Andy Partridge

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Andy Partridge
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Partridge with XTC playing Toronto's Music Hall, February 1980
Background information
Birth name Andrew John Partridge
Also known as Sir John Johns, Mr. Partridge
Born (1953-11-11) 11 November 1953 (age 60)
Mtarfa, Malta
Origin Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Genres New wave, pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
Years active 1972–present
Labels Virgin, Idea, APE House
Associated acts XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphear, Monstrance
Website http://www.ape.uk.net
Notable instruments
Ibanez Artist
Squier Telecaster
Martin D-35

Andrew John "Andy" Partridge (born 11 November 1953 in Mtarfa, Malta) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He rose to fame as a founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter of the pop/new wave band, XTC. He lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, where he was brought up.

Solo work and collaborations[edit]

In addition to his work with XTC, Partridge has released one solo album on Virgin Records in 1980 called Take Away/the Lure of Salvage.Several tracks appear to have XTC backing tracks reworked much in the way the Go + EP resembled portions of Go 2, XTC's second album.Partridge has also released demos of his songs under his own name in The Official Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Album and the "Fuzzy Warbles" album series on his APE House record label. Eight individual volumes of Fuzzy Warbles are now available, as well as the Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Album, which includes a bonus ninth disc Hinges. He has collaborated (as performer, writer or record producer) with numerous recording artists, including Martin Newell, with whom he recorded and produced an album in 1993 entitled The Greatest Living Englishman released in Japan as a duo album. He has additionally lent his experience and talents to artists that include Super Squarecloud, Peter Blegvad, Harold Budd, Jamie Cullum, Stephen Duffy, Terry Hall, The Heads, Charlotte Hatherley, Robyn Hitchcock, Jen Olive, The Residents, Thomas Dolby, David Yazbek, Miles Kane, The Nines, Pugwash and fellow Swindon musicians Meat Beat Manifesto. In 2010, Partridge released a limited edition CD of music inspired by science fiction illustrator Richard M. Powers' art titled POWERS.[1] In 2012, Partridge's collaboration with Mike Keneally bore fruit as the album Wing Beat Fantastic, a Mike Keneally release where 8 of the songs were co-written with Partridge.[2]

Partridge served as the producer for the English band Blur during the recording of Modern Life Is Rubbish. He was replaced by Stephen Street at the insistence of their record label, Food. Partridge also wrote four songs for Disney's version of James and the Giant Peach, but was replaced by Randy Newman when he could not get Disney to offer him "an acceptable deal".

Approaching music differently[edit]

In 2004, Partridge contributed the song "I Wonder Why the Wonder Falls" as the theme music to the short-lived TV comedy Wonderfalls. In 2006, a song he and Robyn Hitchcock collaborated on "Cause It's Love (Saint Parallelogram)", which was released on the Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 album Olé! Tarantula. He has also released music as part of a trio known as Monstrance, made up of his guitar, Barry Andrews (an early member of XTC) on keyboards, and Martyn Barker on drums. The group has released an album of the same name, as well as a download-only EP known as Fine Wires Humming a New Song. All songs were completely improvised, without overdubbing and recorded live in the studio.

Radio and film[edit]

Partridge was a regular performer on BBC Radio 1 in the mid-1980s. He has had acting roles, including a character named "Agony Andy", a spoof aunt on the Janice Long show, and he also contributed comedic sketches to Saturday Live and Studio B15, and was a regular panelist on both Roundtable and The Great Rock'n'Roll Trivia Quiz. He has also presented the pilot for an ITV children's quiz show, Matchmakers. He contributed additional material to the Channel 4 incarnation of Armstrong and Miller's sketch show.

Personal life[edit]

Partridge and his ex-wife Marianne have two children. Daughter Holly is a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Son Harry Partridge is an Internet animator best known for his comedic short Saturday Morning Watchmen.[3]

Since his divorce, Partridge has been in a long-term relationship with Erica Wexler, the daughter of American screenwriter Norman Wexler (of Saturday Night Fever, and Serpico fame) and niece of record producer Jerry Wexler. Partridge met Wexler in 1994, shortly after she had split from artist Roy Lichtenstein.[4] He's also the executive producer of her forthcoming album Sunlit Night.

Influence[edit]

Partridge has been cited as an influence by John Frusciante of The Red Hot Chili Peppers in the 2002 issue of Total Guitar magazine, who cited him as an influence on the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' album By the Way.[5]

Partridge mixed recordings for the band Captains of Industry. In 2007 he collaborated with former XTC bandmate Barry Andrews on the Shriekback album Glory Bumps. In 2008, Partridge began working on a collaborative album with Robyn Hitchcock [6] and Mike Keneally, and various solo projects. He has been conducting an ongoing series of online interviews about his songs with writer Todd Bernhardt on the XTCfans pages of MySpace, and plans to release a book based on the interviews, featuring additional content and images.

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