The Gold Needles are what you might get by mixing the Byrds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and XTC. With a dose of INXS thrown in.
Down to just two members, XTC pulled off a remarkable project with “Apple Venus, Vol. 1” now celebrating two decades.
Squeeze, Crowded House, Electric Light Orchestra, Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick all made one list. Guess what showed up on the other one?
Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding weren’t the only XTC members who could write catchy pop-punk tunes. Keyboardist Barry Andrews has built a solid rep on his own with Shriekback and their new album “Why Anything? Why This?” is totally delightful.
This punk band blended serious pop hooks, edgy lyrics and pounding rhythms to create New Wave songs unlike any other. They’ve been compared to the Beatles and the Kinks, but Andy Partridge has always kept his own vision.