XTC Reel by Real: XTC: Drums and Wires
Last update: 15 November 2015
Drums and Wires
Buy it from APE House Buy it from Amazon.com Buy it from iTunes USA
« Previous Contents Next »

DRUMS AND WIRES

"Making Plans For Nigel" is XTC's first English Top 20 hit and both it and the underground gem "Helicopter" introduce America's alternative pop fans to the band. Says Melody Maker: "XTC has broken cover and broken ground." New Music Express insists that the band's music "demands new adjectives."

Geffen CD Release 1991 includes three tracks not on original album: The flashback dance song "Life Begins At The Hop" and the ode to self-love "Limelight" (both written by Moulding) and the infectious disease-fighting anthem "Chain Of Command" (penned by Partridge). "Life Begins At The Hop" appeared previously only on Waxworks.

[Geffen promotional literature, 1991]

Andy: “Twang! Barry goes, Dave comes and the band is reborn. We revel in electric guitars, voodoo tom toms and the discovery of our songwriting muscle (which is becoming delightfully erect).”
Andy: “Suddenly we were a three piece. The songwriting was starting to get half decent and we were revelling in two wiry sounding guitars, twanging bass and voodoo tom-toms.”
The Album was rehearsed against all odds (you know the sort of thing, no lavatory, complaining Chinese waiters from next door) in the cellar of our managers ex-club and in a collapsing barn just outside of town. It was recorded at the Townhouse Studios in Goldhawk Road, London against all odds (blocked lavatories, complaining Ian Andersons from next door). The man who entered a competition of the back of a chocolate fingers packet and assumed he'd win a holiday in Greece was the victim of a very cruel joke, the actual prize being the job of producer for a fortnight. Yes Mister Steve (Space Invader) Lillywhite. They said in the Rules that the winner would be able to bring along a friend. The poor lad with the flip flops and bronzing gel was no other than engineer in chief, Hugh (No Ears, Great Holes Through) Padgham. Dressed very poorly as an airline stewardess, a hotel manager and deck chair attendant to compile the picture were tape operators and tea stirrers, Georgie Chambers and his dog “Lonely” Steve Prestage and Nick Cook. Thanks to Dick Cuthell for being ‘Herb Helpless And His Marihuana Brass’ and for the Vernon Yard Male Voice Choir on “Roads Girdle the Globe”. Smacks of appreciations to Steve (Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Louder) Warren.

Virgin Records

XTC

BIOGRAPHY

With the release of their first American album, “Drums & Wires,” XTC have achieved the kind of powerful and adventurous maturity which confirms them, after being for so long the barometer by which other groups were measured, as trail-blazers for the '80s.

The present line-up of XTC was formed in Swindon, England early in 1979 when keyboards player Barry Andrew [sic] left and was replaced by guitarist Dave Gregory, formerly with local group Dean Gabber and his Gabberdines. Gregory, a friend of the band for several years, also plays keyboards when necessary.

Previously, guitarist Andy Partridge, bassist Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers had worked together, with others, as Star Park, The Helium Kids [sic], Skyscraper and Snakes before becoming XTC in 1976. Partridge, born in Malta, left school at 15, worked as a teaboy on a local newspaper, then attended the art department of a technical college, while learning to play guitar in his bedroom. Moulding, a map fetishist, was a milkman's assistant, laborer and council worker, and lived on the same block as Partridge. Chambers was suspended from school at the age of 15, for an incident that took place in a garage after the young man in question had ingested large quantities of cider. He wanted to be a soccer player but settled for being a builder's merchant and then a lithographic printer.

Beginning in their home town, the band soon built up a substantial following and arrived in London at the height of 1977's music explosion, causing unrest not by the empty rhetoric of many of their counterparts but by their humor, sharpness and vitality. Their first record after signing with Virgin was “3 DEP,” [sic] released in October 1977. Since then, they have released five singles—the latest, “Making Plans For Nigel,” is in the UK Top 20 at this writing—and three albums; “White Music,”, “Go 2,” and “Drums & Wires,” all of them Top 30 successes in Britain.

XTC are widely regarded in the U.K. as one of the freshest and most innovative young bands around. Paul Morley of New Musical Express recently described XTC as “making multi-layered music of wit and elegance. . . music that demands new adjectives.” Not to be outdone, Melody Maker's John Orme summed up his review of “Drums & Wires” by saying: “With a mix of complexity, contrast, fluency and humour, XTC have broken cover and broken ground.”

The band has already paid one brief visit to the U.S. at the end of 1978, originally just to play a New Year's Eve concert with Talking Heads, but extended by popular demand to include a dozen more dates. In the summer this year they toured with considerable success in Australia and Japan. XTC will be returning to America in January, 1980 for an extensive tour and outbreaks of XTC all over the country are confidently expected.

November 1979

For further information contact the Publicity Department (212) 243-6200

Virgin Records Inc. · 43 Perry Street · New York, N.Y. 10014 · Tel: (212) 243-6200 · Telex: 666640


Tracklist: XTC, Drums and Wires 2014 reissues

CD
1. “Making Plans For Nigel”
2. “Helicopter”
3. “Day In Day Out”
4. “When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty”
5. “Ten Feet Tall”
6. “Roads Girdle the Globe”
7. “Real By Reel”
8. “Millions”
9. “That Is The Way”
10. “Outside World”
11. “Scissor Man”
12. “Complicated Game”
Bonus tracks:
13. “Chain Of Command”
14. “Limelight”
15. “Life Begins At The Hop”
16. “Homo Safari”
17. “Ten Feet Tall” (Electric Version)
18. “Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down”

Blu-ray (Region 0, NTSC):

New stereo mix = 12 tracks
Original stereo mix = 12 tracks
Instrumental mixes = 12 tracks
5.1 mix = 12 tracks
Bonus tracks new stereo mixes = 11 tracks
Bonus tracks 5.1 = 11 tracks
Demo session 1 = 6 tracks
Demo session 2 = 4 tracks
Demo session 3 = 4 tracks
Demo session 4 = 4 tracks
Rehearsal tape = 20 tracks
DJM re-recordings = 3 tracks
Various original alternate mixes = 4 tracks
Promo videos = 2 track

Presented in 24bit/96khz LPCM Audio

Album mixed in 5.1 Surround
- Steven Wilson stereo mix and original album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Blu-ray exclusive material includes: Numerous additional stereo and 5.1 tracks, new stereo album instrumental mixes, 5 demo sessions and promo films for the singles “Making Plans for Nigel” and “Life Begins At The Hop.”

Bonus tracks remixed into stereo and 5.1:

1. “Life Begins at the Hop” *
2. “Homo Safari”
(A+B side to “Life Begins at the Hop” single, UK release April 1979)

3. “Chain of Command”
4. “Limelight”
(A+B side to free single included with initial pressing of Drums and Wires, UK release August 1979)

5. “Bushman President”
6. “Pulsing Pulsing”
(B-sides to “Making Plans for Nigel” single, UK release September 1979)

7. “Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down”
8. “Ten Feet Tall” (Electric version)
(A+B side to “Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down” single, UK release March 1980)

9. “Officer Blue”
(Drums and Wires outtake - B-side to “Respectable Street” single, UK release March 1981)

10. “Over Rusty Water”
(Drums and Wires outtake - B-side to “No Thugs in Our House” single, UK release May 1982)

11. “Sleepyheads”
(Drums and Wires outtake, first released on Coat of Many Cupboards box set, UK release 2002)

* (“Life Begins at the Hop” is the original stereo master due to multitrack tapes being unavailable, the 5.1 version is a Penteo upmix)


Lyrics, Charts and More

  1. Making Plans for Nigel (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  2. Helicopter (lyrics) (interview)
  3. Day In Day Out (pics) (lyrics)
  4. When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  5. Ten Feet Tall (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  6. Roads Girdle the Globe + (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  7. Real by Reel (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  8. Millions (lyrics) (interview)
  9. That is the Way (lyrics)
  10. Outside World (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  11. Scissor Man (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  12. Complicated Game (lyrics) (chords) (interview)

Original U.K., U.S.A., and Australian release of the LP included a bonus single with the following tracks:

  1. Chain of Command (pics) (lyrics)
  2. Limelight (pics) (lyrics)

The original U.S.A. LP also included the following:

  1. Life Begins at the Hop (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)

Most recent CDs of the album also include the above bonus tracks.

The 2014 CD/DVD release will include the following bonus tracks:

  1. Chain of Command (pics) (lyrics)
  2. Limelight (pics) (lyrics)
  3. Life Begins at the Hop (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  4. Bushman President (Homo Safari No. 2) (pics)
  5. Ten Feet Tall (electric version) (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  6. Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down (pics) (lyrics)

The 2014 CD/Blu-ray release includes the following bonus tracks:

  1. Life Begins at the Hop (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  2. Homo Safari
  3. Chain of Command (pics) (lyrics)
  4. Limelight (pics) (lyrics)
  5. Bushman President (Homo Safari No. 2) (pics)
  6. Pulsing Pulsing (pics) (lyrics)
  7. Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down (pics) (lyrics)
  8. Ten Feet Tall (electric version) (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  9. Officer Blue (lyrics)
  10. Over Rusty Water
  11. Sleepyheads (pics) (lyrics)

Recording Information

Recorded at the Townhouse Studio, London, England.
Produced by Steve (Space Invader) Lillywhite.
Engineered by Hugh Padgham.
Tape operators Georgie Chambers and his dog ‘Lonely’, Steve Prestage, and Nick Cook.
Originally released on 17 August 1979 in the U.K.
Reached No. 34 on the U.K. album chart.
Reached No. 176 on the Billboard album chart in the U.S.A.

Dick Cuthell - ‘Herb Helpless and his Marihuana Brass’
+ Vernon Yard Male Voice Choir (including Al Clark).

The working title for this album was Boom-Dada-Boom.


Singles

#\#i#/#Chain of Command#\#/i#/#

Chain of Command

(U.K. promo only)
#\#i#/#Limelight#\#/i#/#

Limelight

(U.S.A. promo only)
#\#i#/#Making Plans for Nigel#\#/i#/#

Making Plans for Nigel

#\#i#/#Ten Feet Tall#\#/i#/#

Ten Feet Tall

(U.S.A. only)
#\#a href="http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2709536" target="churl"#/##\#i#/#Life Begins at the Hop#\#/i#/##\#/a#/#

Life Begins at the Hop

(non-album)
 

Art

#\#a href="http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1935602" target="churl"#/##\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# front cover#\#/a#/#

Drums and Wires front cover

#\#a href="http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2941181" target="churl"#/#the beautifully simple back of the original UK #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP#\#/a#/#

the beautifully simple back of the original UK Drums and Wires LP

USA Geffen #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# CD cover

USA Geffen Drums and Wires CD cover

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# 8-track tape (still shrinkwrapped!)

Drums and Wires 8-track tape (still shrinkwrapped!)

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# 8-track tape

Drums and Wires 8-track tape

Canadian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# cassette J-card

Canadian Drums and Wires cassette J-card

USA Geffen #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# cassette J-card

USA Geffen Drums and Wires cassette J-card

#\#a href="http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2858318" target="churl"#/#the totally beautiful cover of the Japanese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP#\#/a#/#

the totally beautiful cover of the Japanese Drums and Wires LP

the badass obi from the Japanese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP

the badass obi from the Japanese Drums and Wires LP

#\#a href="http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2273836" target="churl"#/##\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP insert group photo#\#/a#/#

Drums and Wires LP insert group photo

lyrics from #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# UK LP

lyrics from Drums and Wires UK LP

liner notes and photo from #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# UK LP

liner notes and photo from Drums and Wires UK LP

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# picture CD

Drums and Wires picture CD

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# 2001 USA CD liner image

Drums and Wires 2001 USA CD liner image

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# 2001 USA CD liner image

Drums and Wires 2001 USA CD liner image

Canadian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Canadian Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Canadian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Canadian Drums and Wires LP label, side B

French #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

French Drums and Wires LP label, side A

French #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

French Drums and Wires LP label, side B

Greek #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Greek Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Greek #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Greek Drums and Wires LP label, side B

Italian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Italian Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Italian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Italian Drums and Wires LP label, side B

Japanese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Japanese Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Japanese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Japanese Drums and Wires LP label, side B

Mexican #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Mexican Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Mexican #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Mexican Drums and Wires LP label, side B

Portuguese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

Portuguese Drums and Wires LP label, side A

Portuguese #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

Portuguese Drums and Wires LP label, side B

West German #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side A

West German Drums and Wires LP label, side A

West German #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# LP label, side B

West German Drums and Wires LP label, side B

newspaper ad for #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/#

newspaper ad for Drums and Wires

advertisement for the Japanese release of #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/#

advertisement for the Japanese release of Drums and Wires

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# promo poster

Drums and Wires promo poster

Australian #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# poster

Australian Drums and Wires poster

a #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# promotional poster

a Drums and Wires promotional poster

Gold disc award for New Zealand sales of #\#i#/#Drums & Wires#\#/i#/#

Gold disc award for New Zealand sales of Drums & Wires

a #\#i#/#Drums & Wires#\#/i#/# T-shirt

a Drums & Wires T-shirt

Gold disc award for New Zealand sales of #\#i#/#Drums & Wires#\#/i#/#

Gold disc award for New Zealand sales of Drums & Wires

back of a #\#i#/#Drums & Wires#\#/i#/# T-shirt

back of a Drums & Wires T-shirt

#\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# sticker

Drums and Wires sticker

Canadian gold record for #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/#

Canadian gold record for Drums and Wires

an unauthorised #\#i#/#Drums and Wires#\#/i#/# clock

an unauthorised Drums and Wires clock

#\#a href="http://www.txmx.de/" target="churl"#/#photograph of a stencilled graffiti#\#/a#/#

photograph of a stencilled graffiti

 

« Previous Contents Next »

Go back to XTC Reel by Real.

9 January 2016 / Feedback