Worst Song Choice of the Day: Why is the DNC blaring XTC's assassination ballad?

XTC, "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"

Our colleague (and XTC fan) David Bernstein is blogging -- and Twittering -- live from Denver for the duration of the Democratic National Convention. A few minutes ago he txt'd an update while walking past an official DNC merch booth that was blaring XTC's 1992 track "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead," which David correctly remembers as "a song about a JFK-like pol who gets killed."

We suspect that the DNC/XTC fan who put this on their iPod recalled the song's opening verses -- Candidate Pumpkinhead "came to town/Spreading wisdom and cash around/Fed the starving and housed the poor/Showed the vatican what gold's for" -- but neglected to recall the song's bitter conclusion:

But he made too many enemies...
Peter pumpkinhead put to shame
Governments who would slur his name
Plots and sex scandals failed outright
Peter merely said
Any kind of love is alright
But he made too many enemies...
Peter pumpkinhead was too good
Had him nailed to a chunk of wood
He died grinning on live tv

Look, we're all in favor of anything that gets the Democrats to stop blaring the same two fucking Bruce Springsteen and U2 songs they've been playing at every rally since 2004. But given how assiduously the Obama campaign and the news media in general have avoided the A-word -- as's Adam Reilly reported during the primaries -- this seems like a very odd choice for a soundtrack to selling Obama t-shirts.

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