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ziggytrix
(Dallas, TX)
Posted: Nov 27, 2017 14:13
 

I was watching this over the weekend. It's Andy Partridge explaining the origins of this song and whatnot.
BCarn
(British Columbia)
Posted: Nov 27, 2017 14:09
 

Great song from an amazing band. I'm surprised they never went to supergroup status,
Azrica
(in the middle of mediterranean sea)
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:56
 

 VH1 wrote:
Loved it then, love it now!{#Dancingbanana}

 
exactly !
CoYoT51
(Reims, France... then Lima, Peru.)
Posted: Sep 22, 2017 13:51
 

Still good to hear this. Such a THE WHO-ish prechorus.
A good 7 for me.
And you'll see a VERY good live version here.
Ptijoc
(FRANCE)
Posted: Aug 28, 2017 7:03
 

I had'nt hear since years. In the eighties, their records was not easy to find in France and i was searching them everywhere in records shops, like a fool! I was so fond of this band. And i was right, it still very good. Play more from "Black sea" or "The big express" please...
jmkate
(nearly under a stack of books)
Posted: Aug 28, 2017 6:55
 

they're wonderful. :)
wgsu_1978
(I hate Hitler, racism and lima beans. I don't hate music.)
Posted: Jun 22, 2017 13:30
 

Great song by The Beatles of the 80s.
ScottishWillie
(The Scottish Lowlands)
Posted: Mar 23, 2017 2:24
 

I will never understand why this band never became big?


midigitguy
(Massachusetts)
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 10:10
 

 Krispian wrote:
One of the greatest bands ever. 

 
+1  
Krispian
(Vancouver, BC)
Posted: Jan 20, 2017 14:35
 

One of the greatest bands ever. 
chinaski
(Dallas, Texas)
Posted: Nov 20, 2016 8:37
 

I was infatuated with a girl when this album came out. Senses Working Overtime nailed my feelings. Senses working overtime. Yeah they were.
VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 8:15
 

Loved it then, love it now!{#Dancingbanana}
Kaisersosay
(Mighty Mighty Bostown)
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 8:13
 

This song reminds me of college.....WBRU , Thursday nights "For Headphones Only" This song always headlined the show.


Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Aug 18, 2016 12:20
 

 Andybob wrote:
From English Settlement. One of the greatest albums of the 80s, or any decade for my money. Not a bad song on it and musical variety that would do RP proud.

 
Absolutely, it's a great album.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Aug 18, 2016 12:17
 

 treatment_bound wrote:
Nice!  Instantly transforms me back to the Summer of '82, when I threw this on my turntable for relief from the Asia and "Eye of the Tiger" onslaught!
 
{#Lol}
pcc
(Derby, UK)
Posted: Jul 23, 2016 10:54
 

 gemtag wrote:
Great song, and a reason to give RP dollars to keep things going. How many other stations will you hear great music like this. Support RP or be forced to listen to advertiser supported radio.   

 



Well said..

Jakethemuss
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 14:15
 

This track was like wallpaper when I was kid in the 80's - so much airplay that I didn't really listen to properly it until just a few years ago.  The I started exploring the rest of  the discography - so much excellent stuff from XTC and such an astonishing lack of recognition.  I suppose it illustrates how important touring is.
gemtag
(Texas)
Posted: May 19, 2016 12:17
 

Great song, and a reason to give RP dollars to keep things going. How many other stations will you hear great music like this. Support RP or be forced to listen to advertiser supported radio.   
joemama
(Mil-a-wau-kee)
Posted: Apr 18, 2016 10:46
 

One of my favorite all-time songs. The writing, changes and arrangement still blows me away 32 or so years after first hearing it!
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:38
 

 Andybob wrote:
From English Settlement. One of the greatest albums of the 80s, or any decade for my money. Not a bad song on it and musical variety that would do RP proud.

 
{#Yes}
midigitguy
(Massachusetts)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:37
 

 Andybob wrote:
From English Settlement. One of the greatest albums of the 80s, or any decade for my money. Not a bad song on it and musical variety that would do RP proud.

 
{#Cheers}
Andybob
(InthewoodsnorthofKincardineOntarioCanada)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:37
 

 slandering wrote:
the drummer is sooo cool, also on making plans for nigel

 
That'd be Terry Chambers. Check out his work on the rest of the album or on Black Seas.
midigitguy
(Massachusetts)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:36
 

 greiffenstein wrote:

Wow, I'd never heard this song or this band and I instantly love it.  Complex enough to be interesting but not too much to be annoying.  Great sound, I hear a little Men at Work, Big Country, The Clash, Yes, perhaps a sprinkle of Bowie in there...

 

Once again, Bill, thank you for the introduction!  {#Cheers}



 
Oh my, you are in for a treat!  This was the first album of theirs I heard.  Many, many moons later, they remain My Favorite Band In The Whole World!

Wait until you hear Black Sea, Oranges & Lemons, and the Todd Rundgren produced Skylarking...  Joy! 
Andybob
(InthewoodsnorthofKincardineOntarioCanada)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:35
 

From English Settlement. One of the greatest albums of the 80s, or any decade for my money. Not a bad song on it and musical variety that would do RP proud.
treatment_bound
(Duluth to Madison)
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 16:35
 

Nice!  Instantly transforms me back to the Summer of '82, when I threw this on my turntable for relief from the Asia and "Eye of the Tiger" onslaught!
greiffenstein
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 11:20
 

Wow, I'd never heard this song or this band and I instantly love it.  Complex enough to be interesting but not too much to be annoying.  Great sound, I hear a little Men at Work, Big Country, The Clash, Yes, perhaps a sprinkle of Bowie in there...

 

Once again, Bill, thank you for the introduction!  {#Cheers}


slandering
(green + lovely Bavaria)
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 11:18
 

the drummer is sooo cool, also on making plans for nigel
ericconrad
(United States)
Posted: Oct 12, 2015 11:58
 

"And all the world is biscuit-shaped. It's just for me to feed my face."

8 -> 9 
treatment_bound
(Duluth to Madison)
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 7:06
 

 ScottishWillie wrote:
Never understood why this band didn't make it BIG
 

Me too—perhaps it was because they went into hibernation.

I actually saw them live once in late 1980 (a "festival seating" show on the floor at the Mpls. Armory) opening for The Police, and it did seem at that time like they were on their way bigger and better things in the U.S.  
 
I only really remember standing way at the back casually grooving with friends during their opening set as they plowed through many cuts off the quite likable current release "Black Sea" and some stuff off "Drums and Wires".

If I'd known they were going to quit touring less than 14 months later after A. Partridge suffered a mental breakdown, I surely would have tried to work my way up closer to the stage and get into it a bit more. 

But ultimately, I had to settle for a series of decent studio albums all through the eighties.  They turned into some sort of "Alternative Steely Dan"!  
ScottishWillie
(The Scottish Lowlands)
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 3:04
 

Never understood why this band didn't make it BIG
wgsu_1978
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 14:04
 

Outstanding, and there's even better XTC out there.
Chalkhills & Children, please. 
midigitguy
(Massachusetts)
Posted: May 08, 2015 10:58
 

 aspicer wrote:
Outstanding tune and shocked the rating is not higher.  Yes it has been overplayed, but still it is a lyrically and musically impressive piece of work.  This album, BTW, is a desert island disc IMHO.  BRILLIANT!   {#Cool}

 
+1  {#Cool}
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 14:35
 

Outstanding    (wow '82! loved it then, love it now)
Grammarcop
(My neighbor drives a Bentley; I drive a minivan.)
Posted: Jan 02, 2015 6:44
 

We be singing loudly in the kitchen!
nicknt
(Milan Italy)
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 12:13
 

XTC ....too smart to be successful.
aurora1957
(New Hampshire)
Posted: Aug 30, 2014 6:58
 

Aptly named band. I haven't logged in for ages. Furst heard this little ditty whilst traveling amongst the fungi.{#Sunny}
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: May 28, 2014 9:04
 

Outstanding tune and shocked the rating is not higher.  Yes it has been overplayed, but still it is a lyrically and musically impressive piece of work.  This album, BTW, is a desert island disc IMHO.  BRILLIANT!   {#Cool}
Giselle62
(many bear, big rock, estuary California)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:43
 

senses working outstandingly!
The_Walrus
(England)
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 23:53
 

Great track from a criminally underrated band. Prefer the Black Sea album though.
bstevens1951
(Bar Harbor, Maine)
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 14:44
 

Around our household, and even in the workplace, when, on the odd occasion, I've said or done something particularly clever or witty, I've used this song's chorus as an explanation for my insight. Usually brings a chuckle. And of course, NO ONE knows who the heck XTC is. Too bad.
Propayne
(Richmond VA)
Posted: May 14, 2013 8:17
 

 Tony0600 wrote:
An irritating, boring and monotonous song

 
Checking out your past song ratings we seem to be of similar age and tastes.

Not in this case, I guess.
Tony0600
(Hampshire, UK)
Posted: May 14, 2013 7:48
 

An irritating, boring and monotonous song
Propayne
(Richmond VA)
Posted: May 14, 2013 7:45
 

XTC in the Spring.

Love it. 
joelbb
Posted: Apr 13, 2013 1:27
 

 eve_silver wrote:
It looks loke alot of people here are wearing nostalgia's glasses. This song is extremely annoying and I'm surprised the rating isn't lower than it actually is.

 
Maybe even more than you think.  This is reminiscent of 60s pop tunes like "Needles and Pins".
Propayne
(Richmond VA)
Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:48
 

For the XTC fans out there, check out the new Mike Keneally/Andy Partridge collaboration "Wing Beat Fantastic"

No nostalgia glasses needed.... 
eve_silver
(Southwest Germany)
Posted: Dec 08, 2012 12:56
 

It looks loke alot of people here are wearing nostalgia's glasses. This song is extremely annoying and I'm surprised the rating isn't lower than it actually is.
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Dec 08, 2012 12:56
 

 
msymmes wrote:
I keep bumping this up the rating scale.
 

Not sure I can go past 7 on this one.
cShaggy
(..in the general vicinity..)
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 3:53
 

 Fooboy wrote:
How many was that again ?
1, 2, 3, 4 ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ?
 



..there you go again, overworking my senses.. :P
Fooboy
(Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Posted: Oct 06, 2012 18:45
 

How many was that again ?
1, 2, 3, 4 ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ?
SquiddlyDiddly
(Brighton, UK)
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 5:35
 

 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
amazed at the low rating. a great tune.
 
Me too. I can only put it down to people not having known it when it was released and maybe hearing it now for the first time it could appear a tad dated. It deserves to be on occasional rotation here on RP though as it is so nostalgic.