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David Brackett

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225411.001.0001

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Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton

Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton

(p.199) Chapter Six Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton
Interpreting Popular Music

David Brackett

University of California Press

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

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