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December 28, 2009

And they let kids listen to this?

Hopelessly unfashionable as I am, I’ve recently been listening to Steeleye Span’s Commoners Crown, and thought it was worth tabulating the events of the first three songs.

Infanticides 2
  -- of which grotesque and ritualistic 2
  -- corpses used to pollute water supply 1
Murders, other 1
  -- rooms covered in blood as a result of         3
Executions 2
  -- of which barbarous 2

If this is not sufficiently impressive, consider that of these three songs, one is an instrumental.

After this the album does come off the boil rather and the remaining six songs deal only with relatively minor moral errors such as theft, drunkenness, transvestism, abduction and Peter Sellers playing the ukulele.

I am not sure how this level of depravity and destruction compares to Grand Theft Auto on a per-minute basis but I feel that there is surely a youth marketing opportunity going begging here.

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