Episode 9 of Sharron Kraus’ Preternatural Investigations podcast is called “The Personification of Evil in Song.” The posted description says:
In which a number of songs that celebrate evil characters are examined and the question ‘why do good people enjoy songs about bad people?’ is addressed.
Clips from the following songs:
Johnny Cash, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’
Steeleye Span, ‘Long Lankin’
Skip James, ‘Crow Jane’
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, ‘Stagger Lee’
The Rolling Stones, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’
Leonard Cohen, ‘The Future’
“Preternatural Investigations is a podcast about things that are strange but not too strange; the marvelous things that lie ‘between the mundane and the miraculous’1.
“As a rationalist who believes there is magic, mystery and meaning to be found in the world around us, my investigations are influenced by William James’ enquiries into religious experience and Mark Fisher’s explorations of the weird and the eerie.
“My subjects will include the magic we experience in certain places, as a result of participating in certain kinds of activity, in response to art, music and literature, and in nature; the relationship between fictional representations of magic and the preternatural magic we can experience in the world, at wonder, imagination and the ability to find new ways of seeing familiar things, the way fictional and other constructed worlds intersect with and are grafted onto the natural world, enabling us to experience the world as a many-layered palimpsest that draws us in, leads us on, and reveals itself to us at the same time as giving us insights into aspects of ourselves.
“Preternatural Investigations ran for 12 weeks, starting Sunday 23rd August, hosted by musician and writer Sharron Kraus.”