so gratifying to know that the best songwriters do it. Dooby, dooby
do. The finest lyric has to come from somewhere and doesn’t always
arrive in one poetic burst of inspiration.
new CD package from Swindon’s finest, XTC, includes numerous demos
from the shed. You
can hear the Mayor of Simpleton being conceived and a version of
King for a Day that’s not too dissimilar from the later album version.
4CD set called ‘Coat of Many Cupboards’ is really for XTC obsessives.
It was ever thus. Any band loved by critics & acclaimed for producing
‘perfect’ work, was bound to attract too few fans, who love the
twisting melodies and wry lyrics.
- Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding
Colin and Andy are trying to get into the senses of ‘Joe Public’,
but their music makes your senses work overtime and I’m afraid some
people don’t like to work that hard.
me their melodies are easy. They’re constantly engaging, as they
take another unexpected turn.
XTC fans are confounded by the groups relative lack of chart success.
How can any musicians who write such lovely songs as Chalk Hills
& Children and Wonderland, not be in every CD collection in the
land, like the ubiquitous Beautiful South??
keep laughing and listening. I would buy Coat of Many Cupboards
just to hear the rare television appearance on the BBC Late Show
when they performed Books are Burning. The sleeve notes even explain
the inspiration for Bungalow.
an hour talking to Colin Moulding about the joys and frustrations
of being part of a unique group.
here to listen to the interview.