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Trivia: XTC
  • Andy Partridge is the father of "Happy" Harry Partridge, the animator best known for Newgrounds parodies such as Saturday Morning Watchmen.
  • Bad Export for You: English Settlement was pared down to a single album for its first U.S. release.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Making Plans for Nigel", "Dear God" in the U.S.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Initially Partridge resented Skylarking, due to Todd Rundgren's Jerk Ass working style and Troubled Production. In a rare example of Vindicated by History with a creator, Andy later said the album was "a summer's day baked into a cake."
    • Partridge considers 'Sgt. Rock' from Black Sea to be the worst song he's ever written, due to its' blatant sexist undertones, and was outraged when Virgin insisted it to be on the record, as well as putting it out as a single. He also said he wishes he never wrote "Another Satellite", but not because of quality, but because it offended his partner and damaged their relationship for a while.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • Partridge's severe stage fright, which caused him to collapse on stage, forcing the band off the road.
    • Despite struggling not to do it, Partridge wrote "Your Dictionary" from Apple Venus about his divorce from his wife Marianne.
  • Executive Meddling: XTC have a history of this. They...
    • ...recorded a song hinting about their former manager having screwed them over ("I Bought Myself a Liarbird"), but a lawsuit which stretched all the way until the release of Nonsuch forced them to not discuss the matter in public further as part of the settlement.
    • ...had Virgin reject Andy's initial "pubic hair + flowers" cover for Skylarking (but somehow managing to okay a picture of a naked man and woman playing flutes). The original artwork was eventually used for the 2011 vinyl and 2014 CD remasters.
    • ...had Virgin alter the US tracklisting of Skylarking to replace "Mermaid Smiled" with "Dear God". This being one of those examples of Executive Meddling having a good outcome: "Dear God" became a smash hit on American rock radio (despite objections from Moral Guardians) and after the re-issue with the changed tracklist, Skylarking was estimated to have sold an extra 250,000 copies in the US. "Mermaid Smiled" was not added back to the track list of the American version of the album until 2008.
    • ...had Virgin arbitrarily cancel the release of the "Wrapped in Grey" single and destroy all the advance copies because they felt it had no chart potential, causing the band to go on strike.
    • ...had Virgin prolong their "strike" by continuously stalling on renegotiating or cancelling their contract until a change of management at the label.
    • ...discovered during said strike that Virgin had withheld substantial royalty payments, and successfully sued to regain them.
  • Hipgnosis: Did the cover for Go 2.
  • He Also Did: Andy has popped up in a few unexpected places:
    • He provided vocals for the track "Margaret Freeman" on The Residents' Commercial Album, under the alias Sandy Sandwich.
    • He played guitar on Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science".
    • He sang and wrote the lyrics for "Papersnow" on The Heads' No Talking, Just Head.
    • He wrote and performed the opening theme for Wonderfalls, aptly titled "I Wonder Why the Wonder Falls".
  • Old Shame: Partridge feels this way about the band's first two albums, describing the songwriting as "semen-stained." He also considers "Sgt. Rock" to be the worst song he ever wrote.
  • One of Us: Andy is a huge comics fan.
  • The Pete Best: Averted by keyboardist Barry Andrews, who left after the second album. He went on to form the Post-Punk band Shriekback, who were decently successful throughout the 80's.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Colin Moulding was considered as a replacement for Roger Waters after he left Pink Floyd.
    • Dave Gregory nearly left XTC to join Blondie during the band's heyday.
    • The band considered having John Paul Jones produce Nonsuch, but his fee was too expensive, so they went with Gus Dudgeon instead.

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