Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Did You Make Mankind After We Made You?

XTC was one of the smartest — and catchiest — British pop bands to emerge from the punk and new wave explosion of the late '70s. From the tense, jerky riffs of their early singles to the lushly arranged, meticulous pop of their later albums, XTC's music has always been driven by the hook-laden songwriting of guitarist/vocalist Andy Partridge and bassist Colin Moulding. I recently came across this gem of a live outing during their promotional tour for the album Oranges & Lemons, and smack dab in the middle of Partridge's now famous battle with stage fright. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

Live @ KROQ
Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 1989

XTC: Scarecrow People

XTC: Mayor Of Simpleton

XTC: Senses Working Overtime/Grass/Love On A Farmboy's Wages

XTC: Great Fire/Dear God/Big Day


Blogger Michael said...

Excellent stuff. They came thru' Minneapolis that year and played one of the local stations - Cities 97. I taped it off the radio - gotta see if I can find that tape!

12:21 PM  
Blogger tsiakhyie said...

i'm chuckie from the philippines.. XTC's Oranges and Lemons became an inspiration for the name of one of the top bands in my country, Orange & Lemons..

10:27 PM  

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