Some Anglo For Your Ear: XTC’s “Life Begins at the Hop”

Andy Partridge may have been “the creative force” in XTC, but bassist Colin Moulding wrote some of the band’s most kickin’ tunes: “Making Plans For Nigel,” “Generals and Majors,” and this buoyant dance tune from Drums & Wires. And, as you Brits say, he was fit as f**k. Mr. Partridge, not so much. The band, one of New Wave’s best, genuinely seems to be enjoying themselves as they joyride in a fake pink Caddy and dance around a bunch of pretty girls.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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