The Words Agency

What's new

They might like Stockhausen. . .

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has recently decreed that music isn't 'compatible' with the values of the Islamic republic.

In a reply to a young man who had asked whether it was right to start giving music lessons, the Ayatollah said he didn't want the gentle art to be practised or taught in the country.

Surely, that can't be right, can it? After all, there are so many pieces that would suit the Ayatollah's regime. What about a blast of Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life? Though, it's easy to see why old Ali might not be keen on Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

iran A good rendition of Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone might be useful when his minions are despatching any unfortunate unwedded lovers, or The Doors' Peace Frog with its blood in the streets anthem when election time comes round.

The possibilities are endless – the Death March would be a permanent fixture, and maybe a quick singalong to Def Leppard's Armageddon would suit the headbanger in chief when discussing his plans for nuclear capability.

But if it all got too much, there's always a chill-out to The Smiths . . . Hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ . . . something he'd certainly be up for.