XTC

XTC was an English New Wave/art-pop band that released 10 albums on Virgin between 1978 and 1992, followed by two albums at the turn of the millennium on Cooking Vinyl. For its first five albums, the band’s core consisted of vocalist/guitarist Andy Partridge, bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding, and drummer Terry Chambers. During its first two years on Virgin, the band featured future-Shriekback keyboardist Barry Andrews, who played on the albums White Music and Go 2.

On 1979’s Drums and Wires, the band was joined by second guitarist Dave Gregory, completing a second four-piece lineup that held through the 1982 double-album English Settlement. After Chambers’ departure, the remaining trio recorded five further albums between 1983 and 1992. In late 1997, Partridge and Moulding resurrected XTC for sessions that would yield the 1999/2000 discs Apple Venus and Wasp Star.

Members: Andy Partridge (vocals, guitar), Colin Moulding (bass, vocals), Terry Chambers (drums, vocals, 1972-83), Dave Cartner (guitar, vocals, 1972-75), Steve Hutchins (vocals, 1974-75), Jonathan Perkins (keyboards, 1976), Barry Andrews (keyboards, vocals, 1976-78), Dave Gregory (keyboards, guitar, 1978-98)


XTC frontman Andy Partridge got his formal start in 1970 when he formed the band Stiff Beach with Swindon-area musicians. Amid a slew of gigs with a revolving cast of players, the band changed its name to Star Park. By 1972, bassist Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers had settled in as permanent members.

In May 1973, Star Park played an opening date for Thin Lizzy. For the following two years, the band gigged as the Hemium Kidz and sent a demo tape of Partridge originals to Decca Records.

In 1976, the band adopted a new and permanent name, XTC: a phonetic acronym of the syllables in the word “ecstasy.” Their recently emptied keyboard slot was filled by Barry Andrews, whose style Partridge would later describe as being like “Miró [if he] had played electric organ.” By the end of the year, they were gigging the London club circuit.

XTC cut a session for the 6/20/77 broadcast of DJ John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 program. This drew offers from several labels and the band signed with Virgin that summer.


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