MUSIC has been confirmed to bring people together, specifically in groups of people who absolutely loathe that music.
From Slayer to Taylor Swift, music has the power to overcome superficial differences and unite disparate groups in mutual detestation of whatever is assaulting their ears.
Neighbours Joanna Kramer and Bill McKay are polar opposites. Joanna is a Telegraph-reading Brexiter who drives a Range Rover and has five dogs, while Bill is a Corbyn diehard who rides an electric scooter and believes owning pets is tantamount to slavery.
But the two are united by their common hatred of country music. Joanna explained: “I hate Johnny Cash, I hate pick-up trucks and I especially hate the mandolin. If I had my way, there would never be another song about cowboys again.”
Bill agreed: “It’s just ignorant redneck shit for white supremacists. I was in the garden one day and it came on Radio 2 from over the fence. I shouted ‘Turn that bollocks off!’ just as Joanna did. Our friendship grew from there.
“We get on like a house on fire. If we ever stray into disagreement territory – religion, politics, bin collections – I say ‘Dolly Parton’s total crap’ and we’re laughing again.”
Joanna said: “It’s beautiful how something so completely shit has brought us together. That’s the redemptive power of f**king awful music.”