Andy Partridge Opens Up His Ape House

XTC's Andy Partridge doesn't tour due to his fear of flying, but that apparently leaves him more time to make music. Diehard fans will soon be able to hear a lot of it, as the Swindon, England songsmith has compiled 161 songs that he'll release in a collection called The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album on Oct. 16 via his own Ape House label.

- Aug 22, 2006

XTC's Andy Partridge doesn't tour due to his fear of flying, but that apparently leaves him more time to make music. Diehard fans will soon be able to hear a lot of it, as the Swindon, England songsmith has compiled 161 songs that he'll release in a collection called The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album on Oct. 16 via his own Ape House label.

The nine-disc set explores Partridge's archives and features songs and alternate versions of XTC favourites that never made it on to final album track listings, as well as songs that Partridge never completed but revisited and finished for the Fuzzy Warbles series.

Each CD features unique Fuzzy Warbles stamp cover artwork, and the box to keep them all in is designed to look like a stamp album. The box also comes with a booklet called A Brief History Of Home Taping, where Partridge offers insights into his recording process, and a sheet of Fuzzy Warbles stamps.

You can buy the eight volumes separately, but you won't get all of the above extras or the collection's ninth disc. The bonus CD, Hinges, features nine tracks only available with the set.

The 52-year-old Partridge has had a bad year, first suffering a broken tendon in his left hand and then damaging his hearing and being diagnosed with tinnitus. If you want to brighten the day of the man who helped bring you such great songs as "Respectable Street," "Senses Working Overtime," "Dear God" and "The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead" over the years, get your hands on these tracks from The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album:

Volume One:
"Dame Fortune"
"Born Out Of Your Mouth"
"Howlin' Burston"
"Don't Let Us Bug Ya"
"That Wag"
"That Wave"
"Ocean's Daughter"
"Everything"
"MOGO"
"Goosey Goosey"
"Merely A Man"
"EPNS"
"Summer Hot As This"
"Miniature Sun"
"I Brought Myself A Liarbird"
"Complicated Game"
"Wonder Annual"
"Space Wray"
"Rocket"

Volume Two:
"Ridgeway Path"
"I Don't Want To Be Here" (AIDS benefit version)
"Young Marrieds"
"No One Here Available"
"Obscene Procession"
"Miller Time"
"You're The Wish You Are I Had"
"Ra Ra Rehearsal"
"Ra Ra For Rocking Horse"
"Everything'll Be Alright"
"25 O'Clock"
"GOOM"
"Chain Of Command"
"All Of A Sudden"
"Summers' Cauldron"
"Then She Appeared"
"It's Snowing Angels"
"Ship Trapped In The Ice"

Volume Three:
"My Train Is Coming"
"Lighthead"
"Goodbye Humanosaurus"
"Humble Daisy"
"You Like Me?"
"Great Fire"
"Work"
"Mopti Fake 1"
"Collideascope"
"Mopti Fake 2"
"When We Get To England"
"Train Running Low On Soul Coal"
"Holly Up On Poppy"
"Strawberry Fields Forever"
"Autumn Comes Around"
"Child's Crusade"
"Little Lighthouse"
"This Is The End"
"Put It On Again"

Volume Four:
"Tunes"
"Bumpercars"
"The Art Song (Something Good With Your Life)"
I'm Playing My Fano"
"Zonked Right Out On Life"
"All I Dream Of Is A Friend"
"Peck The Ground Like A Chicken"
"That's Really Super Supergirl"
"Brainiac's Daughter"
"Blue Beret"
"Gangway, Electric Guitar Is Coming Through"
"Mechanical Planet"
"Helicopter"
"The Ugly Underneath"
"OMGO"
"Where Is Your Heart?"
"Hey, It's Alan Burston!"
"Season Cycle"
"Countdown To Christmas Party Time"

Volume Five:
"Welcome To Volume 5"
"Young Cleopatra"
"I Defy You Gravity"
"Ice Jet Kiss"
"Broomstick Rhythm"
"Earn Enough For Us"
"Dear God" (Skiffle version)
"Crocodile"
"Motorcycle Landscape"
"Rook"
"Don't You Ever Dare Call Me Chickenhead"
"Mermaid Explanation"
"Mermaid Smiled"
Aqua Deum"
"Me And The Wind"
"Smalltown"
"Blue Overall"
"Red Brick Dream"
"Jacob's Ladder"
"My Land Is Burning"

Volume Six:
"Last Laugh Track"
"The Stinking Rich Song"
"Can't Tell What Truth Is Anymore"
"Candle Dance"
"The Tiny Circus Of Life"
"The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
"In My Hand"
"Difficult Age"
"Pink Thing"
"Shaking Skin House"
"Bike Ride To The Moon"
"My Love Explode"
"Omnibus"
"Across The Antheap" (Skylarking demo)"
"Across The Antheap" (Oranges & Lemons demo)
"Human Alchemy"
"Moonlit Drive"
"Price Of Orange"
"End Of The Pier"

Volume Seven:
"2 Rainbeau Melt"
"Thrill Pill"
"Sonic Boom"
"I'm Unbecome"
"Ballet For A Rainy Day"
"1000 Umbrellas"
"Ejac In A Box (MGOO)"
"C Side"
"Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her"
"Ladybird"
"Candymine"
"Visit To The Doctor"
"Cherry In Your Tree"
"Desert Island"
"Scarecrow People"
"Holy Me My Daddy"
"Books Are Burning"
"Bobba De Boop De Ba De Boobay"
"Open A Can Of Human Beans"

Volume Eight:
"
Through Electric Gardens"
"Skate Dreams Wet Car"
"The Bland Leading The Bland"
"Silverstar"
"I Gave My Suitcase Away"
"Extrovert"
"Another Satellite"
"These Voices"
"Song For Wes Long"
"Happy Birthday Karen"
"REM Producer Enquiry"
"The Loving"
"Shalloween"
"Was A Yes"
"Genie In A Bottle"
"Disque Bleu"
"Poor Skeleton Steps Out"
"I Don't Want To Be Here" (original demo)
"Chalkhills And Children"

Hinges:
"Gold"
"Now We All Dead (It Doesn't Matter)"
"Rain Of Blows" (early version)
"Reign Of Blows"
"Jump"
"Shake You Donkey Up"
"Happy Families"
"Here Comes President Kill Again"
"Beating Of Hearts"

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