Drums And Wires reissue - buy it now!
Last update: 8 December 2018
The Archives
What's New?
Buzzcity Talking
This World Over
About Us

Top Headlines

November 11, 2018:

Andy Partridge Screen Print Series - Part 1
Pre-order of print 1 and 2 in a series of screen prints designed with Andy Partridge of XTC illustrating songs from his back catalogue.
No. 1 - This Is Pop
No. 2 - Earn Enough For Us
SIZE: 18" x 24"
This Is Pop - Printed in 9 colours
Earn Enough For Us - Printed in 7 colours

This is a TIMED EDITION that will close at 23.59 GMT on Monday 12th November 2018

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."
September 28, 2018: BandHouse Gigs is a DC area producer that enlists some of the area's finest musicians to perform the songs of various bands live. On Saturday, April 6, 2019, The Barns at Wolf Trap will host A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to XTC. "For those new to XTC, this is the chance to hear an incredible pop band's music that reminds one of The Beatles, yet is far more underappreciated."
September 23, 2018: Andy Partridge, a life-long fan of The Monkees, has written the opening track for their forthcoming holiday album, Christmas Party. The song is “Unwrap You At Christmas”. The album is available for pre-order, to be released on October 12, 2018.

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

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 8
Lee Neuman has contributed chords for “Unwrap You at Christmas” and “Holly Up On Poppy”.
October 14
Kenn Scott "came across two contemporary reviews of XTC albums, from Canada's RPM magazine. The first is by Chris Murray, reviewing Oranges and Lemons in the March 20, 1989 issue; the second is by Steve McLean reviewing Nonsuch in the May 23, 1992 issue."
October 8
Lee Neuman sent in updated chords for “Towers of London” (but it took me even longer to get to them). ¶ Speaking of taking me a long time, Florian Decros contributed bass tablatures for Black Sea and The Dukes Of Stratosphear's Chips From the Chocolate Fireball, but I've only now made them available here. Sorry!
September 30
Gianluigi Alari provided his transcription of “Wrapped In Grey” for guitar. He thinks it improves the current chords on Chalkhills, and some voicings may be closer to the original.
September 28
Lee Neuman sent in updated chords for “Ladybird” (but it took me a while to get to them).
September 25
Lee Neuman sent in updated chords for “Respectable Street”.
September 23
Graeme Wong See contributed “Colin Moulding: XTC's Backroom Boy” from the April 1999 issue of Bass Player magazine.

Recent Site Updates

December 8, 2018: Songs - XTC: "Holly Up On Poppy", The Monkees: "Unwrap You At Christmas"
November 12, 2018: Press - “TC&I - Swindon Arts Centre (October 2018)”, Neon Filler, November 7, 2018
November 7, 2018: Discography - The State Disco Party / Presented Free by Record Mirror
October 10, 2018: Discography - XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), XTC: Skylarking, XTC: Apple Venus Volume 1

Twitter: xtcfans

No recent tweets.
“Shut your wretched pie trap, you ridiculous prick.”
© John Relph
Album of the Day

A transitional album, chock full of difficult and rewarding songs.

Support Chalkhills!

Ape House Records
X Wires
Fight Spam!