Andy Partridge co-founded the band Star Park in 1972, with friends Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers. The band subsequently changed their name to Helium Kidz and then XTC, signing to Virgin Records and releasing their debut album White Music in 1978.
XTC were part of the punk and new wave explosion of the 1970s, playing music in a huge variety of styles and attracting a devoted cult following. In 1982, the band stopped touring and became a studio project. In total, across several different line-ups, XTC released 14 studio albums and some 40 singles before going their separate ways in 2006.
Partridge also wrote and recorded demos and solo material in a series of albums named Fuzzy Warbles, releasing eight volumes, as well as a collectors’ album, on his own record label Ape House.
He has also collaborated with artists including Peter Blegvad, Harold Budd, Jamie Cullum, Thomas Dolby, Stephen Duffy, Terry Hall, Charlotte Hatherley, Robyn Hitchcock, Miles Kane, Mike Keneally, Meat Beat Manifesto, Martin Newell, Jen Olive, Pugwash, The Heads, The Monkees, The Nines, The Residents and David Yazbek.