Saturday, May 28, 2022

How I became an XTC fan at Palo Alto High School in Spring 1982

One afternoon each week during the spring of my senior year at Palo Alto High School in 1982, a group of students met at school to discuss whatever we thought of to discuss. I don't remember the group's name or most of our topics, but one week, we all shared songs that were special to us. I chose Peter Gabriel's "Family Snapshot", from his 1980 album Peter Gabriel. I don't listen to Gabriel much anymore, but one young woman played "Knuckle Down" from XTC's "English Settlement" – a song I liked so much I bought the album as soon as I could. And now I've been listening to XTC for forty years. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 28 May 2022)

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