Talk about your untenable situations. Not only have XTC been unable to tour for
over a decade due to singer/songwriter Andy Partridge's crippling stage fright,
but they've also been barred from releasing any new material since 1992's
Nonsuch due to a protracted contractual battle with their international
label, Virgin Records.
So, as a sort of stop-gap peace offering to fans,
their U.S. label, Geffen, is releasing a 19-track greatest-hits compilation
called Upsy Daisy Assortment (The Sweetest Hits) on June 3.
album contains all the classic oddball anthems you'd expect: "Life Begins at
the Hop," "Making Plans for Nigel," "Generals & Majors," "Senses Working
Overtime," "Grass," "Dear God," "Earn Enough for Us," "The Mayor Of Simpleton,"
and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead," plus some less radio-friendly fodder,
like: ""Respectable Street," "Ball and Chain," "No Thugs in Our House," "Love
on a Farmboy's Wages," "This World Over," "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss
Her..." and "Chalkhills and Children." Other songs on the collection include:
"Funk Pop A Roll," "King for a Day" and "The Disappointed."
According to a
source at Geffen, the band has recently freed itself from their Virgin contract
and are in negotiations with a number of labels to release the multiple albums
they recorded during the limbo years.