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XTC: English Settlement

English Settlement
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English Settlement (1982 Virgin). Released as a double album, this is XTC at the height of their powers. A stylistic triumph, where country/folk cheerfully rubs shoulders with anthemic pop.

Andy: “I gave away my acoustic guitar in a TV contest and had to buy a new one, suddenly all these new tunes flowed out! Colin gets fretless, Dave goes 12-string, Terry still ‘just 'its 'em’. This 15-track warehouse of songs sounds expansive, fresh, unfinished and vast. It was to become many people's favourite XTC album.”
Andy: “Why don't we make an album we don't have to reproduce on stage? We can use acoustic instruments, we can overdub keyboards, we can use pianos. . . The first of the multi-coloured records.”
[English Settlement liner notes photo]

Lyrics, Charts and More

  1. Runaways
  2. Ball and Chain
  3. Senses Working Overtime
  4. Jason and the Argonauts
  5. No Thugs in Our House
  6. Yacht Dance
  7. All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)
  8. Melt the Guns
  9. Leisure
  10. It's Nearly Africa
  11. Knuckle Down
  12. Fly on the Wall
  13. Down in the Cockpit
  14. English Roundabout
  15. Snowman

Recording Information

Recorded and mixed between 5 October and mid-November 1981 at The Manor, Oxfordshire, England.
Produced and mixed by Hugh Padgham and XTC.
Engineered by Hugh Padgham. Assisted by Howard Gray.
Originally released on 12 February 1982 in the U.K.
Reached No. 5 on the U.K. album chart.
Reached No. 48 on the Billboard album chart in the U.S.A.

Progressive Media, April 26, 1982:
English Settlement, Number 1, Progressive Radio Album
XTC, Number 12, Commercial Radio Airplay
XTC, Number 1, College / Non-Commercial Airplay
XTC English Settlement, Number 1, Reporters' Picks
XTC "Senses Working Overtime", Number 2, Stand-Out Cuts
XTC "Runaways", Number 20, Stand-Out Cuts
XTC English Settlement, Number 1, In-Store Play
XTC, Number 4, Audience Response (most requested)
XTC English Settlement, Number 2, Imports
XTC English Settlement, Number 9, Progressive Retail Album

andy - vocals, guitars, alto sax, mini-korg, backing vocals, anklung, percussion, frog
colin - vocals, bass guitars
dave - guitars, mini-korg, prophet V, percussion, piano, backing vocals
terry - drums, percussion, drum synthesiser, backing vocals
hans de vente - special guest vocal support


Singles

#\#i#/#Senses Working Overtime#\#/i#/#

Senses Working Overtime

#\#i#/#Ball and Chain#\#/i#/#

Ball and Chain

#\#i#/#Blame the Weather#\#/i#/#

Blame the Weather

(magazine promo flexi)
#\#i#/#No Thugs In Our House#\#/i#/#

No Thugs In Our House

   

Art

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP front cover

UK English Settlement LP front cover

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP back cover

UK English Settlement LP back cover

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UK English Settlement LP front cover

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cover of the original UK English Settlement CD

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# ltd. ed. CD cover

English Settlement ltd. ed. CD cover

US Epic Records abridged #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# cassette

US Epic Records abridged English Settlement cassette

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# cassette cover (Geffen USA)

English Settlement cassette cover (Geffen USA)

cover of the Geffen USA #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# cassette

cover of the Geffen USA English Settlement cassette

cover of the Japanese #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# CD

cover of the Japanese English Settlement CD

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# Caroline 2001 CD cover

English Settlement Caroline 2001 CD cover

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# Caroline 2001 CD cover

English Settlement Caroline 2001 CD cover

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UK English Settlement LP back cover

back cover of the Epic USA #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP

back cover of the Epic USA English Settlement LP

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J-card of the Mexican English Settlement cassette

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# Italian cassette cover

English Settlement Italian cassette cover

Canadian #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP cover

Canadian English Settlement LP cover

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP Side 1 label

UK English Settlement LP Side 1 label

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP Side 2 label

UK English Settlement LP Side 2 label

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP Side 3 label

UK English Settlement LP Side 3 label

UK #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# LP Side 4 label

UK English Settlement LP Side 4 label

liner notes from Geffen USA #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# cassette

liner notes from Geffen USA English Settlement cassette

Andy Partridge from #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# liner

Andy Partridge from English Settlement liner

Colin Moulding from #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# liner

Colin Moulding from English Settlement liner

Dave Gregory from #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# liner

Dave Gregory from English Settlement liner

Terry Chambers from #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# liner

Terry Chambers from English Settlement liner

XTC from #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# inner sleeve

XTC from English Settlement inner sleeve

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part of the lyrics insert for the Japanese CD of english Settlement

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# promo photo

English Settlement promo photo

English Settlement Tour Programme

English Settlement Tour Programme

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# sticker

English Settlement sticker

the #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# promotional key ring and bottle opener

the English Settlement promotional key ring and bottle opener

a promotional t-shirt

a promotional t-shirt

the jacket worn on stage by Andy Partridge during the #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# tour

the jacket worn on stage by Andy Partridge during the English Settlement tour

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# promo poster from Epic Records USA

English Settlement promo poster from Epic Records USA

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# promotional poster

English Settlement promotional poster

US trade advertisement for #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/#

US trade advertisement for English Settlement

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# Epic Records half-page ad

English Settlement Epic Records half-page ad

full page Virgin Records #\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/# advert

full page Virgin Records English Settlement advert

#\#i#/#English Settlement Vol. 2#\#/i#/# pirate cassette tape from Saudi Arabia

English Settlement Vol. 2 pirate cassette tape from Saudi Arabia


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