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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...
 

Tracks:


12" Vinyl EP

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

B
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

 

 

 

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Availability: 21-10-2022

Format: vinyl/cd
Artist: Andy Partridge
CatNo: APEEP905-APEEP905CD

 

 

 

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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.

 

Tracks
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

 

 

Credits:

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

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Artist: Andy Partridge
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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.

 

Tracks
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
CatNo: APEEP903-APEEP903CD

 

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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.

 

Tracks:

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

 

Credits

Produced by COLIN MOULDING and STUART ROWE. Mixed by STUART ROWE
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.

RECORDED WITHIN THE SOUND OF CHRIST CHURCH BELLS.

 

 

 

Format: cd
Artist: Colin Moulding
CatNo: CMCD001
2021

 

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Jan 2018

SHOWTIME
XTC: THIS IS POP

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.

 

 

PETITION

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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