Every member of XTC makes an appearance in What Do You Call That Noise?, 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.
That's in addition to interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo.
Contributing musicians include:
• Chris Butler: The Waitresses
• Tracey Bryn: Voice of the Beehive
• Rick Buckler: The Jam
• Chris Difford: Squeeze
• Jason Falkner: Jellyfish
• Andrew Falkous: Future of the Left
• Peter Gabriel
• Mike Keneally
• Dennis Locorriere: Dr Hook
• Steven Page: Barenaked Ladies
• Debbi Peterson: The Bangles
and many more
"The legacy of XTC receives the treatment it deserves" Malestar General
"Jam-packed with fun" The Irish Times
"A Winner" Peek a Boo Music Magazine
"An exceptionally well crafted book" We Are Cult
"The perfect overview of one of British music's most fascinating, essential but also elusive bands" Louder than War
"A delightful and dizzying collection of XTC exploration, analysis, and devotion" Boing Boing
"I marvelled at the density and scope of this enterprise" Bookolage
"Immense style and poise" Record Collector
Also available: The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, a 256-page edition of the classic 1980s fanzine Limelight, featuring the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material for 2017, including interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.
Limelight was a fanzine created for and by the fans of Swindon's finest. In those far-off pre-internet days, it was one of the few ways people could keep up to date with what XTC were up to.
Like its Canadian sister fanzine, The Little Express, Limelight featured news, interviews and articles about all things XTC. Every edition sold out and original copies have become collectors' items.
It was great. And now it's back – with even more essential reading than ever.
"The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published" Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine.
"A delicious thing to dive in and out of" Iain Lee, Talk Radio.
"Music publication of the year" Dave Jennings, Louder than War
"Varied, surprising and fun" Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine