The Ugly Underneath

(Partridge)

“The Ugly Underneath” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/# Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'54.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Andy Partridge - Lead & backing vocals & electric guitar
    Dave Mattacks - Drums & percussion
    Colin Moulding - Bass guitar
    Dave Gregory - Hammond organ, e-bow guitars, synthesizers & backing vocals
    Gus Dudgeon - Percussion
    Andy: “You must be prepared to take off the mask. You must see the ugly to be beautiful. The sugar sweet can become ugly too, like in marriage or politics. Hopefully we captured the psychotic nature of the song.”
  2. Demo version.
    Released on 7 July 2003 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Four in the U.K.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
    Andy: “The late Gus Dudgeon told me as we were recording this song for Nonsuch, that he thought it contained the most ludicrous vocal harmony he'd ever heard in his life?? A nice mess of a tune on politics/marriage/life, the whole bloody lot. I remember doing the tremolo effect on this demo by rubbing the fader up and down in time. You had to make your own fun in those days.”
  3. Acoustic rehearsal video version.
    Recorded live at The Shed in 1990, during band rehearsals for Nonsuch.
    Screened at XTC fan conventions.
    Not released.
    Andy - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
    Colin - tambourine, backing vocals
    Dave - acoustic guitar
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

[Thanks to Gerhard Satke]


Art

“The Ugly Underneath” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/#

“The Ugly Underneath” vignette from Nonsvch

#\#a href="video/UglyUndr.avi" target="churl"#/#XTC Music & Friends Convention video circa 1991.#\#/a#/#

XTC Music & Friends Convention video circa 1991.

#\#a href="http://youtu.be/qCieWKgwUXY" target="churl"#/#“The Ugly Underneath” live acoustic in the shed#\#/a#/#

“The Ugly Underneath” live acoustic in the shed

James Miller, 4 March 2004

James Miller, 4 March 2004

Steven Young, 09/27/97

Steven Young, 09/27/97

 

Lyrics

First there's the handshake
It's so warm that you could bake by it
Designed to take attention from their
Ugly Underneath
Then there's the wedding
The co-ordinated bedding
And the fairy tale shredding
Boy it's Ugly Underneath
After the pretty
There's a gluttony of pity
On a cake called nitty gritty
And it's Ugly Underneath
Did you ever try to prise away the mask
Go ahead, take a spoon and try
I can tell you it's a herculean task
Go ahead, it's okay to cry
What you're chewing on's the truth
And that's the hardest thing
To wash down with a glass of lemonade
The Ugly Underneath
The thing with politicians is
I wouldn't have suspicions
If I saw their worst positions
And their Ugly Underneath
But after all the voting
Suck away the sugar coating
Now they've had you and they're gloating
Boy it's Ugly Underneath
Did you ever try to take away the wheel
Go ahead, take a fork and try
See the unattractive things that make us real
Go ahead, it's okay to cry
What you've trodden in's the truth
And that's the hardest thing
To wash down with a glass of lemonade

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 19:06:38 +0000
From: Tim Harris <wordsrus (at) wordsrus dot demon dot co dot uk>
Subject: Chords for The Ugly Underneath
Message-ID: <MG274AA+Kfb0EwAM (at) wordsrus dot demon dot co dot uk>


The Ugly Underneath


E (799977)
First there's the handshake
       Bdim (7676xx)
Its so warm that you could bake by it
A (556755)
Designed to take attention from their
Adim(5454xx) E     Bdim   A      Adim
Ugly Underneath
E
Then theres the wedding
       Bdim
The coordinated bedding
        A
And the fairytale shredding
Adim              E     Bdim  A   Adim
Boy its ugly underneath
E
After the pretty
         Bdim
Theres a gluttony of pity
     A
On a cake called nitty gritty
        Adim       E     Bdim
And its ugly underneath
A       E           D       E      A
Did you ever try to prise away the mask
         E                D    E  (E7/E6/E)
Go ahead take a spoon and try
A     E              D    E    A
I can tell you its a hurculean task
         E         D    E
Go ahead its Ok to try
D                           A
What youre chewing on's the truth and thats the hardest thing
   F#7                                (Gaug)
To wash down with a glass of lemonade

E     Bdim  A   Adim          E     Bdim  A   Adim
                The Ugly Underneath

The thing with politicians is I wouldnt have suspicions

if I saw their worst positions

And their ugly underneath

But after all the voting Suck away the sugar coating

Now theyve had you and theyre gloating

Boy its ugly underneath

Did you ever try to roll away the wheel

Go ahead take a fork and try

See the unnatractive things that make us real

Go ahead its OK to cry

What youve trodden in's the truth and thats the hardest thing
                                       (Gaug)
To wash down with a glass of lemonade
E (hold)
||A   E   D    E     A    E    D    E  (E7/E6/E)||
(keyboard phrase repeats to end)

--
Tim Harris

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