Colin Moulding

Colin Moulding
Colin Moulding
Also known as The Red Curtain, The Colonel
Born 17 August 1955 (1955-08-17) (age 56)
Swindon, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1978–present
Labels Cooking Vinyl, Geffen, Idea, Virgin
Associated acts XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphear

Colin Ivor Moulding (born 17 August 1955 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England)[1] is a bassist, songwriter and vocalist. He is a founding member of the band XTC. Though less prolific than bandmate Andy Partridge, Moulding wrote many of the group's most popular songs, including their first three UK hit singles: "Life Begins At The Hop", "Making Plans For Nigel", and "Generals and Majors". "Making Plans For Nigel" was also a Top 20 hit in Canada, and "Generals and Majors" was the band's first U.S. chart entry, peaking at #104 in 1980.

Moulding's bass playing is self-taught, learning 1970s rock riffs at 15 years old. He cites an early musical influence as Andy Fraser of Free and has stated a preference for an intuitive approach to writing and playing rather than study.[2]

In February 2007, Partridge told music website Pitchfork Media Moulding was "not interested in music any more, and doesn't want to write."[3] Moulding concurred in having a recent loss of interest in music.[2] In November 2008 Moulding emerged for an interview about "Making Plans For Nigel" for an installment in the series of interviews by Todd Bernhardt. He also gave a two-hour interview in December 2008 on the Todd Rundgren fansite, Rundgren Radio.[2]



Studio albums

White Music (1978)
  • "Crosswires"
  • "Do What You Do"
  • "I'll Set Myself on Fire"
  • "Dance Band" (CD bonus track)
  • "Heatwave" (CD bonus track)
  • "Instant Tunes" (CD bonus track)
Go 2 (1978)
  • "Buzzcity Talking"
  • "Crowded Room"
  • "The Rhythm"
  • "I Am the Audience"
Drums and Wires (1979)
  • "Making Plans for Nigel"
  • "Day In Day Out"
  • "Ten Feet Tall"
  • "That is the Way"
  • "Life Begins at the Hop" (CD bonus track)
  • "Limelight" (CD bonus track)
Black Sea (1980)
  • "Generals and Majors"
  • "Love at First Sight"
  • "Smokeless Zone" (CD bonus track)
English Settlement (1982)
  • "Runaways"
  • "Ball and Chain"
  • "Fly on the Wall"
  • "English Roundabout"
Mummer (1983)
  • "Wonderland"
  • "Deliver Us from the Elements"
  • "In Loving Memory of a Name"
The Big Express (1984)
  • "Wake Up"
  • "I Remember the Sun"
  • "Washaway" (CD bonus track)
25 O'Clock (1985)
  • "What in the World??..."
Skylarking (1986)
  • "Grass"
  • "The Meeting Place"
  • "Big Day"
  • "Dying"
  • "Sacrificial Bonfire"
Psonic Psunspot (1987)
  • "Vanishing Girl"
  • "Shiny Cage"
  • "The Affiliated"
Oranges and Lemons (1989)
  • "King for a Day"
  • "One of the Millions"
  • "Cynical Days"
Nonsuch (1992)
  • "My Bird Performs"
  • "The Smartest Monkeys"
  • "War Dance"
  • "Bungalow"
Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)
  • "Frivolous Tonight"
  • "Fruit Nut"
Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) (2000)
  • "In Another Life"
  • "Boarded Up"
  • "Standing in for Joe"
A Tribute To Pink Floyd - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (2006)
  • "Time" (3# - with members of Yes, The Doors, Hurricane...)
  • "Brain Damage" (8# - with members of Yes/Asia, The Doors, Mothers of Inventions...)
  • (produced by Billy Sherwood)

Compilation albums

Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers (1990)
  • "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen"
  • "Looking for Footprints"
  • "The World is Full of Angry Young Men"
  • "I Need Protection"
  • "Officer Blue"
  • "Blame the Weather"
A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC (1995)
  • "The Good Things"
Coat of Many Cupboards (2002)
  • "Let's Have Fun"
  • "Sleepyheads"
  • "Find the Fox"
  • "Didn't Hurt a Bit"

Non album songs

  • "Down a Peg"
  • "Say It"
  • "Skeletons"
  • "Where Did the Ordinary People Go?"


  1. ^ "– XTC biography – accessed July 2008". Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Doug Interview of Colin Moulding Rundgren Radio (fansite), 7 December 2008, Retrieved 9 December 2008
  3. ^[dead link]

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