Song of the Day, June 22: When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty by XTC

XTCDrumsNearToday’s song is a celebration of the overwhelming power of attraction. After two albums of raw post-punk dance pop, XTC began shifting direction when Barry Andrews left the band. Their third album, the delightful Drums and Wires, features a more refined sound and richer themes.

One of the standout tracks is When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty, written by Andy Partridge. The long title hints at the energy of the song, with the mere presence of the object of the singer’s affections causing nearly crippling effects. Partridge stumbles nicely through the lyrics, offering a rush of feeling that fits the lyrics perfectly. The tight playing of the band behind him makes the energy flow while keeping Partridge from going completely off the rails. It’s a smart package and a fun bit of edgy dance pop.

When you’re near me I have difficulty respirating
When you’re near me I have difficulty concentrating
When you’re near me I have difficulty standing upright
When you’re near me I have difficulty sleeping at night

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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