Andy Partridge (XTC): ‘My Failed Songwriting Career: Volume One’

XTC’s Andy Partridge

Andy Partridge (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns)

17 June 2012 | Shaw Dennis | EAUC News

Following a pandemic delay attributable to a busted studio door, XTC’s Andy Partridge has lastly introduced the primary quantity in his My Failed Songwriting Career sequence, a group of tracks he initially penned for different artists.

“I have hundreds of songs that I wrote for other people that they rejected,” Partridge advised Rolling Stone in May 2020. “And so, when I can get in there and get working properly, I am going to be putting out a series of records tentatively titled, My Failed Songwriting Career.”

The first EP is out there to preorder now on each 12-inch vinyl and CD via XTC’s Ape House retailer forward of its July twenty third launch. While the tracklisting hasn’t been revealed, Partridge stated of the primary quantity, “Four brothers and sisters, happily reunited and presented as a family group aural snapshot for your entertainment and delight.”

Ape House stated of the primary installment, following Partridge’s XTC tenure: “Songs were written. Songs were sent. Sometimes speculatively, often specifically requested, many tailor-made for an artist’s requirements, but then choppy waters could still lay ahead. Even where everyone seemed to think that newly written song A would be wonderful if recorded by singer B, whose manager C had initiated the request via music publisher D for album E on record label F…”

They continued, “As a loving parent, Andy brought them all back together, re-Andy-fied them and buffed them up in his home studio, et voila!”

Order via Ape House

My Failed Songwriting Career – Volume 1 CD & Vinyl bundle

Available 20 July 2021

My Failed Songwriting Career – Volume 1 presents a fascinating selection of songs resulting from Andy Partridge’s post XTC period as a songwriter for hire writing for other artists.

‘Four brothers and sisters, happily reunited and presented as a family group aural snapshot for your entertainment and delight.’ – Andy Partridge 

A bundle of the CD (in card wallet) and 12″ vinyl EP versions.


Twang, Hmmm, click, thunk. 

When XTC finally downed guitars after the recording and release of “Wasp Star”,  their last album to date, one of Andy’s ideas about what to do next, was to become a songwriter in the traditional sense, writing songs for others…  

It was something he had been asked to do throughout the XTC years, but never had the time.  

Songs were written. Songs were sent. Sometimes speculatively, often specifically requested, many tailor-made for an artist’s requirements, but then choppy waters could still lay ahead. Even where everyone seemed to think that newly written song A would be wonderful if recorded by singer B, whose manager C had initiated the request via music publisher D for album E on record label F…  

Well, you begin to see the potential problems of such an approach – almost a quarter of the way through the alphabet and not a note recorded beyond Andy’s original demo. That’s without detailing the sort of horrendous politics that makes a fresh batch of alphabet spaghetti of any of the above as they interact.

Still, songs are like children. A songwriter gives birth to them, feeds them, watches them grow before sending them out into the world. So it’s unfair to abandon them as orphans just because their first experience outdoors might be a  traumatic one of being cold shouldered. 

As a loving parent, Andy brought them all back together, re-Andy-fied them and buffed them up in his home studio, et voila! Here is the first selection of song siblings that resulted from all of this work, four brothers and sisters, happily reunited and presented as a family group aural snapshot for your entertainment and delight. 

It was something he had been asked to do throughout the XTC years, but never had the time.  

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