April 21, 2019: On Saturday, 11th May 2019, at 02:00, Johnnie
Walker's Long Players
will feature a segment on XTC's album
(along with a segment on Talking Head's album Little
). The programme will be broadcast on on BBC Radio 2, London, and
is produced by Mark Simpson. A brand new interview with Andy about the album
and a longer version (along with the programme) will appear on the Radio 2
website and the BBC Sounds app (for streaming and download for 30 days after
September 28, 2018: BandHouse Gigs is a DC area not for profit music collective founded by Ron
Newmyer and Chuck Sullivan in 2004 and now involving a dozen other regular
volunteers. They enlist 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 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."
May 24, 2018: Andy Partridge
made recordings in his newly upgraded shed of Syd
Barrett's “Apples & Oranges” and Neil Innes' “Humanoid
Boogie”. Mr. Partridge has released these recordings on a four track
(both songs in stereo and mono) double-A side 10" vinyl EP in a picture sleeve.
The EP is a limited edition of 1,396 copies, available exclusively at Burning Shed
. Pre-order now for a June 28, 2018, release.
Ape House News
October 10, 2018: CLASSIC XTC VINYL RELEASES
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
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.
created by me, John Relph
, and is infrequently
updated (I try to have a life) 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
“Shut your wretched pie trap, you ridiculous
XTC have an entire chapter devoted to them in the Allan Jones book Can't Stand Up For Falling Down: Rock'n'Roll War Stories
. Jones apparently accompanied them on their very first U.S. tour (December 1978/January 1979). A very interesting time in the band's career.
Lee Neuman sent in chord charts for “Summer's Cauldron
is a “tribute to one of the most creative, melodic and precise bands ever: XTC. [Their] mission is to bring the music of this little known yet very appreciated group of musical geniuses back. [They] lovingly recreate the sound and the energy to a T. Welcome!”
has recorded more than 35 cover versions of XTC songs, all in German. Most recently, he released videos for “Spielzeug” (Toys) and “Wüsteninsel” (Desert Island).
Recent Site Updates
March 19, 2019: Discography - 12” Singles – Promotional Album Instore Play - Not For Sale