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XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England
Dave Gregory (1979-1998)
Terry Chambers (1973-1983)
Barry Andrews (1976-1979)
First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars & vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass & vocals). As the Helium Kidz, they were featured in a small NME article as an up-and-coming band from Swindon. They played glam rock with homemade costumes and slowly built up a following. Drummer Terry Chambers joined in 1973. Keyboard player Barry Andrews followed in 1976, and the band finally settled on a name: XTC.
In 1977 summer XTC they recorded the 3D - EP, and followed it up with their debut LP White Music in January 1978.
Their 1980 LP, Black Sea spawned the hit singles "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" and "Generals and Majors".
At the peak of their popularity, the band embarked on a major tour, but Partridge suffered a mental breakdown on stage during one of the first concerts of the tour in Paris on March 18, 1982.
Andy Partridge's breakdown, which manifested itself as uncontrollable stage fright, was reportedly precipitated by his wife throwing away his supply of Valium.
Since then, XTC have been exclusively a studio band.
Chambers left the band shortly thereafter, during the recording of their 1983 album Mummer. He was unhappy with the confines of the studio, and also felt the loss of income that resulted from their withdrawal from touring. Rather than finding a replacement, XTC have used a series of session drummers.
In 1986, the band traveled to Todd Rundgren's studio-in-the-woods in Woodstock, New York to record Skylarking. Although the pairing of XTC and Rundgren was highly anticipated by fans, the sessions were less than enjoyable for the band. Rundgren had insisted that the band send him, in advance, demos of all the songs that they thought they might tackle for the record. When the band got to Woodstock, Rundgren had already worked out a running order for both the recording and sequence of the album itself. The two egos of Rundgren and Partridge clashed frequently during the recording of Skylarking and when it was finished Partridge said that he was not at all happy with the resulting product.
The band's follow up, Oranges and Lemons, was their biggest seller yet, with "The Mayor of Simpleton" and "King for a Day" getting heavy airplay on MTV.
Dave Gregory left after 20 years' service, and to the horror of the band's loyal fans. Gregory was unhappy with the plan to record an album whose arrangements relied largely upon orchestral instruments and keyboards. What was not mentioned was that the cutting back on his part on the new XTC recordings, particularly the string arrangements (taken over by Andy Partridge), meant considerably fewer "points" in the calculating out of royalties. Partridge later claimed in a press interview that he and Colin were going to sack Gregory anyway because of his sullen attitude during the recordings, and that they had waited for him for six years to write the orchestral arrangements, and had finally told him that they would not let him stop the project.
Dave Gregory's contribution to the XTC sound had been immense; the technical skill of his guitar and keyboard playing, and his orchestral scoring, had facilitated a huge expansion in the group's sonic possibilities.
The 2005 inclusion on Apple Box of the first new XTC tracks in five years ("Spiral", written by Partridge and "Say It", by Moulding), offered hope that the band might continue. However, in November 2006, Partridge told several interviewers that Moulding no longer had any interest in writing, performing or even listening to music.
In 2008 Andy Partridge mixed recordings for Captains of Industry, enhancing the original recordings and adding his own mark to the finished product.
* White Music (1978)
* Go 2 (1978)
* Drums and Wires (1979)
* Black Sea (1980)
* English Settlement (1982)
* Mummer (1983)
* The Big Express (1984)
* Skylarking (1986)
* Psonic Psunspot (1987), as The Dukes of Stratosphear
* Oranges & Lemons (1989)
* Nonsuch (1992)
* Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)
* Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) (2000)