Senses Working Overtime: XTC and Dukes of Stratosphear Song-by-song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lance LaSalle, Dec 25, 2021.

  1. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

    Location:
    MI
    It may not be a masterpiece for the ages, but I've always thought that "Traffic Light Rock" was a fun little song, a zesty throwaway. I don't blame them for leaving it off the album, although it's no less consequential than "Do What You Do". It's interesting to read about their obsession with starting some kind of retro dance craze back in the old days.

    3/5
     
  2. eeglug

    eeglug Senior Member

    Location:
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Traffic Light Rock. It's pleasant enough but for me very unexceptional, like it was a write-a-new-wave-song school assignment that Andy fulfilled with a perfunctory entry that nevertheless ticks all the boxes that the teacher outlined. It works though.
     
  3. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Málaga, Spain
    Traffic Light Rock:

    Another good track, which would have been good enough, but not essential, for the album imo.
     
  4. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    Traffic -- another inconsequential b-side. 2/5
     
  5. jimbutsu

    jimbutsu WATCH YÖUR STEPPE

    Big, dumb fun, but waaaay too much emphasis on the dumb. That said, I can absolutely see myself enjoying this quite a lot more than my rating reflects if I happen to be in the exact right mood for it.

    2.5/5
     
  6. hvgrace

    hvgrace Senior Member

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    "Traffic Light Rock" is Dolls-by-numbers fun. I didn't remember this one at all. 2/5
     
  7. AlienRendel

    AlienRendel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, il
    Traffic Light Rock - 2.5/5 - Fun while it's on, but I can never remember it after.
     
  8. pocketcalculator

    pocketcalculator Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York City
    "Traffic Light Rock" - another fun piece of fluff from Andy. 3/5.

    I don't have the Guillotine compilation, but I did find this on a Various Artists 7" EP from Virgin. I can't be arsed to dig out my singles, but if I recall correctly it looks like it was a free promo (it has a blue label). ETA: Discogs tells me this was "Presented Free by Record Mirror".
     
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  9. brownie61

    brownie61 Forum Resident

    Traffic Light Rock

    I feel like this track is almost there, but not quite. The music is great. It’s peppy and catchy, but unfortunately the vocals grate.

    2.75/5
     
  10. redmedicine

    redmedicine Pop Punk Psych Prog

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    It's more concise and coherent than most of White Music, but ultimately it's them aping a style that really isn't theirs. 2/5
     
  11. dthomas850

    dthomas850 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Traffic Light Rock: I can see why this one was an outtake. 2/5
     
  12. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car

    Traffic Light Rock:
    Definitely a retro feel throwback. 50’s-early 60’s nostalgia filtered through late 70’s Swindon. Crocodile Rock, Rocky Horror, there was a fair amount of this earlier in the decade. It’s a harmless little bauble, and charming. 3/5
     
  13. Will Harris

    Will Harris Forum Resident

    What intv7 says saves me a few extra keystrokes. He nails it. Interestingly I had never heard "Traffic Light Rock". I'm not very familiar with New York Dolls other than what I
    heard back when on MTV. I did take a look at discogs. The record inner has amusing hype: "The pride of Swindon now worshiped nationwide, this combo is in the
    process of changing the shape of the universe
    ." -alrighty then. Played it a few times. Piano and guitar stand out on a nice rocker. Before you know it it's over. 2/5

    Guess I could repeat this part: It's not what I'm coming to xtc for.
     
  14. Will Harris

    Will Harris Forum Resident

    This one's worth repeating, as well. The Ramones were good at this "play it fast" rock but I am sure glad xtc got on a different track.
     
  15. Will Harris

    Will Harris Forum Resident

    Singles - where did it all go wrong? Personally, I used to sit right in front of my turntable, so it wasn't a hassle to turn them over.
    Now I want a comfortable chair in the middle of the sweet spot on the other side of the room. Don't want to keep getting up after
    every song. Same with Cd singles. I own a lot of them that don't get played very often. When I had a carousel 5-disc changer it
    was easier but my Oppo is one disc at a time.
     
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  16. Bob C

    Bob C Forum Resident

    Location:
    So Cal
    New York Dolls on MTV? Where was I?
     
  17. Michael Macrone

    Michael Macrone Je ne suis pas Macron

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    "Traffic Light Rock": Before I read Lance's info or any of your comments, my main takeaway from the song was "wow, this sounds a lot like the Dolls—only with the wrong attitude." Weak Dolls and weak XTC.

    1.5/5
     
  18. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

    Location:
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    The highly influential but commercially ignored XTC do a send up of the highly influential but commercially ignored New York Dolls. I dig it! 4/5
     
  19. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Traffic Light Rock"

    1-0
    2-7
    3-10
    4-2
    4-0
    Average: 2.5605
     
  20. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Instant Tunes", written by Andy Partridge and produced by John Leckie.

    XTC – Instant Tunes Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

    Line Up:
    Andy Partridge: vocals, guitars
    Barry Andrews: organ
    Colin Moulding: vocals, bass
    Terry Chambers: drums

    Recording during the White Music sessions, this was released as a B-side to the late 1978 single Are You Receiving Me.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2022
  21. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    I get a Madness vibe from the verses! Unfortunately, the chorus is pretty forgettable. 2.5/5
     
  22. ARL

    ARL Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    "Instant Tunes"

    * Written by Colin Moulding *

    This is my favourite Colin B-side. I think it's his equivalent to "New Town Animal" - the undiscovered early gem. Like that one it's simple, direct and has a fantastic hook. I also love the descending guitar figure during the chorus - the role of the keyboards seems somewhat diminished in this one. Perhaps by the time it was released they had remixed it to reflect that Barry was on the outs? It's always felt to me more like a "coming out of Go2" track than a White Music track. 4/5.
     
  23. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    I stand corrected; thank you! It is Andy singing lead, though, isn't it? Sounds like it.
     
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  24. ARL

    ARL Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    It's Colin doing his best Andy impersonation - I can hear his distinctive burr in several places. Thankfully they diverge vocally after the next album!
     
  25. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    It's OK; another solid hook by Colin; another song that could have replace anything on the album and not affected it at all. Better than Watchtower and X Wires.

    2.9/5
     

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