The Wheel and the MayPOLL: The XTC Poll Results Thread

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and awaaaaaay we go

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:40 (two years ago) Permalink

The meeting place!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Here's a collaborate Spotify playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/mondosalvo/playlist/2OLN1q23VJKY1CRSjjIZ1w

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Yay, might go about making a YouTube playlist too - to account for the (at least in the UK) lack of later album stuff of Spots

nxd, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:49 (two years ago) Permalink

My brain just started playing Great Fire as a mental soundtrack.

campreverb, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead!
(You people should be so glad I didn't vote)

The Velvet Fog called me a motherfucker (Sandy), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

it's sad, he had a harmonica

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:59 (two years ago) Permalink

my super tuff songs better place high or I'm gonna have to break out MY WEAPON!!!

Dominique, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Lump check yr email...

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Wait, sorry for being lame but, where, exactly, are the results? I don't see a list?

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:55 (two years ago) Permalink

lol it's a countdown, enjoy the suspense

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:57 (two years ago) Permalink

that was a great opp to do a pretend reaction to a fake list

nxd, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink

haha thinking about it i guess there's no funny number 1s

nxd, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Right then, thanks and sorry again.

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Dominique claiming to be a songwriter & keyboardist in the Barry Andrews class, bold

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

sorry waitin on some graphics bear with me folks

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

There's a graphics bear with you? Tell him I said hi.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Graphics bears are notoriously slow, though, so we understand.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:14 (two years ago) Permalink

All of a sudden we find the cupboard bear

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:38 (two years ago) Permalink

ok slight change of plan! going to count down the top 60 (although I will post a complete list at the end)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:11 (two years ago) Permalink

60. I'd Like That (556 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:16 (two years ago) Permalink

would like to say that Lump really outdid himself with the images here we are in for a treat

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:17 (two years ago) Permalink

59. Ten Feet Tall (559 points, 7 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

58. Dear God (569 points, 8 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

whoa these images

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

57. Brainiac's Daughter (583 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

irl lol @ this img

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

56. English Roundabout (586 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

55. Dear Madam Barnum (599 points, 9 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

"Dear God" so low!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

also, too high, screw u kitchen person lol (re: atheist rights anthem)

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Omg, my #4! Colin's greatest moment, seminal beauty, key changes forever, utter loveliness (English Roundabout)

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:21 (two years ago) Permalink

also, too high, screw u kitchen person lol (re: atheist rights anthem)

― Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago)

Ha! Very happy to see my number one vote helped it make the list.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Ten Feet Fall is shockingly low. I just assumed that was an XTC favourite.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

in doing this poll I realized I had not listened to the officially released version of Dear God in maybe 20 years or so. I have the original LP version of Skylarking which doesn't have it on it, so I'd pretty much forgotten about it. In retrospect while Mermaid Smiled is a great song, Dear God seems to fit the album-song-cycle thing better, the spiritual questioning coming in between Man Who Sailed Around His Soul and Dying makes more sense.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

just assumed that was an XTC favourite.

― Kitchen Person

every song is an XTC favorite

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

So true.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:26 (two years ago) Permalink

great graphics!

Dominique, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Just noticed the initials on the images. Amazing!

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:28 (two years ago) Permalink

These graphics are amazing Bear.

campreverb, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

every song is an XTC favorite

bingo. I can't think of any song sans "Respectible Street" or "Chalkhills and Children" where I'll be able to say, "wow, that was too low"

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:31 (two years ago) Permalink

54. Pale and Precious (602 points, 8 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

love this song a lot, it's funny to think that Partridge didn't really hear any of the late 60s Beach Boys stuff right up until this time, that it was fresh and new to him and he was like "oh I can bang out a pastiche of that, here we go" and have it come out so perfect

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

53. Roads Girdle the Globe (613 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

52. The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (615 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:48 (two years ago) Permalink

TIE 51. Runaways (640 points, 9 votes)

TIE 51. Greenman (640 points, 8 votes)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:48 (two years ago) Permalink

50. Beating Of Hearts (644 points, 9 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))

ok that's it for a little bit

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

"Runaways" one of the first of mine to make it.

hooray for Peter Pumpkin so low

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

hooray for Roads Girdle the Globe placing, I wasn't sure if that would make it

soref, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

I know RGTG is a dry-run for No Language On Our Lungs but it's still p spectacular :)

Ƹ༑Ʒ (imago), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:54 (two years ago) Permalink

she likes my stuff, but definitely more on the pop end of the spectrum (like most of the rest of anyone who's heard my music). However, there are plenty of things I listen to that she, if not hates, at least appreciates if I don't play so loud (Darkthrone, Magma, Steve Reich). Luckily she's an angel in every other way :)

Dominique, Monday, 20 October 2014 14:50 (two years ago) Permalink

re: whiny, it was more like "it's maybe too whiny, or something?" like she also couldn't quite place the right adjective. I think she's referring to his voice on "Senses Working Overtime", the "hey hey the clouds are away..the innocents can all sleep safely" stuff, I could see as whiny.

Dominique, Monday, 20 October 2014 14:53 (two years ago) Permalink

...which yields to glorious, full-throated joy! AP is a total thesp, his mood is a broad & copious palette

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 14:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Glad 4u tho, even it this means nothing else like 'The Return' :P

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I once played Senses Working Overtime to a teenage science class. They were "what the fuck is this?" during the first verse, but were hooked by the end.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 20 October 2014 15:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Ha, I remember when I bought the (12") single. I was exactly that!

Mark G, Monday, 20 October 2014 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

I'd say AP's voice can be a little hard to deal with. I have to give him the benefit of the doubt really.

Listened to the song 'Gold' off Mummer yesterday for the first time and it struck me (I'm sure this must have been mentioned) just how unconventional the structures on many of these songs are.

Shepard Toney Album (dog latin), Monday, 20 October 2014 15:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Oddly enough I'm listening to their version of "All Along The Watchtower" right now, which takes Dylan (already a textbook example of a singer with some, uh, limitations) to a whole new level of bizarrely exaggerated pronounciations.

Dick Clownload (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 October 2014 15:07 (two years ago) Permalink

that cover is so punk & awesome, wish I'd voted for it

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 15:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I always forget how much I love it until I drag it out again; it is amazing. Just pre-punk, one of my favorite artists was Steve Harley, so I think I was predisposed to liking Andy's vocal stylings.

Dick Clownload (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 October 2014 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink

yh steve harley was another childhood fave of mine, at least his greatest hits

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

fwiw I always thought this song was kind of a midpoint between Cockney Rebel and early XTC. Yelpy vocal/weedy organ, but trying for some kind of new pop.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 October 2014 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

oh totally! this is really cool

if squeeze are at one end of the worthwhile post-punk spectrum and wire at the other, then this lot fit in near the former and say foxx era ultravox! the latter. all are great

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 18:48 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds a bit like

http://youtu.be/-ZH2fknRMLE?list=AL94UKMTqg-9B_oAQYmKTmhuA4g_ibPoh2

chemical aioli (Hunt3r), Monday, 20 October 2014 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

The thing I love about the 'All Along The Watchtower' cover is that tight but funky groove that Chambers & Moulding lock into... honest to God, I could listen to just the bass and drums grooving away on that for ages. Then there's Barry's unorthodox organ work on top of that as well. It's one of those covers where if you removed the vocal, you'd be hard pressed to guess what song they're covering. I guess Japan's covers are a bit like that, too.

Welcome To (Turrican), Monday, 20 October 2014 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^ ahh yes, thank you for this, I'd forgotten the song and have never seen the video. I tend to only remember Boomtown Rats for "I Don't Like Mondays."

It took me years to track down tha actual Secret LP back in the pre-internet days. The rest of it isn't all that good. xpost.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 October 2014 19:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I'd say that the barriers that most people face when getting into XTC are Andy's voice (especially on the earlier albums), Andy's fondness for dissonance and the dense productions of albums like The Big Express and Oranges & Lemons. The impression I've always got when I've read people's opinions of XTC over the years is that Colin's stuff seems to act as a gateway into the band. Colin's stuff is more instant, whereas Andy's stuff is more rewarding in the long run.

Welcome To (Turrican), Monday, 20 October 2014 19:22 (two years ago) Permalink

And repetition, on songs like "When You're Near Me" and "Scissor man," among many examples.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 October 2014 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

that cover is so punk & awesome, wish I'd voted for it

I did but I think I may have been the only one. So true about the lock and groove on that song.

kwhitehead, Monday, 20 October 2014 22:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Has anybody pre-ordered the Drums & Wires reissue? It's due in about a week iirc. I'm even weirdly excited to hear the instrumental version of the whole record.

MaresNest, Monday, 20 October 2014 22:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, while we are talking about early yelpy, herky jerky bands, The Nits early records are worth checking out.

MaresNest, Monday, 20 October 2014 22:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Sound - On - Sound by Bill Nelson's Red Noise must be the closest relative of White Music/Go 2 XTC? produced by John Leckie as well

soref, Monday, 20 October 2014 22:51 (two years ago) Permalink

I think I read a contemporary interview where Nelson was denying that XTC had been an influence on Red Noise and said that half of Sound - On - Sound had been written before White Music was released? early XTC frequently sound like a speeded up Be Bop Deluxe anyway

soref, Monday, 20 October 2014 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

I love everything about that Nits video, esp. the apparently confounded audience of 7.

kwhitehead, Monday, 20 October 2014 23:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Also amazed at how many records they released!

kwhitehead, Monday, 20 October 2014 23:18 (two years ago) Permalink

hahaha that is seriously fucking brilliant

joie de marsh (imago), Monday, 20 October 2014 23:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Wau!

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Ha, cool.

"As for the poll,totally disagree,but fun eh?" New board description please!

Pict in a blanket (WilliamC), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Seal of approval from Andy Partridge himself for Hideous Lump's fine illustrations.

wwwwwaaaaaaaaaht

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:57 (two years ago) Permalink

they really should have tweeted him as the results were being rolled out so he could appear on the thread when Pale and Precious came so low and do some Marshall McLuhan/You Know Nothing of My Work! type bit

soref, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:00 (two years ago) Permalink

lol

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Or when 'Senses Working Overtime' came in at #1...

Welcome To (Turrican), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

You could have had his ballot!

Mark G, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Whoa, cool!

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening to Nonsuch right now, and I know that 'The Disappointed' has its critics, but fucking hell I love this song. I particularly love the way that the intro is actually the middle eight of the song, and that the "ooh" vocals during these parts follows the same melody that Partridge uses on the word "hearts" throughout the verse. Partridge then plays off this vocal in the middle eight by introducing a lead vocal over the top of the "ooh"s and the effect, in my humble opinion, is just fucking sublime. It gives me goosebumps every time, no matter how often I listen to it... I definitely think it placed far too low in the poll, but honestly, these poll results were always going to be unexpected.

Welcome To (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:57 (two years ago) Permalink

25. You’re The Wish You Are I Had (950 points, 12 votes)
75. Rook (436 points, 6 votes)

Welcome To (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:03 (two years ago) Permalink

"Rook" definitely higher on my Top 500 ballot than "Wish", but I understand why people would prefer it. "Rook" is absolutely no fun to sing at parties. Then again, "Wish" is no fun to play while gazing out over a rainy moor, so....

hardcore dilettante, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:23 (two years ago) Permalink

I have a friend who loves the original "All Along the Watchtower" so I sent him the XTC version and he responded with "this is the worst thing I've ever heard" and now refuses to give XTC another chance. His loss.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I have a live recording of the Sultans of Ping FC doing "are you experienced"

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:24 (two years ago) Permalink

lol what a rockist idiot xp

joie de marsh (imago), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:24 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah he pretty much insisted that I only like it because it's 'ironic' and so on. I mean I do think the thing is hilarious but cover or not it's got a hell of a busted groove to it

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:31 (two years ago) Permalink

exack

joie de marsh (imago), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Hmm, I've always thought XTC's version was pretty worthless and always skip, I may revisit but I'll prob still not like.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:49 (two years ago) Permalink

if yer gonna murder a classic, do it properly

joie de marsh (imago), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:50 (two years ago) Permalink

admittedly I'm not a big fan of XTC - even my fave albums by them (Drums & Wires through Mummer is the sweet spot (hon mention Skylarking) would rate no better than a 4 out of 5 (RYM-style) each at most. (I didn't like The Big Express, though haven't heard it since the '80s. and Andy's solo Take Away/The Lure Of Salvage is prob my overall fave XTC album/thing)

but had I voted "Ladybird" would have been my #1. reminds me a bit of Bacharach/David "This Girl's In Love With You". I also like the Colin Moulding pop songs like "Ten Feet Tall", "Love At First Sight", etc.

Paul, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Being American, I only just realized while preparing for this poll that the Ladybird ain't no bird--she's a ladybug.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Tell that to Mrs Johnson.

hardcore dilettante, Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Congratulations to Andy Partridge for winning the Classic Songwriter award at the Q Awards!

Welcome To (Turrican), Friday, 24 October 2014 04:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Man do I wish now that I could have snuck a few more B-sides onto my ballot: 'Jump', 'Extrovert' and 'Happy Families' in particular.

Welcome To (Turrican), Saturday, 25 October 2014 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink


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