“Dear God” by XTC (1986)

16 11 2008

I absolutely love XTC, a smart, excellent group of musicians who continue to make better and better records.  They started with kind of nervous, post-punk pop.  Basically the soundtrack of my youth.  And today they play divine, semi-symphonic landscapes.  They also address some serious issues of our day.  Like this song.

Okay, here goes.

I have no problem with any of the world’s religions.  Whatever gets you through the night, right?  The problem is when people practicing those religions try to tell others how to live their lives.  That is absolutely unacceptable to me, and it has NO place in our government.

This track was extremely controversial when it was released, even banned in some places.  I find that remarkable.  If these people are so confident of their faith, why are they so threatened when anyone even questions it?

(kudos to PrexicKehdaki for the video upload with lyrics)

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2 responses

7 12 2008
steveshark

Sorry to be a harbinger of doom, but XTC don’t really exist anymore.
As far as I can tell, Andy’s the only one who’s continuing to keep the XTC brand of pop going and he’s not doing too much…
A nice set of CDs exists – Andy’s Fuzzy Warbles – 8 CDs of home demos and excellent it is too.
But I think we’ve seen the last of XTC as a band.

8 12 2008
m4md

Yes, you’re right. I’m an old man, so time flies. Seems like last year they laid “Apple Venus” on us.

I’ll have to check out Partridge’s demos in that box set you mention.

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