Conjunction Junction – Andy Partridge Edition

Hey there folks. I’ve been off the blog for a week or so, you know, post-election celebrations, post-Prop-8 commiserations, etc. But mainly, I’ve been writing for a living. And among the projects that I’m working on is a big book about a big music producer. And for one of the chapters in that, I had the pleasure of speaking with all three members of XTC, who had one of their best albums produced by said producer. More on that later.


My conversation with XTC’s Andy Partridge, an early musical hero of mine, was convivial and detailed. I was pleased, and frustrated, to note that he has the same singular lack of focus, and ability to digress in conversation, that I do. Needless to say a splendid time was had by all.

Among these digressions, out of the blue, Andy started telling me how likes to run band names together, to create new hybrid names – a game that those of you he read my blog regularly (and thank you for that) will recognize as Conjunction Junction (see earlier entries in my Archives). In mid-conversation,  Andy grabbed his book and shared a few of his own. “I’m always making these lists,” he told me. So I asked him if I could share a short sampling of his current hybrids.

Here, then, is the Andy Partridge Edition of Conjunction Junction. Our first ever Celebrity Edition!

Andy’s List.
Alanis Morrissey
Bing Crosby Stills Nash & Will Young
Paul Weller-Fitzgerald
Fleet Samantha Foxes
Mahavishnu Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Chaka Can
Richard Claydermantronix
Randy Neu! Man

“And my new favourite…”

Steely Dana (“Dana was a really anodyne Irish kind of cabaret / folk singer from the seventies.”)

“The idea,” says Andy, “is to put somebody quite reasonable with somebody really awful and you make this kind of musical hybrid that you’d never want to see.”

Thank you for that takeaway Mr. Partridge. Perhaps we’ll be hearing from other musical celebrities in the future.


10 Responses to “Conjunction Junction – Andy Partridge Edition”

  1. Shouldn’t that be an interview with Andy Partridge. 🙂

  2. How do you mean Cheryl? I do have a three hour interview with Andy but I am holding it for the book I’m writing currently.

  3. Gwar.e.m – that’s the best one ever – No shortage of esoteric lyrics or fake blood.
    I’ve had “Adam (Eddie Gr)Ant” kicking around for a while, thanks for letting me get it out of my system.

  4. Has anyone proffered Vanilla Ice Cream – the white guy rapper fronting the Eric Clapton power trio?

  5. So, I just couldn’t help myself:

    The Good, the Bad and the Queen +
    The Good Brothers +
    The Allman Brothers +
    Bad Brains +
    Bad Company +
    Big Brother and the Holding Company +
    Queen +
    Queens of the Stone Age +
    Stone Roses +
    La Guns +
    Guns N Roses +
    Stone Temple Pilots +
    Pilot +
    Temple of the Dog +
    Age of Electric +
    Electric Light Orchestra +
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark +
    The Darkness =

    The Good ([Allman] Brothers), the Bad ([ Company] Brains) and the (Queen)(s) of the Stone ([LA ] Roses) (Temple [of the Dog] Pilot[s]) Age of Electric Light Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Darkness

    18 is my limit

  6. I can’t believe I forgot to put in The Rolling Stones to make it 19:

    The Good Allman Brothers, the Bad Big Brother and the Holding Company Brains and the Queens of The Rolling Stones LA Guns N Roses Temple of the Dog Pilots Age of Electric Light Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Darkness

    I swear I’ll never do this again.

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  8. […] Conjunction Junction, Vol. 4 – Send In Your Own! Time flies. It’s been over a year and a half since I last played my strung together band name game, Conjunction Junction. There were the three entries I wrote myself, in May and August of 2008, with comments by you the reader (special mention goes to Michael Cooper who always fires back with lists of his own) and we even had a rare Celebrity Guest entry when Andy Partridge gave me his list in November of 2008. […]

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