06 aprile 2016

E una fantastica lettura riservano le trenta interviste raccolte in Complicated Game-Inside the Songs of XTC - ma lui le avrebbe volute pubblicare tutte ottantatré - che Andy Partridge ha tenuto nel tempo con l'amico Todd Bernhardt a proposito della storia e delle travagliate vicende degli XTC, dell'ispirazione, della composizione e soprattutto della realizzazione artistica e tecnica del loro impareggiabile canzoniere. Gran bel volume prodotto da Jawbone Press, che potrebbe oltretutto avere un seguito, rivolto in particolare ai testi delle canzoni: "I have actually thought of doing an exhaustive thing about the lyrics. The better lyrics I’m really proud of. The early lyrics, I’m not so proud of, but I was learning my craft. But the later, better lyrics I’m very, very proud of. Talk about pulling guts about—[I’ve] really thought about pulling every line and every phrase, and telling people where I took that from, what it means, what this means to me, what the choice of that word—it could’ve been this word, but I chose that word because it does a certain thing, and explain what that thing is. I don’t know how thick that book would be. If there was a little fuss about putting 30 interviews in a book, god, if I did an exhaustive thing on all the lyrics, it’d be a box set. A small library."

Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, Complicated Game details Andy Partridge's songs from throughout XTC's career and provides a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. Filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and the band's adventures around the world (all told with AP's legendary humour), Complicated Game casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. The book includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks, reproductions of his original artwork designs, a guide to Andy Partridge's Swindon and a foreword by Steven Wilson.