Todd Rundgren on XTC’s Andy Partridge: “What a pussy… a prick.”

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Not exactly a hip-hop beef, and no one has been shot in a drive-by, at least not yet. Dear God, please make these people shut up already.

By Uncle Blurt

Meow! That hissing and clawing sound? It’s the legendary Todd Rundgren, ripping the semi-legendary Andy Partridge, of cult heroes XTC, a new one. As Ultimate Classic Rock is reporting, Rundgren recently appeared on the “WTF?” Marc Maron podcast, and when they were discussing his production work on XTC’s breakthrough album from ’86, Skylarking, Rundgren addressed the age-old matter of how he clashed with the XTC frontman during the sessions.

Specifically, the “Dear God” controversy, in which Rundgren’s instincts told him it was a very strong song, but Partridge, fearing a backlash due to its perceived anti-religion theme, insisted on keeping it off the album and relegating it to B-side status. As we all know, the song became a surprise radio hit, necessitating everyone to go back and remaster the album in order to include the track on the second pressing.

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Noted Rundgren, “I think 60 percent of the band trusted me, but Andy never trusted me…He was afraid that there would be repercussions personally for him for taking on such a thorny subject. What a pussy. … I called them and said, ‘This is a mistake.”

Rundgren added that he thinks Partridge has never owned up to his producer’s instincts ultimately being correct, claiming instead that the original mastering job was inferior. According to Rundgren, “He’s such a brat, even at his age. I think it’s total bullshit. But if such a thing existed, it’s because they changed the running order on it and had to remaster it – and I had nothing to do with it. What a prick.”

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