“Hug Me” by Meg & Dia inspired by the novel “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
American rock band Meg & Dia has always been inspired by literature in writing their songs. In 2005, they released an album called Something Real which contains twelve tracks that are all inspired by literary works like John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden”, “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier, and Vladimir Nabokov’s “Mary”. The song “Hug Me” however, did not make it to this album. It appeared on the next one called Here, here and here and it is the only song in that album that is inspired by a literary work namely “Brave New World” by British author Aldous Huxley.
“Brave New World” was published during the 1930s and is Huxley’s first dystopian novel. Although the story took place in the future, it addresses contemporary issues of the early 20th century like how the Industrial Revolution had transformed the world; mass production had made cars, telephones, and radios relatively cheap and widely available throughout; and the political, cultural, economic and sociological upheavals of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the First World War. Moreover, much of the novel’s character is inspired by Huxley’s first trip to America. He was outraged by the culture of youth, commercial cheeriness, sexual promiscuity and the inward-looking nature of many Americans. He had America in mind while he was writing Brave New World.
The novel opens in AD 2540 London. The vast majority of the population is unified under the World State, an eternally peaceful, stable global society in which goods and resources are plentiful and everyone is happy. Natural reproduction has been done away with and children are created, 'decanted' and raised in Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres, where they are divided into five castes (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta ,...