XTC's biggest American success, coming after the fluke controversy of "Dear God," "The Mayor of Simpleton" from Oranges & Lemons showed that even when creating something that a Stateside mainstream audience could enjoy, the band's core qualities hadn't changed at all. While in many ways it was one of the most conservative songs by the band yet -- the rhythm was pretty straightforward, the sonic feeling one of familiar Byrds-tinged folk-rock -- it was still a joyful, entertaining song that fit just as readily on radio and MTV as did Elvis Costello's "Veronica" from around the same time. Andy Partridge's winning lyric about a fellow who isn't too smart but still has a lot of love to offer is a fun little conceit, while his singing is some of his warmest yet. As was so often the case, he got in a new melody halfway through the song, as clear a band signature as anything. Funniest line in context -- the part about the narrator not being able to 'write a big hit song.'