This is a trailer for a forthcoming XTC Rockumentary (cannily featuring Mr Partridge debunking the whole idea and Derek Smalls as a celeb Talking Head). Apparently this was posted briefly before being pulled but here is the cat that was briefly let out of the bag. Looks a pretty low budget affair and was wondering if anyone other than Andy was going to get a say until Colin Moulding pops up near the end. Andy Partridge bucks the general trend of most musicians in being extremely engaging, enlightening and funny in interviews but I hope they can get Dave Gregory, Barry Andrews, Terry Chambers and co to add their twopenneth. There’s definitely room for such a thing to be made, not sure who is involved but I daresay if they launched a crowdfunding campaign they would smash it given XTC’s worldwide cultdom and raise enough budget to get all the footage they need, with enough spare to pilot a Space Shuttle to get Martians opinions on which was the best LP.
Mr Partridge is always good value in interviews and here’s an epic two hours of Podmax with Swindon’s potato shaped pop genius. Focus is on the Skylarking box set and the interviewer seems obsessed with the (really not very good) ‘Dear God’ but it’s a great listen all the same. Worth admission for his Sting impersonation, and Todd Rundgren gets a good-natured but merciless shoeing (only fair after the rock Munster dished it out to Andy via Marc Maroon’s podcast). @Colin-h of this parish will be thrilled at Partridge’s choice of Desert Island Disc (clue…it’s not Sham 69)
Pugwash are ace. I first saw them at one of the first Word in Your Ear gigs, which was the first time I met the lovely Hannah and a few of you here as well as Mark Ellen and David Hepworth and also Dave Gregory from XTC who played a couple of numbers with them. I had a good chat with Thomas Walsh after the gig who was just a fecking legend and gave me most of the back catalogue to take home and I’ve been a firm fan ever since. Their most recent LP ‘Play This Intimately (As if Among Friends)’ is a thing of perfectly crafted wonderment and they’re currently on tour. They may well be coming to your town – so if you’re near Hebden Bridge, Leicester, Frome, Dundee, Hayfield go see ’em. P.S. They’re also playing Glasgow and somewhere called Islington. Some US dates too. Do not miss.
Blimey this is good. If you don’t have Spotify seek out The Dowling Poole via other channels (I got the CD from HMV today so no excuses!) . They have a new record out called One Hyde Park – I’m a big Cardiacs fan so I was grabbed by the fact that the ‘Poole’ in this oufit is Jon Poole a former Cardiac – and this is wonderfully crafted, clever and imaginative guitar pop with crazy chord changes and psychedelic, soaring moments that Cardiacs fans will immediately feel at home with. Also if you like late period XTC there’s a huge dollop of Andy Patridge/Colin Moulding style wonderment in there too – only cranked up to 11. Going to see them live on Sunday – they’re also playing Huddersfield tonight and Glasgow on Saturday.
Probably not news to those who subscribe, but an interesting interview with Todd Rundgren on WTF last week. Has his potted version of the XTC production story, production in general (incl. Bat Out of Hell), and even name-checks Mahavishnu Orchestra (@colin-h).
The Dweezil Zappa episode earlier in the month was pretty good too.
I love this place, or I thought I did.
But somehow recently I have not felt inclined to post anything, either as a comment or starting a post.
It’s partly because I’m 12 hours behind (ie I am in Australia) – there are often wonderful raving loony conversations that I discover first thing in the morning and by the time I think of something vaguely worthwhile to say it’s all over.
But also, I don’t know, something’s gone, and I’d be the first to admit it’s “just me”, maybe I just don’t care enough about debating essential music questions of the moment. Or political or social questions. Or maybe I’m just too busy with having a life, which is not to suggest at all that the regular posters (the clique?) don’t.
That’s all. I don’t expect anyone to make any comment, I’ll quietly be my own thread killer.
I’ll still check in, cos I love you all.
But just wondering if anyone else feels anything similar.