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Dock

New XTC Thread......

.....because I couldn't find the old one.

I know feck all about this band apart from they are very highly regarded by a lot of people and I was watching Danny Baker (is it just me or is he getting more annoying as he gets older?) on a programme about music in the 90's and most his blathering about that decade was totally factually wrong or he relied on that awful tabloid catch-all term 'Brit-pop' to sum up a brilliant era in pop music, anyway I digress! At the end of the show he mentioned an album that he really rated called 'Oranges and Lemons' by XTC and I wondered if any of you lot are fans? I'm sure we had a thread on this band but couldn't find it to get album tips.
fartcatcher

I turned that Danny Baker gabfest off after about 30 seconds. It looked dreadful.

Back to XTC.

Drums and Wires is their best album imo. Contains the legendary 'Making Plans For Nigel (Uh oh ooh)'.

Andy Partridge - main singer and songwriter - is a really interesting character. Probably too intelligent for showbiz.
Frazier Cranium

I believe I have all their albums, and each one has at least one classic track on.  I personally prefer Mummer but Drums & Wires is very good too.   Like I say, I have all their long players but I've never considered myself a loyal fan as it's always been 'retrospective' purchasing.  How naff does that sound wh?  I wish I'd seen them play live but that's a rarity in itself due to Partridge's stagefright, I believe.  

There are a few 'new wave' bands who have so much great music in their portfolio that it mystifies me how they've never received the due credit.  XTC are certainly one of them, as are The Stranglers, New Order and Wire.  Long live XTC!  Great thread Dock
bearing

I preferred the old thread.
Grind

bearing wrote:
I preferred the old thread.


Hopefully it'll reform.
Late Doors

Re: New XTC Thread......

Dock wrote:
.....because I couldn't find the old one.

I know feck all about this band apart from they are very highly regarded by a lot of people and I was watching Danny Baker (is it just me or is he getting more annoying as he gets older?) on a programme about music in the 90's and most his blathering about that decade was totally factually wrong or he relied on that awful tabloid catch-all term 'Brit-pop' to sum up a brilliant era in pop music, anyway I digress! At the end of the show he mentioned an album that he really rated called 'Oranges and Lemons' by XTC and I wondered if any of you lot are fans? I'm sure we had a thread on this band but couldn't find it to get album tips.


No mate, i agree. The good ship Baker has been sailing on  momentum for a long time. His radio is still excellent but all the credibility he has built over the years with his wit taste and insight has all but vanished when it comes to tv. He constantly machine guns his guests with impatient interjection and inappropriate laughing. Worst of all is his default working class cockney faux street wisdom he shares with that other mockney knob from the Sunday Times,  except Danny does at least do something worthwhile. I try to get past it because he is such a legend but fuck me he is making it difficult these days.

Those three shows promised so much but delivered little other than prattle. I think only three guests offered anything insightful, interesting or funny. Her from the Slits, Pauline Black and errrr.... No, as you were, just the two. Peter Hook is a fucking big ignorant chancer who got lucky without a shred of likeability, charm, wit or intelligence. Lloyd Grossman? Fucking Lloyd Grossman? What the fuck has that bell end  got to do with or say about rock n roll? Great idea and format for a show but not with that lot.

Thought the last half hour bits were the best. Some absolute vintage decade defining performances including an all too rare Fall piece and my oh my.... Kate Bush.


So, yeah , errr    XTC, great band, saw em live just the once at the poly, can only concur with the others. Btw I've seen the other thread, its up there ^^^^. no, wait a minute, it'll be down here now VVV
Plastic Man

Re: New XTC Thread......

Late Doors wrote:
Dock wrote:
.....because I couldn't find the old one.

I know feck all about this band apart from they are very highly regarded by a lot of people and I was watching Danny Baker (is it just me or is he getting more annoying as he gets older?) on a programme about music in the 90's and most his blathering about that decade was totally factually wrong or he relied on that awful tabloid catch-all term 'Brit-pop' to sum up a brilliant era in pop music, anyway I digress! At the end of the show he mentioned an album that he really rated called 'Oranges and Lemons' by XTC and I wondered if any of you lot are fans? I'm sure we had a thread on this band but couldn't find it to get album tips.


No mate, i agree. The good ship Baker has been sailing on  momentum for a long time. His radio is still excellent but all the credibility he has built over the years with his wit taste and insight has all but vanished when it comes to tv. He constantly machine guns his guests with impatient interjection and inappropriate laughing. Worst of all is his default working class cockney faux street wisdom he shares with that other mockney knob from the Sunday Times,  except Danny does at least do something worthwhile. I try to get past it because he is such a legend but fuck me he is making it difficult these days.

Those three shows promised so much but delivered little other than prattle. I think only three guests offered anything insightful, interesting or funny. Her from the Slits, Pauline Black and errrr.... No, as you were, just the two. Peter Hook is a fucking big ignorant chancer who got lucky without a shred of likeability, charm, wit or intelligence. Lloyd Grossman? Fucking Lloyd Grossman? What the fuck has that bell end  got to do with or say about rock n roll? Great idea and format for a show but not with that lot.

Thought the last half hour bits were the best. Some absolute vintage decade defining performances including an all too rare Fall piece and my oh my.... Kate Bush.


Mr Baker is at  risk of becoming the Viz of the TV world. Not quite as good as in days of old. Saying that, I still like him. He's got the rare knack of being able to naturally banter with the punters. Though since he lost his Radio London show, he seems to be trying overly hard to find other ways to fill in the financial shortfall.

I enjoyed the 70s programme, but the 80s programme less so. The 90s one fell slightly short of being gash. As you say, Mr Doors, the 70s and 80s programmes were enhanced by the contributions from Ms Albertine and Ms Black. I don't mind Peter Hook. At least, like Danny Baker, "he'd been there and done that". I'm surprised he couldn't have done better with the rest of the supporting acts.

By the way, does anyone remember that he used to be involved with TFI Friday? He never seems to mention it.
Late Doors

Nice little interview with the band and Steve Lillywhite in this month's Uncut ( I love uncut me, this month's is particularly excellent with the usual fantastic "free" cd of this months music)

Interesting dynamic in the band and they clearly have had their respective moments but all seem like a sound bunch of chilled out contented old dudes now. Didn't realise that Bassist Colin gradually took over main writing duties from AP (he wrote Nigel) and that he morphed from a shy quiet introvert into a main frontman with a few ego issues before finding balance. Caused some resentment as well that AP readily admits to

Not heard the oranges and lemons album mentioned either. Time was when Baker recommended something I'd be on it but he has become a tad unreliable. Entitled to his opinions of course but some of the stuff he waxes lyrical about is beyond comprehension ..... seems to want to elevate the ordinary into something spectacular and thereby announce his own specialness in music appreciation. Walking on Sunshine for example. Great song but the greatest ever? . I knew he did TFIF. It was  on there he (or was it Chris Evans quoting him?) announced Hootie and the Blow fish as some kind of monumental special band as well. Yeah right, ok but ....
fartcatcher

I heard Andy Partridge suffered from really bad stage fright - and that was partly why Colin Moulding took over the vocals.

Once met them in a pub in Chipping Norton*. seemed very nice chaps.

* not expecting any points
Grind

Some pints would've been nice though.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
I heard Andy Partridge suffered from really bad stage fright - and that was partly why Colin Moulding took over the vocals.

Once met them in a pub in Chipping Norton*. seemed very nice chaps.

* not expecting any points


Colin Moulding? That's a bad handle. With a name like Steve McQueen you will pull any woman, with a name like Colin Moulding you'll just end up pulling your own knob.
Grind

Dock wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
I heard Andy Partridge suffered from really bad stage fright - and that was partly why Colin Moulding took over the vocals.

Once met them in a pub in Chipping Norton*. seemed very nice chaps.

* not expecting any points


Colin Moulding? That's a bad handle. With a name like Steve McQueen you will pull any woman, with a name like Colin Moulding you'll just end up pulling your own knob.


Still better than pulling someone else's.

Prolly.
Plastic Man

Dock wrote:
Colin Moulding?


But it's a damn fine Spinal Tap-esque name.
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
Dock wrote:
Colin Moulding?


But it's a damn fine Spinal Tap-esque name.




Maybe it was one of their dead drummers. It'll always be a mystery though because, well,........."you can't dust for vomit!"

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