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I can complain about Virgin's rerelease policy as much as I want, but the nice thing about buying this is that I revisited an album that's been in my life for years. I first listened to this with my high school sweetheart, and I'm playing it now a week before I get married. I'm far from the first person to say that it ages well-- in fact, it sounds just as fresh now as it ever did, and there are some songs like "All of a Sudden It's Too Late " that I didn't even like until I was in my mid-twenties.

English Settlement marks the change from the jumpy live band that preceded it to the assured studio band that came after. It's all drums and wires-- with some bird-like sax honks that suit the vaguely African expanse of the sound-- but they're slowed and simplified into the two components that, to crib an image from David Toop, most resemble the human body: the nervous music of the head, and the deep, heavy music of the heart.

The skittering guitars on "English Roundabout" would have fit in their earlier work, but this time they're acoustic and softer. And the songs run longer: the killer beat at the end of "Melt the Guns" takes all the time it needs to play itself out, and "All of a Sudden" lets Partridge wring every nuance from what could be the best lyrics he's ever written, making broad statements about life and love through simple, sharp imagery. It's the only song on the album that's not about something specific: it could be a breakup song, but it turns into a lament from a young man who's just realizing that he has years of sad aggravation ahead of him.

From the first song, the album sounds more serious and self-assured than anything they'd yet recorded. Moulding's chase theme, "Runaways," opens the album with an urgency that's almost disturbing until it fades to the street anthem of "Ball and Chain.

I've always been that kind of producer. When they could not decide on a track listing, it was decided to expand the LP to two discs. Moulding explained: "The whole Swindon area seemed to be under the hammer. Thatcher had come to power a couple of years before, and everything was kind of being battered to the ground. It is based on Manfred Mann 's " " Moulding remembered that it was "like something Genesis or Queen would have done, and these were the bands that were openly mocked two years before.

The lyric idea was inspired by one of his favourite films, Jason and the Argonauts He said "this was written from a perspective where I knew I didn't want to tour. I knew I was not enjoying the treadmill. I was beginning to feel really like a prisoner. I was just trying to describe this process of traveling the world, and growing up, opening up, seeing things. Partridge's vocals were treated with slapback echo to mimic the rock and roll feeling of the Cochran song. The song features tremolo guitar, heavily-compressed drums, "buzzing morse code synthesizer" and distorted vocals, qualities not heard on the demo recorded by Moulding.

He credited Partridge with the "morse code buzzy-fly" sound and said it "d added a lot to the credibility of the song because it made the music sound funnier and gave an ambiguity to the song. You didn't know whether I was taking the piss or not. Fans erroneously assumed that the title referred to a particular roundabout in Swindon. Other tracks were produced but relegated to single B-sides.

The band chose the image since it was a strong, historic symbol of England. When they presented it to an agent from their American distributor, Epic Records , the executive responded: "It looks like a duck! If you want a horse, we'll get our artists to draw one! And it's us living here, settling here, and also the settling of viewpoints, when two people have a disagreement or a different view and they get something settled.

English Settlement was released on 12 February as the group's first double album. Partridge later cited the performance as the first time he had experienced stage fright. On 18 March, shortly before XTC were to play a sold-out, simulcast gig at Le Palace in Paris, [45] Partridge told a French journalist "I like to listen to music that relaxes me and stimulates me in a relaxing manner.

Because this is like owning a circus. You just want to relax. The promoters and Virgin France demanded that they stay in the country and play another gig. And I just sat in my garden like a wreck. They just operate from this completely different school of everything. Terry Chambers was such an important part of the early days and then you get like all the post-Terry Chambers drummers. There was plenty to be inspired by…My memories are of a hell of a lot of rushing around getting stuff recorded so we could get back on the road.

It was mile an hour. I had to retrace my paces to pick up on what was going on before that…and I never got to see them play live.

It was purely of records that I got into them. I just sort of let it go, it was like winding up a toy because they all had interesting things to say and they all just let the conversation go wherever it went.

I think they both started out as young musicians at the age of 19 in the year , they both got signed around the same time in or so and Paul Weller disbanded The Jam in which was about the time that Terry Chambers left XTC. So, there was a nice opportunity to look back to those years. What it was like to be in this one band and be aware of this other band or how aware he was, but also the sort of muso stuff about what drums they were using, and the sound they were making, and where the one thing influenced another and so on.

All of them have got huge admiration for XTC as musicians and as people who are good company, so it was great to hear from all of those, as well. Barry Andrews was a natural one to get involved, but by that time, he had left XTC about two or three years before we started doing this and moved on and probably had started his work with Shriekback.

If you are a musician in Swindon, Stu Rowe is somebody who will come your way because he seems to know everybody. He was able to put me in touch with Barry because Barry had been doing some mixing with him. So, then again I had a nice two-hour chat with him one sunny afternoon. After that, apart from the odd session, I played keyboards only on things I had some aesthetic control over. Despite several terrific tracks, English Settlement seems more a transitional album than anything else, although the textural sound of the album is quite remarkable, indicating the direction they would take in their post-touring incarnation.

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  1. Nov 29,  · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of English Settlement on Discogs. Label: Ape House - APELPX • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: New Wave, Pop Rock/5(9).
  2. XTC were a rock band from Swindon, England led by Andy Partridge (guitars, vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass, vocals). Active between the late s and the mid s, XTC's music ranged from jerky new wave/punk riffs to lushly-arranged progressive also drew heavily from vintage pop rock and psychedelia from the s, genres which they began to explore more deeply after creating The.
  3. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of English Settlement on Discogs. Label: Virgin - V,Virgin - • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Pop Rock/5(4).
  4. Album. English Settlement XTC. Released February 12, Jason and the Argonauts Lyrics. 5. No Thugs in Our House Lyrics. 6. Yacht Dance Lyrics. 7. All of a Sudden (It's Too.
  5. "Jason and the Argonauts" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the album English Settlement. A live in-studio recording, for BBC, appeared on Drums and Wireless, later on the Transistor Blast box set. Quotes Andy: “Slightly out of chronological wack .
  6. English Settlement XTC Rock · Preview Editors' Notes After four albums of skittish and meticulous New Wave pop, Andy Partridge pushed his band to create English Settlement, their first double album. It is an exceptionally ripe collection of ideas: one moment a jittery anti-violence chant (“Melt the Guns”), the next a double-speed.
  7. English Settlement is the fifth studio album and first double album by the English rock band XTC, originally released in It marked a turn towards the more pastoral pop songs that would dominate later XTC releases, with an emphasis on acoustic guitar, string electric guitar and fretless bass/5().
  8. XTC. XTC was a New Wave band from Swindon, England, active between and The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" () and "Senses Working Overtime" (), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success.
  9. Jason and the Argonauts Lyrics: There may be no golden fleece / But human riches I'll release / Oh, my head is spinning like the world / And it's filled with beasts I've seen / Let me put my bag.

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