“Go 2” by XTC - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1978Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Their second album - and their second of 1978 - arrived in October, fronted by a wonderfully sarcastic mini-essay on the cover, pouring scorn on the cynical world of the marketeer who would try to seduce YOU, the record buyer, with alluring imagery to secure the sale. The Swindon four line-up: Andy Partridge (24, guitars, vocals), Colin Moulding (23, bass, vocals), Barry Andrews (22, organs, synths, clavinet, grand piano, saxophone, vocals) and Terry Chambers (23, drums, vocals). Evidence of the quirkiness in store is immediately apparent on the jerky opener “Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)” described by Partridge as “A song about kids in England going to dance halls. People would get very drunk and then attempt to dance like robots to stuff like Kraftwerk.” Vivid! Hypnosis is the next play via the woozy and repetitive “Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)”, written in tribute to Brian Eno, which makes perfect sense. Flirtations with punk-ska serve up side one surprises on “Crowded Room” and “Red”, which went down very well as raucous set closers in their live gigs at the time. The Jamaican flirtation continues on side two with a great many of the dubbeat variety. Coming across like Perry-in-the-Black-Ark, “Life Is Good In The Greenhouse” has allsorts of little effects and synth twinkles bubbling away, with a suitably strange story to go with it: “Life is good in the greenhouse, Rather be a plant than be your Mickey Mouse”. “Go 2” was well received by the UK press and, although artistic and personal tensions between Partridge and Andrews would soon see the latter depart, XTC continued to move forward purposefully.

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A1 [02:34] 6.8.png XTC - Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) (Andy Partridge) New Wave
A2 [04:35] 6.7.png XTC - Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) (Andy Partridge) Trance Rock
A3 [02:40] 5.3.png XTC - Buzzcity Talking (Colin Moulding) Post-Punk
A4 [02:53] 5.5.png XTC - Crowded Room (Colin Moulding) Post-Punk
A5 [02:58] 5.1.png XTC - The Rhythm (Colin Moulding) New Wave
A6 [03:01] 4.8.png XTC - Red (Andy Partridge) Ska / Rocksteady
B1 [04:35] 5.0.png XTC - Beatown (Andy Partridge) New Wave
B2 [04:41] 6.1.png XTC - Life Is Good In The Greenhouse (Colin Moulding) Dubbeat
B3 [02:03] 4.9.png XTC - Jumping In Gomorrah (Andy Partridge) Ska / Rocksteady
B4 [02:20] 6.0.png XTC - My Weapon (Barry Andrews) New Wave
B5 [04:24] 5.3.png XTC - Supertuff (Barry Andrews) Dubbeat
B6 [03:38] 5.3.png XTC - I Am The Audience (Colin Moulding) Dubbeat

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