XTC have always been an interesting band to me. While always being one of my favorites, they weren’t quite punk, pub rock, power pop, college rock or new wave, yet they influenced countless bands of those genres of music and then some. They were not only good at what they did, they were great at it. Recently their track “Dear God” appeared in the first chapter of the It movie reboot and that may be where many people heard them for the first time without even realizing it. That song was from the 1986 album Skylarking and while I didn’t include it here, I have played it before, way back in Season I, Hour VIII and I try my best not to repeat songs, so it’s not here.
I first came across XTC in the incredible concert movie, Urgh! A Music War and followed them ever since. It was difficult to get any music where I was living while growing up that wasn’t top 40 garbage, but after leaving the bubble of our version of Mayberry I found record stores that really opened my eyes and ears to new bands. XTC records along with records from hundreds of other bands suddenly became attainable.
The band became a studio project after 1982 and as far as I know, stopped touring at that point, which is a shame. I don’t even know if they played live in the UK after that. At least we have their recorded legacy to enjoy if that chance to see them live never materializes.
Respectable Street (1982 from the album Black Sea)
Radios in Motion (Peel Session) (1977, original version appears on the album White Music)
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (1992, from the album Nonsuch)
Punch and Judy (1992, from the album English Settlement)
When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty (1979, from the album Drums and Wires)
Making Plans for Nigel (1979, from the album Drums and Wires)
Earn Enough for Us (1986, from the album Skylarking)
No Thugs in Our House (1982, from the album English Settlement)
Hang on to the Night (1978, from the album White Music)
Mayor of Simpleton (1989, from the album Oranges & Lemons)
Science Friction (1978, from the album White Music)
Are You Receiving Me? (1978, from the album Go 2)
Generals and Majors (1980, from the album Black Sea)
Statue of Liberty (1978, from the album White Music)
Instant Tunes (1978, from the album White Music)
She’s So Square (1978, from the album White Music)