Published Mar 11, 2008Call it a '79 flashback: Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Partridge have announced they are currently working on music together.
The former front-men for the Soft Boys/Egyptians and XTC/Dukes of the Stratosphear, respectively, who collaborated on Hitchcock's 2006 album, Ole! Tarantula, are holed up in Partridge's shed in Swindon, England, according to Billboard.com. Hitchcock explained the collaboration, saying, "I think its good for me to be brought up against somebody else, another songwriter. I really think about how everything fits together. [Its] a self-generating project. I write the words on the train going up to Swindon and then, bang, we record it in his shed.
"And I think it's something else for (Partridge) to kind of flex his mind on while he's doing other stuff, to keep his beak sharpened."
Nothing was said about a release date or even an album, however, Hitchcock gave some assurance that it will be released at some point. "It'll definitely be worth releasing," he said. "And I would think it should be its own project rather than getting mixed in with other things were doing."
Before any of that happens, Hitchcock is finishing up work with the Venus 3 (featuring Peter Buck) on their new album, which will be the subject of Sex, Food, Death ... and Insects, a BBC/Sundance documentary. Partridge, meanwhile, is wrapping up another solo album.