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By Steve Gdula

Most Americans' first taste of XTC came from this CD, originally released in 1979. The band's first full-length without cofounder Barry Andrews, it was a cavalcade of Andy Partridge's neuroses and paranoia. Although it contained two quirky bona fide pop songs--the calling card "Making Plans for Nigel" and the breezy "Life Begins at the Hop"--the music as a whole was as jagged as Partridge's attitude. "Complicated Game" and "Scissor Man" have the singer's haunting howl echoing and whispering throughout, sounding like a fun house operator gone mad, while "Real by Reel," another pop standout, might be the most conventional song on the CD. Drums and Wires is a must-have for anybody who is only discovering the band. Skylarking and the collected singles are the only other releases that come close to capturing the band's early and earnest dementia.

1. Making Plans for Nigel9. That Is the Way
2. Helicopter10. Outside World
3. Day in Day Out11. Scissor Man
4. When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty12. Complicated Game
5. Ten Feet Tall13. Life Begins at the Hop
6. Roads Girdle the Globe14. Chain of Command
7. Reel by Reel15. Limelight
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Artist: Xtc

Released: August 17, 1979

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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