The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology


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A 256-page edition of Limelight, the 1980s XTC fanzine, packed with new articles and interviews as well as reproductions of all the original issues (see below).

New edition highlights include:

Andy Partridge on childhood, children and creativity

Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers on the art of the rhythm section

Dave Gregory on Drums and Wires, Black Sea and English Settlement

XTC onsome surprising musical influences

• Comedians Phill Jupitus, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Joanna Neary and Paul Putner on their favourite XTC songs

Clive Jackson of Doctor and the Medics on being produced by Andy Partridge

Belinda Blanchard on starring in the video for Dear God

Peter Mills on the link between Thomas Hardy and XTC

Mark Fisher on XTC puns and wordplay

Watch the YouTube trailer

“A sumptuous compendium . . . The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published.” Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine, September 2017

“Music publication of the year.” Dave Jennings, Louder than War, September 2017

“Varied, surprising and fun.” Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine, September 2017

“Dotted throughout those original pages and some relaxed, genuinely insightful interviews; Partridge in particular is on outspoken form throughout. Fans new and old will pore over this.” Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, September 2017

“A delicious thing to dive in and out of.” Iain Lee, Talk Radio, September 2017


Issue one 1982

• Pirate twins again: Thomas Dolby

• Interviews with Colin and Dave:

• This is pop!: Dave’s favourite LPs


Issue two 1982

• Making plans for Sgt Rock: characters

• Andy on Take Away/The Lure of Salvage

• Strange Tales, Strange Tails: XTC chat


Issue three 1983

• Animal and panicking: Mummer preview

• Melt the drums: tribute to Terry

• Guide to swinging Swindon


Issue four 1984

• In loving memory of a name: on Terry

• Wanna be in my gang? Pete Phipps

• XTC play at work: recording Play at Home


Issue five 1985

• Most of All I Remember: Colin on Terry

• Taking moss off the Moulding: on Colin

• Power of a kiss: Dukes of Stratosphear


Issue six 1987

• Skylarking: XTC on recording the album

• Chain of command: 25 O’Clock review

• Terrible Todd: Andy & Dave on Rundgren


Issue seven 1988

• The touch of gold: Colin interview

• At the hop: memories of XTC live

• Duke box jive: Sir John Johns interview


Issue eight 1990

• The perfect groove: Dave interview

• Fan convention: Manchester pics

• The light of real love: XTC’s love songs


Issue nine 1992

• Trash Can Sinatras: interview

• Books, rooks and cooks: Andy interview

• Lilac bird: Stephen Duffy

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Additional information

Weight .750 kg
Dimensions 29.8 × 21 × 0.7 cm

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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