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« on: March 04, 2017, 10:52:00 PM »
There are some fans around here I suspect.

There's a new documentary coming out soon titled "This Is Pop" and a 6+ minute trailer is up now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh0-TMY2RcM

Very much looking forward to this.

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 01:42:07 AM »
Big fan here. I'm really looking forward to the documentary.

I got into them about a year ago, and I've been kind of obsessed over them ever since. Skylarking and English Settlement are my two favourites.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 04:28:53 AM »
Really great band! Going through their discography chronologically after being introduced to them by my dad. :)

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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2017, 08:34:19 PM »
Funny timing that you posted this thread, was just sampling Skylarking a couple days ago. Quirky music.  I had bought Drums and Wires and English Settlement way back when they were first released and now trying to revisit this band and get into their later stuff.
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Re: XTC
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 10:55:22 PM »
Funny timing that you posted this thread, was just sampling Skylarking a couple days ago. Quirky music.  I had bought Drums and Wires and English Settlement way back when they were first released and now trying to revisit this band and get into their later stuff.

check out Oranges and Lemons.

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 07:45:57 AM »
Used to listen to 'Mummur' and  'Skylarking' a lot back in the day (especially 'Summer's Caudlron/Grass' and all of Side 1 of 'Skylarking').  Those two, along with  'Oranges & Lemons' still get an occasional spin, along with an expanded 'Upsy Daisy' greatest hits.

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Re: XTC
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2018, 11:03:39 AM »
bump.

after the BBC pulled it last March,

"This is Pop" is now airing on Showtime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjPenjuPZhM

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Re: XTC
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2018, 11:06:16 AM »
One of those bands that I have to get into. Every song I hear I really like (albeit three or four, tops; you only usually hear "Making Plans For Nigel") but I've never bothered to dig deeper.

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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 11:06:40 AM »
A very nice documentary about this brilliant band. A Top 10 band overall for me.

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2018, 11:07:59 AM »
I watched it a second time last night.  It was great.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 11:24:19 AM »
One of those bands that I have to get into. Every song I hear I really like (albeit three or four, tops; you only usually hear "Making Plans For Nigel") but I've never bothered to dig deeper.

check out Skylarking and Oranges and Lemons.

or for that matter, here's 1 of my favorite tracks, although I'll admit, it's more clean and poppy than most of their songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depsFULhqV8

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2018, 01:47:32 PM »
I only know "Skylarking" so far and I love it.

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2018, 06:43:17 AM »
This band is slowly becoming a favorite. 

So much good stuff, and I still have so much to get to!

Amazing that until about two months ago, the only songs I ever knew by them were Senses Working Overtime, Dear God, King for a Day and The Mayor of Simpleton.

Anyone else a fan (aside from those who have posted already) or looking to get into them?  I think is a band many here would dig.

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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 07:34:32 PM »
Anybody?? :corn

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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2018, 07:51:14 PM »
I'm in but you already knew this.
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2018, 07:52:42 PM »
Then post in this thread and help me keep it going! :P

Songs you like, albums, etc. Let's hear it.  :biggrin:

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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2018, 08:37:05 PM »
English Settlement was my first album.  I had a bud who was into XTC/REM.  Of course I was hooked by his recommendation.
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Re: XTC
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2018, 12:11:09 AM »
Yeah, I'm a big fan but I already posted here :P

My Top 5 of their albums would be:

1. Skylarking
2. English Settlement
3. Oranges & Lemons
4. Drums & Wires
5. Black Sea

Among my favourite songs are:

Senses Working Overtime (1982)
Sacrificial Bonfire (1986)
Meccanik Dancing (1978)
Are You Receiving Me? (1978)
Reel By Real (1979)
Rocket From A Bottle (1980)
Great Fire (1983)
This World Over (1984)
Chalkhills And Children (1989)
Then She Appeared (1992)
Wrapped In Grey (1992)
Easter Theatre (1999)

And of course their alter ego band, The Dukes Of Stratosphear, if you like psychedelic pop circa 1967-1968.
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Re: XTC
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2018, 12:26:01 AM »
great tune off Apple Venus Vol. 1

River of Orchids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErWSYJYKM-Q

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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2018, 05:53:04 AM »
I just listened to Apple Venus Volume 1 for the first time the other day and really liked it.  River of Orchids is a total trip, and others that jumped out at me are Greenman and Frivolous Tonight (sounds like Syd Barrett-era Floyd).

Joe, English Settlement was my first and is still my favorite thus far.  It is probably a little too long (there are a couple songs on the back half I could do without), but the first half is so damn strong.  That groove in Jason and the Argonauts is so bad ass, All of a Sudden (It's Too Late) is so damn catchy, and No Thugs in Our House might be my favorite XTC song so far.

Zydar, interesting list.  Black Sea has been growing on me, and Rocket from a Bottle is one I really I like. I also like Respectable Street, Love at First Sight and Travels in Nihilon a lot.  I probably listen to Travels in Nihilon at least once in a day in my car when driving.  :lol :lol

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Re: XTC
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2018, 06:44:32 AM »
Black Sea is my favorite.  Skylarking or English Settlement is #2.  I guess I need to revisit Oranges and lemons based on how much people here seem to like it.  I dont remember liking it.

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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2018, 09:01:08 AM »
This is Pop is now available to stream (if you want to pay, or already pay for Showtime)

http://www.sho.com/titles/3454534/xtc-this-is-pop#/closed

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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2018, 06:12:10 PM »
Black Sea is my favorite.  Skylarking or English Settlement is #2.  I guess I need to revisit Oranges and lemons based on how much people here seem to like it.  I dont remember liking it.

Oranges and Lemons strikes me as Skylarking Part 2, just not as good.  I do like O&L quite a bit, but Skylarking is on a whole other level.

The thing that is really cool about Skylarking is that there are all kinds of different styles and sounds, yet it sounds like a real, cohesive album.  Sometimes, a band will do an album of all different songs and it sounds like a bunch of different songs just thrown on to the same album, but Skylarking manages to pull off being very cohesive.  It reminds me of Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) or The Soft Bulletin (Flaming Lips) in that regard.

What really threw me off about their early stuff was how good the rhythm section is.  Even though I had heard Senses Working Overtime quite a few times over the years, I had never noticed how sweet that fretless bass is. English Settlement is packed to the max with killer bass lines and drum work.  And I love the sound of it.  It sounds BIG.

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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2018, 01:16:42 AM »
The thing that is really cool about Skylarking is that there are all kinds of different styles and sounds, yet it sounds like a real, cohesive album.  Sometimes, a band will do an album of all different songs and it sounds like a bunch of different songs just thrown on to the same album, but Skylarking manages to pull off being very cohesive.  It reminds me of Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) or The Soft Bulletin (Flaming Lips) in that regard.

And it is designed to flow as a typical summer's day, with the song sequence in mind. The opening track Summer's Cauldron + Grass, and ending with Colin's Sacrificial Bonfire. Just brilliant.

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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2018, 06:59:35 PM »
The thing that is really cool about Skylarking is that there are all kinds of different styles and sounds, yet it sounds like a real, cohesive album.  Sometimes, a band will do an album of all different songs and it sounds like a bunch of different songs just thrown on to the same album, but Skylarking manages to pull off being very cohesive.  It reminds me of Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) or The Soft Bulletin (Flaming Lips) in that regard.

And it is designed to flow as a typical summer's day, with the song sequence in mind. The opening track Summer's Cauldron + Grass, and ending with Colin's Sacrificial Bonfire. Just brilliant.

For sure.  Sacrificial Bonfire is definitely one of my favorites thus far.  From that album, I am also really big on the aforementioned first two tracks, The Meeting Place, Ballet for a Rainy Day and Earn Enough for Us. Oh, and Dear God of course.  Hell, the whole thing is great!  :tup :tup

I am about to check out the Dukes of Stratosphear stuff.  Just the fact that they did something like that makes them that much more awesome.

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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2018, 05:30:52 PM »
That video for The Mole from the Ministry...holy crap. :eek :eek :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol

Great song, too. 

I never thought XTC would be my musical obsession of 2018, but here we are. :hefdaddy :hefdaddy

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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2018, 12:08:48 AM »
That's the only music video they're somewhat satisfied with, they seem to hate all the other ones for either XTC or Dukes.

Vanishing Girl, 25 O'Clock, and Pale And Precious are my favourite Dukes songs. Pale And Precious could be the missing Beach Boys single after Good Vibrations.

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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2018, 05:55:44 AM »
I haven't checked out the 2nd Dukes record yet, but I sure am looking forward to it, considering how much I like the first.  That little piano ditty during the chorus of Your Gold Dress is one of the catchiest things I've ever heard. It's crazy how they managed to totally capture the vibe of late 60's psychedelic music.

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« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2018, 05:43:49 AM »
I have watched the This Is Pop documentary twice now. It is pretty great and made me a bigger fan.

You can totally see how and why Andy Partridge would be a total pain in the ass and, shall we say, difficult to work with :lol, but it is hard to argue with the results.