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Rock me, Amadeus (Or how Mozart and heavy metal fans have more in common than they'd like to admit)


Fans of Mozart and other classical composers were found to be innovative and self-confident ... just like followers of heavy metal bands such as Kiss, despite the age difference
Fans of Mozart and other classical composers were found to be innovative and self-confident ... just like followers of heavy metal bands such as Kiss, despite the age difference

Published Date: 05 September 2008
FANS of heavy metal music are usually portrayed as long-haired students playing air guitar in their grubby rooms. Classical music lovers, by contrast, are stereotyped as serious, grey-haired and overwhelmingly middle-class.
But these apparent opposites have more in common than people might imagine, according to a study yesterday.

Researchers found fans of Motorhead shared "virtually identical" personality traits with Mozart lovers, both being unusually creative and introverted.

As part of a study into the link between people's musical tastes and their personalities, psychologists at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh asked more than 36,000 people worldwide to rate 104 musical styles and questioned them on aspects of their personality.

Professor Adrian North, Heriot-Watt's head of applied psychology, said the results showed musical tastes could directly reflect people's characters.

While indie music listeners tended to lack self-esteem, pop music fans were largely uncreative, he said. People into country and western were hard-working, rap fans were outgoing, and lovers of jazz and classical music were innovative and bursting with self-confidence.

Most surprisingly, he said: "I was struck by how similar fans of heavy metal and classical music really are. Apart from the age differences, they were virtually identical.

"Both were more creative than other people, both were not terribly outgoing and they were also quite at ease with themselves."

But Susan Nickalls, a classical music reviewer for The Scotsman, poured scorn on his theory. "What do you do if you like hip-hop, jazz, classical and rock – does that mean you are schizophrenic?" she asked. "How can you say that everyone who goes to an opera is creative? This guy should research something serious.

"I like heavy metal and I like classical and I like opera. I like Whitesnake, and my favourite operas include Tosca. When the heroine throws herself off the battlements, heavy metal people might say that's the equivalent of bashing your guitar on stage."

Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman's rock music critic, said it would be good if the survey contributed to the rehabilitation of the heavy metal music fan, to give a more "rounded and surprising picture".

Prof North suggested fans of jazz and soul had the "best" character traits, including high self-esteem and an outgoing nature. He went on: "People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, wearing particular clothes, going to certain pubs, and using certain types of slang. It's not so surprising that personality should also be related to musical preference."

Some 36,518 people from countries as far afield as Malaysia, China, Japan and Chile were asked to rate musical styles ranging from chart pop to Bollywood music and opera as part of the Heriot-Watt study.


Huzzah for mass generalisations.  Since I fit into both camps of Metal fan and Classical fan, then I suppose I'm the exact double of myself. Or something.  I've been listening a bit of Dresden Dolls lately.  I was completely surprised at what they actually sound like.  In my head, I'd written them off as a rubbish ear-bleeding Murderdolls-a-like or something similarly awful.  Not the case.  Punk caberet they call it, all piano, experimental sounds and word play lyrics.  Very enjoyable.

I'll be posting later more on a fic auction I'm taking part in (just need to send the app away) and perhaps my thoughts on what I've seen on the Rep/Dem conventions (I'm going to steer right past my sudden attraction to Chelsea Clinton.  Maybe.)

But for now, I was left with this bizarre thought as I washed this morning.  With my black pj T shirt pulled over my head but still hanging on there at the crown of my head, I was hit with a sudden realisation : I'd look no too bad in a habit. 

Anyone else had similar thoughts?  Surely we all did something similar as kids?  No?  Just me?
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Date/Time: 2008-09-05 18:59 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] pop-the-toaster.livejournal.com
aaah yes, the whole 'what would i look like as a nun?' idea. i did that too, i don't now of course (i *swear* i didn't just try it with my t-shirt after i read your entry...nope.)
well, when i read your side note about chelasea clinton, i couldn't quite picture what she looked like, after a google and this > http://evilbeetgossip.film.com/category/chelsea-clinton/ < page i agree. :D dont steer past it!
lol i read that article in the Daily Mail this morning nd i tmade me laugh bit, i honestly couldn't imagine a Metal fan and a Classicl fan sharing a room without coming to blows somehow!
Date/Time: 2008-09-05 19:02 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] pop-the-toaster.livejournal.com
p.s. im loving your icon....so cute! (if slightly disgusting when you really think where they come from.)
Date/Time: 2008-09-05 19:14 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] lynsangelic1.livejournal.com
The icon is cute as hell, as were the wee fat blobs. Unbelievably cute. Brilliant line when Donna says "I'm waving at fat." That sealed the awesomeness of Donna.

And I share a room with myself (1/2 classical fan, 1/2 metal fan) and I rarely ever come to blows ;)
Date/Time: 2008-09-06 08:50 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] pop-the-toaster.livejournal.com
oooh Donna...im gonna go out on a limb here and say i think she's the best assistant so far. None of the love/unrequited love that was Rose/Martha respectively :)
lol, fair point. ...the weirdest image came into my head just now of someone who looks like a seteotypical metal fan (moheacan [sp?], peircings, chains etc) swaying and nodding their head to beethoven's 5th...
Date/Time: 2008-09-10 00:28 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] lynsangelic1.livejournal.com
100% agreement on Donna being the best assistant so far. She was awesome - So funny, excellent character and outstanding acting. Knowing her from the Catherine Tate show, I wasn't sure if it was gonna work but she was tremendous and blew me away.

I think the stereotypical metal fan you imagine is actually a classic punk fan. And they're a whole different kettle of fish. And punk fans take several different forms through ska-punk, classic 70s punk, hardcore punk and ever onwards. If you need to know anything about genre fans, lemme know ;)

The stereotypical metal fan is baggy kicked in jeans, faded band t-shirt and long hair. Exactly like me when kicking about the house ;)

But I have the image of a metal fan doing the windmill (swinging their hair around their head to the music) to Mozart. Now that is awesome.
Date/Time: 2008-09-10 08:29 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] pop-the-toaster.livejournal.com
i remember everyone being pessimistic bout Catherine Tates acting abilities, and boy did she show 'em!!
ooh, well clearly im out of sync with all these fan genre, and you really know your stuff lol ill take your word for it! would you also counta guy having a pornstar 'tash and wearing a bandna under that metal fan genre?

well, that image made me giggle a fair bit, im just thinking of all the posh upper-class people slack jawed and staring (or joining in, who knows!!)
Date/Time: 2008-09-06 01:43 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] pokecharm.livejournal.com
I have to be honest, I may live here, but I haven't watched either the DNC or the RNC...it just bores me...
Date/Time: 2008-09-10 00:29 (UTC)Posted by: [identity profile] lynsangelic1.livejournal.com
Fair enough. I just like politics. The stuff that bored me rigid 8 years ago, really interests me now. I blame the West Wing ;)

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