Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

Anyone who has passed through the Woodstock era or the era of psychedelic music will be familiar with the adage.. ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’, writes Parag Kamani.

music Updated: Mar 31, 2009 20:58 IST

Anyone who has passed through the Woodstock era or the era of psychedelic music will be familiar with the adage.. ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’.

It is true even in the 21st century when, every few months, someone publishes a study linking sex to popular music, TV shows, or movies. Psychologists like alarming headlines like ‘Heavy metal or rap music leads kids to have orgies’ or
something similar.

Bedroom etiquette
The study about ‘Anyone who has undergone formal training in music makes for a good lover in bed’ arrives from the Northwestern University Of Illinois, U S. The study concludes with teh premise that anyone who identifies emotion in sound will immediately possess a skill that translates not only in classrooms or the work place, but in bedrooms too.

Meanwhile, a fellow American University, in Pittsburgh, studied 117 students –– aged between 13 to 18 years — from three urban schools. Part of the study involved students listening to their favourite artistes, following which the songs were analysed for sexual content.

Loopholes galore
It was found that those who regularly listened to music with explicit and/or aggressive content were twice as likely to have sex as those who didn’t.

But the study has several loopholes For one, perhaps to fend off any kind of legal action, neither the artistes nor the songs that contain the “offending” lyrics were announced.

Two, there is nothing concrete in the arguments being presented that establishes that listening to a certain musical genre directly contributed to having sex.

Similarly, there is nothing that proves that those who are exposed to certain lyrics are more likely to copy or emulate what they hear.

Four, there are several factors –– socio-economic being one of the primary ones –– that could affect sexual prowess, but has not been considered.

Personally, the arguments attempted in the studies are too simplistic for me to ever accept that just because someone listens to a particular music genre or certain lyrics, he/she is likely to have (more) sex.

Inane research
It is intriguing that while the global meltdown is impacting economies and unemployment in North America has reached its highest in years, such studies –– utilising music as a base –– are still being pursued.

For me, sex education would be a lot more effective if it were concerned only with basic instincts rather than with universities that pursue inane researches.

So far, the universities haven’t really proved a point, but have managed to exhaust budgets prior to the conclusion of their fiscal year!

First Published: Mar 31, 2009 20:56 IST