XTC were an English rock band formed in Swindon in 1972 and active until 2006.Led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop.Partridge, XTC's frontman and primary songwriter, insisted that the band was "blatantly just pop music. That's all." After 1982, the band stopped concert touring and became a studio-based project centred on Partridge, Moulding, and guitarist Dave Gregory.They produced increasingly idiosyncratic recordings, including The Big Express (1984), Skylarking (1986), Oranges & Lemons (1989), Nonsuch (1992) and Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999).I said, You don't have to play like that, you can play like us if you want. Ian Reid, owner of a Swindon club named The Affair, was their first manager and brokered deals for the group to perform at more popular venues such as the Hammersmith Red Cow, The Nashville Rooms and Islington's Hope And Anchor.The next rehearsal, he was like a maniac, like if Miró had played electric organ. By this time, the punk rock movement had emerged, which opened an avenue for the group in terms of record label appeal, even though the band did not necessarily fit in the punk dogma."Hugh had yet to develop his trade-mark 'gated ambience' sound".When the label chose to release his song as a single, "I thought, 'Blimey. ' I think Andy had to accept the view of the Nuremburg jury, you know?
After most of Andrews' songs were dropped from the final track list, Andrews told journalists that he foresaw the band "explod[ing] pretty soon".
They weren't songs, they were just slabs of energy with words that made good energy pictures in your head.
Phrases like 'radios in motion' or 'battery brides' – they were all kind of built around this electric wordplay stuff".
Fantastic."I really didn't like the phrase 'punk'—it just seemed kind of demeaning. Partridge remembers hearing the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy In The UK" (1976) and thinking "'Is that it? It just sounds like a slower version of the Ramones, or the Monkees with a bit more fuzz.' ...
I didn't like 'new wave' either, because that was already the phrase used for French cinema of a certain period. That sort of spurred me on – watching this stuff that I thought was rather average." Partridge credited him as "the man that was responsible for us getting a recording contract. As soon as we recorded that session for the BBC, suddenly three or four record labels wanted to sign us up." Their first full-length record, White Music, was then recorded in a week's time and released for January 1978.