At least at this moment and for the purposes of this post, my favorite band is XTC. Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory et al. have been making clever, intricate, forward-looking pop music for more than 30 years. They’ve had a couple of minor hits (“Dear God,” “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”), but they’ve always been more about consistent albums than a singles band. Their output is huge, especially when you include Partridge’s solo recordings and the work from psychedelic alter-egos the Dukes of Stratosphear. And for all that material, there’s very little fluff–every album has at least a few absolute gems. So without further ado, enjoy some XTC.