|Produced by John Leckie|
|Released on October 13, 1978|
|UK CHART POSITION #21|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his is the review of XTC’s second album, Go 2. (That for the brilliant cover; now ON with it!) More tightly wound sounds from a band that fancied itself a DAMNED sight cleverer than those other first-generation punk bands. It does kind of careen into their next album; compare “Jumping in Gomorrah” to “Scissor Man,” “Crowded Room” to “Outside World.” And yet Go 2 belongs to their disruptive, distracted first phase (blame Barry Andrews for being a bad influence). White Music was always “the album with Statue of Liberty on it” to me, while Go 2 was “that album with the funny cover that didn’t have anything as catchy as Statue of Liberty on it.” I have a few happy memories from here: the slinky organ solo in the middle of “Jumping in Gomorrah,” the loungey middle of “Crowded Room,” and those English ruffians “My Weapon” and “Super-Tuff” (both courtesy of Mr. Andrews). The rest of the record is overcaffeinated musical thuggery. On their next album, rebellious energy gives way to mannered eccentricity, which is where the real story of XTC begins. Yet I keep coming back to Go 2 looking for signs of greatness. The first two albums have become, for me, something of an archeological site where I go digging for lost treasures. I’ve dusted off tracks like “The Rhythm” and “I Am The Audience,” put them on a pedestal for a week or two and didn’t feel funny about it. But eventually they find their way back in the attic, buried under The Damned, The Stranglers, Adam & The Ants and all those other English punk bands who also mellowed into eccentric pop artists. Note that Go 2 was released with an EP of unlistenable remixes called Go +. Trust me, you don’t want to go there.
|PE 38152 front cover
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BARRY ANDREWS --
TERRY CHAMBERS --
COLIN MOULDING --
ANDY PARTRIDGE --
Dave Eagle -- roots photos
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||October 13, 1978||Virgin||LP||V2108||poster|
|US||October 1978||Epic||LP||PE 38152||picture sleeve|
|AUSL||1978||Virgin||LP||L36736||picture sleeve, lyric insert|
|UK||Virgin||CDX||CDVX-2108||w. bonus track|
|US||1987||Geffen||CDX||GEFD-24375||w. bonus track|
|JPN||2001||Virgin||CDX||TOCP-65712||w. bonus track|
|JPN||2003||Virgin||CDX||VJCP-68531||w. bonus track|
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