Skip to content

Making Plans For Andy Partridge: Mike Nessing’s XTC Dream Set List

XTC -new wave pro-psychedelic, Robyn Hitchcock kid brother like, ultimate fetish band from 72 till Andy Partridge and Collin Moulding called it quits in 2005. Still contributing Editor Mike nessing can dream, can’t he?

The closest I ever came to actually seeing XTC was in 1980ish where they were the support act for The Police.

The Police cancelled the tour,  and though XTC played the dates anyway  I would not discover the band for another year.

I first bought Black Sea because the Trouser Press magazine told me to and was so exhilarated, I went out the very next day and scarfed up everything else.

When “English Settlement” came out the following year I was ready to go anywhere within reason to see my new favorite band.

Only problem was that Andy Partridge “went crackers” and the cancellation of the tour was followed up by an announcement that there would in fact be NO MORE tours.

So, I never got to see my favorite band play live, but if I did, this would be how I would dream it.

PS-I actually DID dream one time that i saw them and that they opened up with “Miniature Sun” from the Oranges and Lemons LP. But that is WAY too good to ever be true.

The XTC Dream Set List
Life Begins at The Hop
Senses Working Overtime
Love On A Farmboy’s Wages
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkin head
Reign Of Blows
Mayor Of Simpleton
King For A Day
Dear God
Earn Enough For Us
The Meeting Place
Vanishing Girl
Across This Antheap
Roads Girdle The Globe
Generals And Majors
Paper and Iron
Burning With Optimism’s Flames
Respectable Street
Easter Theatre
Harvest Festival
Stupidly Happy
Garden Of Earthly Delights

Statue Of Liberty
Science Friction
Making Plans For Nigel
Frivolous Tonight

2nd Encore
Chalkhills And Children
Books Are Burning

Leave a Comment


Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)

By Steve Crawford | February 5, 2023 |

the final issue edited by Susan Whitall

Best Albums Of 2023 Alphabetically By Artist Ending January 31st

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2023 |

hard rock meets classic rock meets Americana

L.A. Burning: West Coast Concert Picks February 6th To 12th

By Alyson Camus | February 4, 2023 |

Chuck D is at the Grammy Museum

On The Red Carpet For The Screening Of “The Beast Inside” At The Angelica Cinema, Sunday, January 29th, 2023: pictures by Billy Hess

By admin | February 4, 2023 |

a powerhouse performance by Sadie Katz and SohoJohnny as you never thought you’d see him

UK Top 10 Albums 2-3-23 – 2-9-23

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2023 |

that SNL gig was excellent

UK Top 10 Singles 2-3-23 – 2-9-23

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2023 |

Miley rises to top of the celebrity food chain

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 2-3-22 – 2-9-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 3, 2023 |

captivating, hooklined, country pop songs

The Springsteen 2023 Tour Began Wednesday, February 1st In Tampa: Here Is The Setlist, Some Video, And Some Grumbling

By Iman Lababedi | February 3, 2023 |

a hefty helping?

Re:SET, A New Curated Concert Series

By Alyson Camus | February 2, 2023 |

it’s a bit different because it’s smaller

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – March 1983 (Volume 14, Number 10)

By Steve Crawford | February 2, 2023 |

an interesting contrast

Scroll To Top