Great Aspirations

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Great Aspirations
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EP by
Released7 October 2017 (2017-10-07)
TC&I chronology
Great Aspirations
Naked Flames

Great Aspirations is the debut record by English duo TC&I (bassist Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers, both formerly of the band XTC). The EP was released on 7 October 2017. The record marked the first recordings by Chambers since 1984 when after leaving XTC, he relocated to Australia and joined the band Dragon, touring with them 1983 to 1984 and recording an album.  With the exception of guest appearances as a session vocalist, bass player, and collaborator on several albums, the EP also marks the return to recording by Moulding in his own right (his first new recordings since XTC's disbandment in 2006).[1]


Dave Franklin of the Swindon Advertiser reviewed the EP as "something tasteful, deftly wrought, restrained and wonderfully English, West Country…. Swindonian even, if you are close enough to get the references."[2]
XTC co-founder Andy Partridge praised "Scatter Me" and "Kenny" as his favourite cuts on the record, and wished "Colin (and Terry) all the best in the world."[3]

TC&I played six sold-out shows at Swindon Arts Centre in October and November 2018, their first live performances together for 35 years. A subsequent live recording of the sixth and last show, Naked Flames, was released on 9 August 2019. It was the only night in which the recording was not plagued by technical issues. Some songs they performed were omitted from the album due to Moulding's dissatisfaction with the band's playing.[4]

In January 2019, a statement released through social media announced that TC&I had disbanded, and that Moulding has once again put his music career on hold in order to spend more time with his family.[5][better source needed] Moulding stated that he was not interested in pursuing a tour, as the performances were simply to satisfy "a curiosity", but said that Chambers may continue playing gigs.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Colin Moulding.

1."Scatter Me"4:32
2."Greatness (The Aspiration Song)"3:53
4."Comrades of Pop"2:23
Total length:15:19



Additional personnel

  • Alan Bateman – saxophone and trumpet on "Kenny" and "Scatter Me"
  • Susannah Bevington – soprano voice on "Scatter Me"
  • Mikey Rowe – Farfisa organ and ornate tinkling on "Scatter Me"


  1. ^ Ham, Robert (26 November 2017). "Colin Moulding on Reteaming With Terry Chambers for 'DIY' New Project & Possibility of XTC Reunion". Billboard.
  2. ^ Franklin, Dave (9 November 2017). "ALL ABOUT: Great aspirations: TC&I". Swindon Advertiser.
  3. ^ Andy Partridge [@xtcfans] (11 February 2018). "Stu gave me a copy of Colin's EP, when 'he could'. I liked SCATTER ME and KENNY. I wish Colin (and Terry) all the best in the world" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Martin, Ryan (26 August 2019). "Jammerzine Exclusive: An Interview with TC&I's Colin Moulding". Jammerzine (Audio). Event occurs at 27:00.
  5. ^ "Kieron Bowker". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  6. ^ Martin, Ryan (26 August 2019). "Jammerzine Exclusive: An Interview with TC&I's Colin Moulding". Jammerzine (Audio). Event occurs at 36:00.

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