XTC – King For A Day (1989)

XTC were a New Wave / pop band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits “Making Plans for Nigel” (1979) and “Senses Working Overtime” (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success.

First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars & vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass & vocals) went through many band names (including The Helium Kidz and Star Park) over the next five years. As the Helium Kidz, they were featured in a small NME article as an up-and-coming band from Swindon. Drawing influence from the New York Dolls, particularly the “Jetboy” single,and the emerging New York punk scene, they played glam rock with homemade costumes and slowly built up a following. Drummer Terry Chambers joined in 1973. Keyboard player Jonathan Perkins followed, replaced by Barry Andrews in 1976, and the band finally settled on a name: XTC.

In 1989, the band was sent to Los Angeles to record their tenth studio album and the “Oranges and Lemons” LP, produced by Paul Fox, was their biggest seller yet, with the videos for “The Mayor of Simpleton” and “King for a Day” getting heavy airplay on MTV and other international music TV programs. Sonically lush and tightly produced, the album continued along the psychedelic influence of their previous albumSkylarking” while drawing from the energetic pop sound of their earlier work.

The US Promo 12″ for the “King For A Day” single included three remixes by Ivan Ivan.

King For A Day (Czar Mix)                        6:30

King For A Day (I Dub Thee Sir Mix)    6:10

King For A Day (Versailles Mix)             5:07

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