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December 2, 2017: The highly anticipated XTC documentary “XTC This is POP”, was broadcast by Sky Arts in October (a petition earlier in the year was circulated to convince BBC to air it). Andy Partridge says, "There may well be a DVD later, yes, if they can get clearances from everyone that owns a slice of us." Steven Wilson says, "I was very honoured to be invited to appear in a feature length documentary about one of my all time favourite bands XTC. . . Directed by Charlie Thomas . . . this is a very serious (but also funny) telling of the story of one of the most creative and intelligent, but also quintessentially English bands to have ever existed." Apparently negotiations are in progress to screen the film in other markets.
November 25, 2017:

'Great Aspirations' EP

The new EP from ex-XTC's Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers

Colin and Terry put their XTC past behind them for some truly original stuff. . . well . . . maybe and nod and a wink here and there. . .

TC&I present . . . their EP

October 17, 2017: Black Sea is the fifth in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, 2017 stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material. All pre-order copies sold through Burning Shed come with an exclusive postcard signed by Terry Chambers. Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Dave Gregory and Hugh Padgham.
  • CD: Features a 2017 stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with bonus tracks (many featuring Steven Wilson mixes).
  • Blu-Ray: a 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Additional Blu-Ray features include:
    • The 2017 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
    • Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 (several featuring 2017 Steven Wilson mixes)
    • The original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks.
    • Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson), and several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
    • Many album tracks in demo form as recorded (mostly live) at Phonogram Studios prior to the main album sessions.
    • Three Andy Partridge demos from Phonogram studios.
    • Three Andy Partridge demos from Swindon Town Hall.
    • Promo films for Towers Of London, Generals & Majors & Respectable Street.
A definitive edition of XTC's Art Pop classic from 1980.

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
June 10, 2016: BACK TO VOLUPTUOUS VINYL

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 am often busy with other things) 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.

Other News

December 9
Marshall Gooch reviewed TC&I's Great Aspirations and The Dukes Of Stratosphear's 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot LPs. ¶ Check out “Moronophonics 09 | XTC / Skylarking” on The Pods & Sods Network. ¶ Record Collector reviews the Steven Wilson mix of Black Sea.
November 29
Steve Wilcox mentions that "Roland's review [of Black Sea] is up".
November 25
Jay Ditzer corrected some lyrics for “Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down”. ¶ Mark Fisher, editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, reviewed the new Steven Wilson remix of Black Sea.
November 12
Deeper Cuts: Apple Venus Volume 1 podcast and addendum: “The Influence of Judee Sill”. ¶ Richard Rection took a photo at a concert in 1980. ¶ Will Maher has contributed chords to "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her".
November 11
Will Maher has contributed a transcription of the guitar solo to "Church of Women" as well as the chords to "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" and "Helicopter". ¶ Melanie Bouchard "went to Library and Archives Canada and found an article on XTC. . . It's from Toronto punk serial Shades, from their March-April 1980 issue. It's just titled ‘XTC’."
October 7
Terry Arnett wrote to say, “Just thought I'd let you know that Fossil Fools appears to be an ongoing thing again now.” And are “… officially endorsed by Dave Gregory.”

Recent Site Updates

December 10, 2017: Press - “The greatest gig we'll never see? XTC : Live Review (first in a series of ‘if only’ gigs)”, Louder Than War, September 1, 2017, “Bass Transcription: Colin Moulding's Bass Line on XTC's ‘Senses Working Overtime’”, No Treble, October 12, 2017
December 9, 2017: Press - Reviews of The Big Express (1984), Reviews of Black Sea (1980), Reviews of The Dukes of Stratosphear's Psonic Psunspot (1987), Reviews of The Dukes of Stratosphear's 25 O'Clock (1985), Reviews of Skylarking (1987), Reviews of TC&I: Great Aspirations (2017), “XTC were the best live band from 1979-82 and that's all”, Where's That Sound Coming From?, March 10, 2011
November 29, 2017: Albums - XTC: Black Sea
November 26, 2017: Press - “Colin Moulding on Reteaming With Terry Chambers for 'DIY' New Project & Possibility of XTC Reunion”, Billboard, November 26, 2017
November 25, 2017: Press - Reviews of Go 2 (1978); Songs - TC&I: "Scatter Me", TC&I: "Comrades of Pop", TC&I: "Greatness (The Aspiration Song)", TC&I: "Kenny"; Albums - TC&I: Great Aspirations; Songs - XTC: "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down"; Press - “Tributo a XTC / XTC Deep Dive - Part I”, SevenSongsforSevenDays, September 6, 2014
November 12, 2017: Songs - XTC: "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her"; Albums - XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Drums and Wires, XTC: Nonsuch, XTC: Skylarking; Songs - XTC: "Take This Town", XTC: "Smokeless Zone", XTC: "Cuba Dub", Andy Partridge: "The History of Rock 'n' Roll", XTC: "Spy in Space", XTC: "Don't Lose Your Temper", “Walking to Work”, “Pearl”, “Jumping the Gap”, “Holding the Baby”, “Ban the Bomb”, XTC: "Travels In Nihilon", XTC: "Towers Of London", XTC: "Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)", XTC: "Rocket From A Bottle", XTC: "Respectable Street", XTC: "Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)", XTC: "No Language In Our Lungs", XTC: "Love at First Sight", XTC: "Living Through Another Cuba", XTC: "Generals and Majors", XTC: "Burning With Optimism's Flames", “Monkeys in Humanskin Suits”, XTC: "The Somnambulist"; Gallery - XTC on tour with The Police in the U.S during early 1980: Andy with Sing and Stewart Copeland.; Press - “XTC Apple Venus, Volume 1 Addendum: The Influence of Judee Sill”, Deeper Cuts, November 10, 2017, “5: XTC - Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)”, Deeper Cuts, November 9, 2017; Discography - Geoffrey Downes & Christopher Braide: Skyscraper Souls – DBA3
November 11, 2017: Press - “XTC”, Shades, March/April 1980; Discography - XTC: Black SeaThe Surround Sound Series, TC&I: Great Aspirations
October 1, 2017: Discography - Steven Wilson: To The Bone

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