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Terry Chambers
Chambers (center) in 1978
Background information
Birth nameTerry Peter Chambers
Born (1955-07-18) 18 July 1955 (age 68)
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1972–1985, 2017–present
LabelsVirgin Records
Formerly of
WebsiteEXTC – XTC's Terry Chambers and Friends

Terry Peter Chambers (born 18 July 1955) is an English drummer who was a member of the band XTC from 1972 to 1982 and the popular Australian–New Zealand group Dragon between 1983 and 1985. He appears on all of XTC's albums between White Music (1978) and Mummer (1983).


Chambers was born in Swindon, Wiltshire.[1] He originally wanted to learn to play the piano, but his parents could not afford to buy one. So instead he saved money from his Saturday job, stacking shelves at the local grocers, and at the age of 14 bought his first drum kit.[2]

Chambers played on XTC's 3D - EP, White Music, Go 2, Drums and Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement, and many live recordings, until his departure from the band during the 1982 sessions for Mummer. On Mummer he played on "Beating of Hearts", "Wonderland" and the B-side "Toys". Chambers's reasons for leaving the band included the band's decision to stop touring and performing live, as well his own plans with his Australian girlfriend, with whom he subsequently migrated to New South Wales.

He became involved in session drumming while living in Australia as well as recording and touring with Dragon between late 1983 and mid 1985. He was featured on the studio album Body and the Beat (1984) and the live album and home video Live One (1985). He is also featured in the promotional video clips for the songs "Wilderworld", "Cry", "Magic" and "Rain".

Chambers divorced Donna Blanchard in 2016. They have one son, Kai Chambers, and two daughters, Corie and Abbi-Lee. Kai has followed in his father's footsteps, and has played in Australia and around the world as the drummer for October Rage.

Chambers returned to the UK in 2016 after meeting his old girlfriend Lynn Farrar.[3] He recorded an EP with fellow ex-XTC member Colin Moulding, called Great Aspirations by TC&I, which was released in October 2017. Chambers formed EXTC with former TC&I bandmate Steve Tilling, performing classic XTC songs from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

EXTC - XTC's Terry Chambers and Friends are currently touring, alongside Terry, EXTC features frontman Steve Hampton (lead vocal & guitar - Joe Jackson & The Vapors) and Terry Lines (bass & vocals - The Rams and Dead Crow Road).


  1. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Crampton, Luke (1999). VH1 Rock Stars Encyclopedia. DK Pub. p. 1087. ISBN 9780789446138.
  2. ^ Interview in XTC At the Manor, recorded at Richard Branson's Manor Studio on 22, 23 and 24 August 1980 and broadcast on 10 October 1980 by BBC2.
  3. ^ johnrobb (11 October 2018). "INTERVIEW! former XTC Colin Moulding in-depth on his live return with Terry Chambers as TC and I". Louder Than War. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

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