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XTC Treasure Found [04 Feb 2011|06:47pm]

Today I found an interview disc (on vinyl) from the release of Skylarking. According to the sheet still tucked inside the sleeve, the album was designed to be played by radio stations. It consists of four segments around 15 minutes long each. Between songs there is Andy weaving anecdotes about each of the songs (recorded at his house).

Todd Rundgren (who produced the album) makes an appearance right before "Dear God." He tells us that Andy brought "Another Satellite" to the sessions after Todd had settled on what tracks would appear. Todd wasn't thrilled with adding the song because he didn't think it fit into the album's concept. But Andy won the day and some undisclosed person with the label decided "Another Satellite" could be added if "Dear God" was removed. I had heard about the circumstances of "Dear God" being added later, but never about it originally being removed.

I also discovered that the reason why I dislike "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" was actually Todd's idea. What makes me skip the song half the time is the brass horns and their late 50's/early 60's-style big band jazz sound. That was totally Todd's idea after hearing the demos Andy sent. Andy said the demo was recorded as "Leonard Cohen on a bad day" and was a bit confused by Todd's idea originally but came to love it once he heard it.

What has me the most pleased about the album is that I wasn't expecting all of the songs to be heard in their entirety. I thought I'd just hear bits that may or may not directly correspond to the info Andy was sharing as part of the interview. The producers of this interview disc did a nice job, indeed.

X-posted on own journal and thedisappointed
2 senses| working overtime

XTC-inspired Local Commerical [03 Jun 2010|07:42pm]

I was running errands today while listening to a local radio station and heard the following ad that uses "Senses Working Overtime" as the jingle.

Listerhill Credit Union ad
1 sense| working overtime

Lighterthief's "Running with the Mothmen" [17 Nov 2009|10:42am]

[ mood | impressed ]

"Running with the Mothmen" from the compilation album that's soon to be released on Andy Partridge's APE label. It features Stuart Rowe on guitar and Barry Andrews on vocals and keyboards. Except for the wee stuffed puppy, all the entities in this video are none other than Barry Andrews.

I only have two requirements for your watching this:

  1. 1. Enjoy it like cuh-RAZY!

  2. 2. Pass it on in your own journal with these same requirements

It would be very much appreciated by both myself and by Barry Andrews. Trust me on this! And it may even spare you a visit from Indrid Cold someday, who knows? That'd be fantabulous.

As soon as I can snag the proper lyrics to this song, they will be posted along with a review here for all you nice and happy people to viral out to all your nice and happy people. **winkwinknudgenudge**

x-posted from my main journal
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Misheard XTC lyrics [24 Sep 2009|07:20pm]

While my favorite misheard XTC lyric is from "Fruit Nut" ("Spraying my butt / Spraying my butt / Got to keep away diseases"), it is nearly impossible for me to listen to "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" without remembering what I thought the lyrics used to be. For years (I'm not big into lyrics, just learn enough to phonetically sing along with most music) I thought the chorus Andy sang was:

Silly motherfucker who brings the sheep in
Silly motherfucker who milks the herd
Silly motherfucker with a wife for keeping
How can we feed love on a farmboy's wages?

What odd statements have you thought you've heard come from Andy and Colin?
1 sense| working overtime

XTC icons [12 Mar 2009|11:19am]

[1-20] Elvis Costello (some variations)
[21-28] Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman
[29-37] XTC

Visual aid:

Available HERE @ instantfoods!

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Prized XTC Possession [05 Mar 2009|07:05pm]

What is your most prized XTC possession? Album? Poster? XTCMas card? Jar containing hair and nail clippings of band members?

For me, it is my vinyl copy of Black Sea - still with the original green sleeve. Some other vinyl I own may have a higher cash value than this, but this copy of Black Sea is the vinyl that turns me into a total freak with the care and handling.
12 senses| working overtime

[28 Feb 2009|08:17pm]

It's a LOLCat! It's a Dukes reference! It's both!.

8 senses| working overtime

Ya know... [18 Jan 2009|03:39pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Back when I last posted here back in August, I thought, "Gee, why aren't there more XTC icons? That's not right!" [/Kevin Meaney-ing]

Fast-forward five months, and while I'm still figuring out this graphics stuph--as is no doubt obvious--i thought I'd give it a shot, via my evil alter ego macro/icon journal here.

Warnings: sooo not dialup-friendly, and probably not advisable for the overly-litigious or humor-impaired, either.

17 senses| working overtime

Todd Rundgren on XTC [08 Jan 2009|01:03pm]

CNN has an article about Todd Rundgren. They also have a 90ish second snippet of Todd comparing producing Grand Funk Railroad vs. XTC. While discussing XTC, he goes into comparing Andy and Colin.

I've missed the Rundgren Radio interviews, but based on this snippet, I think Todd still bristles about Andy but seems to really like Colin.

2 senses| working overtime

Another satellite steps out... [01 Aug 2008|06:48pm]

[ mood | burning with...you know. ]

Greetings, fellow residents of this particular shiny cage; I'm Lilly, who's been addicted to the ol' funk pop a roll since...oh, don't make me count that far back. As Mr. Partridge said so succinctly when guest-hosting Post-Modern MTV, "Does it matter?" (I've always wanted to say that with his inimitable Wiltshirean twang ever since, if only I could surmount my woeful American vowels.)

Considering that the so-called unofficial LiveJournal XTC community is deader 'n one seriously-shaken-up donkey, I thought I would post these here, hopefully to the amusement--rather than annoyance--of some if not all. (If you're offended, feel free to send me hate mail. ;)

Although I'm on a rather steep learning curve at Photobucket and hence haven't quite sussed how to make icons successfully--and at icanhascheezburger.com the 'advanced' option isn't do-able for those of us who find life is good in the Apple greenhouse--I felt that there was a criminal lack o' XTC-flavoured macro/LOLcat-y-goodness here@LJ, so here are a few of my initial experiments:

Here, as this bird performs...Collapse )

10 senses| working overtime

Isn't it a shame she kicked you back, jackass? [18 Jul 2008|04:37pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

I was reading Andrew Lang's Olive Fairy Book, and one of the stories, "The Steel Cane," involves a man who beats his wife and child being turned into a donkey. He's later turned into other animals as well, but I wonder if "Shake You Donkey Up" could have been at least partially inspired by this or a similar story. I actually quite like that song, but I'm not sure how many other people do.

4 senses| working overtime

Filling the Hole in Andy's Arse [13 Jun 2008|01:52pm]

I don't know how many of you gasped for breath after a recent snippet that XTC would be getting together and touring by the end of the year, but this was in the latest Chalkhills Digest:

Q. 2nd May 2008, Andy Partridge announced during a short interview
with Mojo, that XTC will be back together before the end of the year
and touring for the first time since 1982. This is astonishing news to
fans of the band who, whilst knowing that Partridge was speaking to
Dave Gregory again, never thought XTC would play live ever again after
so many dormant years.

Any weight to the claim?


A. Well me old Kev, somebody has got some crossed wires going for sure
and what a mistake to read anything on Thickipedia. NO,we wont be
getting back together again for any purpose in any forseeable future
as long as I've still got a hole in my arse.

How do these rumours start? I suppose it's from the same source that
gave the world snippets like "Andy wears armour and has a collection
of more than 50 bycycles" (which journalists have actually asked me
about in all seriousness).

Sleep well. Andy

So, the challenge has been made: Andy will reunite XTC and tour if we can do something about that rear orifice. Who is up for a roadtrip to Swindon for some human mortar work?! :)
2 senses| working overtime

Listening to a dance band [15 May 2008|07:24pm]

Slow! Slow! Quick!Quick!Slow! Slow! Slow! Quick!Quick!Slow!
Slow! Slow! Quick!Quick!Slow! Slow! Slow! Quick!Quick!Slow! Quick!Quick!

I was pondering earlier today if there were dance remixes to any of XTC's songs. I've looked through the discography at Chalkhills and was intrigued by some singles marked "remix." Other than the dub experiments, I haven't heard any club-esque, dance remixes of XTC.

Anyone ever heard any? Point me in a direction where I could catch a listen? Of course, there is too much junk to sort through if I try searching any combo of "xtc" and "dance" on YouTube.
2 senses| working overtime

Substitute XTC [03 Jan 2008|01:32pm]

I finally got a copy of Joe Jackson's Night & Day for Christmas. I knew 3 songs off of it and heard good things about it, but hadn't honestly listened to the album before. What has struck me most about the album is how most of the songs sound like XTC. As my wife worded it, N&D sounds like "XTC with lounge room piano."

If I crave XTC and, for whatever reason, don't have access to those songs, I usually reach for Jellyfish or Brian Wilson's Smile. In the future, I think I may reach for this CD first.

What bands are reasonable XTC substitutes in your collection (let's go ahead and skip the Dukes, Terry & the Lovemen, et al)?
11 senses| working overtime

[12 Dec 2007|02:38am]

How many music fans look forward to Christmas because of the increased likelihood of hearing their favorite artist's music over the holidays?

I went to my local Smoothie King to satisfy a craving tonight. While there, the piped in music segued from some cheesy 80's ballad to..."Thanks for Christmas." Joy to the World!
2 senses| working overtime

Hopefully a good sign [21 Jul 2007|05:11pm]

I switched to satellite TV the other day. On Friday I decided to check out some of the music channels offered by the service. I click on the "classic alternative" channel and "Mayor of Simpleton" is playing. While I'm not holding my breath for any deep XTC cuts, I'm hoping to hear more again.
2 senses| working overtime

[14 Jul 2007|12:10pm]

I know it was never their most successful album, and it's disliked by a great many fans, but I have a very special place in my heart for Mummer. There's something very comforting about the songs. It never fails to make me feel better.
6 senses| working overtime

[18 Feb 2007|02:11am]

Hello, hello.
This is me being a new new new XTC fan and trying to get a hold of a couple of videos I haven't been able to find around the net, and where best than here to ask, eh?
So if anyone has a link to watch/download music videos for either King For A Day or The Meeting Place, you'll have a very grateful Argentinean over here.

Thanks! =)
1 sense| working overtime

XTC Dead? [15 Feb 2007|09:29am]

[ mood | sad ]

I hope I'm not embodying Chicken Little, but the new Chalkhills Digest just game be a blow to the gut this morning:

An excerpt of the interview with Andy for you...

AVC: Would you want to revive XTC if Colin was interested? Or are you ready to move on?

AP: No, I think I could kill him now. I've been married to him since 1972, and I know all the good bits about him, and certainly all the bad bits. I think we reached a creative impasse some time ago.I know the songs he brought up for Wasp Star were kind of also-rans, rejects from another time. I think Colin has written one new song in the last 10 years. So I find myself in a very weird position,because it's the first time since 1969 that I haven't been in a group.

7 senses| working overtime

Atheists vs. Mormons [20 Dec 2006|10:11pm]

My friend sent me this link tonight because they quote XTC. I have to say, I found it pretty amusing.

7 senses| working overtime

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