Feature: Anti-Xmas Music vs Christmas Classics

Christmas songs in general are overplayed, cheesy, and at times nauseatingly saccharine. With only some exceptions such as The Pogues’ classic ‘Fairytale of New York’, a wonderfully miserable song about two bickering bitter exes, you can’t walk into any shopping centre this time of year without being met by the same cheery playlist chiming out…

Moral Listening- Does It Exist?

Every once in a while, a scandal hits the musical world which reverberates well outside of the scene it occurs in, making national news and causing widespread consternation. Judas Priest’s famous court case based on the notion that they hid satanic messages in their music; the regular claims that gangsta rap promotes criminal behaviour; the…

The Eurythmics: Pioneers of Synthpop

The indomitable 1980s birthed many a cultural phenomenon still popular today, including big hair, leg warmers and the wonderfully addictive Rubik’s Cube. Musically, however, the era produced something even better: synthpop. A combination of the electro sounding synthesiser and mainstream pop, the genre took off at the beginning of the 80s in Germany, Japan and…