So many great songs. Andy wrote most of XTC’s songs and they are one of the best bands ever. This book takes about 30 of his XTC songs ands discusses them at length. In doing so, it provides a wealth of insight into his creative songwriting process.
“I like accidents. I like to put myself in the way of musical harm. I like being at the wheel of that musical car, and aiming it at the wall, just to see what shape the car’s going to come out. It might come out an interesting shape that would have taken me forever to decide on otherwise. – Andy Partridge”
And don’t just believe me, here’s what Amazon has to say:
Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, it explores in detail some thirty of Partridge’s songs – including such well-known singles as ‘Senses Working Overtime’ and the controversial ‘Dear God’ – from throughout XTC’s thirty-year career, as well as an extensive interview dedicated solely to the art and craft of songwriting. While the interviews cast new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry, they are also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world – all told with the songwriter’s legendary humour.
This fascinating book also includes pages from Partridge’s songwriting notebooks and reproductions of his original artwork designs; a guided tour of his hometown of Swindon; and a foreword by Steven Wilson, the guitarist, songwriter, and record producer best known as the founder and leader of Porcupine Tree.
Seriously, if you are an XTC fan, and you should be, this is a fascinating read. Andy is clever, witty, and talented. The interviewer is pretty sharp as well, making for a work that is not only informative but also entertaining.
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