XTC was in on the early end of British post-punk in the late 70s, but while its early recordings had some of the urgency and angularity that was de rigeur in that era, they were equally influenced by pop geniuses of the 60s notably The Beatles and The Kinks. This melodic aspect of their sound would become more prevalent in the 80s. Although bassist Colin Moulding contributed his share of the songwriting, the group was spearheaded by singer/guitarist Andy Partridge. In 1982 Partridge suffered a nervous breakdown that effectively ended his 'onstage' performing career, and thereafter, XTC was strictly a studio band. XTC's membership eventually dwindled down to Partridge and Moulding. In the years since, Partridge has worked from his home studio writing and producing some of the greatest quality pop gems of all-time. Although he is often perceived as a quirky cult artist, Partridge has a grasp of what constitutes a 'quality' song. It would not be out of place to put him in the same league as the great Ray Davies. XTC also recorded as the magnificent spoof band The Dukes Of Stratosphear. XTC remains one of the great mysteries of British pop music, and they deserve an important place in the heart of every serious pop fan.
Followers: The Futureheads, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Field Music, Oingo Boingo, Dots Will Echo, Jellyfish
Influenced By: Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Zombies, The New York Dolls...