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Saturday, August 13, 2005
 

Lists: Banned by the BBC for the F-Word

Lists, a new regular irregular feature, features music related lists of interest or enlightenment, with brief notes.

John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (1970)   The Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup (1973)   Dead Kennedys: Too Drunk To Fuck [U.K. 45] (1981)   Ian Dury: Laughter (1980)


Here's a list of notable songs banned by the BBC in England for containing the "F" word:

John Lennon: Working Class Hero (1970) [Uses F-word twice]
The Rolling Stones: Star Star (1973) [Originally titled "Starfucker", they changed the title, but kept the chorus]
The Dead Kennedys: Too Drunk To Fuck (1980) [Obvious]
Ian Dury: Fucking Ada (1980) [Ditto]
Neil Young: Fucking up (1990) [Not so laid back after all]
Black Grape: Shake Your Money (1995) [Uses F-word]
Super Furry Animals: The Man Don't Give a Fuck (1996) [F-word appears over 50 times]
Fatboy Slim: Fucking in Heaven (1998) [Fatboy squeezes it in 108 times]
Linda McCartney: The Light Comes From Within (1999) [Of all people! Posthumous release]

Toeing the Line (These artists changed lyrics to get airplay):

The Stranglers: Peaches (1977) [Punk icons changed lyrics for airplay]
XTC: Respectable Street (1982) [Made respectable when allusions to sexual positions, abortion, and perversion were changed]
Radiohead: Creep (1992) [Edited out F-word]
Prince: Sexy Motherfucker (1992) [Title change to "Sexy MF" deemed acceptable]
Beautiful South: Don't Marry Her (1996) [Refrain "Don't marry her fuck me" changed to "Have me"]

Not included: artists who simultaneously released "clean" and "dirty" versions; the BBC automatically played the clean ones.


     


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Comments:
Is there, in this feature, any personal special interest?...
 
I'm wondering which list Marianne Faithful's "Broken English" belongs to?
 
carol: Interest in F-ing? Who has the time?

stephen: Good question; I tried to find an answer but couldn't find any refernce to it having been banned by the BBC, although I may have missed it.
 
Cheers uao. I wandered over via the playlist on the Radish. Thanks for the research on this most infotaining subject...
 
Hey now, j shifty;

Thanks for stopping by.

j shifty has a cool blog Ribaldry and Shmaltz and knows a lot about music. Any friend of the Radish is a friend here, too. ;-)

Oh! And I also have an answer for stephen, many months later: "Working Class Hero" on Broken English wasn't a single, and therefore, the issue of airplay probably could have been avoided.

Not sure how many of the others were singles, but a bunch were.
 
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