XTC (English rock band)

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Also performs as: Terry & The Lovemen


XTC were an English rock band formed in Swindon in 1972. Fronted by songwriters Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass, vocals), the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop. Partly because the group did not fit into contemporary trends, they achieved only sporadic commercial success in the UK and US, but attracted a considerable cult following. They have since been recognised for their influence on post-punk, Britpop and later power pop acts.

Partridge and Moulding first met in the early 1970s and subsequently formed a glam outfit with drummer Terry Chambers. The band's name and line-up changed frequently, and it was not until 1975 that the band was known as XTC. In 1977, the group debuted on Virgin Records and were subsequently noted for their energetic live performances and their refusal to play conventional punk rock, instead synthesising influences from ska, 1960s pop, dub music and the avant-garde. The single "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) marked their commercial breakthrough and heralded the reverberating drum sound associated with 1980s popular music.

Between 1979 and 1992, XTC had a total of 10 albums and 6 singles that reached the UK top 40, including "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" (1980) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982). After 1982's English Settlement, the band stopped concert touring and became a studio-based project centred on Partridge, Moulding, and guitarist Dave Gregory. A spin-off group, the Dukes of Stratosphear, was invented as a one-off excursion into 1960s-style psychedelia, but as XTC's music evolved, the distinctions between the two bands lessened. XTC continued to produce more progressive records, including the albums Skylarking (1986), Oranges & Lemons (1989), and Nonsuch (1992). In the US, "Mayor of Simpleton" (1989) was their highest-charting single, while "Dear God" (1986) was controversial for its anti-religious message.

Due to poor management, XTC never received a share of profits from record sales (of which there were millions), nor from touring revenue, forcing them into debt throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, they went on strike against Virgin, citing an unfair recording contract, and soon extricated themselves from the label. Gregory left the band during the making of Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999), after which the XTC name briefly served as a banner for what were effectively solo efforts by Partridge and Moulding. In 2006, Partridge announced that his creative partnership with Moulding had disintegrated, leaving XTC "in the past tense". Moulding and Chambers briefly reunited as the duo TC&I in the late 2010s. Partridge and Gregory remain musically active.

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1978White MusicXTC33
1978Go 2XTC21
1979Drums and WiresXTC531
1980Black SeaXTC523
1982English SettlementXTC4.3538
1984The Big ExpressXTC418
1989Oranges & LemonsXTC28
1999Apple Venus, Volume 1XTC56
2000Apple Venus, Volume 2: Wasp StarXTC7

Album + Compilation

1982Beeswax: Some B-Sides 1977–1982XTC2
1982Waxworks: Some Singles 1977–1982XTC47
1982Waxworks / BeeswaxXTC2
1986The Compact XTC: The Singles 1978–85XTC5
1990Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78–80XTC4
1990Rag & Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts & LeftoversXTC7
1992The Tiny Circus of LifeXTC1
1996Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977–92XTC2
1997Upsy Daisy AssortmentXTC1
2002Coat of Many CupboardsXTC2
2006Apple BoxXTC2
2009The Complete and Utter DukesXTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear1
2019Psurroundabout RideXTC as The Dukes of Stratosphear1

Album + Live

1992BBC Radio 1 Live In ConcertXTC2
1994Drums and Wireless: BBC Radio Sessions 1977–1989XTC1
1998Transistor Blast: The Best of the BBC SessionsXTC4

Album + Demo

1999Homespun: The Apple Venus Volume One Home DemosXTC5


1977Science FrictionXTC5
1978Statue of LibertyXTC4
1978This Is Pop?XTC4
1978Are You Receiving Me?XTC3
1979Life Begins at the HopXTC6
1979Making Plans for NigelXTC1
1980Ten Feet TallXTC2
1980Wait Till Your Boat Goes DownXTC1
1980The Olympian / Ten Feet TallSkids / XTC1
1980Generals and MajorsXTC8
1980Towers of LondonXTC3
1980Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)XTC3
1980Take This Town / Babylon’s BurningXTC / The Ruts1
1981Respectable StreetXTC3
1982Senses Working OvertimeXTC19
1982Ball and ChainXTC9
1982No Thugs in Our HouseXTC1
1982Looking for FootprintsXTC1
1983Great FireXTC6
1983Love on a Farmboy’s WagesXTC6
1983Thanks for ChristmasThe Three Wise Men1
1984All You Pretty GirlsXTC10
1984This World OverXTC3
1985Wake UpXTC5
1986Earn Enough for UsXTC2
1987The Meeting PlaceXTC3
1989Mayor of SimpletonXTC5
1989King for a DayXTC5
1989The LovingXTC3
1992The DiſappointedXTC5
1992The Ballad of Peter PumpkinheadXTC4
1992Wrapped in GreyXTC1
1999Easter TheatreXTC1
1999I’d Like ThatXTC1
2000I’m the Man Who Murdered LoveXTC4


19773D EPXTC3
19815 SensesXTC1
1987Dear GodXTC6
1992The DisappointedXTC1
2005Apple BiteXTC1

EP + Compilation + Live

1981Live & MoreXTC1

EP + Demo

1992Demo TracksXTC1

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