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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 56

                Saturday, 22 November 2003


      At least Mandy Moore has made one puppy happy
                 Greek Slang for Scrotum
                Sweatin' to the XTC Oldies
                    Let me clarify...
                    Beanz Meanz Fartz
                     The Wish List Cd
        New Andy Partridge interview in Real Audio
                     the famous sheds
          Okay, San's your turn.


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Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 20:17:44 -0800
From: "WAYNE KLEIN" <>
Subject: At least Mandy Moore has made one puppy happy
Message-ID: <>

>From Happy Puppy:

I'm going to stick my head above the trenches and say
that Mandy Moore's "Coverage" is pretty good.  In a
year that a lot of new albums have left me severely
disappointed (Elvis Costello, I'm looking at you),
Mandy's actually surprised me and happily caught me
off guard.

Moore's album has some nice covers of bands I really like. It's pleasant
listening and doesn't offend me as much of the crap on the radio does. Hey,
it got my daughter asking about John Hiatt (she was already an XTC fan).

As to EC's latest, well it's an acquired taste.  My impression was the same
as yours at first. I gave it a little rest and tried it a couple of weeks
later. Whenever he jumps genres it seems to strike folks this way. Is it a
great album? Hard to tell. It's lacking Costello's characteristic witty word
play, no guitar riffs (for those who don't know it falls into kind of the
Tony Bennett -Jazz -thing). Curiously, what is appealing is that he appears
to be singing lyrics straight from the heart. Yes, I know it's part of the
genre but it's refreshing to say the least. I miss the old Costello but,
well, we all move and try different things. I'll applaud him for that at
least. As to the album--it's interesting and I've enjoyed it but it's not as
compelling as This Year's Model, Imperial Bedroom or Blood and Chocolate.

To expect that, though, would be a little unrealistic this late in
Costello's career. Just as it would be a bit unrealistic to expect Andy and
Colin to remake White Music, English Settlement, Skylarking or Nonsuch. I'll
admit to being a bit surprised when I first heard Apple Venus Volume 1 but
also recognized it as part of their continued growth as musicians. That
said, I don't expect anyone to love or embrace the album. It's too different
from what from his defined style. Give it a couple of months and try it

Or not.

A tangent from Dunks:

Big Geoff has come up with what I humbly regard as the best theory of
consciousness and brain function yet devised. I heartily recommend his
book "The Remembered Present". An easy read it ain't, but you'll come
out the other end knowing more about the brain than you ever knew
before ... plus it will give you great ammo to use against all those
ninnies who argue for the laughable "brain as computer" theory.

Thanks for the great book recommendation I'll have to check it out. I've had
a long time fascination with the way the brain works (or sometimes doesn't).

Happy belated birthday Mr. Partridge! Hope you did something nice for
yourself. You've done plenty for us and we, despite our bitching and
backbiting, love you for it.

>From Roger--
There are two albums out that even though they don't have the greatest of
lyrics , are catchy as hell.
 The first is from Rooney. Some real good pop music. I hear some Cars &
Cracker in there.

I asked for an opinion on Rooney some time back and posted my response when
I picked up the CD a couple of digests back as well. I concur that it's a
nice power pop record. Yep, I hear The Cars (particularly in the single  I'm
Shakin'), ELO and a number of other bands. It's got a couple of power pop
gems but lyrically has as much substance as cotton candy. Occasionally I
like cotton candy but I've gotta have something with substance now and

As to the Crash Test Dummies well I thought they ruined Peter Pumpkinhead
but was grateful the song got airplay. Any cash and exposure is better than
none at all.


Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 10:14:15 EST
Subject: Greek Slang for Scrotum
Message-ID: <>

Dunks malaprops:

> I do however have an abiding interest in neuroscience, thanks in large
> measure to marvellous writings of Olive Sacks

Ah yes! Memory stirs... Wasn't she the neurobiologist whose groundbreaking
work in the area of unintentional final-consonant-dropping as indicative of
closeted fondness for Eighties Norwegian boy-bands was published in the
bestselling popularization, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A-Ha"?

Little-Known Fact: The movie about Olive Sacks, "Awakenings," was scored by
none other than that well-known distaff Dada-rocker, Fran Zappa.

Harriso "The brain *is* a computer, but its spell-check is broken" Sherwoo


Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 12:43:40 -0800
From: "JK in L.A." <>
Subject: Sweatin' to the XTC Oldies
Message-ID: <00d201c3ad4b$7d6417d0$2360fea9@johnjulie>

Just wanted to relay a bizarre moment at the gym last weekend when all of a
sudden "Mayor Of Simpleton" came over the gym's speaker system.  The gym
subscribes to some music service, or something, and they usually play a lot
of '60's-'80's typical radio shite, but last Saturday they had gone through
some good '80's "New Wave" stuff, Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime", a
really old REM track that I forget what it was, but it wasn't any later than
"Reckoning" and then - BAM - there was XTC.  It's always such a thrill to
hear the lads make a surprise appearance!

Hey, has anyone heard the new Dukes track?  What's the verdict???



Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:38:46 -0600
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: Let me clarify...
Message-ID: <000801c3ad63$faff2aa0$>

"They" weren't angry but surprised and a little disappointed so, for those
who don't know...

King For A Day is a tribute to XTC to comes on _one CD._  There are 134
tracks on the CD encoded in _MP3._

MP3 files can be played on your computer and on some DVD players.

As a regular audio CD, it takes up over 5 GB of memory.  This would amount
to about seven audio CDs.  While I would love to be able to offer seven CDs
packed with music, in jewel cases, with artwork and postage all for $6.00
(using the domestic example), it simply can't work.

I'm not trying to insult but a few people have ordered the "whole set" and
then ask me why I only sent one or ordered "all three" and then complained
that they are all the same.  There is only one.

Hopefully, that clears up any misconceptions that are lingering about.  As
always, if you have questions, ask them.

Andy, Colin, Dave and Terry have their copies.  Andy called to say that he
had received the package but was neck deep in Milk And Honey and wouldn't
get to them very soon.  BTW, he says The Milk And Honey Band CD will be an
enduring classic.



Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:35:59 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Beanz Meanz Fartz
Message-ID: <>

Just got this new Multiple Sclerosis charity elpee, "The Wish List" - it's a
decent listen I must say.  Steve Somerset who put it together, and features
twice with his band The Shadow Kabinet, has done a fine job, congrats Steve.
  There's something here for everyone I'm sure.

However, scrutiny among us Chalkies must obviously focus on the lead-off
track "Open A Can (Of Human Beans) by the 're-formed' Dukes Of Stratosphear.
  Well, I don't wanna spoil it for others; see for yourselves.  But for me,
it's quite a disappointment.  Sure, most of the Dukes elements are there
(fantastic lyrics, backwards guitars, mellotron and such).  And Dave does
some lovely things.  But it's bereft of soul, it really does sound like each
member has "flown in" his part.  The mix is untrue to the original Dukes
ethos, or were they trying this time to replicate, sonically, latter-day
Fabs?  ("Let It Be... Naked", I posit?)  I for one am a Dukes purist, and
this ain't pure Dukes.  Too much Andy for a start.  (Okay flame me for such
perceived blasphemy, but I always thought the main singer in the Dukes was
Sir John Johns which is an entirely different proposition).  Not the Dukes'
finest moment by a long, er, chalk!

Still, there's much to recommend this CD besides the natural tendency of a
rabid XtC fan to collect the DoS track.  The Duffy/Lilac Time thing is a
delight, as are contributions from (former XtC engineer) Phil Thornalley and
fellow-traveller Martin Newell.

To buy this CD would be to support a worthy cause, and my, how quick were
they to send it???!!!  Check it out, really, but don't expect anything quite
so bright as, say, "25 O'Clock" from our favourite psychedelic alter-egos.

Burp and brrrrpfffphhhttt!  Ah, that's better.



Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 10:45:31 -0800 (PST)
From: travis schulz <>
Subject: The Wish List Cd
Message-ID: <>

I ordered my copy shortly after it was brought to our
attention here and still waiting for it to arrive.
Can't wait obviously and hoping to get some reviews on
it....does the Dukes track stand up to their legacy?
I'm sure Martin Newell is in fine form too.  Just
wondering how long it will take it to arrive from the


Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 10:58:19 -0000
From: "Daniel Garrett" <>
Subject: New Andy Partridge interview in Real Audio
Message-ID: <>

20 min Real Audio clip from his recent interview with BBC Radio
Swindon's Dan Chisholm. He talks about The Wish List and XTC. Would be
great if you were to mention it on your mailing list and in your news

Thanks in advance.

Daniel Garrett
Broadcast Journalist (Online)
Tel: 01793 440131


Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 15:18:08 -0600
From: William D Sherlock <>
Subject: the famous sheds
Message-ID: <>

Hi all,

Surely the Swindon lads have something to contribute to this page. Maybe
one of our Wiltshire readers can sneak a picture or two and post them.

Bill Sherlock

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

                                          Ben Franklin


Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:31:55 -0800
From: "Pastula Aaron" <>
Subject: Okay, San's your turn.
Message-ID: <>

Greetings all, but to all Bay Area C'hillers in particular-

If you've been wondering why the UK and L.A. should get all the fun, wonder
no more.  Clan MacPartridge, San Francisco's best and only XTC tribute band
(and the only one named after the bottles of Clan MacGregor whisky that got
us through many a rehearsal) is finally ready to hit the boards and make
some noise.

The gig is Tuesday, December 9th at Kimo's, on the corner of Polk and Pine
in San Francisco.  Cover is a mere $3, doors open at 9pm, and we should be
playing by 9:30 - 9:45.  Tunes include a fair selection from Black Sea,
English Settlement and Skylarking, among others, with a few unexpected
surprises thrown in for good measure (is that redundant?  Can surprises be
anything but unexpected by nature?  And if I mention them, do they then
cease to actually be surprises?).  It's going to be fun, and we rule.
Seriously.  You should stop by.

Questions?  You can email me (Aaron) if you'd like.  Otherwise, Hope to see
you at the show...


Aaron, Christopher, Mike and Will


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