Deep in the southwest of England are the rolling hills and rural charm of Wiltshire, home of Stonehenge. Slap in the middle of Wiltshire's rural tranquility is the grimy town of Swidon, whose heartbeat is provided by the automobile industry. XTC hails from Swidon but swiftly took sanctuary and sustenance in Wiltshire, with its rows of tea shops and direct links to an earlier, unblemished England. Drums and Wires is famed mainly for the timeless " Making Plans for Nigel", but still highlights much hiccoughing and angular arrangements, and sounds less like the work of a puppet pop group from a Saturday morning science fiction show. The record also debuted what were to become thematic consistencies in XTC's catalogue. Partridge vented his hatred of progress in the bring-back-the-horse, anti-transport tirade "Roads Girdle the Globe" and he closed the album with a we're-all-pawns wail of despair in "Complicated Game".