Thursday, May 05, 2005

senses working overtime, indeed!

here is the last of the xtc for the week . . .

in march 1982 xtc had just begun their european tour to support the 'english settlement' lp. on the 18th they were to play at the le palais in paris. the sold out show was to be broadcast over t.v. and radio, and 30 seconds into the first song andy unplugged the guitar and ran off the stage. by the time the band found him backstage he was crumpled in a dark corner, holding his stomach and bawling his eyes out. andy flew home and they cancelled the rest of the tour. he saw doctors, underwent tests and hypnosis, but he was just plain fried.

trying to salvage the u.s. tour they packed up and flew to america on march 30.
xtc would play one more show on april 3 in san diego, (with andy on auto-pilot), then he called it quits for good. no more performing in concert, he had a full-blown case of stage fright. in it's most violent physical and emotional form.

ten days before the paris show xtc played the paradiso in amsterdam, and from the sound of it, you would never see the breakdown coming . . . .

the paradiso - amsterdam march 8, 1982 (mp3)
ball and chain
no thugs in our house
senses working overtime
all along the watchtower
no language in our lungs
towers of london
making plans for nigel
living through another cuba
generals and majors
real by reel
sgt rock (is going to help me)

and here are a few videos:
may 16, 1989 mtv studios - scarecrow people/blue beret/king for a day (wmv)

while here is a very strange history of xtc, (by xtc) . . . done with puppets(?):
the road to oranges and lemons (wmv)
(thanks to

recommended xtc reading:
chalkhills and children - chris twomey
xtc : song stories - xtc and neville farmer


Blogger dickvandyke said...

Many thanks again S'Bomb for your no-stone-unturned approach to rock research. Wouldn't it be lovely (can you tell I'm English) if the XTC boys were to get wind of your efforts.

Meanwhile, I'm stupidly happy with an idiot grin and a heart pumping wine.


9:08 AM CDT  
Blogger sleepybomb said...

thanks mr van dyke,
glad to make it up, ya'll have made me smile a bit too!

10:59 PM CDT  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm proud to call these guys one of my favorite bands of all time, and I lovingly list them in the "favorite music" section in my blog's "personal information" department.

While I especially like Black Sea and English Settlement, I also have a copy of Drums and Wires (LP), and CDs of Mummer, Oranges and Lemons, Nonesuch, Rag and Bone Buffet, Skylarking and Chips Off The Chocolate Fireball. I'm missing White Noise, Go 2, and The Big Express. I like their recent material too, although not as much as the earlier stuff.

I have enough of their material that I was able to make a great compilation of Colin Moulding songs, which is one I love to listen to in the car. "In Loving Memory of a Name" is one of my favorite XTC songs ever.

Thanks for all the XTC information! Such genius as they consistently display shouldn't go unnoticed.

5:14 PM CDT  
Blogger sleepybomb said...

i have on old casette like that, one side andy, the other colin, need to do a cd like that.
i have the whole catalog on vinyl and cds. and now i need some new input.
i'm glad to see so many xtc fans. they've been in my top 5 for over 25 years now.
and snave, get the new 2, 'apple venus' and 'wasp star' cos they will grow on ya!

3:52 PM CDT  

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