‘Limelight’ – ‘The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls’ will be published in October and celebrates both the fanzine’s 35th and the band’s 40th anniversaries.
The 256-page book and features original copies of Limelight and exclusive new material: interviews with band’s members’ Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers, as well as interviews with well known comedians, former Sunday Times music reviewer, The Observer columnist and comedian Stewart Lee, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus, ‘Brass Eye’ and ‘Games Of Thrones’ Kevin Eldon, ‘Suffragette’ actor Joanna Neary and ‘Little Britain’s’ Paul Putner.
Legendary 1980s’ XTC fanzine ‘Limelight’ is back with a special anthology, ‘The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls’, to be published on 2nd October and available on pre-sale from www.xtclimelight.com.
Created by founding editor Mark Fisher, the collection brings together 256 pages of XTC goodness to celebrate a double anniversary: the fanzine’s 35th and band’s 40th. The special edition features the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 with exclusive new material, including interviews with band members’ Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.
The new edition’s highlights include Andy Partridge personal interview on childhood, children and creativity, Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers on the art of the rhythm section and Dave Gregory on ’Drums and Wires’, ‘Black Sea’ and ‘English Settlement’, as well as an exclusive interview with the band on some surprising musical influences.
A string of famous comedians and actors have also been called to show their admiration for the band, talking about their favourite XTC songs we can find former Sunday Times music reviewer, The Observer columnist and comedian Stewart Lee, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus, ‘Brass Eye’ and ‘Games Of Thrones’ Kevin Eldon, ‘Suffragette’ actor Joanna Neary and ‘Little Britain’s’ Paul Putner.
Adding more exclusive material to the special anthology, Clive Jackson of 80s glam rock band Doctor and the Medics talks about being produced by Andy Partridge. Actor Belinda Blanchard recalls her acting experience in the video for ‘Dear God’. Whilst author and popular culture expert Peter Mills explains the link between English novelist Thomas Hardy and XTC, and Mark Fisher himself on XTC puns and wordplay.
The nostalgic artwork is the work of original ‘Limelight’ reader Mark Thomas, who happens to be a high-profile illustrator grown up on a diet of American Pulp, and whose work has graced the covers of The Guardian Guide, The Radio Times, BBC Music Magazine, Good Housekeeping Magazine, as well as serialisations in The Times and comics in the Daily Mail Weekend.
Created for and by the fans of Swindon’s finest, ‘Limelight’ was an official fanzine which, in those far-off pre-internet days, 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’ – it featured news, interviews and articles about all things related to the cult band. Like the band, the contents were varied, surprising and fun. From articles about Victorian architecture, discussions about the band’s artwork, illustrations by Andy Partridge and interviews with fellow musicians.
With every edition completely sold out and the original copies now collectors’ items, the cult fanzine is now back, with even more essential reading than ever.