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XTC, Upsy Daisy Assortment

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1522435

Disk length: 1h 15m 28s (19 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1997

Label: Unknown

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“Upsy Daisy Assortment” Tracks & Durations

1. Life Begins At The Hop 3:47
2. Making Plans For Nigel 4:12
3. Generals & Majors 3:42
4. Respectable Street 3:07
5. Senses Working Overtime 4:34
6. Ball And Chain 4:30
7. No Thugs In Our House 5:10
8. Love On A Farmboy's Wages 4:00
9. Funk Pop A Roll 3:06
10. This World Over 4:46
11. Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her 3:52
12. Grass 2:43
13. Dear God 3:37
14. Earn Enough For Us 2:56
15. The Mayor Of Simpleton 3:57
16. King For A Day 3:36
17. Chalkhills And Children 5:03
18. The Disappointed 3:41
19. The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead 4:59

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Review

For the uninitiated, Upsy Daisy Assortment is a solid introduction to XTC (though the songs thrive best in each album's story-structure), but the compilation will probably feel weightier to those who remember when the band's mixture of cynical, biting lyrics and effervescent tunes was a relatively new concept. Musically, Upsy Daisy Assortment is pop, with styles ranging from stripped-down ooh-ah-ing '50s bubblegum in "Life Begins at the Hop," to the more jarring, jangly, quirky rock-pop of "Making Plans for Nigel," to Beatles-esque ballads like "The Mayor of Simpleton." But it's XTC's lyrics about class, politics, social restrictions, and the plight of the working class that make them seem like a punk band, even when they're at their sappiest. Andy Partridge's lyrics about an upwardly-mobile neighbor drunkenly retching over the undoubtedly white-picket fence a few hours before church ("Respectable Street"), crooned above sparkling melodies, seem so wrong that they're absolutely perfect. --Megan O. Steintrager

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XTC - Upsy Daisy Assortment

Tracks: 19, Disk length: 1h 16m 41s (+1m 13s)