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)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/60-IdLikeThat.jpg

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)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/59-TenFeetTall.jpg

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:18 (two 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 (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)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/57-BrainiacsDaughter.jpg

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)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/56-EnglishRoundabout.jpg

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:19 (two 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 (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))
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/54-PaleAndPrecious.jpg

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)
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/HideousLump/XTC%20ILM%20Top%2060/53-RoadsGirdleTheGlobe.jpg

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:47 (two 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 (two 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 (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

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

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)

http://cdn.videogum.com/files/2012/03/shrug.jpg

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

two years pass...

did we do an albums poll?

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 24 July 2017 10:45 (two months ago) Permalink

*tumbleweed*

I'm just getting stuck into the XTC back catalogue now after having lived with the Fossil Fuels compilation. I know Skylarking is often held up as their best work but so far it's gotta be Mummer that stands out. Loving the steam-age imagery and Hardy's Wessexiness of Love On A Farmboy's Wages / Great Fire... it's just so anti-punk. No wonder their drummer quit in a pique

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 28 July 2017 10:46 (one month ago) Permalink

oh and I just got Black Sea, Mummer and an XTC singles compilation in the post. Nice!

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 28 July 2017 10:56 (one month ago) Permalink

mummer might have done better if the tracks were sequenced differently. all the songs are excellent but it plays out like an inverted bell curve.

blink truther (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 28 July 2017 11:22 (one month ago) Permalink

No wonder their drummer quit in a pique

Ha, I think he quit because just playing in the studio without touring wasn't gonna pay the bills. But yeah, I don't know if he could've handled, say, "Ladybird."

I haven't listened to Mummer since...eep...1987, but relistening now I'm reminded of how much (and why) I loved it at the time. It initially struck me as an early attempt at what they'd explore more fully on Skylarking, but it's totally its own thing. And it's all killer, no filler.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm new to the band's wider catalogue, as I say. Ladybird hasn't grabbed me yet but all the songs leading up to it are FANTASTIC. I'm so pleased I own a hard copy of this now.

According to the Chalkhills website, Andy P says it was LOAFBW that was the last straw for the drummer. He couldn't be dealing with the beat

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Interesting, didn't know that!

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

No way is Mummer all killer, no filler... it's got 'Human Alchemy' on it, for one, which is one of the worst songs that Partridge ever wrote.

Chambers quit because a huge part of the appeal of being in XTC was the touring, and he'd gotten married to an Australian, so there was pressure to relocate.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I like Human Alchemy

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, he wasn't going to earn as much as he did when XTC were touring, and had a disagreement with the rest of the band over the choice of producer. Chambers wanted to wait for Hugh Padgham to become available, Partridge didn't want to wait and wanted to press on with Steve Nye.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Chambers recorded 'Beating of Hearts', 'Wonderland' and 'Toys' before he left, which yes was during an attempted recording of 'Love on a Farmboy's Wages' ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:43 (one month ago) Permalink

xp I dig "Human Alchemy" too, I love Andy's dubby focus around this time. Turrican, try the demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvOqne5nmFM

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 28 July 2017 15:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Huh, I can't remember hearing this before!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

how do y'all rate those extra tunes on the Mummer reissue?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 July 2017 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

which ones - Gold, Toys and Jump? Toys runs it's sole lyrical conceit into the ground but I like the other two quite a bit and think they fit well on the album

Οὖτις, Friday, 28 July 2017 16:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Frost Circus and Procession Towards Learning Land are v out of place tho

Οὖτις, Friday, 28 July 2017 16:58 (one month ago) Permalink

'Jump', 'Gold', 'Toys' and 'Desert Island' are as good as anything on the album and in some cases better.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 16:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Word.

And the entire Homo Safari series is really cool and very much its own thing.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 28 July 2017 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I agree... all the Homo Safari stuff should have been placed together on a rarities collection or something as I think the stuff on the Mummer reissue feels very out of place. Otherwise, it's the one album where the "B-sides in between side one and side two" approach could have worked.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Jump is fantastic. Seriously, I think Mummer is my new favourite album. the one track I'd drop is Funk Pop A Roll (this album's 'Crazy Beat'/'Free Huey' lol) but it's easily skipped

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 28 July 2017 20:21 (one month ago) Permalink

'Funk Pop a Roll' is great! Excellent 12-string sound on that.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 20:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I recoil from his vocal and the message, though.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 July 2017 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Andy Partridge is among the artists from whom I want to hear no gripes about the industry.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 July 2017 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

otm. he has backstabbed a lot of people, and frankly it turns me off hearing him talk about his work.

btw 'ladybird' ends with a gorgeous organ chord on the edge of hearing, definitely my favourite moment in the whole album.

blink truther (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 28 July 2017 21:47 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty is another one that went a lot higher on my list when going through their albums just before voting. It's all about those noises that are supposed to symbolise the jellyfish.

Helicopter was just outside my top 10. One of the best bass lines ever and I love how manic Andy sounds on that one.

Karl Malone

Yes to both of these. 'When You're Near Me' is a pretty pedestrian XTC punker but the Jellyfish and Iceman parts just shift it into two completely different worlds

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 18 August 2017 11:15 (one month ago) Permalink


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