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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 60

                Tuesday, 23 December 2003


                  BEST CDs OF 2003, etc.
                       Re: octaroon
                   Re: The Berlin Tapes
                 The Merry Christmas Song
                       Re: Octoroon
                       Best of 2003
                      Help This Man
                      My 2003 Top 10
                        Wot top 5?
                 Apple Wasp? Venus Star?
              Quizmas Chris - question # 21


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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 11:53:20 -0800 (PST)
From: The Colonel <>
Subject: BEST CDs OF 2003, etc.
Message-ID: <>

All right, I've had a very difficult time figuring out
a best-of this time around, as there have been SO MANY
for me this year. I've finally narrowed it down to 15
as follows:

1. RADIOHEAD - Hail To The Thief
2. THE SHINS - Chutes Too Narrow
3. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - Welcome Interstate Managers
5. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - Electric Version
6. BLUR - Think Tank
8. WEEN - Quebec
9. QUASI - Live Shit
10. MUSE - Absolution
11. GUSTER - Keep It Together
12. THE POLYPHONIC SPREE - The Beginning Stages Of-
13. SLOAN - Action Pact
14. ATOM & HIS PACKAGE - Attention! Blah Blah Blah
15. ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE - American Adventure

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the new releases by THE SHINS and
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS for fans of XTC, if you don't
already have them!!

...Oh, and in response to Paul Culnane, I surely agree
that SLOAN is a great great band. However, the 'Pretty
Together' album came out in 2001. If you haven't heard
their latest, it's called 'Action Pact,' and it came
out very recently (not available here in the USA as of
yet). More of a rock release than PT, but another very
worthwhile Sloan effort you should enjoy!

Thanks all, and Happy Holidaze!

-The Colonel


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 16:02:55 -0500
From: <>
Subject: Re: octaroon
Message-ID: <>

Someone asked what an octaroon was. I'm pretty sure it's a slavery-era
term for a persono who was one eighth black (or whatever pleasant term
may have been used at the time). I think if you were an octaroon or
higher, you counted as being black and welcome to all the "privileges"
of membership.



Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 16:27:56 -0500
From: "Kevin Hiscock" <>
Subject: Re: The Berlin Tapes
Message-ID: <>

> From: "Dan YEn" <>
> Subject: Eyre Affair

> I've never posted before, so I'd better add something XTC related: has
> anyone heard the Icehouse cover of complicated game? I've heard about it,
> but I'd like to know whether it's worth buying or not....

apologies if old news - too many lists, too little time.

I picked up "The Berlin Tapes" while on vacation in Sydney.  Granted, I
like Icehouse probably more than I should, but I quite like this disc.  I
do like their/his cover of "Complicated Game", although I might like the
idea that Davies covered it even more than the song itself. For a ballet
or something, no less.  Really like the cover of the Psychedelic Furs'
"Sister Europe" here too.

And, while I've crawled out from under my rock to remark on something
which has probably been discussed before, just watched Eddie Izzard's
"Dress to Kill" again (funniest damn thing I've ever seen - "But we live
here. D'you've a flag?") and remembered that I meant to send something to
the list after watching it the first time.  The bit about
Swindon-as-Houston for the British space program . . . "Swindon, we have a
problem".  Is there an inside joke here?  Any particular reason for the
choice of Swindon?

home of The Monster
and radio hidebound

currently spinning:
Bongos - In The Congo

radio hidebound can also be found at


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 15:49:46 -0600
From: "Richard" <>
Subject: The Merry Christmas Song
Message-ID: <01a801c3c41e$85be2580$>

Happy Holidays!

The King For A Day website ( now through
New Year's, has a true XTC-cover oddity posted for download.

Harrison Sherwood took a tiny holiday song that Andy wrote, wrote more parts
for it (unbeknownst to Andy) and recorded it.

Make it a regular of your holiday listening!

Based on the amount of new covers I have, once a month I will post a new XTC
cover for download, starting in January.  Click it!



Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 14:49:45 -0800
From: David Gershman <>
Subject: Re: Octoroon
Message-ID: <>

At 10:00 AM 12/16/2003, Hobbes wrote:
>I mentioned this album previously on this list as one of my top ten of 2000,
>and Octoroon is my favourite track.  Every time I hear it I hear it again
>for the first time, since its dense structure makes it completely impossible
>for me to retain in my memory.  Makes it damn hard to sing along to though.
>There's that catchy bit with the girls and "Last night I saw an octoroon"
>and something about someone called Luteica?  And the "Hey Octoroon" bit
>towards the end is also really hooky.

That would be "Laetitia," as in "Laetitia Casta," one of the world's least
unattractive people and healthiest-looking models (Victoria's Secret,
Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, etc. -- not that I've ever seen any of
those, of course) and clearly the inspiration for the song. I'll include a
link here, purely for musical research purposes, to the cover photo of a
Rolling Stone "Hot" issue a few years back (Warning: although this was
Rolling Stone, not Playboy, there is much skin to be seen):
"Octoroon," interestingly enough, is defined as someone whose ancestry
makes them 1/8th black (
Deduce, therefore, what you will of her ancestry...I know nothing more than

>Looks like Ian and I might be the Octaroon's only fans.  Ah well.

Nope...count me in! Although I have to admit, Nash Kato's solo album
doesn't really even come close to Urge Overkill's great "Saturation."

As for year-end Top 10s, I'm still figuring mine out, and knowing my
proclivity for procrastination, may not get around to it in full, but I can
think of at least one CD that really made a big impression this year, and
hopefully a few others of you have heard of it:

"When I Pretend to Fall" -- The Long Winters

If you haven't heard anything from this, I urge you to check it out
wherever possible. Buying it, in fact, would be the best won't
go wrong. Rocking, beautiful, funny, and moving, all in a single CD.
Possible highlight: "Nora" (e-mail me if you'd like to borrow an MP3 of
this song to check it out).

Well, with that, I make a rather inconsequential return to posting on
Chalkhills, after a few years away. Any of my old pals still out there? I
know there are at least a few, given recent activity regarding the "King
for a Day" compilation...

Oh, and here's some XTC content: Andy and Colin probably find Laetitia
attractive as well.

Happy holidays,

Dave Gershman


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 19:41:28 -0800
From: "Craig Vreeken" <>
Subject: Best of 2003
Message-ID: <000001c3c44f$a79e8470$02c8a8c0@CRAIG2>

My favorite time of year is finally here.  Not the Holiday season, but
the annual submission of Chalkhillians' "best of" lists.  When people
see my CD collection, they invariably ask, "Where do you hear about this
stuff."  I think for a few seconds.  Certainly not the radio.  I do read
Mojo magazine and they reveal some great stuff.  But my main source of
good music referrals is you fine folks, whose consistent good taste
(most of the time) has lead to some mighty fine listening.  Now for your
pleasure is my top 23 of 2003:

1.	Nada Surf - Let Go  (Album of the year.  Heartfelt and sincere
songs of childhood, music, and love.)
2.	Grandaddy - Sumday  (A close second place.  Bizarre and
3.	Rancid - Indestructable  (Back in form.  Play it loud in the car
and just try not to speed.)
4.	Supergrass - Life on Other Planets  (Their best yet.)
5.	Owsley - The Hard Way  (Finally, he releases his 2nd album.
Find it at Not Lame.)
6.	Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Deluxe Edition
DVD Audio  (Stunning surround sound.  Truly psychedelic.)
7.	Andy Partridge - Fuzzy Warbles 3 & 4
8.	Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
9.	Marshall Crenshaw - What's In The Bag
10.	Thorns - Thorns
11.	Peter Gabriel - 6/21/03 Camden NJ
12.	Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
13.	Polyphonic Spree - The Beginning Stages Of
14.	Joe Strummer - Streetcore
15.	Thrills - So Much For The City
16.	New Pornographers - Electric Version
17.	Tower of Power - Oakland Zone
18.	Teenage Fanclub - Four Thousand Seven Hundred
19.	Steely Dan - Everything Must Go
20.	Richard Thompson - Old Kit Bag
21.	Easy Star All Stars - Dub Side of The Moon
22.	Matthew Sweet - Kama Ga Suki
23.	Neil Young - Greendale

My new favorite band this year is The Negro Problem.  They've been
touted for awhile in Chalkhills, but the clincher was seeing Stew live
in New York City at the Loser's Lounge singing a heartfelt "All Things
Must Pass" as part of the George Harrison tribute.  Truly touching.  I
subsequently bought all their CDs, and am getting Stew's solo CDs as
well.  Great songwriter.  Great voice.

Finally, I posted a few songs from my 2003 album, "Tragic But True" on
my web site.  Hear them at

Best regards,

Craig Vreeken


Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 01:24:50 -0500 (EST)
From: (Marston Moor)
Subject: Help This Man
Message-ID: <>

Buyers wanted...



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Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 14:07:56 EST
Subject: My 2003 Top 10
Message-ID: <>

MY TOP 10 OF 2003
(Man, this year sucked! Two of the guys are dead and one went unreleased!)

2. JOHN WESLEY HARDING - Man With No Shadow (Unreleased)
3. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - Welcome Interstate Managers
4. JOE STRUMMER - Streetcore
5. BARENAKED LADIES - Everything to Everyone
6. STEELY DAN - Everything Must Go
7. JOE JACKSON BAND - Volume 4
8. ROXY MUSIC - Live
9. BEN FOLDS - Speen Graphic/Sunny 16 (EP's)
10. RYAN ADAMS - Rock & Roll

Man, I'm stuck in the 80's!
Happy Holidays!
Doug Mashkow
CD Island
Rockvile Centre, NY USA


Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 12:09:05 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Wot top 5?
Message-ID: <>

No one asked me for my opinion, but I'm about to give it.  My fave top 5 XtC
tunes are:

"Another Satellite"
"No Language In Our Lungs"
"Senses Working Overtime"
"Easter Theatre"
"This Is Pop!"

This could change, but it's pretty much set in concrete (with daisies and
other blooms growing up through the cracks in the pavement).  What are your

"A bag to keep life's souvenirs in"


Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2003 13:22:23 -0800
From: Michael Riches <>
Subject: Apple Wasp? Venus Star?
Message-ID: <000901c3c808$867cb840$b9614418@Computer>

Hi All...

I usually just hover about here without really posting, but I thought
I'd actually contribute for a change!

Today, I was playing around with some new CD burning software (no...I
don't download CD's off the internet, but I do enjoy making
compilations), so I thought I would play around with some XTC and
decided to create a double CD combining Apple Venus and Wasp Star,
just to see of it would work...

So, here's what I came up with (cross-fades and all, just so it sounds
'officially XTC'), and I'm personally quite impressed with myself...

Comments, critiques welcome, of course...

CD 1  (49:57)

River Of Orchids
Stupidly Happy
I'd Like That
Easter Theatre
Knights In Shining Karma
In Another Life
My Brown Guitar
Boarded Up
Frivolous Tonight
Your Dictionary

CD 2   (49:25)

I'm The Man Who Murdered Love
We're All Light
Standing In For Joe
Fruit Nut
Wounded Horse
I Can't Own Her
Harvest Festival
You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful
Church Of Women
The Wheel And The Maypole
The Last Balloon

Just for the record, Wheel and Balloon crossfade very nicely, actually....

(Pats self on back)

I'm off



Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 00:58:43 +0000
From: "Paul Culnane" <>
Subject: Quizmas Chris - question # 21
Message-ID: <>

How are you all doing with this year's Idea quiz?  Some pretty curly ones
there for sure!

While you're all poring over your albums sleeves, I'd like to challenge you
with my own "question 21":

What is the only official XTC release that:
(a) features pictures of Moulding, Andrews, Gregory, Partridge and Chambers
on the cover; and
(b) credits Partridge and Moulding as co-composers on four tracks?

Please don't reply to me, I just thought some of you might enjoy hunting
this one out, in the spirit of the official quiz...

Harvey Chrimble


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