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84.  XTC

It seems that every musical genre has a representative that is dubbed the “thinking man’s” band. Some have bestowed that label for the Post Punk/New Wave set to XTC. In retrospect, that may be an accurate description for this English group.

XTC earned that label with possibly the most critically praised New Wave music that merged politicized lyrics with a tinge of New Wave, Art Rock and melodic Pop hooks.They developed a strong cult following and a few minor hits though mainstream success eluded them which was not helped by lead singer Andy Partridge’s stage fright which prevented them excessive touring.Considering the love they have from the critics, they have to be considered a dark horse contender for Cleveland.

 

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Should XTC be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 88.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #153
    2012: #138
    2013: #123
    2014: #115
    2015: #107
    2016: #95
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2002
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Swindon, England)
  • Why they will get in: Critical acclaim and influence are there.
  • Why they won't get in: They have little star power and although they have support they are not the most vocal.
  • Essential Albums: White Music (1978)
    Drums and Wires (1979)
    English Settlement (1982)
    Skylarking (1986)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: This is Pop? (From White Music, 1978)
    Making Plans for Nigel (From Drums and Wires, 1979)
    Generals and Majors (From Black Sea, 1980)
    The Man Who Sailed Around the World (From Skylarking, 1986)
    Dear God (From Skylarking, 1986)

Should XTC be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 88.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.4%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 18:59
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0 #2 chekov1 2018-09-12 01:36
Such a ridiculous over site by the losers at R & R Hall of Fame. Xtc should be considered the next logical Beatles given the long list of brilliant music. Personally, I think the masterpiece is Big Express. They just got better at it up through Skylarking. Can you imagine, Greenday has been inducted before Xtc... hilarious.
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+3 #1 Esol Esek 2014-03-17 08:28
I desperately love this band.They weren't obscure in Seattle in the 1980s I'll tell you that much. They owned alternate and college radio, and English Settlement was a huge double album, that seemed guaranteed to shoot them into superstardom , but it didn't in the USA, because the USA was just too dumb, and maybe they kind of faded after that, because the fight sort of left the music. Of course Black Sea is a total masterpiece, as is Drums and Wires, and many songs in between. Most under-apprec iated band in music history, up there as the band most deserving and broad enough to claim the impossible follow-up mantle title from the Beatles.
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