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18th Sep 2001, 19:53
From f**kedcompany.com

http://www.****edcompany.com/extras/clearchannel_email.c fm (http://www.****edcompany.com/extras/clearchannel_email.cfm)

Some songs removed from Clearchannel's playlist [owns 1170 US radio stations], for example:

The Bangles "Walk like an Eqyptian"
Nina "99 Red Balloons"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

some you can see the point, others seem bizarre choices, unless you didn't want to be seen as pinko pacifists I guess. :eek:

I'd rather
18th Sep 2001, 21:45
Has "Walk like an Egyptian" got some sinister political subtext that I have previously missed??

After all the horrible news in recent days, this has almost raised a smile..

18th Sep 2001, 21:59
I have a few more suggestions:-

Egyptian Reggae
Midnight at the Oasis
Jerusalem (sorry, "Last Night of the Proms" is now banned)
West Side Story (one of the characters is called "Arab")

And who's betting that the Beeb is about to screen "Carry On Up The Khyber"? Or "Gandhi", for that matter?

Dr Jekyll
19th Sep 2001, 02:25
I think it was Randy Newman who made a record containing the lyrics:

"The whole world seems to hate us,
and I don't know why.

We may not be perfect, but by god we try.

(Chorus) Let's drop the big one, and give 'em a surprise, we need to drop the big one, and give 'em a surprise"

I'm not sure whether it's banned or compulsory in the present situation.

Kaptin M
19th Sep 2001, 03:07
What about Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the air"?
This REALLY sounds like censorship gone overboard!

19th Sep 2001, 10:13
has also been banned

19th Sep 2001, 12:31
Sounds like a radio network you could listen to without ever needing to turn on your radio!

19th Sep 2001, 13:30
Is Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner" still going?? Im sure there are plenty of others

19th Sep 2001, 23:48
It may be time for one or two revivals. For example, "Comin' in on a wing and a prayer". As I remember it from 1943 or so:
"With a full crew on board
And our trust in the Lord
We shall get there and back in the end."

20th Sep 2001, 01:12
Apologies if I'm being a bit wet guys, but ....

I know some songs were banned in the US, and understand why, but isn't this thread becoming just a little sick?

Humour in coping with tragedy was/is a way of life in the mil, but these were ordinary crews/passengers on civvy airliners who were hijacked and deliberately flown to their deaths.

20th Sep 2001, 02:01
I sympathise,Hoverman, but we shall get used to much worse than this thread before it is all over. You write from the UK, in which many innocent civilians were killed in WW2. One knee-slapper from the blitz there was of the skeleton caught running down the street in the middle of an air raid with a tombstone over its shoulder. Hoy! shouted an Air Raid Warden, Who are you? Where do you think you're going? And what's that on your shoulder? I'm Donald MacIntyre, puffed the skeleton, we've just been bombed out at the cemetery, and this is my Identity Card.
[Identity Cards were a recent requirement]Dim jokes like that kept up the spirits of the living who really had been bombed out.

20th Sep 2001, 04:22
Just reading this again, its interesting that Bridge Over Troubled Water has been banned in the US. A Melbourne radio station has used that song as a tribute with news reports and witness reports played over the top.

20th Sep 2001, 06:10
According to the Hearld Sun in Melbourne there are 150 songs banned on US radio.

Some of these are:
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Head Like A Hole - Nine Inch Nails
Suicide Solution - Black Sabbath
Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Leavin' On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Jumper - Third Eye Blind
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
It's The End Of The World As We Know It - REM
A Day In The Life - The Beatles
Seek and Destroy - Metallica

and for some unknown reason

American Pie - Don McLean

Does anyone know what the criteria is for these songs being banned??? Some are self explanitory but some, like He Aint Heavy and What a Wonderful World, arent. Or do they contain lyrics that i dont know about?

Any comments.

21st Sep 2001, 16:07
'killing an arab' by THE CURE would also be on the list

The Guvnor
21st Sep 2001, 19:52
Most surprised that this one hasn't been banned as well, especially as its theme is "The Big One" - perhaps because it's a bit old ...

ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: We Will All Go Together When We Go

When you attend a funeral
It is sad to think that sooner or later
Those you love will do the same for you
And you may have thought it tragic
Not to mention other adjec
Tives, to think of all the weeping they will do
But don't you worry

No more ashes, no more sackcloth
And an armband made of black cloth
Will someday never more adorn a sleeve
For if the bomb that drops on you
Gets your friends and neighbors too
There'll be nobody left behind to grieve

And we will all go together when we go
What a comforting thought that is to know.
Universal bereavement, an inspiring achievement
Yes, we will all go together when we go

We will all go together when we go
All suffused with an incandescent glow
No one will have the endurance to collect on his insurance
Lloyd's of London will be loaded when they go

Oh we will all fry together when we fry
We'll be french fried potatoes by and by
There will be no more misery when the world is our rotisserie
Yes, we will all fry together when we fry

Down by the old maelstrom
There'll be a storm before the calm

And we will all bake together when we bake
There'll be nobody present at the wake
With complete participation in that grand incineration
Nearly three billion hunks of well-done steak

Oh we will all char together when we char
And let there be no moaning of the bar
Just sing out a Te Deum when you see that ICBM
And the party will be "come as you are"

Oh we will all burn together when we burn
There'll be no need to stand and wait your turn
When it's time for the fallout
And Saint Peter calls us all out
We'll just drop our agendas and adjourn

You will all go directly to your respective Valhallas
Go directly, do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollas

And we will all go together when we go
Ev'ry Hottenhot and ev'ry Eskimo
When the air becomes uranious, we will all go simultaneous
Yes we all will go together, when we all go together
Yes, we all will go together when we go

22nd Sep 2001, 16:11
as someone said on telly here
they should ban that geri halliwell verson of that song
its raining men
it really is dreadful

23rd Sep 2001, 03:01
So how about 'Rock the Casbah' by The Clash as the soundtrack to the new offensive?

or is that in really poor taste?

23rd Sep 2001, 04:37
Re: American Pie

I think the pinko liberals in the USA would take offense at the lines "

And as the planes climbed high into the night
To light the Sacrificial Light
Satan was Laughing with delight
The day the music died"

I too was going to suggest Rock the Casbah would be a good one to ban.

What about Horse with no name (I've been through the desert on a horse with no name...) or Mr Sandman?

BendoStart spreadin the news... I'm leaving today!

23rd Sep 2001, 04:50
It is a long time since December 7, 1941. Anyone remember this song based on the words of Lt j.g the Rev Howell Forgy, USN, of the heavy cruiser USS New Orleans:

"Down went the gunner, a bullet was his fate
Down went the gunner, then the gunners mate
Up jumped the sky pilot, gave the boys a look
And manned the gun himself as he laid aside The Book, shouting
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition and we'll all stay free!

Praise the Lord and swing into position!
Can't afford to sit around and wishin'
Praise the Lord we're all between perdition
and the deep blue sea!

Yes the sky pilot said it
You've got to give him credit
for a son - of - gun - of - a - gunner was he,
Praise the Lord we're on a mighty mission!
All aboard, we're not a - goin' fishin;
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition and we'll all stay free!

23rd Sep 2001, 13:17
Damn -just beat me to it Hailstone!

Great band.......

27th Sep 2001, 02:07
With all the talk of Anthrax the next song to be banned will be Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Leahre

[ 26 September 2001: Message edited by: Paterbrat ]

27th Sep 2001, 02:15
I rather suspect that Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week" isn't getting much of an airing at the moment either... ;)

27th Sep 2001, 21:27
wouldn't think "eve of destruction " is getting much air play now either.