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Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister, is a fan of ‘controversial’ band Poliça

Channy Leaneagh of Polica performs at Mill City Nights. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron is up for reelection in just a couple of weeks, and his wife Samantha Cameron is making headlines across the Pond for her appreciation of indie rock.

In what the Daily Mail describes as her “first full interview,” Cameron says she constantly listens to BBC 6—the British Broadcasting Corporation’s indie rock station—and that she’s particularly a fan of Minnesota’s own Poliça.

The Daily Mail makes Cameron’s interest in Poliça sound as scandalous as possible, referring to Poliça as a “controversial psychedelic US band,” highlighting the NSFW content of the “Tiff” video, and quoting the band’s Channy Leaneagh describing Poliça’s sound as “rhythm-driven sex noise.”

The interview prompted The Guardian to run a whole explainer on Poliça, noting that “they have some pretty impressive fans.” That piece cools the flames a bit, with an imagined Q&A that mocks the Daily Mail‘s characterization of Poliça as “controversial.”

Why are they controversial?
Their latest album, Shulamith, is named after the Canadian Marxist feminist Shulamith Firestone, who died in 2012.

So they’re not actually controversial.
No.