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RE: XTC’s popularity in the US, and why they aren’t remembered.

Their earliest material (the stuff that made their name in the UK) was largely ignored in the US. However over the course of the eighties they built up a substantial college radio audience as their popularity dropped off in their homeland. By the end of the 1980s, they managed some commercial radio play in the US (“Mayor of Simpleton” was a number one modern rock radio hit in 1989–keep in mind that there were about a dozen modern rock radio stations in the US at the time, though–and scored another number one with “Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” in 1992). Even then, XTC never sold much; college radio was still largely a glass celling back then, and modern rock radioplay didn’t correlate well to actual sales at that point, not like it would after grunge became popular.

And when grunge hit, among the many affects it had was pretty much wiping out the Anglophilic tendencies that had dominated college and modern rock radio up to that point (the latter format in particular was wedded to a Cure/Depeche Mode/Morrissey axis by the time Nirvana came around). As such, by the mid 90s a number of previous stalwarts of the formats were consigned to the dustbin and as such aren’t mentioned much today–XTC included.

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Mary – Ah, the credo. I never thought I’d hear that again and here it is in a comment posted on the website of a Canadian comics geek. God bless the internet.

Yeah, I was actually playing Hybrid Vigor. I got a turntable as an early Christmas gift over the weekend and was listening to some stuff that I don’t have on CD anymore.

Doo-Dad is great but I still have a soft spot for “It Came From Nashville.” It took me forever to get used to Steve Earle’s version of “Devil’s Right Hand,” even though he wrote it. Webb’s version boogies.

Have you seen any of his film shorts? Night Flight used to run “Webb Wilder, Private Eye” all the time, and “Horror Hayride” is a hoot in all sorts of awesome ways.

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Mary Warner said on December 24th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Mike–I haven’t seen any of his films, unless you count the video for ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’, which I stumbled across on Youtube.
All I know are the three albums my brother used to have on CD– DooDad, which he got from a friend, neither of us had heard of Webb Wilder until then; Acres Of Suede (I think)– was that the one with ‘No Great Shakes’, ‘Tell Me Why, Charlene’, and the great ‘Fall In Place’?; and one other, which I think was either Town & Country or Hybrid Vigor– it was all covers, and had ‘Rockin’ Little Angel’, ‘Talk Talk’, and the Small Faces’ ‘My Mind’s Eye’. I don’t know why it is that I remember four album titles, but only three albums.
Wow, I’m still stunned that I found someone who has heard of him.

So is anybody here into Shonen Knife?

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Thanks for the info about Wire, Dayv! I should’ve known that wasn’t all, lol!

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I went to school with the son of the lead singer of Wire, just thought i’d share that with you…

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