He began taking Moulding and Chambers out for drinks without inviting Partridge, allegedly in an attempt to take over the group.After most of Andrews' songs were dropped from the final track list, Andrews told journalists that he foresaw the band "explod[ing] pretty soon".Partridge (guitar, vocals) and Moulding (bass, vocals) met at a record store in the early 1970s and subsequently formed a glitter rock outfit with drummer Terry Chambers.The band's name and line-up changed frequently, and it was not until 1975 that they were known as XTC.
They produced increasingly idiosyncratic recordings, including The Big Express (1984), Skylarking (1986), Oranges & Lemons (1989), Nonsuch (1992) and Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999).
Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" (1980) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), as well as the albums Black Sea (1980) and English Settlement (1982). ' But I didn't think I would be in the same band as this kid on the stage." In early 1972, Partridge's constantly evolving group settled into "Star Park", a four-piece that featured himself with guitarist Dave Cartner, drummer Paul Wilson, and a bassist nicknamed "Nervous Steve".
In the US, they are also known for the songs "Dear God" (1986) and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (1992), Growing up in Swindon in the 1960s, Andy Partridge had been a fan of contemporary pop groups like the Beatles: "But the idea of learning the guitar scared me off. I was a little bit older, and I started getting interested in playing guitar. holding a huge semi-acoustic guitar trying to whiz his way through these sort of Jimi Hendrix songs. In 1972, Partridge became closer acquainted with Gregory (a diabetic then suffering from a bout of depression) while working as an assistant at a local record shop in Swindon. NME ran a small profile on the "up and coming" band, which consisted of Partridge, Moulding, Chambers and guitarist Dave Cartner: "Their aspire to attain the impossible dream of being able to throw a TV or two out of the window of an American hotel and have no one complain." This version of the group lasted "up until '75 when we had a reshuffling of ideology and designed ourselves to what we really wanted to play, which was three-minute pop songs that were fast and inventive." It was decided that the band have another name change.
Andrews left the band two months later while on their first American tour.
Partridge said: "He enjoyed undermining what little authority I had in the band. But when he left I thought, Oh shit, that's the sound of the band gone, this space-cream over everything.