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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 9, Number 9

                Thursday, 13 February 2003


          Re: Dave....Dave and Dave (also Bryan)
             more noise about music and feud
                     circle of fifths
                 random remarks, as usual
              Dear God (a second invitation)
                      bits & pieces
        Martin Newell and Extra Partridge Texture?
                      Dave's Rickies
                     cure for sanity
       Polyphonic Spree- Tim Brook's review of 2002
              Best of album of 2002, belated
                   Uffington Horse Hats
               Fuzzy Warbled Twice Over...
                      New shirts too
                   The Smartest Monkeys


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Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 01:42:13 +0000
From: Ashley Powell <>
Subject: Re: Dave....Dave and Dave (also Bryan)
Message-ID: <>

In message <>, writes:
>I'd love to see a tribute album to Martin (particularly if they could get
>members of a certain band to participate). He's a talented guy who
>definitely deserves some airplay in the US

There was a tribute album to Martin which was available for a limited
time, called ReNewell. All the proceeds went to the charity Shelter.

There were a number of tracks by professional artists and some by
fans.  Dave Gregory was one of the contributors with When My Ship
Comes In.  I'm not sure if there are any copies still available -
contact Paul Wilkinson at, who runs the
excellent (if currently hard on the eyes with white on black text)
official Martin Newell web site,

While you're about it, go and buy Martin's back catalogue from, a fantastically put together site if I do say
so myself...
Ashley Powell


Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 20:26:19 -0800 (PST)
From: Jackson <>
Subject: more noise about music and feud
Message-ID: <>

Just got my Fuzzy Warbles courtesy of Amazona.I swear next time I'll
go through just to do my part for our heroe's retirement
fund. Seriously folks, all of this swarmy pissing and moaning about
monetary strife from within and outside seems so , O I don't know,

Most interesting to me was the liner notes about Andy's falling out w/
Mickey Mouse folks over Jason and Peach soundtrack...shit , my one
chance to prove to my wife and children of the brilliance. Don't get
me wrong, Randy Newman's one of my top 100 songwriters , he even gotta
story on 60 minutes w/ Ed Bradley, but he's never made me want to
stand up naked and scream like the man from Swindon.

Although brief, the short takes on each song were worth the price of
admission for me. I do not understand the book reference to Julian
Lennon, anyone care to clear that up?, meanwhile, imagine if ole Andy
could collaborate with some of the folks he name drops ( Costello,
McCartney, Roxy, Peter Gabriel, Kinks ) or tried a wee bit to be just
a little less independent, maybe , just maybe he'd get the plum
assignments of mere other men. O Well, what the f do I know?...I know
what I like, and pray there's more of it.  Whether you believe or not,
God Bless you Andy Partridge.

Weird, this is the first time I ever liked anything w/ Andy P the
first listen, tho I have heard most of it on my ( duck!, here comes a
dagger from the West Coast) A-Z bootlegs.



Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 00:22:30 -0500
From: mstone <>
Subject: circle of fifths
Message-ID: <>


Janis said:

In a message dated 2/5/2003 1:17:35 PM Eastern Standard Time, Andy Boyle


> Still waiting for help as to what song from the 70s
> the chorus intro to "I Don't Want to Be Here" triggers
> in me.
> Listen to the line "And I don't want to find myself
> this way again" and see if it connects with you. The
> change in tune always tickles the back of my brain
> like I was always hearing it on early 70s (American)
> radio.

Is it "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" by Eric Carmen?  I kind of
think they sound eerily alike.

The line you mentioned ("I don't wanna find myself this way again")
corresponds with the line "Close the curtain and see it end".


Yeah I think you're right. Though I think "I don't wanna find myself
this way again" corresponds to the line "Never going to fall in love
again", since they are both at the beginning of the chorus of each
song, and both follow a downward melodic sequence that more or less
follows the circle of fifths

(I-IV-VII-iii-vi-ii-V-I), though Andy's is more of a variation on the
form.  This is a very common chord progression that has been used in
music for hundreds of years, and I think this is part of the reasonwhy
the two songs sound similar.

BUT, unlike Andy, there's no doubt that Eric Carmen lifted his melody,
virtually note for note, from another piece of music.  It's by
Rachmaninoff, the slow movement from one of his symphonies or piano
concertos, I can't recall which.

Yes, 'I Don't Want To Be Here' is a good tune, and even better is
'Ship Trapped in the Ice'.  And (though it hasn't been officially
released yet) how about 'Bumper Cars'....amazing tune.  It's got
everything on Wasp Star beat, imho



Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 11:20:24 -0600
From: "Bob O'Bannon" <>
Subject: denzil/negro
Message-ID: <>

I might have posed this question to this list before, but I want to try
again because I am absolutely mystified as to whatever happened to a guy
named Denzil who made a terrific album called "Pub" back in 1994. After the
album was released, he completely disappeared and I have heard nothing about
him since. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, I heard about the Negro Problem on this list many years ago, but have
seen little to no discussion about them since. In my opinion, they do the
best XTC songs that XTC never did. They just released a new album ("Welcome
Black"), and Stew, the lead singer/songwriter, had his solo album voted best
of 2002 by Entertainment Weekly. Stew is a black version of Andy Partridge,
if you can imagine that. Welcome Black is a good album, but not as good as
Joys and Concerns, which is the Problem's best album, and the most
XTC-esque. It's always good to see the virtue of bouncy melody and clever
wordplay still alive and well somewhere in this world....



Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 10:51:09 +0100 (CET)
Subject: random remarks, as usual
Message-ID: <>


Computer crash and mail server problems, so I suspect I'm lagging one or
more digests behind - apologies if some of this has been addressed before.

I wrote:
> Apart from Harrison's usual overly pompous verbose self-important
> ramblings the last digest contained many interesting snippets:
Oops, forgot the :) emoticon. Sarcasm and irony don't travel too well
across the internet, and Todd rightly called me to task for this.
On an unrelated note, what ever became of Andy's appearance on 'Space
Ghost Coast to Coast?"
I thought Colin and Andy appeared - do a search on the digests on, and I'm sure you'll find an old post describing said show.
Speaking of which, how does Martin get away with releasing his radio
Didn't he simply buy the licensing rights? I thought this was covered in a
Record Collector article some years ago.
Ian C Stewart <>:
> Congratulations! And you're forgetting the Swans - or were they next
> on your list?:)
Oh my, singing Swans songs to a baby, that's the most demented (and
hilarious) thing I've heard in a long time. "The Golden Boy
Swallowed By The Sea" might be a good one.
Actually, if you looked at Dom's original post, it was a logical
consequence of his first choices. I actually thought he was going to start
very lightly (say, some Kyuss :-)), then move on to some mellow stuff
(Obituary, Isis, that sort of thing :)) and then get out the grind- and
noisecore. Hey, my parents played it to me and it never did me any harm!

Martin "I'm ready for my medication now, Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether"
van Rappard


Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 11:04:15 -0500
From: "Patrick Adamek" <>
Subject: Dear God (a second invitation)
Message-ID: <000e01c2d054$e4fe5a60$>

Anyone care to add to what may be the world's most elaborate discussion and
interpretation of a single XTC song, in this case, "Dear God"?  See what
happens when a born-again Christian rolls up her sleeves at the sight of
Andy's irony and a few other voices respond by trying to convert said
born-again to reason!  The fun begins at  Click on Andy's photo and, to
contribute, scroll down to the very bottom of the Dear God page.


Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 19:56:29 -0800
From: "Thomas Long" <>
Subject: bits & pieces
Message-ID: <000501c2d0b8$64acc7c0$>

Got them Warbles at my local *ahem* Virgin megastore the other day. I was
resisting for a time, knowing full well that if I got the first two, I'd be
in for the long haul. I also agreed with what I understand Colin's point of
view to be: let's just put out a couple of volumes of the best and move on,
shall we?

But... it's fricken' Andy Partridge, innit? As I listened, I couldn't help
admiring his cheek in going ahead with the project.... kinda like, "This is
what I want to do, and if I fail, at least it's MY failure." And what a
beautiful couple of volumes worth of failures it is. The man simply wants to
cheer you up, and spread a little joy (and if a little Partridge wisdom
sinks in, so much the better).

I came away - or my ears did - both in awe of his talent, and in fits of
laughter. The bit that almost got me in a road accident for laughing so hard
was the Mr. Jiggs (sic!!!!???) impersonation. I don't know if I'm misplacing
this, but I recall that voice as Sylvester's nemesis in the battle to eat
Tweety bird - if I've got this wrong, I'm sure 10 people will advise me of
it in the next post.  Other highlights were Young Marrieds, Ship Trapped in
the Ice, Born Out of Your Mouth, and Wonder Annual.

The quality of these "demos" brought home to me why I prefer Homespun/grown
to their Apple Venus counterparts. No longer do these demos merely capture a
certain charm that the official releases don't... they are full realised
recording that clearly stand on their own... without the studio middlemen
(who wants a caesarian when you can have the natural childbirth?).

I also feel as if the XTC of Apple Venus and beyond isn't really XTC
anymore. Sure Andy & Colin are there, but at least with Dave there was the
pretense of a band... the possibility that Andy could be drugged and propped
up on stage in a ballroom near you still existed (at least, in my feeble
mind). Now, I much prefer this Warble project. The Warbles are like
postcards from Andy saying, "Hey, I'm still out here... I'm not in the game
anymore, but I've still got a few magnets I'd like to stick on your fridge."
Well, I'm sure Andy would say something more ingenious, but I hope you get
my point.

Speaking of ingenious, I'd like to throw more laurels (or is it kudos?)
Harrison's way. I love the insights you provide. No... I demand the insights
you provide. You've brought  a richer understanding of the art of XTC my
way, and I thank you for it.

'nough said,


Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 15:16:52 -0500
Subject: Martin Newell and Extra Partridge Texture?
Message-ID: <>

Hello, folks:

Haven't really much to add to everyone's passages, but I did want to let
all know that I have been eagerly reading each new batch of posts.  I still
don't know why there is so much complaining about the WARBLES.  Isn't this
the kind of obsessive stuff we've been pining for all those silent years
when the flowers of creation weren't allowed to grow?  Like the more
positive listers, I cannot wait for the next two editions, and I sincerely
hope that "Always Winter, Never Christmas" shows up among them, along with
other missing completed tracks for that NONSUCH album--it was rumored that
there were 15 tracks still remaining from those sessions, and the album
would have been a double-disk set, but Virgin decided it was to expensive a
project!  Fooey on them, because Andy has the tracks now and can expand if
he (and, especially, we) desires!

I do have one curious question-- ICE Magazine published a blurb that said
that, if XTC fans bought both FUZZY WARBLES disks here in the States, the
disks contained one extra bonus track?  Please tell me this isn't so,
because I really wanted it all--the gold-plated signature on an album with
all complete tracks intact!  I'm more than happy to give my bucks to Andy
and APE, but please don't delete the bonuses!  Here's hoping ICE has
misrepresented the collections once again.  Please, CHALKsters, fill in the
blanks!  How many tracks to you listers who bought your disks domestically
have on each album?

Lastly, I am delighted that some of Martin Newell's material is being
reissued.  How many titles are currently back out there and are they
basically imports?

Here's to more XTC until we've all got one full long shelf of all the
missing extras--strange instrumentals, poems, recordings under almost all
those great pseudonyms that Andy listed on TRANSISTOR BLASTER, farts,
giggles--yes, I want it all!!!

There are so many groups out there that are paying their homage to the
1960's type sound similar to XTC's own noodling, so if the album Andy is
trying to get out there with the musician from Apples in Stereo doesn't pan
out, there's always the High Lamas, St. Etienne (in their softer moods),
and, yes, even our own Becki DiGreggorio full time as she is slowly piecing
together a Dukes-like project all her own--okay, Becki, I won't give any
more information away than that!!!

Until next time...



Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 14:09:01 +1100
From: "Andrew Gowans" <>
Subject: Dave's Rickies
Message-ID: <>

Good Afternoon Folks,

Just browsing some Rickenbacker enthusiast sites and I found a link
to photos of Dave's collection of Rickies. Those of you who browse
his site and look at his monthly picks would know his guitars, but
it is good to see his pics on someone else's site. I'm presuming he
submitted the pics himself, the page says they are courtesy of DG.

Some other good stuff there, a Ricki 325 submitted by Roger
McGuinn's son Henry and Peter Bucks 360.

Put on your anoraks and enjoy!

Andrew Gowans


Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 16:04:31 +1100
From: "SEBASTIEN MAURY (02) 8333 5869" <>
Subject: cure for sanity
Message-ID: <>

Hi there lovelyheads,

Having just plonked down $40 (Oz version: worth about half a euro or
similar...)  for volume 1 of fuzzy warbles - hot off the holland press, no
less - i want it on the record that it was money exceedingly well spent, if
only for andy's delicious take off in "that wag" of young robbie smith and
the moz. not to mention a (not far from the mark) tilt at the zimmerman
himself. particularly fond of the attention taken in guitar work in each
cameo also.

i ask myself what exactly people were expecting anyway? still, la difference
is what makes the world so fascinating. sure explains the top 40 at any
given moment.

the next few months promise gooey aural pleasures though: February brings me
the 3 Bens (a bit like the 3 tenors, only...better and with more snot): Ben
Folds, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller on the same bill, combined age of about 45.
March is Massive Attack.  April brings the band that released my favourite
album of 2002: Silverchair (the album was Diorama, yours free with every
bottle of fragrance).


Keep truckin'



Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 20:54:08 -0000
From: "Pledge" <>
Subject: Polyphonic Spree- Tim Brook's review of 2002
Message-ID: <001e01c2d20f$b98a34a0$6dd47ad5@oemcomputer>

Way back in January, Tim Brooks listed his top tens from 2002 and said he
wanted to hear The Polyphonic Spree's album. I'm amazed it isn't being
discussed on here at great length as it is a thing of rare beauty.

Picture this: if you love Apple Venus volume 1 and you love Pet Sounds, you
should adore this record and band. I saw them live in London last night at
the Kentish Town Forum. Usually this is the type of venue you'd expect to
see bands who have had proper hits, not one week at about number 28 on the
UK singles chart.

I'd read that their gigs were a cause for mass celebration, and last night's
show proved this categorically. I've never seen so many people grinning at a
concert, and no, they are not a comedy band. Let me create the scene:
imagine one of Brian Wilson's legendary sessions, so you have the usual
bits: lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboard player. Add
trombone, trumpet, French horn, harp, theremin, violin, upright bass,
synthesiser, percussion, flute. A bunch of samples you're thinking, no!
These are individual players. Add nine piece mixed choir and you can begin
to imagine these 25 make quite some sound... If you say I can't count, take
a look at their record sleeves. The number of members varies, and is quoted
at anything between 23 and 27!

And what a sound it is. Imagine the best bits of Pet Sounds, imagine a whole
range of rhythms, imagine the orchestral interludes, imagine the sort of
band Andy would need to assemble to bring River Of Orchids and Easter
Theatre to life on stage and you're getting there. Hear their album and then
try to imagine them trying Apple Venus. I think I know you'll think they
could do it. And do it brilliantly.

The band entered the stage and exchanged love with the audience for what
seemed an eternity before a single note was played! I've never seen anything
like it at a concert by a band who hasn't yet made it. Band leader, Tim De
Laughter, once of Tripping Daisy, seemed overwhelmed by the reception, but
it was nothing compared to when they started playing. Normally we should not
believe the hype, but Polyphonic Spree deserve every column inch they get.

i'd struggle to find the words to describe their music, as I'm no musician.
The only thing i know about music is what i like and what moves me
emotionally. When I first heard their album, The Beginning Stages Of... I
was tempted to burn my existing record collection. Of course i didn't.
History shows that the world was not ready for Pet Sounds in the 60s.
Judging by the reception the Polyphonic Spree are receiving in England, the
time is now right for music of that beauty to hit home and hit home big. XTC
have flirted with the orchestral side, as have the Divine Comedy and the
High Llamas. The Polyphonic Spree are set to take on the stale, sterile boy
bands and make music their own.

Try them out, I'm certain you won't be disappointed.



Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 12:05:59 +1100
From: "SEBASTIEN MAURY (02) 8333 5869" <>
Subject: sloth
Message-ID: <>

hi to you all on this fine (war free as yet) wednesday morning. 28 degrees in
sydney by the way (that's warmish for you fahrenheit junkies)
in the interests of full disclosure, i need to open up my 2002 purchases to
closer scrutiny and divulge what tickled my ear's fancy this past year.
i know, it's already february.
in alphabetical ordure:

* Bjork: Family Tree. really the most extraordinary collection of
packaging, artwork, and astounding music.
* Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel. seeing him live in sydney didn't
hurt the songs. voice just gets better and no end in sight to the
stream of invective and melody.
* Doves: Last Broadcast. from sub sub and manchester dance to
swirling, chiming gorgeousness. classic.
* Electric Soft Parade: Holes In The Wall. video of the year (song not
far behind, album a little further)
* George: Polyserena. jon lord's band of choice to take on his
concerto in australia. they're much, much better than that
though. intricate, raging, delicate and driving. sometimes in the one
* Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles. well why not? new songs, some madness
and andy liner notes. who could quibble?
* Prince: Rainbow Children. curious. great jazzy album, just don't
listen to the words (he's a FREEEEK, you know!). jumping jehovah...
* Remy Shand: The Way I Feel. who does this skinny white
twentysomething signed to motown think he is? bit of a genius i reckon
if this sterling bunch of tunes is anything to go by. channel the 70s
but avoid lenny.
* Silverchair: Diorama. my album of the year. unimaginable leap from
the previous (pretty fine) neon ballroom. van dyke parks orchestral
arrangements only enhance the beauty of the songs. flawless.
* Supergrass: Life On Other Planets. worth the wait, its simplicity
almost fools you until you realise it has burrowed its way into your
subconscious and will *not* be removed!

Honourable mentions:
* Icecream Hands: Broken UFO
* Toshi Kubota: United Flow
* Sinead O'Connor: Sean-Nos Nua
* Pet Shop Boys: Release



Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 12:39:20 -0500
From: "James Michael Isaacs" <>
Subject: Best of album of 2002, belated
Message-ID: <>


I recently stumbled onto the best album of 2002, supplanting my
earlier choices of Wilco or Flaming Lips.  It is "Behind the Music" by
Soundtrack of our Lives. If you do not have this album, run,
hitchhike, take a bus, stumble, whatever, to your local musical outlet
and purchase a copy.  SooL is a Swedish band whose humble beginnings
was in a group that was "punk meets Captain Beefheart", but they went
poppier.  Sound familiar?  Anyway, it is just a great album of great
songs, in an XTC vein.  I am not affiliated with them, but I want to
spread the word.  I picked it up about a month ago, and it has bravely
staved off any attempt to be taken out of my CD player.

XTC content- I picked up FW 1 a couple of weeks ago at my local
musical outlet, and I paid 23 dollars for it.  Considering it is not a
widely released major label effort, and a goodly chunk of money is
going to Andy, not a multimedia concern, I feel I got my money's

Nighty night,


Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 16:08:53 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: Uffington Horse Hats
Message-ID: <>

I've got more Uffington Horse Hats!

More shirts on their way soon....

- Phil


Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 11:01:39 -0500
From: Gary Glauber <>
Subject: Fuzzy Warbled Twice Over...
Message-ID: <>


Pleased to report that my review of the first two volumes of warbled
fuzzies is in and (where it also is reviewed by
Mike Bennett).

Here are the links to those with interest:


Wishing you all a happy Valentine's Day, reminding you that love is not
something you can pack a suitcase with.


Gary G.


Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 11:23:48 -0700
From: Phil Corless <>
Subject: New shirts too
Message-ID: <>

I have more shirts!  White and Ash, in XL.  For details, visit:

If you are looking for different colors and sizes, please let me know and
I'll start to plan another batch.  Thanks!

- Phil


Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 15:03:35 -0700
From: "paul Rogers" <>
Subject: The Smartest Monkeys
Message-ID: <004f01c2d3ab$c16c6510$0200a8c0@Desktop>

Dear Chalkhillians

Would anyone be able to please ask Colin or Andy (or both) to take peek
and listen to
They are a fantastic young band out of Nashville who adore XTC from
White Music to Apple Venus Vol 2 .  They have finished their first
record and are getting ready to tour the US and Australia soon.   They
would just love it if their idols snuck a look at what they are up to.
Of course, feedback from everyone on the site the songs and the band is
encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Come on down to Nashville to check them out.  They are ably managed by
yours truly.

Paul Rogers
Entertainment Rights Mgmt.


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