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Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo is a band in Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency books.


The band consists of two members: Colin Paignton, who is the leader and calls himself "Pain", and Phil Mulville.

They recorded the song "Hot Potato", written by Colin Paignton, Phil Mulville, and Geoffrey Anstey, and published by the record label ARRGH!. The song was a hit single and immense success; it sold at least 500,000 copies.

In the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency BBC Radio series, the song was actually reworked from a demo by Richard MacDuff's former band after they split up.

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The song "Hot Potato" in the BBC Radio adaptation was arranged and performed by Philip Pope, based on the lyrics by Douglas Adams.