Go 2

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Go 2
XTC Go 2.jpg
Studio album by XTC
Released 6 October 1978
Recorded August–September, 1978 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre New wave, post-punk, art punk
Length 40:47
Label Virgin Records
Producer John Leckie
XTC chronology
White Music
Go 2
Drums and Wires
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[3]
Q 2/5 stars[4]

Go 2 is the second studio album by the English band XTC, released on 6 October 1978. The United Kingdom version contained no singles, but the American and Canadian versions included the single "Are You Receiving Me?" (released 27 October 1978, the same month as the album's release). A promotional video was also made for the song. An earlier version of "Are You Receiving Me?" was recorded during the Go 2 sessions and was later released on the Coat Of Many Cupboards box-set. Other outtakes from Go 2 include "Sargasso Bar", "Us Being Us", "Instant Tunes", "Looking For Footprints", "Things Fall To Bits" and "Strange Tales, Strange Tails".

The album's title was chosen in reference to the board game Go in order to continue the black-and-white color scheme from White Music.[5] The "2" was added by keyboardist Barry Andrews.[6]

The initial 15,000 UK pressings of the album came with a bonus disc of dub remixes entitled Go+. Go+ was eventually re-released on the Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78-80 CD.

The subtitle "Andy Paints Brian" for the song "Battery Brides" is a reference to Brian Eno, the band's original choice as producer for the album. Eno politely turned the band down, saying they didn't need him, as they had enough good ideas of their own.[citation needed]

Album cover[edit]

The album's cover was designed and executed by Hipgnosis. It consists of an essay about how album covers are used to attract buyers of the album. The essay reads:

"This is a [ALBUM FORMAT] COVER. This writing is the DESIGN upon the [album format] cover. The DESIGN is to help SELL the [album format]. We hope to draw your attention to it and encourage you to pick it up. When you have done that maybe you'll be persuaded to listen to the music - in this case XTC's Go 2 album. Then we want you to BUY it. The idea being that the more of you that buy this [album format] the more money [record company], the manager Ian Reid and XTC themselves will make. To the aforementioned this is known as PLEASURE. A good cover DESIGN is one that attracts more buyers and gives more pleasure. This writing is trying to pull you in much like an eye-catching picture. It is designed to get you to READ IT. This is called luring the VICTIM, and you are the VICTIM. But if you have a free mind you should STOP READING NOW! because all we are attempting to do is to get you to read on. Yet this is a DOUBLE BIND because if you indeed stop you'll be doing what we tell you, and if you read on you'll be doing what we've wanted all along. And the more you read on the more you're falling for this simple device of telling you exactly how a good commercial design works. They're TRICKS and this is the worst TRICK of all since it's describing the TRICK whilst trying to TRICK you, and if you've read this far then you're TRICKED but you wouldn't have known this unless you'd read this far. At least we're telling you directly instead of seducing you with a beautiful or haunting visual that may never tell you. We're letting you know that you ought to buy this [place album format here] because in essence it's a PRODUCT and PRODUCTS are to be consumed and you are a consumer and this is a good PRODUCT. We could have written the band's name in special lettering so that it stood out and you'd see it before you'd read any of this writing and possibly have bought it anyway. What we are really suggesting is that you are FOOLISH to buy or not buy an album merely as a consequence of the design on its cover. This is a con because if you agree then you'll probably like this writing - which is the cover design - and hence the album inside. But we've just warned you against that. The con is a con. A good cover design could be considered as one that gets you to buy the [album format], but that never actually happens to YOU because YOU know it's just a design for the cover. And this is the [ALBUM FORMAT] COVER."

On the actual cover artwork the labeling of the album's formats, and the record company, are used in place of the words "[album format]" and "[record company]" in the display of the essay. The essay on the LP started and ended with the words "This is a RECORD COVER," the essay on the cassette started and ended with the words "This is a CASSETTE COVER" and the essay on the CD started and ended with the words "This is a COMPACT DISC COVER."

On the first British pressings of the LP version of the Go 2 album the track listing on the vinyl disc label mimicked the type style of the cover art. The label is crammed full of text that reads:

"This is a RECORD LABEL. This writing is known as the LABEL COPY. It is put on the label so you know WHICH side is WHICH. It's also put on for COPYRIGHT reasons. Normally it is made as LEGIBLE as possible, but in this case we are trying to maintain a DESIGN CONTINUITY in the packaging and advertising material. This is often regarded as an efficient way to PROMOTE the IMAGE of the band and hence INCREASE album sales. This is SIDE ONE/TWO of XTC'S Go 2 album and te songs are:- [song names, writers and times]. Produced by John Leckie. For BUREAUCRATIC reasons we must include the catalogue numbers V2108 and V2108-A, and for LEGAL reasons the copyright signs P 1978 Virgin Records Ltd. and C 1978 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. This record is STEREO but the label is mono."[7]

In a number of non-English speaking countries, the group shot that was featured on the album's inner sleeve in the UK was used instead as the album cover. The French 13-track album, including the bonus track 'Are You Receiving Me?', was one of the releases that featured this sleeve. Yugoslavia was another country that issued this version of the sleeve.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.

UK LP: V 2108[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"     2:36
2. "Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"     4:37
3. "Buzzcity Talking"   Colin Moulding 2:41
4. "Crowded Room"   Moulding 2:53
5. "The Rhythm"   Moulding 3:00
6. "Are You Receiving Me?"   -Not listed on album- 3:03
7. "Red"     3:02
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beatown"     4:37
2. "Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"     4:41
3. "Jumping In Gomorrah"     2:04
4. "My Weapon"   Barry Andrews 2:20
5. "Super-Tuff"   Andrews 4:27
6. "I Am the Audience"   Moulding 3:48

2001 Remastered CD: CDVX2108[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"     2:36
2. "Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"     4:37
3. "Buzzcity Talking"   Colin Moulding 2:41
4. "Crowded Room"   Moulding 2:53
5. "The Rhythm"   Moulding 3:00
6. "Red"     3:02
7. "Beatown"     4:37
8. "Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"     4:41
9. "Jumping In Gomorrah"     2:04
10. "My Weapon"   Barry Andrews 2:20
11. "Super-Tuff"   Andrews 4:27
12. "I Am the Audience"   Moulding 3:48
13. "Are You Receiving Me?"     3:06

Go+ (Bonus EP included with initial LP pressings)[edit]

  1. "Dance With Me, Germany" [dub version of "Meccanic Dancing (Oh We Go!)"] – 3:17
  2. "Beat the Bible" [dub version of "Jumping in Gomorrah"] – 2:06
  3. "A Dictionary of Modern Marriage" [dub version of "Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"] – 2:27
  4. "Clap Clap Clap" [dub version of "I am the Audience"] (Moulding) – 2:17
  5. "We Kill The Beast" [dub version of "The Rhythm"] (Moulding) – 2:05

All these tracks appear on the compilation "Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78-80".




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