When I started out as a music journalist in 1980, the second band I interviewed was one that had come all the way from the U.K. on their very first tour to play Austin's legendary Armadillo World Headquarters. They were supporting their first album release, Drums and Wires, and I was very fortunate to see them because shortly afterward they stopped touring completely.
With classic songs such as "Making Plans For Nigel" and "Life Begins at the Hop," a slew of other singles like "Senses Working Overtime,""Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," and "Generals and Majors," as well as the incredible and controversial "Dear God," XTC has influenced countless bands over the years with their complex arrangements, poetic lyrics and intricate sound. They remain a favorite among musicians and fans worldwide. Their music has been covered by artists ranging in diversity from Primus to Sarah McLachlan, and they have worked with musicians such as Peter Gabriel, Aimee Mann, Thomas Dolby, the band Blur, and others.
I was fortunate to have an opportunity to speak with Andy Partridge from his studio in the U.K. and to catch up a little bit on the 30+ years since our last conversation. Visit our Podcast Interviews Page or download the MP3 and take it with you.
Excellent interview, Jeff! Andy's always interesting to listen to (his music or his thoughts), and this interview contains some great stuff I hadn't heard before. You guys had a nice back-and-forth going ... the Phil Spector story is _hilarious_.
Jeff Barringer on :
Andy was great to work with, one of my easier
subjects to interview and I had a lot of fun with it. I hope he did too and I hope we can
check in from time to time with him again.
Seeing XTC perform on the Drums and Wires tour
was one of the best memories of my teen years.
I don't know. I have several interview requests out now but the last artist I asked passed. I am sure they get bombarded with these kinds of requests, especially now with the internet allowing so many people to be journalists, so I am not surprised.
We are starting to get more press credentials for shows, look for upcoming reviews and concert photos of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Breaking Benjamin as well as Austin's own 2 day Buscuitfest event down at Emo's this weekend. I still have some ACL fest articles in the process (day 2 and 3) as well as a monster epic on how to take concert photos that is starting to look like about 20 pages.
Frankly, I can't cover a fraction of the music scene in Austin by myself. Anyone want to be a music journalist?