Play It Backwards

Ever listened to Garth Brooks and wanted to kill yourself? You are not alone.

The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. The effect is independent of divorce, southernness, poverty, and gun availability.

I would like to see a similar study done for Radiohead though.

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4 Comments on “Play It Backwards”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Or on coldplay – if anyone is left alive to participate.

  2. DaveACT Says:

    Heard about this over 10 yrs ago when domiciled in country NSW. Note that the study was undertaken in 1992 on urban whites. City boys – bit soft eh?

    Bubba shot the juke box last night…

    http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/chesnutt-mark/bubba-shot-the-jukebox-5451.html


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  4. Invig Says:

    Nah man! Radiohead HELPS depression.

    See, there is a difference between ART and UNBELIEVABLY SHIT MUSIC.

    Radiohead is the former, country music is the latter.

    Sure, it is ‘sad’, but legitimately so. When it meshes with the ‘sad’ mind, it allows you to deal with those emotions with the artist in a kind of support role. Providing a safe emotional space for you to let them flow, and then go.

    OTOH country music FOOLS YOU into doing this, then traps you into exposing yourself to emotions WITHOUT support because there is not emotional content in (most, to be frank) country music. It is formulaic and artificial. Thus, you are left exposed and suffering.

    Make sense?


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