Editor Mark Fisher on the day What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book was published

Interviews about What Do You Call That Noise?

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book in advance of its publication. I’ve been talking to as many people the very wonderful publicists Sarah Palmer and Shauna McLarnon of Shameless PR can throw at me. Here are some recent chats you might like to hear:


Click the 22:30 tab for this TalkRADIO interview with Iain Lee. I come on just after the man who thinks he’s Jesus. Listen out for Lee’s proposal to release a recording of the TC&I live shows.

This is a wide-ranging conversation with Tom Gallo of Look at My Records! about all things XTC.

 


And another expansive interview, this time with Norman B for the Life Elsewhere podcast.

This time talking to Jammerzine about all things XTC.


In the week of release, this is the first of a two-part chat with James Thomas of BBC Radio Wiltshire. From about an hour in.

 
Part two of my chat with James Thomas of BBC Radio Wiltshire covers the importance of Swindon to the music of XTC. From about 1:08.


A lively conversation about the excellence of XTC with musicians David McGuinness and Ian Sloan, interviewed by Grant Stott on BBC Radio Scotland, From about 1:07.


In conversation with Dave Jennings who also has rather nice things about this “perfect overview” in Louder than War


Talking to Chilean journalist Nuno Veloso about The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise in Culto

 

A return visit to Frome FM in conversation with Ian Leak on his Different Sounds show.


Q&A with Henry Lipput on CoolDad Music.


A taster of a longer interview with Neil Sant of Retropopic.



The full Retropopic experience.

 


Further reading:
Malestar General 25/2/19:A lo largo de algo más de 220 densas páginas y con muy poco material gráfico, el enorme legado de XTC recibe el tratamiento que merece. Es un libro, en principio, para (muy) fans, pero bienvenido sea si anima a unos cuantos lectores adicionales a descubrir la música de una banda tan poco y mal conocida como -creo- imprescindible.”


Muso’s Guide 24/2/19: What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book – Musos’ Guide Interviews Mark Fisher. “We spoke with author Mark Fisher about his new book, What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book. It’s his second book on the band, following on from 2017’s The XTC Bumper Book Of Fun For Boys And Girls. “The first book, The XTC Bumper Book Of Fun was an anthology of a fanzine I used to run called Limelight. I was still at school when it started.”


Spill Magazine 10/2/19: A Conversation with Author Mark Fisher. XTC started in 1972, released their debut album in 1978, and is perhaps the most famous band out of Swindon. A new book is about to be released, demonstrating their impact on music and pop culture. What Do You Call That Noise? – An XTC Discovery Book is a very unique look at a very unique band. “I saw a copy of Drums And Wires (by XTC), and I had read about it, this was in 1979. So my Christmas request that year was Drums And Wires and I got it for Christmas. The rest is history”, remembers author Mark Fisher.


From the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls comes a musical exploration of one of the most essential pop groups of the 20th century. 

What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book is a compelling 228-page volume in which some of the world’s leading musicians and keenest fans come together to discuss what makes XTC so very special.


£17.99 + free UK p&p (international p&p from £5)

Full details: https://www.xtclimelight.com/

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About the author

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. While at school, he set up the XTC fanzine Limelight, which he republished as The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (2017). He followed that with What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (2019). In 2020, he launched What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast.

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