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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 30

                  Saturday, 18 May 2002


             Re: The *truth* about "Coat..."
                        John Foxx
      New Colin Moulding interview at BBC Wiltshire
              Most bazaar cover of XTC ever.
      Re: John Foxx (where is that guy now, anyway?)
                    Re: Lost in Music
                   tooting my own horn
                     Pearls Revolving
                 Making Plans for Weezer
               a small bit of trainspotting
        A Nouveau's Riche Should Exceed his Grasp
                 The craziness of it all
         Wow, you al know that it's not a drug...
                      Moby Dickhead
                     COMC liner notes
             King For A Day update (17may02)
                   Lazy Susan Revolving
                         A steal?


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Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 09:41:08 +0200
From: Annalena Hedman <>
Subject: Re: The *truth* about "Coat..."
Message-ID: <>

Dera all!
I'm Annalena, I'm Swedish and I'm a Chalker.
I'm no less than 35 years old and XTC has been one of the great soundtracks
of my life - from my punk influenced teens when I bought my first
XTC-album, (Drums & Wires, what else), to the other year when I gave birth
to my second daughter with "Easter" spining round my poor head.
They've always been there, and they didn't even know about it!

Anyhow, I've been following the chalkhills discussions on Coat for a while,
and since I haven't bought the album yet for some reason, I'd like to thank
Jeff for his convincing outburst on the obvious reasons for me to go out
and get it.
I'd just like to know how you managed to get those signatures? I'm no
autograph hunter either, but I've got David Byrne's (in gold letters) on my
copy of Strange Rituals, and I discovered that it does give me some pleasure.
So - how did you do it and  could I do the same?

Love to y'all


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 09:23:02 +0100
From: "Will" <>
Subject: John Foxx
Message-ID: <001901c1fbe9$bca27640$671f9ed9@oemcomputer>

> Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 02:21:18 +0000
> From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
> Subject: We are all made of jelly
> Message-ID: <>

> Give me a John Foxx/Ultravox record any day (where is that guy now,

I went to his official site - , but it hasn't been
updated since last November.  This is odd as a new album  - The
Pleasures of Electricity -came out a short while ago.

He's been gigging a fair bit over the last couple of years and now works
with a guy called Louis Gordon.  Haven't heard the new one
(okay....haven't *seen* the new one although I've just found it on
Amazon) but his last effort - Shifting City - was everything you'd hope
from a John Foxx album and more!

And of course all of his '80's albums have recently been reissued too.

Any help ?

Love Will.....xx
"It's not number one who will come out alive
It's the freak in the corner with his eyes on fire"
Cooper Temple Clause......Let's Kill Music


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 13:17:16 +0100
From: Daniel Garrett <>
Subject: New Colin Moulding interview at BBC Wiltshire
Message-ID: <>

There is a brand new 45min Real Audio interview with Colin Moulding at

There is also an opportunity to win a copy of the Coat of Many Cupboards


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 05:46:33 -0700
From: "Damian Wise (Foulger)" <>
Subject: Most bazaar cover of XTC ever.
Message-ID: <3CE1F639.5423.49C4198@localhost>

Dear Chalk-folk,

I've possess a few tapes of XTC covers produced by talented
members of Chalkhills, but none of the covers come close in
bazaarness of the following:

Scroll down to XTC and you will discover a cover of Senses
Working Over Time as performed by the Merriam Webster
dictionary!  Sounds weird - it is.  I don't think that it has the
catchiness of the orginal, but it does have a certain charm!

Dames tWd
'People will always be tempted to wipe their feet on
anything with welcome written on it.' - AP


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 08:47:34 -0500
From: steve <>
Subject: Re: John Foxx (where is that guy now, anyway?)
Message-ID: <>


> Give me a John Foxx/Ultravox record any day (where is that guy now,
> anyway?)

I think he's indulging in an illogical and idiotic lifestyle choice.  He
did put out a couple of nice instrumental albums.

- Steve


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 14:14:51 +0000
From: "Roger Blass" <>
Subject: Re: Lost in Music
Message-ID: <>

John Bartlett wrote:
>This rang a bell with me about a book published here in the
>UK by one of Newells' band mates, and fellow XTC fanatic, Giles Smith.

I second John's recommendation! I read that book around the same time I read
High Fidelity, a similar work, and Smith's book was a better read for my
money, hands down. Of course, being a Newell/XTC fan didn't hurt my
appreciation for it. My favorite passage was when Smith realized why Newell
was able to build a music career while he couldn't. I won't give this moment
away, but it's something that might hit home with musical members of lists
such as this one. - Roger


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 14:09:21 -0400
From: Mitch Friedman <>
Subject: tooting my own horn
Message-ID: <v03007800b9084f910134@[]>

Hello Hillians,

I too am greatly excited to hear Becki DiGregorio's upcoming cd. She's
a fantastic musician, writer, and just plain sweet woman too.  Plus she's
got our favorite former XTCer back on tracks with her. And she's
covered "Susan Revolving" with help from the lyrical touch-up biro
of Andy Partridge. Who else can stake a claim to such an enticing,
impending, XTC sprinkled new release?

Why me, that's who. I would have encouraged/allowed someone
else to toot my horn for me but since I haven't really shared the
results with anyone else yet I'll have to do it myself . . .

In 1999 I released my first cd "The Importance of Sauce" which
several of you kind folks were nice enough to take off my hands.
The opening track featured Dave Gregory on some mind blowingly
fast electric guitars. Well in about 8 weeks I will be offering up
my new cd entitled "Fred". . .

Yes I've once again snared Dave for some equally dizzying 6 string bass,
E-bow, Rickenbacker and even cello playing on my song "Brother
Nature" (one of the ones I wrote for and in the presence of Ray
Davies during his songwriting course in '98). But that's not the
end of the story. I originally asked Andy if he would play on it
and in the process of his turning me down because of being too
busy and then changing his mind a week later and asking if he
could do it and my having to turn him down because Dave already
agreed to play on the track, (take a breath) Andy then made me
the following offer: "Ok. Have you got any lyrics that you're really
happy with/like the shape of/are proud of/ that don't have a melody
yet? Send me those lyrics and I'll write the music and then you can
record it."

Well a few days later I faxed Andy my lyrics to a song I never
finished writing called "I Wish I Was a Kid Again" and four hours later
he phoned me back to say that he liked the lyrics a lot and he had
already written a melody and chord structure and that is was
"a piece of violent skiffle"!

So to make a long story short, I'm now halfway done recording the
song and it's the last of the 15 songs to be finished for "Fred".
Hopefully it will be just a matter of time before I'll be mentioning
this whole shabbang once more here on the Hills and letting you
know where you can get a copy if you're so inclined.

If you're interested in reading my lyrics, let me know and I'll
email them to you.

Over and out,


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 15:16:34 -0400
Subject: Pearls Revolving
Message-ID: <>

Hey, there, fellow HILL dwellers:
While I have not been contributing in each edition of the DIGEST, I have
been reading your comments and, to some of you, I have been responding
eagerly off-list since other musicians are often brought up within the
amounts of talk.
I will add one other name amid those other musicians and groups talked
about herein--The Pearlfishers.  Those of you who like the whole flood of
wonderful music out there seemingly inspired by directions taken through
the years of music made by XTC, either as a full band or as a duo, I think
The Pearlfishers definitely belong near the top of your stack of new
releases.  I just picked up the domestic edition of their previous album,
THE SECRET UNDERWORLD OF THE TALL POPPIES.  I'd heard one tune from it on
an NPR broadcast here in New York from Fordham University, and I knew from
that point that I'd really like this album and anything else they've done.
If you haven't heard of 'em yet, please give 'em a try and, if you have,
please, please, please clue *ME* in on waht else they've done, either as
import or domestic.  I forget the title of the most recent album, but as I
said, this one preceeds it but finds them still at the top of their game.
If anyone is familiar with the Young Fresh Fellows or Apples in Stereo
(with a bit of Burt Bachrach thrown into the mix), you'll surely like The
Pearlfishers.  Sure wish that the music industry cared as much for this
stuff as I and some of my fellow HILL dwellers do, but, hey, at least we're
getting XTC mini-LP sleeve editions soon!  Can hardly wait!!!
I am wondering one thing, one minor little question--  Will there be a vast
amount of difference between the mini-LP sleeve editions and the regular
jewel case editions?  I know that ICE Magazine said that the jewel case
editions will be "full booklets", but will those booklets contain much more
than the lyrics?  If so, I guess I'll have to just breathe in deep and get
both editions just to have those wonderfully sardonic liner notes that the
former Dukes (of Stratosphere) might care to write.  My curiosity always
gets the better of me when it comes to reissues, I just bought the import
edition of the Dukes comp, CHIPS FROM THE CHOCOLATE FIREBALL, even though
no one has told me whether or not it contains bonus material.  I'm just
assuming it is digitized and that it is *NOT* tampered with.  AGain, I've
heard no talk among CHALKHILLS' children about this particular title or the
pros and cons about the reissues as they appeared overseas, but almost
anything has to be better than the analogue editions that have been out
there for years in scant packaging.  I wish the DUKES disk was issued in
some sort of mini-LP sleeve edition, but...
If we are to judge by the songs included from each album on COAT, the new
masters will sound amazing, and I will enjoy the FUZZY WARBLES collections
as well, especially if rare B-sides abound.  Oh, I like the alternate
takes, but the B-sides, like "Always Winter, Never Christmas", are the
absolute reason to restock your shelves with the new issues of these 10
wonderful disks...and mini-LP's take up far less room than those
cumbersome, non-artistic jewel cases, especially where double albums are
This has been one incredible year for reissues.  I only wish they'd space
'em apart, far enough for us music collectors to easily choose the best of
them without feeling as if we have to sacrifice some new and inventive (and
more current) music out there, or cancel a meal or two!
Otherwise, I am thankful to those of us on the HILL who are close enough to
XTC that we become privy to the comings and goings of Andy and Colin and
what other projects they are working dilligently to produce for us all.
I'll always wish that the radio airwaves were friendly toward diversity,
but I've enough outlets that cater to the rabid collector; so I'll know
just what music will be available and when.
Then there is always my classic animated cartoon jones, but I'll save that
for off-list discussions if anyone is interested.
And, oh yes, I will keep an ear out for Becky's posting herein about her
music.  pre-release reviews have been good thus far, herein, and you've won
me over, Mr. Sherwood, with your own summation of material that has been
floating out there to whet our appetite for this album.
As for whether or not XTC should do occasional live performances, I've one
other thing to say--it has been said of other bands that, when a new album
is produced just coming off a whirlwind tour (a la "Dylan or Mr. McGuinn),
a musician or group is sometimes said to be incredibly pumped up and ready
to lend that warmth and energy to the studio album with a minimal amount of
tricks.  The tour, therefore, to some musicians, has been the warmup for
the studio projects, but there are exceptions to that rule.  Just look at
some of the music that our favorite bands of the distant past have made
after group members have decided to stop the arduous task of touring for
good.  We can easily focus on Beatles recordings that had gotten more
colorful and experimental once the lads decided to quit the global jaunts.
It gives artists time to settle down and become comfortable with playing
again; so I guess one could look at both sides favorably.  There will
always be acts that allow the grueling edge of touring to be their
rehearsals for the bigger, more extravagant projects, and there are others
who need that breathing space within which to dust themselves off and
become familiar with the world again or just cut themselves *OFF* from a
world that has pushed and shoved them on their journeys to meet the
faithful.  Great writers of fiction have *NEEDED* such a release for years,
and it has done them well!
And in other cases, I wonder what has happened to some artists.  Thomas
Dolby would be high on my list.  I've liked all his music, especially when
the songs are loaded with interesting guests, but he had suddenly
disappeared.  I hope he is living a good life and that he might even find
it in his heart to issue some new music now and then.  Has he even got a
contract now?


Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 00:19:52 +0000
From: "Neil Oliver" <>
Subject: Making Plans for Weezer
Message-ID: <>

Imagine my surprise when I put on Weezer's new album Maladroit and the drum
part from "Making Plans for Nigel" thundered out of my speakers. (It's not a
sample, just Weezer's drummer playing the same rhythm). I had an mp3 of the
opening track, "American Gigolo," but it was a different mix without the
drum intro. I guess that part was always there under the opening guitar
riff, I just didn't notice!


Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 17:22:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: a small bit of trainspotting
Message-ID: <>

Chill Hawks:

OK, a small bit of trainspotting: The new Pulse
magazine (that's the free one at Tower Records) has a
primer on New Wave - what is it, what isn't it, sample
songs and bands, etc. A tricky thing to define, for
sure. Anyway, our boys garnered a couple of mentions
in the article (some might say they've been accused of
being New Wave). One nice side bar had 15 essential
albums, and one of them was Drums and Wires. Cool. The
comment by the album says "not their best  - see
Skylarking" or something like that.

I don't know what radiosinmotion means when he says
some posts were "pissy" and "hurt a few feelings". To
me, all the posts about the essay in the Coat of Many
Cupboards have been fine, just the sort of thing one
expects here on Chalkhills. People have different
opinions about XTC stuff and express them. I don't
think anyone wrote as if their feelings were hurt,
including Harrison. If someone's opinion is different
than yours, there's no call for name calling, is
there? It's not like we're trying to reach some
consensus or decide who's right. This is just talk.

I think all you Chalkers are great, and I have a lot
of respect and aloha for you all (except old Satanas
Diablo, who was no fun at all).


PS - no Harry Potter 5 till 2003? Dang!


Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 04:08:43 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Message-ID: <>

This is to announce to all interested parties that that other power trio
from Newcastle, STARPARK, are about to launch their debut CD-EP,

Some of you will already be aware of the existence of this exciting new
band, which comprises Jesse Delaney (vocals, guitar), Andy T Phillis (bass,
vocals) and Kai Chambers (just drums).  Kai, of course, is the son of
erstwhile XTC drummer, Terry Chambers - but let it be stressed that Kai and
his cohorts have forged their own distinct identity on this new EP.

Alongside four excitingly dynamic original compositions, "Breathingspace"
features a rendition of XTC's "Complicated Game" that will floor you.

How do you get your grubby mitts on a copy?  Well, simply cruise to the new
website at:

There you can check out news, pix, biographies, reviews, sound samples, gig
guide and all sorts of other goodies.  If you leave a message on the
guestbook, you can register to be put on the band's mailing list.  A choice
quote in your guestbook message may even score you a free copy of the EP!
You can also pre-order a copy of "Breathingspace" and/or buy one of their
nifty t-shirts online.

The website is in its infancy, still under construction.  But I urge you to
visit NOW, bookmark it, and come back often for updates.

Let's all get behind Australia's most promising new band, STARPARK!

("Swell time will be had by me and you")-

Thanks for the bandwidth.

Paul Culnane
Minister for Propaganda
for and on behalf of STARPARK


Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 13:03:14 EDT
Subject: A Nouveau's Riche Should Exceed his Grasp
Message-ID: <>

>From: "JH3" <>
>Subject: Sherwood vs. The English Language, Pt. 2
>And despite all that, H.S., you still managed to misspell both
>"spatial" and "cognoscenti"! Plus four other (only slightly less
>serious) errors...

Any errors should be blamed on Virgin Records. As should everything else,
including the dire situation in the Middle East, Moby, Gap ads, and rectal

I never missplell anything.

Harrison "The Poofreader" Sherwood


Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 22:32:11 +0200
From: Jeff Thomas <>
Subject: The craziness of it all
Message-ID: <>


I didn't want to put this into my last post, but I guess I just have to
vent, I'm in "Coat" fever.  It's just... well, I've read people's posts
on the following topic, but never felt I should take a stance, because I
just wasn't sure it was such a hot idea.  In fact, to be truthful, I
never thought I would end up saying this because 1) it sounds so much
like a silly, doting fan talking, and 2) I felt it would just be a waste
of time and effort for the boys to even think it.  However...:

Having heard "Didn't Hurt a Bit", I have to say that the commonly-held
belief about the quality of XTC's throwaways being better than most
band's albums has now finally reached me in its full depth.  Guys, no
kidding, if you are ever full of energy and are willing to go back into
the old material again, *record some of your demos*.  Having heard the
one, I have changed my mind entirely:  I know at least 10 I would
recommend, and would immediately buy, and would expect to garner you
more rave critiques, if you'd just do them true studio justice.  No

There!  So now I feel like the silly, doting fan I must be, but "Ship
Trapped in the Ice", "My Train is Coming", and 8-23 others are just
waiting to be made into masterpieces.

Unfortunately, I do know very well that Andy and Colin will in fact
consider the idea to be a waste of time and effort.  But I am now very
sad about that fact.

Still loving "Coat..."

- Jeff


Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 17:19:41 EDT
Subject: Wow, you al know that it's not a drug...
Message-ID: <>

    I guess this is where I send the postings, huh? I've been skimming this
newsletter for a while now, and I've decided to add my little contribution to
the madness. I am SO glad to see people talking about XTC and not be talking
about the drug! Although I'm not as seasoned as everyone writing in (I'm 17,
give me some time), XTC is one of my favorite bands. I see there's some
sparks flying about "Coat of Many Cupboards". I just got it about two weeks
ago and I think it's great. "Brainac's Daughter" is wonderful! I love the
little kid in the beginning. Although I do love "Coat"...I would have to say
there are better albums... Namely "The Big Express". Oh! And there was
someone talking about "Wasp Star"! "Wasp Star Apple Venus Vol. 2" was my
first XTC CD. It's also one of my favorites... "Maypole" is genius. However,
"Vol. 1" is not as good. "Greenman" and "River of Orchids" are great though.
I can't really say as much as I'd like to about XTC, considering I don't have
*all* of their albums (they have a massive amount what with the "Dukes" and
XTC and all that, but I'm working on it.) Anyway, I'd just like to say thank
you to all those people out their sharing my obsession with XTC (and not the

See ya,


Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 00:15:47 +0000
From: "Duncan Kimball" <>
Subject: Moby Dickhead
Message-ID: <>

>From: Mark Fisher <>
>Subject: Re: We Are All Made Of Stars

>I'd never have made this direct comparison myself (Moby doesn't sound
>anything like XTC in any era), but I have found it hard to express to
>non-XTC fans that it's hard fully to enjoy We are all Made of Stars >when
>you know of a certain song called We're All Light.

... or even Joni's "Woodstock", for that matter.

It occurred to me after my previous post that "Stars" is even harder to
enjoy when you know of a certain song called "Heroes" ... from which he cops
even the drone guitar in the chorus. Spectacularly derivative.

Mind you, there's a bit of a difference in the vocals. I can see why this
was Moby's first self-vocal. I only hope it's his last.

But who am I to judge? Ten million albums sold? As if he cares what I think


PS: "Six Feet Under" is the best American drama series I've seen in years.


Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 10:27:47 +0100 (BST)
From: Bert Millichip <>
Subject: COMC liner notes
Message-ID: <>

Harrison Sherwood wrote:

>>>You have in a very short and sharp observation
distilled the essence of the
thing that tortured me daily during the writing of
that essay: The "red
light" was most emphatically *on* during that effort;
this was one, as you
might say, for the record books (sorry), and not some
knocked-off, maniacal
rant that would disappear as quickly as it came...
...but this
essay was going to be read by complete strangers who
don't know me from
Satanas Diablo. It's an end-of-term exam; not a
scratched graffito on a
classroom desk. Some gravity was called for.<<<

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I doubt many people
beyond we few afficionados here will make it beyond
the first hundred words. Few people would read such
verbose liner notes unless they were as fanatical
about the music as we all are. You should have
loosened up and not worried about posterity so much -
COMC will end up in flea markets, not libraries.



Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 13:46:55 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: King For A Day update (17may02)
Message-ID: <033f01c1fdd3$37f340a0$>

King For A Day is still going.  I have been asked a legal question by one of
the contributors and I am awaiting an answer (OH!  GOD!  NOOOOOoooooo!!!
Lawyers are involved!).

The printing is ready but we have one more snag in mastering.

I couldn't extract a particular track and it only played on one of my CD
players (some kind of odd encoding).  I made a straight copy of the CD for
Peter but he couldn't read it (and, with all the gear and access to gear
that he has, if he can't read it, it is perceived as "damaged"). So, after
all this time and effort, I have to back to the guy and ask for another copy
in a generally accepted format.

There is no truth to the rumor that The Foo Fighters are contributing.



Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 13:49:03 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: Lazy Susan Revolving
Message-ID: <034201c1fdd3$8453dd60$>

re: Harrison's comments about Becki's cover of Andy's unfinished song...

"Chordally reminiscent of that monster of psychedelia, Status Quo's
"Images of Matchstick Men," Becki's "Susan Revolving" starts..."

When Becki explained (verbally - no guitar) to me how she planned to cover
the song, she sited "Hurdy Gurdy" by Donovan as the feel she wanted to
embrace.  After her explanation, I said it sounds to me more like Status
Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men."  Her response was in shampoo
commercialese, "Yes, Yes, Yes!!"

I explained that to Andy when I sent him the lyrics (I had to transcribe the
lyrics and fax them to him so that he could complete them!  - he was
actually surprised that I had the song and he didn't recall the lyrics), he
called back with the completed lyrics and detailed how the key change should
go.  He told me that he had always thought of it as an early Pink Floyd song
but he couldn't remember which.  I guessed correctly: The Nile Song.  He
then went on to say that after hearing what Becki had planned that he looked
forward to hearing "Pictures of Gurdy Men."  I loaned Becki a copy of "The
Nile Song" just for perspective.

Becki had planned on doing a different mix of this song for the King For A
Day tribute (see related posting for update) but other than some minor
mixdown adjustments and being mastered by "Big Bass" at Bernie Grundman's,
it is the same track.



Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 20:13:34 -0400
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: A steal?
Message-ID: <>


I was browsing through the "XTC" section at our local Strawberries in search
of the new Caroline releases when I came across the Japanese remaster
(cardboard sleeve and all) of "Skylarking."  The price?  US$14.99.  Pretty
good, eh?



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