Here's today's guest blog item from our own Dr. Dim:
As Never Found in the 80s XTC Week continues, we head back to 1983 (the year I graduated high school) to find the album Mummer. This album is notable for two reasons: One reason is that this was the first album these Brits would record after becoming a strictly studio band. Playing live ended in 1982 when Andy Partridge suffered a nervous breakdown due to the pressures of touring. The second reason is that this was the last album to feature Terry Chambers, the band's original drummer. He didn't like being in a band that didn't play live. He only plays on two tracks. Drummer Peter Phipps was brought in to finish the record.
The freedom to produce songs without the restrictions of having to play them live gave Partridge and Colin Moulding (the bassist and other songwriter of the band) a much greater palette with which to work. The result was Mummer, a largely acoustic collection of complex but beautifully lush songs. Their new, more pastoral sound is well represented by today's song – Love on a Farmboy's Wages.
I think the intricate acoustic guitar interplay between Partridge and, lead guitarist, Dave Gregory is fantastic on this unusual, folksy, and romantic pop music gem.
– Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons