The XTC Experiment

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 and Go2, 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?
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  • @paul, The Apple Venus records are way better than Nonesuch. I suggest you try it out. Kristofferson eh? I'm not sure I'm ready!
    Michael on Friday, December 28th, 2012 @ 8:00am
  • It's so cool that you did this! Not sure who should be next.
    Cody on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 @ 11:09am
  • This is awesome. I love XTC. I have been doing this lately with The Feelies. I never really got into them at the time even though I loved all the other Hoboken bands like Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500/Luna/Damon & Naomi, They Might Be Giants, and others.
    Jim Renaud on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 @ 3:48pm

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