What does XTC mean to a young generation of music lovers? From England, Scotland, Wales and the US, fans in their 20s come together to talk about music, art, creativity and the biggest question of all: how to pronounce the word Nihilon.
What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast brings together fans and musicians alike to celebrate the enduring music of XTC. Every month, we take a fresh look at the band, from the singles to the albums, from the visuals to the personalities. It is witty, surprising and fun.
In this special bonus episode, recorded live as part of the online XTC Convention on 19 September 2020, author Mark Fisher talks to leading stand-up comedians about their love of XTC. He also gets them to join in some games and make up some nonsense – or do they?
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of XTC's Black Sea, sound engineer Hugh Padgham joins guitarist Dave Gregory for a 90-minute special. They talk about the clanking anvils of Towers of London, the one-note solo of Love at First Sight and the slow-build tension of No Language in Our Lungs.
Illustrator and graphic designer Andrew Swainson has been collaborating with Andy Partridge for over 20 years. As well as working on XTC and Dukes of Stratosphear re-releases, he helped create the distinctive look of Gonwards, Fuzzy Warbles and many more. He talks about variety, inspiration and Skylarking.
Guitarist and keyboard player Dave Gregory talks about his contribution to the sound of XTC
Jordan Cooper of Don't Let's Start: A Podcast About They Might Be Giants (https://anchor.fm/dontletsstart) joins Mark Fisher, Mark Reed and David White to talk about the connections between XTC, TMBG and Adam and the Ants. In a freewheeling conversation, they explore the head versus the heart, intellect versus instinct, and content versus form. Along the way, Andy Partridge drops by to share his opinions about Adam and the Ants and They Might Be Giants and remembers how XTC caught the eye of John Peel.
To cheer us up during the Covid-19 lockdown, Andy Partridge pays a call to What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast with the promise that Everything'll Be Alright. He talks with characteristic wit and candour about the power of XTC as a live band, the chords for Roads Girdle the Globe and how Yacht Dance was nearly a song about bees. Essential listening for every XTC fan, this episode will leave you Burning With Optimism's Flames. Please support at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher
Andrew M Stafford recalls his time with XTC during the making of The Big Express. Belinda Blanchard previews her performance at the XTC Convention 2020. Mark Fisher, Mark Reed and David White join in the chat – and Andy Partridge supplies the jingles. Support the podcast at https://www.patreon.com/markfisher
A discussion of the XTC tribute album Garden of Earthly Delights, featuring XTC's Colin Moulding, as well as Mark Fisher, David White and Mark Reed