Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull absolutely has to be the most bad-ass song ever. I first heard it on my dad’s Harley Davidson CD and I completely think it fits the stereotype of bikers. I think that this song artistically shows the type of dark place that a man can get in when things spiral out of their control. In addition to the general stereotype that men are more likely to demand control in situations and relationships, I think that it’s also a common perception that men tend to “go crazy” and get upset when they aren’t in control. For example, my boyfriend got so upset the other night when he realized that I was kicking his butt in Scrabble–I had to stop taking score so he would stop pouting and complaining.
Locomotive Breath essentially portrays the way a masculine man may feel if he failed at something–it’s an aggressive and emotional song. The actual music of the song does a good job of enhancing that emotion. From the mass media perspective, this song enhances the fact that men should be in control and dominant and that it’s a really bad situation if they loose that control (Gamble, 2003). This idea is put forth by a male band for a male audience, males being the predominant people who decide that type of music that is released into the mainstream (Gamble, 2003). In my situation, it appeared in a form that is marketed towards men (though there are plenty of female bikers out there!).
Anderson, I. (1971). Locomotive Breath. Aqualung: Record. UK: Chrysalis.
Gamble, T. K., & Gamble, M. W. (2003). The Gender Communication Connection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.