My intention with this thread, starting Monday, December 27th, is to discuss the music of XTC and The Dukes of Stratosphear. I will be going through all of XTC and The Dukes of Stratosphear's songs, one by one, day by day: not only their originals, but covers too. This will include other pseudonymous side projects that were ultimately released under the XTC umbrella (The Colonel, The Three Wise Men, The Arguers, Terry and the Lovemen, etc.) However, in the interests of brevity, bona fide solo projects by members of the XTC will not be given special attention to, other than in passing mention. I will not to pretend to be the most knowledgeable expert of all of XTC's catalogue -- especially when it comes to side projects -- not even the foremost expert on this forum! But I do think I can reliably post one song per day and hopefully the experts presents will chime in with any relevant information. I will also be rating songs on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the best. I like doing this simply because, a) for some reason it helps me to focus my mind critically when I'm listening and b) although individual users' ratings mean nothing, collectively, when averaged, they are an interesting statistic. And I like to make playlists from the more highly-rated songs! Having said that one does not have to rate songs to participate in the thread. The main thing is to discuss the music of XTC, song-by-song and learn more about the music of this incredibly talented band. One more thing: besides solo projects, I do not plan on holding up unreleased/bootleg songs for rating; that does not mean that they cannot be discussed or referenced in their appropriate era by those who know about them; it only means that I won't make a separate entry for them. It is a fairly big and surprisingly sprawling catalogue. Ditto for side projects, where members may have contributed instrumental parts or backing vocals: they will not be held up separately. So, for example, I will not be separately holding up for discussion the songs on Andy Partridges various side projects, or his demo albums Fuzzy Warbles (etc,etc.) Only songs that, at one point or another can really be included as a real XTC or Dukes of Stratosphear release. I did a lot of thinkinga bout this over the last few months: originally I planned to title this thread the "songs of Partridge and Moulding" and go full-on completist but over time my concept has evolved; Andy in particular is too prolific and, ultimately, solo projects are best saved for another thread; who knows, I may feel differently at the end of this thread's run. For clarity's sake, the albums I plan to go through are as follows: 3D EP White Music Go 2 Go 2+ Drums And Wires Black Sea English Settlement Mummer The Big Express 25 O'Clock Skylarking Psonic Psunspot Oranges And Lemons Nonsuch Apple Venus Volume One Wasp Star: Apple Venus Volume Two Any live albums will be included in one day only discussions. Bonus tracks, non-album singles, B-sides, soundtrack songs and other rarities will be discussed after the album they are associated with -- see any of my other song-by-song threads for a template.