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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 63

                 Friday, 14 December 2001


                    RE: Phil and King
                     Re: Phil Collins
                       Re: Mess-Age
                  Re: What a nice way...
                    Bee Gee's Disease
             chords for Goosey Goosey (demo)
           chords to Its Snowing Angels (demo)
              George Harrison - nice tribute
          Ho!Ho!Howdee! (It's an XTC Christmas)
                        Our Stevie
             Dave Gregory playing live again!
       Domestic tranquility vs. artistic fecundity


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Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 11:25:06 -0000
From: Edward Collier <>
Subject: RE: Phil and King
Message-ID: <4359BE5CC01DD311886500A0C9D4406922C407@SERVER1>

Ian C Stewart:

>>"Now I can say Phil Collins plays on one of my songs. Really."

>well yeah, but why would you want that? I mean, really? Unless you're
>pretending to maul him at the end, in which case I give it a hearty

Whatever you think of Phil Collins the "pop star with the mawkish tin of
paint", with his whining voice and feeble lyrics, the man could play the
drums.  If you doubt me, check out some of his work with Eno, for instance.
Or even with King Crimson, a band with whom I seem to recall he sat in at
some time (unless the drugs worked too well and my memory is fabricating
rather than losing data), and a band in whom you evince an interest.  Good
review too.  Kicked ass.



Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 07:47:48 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: Re: Phil Collins
Message-ID: <>

on 12/6/01 9:22 PM, a person who I don't wish to credit wrote:

> chris coolidge writed:
> "Now I can say Phil Collins plays on one of my songs. Really."
> well yeah, but why would you want that? I mean, really? Unless you're
> pretending to maul him at the end, in which case I give it a hearty
> endorsement.

  The song actually more resembles a track from Kate Bush's The Dreaming,
except I can't sing like her. I'd say that qualifies.


Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 08:13:49 -0600
From: Peter Mullin <>
Subject: Re: Mess-Age
Message-ID: <>

Christopher R. Coolidge wrote (regarding lineup longevity):

>   I just thought of another one: NRBQ, though admittedly only Terry Adams
> and Joey Spampimato survive from their initial lineup in the late 60's. But
> they've been a touring band regularly and steadily ever since, only
> replacing longtime guitarist Al Anderson with Johnny Spampimato a few years
> ago since current drummer Tom Ardolino replaced the original drummer around
> 1970. That's possibly the best track record I can think of yet.

Chris, Chris, Chris:  As Terry Adams clearly stated on "Message for the
it's: "S-P-A-M-P-I-N-A-T-O, Spampinato (Spampinato) Spampinato"

Sorry, I just couldn't resist ;-)


Peter Mullin


Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 21:25:17 -0000
From: "David Seddon" <>
Subject: George
Message-ID: <002101c17f65$ac1a1720$8756073e@default>

What about the 1979 "George Harrison"
LP? I always felt that was every bit as good as All Things Must Pass...
beautiful songs, beautiful singing... he sounded HAPPY, too.

Absolutely.  Especially Your Love is Forever.  It could have been a White
Album song.  It was good enough.  But don't forget how good 331/3, Cloud
Nine and Gone Troppo were!

George was under-estimated.  He had one of the most distinctive
guitar-styles going and he could outplay most.  After the Beatles, he wrote
many good songs and the critics were often luke-warm (remind you of any
other over-looked talents?).  I guess they didn't think he was cool enough.
His songs from the 1970s were usually much better than stuff that got far
greater praise.

He was a hero of mine, from the city of my birth.  I was outside St.
George's Hall when Lennon died.  And it was the saddest day of my life.
I'll never forget those days and I won't forget these either.

George's death was expected, but that doesn't make it less sad.  The only
difference is that I have happier thoughts about him.  He was hugely content
when he died.  The man was incredibly happy.  To suffer all that physical
pain and stay so cheerful...  I've read that he was giving a teenage boy
with cancer guitar lessons from his hospital bed in N.Y..  Amazing!

There aren't many rock stars who were as humble, well-balanced and decent as
him.  Certainly not our beloved heroes of XTC, for instance! For once, you
know that the scores of tributes that have been paid to a dead man were
justified.  When Lennon died, there was such a sense ofthe unfulfilled.  It
was not only awful that he was murdered, but also because he was murdered
just as he'd was got his life together and was teeling us about it.  Who
knows how many great, really great songs were inhis head (Grow Old Along
With me, is to name one, a tragedy.  It could have been a classic that
people play at specila moments.  I'm really sad about that)

George...well, he was not only a great talent but a genuinely good person.
I'm sorry that I never had the privilege of meeting him.

A lyric from Poor Little Girl sums it up:

"There's a whole lot of love
Shaking inside of me
And I must figure out why it's there."

I think, he knew by the end.

R.I.P. George.
You brought great joy to many.


Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 15:49:41 -0700
Subject: Re: What a nice way...
Message-ID: <>

> I recently ordered the only 3 XTC albums I don't have (D & W, Go2, and WM)
> from the official site, and they arrived this morning with nice silvery
> autographs on the covers.  Whilst I'm not usually bothered about having
> autographs, I can make an exception in this case!

I'm pretty happy with my autographed remastered Black Sea too!
I haven't seen the link posted... so here is:



Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 20:44:36 -0600
From: "Joe Funk" <>
Subject: Bee Gee's Disease
Message-ID: <005101c17f92$47ec3620$e3ab343f@user>

From: m stone <>
>Ummm, you're kidding, right?  To me, Zappa is one the most boring,
>wanker-est of guitar players ever.  So many if his tunes were ruined
>by looooooooong, aimless guitar solos.

Frank Zappa was a tremendous guitarist... Period..
You have bad taste...

>Otherwise, I agree with you about the Bee Gees.  Quite a glorious career

See what I mean?

Jo "This guy has Bee Gee's Disease!!" mama
XTC Rules!!
Check out 3 tunes from our new CD at:
Two Sheds Website:


Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 12:43:18 +0000
From: Tim Harris <>
Subject: chords for Goosey Goosey (demo)
Message-ID: <>

Goosey Goosey

D   Bm
Hey goosey goosey
D     Bm           D      Bm    Em   A
I believe it's for having fun
D    Bm
Hey goosey goosey
D     Bm           D    Bm    Em   A   Em7  A
I believe it's for everyone.

*A   Asus2  Asus4  A
One red    mor----ning
A    Asus2 Asus4  A
With no    war----ning
Asus2  A     D        Em
Life   comes crashing in
G           A              D      Em   A
To wake you early with its golden din.

(* as above)
One blue evening

Cruelly leaving

It goes breezing out

The very second that you figure it out
What it's all for.

Em              Em7
Everybody has a magic lantern
Everybody has an inner eye
Everybody has a magic carpet
G                         A7/F#
Seems a shame if you don't let it fly
Tell you why

Hey goosey goosey...

Some bright daytime

Worker's playtime

You get country-bound

Pick your girl up

So you're all pinned down

Some dark nighttime

Final frighttime

As the reaper knocks

The wisdom of the ancients in a box

But it's too late

Everybody has a magic lantern...

Hey goosey goosey...

Yes I do

Tim Harris


Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 12:40:46 +0000
From: Tim Harris <>
Subject: chords to Its Snowing Angels (demo)
Message-ID: <>

It's Snowing Angels

C    G     C            A      D      G
           It's snowing angels, on my front porch
C      A         D         G
Take a broom and sweep one in
I'm such a lucky guy, such a lucky guy
Even though my shoes have broken
I can't deny my toes
The right to fresh air
And the joy of poking through
    C        A
It's snowing angels
D         G        C     G
Hope I'll catch me one

   C         A
It's snowing angels
D     G
By my window
C      A       D        G
Take a net and fish one in
I'm such a lucky guy, such a lucky guy
Even though I got no money
This bear won't be hibernating
       D7                        G
Or I'd miss the sight of all the honey strolling by
    C        A
It's snowing angels
D         G        C     G
Hope I'll catch me one

I'm such a lucky guy, such a lucky guy
Even though my shoes have broken
I can't deny my toes
The right to fresh air
And the joy of poking through
It's snowing angels
D         G
Hope I'll catch me
D         G
Hope I'll catch me
D         G7       F
Hope I'll catch me one

(play out)  F
            snowing angels,   snowing angels .........
Tim Harris


Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 12:17:41 EST
Subject: George Harrison - nice tribute
Message-ID: <>

I went to see Jools Holland and the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra last week -
fantastic "live"! - and they played a wonderful little section as a tribute
to George Harrison (who they'd just recorded with).  With Sam Brown on vocals
they gave a quick rendition of "My Sweet Lord" followed very rapidly by "Here
Comes the Sun".  Very moving.  Keep rocking George.

Mike, Somerset, UK.


Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 16:53:25 -0600
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: Ho!Ho!Howdee! (It's an XTC Christmas)
Message-ID: <>

     I hope you've all been good little boys and girls.

   Because Santa Tube has a gift for you crazy Chalkkids.
   (if you've been BAD! You must skip to the next post!)

   You see, last year I caught wesLONG and Sir Demon Brown
  in the 'shed' with one of my Reindeer! This behavior is,
  of course, UNACCEPTABLE!

   So this year I gave them a choice. One night in the shed
  (But this time with PRANCER!) or, give the Chalkkids a new
  XTC concert for Christmas!

   The "'Rockpalast' gig would be nice" I said. They looked at
  each other, looked at Prancer, looked at each other again,then
  said, "Ok! Santa Tube! We'll do it!"

      And did it they did. (youngsters should NOT use their
   imaginations at this point in time. Trust Me! It was UGLY!)

    So wesLOUNGE sent me the 'Rockpalast' gig. I went ahead and
   digitally edited it, and sent it to SDB. SDB said "Ok, this is
     cool! I think I'll create a new website and call it..."


    Well, I was impressed! But, as if to say, "Please don't ever
   let Prancer look at me that way again". SDB decided to re-up all
   of the OLD concerts as well.

    Needless to say, I decided the boys had done enough and sent
   them home to enjoy the holidays with their friends and families.

    So if you've been good, don't forget to thank WeS for the 'Palast'
   and Sir demon Brown for...


    Me? I simply closed the shed door behind me, looked in Prancer's
   eyes and said,

                 "You DA Reindeer!"



Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 16:08:08 -0800 (PST)
From: travis schulz <>
Subject: Our Stevie
Message-ID: <>

After reading the recent Spin magazine article on R.
Stevie Moore I would love to hear what all the fuss is
about.  60s inspired pop in the vein of XTC?!  Can
anyone recommend what his best is and where to get it?


Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 22:59:41 -0500
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: Commerciality
Message-ID: <>


Recently, The Gap has introduced Supertramp's "Give a Little Bit" to those
of us who weren't around to hear it back in the day.  Their "Gifted" ads,
which feature performers and combinations of performers (my favorite is
Seal, Alanis, Macy Gray, and Robbie Robertson) singing a snippet of said
song, dressed in their smashing Gap sweaters, are great: simple, memorable,
and catchy as hell.  Perhaps this ad will usher in a Supertramp revival in
much the same way that Volkswagen's Cabrio commercial ushered in a Nick
Drake revival.

This got me thinking: what XTC song could sell sweaters?  The great thing
about The Gap's current campaign is that these performers capture a real
magic -- the song is stripped down to acoustic guitar and vocals -- while at
the same time selling sweaters *and* getting a melody stuck in our
collective heads.  In other words, the song isn't about sweaters, or
clothes, or even gifts themselves -- it's about the act of giving and, as
such, it fits perfectly.

Any ideas?


P.S.  If you're interested, has the full 30-second spot
featuring Seal and Seal alone.  Don't you just love Seal?  I do.  And that


Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 08:24:39 -0000
From: "Simon Clarke" <>
Subject: Dave Gregory playing live again!
Message-ID: <>

HI folks,

Don't think it's been mentioned here before but once again Dave Gregory will
be joining Steve Hogarth's 'h band' for some live shows in January. Last
time they played some shows they played a great version of 'The Loving'.
Hopefully we'll get another XTC tune this time around.

Here's the details:

3 Jan London,
England  LA2 / Mean Fiddler Online:,
By Phone: +44 (0)20 7734 8932,
+44 (0)20 7344 0044
In Person: Ticketmaster in selected HMV, Tower Records and Waitrose stores,
plus usual agents

4 Jan Amsterdam,
Netherlands  Paradiso Online:
By Phone: +31 (0) 20 626 45 21
or +31 (0)900 3001250
In Person: Post Offices and GWK

5 Jan Paris,
France  Cafe de la Danse Online:
By Phone: + 33 (0) 892 68 36 22

More details available at




Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 20:49:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Domestic tranquility vs. artistic fecundity
Message-ID: <>

Chalkbrother Michael D. Myers, in Digest 7-62, refers
to Colin's new songs, yes, SONGS, plural, for the next
album. I am glad to know Mr. Moulding will continue to
contribute at least two tracks per disc.

Domestic tranquility and artistic fecundity appear to
be inversely proportional in Colin's case, just as
they are in Andy's ... and Merle Haggard's ... and
George Jones's. I'm not wishing unhappiness on one of
our Heroes, certainly, but do we have to torch his
potting shed to get him to spend more time in the

A non-XTC-related question now, for you cool people
who know everything: Why wasn't *2001: A Space
Odyssey* re-released this year?

Uh, or was it? Nah, it couldn't have been. Even out
here in the sands of Arizonistan, I'd have heard.

Don't tell me to rent the tape or DVD. *2001* is one
of the few movies (*Dr. Zhivago*, *Lawrence of Arabia*
...) one really should see on the big screen.

I refer to the film as I begin one of my tirades in
this year's Christmas card-cum-rant, which is now at
the printer: "The best thing anyone said in 2001
turned out *not* to be a tense discussion between a
man named Dave and a computer named Hal over whether
certain pod bay doors should or should not be opened.

May I send you my annual rant? Please give me your
real-world mailing address off-list.

Ryan Anthony

An independent Internet content provider


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