XTC – Senses Working Overtime

1980’s music. Swindish(?) pop stars? Oh Yes.

What’s that you say? Pop stars from Swindon? No chance! Really… are they?

Well yes, they are… and as well as being pop stars they were right clever with the old wordplay, I mean XTC, ecstasy.

Good on em! (NB this was I believe before the time that the drug ecstasy (MDMA) was widely known in the UK).

The group’s success was an early 80’s phenomenon, with songs like Making Plans For Nigel and Sgt Rock (Is Going To Help Me) flirting with the top 10, but never quite making it.

Senses Working Overtime was a hit in early 1982, making it into the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart after its release in the w/e 23rd January. I didn’t buy it at the time, preferring instead to wait until 21st March 1987 when I must’ve ordered it from Oldies Unlimited, my preferred choice for ex-chart singles.

I loved the lyrics, seemingly innocent, but on closer inspection there is some anti-war sentiment in there – ‘…there’s fodder for the cannons and the guilty ones can all sleep safely…’

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