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What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast

22 EpisodesProduced by Mark FisherWebsite

Interviews and discussions about XTC, from White Music to Wasp Star and beyond

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Steven Wilson remixing XTC

September 3rd, 2021


Headphones at the ready as audio-guru Steven Wilson talks to What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast about his stereo mixes and 5.1 surround versions of XTC classics.


Quizzed by three Marks – Fisher, Reed and

XTC's Andy Partridge – My Failed Songwriting Career

July 30th, 2021


To mark the release of My Failed Songwriting Career Volume One, XTC's Andy Partridge talks about writing to order, the collaborations that work – and …

Colin Moulding: The Hardest Battle

June 25th, 2021


To mark the release of The Hardest Battle (2 July 2021), the mighty Colin Moulding talks about being true to himself, avoiding cliches and fighting …

Oranges and Ladybirds – part two

June 4th, 2021


In this second deep dive into XTC's lyrical references, we talk about the flora and fauna of River of Orchids, the one-way traffic of English Roundabout and the coastal retreat of Bungalow.

In a lively and, above all, …

XTC: This Is Power Pop? with Brian Vander Ark and Paul Myers

May 7th, 2021


After enjoying a stateside hit with The Freshmen in 1997, Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe got the chance to write with his hero Andy Partridge. His band had already recorded a cover of Wake Up (and an unreleased Blue …

Oranges and Ladybirds – part one

April 2nd, 2021


With their allusions to town and country, chalkhills and steam trains, XTC have deep Swindon roots. But how well do their references travel? 


In the first of two episodes exploring XTC's Wiltshire worldview, we look at …

Church of Women

March 5th, 2021


"You think they're going to zig and they zag," says Ami Parkerson about XTC. In this multinational episode, our guest presenter introduces fellow …

The authors: Twomey, Bernhardt and Fisher

February 5th, 2021


Guest presenter Kevin Winser discovers XTC are as good to read about as they are to listen to as he chats to three of the authors who have put the band in print.

This episode features Chris Twomey, author of XTC: …

Making Plans for Nigel: What Happened Next

January 1st, 2021


More than 40 years after its release, Making Plans for Nigel is still haunting the imagination. In this episode, Tom Clarke, formerly of The Enemy, …

A Merry XTCmas: part two

December 4th, 2020


The festive fun continues with the second Yuletide episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast. The conversation continues as Andy …

A Merry XTCmas: part one

December 4th, 2020


Prepare for a feast of seasonal excess with the first of two festive episodes of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast. 


First up is Martin Newell talking about Christmas in Suburbia and his fantastic Flowers in …

X-sTatiC: the XTC cover band story

November 6th, 2020


Between 2002 and 2005, X-sTatiC performed 61 XTC songs in the course of eight gigs. Along the way, they picked up famous fans and paved the path for …

Young generation takeover

October 2nd, 2020


All the guests in this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast are in their 20s. None was even born when Nonsuch was released. Yet all talk with passion and insight about XTC's enduring legacy. 


So what …

What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast Trailer

October 1st, 2020


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 …

Why comedians love XTC

September 25th, 2020


In this special edition of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, 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 …

Black Sea at 40 with Hugh Padgham and Dave Gregory

September 4th, 2020


"I still think XTC are one of the best bands ever," says Hugh Padgham – and he should know: he's worked with everyone from David Bowie to Brian …

Andrew Swainson: Designs on XTC

August 7th, 2020


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 …

Dave Gregory: Tunes of Good

July 3rd, 2020


Guitarist and keyboard player Dave Gregory talks about his contribution to the sound of XTC. In conversation with musician Hugh Nankivell, he …

XTC vs Adam Ant (feat Andy Partridge)

June 5th, 2020


Jordan Cooper of Don't Let's Start: A Podcast About They Might Be Giants joins Mark Fisher, Mark Reed and David White to talk about the connections between XTC, TMBG and Adam and the Ants. In a freewheeling …

Andy Partridge Everything'll Be Alright

May 3rd, 2020


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 to author Mark Fisher with characteristic …

Breathing the Same Air with Andrew M Stafford

April 10th, 2020


Author Andrew M Stafford talks about Breathing the Same Air, his memoir of his time with XTC during the making of The Big Express at Crescent Studios in Bath. Belinda Blanchard, who had her own brush with XTC when she …

Garden of Earthly Delights (feat Colin Moulding)

March 5th, 2020


Giving a first listen to Garden of Earthly Delights: An XTC Celebration (Futureman Records), XTC fans Mark Fisher, David White and Mark Reed talk …

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