Would you sit there in your bedroom every night with your headphones on, falling asleep to Hitler’s speeches? Most people wouldn’t, and neither would I – but if you listen to a band with unsavoury views, you’re polluting your mind with the beliefs they espouse. Maybe they’re not expressed overtly – maybe it’s subtle and you wouldn’t know it if it wasn’t there – but you wouldn’t really want to take the risk, would you? Especially when you know that music literally rewires your brain when you hear it. You’d better be damn sure you know what shape your brain will end up in after you’ve played their album 4,000 times.
Everyone’s being going on about Magma. Cardiacs fans, Foetus fans, fans of music generally. Magma Magma Magma. So, when I saw their BBC 1974 mp3 for just a pound at Amazon last week, I bought it and gave it a listen. It was very good.
Then, as I clicked on YouTube links in search of my next purchase, I noticed some arguments in the comments section and started to feel a bit sick. I ran a Google search, and didn’t like what I found.