Friday, March 5, 2010

Medical Conditions: Cardiac Arrest

Madness: Cardiac Arrest


This song is an exercise in dissonance. The danceable beat and nutty ska stylings contrast sharply with lyrics about a man dying of sudden cardiac arrest on his way to work one morning.

This song is also a warning to everyone with a stressful job. I taught introductory psychology for years at a local college and I will never forget the section on the body's reaction to stress. If we were more rational creatures we would be unphased by sharks and serial killers, which none of us are even remotely likely to be harmed by, but Wes Craven would make horror movies about persistent stress and salty snacks.

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