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Re: XTC doc details

Post by Heston » 10 Oct 2017, 6:26pm

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Thoroughly enjoyed this doc. Hearing Easter Theatre again made my spine tingle.

The 'ernying' and the Dylan impression really made me chuckle.

I wonder if Barry Andrews was asked to take part?
Easter Theatre is amazing.

Barry was asked but declined.
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Re: XTC doc details

Post by Dr. Medulla » 10 Oct 2017, 7:56pm

Just finished watching. As a casual fan (i.e., singles), I found it quite enjoyable. I've always wondered how, given that they stopped touring due to AP's stage anxiety, they made any money. Record deals are almost always to the label's benefit, where touring is where bands make their money (unless they sell a gorillion copies of their records), so the group was cut off from a reliable source of cash.
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Post by Wolter » 10 Oct 2017, 8:42pm

Ack. I apparently missed it.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm

Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
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Re: XTC doc details

Post by Marky Dread » 13 Oct 2017, 8:02am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm
Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
Cracking song.

As to your question re: touring. Yes they would've lost a lot of money however they are not exactly your "castles in Spain" type of rock stars just very everyday people and obviously Andy still lives in Swindon. This is what always made them so endearing to me that they never cared for any celebrity life style. The were my generations version of The Beatles (any argument here will fall on deaf ears so don't bother) and yet just down to earth humble chaps.
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Post by 101Walterton » 13 Oct 2017, 3:28pm

Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 8:02am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm
Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
Cracking song.

As to your question re: touring. Yes they would've lost a lot of money however they are not exactly your "castles in Spain" type of rock stars just very everyday people and obviously Andy still lives in Swindon. This is what always made them so endearing to me that they never cared for any celebrity life style. The were my generations version of The Beatles (any argument here will fall on deaf ears so don't bother) and yet just down to earth humble chaps.
Very much an under the radar band and not just because of the non touring. Everyone loves one (commercial) XTC song but most* couldn’t tell you the name of the band that sang it.
Their most commercially successful period was 79-82 and those are the songs people* remember yet they only had 3 top 30 singles and no top 10. I was surprised Senses had a higher chart placing than Nigel.

*I’m referring to general public who listen to chart music not XTC fans.

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Post by Marky Dread » 13 Oct 2017, 5:01pm

101Walterton wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 3:28pm
Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 8:02am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm
Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
Cracking song.

As to your question re: touring. Yes they would've lost a lot of money however they are not exactly your "castles in Spain" type of rock stars just very everyday people and obviously Andy still lives in Swindon. This is what always made them so endearing to me that they never cared for any celebrity life style. The were my generations version of The Beatles (any argument here will fall on deaf ears so don't bother) and yet just down to earth humble chaps.
Very much an under the radar band and not just because of the non touring. Everyone loves one (commercial) XTC song but most* couldn’t tell you the name of the band that sang it.
Their most commercially successful period was 79-82 and those are the songs people* remember yet they only had 3 top 30 singles and no top 10. I was surprised Senses had a higher chart placing than Nigel.

*I’m referring to general public who listen to chart music not XTC fans.
Senses Working Overtime - 10
Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) - 16
Making Plans for Nigel - 17

So one top 10. They had later hits in the U.S. with Dear God/Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead/King for a Day/Mayor of Simpleton (No.1) on the alternative / modern rock charts. They were more of an albums band with the majority going top 20 and English Settlement reaching No. 5.
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Re: XTC doc details

Post by 101Walterton » 13 Oct 2017, 5:51pm

Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 5:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 3:28pm
Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 8:02am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm
Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
Cracking song.

As to your question re: touring. Yes they would've lost a lot of money however they are not exactly your "castles in Spain" type of rock stars just very everyday people and obviously Andy still lives in Swindon. This is what always made them so endearing to me that they never cared for any celebrity life style. The were my generations version of The Beatles (any argument here will fall on deaf ears so don't bother) and yet just down to earth humble chaps.
Very much an under the radar band and not just because of the non touring. Everyone loves one (commercial) XTC song but most* couldn’t tell you the name of the band that sang it.
Their most commercially successful period was 79-82 and those are the songs people* remember yet they only had 3 top 30 singles and no top 10. I was surprised Senses had a higher chart placing than Nigel.

*I’m referring to general public who listen to chart music not XTC fans.
Senses Working Overtime - 10
Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) - 16
Making Plans for Nigel - 17

So one top 10. They had later hits in the U.S. with Dear God/Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead/King for a Day/Mayor of Simpleton (No.1) on the alternative / modern rock charts. They were more of an albums band with the majority going top 20 and English Settlement reaching No. 5.
Yep they are the only 3 in UK top 30 singles chart. I was surprised Towers Of London and Generals and Majors didn’t chart much higher and that Senses was commercially most successful. I would have thought Nigel.

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Re: XTC doc details

Post by Marky Dread » 13 Oct 2017, 6:04pm

101Walterton wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 5:51pm
Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 5:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 3:28pm
Marky Dread wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 8:02am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 8:40pm
Since watching, I've been playing "Life Begins at the Hop" a whole lot. I've always liked it, but this is more in my semi-frequent spasms of "this is the greatest song ever" of this song or that.
Cracking song.

As to your question re: touring. Yes they would've lost a lot of money however they are not exactly your "castles in Spain" type of rock stars just very everyday people and obviously Andy still lives in Swindon. This is what always made them so endearing to me that they never cared for any celebrity life style. The were my generations version of The Beatles (any argument here will fall on deaf ears so don't bother) and yet just down to earth humble chaps.
Very much an under the radar band and not just because of the non touring. Everyone loves one (commercial) XTC song but most* couldn’t tell you the name of the band that sang it.
Their most commercially successful period was 79-82 and those are the songs people* remember yet they only had 3 top 30 singles and no top 10. I was surprised Senses had a higher chart placing than Nigel.

*I’m referring to general public who listen to chart music not XTC fans.
Senses Working Overtime - 10
Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) - 16
Making Plans for Nigel - 17

So one top 10. They had later hits in the U.S. with Dear God/Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead/King for a Day/Mayor of Simpleton (No.1) on the alternative / modern rock charts. They were more of an albums band with the majority going top 20 and English Settlement reaching No. 5.
Yep they are the only 3 in UK top 30 singles chart. I was surprised Towers Of London and Generals and Majors didn’t chart much higher and that Senses was commercially most successful. I would have thought Nigel.
Towers of London is my fave XTC song and deserved a much higher placing. But they made great pop records like "Love On A farmboys Wages" which didn't even make rhe top 40. Like I said they were really an albums band. Still those in the know with good taste like yourself knew where it was at.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 15 Oct 2017, 6:49pm

Ya bastards have got me listening to XTC again. I've always adored both Apple Venus discs, but "Easter Theatre" has been calling me incessantly this weekend. How many bands are fortunate enough to quit on a peak like that?
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Post by Marky Dread » 15 Oct 2017, 6:52pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 6:49pm
Ya bastards have got me listening to XTC again. I've always adored both Apple Venus discs, but "Easter Theatre" has been calling me incessantly this weekend. How many bands are fortunate enough to quit on a peak like that?
Brilliant song and in answer to your question, very few I think. Proof they could've easily have carried on making quality music.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 6:49pm
Ya bastards have got me listening to XTC again. I've always adored both Apple Venus discs, but "Easter Theatre" has been calling me incessantly this weekend. How many bands are fortunate enough to quit on a peak like that?
Amazing song.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: XTC doc details

Post by Wolter » 15 Oct 2017, 9:22pm

That was a fun doc. Would love something that actually delved into that weird dark time between Nonsuch and Apple Venus where they were trying to escape VIrgin.
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