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February 7, 2015: Revolution In The Shed: Inside the Songs of XTC, by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt, “…offers a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made. Developed from a series of interviews conducted …” by Chalkhills mainstay Todd Bernhardt and originally published on MySpace, the book explores “… the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. But it is also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world, all told with the songwriter's legendary humor.” Available 1 September 2015 at better booksellers near you.
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)

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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

February 4
Thanks to “We're all Light” for the generous donation!
January 27
Ben Gott was having trouble reading Classic Pop's “Godfathers of Pop: Andy Partridge”.
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”.

Recent Site Updates

February 16, 2015: Press - “Remember When: They're Still Making Plans...”, Swindon Advertiser, October 1, 2005
February 15, 2015: Press - “Song of the Week: Dave remembers ‘Train Running Low...’”, xtcfans, June 28, 2009, “Song of the Week: Dave remembers ‘No Thugs in Our House’”, XTCfans, August 31, 2008, “Song of the Week: Dave remembers ‘Complicated Game’”, XTC Fans, January 13, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave's Take: Dave remembers ‘Making Plans for Nigel’”, XTCfans, December 14, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave's Take: Dave remembers ‘Across This Antheap’”, XTCfans, January 18, 2009, “Song of the Week -- Dave remembers ‘Supergirl’”, XTC Fans, April 20, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave remembers ‘Smalltown’”, XTC Fans, February 24, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave remembers ‘Rook’”, XTC Fans, May 18, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave remembers ‘Roads Girdle the Globe’”, XTCfans, July 20, 2008, “Song of the Week -- Dave remembers ‘Beating of Hearts’”, XTC Fans, May 4, 2008; Albums - XTC: Nonsuch; Gallery - Nonsuch Playing Card, Helium Kidz from Limelight Issue nine, February 1992
February 3, 2015: Discography - XTC: Science Friction; Songs - XTC: "Science Friction"
January 31, 2015: Gallery - Polish Science Friction postcard flexi
January 30, 2015: Gallery - Revolution In The Shed: Inside the Songs of XTC by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt
January 27, 2015: Press - “Godfathers of Pop: Andy Partridge”, Classic Pop, January 20, 2015
January 21, 2015: Discography - The Prog Collective: Epilogue
January 9, 2015: Discography - Mr. Partridge: Take Away / The Lure of Salvage

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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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