Waxworks: Some Singles 1977–1982

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Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982
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ReleasedNovember, 1982
Genre Pop rock
Label Virgin Records
XTC other chronology
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Waxworks: Some Singles 1977–1982 is a compilation album released by XTC in 1982. Though it followed closely on the heels of the successful English Settlement album and its lead-off single "Senses Working Overtime", it failed to crack the Top 40 perhaps signalling their commercial decline in Britain. All twelve tracks appear on the first disc of 1996's Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-1992 . It was initially released shrinkwrapped with the Beeswax: Some B-Sides 1977-1982 included as a "free bonus album".

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Track listing

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.

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  1. "Science Friction" – 3:14
  2. "Statue of Liberty" – 2:52
  3. "This is Pop?" – 2:40
  4. "Are You Receiving Me?" – 3:04
  5. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Colin Moulding) – 3:47
  6. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:12
  7. "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" – 4:20
  8. "Generals and Majors" (Moulding) – 3:41
  9. "Towers of London" – 4:38
  10. "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" – 3:36
  11. "Senses Working Overtime" – 4:34
  12. "Ball and Chain" (Moulding) – 4:29

Single versions/edits are used throughout (as opposed to the versions appearing on the respective albums).

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