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It takes seven musicians to reproduce the sound of XTC when the fantastic Scarecrow People take to the stage. In this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, we talk to three of them about keeping the XTC flame alive in Australia.  As they prepare for their next gig at Camelot Lounge, Marrickville on 29 October 2022, Les Rankin (guitar), John Encarnacao (guitar) and Rob Child (bass) talk about set lists, musicianship and last-minute line-up changes. More about Scarecrow People More about The Nature Strip Scarecrow People play Scarecrow People What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, we dig deep into the centre of the songs of XTC with a celebration of some of the band's best middle eights – and there are a lot to choose from.The musically minded XTC fans picking their favourites are: Crawford "Me and the Wind" Blair Kavus "Jason and the Argonauts" Torabi Sarah "I Can't Own Her" Palmer Laurie "I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls" Langan David "No Language in our Lungs" White Mark "Pale and Precious" Fisher Supplying the new music is Gary O'Donnell.More from Crawford BlairMore from Kavus TorabiMore from Sarah and Laurie from Fassine More from David WhiteMore from Gary O'Donnell's The Forever BehavioursWhat Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisherThanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.And thanks to David White for the artwork.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
What was it like being the eight-year-old asked to sing on XTC’s landmark album? Thirty-five years after recording Dear God, Jasmine Veillette looks back at the making of Skylarking with studio manager Ralph Legnini. And, in a podcast exclusive, the two of them reveal their plans to re-record Dear God with the support of a crowdfunding campaign (details to follow). Asking the questions in this month's episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast are Leslie Gooch and Mark Fisher. Supplying the new music is Craig Stevens. Follow Jasmine Veillette  Catch up with Ralph Legnini  Listen to Not a Loan by Craig Stevens  What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In this month's episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, we reassess XTC's most frequently neglected album in the company of some of its biggest fans. Mummer is the eleventh in a series of XTC classics to be issued on 200g vinyl. Joining in the celebrations are sound engineer Crawford Blair, who was briefly a member of the XTC cover band X-sTatiC, Sean McGhee, who is a singer, songwriter and Alison Moyet's musical director and Tim Bowness, who as well as being a musician, is co-host of The Album Years podcast with Steven Wilson and co-founder of Burning Shed, the online record shop.  All this, plus new music from Chris Badley and Dave Marson aka Foolish Men. Order the re-release of Mummer on 200g vinyl Order Butterfly Mind by Tim Bowness Listen to Round and Around by Foolish Men What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In this month's episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, we're thinking about XTC music played live – in the past and the present. Bass player Matt Hughes talks about joining EXTC and discovering the XTC catalogue, as he hits the road with Terry Chambers' band. Margaret Brown and Julie Matthews ask the questions. Julie also talks about the forthcoming XTC convention. Meanwhile, John Heath recalls seeing XTC in 1979 and Kevin Chanel describes their very last gig in San Diego in 1982. All this, plus new music from Garry Perkins. Keep up to date with EXTC Check out the XTC Convention 2022 Listen to What Do You Call That Noise? by Garry Perkins What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
XTC live in Manchester

XTC live in Manchester

2022-03-0401:23:47

It was 18 March 1982 at La Palace in Paris when Andy Partridge left the stage for the last time, overwhelmed by the pressures of relentless touring and Valium withdrawal.Until that point, XTC were one of the hardest working live bands on the circuit and in this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, music journalists David Nolan and Mick Middles remember what it was like to see them. They are joined by Brenna Ehrlich, senior news editor at Rolling Stone magazine, and Mark Fisher. Music provided by David White: listen to Still Got It on Soundcloud Brenna Ehrlich's Killing Time available here More on David Nolan here More on Mick Middles here Further reading in What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book If you’ve enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisherThanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who’ve done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
On 12 February 1982, XTC's English Settlement was released. Forty years on, What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast reunites guitarist Dave Gregory and co-producer Hugh Padgham to look back at the recording of one of the greatest ever double albums. They talk about favourite songs, hanging out at the Manor and Andy Partridge's after-hours tomfoolery.Asking the questions are Mark Fisher and Sue Charles. Musical interlude by Ed Stainsby.Further reading in What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
What does the Bishop of Leeds think of All of a Sudden? What does Pat Kane of Hue and Cry make of Leisure? What can classicist Charlotte Higgins tell us about Jason and the Argonauts?It's the 40th anniversary of XTC's English Settlement and, in the first of two special birthday episodes, What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast asks the experts to guide us through the album track by track.Every guest is a specialist in the theme of each song – and every one of them responds with enthusiasm and insight. Essential listening!Featuring: Runaways: Sarah Smith, CEO, Link Living Ball and Chain: Noel Ponting, writer, Swindon Heritage  Senses Working Overtime: James Wannerton, president, UK Synaesthesia Association  Jason and the Argonauts: Charlotte Higgins, journalist and author, Greek Myths: A New Retelling  No Thugs in our House: Nigel Fielding, emeritus professor and author, The National Front  Yacht Dance: Helen Horsfall, Royal Forth Yacht Club  All of a Sudden: Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, and author of Finding Faith: Stories of music and life  Melt the Guns: The Gun Control Network  Leisure: Pat Kane, writer, musician and futurist,  author of The Play Ethic  It’s Nearly Africa: Carl Honoré, writer, broadcaster and TED speaker, author of In Praise of Slow  Knuckle Down: Lucy Robinson, professor in collaborative history and founding organiser of the Network for Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change  Fly on the Wall: Shahrar Ali, Green Party spokesperson policing and domestic safety   Down in the Cockpit: Pat Thane, professor in contemporary British history and author of Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England  English Roundabout: Jane Milner-Barry, Swindon Borough councillor, opposition spokesperson for climate and transport, and parish councillor Snowman: Sue Charles, BBC Wales journalist, weather presenter and DJ   Further reading in What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
What is the holy grail for the XTC completist? Is it the 7in Science Friction with picture sleeve? Or is it the 7in Wrapped in Grey that was never officially released? Or perhaps it's a one-of-a-kind poster from the days of Star Park. In this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, dedicated collectors Darryl Bullock and Per Aronsson show each other their XTC treasures and discuss their most prized possessions. What is the rarest of them all? Mark Fisher and Leslie Gooch get top collecting tips and Chez Preston gives the drink recommendation. This episode is available in video and audio formats. See more of Darryl Bullock's XTC collection here: https://www.instagram.com/my_xtc_collection Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (nearly sold out) and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Nick Heyward first saw XTC at the Croydon Greyhound in 1978, two days after the release of White Music. The Haircut 100 frontman has been a fan ever since. Thomas Walsh has written with Andy Partridge and collaborated with Dave Gregory. He also appeared on Colin Moulding's Say It. The two musicians talk about meeting their heroes, the collaborations that nearly happened and those that might happen yet... Mark Fisher and Kevin Birt ask the questions. Florrie Thomas gives the drink recommendation. Nick Heyward's website Thomas Walsh and Pugwash Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (nearly sold out) and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
After being delayed 18 months by the pandemic, Terry Chambers is finally out on the road, giving XTC classics the live airing they deserve with his new band EXTC. The drummer is our very special guest on this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast along with bandmate, frontman and all-round multitasker Steve Tilling. We also hear from fans who caught the band's gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on 7 September 2021. Drink recommendation from Karen Neill.Mark Fisher's review of the gig is here Follow EXTC on Facebook Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support on Patreon  Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.Picture: Lou Dommett Young★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Steven Wilson remixing XTC

Steven Wilson remixing XTC

2021-09-0301:12:28

Headphones at the ready as audio-guru Steven Wilson talks to What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast about his stereo mixes and 5.1 surround versions of XTC classics. Quizzed by three Marks – Fisher, Reed and Smotroff – the Porcupine Tree musician takes a deep dive into Drums and Wires, Black Sea, Skylarking, Oranges and Lemons and Nonsuch– not forgetting the Dukes of Stratosphear. In a fascinating conversation, Wilson also reflects on his remixing work for Tears for Fears, Yes, King Crimson and Jethro Tull. This episode's drink recommendation comes from Marianna Silva. Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
To mark the release of My Failed Songwriting Career Volume One, XTC's Andy Partridge talks about writing to order, the collaborations that work – and those that don't – and the perils of being a songwriter for hire.As well as sharing insights into the four songs on the first EP, the XTC frontman gives a sneak preview of the four that follow on Volume Two.Mark Fisher asks the questions and Rachel Treffry provides the drink recommendation.My Failed Songwriting Career is available from shops including Burning Shed Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.comIf you’ve enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who’ve done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
To mark the release of The Hardest Battle (2 July 2021), the mighty Colin Moulding talks about being true to himself, avoiding cliches and fighting off being beige. The XTC bassist and songwriter reveals the inspiration behind his first solo single since 1980's Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen to Mark Fisher, Sarah Palmer and Peter Mills, who ask: ·      Who are his favourite poets? ·      What makes him cry? ·      Analogue or digital?  As well as The Hardest Battle, Colin remembers Say It, Bungalow, Boarded Up, Scatter Me and Dying, not to mention playing live with Terry Chambers. Drink recommendation from Kate Catalina. The Hardest Battle is available here The Monkees, Head and the 60s by Peter Mills is available here Fassine featuring Sarah Palmer hang out here Kate Catalina does stuff here Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In this second deep dive into XTC's lyrical references, we talk about the flora and fauna of River of Orchids, the one-way traffic of English Roundabout and the coastal retreat of Bungalow.In a lively and, above all, morally uplifting discussion, we swing from the suburban angst of New Town Animal to the assembly-hall nostalgia of Harvest Festival.Comparing notes are Mark Fisher, Belinda Blanchard, Peter Mills, Sandy Leffew and Ami Parkerson. The fabulous musical soundtrack comes courtesy of Sarah Palmer and Lotte Fisher, who also provides the episode illustration. Drink tips from Donna Rees.  Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
After enjoying a stateside hit with The Freshmen in 1997, Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe got the chance to write with his hero Andy Partridge. His band had already recorded a cover of Wake Up (and an unreleased Blue Beret) and now he'd fly to Swindon to co-write Blow You Away.It's a story he tells in Go Further: More Literary Appreciations of Power Pop (Rare Bird Lit, 2021), an anthology of essays about everyone from Squeeze to Teenage Fanclub and the Ramones.In this episode of What Do You Call That Noise?, Vander Ark joins co-editor Paul Myers and power-pop fan Melanie (@mixtape64) to talk about harmony, songwriting and their love of XTC. Mark Fisher is the host.Find out more at: Brian Vander Ark The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers  The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
With their allusions to town and country, chalkhills and steam trains, XTC have deep Swindon roots. But how well do their references travel?  In the first of two episodes exploring XTC's Wiltshire worldview, we look at the influence of British nursery rhymes on songs ranging from Ladybird to We're All Light, Ballet for a Rainy Day and Brainiac's Daughter.  Sharing their UK expertise are Belinda Blanchard and Peter Mills, while our American cousins Sandy Leffew and Ami Parkerson talk about British invasions and exotic accents. Mark Fisher is the host. The fabulous musical soundtrack comes courtesy of Sarah Palmer and Lotte Fisher, who also provides the episode illustration. Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Church of Women

Church of Women

2021-03-0501:00:50

"You think they're going to zig and they zag," says Ami Parkerson about XTC. In this multinational episode, our guest presenter introduces fellow fans Orit Friedland, Ondine PM, Ursula Marie and Leslie Randall to talk about Ladybird, Church of Women, Take This Town, The Last Balloon and The Mayor of Simpleton – not to mention The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets.Elsewhere, Cathy Forster shares a top drinking tip, while young XTC fans Esther and Arthur talk about the wide range of XTC songs they love – with English-language voiceovers by Polly and Hamish, courtesy of Strange Town theatre Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Guest presenter Kevin Winser discovers XTC are as good to read about as they are to listen to as he chats to three of the authors who have put the band in print.This episode features Chris Twomey, author of XTC: Chalkhills and Children, "the definitive biography", Todd Bernhardt, co-author with Andy Partridge of Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC, and Mark Fisher, editor of Limelight, the 1980s fanzine, The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book.Elsewhere, young XTC fans Esther and Arthur pick some of their favourite songs – with English-language voiceovers by Polly and Hamish, courtesy of Strange Town theatre.Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
More than 40 years after its release, Making Plans for Nigel is still haunting the imagination. In this episode, Tom Clarke, formerly of The Enemy, explains why he has brought Colin Moulding's character into the 21st century on The Chronicles of Nigel. He's joined by Laurie Nankivell who talks about the influence of XTC on Squid, whose song Houseplants namechecks Making Plans for Nigel. This episode also features Alex Parkinson introducing Making Pints for Nigel, a beer by Alphabet Brewing. And we hear from young drummer Lucas making an excellent attempt at the Terry Chambers pattern for Making Plans for Nigel.  Mark Fisher and Laura Wade ask the questions. More about Making Pints for Nigel More about Squid More about Tom Clarke and The Chronicles of Nigel Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from https://www.xtclimelight.com  If you've enjoyed the XTC Podcast, please show your support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher Thanks to the Pink Things, Humble Daisies and Knights in Shining Karma who've done the same.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
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