What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book


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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. In this compelling 228-page book, some of the world’s leading musicians and keenest fans come together to discuss what makes XTC so very special.

Every member of XTC also makes an appearance, including Andy Partridge on mixing, Dave Gregory on arranging and Barry Andrews on the piano – not to mention an in-depth review of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers playing live as TC&I for the first time in 36 years.

That’s in addition to interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo.

Contributing musicians include:

Chris Butler: The Waitresses

Tracey Bryn: Voice of the Beehive

Rick Buckler: The Jam

Chris Difford: Squeeze

Jason Falkner: Jellyfish

Andrew Falkous: Future of the Left

Peter Gabriel

Mike Keneally

Dennis Locorriere: Dr Hook

Steven Page: Barenaked Ladies

Debbi Peterson: The Bangles

Plus Anton Barbeau, Todd Bernhardt, Chris Braide, Mikey Erg, Anne McCue, Jim Moray, Erich Sellheim, Rosie Vela, Mark Vidler and David Yazbek, as well as members of Big Big Train, bis, Cosmic Rough Riders, Fassine, New York Dolls, Odds, Tin Spirits and many more…

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“The legacy of XTC receives the treatment it deserves” Malestar General

“Jam-packed with fun” The Irish Times

“A Winner” Peek a Boo Music Magazine

“An exceptionally well crafted book” We Are Cult

“The perfect overview of one of British music’s most fascinating, essential but also elusive bands” Louder than War

“A delightful and dizzying collection of XTC exploration, analysis, and devotion” Boing Boing

“I marvelled at the density and scope of this enterprise” Bookolage

“Immense style and poise” Record Collector

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Additional information

Weight .750 kg
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 1.2 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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