XTC - It would not be the 80s without them.

XTC In Concert – 1981 – Nights At The Roundtable

XTC - It would not be the 80s without them.

XTC – It would not be the 80s without them.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – XTC In Concert At Hammersmith Palais – February 7, 1981 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1

You can’t have a week of 80s music without including a concert by XTC. They pretty much defined the decade (at least the first half) for me. One of the most instantly identifiable and influential bands to come out of that period. XTC were labelled all kinds of things – but they insisted on being considered a Pop band.

They embodied the craft of tight, well-executed song-making. From brilliant lyrics to instrumental lines, XTC were one of the most competent and successful bands of the period.

Listening to this concert, recorded on February 7, 1981 at the Hammersmith Palais in London, every song carries with it an indelible mark. And it’s amazing how many memorable hits they had during their tenure, and the energy level borders on Mach One. This goes under the heading of “Classic Concert”.

So as a reminder of how great this band was, here is XTC in concert as recorded by the ever-present BBC for their In Concert series for Radio 1.

I don’t think I need to tell you to crank this one up very loud.

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5 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    Wow! I have a quite a bit of XTC live recordings, but I’ve never encountered this one. Is it downloadable anywhere? Must I search the “dark net”?

  2. Brian says:

    Ooh..hadn’t tried right-clicking. Seems to be downloading.

    • gordonskene says:

      Sorry about that – I recently installed a new player and am revamping all the posts which didn’t include it (some 4,000 and counting) – should be easier for you to listen to it now 🙂

  3. Brian says:

    Wait a sec–this is the BBC concert that was officially released. Pretty sure this was recorded in late Dec 1980.

    • gordonskene says:

      Yes – this is the BBC concert – the date I had was the broadcast date, not the recording date – which I didn’t have – thanks for the tip on the actual date. There are other XTC concerts on the site via U.S. venues – do a search and they will most likely pop up. Best, Gordon