XTC ‎– Nonsuch

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1 The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar, Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Bells [Church Bell] – Dave GregoryPerformer [Cheers] – Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory, Gus DudgeonVocals, Electric Guitar, Tambourine – Andy Partridge
5:00
2 My Bird Performs
Drums – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion – Andy PartridgeElectric Guitar, Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryFlugelhorn, Trumpet [Solo] – Guy BarkerLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar – Colin Moulding
3:51
3 Dear Madam Barnum
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Performer [Acme Thunderer, Circus Band], Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryBass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Colin MouldingDrums – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine, Performer [Circus Band] – Andy PartridgePerformer [Ringmaster] – Gus Dudgeon
2:53
4 Humble Daisy
Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Colin MouldingDrums – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Percussion – Andy PartridgeSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Dave Gregory
3:36
5 The Smartest Monkeys
Drums, Tambourine – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Andy PartridgeLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryViola – Florence Lovegrove
4:18
6 The Disappointed
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingCello – Rose HullDrums – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar [Electric Guitars], Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Tambourine – Andy PartridgeViola – Florence Lovegrove
3:23
7 Holly Up On Poppy
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Andy PartridgeBass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums – Dave MattacksSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Twelve-String Guitar [Electric 12-string Guitar], Backing Vocals, Piano – Dave Gregory
3:04
8 Crocodile
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums, Sampler [Amphibious Sample] – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar [Electric Guitars], Electric Guitar [Solo] – Dave GregoryVocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar – Andy Partridge
3:56
9 Rook
Cello – Rose HullFlugelhorn, Trumpet – Guy BarkerPiano, Synthesizer – Dave GregoryTambourine – Gus DudgeonViola – Florence LovegroveViolin – Gina Griffin, Stuart GordonVocals, Tambourine, Shaker – Andy Partridge
3:45
10 Omnibus
Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryBass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Colin MouldingDrums, Sampler [Drum Samples] – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming], Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Shaker – Andy PartridgeTrumpet [Trumpets] – Guy Barker
3:20
11 That Wave
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums, Percussion – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar [Electric Guitars], Backing Vocals, Guitar [Solo] – Dave GregoryLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar – Andy Partridge
3:34
12 Then She Appeared
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums, Percussion, Sampler [Sitar Sample] – Dave MattacksElectric Guitar [6 & 12-string Guitars], Synthesizer – Dave GregoryVocals, Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars], Percussion – Andy Partridge
3:52
13 War Dance
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer [Synthesizers] – Dave GregoryDrums, Shaker, Percussion – Dave MattacksShaker – Andy PartridgeVocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars] – Colin Moulding
3:23
14 Wrapped In Grey
Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Colin MouldingCello – Rose HullDrums – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Tambourine, Percussion – Andy PartridgePiano, Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryViola – Florence LovegroveViolin – Gina Griffin, Stuart Gordon
3:46
15 The Ugly Underneath
Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingDrums, Percussion – Dave MattacksElectric Organ [Hammond Organ], Guitar [E-Bow Guitars], Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Backing Vocals – Dave GregoryLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar – Andy PartridgePercussion – Gus Dudgeon
3:54
16 Bungalow
Bell Tree, Backing Vocals – Andy PartridgeDrums – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar – Colin MouldingSynthesizer [Synthesizers], Piano, Backing Vocals – Dave Gregory
2:49
17 Books Are Burning
Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Colin MouldingChorus [End Chorus] – Gus Dudgeon, Neville Farmer, XTCDrums, Tambourine – Dave MattacksLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars (First & Third Solo)] – Andy PartridgeSynthesizer, Electric Organ [Hammond Organ], Electric Guitar [Second & Fourth Solo], Backing Vocals – Dave Gregory
4:51

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Titles on release are written by using an archaic lettering (e.g.: ſ=s, V=U).

Recorded at Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, England, July-October 1991.
Mixed at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, South Wales, November-December 1991.

Some of the issues released had the front gold illustration on the jewel case itself.

Front cover illustration from John Speed's map of Surrey, 1611.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 269920
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981269920
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, mirrored): CDV 2699 ∙ ꞉MASTERED꞉ ꞉BY NIMBUS꞉
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): MASTERED BY NIMBUS CDV 2699 ∙ 1:4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, mirrored): MASTERED BY NIMBUS CDV 2699 ∙ 1:6
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Price Code: PM 527

Other Versions (5 of 28) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDV 2699, CDV 2699 V5 XTC Nonsuch(CD, Album) Virgin, Emi-Odeon Saic CDV 2699, CDV 2699 V5 Argentina 1992 Sell This Version
427176 2 XTC Nonsuch(CD, Album) EMI, Virgin 427176 2 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
GEFD-24474 XTC Nonsuch(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Goldline, Geffen Records GEFD-24474 US Unknown Sell This Version
CAR 50678 XTC Nonsuch(CD, Album, RE, RM) Caroline Records CAR 50678 US 2002 Sell This Version
V 2699 XTC Nonsuch(2xLP, Album) Virgin V 2699 UK 1992 Sell This Version

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djgurygury

June 24, 2013
Nonsuch (styled as NONSVCH.) is the twelfth studio album by the English band XTC, released on 27 April 1992. In a 1992 MTV interview, Andy Partridge said that he had selected the name of the album after encountering a drawing of Nonsuch Palace and, thinking that the archaic word "Nonsuch" meant "does not exist" rather than, as he later learned, "unique". The album title may have derived from a couplet in the lyrics of the final song of Oranges and Lemons (their previous studio album) "Chalkhills and Children":
I'm skating over thin ice
while some nonesuch net holds me aloft
The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. "The Disappointed" was nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The album reached No. 1 on the Rolling Stone College album chart and No. 97 on the Billboard album chart in the U.S. It was the band's second consecutive Top 30 success on the UK album chart.
The album produced three singles: "The Disappointed" (which reached No. 33 on the UK singles chart), "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (which reached No. 71 on the UK singles chart) and "Wrapped In Grey" (which, when withdrawn by Virgin, prompted the band to go on strike).
Two promotional videos were made. A UK-only video for "The Disappointed" (the band also did a lip-sync performance of this song on Pebble Mill at One) and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead," which received much airplay on MTV that summer.
The band performed "Books Are Burning" live with drummer Dave Mattacks on The Late Show on BBC-TV in April 1992.
The album cover is a picture of Nonsuch Palace in Surrey, from the book A Short History of Ewell and Nonsuch, by Cloudesley S. Willis. The palace no longer exists, but its former grounds included the present-day Nonsuch Park between Ewell and Cheam.