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Masculinity in Idles band, and punk, thesis

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pincheapnnasty
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Masculiniteit in Punk: De kritiek op masculiniteit in IDLES’ Joy As An Act Of Resistance (2018). 2021 BA thesis Musicology, Utrecht university by Thomas Rikkers.

This recent thesis deals with the interesting subject of criticism of masculinity by punk musicians. The author takes British rock band IDLES as an example. That band, according to themselves, may not be a good representative of punk. They deny being post-punk. In 2018, the year of the record reviewed by Rikkers, they said: 'for the last time, we're not a fucking punk band'. Rikkers claims, without providing any figures, that most punks deny being punk, so, paradoxically, he claims that makes IDLES a real punk band, fit as an exemplary punk band in his thesis. I think that more often, rather than denying being punk, punks emphasise being punk in their own individual ways. 'A band breaking clichés (including punk clichés), has more rights to call itself a punk band than a band conforming to cliché expectations': Siouxsie Sioux.

Masculinity may be toxic. It is always toxic, according to IDLES singer Joe Talbot in 2018, reflecting on things he did wrong (under influences like alcohol and drugs) in the past.

The thesis concentrates on two songs on the Joy As An Act Of Resistance album: the tracks “Colossus” and “Samaritans”. It says it is written from a sociological perspective.

Comparisons with criticisms of toxic masculinity in, eg, the Riot Grrrl movement, might have provided a wider perspective.


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michael@bacteria.nl
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Als ik het goed begrijp, zegt de schrijver van deze Thesis dat bands die zich niet punk noemen juist heel erg punk zijn?


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pincheapnnasty
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@michaelbacteria-nl Inderdaad. In het geval van IDLES doet hij dat niet alleen bij bands die zich niet zo noemen, maar bij bands die verder gaan dan dat: het hevig ontkennen. Volgens mij hoor je niet in een categorie geplaatst te worden waar je zelf niet in wil (vergelijk bands die zich zelf punk noemen maar van buitenaf post-punk genoemd worden)


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