Take Away / The Lure of Salvage

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Take Away / The Lure of Salvage
XTC - Take Away. The Lure Of Salvage.jpg
Take Away front cover
Remix album by
ReleasedFebruary 29, 1980 (1980-02-29)
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerJohn Leckie, Andy Partridge
Andy Partridge chronology
Take Away / The Lure of Salvage
Through the Hill

Take Away and The Lure of Salvage are sides one and two of the debut album by English musician Andy Partridge (credited to "Mr. Partridge"), released in February 1980 on Virgin Records. The LP consists of dub remixes of tracks originally recorded by Partridge's band XTC.

Even though no other XTC member was involved with the album's making, Partridge does not personally consider it a solo effort.[1] Virgin rejected his request to issue it under the XTC banner as it would have counted toward their record contract.[2] In Japan, the record was hailed as a work of "electronic genius" and outsold all other XTC albums.[3]


Andy took existing XTC songs and separated different tracks from the songs to give the experiment/addition of sounds of the track a whole new identity. The back cover reads

This used to be some XTC records. It is now a collection of tracks that have been electronically processed/shattered and layered with other sounds or lyrical pieces. All initial sound by XTC.

Additional sound/lyrics by Andy Partridge. Put and take by John Leckie and Andy Partridge on 10/10/79. Alan Jakoby was the tapir. Destructed/constructed at Regents Park Recording Company. If you liked Go+ then this record weighs approximately the same amount.


The cover pictures on the album's back and front are taken from a post card of Jayne Mansfield in a swimming pool. The figures floating on the water are hot water bottles shaped like her, on the back cover some of which Partridge scribbled out.


Partridge made the LP totally royalty-free for a cost of £2000, and asked Virgin Records to set the price low. Virgin sold the album with the maximum price of £3.99. It is available on the Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78-80 CD, along with the EP Go+.

Track listing[edit]

Side A (Take Away)
  1. "Commerciality (Signal Ad)" (Andy Partridge) (3:08)
  2. "The Day They Pulled The North Pole Down" (Colin Moulding/Andy Partridge) (3:50)
  3. "The Forgotten Language Of Light" (Andy Partridge) (4:17)
  4. "Steam Fist Futurist" (Andy Partridge) (3:09)
  5. "Shore Leave Ornithology (Another 1950)" (Andy Partridge) (5:32)
  6. "Cairo" (Andy Partridge) (1:52)
Side B (The Lure of Salvage)
  1. "The Rotary" (Andy Partridge) (3:21)
  2. "Madhattan" (Colin Moulding/Andy Partridge) (3:17)
  3. "I Sit In The Snow" (Andy Partridge) (3:12)
  4. "Work Away Tokyo Day" (Colin Moulding/Andy Partridge) (4:05)
  5. "New Broom" (Colin Moulding/Andy Partridge) (5:27)

Track sources[edit]

Side A (Take Away)
  1. "Refrigeration Blues" (White Music outtake; the lyrics were a poem called "Signal Ad (Saleable Futurity").
  2. "Heatwave" (using the backing tracks and slowing them down).
  3. "Millions" (using the percussion tracks and adding guitar and ad-libbed vocals).
  4. "Real by Reel" (using the backing tracks and adding various sounds).
  5. "Pulsing Pulsing" (using the backing tracks and adding various things with poetry inspired by Charlie Parker's "Ornithology").
  6. "Homo Safari" (sped up backing tracks adding keyboards, vocals and handclaps).
Side B (The Lure of Salvage)
  1. "Helicopter" (improvised guitar/singing/yelling over drums, bass and percussion tracks).
  2. "That Is The Way" (backing track with new sounds added).
  3. "Roads Girdle the Globe" (slowed-down backing track of the bridge with poem and sounds added).
  4. "Red / Day In Day Out" (original beginning, then all nine of Barry Andrews' sax parts from "Red" played simultaneously, and "Day In Day Out" sped up with a new bass line).
  5. "Making Plans For Nigel" (new lyrics and sounds to the backing tracks).



  1. ^ Andy Partridge [@xtcfans] (19 March 2014). "THE CORRECTOR-TAKEAWAY/LURE OF SALVAGE was not a solo album,merely a dub record of XTC tracks,the band never attended" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/xtcfans/status/1090247437124595712
  3. ^ George, Harry (October 1983). "The Case of the Missing Andy Boy". Trouser Press. pp. 26–29.