XTC

Making Plans for Nigel

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Drums and Wires 1979
XTC
Geffen 4:13
Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982 1982
XTC
Geffen 3:53
Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985 1987
XTC
Caroline Distribution / EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Disappointed [#2] 1992
XTC
Virgin
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 4:14
Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Oglio Records
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-1992 1996
XTC
EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Upsy Daisy Assortment 1997
XTC
Geffen 3:47
Sound of the Suburbs [#1] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
First Generation: Virgin 25 Years 1998
Various Artists
Virgin 4:12
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:53
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:53
A Coat of Many Cupboards 2002
XTC
Caroline Distribution 4:15
New Wave Hits: Best Of New Wave 2004
Various Artists
EMI
Layer Cake/O.S.T. 2004
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Pure: Pop 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:15
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:16
Playlist: New Wave 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:15
This Is 1979 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:16
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 4:15
The Tiswas Album 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
101 Punk & New Wave Anthems 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:53
Awesome '80s 2011
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 4:13
Massive Hits! Punk Rock
Various Artists
EMI 4:12
Ultime 80
Various Artists
EMI 3:53