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Nonsuch
(1996)
XTC
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Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
Duration: 1:03:16
Genre: Alternative Rock

Nonsuch (styled as NONSVCH) is the eleventh studio album by the English band XTC, released on 27 April 1992. In a 1992 MTV interview, Andy Partridge said that he had selected the name of the album after encountering a drawing of Nonsuch Palace and, thinking that the archaic word "Nonsuch" meant "does not exist" rather than, as he later learned, "unique". In addition, the album title may have derived from a couplet in the lyrics of the final song of Oranges and Lemons (their previous studio album) "Chalkhills and Children":

I'm skating over thin ice

while some nonesuch net holds me aloft

The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. "The Disappointed" was nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The album reached No. 1 on the Rolling Stone College album chart and No. 97 on the Billboard album chart in the U.S.

The album produced three singles: "The Disappointed" (which reached No. 33 on the UK singles chart), "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (which reached No. 71 on the UK singles chart) and "Wrapped In Grey" (which, when withdrawn by Virgin, prompted the band to go on strike).

Two promotional videos were made.


TrackDuration
Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
My Bird Performs3:50
Dear Madam Barnum2:53
Humble Daisy3:39
Smartest Monkeys
Disappointed
Holly Up on Poppy3:04
Crocodile3:56
Rook3:47
Omnibus3:20
That Wave3:33
Then She Appeared3:52
War Dance3:22
Wrapped In Grey3:46
Ugly Underneath
Bungalow2:49
Books Are Burning4:50
The Disappointed3:36
The Ugly Underneath3:55
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead5:04
The Smartest Monkeys4:24
Didn't Hurt A Bit3:26
Extras
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead (Promotional Video)
The Disappointed (Promotional Video)
The Nonsuch Home Videos
45 Minute Studio Documentary
Always Winter, Never Christmas
Goosey Goosey
Goodbye Humanosaurus
Difficult Age
Holly Up On Polly
It's Snowing Angels
Rip Van Reuben
I'm The Man Who Murdered Love
The Disappointed (First Refernce Recording)
The Disappointed (Second Reference Recording)1:40
Wonder Annual
Down A Peg
Car Out Of Control
Where Did The Ordinary People Go?
Original Release: 1992-03-30
Composer: XTC
Arranged By: Dave Gregory, Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
UPC: 720642447420, 5012981269920, 633367783325