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StanInBlack wrote: 09 Feb 2022, 00:34 Eh, I find "War Dance" to be a really drab song which potentially works best outside of the context of the album, but within the context of the album it feels like a filler track to me. In terms of XTC's anti-war tracks, I personally don't think it gets any better than "This World Over", particularly the part where it's like: "Will you smile like any father with your children on a Sunday hike, when you get to a sea of rubble and they ask 'What was London like'?" ... really simple and powerful stuff. Plenty of people have pointed out that the track sounds a bit like The Police but for all of his commercial success and for all his pretensions, Sting just simply doesn't have it in him to write a lyric as good as that.
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Yeah, I can’t really see it or hear it rather with The Police, I do believe XTC toured The States with The Police around 1980, and they apparently got on quite well together.
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Just had a quick listen and I agree, 'This World Over' is in the style of The Police circa 1980. Maybe not the bass so much but it's still minimal with plenty of space.
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I think Andy once referred to themselves as the anti-Police.
Swindon vs American/jazz/reggae combo.
This world over is a good period piece, given the political landscape at the time, and his first child on the way.

Not a fan of the song however. Bit too plodding for me, not helped by the Linn drums.
The song before it however!
Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her. Only Andy Partridge could come up with this wonderful tune. Easily in my XTC top ten.

It even inspired a Japanese group of the same name - just as Toiler On The Sea had done.
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markorbit wrote: 09 Feb 2022, 03:07 Just had a quick listen and I agree, 'This World Over' is in the style of The Police circa 1980. Maybe not the bass so much but it's still minimal with plenty of space.
Ghost in the Machine era? Yeah, totally. Although I think "This World Over" is far stronger than anything The Police were doing at the time - it particularly outclasses Sting's more political efforts like "Invisible Sun" etc.
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I think Black Sea has a couple of cracking anti war tunes on it
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StanInBlack wrote: 09 Feb 2022, 12:46
markorbit wrote: 09 Feb 2022, 03:07 Just had a quick listen and I agree, 'This World Over' is in the style of The Police circa 1980. Maybe not the bass so much but it's still minimal with plenty of space.
Ghost in the Machine era? Yeah, totally. Although I think "This World Over" is far stronger than anything The Police were doing at the time - it particularly outclasses Sting's more political efforts like "Invisible Sun" etc.
More Regatta/Zenyatta to me but it's all similar.
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I need to listen to some of the older XTC albums again. I've got them all but I haven't listened to the pre Skylarking albums that much.
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“Melt the Guns” from English Settlement is another great track
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I can't get past Drums & Wires.
It really is a terrific album, and would be on my list of all time favourite albums.
I'm revisiting all their catalogue, to see if it can be challenged. But I don't think so..
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aldinblack wrote:I can't get past Drums & Wires.
It really is a terrific album, and would be on my list of all time favourite albums.
I'm revisiting all their catalogue, to see if it can be challenged. But I don't think so..
I remember getting into XTC and I'd given their later albums a first pass and wasn't impressed I remember saying to a serious xtc fan that I was into the early stuff and nothing beyond drums and they said "oh no their best stuff is their later stuff".

Subjective of course but as I got more into the back catalogue this turned out to be the case.


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Agreed
I’m not a particular fan of the Barry years. Odd one or two songs are ok.
But Drums and Wires is where XTC really took off for me.
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Drums and Wires is where it all really begins (I think that's the general consensus, but it's definitely the case for me) but as great as Drums and Wires is, it feels like a light snack compared to the banquets that would follow.
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