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XTC Go2 and Go+ Covers

00a. XTC - Go 2 (1978)_Front.jpg

XTC's Go 2 album and the "extra" EP factored in as well. XTC were a prolific band, always laden with great songs and never at a loss for tracks or brilliance.

After Barry Andrews left the band, they carried on with Dave Gregory.

Wikipedia:

UK LP: V 2108

Side A

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Length

1.

"Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"  

2:36

2.

"Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"  

4:37

3.

"Buzzcity Talking"  

Colin Moulding

2:41

4.

"Crowded Room"  

Moulding

2:53

5.

"The Rhythm"  

Moulding

3:00

6.

"Red"  

3:02

Side B

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Length

1.

"Beatown"  

4:37

2.

"Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"  

4:41

3.

"Jumping In Gomorrah"  

2:04

4.

"My Weapon"  

Barry Andrews

2:20

5.

"Super-Tuff"  

Andrews

4:27

6.

"I Am the Audience"  

Moulding

3:48

[edit]2001 Remastered CD: CDVX2108

No.

Title

Writer(s)

Length

1.

"Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"  

2:36

2.

"Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"  

4:37

3.

"Buzzcity Talking"  

Colin Moulding

2:41

4.

"Crowded Room"  

Moulding

2:53

5.

"The Rhythm"  

Moulding

3:00

6.

"Red"  

3:02

7.

"Beatown"  

4:37

8.

"Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"  

4:41

9.

"Jumping In Gomorrah"  

2:04

10.

"My Weapon"  

Barry Andrews

2:20

11.

"Super-Tuff"  

Andrews

4:27

12.

"I Am the Audience"  

Moulding

3:48

13.

"Are You Receiving Me?"  

3:06

[edit]Go+ (Bonus disc included on initial pressing)

  1. "Dance With Me, Germany" [dub version of "Meccanic Dancing (Oh We Go!)"] – 3:17

  2. "Beat the Bible" [dub version of "Jumping in Gomorrah"] – 2:06

  3. "A Dictionary of Modern Marriage" [dub version of "Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"] – 2:27

  4. "Clap Clap Clap" [dub version of "I am the Audience"] (Moulding) – 2:17

  5. "We Kill The Beast" [dub version of "The Rhythm"] (Moulding) – 2:05

And there you have it. White text on a black background, courier type, but very much a send-up of the marketing of music and bands. By the late 1970s, album art was in its heyday. XTC couldn't be bothered, even thought their subsequent records came with fantastic covers.

The House of Love Babe Rainbow Covers

This album is a masterpiece.

Babe Rainbow

has a fantastic cover--a real winner, if you ask me. I have a soft spot for this album because, back when it was released, I completely missed it. I had the 1990 album, aka, "Butterfly" and, after that, nothing. This was because the House of Love sort of fell off the world for me, but, really, it was just a case of not knowing about this album and what the band was doing. To say that they were underappreciated is an understatement.

They were neglected to death, in other words. And

Babe Rainbow

is one of the most neglected masterpieces of the 1990s. Lost in the sucking swirl of grunge, it ran into a marketplace that wasn't ready for beautiful guitar music. Had Guy Chadwick, et al, simply droned on and screamed about mother, they might have had a chance. Instead, they gave us

The Girl With the Loneliest Eyes

, one of the purest pop songs ever written. Every track on the album is a keeper, by the way. I could mix this whole album up on an iPod and never wonder why those tracks are there.

Acquire this one. It should--it deserves--the reissue treatment, as do all of the other House of Love albums. I would love to see these put back out there with B-sides and live tracks and all, simply because this is crucial music.