Andy Partridge (b.1953) is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer best known as founder member of the group XTC. He was also the group's main vocalist and songwriter penning hits such as Sgt. Rock Is Going To Help Me and Sensing Working Overtime. The group's somewhat premature withdrawal from live performance has been attributed to Partridge's panic attacks and stage fright.

In the mid-80s he appeared on Radio 1 as a guest on Round Table and The Great Rock'n'Roll Trivia Quiz, and also played a spoof 'agony aunt' called Agony Andy on Janice Long's show in 1984.

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Links to Peel

It is Partridge who imitates Peel's voice on the spoof version of Pickin' The Blues recorded for XTC's 1979 session. Aside from his work with XTC, Partridge released an album in 1980 under the name of Mr. Partridge entitled Take Away / The Lure Of Salvage, which consisted of dub remixes of XTC tracks. Peel duly featured tracks from the album on his show.

X is for..

X is for... XTC

Partridge features in the video clip X is for XTC in the John Peel Archive series.


  • none as solo artist

Shows played

  • 27 February 1980: The Day They Pulled The North Pole Down (LP - Take Away/The Lure of Salvage) Virgin
  • 03 March 1980: Work Away Tokyo Day (LP - Take Away/The Lure of Salvage) Virgin
  • 11 March 1980: Steam Fist Futurist (or ‘Work Away Tokyo Day’) (LP - Take Away/The Lure of Salvage) Virgin
  • 18 March 1980: Steam Fist Futurist (LP - Take Away/The Lure of Salvage) Virgin
  • 10 November 1991: The History Of Rock 'N' Roll (LP, Miniatures) 1980

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