Why Are The 1975 So Polarizing?

(TW: addiction/sexual assault) — As the title of this episode so aptly states, The 1975 have been a pretty polarising band throughout their career. Join Sara Feigin and Jenna Million as they discuss the media’s ever changing opinion on The 1975, from them winning NME’s worst band of the year award in 2014, to becoming the belle of the ball for all of music journalism starting just two years later. We discussing Matty Healy’s acceptance of his narcissism and how the singer’s self-aware God Complex is both compelling and exhausting. Of course, no conversation about Matty Healy is complete without discussing his hot-takes and actions in regards to his political and cultural beliefs, we touch on times he went too far, when he didn’t go far enough and when he got things just right.  

!!!! As always this podcast is largely opinion-based, while we do in-depth research and include all sources in our show notes, we are humans with opinions. Nothing stated in this episode or any episode is meant to invalidate any listener’s personal views or feelings.

Detailed show notes including images and articles mentioned in the episode can be found on our website, Name3Songs.com

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Coupe De Main Magazine: Interview “It’s About Being in a Gang” (2016, Shahlin Graves)

The Tab: It’s Time to Admit The 1975 are the Lamest Band in the World Right Now (2018 opinion piece by Jonny Long)

Vice: The Curious Case of The 1975, the Most Hated and Loved Band in the World (2016, Larry Fitzmaurice)

The 1975’s Matt Healy: ‘I am pretentious. And I’m not apologising’ (2016, Simon Hattenstone)

The 1975 singer Matt Healy kisses fan in Dubai, defying anti-LGBT laws (CNN 2019)

The 1975’s Matty Healy Slams Abortion Ban at Alabama’s Hangout Fest (Rolling Stone 2019)

The Curious Case of The 1975, the Most Hated and Loved Band in the World (Vice UK – 2016)

The 1975 reveal they never received NME ‘Worst Band’ award (2014)

The 1975: From Worst Band to Album Of The Year for NME (2016)

The 1975’s Matty Healy: The Full Interview With Our ‘Album Of The Year’ Band (2016)

The 1975 NME issues – YouTube playlist (2014)

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