Progrography

XTC
Contenders for "best pop band on the planet" during the '80s, which means visited by the same muse that rode with The Beatles, ELO, Cheap Trick, Squeeze, etc. XTC actually started as punks, sort of, but when keyboardist Barry Andrews left after Go 2 (he went to Shriekback in case you're interested), the band stopped making noisy music and started letting the quirky pop songwriting of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding speak for itself. The band has released at least five brilliant albums (Drums And Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement, Skylarking, Oranges And Lemons) and tons of wonderful songs, any one of which could make an instant fan out of you. "Making Plans For Nigel" did it for me, and it's been ecstasy ever since.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1977 October Science Friction
1978 January Statue of Liberty
1978 January 20 WHITE MUSIC
1978 April This Is Pop
1978 October Are You Receiving Me?
1978 October 13 GO 2
1978 October 13 GO+ (EP)
1979 April 27 Life Begins At The Hop
1979 August 17 DRUMS AND WIRES
1979 September Making Plans For Nigel
1979 November Ten Feet Tall
1980 March Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down
1980 August Generals And Majors
1980 September 12 BLACK SEA
1980 October Towers of London
1980 November Take This Town
1980 Love At First Sight
1981 January Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)
1981 March Respectable Street
1981 5 SENSES (EP)
1982 January Senses Working Overtime
1982 February 12 ENGLISH SETTLEMENT
1982 March Ball And Chain
1982 May No Thugs In Our House
1982 November WAXWORKS: SOME SINGLES 1977-1982
1982 November BEESWAX: B SIDES
1983 April 22 Great Fire
1983 June 24 Wonderland
1983 August 30 MUMMER
1983 September 19 Love On A Farmboy's Wages
1983 November Thanks For Christmas
1984 SELECTIONS FROM MUMMER (EP)
1984 September All You Pretty Girls
1984 October THE BIG EXPRESS
1984 October This World Over
1985 January Wake Up
1985 April The Mole From The Ministry
1985 April 25 O'CLOCK (EP)
1986 August 16 Grass
1986 October 27 SKYLARKING
1987 February 2 The Meeting Place
1987 January THE COMPACT XTC: THE SINGLES 1978-1985
1987 June Dear God
1987 July Vanishing Girl
1987 August PSONIC PSUNSPOT
1988 Funkin' For The UK
1989 January Mayor of Simpleton
1989 February 27 ORANGES & LEMONS
1989 April King For A Day
1989 August The Loving
1990 August EXPLODE TOGETHER (THE DUB EXPERIMENTS 1978-1980)
1990 August RAG & BONE BUFFET
1992 March The Disappointed
1992 May NONSUCH
1992 June The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
1992 June DEMO TRACKS (EP)
1992 RADIOS IN MOTION: A HISTORY OF XTC
1992 Dear Madam Barnum
1992 THE TINY CIRCUS OF LIFE
1994 LIVE IN CONCERT
1994 November DRUMS AND WIRELESS: BBC RADIO SESSIONS 77-89
1996 FOSSIL FUEL: THE XTC SINGLES 1977-1992
1998 March THE GREATEST
1998 November 24 TRANSISTOR BLAST: THE BEST OF THE BBC SESSIONS
1998 WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT NOISE?
1999 February 23 APPLE VENUS
1999 October 5 HOMESPUN
1999 Easter Theatre
1999 I'd Like That
1999 Greenman
2000 May 20 WASP STAR
2000 I'm The Man Who Murdered Love
2001 May 22 HOMEGROWN
2002 March 25 COAT OF MANY CUPBOARDS
2002 INSTRUVENUS
2002 WASP STRUMENTAL
2005 October 31 APPLE BOX

SEE ALSO...
ANDY PARTRIDGE discography
SHRIEKBACK discography

 

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