Skylarking Poll

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Poll Results

Grass 11
Earn Enough for Us 8
Dear God7
Summer's Cauldron 6
1000 Umbrellas 6
Another Satellite 6
Season Cycle 5
Ballet for a Rainy Day 4
The Meeting Place 3
Mermaid Smiled 2
That's Really Super, Supergirl 2
Sacrificial Bonfire 1
The Man Who Sailed Around His SoulDying 0
Big Day 0

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 23:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

And my vote for "Grass" is in. Might as well have been any of the first four though. Or "Season Cycle".

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 23:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

''Earn Enough For Us'' got my vote, but really, almost anything on this disc would be a fine choice.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 25 July 2007 23:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

'Dying' not offered as option, which is a shame, considering I was actually tempted to place my vote there. Fortunately, I haven't opted for Moulding's maudlin melody, choosing instead the perfect Partridge paean 'Another Satellite'. Now THERE'S an 80's keyboard sound that hasn't dated; somehow it still sounds futuristic! As in 'Complicated Game', he totally nails the vocal echo-effects too.

Just got offed, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 23:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Brellas brellas brellas.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:48 (ten years ago) Permalink


Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

although it doesnt represent the sound of most of skylarking:"another satellite".
and yes, almost every song here can be a fine choice.

p.s. theres something very special about side 2 of the vinyl version - this psych pop atmosphere that is rare in quality...

Zeno, Thursday, 26 July 2007 01:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

sacrificial bonfire!

cutty, Thursday, 26 July 2007 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow...i don't think i've heard this record in at least 15 years. but when i did listen to it, it was every single day (sometimes twice a day) for about six months straight. so i remember it well. i can't decide between "earn enough for us" (the song that initially drew me to the album, with the most perfect snare sound ever) or "the meeting place" (which for me best captures the overall essence of the record).

Lawrence the Looter, Thursday, 26 July 2007 01:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Grass" for me thanks

Myonga Vön Bontee, Thursday, 26 July 2007 03:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did "That's Really Super, Supergirl" make it into "My Super Ex-Girlfriend"? If there was ever a use for that song, it was going in a movie with that premise. Andy Partridge should be furious with his people if he didn't even get the offer.

oo, Thursday, 26 July 2007 03:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Dear God" wasn't even on the original UK pressing, it was the b-side to "Grass" and was added to the US release after it became a bit of a sensation.

Mr. Odd, Thursday, 26 July 2007 03:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anybody else reppin' for 'Ballet for a Rainy Day" ? 'Cuz it's a persistent earworm in the remyverse; one of the few songs I wish were available on backwater karaoke machines & received constant and consistent airplay on commercial eclectic ray-dee-oh. Honest to gorsh, the opening ooohrange - and - leehmons is one of my pretty-fave XTC moments of, uh, evah.

remy bean, Thursday, 26 July 2007 03:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

No one ever agrees w/me, but I love "1000 Umbrellas" most on this record -- but many other fine choices ("Ballet" or "Grass" probably closest in line now, tho for a while, "Supergirl" was my fave).

Dominique, Thursday, 26 July 2007 05:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm the lamo who doesn't get Skylarking at all. Or English Settlement. However, I purchased Drums and Wires the other day, and I love love LOVE IT. Great record. I'm going to spend a while getting acquainted with that, and Black Sea (which I also purchased), and then work my way forward. Then I will apologize for not appreciating Skylarking. Then I will get married and die, later.

Z S, Thursday, 26 July 2007 05:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Summer's Cauldron" -- such an ace leadoff cut and the best summer song evah.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

i got yer back, remy. ballet all the way. that piano & guitar bit before, during & after
"when it rains it rains
all the colours in my paintbox"
is just the best few seconds of their career

gershy, Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is nearly impossible! But it's summer and so needs be "Grass". Ask again in November and it'll be "Earn Enough".

the higgs, Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

andy: ballet for a rainy day
colin: grass

overall: ballet

ciderpress, Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

I always felt that "Earn Enough" was a total rehash of "Love On A Farmboys's Wages".

Mr. Odd, Thursday, 26 July 2007 12:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hmm. Too bad the site I got it from didn't include "Dying". In a way, the best version of "Skylarking" is the current remaster, which features both "Dying" and "Dear God".

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 26 July 2007 12:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

dying is in there, geir; the error, you'll notice, is yours :-D

Just got offed, Thursday, 26 July 2007 12:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not an easy choice, but 'Supergirl' gets my vote.

zeus, Thursday, 26 July 2007 12:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Summer's Cauldron" wins for me, although it's got "Ballet For a Rainy Day" breathing down it's neck.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 26 July 2007 14:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Season Cycle.

everything, Thursday, 26 July 2007 16:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Earn Enough yo! (Mermaid Smiled is close though)

Davey D, Thursday, 26 July 2007 16:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had to spread a little love toward "Mermaid Smiled."

But I could be convinced to vote for nearly anything on here -- nearly voted for "The Meeting Place," would vote for just the guitar solo in "Supergirl," love the hell out of "Ballet," think "Umbrellas" is probably a high point of Partridge songwriting, have kind of a thing for "Big Day," and was actually going to knee-jerk vote for "Dying" before I saw I couldn't. "Dying" is ... a small, amazing thing, and something about the quietness and the clock's tick-tock seem to perfectly conjure up the hushed tone of a house that news of death has recently been through. (It invariably brings images to my head of my father sitting quietly at the end of his bed the day after my grandmother died.)

The only one I really have any problem with is "Earn Enough for Us," which is ... fine, but just kind of an average XTC throwback track.

nabisco, Thursday, 26 July 2007 16:53 (ten years ago) Permalink


strongohulkington, Thursday, 26 July 2007 16:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

this might wind up the most evenly split and hotly-contested ILM poll...ever!

Just got offed, Thursday, 26 July 2007 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I bought Elvis Costello's Juliet Letters thing hoping it might run a little like "1,000 Umbrellas," but it ... did not.

nabisco, Thursday, 26 July 2007 17:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

dying is in there, geir

Not in the Wikipedia article, no.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 26 July 2007 17:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Geir, read your poll very closely. Note particularly the line for "The Man Who Sailed around His Soul."

nabisco, Thursday, 26 July 2007 17:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Man this was ROUGH. This hurt me in my tender places. The obvious answer was Umbrellas, because of all the maudlin mixtapes it ended up on back in high school, but nevertheless I found myself clicking on Another Satellite. SKYLARKING -- the album that escorts you ever closer to death. PS "Big Day" was in my head throughout my wedding day, which can't be a good sign.

Lie Bot, Friday, 27 July 2007 02:20 (ten years ago) Permalink


kenan, Friday, 27 July 2007 02:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

If it weren't for Dear God, I'd never listen to this album ever. It's my least favorite XTC record.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 July 2007 02:30 (ten years ago) Permalink


kenan, Friday, 27 July 2007 02:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

on 2nd thought, i wanna change my vote to "the meeting place"

Zeno, Friday, 27 July 2007 15:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's true: the "You're a working girl now" bit is such a perfect pop moment.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 27 July 2007 16:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

i would like to hear a cover version of this song done by A.C. Newman, produced by John Collins on the 2nd Newman solo LP.
sometimes wishes comes true..

Zeno, Friday, 27 July 2007 16:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

voted "summer's cauldron" and its buzzing, dank atmospheres

6335, Friday, 27 July 2007 16:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Zeno, Saturday, 28 July 2007 13:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

dear god has always been an abomination before, er, that guy.
srsly, i was lucky enough to buy the original release when it came out (i r old) without it. as most of you know, andy partridge has always sort of dismissed it as being a bit too obvious and not very interesting. i'm glad it raised their profile and such, but it is by far the worst song associated with skylarking.

gershy, Saturday, 28 July 2007 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like "Dear God" but it is far from my favourite "Skylarking" track. It sounds more like "old" XTC musically than the rest of "Skylarking" does, so I guess that's why it appeals to those who will otherwise tend to prefer "Black Sea", "English Settlement" or "Drums And Wires"

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 28 July 2007 17:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 28 July 2007 17:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it bad of me to be excited about the inevitable nerd seizure that will accompany "Dear God" winning this poll?

John Justen, Saturday, 28 July 2007 18:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

no, but i'm not so sure it will

gershy, Saturday, 28 July 2007 19:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

how can you smile and forecast

W i l l, Saturday, 28 July 2007 21:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

My guess is "Dear God" will get most of the votes from those who just vote without posting in the thread. This is based upon experience from other ILM polls.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 29 July 2007 20:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Monday, 30 July 2007 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

once again, Moulding trumps Partridge in the "quality" department (while still failing comparatively miserably in the "quantity" dept)

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have to say i'm kind of surprised.
the winner is obv.
but "earn enough" 2nd?
dear god 3rd?
and where is the love for the meeting place,summer cauldron and ballet for a rainy day?

Zeno, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 01:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for meeting place. Then it would have been ballet.

Drooone, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 01:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it bad of me to be excited about the inevitable nerd seizure that will accompany "Dear God" winning this poll?

-- John Justen, Saturday, 28 July 2007 18:07 (4 days ago)


gershy, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 02:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, results seems a little strange, and somehow I feel it says something about xtc!

Dominique, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 02:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

I would have voted for "the man who sailed around his soul" purely for the performance filmed at Portmeirion, (prisoner fans).

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 11:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"somehow I feel it says something about xtc!"

you mean about ilx

Zeno, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 11:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

dear god and earn enough are good songs, but their production is much more simple,and skylarking they didnt bring the reputation of a masterpiece to the record.
just fine 80's songs from the radio.

Zeno, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 11:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

purely for the performance filmed at Portmeirion

?!? was this for a video or something? me want

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha Andy looks totally bored

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 15:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh man, even lumped together "Man Who Sailed" and "Dying" got no votes? Hahaha, poor songs.

Vinnie, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yay, first time a choice of mine has come in first in a poll! (w/out being a foregone-conclusionary victor ala "Master of Puppets" or "Sign 'O The Times")

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 22:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

it's a pity 'the man who sailed around his soul dying' didn't get a vote. best emo title ever ;)

charlie h, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 02:50 (seven years ago) Permalink


Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 11:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is a favorite clip btw:

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 11:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

This record is frustrating to me. Tracks like Summer's Cauldron are filled with all sorts of beautiful and inventive melodic ideas, but in the end they are spoiled for me by overstuffed lyrical content. I wish that the songs were left with more breathing room. It too often ends up sounding like sitting over a scrabble board while overcaffeinated rather than lying in the grass tripping

pluperfect (del), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 17:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

love this album

was nice to finally see the OG artwork

a big influence on me in a non-stabbing non-killing way (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 17:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

has anyone heard the new re-phased version?

Dominique, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

re: overstuffed lyrical content. XTC, despite being a formative band for me, are one of those bands whose lyrics usually don't stick for me. I've heard this record a thousand times, but I couldn't recite most of the lyrics to "Summer's Cauldron" on a bet. I *love* that song, mind you! It's like a neighborhood I've driven through since childhood but never bothered to take down the street names.

Dominique, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

huh, yeah, that's interesting how that happens with some songs one hears a million times

pluperfect (del), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Overstuffed lyrical content is one of my favorite things about XTC! Trouser Press (on English Settlement, but the point remains:)

His prolix lyrics on offbeat but straightforward topics (war, paranoia, even love) read better than they sing and, as recorded, must be read to be understood.

And I never did sit down with a lyric sheet, so it's taken many plays for some of them to sink in.

The animal magnetism of Tim Pawlenty (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

the best is when you find yourself humming a song you haven't heard in months. that's really super, supergirl

flappy bird, Monday, 29 August 2016 06:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Brellas brellas brellas.

Eh eh eh

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 30 August 2016 05:15 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

The drumming on "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" is fantastic.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's amazing to think that Skylarking was mostly tracked without drums and the drums were pretty much one of the last things to go on. A very unusual way of working, and I'm surprised it turned out so well.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 17:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

milton parker come share Prairie Prince stories!!!!

Dominique, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 17:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xp yeah that is absolutely incredible. some click track. i mean my god, what a nightmare that must've been. can you imagine if that hadn't worked out? but the drums on Earn Enough for Us are fantastic.

also, Grass?? i mean, shit... why is Supergirl so low

flappy bird, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 19:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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