It’s been called the most controversial song of the decade. Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines may have sold well but both the song’s lyrics and video drew criticisms this summer. The track was back in the news this week as University College London took the step to ban the song from its campus.
The UK university joins about 20 other British colleges that have already done so. UK charity Rape Crisis was among the many voices complaining that the track objectified women and glamorised violence back in June.
Also in the news…
U2 manager Paul McGuinness is stepping down from his role with the band after 35 years. Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, is set to step in to McGuinness’s shoes as U2 prepare for a new album and world tour next year.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Eminem’s latest - Marshall Mathers LP2 is John’s album of the week. He says the confrontational and aggressive album could be one of his top releases of the year.
But he says, there are several lines in this that make Robin Thicke’s lyrics look bland so approach this with caution.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Christy Moore has collected 45 songs from his 45 years in the music business. His new Where I Come From box set is a reminder that although he hasn't been writing lately, Christy Moore has written some fine songs in his time.
GIG OF THE WEEK
Icelandic outfit Sigur Ros bring their unique instrumental music to the O2 in Dublin on Saturday night. John says their music varies from quiet and atmospheric to loud and aggressive. They’re well worth checking out if you've never seen them live. Tickets are still available.