Respectable Street (3:05)

Cover of Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992

From Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992 and 5 other releases

Albums including this track: Black Sea, Rag & Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts & Leftovers (Although the one on Rag & Bone Buffet is the single edit)


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It's in the order of their hedgerows
It's in the way their curtains open and close
It's in the look they give you down their nose
All part of decency's jigsaw I suppose

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  • clenchedteeth

    blur definitely wanted to be XTC

    25 Feb 6:39pm Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    Here's a page about this song. But is the tab really as it was played for the recording? Andy's intro alternated between a B or B5 and this C# based chord which I'm not quite sure of yet but the bottom four notes are correct: or

    2 Dec 2014 Reply

    That drum sound!

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    BLACK SEA!!!--Great album

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Chiliburger801

    Black Sea rules!

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rushfan1

    I'm just now realizing the similiarities between Andy Partridge and Joe Jackson, vocally speaking.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Daniel_Sullivan

    The live version of this from URGH! A Music War is too good.

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • modestmaus

    @gmpwca: Single version. Anyway, I tend to recommend "Black Sea" as one's first XTC album and this superb opening track is a big reason why.

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    Anyone who wants to learn this on guitar properly can learn it here.

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • evatinadoro76

    XTraCool :-) .....very nice

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gmpwca

    but strange that in this version it's "what proposition pleases best her old man" the version sung on my copy of the album says "sex position"

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gmpwca

    best track on my favorite XTC album

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Wintceas

    brilliant like all they did.

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • epi_gee

    Robert ... you better get moved to the ghetto...

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • epi_gee

    fantastic ... my newest favorite from this band. The list gets longer and longer. The chorus vocals sound like tears for fears vocalist to me... even more so than XTC ... the music and lyrics are ALL XTC though.

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • RobertMeadows

    One of my favourite XTC tracks. BUT listening to it again I have just realised I now live on respectable street. AARGH!!!

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    perfect...., only perfect.......

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • sporting_lice

    Hahaha, it's the censored version, still awesome though!

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • somnambulance

    i'm surprised by how hard this still rocks. the drums are just huge. this song reminds me a lot of "in on the kill taker" era fugazi

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • aaroswarski

    What a defined band sound... I wasn't even looking at the screen when I was thinking.... "This sounds like XTC"... and that was before the singing ever started...

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
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