Saturday, November 28, 2009

XTC: "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"

Of the many great bands from the late 1970s new wave/punk explosion, XTC was the last one to stay together, albeit as a rump duo consisting of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding.

But the pair broke up in 2005.

Best known as critics' faves, the band did have some brushes with popularity. Sadly, "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" was not one of them. From the group's 1992 Nonsuch album, it tells the story of a man so perfect...society could not tolerate him. The video makes Pumpkinhead into a horn-rimmed JFK. In my opinion, that's not in the spirit of the song, but I assume Partridge, who wrote the song, views it differently.

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