Go 2

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Go 2
XTC Go 2.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 October 1978
RecordedAugust–September 1978
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London, England
ProducerJohn Leckie
XTC chronology
White Music
Go 2
Drums and Wires
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
Q2/5 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 colour scheme from White Music.[5] The "2" was added by keyboardist Barry Andrews.[6] Its cover was designed and executed by Hipgnosis. It consists of an essay about how album covers are used to attract buyers of the album. 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. In some 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.


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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"Andy Partridge2:36
2."Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"Partridge4:37
3."Buzzcity Talking"Colin Moulding2:41
4."Crowded Room"Moulding2:53
5."The Rhythm"Moulding3:00
Side two
2."Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"Partridge4:41
3."Jumping In Gomorrah"Partridge2:04
4."My Weapon"Barry Andrews2:20
6."I Am the Audience"Moulding3:48

Go+ (Bonus EP included with initial LP pressings)

  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.



Additional personnel

  • John Leckie – production/engineering
  • Martin Rushent – associate production (uncredited)
  • Haydn Bendall – engineering assistance (Abbey Road unit)
  • Pete James – assistant engineer (Abbey Road unit)
  • Andy Llewelyn – engineering assistance (Matrix unit)
  • Jess Sutcliffe – engineering assistance (Matrix unit)
  • Dave Eagle – photography
  • Hipgnosis – cover artwork


  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "Go 2". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: X". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 23 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Dahlen, Chris (9 July 2002). "XTC: Go 2". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  4. ^ columnist (July 2001). Q: 139. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "XTC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "XTC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 18 December 2015.