XTC were a new wave rock band from Swindon, England, led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding and active between 1976 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982).
Despite their three-decade career, XTC were a performing and touring band for only six of those years: they retired from live performance in 1982 due to Partridge's crippling stage fright. For the remaining twenty-three years of their existence XTC were a studio-based project involving session players around a nucleus of Partridge, Moulding andDave Gregory. The band are perhaps better known for long-standing critical acclaim rather than commercial success.