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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 8, Number 50

                Thursday, 5 September 2002


              Rocket & the bootleg question
                    in answer to Todd
                 bumper-strips and tunes
                   re: Cheap A** Guitar
                XTC Live in Concert video
           replies, Dolly, current listening...
                   Hi, newbie question
                        Dear Todd
                 Limelight copies on EBAY


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Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 15:32:30 EDT
Subject: Rocket & the bootleg question
Message-ID: <>

Here I go delurking. (please treat me kindly)

1) I love that Brookings, Place of General Happiness CD. Not having it with
me at the moment I'm guessing, but I believe "Hair" would be my fave for
some reason. Makes me happy. On the whole I think it's an entertaining CD,
even if a bit off it's rollers.

2) Back when Partridge was doing the signing tour for AV-1, I took in my
copy of the Black Sea Tour LP bootleg just to see (it was in SF, so it was
just Andy). He seemed very intrigued when faced with a bootleg of his own
work. He didn't know what it was right off, so I just said "bootleg" and he
immediately wanted to know if the sound quality was ok. He looked it up one
side and down the other, and happily signed it for me.
In this case the bootlegging in question happened some years ago, and
perhaps Andy was just being very polite, but regardless I don't think he
was in the least bit troubled by it. Besides if someone's going to drag
that puppy out, they are bound to already have spent a fortune on the legit
releases. (how many "best of" collections can one man own?)

That is all. Re-lurking now.

>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.


Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 16:38:49 EDT
Subject: in answer to Todd
Message-ID: <>

says  Todd B.

> 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.

hmmm 82x7=574  ....eddie


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 10:44:53 -0700
From: becki digregorio <>
Subject: bumper-strips and tunes
Message-ID: <>

greetings folks,

i, too, would like to chime in my compliments on the xtc bumper stickers
that jamie lowe is offering.  they're very high quality and all-around
groovy little things, both the "real sticky" green ones and the "clingy"
clear/white design (which is on the rear window of my car).  well done!

also, in response to some folks who've sent me emails wanting to hear "sound
samples" of my songs: i've signed up with cdbaby ( as one of
my on-line distributors, and on their website there are 2-minute samples of
several songs from each of my cd's.  and yes, i've selected some of the
tunes that dave gregory is playing on, as well as andy's "susan revolving."
so if any of you would like to check out my music (and do the "hear before
you buy" thing), please do bop over to cdbaby and give some of the songs a
listenin' to.  i hope you dig what you hear...

thanks much!


"To do is to be." -- Socrates
"To be is to do." -- Plato
"Do be do be do." -- Sinatra


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 18:19:34 +0000
Subject: re: Cheap A** Guitar
Message-ID: <>

 From Chalkhills 8-49, John wrote:

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

I stopped by my Chicago area Ikea this afternoon
(there's one across the street from where my office is)
and perused the kiddie section until I ran across these
guitars.  This was after fighting through the millions
of college-bound hoardes seeking the bigger/better
storage solution for their tiny dorm cubicle.

The above mentioned guitars were selling for $29.95 US
plus tax.  I'm sure the price difference between here
and the UK has something to do with extra tariffs,
security checks for cheese smuggled inside the guitar
bodies, or some other interesting reason for tacking on
more $.

Not that this isn't a bad price for a bit of plucking,
but it would have been better at $18.  Then I could buy
two.  One to play and the other to smash after realizing
that I can't play some of Andy's bizarre chord

David Lake

NP:  COMC Disc#2


Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 05:17:55 +1000
From: "Iain Murray" <>
Subject: XTC Live in Concert video
Message-ID: <>

I recently scored myself a copy of a video featuring XTC playing live at
Rockpalast, promoting the "English Settlement" album. Andy looks and sounds
hopped up on goofballs at some points (which neither adds nor takes away
from the music) - the whole tape is a very nice little package for someone
like me who wishes he could have been there but was a wee bit too
young....and not in Germany at the time.

The German host of the show makes a few appearances in between the songs as
well. Now I have to learn German.



Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 16:14:09 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: replies, Dolly, current listening...
Message-ID: <>

Hello fellow friends...

I have been behind on reading the new digests and follow up posts. so here

James Michael Isaacs said (8-44):

<Thomas Vest, you sound like a fine fellow... Any album between "Hit to
Death in the Future Head" and "Yoshimii" is excellent.  That is a total of 3
albums- "Transmissions from the Satellite Heart", "Clouds Taste
Metallic", and the weirdo classic "Zaireeka".  If you can find
Zaireeka, buy it immediately, as it is getting ever so rare.  I think
it usually goes for 50 on eBay, but the better record stores sometimes
have it.  To my knowledge, it had a limited run and is out of print.>

James, thanks for the compliment and the information.  I picked up
Transmissions.... but I have yet to find much on the Cd that I like.  It
makes me leary of "Clouds Taste Metallic" but I liked "Hit to death...".
Zaireeka appears to be in print again at a reasonable price but who has four
devices to play the disc the way its meant to be heard!?

da9ve stovall also replied (8-44) with lots of good advice about the lips.
Thanks for the info.  I still like Yoshimi better than the Soft Bulletin...
but they both are very good.

Christopher R. Coolidge said (8-44):

<My wife made a couple of unintentionally hilarious comments that
demonstrates her blissful uncoolness about pop culture/music when I was
giving Bellybutton a spin the other day; she asked "Who's this, Queen?" That
was enough by itself, but she followed it by commenting that the lead singer
sounded like a young Russell Hitchcock(of Air Supply). She meant that as a
compliment. My wife...gotta love her.>

Christopher, thanks for sharing.  LMAOROTF

Sughosh Varadarajan talked about purchasing Jellyfish's' Bellybutton in
8-45...  did you buy it yet?

vee tube said (8-49):

<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!>

While Dolly's album is quite good and she has been severely underrated for
many years (making bad movies did not help her cause mind you), her cover
version of "Stairway to Heaven"  is atrocious!  I am not knocking covers or
anything, but her version does not work!

Other things:

I am envious of all the talk about vanity plates over the last year or so.
almost makes me wish i had a car (not!).  maybe i should get a custom made
patch for my shoulder bag!

Anybody heard the new Springsteen yet?  I have played it a lot since it was
out and give it a thumbs up!  Rolling Stone gave it 5 stars... maybe 4 to 4
1/2 is better.  earlier albums are still the best.

anyone picked up the new aimee mann?

Happy Labor day!


Oh, current faves:

the vines / highly evolved
stone roses / stone roses
peter gabriel / peter gabriel #1  (told you i was going to buy one)


Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 10:42:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hi, newbie question
Message-ID: <7156143.1030786942977.JavaMail.root@>

Hi everyone (assuming there's anyone out there.)

I'm new to this group so please forgive me if this has been covered
before. A few weeks ago a friend of mine said he heard Andy Partridge
on the radio - possibly radio Wales? Apparently he was being
inteviewed and strumming a few chords in the studio. Can anyone
confirm this and has anyone put it on the net?

Many thanks,



Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 14:03:30 -0700
From: Wes Hanks <>
Subject: library
Message-ID: <>

Remember when someone slagged Harrison's COMC essay stating that
it would not be "read in a library"?

Just returned from the public library, and lo and behold, there was an
amazingly pristine copy of Coat in the collection complete with Harrison
referenced in the catalogue listing.

So there.

Yours in vindication,
Wes "All the cool people go to the library on Saturday" Hanks


Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 11:34:36 +0930
From: "Van Abbe, Dominic" <>
Subject: ?????
Message-ID: <>


This is from the Idea site:

>Warbles Wobble, But They Don''t Fall Down.
>Date: 31/08/02
>Colin has decided that he doesn't wish to participate in the Fuzzy Warbles
>project, leaving Andy to go it alone. Consequently the series of disc will
>come out on Andys label Ape, the first pair appearing in October. They'll
>only be available through this web site or in stores in Europe and Japan.
>Discs 1 and 2 have already been mastered by long rime XTC cutter Ian Cooper
>and they are sounding fantastic.
>We also strongly recommend you don't waste your money on any of the demon
>bootlegs that have appeared recently. Their sound quality is very poor
>compared to the warbles (you know, tenth generation cassette dub mush). We
>can assure you, the warbles will delight with wonderful unheard tracks and
>the best available sound, why settle for anything less? !

Can someone "in the know" tell us what the hell it all means???  I can
understand Colin not wanting to sink his hard-earned into another out-takes
collection pitched at a small target audience, but effectively this reduces
it to an AP collection, and not an XTC release at all.  The beauty of an XTC
release for mine has always been the way CM's tracks balance AP's- a
mutually symbiotic relationship if you will.

Why is he not participating???  Is it purely financial???  Does it mean, God
forbid, the end of XTC as we know it????



Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 13:51:12 +0100 (BST)
From: Bert Millichip <>
Subject: Dear Todd
Message-ID: <>

"Todd Bernhardt" wrote:

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

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


It's very gracious of you to post links to so many
articles and reports that are diametrically opposed to
your own position. Makes a nice change from those who
only present information if it seems to confirm their
own prejudices. You deserve a bit of support here. The
boss of the RIAA offers some evidence to back up your
assertion that file sharing harms record sales. You
can read the article here:



Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 17:47:46 +0200
From: Imanol Ugarte <>
Subject: photographs
Message-ID: <>

Hi all,

Don't know if everyone else was aware of this site or not, but they
have some XTC photos

Here are 4 pics as well:

Imanol -waiting for Martin Newell's latest cds.


Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 10:11:35 +0000
From: "Tim Brooks" <>
Subject: Limelight copies on EBAY
Message-ID: <>

In case anyone here is interested, I recently painstakingly ran off a
complete set of photocopies of the always excellent Limelight fanzine from
early 80s for a trade, whilst feeding through copier decided might as well
do some spares which I'm auctioning on EBAY as we speak.

Lots of great XTC ramblings to be had...

TMB over and out!!!


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