XTC and their fans, online and in print

XTC featuring Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Dave Gregory and Andy Partridge

After various changes of name and line-up, XTC formed in Swindon in 1976, signing to Virgin Records the following year. For the first two albums, guitarist Andy Partridge, bass player Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers were joined on keyboards by Barry Andrews. His departure paved the way for guitarist Dave Gregory from 1979’s Drums and Wires onwards. After Chambers left in 1983, the now studio-based band recorded with a series of guest drummers until their 12th and final album, Wasp Star, in 2000.

Mark Fisher set up the XTC fanzine Limelight with his friend Paul Badger when they were still at school in 1982. It lasted ten years and was described by Andy Partridge as “an essential breathing tube” for XTC and a “lifeline to the world”. Mark returned to the fanzine in 2017 with the anthology The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls. Two years later, he published What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book and, in 2020, launched What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast.

Find out more and meet fellow fans at the links below.