Coat of Many Cupboards

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Coat of Many Cupboards
XTC - Coat Of Many Cupboards.jpg
Box set by XTC
Released 25 March 2002
Recorded 1977-2001
Genre Pop rock
Length 220:01
Label Virgin Records
XTC other chronology
Homegrown
(2001)
Coat of Many Cupboards
(2002)
Instruvenus
(2002)
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Coat of Many Cupboards is a box set by XTC released in 2002. It acts as an anthology of their fifteen years on Virgin Records. It is their first compilation of any kind to include tracks by their alter-ego, The Dukes of Stratosphear.

Track listing[edit]

CD: XTCBOX1[edit]

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Science Friction" [CBS Demo] – 3:32
  2. "Spinning Top" [Live] – 3:00
  3. "Traffic Light Rock" [Live] – 2:06
  4. "Radios in Motion" [White Music Version] – 2:54
  5. "Let's Have Fun" [White Music Outtake] (Colin Moulding) – 1:19
  6. "Fireball XL5/Fireball Dub" [White Music Outtake] (Barry Gray) – 3:24
  7. "Heatwave Mark 2 Deluxe" [White Music Outtake] (Moulding) – 1:47
  8. "This is Pop?" [Single Version] – 2:42
  9. "Are You Receiving Me?" [Go 2 Outtake] – 3:23
  10. "Things Fall to Bits" [Go 2 Outtake] (Barry Andrews) – 2:26
  11. "Us Being Us" [Go 2 Outtake] – 2:55 (Andrews)
  12. "Life Begins at the Hop" [First Rehearsal Extract] (Moulding) – 1:09
  13. "Life Begins at the Hop" [First Recording, Unused] (Moulding) – 3:58
  14. "Making Plans for Nigel" [Demo Version] (Moulding) – 4:15
  15. "Ten Feet Tall" [Drums and Wires Version] (Moulding) – 3:14
  16. "Sleepyheads" [Drums and Wires Outtake] (Moulding) – 4:52

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Meccanic Dancing (Oh We Go)" [Live] – 2:34
  2. "Atom Medley: Into the Atom Age/Hang on to the Night/Neon Shuffle" [Live] – 6:52
  3. "Life Begins at the Hop" [Unused U.S. Single Recording] (Moulding) – 2:57
  4. "Real by Reel" [Unused Single Recording] – 3:44
  5. "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty" [Unused Single Recording] – 3:21
  6. "Helicopter" [Unused Single Recording] – 3:30
  7. "Towers of London" [Rejected Single Recording] – 6:07
  8. "Generals and Majors" [Rehearsal Tape, Demo Version] (Moulding) – 5:02
  9. "No Language in Our Lungs" [Black Sea Version] – 4:51
  10. "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" [Listed as the Black Sea Version, but is in fact the edited single version] – 3:37
  11. "Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)" [Live] – 4:08
  12. "Crowded Room" [Live] (Moulding) – 4:03
  13. "Senses Working Overtime" [Early Work Tape, Demo Version] – 3:31
  14. "Snowman" [Live] – 5:06
  15. "Ball and Chain" [Unused Single Recording] (Moulding) – 4:21

A track is hidden in the pregap of this CD: "Wanking Man" (Live Studio Chatter) - 1:37

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Punch and Judy" [Unused Single Recording] – 2:35
  2. "Fly on the Wall" [English Settlement Version] (Moulding) – 3:17
  3. "Yacht Dance" [Live on the Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC TV] – 4:31
  4. "Jason and the Argonauts" [English Settlement version] – 5:59
  5. "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" [Home Demo] – 3:47
  6. "Wonderland" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 4:23
  7. "Ladybird" [Mummer Version] – 4:36
  8. "All You Pretty Girls" [Home Demo] – 4:13
  9. "Wake Up" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 4:12
  10. "The Everyday Story of Smalltown" [The Big Express Version] – 4:13
  11. "Grass" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 2:55
  12. "Let's Make a Den" [Home Demo] – 2:25
  13. "The Meeting Place" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 3:51
  14. "Dear God" [Band Demo] – 4:10

A song is hidden in the pregap of this CD: "Shaving Brush Boogie" (Live Studio Recording) - 12:26

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Brainiac's Daughter" [Psonic Psunspot Version] – 4:03
  2. "Vanishing Girl" [Psonic Psunspot Version with alternate ending narration] (Moulding) – 2:44
  3. "Terrorism" [Home Demo] – 3:20
  4. "Find the Fox" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 2:37
  5. "Season Cycle" [Skylarking Version] – 3:21
  6. "The Troubles" [Home Demo] – 3:17
  7. "Mayor of Simpleton" [Early Work Tape, Demo] – 2:47
  8. "King for a Day" [Home Demo] (Moulding) – 3:14
  9. "Chalkhills and Children" [Oranges and Lemons Version] – 5:06
  10. "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" [Home Demo] – 5:34
  11. "Omnibus" [Nonsuch Version] – 3:20
  12. "The Disappointed" [Home Demo] – 3:20
  13. "Bungalow" [Nonsuch Version] (Moulding) – 2:49
  14. "Didn't Hurt a Bit" [Nonsuch Outtake] (Moulding) – 3:54
  15. "Books are Burning" [Live on The Late Show, BBC TV] – 4:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Cameron Allan – Producer
  • Greg Allen – Photography
  • Barry Andrews – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Clive Arrowsmith – Photography
  • Alan Ballard – Photography
  • Guy Barker – Trumpet
  • Chris Blake – Engineer
  • Paul Canty – Photography
  • John Caulfield – Engineer
  • Terry Chambers – Drums
  • Ian Cooper – Mastering
  • John Cornfield – Engineer
  • Nick Davis – Mixing
  • Jason Day – Project Coordinator
  • Douglas Brothers – Photography
  • Gus Dudgeon – Producer
  • Paul Fox – Producer
  • Jill Furmanovsky - Photography
  • Howard Gray – Engineer
  • David Gregory – Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Engineer, Mellotron, Drum Programming, Mixing
  • Barry Hammond – Engineer
  • Andy Jackson – Engineer
  • Chris Jenkins – Engineer
  • B.C. Kagan – Photography
  • Clive Langer – Producer
  • John Leckie – Producer, Engineer
  • Steve Lillywhite – Producer
  • David Lord – Producer
  • Pat Mastelotto – Drums
  • Dave Mattacks – Drums
  • Akiyoshi Miyashita – Photography
  • Dennis Morris – Photography
  • Colin Moulding – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Engineer
  • Annie Nightingale – Presentation
  • Steve Nye – Producer, Engineer
  • Hugh Padgham – Engineer
  • Cindy Palmano – Photography
  • Andy Partridge – Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer, Engineer
  • Peter Phipps – Drums
  • Prairie Prince – Drums
  • Sheila Rock – Photography
  • Todd Rundgren – Producer, Engineer
  • Harrison Sherwood — Liner Notes
  • Penny Smith – Photography
  • Andrew Swainson – Cover Art, Booklet Design
  • Ed Thacker – Engineer
  • Glenn Tommey – Engineer
  • Phil Vinall – Engineer
  • Keith Walker – Engineer
  • Steve Warren – Engineer
  • Kevin Westenberg – Photography
  • Alan Winstanley – Producer, Engineer
  • XTC – Producer, Mixing
  • Irene Young – Photography