accurate, but I
have to relate one song that I just don't want
to sing like XTC do. With the "Wow!" ending of
"Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead", I tend to feel
the next song needs more energy, so I then sing
a faster version of "My Bird Performs" that
sounds rather punk rock.


Well, I finally bought Wingspan, but most of
my favorites of Paul's are missing! Let's see...

Spies Like Us
So Bad
Ebony and Ivory
Say Say Say
Hope of Deliverance
Magneto and Titanium Man (which I think XTC was
obviously inspired by)

Now I know you guys will say, "That album's
WINGS, not just Paul solo!" but if he can
include "My Love" AND "No More Lonely Nights",
neither of which were Wings songs...!

Anyone remember the song by the unlikely duo of
Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson? Ten points to
the first Chalkhillian who remembers it. And no
peeking on

Well, the big hand is on the 25, and the little
hand is on and off at times.

eriC draveS

'Til then I'll blow you a raspberry


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 07:35:42 -0400
From: "Angie Hill" <>
Subject: English Settlement
Message-ID: <>

Greetings to all those on the 'hill!

I just picked up a old copy of English Settlement in cd form (sorry, I
can't, nor will I ever I fear, be able to spring for the remasters). This is
noteworthy because the tape I've owned for the last ten years lacked several
songs. My guess is due to time constraints on the cassette, a few songs had
to get the axe.

Anyway, I just can't believe I've gone all this time deprived of the joy of
hearing tunes such as "Yacht Dance", "Knuckle Down", and "Fly On the Wall".
This cd has not left my cd player since I've gotten it. I only pity my
family who have to listen to it repeatedly :) (as the husband so richly
commented, "Are these guys from Africa?" And, oddly, I was NOT listening to
"Nearly Africa" when he said this...hmmmm. Of course, he used to think REM
were British until I taught him better.)

The only thing I find unsettling about this disc is, aside from the first
three songs, everything else is in a different order. Perhaps this is the
original song progression but it sure messes with my noggin. For example, I
am furiously trying to retrain my brain cells to expect "All of A Sudden" to
pop up, er, all of a sudden in the middle of the album instead of at the
very end. But overall, I'm just lovin' it! :) And it's amazing how fresh ES
still sounds even though the blasted thing is almost 20 years old. To me,
that just testifies to the brilliance of our beloved Andy and Colin...



Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 07:39:51 -0700
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: XTC covers
Message-ID: <>

on 8/23/01 4:44 PM, Bill Sherlock wrote:

> Lately I've been using some of the file sharing programs to look for
> cover versions of our heroes' songs. I've found but a few and managed to
> download only one so far (ah, the joys of a 56K modem!), a quite
> realistic version of "Are You Receiving Me" by the Jayhawks. At any rate,
> I am still looking and if anyone could direct me to any artist that has
> seen fit to cover any XTC song I would really appreciate it.
> Wishing she'd treat me like a snowman,

  You could try to find Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin's cover of "Roads
Girdle The Globe," which somehow manages to be almost as noisy(though more
prettily sung by Barbara) as the original with only keyboard overdubs and
drum machines as the instrumentation.

-- 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: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 11:16:03 -0400
From: "Michael D. Myers" <>
Subject: Re: Mike Myers = XTC fan?
Message-ID: <>

Chalksters and Chalkettes;

Recently, asked:

>I'm not sure if this is an English expression - but I was watching Mike
>Myers on "In the Studio" with James Lipton, and Myers described a period of
>his life as "his train running low on soul coal."  Is this a phrase used
>often, or could he possibly be a XTC fan?

Well, of course I'm an XTC fan.  Have been since the late 70's.  Oh, you
mean THAT Mike Myers.................

Mike Myers


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 11:54:53 EDT
Subject: You know the more it seems we talk about it...
Message-ID: <>

Had the distinct pleasure of a longish chat with Mr. Partridge the other day.

Some news bits:

1) The Coat of Many Cupboards release date has been postponed until at least
January of next year, owing to difficulties remixing some of the live tracks
at Idea Studios. Virgin isn't paying for facilities to do any of the remixing
-- in fact, according to Andy, the only people being paid anything for this
thing are the artist doing the cover and the hapless goober writing the liner
notes essay.

The 4-CD set will consist of one disk of Andy and Colin's favorite XTC songs,
with written commentary from them; one live disk; one disk of outtakes,
alternate versions and rarities; and one disk of the Cream of the Demo Crop
that Andy and Colin have been assembling. (The Non-Cream--i.e., the demos
unearthed by XTC and not chosen by Virgin for Coat--will become Fuzzy
Warbles. There's a huge number of these, enough for several volumes.) There
is some lack of clarity about the contents of the Demos disk: Our Man at
Virgin says that it will replicate the Fossil Fuel collection in demo form;
Andy says that's news to him. We shall see.

Oh, and there's a 128-page booklet planned. With a big-assed worshipful
essay. Written, as I say, by some hapless goober. And some pictures, I

2) "Una Guida Scolastica" is particularly funny when read aloud by its main
subject into a telephone in a derisive comical Italian accent. It is NOT
recommended as an *actual* Scholar's Guide to XTC, as it is shot through with
stunning ineptitude. Perusal of the other copyright violations in the series
(listed in the back of the Guida book), however, puts XTC in some grand
company, including Captain Beefheart and The Third Ear Band (1968-72, drony
acoustic proggers), who inspired this memorable riff:

"They're the Bubonic Plague, expressed in music. They're the Pop Top Ten if
you're dancing about with buboes and pustules in your armpits, and have 15
minutes left to live. They're Pieter Breughel in a Box."

3) Repetition is Indeed Very Important, very good, Harrison. (Confirmation of
Sudden Hapless-Goober Bull-Session Insight.)

4) A mutual friend recently gave Brian Wilson a copy of AV1 and Wasp Star.
Wilson apparently loved them, to the extent that he expressed interest in a
collaboration with Partridge. Wilson is now on R&R following his recent tour,
and will have more to say on the matter when he's finished resting up.
Partridge has some pretty grave reservations about the gig--Wilson's had a,
er, colorful past, and Andy wants to assess what extent this colorfulness has
affected his musical decision-making faculties--not to mention his capacity
to put two sentences together without drooling on his lap. Andy's also a bit
worried that his own prickliness about musical matters might put Wilson off.
So don't hold your breath... (But Lordy Lordosis, wouldn't that be *nice*?)

Harrison "It only makes it worse to live without it" Sherwood


Date: 24 Aug 2001 10:37:07 -0700
Subject: Summers Cauldron Bubbles
Message-ID: <>

Dear Everyone,

Summer has been particularly vivid this year. Now that I've purchased
an FM Radio Transmitter, I can enjoy XTC while driving down to Cape
Hatteras, which I'll be doing in a few days. I have to say that the
summer of 2001 has felt nice and long - a languid summer.

Heat, thunder storms, xtc, juvenile blue jays fighting in my begonias,
locusts felled by locust-wasps buzz/dying like a madly whirling

Ok, I'll admit it, it's probably the Tom Robbins talking.

And around a corner that I can't even see yet, the Harvest
Festival. Hmmm, I'd like to squeeze the very last out of this orange,
though, before we switch to pumpkins.

Take care, all! -L
-"There are times when we can feel destiny close around us like a fist
around a doorknob. Sure, we can resist. But a knob that won't turn, a
door that sticks and never budges, is a nuisance to the gods. The gods
may kick in the jam. Worse, they may walk away in disgust, leaving us
to hang dumbly from our tight hinges, deprived of any chance in life
to swing open into unnecessary risk and thus into enchantment." -Tom


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:03:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Yuri Reimerov <>
Subject: Re: XTC Re-Issues
Message-ID: <>

lurk mode off:I recently finished my collection of XTC re-issues.  I
managed to get the Japanese versions of all of them except the Dukes
compilation (and if they did that one in the Japanese version, could
someone please let me know?).  I have to say that up through
Skylarking, there is a more than noticable difference in the sound
quality.  A friend of mine and I did the Pepsi Challenge with the US
Geffen release side by side with the remaster of Drums and Wires using
faders and such...definitely worth the money, and the packaging is
most excellent.  It's neat to hear those songs with drums and bass
without pulling out the vinyl.  I didn't notice a big difference on
the O&L and Nonsuch, but it's still good.The Dukes stuff sounds far
cleaner than my original geffen disc.I am glad they returned
Skylarking to its original format.  I have never understood how "Dear
God" fit into that mold and frankly I usually skipped that song.  I
wish they would have put some of the other B-sides from that era on
the album, but perhaps they'll release them in the future.  Oh
well.Non-XTC: Dallas's Chomsky (who are pretty quirky and have obvious
1977-1982 XTC influences) have just released their second album, aptly
titled "Onward Quirky Soldiers".  It's pretty darn solid, but I'm not
sure how you would get it yet not in Texas.  I would suggest going to
their website here and bug them to put up a couple of MP3's or
something...Jamesreturning to lurk mode...


Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 21:49:41 EDT
Subject: Ben Folds 5 and/or 6
Message-ID: <>

<< Anyway, get the new album. It's superb. Two listens and I was HOOKED.  >>

Not that I needed the push, but thanks for the review. BF5 is/was one of my
favorites. Whoda thunk a band could ROCK with no guitar?
Great pop sensibilities & melodic sense too, just like them other guys...



Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 21:58:01 EDT
Subject: Re: XTC song covers
Message-ID: <>

Bill Sherlock asked:

<< At any rate, I am still looking and if anyone could direct me to
any artist that has seen fit to cover any XTC song I would really
appreciate it. >>

Bill, I've been collecting data on Joni Mitchell covers for about 2 years
now...have almost 800 covers identified!
The Gracenote website is a wonderful source as you can pull up some pretty
obscure covers sorting by Song Title. (Doing a search for "Making Plans For Nigel" gives
89 results. Most of them are different configs of XTC CD's, but if you dig
deep enough, you can find some gems!

The All-Music Guide has lots of info too.

Is there a website that details XTC covers? Must confess that I haven't
surfed much lately for new XTC info.



Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 22:53:25 -0400
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Yazbek concurrence
Message-ID: <>


I must agree with the pro-"Damascus" posts on Chalkhills.  I just bought a
copy a week ago and think it's fantastic -- easily Yazbek's best CD to date.
So what are you waiting for?  Go pick some copies up!  (An extra added
incentive, by the way, for all you La's fans: the last cut is a cover of
"Son of a Gun."  Rock on!)

Everyone having fun?  I'm startin' a new job on September 4th!  Go, English



Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2001 09:48:49 +0100
From: Moxonsoft <>
Subject: PC for john..
Message-ID: <>

He should get an imac, as they have a goos stable UNIX systen (OS X)and all
the apps we home users use, like Outlook Express, Tomb raider etc!

Marc Wickens


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 11:21:52 -0400
From: Craig Barnes <>
Subject: Greenman meaning
Message-ID: <32BAF2A2B169D411A081009027464529023BF00C@ATD-NT5>

I'm puzzled...does anyone know what the "Greenman" is? I've been singing
along to that catchy tune on Apple Venus for quite awhile without thinking
what the lyrics were really about but recently I thought "what the hell is
this song about?" Any help/insight would be appreciated!

Craig in DC


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 17:08:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: nross <>
Subject: Wiltshire
Message-ID: <>

Nothing like driving toward Stonehenge and having it pop up in full
view, suddenly, as if someone just plopped in a slide to look at! It
was beautiful and I was not at all bothered by not being able to touch
the stones. It must be because I've seen many programs on Stonehenge
throughout my childhood that at first sight, I teared up with joy!!! I
kept repeating how cool it was, and so my husband called me a dork!

Next, we went to Avebury. There, we could touch the stones (but I
didn't) and walk along the huge ditches. My husband thought that
Silbury hill was really the left over dirt from the ditches. It was fun
to walk around and the enormity of the henge itself was impressive. We
also got to see one of those crop circles.

Onto Uffington, to see the castle, White Horse, and Dragon Hill.
Although my husband was somewhat dissapointed at not being able to get
a good view of the horse, I thought it was incredible being able to
walk from it head to its tail... right next to it. My daughter was
amazing during this trip. She did not once ask to be carried (she's
always wanting that), and walking down White Horse hill to Dragon Hill,
Sarah kept falling on her bum, and laughed about it! She ang song about
skipping and hopping. I think that kept her mind off of physical labor.

The roads to the white horse were extremely narrow. My husband was
driving and I was navigating. Most of the time, we were laughing and
getting very nervous at the proximity of the oncoming traffic!

It was so beautiful,  I'd love to live in that region. Its always sunny
when we go to England. The colors were vibrant and the gardens were
beautiful. So many Thached-roof houses and sheep and horses! Also there
were many Tank crossing signs (near military bases) as well as
old-people crossing signs (actual signs with hunched over people)!

This is how I celebrated my graduation!

Nothing particular to add about XTC, just wanted to give people that
haven't been there a vague glimpse at the region where XTC reside(s).


Nicole's site:


Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 21:12:31 -0500
From: "Johnny Daytona" <>
Subject: ...all a Blur to me
Message-ID: <>

Hey all,

> >A friend of mine was inquiring about the availability of the recordings
> >that Andy produced for Blur.  These tapes were supposed to form the basis
> >of the "Modern Life Is Rubbish" album, but were scrapped.
>Does anyone know which songs for this album Andy was supposed to produce?

Blur has wanted Andy to produce the album, and for once their record company
agreed with them, so he was hired for a week long try out session.  The
songs that he recorded with the band were Sunday Sunday, Coping and Seven
Days.  The first two were eventually rerecorded and released, but none of
the three Partridge produced tracks have ever been released.  The band
complained that they sound too much like Andy Partridge and not enough like
Blur.  Apparently they really didn't get along, either, as Andy had Very
Definite Ideas about how things should be done and that didn't sit too well
with Blur who seem to inhabit a world some where up their own ass.  Though
with the regularity that Andy seemed to get fired from production jobs, it
was probably a case of two rocks staring at each other and telling the other
to move.  Ahh, how I love them both.

On the plus side, Blur's cover of Elvis Costello's "Oliver's Army" is about
as close an approximation of XTC covering the song as one can imagine.

And if anyone has a copy of the three Andy produced Blur tracks, I would
desperately love to hear them and would be willing to trade my first born
for them (amongst other things less likely to get jam in the CD player).

- Darren Kramble

"Food processors are GREAT!"


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 14:56:48 +0100
From: Giles Ward <>
Subject: Science Friction single
Message-ID: <>

Hi... can anyone help? I've just picked up a copy of the 7" of Science
Friction (UK version - no sleeve but good condition vinyl). Now I know
it's quite rare, but how rare is it? How many were released and how much
is it worth. Thanks for your help... great list by the way.



Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 17:02:05 +1000
From: "Amy Gardner" <>
Subject: I've had a few beers inside me...
Message-ID: <>

Fellow Chalkhillians,

Here's a cocktail everyone should sample! I'm not sure if it's a tribute to
the band or an example of blatant plagiarism of the pun first employed by
the Swindon lads, but regardless of that, it's still great fun to order at

Amy G.

Found in: The Complete Book Of Mixed Drinks For Professional Bartenders and
Amateur "Mixologists".  (KEN FIN: Australia, 2000) page 58

	[ See it at ]


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