- 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".
- Awesome Music: Skylarking. Nothing more needs to be said.
- 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, in particular the Homo Safari series and "The Somnambulist", a very early attempt at Ambient Pop.
- Broken Base: Go 2 is either a great album or the worst album made by XTC.
- Likewise, Oranges and Lemons is either considered a solid follow-up to Skylarking, or an over-indulgent mess helmed by an inexperienced producer.
- Nonsuch also gets this, with some saying it's one of their best albums, while others say that it's a bloated mess that's nearly twice the length it should have been, and has very cold, sterile, overly digital production.
- 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.
- 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".
- Face of the Band: Andy Partridge, to an extent, due to his distinctive look and voice, although Colin Moulding is famous in his own right.
- "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:
- Tear Jerker: Oh, they have a few. "Dying", "Snowman", "The Last Balloon" and "Sacrificial Bonfire", for starters.
- "Dear God", "I Can't Own Her", "Your Dictionary" and "The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead" also count.
- Unintentional Period Piece: "Making Plans for Nigel" makes a timely reference to British Steel, which back in 1970s Britain was a very common career route for most working class people until the end of the decade, when Margaret Thatcher's rise to power led to many steel industry jobs becoming privatised and eventually closing down for good.
YMMV / XTC