I can remember that icy and wet Saturday in late February, 1982 as my friends and I made our way into the city on our usual Saturday record trek – that was the routine. Meet at the ferry; walk up Broadway to Prince Street and start hitting all the record stores. One of our favorites was Bonaparte’s – The British Record Shop (full name, on the awning) located in what later became Bleecker Bob’s (which was originally near the corner of 8th Street, on MacDougal); this was right before they closed (which was devastating). Bonaparte’s had everything punk/new wave in a great atmosphere. The window-lined racks always had that particular week’s new releases – albums were usually $7.99; singles $1.99 (remember – these were imports). On this particular Saturday, I was actually there to get something before I started browsing; I had to have the new XTC album, which just made it over to these shores. It was called English Settlement; it was a double album and XTC were one of my favorite bands, along …
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You submitted your questions for former XTC member Andy Partridge, and he answered them (well, most of them, anyway) during his Popdose Interview with Will Harris.