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XTC: This Is Pop (2017)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Music | 7 October 2017 (UK)
A brand new film on one of Britain's best-loved and most influential bands of modern times, XTC. Emerging from the late 1970s punk and new wave explosion, XTC amassed a devoted following ... See full summary »
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Clem Burke ... Himself
Terry Chambers Terry Chambers ... Himself
Stewart Copeland Stewart Copeland ... Himself
John Grant John Grant ... Himself
Dave Gregory Dave Gregory ... Himself
James Hayward James Hayward ... Himself
Miles Kane Miles Kane ... Himself
Laurie Langan Laurie Langan ... Himself
John Leckie John Leckie ... Himself
Dave Mattacks Dave Mattacks ... Himself
Colin Moulding Colin Moulding ... Himself
Hugh Padgham Hugh Padgham ... Himself
Sarah Palmer Sarah Palmer ... Herself
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A brand new film on one of Britain's best-loved and most influential bands of modern times, XTC. Emerging from the late 1970s punk and new wave explosion, XTC amassed a devoted following with hit singles Making Plans For Nigel, Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me), Senses Working Overtime, Dear God and Mayor Of Simpleton. A colourful and vibrant journey into the world of XTC and their alter-ego band, The Dukes Of Stratosphear, the film includes newly filmed interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers. Through a mixture of animation, archive and specially-shot sequences, the film opens up the world of XTC and into the brilliant minds of principle songwriters, Messrs Partridge and Moulding.

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XTC are from Swindon. Their name is an abbreviation of the word "ecstasy". It was inspired by Jimmy Durante saying, "Dat's it! I'm in ecstasy!" See more »

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This is Pop
3 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

If they had been more consistent XTC could had been up there with Madness as the sound of the 80s with the schoolkids of that era. Both bands were influenced by the Kinks.

XTC came out with some quirky songs but they were catchy. Senses working overtime, Making plans for Nigel, Sgt Rock. Then they disappeared. Although they still made albums, were still the darling of the critics, they really did not bother the pop charts much at all.

It also did not help that Andy Partridge suffered from stage fright as well as longstanding addiction to Valium.

This tries to be an anti-rockumentary, Andy Partridge, now older and balder tells us so. He also bans Rick Wakeman from appearing in it.

Despite this it tells a story of a band coming together, hitting the big time, some members falling out, getting ripped off by management as they made little from their live performances and then the decline.

It is a must see if you are a XTC fan.


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