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Drums & Wires


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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

  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DGM/PANEGYRIC
  • ASIN: B00FE1TYSY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Vinyl Bound
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 7 Jan 2004
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By knowledeayton on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bish on 11 Aug 2008
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Martin on 5 Feb 2012
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My Dad loved this album for Christmas and so did I. Why do they not get played more often? BRING IT ON BUSTER!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Wood-antill on 29 Sep 2011
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Fantastic, brings back the good times. a really good band in there time. Its nice to hear the songs again
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