Friday, April 02, 2010

Friday Night Videos

XTC was a fairly popular group my final two years of college. They had back-to-back albums that got a good deal of airplay on the college radio charts, "Oranges & Lemons" and "Nonesuch." Probably their biggest hit at that time was "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead." I liked the song a lot, but never got around to picking up the album. One of the lyrics, "Showed the Vatican what gold's for," annoyed me for being one of the most persistent of anti-Catholic stereotypes, but with the Vatican itself doing its best to validate as many of those stereotypes as it can in recent weeks, I remembered this song and thought it apropos. Enjoy.

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Herman's Hermits.

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