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Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers

Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers is a compilation album by XTC released in 1990. An odds and sods collection, it brings together B-sides, BBC sessions, soundtrack contributions, both sides of two singles released by offshoot The Three Wise Men, a solo single recorded by Colin Moulding as The Colonel[1] and other obscurities. It is notable for including some of the most eccentric numbers in their catalogue such as "Cockpit Dance Mixture", "Countdown to Christmas Party Time" and "History of Rock & Roll".

Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers
XTC - Rag and Bone Buffet.jpg
Compilation album by
Released24 September 1990
Recorded1977-1989
Length78:29
LabelVirgin Records
XTC other chronology
Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78-80
(1990)
Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers
(1990)
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud) link

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Andy Partridge unless otherwise indicated. All songs credited to XTC unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Extrovert" – 3:36
  2. "Ten Feet Tall" (US Single Version) (Colin Moulding) – 3:13
  3. "Mermaid Smiled" – 2:27
  4. The Colonel - "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" (Moulding) – 2:48
  5. "Respectable Street" (UK Single Version) – 3:06
  6. "Looking for Footprints" (Moulding) – 3:30
  7. "Over Rusty Water" – 1:29
  8. "Heaven is Paved with Broken Glass" – 4:23
  9. "The World is Full of Angry Young Men" (Moulding) – 3:41
  10. "Punch and Judy" – 2:43
  11. The Three Wise Men - "Thanks for Christmas" (Balthazar/Kaspar/Melchior) – 3:52
  12. "Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)" – 3:58
  13. The Colonel - "I Need Protection" (Moulding) – 3:41
  14. "Another Satellite" (Sunday Live Show, 2-22-87) – 4:21
  15. "Strange Tales, Strange Tails" – 2:20
  16. "Officer Blue" (Moulding) – 2:41
  17. "Scissor Man" (John Peel Show, 10-8-79) – 4:23
  18. "Cockpit Dance Mixture" – 6:03
  19. "Pulsing Pulsing" – 1:36
  20. "Happy Families" – 2:47
  21. The Three Wise Men - "Countdown to Christmas Party Time" (Balthazar/Kaspar/Melchior) – 4:14
  22. "Blame the Weather" (Moulding) – 3:40
  23. "Take This Town" – 4:10
  24. "History of Rock & Roll" – 0:21


  1. ^ Farmer, Neville "XTC Song Stories", Hyperion, 9/98