Friday, May 9, 2008

Andy Partridge Interviews Jerry Dammers Circa 1984

Now this is something amazing! Again I have to thank the Blogosphere for providing more manna from heaven. If there are two musicians who have inspired me with their vision and their impact on modern music its Jerry Dammers from The Specials and Andy Partridge of XTC. Imagine my surprise then at finding this gem from 1984. Even more surprising is that both of them have always been somewhat reclusive (mad geniuses if you will) and yet here they are appearing on an MTV-style video show. Introvert interviewing introvert. You gotta love the cheesy set and the early 80's robot sidekick.

Enjoy this four part interview.

The first part includes the XTC video for "Wonderland"

The next clips include Andy introducing the Big Country video for "Wonderland" and them interviewing Jerry. It was during the time that Jerry had finished laboring over the The Special AKA "In The Studio" album and you get the sense that its a huge weight on his shoulders.

The final two clips include the interview with Jerry as well as the iconic video for "What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend" where Jerry plays an alien from outer space who enters a bar, meets a guy and steals his girlfriend.

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