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Mike Boom
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Complicated Game

Postby Mike Boom » 22 Feb 2021, 15:23

Just finished “Complicated Game” , interviews with Andy Partridge about selected songs from the XTC catalog. A really interesting look into songwriting and recording and a great insight into the songs and the progression of the band. Anyone else read this ?

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Re: Complicated Game

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 22 Feb 2021, 21:09

I read that a while back and I agree it's a great read. Partridge always tells a good story and the in depth song discussions are really entertaining for an XTC nut.

Have you seen the "This Is Pop" doc from a couple of years ago? Well worth a watch if you haven't.
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Re: Complicated Game

Postby Mike Boom » 23 Feb 2021, 02:13

Tom Waits For No One wrote:Have you seen the "This Is Pop" doc from a couple of years ago? Well worth a watch if you haven't


I don’t think I have actually. I remember looking for it when it first came out but I don’t believe I ever found it.
Thanks for reminding me , will try to find it streaming somewhere

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Re: Complicated Game

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 24 Feb 2021, 21:44

Andy Partridge produced one off dust jackets, his own artwork, for a number of the original copies of Complicated Game, each one depicting a song featured in the book.


Here's one for 'Earn Enough For Us'

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and 'This Is Pop'

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They were reproduced as signed prints from illustrator and Partridge collaborator Andrew Swainson.

The 'Stupidly Happy' signed prints are still available here
https://andrewswainson.bigcartel.com/pr ... idly-happy
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Re: Complicated Game

Postby Mike Boom » 25 Feb 2021, 14:18

Tom Waits For No One wrote:Andy Partridge produced one off dust jackets, his own artwork, for a number of the original copies of Complicated Game, each one depicting a song featured in the book.


Here's one for 'Earn Enough For Us'

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and 'This Is Pop'

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They were reproduced as signed prints from illustrator and Partridge collaborator Andrew Swainson.

The 'Stupidly Happy' signed prints are still available here
https://andrewswainson.bigcartel.com/pr ... idly-happy


Very cool, I found the documentary on Amazon Prime along with a note saying it was unavailable! Doh, will find it somewhere eventually.
The book reminded me how great the early XTC stuff is, which I had kindof gone off somewhat, but I have come back around to it, way better than Talking Heads and everyone else in the jagged new wave herky jerky stakes! I remember seeing them live when Barry Andrews was still in the band and they were phenomenal live.



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