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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.
April 5, 2014: This is a PROMOTIONAL BLURB. The blurb was DESIGNED to spread the word about a concert. We hope to attract your attention so that you might attend this concert. This concert is a TRIBUTE CONCERT. The subject of the tribute is the band XTC. This is the re-do after January's XTC tribute was CANCELLED due to MULTIPLE AILMENTS. A number of musicians will be performing one to three songs by this band. The concert is going to be held at THE IRON HORSE. This is a music venue in NORTHAMPTON, MA. The concert will happen on MAY 24th. It is to begin at 10:00 PM. The whole night will consist of WONDERFUL MUSIC written by the band XTC. If you are a fan, you know how rare a show like this is. If you are not, well, just TRUST US.
March 10, 2014: Anyone near Minneapolis in April should not miss this show, featuring several Twin Cities luminaries, all paying tribute to the band everyone loves while raising money for women's cancer funds. Hope some of you can make it. Senses Working Overtime: An All-Star Benefit Tribute to XTC, Wednesday, April 23rd, Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, tickets $10 advance, $12 door. Showtime is 10pm. 21+

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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

October 18
Egidio Sabbadini turns us on to XTC: The Big Express – A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration – album reappraisal in Louder Than War.
October 13
Brian MacDonald wrote a little something about The Big Express, which is soon to celebrate its 30th birthday.
September 22
Dave Stafford is scorched !! (Dave Gregory is home at last...)
September 20
Roberto Jesús Serrano Bazán wanted us to know about XTC January 1979.
September 6
Wes Hanks noticed that Slicing Up Eyeballs published details on the forthcoming reissue: “XTC's ‘Drums and Wires’ audiophile reissue to include new 5.1 mix, demos, rehearsal tracks”.
September 3
Ira Lieman shared “Andy Partridge Bleeds for You and Me” from Innocent Words.
August 31
1000 Times Jeff reviews Drums And Wires.

Recent List Topics

Volume 20, Number 2: August 12, 2014

Recent Site Updates

October 18, 2014: Songs - XTC: "Day In Day Out", XTC: "Pulsing Pulsing", XTC: "Homo Safari", XTC: "Bushman President (Homo Safari No. 2)"; Albums - XTC: Drums and Wires; Songs - XTC: "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty", XTC: "Real by Reel", XTC: "Over Rusty Water", XTC: "Officer Blue", XTC: "Looking for Footprints (Sleepyheads)", XTC: "Life Begins at the Hop", XTC: "Helicopter", XTC: "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down", XTC: "Ten Feet Tall", XTC: "Limelight", XTC: "Chain of Command", XTC: "That is the Way", XTC: "Scissor Man", XTC: "Roads Girdle the Globe", XTC: "Outside World", XTC: "Millions", XTC: "Making Plans for Nigel", XTC: "Complicated Game"; Press - "Andy Partridge is THE CORRECTOR", Twitter (2014-), Reviews of The Big Express (1984)
October 13, 2014: Albums - XTC: Nonsuch
October 12, 2014: Songs - “Cheap Perfume
September 29, 2014: Covers - Kevin MacDonald Band: "Find The Fox (demo)"
September 22, 2014: Press - “scorched !!”, pureambient, September 22, 2014
September 21, 2014: Press - Reviews of Wasp Star — Apple Venus Volume 2 (2000); Discography - XTC: Go 2, Pugwash: A Rose In A Garden Of Weedsa Preamble Through the History of Pugwash...
September 20, 2014: Press - “Rewind...January 27-February 1 1979: A week of disharmony”, Swindon Advertiser, January 28, 2014
September 6, 2014: Discography - XTC: Drums and Wires – The Surround Sound Series.

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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