From the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls comes an fan-fuelled musical exploration of one of the most enigmatic pop groups of the 20th century. In this 228-page book, fans of XTC and respected musicians come together within this title to discuss what makes XTC so very special, and why so many musicians want to perform their music.
XTC are no longer together as a band, and stopped performing many decades ago. It appears that they have whet the appetites of many aficionados and performers, with their abtract music and arthouse approach to variety of genres.
With this new compendium of everything from the most affecting songs for fans to the tracks that fellow drummers (including Dave Mattacks) feel compelled to perform, all hailing the respected Terry Chambers. Every member of XTC also makes an appearance in this book, 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. There is much for the fans with this book, and we really do get a sense that they come from far and wide. Japan, for example, seems to attract a high proportion of XTC fans, with many keen to form tribute bands.
However, for someone that is yet to know any of their tracks besides Making Plans for Nigel it can feel a little intimidating, like being that person at the party who is not in on the in joke. The almanac itself has the aesthetic of a colouring book, it is bountiful in a variety of things to keep any XTC fan entertained and immersed for the next week or so. It’s a grand collection for a die-hard. I guess you simply have to be a die-hard though.
What Do You Call That Noise? is out now, published by Mark Fisher Ltd