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"Senses Working Overtime"
Single by XTC
from the album English Settlement
Released January 1982
Genre New wave
Alternative rock
Length 4:30
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Andy Partridge
Producer Hugh Padgham and XTC
XTC singles chronology
"Respectable Street"
(1981)
"Senses Working Overtime"
(1982)
"Ball and Chain"
(1982)
"Senses Working Overtime"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released March 23, 2004 United States
Format digital single
Genre Pop
Length 4:09
Writer(s) Andy Partridge
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Drop the Pilot"
(2003)
"Senses Working Overtime"
(2004)
"Extraordinary"
(2007)

"Senses Working Overtime" is a single by XTC released in 1982. It is at once the apogee of their early-eighties British popularity as well as their last gasp of mainstream success in their homeland. While it hit the Top Ten and helped English Settlement reach #5 on the album charts, it would also be their last Top Forty entry for a decade.

It has subsequently been covered by both Spacehog on the XTC tribute album A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC and by Mandy Moore on Coverage.

XTC Single Track Listing

  1. "Senses Working Overtime" (Andy Partridge)
  2. "Blame the Weather" (Colin Moulding)
  3. "Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)" (Partridge)
  4. "Egyptian Solution (Thebes in a Box) (Homo Safari #3)" (Partridge) (on the 12" release only)

Mandy Moore version

Senses Working Overtime was the second official single released from Moore's fourth studio album Coverage. It was only released in the United States as a digital single and is a live version from the Sessions@AOL.

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Music video

Although Moore had performed this song live on Sessions@AOL, the video wasn't used to promote the song. However the video is available on Moore's DVD The Best of Mandy Moore.


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