Senses Working Overtime

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"Senses Working Overtime"
Senses Working Overtime (XTC single - cover art).jpg
Single by XTC
from the album English Settlement
ReleasedJanuary 1982
StudioThe Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, England
Length4:34 (single edit)
4:53 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Andy Partridge
Producer(s)Hugh Padgham, XTC
XTC singles chronology
"Respectable Street"
"Senses Working Overtime"
"Ball and Chain"
Audio sample

"Senses Working Overtime" is a song written by Andy Partridge of the English rock band XTC, released as the lead single from their 1982 album English Settlement. He based the song on Manfred Mann's "5-4-3-2-1" (1964).[3] The album and single became the highest-charting records XTC would ever have in the UK, peaking at number five and number 10, respectively.[4][5]

At the suggestion of its director, the song's music video was filmed at half-speed and then slowed down. Partridge recalled: "That one was done really quickly, in Shepperton Studios while we were rehearsing for the English Settlement tour. And so that's us rehearsing. ... [The half-speed idea has] been used a hell of a lot since then, but I think we were the first ones to do it."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Senses Working Overtime" (Andy Partridge)
  2. "Blame the Weather" (Colin Moulding)
  3. "Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)" (Partridge)

On the 12" release, "Egyptian Solution (Thebes in a Box) (Homo Safari #3)" (Partridge) was added to the A-side as track 2; the B-side comprised "Blame the Weather" and "Tissue Tigers" on both 7" and 12".




Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 10

Mandy Moore version[edit]

"Senses Working Overtime"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released17 January 2004
FormatDigital download
RecordedFebruary 2003
Songwriter(s)Andy Partridge
Producer(s)John Fields
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Drop the Pilot"
"Senses Working Overtime"

"Senses Working Overtime" was the second official single released from Moore's fourth studio album Coverage. It was only released in the United States as a digital single and is a live version from the Sessions@AOL performance. In 2004, the label included "Senses Working Overtime" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore. Later, in 2007, included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.[citation needed]

Although Moore performed this song live on Sessions@AOL, the video was not used to promote the song. The video is available on Moore's DVD The Best of Mandy Moore.

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ Hughes, Rob (18 August 2016). "Andy Partridge: The Big Interview". Prog. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Mandy Says". Spin. Vol. 19 no. 11. November 2003. p. 28. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Partridge, Andy; Bernhardt, Todd (2016). Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC. Jawbone Press. ISBN 978-1-908279-78-1.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "XTC". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ Ingham, Chris (March 1999). "XTC - 'Til Death Do Us Part". Mojo.
  6. ^ Bernhardt, Todd (11 December 2006). "Andy discusses 'Senses Working Overtime'". Chalkhills.
  7. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1982". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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