Who Sang Reign of Blows? XTC

Xtc The Big Express cover art
release date: 1984-10-15
genres: Rock Pop
styles: New Wave/Pop Rock/Indie Rock
length: 3:31
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
guest membranophone: Peter Phipps
recording engineer: David Lord
bass guitar: Colin Moulding
mixer: Phil Thornalley and XTC
assistant mixer: Matt Barry
Reign of blows
Reign of blows
Reign of blows cascading down upon your shoulders
Far too many men dressed up as soldiers
The lamb is brought to the ground
Under the weight of the Crown
A crown of thorns and dark deeds
The swastika and the hammer and symbol
Are sickles that reap only weeds

Reign of blows
Reign of blows
Reign of blows precedes a storm of revolution
People have no place in their solution
So torture raises its head
Decked out in blue, white, and red
And iron maidens will slam
And by the half light of burning republics
Joe Stalin looks just like Uncle Sam

Reign of blows
Reign of blows
Reign of blows has washed away the corpse of Abel,
Cain is now the king in every Babel
I just don't care who you are
When death draws up in his car
And talks in terrorist tones
Remember violence is only a vote for the
Black Queen to take back the throne

Reign of blows

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Wake Up
  • 2 All You Pretty Girls
  • 3 Shake You Donkey Up
  • 4 Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her
  • 5 This World Over
  • 6 (The Everyday Story of) Smalltown
  • 7 I Bought Myself a Liarbird
  • 8 Reign of Blows (Vote No Violence!)
  • 9 You’re the Wish You Are I Had
  • 10 I Remember the Sun
  • 11 Train Running Low on Soul Coal

  • Album Information
    label: Virgin
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin