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What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book

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now available for pre-order WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT NOISE? An XTC Discovery Book
coming March 2019
Order here: www.xtclimelight.com


From the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls comes a musical exploration of one of the most essential pop groups of the 20th century. In this compelling 228-page book, some of the world's leading musicians and keenest fans come together to discuss what makes XTC so very special.
Every member of XTC also makes an appearance, including Andy Partridge on mixing, Dave Gregory on arranging and Barry Andrews on the piano – not to mention an in-depth review of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers playing live as TC&I for the first time in 36 years.
That's in addition to interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo.
Contributing musicians include:
Chris Butler: The Waitresses Tracey Bryn: Voice of the Beehive Rick Buckler: The Jam Chris Difford: Squeeze Jason Falkner: Jellyf…

Andy Partridge vinyl releases in 2019

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Exciting news today as former XTC front man Andy Partridge promises "at least ten" vinyl releases in 2019 and 2020 featuring previously unheard material. Finally, a chance for fans to hear what he's been getting up to in his songwriting shed. This is his tweet today:
Over the next couple of years I'm planning at least ten vinyl releases on APE with my music on, and that doesn't include any XTC releases.
Put some coal in your Dansette. — XTC (@xtcfans) 26 November 2018
Back after 25 years, the classic 1980s fanzine about XTC is on sale again. The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls is a 256-page edition of Limelight, featuring the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material, including interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.

"The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published" Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine.

"A delicious thing to dive in and out of" Iain Lee, Talk Radio.

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Andy Partridge on Unwrap You at Christmas

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FOR XTC's Andy Partridge, the Monkees were childhood heroes. He even won a competition in Monkees Monthly for his caricature of Micky Dolenz. A dream came true in 2016 when he wrote for the band's 50th-anniversary comeback album Good Times! His song You Bring the Summer was one of that record's highlights – as was the bonus track Love's What I Want. Two years later, he proves he can do winter just as well as summer with Unwrap You at Christmas, the lead single from the newly released Christmas Party

Mark Fisher, editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, pulls out the crackers, pours a sherry and asks Andy some festive questions.
Our new single “Unwrap You at Christmas” is now available on #Spotify...written for us by the great Andy Partridge of XTC!https://t.co/ipnUDN1VWopic.twitter.com/MhHeNddeKZ — Micky Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) 9 October 2018
When I was down in Swindon 18 months ago you played me your demo of Unwrap You at Christmas and I thought it s…

XTC's Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers play live

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THE 36-YEAR wait is nearly over. After releasing the Great Aspirations CD as TC&I at the end of 2017, songwriter Colin Moulding and original XTC drummer Terry Chambers have announced a string of live dates in October. 

"It’s exciting times," says Chambers. "Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego."

Playing a mini-residency at Swindon Arts Centre, the long-standing rhythm section will be joined by Steve Tilling on guitar and Gary Bamford on keyboards and guitar. 

Multi-instrumentalist and session musician Tilling is the man behind Circu5 whose debut album The Amazing Monstrous Grady featured a guest appearance from XTC guitarist Dave Gregory.


Excited to be doing this run of dates at the Swindon Arts Centre with Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers (ex-XTC - now…

Andy Partridge on Humanoid Boogie and Apples and Oranges

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Mark Fisher, editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, talks to Andy Partridge about his limited-edition EP covering two songs from 1967: Humanoid Boogie by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Apples and Oranges by Pink Floyd.MARK FISHER: I'm assuming you're sitting there in Dukes of Stratosphear garb.
ANDY PARTRIDGE: It's only just coincidental that they're two songs I've always loved and always wanted to cover. There are other songs I could have equally picked: Citadel by the Rolling Stones or Mellow Yellow… seemingly all from the same sort of years. I guess I was just at that everything-impressiony stage. I would have been 13 – or 14 in November 67.

So these were the first things you were listening to of your own volition.
Well, one of the very first albums I bought in 68 was the Bonzos' Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse. I took my paper-round money into a bookshop called Wymans. They had this groovy little square section filed off at the back as a …

Limited edition XTC photo book

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I'm pleased to have written a short introduction to this rather gorgeous 36-page photo book put together by Ronald Gurr featuring a selection of photographs of XTC in NYC at the end of 1980 by Virginia Turbett.

When Turbett took this set of pictures in and around Madison Square Garden in December 1980, XTC were on a roll. Four albums in, they'd been playing alongside such heavy hitters as The Police, Oingo Boingo and, now, The Cars. The year had kicked off with a handful of dates in New York and they'd subsequently played Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, as well as repeat trips to the US.

Captured here in a chilly NYC, they are unguarded and relaxed – if, perhaps, exhausted by their relentless schedule. We see Terry Chambers larking about with woolly hat pulled over his face; Dave Gregory, never so happy as when he's got a guitar round his neck; Andy Partridge giving every shot its visual interest; and Colin Moulding, all mop-top, cheek bones and shy good humou…

Showtime XTC documentary – Charlie Thomas interview

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Mark Fisher, editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, talks to director Charlie Thomas about the making of This Is Pop, the superb XTC "rockumentary", as it makes its North American debut on Showtime.HOW DO YOU make a rockumentary when your principal subject detests rockumentaries? That was the challenge faced by Charlie Thomas when he set about filming the story of XTC. He knew there'd be little point in proceeding if he didn't have chief songwriter Andy Partridge on board. He also knew Andy was bored silly with the clichés of rock'n'roll reportage. What was he to do? "Persuading Andy was the key," says the moviemaker. 

Andy told him that every couple of months a director would get in touch wanting to make an XTC documentary, every time Andy would suggest ideas and every time he'd never hear from them again. Thomas gave him a call and they chatted for an hour. "We found common ground," says Thomas. "And from that p…