Andrew Swainson: Designs on XTC
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Illustrator and graphic designer Andrew Swainson has been collaborating with Andy Partridge for over 20 years. As well as working on XTC and Dukes of Stratosphear re-releases, such as Skylarking and The Complete and Utter Dukes, he helped create the distinctive look of records including:

  • Powers, Partridge's tribute to abstract electronic artist Richard M Power, made to look like an early 60s paperback book
  • Warm Robot by Jen Olive, with its sci-fi fold-out sleeve
  • Gonwards, by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge, complete with Mexican-style loteria card game
  • Orpheus: The Lowdown, another Blegvad/Partridge collaboration, with its haunting X-ray imagery
  • Fuzzy Warbles, the gorgeous compendium of unreleased XTC rarities 

In this episode, Swainson joins XTC fans Mark Fisher, Sarah Crookall, Laura Wade, David White and Peter Mills – not to mention a brief visit by Andy Partridge – to talk about his mesmerising designs.

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