Music Causes Violence? University Studies Cause Stupidity!
Blabbermouth has the story: Times Online reports that researchers from Glasgow University, who monitored the playlists and outbreaks of fighting at eight pubs and bars in Glasgow city centre, found that loud rock and rap music encouraged customers to drink more, increasing loutish behaviour that often spilt over into violence. The pounding rhythms also made it difficult for customers to hear one another, causing misunderstandings.
Rock music such as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" was found to encourage macho posturing and aggressive behavior among male customers. However, researchers also discovered that Sonny And Cher's "I Got You Babe" and Robbie Williams's hits could be used to defuse potential disputes. Easy listening and "slushy" romantic songs were sometimes used to deter gangs of young men from entering pubs. [The key word there is "entering". But what happens if they are already in the pub and the owners turned on Sonny and Cher? You would think that would turn them violent in a hurry.] - more on this story