XTC’s Andy Partridge Remembers the Finish of His Stay Profession


XTC co-founder Andy Partridge regarded again for the time being he knew he performed his closing present and mentioned, “My dream had died.”

The British new wave band was nearly to begin a North American tour in 1982 that was anticipated to take them to the following degree of success. As a substitute, Partridge fell sick and wound up within the hospital earlier than any of the exhibits occurred, ending XTC’s reside profession and plunging them into heavy debt.

In a latest interview with The Guardian, the singer and guitarist mentioned the foundation of the problem was his try to return off valium, which was prescribed to him as a baby when he struggled to cope with his mom’s psychological well being points. “It was the ‘60s,” he defined. “‘Poor child’s upset, his mum’s crazy, why not stick him on valium?’ I grew to become addicted.”

In 1981 Partridge compelled himself off the drug however then skilled different unwanted effects. “Over the following 12 months, my mind melted,” he mentioned, including that he suffered reminiscence loss and bodily incapacity and that his administration and file label ignored his requests for assist. “I used to be laying them a golden egg,” he famous.

Whereas XTC by no means carried out once more onstage after Partridge’s 1982 collapse, they went on to file a collection of albums earlier than splitting in 2006. “My love of constructing information got here to the fore as soon as I knew they didn’t need to be constructed for copy,” Partridge mentioned. “Being in a consuming gang that noticed the world was thrilling, however it paled rapidly.”

Now 70, he’s simply launched an archival assortment of vacation songs, My Failed Christmas Profession, however he famous that he’s stopped writing new music. Saying he’s misplaced “the anger of the struggle” and entered his “withdrawal years,” Partridge defined, “It’s troublesome as a result of it’s only a feeling. It’s simply ‘getting previous’ shit.” He added that he was “ready for my music mojo to return, in between researching UFO occasions.”

Wanting again at his time with XTC, Partridge mentioned, “I’d hate you to assume I’m knocking anybody within the band. I really like them to bits. An solely youngster, I by no means knew the brother factor, however they had been my brothers.”

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XTC had been at all times a bit misplaced, and but they nonetheless had a protracted, different and acclaimed profession. 

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