XTC Rag 'N' Bone Buffet
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- Released: September 24, 1990
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Entertainment Weekly - 8/9/91"..entertaining songs of solid artistic significance." - Rating: A-
- 2.Ten Feet Tall
- 3.Mermaid Smiled
- 4.Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
- 5.Respectable Street
- 6.Looking for Footprints
- 7.Over Rusty Water
- 8.Heaven Is Paved With Broken Glass
- 9.World Is Full of Angry Young Men
- 10.Punch and Judy
- 11.Thanks for Christmas
- 12.Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)
- 13.I Need Protection
- 14.Another Satellite
- 15.Strange Tales, Strange Tails
- 16.Officer Blue
- 17.Scissor Man
- 18.Cockpit Dance Mixture
- 19.Pulsing Pulsing
- 20.Happy Families
- 21.Countdown to Christmas Party Time
- 22.Blame the Weather
- 23.Take This Town
- 24.History of Rock; Roll
A collection of B-sides, rarities and flexi-singles compiled by Andy Partridge.
This 1990 collection, far from just filling in a hole in the three-year gap between ORANGES & LEMONS and NONSUCH, is a solid set on its own terms. Comprised of b-sides, alternate versions and other rarities that span XTC's career, it plays as a nice companion to any of their other retrospectives which feature their more obvious history (UPSY DAISY, COMPLETE XTC, WAXWORKS). There are jaggedly rocking punch-outs ("Respectable Street," "Take This Town"), pop ditties ("Happy Families," "Punch And Judy"), early Farfisa-infused new wave templates ("Looking For Footprints,"), assorted experiments ("Over Rusty Water," "Pulsing Pulsing") and even a lilting waltz ("The World is Full Of Angry Young Men").
Far from being a set castoffs, RAG & BONE BUFFET shows both how furiously creative the band has been, and how carefully they've shaped each album project, even if it meant having to shelve some exemplary songs.
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