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Drums And Wires [Vinyl-LP]. [Import]

XTC Vinyl Bound
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XTC hailed from Swindon to cultivate a legacy of highly original British pop born from their early punk/new wave roots in the late 70s. Their angular yet melodic songs, lead by distinctive jagged riffs boasted the catchiest of pop sensibilities which was then injected with an edginess by the darker overtones of astute and often political lyrics. Throughout their career, from the jerky earlier ... Read more in Amazon's XTC Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl Bound
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin,
  • ASIN: B000LYSAU2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop Art 7 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Crispy, crunchy and ever so addictive. Contains more songs you know than you would at first realise. 'Drums and Wires' is also one of Colin Moulding's strongest songwriting collections - always a pleasure.
Indispensible perfect pop art with something for everyone. This is XTC at the peak of their accessibility.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crouching here with a telescope in hand 10 Jun 2002
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XTC mainman Andy Partridge is on record as saying that around the time of this LP was when the band "started to get half-decent". It's certainly a quantum jump from their first two LPs, mainly due to the solid production of late-70s/ early-80s studio guru Steve Lillywhite, and also the cool, mellow songwriting contributions of Colin Moulding (e.g. Day In Day Out, Ten Feet Tall and, of course, the breakthrough hit Making Plans For Nigel). These are generally more successful than Partridge's awkward, hit-and-miss efforts, although his Complicated Game, which closes the LP, is a blinder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They were never really a punk band where they? 8 Sep 2000
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One of a whole host of band's who leapt on the punk's new wave only to surf off in a new direction, XTC's second album confirmed that the bondage trousers were never really part of the band's wardrobe. The gentle pop of 'Making Plans for Nigel' opens the album and remains the album's most famous moment but, although 'Black Sea' probably remains the band's definitive 40 minutes, this is a close second. The Beatles fixation and Andy Partridge's increasingly desperate attempts to be the clever man's pop-star were to hold the band back as they continued with an increasingly obscure career in the late 80s and 90s, but here there is a nice mixture of reflective pop, such as 'Ten Feet Tall', spikier tunes or anthemic recordings. The closing crescendo of 'Complicated Game' has always been a personal favourite. But punk? No way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chrysalis to a butterfly.... 11 Aug 2008
By bish
Format:Audio CD
Go 2 was a move forward (melodically) for the Swindon lads but their true emergence occurred when Barry Andrew's cheesy keyboards were removed in favour of Dave Gregory's sublime guitar playing.An extremely "catchy" album,this laid the basis for their more powerful follow-up (Black Sea) and subsequent move into quintessential English pastoral pop.Not a "duffer" on the album.A group moving from adolescence into adulthood.Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 July 2014
By Oscar
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Great Album, great band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album 31 Oct 2013
By SueG
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I absolutely love this album! I used to have it on vinyl and didn't replace it when we no longer had a turntable so I hadn't heard it for a long time. I had forgotten how brilliant it was. You can't help singing along to every track.
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