Who Sang Real by Reel? XTC

Xtc Drums and Wires cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: A. Partridge
release date: 1979-8-17
genres: Electronic Rock
styles: Pop Rock/New Wave/Post-Punk
length: 3:47
producer: Steve Lillywhite
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
electric guitar: Dave Gregory
drums (drum set): Terry Chambers
bass guitar: Colin Moulding
composer: Andy Partridge
lyricist: Andy Partridge
In this secret time, invading on our privacy
Unknowing we mime, we play for the ministry
The can film you in bed
Or when you take a bath
They can tape every cry
They can tape every laugh
They can turn you around so you won't know what's

Real by reel
Busy little bees recording everything you feel
On real by reel
Documented down like rats
They're catching up on every squeal
On real by reel
Real by reel by real by

In this hidden time, ignorance may help you to cope
Rehearsing for crimes, and sex just in government cinemascope
The can film you at work
Or when they let you play
They can tape what you think
They can tape what you say
They can't blur your I.D. so you won't know what's

Now I lay me down to sleep
Knowing that your lenses peep
Now I eat my daily bread
And into the tape spool I'll be fed

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Making Plans for Nigel
  • 2 Helicopter
  • 3 Day in Day Out
  • 4 When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty
  • 5 Ten Feet Tall
  • 6 Roads Girdle the Globe
  • 7 Real by Reel
  • 8 Millions
  • 9 That Is the Way
  • 10 Outside World
  • 11 Scissor Man
  • 12 Complicated Game
    7" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Chain of Command
  • 2 Limelight