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Wasp Star

Wasp Star [Apple Venus Volume 2]

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The Album
TVT Press Release
Cooking Vinyl Press Release
The Songs
Recording Info
Chart Positions
Reviews
Discographical Info
The Singles
Art
Homegrown
Waspstrumental
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XTC's Andy Partridge Quips Self to Death

According to Partridge, [Apple Venus] Volume 2's sound may boast more electric guitar than Volume 1, which featured lots of classical orchestration. In a statement, Partridge quips: “It's great to get our hands tangled up in electric guitar strings once again . . . this record has more hooks than a Long John Silver convention and it contains all the colors of the plectrum. I think it is head, shoulders and frenum above the rest of the pop music world. You will either love it or it will be the most expensive frisbee you ever purchased. Sure it's a collection of songs, but it's also a CD that you can shave your face in as well.” Partridge was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he immediately expired. A brief autopsy attributed his death to excessive wit trauma and finally allowed for the safe removal of the stick of gum that Partridge allegedly swallowed six years ago while attempting to synchronously rub his stomach and pat his head.

Christopher Moutenot

Lyrics, Charts and More

  1. Playground (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  2. Stupidly Happy (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  3. In Another Life (lyrics) (chords)
  4. My Brown Guitar (lyrics) (interview)
  5. Boarded Up (lyrics)
  6. I'm The Man Who Murdered Love (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  7. We're All Light (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  8. Standing In For Joe (lyrics) (chords)
  9. Wounded Horse (lyrics) (chords)
  10. You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  11. Church of Women (lyrics) (chords) (interview) (updated)
  12. The Wheel and The Maypole (pics) (lyrics) (chords)

Recording Information

Produced by XTC and Nick Davis.
Engineered by Alan Douglas, Barry Hammond, Haydn Bendall.
Recorded at Idea Studios, Wiltshire, and Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, England, between April and December 1999.
Mixed by Nick Davis at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, South Wales, January 2000.
Originally released on 22 May 2000 in the U.K.
Reached No. 108 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the U.S.A. on 4 June 2000.
Reached No. 2 on the CMJ Adult Album Alternative chart in the U.S.A.
Reached No. 6 on the Indie Albums chart in the U.K.
Reached No. 22 on the Alternative Album chart in Canada.

Andy Partridge - vocals and guitar.
Colin Moulding - vocals and bass.
extra musicians:
Chuck Sabo - drums.
Prairie Prince - drums.
Matt Vaughn - programming.
Nick Davis - the more complicated keyboard parts.
Kate St. John - oboe.
Simon Gardner - flugelhorn.
Gavin Wright - violin.
Patrick Kiernan - 2nd violin.
Peter Lale - viola.
Caroline Dale - cello.
Holly Partridge - backing vocals.

Andy: “. . . a lovely row.”

Some working titles for this album included Apple Venus Volume 2 and Our Shiny Heart.


Singles

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I'm The Man Who Murdered Love

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Playground

(Japan promo only)
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Stupidly Happy

(U.S.A. promo only)

On the Charts (With a Bullet)

(Highest chart positions reached, sometimes but not always current positions.)

Wasp Star:

Source Chart Peak Position (Date)
Billboard USA Top 200 #108 (4 June 2000)
Billboard USA Top Independent Albums #6 (4 June 2000)
Billboard USA Top Internet Album Sales #11 (4 June 2000)
CMJ USA (College and Commercial) Top 20 #9 (23 June 2000)
CMJ USA Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) #2 (23 June 2000)
Gavin USA Triple A #6 (4 August 2000)
Dotmusic UK Indie Albums #6 (28 May 2000)
Jam! Showbiz Canada The National Top 50 Alternative Albums #22 (29 May 2000)
Amazon.com USA Top Sellers #12 (19 May 2000)
Amazon.com USA Alternative Top Sellers #2 (30 May 2000)
Amazon.co.uk UK Indie #4 (2 June 2000)
CDNOW USA Top 100 #15 (2 June 2000)
CDNOW USA Top Alternative/Indie #3 (2 June 2000)

"I'm The Man Who Murdered Love":

Source Chart Peak Position (Date)
Radio&Records National Airplay USA Adult Alternative #4 * (28 July 2000)
BBC Radio 1 UK Alternative Indie Singles #37 (16 July 2000)

"Stupidly Happy":

Source Chart Peak Position (Date)
Radio&Records National Airplay USA Adult Alternative #15 * (20 October 2000)

Homegrown (The Wasp Star Home Demos)

Homegrown

Homegrown
(The Wasp Star Home Demos)
The Songs
Recording Info
Reviews
Discographical Info

Released by Idea Records U.K. on 21 May 2001, the package features various early versions of "The Man Who Murdered Love" and other songs from the album Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2). The 24 page colour booklet contains reproductions of the handwritten lyrics and ideas for the songs. Colin and Andy write short descriptions about each of their songs as well.

Released by Pony Canyon Japan on 14 March 2001, the Japanese CD features two bonus demo tracks, "Didn't Hurt a Bit" and "Bumpercars". The package also includes a one page black and white insert with the lyrics to "Didn't Hurt A Bit", and an 18 page black and white booklet with the lyrics for each song in both English and Japanese (strangely the lyrics are different between the book and the insert for "Didn't Hurt a Bit"). (thanks to Jon Rosenberger)

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Lyrics, Charts and More

  1. Playground (pics) (lyrics) (chords)
  2. Stupidly Happy (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  3. In Another Life - Excerpt of Original Demo (lyrics) (chords)
  4. In Another Life - Jug Band Version (lyrics) (chords)
  5. Some Lovely (lyrics) (chords)
  6. Boarded Up (lyrics)
  7. I'm The Man Who Murdered Love - Early Other Song Cassette (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  8. I'm The Man Who Murdered Love - Tamla Demo (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  9. I'm The Man Who Murdered Love (pics) (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  10. We're All Light - Early Cassette Idea (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  11. We're All Light (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  12. Standing In For Joe - Lounge Version (lyrics) (chords)
  13. Standing In For Joe (lyrics) (chords)
  14. Wounded Horse (lyrics) (chords)
  15. You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful (lyrics) (chords) (interview)
  16. Lie For A Lie - Cassette Demo (lyrics) (chords) (interview) (updated)
  17. Church of Women (lyrics) (chords) (interview) (updated)
  18. The Pot Won't Hold Our Love - Early Cassette Idea
  19. Everything Decays - Early Cassette Idea
  20. The Wheel and The Maypole (pics) (lyrics) (chords)

The Japanese edition also includes these two bonus tracks which will not appear on the U.K. edition:

  1. Didn't Hurt A Bit (lyrics) (chords)
  2. Bumpercars (lyrics) (chords)

Recording Information

All demos were recorded at the respective homes of the songwriters, on either 8 track cassette, 8 track reel to reel or 8 track digital recorders.
Originally released on 14 March 2001 in Japan.
Released on 21 May 2001 in the U.K.


Waspstrumental

Waspstrumental The karaoke version of Wasp Star. Music mixes without vocals. The U.K. CD is luxuriously packaged in a larger-than-standard A5 digi-pak with full colour booklet. (The Japanese CD is in a standard jewel box.)

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Art

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the back cover of the æsthetically and sonically beautiful Wasp Star LP package

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cover of the Wasp Star promo CD

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back cover of the Wasp Star promo CD

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the Wasp Star promo CD

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gatefold pic from Wasp Star CD booklet

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cover of the Japanese edition of Homegrown

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back cover of the Japanese edition of Homegrown

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the back page of the booklet in the Japanese edition of Homegrown

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Wasp Star publicity photo

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Andy Partridge, Wasp Star promo shot

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another Wasp Star promo pic

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Wasp Star promo photo

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Japanese store counter promo advert for Wasp Star

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half-page advertisement for Wasp Star on TVT Records USA

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Chuck Bisson's autographed Wasp Star CD cover

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Chuck Bisson's autographed Wasp Star promo poster

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a promotional counter stand for Wasp Star

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Wasp Star promotional hat

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Wasp Star promotional hat

 

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