Today’s Entrant in the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not XTC!” Sweepstakes

The band is Dogs Die in Hot Cars (home page on that site may be NSFW), and the song is “Celebrity Sanctum.” I suspect that every time this song plays, Andy Partridge has a strange, sudden twitch.

I just found out about this band, and I discover they’ve been on hiatus for five years. Life is like that sometimes, I suppose.

20 Comments on “Today’s Entrant in the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not XTC!” Sweepstakes”

  1. That happens to me every. single. time. “Oh wow, this band is pretty awesome. I wonder if they’ll be on tour near me soon. Ah crap, they broke up in 2003…”

  2. I listened to the song and thought this doesnt sound *anything* like “Come on, get happy”

    then I googled Andy Partridge.


  3. Am I the only one that was geeky enough to initially misread the title as “I Can’t Believe It’s Not XKCD!” ?

  4. I love DDiHC! I came across them more than five years ago thanks to the music video of “I Love You Cause I Have To.” And the name. That’s the sort of thing that sticks in your mind.

    …Yes I love her twice as much as you…

  5. oh my – are we sure that this is not a new pseudonym for XTC (or other Andy Partridge project) as was the Dukes of Stratosphear?

  6. Wow, that is very impressively derivative of, er… inspired by XTC! Also, #2 comment by asms made me look around for the “like” button.

  7. I’ve loved Dogs Die in Hot Cars for a couple of years (since I first heard Godhopping), and they do sound a British Standard Shit-Ton like XTC, and I’m OK with that. After all, if XTC won’t give us XTC music, it’s nice that someone else has stepped up to fill the void.

    Also, I totally sympathize with you on the “Hey! I just found a great band! What? They’re defunct?” thing. It’s a pattern for me, as noted in several of the posts tagged “music” on my blog.

  8. I don’t have much to say about the music, but I like the SoundCloud display widget, thanks for showing it to us. I just used it for playing back the occasional insect songs that I put on my blog (all of the other sound-player widgets I tried have at least one web browser that they don’t work properly for). I particularly like the sound trace that it includes.

  9. Okay, that’s just freaky. Freaky, I say! (And this from a girl who really, really, reaaaalllllyyy likes XTC). Quite good, mind you, but still freaky.

  10. Synchronicity:

    I was listening to “The Wheel and the Maypole” in the car last night, and I said to my wife, “You know, if it turns out that this really is the last song on the last XTC album ever, a ridiculously cheery song about decay and rebirth is not really a bad way to go out.”

  11. DDIHC are good but not nearly as XTCeriffic as The Sugarplastic and The Hidden Cameras. And they have more albums, too.

  12. Trying to think which song it sounds like.. Singers voice is really similar to Andy’s but to be fair so too is Andy’s with Paul Macartney’s, or Matt Bellamy’s like Thom York’s like Jeff Buckley’s. They’re all at it… But anyway it reminds me of a particular song. Can anyone help? I like it though.

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