Above is an Andy Partridge-designed postcard that I stumbled across in the Scrapbook section of the XTC website. Apparently, he created it for a promotion in the Japanese market. Partridge is the bloke in the glasses. Next to him is Colin Moulding, his bandmate of 30 years. I was so taken with it – with the richness of the colors and the childlike qualities of the illustrations – that I had to post it. Seems very XTC to me.
Below is a live version of “Making Plans for Nigel” from a 1982 performance in Amsterdam. Lamentably, this is the closest I’ll come to experiencing the band in concert. I had tickets to this very tour but Partridge had a stage-fright-driven breakdown before the band made it to Detroit. They cancelled the tour – and never performed live again. I had 10th row tickets so when I play this song I sit really close to my stereo.
[MP3] XTC – Making Plans for Nigel (Live)
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