Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton

David Brackett

in Interpreting Popular Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520225411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925700 | DOI:
Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton

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This chapter focuses on XTC's 1989 recording The Mayor of Simpleton. It analyzes this song in relation to the tension between academic discourse and the constitution of the popular song as an object of study. It suggests that the lyrics of this song shows that even among the brainiest pop musicians, it is clearly undesirable to display one's analytical tendencies. It also highlights the conflict between the discourse of musicology and the interpretation of popular music.

Keywords: The Mayor of Simpleton; XTC; academic discourse; popular song; pop musicians; musicology; popular music

Chapter.  1552 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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