Interviews no image

Published on August 4th, 1994 | by Gerry Galipault

0

This is XC-NN

Brash and unafraid of confrontation, the British gritty-rock quartet XC-NN means business with its self-titled debut album on 550 Music/Epic, due Sept. 13.

Formed by ex-All About Eve/Sisters of Mercy guitarist Tim Bricheno, the band immediately locked horns with corporate America when it used CNN as its original name. Ted Turner’s lawyers got wind of it and demanded the four either disband or change their name.

“We wanted a name everybody already knew,” said singer David Tomlinson, “and we went through all sorts of products – cereals, beans. CNN has more of a ring to it than Heinz and it’s one of the most pervasive things around in modern society.”

With a simple “X” marking the spot, they became known as Clearly Nothing New, XC-NN for short.

Their first single, “Young, Stupid & White,” took a swing at pop complacency and mediocrity, and to add insult to injury, they used the images of Suede’s Brett Anderson, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and ’70s retro band Jamiroquai emblazoned with the song title in a London poster campaign.

“The song and the campaign challenge the pomposity of rock ‘n’ roll,” said drummer Neill Lambert.

Isn’t XC-NN falling prey to rock cliches? “Well, we definitely play around with it,” Lambert said, “but I think there’s a sort of cynicism is what we’re doing. If you were going to pick out the worst offenders, as it were, there could be a few people you could pick on before you got to us.”

In its press kit, XC-NN provides a slew of useful adjectives to describe itself: nasty, pneumatic, frenetic, inscrutable, emotional, inevitable. Its brand of grinding guitar rock is equally infectious.

The band’s manifesto? “Follow your head and not your heart,” Bricheno said.

BWF (before we forget): The XC-NN album disography – “XC-NN” (550 Music/Epic); “Lifted” (1996).

Tags: ,


About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • BEST OF THE WEB

     

    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    * Release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    June 24, 2022 » Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Conan Gray, GIVĒON, Jack Johnson, Regina Spektor, Soccer Mommy, Lupe Fiasco, G. Love, Porcupine Tree, Trixie Mattel, MUNA, Empress Of, Janiva Magness, BoDeans, Alexisonfire, Zola Jesus, etc.

    July 1, 2022 » Imagine Dragons, Fleet Foxes, ITZY, Shinedown, Rusty, Burna Boy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro, Paul Anka, Grey Daze, Paolo Nutini, Klaus Schulze, etc.

    July 8, 2022 » James Bay, Journey, Metric, Rae Morris, Laura Veirs, The Delondes, Tye Tribbett, Richie Furay, Blind Channel, Delicate Steve, etc.

    More New Releases » July 15 and Beyond: Lizzo, Interpol, beabadoobee, Alan Parsons, Jack White, ODESZA, Gilbert O’Sullivan, She & Him, Cuco, Dawes, Maggie Rogers, Hayley Kiyoko, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Amanda Shires, Arch Enemy, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Collective Soul, Del Amitri, Panic! At the Church, Eric Church, Five Finger Death Punch, Hot Chip, The Mountain Goats, Walter Trout, Muse, Marcus King, Alanis Morissette, Ingrid Andress, Ezra Furman, YUNGBLUD, Rina Sawayama, Ozzy Osbourne, Built to Spill, Flogging Molly, Robbie Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, LeAnn Rimes, The London Suede, 5 Seconds of Summer, Beth Orton, Dr. John, Nikki Lane, Denzel Curry, Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lamb of God, Ava Max, Lightning Seeds, Simple Minds, Daniel Avery, Larkin Poe, Meghan Trainor, Michael Jackson, and many more.

    More Upcoming Releases » Albums coming in 2022 and beyond but have yet to be scheduled

    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the DayBest SellersSennheiser MOMENTUM 2 Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesIE 400 Pro In-Ear Monitors

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: Pauseandplay.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love Pauseandplay.com? We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.

    Via PayPal:




    – or –

  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter