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When XTC burst on the scene with the frenetic herky-jerky post-punk pop of “Science Friction”, little did the world know that the band’s manic frontman would turn out to be one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. Swindon, England native Andy Partridge brought a hyperactive intelligence and innate melodic and compositional skills to bear on a series of good and great albums, with XTC evolving throughout, going from new wave stars to orch-pop kings over the course of twentysomething years. Partridge seems to be having a crisis of confidence, admitting he has songs but not up to the task of committing them to a fixed product. This is a shame, but I certainly understand the weight of his legacy, as XTC is a band who can be said in the same breath as the many great ’60s bands and artists who inspired them (from Captain Beefheart to The Beatles to Judee Sill) and the comparison is clearly merited. Let’s pay tribute to Andy on his birthday by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle, and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.