MY 80s FAVOURITE prog pop

Prog - - Intro -

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.”

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