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Released in 1986. Produced by Todd Rundgren. In interviews, Andy Partridge has often said that the Rundgren was difficult to work with and that he disagreed with Rundgren's choices during the recording – but upon reflection is very happy with the way the album turned out.

This album has a very "Beatlesque" feel to it. Often cited as XTC's best album.

Initially released with "Mermaid Smiled" in the UK, but then new pressings had "Dear God" added after it became… read more



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  • Avatar for victimofkratina
    Meh, really don't care for this album.
  • Avatar for Paper_Okami
    There are many many albums in a large variety of genres that I absolutely love... This is the only one I consider absolutely perfect, easily my favorite album of all time.
  • Avatar for Oates_Moustache
    lovely album, but I wish would put the pubic bush cover up instead
  • Avatar for MarcoOdd
    Pure pop gold
  • Avatar for HushSettleDown
    I treasure my vinyl copy of this, even if I was lucky enough too pick it up for £2 from a charity shop!
  • Avatar for HushSettleDown
    I wish more radio pop bullshit was this fucking good, then. I mean, jeez, talk about dumb things to say. [2]
  • Avatar for prominence_la
    A long, long way from Drums and Wires - a maturation from quirky to masterful.
  • Avatar for Doppz
    A lovely album, hadn't listened to it in a while and was pleasantly reminded how good it is.
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  • Avatar for richardneal
    If only Todd had done an album this good by himself in the 80s

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