XTC : Classic or Dud.

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I guess it had to be asked sooner or later. Go 2 or Nonsuch? Skylarking or Drums and Wires?

Marks off for use of the word "quirky" or the phrase "progressive ruralists" ;)

Dr. C, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Generally classic, though they've pretty much lost me for everything post-Oranges and Lemons. I find that I can't quite get into the harsh angular approach of the first two albums aside from some of the singles, like "Statue of Liberty" and "This is Pop" unless I'm in the right mood. For me the classic period is really Drums and Wires through The Big Express, esp. Mummer. Skylarking never really connected for me, but I really loved Oranges and Lemons. At their best, they were really smart pop with an ultra-listenable lushness fused to an off-kilter approach that made it way more interesting than aural confetti like Alan Parsons Project. For me, the last few have been really hit ("Stupidly Happy") and miss (most of Apple Venus).

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Absolutely classic....or at least up through ORANGES & LEMONS. Personally, I prefer their more aggressive work (ala GO 2 and DRUMS & WIRES), but their later "bucolic" phase (ala ENGLISH SETTLEMENT, SKYLARKING) is immaculately crafted as well. Seems that Moulding and Partridge, however, are perilously close to becoming the complacent Steely Dan-ish twosome of the post-punk generation...sequestering themselves in the studio, making respectable if not exactly exciting music like APPLE VENUS etc.

alex in nyc, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I know who you're thinking of, Dr C, but hey I can take it :).

I don't know much of their very early stuff and I have a certain knowledge dip in the late Virgin years, but I would consider Black Sea, English Settlement, Nonsuch and Skylarking to be classic. No question whatsoever. Apple Venus Volume One is a loveable museum piece, Wasp Star fizzes but somehow isn't as likeable as it could be. For the range of their music alone, though (I don't feel the need to choose, although "Making Plans For Nigel" was always awful new wavy Kinksiness), classic.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Yes, well, Except if ANYone has a total lock on the q-word... I seem to remember them getting agitated in print as well about it (AND about the phrase "clever-clever"), and I guess I don't blame them. I like the IDEA of rereading Images of Non-Urban Englishness via soukous- wired psychedelia: my big block has always been the singing. And if I WANTED to work back through a compendium of personalised ideas of the left-behind 60s, there are worse places to start. But I can't imagine being moved by them.

mark s, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

It pains me to have to state the obvious here, but XTC are bona fide classic, no questions asked. But you all know that of course ...

Guy Flower, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Well yes, of course classic, although I'm a little underwhelmed by the 'comeback'. Who cares though with Drums and Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement and Skylarking in the can. I love Go2, although seem to be in a very small minority here... and the run of singles with Barry Andrews (Science Friction/Statue Of Liberty/Are you Receiving Me?/This is Pop) is fantastic. Somehow this early period is synonymous with 'new wave', in a good way. Wiltshire's own Devo?

I don't like/get "Oranges and Lemons" -too session slick.

Dr.C, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Without a doubt: Classique. ENGLISH SETTLEMENT and SKYLARKING could easily be candidates for creme de la creme de la creme status. Brilliant band.

Tim Baier, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Ah, but *I* wouldn't use the q-word.

Mark, it's funny how your "left-behind 60s" sentence *is* Skylarking in a nutshell for me, but you say something as perceptive about it from the perspective of someone left unmoved, as I think I ever have from the perspective of someone who's moved by it endlessly, constantly, wonderfully. Interesting.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Dud. I could never get past the singer's irritating pompous delivery. They had a couple of semi-catchy singles 13 or so years ago, but after 1992, did anyone really care? Dud.

SleepTilItHurts, Tuesday, 15 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
For me, Drums & Wires and English Settlements are the reasons I still care about XTC. I am not a massive fan, but then again, they have made some songs I really love. I'm sympathetic to anyone who can't get past Andy Partridge's delivery, however.

DeRayMi, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic all way through.. but most classic via "Black Sea"... I also love "White Music", "The Big Express", "Psonic Psunspot/25 O' Clock", "Nonsuch", and "Apple Venus Vol. 1"....

"Oranges and Lemons" is the only relative dud IMHO.

Brian MacDonald, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, and I think they will only age better with time.

Particularly classic: Black Sea, Skylarking, Nonsuch, Apple Venus, Vol. 1, and why in god's name wasn't "Shipped Trapped in Ice" or "Wonder Annual" on the wildly mediocre Wasp Star?

dleone, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Most of my life I've thought I should like XTC but really haven't, despite trying quite hard. However, recently I've been listening to Apple Venus volume 1 and I think it's terrific. It's the only one of their LPs I've been able to get into; by the looks of the above comments there's something wrong with me, but I have listened to most of these records over the years. Apple Venus Volume 1 sounds like nothing else I've ever heard.

I guess I should get volume 2.

Keith Watson (kmw), Saturday, 19 June 2004 18:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This far down and no one has mentioned Colin Moulding yet? I have wished so many times he would put out a solo album. Well, he's not dead yet, so I guess I can still hope.

Skylarking: Best Beatles influenced album ever, by anybody, past or future

Black Sea: So classic

First album: Also classic. Especially with the extra tracks on the CD.
Of special note is the cover of "All Along The Watchtower". Hilarious, unforgettable, and wonderfully funky. Beats the crap out of the original.

There is no need to ask if they were classic or not.

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 19 June 2004 22:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I only have Skylarking, English Settlement, Nonesuch and Oranges & Lemons but I like them all.

Here's a query: What is the correlation between XTC positivity and Olivia Tremor Control fandom? It seem to me each act reinterpreted 60s pop singles in a different, though sorta similar way.

ben welsh (benwelsh), Sunday, 20 June 2004 01:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And what of Andy's secular humanist pontificating/chest beating in the lyrics?

ben welsh (benwelsh), Sunday, 20 June 2004 01:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC:
Black Sea
Skylarking
English Settlement

NEITHER CLASSIC NOR DUD
Nonesvch
Drums and Wires

DUD
Oranges and Lemons
Wasp Star

j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 20 June 2004 01:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

C: Drums and Wires; Black Sea; English Settlement; Skylarking

D: Mummer; Oranges and Lemons; Nonsuch (or whatever that's called)

Also C: Lots of their singles, like "Heaven Is Paved with Broken Glass"; "Blame the Weather"; etc.

Weren't as good after Terry Chambers left, I don't think. Not a band I listen to any more, but always glad to hear individual tracks like "It's Nearly Africa" and esp. "Jason and the Argonauts."

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Sunday, 20 June 2004 01:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

To those who dud Oranges & Lemons: Do you also dud the album's first track, "The Garden of Earthly Delights"?

ben welsh (benwelsh), Sunday, 20 June 2004 02:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, nor Scarecrow People (I think that's the one ... whatever the one is w. the longish instrumental intro.)

j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 20 June 2004 02:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Good, cuz that's my jam.

ben welsh (benwelsh), Sunday, 20 June 2004 02:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Most of my life I've thought I should like XTC but really haven't, despite trying quite hard.

That's the weird thing about XTC.

In 1992 I bought The Compact XTC, listened to it a few times, hated it, and put it away. Over the ensuing weeks, I forced myself to listen to it again and again [usually in the background whilst doing homework], and one day something snapped: I understood the depth of the music, and couldn't stop listening to it.

Having decided this was one of the best albums I'd ever heard, I spent the next couple of years building up my collection. Here's the crucial bit: Every album had the same effect. On the first listen of every album, I hated it, and it took a good 20+ listens before I 'got' each one; but once each album hit that threshold, I couldn't put it down for literally months on end.

Thinking I was nuts, I introduced XTC to several friends, all of whom didn't like it. Months later, most of them had done an about face and were raving about XTC, just as I had done.

So, it's urgent and key to bear this in mind: Repeated listening of XTC will reap rewards. I've not known any other band to produce work of such consistently high quality and enormous depth. It's music that grows and grows and grows, and -- most importantly -- it rewards effort in ways you cannot imagine.

Lo Boob Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 20 June 2004 04:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's interesting to hear that. I was a fan for many years, to be sure but a few years ago I had a revisitation with them I think due to accidentally finding the first album on CD with extra tracks and it was like something snapped and I became fanatical in a way I hadn't been before. I started buying a lot of stuff on CD that I'd only had on vinyl, and catching up with things like Rag & Bone Buffett, which I'd paid no attention to when it came out.

Oranges and Lemons sux, but King For A Day still gets me every time, and Garden Of Earthly Delights isn't so bad.

The live version of Battery Brides on the Transister Blast box set OWNZ.

Bimble (bimble), Sunday, 20 June 2004 04:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Weird innit? :)

Oranges & Lemons is fantastic. King for a Day irritates the hell out of me, but there are sooo many gems on that album, and as a piece it works beautifully. Easily one of my favourites. Fox and Thacker are gods.

Lo Boob Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 20 June 2004 04:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

KIng For A Day is the greatest song The Police never wrote

mentalist (mentalist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 07:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

>Repeated listening of XTC will reap rewards.

That's interesting... Why can't music come with a "Guaranteed that you will ultimately twig" sticker, rather than some daft parental advisory thing.

I did buy Waxworks/Beeswax on compact cassette about 1986 based on loving "Making plans for Nigel" and "Senses working overtime", so I have tried pretty hard; maybe it's a bit of concentrated listening I need. As I say though, I love Apple Venus volume 1 now, so perhaps the rest will click.

Keith Watson (kmw), Sunday, 20 June 2004 09:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the remasters have definitely helped XTC sound better

mentalist (mentalist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 09:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

We're only making plans...

scottontharox (scottkundla), Sunday, 20 June 2004 10:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

all i know is that there was a 2 day period in which i listened to "snowman" on repeat for a couple hours. and im not even bitter about nothin.

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Sunday, 20 June 2004 10:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

brilliant, dorky, and wonderful

with the appearance of bands like dogs die in hot cars and the futureheads, maybe we're getting an xtc revival?

cutty (mcutt), Sunday, 20 June 2004 12:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I guess XTC being something you have to acquire a taste for is a younger generation thing. I think "Making Plans for Nigel" was the first XTC song I heard, and I seem to remember liking it immediately. But I feel no compunction about dismissing much of their work. In fact, I got to like Oranges and Lemons, for instance, a lot less and less through repeated listens and the passing of time.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 12:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

god i haven't thought about senses working overtime for years and years. i might have to try and obtain an xtc recording next week.... *sings offkey* one two three four five, senses working overrrrtiiime

gem (trisk), Sunday, 20 June 2004 12:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Drums & Wires is a COMPLETE classic. How anyone could suggest otherwise boggles my mind.

Fave track on Oranges & Lemons (their last decent album) = "Across this Antheap".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 13:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure how "King For A Day" sounds anything like The Police.

And you may not like Apple Venus Vol. 1, Alex, but it's at least "decent."

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Sunday, 20 June 2004 19:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Decent,....but not exciting.

"King for a Day" doesn't remind me of the Police either. It's a fine, pleasant song, but just a little too overproduced for my taste (like much of the Orange & Lemons album, I think).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 19:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Agreed, re. the overproduction of O&L -- actually, I've always felt "Across This Antheap" could have been a big-time XTC hyper-classic were it not for that harsh production.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Sunday, 20 June 2004 19:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hmmmm....conversely, I don't think it sounds harsh enough! It's the only track on the album -- with the possible exception of "Garden of Earthly Delight" that retains their former edge.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 19:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"King for a Day" is a ripoff of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."

I listened to Oranges and Lemons for the first time in years recently -- I found a used CD copy for $2, and it's easily worth that. While the production is annoying, what I found interesting is that the track I used to blow past are the only ones I really enjoyed. If you can get past the bad lyrics that infect the entire record, there are a few gems: "The Loving," "One of the Millions," and "Hold Me My Daddy" stand out.

Whatever. It's still all about English Settlement.

J (Jay), Sunday, 20 June 2004 20:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

English Settlement, Black Sea, Drums & Wires, Skylarking......all gems.

Big Express? Ehhhhh......with the exception of a few tracks, it's not their finest. Never cared for Mummer so much, either.

Then, of course....there are THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR,.....who quite thoroughly rock.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There was always someone who would try to convince you that Mummer was revealed by God or something. I always just thought it was okay.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Of course, your comment about the Dukes pretty much negates anything else you might say.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wha? You'd have to be a serious nemesis of enjoyment to have anything even remotely negative to say about the Dukes of Stratosphear. You must be a replicant. Fi upon thee, evil manifestation of synthetic frowniness.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"25 o'clock" is pure fun, pal.

THOR HORSEMAN, Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

damn skippy!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 June 2004 21:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not the Police, Tears For Fears, you know what I mean

mentalist (mentalist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 22:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic classic, black sea especially. the world needs more finely crafted pop with crypto-political lyrics.

andrew l. r. (allocryptic), Sunday, 20 June 2004 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Add me to the Dukes list. Anyone who doesn't like the Dukes is officially mentalist or deaf.

Mummer would have been 10 times better had the same tracks been sequenced differently. It's chock full of top tunes, but the running order is just woeful.

O&L's high production really works in favour of the music, I reckon. Apart from King for a Day, which is agony to my ears. The raw power behind Antheap et al really pronounces the strengths in the songwriting. I agree on the relatively weak lyrics though; I think there were a few hassles with Virgin around that time, with the label wanting Partridge to produce hit singles and such.

Anyone heard the Fuzzy Warbles stuff? It's some of the best Partridge has ever done, and it's not overproduced. :)

(I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and) Whittle Away My Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 20 June 2004 22:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is anybody not going to defend the self-indulgent third-rate retro fluff that are the Dukes of the Stratosphear recordings?

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 20 June 2004 23:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bahahaha. You's in the weeniest minority evar.

(I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and) Whittle Away My Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 20 June 2004 23:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Love how it's all split down Partridge/Adamson / Moulding/Chambers lines

imago, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 11:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

Bloody rhythm sections eh

imago, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 11:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tc-and-i

MaresNest, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

Gregory forever the lukewarm water

MaresNest, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

£8.40 for a four track CD is a bit much, £10 if you want a signed one.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Any new music from any of these lot is welcome, IMO. If there really are digs at AP, you can expect an impassioned Twitter response.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 14:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

Dave Gregory played with Peter Gabriel, Big Big Train, and Steven Wilson, so I'd definitely classify him as 'prog friendly'. Andy Partridge also cowrote the title track of Wilson's new album.

akm, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 14:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

I love it how the picture of them recalls the inlay photos to Oranges and Lemons. AP'll no doubt have something to say about that.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 14:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

idk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkh_0ejs12Y

MaresNest, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

good choon i'd say

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Interview with Colin and Terry, starts at 1'09"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05l5f51

MaresNest, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Andy's least favorite XTC songs! um, fair amount of Colin songs on here...

MUMMER - Wonderland
BIG EXPRESS - probably Donkey?
25 O'CLOCK - Bike ride
SKYLARKING - Big Day
PSONIC PSUNSPOT - Jackie or Shiny Cage,??
ORANGES - King for a Day
NONSUCH - Smartest Monkeys
APPLE VENUS - Your Dictionary
WASPS STAR - Standing in for Joe

— XTC (@xtcfans) November 17, 2017


OK, i've been asked for my list of my LEAST favourite of XTC's songs. One from each album, here we go...
WHITE MUSIC - Sinning Top
GO2 - Super Tuff
DRUMS AND WIRES - Difficulty or 10 Feet tall, can't decide
BLACK SEA - Sgt Rock
SETTLEMENT - Cockpit or Runaways, can't decide

— XTC (@xtcfans) November 17, 2017

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

wtf @ King for a Day

flappy bird, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

I understand Bike Ride to the Moon, that song has such a bizarre chord progression, it's this ascending thing and then the chord he plays when he sings "moon" is just brutal, in the worst way, a half step away from where it should be or something. it's like melodic interruptus

flappy bird, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

but... that is exactly the kind of thing Syd Barrett's songs tend to do

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's wrong about several of those!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

'Bike Ride to the Moon' is perfection.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

Poor, poor Smartest Monkeys. Andy you wrote Omnibus ffs

imago, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wonder if this is the beginnings of some sort of old dude pissing contest.

MaresNest, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

QUICK! Call the Guinness book of rekkerrrrrrrrds

MaresNest, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

I mean I guess Omnibus is perfectly OK musically, even if the lyrics are...jarring. Nonsuch is a good album so it was probably hard for him to choose

imago, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

Nonsuch has 'War Dance' on it, which is the correct answer IMO.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

is that a bassoon in "War Dance"? I hate it.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 November 2017 19:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

as an Andy fan/practical disciple, I find listing Colin's songs at all not that cool

Dominique, Friday, 17 November 2017 20:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

His Drums and Wires aelections in particular are just fucking mind-boggling! No way could I ever consider 'Ten Feet Tall' to be a lesser XTC song.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 21:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

*selections

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 21:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

"least favorite" has nothing to do with quality.

new noise, Friday, 17 November 2017 21:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

man I love 'Runaways'. an album opener no less.

campreverb, Friday, 17 November 2017 21:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

'Runaways' is great, I love the way the guitars are layered on that one.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 22:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

It’s just extraordinarily NAGL, that list

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

OK, so where did they fall on the XTC poll?

WHITE MUSIC - Spinning Top -Did not place-
GO2 - Super Tuff -148-
DRUMS AND WIRES - Difficulty -28- or 10 Feet Tall -59-, can't decide
BLACK SEA - Sgt Rock -48-
SETTLEMENT - Cockpit -152- or Runaways -51-, can't decide
MUMMER - Wonderland -70-
BIG EXPRESS - probably Donkey? -134-
25 O'CLOCK - Bike Ride -78-
SKYLARKING - Big Day -156-
PSONIC PSUNSPOT - Jackie -168- or Shiny Cage -148-,??
ORANGES - King for a Day -30-
NONSUCH - Smartest Monkeys -135-
APPLE VENUS - Your Dictionary -120-
WASPS STAR - Standing in for Joe -Did not place-

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 19 November 2017 06:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I don't think I'd choose a Colin song for anything before Nonsuch, then from Nonsuch onwards I'd choose all Colin songs.

aphoristical, Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

'Boarded Up' is one of the best songs on Wasp Star, IMO. Love both 'The Smartest Monkeys' and 'Bungalow', too.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

Least favourite is not 'song is crap wish it did not exist'

Mark G, Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

I don't think I'd choose a Colin song for anything before Nonsuch, then from Nonsuch onwards I'd choose all Colin songs.

Yep, totally agree

Vinnie, Monday, 20 November 2017 03:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Nice

THIS IS POP XTC TV doc, to be shown in US on January 11th, 2018, via SHOWTIME. Hooray! (Canadians can see that too?)

— XTC (@xtcfans) December 11, 2017

flappy bird, Monday, 11 December 2017 19:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

XTC are nowhere near a prog band

http://teamrock.com/review/2017-11-13/downes-braide-association-skyscraper-souls-album-review

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Partridge’s Big Big Train bandmate David Longdon performs harmony vocals to Braide’s lead on the pastoral Tomorrow"

Wonder if he's getting Andy and Dave mixed up.

MaresNest, Monday, 1 January 2018 22:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Two cover versions by Partridge coming out as a 7 inch single - https://burningshed.com/store/ape/andy-partridge_apples-and-oranges_humanoid-boogie_vinyl

MaresNest, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:15 (four months ago) Permalink

says 10", with both stereo and mono mixes of each song

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00 (four months ago) Permalink

! Nice

Οὖτις, Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:28 (four months ago) Permalink

XP - oops yep

MaresNest, Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:35 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

From Facebook -

An update on TC&I things. Colin Moulding tonight. :)

KB, Good evening Colin!

CM. Hi Kieron

KB. There were some well-reported conversations with Terry Chambers here on FB and some words/hints regarding a potential 23 songs to choose from for a live event. Where are you both with this? Any hints as to personnel?

CM. 'I think we may well play some shows in the autumn...provided the players we have in mind and our mix of personalities all work out okay.

KB. Any new songs on the brew Colin?

CM. The composing has largely taken a back seat as the logistics of playing live are all consuming. The “studio” versus “live” scenario is about as different as night and day...One’s brain has to be completely re-programmed. Something I have not had to contend with since 1982..... So, I hope you all forgive me for the time it has taken to conceive all of this.

KB. So, can I ask as to the number of potential shows in the autumn?

CM. The number of shows won't be on the scale that we used to do...... Some well-chosen venues perhaps...

KB. And another elephant in the room question. The setlist. :) I just know that you won’t answer this!

CM. One has to remember that the TC&I roster of songs is still quite small. So, to make a night of it ..... A few “other” compositions of yours truly will have to be included. ......and hearing some of those in a concert hall will be an experience even for me!

MaresNest, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice! I wonder what XTC songs he'd have in mind to play? Sounds to me that he's considering post-1982 stuff, which would be interesting to hear with Chambers.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I Need Protection or gtfo

MaresNest, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I think he'd be good on 'The Meeting Place'!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:36 (two months ago) Permalink

In Loving Memory Of A Name *sigh* if only

MaresNest, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll take whatever as long as I can go

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I wonder who the other players might be, some of his Prog cronies perhaps?

MaresNest, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

And here we are, a live residency...

...in Swindon.

https://xtcbumperbookoffunforboysandgirls.blogspot.com/2018/07/xtcs-colin-moulding-and-terry-chambers.html

MaresNest, Saturday, 28 July 2018 15:44 (one month ago) Permalink


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