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‘My dream had died’: XTC’s Andy Partridge on mental illness, battling the music industry and losing his muse
Forty years ago, XTC were riding high when Partridge had a breakdown and quit touring. As he releases a new archival EP, he discusses the troubled childhood and addiction that triggered it, finding refuge in the studio – and why he’s stopped writing songs

Fergal Kinney

20, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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How we made: XTC on Making Plans for Nigel
‘British Steel responded by rounding up a lot of workers called Nigel and getting them to say their jobs were actually great’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

27, Apr, 2020 @1:56 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: songs about pragmatism
Among artists picked for seeing things as they are come Run DMC, Van Morrison, Nina Simone and Beyoncé

Samantha Birchard

03, May, 2018 @11:00 AM

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Field Music: Commontime review – funky, but with feeling
The Sunderland temper their usual spiky fare with post-fatherhood wistfulness on album No 6

Paul Mardles

07, Feb, 2016 @8:00 AM

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The end is Nige: why the name Nigel is rightly doomed | Nigel Kendall
It could be the Farage factor, or the XTC song. But whoever’s to blame, it seems nothing can now save my accursed tribe from the inevitable

Nigel Kendall

11, Dec, 2015 @12:13 PM

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Prominent producer Martin Rushent dies aged 63

Tributes pour in for award-winning producer who worked with the Stranglers, the Human League and T.Rex

Alexandra Topping

06, Jun, 2011 @5:42 PM

1000 albums to hear before you die: Artists beginning with X

From X to XTC

22, Nov, 2007 @11:43 PM

Click to download: Happy hour

Chris Salmon finds XTC's Andy Partridge spreading a little online joy. Plus music to buy cars to.

23, Feb, 2007 @12:07 AM

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Home entertainment: Andy Partridge

For Andy Partridge of XTC, contentment is found in Everywheresville, aka Swindon, listening to the best psychedelic nonsense from the 1960s.

Will Hodgkinson

02, Apr, 2004 @1:42 AM

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