November 11, 2009

Intellectual Popular Music?

The recent discussion of the intellectual depth (or lack thereof) of heavy metal music gives me the excuse to do something I always enjoy doing, referring to the great Canadian comedy troop of SCTV.  In 1983, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, and the late John Candy took on another genre of popular music that has garnered academic attention, British punk music.  The result was the Queenhaters performing “I Hate the Bloody Queen,” a song which the editors of Reason magazine could sing with relish, since it both decries taxes and praises marijuana.  Those who are interested in watching this fine example of satire may do so here.

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