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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.

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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

December 17
Dean Skilton discovered “Life at 33 1/3: XTC: Swindon's only pride”.
December 13
Orit Friedland points us to “Senses (still) working overtime: Remixing XTC with Steven Wilson”.
November 15
Augie Krater performed his usual magic on the front and back covers of the French Science Friction 7" single.
November 11
John Morrish found and scanned his “XTC” article from Sound International magazine published in October 1980. Thanks, John, and good work!
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.

Recent Site Updates

December 17, 2014: Press - “Life at 33 1/3: XTC: Swindon's only pride”, Pattaya Mail, December 12, 2014
December 13, 2014: Press - “Senses (still) working overtime: Remixing XTC with Steven Wilson”, PSN Europe, December 9, 2014
December 10, 2014: Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-)
December 7, 2014: Songs - Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge: "Steel Bed", Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge: "Galveston", Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge: "Divine Blood", Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge: "Brown-Out On Olympus"; Albums - Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge: Orpheus - The Lowdown; Songs - XTC: "Where Did the Ordinary People Go?", XTC: "Spiral"
November 29, 2014: Songs - Miles Kane: "Better Than That", Miles Kane: "What Condition Am I In?", Miles Kane: "Darkness in Our Hearts"; Press - “XTC's 'Respectable Street' is as booming and lively as it was 34 years ago”, The Bleader, November 19, 2014
November 28, 2014: Press - Reviews of Drums and Wires (1979)
November 24, 2014: Albums - XTC: Waxworks / Beeswax, XTC: Black Sea; Gallery - Black Sea front cover
November 9, 2014: Discography - The Dukes of Stratosphear: Mole From the Ministry
October 31, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires

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XTC albums always have great cover art. This album has some of the most memorable cover art of any album ever. XTC are just beginning to find their songwriting strengths.

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