Colin Moulding of XTC

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by corinpills, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I'm always on the lookout for old articles or information on one of my favorite bass players; Colin Moulding from XTC. I think his lines are so fluid and interesting without being flashy. In particular, I really loved his work on the Dukes Of Stratosfear records. I'm always curious whether anyone has ever transcribed some of his lines or if anyone knows about what gear he uses (I know he had a Wal for a while). One doesn't find many people who remember when XTC was a ripping live act and you never see anything about Colin's bass work anywhere. Maybe nobody on here even likes him (me being an old fart and all), but if anyone has anything to share, I'd appreciate it.
  2. he used an Epiphone Newport short-scale bass on Black Sea, a Fender P fretless on The English Settlement, a Wal Pro on The Big Express and later albums.

    he's used Fender Musicmaster and Mustang basses too.

    for the Wasp star albums he's been using a semi-acoustic Vox Apollo, and a similar semi-acoustic made by Dennis Fano-

    fave XTC basslines- Mayor of Simpleton, Respectable Street.
  3. bassguy187


    Jun 27, 2000
    Nazo, PA
    Colin Moulding is a great bassist,
    i've liked xtc since i was a little kid,
    my favorite basslines are burning with optimism's flames, neon shuffle, are you receiving me, and roads girdle the globe,their old stuff is alot better then their new stuff.
  4. jimmysquid


    Jul 5, 2000
    Colin is amazing and extremely overlooked and underrated. Chops when he needs them but generally just an amazingly tasteful and interesting player.

    There was a small article about him in Bass Player some time ago.

    btw- I don't know a lot about XTC but I had heard that Andy Partridge suffered from stage fright so they didn't play out a lot but I guess from what Corinpills said that wasn't the case?
  5. Guy


    Apr 26, 2001
    Washington, DC
    I heard that Andy Partridge stage fright story too. Maybe it's something he developed later in life?
  6. bassguy187


    Jun 27, 2000
    Nazo, PA
    yeah he developed extreme stage fright,
    during their touring for english settlement,
    after that they did mainly radio shows,
    and bbc live stuff, or just released new albums.
    what a shame, all that talent without gigs,
    a sin in my book.
  7. Another Colin Moulding fan here. Glad to see that other folks dig him too!

    Except that I think the more recent stuff is better. Not that the old stuff wasn't great (especially "Mummer" and "English Settlement"), just that I like from "Skylarking" on better.
  8. I wrote some CD reviews for Bassics Magazine a couple of years ago, and one of the CD's I reviewed was the Apple Venus CD. This was the first time I gave the band a real serious listening to. Before that, it was pretty much the "Mayor of Simpleton" that was the stand out song for me.

    I found Colin's basslines to be perfect for the music. It was just part of the music, it fit in so well.
  9. I am a huge Colin Moulding fan! He is the epitome of intelligent, tasteful, and musical pop bass playing, IMHO. Admittedly, I am nowhere near as familiar with XTC's earlier work, but I certainly do love their more recent releases.