One of my favourite songs of all time is "Closer", by Nine Inch Nails. You probably know it. It's the one with the chorus that goes
I wanna fuck you like an animal
Now, this is a song that gets misinterpreted and misused a lot. People will tend to categorize it alongside songs like "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" by Bloodhound Gang, or "Horny" by Mousse T, or anything by E-Rotic. There is a tendency to assume that any song with a lyric like "I wanna fuck you like an animal" must be a cheeky, naughty, hedonistic tune about the animalistic joy of boning.
But the song isn't called "Fuck You Like An Animal". The song is called "Closer".
Does any of that sound like a bouncy, feisty, sex-positive celebration of the act of intimacy to you?
"Closer" is a song about addiction. It's a song about depression. It's a song about obsession and desperation and resignation and darkness. It's a song about a profoundly unhealthy and unhappy person seeking a temporary oblivion in carnal excess.
It's not a beautiful song, by any stretch of the imagination. It's not a happy song, it's not a love song, and it's certainly not a sex-positive song.
But it's a song that expresses something true, and, as such, I think it's an important song.