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  Andy Partridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Andy Partridge (born November 11, 1953 in Malta) is a founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter of the new wave group XTC.
As XTC gained popularity, they had been on tour for the bulk of a five-year period ending in 1982 when Partridge, suffering from stress-related illnesses reportedly brought about by his wife throwing out his supply of valium, forced the band to stop touring.
Partridge also served initially as the producer for the English band Blur during the recording of Modern Life Is Rubbish, before creative differences with the band led to his replacement by Stephen Street.
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 Plan 9's Nine Times
Andy Partridge, the guitarist half of XTC, is one of the most gifted and creative post-Beatle/Brian Wilson pop/rock composers.
This is especially true for the later material, where with the advances in home recording technology Partridge has been able to lay down multiple tracks, playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals himself, in versions very close to their final form.
Partridge's songs have certainly evolved to the point where they're clearly superior to anything Sir P.'s done in the last 20 years.
www.plan9music.com /9x_review.php?item_id=5858000360   (505 words)

  
 XTC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At the peak of their popularity, the band embarked on a major tour, but Partridge suffered a breakdown on stage during one of the first concerts of the tour in Paris on March 18, 1982.
Andy Partridge's breakdown, which manifested itself as uncontrollable stage fright, was reportedly precipitated by his wife throwing away his supply of Valium.
It was during this period that Partridge began a relationship with an American fan, Erica Wexler, the niece of famed American record producer Jerry Wexler.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/XTC   (2248 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Above average Andy
Partridge, who with his band XTC, has made a career out of articulating the parochial essence of English culture, lives in a pocket of the old town that actually has some cobble-stone charm to it, unlike the mass of mini-roundabouts and company car-clogged A-roads that dominate the rest of Swindon.
Partridge has spent recent years delving ever deeper into the bottomless well of obscure psychedelic bands that mushroomed over Britain in the second half of the 1960s, and he has so many CD box sets of the non-hits of the era that it would take him about a year to listen to them all.
Partridge plays Scream Thy Last Scream, the intended third single by Pink Floyd that was never released, written at a time when Barrett's prodigious LSD intake was beginning to take its toll on his mental wellbeing.
www.guardian.co.uk /arts/homeentertainment/story/0,12830,1183635,00.html   (1011 words)

  
 Untitled Document
Andy Partridge writes songs influenced by his love-hate relationship with his hometown, as well as songs celebrating love and sex in all of its myriad forms.
Partridge managed to upset most of Canada at an awards ceremony, and claimed he was misquoted in a report in which he said: "I fought not to do it - and I might have gotten out of having to present those useless pieces of metal.
Partridge's fragile state of health took a further knock when, during a rather messy and painful divorce he suddenly was left partially deaf from an inner-ear infection.
www.optimismsflames.com /1R-32.html   (3185 words)

  
 XTC
Guitarist Andy Partridge, who writes about 2/3 of the tunes, delivers clever and engaging lyrics with genuine poetic merit; and the remaining material, written by Moulding, is always solid.
Eventually Partridge's crippling stage fright made it impossible for them to tour, which led to their drummer quitting the band and moving to Australia (they never replaced him, using a succession of studio players on the records that followed).
Partridge is so dreary and oblique that Moulding's few tunes come as a breath of fresh air ("The Smartest Monkeys" and "War Dance," both with rousing and direct political themes).
www.warr.org /xtc.html   (3777 words)

  
 1-0 Reviews: XTC
Yes, Andy Partridge decided that enough was enough (and make no mistake about it, it was Partridge who kept XTC out of the spotlight, not Colin Moulding or Virgin records), and took his right foot out of the major label doldrums, shaking all about for the duration.
Andy Partridge is fond of setting his darkest metaphors to ear candy like this tune, and the results are usually about this sweet.
Partridge, especially, has been quite happy to expound on the plethora of injustices and molestation brought against him by the label (who, ironically, are probably in worse shape now than he is), and this set collects material recorded during the band's residence under their no-good wing.
www.geocities.com /1-0/REVIEWS/XTC.html   (2454 words)

  
 Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 1 / Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 2 - PopMatters Music Review
Partridge is clever and intelligent and often goes beyond safe boundaries to push his music into new areas.
Partridge loves puns and wordplay, and his lyrics reflect that, and his music stretches across a wide spectrum that is reflected here (some with release-ready production, others with a "warts n' all" harshness).
For fans of Andy Partridge and his music, these first two Fuzzy Warbles are a wonderful way to pass the time until the next official XTC release (rumored to be already underway).
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/p/partridgeandy-fuzzy.shtml   (1578 words)

  
 Matt & Andrej Koymasky - Famous GLTB - "X T C"
The original foursome of Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar, some percussion), Colin Moulding (bass, vocals), Barry Andrews (keyboards), and Terry Chambers (drums), burst onto the London scene in 1977, during the height of the punk explosion.
Partridge, Moulding and Chambers were eventually brought together - along with Andy's friend, Dave Cartner - in the spring of 1973 when they called themselves "Star Park".
Andy Partridge was born on the island of Malta on November 11, 1953 where his father, a sailor, was stationed.
andrejkoymasky.com /liv/fam/biox1/xtc1.html   (1002 words)

  
 SwindonWeb - Guide to Swindon - Swindon People - XTC
Their fans will wait in vain to see the group in concert, though, as a serious attack of stagefright some years ago convinced group leader Andy Partridge that it was time to turn his back on touring.
Partridge was born on the island of Malta on 11 November 1953 where his father, a sailor, was stationed.
Partridge suffered a breakdown, was unable to tour and far from cashing in on the success of English Settlement, Partridge became a recluse and XTC ran into debt.
www.swindonweb.com /guid/peopxtc0.htm   (1925 words)

  
 andy partridge. fuzzy warbles volumes 5 and 6. review by Alan Haber
Six volumes in, and two more to go to complete the series, Partridge is continuing to come up with collections stuffed to the gills with pearls and diamonds and all manner of heretofore undiscovered treasure.
If you're a Partridge fan (and, of course, you are), you'll dig these discs without me having to convince you of their worth.
Written for, and rejected by, as Partridge calls her, "disco lite chanteuse" Sophie Ellis-Bextor, this vaguely dance-oriented pop song has one of those XTCish melodies that defy classification, other than to say it's catchy as catchy can.
www.buhdge.com /hot_buhdge/fuzzy56.htm   (617 words)

  
 Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles Vols 5 & 6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
That musical polymath Andy Partridge of XTC fame returns with two more in his series of previously unreleased demos.
The other songs for the film (which weren’t used because Disney didn’t want to pay Partridge what he thought they were worth) are scattered throughout the other volumes of the series.
Hopefully now that Partridge has gotten this out of his system and has finally beat the bootlegs, he’ll concentrate on new XTC music.
www.birdpages.co.uk /magazine3/andypartridgefuzzywarbles.htm   (557 words)

  
 Bless My Soul, I'm Already There!
Partridge once asked: "What do you call that noise that you put on?" and answered his own question with another joke – one that, like all good jokes, raises more questions than it answers: "This is Pop!" Even at this early stage of their existence, XTC already understood that their future lay outside.
The intent was to fulfill a fantasy that had long brewed in Andy Partridge’s head, and which he first proposed to Dave Gregory in 1978: A tribute to the psychedelic records of their childhood – Pink Floyd, the Move, the Beatles.
Andy in particular is beginning to be drawn to techniques borrowed from classical music, and uses canon techniques to give "Ballet for a Rainy Day" a truly memorable vocal luxuriance ("Orange and lemon raincoats…"), made only the more beautiful by the warm-as-flannel guitar arpeggios in the middle eight.
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 Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 5 / Fuzzy Warbles 6: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These two releases mark the halfway point of Andy Partridge's Fuzzy Warbles series, a self-released collection of b-sides, four-tracks, and castoffs from both his solo career and his days with XTC.
Those albums followed Partridge as he ditched the glitz and anxiety of touring to come home, and wrote more reflective songs about England, the challenge of supporting a family, and the pitfalls of marriage.
In spite of the reference to The Police's "Don't Stand So Close To Me", Partridge sings about the girl without lust: He's observing her from afar, celebrating her sexuality without molesting it, and what you hear in his voice is pride.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/p/partridge_andy/fuzzy-warbles-5-6.shtml   (618 words)

  
 All About XTC: Andy Partridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Andy Partridge is the disobedient child of the music industry.
He hates stardom and the limelight, and spits them out like warm beer.
From this steady post, he's been cranking out 20 years' worth of sparkling pop.
chalkhills.org /who_ap.html   (68 words)

  
 Chalkhills: "Partridge & Blegvad: How We Met", The Independent, March 2004
Andy had a thing for them and I grasped on to that because my Danish father, a children's book illustrator, collected them too.
Andy had enormous powers of invention: the Picasso of pop, I began to call him.
I got very effusive over the last XTC record and wrote a fawning fan letter about what a genius he is. I've made intimate contact with his work and felt nourished by it, subjecting it to the ultimate acid test of being alone at 3am, smoking pot and listening under headphones.
chalkhills.org /articles/Independent040328.html   (1066 words)

  
 Salon.com ent | Sharps & Flats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Partridge and Moulding reemerged in 1999 with a new album, "Apple Venus Volume 1," and a new label, TVT.
It was framed by a nasty open letter to the wife Partridge had split with during the exile.
Partridge, who has answered the question a thousand different ways -- all with a clear "no" -- put it beautifully to a writer from People magazine last year.
archive.salon.com /ent/music/review/2000/05/30/xtc/print.html   (674 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : XTC, Apples Frontmen Unite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
architect Andy Partridge doesn't get out much, so for him discovering and jamming with another musician means listening to a CD in his living room and strumming his guitar into his telephone receiver.
Partridge got his hands (and ears) on the Apples' catalog and was so impressed that he contacted Schneider, and now the two are writing songs together.
The fruits of Partridge's and Schneider's transatlantic labors will appear on Schneider's debut solo album, which is expected in the spring.
www.rollingstone.com /news/story/5932029/xtc_apples_frontmen_unite   (219 words)

  
 BBC - Classic Rock/Pop Review - Andy Partridge, Fuzzy Warbles Vols 1&2
Partridge, with his lyrical, offbeat wit and often astonishing musical creations, deserves recognition as an artist of the highest order, with talent that is rare in any genre.
Athough Andy Partridge probably still holds dear his fantasma for glory and worldwide acclaim, I'd be surprised he doesn't cope with it in the end, knowing the quality of his song-crafting remained intact mostly due to the freedom provided by their retreat from stardom and fame.
Andy Partridge is leagues ahead of the rest for songwriting.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/classicpop/reviews/andypartridge_warbles.shtml   (1760 words)

  
 [ Adrian's Album Reviews ] XTC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Andy had a habit of barking like a seal rather than actually singing at this stage in XTC's career, partly to be heard at live gigs through crappy PA systems.
Andy Partridge has created a wealth of great pop music, and each and every XTC album has a share of it, but few if any match Skylarking for sheer number of wonderful pop songs.
Andy Partridge has been guilty a few times in his career of cloying lyrics, and a couple of those have been when attacking the Christian religion.
www.adriandenning.com /xtc.html   (11361 words)

  
 All About XTC
XTC is arguably led by Andy Partridge, guitarist, singer, prolific songwriter, and public persona of XTC.
Andy also suffers from acute stage fright, a factor which led XTC to end their career as a live touring band in 1982.
Andy has been influential in the music world since the early 80s, working with such artists as Thomas Dolby, The Residents, Riuichi Sakamoto, Terry Hall, Cathy Dennis, Joan Armatrading, and Harold Budd.
chalkhills.org /who.html   (869 words)

  
 the iMAGAZINE - XTC with Andy Partridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Andy Partridge, awfully funny bloke and principal songwriter with Brit quasi-psychedelic rustic pop essentials, XTC, is having one of those days.
He's quick on the monologue and probably could have made it as stand-up comic if he didn't have the ability to write the kind of peerless pop song that insinuates its way in the subconscious and there loops in an endless refrain of blissful harmony and melody.
Partridge dealt such euphemisms a quick swat on 1989's 'Mayor Of Simpleton' from the sprawling 'Oranges and Lemons' double, dismissing intelligence as a romantic necessity while in the same breathe reaffirming the old hippie faith in 'The Loving'.
www.thei.aust.com /isite/xtc.html   (1325 words)

  
 BBC - Wiltshire - Music and Gigs -XTC - Interview with Andy Partridge
Andy Partridge was the first person Steve Somerset turned to when he came up with the idea of a CD to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the charity.
Andy Partridge and Steve Somerset recently visited the BBC Radio Swindon studios to talk about The Wish List with Mid-Morning Show presenter Dan Chisholm.
Stay tuned for an exclusive XTC Retrospective with Andy Partridge on BBC Radio Swindon and the BBC Wiltshire website in the near future.
www.bbc.co.uk /wiltshire/going_out/music/andypartridge.shtml   (244 words)

  
 Andy Partridge MP3 Downloads - Andy Partridge Music Downloads - Andy Partridge Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The primary singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the beloved British art pop band XTC, Andy Partridge was born December 11, 1953, on the island of Malta and raised in Swindon, England.
Despite the band's punk-era origins, Partridge's early songs also drew enormous influence from the British Invasion period, resulting in a taut, angular pop sound quite distinct from their contemporaries; XTC's debut album White Music even cracked the U.K. Top 40.
XTC achieved their greatest commercial and creative success with 1986's Skylarking, a lush, majestic song cycle produced (much to the group's initial frustration) by Todd Rundgren; "Dear God," originally left off the album, became a left-field hit, and the album appeared on countless year-end lists.
www.mp3.com /andy-partridge/artists/15921/biography.html   (408 words)

  
 Andy Partridge : Through the Hill - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sounding much more like a Harold Budd album than anything ever released by Andy Partridge (of XTC), these ambient pieces are lush, spacious environments populated by Budd's watery keyboards and Partridge's heavily processed, angular guitar lines.
Fans of both artists will have fun deciding who wrote what, seeing as the duo shares credit for all pieces (it might be the pop-centric Partridge responsible for the sudden key changes and quasi-song structure).
This is one of Andy Partridge's most interesting diversions while stuck in contractual limbo after 1992's Nonsuch; it's a shame that there weren't any more like this.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,199071,00.html   (200 words)

  
 Robert Schneider/Andy Partridge news at universalbuzz.com!
Yahoo entertainment and the LA Times have reported that Andy Partridge of XTC fame has been collaborating with Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo on some new material for his solo project.
According to a source close to Partridge "They work together a few times a week and are on the phone a couple hours at a time.
Apparently Partridge was so impressed by a recent listen to some of the Apples material that he got in contact with Schneider, and it has been a match made in transatlantic pop heaven ever since.
www.universalbuzz.com /NewsArticle.asp?ArticleNumber=41   (172 words)

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