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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 32

                   Monday, 3 June 2002


                     XTC Plate o' Joy
               XTC Automobile Vanity Plates
                   License plate ideas
                        More Moby
                 A Most Interesting Forum
               Andy's Apple Venus Interview
                        Re: Dolby
                   A Toast, to the Jam!
        The Gathering of the Faithful Fans of XTC
               Bumper Sticker's Are Fun...
                   RE: Moby . . . dick!
             strangest XTC reference...ever?


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Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 20:37:35 -0400
From: Ben Gott <>
Subject: XTC Plate o' Joy
Message-ID: <>


Here's a crappy, lo-res picture for you:

[ ]

Don't worry!  Be happy!  (And, yes, I know I need a haircut...)



Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 21:36:02 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: XTC Automobile Vanity Plates
Message-ID: <066701c205f0$691a0cc0$>



I could go on...



Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 22:17:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: License plate ideas
Message-ID: <>

Jamie Lowe, the esteemed compiler of the Red Lion
Demos, wants a vanity license plate which will scream
out his allegiance to XTC, but which will pass the
censors at the State of Illinois Department of Motor

Jamie doesn't say whether the letter-combination "XTC"
is specifically proscribed. Can you use it, or not? If
not, how about taking all your XTC CDs, vinyl albums,
and books in to the censor-in-chief and prove that
your reference is to a band, not to the party-drug of
current vogue?

You don't want to bother, or you tried it already, to
no avail? Okay, I'll assume "XTC" is off-limits. Then
how else might you signal your citizenship in XTC

Another limitation: Illinois doesn't allow the
intermingling of letters and numerals, which is a
pity, because that wipes out "GR8FIRE," 1000UMB," and

How about "XVIRGIN" or "XGEFFEN"? They'd let you have
the latter.






"NIHILON"? After all, you'll be traveling!





"SKYLARK"? No, don't do it. Even I, XTC fan that I am,
would see "SKYLARK" and assume you are partial to the
space-opera fiction of E. E. "Doc" Smith, Ph.D.

"DEARGOD"? No, don't even bother trying.





Maybe the best way to signal your citizenship is to
use the v-for-u stylistic conceit of the 1992 album,
the final Virgin/Geffen release, and cause to be
emblazoned on your license ...


Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider

P.S.: Two of the best vanity license plates of all
time (and they require only six characters!) are
"10SNE1" and "HIYOAG." What does that second one say?
Think of the Lone Ranger and the Periodic Table of the Elements.


Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 16:45:27 +1000
From: "Paul Haines" <>
Subject: More Moby
Message-ID: <005401c20613$40b5d980$>


On the Moby thing: I successfully kept my hate pins in Moby and 'Play' oh
for quite some time - a couple of years maybe - until about a month ago when
I picked it up cheap. I hate to say it, but the only stuff I don't like on
it are the first two singles (the 'bodyrock' thing and some other fast
piece). the rest of it is simply beautiful.

And where he sings? My favourite songs.

Well, how about that? I took out those hate pins and it didn't hurt a bit...



Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 00:47:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: starpark live <>
Subject: Starpark
Message-ID: <>

drummer sacked for speaking his mind


Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 13:22:01 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: A Most Interesting Forum
Message-ID: <>

Hello Chalkfans, contemptible prats (yeah, I'm still smarting 'bout that
swipe) and other groovers...


          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 31

                   Monday, 27 May 2002

Proved to be a most interesting forum!

Molly was cute as usual:

I just wanted to let those fellow Chalkhillians who live in the Western
NY/Southern Ontario area, that Ben Folds will be doing a FREE concert here
in Buffalo on June 6th.  It's part of the Thursday in the Square series.
Just wanted to let you know.


>>>As ever, dear Molly, your vigilance is appreciated!  :-)

From: Jeff Eby <>
Eminem disses Moby in his
most recent single, but it's constructive criticism
compared to what I've been hearing here.

Yes, I know you're basicly responding to the
overzelous praise by a recent poster but there are so
many more deserving people that deserve your scorn.
Why pick on a moral, humble man who BTW has admitted
to being as confused about his success as most anyone?

>>>IMO both rock in ways we wouldn't have bothered with before, nor known.
>>>It's opened my eyes to forms of music I would hitherto have eschewed.
>>>Though my mate Dunks might vehemently dispute this.  But that's his way,
>>>and I will severeley reprimand him upon our next meeting.

From: "Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt" <>

If I had to pick one
concrete example of XTC's greatness, it would be their ability over the
years to attact such a wide variety of fans -- younger and older, caring
and callous, positive and negative, contemplative and contemptuous,
clear-eyed and cloudy.<

I say, yes, clear-eyed and cloudy!  (if not the other bits).  Todd put it
good, didn't he daddy?  He's right you know!

From: starpark live <>
Subject: STARPARK.....NEWS

Forget it, because Kai Chambers (Terry's son in case you didn't know) has
finished with the band so really there's not much further interest there for
us.  Unless you're interested in KC's future career, which I for one will be

There was more in that volume but I'm tired.  Just wanna read the rest

Suggest: Canadian band SLOAN's "If It Feels Good Do It".

Now that's a template we all can adopt!

Rock-it ~ Paul


Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 13:22:24 -0600
From: "Steve Oleson" <>
Subject: Andy's Apple Venus Interview
Message-ID: <>

Austin Radio Station KGSR, has a transcript of a 1999 interview with
Andy Partridge.  See

Other interviews included on the page are:
Elvis Costello
Patti Smith
David Byrne
Lucinda Williams
Billy Bragg
Lyle Lovett
Ray Davies
Tom Waits
Joni Mitchell

and a 2002 interview with Paul McCartney

Steve Oleson


Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 16:25:59 -0400
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: Re: Dolby
Message-ID: <004a01c20685$e1ff09c0$fa28f343@brian>


Jon wrote:

> I think.  Sumptin like that.<

If one is online, caring enough to disseminate info, it ought to be easy to
pop over and verify any info you might send, just to make it easier for
those you seem to be trying to help...

Not to be confused with the Flat Earth Society, a collection of idiots who
believe the Earth is flat (and I hesitate somewhat to give you the URL - - but I'd be a hypocrite if I
didn't) or the punk rock group by the same name
(, is the site
Jon is referring to here.

>Anyway Thomas now runs a successful software development corp. They do
Audio over the web kinda stuff. Beatnick is the name of it I believe.<

>PS Oh and Messr Dolby was once considered as a replacement for Barry.
He wanted the gig but they already really knew they wanted Dave.<

And the world is no worse for it. ;-)
But it IS round.

-Brian Matthews


Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 16:32:00 +0100 (BST)
From: Bert Millichip <>
Subject: Jeffs
Message-ID: <>

Jeff wrote:

>>>Bert, sorry to burst your bubble, but who do you
think is buying this
expensive, 4-CD set of alternate versions and strange
home demos compiled by
an obscure, elitist, cultish, intelligent band that
never had a worldwide
top 10 hit, and who only very few even know?
14-year-olds?  Britney Spears
fans?  "Us" afficionados will make it beyond the first
hundred words,
because "us" are...  us.  Who else will ever see the
essay?  "Us"
Chalkhillers are proud that one of "we" was actually
chosen to do the job,
and did it well.<<<

I'm pretty sure Virgin are hoping to flog COMC to a
slightly wider market than the minuscule number of
"afficionados" we're talking about - unless they enjoy
losing money, that is. You are too insular. There are
plenty of people out there who appreciate the
intelligence of XTC's music yet wouldn't dream of
reading stuff like Chalkhills or wordy liner notes. I
know some of them.

Who knows, there might even be one or two 14 year-olds
buying the set. My wife is considerably older than 14,
unfortunately, but she's bought every XTC album since
the very first one came out when she was 11.

A more diplomatic Jeff wrote:

>>>I'm no big fan of Moby, I have two of his CD's and
find half of them enjoyable, but half of them bland.
But why the adamant, viscous and often personal
attacks on him suddenly?<<<

Because some people are full of bile and hate and want
to piss off anybody who dares to like music that they
don't personally "get". I pity them, and so should
you. Also, a lot of people make a wholly irrational
connection between an artist's musical talent and
his/her worth as a person. (This connection becomes
stronger the more commercially successful the artist
is.) Thus, Moby is an arsehole, whereas John Lennon
(to take an example from the other end of the
spectrum) was a great guy. Of course, the exact
opposite is true. Personally, I despise Moby's MUSIC
as much as anybody, but if you enjoy it then I'm
pleased for you, and congrats to him for making
himself a nice living out of it.

By the way, "viscous" was an inspired choice of word -
I hope it wasn't just a typo!

Bert (who never thought he'd see the day when he would
spring to Moby's defence)


Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 12:16:06 -0400
From: "Kulak, Matt (HT-EX)" <>
Subject: A Toast, to the Jam!
Message-ID: <>

Hello to all of you future Fuzzy Warblers,

I made a recent discovery in the local shopping mall's CD store
bargain bin that I thought I would mention. [I had actually typed that
last sentence using the now-archaic term "record store", as old habits
are apparently hard to break.  But I just couldn't leave it there.  Am
I becoming anal in my old age?]  Anyway, I had heard the song "Town
Called Malice" by the Jam many years ago - when I actually used to
listen to radio.  I knew I liked that song, but knew nothing of the
rest of their material.  So in this bargain bin I find a disc called
"beat surrender" by the Jam for $7.99 (U.S.), which has Town Called
Malice on it.  It turns out to be some type of compilation I believe.

I ended up being very surprised at the type of music on it.  Town
Called Malice always seemed to me to be a sort of
retro-swing-rock'n'roll song.  Much of their music, though, is
actually pretty raucous, punk-tinged stuff (sorry, I'm not much for
classifying music, as it turns out!).  But I liked it.

And what does any of this have to do with XTC?  Well, there are a few
tracks on there that I swear could have been written by our Swindon
boys during their White Music/Go 2 days!  "In the City", "Carnaby
Street" and to some extent "All Mod Cons" were all written in the late
70's, and I swear could have been outtakes from the aforementioned
albums.  There's the same frenetic drumming, the same grungy and
jangly guitars, even some vocals sound strangely Andy-esque.  The only
things missing are the spatterings of Barry's organ throughout.
Pardon me, but it's hard to use the terms "Barry's organ" and
"spatterings" without coming off as crude and phallus-obsessed!!!
Maybe I'll just go sit in my room and strum on my brown guitar a bit
to cool off.  :>)

 From some precursory internet noodling, I've found that there seem to
be plenty of Jam/Paul Weller/Style Council websites and fans out
there.  Is anyone on this list familiar with a lot of his stuff?  Has
the rest of his material (in either group or solo) been good?  Any
suggestions on must-have releases for the beginning listener?  And
does anyone know if the Jam originated anywhere near the Swindon
scene?  Thanks all!

Matt "Insert Extremely Witty Pseudonym here" Kulak


Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 22:18:42 +0100
From: Jayne Myrone <>
Subject: The Gathering of the Faithful Fans of XTC
Message-ID: <>

to put it simply

Time: 13-14th July 2002

Place: Oxford, UK

come along and join some of your fellow Chalkers in quaffing beer, talking
about things XTC and a very informal jam session too.

A pilgrimage to the Uffington Horse is included.
Family and friends also welcomed.

Interested? Contact

There will also be an official t-shirt. More to follow on that.


Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 18:57:42 EDT
Subject: Bumper Sticker's Are Fun...
Message-ID: <>

    This question is related to the one that someone asked about the lisence
plate: Where can I get some XTC bumper stickers? See, ever since I was a
small child (about 3 days ago) I wanted a bumper sticker... But my parents'
hideous vans were off limits. Now, my new yellow Wrangler (Holden) has
arrived and is badly in need of some decoration. Any ideas?



Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 22:51:35 +0100
From: "David Smith" <>
Subject: RE: Moby . . . dick!
Message-ID: <000a01c20824$2cd35f10$2b75ff3e@oemcomputer>

Well hellooooooo dahlinks, time to de-lurk with, as ever, very little to
actually say, 'cept:

> From: Jeff Eby
> Subject: Trashing Moby? Um, why?
> Why pick on a moral, humble man who BTW has admitted
> to being as confused about his success as most anyone?

Fair point - for my part, I can tolerate most of the stuff on "Play"
but, certainly over here in Britain, it was *SO* played to death on
radio as well as TV adverts and just about every compilation album made

A few weeks ago I heard "We Are All Made of Stars" on the radio while
driving along in my car. It was on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 afternoon
show, and was featured on a section where a couple of minor celebs join
Steve in the studio to listen to three new tracks and vote them hit or
miss (radical, huh?).

The build up he gave it prepared me for a new era in music . . . and out
came this bland, banal, almost bubblegum song, the type of which
wouldn't have been out of place on the "Best of Paper Lace"!

They then proceeded to blather on about him "rolling back the years" to
the good old days of "Kraftwerk, XTC and those other great new wave
bands" (quote!).

I was apopleptic.

I was incandescent.

I span with rage all summer long . . . OK, you know what I mean.

This Casio-programmed, throwaway, euro-dance ditty, being compared to
"DA BOYS"??? Whaaaaaaaaaat? Hrrrrmph!

OK, then I calmed down. Fair play to the guy. He makes records. Millions
of people buy them. This one's crap. He should worry.

> From: "Richard" <>
> It just occured to me that people outside of the US might not know the
> term "Lazy Susan."

Oh yes we do, and if you go here:
and click on the link titled "John Hannon Restaurant Anecdotage" you'll
find out what they're supposed to be used for!

> From: "Jamie Lowe"
>  I am now the proud owner of a  Jet Black 330xi and I need your help in
> selecting a number plate that conveys what a big fan of XTC I am, but
> without the ecstasy (drug) connection.
> Your ideas are most welcome....  On the plate now are WASP STR, and

What about:

FARMBOY (perhaps not)

Or even . . .


Alright, alright, I'm going! Sheesh!

Smudge Out

Oh, and BTW, c'mon you other Brits - the Chalkhills Oxford "Gathering"
is fixed for July 13/14. Plans are a-laying, T-shirts are a-making,
musical instruments are a-tuning, geese are a-laying, fiiiiiiiiiive Gold
rings . . . ahem!
Coming? Talk to this person right 'ere:


Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 23:24:08 -0400
From: James Michael Isaacs <>
Subject: strangest XTC reference...ever?
Message-ID: <>

Hello gang-

Well, the Apples in Stereo are moving to Lexington *ehere I just
happen to live, thank you) and I am chuffed to say the least.  Maybe I
can hear secret recordings made with a one Andy Partridge?  Hmmm..

In other news, in the newest issue of Sports Illustrated, a writer
named Steve Rushin writes in his article "Get Up for the Cup" (page 15
in the June 3 issue) the following sentences: "For the four weeks and
two days that began on May 31, in the words of XTC, 'All the world is
football-shaped/It's just for me to kick in space.'"

Now, Andy gets quoted in the most popular sports magazine, in an
article too few Americans will read, because it has nothing to do with
football or bikinis.

I am staking a claim to be the biggest XTC fan in Lexington, perhaps
all of Kentucky (poulation of almost 4 million)- any challengers?

And, I am thinking of reviving the Go 2 Appreciation Society, which
will no doubt have a theme song with cleverly written lyrics and
poorly stolen melodies (think Ray Davies)

Let's hear it for Go 2!  Best album packaging by a good margin,
clever, witty, controversial, fast, fun.  Who could dare say



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