Making Plans for Nigel by XTC

Making Plans for Nigel: What Happened Next

More than 40 years after its release, Making Plans for Nigel is still haunting the imagination. In this episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, Tom Clarke, formerly of The Enemy, explains why he has brought Colin Moulding’s character into the 21st century on The Chronicles of Nigel. He’s joined by Laurie Nankivell who talks about the influence of XTC on Squid, whose song Houseplants namechecks Making Plans for Nigel.

Alphabet Brewing’s Making Pints for Nigel

This episode also features Alex Parkinson introducing Making Pints for Nigel, a beer by Alphabet Brewing. And we hear from young drummer Lucas making an excellent attempt at the Terry Chambers pattern for Making Plans for Nigel.

Mark Fisher and Laura Wade ask the questions.

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More about Squid

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Further reading in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available in the Limelight Shop

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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.