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"Senses Working Overtime" is a single by XTC released in 1982. In the U.K., it hit the Top Ten and helped English Settlement reach #5 on the album charts, but it would also be their last Top 40 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.



  • 1 Music video
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Mandy Moore version
    • 3.1 Release and reception

Music video[edit][]

The video for "Senses Working Overtime" shows the band performing the song in an empty (minus the band and their instruments, amps, etc.) yet colorful room. The video was released on the Look Look video compilation.

Track listing[edit][]

  1. "Senses Working Overtime" (Andy Partridge)
  2. "Blame the Weather" (Colin Moulding)
  3. "Tissue Tigers (The Arguers)" (Partridge)

On the 12" release, "Egyptian Solution (Thebes in a Box) (Homo Safari #3)" (Partridge) was added to the A-side as track 2; the B-side comprised "Blame the Weather" and "Tissue Tigers" on both 7" and 12".

Mandy Moore version[edit][]

"Senses Working Overtime"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released January 17, 2004
Format Digital download
Recorded February 2003
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:08
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Andy Partridge
Producer(s) John Fields
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Drop the Pilot"


"Senses Working Overtime"




"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 performance. In 2004, the label included "Senses Working Overtime" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore. Later, in 2007, included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.[citation needed]

Release and reception[edit][]

Moore's version of "Senses Working Overtime" was released as the second single from her fourth album titled Coverage, on January 17, 2004 through Epic Records. Although Moore performed this song live on Sessions@AOL, the video was not used to promote the song. The video is available on Moore's DVD The Best of Mandy Moore.