Nights At The Roundtable with XTC from their double single Towers Of London the live version of "Set Myself On Fire", recorded at The Rainbow September 17, 1979
January 18, 2011

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XTC, circa 1978 - periodically accused of being too cerebral for their own good.


XTC tonight. A live version of Set Myself On Fire from their double Towers Of London single, issued in the UK.

What was very often a challenge, during the late 70's and way into the 80's (and most likely beyond) were all the different configurations of 45 singles, 45 ep's, 12" ep's, 12" singles, cassette singles, Limited Edition non-lp mixes and everything in-between. And sometimes, if you got the wrong one, you missed out on a great track and had to wait a lot of years for it to show up on a Special Limited Edition Compilation album. XTC were masters at doing that. Actually, come to think of it, most bands from the UK were good at doing that too. It was/is a clever marketing ploy and ran the risk of being pretty expensive. But the upshot was, you got to hear some great tracks, and very often got to have some good bragging rights to boot.

Even though Set Myself On Fire was a well-known album track, this live version, recorded at The Rainbow on September 17, 1979, has always been my favorite. But I'm a sucker for live material anyway - there is always that extra snap when it's live.

Anyway, XTC fans no doubt have this on a compilation (although, just checking this live version doesn't appear on any compilation or even as a bonus so unless I missed something . . . .). But I was going through that box of 45's (where Marvin Gaye came from last night) and had to include it tonight.

Try your hand a bit of pogo tonight? Unless you live upstairs from somebody.

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