Former XTC frontman Andy Partridge took to Twitter this morning to declare his irritation with fans — or, rather, “wankers” — waking him up at night by chanting the lyrics to “Making Plans for Nigel,” the very popular 1979 single for the band that he neither wrote nor sings.
In his tweet, Partridge says he wishes these nocturnal visitors would instead “find the house of the writer and singer for once, and not disturb the rhythm guitarist every time.” While Partridge came to be seen as XTC’s leader, he didn’t write or sing lead on all of the band’s songs. In this case, bassist Colin Moulding handled those duties for “Nigel,” the lead single off Drums and Wires.
I do wish that the wankers who chanted “Making plans for Nigel” outside my house last night, waking me, would find the house of the writer and singer for once, and not disturb the rhythm guitarist every time.
— XTC (@xtcfans) October 14, 2018
In some back-and-forth with followers on Twitter about the late-night visitors, Partridge goes on to lament that the band has not been honored in its hometown of Swindon, England: “That’s the thing, if Swindonians are proud of XTC, they don’t show it in any official way. Other towns have streets named after artists, that sort of thing. I’m used to being ignored, and prefer it.”
Below, watch XTC perform “Making Plans for Nigel” on Dutch television.
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