XTC is a band that came out of Swindon
in Wiltshire, England
in 1977. Often considered to be part of the Punk
and New Wave
movements however, XTC is a pop
Influenced by such luminaries as The Beach Boys
, The Beatles
, and The Kinks
, in the mid-80s, XTC went underground
and then reappeared, as the psychedelic
band Dukes of Stratosphear
with the EP 25 O'Clock
XTC had an American hit with their anti-fame song The Mayor of Simpleton
, from their 1989 double LP Oranges and Lemons
XTC is led by Andy Partridge: guitarist, singer, songwriter. Partridge suffers from acute stage fright, which led XTC to end their touring career in 1982.
Colin Moulding is the bassist and other songwriter of XTC, responsible for many of their most famous songs including their breakthrough hit Making Plans for Nigel, and the MTV hit King for a Day.
Dave Gregory was the keyboardist for many years, but left the band during the recording of Apple Venus Volume 1. Hired prior to the recording of the album Drums and Wires to replace original keyboardist Barry Andrews, he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, keyboards, singing background vocals, and providing string arrangements as well.
And what are they up to now, you ask?
XTC and Virgin Records announced the release on 25 March 2002 (April 2 in the U.S.A.) of Coat of Many Cupboards, the definitive XTC box set will consisting of 60 tracks of hits, outtakes, alternate versions, rarities, and demos.
White Music (1/1978)
Go 2 (10/1978)
Drums and Wires (1979)
Black Sea (1980)
English Settlement (1982)
The Big Express (1984)
Oranges and Lemons (1989)
Rag & Bone Buffet (1990)
Apple Venus vol. 1 (1999)
Wasp Star (Apple Venus vol. 2) (2000)