Fossil Fuel The XTC Singles 1977-92

Label: EMI Music Canada
Duration: 1:57:44
Genre: New Wave

Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-1992 is a splendid double-disc set that runs through every one of the group's 31 A-sides, from the nervy "Science Friction" to the lush, sighing "Wrapped in Grey." Between those two songs, XTC's craftsmanship grows remarkably fast -- based on the edgy pop of their new wave singles "Statue of Liberty," "This Is Pop," "Are You Receiving Me?," and "Life Begins at the Hop," it's hard to believe that they would later write the subtle, near-pastoral Beatles, Kinks, and Beach Boys pastiches of "Love on a Farmboy's Wages," "Great Fire," and "Grass." And those songs just scratch the surface of the terrific pop singles available on Fossil Fuel: "Making Plans for Nigel," "Ten Feet Tall," "Generals and Majors," "Towers of London," "Respectable Street," "Sense Working Overtime," "This World Over," "Dear God," "The Mayor of Simpleton," "King for a Day," and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" are wonderful songs and forgotten classics. Although XTC continually made carefully constructed albums, they were a dynamite singles band, releasing songs that were tightly constructed and impossibly catchy. They never had hits, because their unabashed pop was never in fashion; plus, Andy Partridge's voice was too pinched and his lyrics frequently too cerebral. But XTC's music stands as some of the best and most influential pop of their era, and nowhere is that more evident than on Fossil Fuel.

Amazon Description
All 31 of their U.K. A-sides, 1977-1992, on two CDs in a double slimline jewel case. Contains their XTC hits only -- no recordings by their alteregos The Dukes Of Stratosphear or The Three Wise Men. Includes 'Dear God', 'Respectable Street', 'Senses Working Overtime', 'Science Friction', 'TenFeet Tall', 'Making Plans For Nigel', 'The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead', etc. 1996 release on Virgin. The full title is'Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-92'.

Science Friction3:14
Statue of Liberty2:52
This Is Pop2:40
Are You Receiving Me?3:04
Life Begins At The Hop3:47
Making Plans for Nigel4:12
Ten Feet Tall3:13
Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down4:20
Generals And Majors3:41
Towers Of London4:38
Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)3:36
Love At First Sight3:07
Respectable Street3:07
Senses Working Overtime4:34
Ball And Chain4:29
No Thugs In Our House5:09
Great Fire3:51
Love On A Farmboy's Wages3:59
All You Pretty Girls3:59
This World Over4:46
Wake Up3:41
The Meeting Place3:13
Dear God3:37
The Mayor Of Simpleton3:58
King For A Day3:37
The Loving3:54
The Disappointed3:38
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead5:03
Wrapped In Grey3:47
Original Release: 1996-01-01
Composer: Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding
Arranged By: XTC