I mentioned a while back that I was going to run into difficulties with the series due to the fact I had stopped buying XTC singles and albums after English Settlement. I did at least manage to hear the singles off Mummer back in 1983 but by the time of the release of The Big Express the following year and later on I was hardly listening to any radio outside of Kid Jensen and John Peel and so wasn’t remotely aware of what the band were up to. As a consequence, the next three singles in this series, and their b-sides, are all new to me.
September 1984 saw the pre-album single written by Andy Partridge:-
mp3 : XTC – All Your Pretty Girls
It was released on 7″ with this b-side written by Colin Moulding:-
mp3 : XTC – Washaway
While the 12″ had this extra Partridge composition:-
mp3 : XTC – Red Brick Dream
I’m listening to these while thinking back to the singers and bands who were making waves in 1984 and realising just how of kilter these are with all that was going on. The single isn’t very good and the b-side sounds like a demo tune written by the boys of Abba. The extra track on the 12″ is probably the best of a bad lot.
There was still enough of a fan base to take the single to #55 in the charts.