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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 9

               Wednesday, 14 February 2001


                  me gusta tu cinturita
                A Couple of XTC Sightings
                      As Tears Go By
     ...but there's something missing in the middle.
                       Lost Chord?
                    Re: XtC sightings
                     Let's Make a Din
     Re: Your Name Is on a Lot of Quotes in this Book
          Responses, dropped in diamond disarray
              How 'Corvair Baby' Came To Be
           XTC has made it into game show fame!
          french fat bassman n'est pas mort....
                     Colin Connundrum
      Re: Samantha's critique of The Orchid Show...
        The mall is alive with the sound of Muzak
      Stew, Song Stories, The Origininal Brothers...
                   Colin's Pink Thing?
                  Dimming the Lighhouse
                     Through The Hill
                   Re: Midwest XTC fans
                    Re: This and That
                   Welcome Lisette !!!!
              Dave Gregory / Porcupine Tree
            Lets Us Vote Someone Like That In
                    12 Step Programme


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Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 18:51:41 -0800 (PST)
From: pancho artecona <>
Subject: me gusta tu cinturita
Message-ID: <>

Allright, I know this is cheating but I figured I
could use the brainbank that is chalkhills.

I need to answer the question,

'what will it take for Donald to go back to

I can win a little book if I get it.

BTW, I have decided that 'arpeggios 'r' us' is not a
very nice thing to say, a bit cruel methinks.



'pero que bonito y sabroso bailan el mambo los
mueven la cintura y los hombros igualito que las
cubanas'   -Beny More


Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 22:15:34 -0500
From: Molly <>
Subject: A Couple of XTC Sightings
Message-ID: <>
Organization: AT&T Worldnet

I was up early Saturday morning, and I heard NPR's The Environment
Show (I think that's what it's called), and they played part of "Train
Running Out of Soul Coal".  I almost fell off my bed when I heard
that.  At first, I didn't know what song it was.
The second "sighting" was my sister and brother-in-law sent me
"Guinness Rockopedia", and I saw a very old address to Chalkhills.  It
blew me away when I saw it.  I don't know when the book was printed,
but the address was really old.



Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 18:07:00 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <>
Subject: As Tears Go By
Message-ID: <000501c08f82$7b7d3ee0$7e5791d2@johnboud>

Harry Strole wrote :

>As George W. Bush starts his second week in office it should be noted that
>the election reform he is looking into deals with camaign finance, not the
>electorial college, which, for those not in the US, is the means by which
>someone without a majority of popular vote can become President of The US.
>It's an archaic system originally intended to make states stronger, but now
>seems to work for the rich.

What rubbish . If Bush had won the popular vote and Gore the electoral do
you honestly think we would have seen the biased media and Hilary beating
the drums for the end to the electoral college ?

What if Hilary ( not poor - especially after the book deal - and neither are
her " friends " ) won the electoral vote in 2004 but lost the popular vote ?
Would the left in the media shed tears for her opponent on national tv and
then cry for the end of the electoral college ?

Give me a break , Harry ...



	[ Please take this discussion off the list.  -- John ]


Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 21:39:07 -0600
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: ...but there's something missing in the middle.
Message-ID: <002201c09180$b12afdc0$>

I noticed that there are copies of Wasp Star on (no endorsement...
first time I ever wandered onto the site) that list the condition of the CD
as "...hole in barcode..."

Has Wasp Star hit the "cut-out" bin already?!

Whew, it is tough to maintain momentum in this disposable world!



Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 21:43:21 -0600
From: Steve Schiavo <>
Subject: Lost Chord?
Message-ID: <>

From: Peter Fitzpatrick:
>I wish I had taken some notes - he mentioned a bunch of songs that he and
>Colin had found (including his original guitar (!) demo for Rook....I had
>phoned him to ask for a lost-chord).

I figure Andy's got THE lost chord somewhere around his place.  Probably
keeps it in a box.

- Steve


Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 14:44:18 +1100
From: "Iain Murray" <>
Subject: Re: XtC sightings
Message-ID: <>

>From: "*SUPER SPANGER*" <>
>Subject: XtC sightings
>Um...One for the Aussies...  The other morning while I was trying to >come
>to terms with the fact I was A) back at school and B) awake >before 12:oo
>pm on a Saturday morning. I flicked over to channel 10 {video hits...I
>don't know why!} There was an ad for "Double shots of >rock"- an album with
>"17 great artists and 34 great tracks"...  I >nearly had a stroke... XTC
>was one of those "great artists". One song >was 'Senses working overtime',
>I don't know what the other was.

The other one was the old favourite "Generals & Majors" (in all honesty, it
was always going to be either that or "Making Plans For Nigel" - the record
companies who release compilations like this one have dick-all imagination).

>Also...  I'm sure most people would have known this but 'Peter Pumpkin
> >head' or a cover of it is used in the movie "Dumb and Dumber"

Was that the Crash Test Dummies' version?

>Subject: My pilgrimage
>Well, not so much a pilgrimage, but I will be passing through Swindon
>on my way to Cardiff in late June.  I am in the process of compiling a
>list of places to visit (time will be in short supply), and was
>wondering if anyone could suggest:
>1) any buildings or locations of significance to XTC's history

I was in Swindon about 18 months ago, and missed out on a trip to the John
Holmes Organ Centre. To be honest, I'm not even sure if it's still there,
but if it is, I'd love a photo.


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


Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 02:07:40 -0500
From: mitch friedman <>
Subject: Let's Make a Din
Message-ID: <v03007800b6a7f5bfc406@[]>

Yup, I've heard the Skylarking in progress tape. Let's Make A Den was
thankfully abandoned. The incomplete version I heard had been mutated
into a Bo Diddley type strumming riff/drum machine beat. It didn't
sound good, trust me.


Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 05:39:23 -0500
From: "Tim Kendrick" <>
Subject: Re: Your Name Is on a Lot of Quotes in this Book
Message-ID: <000f01c091bb$67b1eec0$86083e3f@tim63>

Thanks Harrison for your thoughtful insight
on the running order of "Skylarking".

Two other songs you didn't mention are "Extrovert",
which Todd apparently wanted on but thought that
Andy was taking it in too "weird" a direction, and
"Little Lighthouse", which they also  made an initial
stab at recording in the sessions but ultimately
gave up on.  This supports your theory, Harrison, that
the "booked tape" thing is truly just a myth.

         Tim K.


Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 11:44:21 -0500
From: "Todd Bernhardt" <>
Subject: Responses, dropped in diamond disarray
Message-ID: <>
Organization: Enterworks, Inc.


Lisette asked:
>Why do I like it so much ? Is it that good ?

Mais, oui! Don't worry about your fanaticism. You've discovered
something great, and obsession is a natural first step in dealing with
it. Your ardor will become more temperate after a while, even as it

Monsieur Hedges wrote, about perceived inequities of the Electoral
>And low voter turnout usually means
>that poor, mostly ethnic voters don't vote as much as
>rich folks who support the so-called establishment.

It seems to me that ideology is what drives voter turnout, rather than
socioeconomic status. Apathy is a pretty classless phenomenon. I want to
heed our esteemed moderator's advice and not stoke the political fires
here, but I will say that IMO voting is a *personal* responsibility --
not the responsibility of a class, state or institution. No matter what
your ideology or your income is, if you want change, you've got to work
for it. Unfortunately, America is the Land of Short Attention Spans, and
too many people are unwilling to do their homework (or to even show up
for class). We get the government we deserve.

And, about Colin songs that sound like Andy:
>"Collideascope"! Or else one of the earlier tracks, like
>"I'm Bugged" or "I Am the Audience." They sounded
>a LOT more like each other back in the old days, and
>not just in the vocals.

Well, remember that "Collideascope" and "I'm Bugged" are both Andy
tracks (though, before I read the credits, I was certain that it was
Colin singing "Collideascope"). I'm with you on "I Am the Audience" --
that sounds like it could easily be an AP song. As you say, in the early
days there were a lot more similarities -- back then, IMO, they were
more of a band, and there was more creative cross-pollenization.

Harrison asked:
>Can you actually *hear* "Dear God" coming between "Ballet for a Rainy Day"
and "Season Cycle"? What a *strange* place to put it! Loss of religious
faith in between celebration of earth and pantheistic ecstasy? *Surely*
that's a Side Two song, an Evening song, a Decline-and-Death song, from the

Actually, I can see a case for it on Side One, in between those two
songs. Todd could have viewed rejection of the "Big Guy up in heaven
watching over all of us" philosophy as part of the process of growing
up, just as much as first sexual encounters ("Grass," "The Meeting
Place") and betrayal ("That's Really Super...") are.

Also, I don't view "Ballet..." as merely a celebration of earth.
Consider some of the lyrics, and a darker interpretation of them:

I push my paintbrush
To conjure a new world
While this one is slowly washed away


Ballet for a rainy day
Silent film of melting miracle play
Dancing out there through my window
To the backdrop of a slow descending gray

"While this one is slowly washed away" could refer to the dawning
realization that it's time to move on, to be a grown-up and accept the
realities of life -- and the responsibility to push your own paintbrush,
to create your future. "To the backdrop of a slow descending gray" seems
to me a nice segue into a song about the stark realization that there is
no paternal overseer who is going to take care of us, that we're on our
own. Then, to provide some dynamic/counterpoint to that somber thought,
there is the upbeat realization that we don't need to:

join [a] religion, get to Heaven
I say, no thanks, why bless my soul,
I'm already there!

The unfettered "pantheistic ecstasy" of "Season's Cycle" is to me a
logical extension and resolution of disillusion with the Big Guy theory
of religion -- if the world *isn't* shaped by Someone Else, and yet "all
this life stuff's closely linked" in a "verdant spiral," well then,
*that's* a miracle worth getting excited about!

Also from Harrison:
>I think we should track down this Dominic Van Abbe person and buttonhole
him on this topic. You don't suppose his "Skylarking in Progress" CDR has
this object on it, do you?<

If it's the stuff that I've heard, it's drawn from the tape as it stood
while it was making its way to San Francisco, and would have been what
Prairie Prince listened to as he laid down his drum tracks. It's
essentially -- and I'm working from memory here, so excuse me if I make
any mistakes -- instruments, guide vocals, and Todd's rhythm
programming. The drums, percussion and orchestration, and final vocals
were laid down in S.F., I think. I don't remember if "Dear God" is part
of the group of songs (I haven't listened to the tape for a while), but
hopefully someone here will.



Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 20:57:19 -0600
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: How 'Corvair Baby' Came To Be
Message-ID: <>

        Long,long,ago. In a digest far,far,away.
     A lonely,desperate Chalkster offered to do
     the most unspeakable acts in exchange for
     an MP3 of Paul Revere and the Raiders' doing
     "Corvair Baby"

        Never being one too refuse such an observ-
     ation,I immediately ran to my 'secret' closet
     and found the song in question.

        Fins dripping in wet anticipation, I uploaded
     an MP3 to my local idrive. As an additional entice-
     ment,I also up't a copy of 'SS 396' What did I get
     in return?

          A BIG FAT......

                           THANK YOU!...


         No unspeakable acts were performed. Bummer!

                      Flash forward.

        Two months later I up't some 'Dukes' demos
      to the same idrive. I posted this idrive on the
      'hill but forgot to delete the hot rod songs.

              The rest,as they say is.....


P.S. What I find most curious is, why hasn't SS 396
     made it to the Napster 'Dukes' demos?



Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 04:05:12 GMT
From: Jennifer Geese <>
Subject: XTC has made it into game show fame!
Message-ID: <>

While this may not be the most exciting news of the
millenium, I was pretty hyped!  This afternoon, my family
was watching Game Show Network.  I wasn't paying a whole
lot of attention - I was studying for a test & don't
particularly care for the show in question, but anyway -
all of a sudden I heard the question:

    What group had a hit with "Mayor of Simpleton"?

Of course I jumped off of the couch screaming "XTC!  XTC,
you idiots!"  Luckily, the contestant listened to me and
got 100 points or something.

Until next time.


"I may be the Mayor of Simpleton"

Oh, the game show? It was Mall Masters - set in the Mall of
America.  The contestants have to guess the most popular
answer out of 3, then answer a question that's related to
one of the stores in the mall.  There you have it.


Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 17:54:41 +0100
Subject: french fat bassman n'est pas mort....
Message-ID: <>

...but too busy to escape from my lurking mode.
Hope all is well in this new year for all of you around the hill. Hope all
XTC treasures anounced will find the way to France but I'm afraid. J'en ai
ras la casquette de passer des plombes a me tripatouiller les meninges pour
bricoler des phrases a peine potables en anglais, alors je vous le fait en
francais. Pas le temps de detailler tous mes achats 2000, mais je n'ai vu
aucune mention dans aucun top de fin d'annee du seul disque en rotation
lourde par chez moi depuis 4 mois :
le dernier Teenage Fanclub, Howdy.
Le dernier Frank & Walters (Glass) est un peu surprenant a la premiere
ecoute - Depeche Mode ? OMD ? is it reasonnable in 2001???? - mais en
insistant un peu, il y a quelques merveilles sur cette galette.
Stop here, sorry for you, members of the anti-frog league
Fat bassman


Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 10:33:51 -0700
From: "Angie Kelson Packer & Shaun Packer" <>
Subject: Colin Connundrum
Message-ID: <002e01c092be$8f9ac3e0$9419adcf@packer>

Michael Myers asked: What Colin Moulding song sounds most like an Andy
Partridge song?

The recent songs  of Colin's songs that most remind me of Andy are:
"Frivolous Tonight" and "In Another Life." It's not so much the music,
but the lyrics. I still can't figure out the tone of "Frivolous
 Tonight." When I thought it was Andy's song, I thought it very cynical
and caustic, then I caught Andy some slack and decided it was a
combination of light cynicism, observational humanism, and affection for
people he knows. Then, when I realized it was Colin's tune, I thought it
much less cynical, and more an affectionate observation. But, I'm still he lamenting, or celebrating people's penchant for small
talk? Or a combination?

 No conversation between friends is frivolous. All of our actions and
interactions define us and affect others. If I'm just shootin' the
breeze with a good girlfriend, "talk about husband's hairy backs" and I
say "Yeah, my husband's back is really hairy" I have, first of all,
indicated a level of intimacy with my friend wherein I've demonstrated
that I'm comfortable talking about my husband's body with her. (Guys,
don't fool yourselves. We gals talk about our men all the time. Women
talk about sex a lot more than men do, and in great detail) Next, I can
indicate disdain, love, admiration, disgust, awe, or merely state a fact
with the same words, "my husband's back is really hairy," by altering my
tone of voice. I could agree or  disagree with my friend on the topic. I
could go on and on with the myriad texts and sub-texts of the hairy back
conversation. My point is, hairy backs and conversations with good
friends are never trivial.

Now, the song "In Another Life" has such playful, double-sided lyrics,
that I first thought it Andy's work, also. The lines:

Or maybe a chippendale/On girls night out
Make mine the biggest pouch/In another life
It's how we're built love/Don't let it wilt love

are  reminiscent of Andy's sexual imagery. I'm not nearly as adept at
analyzing the musical content. Words/lyrics are more my strong point.
"Really, you don't say?" They all asked <G>

I've been wondering what Colin's music would sound like without Andy's
influence, and what a solo Moulding recording would be like. Odd though,
I can't think of a Partridge song that I've thought was a Moulding song.
And I do think Colin's work is often underrated, his contributions
underappreciated. I'm not trying to start a popularity contest, or a
discussion on who's the better musician. As in any relationship, each
has different strengths and different qualities they bring to the
partnership. Hey, if they were both on "Survivor," which I pointedly
refuse to watch, who'd be voted off first? Who'd eat the lizard guts, or
whatever it is they do? Okay, I'm bordering on obsessively creepy here.
I mean, what would the rest of you all think if you -knew- somewhere,
people were dissecting your work, your life? Your chances on bad TV

Eddie K-Sundance Eddie: Lost your e-mail address. The DDH re-configured
our computer and blew out all kinds of stuff. My brother already made
all the dirty jokes about that phrase. Re: University classes in arts.
Higher education can be useful, but it ain't the golden key to the

Harrison: Keep the faith <G>. We need someone with wit, intelligence,
good musical taste, and an extensive knowledge of mythology at "AOL Time
Warner (the media megalith)."

If you live where it's warm, be thankful. If you're where it's cold,
keep warm! Ahh, to have gone, pirate, parrot, pineapple and all to
Jamaica. A little sun, a little sea, a little rum.....

A serious thanks to John R. for all he does, and the large field he
gives us to roam. Here's hoping I'm staying within 'hill boundaries <G>


Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 18:30:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Dorothy Rutherford <>
Subject: Re: Samantha's critique of The Orchid Show...
Message-ID: <>

For the benefit of all you newbies out there, I'm replying to the list.

Those of us who saw the *original* Orchid Show last year can tell you that
it was chockablock with XTC songs.  The Wasp Star promotional postcards in
the lobby helped sell XTC CDs to people previously unaware of them, and
the show exposed XTC fans to Neta-and-Co's talents.  It was a mutually
beneficial pairing, and I hope the world tour that followed was a big

I'm glad Jason (who is one of the dancers) let us know about the latest
show.  I'm sorry to hear it now only contains one XTC song, but I
understand the dance troupe's desire to keep growing their art.  Perhaps
they will make the original show available on video?



Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 15:14:31 EST
Subject: The mall is alive with the sound of Muzak
Message-ID: <>

I was strolling the local mall today here in Averagetown, Midwest, U.S.A.,
and heard something vaguely familiar coming through the overhead speakers. It
took me a minute, but I realized it was "King for a Day" in Muzak form. I've
heard some Muzak versions of good songs before that weren't all that bad, but
this one was AWFUL!  Very blah, zero character, and nearly unrecognizable. It
was practically unlistenable, too, except that next to "The Wreck of the
Edmund Fitzgerald," which followed, it was heaven.



Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 16:35:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Cathryn Myers <>
Subject: Stew, Song Stories, The Origininal Brothers...
Message-ID: <>

Greetings Chalksters:

Thought I'd give a quick review of the Stew show in NYC last Friday.
There is little more than to say that it was a little slice of heaven.
Although Stew complained about the airline hanger feel of the BAM cafe,
I thought it was a lovely place for a night of Musical Stew.  He did
lots of interesting new arrangements of both Negro Problem and Stew
songs and played a few songs that I had never heard before. If you have
a chance to catch him live, don't hesitate.

I say all of that in order to set the context for a little whining-It
is one of the greatest musical tragedies ever that XTC has decided to
stop touring.  Seeing Stew was an amazing opportunity in that very few
of the bands I enjoy are accessible to me in the way he was on Friday.
After years of listening to this anonymous voice amusing me, and being
thrilled by some amazing music, it all became tangible.  As much as I
enjoyed being entertained by Stew, I couldn't help but think that I
would never get the opportunity to experience XTC in the same way.  The
blow of losing Dave Gregory hit hard, but somehow, as a newish XTC fan
(post '85) I never had the opportunity to hear XTC and thus proceeded
to enjoy the band knowing that concerts were not a possibility.  I
guess I never really missed what I knew I couldn't have.  But, boy oh
boy did seeing Stew wet my appetite and prompt me to imagine just how
good it could be.  Yes, I have Transistor Blast, but I want to hear the
newer stuff live and I want to hear a live show put on by middle aged
men who have been around the block a few times and realize that playing
live is about more than playing loud.  Perhaps if we all channel our
energy, Andy will be seized with a new outlook on performing.  (But
then again, that candle I lit to bring Andy and Dave back together
doesn't seem to be working, so I won't hold out much hope for our

Oh well, seeing Stew also got me thinking again about my bias toward
the west coast.  Two out of the five bands I spend 99% of my time
listening to are based out there. (TNP and Sugarplastic).  The other
three aren't even in the same country.  Lets see: one has performance
anxiety.  Another may be a witch who is afraid to fly over water, and
Prefab Sprout has apparently given up on making it big in the States.
It's lean out there for me in concert land.  Again, I know I am
whining.  This is how it must have felt when the Beatles broke up - A
senseless tragedy.

In other news, I finally bought Song Stories and must say that it has
left me wishing that some one would take the time to write a follow up
book, perhaps entitled Music Stories.  I was very disappointed that
there was not more discussion of the music and its inspiration.  I know
the emphasis was the Songs, but I thought a full discussion of a song
included lyrics AND music.  A random reference here and there to
recording techniques is not enough.  Yes, I know that Andy is a great
lyricist, however, I think there are lots of great lyricists writing
songs today.  I don't think there are many great Musicians out there in
the world creating interesting, complex, melodic, and innovative music
and I believe Andy needs to be celebrated for this.  When reading about
Paper and Irons, I was dumfounded that there was no discussion
regarding the beautiful guitar work that begins the song. What kind of
music journalism it that?  What a bold, brave, whimsical inclusion
given to an otherwise straightforward tune.  It's like a little kiss
that stays with you throughout the song, although the band never
returns overtly again to that melody for the rest of the track.

I never read the Little Express.  Did it include intelligent MUSICAL
discussion of the band?  I don't need a bunch of musicians carrying on
an alienating discussion of major sevenths, and arpeggios, but some
discussion about how a song "Sounds" as opposed to what it "Means"
would be appreciated every once and a while.

Boy, don't mean to be so negative, but I hope you will indulge me one
more criticism.  I was listening to Testimonial Diner again the other
day and was reminded about how disappointed I was in the musicians who
participated on that Tribute.  When dealing with a band as accomplished
as XTC, I would think that a musician intent on honoring them might put
forth a little effort into interpreting the songs in a manner befitting
of Andy's contributions to musical innovation.  Boy, what a bunch of
lazy covers, with the possible exception of Ruben Blades and the
Rembrandts (of all bands-but hey, that doo wop at the end of Nigel
brings a smile to my face every time.  What a beautiful Americanization
of an intensely British song.)   As talented as I think Yazbek is (and
I just found out he is a fellow Brown alum!), I think he should have
insisted on putting together something "bigger".  The boys deserve

But on a kinder note-I was introduced to a new band recently that seems
to have a lot of talent and promise.  Due to a mix up with an order of
mine getting lost in the mail, Stew's record label, Telegraph, gave me
a choice of any cd from their current line-up of bands.  I went to
their site, read the descriptions and chose The Original Brothers and
Sisters of Love.  I think they are out of Ann Arbor, MI, and apparently
are very young.  Their song arrangements show much promise, even if
their production is a little light.  Perhaps they aspire to the keep
things simple ala the Billy Brag low key approach, but their songs can
support a lot more than the treatment they were given on this first
album (I think it is their first, I`m not sure).  Anyway.  I would love
to see Dave Gregory work with them to give their guitar work a little
more "sophistication" and perhaps Stew could even give them a few tips
on how to add a little "fun" and "funk" up into the mix.  It gets a
little serious at times.  However, for admittedly not being much of a
lyrics person, I find the lyrics on "The Bird Song" to be quite
hilarious.  The song made me listen to find out what it was all about.
Here is something else funny: I have been referring to track 6, (which
is how I am most intimately familiar with the selection) as "the bird
song" because I tossed the case somewhere on my desk and the cd (which
does not list the song title tracks) has not left my cd player since it
arrived. The song is about an "aspiring" family of birds and because I
was too lazy to look up its real name, "the bird song" seemed as good a
way as any other to describe the song. Turns out the real title of the
song is "the bird song".   I knew I had a good feeling about this band.
 Now it turns out I'm on the same wavelength as one of the song
writers.  (Should I be proud of our shared lack of creativity?)  I
mentioned to someone at their record label that a lot of their songs
reminded me of The Sugarplastic and I think he thought I was a little
crazy, but I maintain that "Little Feet" could easily be at home on the
TOBASOL album just as The Bird Song could fit quite nicely on Bang the
Earth is Round.  I highly recommend them.  Word is their next album is
an amazing progression.  I am looking forward to hearing it.

That's it for me gang.  Sorry about the length.

Mike Myers: to answer your question as to which Colin song sounds most
like an Andy Song, I'd agree with you on your choice of "English Round
About".  But I'd also throw in "I remember the sun" and "My bird
performs". What do you think?


 P.S. Did any other list members make it out to the NYC concert?


Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 13:45:31 EST
Subject: Colin's Pink Thing?
Message-ID: <>

Harrison Sherwood wrote regarding a Colin song that sounds like an Andy song:

<<Pink Thing. Definitely. So when I heard all that foofaraw claiming that it
was about Andy Partridge's tallywhacker, I just about liked to go blind.>>

Woah, slow me down here -- isn't Pink Thing an Andy song in the first
place? Am I wrong, or was Harrison joking? I refuse to believe the
honorable Harrison would be mistaken!  ;D

Best, Will


Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 22:16:44 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <>
Subject: Dimming the Lighhouse
Message-ID: <>

Dear Chalkers,

With much regret i have to announce that i'm going to dim the Little
Lighthouse in the very near future (next month) Don't worry: the best
bits will be preserved and incorporated into a new site that is in the
making (but not by me)

To avoid any speculation i'd like to explain that my sole reason for
doing this is the fact that i want to spend more time exploring my
own music.

These past six months i've invested a lot of time and money
creating my own homestudio ( )
and now i want to start using it as well. But i'm already down to just
5 hours of sleep every night so i will have to drop some other
projects - or drop dead.

Anyway, i'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
visited the site, made suggestions or even donations, cheered me
on (or off) or responded in any other way to my humble efforts.
Thank you for being there and being who you are !

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse


Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 17:17:41 +0900
From: "John Boudreau" <>
Subject: Through The Hill
Message-ID: <000001c095ac$31e3cc60$645791d2@johnboud>

All ,

Have a spare copy of Partridge/Budd's " Through The Hill " for sale . $ 20
inc. postage from Japan .

Ciao ,



Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 08:28:09 -0500
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: Re: Midwest XTC fans
Message-ID: <007001c09689$f984f4a0$c20bffd1@Brian>


>Hey all...Presently I live in the midwest (Indianapolis, specifically)
>and I was just wondering if there are any XTC people around here. It's
>very lonely being a fan of XTC, or really any other 'off the beaten path'
>groups or music here in Indiana, so it would be nice to get in touch with
>some like minded folks..... anyone out here? Email me at
>if you're anywhere near Indianapolis, or the midwest in general. By the
>way, the Oh's are zeros.....Kenny Kipp

I'm guessing you can't find any fellow fans up there because of ALL THE

What's keeping you?

-Brian Matthews


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 09:18:21 -0600
From: chris vreeland <>
Subject: Re: This and That
Message-ID: <>

Fellow Humans,
    This and That.

Peter Fitzpatrick <> Writes:

>Funny you should say that. I saw that credit too and have been toying with
>the idea of calling Andy to ask him.

>Spoke with him a couple of weeks ago ....He spoke a little about the deal
>they did with Virgin regarding their demos and the box set that has been
>put together. The guy who did the original mastering of their Virgin
>albums has completed the remastering of the re-issue albums. And no, he
>hasn't even had a 'courtesty cdr' of the new albums yet (are we suprised

>from Dublin with stuff

>From Austin with thanks...
This is the type of "stuff" that's kept me reading every miserable word
on Chalkhills for over two years, just in case.

    I returned home from the recording studio last Friday night, in a
state of euphoria, clutching tightly to the final mixes of two songs
we'd just finished for RP-A's King for a Day tribute compilation. I
spent Saturday in a celebratory mood, certain we'd achieved what we'd
set out to do, then by Sunday, self doubt and apprehension set in, and I
was unable to listen to it for two days, sure that it just wasn't up to
snuff. Well, I snapped out of it yesterday, and have resumed feeling
like we got a pretty good product, here. Fortunately my vocals, which I
would classify somewhere between mediocre and serviceable, are
overshadowed by stellar performances on the part of the other
participants, including really solid rhythm guitar parts by our own Joe
Funk, and an absolutely astounding and beautiful guitar solo by a friend
of mine named Brian Harmer. It's probably the moment of recording which
I am most proud to be associated with over the span of my studio career.
(although that fretless track I recorded years back on Iain Matthew's
The pure and Crooked ain't too shabby) Let me say, just to prime the
pumps here a bit, he channeled Dave Gregory like a man possessed. Stay

Feeling like a proud papa,
Chris "can we duck that?" Vreeland


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 10:08:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <>
Subject: Welcome Lisette !!!!
Message-ID: <>

Welcome to Chalkhills Lisette

Here are my questions to your questions

Is there any way out of this addiction and if yes,
how long does it takes to get rid of it ?

There is NO escaping this addiction. You belong to
Andy and Colin now!

Which other kind of music should I listen to, in
order to slowly help me come out of this fanatism ?

I suggest some Gyorgi Ligeti choral works, or maybe
the Bartok string quartets. But there's a very good
chance you'll never 'come out of this fanatism'.

Why do I like it so much ? Is it that good ?

Did I even need to answer that?

How come, besides my husband, I never find other
listening partners.  When I start playing it to
friends, they talk, joke, do not listen and think
that I am just a old Beatles melancolic...

The world sucks that way.
I'm sure that almost everyone on this list feels the

Are we, my husband and I, the only french canadians
who like this music. ?
(S'il y a sur ce chatgroup d'autres quebecois,
n'hesitez pas a me contacter )

Can't answer that one. I'd assume that there are
others out there.



Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 11:02:01 -0800
From: "Cerquone, Suzanne" <>
Subject: Dave Gregory / Porcupine Tree
Message-ID: <0D276A818C6BD311848A0008C70890E202BE6B8C@USINTEX02JFK>

>>Anyone care to enlighten me on Daves angle with these guys and any other
xtc related connections >>

Dave has recorded and toured with "h", Marillion's lead singer, Steve
Hogarth.  Marillion's last album was largely produced by Steven Wilson,
Porcupine Tree vocalist.  The two bands are pretty tight.  Hogarth very
well may have given Wilson Gregory's name.  But I could be wrong.

~~ Suzanne


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 15:20:18 -0500
From: "Michael Versaci" <>
Subject: Lets Us Vote Someone Like That In
Message-ID: <000301c096c3$8d38e880$0a01010a@tornbmv>


I have always liked "Here Comes President Kill Again."  I never took offense
to the lyrics, and I love the arrangement, especially the "game show a la
Herb Alpert horns" and Colin's punctuation of the line "taking lives with a
smoking pen..."

>From an 1989 O&L promo interview:

"When I walk the dog, I get ideas, and the pace I walk determines the tempo
of the song. This one's like people chanting a nursery rhyme. As for the
lyrics, well, I didn't vote. I feel it doesn't do anything because the
people you vote for climbed up the ladder like in 'King For A Day.' When you
vote, you hand over power to them and so then they can kill in your name. It
becomes ironic that the scum rises to the top and your vote keeps them
floating up there. You vote one out and get in another."

-- Andy Partridge

While I don't completely agree with his sentiments, I can relate to them.
Politics can be frustrating.  Still, I try to keep things in perspective.
At least I don't live in Iraq.

I also think that the line "Here comes President Kill again, from pure White
House to Number 10" implicates England as well as the US of A.

Michael Versaci

"Meet the new boss - same as the old boss!"

-- Pete Townshend

"They misunderestimated me."

-- Geroge W. Bush, November 6th, 2000.

"Wake up, wake up
 King in a catholic style
 With your man
 With your man make up
 And your big money business smile
 Cut 'em up, cut 'em up
 Crucial to every child
 With a mind
 With a mind made up
 And your main man confidence smile"

--  Daly/Johnson/Lundon (China Crisis)


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 21:15:26 +0000 (GMT)
From: Rory Wilsher <>
Subject: 12 Step Programme
Message-ID: <>


Firstly I'd like to welcome Lisette to the Hill.
Lisette, you are an XTC-holic. Fortunately for you,
there is a twelve-step programme to help you to
overcome this addiction:

Step 1:    White Music
Step 2:    Go 2
Step 3:    Drums And Wires
Step 4:    Black Sea
Step 5:    English Settlement
Step 6:    Mummer
Step 7:    The Big Express
Step 8:    Skylarking
Step 9:    Oranges And Lemons
Step 10:    Nonsuch
Step 11:    Apple Venus Volume 1
Step 12:    Wasp Star

Once you have completed this simple programme, you can
officially consider yourself cured of XTC. Unlike
other addictive diseases, however, XTC-holism has a
number of strange side-effects - these have been
documented elsewhere: see the literature by Doctors
Relph, Tube, Strijbos et al.

Conditions commonly associated with, or mistaken for,
XTC-holism include Stratosphear Syndrome, Dub Disease,
Anticipation Anxiety, Fossil Philia, Warbler's Wait,
and influenza (but see note below).

(Note below: both the release of a new XTC album and
influenza have been known to cause the sufferer to
take 3 days off work.)

The Surgeon General has issued the following advice:

"Listening to XTC whilst pregnant may cause your child
to have good taste in music"
"XTC causes warbles"
"XTC seriously damages your appreciation of the Spice

It is my firm belief that these warnings should be
printed on every packet of XTC sold.

Secondly...aaah, there is no secondly.

Thank you, and good night

Rory Wilsher


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