XTC – Mummer
That album I just played to death for a few years but there’s only really one track which I play over and over again, which is called ‘Love On A Farmboy’s Wages’. Oh my God! I can loop that track and play it over and over again easily. It’s so beautiful in every respect. There’s such a simplicity to it. If there’s a line to anything that we’ve talked about, this could go back to Blue or The Incredible String Band.
It’s got some really wild drumming on it but it’s acoustic. If Mumford And Sons say they haven’t heard this then they’d be lying. This is early Mumford And Sons.
I think XTC were a very versatile band but probably didn’t do as well as they could have. They’re very English and quintessentially British and maybe that didn’t translate well to the rest of the world but they’re one of my favourite bands and that track in particular stands out really well. And it still stands the test of time and it still sounds as good as the day I first heard it.