I love XTC, they're my time machine. Whenever I hear them, I'm instantly transported to a time when Dr Who, the ZX Spectrum and Top of The Pops ruled the earth (well, they did for me).
Thanks for that.
Until about 2007 I had never heard about Tony Joe White. So if you've known him since the 60s or 70s you can ignore me now. But you may also understand the kind of revelation that was. Like suddenly you find there's a guy who's up there with Dylan, Donovan, or the goddamn Stones. And I was so glad to have found him and infected everyone around me. A friend and fellow student at the time used to work the turntables at a few clubs I went to and soon I danced to TJW at those clubs. Fun times. Dramatic times too. I left my girlfriend for 9 years at that time, because I felt stuck and was desperate to fall in love again. But in doing so I hurt her bad. I wasn't swayed in my course but I still liked her a lot. And I hoped she would forgive me and move on, which she did eventually. We're still friends.