Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo

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Band mentioned in the 1987 novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams.

The lead singer's name is Pain. Their big hit was "Hot Potato."

The bathroom, which opened out from it, had a gold disc hung on the wall in front of the lavatory, for sales of five hundred thousand copies of a record called "Hot Potato" by a band called "Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo." Dirk had a vague recollection of having read part of an interview with the leader of the band (there were only two of them, and one of them was the leader) in a Sunday paper. He had been asked about their name, and he had said that there was an interesting story about it, though it turned out not to be. "It can mean whatever people want it to mean," he had added with a shrug from the sofa of his manager's office somewhere off Oxford Street.

They're no Disaster Area.

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