JOURNAL: Popular Music and Society
AUTHORS: Ken McLeod
SUMMARY: This paper explores the increasing confluence between music and sport, two previously largely distinct realms of cultural production. Focusing on the popularity and marketing of sports rock and hypermasculinized sports anthems by gay icons Queen, the Village People and Pet Shop Boys, this article theorizes the often paradoxical social and sexual codes engendered by the relationship of sports and popular music.
CULTURAL REFERENCE: "We Are the Champions" is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury and recorded and performed by British rock band Queen in 1977. One of their most famous and popular songs, it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems.
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