XTC - Generals and Majors

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Promo for the "Generals and Majors" single. Apparently this was shot at the last minute after a meeting with Richard Branson, hence all the shots of him goofing around, and also the band's presence in the grounds of his manor! All very peculiar. As John Lydon once said, everything's "ho ho chortle chortle" with Branson, isn't it? Jolly japes.


Black Sea is the fourth studio album by the British band XTC, released on 12 September 1980. It spawned five singles—"Generals And Majors" (released 9 August 1980 and reached No. 32 on the UK singles chart and No. 104 on the Billboard Pop chart), "Towers Of London" (released 10 October 1980 and reached No. 31 on the UK singles chart), "Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)" (released 5 December 1980 and reached No. 16 on the UK singles chart), "Love At First Sight" (released 23 January 1981 in Canada only) and a re-recording of "Respectable Street" (released 13 March 1981). The band re-recorded the song to change a few words as per the BBC—who ended up never playing the clean version anyway.

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