The 2000 remastered edition of the Skylarking CD (and a previous Canada-only CD) has the same running order as the original UK CD (including “Mermaid Smiled”), but also adds “Dear God” as a bonus track to the end of the album (and features improved sound quality over the previous CD releases). About nine miles east of Swindon, the ‘chalk horse’ was pictured on the cover of English Settlement; Andy Partridge says it's a “prehistoric hill carving of a horse, literally a kind of Iron Age advertisement for an English settlement that was on top of the hill.” 10.
He was in New York a little while ago, and had his radio cassette player going and he was tuned into this ludicrous New York radio station where this chap was singing this rather... So the strange "Woody Allen" voice is a very irate New Yorker who's commenting on the song "Hey, go f... DAVE: In fact, if you want to hear more of the original version, at the end of side 2 [at the end of "Mole From The Ministry"] on the run-out grooves, if you've got a record player capable of playing it, you'll hear spinning backwards at twice the speed, a snatch of this gentleman's song in its original form. He called every other show on that station in the 80s. Peter Phipps drums on the majority of Mummer and on The Big Express. Pat Mastelotto, from Mister Mister, plays acoustic and electronic drums and percussion on Oranges & Lemons.Martin has also made his information available on the web at “ Is that Woody Allen at the end of “My Love Explodes? yourself with your atom bomb" [performed by Tuli Kupferberg. Owen), Dave Gregory's brother, drums on 25 O'Clock, Psonic Psunspot and on “Mantis on Parole (Homo Safari Series No. Prairie Prince, originally from The Tubes, plays the part of the time bomb on Skylarking.” What is said at the end of “Mole From The Ministry”? Ed.], this chap was singing this song over the air, and John Leckie couldn't believe the banality of this song so he turned on his cassette to capture it for posterity, and he left the cassette running. XTC was co-founded by drummer Terry Chambers, who “just hits 'em” on White Music, Go 2, Drums and Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement, and on the songs “Beating of Hearts” and “Wonderland” on Mummer, after which he left the band. On Apple Venus Volume 1 he contributes drums, handclaps, thigh slaps, and percussion.The sound quality on Fossil Fuel is much improved over the other two CDs.Also, Fossil Fuel features the original single mix of “Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down” which was not previously available on CD.Chamberlain, Kevin Chanel, John Dioso, Peter Fitzpatrick, Mitch Friedman, Wes Hanks, John Hedges III, David Holtz, Toby Howard, Brad Johnson, Jeroen de Jong, Tim Kendrick, Dominic Lawson, Paul Myers, JP Nicholls, Sam Nitzberg, Dave O'Connell, Richard Pedretti-Allen, Jon Rosenberger, Bill Sherman, Harrison Sherwood, Phil Smith, Tunnel, Alan Welby. However, contract negotiations have broken down and the entire effort is on hold indefinitely. We here at Chalkhills have no official (or unofficial) relationship with the band and we cannot relay your messages. The Chalkhills list was created in April 1989 as an offshoot of the venerable Love-Hounds list and killed off (in a bizarre kitchen accident, of course) in August 2014. No FTP access is available at present (FTP is so 20th Century).This appears to be mostly a result of policies at Virgin Records. Please visit Andy Partridge's official web site at “uk.net”, and good luck. Chalkhills is also a Facebook group, and the discussion continues there. The latest version of this FAQ file can be found at “ With the increase in availability and popularity of the World Wide Web, the need for local fan clubs has diminished somewhat. I cannot say whether or not the Japanese club is still open for business, but you might drop a line enclosing SAE and International Postal Reply Coupon or equivalent to Not long ago, The Little Express was one of the few sources of information for dedicated XTC fans.This page contains the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) often seen in Chalkhills, The XTC Fans Mail List and on Facebook.It is posted to provide hard-to-find information of general interest. While some information included herein is not copyright and may be used without permission, the compilation of this information in this document in this format is copyright and may not be published in any form whatsoever without the permission of the author. This document may be distributed electronically and otherwise if and only if the entire copyright notice and attributions are included. Ian E and Paul Culnane pointed out this unsettling comment from Andy Partridge in the December issue of MOJO magazine: “I speak of XTC in the past tense."The Little Express" has reached its final destination. The Wonderland discography (in three volumes) is lavishly detailed and nicely produced, and includes photographs of important and interesting cover art.An indispensable resource for the serious XTC collector.“Dear God” started getting some airplay in the US, so Geffen withdrew initial copies of the Skylarking LP and re-released the LP, removing “Mermaid Smiled” and adding “Dear God” in between “The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul” and “Dying”. The XTC mail list and web site are called “Chalkhills” because the name captures the essence of middle and late XTC albums.The original UK Skylarking CD preserves the original running order with “Mermaid Smiled” and sans “Dear God”; the US CD has “Dear God” but no “Mermaid Smiled”. The “Chalkhills and Children” reference is obvious, from the Oranges & Lemons album, but the name also refers to the ‘chalk horse’, the White Horse of Uffington, in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire near the borders of Wiltshire and Berkshire.(Robert Fripp and Discipline Global Mobile appear to have the same troubles negotiating with EMI, the parent company of Virgin.) Thus it may be increasingly difficult to purchase new copies of albums from the “Virgin years”. A plain text version of this file is available upon request. The Little Express, Limelight and Lumière are no more. From 1981 until the present , it became a centre from which the ebb and flow of letters, photos, artwork and news were assimilated, eventually producing and distributing a small, readable entity that captured a part of XTC's world.