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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 49

                Wednesday, 8 October 2003


                    Ole Grey Whistlers
                       Damn Virgin!
                  Nick Drake reference?
                      King For a Day
                  Wil Wheaton likes XTC
                      King For A Day
Senses working overtime in the garden of Earthly delights
       the Anton Barbeau Two-Gig Autumn UK Tour 2003
                   XTC's Zagat listing
                  King For A Day update
                  Becki Paints Rainbows


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Ain't democracy wonderful?  Lets us vote someone like that in.


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 07:40:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: Ole Grey Whistlers
Message-ID: <>

Agreed, what a wonderful dvd!

It's interesting to note that Richards, Jagger, John Lennon and of
course the boss ( still can't believe he got the best album of all
time in a recent poll) all mentioned touring as key to their
motivation....falling on deaf ears I'm sure!


Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 18:09:15 +0100
From: "Belinda" <>
Subject: S&M&S&S&M&M
Message-ID: <010301c38450$f0371e20$>

Hi all

Tom (Doc) Dye asks:
"I was wondering if anyone knew the name of the model in the video "Mayor of
Simpleton" (she was the "Girl from Simpleton")?"

Do you mean the one who was dressed in leather and tied up at the end? Is
that that video?  Well whether it is or not, yeah, I often wondered who she
was, and also wondered if she enjoyed her little subby experience!  Dear God
what fun! Oops!



Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 13:20:56 EDT
Subject: Damn Virgin!
Message-ID: <>

> I was looking forward to the XTC DVD.
>  *click news*

I was just going to post here asking about this.  Gah, record companies!
Don't you hate it when you go into a music store, browse the shelves and
notice how many lesser, inconsequential bands will have things like DVDs
released, yet XTC can't get any love?  Here we go again.

Laurie Collins


Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 12:25:15 -0500
From: Maggie Jungwirth <>
Subject: Nick Drake reference?
Message-ID: <>

Hello all,
Nick Drake's "Man in a Shed."
Colin's "Fruit Nut." "A man must have a shed to keep him sane."
Altho Colin literally says this is about his many sheds (`five sheds
Moulding') one wonders about the connection to Nick's "Man in a Shed"/Time
of no Reply about an "unsane" or depressed man.
Fruit Nut.... Fruit Tree...?
Any connection?
And if anyone can elaborate on XTC's opinion of Nick Drake, I'd be



Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 08:26:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: King For a Day
Message-ID: <>


Run, don't walk, and get yerself a copy of this new
"King For a Day" thingy. You want cool packaging?
Whoa, we got that. A bee-yootiful CD case encloses
over a hundred mp3 files by your fellow chalksterinos.

I'd say hearing our leader John Relph attack Another
Satellite with a banjo is worth the price of admission
alone. Wonderful stuff!



Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 13:58:15 -0500
From: "Ira Lieman" <>
Subject: Wil Wheaton likes XTC
Message-ID: <>

Hi Chalkfolk. 

Excuse me for being an internet geek, but I found myself staring at Wil
Wheaton's weblog, and he seems to have a soft spot for "Dear God."  It
reminds him of high school. It reminds *ME* of college, even though we're
just about the same age. But I digress.

Back to lurking.  



Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 09:28:07 -0400
From: John Relph <>
Subject: King For A Day
Message-ID: <>

Little Chalkies,

Did you get your copy of the "King For A Day" tribute yet?
What a blast (off)!  Ton o' great tracks.  Cheap at twice
the price!  Kudos to Richard Pedretti-Allen!  And to all
the contributors, too.

Get yours today:

Now playing: Dominique Leone's "Rocket".  Cool beans.
Way out there.

Anybody else out there running on Linux?  If so, I've
converted the WinAmp Playlists to work with xmms.
Download them at

Enjoy!  I am.

	-- John


Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 11:37:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Smart <>
Subject: Senses working overtime in the garden of Earthly delights
Message-ID: <>

Hi Chalk Minions,

I made a recording recently that did not get included
on the excellent new "King For a Day" Chalkillation.
It's a gentle acoustic combination of Senses working
overtime and The garden of Earthly delights. It is on
the web, with the help of that most excellent and
audacious Chalker, Mitch Friedman (you can check out
his site by deleted all the stuff after

I combined the two songs to that it would work for
kids. I sing it to my own children at home, and I sing
it to my sixth grade students at work. Official motto:
"Corrupting the next generation one kid at a time".

I'd also like to say that I am enjoying:

1. fuzzy warbles, volumes 1,2,3, and 4. All signed by
Andy. These are grab bags the way they are. I wouldn't
change a thing. "All I Dream Of Is A Friend" is just
about the best song by anyone for any purpose, peaches
or no.

2. King For a Day - there is some great stuff on here!
My song is under the name of my band 3Tripper - Merely
a Man. But I think we stayed too close to the
original. My faves are by those of you who changed the
song radically.



Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2003 17:05:27 -0700
From: Anton Barbeau <>
Subject: the Anton Barbeau Two-Gig Autumn UK Tour 2003
Message-ID: <>

Anton Barbeau/Cheese at Verdi's in Weymouth, Dorset on Sunday 12 October.
Cheese are on the Pink Hedgehog label, which is the English label releasing
my next record, "Guladong." It's safe to say that the bands on Pink Hedgehog
share a clear love of XTC. With Cheese the influence is quite obvious
without ever coming across as derivative. They do the "D & W"/"Black Sea"
two-guitars, bass and drums thing very well! Great songwriting and singing,
and I can't wait to share the bill. I'm bringing over my own guitarist and
bass player, but we're borrowing Alan Strawbridge from Cheese to play drums.

We're next at the Cavern Club(!) in Liverpool on Tuesday 14 Oct., again with
Cheese and also the Lucky Bishops, Bitter Little Cider Apples, Bruise and
Wendy Ip. The latter two acts I don't know much about, but the Bitter Little
etc are also on Pink Hedgehog. Their song "Crocodile Head" gets stuck in my
jaw for weeks on end. The Lucky Bishops are on the Bevis Frond's Woronzow
label, and are an amazing band live and on record. This gig is part of the
International Pop Overthrow festival which started in Los Angeles and is
moving ever-eastward, from Chicago to New York and now to Liverpool. I'm
personally a bit freaked to be playing the Cavern Club in the first place,
but this will be the cd release gig for my new record, so I'm doubly
troubled! Can't wait!

There's the slight chance of me doing a solo spot in Oxofrd on the 28th at
the Port Mahon, but no confirmation yet, and I'm leaving soon enough that I
wouldn't be able to send another announcement. My website will have any
additional info on these shows, so for anyone curious, please visit:

or write me at




Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2003 09:09:22 -0700
From: "Thomas Vest" <>
Subject: XTC's Zagat listing
Message-ID: <>

Hi everyone!

This summer I participated in an online survey from Zagat (you know, the
restaurant rating guide).  They wanted to know your thoughts on music...
your favorites, best produced, best songwriter etc.   I had forgotten all
about this after a bit until I received their newly published 1000 Top
Albums of All Time Music Guide in the mail.

Drums and Wires has made the top 1000 list!

It was given an overall rating of 26 out of a possible 30.  Further ratings
on the album yielded a 26 for songwriting, 25 for musicianship and a 24 for

Digging through the guide a little deeper, they break down the best by genre
(rock, jazz, rock-oldies and the like).  Drums and Wires was listed as the
7th highest rated album in the Rock-New Wave category.  The top 12 in that
category also included (rating shown as well):

Elvis Costello, This Year's Model (29)
Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True (28)
The Jam, The Jam Collection (28)
Talking Heads, Remain In Light (27)
Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues (27)
Graham Parker, Squeezing Out Sparks (26)
XTC, Drums and Wires (26)
Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust (26)
Gang of Four, Entertainment! (26)
Squeeze, Singles 45's and Under (26)
The English Beat, I Just Can't Stop It (25)
The Specials, The Specials (25)

More digging in the guide... Bruce Springsteen was the most popular with
Born to Run while Miles Davis, Kind of Blue received the only perfect score
(30).  They Might Be Giants had the 2nd highest rated Kids album with No!
(behind the Muppet Movie soundtrack... you know... The Rainbow Connection

Well, we all know about lists and what should be done with most of them...

Take care


NP:  The Darkness, Permission to Land  (this effing ROCKS!)


Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 16:22:32 -0500
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: King For A Day update
Message-ID: <00ae01c38d19$1f156320$>

Through the confusion of multiple iterations of building and testing a
master CD, I ended up with a perfectly good master CD but rather than copy
the KFAD discs from the master, I simply referenced the files that were
already on the PC.  I blew it.  I overlooked the XTC-themed skins for the
MP3 player.

To remedy this, the all-knowing, all-seeing John Relph offered to serve them
up at the website.

Not willing to leave something unenhanced, he converted the skins _AND THE
PLAYLISTS_ to M3U format which makes them much more versatile!  Go to the
website for more information.

If any of you feel cheated or confused, email me.

The bandwidth problem with downloading songs is big nuisance but I am
working on a solution.  It should be in place during the week of October

If those who have ordered the CD have an opinion about which song should be
the kick-off song for he website, email me at

Amanda Kittredge, who contributed two songs, River Of Orchids and Easter
Theatre, played all the instruments and sang all the vocals.  She started
working on them when she was 16 years old and finished them after she'd
turned 17.  Pretty impressive!



Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 07:12:56 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Becki Paints Rainbows
Message-ID: <>

Hi all

Just want to add to the ever-swelling chorus of enthusiasm for the
astonishingly fine music that our friend Becki diGregorio makes.  Obviously
one's interest may be piqued by the presence of Dave Gregory on a couple of
numbers, and Becki's cover of Andy's "Susan Revolving" (quite a trip,
this!), but also it's Becki's own songs, recorded with a bunch of very
creative and talented musical cohorts that makes her two albums ["Seven
Worthies... of the Bamboo Grove" and "God's Empty Chair"] such a thrill to
listen to!

This stuff hovers alternately between the delicate and introspective to
fierce balls-out rockin'.  Becki has a commanding voice that delivers her
gentle messages beautifully (imagine if you will, a more melodic Grace
Slick).  There are no compromises - it's all of a quality that is too rare
these days.  And the production, with liberal but tasteful psychedelic
touches, is consistently interesting and complementary to the songs
(widescreen Technicolour!).  Like others before me, I highly recommend you
seek out these albums.  I'd be most surprised if you were to be

And a pleasant bonus is that she comes across as a genuine, just plain nice,
person.  Thank you Becki for your kindness, generosity and just for letting
me (and us) into your fascinating world...



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