XTC: “That’s Really Super, Supergirl”

It’s arguable that there are no true deep cuts amongst the songs on Skylarking, the most popular of all XTC’s albums, but “That’s Really Super, Supergirl” isn’t generally one of the tracks that gets mentioned when the album is discussed. With percussion samples from Utopia’s Deface The Music – none too surprising when one recalls that Todd Rundgren was the album’s producer – it’s one of the best pop songs on the disc…and that’s high praise. Plus, you gotta love lyrics like, “That’s really super, Supergirl / How you’re changing all the world’s weather / But you couldn’t put us back together / Now I’m feeling like I’m tethered / Deep inside your Fortress of Solitude / Don’t mean to be rude / But I used to feel super.” For the record, there’s also a demo of the track on the fourth volume of Andy Partridge’s Fuzzy Warbles discs, where he claims, “That’s Streaky The Supercat on harmonica.” Possibly not…

  

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