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I also upped 25 O’CLOCK by The Dukes Of Stratosphear earlier. -Ian!


XTC were an influential rock band (starting out as essentially a post-punk outfit but eventually developing into a sound that was a mix of new wave and alternative/college rock) which formed Swindon, England in 1972. For most of their career, the band consisted of Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar), Colin Moulding (vocals, bass) and Dave Gregory (guitar, keyboards). Gregory replaced founding keyboardist Barry Andrews in 1978 and left himself in 1999. After co-founding drummer Terry Chambers left in 1983, the band did not hire a drummer to replace him and instead hired session drummers on an album-to-album basis.

First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass, vocals) went through numerous band names (including The Helium Kidz and Star Park) over the next five years. Drawing influence from the New York Dolls and the emerging New York punk scene, they played glam rock with homemade costumes and slowly built up a following. Drummer Terry Chambers joined in 1973. Keyboard player Barry Andrews followed in 1976, and the band finally settled on a name: XTC. By this time, the punk rock movement was in full swing, and XTC had found their style, a unique brand of hyperactive pop mixed with funk, punk, ska, reggae, and art rock.

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BLACK SEA (1980)
MUMMER (1983)


  1. Fantastic! I love XTC, so great to see them here.

  2. And… let me take this moment to express that "You're the wish you are I had" is one of the best songs I've heard.

  3. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.Margaret

  4. I just downloaded The Big Express and the song titles are all mixed up. Labeled wrong. Hope the other ones aren't like that.

  5. Anonymous:The reissue of THE BIG EXPRESS jams bonus tracks into the middle of the running order. Not what I would have done, but Andy Partridge does what he likes.Here's freedb saying the track order is correct: here's the entry for it on discogs:

  6. Also, you are free to rearrange the track order and retag it with freedb to your liking.

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