XTC’s best middle eights: Great Fire to Season Cycle

In this month’s episode of What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast, we dig deep into the centre of the songs of XTC with a celebration of some of the band’s best middle eights – and there are a lot to choose from.

The musically minded XTC fans picking their favourites are:

  • Crawford “Me and the Wind” Blair
  • Kavus “Jason and the Argonauts” Torabi
  • Sarah “I Can’t Own Her” Palmer
  • Laurie “I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls” Langan
  • David “No Language in our Lungs” White
  • Mark “Pale and Precious” Fisher

Supplying the new music is Gary O’Donnell.

More from Crawford Blair

More from Kavus Torabi

More from Sarah and Laurie from Fassine 

More from David White

More from Gary O’Donnell’s The Forever Behaviours

What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book available from the Limelight Shop 

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And thanks to David White for the artwork.

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About the author

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. While at school, he set up the XTC fanzine Limelight, which he republished as The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (2017). He followed that with What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (2019). In 2020, he launched What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast.