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Andy Partridge

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The principal singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the beloved Uk art pop music group XTC, Andy Partridge was created December 11, 1953, on the island of Malta and raised in Swindon, England. In 1976, he teamed with bassist Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers to create Star Park, later on re-christened the Helium Kidz; upon adding keyboardist Barry Andrews and putting your signature on to Virgin, the group used the name XTC, issuing its debut 3D EP in nov 1977. Regardless of the band’s punk-era roots, Partridge’s early tunes also drew tremendous influence from your English Invasion period, producing a taut, angular pop audio quite distinct using their contemporaries; XTC’s debut recording White Music actually damaged the U.K. Best 40. Pursuing Andrews’ leave, the group recruited guitarist/keyboardist David Gregory before documenting their first graph hit, “Existence Begins in the Hop”; using the 1979 recording Drums & Cables, Partridge’s songs flipped even nearer toward traditional pop, along with a yr later he released his debut single LPs, ELIMINATE as well as the Lure of Salvage. 1980’s Dark Ocean was the initial XTC record to split the American Best 50, while 1982’s British Settlement yielded their initial British TOP hit, “Senses Functioning Overtime.” Nevertheless, during a causing tour from the State governments, Partridge experienced a nervous break down due to his incapacitating stage fright, spending another calendar year in nearly total isolation and announcing the music group would never once again show up live. When XTC resurfaced in 1984 with the beautiful Mummer, Partridge’s music evoked a fresh pastoral beauty. Its follow-up, THE BEST Express, boasted also richer production, whilst in 1985 the group followed the pseudonym the Dukes of Stratosphear to record 25 O’Clock, a tongue-in-cheek (albeit note-perfect) homage to psychedelia. XTC attained their greatest industrial and creative achievement with 1986’s Skylarking, a lush, majestic melody cycle created (much towards the group’s preliminary irritation) by Todd Rundgren; “Dear God,” originally still left off the record, became a left-field strike, as well as the record made an appearance on countless year-end lists. Oranges & Lemons implemented in 1989, producing the minor strike “The Mayor of Simpleton.” Another calendar year, Partridge — who previously created information for Peter Blegvad as well as the Woodentops — helmed periods for the Lilac Period and the Objective U.K. XTC’s non-such made an appearance in 1992, but will be the band’s last brand-new record for seven years; inner complications and label fights held the group from launching any brand-new material before the 1999 discharge from the much-acclaimed Apple Venus, Pt. 1. Within the interim, Partridge collaborated with celebrated ambient composer Harold Budd on 1994’s With the Hill. That same calendar year, he teamed with fellow United kingdom pop eccentric Martin Newell for THE BEST Living Englishman. He also constructed several music for the 1996 Disney cartoon feature James as well as the Large Peach, that your studio rejected and only music by Randy Newman.

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Full Name Andy Partridge
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Nationality English
Children Harry Partridge, Holly Partridge
Partner Erica Wexler, Erica Wexler
Music Groups XTC
Music Songs Senses Working Overtime, Dear God, The Mayor of Simpleton, Making Plans for Nigel, Life Begins at the Hop, Earn Enough for Us, Love on a Farmboy’s Wages, Generals and Majors, I'm the Man Who Murdered Love, Stupidly Happy, Respectable Street, The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, I’d Like That, Then She Appeared, Summer’s Cauldron, That's Really Super, Supergirl, All I Dream of Is a Friend, No Language in Our Lungs, I Don't Want to Be Here, My Land is Burning, Living Through Another Cuba, Thanks for Christmas, Dame Fortune, Scarecrow People, Functions On The Low, Young Cleopatra, Neon Shuffle, You're My Drug, Everything'll Be Alright, Easter Theatre, This Is Pop, No Thugs in Our House
Albums Gonwards, Take Away/The Lure of Salvage, Through the Hill, Skylarking, English Settlement, Black Sea, White Music, Drums and Wires, Apple Venus Volume 1, Homespun, The Official Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Album, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 1, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 7, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 5, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 6, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 2, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 8, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 3, Fuzzy Warbles Volume 4, Hinges


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 2016 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 writer: "Dear God"
Californication TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
$5 a Day 2008 writer: "Many Happy Returns"
Ashes to Ashes 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skins 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When Did You Last See Your Father? 2007 writer: "Mayor of Simpleton"
Hot Fuzz 2007 writer: "Sgt. Rock Is Going to Help Me"
Tjenare kungen 2005 writer: "Statue of Liberty"
Wonderfalls 2004 TV Series performer: "I Wonder Why The Wonder Falls"
Welcome to Mooseport 2004 writer: "Mayor of Simpleton"
Gilmore Girls 2000-2002 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Daria in 'Is It Fall Yet?' 2000 TV Movie writer: "Dear God"
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 writer: "I'd Like That"
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jerry Maguire 1996 performer: "Through the Hill" / writer: "Through the Hill"
Dumb & Dumber 1994 writer: "The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead"
American Experience 1991 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Valentina 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
She's Having a Baby 1988 producer: "Happy Families" / writer: "Happy Families"
The Laughing Prisoner 1987 TV Movie writer: "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
Play at Home 1984 TV Movie documentary performer: "Train Running Low on Soul Coal" / writer: "Train Running Low on Soul Coal", "Love on a Farmboy's Wages", "Human Alchemy", "Beating of Hearts", "Funk Pop a Roll"
Disconnected 1983 writer: "Complicated Game"
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary writer: "Respectable Street"
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Times Square 1980 writer: "Take This Town"
XTC at the Manor 1980 TV Special writer: "The Somnambulist", "Towers of London", "Respectable Street", "Sgt. Rock Is Going to Help Me"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wonderfalls TV Series composer - 13 episodes, 2004 performer - 1 episode, 2004

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Laughing Prisoner 1987 TV Movie Band Member (XTC)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleepy People 2010 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - XTC
Play at Home 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1981-1982 TV Series Himself - XTC
No 73 1982 TV Series Himself
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary Himself - XTC
XTC at the Manor 1980 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Himself - XTC

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