| 23 May 2000|
23 May 2000
| April–December 1999, Idea Studios, Wiltshire and Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom|
XTC albums, Pop rock albums
Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) is the fourteenth and final studio album by the English band XTC, released on Cooking Vinyl/Idea Records on 23 May 2000. It is the second volume of the Apple Venus set and reached the UK Top 40 albums chart.
At this point, guitarist and singer Andy Partridge and bassist and singer Colin Moulding were the only two band members left. The duo therefore utilised session musicians on every track to fill in the musical elements that they were incapable of performing themselves. Partridge's daughter Holly made her singing debut on record singing backup vocals in the song "Playground"; she now sings and plays guitar in the English pop-rock group The SheBeats.
In 2002 XTC released an instrumental version of the album entitled Waspstrumental.
The song "Stupidly Happy" has been featured in an episode of the British teenage drama Skins, and in 2011 it was used in an advertisement for DFS.
Colin Moulding's songs were all older material presented for previous albums but rejected due to space or other considerations. "Standing In For Joe" was originally written for aborted 'Bubblegum' album project in the early 1990s and "In Another Life" was originally demoed for Oranges & Lemons.
All tracks written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.Colin Moulding – vocals, bass guitar, harmonica on "In Another Life", guitar on "Boarded Up"
Andy Partridge – vocals, guitar
with:Caroline Dale – cello
Nick Davis – keyboards
Simon Gardner – flugelhorn
Patrick Kiernan – violin
Peter Lale – viola
Holly Partridge – backing vocals on "Playground"
Prairie Prince – drums (2, 3, 4, 12)
Chuck Sabo – drums (1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Kate St. John – oboe
Matt Vaughn – programming
Gavin Wright – violin
Haydn Bendall – recording engineering
Nick Davis – producer, mixing, recording engineering
Simon Dawson – mix engineer
Alan Douglas – recording engineering
Barry Hammond – recording engineering
Bob Ludwig – mastering
Leonard B. Johnson - A&R Coordination
1Playground4:17Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) Wikipedia
3In Another Life3:36