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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 29

                   Monday, 9 June 2003


                       Now Playing
            RE: Hobbes - 101 Justification....
                 Re: Sugar-coated Iceberg
        "...of all places?!?! Of all PLACES?!?!?!"
               XTC reference in new Blur CD
            Oh, You're Scrumptious Mr. Bungle
                     Cardiacs TeeVee
                Re: Cheshire Cousin Debut
                   Badfinger and Zevon
                        techno XTC
                    British Sea Power
                      Chomsky Live!
                    Limelight is Go...


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Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 14:41:07 -0600
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Now Playing
Message-ID: <>

Jon shared his "Now Playing" list with us, and since I've never done this
(in over ten years of being on Chalkhills), I thought I would.... Consider
these discs highly recommended:

Andrew - Happy to Be Here
Kristian Hoffman - &
Michael Zapruder - This is A Beautiful Town
The Tories - Upside of Down
The Thorns - The Thorns
Blue Cartoon - Blue Cartoon
Scud Mountain Boys - Massachusetts
Phantom Planet - The Guest
Bill Ricchini - Ordinary Time
Feel - Feel
Sugarbomb - Bully
Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers - Falling Into Place
Blur - Think Tank (is growing on me after three listens)

For those of you who wrote about the free shirts and hats, I'm getting to
it.... I was inundated with emails.   You'll hear one way or the other in
the next few weeks when my 5-year-old lets me have some personal time.

- Phil


Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 13:43:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nicole Ross <>
Subject: RE: Hobbes - 101 Justification....
Message-ID: <>

>>My choices:  REM - Life's Rich Pageant, XTC
XTC>Skylarking, Kate Bush -
>>Hounds of Love and Talking Heads - Little Creatures.

>>Every other male in the class:  Bon BoniJovilippery
>>When Wet, Europe - The Final Countdown, Poison -
Look >>What The Cat Dragged In.

>>Classmate's assessment of my choices based on the
>>covers:  Gay.  "You're dead after class".

Gee, in my school - only the girls liked Poison. ANY
guy that liked Poison would have gotten the "You're
dead after class" comment. XTC,XTCM, Kate Bush would
have maybe gotten you a "test" to see if you could fit
with the "Art-Fags" (please excuse the term - its what
they were called by themselves as well as others). If
you were slightly on the punkpunkishe - you'd wanna be
in that group. There, you'd have a modicum of
popularity and respect.

Funny what can spark your memories!



Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 17:30:28 -0400
From: "Kevin Hiscock" <>
Subject: Re: Sugar-coated Iceberg
Message-ID: <>

> From: "Paul Culnane" <>

> Music in its various forms can be like wallpaper to some.

Was it Bono who had the great "non-stick wallpaper" description of some of
the music in the 80's?  Always liked that one.  It's one thing for music
to not seem important to the listener (and yeah, I don't quite understand
that one either), but something else again when the creator doesn't seem
to "really care for music, do ya?"

>One man's bad medicine might be another's poison
>(heavy reference to 80s poodle-hair-bands there).

Oooh, I had to read that one a couple of times, thought you might be
dissin' my guy Rupert Hine for a sec.


kevin a. hiscock
yahoo IM-khiscock
home of The Monster
and radio hidebound

currently spinning:
The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)


Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 23:10:35 -0400
From: "Duncan Watt" <>
Subject: "...of all places?!?! Of all PLACES?!?!?!"
Message-ID: <>

"Christopher R. Coolidge" <> threw out, re: John

>   I believe Dave Mattacks has recorded with him at one point or another,
> being that both are associated with the British folk scene of the late
> 60's/early 70's, Mattacks through his long association with Fairport
> Convention(which he recently left, apparently for good, to set up a career
> for himself as a session musician in Boston, MA of all places)

... to which I say whoa-ho-ho, ho! Boston's awe-sum, and I just saw The
Mister Mattacks Himself a few weeks ago with my favorite guitar player of
all time, Duke Levine, both playing *backup* for a cool local
singer/songwriter at this little bar in Somerville (one town over from Where
The Sox Like To Lose) called The Independent
(, me, my bud The Sith and less than
50 other people, all jaw-droolingly appreciative that There's Still Some
Cool Left In This Ozzy-Forsaken World.  DM looked happy, so what's with the

Duncan "and he rocked, too!" Watt


Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 23:59:44 -0500
From: Mike McCormick <>
Subject: XTC reference in new Blur CD
Message-ID: <>

The boys in Blur worked a reference to their XTC heroes into their new CD
"Think Tank".  Look at the graffiti behind the liner notes............


Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 07:23:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Bernhardt <>
Subject: Wasptruvenusals
Message-ID: <>


By merit of successfully completing my 44th year of this life, I
managed to obtain copies of both instrumental albums, and I've got to
say, they're a revelation. Anyone who wants a glimpse into the minds
of Andy and Colin -- or, at least, into their songwriting, arranging,
and production process -- should grab copies of these toot sweet.
Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

For example, one thing I realized while listening to Waspstrumental
was that "I'm the Man Who Murdered Love" is the bastard love child of
"Peter Pumpkinhead" and "Dear Madam Barnum."

Anyone else notice anything along these lines?


"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more
uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is
right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been
the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men
who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly
civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in
all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.' "
H.L. Mencken


Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 10:50:49 -0500
From: "Xteve X" <>
Subject: Oh, You're Scrumptious Mr. Bungle
Message-ID: <>

For clearing a room full of drunks, or just clearing a room in general
nothing seems to do it as well as the first Mr. Bungle album. It's like a
musical fart spray for people who like Celine Dion. For those of you who
aren't familiar with it, it's the side band of former Faith No More singer
Mike Patton. The best I can describe it is riff-heavy rock like Megadeth
meets demented circus music. Dom Lawson would probably abso-smegging-lutely
love it. :D

With great songs like "Travolta", about an armless & legless former 70s
icon, the immortal "Stubb-A-Dubb", an ode to Patton's dead dog, to the
ultra-funk stylings of "The Girls of Porn" praising the joys of, uh, really can't go wrong with this one. I think you may even
grow to love it, although everyone else will hate it. John Zorn produces.


Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 11:19:52 -0500
From: Brown <>
Subject: Cardiacs TeeVee
Message-ID: <>

Hello to all of you sweet chilens!

Hope all is right and well with each and every one of my chawkchums and
their beloved affiliates! :o)

Here's a heads up for the Cardiacs freaks amongst youz:

<<From: Marc Palmer <>
Those good people at ORGAN have produced an presenter-less eclectic music
show which features CARDIACS for television.

The show also contains music from Amon Tobin, Wendykurk, Dureforsog and
King Prawn.

The first broadcast of this program is at midnight (UK time) on Wednesday
11th June.

It is on Open Access Channel 687, free to anyone with Sky cable or
satellite (and possibly other packages).

Set your video recorders!>>


Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 17:13:38 EDT
Subject: Re: Cheshire Cousin Debut
Message-ID: <>

Highland Grounds was packed to the gills for the show!  It was fun and
great to hear some live XTC in the company of so many people who knew
and loved the music.  I've either never seriously lamented the fact
XTC doesn't play live shows anymore or I've just grown so use it, but
friday night I did feel a twinge of regret at what we've all been
missing these years.  I'm glad Cheshire Cousin, along with other XTC
cover bands that are popping around the world can at least fill some
of the gap.

Thanks for the show - I had a blast!

Laurie Collins


Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 22:39:31 EDT
Subject: Badfinger and Zevon
Message-ID: <> made two great suggestions in Chalkhills #9-28:

Badfinger -Wish You Were Here, and
I'm really surprised no one has ever released a Warren Zevon tribute CD.

Hear hear on both counts!  I'm generally not much of a fan of non-XTC
band disussion in this forum, but these are two of my faves.  Anything
Pete Ham sings is worthwhile, and the book (The Tragic Story of
Badfinger) tells quite a story.  I was amazed at how many songs he
wrote about life and living ("Constitution") and his ironic tragic
fate.  And Zevon--you all MUST add his debut--one of Time magazine's
top ten album of the 70's-- to your collection, as well as Sentimental
Hygiene.  His supporting casts look like hall of fame rosters.  "Hey,
that song 'Factory'--who's that playing on the harmonica?"  Let me
look...  Bob Dylan?  "That title track sounds a lot like Neil Young's
work...oh, no wonder."  You'll even see "Stephanie Nicks" on his
debut.  His lyrics are the most important part of his songs and are
often awfully funny.  I leave you with:

"I'm going to Detox Mansion
Way down on last breath farm
I've been raking leaves with Liza
Me and Liz clean up the yard."

As in, Liza Minelli and Liz Taylor.



Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 07:04:40 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" <>
Subject: techno XTC
Message-ID: <>

on 6/4/03 2:40 PM, blah blah blah wrote:

> To me, the closest equivalent to a techno version of XTC is Level 42, or at
> least it was until they split up. Now they're back together and working on a
> new album. It's been what, 8 or 9 years since the last one? I think that
> beats the pause between Nonsuch and Apple Venus Vol. 1. Of course this
> doesn't come close to the 14 years we had to wait for a new Madness album,
> but it's definitely a Pink Floyd-length inter-album void.
> Does anyone have a different example of a band they might call "techno XTC"?

  I'd go with Jesus Jones, who sound like a cross between XTC and Nine Inch
Nails, roughly. More Colin than Andy, though; their lead singer has a bit
more of that relatively straight Colin quality than Andy's barking seal
quality(which is more early Andy than recent).


Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 15:28:36 +0100
From: "David Seddon" <>
Subject: British Sea Power
Message-ID: <001301c32dca$408c8320$be608351@seddon>

Have been reading a lot about British Sea Power.  They sound (in
description) a bit like an early XTC, but I haven't head a note, so I don't
know.  Are they any good?

Anyone got a copy of their new album The Decline of British Sea Power?  I've
heard them described by 2 sources as the best band in Britain.  An
exaggeration to be sure, but if it's half true, they're worth hearing.


Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 09:52:10 -0700
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: Chomsky Live!
Message-ID: <04f901c32dde$4de133e0$>

If you are a fan of Drums&Wires/Black Sea-era XTC, you will probably
_REALLY_ enjoy Chomsky.  They just made a new recording with Gary Katz
producing (for what it might be worth, he is the ex-Steely Dan
producer but he didn't sanitize Chomsky's sound).  It should be
released in August.  They rock (hey... it only takes...)

They have tracks from their first CD on if you need proof.

In any event, they are going on a small tour and I thought I would
post their itinerary:

Sun June 8    The Lager House    Detroit, MI with: Doosu

Mon June 9    The Void           Cincinnati, OH

Tue June 10   Mercury Lounge     New York City, NY

Mon June 16   Slow Bar           Nashville, TN with: Butterfly

Thu June 19   Fitzgeralds        Houston, TX

Fri June 20   Emos               Austin, TX  -Outdoor stage

Sat June 21   Fat Teds           Denton, TX with: Daryl
                                 (I expect to attend this one)

Tue June 24   The Hangar         San Angelo, TX

Wed June 25   Club 101           El Paso, TX

Fri June 27   Nita's Hideaway    Phoenix, AZ

Sat June 28   Kimos              San Francisco, CA

Mon June 30   Paris Theater      Portland, OR

Tue July 1    Showbox            Seattle, WA with: Friends for Heroes

More gigs may get booked in places between these dates, so if you are
interested you can check out for updates.

Check them out!  They are a very fun band.  If you go, tell 'em I gave
you the lead and ask Don (keyboards) to show his tattoo.

Please forward this information to people that you know in these areas
that might be interested.

Maybe... just maybe... they will play "New Town Animal."

Disclaimer: I am just a friend of the band and have no financial
entanglement with these guys. Check local listings.  Your mileage may
vary.  Batteries not included.

Let me know if you see the show!


p.s. (04jun03 10am CDT) Talked with Andy.  He was in the shed mixing a
new "summery" song to celebrate the Swindon heatwave (64F/18C).  It is
90F in Texas right now so I asked what he considered "warm" and he
replied, "The icicles are melting quite quickly!"


Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 17:17:13 +0100
From: "Paul" <>
Subject: Limelight is Go...
Message-ID: <000c01c32dd9$6c8ba4b0$caa98351@home>


Just a note to say that the first five issues of XTC fanzine Limelight (from
1982 - 1985) are now online in their complete form at
More issues to follow!

Lots of fun stuff to read there, including this worrying letter from issue

"Dear Limelight,
     I placed some advertisements in a few big Dutch newspapers and one in
our biggest musicpaper 'Muziekkrant Oor' (music paper ear) to find some
Dutch XTC fans. Millions of people must have read my lines but only two of
them phoned me.  The first one was a sexually frustrated person (I think)
because he asked me for instance if I should like to make love to Andy
Partridge! After some other rather strange erotic questions I tried to find
out what he knew about XTC. He apparently did not know much about them since
within a minute he cut off the connection..."




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