Gonwards by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge, designed by Andrew Swainson

Andrew Swainson: Designs on XTC

Now out: episode six of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast featuring illustrator and graphic designer Andrew Swainson

Andrew has been collaborating with Andy Partridge for over 20 years. As well as working on XTC and Dukes of Stratosphear re-releases, such as Skylarking and The Complete and Utter Dukes, he helped create the distinctive look of records including:

  • Powers, Partridge’s tribute to abstract electronic artist Richard M Power, made to look like an early 60s paperback book
  • Warm Robot by Jen Olive, with its sci-fi fold-out sleeve
  • Gonwards, by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge, complete with Mexican-style loteria card game
  • Orpheus: The Lowdown, another Blegvad/Partridge collaboration, with its haunting X-ray imagery
  • Fuzzy Warbles, the gorgeous compendium of unreleased XTC rarities 

In this episode, Swainson joins XTC fans Mark Fisher, Sarah Crookall, Laura Wade, David White and Peter Mills – not to mention a brief visit by Andy Partridge – to talk about his mesmerising designs.

More about Andrew Swainson at https://www.andrewswainson.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.