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Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)

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Released  23 May 2000
Language  English
Release date  23 May 2000
Label  Canyon International
Length  50:54
Artist  XTC
Producer  Nick Davis
Genre  Pop rock
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Recorded  April–December 1999, Idea Studios, Wiltshire and Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Similar  XTC albums, Pop rock albums

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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.

Track listing

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
  • Production
  • 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
  • Songs

    2Stupidly Happy4:14
    3In Another Life3:36


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