At its most utopian, pop music offers up a cheerily inclusive "we" for all to join. Every fan, no matter how knowing or aware, yearns at some point to be swallowed into something greater than her tiny life. This blob of desire we immerse ourselves in can be as benign as true love (manifested in the ethereal harmonies of adolescence), or as churlish as hating your parents (emerging through the Wagnerian punishment... More >>>