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Fantastic."I really didn't like the phrase 'punk'—it just seemed kind of demeaning. Partridge remembers hearing the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy In The UK" (1976) and thinking "'Is that it? It just sounds like a slower version of the Ramones, or the Monkees with a bit more fuzz.' ...I didn't like 'new wave' either, because that was already the phrase used for French cinema of a certain period. That sort of spurred me on – watching this stuff that I thought was rather average." Partridge credited him as "the man that was responsible for us getting a recording contract. As soon as we recorded that session for the BBC, suddenly three or four record labels wanted to sign us up." Their first full-length record, White Music, was then recorded in a week's time and released for January 1978.Partridge (guitar, vocals) and Moulding (bass, vocals) met at a record store in the early 1970s and subsequently formed a glitter rock outfit with drummer Terry Chambers.The band's name and line-up changed frequently, and it was not until 1975 that they were known as XTC.And I did enjoy his brain power, the verbal and mental fencing." Instead, Dave Gregory was invited to join as a second guitarist. We said, 'Look, let's try "This Is Pop." And he said, 'Do you want the album version or the single version?"So we went through this pretend audition with him. ' (laughing) We thought, 'Bloody oh, a real musician.' But he was in the band before he even knew." Gregory was anxious of whether the fans would accept him as a member, characterizing himself as "the archetypal pub-rocker in jeans and long hair. Nobody was fashionable in XTC, ever."I thought it was in me to take a lead in this area, and they started to like a lot of what I did, which kind of surprised me.But it wasn't a conscious decision – I just felt it. I think after that, the quirky thing was kind of dispelled.With engineer Hugh Padgham, the band embarked to the newly built Townhouse Studios, "with its now world-famous stone room." Gregory later recalled.
Partridge said: "He enjoyed undermining what little authority I had in the band. But when he left I thought, Oh shit, that's the sound of the band gone, this space-cream over everything.In 2006, Partridge announced that his creative partnership with Moulding had disintegrated, leaving XTC "in the past tense." In 2017, Moulding and Chambers reunited as the duo TC&I. XTC's best-known album, Skylarking, is generally regarded as their finest.They had a total of 18 records in the UK top 40, including the singles "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979), "Sgt.They weren't songs, they were just slabs of energy with words that made good energy pictures in your head.Phrases like 'radios in motion' or 'battery brides' – they were all kind of built around this electric wordplay stuff".