PTS 06/038: The Titus Andronicus soundtrack album …

bh-wurlitzerThere’s a lot of unjustifiable hate out there for Titus Andronicus, I think.

Jonathan Bate introduces the play by saying that:






‘Even those who have approached Titus in a spirit of scholarly enquiry rather than critical judgement have been prejudiced by their distaste for the play […] nearly all scholars suppose that it is a very early work, a piece of crude and embarrassing juvenilia.  I believe that every one of these arguments is wrong.

I’m with Prof. Bate.  This was a rollercoaster ride.  Although it does sketch issues we’ll see fleshed out in Lear and other ‘greats’, it’s a remarkable Revenge play, with a strong tragic journey and an utterly evil villain that surpasses any other I can readily think of.  It also spoke strongly to me about public service, and the rewards thereof – especially for our armed forces.

So here’s my soundtrack album for the play.  What’s missing?

  1. Abba:  The Winner Takes It All (I’m sniggering at joining Abba to Titus)
  2. Guns N Roses:  I Used To Love Her (But I Had To Kill Her)
  3. Bad Company:  Feel Like Makin’ Love (Tamora to Aaron)
  4. Starland Vocal Band:  Afternoon Delight (Tamora to Aaron, again)
  5. Manic Street Preachers:  If You Tolerate This (Then Your Children Will Be Next)
  6. Don MacLean:  American Pie (there had to be one pie reference!)
  7. Kate Bush:  Pi (and here’s another, tortured into coming along!)
  8. Oasis:  Don’t Look Back In Anger
  9. The Smiths:  I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish
  10. Iron Maiden:  Bring Your Daughter (To The Slaughter)

Author: Boar's Head, Eastcheap

Hyperactive English Teacher and Tutor; Shakespeare-obsessed 'Villainous abominable misleader of youth'; 'old white-bearded Satan'; Friend of the Orangutan

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