Fantastic."I really didn't like the phrase 'punk'—it just seemed kind of demeaning. Partridge remembers hearing the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy In The UK" (1976) and thinking "'Is that it? It just sounds like a slower version of the Ramones, or the Monkees with a bit more fuzz.' ...
I didn't like 'new wave' either, because that was already the phrase used for French cinema of a certain period. That sort of spurred me on – watching this stuff that I thought was rather average." Partridge credited him as "the man that was responsible for us getting a recording contract. As soon as we recorded that session for the BBC, suddenly three or four record labels wanted to sign us up." Their first full-length record, White Music, was then recorded in a week's time and released for January 1978.
Partridge characterized the album as "Captain Beefheart meets the Archies" shrouded in 1950s-style retrofuturism.
He reflected: "It's just everything we'd ever listened to.
"Hugh had yet to develop his trade-mark 'gated ambience' sound".
When the label chose to release his song as a single, "I thought, 'Blimey. ' I think Andy had to accept the view of the Nuremburg jury, you know?
Andrews left the band two months later while on their first American tour.
Led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop.I said, You don't have to play like that, you can play like us if you want. Ian Reid, owner of a Swindon club named The Affair, was their first manager and brokered deals for the group to perform at more popular venues such as the Hammersmith Red Cow, The Nashville Rooms and Islington's Hope And Anchor.The next rehearsal, he was like a maniac, like if Miró had played electric organ. By this time, the punk rock movement had emerged, which opened an avenue for the group in terms of record label appeal, even though the band did not necessarily fit in the punk dogma.And I did enjoy his brain power, the verbal and mental fencing." Instead, Dave Gregory was invited to join as a second guitarist. We said, 'Look, let's try "This Is Pop." And he said, 'Do you want the album version or the single version?"So we went through this pretend audition with him. ' (laughing) We thought, 'Bloody oh, a real musician.' But he was in the band before he even knew." Gregory was anxious of whether the fans would accept him as a member, characterizing himself as "the archetypal pub-rocker in jeans and long hair. Nobody was fashionable in XTC, ever."I thought it was in me to take a lead in this area, and they started to like a lot of what I did, which kind of surprised me.I thought this being in a group thing looks great." He recalled watching schoolmate Dave Gregory "play in bands before I could even play guitar ... Gregory was played the Mahavishnu Orchestra's album The Inner Mounting Flame (1971), which he later called "one of watershed moments in my musical education." Moulding had been playing bass since 1970 "because I liked music [and] I thought that playing a bass, with four strings, would be infinitely easier than playing a guitar, with six strings. "The Dukes of Stratosphear" was considered, but Partridge thought "it was too flowery and people would think we were a psychedelic group. We needed a fast inventive name." Andrews was immediately hired.During the first band rehearsal, Partridge recalled, "He sounded like Jon Lord from Deep Purple; fuzz box, wah wah pedal, bluesy runs.In 2006, Partridge announced that his creative partnership with Moulding had disintegrated, leaving XTC "in the past tense." In 2017, Moulding and Chambers reunited as the duo TC&I. XTC's best-known album, Skylarking, is generally regarded as their finest.They had a total of 18 records in the UK top 40, including the singles "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979), "Sgt.Virgin rejected Eno's advice, and the group instead returned to Abbey Road with Leckie.Andrews appeared to the sessions with several original songs, but Partridge did not feel they were right for the band.