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Aug042013

XTC "No Thugs In Our House" Die-Cut Picture Sleeve

From a record shop in western MA-- this pressing of the UK single from 1982's "English Settlement" comes in a sleeve that doubles as a puppet theater! 

XTC's Andy Partridge is a visual-artist, as well-- he has often said that sleeve design is one of his favorite parts of releasing records. 

"No Thugs In Our House" tells the satirical story of a couple who refuses to believe that their son-- a juvenile delinquent-- could be up to no good.  Note the policeman walking up to the front door outside the kitchen window! 

The insert features the cast of characters:

Graham, a teenager
Mother, a busy housewife
Father, a conservative husband
Policeman, a young constable

They're designed to be cut out and used to put on a play-- the lyrics for the song comprise the libretto:

Here's XTC performing the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1982, shortly before they retired permanently from live performance:

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