The Disappointed

(Partridge)

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Recordings
XTCfans interview with Andy Partridge
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'23.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Dave Mattacks - Drums
    Andy Partridge - Lead & backing vocals, electric guitar & tambourine
    Colin Moulding - Bass guitar
    Dave Gregory - Electric guitars, synthesizer & backing vocals
    Florence Lovegrove - Viola
    Rose Hull - Cello
    Andy: “I fancied writing something that was up musically and dejected lyrically at the same time. It's about people who've been neglected in affairs of the heart, and they band together to form an organisation of the disappointed. Then they all congregate round this guy's house and declare him their king. It's in memory of morose teenage incapacity with the opposite sex.”
  2. Single version, 3'38.
    Released on 23 March 1992 as a single in the U.K.
    Reached No. 33 on the U.K. singles chart.
    Andy: “I remember Dave [Mattacks, drummer] couldn't get the shuffle beat I wanted. . .” Dave: “He did actually get eight bars of it.” Andy: “Then we looped it. This was nominated for an Ivor Novello award. Never won it, though.”
  3. Promotional video (single version).
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  4. Demo version.
    Recorded in The Shed of Andy's current address, Swindon, in April 1991.
    Engineered by Andy Partridge.
    Released on 25 March 2002 on Coat of Many Cupboards in the U.K.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
    Andy Partridge - All instruments and Vocals
  5. 2013 stereo mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the DVD and Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  6. 2013 5.1 mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the DVD and Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  7. 2013 instrumental mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  8. First reference recording, demo version.
    Recorded at home by Andy Partridge.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  9. Second reference recording, demo version.
    Recorded at home by Andy Partridge.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.

Art

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The Diſappointed single cover art

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French #\#i#/#Diſappointed#\#/i#/# cassette single

French Diſappointed cassette single

Australian #\#i#/#Diſappointed#\#/i#/# CD single

Australian Diſappointed CD single

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front cover of the UK The Diſappointed cassette single

front cover of the UK #\#i#/#The Diſappointed#\#/i#/# cassette single

front cover of the UK The Diſappointed cassette single

back cover of the UK #\#i#/#The Diſappointed#\#/i#/# cassette single

back cover of the UK The Diſappointed cassette single

Canadian #\#i#/#The Disappointed#\#/i#/# promo CD

Canadian The Disappointed promo CD

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promo poster for The Diſappointed single

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12x12 UK promo flat for The Diſappointed single

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advertisement for The Diſappointed from NME

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window sticker to promote The Diſappointed

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promotional counter stand for The Diſappointed

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“The Diſappointed” promo video from Japanese TV

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“The Disappointed” lip synch on Pebble Mill, UK TV, 1992

nanopicture inspired by "The Disappointed"

nanopicture inspired by "The Disappointed"

XTC / The Lightning Seeds - Italian jukebox single (special readio cover)

XTC / The Lightning Seeds - Italian jukebox single (special readio cover)

ark, 08/21/98

ark, 08/21/98

Janis Van Court, 02/04/98

Janis Van Court, 02/04/98

 

Lyrics

The disappointed
All shuffle round in circles
Their placards look the same
With a picture and a name
Of the ones who broke their hearts
The disappointed
All congregate at my house
Their voices sob with grief
That they want to be chief
Of the tribe with broken hearts
Once, I had no sympathy
For those destroyed and thrown away by love
Seems, your ring upon my finger
Signifies that I've become the spokesman of...
The disappointed
Will bear me on their shoulders
To a secret shadow land
Where a sombre marching band
Plays a tune for broken hearts
And day grows darker now
Everywhere, everywhere
The disappointed
Are coming in their millions
They're spilling from the bus
At a monument to us
Made of bits of broken heart
The disappointed
Are growing every second
They blot the sun to black
At the bottom of the pack
I'm the king of broken hearts

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:47:45 -0000
From: "Dan Coggins / Dinosaural" <dan (at) dinosaural dot com>
Subject: Hi John, thought you might want this for Chalkhills (I worked out the chords for the Disappointed)!
Organization: Dinosaural Message-ID: <224FFD9209B4490D9145B17DEF138D4E (at) dinosaur739072>
Hi John,

Really like your Chalkhills website, keep up the good work.

For what it's worth, I think XTC were the greatest band in England of their
time, let alone Swindon (I live 20 miles away!). I only had "Black Sea" to
listen to for the past 25 years, didn't think they could ever top that, so I
went no further - doh!.  So, imagine what a treat it was for me to buy and
hear everything else they did over just the past year - phew!!

Anyway, I was just working out the chords on guitar for "the Difappointed"
and thought you might want this for Chalkhills. Or not, of course but here
it is attached, anyway.! There doesn't seem to be anything similar on the
web for this one. The local covers band I'm in (Vinyl Vandals) play Making
Plans for Nigel, but we want to get some later XTC in there, those songs
must be played..

All the best and cheers,

Dan

Dan Coggins
Dinosaural
PO Box 160
Wantage
OX12 0WZ
England
Tel (Mobile only) +44 (0) 773 301 6732
www.dinosaural.com

Date: Tue, 12 May 92 17:31:08 -0400
From: dschmidt (at) athena dot mit dot edu
Subject: Nonsvch chords, Vol I

Okay, first some disclaimers.  In many places I did not try to figure
out Exactly what was going on - I listened to the music and tried to
figure out what chords I would play if I were to accompanying on on
the piano.  So probably many of the guitar chords are simpler than
I've made them out to be.  Also, in some places where I've indicated
how to voice chords, it is just how I find it convenient, and not
necessarily what they are doing on the record.  I also left out lots
of bass stuff, only including it where I thought it was important.
But everything should be pretty close.  Comments and corrections are
welcome!

Voicings are notated with low E on the left, high E on the right.

                           THE DISAPPOINTED

Intro: D  A/C#  Bm  D/A  G  Fmaj7  E7sus4  E
Verse: A      Esus4/G#*  F#m11    F#
       Bm7    E          G        E
Verse
Bridge: Bm    G     F#sus4   F#7
        F#m7  D     G#m      E
Verse
Intro
Verse
Bridge
Verse
Ending: A   Esus4/G#  F#m11      E   repeat and fade

* what is really being played here is a picking part with the notes E,
  A, and B

 - Dan

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