Lead sheet. He likened the chorus to one of Paul McCartney 's songs on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band : "I was still struggling at the time with this Beatle influence, which was getting bigger and bigger in me, and I was refusing to acknowledge it. My mum hated me getting wet, so I remember the sun because [I] was only allowed out when it was sunny. The sun was king. He denied that he was inspired by the Kinks ' " Last of the Steam-Powered Trains " , explaining that the song was actually inspired by the Rolling Stones ' " Can't You Hear Me Knocking " , and that he did not listen to any Kinks albums until several years later.
Partridge called "Train Running Low" "possibly one of the most autobiographical songs I've ever written. I'm the train and I'm worried about losing my inspiration, I'm worried about losing my steam for the whole thing -- the whole XTC creative process. Other songs were produced but left off the album.
Originally, the group wanted to call themselves "the Virgin Marys", but the label objected. He described the song as "all-out stupid funky" and "ersatz Michael Jackson or something". Three outtakes were relegated as B-sides to the album's singles. Partridge set it to music after he was commissioned to write a song for a documentary about Swindon. In the film, he is shown performing the song at Crescent.
He said: "'This is looking at people going about their business but not being where [I] should be—not being in school. The lyrics are a commentary on critics who criticize "white boys" for singing the blues "and the rip-off sharks who infest music's murky waters". The Big Express was released on 15 October First pressings of the vinyl were contained in a circular record sleeve as an homage to the Small Faces ' Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Although the LP reached a higher chart position than Mummer ,  it sold a lesser number of copies.
Within weeks of the album's release, the band's finances were depleted and further payments of advancements and royalties were frozen on account of the Reid litigation, forcing the group to subsist on short-term loans from Virgin. The end product, 25 O'Clock , was publicised as a collection of recordings by an older band called "the Dukes of Stratosphear".
The Big Express was met with little critical notice,  especially in the US. Writing for The Village Voice , Robert Christgau awarded the album a B score and recommended that the group write a musical , "Which would keep them working at the proper scale and be the best thing for steam-powered trains since Ray Davies. Erica Wexler, then a reviewer for Musician magazine, suggested that "XTC is never short of ideas; their only real flaw is a propensity for crowding together too many.
I just hope they're still not too far ahead of their time. Colin Moulding gets philosophy-weird and Andy Partridge sounds depressed; the direction of the band seems blurred.
In later years, Partridge said "I love that album and nobody ever mentions it. That and Mummer are the two ignored discs. Reviewing The Big Express for AllMusic , Chris Woodstra said that XTC created "their most painstakingly detailed, multi-layered, sonically dynamic" work to that point, resulting in "a thoroughly consistent and enjoyable album beginning to end. According to the Chicago Reader ' s J.
Jones, the album's songs rank "with the band's best work, but as a recording it's weighed down by the leaden drums". Throughout the s, the band's catalog was reissued, one album at a time, in the form of deluxe packages centred on new stereo and surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson.
Partridge stated that the tapes were "not looked for yet" and that "we have to pay for any searches to find them". Credits adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Lord XTC. Guitarist Dave Gregory praised the song's middle eight as the best thing the group had written to that point.
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It would also be nice to see an official release of the BBC in Concert show. Think someone from amazon is having a laugh with the price. Excellent album. All the songs are excellent. Will buy it for sure.
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