From Mark Fisher, the editor of ‘The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls’, comes a new musical exploration of one of the most essential pop groups of the 20th century. ‘What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book‘ is a compelling 228-page book involving some of the world’s leading musicians and keenest XTC fans to discuss what makes this Swindon band so very special and the extent of their impact of their music worldwide.
Every member of XTC also makes an appearance. Andy Partridge speaks about mixing, Dave Gregory on arranging and Barry Andrews on the piano. The book also includes interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo. This publication features cover artwork by renowned illustrator Mark Thomas.
“Every XTC album that got ignored gave the band a real power jolt. It was like being the Duracell bunny and getting a fresh set of batteries in your back. It made us want to strive harder,” says XTC frontman Andy Partridge.
“Weirdly, it does feel like the band is being appreciated now. We’ve become a historical artefact that’s more important than when it was a pot in Cro-Magnon times. As a museum exhibit it’s become priceless, but as a Neanderthal pot nobody wanted to bother pissing in it. It makes me feel valued – as long as I don’t go into national treasure territory!”
Fisher also offers an in-depth review of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers playing live for the first time in 36 years as TC&I. during their recent Swindon Arts Centre residency, a performance named on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Marc Riley show as one of the gigs of 2018.
Contributing musicians include:
• Rick Buckler: The Jam
• Chris Difford: Squeeze
• Debbi Peterson: The Bangles
• Dennis Locorriere: Dr Hook
• Steve Conte: New York Dolls
• Steven Page: Barenaked Ladies
• Chris Butler: The Waitresses
• Tracey Bryn: Voice of the Beehive
• Jason Falkner: Jellyfish
• Andrew Falkous: Future of the Left
• Peter Gabriel
• Mike Keneally: Frank Zappa
Plus Anton Barbeau, Todd Bernhardt, Chris Braide, Mikey Erg, Anne McCue, Jim Moray, Erich Sellheim, Rosie Vela, Mark Vidler and David Yazbek, as well as members of Fassine, Big Big Train, bis, Cosmic Rough Riders, Odds, Tin Spirits, Palm Ghosts and many more…
2018 marked the 40-year anniversary of XTC’s first studio album ‘White Music’. While XTC was founded in 1972, it wasn’t until 1979 that XTC had their first UK charting single. Colin Moulding and Andy Partridge continued their partnership until the group’s dissolution in 2006.
Lately there has been renewed interest in XTC, in part due to the release of eye-opening XTC documentary ‘This Is Pop’ about the band’s history and legacy, which looks at XTC and their journey from mercurial pop outsiders to full blown national treasures and one of Britain’s most influential yet unsung bands.
Mark Fisher was still at school when he and his 17-year-old friend Paul Badger published the first issue of ‘Limelight’. Created in Fisher’s teenage bedroom with Cow Gum and Letraset, the fanzine went on to sell all over the world.
Now based in Edinburgh, he is a freelance journalist writing for publications including The Guardian, The Scotsman and Variety. Apart from his two books in XTC, he is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide and How to Write About Theatre.
‘What Do You Call That Noise?’ will be released on March 4. Anyone ordering ‘What Do You Call That Noise?’ before midnight on Sunday, January 27 will be inducted into the Venerable League of Neon Shufflers and have their name published in the book. The book can be obtained for £17.99 + free UK p&p (from £5 international p&p)
Praise for ‘The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls’
“A sumptuous compendium… The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published” – Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine
“Music publication of the year” – Dave Jennings, Louder than War
“Varied, surprising and fun” – Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine
“Dotted throughout those original pages and some relaxed, genuinely insightful interviews. Fans new and old will pore over this” – Jamie Atkins, Record Collector
“A delicious thing to dive in and out of” – Iain Lee, Talk Radio