In 2017 Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers of XTC released the EP ‘Great Aspirations’ under the name TC&I. It was the first recording for Moulding since retiring in the 1980s and first for Moulding since XTC broke up in 2006.
Now Moulding and Chambers (aka TC&I) have a live album ‘Naked Flames: Live at Swindon Arts Centre’ on the way. It marked the first time Moulding and Chambers had performed together in 36 years.
‘Naked Flames: Live at Swindon Arts Centre’ revisits rarely (if ever) played XTC songs and a few of the XTC classics including ‘Generals and Majors’, ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ and ‘Life Begins at the Hop’, all written by Moulding.
“I’d never heard a lot of these tunes in any concert hall and I felt I deserved a chance to put that right….yes a bit of TC&I too, but my songs have been stuck in the closet too long, and I wanted to dry clean them and give them an evening out, or six,” says Colin Moulding.
“I was as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego,” says Terry Chambers.
2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the first XTC album ‘White Music’.
Colin Moulding – Bass guitar and lead vocals
Terry Chambers – Drums
Gary Bamford – Keyboards, guitar and vocals
Steve Tilling – Lead Guitar and vocals
Lee Moulding – Percussion and vocals
Susannah Bevington – Soprano voice on Scatter Me
All songs written by Colin Moulding except ‘Statue of Liberty’ (written by Andy Partridge)
Recorded by Stuart Rowe and Paul Ballimore. Assisted by Evan Costello.
Mixed by Stuart Rowe. Assisted by Terry Chambers.
Mastered by Jason Mitchell at LOUD Mastering
Design by Andrew Swainson from a concept by TC&I
Cover photography by Geoff Winn
Inner sleeve photography by Lou Dommett Young
1. Say It
2. Ten Feet Tall
3. Scatter Me
6. The Meeting Place
8. Big Day
9. Standing In For Joe
10. Generals and Majors
11. Making Plans For Nigel
12. Statue Of Liberty
13. Life Begins At The Hop