Life Begins at the Hop

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"Life Begins at the Hop"
XTC - Life Begins at the Hop.jpg
Single by XTC
ReleasedApril 1979
RecordedDecember 1978
GenrePop rock, new wave
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Colin Moulding
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
XTC singles chronology
"Are You Receiving Me?"
"Life Begins at the Hop"
"Making Plans for Nigel"

"Life Begins at the Hop" is a single by XTC released in 1979 and their fifth single. Keyboardist Barry Andrews was replaced by second guitarist Dave Gregory prior to its recording. The song title references the 1950s' rock 'n' roll classic "At the Hop".

The song was bassist Colin Moulding's first A-side composition for the group.

"Homo Safari", the B-side, was the first in Andy Partridge's "Homo Safari Series", a six-part series of ambient, impressionistic instrumentals.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Colin Moulding) – 3:46
  2. "No.1 Homo Safari" (Andy Partridge) – 2:14