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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
March 8, 2014: XTC SKYLARKING CORRECTED POLARITY CD
October 7, 2013: XTC NONSUCH REMIXED IN 5.1
October 22, 2012: GONWARDS - PETER BLEGVAD AND ANDY PARTRIDGE
August 21, 2012: SACRED OBJECTS - A film by Stu Rowe and Andy Partridge

Other News

January 17
Michael Ricci would like you to know that his publication All About Jazz has published this review of Drums and Wires.
January 10
Jeff Truzzi got Andy Partridge to transcribe the chords to “Roads Girdle the Globe”.
January 1
Happy New Year! Vin Maskell wrote to tell us about “A Stereo Story from Australia about first hearing Senses Working Overtime in the blazing heat of January 1982. ¶ Egidio Sabbadini leads us to “Summer’s Heaven in Sound: Skylarking by XTC”.
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!

Recent Site Updates

January 24, 2015: Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-), “XTC Single Picture Sleeves”, WYEP 91.3FM, November 10, 2013, “Andy Partridge of XTC turns 60”, WYEP 91.3, November 11, 2013
January 21, 2015: Discography - The Prog Collective: Epilogue
January 18, 2015: Songs - Andy Partridge: "Peter Blegvad"
January 17, 2015: Press - Reviews of Drums and Wires (1979), “Psychoactive Sci-Fi Surrealism: The Book Covers That Inspired XTC's Andy Partridge”, Dangerous Minds, January 15, 2015
January 10, 2015: Songs - XTC: "Roads Girdle the Globe"
January 9, 2015: Discography - Mr. Partridge: Take Away / The Lure of Salvage
January 1, 2015: Press - Reviews of Skylarking (1987), “Senses Working Overtime by XTC”, Stereo Stories, January 1, 2015
December 30, 2014: Discography - XTC: White Music, XTC: The Big Express, XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Go 2; Songs - XTC: "Pink Thing"
December 27, 2014: Gallery - Urban Image > Music Archive > Rock > UK Rock > XTC

Chalkhills is a web resource dedicated to XTC (the now defunct band). Surf 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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