YMMV: XTC

  • Anvilicious: Can occasionally happen when Partridge decides to tackle politics. "Complicated Game" is a great example of this, being one of their more famous album tracks. Even Moulding joins in on songs like "The Smartest Monkeys" and "War Dance".
  • Broken Base: Go 2 is either a great album or the worst album made by XTC.
    • Likewise, Oranges and Lemons is either a solid follow-up to Skylarking, or an over-indulgent mess helmed by an inexperienced producer.
  • Covered Up: The Crash Test Dummies' version of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" is probably better known than the original due to its inclusion in the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Skylarking.
    • Black Sea is possibly the finest achievement of their 'guitar group' period.
    • Most of their albums?
    • The flanging on the intro to "Making Plans for Nigel".
    • "Living Through Another Cuba" could very well be the Trope Maker for Dance-Punk.
    • Anytime that the band dabbled in electronic music, particularly "The Somnambulist", a very early attempt at Ambient Pop.
  • Ear Worm: A very large percentage of their songs are these. But to just name a few, there's "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)", "Senses Working Overtime", "Dear God" and "King for a Day".
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The tour program for the ill-fated English Settlement tour listed what the band members thought were their worst gigs.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band found success in America on college radio as they were tanking in their native England.
  • Growing the Beard: They did this when Gregory joined, and grew it even longer when they became exclusively a studio band. Gregory occasionally did it literally as well.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Andy Partridge's Breakup Songs, after the dissolution of his marriage.
  • Memetic Mutation: The cover for Go 2.
  • Signature Song: 'Making Plans for Nigel' or 'Senses Working Overtime' in England. 'Dear God' pretty much everywhere else...
    • "The Mayor of Simpleton" could also qualify.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "King For a Day" is very close in musical style and lyrical subject matter to the Tears For Fears hit "Everybody Wants to Rule The World."
  • Tear Jerker: Oh, they have a few. "Dying", "Snowman", "The Last Balloon" and "Sacrificial Bonfire", for starters.