The third and final single released from English Settlement didn’t get anywhere near the charts. It’s a song with a sound that harks back a little while to the Black Sea era and was slightly at odds with the more acoustic and gentle material on the current album. But then again, its a tune totally befitting the tale of a nasty right-wing hooligan activist and a family who wouldn’t be out-of-place on Respectable Street:-
mp3 : XTC – No Thugs In Our House
Only released as a 7″ single, it came with elaborate packaging with the sleeve opening to form a theatre while you could utilise cartoon characters to re-enact the song lyrics which were re-produced in full on the reverse, along with to whom each line was attributed, in what was described as “No Thugs In Our House: A musical in three acts by XTC.”
You’ll also be able to make out from the back of the sleeve that three songs were made available on the b-side of the single:-
mp3 : XTC – Chain of Command
mp3 : XTC – Limelight
mp3 : XTC – Over Rusty Water
You’ll also see that the first two tracks were from the free single given away with the first pressings of Drums and Wires and therefore would already be well-known and likely owned by most long-standing fans. The last track is an ambient instrumental lasting less than 90 seconds and is, again, very much for completists.
Maybe the fact that so little of the music was new contributed to the fact that the single sold poorly.