I recently found an interesting song by Belle & Sebastian titled 'Marx & Engels'. I'm fond of interdisciplinary connections and Duchamp's idea of conceptual art, so as expected, a Scottish indie-pop band referencing Marx just had me ecstatic.
Belle and Sebastian are a smart group, and one would assume well-read with the amount of times they reference books. There is definitely a literary-romantic-philosophy vibe around them akin to the feel one gets from people like Roland Barthes. Many of the ideas in their music reference a melodrama of love that surrounds the non-conformist, idealistic, and romantic youth. The protagonists of Belle and Sebastian are readers, inquisitive, and full of heartache since the novels they hold so dear to their hearts (with plots like the comic above) never come about in reality. But they are not recluses, nor ascetics - the desire to integrate in the culture, to belong and be part of the dynamics of relationships and society is ever present. The thematic heroes of Belle and Sebastian are amateurs, dilettantes in the loving sense of the label. Their characters are captured in the song, The Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner: