Monday, August 2, 2010

Song of the Day: XTC - Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)

I listened to and enjoyed Waxworks, the best of XTC from 1977-1982, but it wasn't until I saw their performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test that I realized how brilliant they were.  As the host explained, their performance felt like this song was bursting from them, and it reminds me of early Talking Heads - quirky pop music with punk undertones.

You can tell from this song that despite being catchy, the quirky sense of humor may have kept them from developing anything more than a cult audience.  Still, most of their first five or six albums are worth owning, but Waxworks is as good a place to start as any.

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