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Swindon, England (1972 – 2006)

XTC was an influential rock band (starting out as a outfit but eventually developing into a sound that was a mix of and /) which formed in Swindon, England in 1972. For most of their career, the band consisted of Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar), Colin Moulding (vocals, bass) and Dave Gregory (guitar, keyboards). Gregory replaced founding keyboardist Barry Andrews in 1979 and left himself in 1999. After co-founding drummer Terry Chambers left in 1983, the band did not hire a drummer to replace him and instead hired session drummers on an album-to-album basis.

First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass, vocals) went through numerous band names (including The Helium Kidz and Star Park) over the next five years. Drawing influence from the New York Dolls and the emerging New York scene, they played with homemade costumes and slowly built up a following. Drummer Terry Chambers joined in 1973. Keyboard player Barry Andrews followed in 1976, and the band finally settled on a name: XTC. By this time, the punk rock movement was in full swing, and XTC had found their style, a unique brand of hyperactive pop mixed with , , , , and .

The touring years, 1977–82

In 1977 XTC was signed by Virgin Records. They recorded the 3D EP that summer, and followed it up with their debut LP White Music in January 1978.


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  • MilotheMayor

    Everybody needs to hear the reversed polarity Skylarking tracks.

    18 Sep 3:02am Reply
  • TriptheLight

    remastered tracks or originals?

    12 Sep 2:20am Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    I saw them in 1980, opening for The Police. XTC were mainly promoting Black Sea, but played a few songs from Drums & Wires, as well as "This is Pop." They were terrific. Actually, I remember their set much more vividly than the main act.

    22 Jun 8:12am Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    I had somewhere between ten and twelve thousand listens of this band scrobbled on here before I reset my listen counter.

    23 May 11:30pm Reply
  • ThePapaMuerte

    The most underrated band in the history of underrated bands !!!

    20 May 2:54pm Reply
  • Proxy_Ninja

    why "dear god" is 1st here is beyond me. it's probably their worst track ever, still listenable, but come on...

    27 Apr 8:48pm Reply
  • catwars

    Dear God, 666 scrobbles

    18 Apr 8:36pm Reply
  • Aotus

    Tenozuma: the shift in XTC's sound on the "Skylarking" album is at least in part due to the album's producer, Todd Rundgren. I understand that the collaboration was tense at times, but XTC and Rundgren liked each other well enough to work together again on "Oranges and Lemons" -- which is also brilliant and lush. I haven't listened to XTC enough myself. I know that I love "Skylarking" and "Oranges and Lemons", that I don't care for their earlier material so much, and that a few selections from "Apple Venus" tickled my ears once and that I never followed up on that.

    27 Mar 7:54pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    чисто английская группа, чем и доставляет, но к сожалению, с вокальной точки зрения данный коллектив меня совершенно не устраивает

    19 Mar 1:20pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    English Settlement houses some great pop music.

    18 Mar 11:23am Reply
  • Younghappy

    Can't believe I haven't come across they guys before. That'll learn me for skipping over the late 70s and 80s!

    12 Mar 1:50am Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    will always be a favourite band of mine.

    1 Mar 9:22pm Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Favourite three XTC albums - Go 2, Black Sea and Nonsuch.

    14 Feb 3:53pm Reply

    v- lol

    31 Jan 11:09am Reply
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    24 Jan 6:04am Reply
  • GAS0LINE :)

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lberredo

    Really, really underrated band. Probably one of the most in music history. A superb blend of new wave, post-punk, jazz and psychedelic rock. Andy Partridge is a songwriting genius.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Echos_Myron

    I'm slowly becoming convinced that Skylarking is one of the best albums ever written.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    The most underrated band in music history. [3]

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • metal_gimp

    'Discovered' XTC, more specifically the album Black Sea just now. Holy shit! is all I can say. If I hadnt just bought two cds and weren't already broke, I would be buying it this instant. Next week is payday, consider it bought!

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
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