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XTC: Last Exit To Catalonia

Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 20 September 1980

XTC ARE BITING their nails backstage of an open air gig at a soccer ground in the Madrid suburbs – the equivalent of an English Third Division ground but, being Spanish, brighter. The four frail members are neither tuning their instruments or taking last minute swigs of bracing alcohol. It's deep into a warm night and in a few minutes XTC take the stage, their last appearance on a European series of open air concerts where they've supported The Police.

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