September 30, 2018: Leslie Gooch writes, "Do you love XTC? [XTC: This is Pop
] is a
documentary every fan should see, and one you'll want to show to non fans as
well. Only available by streaming via subscription channels, and an occasional
television airing, this petition
is an attempt to prove enough interest to get
a Blu-ray or DVD made and available for purchase. Please add your name if you
would be interested in a copy of this fantastic documentary."
September 28, 2018: BandHouse Gigs is a DC area producer that enlists some of the area's finest
musicians to perform the songs of various bands live. On Saturday, April 6,
2019, The Barns at Wolf Trap will host A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to XTC
. "For those new to
XTC, this is the chance to hear an incredible pop band's music that reminds one
of The Beatles, yet is far more underappreciated."
September 23, 2018: Andy Partridge, a life-long fan of The Monkees, has written the opening track
for their forthcoming holiday album, Christmas Party
. The song is “Unwrap You
At Christmas”. The album is available for pre-order, to be released on
October 12, 2018.
May 24, 2018: Andy Partridge
made recordings in his newly upgraded shed of Syd
Barrett's “Apples & Oranges” and Neil Innes' “Humanoid
Boogie”. Mr. Partridge has released these recordings on a four track
(both songs in stereo and mono) double-A side 10" vinyl EP in a picture sleeve.
The EP is a limited edition of 1,396 copies, available exclusively at Burning Shed
. Pre-order now for a June 28, 2018, release.
Ape House News
October 10, 2018: CLASSIC XTC VINYL RELEASES
September 29, 2017: BLACK SEA now in 5.1
March 8, 2017: POWERS RETURNED
December 3, 2016: XTC SHIRTS AU GO GO
October 17, 2016: SKYLARKING NOW IN 5.1
is a web resource dedicated to XTC
(the now defunct band). Peruse Chalkhills to find a wealth of information about
XTC, their music and recordings, and much more.
created by me, John Relph
, and is infrequently
updated (I try to have a life) so check back often. Chalkhills was the longest
extant XTC mailing list, 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. Chalkhills is the longest extant XTC web site, first hacked
together in May 1994, although FTP archives were first made available in April
“Shut your wretched pie trap, you ridiculous
has recorded more than 35 cover versions of XTC songs, all in German. Most recently, he released videos for “Spielzeug” (Toys) and “Wüsteninsel” (Desert Island).
Tim Bowness wrote to say that his new album, Flowers At The Scene
, features Andy Partridge playing guitar on one track. The album will be released on 1 March 2019 in multiple formats.
Chris Rowley has submitted Bass Tab for “No Thugs In Our House
Lee Neuman has contributed chords for “Unwrap You at Christmas
” and “Holly Up On Poppy
Recent Site Updates
January 14, 2019: Discography - Tim Bowness: Flowers At The Scene
December 1, 2018: Discography - The Monkees: Christmas Party, Andy Partridge: [At Least Ten Vinyl Releases]