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 (three years ago) Permalink

The meeting place!

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

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

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

Lump check yr email...

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

lol it's a countdown, enjoy the suspense

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

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

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

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

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

Right then, thanks and sorry again.

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

sorry waitin on some graphics bear with me folks

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

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

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

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

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

60. I'd Like That (556 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/60-IdLikeThat.jpg

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

59. Ten Feet Tall (559 points, 7 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/59-TenFeetTall.jpg

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

58. Dear God (569 points, 8 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/58-DearGod.jpg

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

whoa these images

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

57. Brainiac's Daughter (583 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/57-BrainiacsDaughter.jpg

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

irl lol @ this img

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

56. English Roundabout (586 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/56-EnglishRoundabout.jpg

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

55. Dear Madam Barnum (599 points, 9 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/55-DearMadamBarnum.jpg

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

"Dear God" so low!

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

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

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

So true.

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

great graphics!

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

Just noticed the initials on the images. Amazing!

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

These graphics are amazing Bear.

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

54. Pale and Precious (602 points, 8 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/54-PaleAndPrecious.jpg

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

53. Roads Girdle the Globe (613 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/53-RoadsGirdleTheGlobe.jpg

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

52. The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (615 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/52-BalladOfPeterPumpkinhead.jpg

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

TIE 51. Runaways (640 points, 9 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/51-Runaways.jpg
TIE 51. Greenman (640 points, 8 votes)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/51-Greenman.jpg

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

50. Beating Of Hearts (644 points, 9 votes, 1 No. 1 vote))
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/50-BeatingOfHearts.jpg

ok that's it for a little bit

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

Yeah, 'Human Alchemy' and 'War Dance' are both horrid.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink

'Blue Overall' is down there with the worst of Andy Partridge, alongside 'Human Alchemy', side three of English Settlement etc.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:16 (one month ago) Permalink

War Dance always makes me think of Partridge's comment about the sampled clarinet sounding like a 'singing penis'.

MaresNest, Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Heh! That's a very Andy Partridge thing to say...

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Haha as if that song needed to be worse

Vinnie, Friday, 29 September 2017 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

WTF THE IMAGES ARE GONE

Phucking Photobucket now charges to let you post images on 3rd party websites, to the tune of $400 a year for phuck's sake!

I've got all the images in 2 albums--here's the links:

XTC ILM Top 60

XTC ILM Top 60 Runners Up

Hideous Lump, Friday, 29 September 2017 02:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Good to see dog latin and flappy bird with "Beating of Hearts" in their top 10--it was my #1.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 29 September 2017 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

On many days it's mine, too.

I love the video so much:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4zz2b50kg

flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 04:39 (one month ago) Permalink

It's all about the gorgeous guitar sound, repeating drum pattern and the way "bombers in flight" is emphasised.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 06:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks, Turrican and many others, for insisting I return to the well. Now I love Murmur. I revised my favorites list.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 October 2017 01:41 (one month ago) Permalink

I think I'll dig Mummer out for a listen today too. 'Great Fire' doesn't seem to be a track that gets talked about much, but it was a big favourite of mine when I first heard the album.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Great Fire was the only song from Mummer that caught me when I first heard it as a teen who came on board with O&L, but now it sounds like "O shit, I need another Senses Working Overtime" while most of the rest of the album just slays me.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:06 (one month ago) Permalink

And yeah, that bomber synth under "fliiiiight", damn

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:07 (one month ago) Permalink

The middle 8 on it is fucking superb - yet another one of Partridge's awesome middle 8's...

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Great song

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:14 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buENneEy4bc

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 06:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Great Fire is so jarring. I love it. Mummer remains my favourite of their albums

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 5 October 2017 08:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Check out the demo:

http://youtu.be/8DkjwCn5bqs

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:11 (one month ago) Permalink

'Happy Families' was originally demoed for Mummer wasn't it?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:16 (one month ago) Permalink

That demo with the tuneless saxophone wailing, so mad when you consider that Great Fire was written to order after Virgin were asking for more single material.

MaresNest, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:28 (one month ago) Permalink

XP - Yeppers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p0fA0KBfuU

MaresNest, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Americans: how can we watch THIS IS POP when it airs this weekend on Sky?

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I was trying to figure that out too but it looks like we can't afaict :(

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Sky not available as a streaming channel through Roku

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Alfred you have Jason & the Argonauts twice on your list.

campreverb, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn I have a Roku too & I get Sky News for free, thought that might be an in. i'll keep looking

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Sky News is actually something different, I think?

There are a couple other random channels w Sky in their name but they are unrelated

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't think we'll be seeing XTC on Sky News any time soon, unless they decide to cover the 1st anniversary of this story:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14906850.XTC_frontman_recovering_after_varnish_accident/

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

yes, it is different

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

ohh yeah I forgot about the varnish incident, that had me worried for a bit, reminded me of Paul Westerberg fucking up his hand with candle wax

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Alfred you have Jason & the Argonauts twice on your list.

― campreverb,

Circular guitar hook, circular list, see.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Wasp and the Maypole eh

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Which Sky channel is it on?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, Sky Arts... I shoulda known!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Kinda surprised that BBC 4 aren't showing it, although it seems like the sort of thing they'd show eventually.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:08 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't think we'll be seeing XTC on Sky News any time soon

I don't think we'll be seeing the Americans watching Sky Arts any time soon, either.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Kinda surprised that BBC 4 aren't showing it, although it seems like the sort of thing they'd show eventually.

I'd put money on it.

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:13 (one month ago) Permalink

the only reason it's on Sky Arts in the first place is because BBC 4 (which commissioned it?) rejected it iirc

I don't understand how British TV works tbf

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Why would they reject it, I wonder?

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

XTC aren't popular enough, lack of interest, idk. I remember Andy being pissy about it on Twitter earlier this year.

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

^^^

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I think I said it on ILM before, but if the story of Graham Parker & the Rumour can end up on BBC4, I don't know why XTC can't, unless they think it isn't interesting enough - which is possible. Not sure Graham Parker's that interesting either.

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm sure there's a lot of less popular acts than XTC have been covered by BBC4. Though I suppose there's a problem in making the story of Andy Partridge retiring from the stage to spend the next 30 years playing with toy soldiers and train sets interesting for non-fans.

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, BBC 4 has showed documentaries on world music and Dolly Parton/Linda Rondstadt/Emmylou Harris' collaborations etc. recently ... I'm actually confused as to why they wouldn't show it - seems tailor made for that channel.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Any good? I have it saved on my Sky box please tell me it wasn't just a parade of semi famous heads waffling on.

MaresNest, Saturday, 7 October 2017 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

so did anyone see this?

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 October 2017 21:10 (one month ago) Permalink

some friends caught a youtube rip before it was taken down. look out for more uploads

flappy bird, Monday, 9 October 2017 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I saw it, it was very good.

I can only imagine there's not much available in the BBC vaults to play alongside (sight and sound, ogwt, top, most of those would be stopping by 1980 or thereabouts)

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Totp not top

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:04 (one month ago) Permalink

The scorching Another Satellite live on Pebble Mill at One :)

MaresNest, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:58 (one month ago) Permalink


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