MY 80s FAVOURITE prog pop
Andy Tillison – The Tangent
“It has to be XTC, and that means, for me, Drums And Wires. The band’s third album, this was the one that I was disappointed to hear about (the keyboard player was gone), but delighted to actually hear. It marked a break with the punky stuff, with fuzzy organ (I loved that) and took XTC into the realms of this gorgeous little psychedelic, progressive pop group who would dominate my turntable and Sony Walkman for the next 15 years.
“From the cynical lyrics of Making Plans
For Nigel to the bounciness of Helicopter, we were led to the genius that is Millions – a piece where Dave gregory’s guitar part always made me think of two Tijuana trumpets playing in close harmony, Terry Chambers’ drumming was individual and delicate, the lyrics fascinating. Wonderful.”