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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 49

                 Thursday, 29 August 2002


                  Ernest Noyes Brookings
                     A $495 discount!
                        Rabid Fool
                  More fodder for debate
                     bumper stickers
                 Chalkhills And Partons!
             Wes, boots, notes and queries...
             H=?ISO-8859-1?B?9g==?=lly guitar
                Dog (birth)Days of Summer
                  The Shirt Off His Back


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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 09:49:53 -0400
From: Bon <>
Subject: Ernest Noyes Brookings
Message-ID: <>

Hey Kids-

Several of Ernest Noyes Brookings' CDs (including vol. 2) are
available through Duplex Planet, David Greenberger's website. The CDs
are at, and run about $14
each. Check out the rest of the site while you're there - plenty to do
and see.

Back to the shadows-

> The disc you were asking about in the last Chalkhills digest is 'Place Of
> General Happiness - Lyrics by Ernest Noyes Brookings, Volume 2'.
> Darryl.


Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 06:51:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: A $495 discount!
Message-ID: <>


Serendipity/synchronicity at work ... in 8-48, I wrote about the recent report
on music downloads by Forrester Research, joking about its outrageous price of
$495 for a 12-page report and lamenting my choice of careers (obviously, I
should have gone into the lucrative music-research business).

In the same issue, Harrison pointed us to the same report, and trumped my
feeble attempts at adding value by throwing the whole enchilada online at:

Now *that's* file sharing! Good one, HS.



Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 07:08:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: Rabid Fool
Message-ID: <>

Hi, I'm responding to the nasty,miserable and mean spirited wes long
who called me a "rabid fool" for  paying $70 for "a to z" ( and I'm
loving every second of it!)... as my grandfather used to say " it's
all relative"... and yeah I'll pay again for the same music ( just to
get the liner notes) whether it be by the Fuzzy Warbles or whatever,
with all the crap on the market these days, God Bless XTC.

If you are a rabid XTC FAN ( as I have been for half of my 44
years)and you want to do something nice for a band that's brought you
joy...turn your friends and family onto this great music.

BTW, interesting article 2 weeks ago in the NY Times about rap artists
tiring of ranting and turning to rock roots!

BTW2 - my college aged daughter has been turning me onto Bob Schneider
and Jack Johnson, good stuff. Even better we're returning from our
annual obligatory shopping trip to NYC and on the radio comes Dave
Mathews doing Memory Hotel w/ the Stones, and I said "that sounds like
your boy Dave" to which she says " no way, I'd know about it"... she
was wrong!... Gotta love it when your ear is sharper than these young


Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 10:41:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: More fodder for debate
Message-ID: <>

Hit Charade: The music industry's self-inflicted wounds

Q&A: Janis Ian vs. the recording industry on file sharing


Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 12:58:40 -0600
Subject: Rocket
Message-ID: <>

I've always loved that "Rocket" tune.

It's in 7/4, I believe, and has a nice little keyboard hook. Although it's
listed as being by XTC, I always figured it was an Andy tune. And Mr. Relph
is right - the rest of the tunes on the disc are very spotty, but there's a
couple of fun ones, particularly a song called "Skin," that is kind of a
salsa track, with lyrics that are just, well, ODD ! I mean that, of course,
in the nicest possible way. Mr. Brookings had quite an unusual spin on life
in his poetry, and reading the lyric book for the cd is quite a treat, if
you like that kind of thing.

As to the whole bootleg situation, I do try to be responsible to the
financial state of the XTC lads, and have done so by buying virtually
everything they've put out. I always direct my friends who are looking for
XTC music  to the Idea Records site, and I hope that the boys are making a
dollar or two off of that. But at the same time, if I'm presented with the
opportunity to purchase an item that might rosy up my cheeks for a moment
or two, I'm willing to buy it. I've bought a few XTC boots from e-bay, and
while I'd rather have bought them from Andy and Colin (et al) themselves,
they weren't making that product available, and I wanted it.

Perhaps this kind of black market behaviour is a result of all my illicit
purchases while in college. Or perhaps I'm just an unethical swine. I am,
after all, an American, raised on tv, needful of instant gratification, and
all that. Attempting to have a global conscience, much less any conscience
at all, has always seemed a bit of a stretch. I doubt that A&C(et al) would
be aggravated by my purchases, if they knew about them. As someone said in
the last post, I'm sure they're more p.o.'ed at the seller who is making
money off of them, not I, the loyal consumer. Of course, I could trade for
illicit XTC product. But I have this to say on the trading front - you can
only begin trading if you've already got something that someone wants. I
don't know that I have any truly rare or inspiring XTC schtuff that any
serious trader doesn't already have. Therefore, my ability to obtain from
them the cooler, rarer stuff is limited. Thus I tend to resort to cold,
hard cash.......


"I'm Bugged"


Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 14:48:30 -0600
From: "Steven R. Paul" <>
Subject: bumper stickers
Message-ID: <001401c24ae6$706f21a0$041e120a@STEVEN>

I just wanted to say over the chalk-waves that I received my bumper stickers
from all-around good guy Jamie Lowe.  I gave a green bumper-sticker to each
(both) of my kids to proudly display on their books or backpacks at school
and have put one of each sticker on my car to show my extreme fanatacism!!!

A big "shout out" to Jamie -- thanks.

Since I'm here I would also like to ask your collective advice on what you
recommend for someone interested in Yazbek.  I haven't heard much of his
work, but what I have heard I like.  I recently received a compilation CD
that included a track with a Yazbek and Andy Partridge collaboration.  Can't
think of the name right now and don't have the CD with me.

Any recommendations?

Steven Paul
Salt Lake City, Utah


Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 23:21:45 -0500
From: "vee tube" <>
Subject: Chalkhills And Partons!
Message-ID: <>

         Costello? The Hives/Strokes? Wilco?

   No my dear Chalkheads, Dolly Parton's "Halos and Horns" is indeed
  the finest 'New Album' of the year! Hardcore hillbillies may beg to
  differ with me but I have more teeth than them!

   To be honest, ever since my mother stopped breast feeding me I've
  wanted to crawl into Dolly's arms and "yearn to breathe free"! But
  that's a story for another day!

   Tonight I'd rather explain the 'other' reason why 'Halos' is the
  best album of the year. To start with, Dolly jumps right into it
  with a brand new set of 'Ginzu' knives! WTF? Dolly's voice can cut
  enough tin cams to build a homeless shelter and STILL slice Tomatoes
  'paper thin'.

   Next comes the music. The title track will simply rip the erogenous
  zones out of Woman and Man alike. Complimented by an exquisite recor-
  ding and a most excellent group of musicians, Dolly will demand your
  undivided attention.

   Then she will wink at you and you will understand...

       ...this is true submission to the devine!

XTC content: Dem's sum dam fine chalkhills baby!


Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 19:23:57 +0100
From: "Darryl W. Bullock" <>
Subject: Wes, boots, notes and queries...
Message-ID: <001101c24b9b$84292be0$19a2fea9@Bullock>

Just before anyone else gets involved here, the comments that Wes made after
my last posting (with regard to the ongoing debate over boots) wer well
intentioned, well informed and well known to me before the last Chalkhills
update appeared.

Wes and I are old friends, and a little earnest debate and slight differece
of opinion will not harm that.

Much love to all of you, waiting to 'Breathe More Easily' (ahh, does anybody
here remember the TUNES ads of the 1970's and 1980's?)


PS - what on earth is the difference between trading CDs and trading tapes?


Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 21:03:08 +0100
From: John Morrish <>
Subject: H=?ISO-8859-1?B?9g==?=lly guitar
Message-ID: <>

Musicians! Want to recreate that Apple Venus sound? The frantic
near-flamenco that rounds off I'd Like That? That chink-chink-chink-chink at
the start of Church of Women?

Then hurry on down to your local IKEA (branches in 39 countries, and
counting). There you can buy a half-size Chinese Spanish guitar, just like
the one that Holly Partridge "lent" her Dad for the duration of the AV epic.
Hold down that G chord, and start strumming. You're almost there in Andy's

And here's the best bit: it'll cost you a precisely 12 pounds sterling ($18

I  played around with one yesterday. Adorable. It may be the best-finished
bit of furniture in the whole place. What's more, you don9t have to assemble
it yourself, and it hasn't got any parts missing. Can't remember what it's
called, probably Strvnt, Kvilp, Lard, or something like that.

It's the perfect early Christmas present -- for yourself. After all, it's
nearly September.

Just try not to think too much about what a Chinese guitar-maker takes home
these days.

John Morrish

 "Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps one that costs
twelve quid"


Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 06:59:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Dog (birth)Days of Summer
Message-ID: <>


Happy birthday to Charlie Parker, namesake of Andy's dear-departed dog
...  Charlie (the sax player) would have been 82 if he were still
alive.  Not sure how old Andy's canine companion would have been.



Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 10:38:40 -0500
From: Brown <>
Subject: The Shirt Off His Back
Message-ID: <>

Direct from XTC Idea Records:

If you would like to own a couple of pieces of XTC (or Dukes) clothing, well
now you can.

Andy has raided his wardrobe and has offered up two Psychedelic Shirts for a
charity auction. The two shirts were bought in Londons Carnaby Street in
1983, during the mixing of the Mummer album, and were worn on many
occasions, including XTC photo shoots, the Dukes `Mole' video and in his
private life.

We'll open up a special topic in the forum enabling you to cast your bids
and name the charity of your choice.

For more details see the Auction section in the forum.


Who knows, you may become the owner of these worn wonders, possesor of these
two frayed fantasies, as well as doing a good deed.

Feel free to bid as many times as you like and go as high as you want.

Please place you bids in # pounds sterling. We will close the bidding on
30/9/02 and the highest bidder will then be contacted through the forum
message system with details for arranging payment. The shirts will come with
a handwritten letter of authentication from Andy.

If you have any questions please email us:

To find out more about all things XTC, visit the official Web site at:

The latest news items include

Monkey Business -
Andy has started a label, called Ape, so that he can bring out as many side
projects as he likes, without gambling any of Colins money. Ape stands for
Andy Partridge Experiments or Andy Partridge Editions (or any one of a
thousand connotations of the letter E really !)

There are 14 projects planned for release so far, so stay tuned.

Orpheus Being Us -
One of the many Ape projects we can confirm, is a series of recordings Andy
and Peter Blegvad have been working on since 1990. Titled `Sparagmos', this
mini album (or fat ep) is a selection of poetry and soundscapes based on the
adventures of a modern day Orpheus.

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