1982 – Waterloo Records, in Austin Texas, was south of the river and allowed for returns on vinyl records “just because you didn’t like it,” Louis was great at helping introduce you to new music. And XTC’s English Settlement came out, changing my musical trajectory forever.
Here’s the amazing opener, Runaways. If you don’t know XTC, this is nice gateway track. If you only know their three radio tracks (Generals and Majors, Mayor of Simpleton, and Dear God) you’re in for a treat. The entire album cuts fantastic jags through what had come before and defines the new XTC sound.
And though my son, Jason, was not named for the Jason and the Argonauts track on this record, it was definitely a factor.