XTC, now comprising the songwriting core duo of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, both founding members of XTC way back in 1975, are set to release their first boxed set on their own Idea Records.
Andy and Colin had conceived the idea of presenting two contrasting sides to XTC over two lps as a double album. Commercial pressures led this to become 2 albums released in rapid succession; 'Apple Venus Vol 1' released in 1999 and 'Wasp Star' in 2000. This boxed set reunites those albums as they were originally intended with the added bonus of the demo recordings for each.
Compared to the chamber pop of the first volume, 'Wasp Star' is, for the most part, XTC displaying their hard rock side. 'Apple Venus Vol 1' is, as one would expect, non-conformity at its most brilliant, luscious orchestral pop that sounded like nothing else released in 1999.
Merely A Man
12/23/2012 6:17:33 AM
I was first introduced to your band back in 1982 by my college roommate. I then became a fan of your music. You will always be in the soundtrack of my great memories of those college days. It is great to see you here on IAC.
9/7/2010 12:37:56 AM
Great to find you here at IAC. Great tracks - I've added Merely A Man to my station Over The Moon.
8/30/2010 5:36:49 PM
How awesome to have found you here! Andy, you're one of my tunesmith heroes. I'm going to go home tonight and listen to "Spiral." first thing. I've always found your way with words, melody and orchestration an inspiration.
(Sorry Colin, I like your tunes, too, just not in THAT way).
5/1/2009 11:49:23 AM
Always love your nuevo/retro feel - Listened to you all the way back before "SGT ROCK is gonna help me..." GLAD you two are keepin' things goin'....
Love the 60's RETRO feel SPIRAL has too. Reminds me of EARLY XTC !!!
Welcome to PHLEGM PHAVOURITES !!!!
-phan boy pHLeGm
6/28/2008 6:02:21 AM
Great to have your song on the Artist's Selection station.
All the best
5/30/2008 3:29:27 PM
Great song! If you've got the time check out The Vegetarians.
4/16/2007 9:00:45 AM
Love you guys.
Even though an ex told me (repeatedly) that she would leave me for Andy... I forgive you. Hell, I would leave me for Andy. Or Colin. Or Dave.
At any rate, just to echo sentiments already stated here, keep doing what you're doing. And, if you do talk to the departed Dave, please let him know that fans do think of him and send their best.
3/13/2006 4:07:58 PM
Hi Guys! I'm amazed to find you here. Jesus! I thought the quality was pretty much the dogs bollox when I heard some of the other artists, but you take the dog biscuit. I've been a fan since the 80's and my all time favorite song on the plane was Senses Working Overtime!
Just keep doing what you do and I'll be happy : )
All the best!
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