Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: TC&I’s Colin Moulding (Airdate: February 7, 2018)

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Colin Moulding, ex-and-for-all-time-XTCer visited with me on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on February 7 for an hour-long chat about Great Aspirations, the EP he recently released with also-ex-and-for-all-time-XTCer Terry Chambers under the group name TC&I (Colin is the “I”!). During the program, Colin talked about working again with Terry after a long layoff; recording the EP in his garage; and three of his new songs, including the pure pop smash “Scatter Me,” the lovely “Greatness (The Aspiration Song),” and the pop-rocker “Kenny.”

(Listen to “Scatter Me” by clicking on the following link: Soundcloud)

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(Left to right) TC&I’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers

xtc apple bite coverDuring this show, you will also hear about three of my favorite of Colin’s compositions, written and sung during the XTC years: “Frivolous Tonight,” from Apple Venus; “One of the Millions,” from Oranges and Lemons; and “Say It,” from the Apple Bite EP that was released in conjunction with the Apple Box, a compilation of Apple Venus and its followup Wasp Star, along with the demos for both. Colin goes in-depth on all of this and more during one of our top shows of the year, now available for listening and downloading from our podcast page.

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pprListen to my interview with TC&I’s Colin Moulding from the February 7 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Purchase TC&I’s Great Aspirations EP by clicking on the following links at Burning Shed: Signed EP, Unsigned EP.

Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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XTC’s Colin Moulding Guests Next Wednesday on a Very Special Edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

by Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Colin Moulding | Still from TC&I’s “Scatter Me” video (Credit: Director Laima Bite)

Colin Moulding, ex-XTCer and one-half of TC&I with also-ex-XTCer Terry Chambers, guests next Wednesday night, February 7, at 9 pm ET on a very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Colin and Terry’s miraculous four-track pop and roll excursion, Great Aspirations, brings the joy that accompanied Colin’s compositions played during XTC’s weighty run into the current musical landscape. These terrific new songs combine for a top-flight pure pop-meets-pop and roll experience from two musical masters.

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(Left to right) Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers

During this hour-long program, Colin talks about Great Aspirations’ overarching theme–aspiring to certain states of existence in life and beyond–and goes behind the scenes with three of the EP’s stellar songs–the pure poppy “Scatter Me,” featuring Colin’s signature, energetic bass and Terry’s very Ringo Starr drum part, the also-poppy  “Greatness (The Aspiration Song),” and the pop and roller “Kenny.”

Colin also talks about the writing and performances of three of his signature songs recorded with XTC: the lovely “Frivolous Tonight” from Apple Venus, the introspective classic “One of the Millions” from Oranges and Lemons, and the absolutely gorgeous “Say It,” the latter being one of my favorite–if not the favorite–of Colin’s creations, released in conjunction with XTC’s Apple Box.

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It has long been my dream to welcome Colin Moulding as a guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. I hope you enjoy listening to our chat. Circle the date and time on your calendar: next Wednesday night, February 7, 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. (The atmospheric video for “Scatter Me,” featuring Colin and Terry and directed with flourish by Laima Bite, appears below.)

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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New on Pure Pop Radio 1.16.18: XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers Return as TC&I

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Spins and Reviews | 1.16.18

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On this delightful, ruminative and playfully earnest four-song EP, Colin Moulding, clever, melodic bassist, singer and warmhearted songwriter, ex of XTC, continues his earthy exploration of human exploits and foibles, joined by equally ex-XTC drummer and brother-in-arms Terry Chambers.

Moulding’s observant treatises, examining life’s travails amidst lovely melodies powered by his tender singing and playing and Chambers’ meaty percussive bottom end, ring true as they offer topics for discussion and hints of next, explorative and mindful steps on the road to sorting things out. Slotting comfortably into Moulding’s body of work as essayed joyfully during his XTC years, these songs beg sisters, brothers and cousins more on future EPs and albums.

“Scatter Me” plays its pure melodic pop card at the start with percussive piano and Moulding’s familiar, yearning vocal, quickly topped by his pumping bass and Chambers’ assured drums. The narrator’s plea for his ashes being scattered into the open air celebrates life (“Then live on/Bang a gong/Sing a song/For the land of the living”) and posits the possibility of sticking around in some ethereal fashion to underline the notion of some measure of afterlife in and around this mortal plain (“And if one day it cuts up rough/I’m at your window/Be careful where you tread/It might be me swept in”).

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(left to right) Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers

The playful “Greatness” begins with a heavenly-sounding statement of purpose (“Greatness/It’s where I wanna be”) at the start of a journey toward achievement, ostensibly in the arts. Name checking such high artistic watermarked figures as Hitchcock, Spielberg, Gershwin and McCartney, the narrator expresses hope that his parents will be able to experience his cultural ascent (“When I’m sold a lemon/I’ll just make lemonade/Show my daddy I’m no dope/As he waves me down the road”). Aspiring to greatness, however, is hardly assured, although commitment and confidence are collectively half the battle (“Just you wait”).

The deterioration of the playgrounds and lands of neighborhoods as so-called progress marches on is explored in the upbeat pop-rocker “Kenny.” And in the spoken-word-over-faintly-military-backing closer “Comrades of Pop,” harsh realities are conveyed to musicians aspiring to ascend to the top of the pop charts. “Comrades of pop turn away/In love and war all is fair,” Moulding notes. But the title of this number is hopeful–comrades, after all, being brothers-in-arms in sync with each other, always join together with their eyes on some sort of prize.

Great Aspirations comes at a time of increased visibility and group hugs for XTC’s legacy, what with the documentary celebration This is Pop and Mark Fisher’s lovingly-assembled, exhaustive book The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls currently finding love and affection among fans. Moreover, this EP sits as proof positive that melodic pop music is alive and well in the hands of a couple of pros by the names of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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