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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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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007659
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. King For A Day 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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2CD -VIRGIN 31 TRACKS-EAN 724384198329

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher J. Welch on 15 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
XTC are now one of the most respected bands of the past 30 years - a cult group who started out as punk power poppers and slowly morphed into an acomplished Beatles/Beachboys hybrid. Their career can be split into two halves - 1978 to 82 when they regularly scored top 40 singles and relentlessly toured the mid - sized venues of Britian - and 83 to 2002 when the band became studio bound musicians, quietly crafting increasingly intricate and Beatlesque albums. Ironically the record buying public began to lose interest just as the critics came on side and XTC became the band of choice for intelligent, crafted and harmony driven pop/rock - Oasis with A levels.
Frontman and songwriter-in-chief Andy Partridge, along with bassist and sometime composer Colin Moulding, created some of the best singles of the new wave era - 'Making Plans For Nigel', 'Generals & Majors', 'Sgt Rock' and the top 10 hit 'Senses Working Overtime'. Smart, inovative and catchy as hell. Fossil Feul collects all the XTC singles together in chronological order, plus the American only 45's 'Ten Feet Tall' & 'Dear God', and puts forward a convincing argument for XTC as one of the finest and most underated singles acts of the 80's and 90's.
Spread over 2 CD's it's the second disc that contains the real gems - the folky 'Love On A Farm Boys Wages', the Lennonesque 'Great Fire' and Skylarking's peerless singles 'Grass' and 'The Meeting Place'. By the late 80's and early 90's XTC were in full Beatles mode - 'The Mayor Of Simpleton' and 'The Dissapointed' are brilliant songs that manage to stay just the right side of pastiche - full of ringing harmonies and swaggering McCartneyesque bass lines.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This double CD tracks the development of XTC from the periphery of punk to the cottage industry of today. Every single is here, from the early crunch of "Science Friction" through the first hit "Making Plans for Nigel" to the releases from "Nonsuch" (Apple Venuses' predecessor): "Disappointed" and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead". The gradual maturing of XTC's Quintessential English Sound (copywrite NME's cliche dept.) is emphasised by the strict chronological order of the tracks and reaches its peak with the chronically under-achieving Grass and Wonderland. Its hard to reference XTC to any other band (think Wilco, The Kinks, The Beatles even...) but if you like music of any genre there will be something here that strikes a chord - ravishing!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2002
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This record is every XTC single, in chronological order, on a double CD. And a worthy addition to ANYONE'S collection.
As one wanders throught this parade of fruitful excellence, one can spot not one weak track, one flaw. This is a celebration of XTC, one of the greatest bands ever, perhaps, THE greatest, yet, for some almost unbelievable reason, a commercial flop. Every second this waits on the shelf is a second lost to the laughably bad spectacle of purely commercial pop, commercial acts which are made to look almost funnily bad by XTC, Swindon's answer to Beatles; yes, I would go as far as comparing them with the Beatles, the Stones - and this contains every single song ever to grace the charts from the pens and instruments of messyrs Partridge and Moulding- a must buy!
From the scratchy and unpolished yet still excellent 'Science Friction', through absolute gems such as 'Making Plans For Nigel', 'Sgt Rock (is going to help me)' and the amazing 'Senses Working Overtime' to the subtler delights of disc two, such as 'Great Fire', 'Wonderland' and 'Dear God', this album, and indeed XTC, from Drums and Wires to Wasp Star, radiate a musical joy second to none.
The big mistake with this album would be to listen only to disc one and their greater chart successes, instead of also tapping into the second disc, which, although disturbingly devoid of chart hits, is littered with spectacular musical sucesses from start to finish.
Although the highlights, being such hits as 'Senses Working Overtime' and 'Making Plans For Nigel' demand listening time, reject the other songs at your peril, especially the feel good 'Ten Feet Tall', the uplifting 'Great Fire', the charming yet fiery 'Dear God', the melodic and brooding 'Wait 'till Your boat goes down' and the gloriously romantic 'Love on a farmboy's wages'.
All in all, a fitting tribute to the most criminally unsuccessful yet criminally good bands ever, XTC.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 7 Oct. 2005
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When you mention XTC to the casual member of the public, they'll probably tell you they were one hit wonders, or that they remember 2 songs at best.
These are probably 'Making Plans For Nigel' or 'Senses Working Overtime'. They only hit no 10 and 17 respectively, yet were XTCs biggest hits in the UK. A real shame.
Anyway, most people looking to buy anything by XTC are greater informed of their skills and great music. This CD covers everything from their beginnings, right up until 'Nonsuch'. All singles released from 1977-1992 are included, though only 7 made the top 40.
There's no duff material here, but personally the jewel in this crown is 'The Disappointed', a song for the disenfranchised, which very nearly won a Ivor Novello award. It's easily their best ever song in my eyes.....and yet again it was a chart flop at number 33.
The mere fact that the crash test dummies (remember them?) can have a hit with a straight clone of 'The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead' says it all really. XTC were never fashionable, nor did they ever have great success, yet they still kept making great music for 15 years. Buy this album, some of the best money you could ever spend. There's no band more deserving of record sales than XTC.
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