XTCwas a band which played New wave style music. The group was from Swindon, England and they were performers from 1976 until 2005. The group were somewhat successful for a few years. The group consisted of am duo, namely Andy Partridge on the guitar and also singer, and Colin Moulding as the bass guitar player and also a singer. The duo went through several different names for the band. They were Helium Kidz, Star Park to name a few and eventually became XTC. They also recruited Terry Chambers, as their drummer, in 1973, and Barry Andrews, as their keyboard player, in 1976. The group found their niche in the pop mixed with funk, punk, ska, reggae, and art rock styles. The group signed up with Virgin Records label and recorded the 3D EP the same summer. Soon to follow came their debut LP called, White Music, in 1978. The album reached the British Top 40 chart. One of the singles from the album called, Statue of Liberty, was banned by the BBC because of the lewd reference to the statue when they sang, “in my fantasy I sail beneath your skirt”. Their second album was, Go 2 and it included the bonus disc Go +, which is a dub mix of songs from the album.
Andrews left the group and they replaced him with Dave Gregory who could play both guitar and keyboard. Andrews went on to form the band called, Shriekback, and worked with Robert Fripp’s League of Gentlemen. After David Gregory joined the group, they released their first charted hit called, Life Begins At the Hop. After Andrews left and they no longer had his style of playing the keyboard, the group moved on to a more traditional rock sound. They released the album called, Drums and Wires, and from the album came their first big hit called, Making Plans For Nigel. The album was of a more political topics from then on. Their LP album, Black Sea, was released and from it came the singles, Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me), and Generals and Majors. XTC’s last major hit was, Senses Working overtime, which was the first single from their double album called, English Settlement. The single was a Top 10 hit in 1982. The band then went on a major tour. Partridge had a major breakdown on stage at one of the concerts in Paris, in March, 1982.
Andy Partridge’s breakdown was caused by uncontrollable stage fright and it was brought on because his wife threw away his Valium. He had become dependent on the drug after his parents divorced when Andy was a teenager. He suffered from anxiety attacks and he was forced to withdraw from the tour. The band has since recorded in a studio only and have suffered financially because they were not touring. The group released a total of 13 albums.
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