Chalkhills: The XTC Resource

Updated: 12 December 2020

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Garden of Earthly Delights
March 15, 2020: Futureman Records released Garden of Earthly Delights - An XTC Celebration on March 6, 2020. All proceeds from the project will benefit The Wild Honey Foundation. The 2 CD set includes 32 tracks, the digital download includes an additional 17 tracks! Performers include Pop 4, The Corner Laughers, Paul Myers, The Anderson Council, Corin Ashley and Cliff Hillis, and many others. "Thanks to everyone involved, we think you're going to enjoy!"
Psychedelic Pswindon: Pso Much to Anpswer For
September 2, 2019: Psurroundabout Ride gathers all of The Dukes of Stratosphear's material on a CD/Blu-Ray pset, with both of the band's albums plus 2 extra tracks, remixed in pstereo and 5.1 psurround by Steven Wilson (approved by Andy Partridge). Originally produced by John Leckie (Swami Anand Nagara) and The Dukes, the set includes a CD with all tracks in stereo, plus a Blu-Ray containing all 19 songs in their original mixes in hi-res stereo, new mixes of 18 songs in hi-res stereo and 5.1 surround plus a final song up-mixed to surround using the Penteo audio system, and complete demos from both albums & instrumental versions of album songs in hi-res stereo. Pre-order now, the set will be released on 18 October 2019 (delayed due to manufacturing issues with the 200g vinyl).
They Came From Planet England
August 3, 2019: Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Partridge sat down for “tea and a chat, followed by some — typically for both — fine pop song writing, recording, mixing, a celebratory glass of wine and a trip to a restaurant for a curry and a pint of beer. . . all traditions as English in their longevity as the day they arrived on these shores from somewhere else.” The result of this meeting of the mynahs is Planet England, a four-song EP, which will be available from Burning Shed in September. “. . . a unique coupling on dazzling form.”
Petition: XTC: This is Pop on Blu-ray
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."

Ape House News

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

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Chalkhills 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.

Chalkhills was 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 1991.
“Shut your wretched pie trap, you ridiculous prick.”
© John Relph

Other News

June 13
Ali Sueoka submitted chords for “Work”. "Keep your fingers busy / Mentally or physically. . ." ¶ Ali also sent in a transcription of the background vocal of “I Don't Want To Be Here"”, to help us copy the band.
May 17
Mike Wilson humbly submits an update to the existing tabs for “No Thugs”.
April 18
Thanks to Bernard for his generous donation! ¶ Keith Morris recently recorded a cover version of “Washaway”, and in the process made charts and tabs for it.
April 11
Keith Morris made an attempt at a chord chart (sorry, no tab) for “Turn Me On, Deadman”. ¶ Ali Sueoka, a college student in Japan, made some tabs for the song “The Good Things”.
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Recent Site Updates

October 2, 2020: Discography - Days Between Stations: Giants

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