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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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  • mutinyonark

    Great band, criminally underrated. If their albums had been more in tune with what was popular at to the time of their release then they would have been a much bigger band in 80s. Maybe that just makes them even more special. They resembles the kinks Brit revival more than any other band of the era, skylarking draws a lot of parallels to village green preservation society.

    Yesterday 12:19pm Reply
  • Paper_Okami

    The only band I'm always in the mood to listen to.

    24 Mar 10:06pm Reply
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  • TylerSymes

    Essential running away from piloting a robot core.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nibus

    Mr Moulding has emerged from hibernation (or his shed):

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    The most underrated band in the history of underrated bands !!! [3]

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • twajjo

    Too fucking bad that does not count scrobbles anymore. It must be nice having a large following and still focus on sucking.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AH4OYS

    The most underrated band in the history of underrated bands !!! [2]

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • webbynator

    Ba Ba Ba Ba Battery brides <3

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MilotheMayor

    Everybody needs to hear the reversed polarity Skylarking tracks.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TriptheLight

    remastered tracks or originals?

    12 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ThePapaMuerte

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

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • catwars

    Dear God, 666 scrobbles

    18 Apr 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    19 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    will always be a favourite band of mine.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

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

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
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