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October 22, 2014: Andy Partridge was named the winner of the Q Songwriter award at the Xperia Access Q Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 22, 2014, in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
August 30, 2014: The revolutionary Drums And Wires, from 1979, is the second in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 surround mixes, new stereo mixes and high-resolution stereo mixes of the original material. Pre-order for 27th October release. All pre-order copies come with exclusive postcards signed by Andy Partridge. Two editions are available, a CD/Blu-Ray set and a CD/DVD Audio set. The Blu-Ray will include a wealth of extra audio and visual material.
April 5, 2014: This is a PROMOTIONAL BLURB. The blurb was DESIGNED to spread the word about a concert. We hope to attract your attention so that you might attend this concert. This concert is a TRIBUTE CONCERT. The subject of the tribute is the band XTC. This is the re-do after January's XTC tribute was CANCELLED due to MULTIPLE AILMENTS. A number of musicians will be performing one to three songs by this band. The concert is going to be held at THE IRON HORSE. This is a music venue in NORTHAMPTON, MA. The concert will happen on MAY 24th. It is to begin at 10:00 PM. The whole night will consist of WONDERFUL MUSIC written by the band XTC. If you are a fan, you know how rare a show like this is. If you are not, well, just TRUST US.

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Ape House News

October 27, 2014: XTC DRUMS AND WIRES NOW MIXED IN 5.1
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1
August 21, 2012: SACRED OBJECTS - A film by Stu Rowe and Andy Partridge

Other News

October 25
Augie Krater has done it again, this time with the Japanese White Music LP obi, label, side B, label, side A, insert, side B, insert, side A, front cover with obi, and back cover.
October 22
Claude Cat let me know that he also posted on “The Ugly Underneath, Music and Lyrics”.
October 21
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán found that “We're All Light - The Ecstasy of XTC” at Claudecat's Place.
October 18
Egidio Sabbadini turns us on to XTC: The Big Express – A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration – album reappraisal in Louder Than War.
October 13
Brian MacDonald wrote a little something about The Big Express, which is soon to celebrate its 30th birthday.
September 22
Dave Stafford is scorched !! (Dave Gregory is home at last...)
September 20
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán wanted us to know about XTC January 1979.

Recent List Topics

Volume 20, Number 2: August 12, 2014

Recent Site Updates

October 26, 2014: Press - Reviews of Wasp Star – Apple Venus Volume 2 (2000), Introduzione al volume XTC: Testi con traduzione a fronte, 1992, “Agony Andy” with Janice Long, BBC Radio 1, circa 1984, Reviews of Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999), Various articles from BIRDpages, 1999-2005
October 25, 2014: Songs - XTC: "The Disappointed", XTC: "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"; Gallery - a painting called “A Gentle Man With His Head In The Clouds” by Alan Parker; Songs - XTC: "Over Rusty Water", XTC: "Outside World", XTC: "Officer Blue", XTC: "Millions", XTC: "Making Plans for Nigel", XTC: "Looking for Footprints (Sleepyheads)", XTC: "Limelight", XTC: "Life Begins at the Hop", XTC: "Homo Safari", XTC: "Helicopter", XTC: "Day In Day Out", XTC: "Complicated Game", XTC: "Chain of Command", XTC: "Bushman President (Homo Safari No. 2)", XTC: "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty", XTC: "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down", XTC: "That is the Way", XTC: "Ten Feet Tall", XTC: "Scissor Man", XTC: "Roads Girdle the Globe", XTC: "Real by Reel", XTC: "Pulsing Pulsing"; Albums - XTC: White Music
October 24, 2014: Gallery - Japanese White Music LP obi, Japanese White Music LP label, side B, Japanese White Music LP label, side A, Japanese White Music LP insert, side B, Japanese White Music LP insert, side A, Japanese White Music LP front cover with obi, Japanese White Music LP back cover; Songs - XTC: "Boarded Up"
October 22, 2014: Albums - XTC: Drums and Wires; Press - “The Ugly Underneath, Music and Lyrics”, Claudecat's Place, October 13, 2014
October 21, 2014: Albums - XTC: Nonsuch; Press - “We're All Light - The Ecstasy of XTC”, Claudecat's Place, October 20, 2014
October 18, 2014: Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-), Reviews of The Big Express (1984)
October 12, 2014: Songs - “Cheap Perfume
September 29, 2014: Covers - Kevin MacDonald Band: "Find The Fox (demo)"
September 27, 2014: Gallery - A pencil drawing by Harrison J. Knerr from 1996 or so
September 21, 2014: Discography - XTC: Go 2, Pugwash: A Rose In A Garden Of Weedsa Preamble Through the History of Pugwash...

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