XTC’s Andy Partridge next month will release the debut installment of his new My Failed Songwriting Career series, collections of songs he wrote for other artists in the wake of the band’s dissolution following the Apple Venus albums more than 20 years ago. Full details right here.
XTC next month will reissue its 11th album — 1989’s Oranges & Lemons, featuring “The Mayor of Simpleton” and “King for a Day” — on 200-gram audiophile vinyl with remastered sound and a reworked sleeve “to present the front color image in all its psychedelic glory.” Full details right here.
In a move meant “to help lift spirits during lockdown,” XTC’s Andy Partridge has released a free digital track called “Cavegirl” — a demo for a song intended for an “aborted bubblegum sampler album” that was to have been a best-of compiling tracks from “the mythical American bubblegum label Hercules.”
On the heels of their just-released Planet England EP, master songwriters Andy Partridge of XTC and Robyn Hitchcock are back at work on new music, according to a post by Hitchcock on Instagram, and are hoping this project won’t take a dozen years like the last one. Details right here.
The complete works of The Dukes of Stratosphear — XTC’s short-lived psychedelic side project — have been remixed in stereo and 5.1 Surround by Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and will be reissued in October as a CD/Blu-ray set called Psurroundabout Ride. Get the full details right here.
Songwriting greats Andy Partridge of XTC and Robyn Hitchcock next month will release a four-song EP that Hitchcock says “began in his shed in Swindon in 2006” and is now finished after the two re-teamed last year to write one final song. Full details on the project right here.