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Commerciality (Signal Ad):Mr. Partridge

Artist: Mr. Partridge (XTC)

Appears On: Take Away/The Lure Of Salvage, Explode Together (The Dub Experiments 78-80)

Appears On (Mixes): I'm a Wound and a Sword, A Victim and an Executioner

Song Notes: This is one of those forgotten XTC records, but I actually love it. In the early 1990s, Virgin compiled a CD credited to XTC called Explode Together (The Dub Experiments 78-80) out of two releases: XTC's Go+ EP and Take Away/The Lure Of Salvage by Mr. Partridge (a/k/a Andy Partridge, of course). The tracks on these two releases were all taken from the session tapes of Go 2 (for Go+) and Drums & Wires (mostly) for Take Away, with Andy making "dub" versions (they don't really seem to be true Dub, but that could just be that dub typically uses reggae music for its source tapes instead of angular post-punk) by twiddling knobs and dials on consoles and whatnot. Go+ was a bit more like an experiment, being closest in sound to, say, a dance-mix EP, although with Take Away/The Lure Of Salvage, Andy was building completely new songs out of the bits of old ones. This particular track, however, was a bit of an anomaly on that record—it's the only one to have a non-Drums & Wires-era source. In fact, it's the only one with a source that wasn't released! It's taken from the recordings of a White Music outtake called "Refrigeration Blues". Unfortunately, this does take away a little bit of the fun of the album of spotting the source song, but it's also a really good one, so I hope it's OK. Andy's said they probably won't do any more of the dub experiments in the future (though I'd love an Apple Venus dub album…), but they occasionally returned to this technique for B-sides; "Over Rusty Water" came out of "Snowman" from English Settlement. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

 

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