At some point in early 2012 I decided it would be a good idea to choose a band with a deep catalog and familiarize myself with their entirety of offerings. After a little consideration I decided it was high time to dive fully into the works of XTC
. I was already a huge fan of Black Sea
, had enjoyed what I'd heard from Drums and Wires
and had it on good authority
that I wouldn't be disappointed if I continued onward.
I can officially say that I met my goal and procured their entire discography
- from White Music
to Wasp Star
, I've heard it all (minus the Dukes of the Stratosphear stuff). On the whole, the band delivered exactly what I expected they would - smart songs that evolve over their long career from punk-era art to flourishing pop. If you are not already, I suggest you getting familiar
with their back story, read up on their highly revered
status and dive right in. But where to start?
The first two records, White Music
, might be a little abrasive to keep you locked in so I say you start where I did - with Black Sea
. Or, just dive into this handy playlist I made you
that should give you a pretty decent overview.
I'd call the experiment a success. The question is now, what artist do I tackle in 2013?