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XTC - Upsy Daisy Assortment (1997)

Artist: XTC
Title Of Album: Upsy Daisy Assortment
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Geffen Records / GEFD-25137
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock, Alternative
Total Time: 1:15:27
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 182 mb / 548 mb (Covers)

XTC - Upsy Daisy Assortment (1997)

XTC - Upsy Daisy Assortment (1997)

Instead of releasing the complete double-disc set Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-92, the American division of Geffen decided to assemble Upsy Daisy Assortment, a 19-track budget-priced collection that follows XTC from 1979's Drums & Wires to 1992's Nonsuch. Such a decision was conceivably driven by the idea that casual fans and the curious will want all of the band's familiar songs -- "Making Plans for Nigel," "Generals & Majors," "Respectable Street," "Senses Working Overtime," "Dear God," "The Mayor of Simpleton," "King for a Day," "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" -- on one disc, and on that level Upsy Daisy Assortment works. However, it's not the compilation it should have been, since it bypasses such essential early singles as "Statue of Liberty," "Science Friction," "Are You Receiving Me?" and "This is Pop," which captured the band at their nerviest. It also contains several idiosyncratic selections like "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her," "Chalkhills and Children" and "The Disappointed," which were album tracks that worked better on their original albums. But, given its budget price and generous selection, Upsy Daisy Assortment makes a good introduction for indiscriminate listeners. By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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


1 Life Begins At The Hop 4:12
2 Making Plans For Nigel 3:47
3 Generals & Majors 4:46
4 Respectable Street 3:52
5 Senses Working Overtime 3:42
6 Ball And Chain 3:07
7 No Thugs In Our House 4:34
8 Love On A Farmboy's Wages 5:10
9 Funk Pop A Roll 4:30
10 This World Over 4:00
11 Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her 3:06
12 Grass 3:37
13 Dear God 2:43
14 Earn Enough For Us 2:55
15 The Mayor Of Simpleton 3:57
16 King For A Day 5:03
17 Chalkhills And Children 3:36
18 The Disappointed 5:02
19 The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead 3:42



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