XTC – Go 2

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Go 2
Veröffentlicht: 6. Oktober 1978
Label & Vertrieb: Virgin (V2108)
Albumlänge: 40:20 Min.
Produziert von: John Leckie
Genre: Indie-Pop
Formate: LP, MC, CD
Singles: 1978 Are You Receiving Me?

1978 White Music

Go 2

1979 Drums And Wires

Zum Album

Go 2 ist das zweite Album der britischen Band XTC. Arbeitstitel des Albums waren World Domination und Strong and Silent. Es wurde im Studio Abbey Road im August und September 1978 aufgenommen. Als Produzenten waren auch Brian Eno und Nick Lowe im Gespräch. Eno wollte der Band 1977 beitreten und ihm ist der Song Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) gewidmet. Das Album gilt als eines der schwächsten der Band, was wohl auch an dem Umstand liegt, dass es so kurz nach dem ersten Album und relativ hastig aufgenommen wurde.


LP-Version (1978)


  1. Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) (2:36)
  2. Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) (4:45)
  3. Buzzcity Talking (2:40)
  4. Crowded Room (2:52)
  5. The Rhythm (2:59)
  6. Red (3:00)


  1. Beatown (4:36)
  2. Life Is Good In The Greenhouse (4:39)
  3. Jumping In Gomorrah (2:02)
  4. My Weapon (2:19)
  5. Super-Tuff (4:25)
  6. I Am The Audience (3:37)

CD-Version (1991)

  1. Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) (2:36)
  2. Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) (4:45)
  3. Buzzcity Talking (2:40)
  4. Crowded Room (2:52)
  5. The Rhythm (2:59)
  6. Are You Receiving Me? (3:03)
  7. Red (3:00)
  8. Beatown (4:36)
  9. Life Is Good In The Greenhouse (4:39)
  10. Jumping In Gomorrah (2:02)
  11. My Weapon (2:19)
  12. Super-Tuff (4:25)
  13. I Am The Audience (3:37)

Song Credits

  1. Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) (Andy Partridge)
  2. Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) (Andy Partridge)
  3. Buzzcity Talking (Colin Moulding)
  4. Crowded Room (Colin Moulding)
  5. The Rhythm (Colin Moulding)
  6. Are You Receiving Me? (Andy Partridge)
  7. Red (Andy Partridge)
  8. Beatown (Andy Partridge)
  9. Life Is Good In The Greenhouse (Andy Partridge)
  10. Jumping In Gomorrah (Andy Partridge)
  11. My Weapon (Barry Andrews)
  12. Super-Tuff (Barry Andrews)
  13. I Am The Audience (Colin Moulding)


Zusätzliche Credits


UK-Albumcharts: # 21

Das Cover

Statt eines normalen Covers finden sich auf Vorder- und Rückseite der Platte nur folgende Texte in weißer Schrift auf schwarzem Hintergrund:


This is a RECORD COVER. This writing is the DESIGN upon the record cover. The DESIGN is to help SELL the record. We hope to draw your attention to it and encourage you to pick it up. When you have done that maybe you'll be persuaded to listen to the music - in this case XTC's Go 2 album. Then we want you to BUY it. The idea being that the more of you that buy this record the more money Virgin Records, the manager Ian Reid and XTC themselves will make. To the aforementioned this is known as PLEASURE. A good cover DESIGN is one that attracts more buyers and gives more pleasure. This writing is trying to pull you in much like an eye-catching picture. It is designed to get you to READ IT. This is called luring the VICTIM, and you are the VICTIM. But if you have a free mind you should STOP READING NOW! because all we are attempting to do is to get you to read on. Yet this is a DOUBLE BIND because if you indeed stop you'll be doing what we tell you, and if you read on you'll be doing what we've wanted all along. And the more you read on the more you're falling for this simple device of telling you exactly how a good commercial design works. They're TRICKS and this is the worst TRICK of all since it's describing the TRICK whilst trying to TRICK you, and if you've read this far then you're TRICKED but you wouldn't have known this unless you'd read this far. At least we're telling you directly instead of seducing you with a beautiful or haunting visual that may never tell you. We're letting you know that you ought to buy this record because in essence it's a PRODUCT and PRODUCTS are to be consumed and you are a consumer and this is a good PRODUCT. We could have written the band's name in special lettering so that it stood out and you'd see it before you'd read any of this writing and possibly have bought it anyway. What we are really suggesting is that you are FOOLISH to buy or not buy an album merely as a consequence of the design on its cover. This is a con because if you agree then you'll probably like this writing - which is the cover design - and hence the album inside. But we've just warned you against that. The con is a con. A good cover design could be considered as one that gets you to buy the record, but that never actually happens to YOU because YOU know it's just a design for the cover. And this is the RECORD COVER.


This is the back of a RECORD COVER. Catalogue No. V2108. This writing is the DESIGN on the back of the cover. This design is not like that on the FRONT. Its aim is to impart information about the RECORD and the GATEFOLD INSERT within rather than trying to sell it by being impactful or clever or any of those things. We have kept it in the same style so that the entire package has a sense of IDENTITY which-ever way you see it. The record is by XTC. This is their second album. We won't attempt to describe their music because all you have to do is play it and you can describe it for yourself. XTC is made up of Andy Partridge, Barry Andrews, Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers. We have shown photos of them below because this is regarded as commercially sensible and helpful in creating their image. And if you're curious at all you might find it interesting to see what the musicians actually look like. And there are more pictures and words on the very colourful insert which you can only see if you buy the whole thing. Many people think it helpful and useful to know some details about the songs on the record in side, so here they are:- 1. Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!) 2. Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian) 3. Buzzcity Talking 4. Crowded Room 5. The Rhythm 6. Red 7. Beatown 8. Life is Good in the Greenhouse 9. Jumping in Gomorrah 10. My Weapon 11. Super-Tuff 12. I am the Audience. You may also be interested to know thatthe record was produced and Engineered by John Leckie with assistant engineers Haydn Bendall and Pete James at Abbey Road, also, Andy Llewelyn and Jess Sutcliffe at Matrix and that Barry's Roots photos were by Dave Eagle. We have to repeat the catalogue number on the insert for bureaucratic reasons and here it is V2108. Lastly we would like to make it clear that this is a product of Virgin Records Limited, partly because they wanted us to and partly because it is a legal necessity. Virgin Records' head office is located at Vernon Yard, Portobello Road, London W.11. and is (P) Virgin Records 1978 and (c) 1978 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. This sleeve was written and photographed by Hipgnosis and printed in England by James Upton Ltd.