4.6.07

And when you're still angry at God....

You can write a letter, like XTC did. And perhaps you'll get an answer. The song is pretty straightforward, if you spend any amount of time with it. Musically, it's a pretty little pop gem that XTC are known for (by those who know). Unfortunately, XTC isn't known for commercial success, which means their following basically consists of music nerds like me.

Dear God wasn't even included on the original release of Skylarking. It was a b-side of the album's first single, Grass. Dear God became something of a hit which led to the pulling of Mermaid Smile and the re-releasing of the album. Also, there was a lot of friction between Todd Rundgren, the album's producer, and Andy Partridge, who is the main songwriter for the band. In spite of that, Skylarking is considered one of XTC's best albums.

XTC > Dear God

4 comments:

sharon said...

I like the Eno-style on that EP. Dear God itself grates for me, as I have an aversion to kids singing on records. They always sound too stage school, although it's not as offensive on this as it is on Traffic's 'Hole in my Shoe'.

Sarah said...

We saw Andy Partridge in Co-op once. Isn't that exciting?!

Anonymous said...

This is not a good XTC song! That kid always annoyed the shit out of me in the video. Pick a better one. And then do a Dukes of Stratosphere post. :D

robot_hero said...

Ooh, Sarah, what was he buying? There should be a site called Grocery Bills of The Stars. Or something.

Oddly, I never got into the Dukes albums. There were two or three, right? I should probably get them soon.