One more depressing thing about country music radio: You never know what you’re going to find when you go looking for those little badge icon thingees. When I did earlier today, I discovered a great weblog and a very generous button/badge/icon gallery-resource called “Steal These Buttons,” both maintained by a University of Florida student, George T. McKnight. And (where was I? oh, yeah) that’s where I found a link to this 1992 academic journal article titled, “The Effect of Country Music on Suicide.”
Here’s a quote from the article abstract:
We contend that the themes found in country music foster a suicidal mood among people already at risk of suicide and that it is thereby associated with a high suicide rate.
While the full article is behind a cost-wall, I’d like to posit my personal theory why people who live in urban areas where country radio is popular are more likely to kill themselves: It sucks.
That said, I’m sure if I were the country music programming dictator at Clear Channel, the songs I would command the stations play would spike up the suicide rate even more. An example of the kind of country music you’ll find on my iPod is this post’s bumper music.
rexblog bumper music: I Have a Devil in Me (The Meat Purveyors)