Genre: Pop Rock


XTC Skylarking Gold CD


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England's XTC emerged during the late '70s with an intellectual, high-vitality, alternative pop style. Often thought of as a thinking person's band, they met with much critical acclaim that gained them enormous popularity in the U.K. - while making them a cult favorite in the states. Their clever, off-center pop was surprisingly complex, addressing adult topics with a mixture of idealism, childlike wonder and skepticism.

Released in 1986 on Geffen, Skylarking is considered by many to be the band's strongest title. While tracks address coming-of-age issues such as marriage (Big Day), supporting a family (Earn Enough For Us) and God (Dear God), the performances are a blend of wisdom, wit and wonder. Already known for strong production on their titles, XTC brought in Todd Rundgren as producer for Skylarking. The result was a sometimes fiery creative interaction between band and producer, that pushed the level of Skylarking to a higher level, creating a unique, lightly psychedelic soundstage.

1. Summer's Cauldron
2. Grass
3. The Meeting Place
4. That's Really Super Supergirl
5. Ballet For A Rainy Day
6. 1000 Umbrellas
7. Season Cycle
8. Earn Enough For Us
9. Big Day
10. Another Satellite
11. The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
12. Dear God
13. Dying
14. Sacrificial Bonfire

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