Why petition them if they don't want it? Better to look for another outlet.
I just feel that XTC have been given a raw deal. When you look at the other bands who are as well known as XTC, their documentaries have been shown and repeated on BBC4 (10cc, Squeeze, Brian Wilson etc).
I really wanted to do something to help - and I'd rather do something than nothing, and watch all that work go to waste!
Being a Neanderthal drummer, it really appealed to me. Clem Burke is a great Anglophile, a great drummer, and one who was a big fan of XTC. Also, according to TC, tried to play Nigel and "had it all to cock"... I liked Andy's description of the drum pattern... I probably like it because of my "upside down" thinking! The fact that XTC, from D&W, were very drum heavy, only adds kudos to him being there, as much as Stewart (The GOD) Copeland and Dave Mattacks! That "lugubrious keyboard player" was classic!!! Harry Shearer's quote... "... we're living in a time when there's a certain percentage of the population that thinks Kanye West is a genius... I can't control for that..." actually speaks volumes about the state of the music we get fed, "oozing like napalm from your speakers and grilles..."
One thing that did stand out for me was the lack of acknowledgement of Colin as a bass player. Dave G got a "stellar" mention by DM, and I would have appreciated more input from Terry. It was also a shame that Barry wasn't involved. Also, nothing was mentioned of the members current work - TC&I, Big Big Train etc. That would have been nice to see.
The 70 minute format does not give complete credit to the history of the band. Perhaps a 3 part mini series thing, would have been more apt? But, all in all, the documentary was great in that it will open the eyes and ears of people who may have just dipped their toes in once in a while. I hope that this is released as a Bluray or DVD set, with added extras...
I just loved it...
Last Edit: Oct 11, 2017 15:42:23 GMT by sticksman1
It just had a lovely feel and clarity to it. The team who put it together deserve credit. There was the odd snipe at each other and others but I'm glad they stayed away from the more ugly stuff. The balance was good. Andy dominated, but that's XTC. And they were all on good form. I watched it the second time with my son who isn't a massive XTC fan. He enjoyed it. I asked him at the end which song he liked the best. His answer? Dear God.