Paul Krugman's views on economics may be entrenched for life but he's still prone to epiphany when it comes to indie rock music. Over the weekend, the Nobel prize-winning economist made a surprise appearance on WBEZ Chicago's Sound Opinions and, instead of souring the mood with gloomy economic forecasts on the euro, opened up about his return to musical discovery.
"It's a little embarrassing," Krugman said, noting that he stopped listening to new music in the 1970s. "I was a Baby Boomer so I listened to The Beatles and thought I was being very adventurous by moving up in time to Fleetwood Mac, and then pretty much stopped."
For decades, nothing! The New York Times columnist hunkered down to his 60s and 70s-era classics. But then, the unlikely combination of Montreal-based indie rockers Arcade Fire and the uncharacteristically-wise 2010 Grammy Awards, breathed new life into this Nobel prize-winning economist. "The Grammys came out. The surprise: this band called Acrade Fire had won best album. For some reason I thought to myself, 'I wonder what that's about?'" he said. "I started listening and I thought. 'Oh my God. There has been good music produced since 1980!'"