in search of xtc
so, here is a show from the 1980 usa tour. i saw them later that spring at 'ol' man river's' in new orleans and that is when i fell head over for these guys. they were a gas live, always yakkin' up the crowd, bouncing around and playing that quirky, elecrocuted power pop.
this was the xtc before andy's crash and burn, with dave gregory and andy working syncopated guitar magic over terry's off beat cymbal smashings and colin's melodic bass running all over the place. this was the xtc before they all bought acoustic guitars and became the pastoral band they would evolve into during the mid-80's.
this is when the band was just very, very cool.
jan. 22, 1980 ann arbour michigan
wutf-fm detroit broadcast (mp3)
real by reel
when you're near me i have difficulty
life begins at the hop
roads girdle the globe
ten feet tall
this is pop
battery brides (andy paints brian)
making plans for nigel
statue of liberty