Andy Partridge
Jen Olive
Stu Rowe

The 3 Clubmen

The eponymous debut 4 track EP from The 3 Clubmen, a new project comprised of Andy Partridge, Jen Olive and Stu Rowe.

The culmination of a decade of antics from these longtime collaborators, the EP is an avant-pop delight offering a seductive blend of experimental pop, jazz and sci-fi soundtrack strangeness.

While each artist has worked with the others in some form since 2008, The 3 Clubmen marks the first time that Stu, Andy and Jen have combined forces as a trio, an inevitable partnership once described as “a three-headed Frankenstein's monster dancing at a neurodivergent singles club”.

CD in 4-panel digisleeve, released on Swindon's Lighterthief label. Artwork by Carl Glover.


"Like an 'action painter' throws colour at a canvas, we tend to throw musical and sound things, knowing that we'll cut through this seemingly insane mess later, to hopefully find some beautiful garden, hiding there," says Andy Partridge.

"I throw paint, Jen throws paint, Stu throws paint...and we walk away. If, when we return, something in there calls to us, we'll move heaven and earth to get it out and let it breath. Using whatever it takes, be it contrary musical ideas, parts in clashing keys incongruous sounds, contradictory words/phrases. Its all clay to us."

"The Clubmen project is something I’ve been messing about with for years - it's the one thing that everyone who hears it says I should finish. It was great fun to make and I think we’ve managed to create something really quite interesting between all three of our musical sensibilities," says Stu Rowe.

Jen Olive adds, "The joy is it… so much humor… the lyrics reflect the spirit of the conversations… the call and response. There’s an ecstatic quality to it. it's thrilling to have people share in that.”


Native to Los Angeles, musician-songwriter Jen Olive has a series of albums to her name, in addition to writing and recording for A&M Records and contributing music to various American Film Institute projects. Her latest solo release was 2022's Stu Rowe-produced single 'Two Futures'.

A key player on Swindon’s music scene, Stu Rowe has supported many artists as a guitarist, bassist and producer. Apart from Patridge and Jen Olive, these include Shriekback (Barry Andrews), Peter Blegvad, Paul Weller, Colin Moulding, The Future Sound of London (The Amorphous Androgynous), and TC&I.

The Clubmen saga begins in 2006, when Andy and Stu first worked on 'Monstrance', riding on a mutual fascination with experimental music production. A bi-weekly ritual soon emerged, starting at Stu’s Lighterthief Bunker studio and ending at the local pub, which resulted in sonic explorations and improvised recordings. A series of musical sketches gradually formed, setting the stage for Jen’s later involvement.

With interest reignited during the pandemic after being put on hold and largely forgotten, the trio decided to finish what they’d started all those years ago, resulting in their debut 4-track effort.

Signing to Andy’s label APE HOUSE Records in 2008 after recording her 'Warm Robot' album, Jen contributed lyrics and vocals on 'Up On Hi' and 'My Dream Sea', penned by Rowe and Partridge for Lighterthief's 'Trick Picture' and 'Hard Listening' EPs (released on APE HOUSE).

It would only be in 2010 when the threesome were finally able to work together in person. The chemistry was instant, the room was buzzing and the ideas flowed. Over pints at The Roaring Donkey pub, they dubbed their project “The 3 Clubmen” after the local defence volunteer groups formed during the English Civil War. Clubmen protected themselves from both armies by fighting on their own side - the name seemed to fit.





1. Aviatrix
2. Racecar
3. Green Green Grasshopper
4. Look At Those Stars

CatNo: TAB001




All songs written and performed by The 3 Clubmen
Music by Andy Partridge, Jen Olive and Stu Rowe
Lyrics by Andy Partridge and Jen Olive
Recorded and produced between 2010 and 2023 in The Lighterthief Bunker, Swindon, England
Additional recordings in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Andy Partridge - vocals, guitars, programming and production
Jen Olive - vocals and guitar
Stu Rowe - bass, guitars, keys, programming and production
Frank Abrams - flute and sax
Mikey Rowe - piano
Curtis Tweed - slide guitar
Andreas Rebhuhn - drums
'Bangy' - percussion
Mixed by The Encyclopedia Salesmen
Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering
Artwork by Carl Glover at Aleph Studio












Andy Partridge

My Failed Christmas Career
Volume 1 EP


The third in a series of Andy Partridge EPs of songs originally written with other performers in mind and the first with a Christmas theme.

You know how it is... You wait years for a decent new Christmas song to come along to brighten the festivities and then, sooner than you can say ‘ho-ho-ho,’ along comes Andy Partridge with a quartet of instant classics...

And if the ‘failed’ part of the songwriter EP series wasn’t already starting to look just a little bit odd after the first two volumes topped the vinyl charts in the UK, one of this EP's offerings was, the composer admits, recorded by The Monkees... - presented here in its original form with lead vocals by Andy’s daughter Holly

So, while you’re busy assembling ingredients for the Christmas pudding, here’s the ideal soundtrack to play on repeat... songs of snow, sleighs, Yuletide cool and the unwrapping of that special present, all delivered in that inimitable, partridge in a pear tree, style...


12" Vinyl EP

1. Let There Be Snow
2. Through This Winter World

1. Cool Yule
2. Unwrap You At Christmas


CD in card wallet

1. Let There Be Snow
2. Through This Winter World
3. Cool Yule
4. Unwrap You At Christmas




Copyright © - Ape House Ltd.

Availability: 21-10-2022

Format: vinyl/cd
Artist: Andy Partridge











Andy Partridge

My Failed Songwriting Career
Volume 2


My Failed Songwriting Career - Volume 2 presents four more gems resulting from Andy Partridge’s post XTC period as a songwriter for hire writing for other artists.

Containing songs of love, longing and partnership, the songs have now been reclaimed and fine-tuned to a Partridge sensibility. As such, it’s unlikely they sound similar to any interpretation or arrangement that other singers would have used.

So, for now at least, here are four definitive, composer authorised recordings. Who knows, perhaps with greater availability, other artists may wish to record one or more of these, (or songs from the first or future planned volumes). Good songs welcome many interpretations.


CD & Vinyl EP:


1. Seesaw   3:26
2. Let’s Make Everything Love            3:28
3. Come On Back   2:55
4. Love Is The Future   2:29




Illustration, Design – Andrew Swainson
Liner Notes – Andy Partridge
Mastered By – Jason Mitchell
Other [Translations] – Hik Sasaki
Written-By – Andy Partridge

Copyright © – Ape House Ltd.


Format: vinyl/cd
Artist: Andy Partridge






Andy Partridge

My Failed Songwriting Career
Volume 1


My Failed Songwriting Career - Volume 1 presents a fascinating selection of songs resulting from Andy Partridge’s post XTC period as a songwriter for hire writing for other artists.

‘Four brothers and sisters, happily reunited and presented as a family group aural snapshot for your entertainment and delight.’ - Andy Partridge

A bundle of the CD (in card wallet) and 12" vinyl EP versions.


CD & Vinyl EP:

1. Ghost Train
2. Great Day
3. Maid Of Stars
4. The Mating Dance 



Format: vinyl/cd
Artist: Andy Partridge
Availability: 23-07-2021





Twang, Hmmm, click, thunk.

When XTC finally downed guitars after the recording and release of “Wasp Star”, their last album to date, one of Andy’s ideas about what to do next, was to become a songwriter in the traditional sense, writing songs for others…

It was something he had been asked to do throughout the XTC years, but never had the time.

Songs were written. Songs were sent. Sometimes speculatively, often specifically requested, many tailor-made for an artist's requirements, but then choppy waters could still lay ahead. Even where everyone seemed to think that newly written song A would be wonderful if recorded by singer B, whose manager C had initiated the request via music publisher D for album E on record label F…

Well, you begin to see the potential problems of such an approach – almost a quarter of the way through the alphabet and not a note recorded beyond Andy's original demo. That’s without detailing the sort of horrendous politics that makes a fresh batch of alphabet spaghetti of any of the above as they interact.

Still, songs are like children. A songwriter gives birth to them, feeds them, watches them grow before sending them out into the world. So it’s unfair to abandon them as orphans just because their first experience outdoors might be a traumatic one of being cold shouldered.

As a loving parent, Andy brought them all back together, re-Andy-fied them and buffed them up in his home studio, et voila! Here is the first selection of song siblings that resulted from all of this work, four brothers and sisters, happily reunited and presented as a family group aural snapshot for your entertainment and delight.

It was something he had been asked to do throughout the XTC years, but never had the time.




Colin Moulding

The Hardest Battle


Containing two songs and an 'exploratory demo', The Hardest Battle represents XTC founding member Colin Moulding's first ever solo release.

A tantalising glimpse into the creative process of one of the UK's finest songwriters.

CD single in 4-panel digisleeve.



1. The Hardest Battle
2. Say It (original version)
3. The Hardest Battle (first exploratory demo)



All instrumentation played by CM except on ‘SAY IT’ where JON BUCKETT plays piano.
All songs written by COLIN MOULDING
Mastered by JASON MITCHELL at LOUD MASTERING. Manufactured by NOISEBOX DIGITAL MEDIA Artwork by ANDREW SWAINSON from a concept by CM.





Format: cd
Artist: Colin Moulding
CatNo: CMCD001








Jan 2018


Rated TV14 • 75 minutes

Emerging from the late 1970s punk and new wave explosion, XTC amasses a devoted following with hit singles like 'Making Plans For Nigel' and 'Mayor Of Simpleton'. Presenting a journey into the world of the band, the film includes newly filmed interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers. Through a mixture of animation, archive and specially-shot sequences, the film explores the minds of principle songwriters, Partridge and Moulding.




XTC: This Is Pop on Blu-ray

Do you love XTC? This is a documentary every fan should see, and one you'll want to show to non fans as well. Only available by streaming via subscription channels, and an occasional television airing, this petition is an attempt to prove enough interest to get a blu-ray or DVD made and available for purchase.

Please add your name if you would be interested in a copy of this fantastic documentary, with bonus material. Including Andy on how he wrote THIS IS POP and BOOKS ARE BURNING, Dave demonstrating guitar parts, Steven Wilson deconstructing songs.







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