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Andy Partridge: “Recording XTC’s Skylarking with Todd Rundgren was like one bunker with two Hitlers”

Andy Partridge: “Recording XTC’s Skylarking with Todd Rundgren was like one bunker with two Hitlers”

Andy Partridge has recalled the making of XTC’s classic Skylarking album in the new Uncut, out now.

The band, in particular Partridge, clashed repeatedly with producer Todd Rundgren during the recording of the record, though they now admit that he did a good job musically – despite the album being mixed mistakenly with reverse sound polarity in the producer’s studio.

“At the time I said it was like one bunker with two Hitlers – we were like rams butting our heads together,” says Partridge.

“It was unpleasant but the bastard did a great job. Except he should have done his soldering properly.”

The new Uncut, dated June 2014, is out now.

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