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XTC: Oranges & Lemons

Album Review

The new wavers’ sprawling magnum opus.

Weller, Costello, Talking Heads; by the late 80s a fair chunk of the new wavers were couching their biting political satires in the slick production of the age, jazz and world music. Swindon jerk-poppers XTC were no exception, as singer Andy Partridge’s crippling stage fright had turned them into a studio band around the time of their biggest hit Senses Working Overtime in 1982.


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