If evidence were needed that Colin Moulding's role was just as crucial in XTC as Andy Partridge's, "Making Plans For Nigel" would likely do the trick. The lead song from Drums and Wires and one of the band's best efforts ever, Moulding's portrait of parents setting out a path for their offspring (and the implicit blindness in reading surface reactions for the real thing) is sharp enough on its own. But it's the wonderful arrangement that the band creates which seals the deal. Terry Chambers' moody, slamming drums possess a hint of dub's massive power, while the atypical and to a large sense amelodic music relies entirely on Moulding's vocal work for a hook, brief guitar parts the only contrast to the rhythm-heavy arrangement. Moulding's singing is at once bemused and, especially as the song progresses, increasingly intense, almost worried, Partridge provided a bit of backing singing along the way.