Song of the Week: “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” by XTC

by Douglas Cowie on 14 December 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” by XTC:

No, not that XTC, but the 1970s/1980s/1990s band from Swindon, England. “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” is the first XTC song I remember hearing, though it may well have been 1979’s “Making Plans for Nigel.” At any rate, “The Ballad of Peterpumpkinhead” pumped out of my WXRT-tuned radio in 1992, and it seemed strange and enthralling to me. It seems less strange to me now, but no less an enthralling piece of guitar pop/rock.

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