Contents | original issues and more

As well as reproductions of all the original issues (see below), The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, a 256-page edition of Limelight, is packed with new articles and interviews.

2017 highlights include:

Andy Partridge on childhood, children and creativity

Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers on the art of the rhythm section

Dave Gregory on Drums and Wires, Black Sea and English Settlement

XTC on some surprising musical influences

• Comedians Phill Jupitus, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Joanna Neary and Paul Putner on their favourite XTC songs

• Clive Jackson of Doctor and the Medics on being produced by Andy Partridge

Belinda Blanchard on starring in the video for Dear God

Peter Mills on the link between Thomas Hardy and XTC

Mark Fisher on XTC puns and wordplay

• Watch the YouTube trailer

"A sumptuous compendium . . . The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published." Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine, September 2017

"Music publication of the year." Dave Jennings, Louder than War, September 2017

"Varied, surprising and fun." Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine, September 2017

"Dotted throughout those original pages and some relaxed, genuinely insightful interviews; Partridge in particular is on outspoken form throughout. Fans new and old will pore over this."Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, September 2017

"A delicious thing to dive in and out of." Iain Lee, Talk Radio, September 2017

Get your copy of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls now!


Top picture: Andy Partridge in his shed. Above: Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers talking exculsively to Limelight.

Pictures: © Mark Fisher 2017

Limelight | 1982–92

limelight11copyissue one 1982

• Pirate twins again: Thomas Dolby

• Interviews with Colin and Dave:

• This is pop!: Dave's favourite LPs



Limelight21issue two 1982

• Making plans for Sgt Rock: characters

• Andy on Take Away/The Lure of Salvage

• Strange Tales, Strange Tails: XTC chat



Limelight31copyissue three 1983

• Animal and panicking: Mummer preview

• Melt the drums: tribute to Terry

• Guide to swinging Swindon



Limelight41copyissue four 1984

• In loving memory of a name: on Terry

• Wanna be in my gang? Pete Phipps

• XTC play at work: recording Play at Home



Limelight51issue five 1985

• Most of All I Remember: Colin on Terry

• Taking moss off the Moulding: on Colin

• Power of a kiss: Dukes of Stratosphear

Limelight61issue six 1987

• Skylarking: XTC on recording the album

• Chain of command: 25 O'Clock review

• Terrible Todd: Andy & Dave on Rundgren



Limelight71issue seven 1988

• The touch of gold: Colin interview

• At the hop: memories of XTC live

• Duke box jive: Sir John Johns interview



Limelight81issue eight 1990

• The perfect groove: Dave interview

• Fan convention: Manchester pics

• The light of real love: XTC's love songs



xtc fan convention 1990

• Readers' poll: results

• Well, well, well: Alice Thompson of the Woodentops


Limelight91copyissue nine 1992

• Trash Can Sinatras: interview

• Books, rooks and cooks: Andy interview

• Lilac bird: Stephen Duffy



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