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December 8, 2015: 31 March 2015 will see the publication of Complicated Game - Inside The Songs Of XTC by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, the book details Andy Partridge songs from throughout XTC's career and provides a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. Filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and the band's adventures around the world (all told with Partridge's legendary humor), Complicated Game casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. The book includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks, reproductions of his original artwork designs, a guide to Andy Partridge's Swindon and a foreword by Steven Wilson. All pre-orders sold through Burning Shed/APE come signed by Andy Partridge.
August 20, 2015: The Vagabond Saints' Society is a loose collective of Triad-area (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) musicians that gathers semi-regularly to pay tribute to the great – and sometimes the not-so-great – artists of the pop-music era. On Saturday, September 5, 2015, The Vagabond Saints' Society Presents XTC's Skylarking, featuring Chris Stamey, Matt McMichaels, Andrea and Pete Connolly, and Roger Gupton. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm, Cat's Cradle - Back Room, Carrboro, NC, $8.00 - $10.00.
August 16, 2015:

16th October [update: delayed until 30th October -- Ed.] will see the release of Oranges & Lemons, the third in a series of remixed & expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge, and is fully approved by XTC. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix, while the Blu-Ray features a wealth of content, continuing the “virtual box set on a single disc” concept of the first two releases in the series:

  • 5.1 Surround album mix in 24bit/96khz available in LPCM and DTS HD MA
  • a new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • instrumental versions of all new stereo mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • a flat transfer of the original stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • 2 separate sets of demo & work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings
  • 1 set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos & ID links for radio stations & record companies
  • a collection of single mixes & XTC's version of Captain Beefheart's “Ella Guru”
  • promo films for “The Mayor of Simpleton” (3 versions), “King for a Day” and “The Road to Oranges & Lemons’, a rarely seen home-made film by the band explaining the album (and themselves!) to Geffen Records USA.

Presented in special packaging with expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding & Dave Gregory.

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Ape House News

August 10, 2015: XTC. ORANGES AND LEMONS IN 5.1
June 10, 2015: XTC's APPLE VENUS and WASPSTAR CDs
April 28, 2015: NEW XTC T SHIRTS
October 27, 2014: XTC - DRUMS AND WIRES NOW MIXED IN 5.1

Other News

December 25
Mark Smotroff wants you to read his review of the new reissue / reinvention of Oranges & Lemons.
October 17
Jordan Becker “. . . posted a full cover treatment of Skylarking on the Cover Me blog, and have credited Chalkhills for help in finding the covers, many of which come from the fan tributes.”
September 25
Jérôme Pintoux reviewed Black Sea. ¶ The Rock and Roll Chemist reviewed XTC: Song Stories.

Recent Site Updates

January 23, 2016: Press - “Dear God!”, The World's Worst Records, January 8, 2016
January 9, 2016: Press - “‘Towers of London’: Must-See Doc for All Serious XTC Fans”, January 6, 2016
January 3, 2016: Covers - So What??: "Making Plans for Nigel", Onslo Jones: "Dear God", Mark Duffield Collaboration: "Making Plans For Nigel", Joseph Wiseman: "Then She Appeared", Den-Mate: "Making Plans for Nigel", Channels: "Always Winter, Never Christmas"
December 24, 2015: Press - Reviews of Oranges & Lemons (1989)
December 16, 2015: Discography - Anton Barbeau: Magic Act

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.
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