XTC - The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead

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This song, released in May 1992, was the second single from XTC's tenth album "Nonsuch", and is the last music video XTC ever made.


"The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" is a song by XTC from their 1992 album Nonsuch. It was the band's second #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart after "The Mayor of Simpleton".

The song follows the story of Peter Pumpkinhead, a man who comes to an unspecified town, "spreading wisdom and cash around." He is extremely popular with the people of the town, but extremely unpopular with government figures. In the end, Peter Pumpkinhead is killed by those he made enemies of, "nailed to a chunk of wood" (probably a reference to being crucified, like Jesus, possibly even comparing the two men).


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