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'lance
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posted 18 September 2001 10:38 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK, they're not exactly banned, but Clear Channel, which owns around 1,000 stations, has suggested they not be played.

Story and list here (scroll down for list).

Some are predictable (REM, "The End of the World as we Know It"), some gruesome (Green Day, "Brain Stew") and some just bizarre.

"Imagine"?!
"Walk Like An Egyptian"??!!
"Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da"???!!!

Find your own favourites. Collect and trade with your friends.


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Jared
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posted 18 September 2001 11:51 PM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Daniel" by Elton John is one too, no joke.
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Michelle
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posted 19 September 2001 10:38 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some of them are understandable though. I don't know what's wrong with me, but when I was going down the list, the far-fetched ones made me roll my eyes with disbelief, but the really fitting ones made me chuckle when I thought of the outraged mail they would likely get if they dared to play them. I guess I just don't think it's all that hard to differentiate between the events of Tuesday and songs that were written without any connection or thought about those events. It's amazing how some of those song titles were so ironically fitting though, isn't it?
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verbatim
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posted 19 September 2001 11:14 AM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boy, they really want us to feel like something important has happened, huh? Did they do this when 1 000 000 Rwandans died?
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Michelle
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posted 19 September 2001 02:22 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, but perhaps Rwandan media were more circumspect at the time. Then again, maybe not.
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'lance
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posted 19 September 2001 02:36 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think VT was referring to US media.

Rwandan media were not particularly circumspect. As I recall, radio broadcast exhortations that any Hutus loyal to "Hutu Power" should kill anyone who was not (i.e., Tutsis and a fair number of Hutus).


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JCL
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posted 19 September 2001 03:52 PM      Profile for JCL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
U2's song Walk On was banned by some southeast Asian country. Burundi maybe? Well, I can't find that U2 CD that mentions the song it's dedicated to. That nation put this one activist under house arrest and it has been 11 years now.

I know this doesn't have to do with US radio.


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DrConway
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posted 19 September 2001 04:50 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Woulda been Burma, IIRC.
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vaudree
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posted 19 September 2001 05:14 PM      Profile for vaudree     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So what is going to be left for them to play? Charlotte Diamond?
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Doug
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posted 19 September 2001 07:27 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know, though if you can't listen to the radio, you certainly won't be able to watch TV. Apparently there's an all-network celebrity telethon being planned to assist the victims in New York and Washington.

I really hate when bad things happen to the United States. They have a unique ability to turn tragedy into vast quantities of cheese.


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audra trower williams
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posted 19 September 2001 10:08 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Rage Against The Machine - All songs"

That made me laugh.

I do have to say, though, that I have a hard time arguing with the notion that any movement to get 311 off the radio is anything other than fantastic


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clockwork
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posted 19 September 2001 10:13 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The list is ridiculous.

They missed "Sledgehammer" from Peter Gabriel.

"I want to be a sledge hammer.
I want you to call out my name."
At least, that is the lyrics I remember.


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posted 19 September 2001 11:46 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water"? Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight"? And "New York, New York"???? What's gonna be next, Nellie Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird"?

I think Beckett and Ionesco are roaring in their graves right now...


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'lance
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posted 20 September 2001 01:30 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
"Rage Against The Machine - All songs"
That made me laugh.

Me too, until I went to The New Republic Online.

The New Republic promptly went into red-toothed rally-round-the-flag mode. Fine; not really surprising. But check out this column by Peter Beinart.

To simplify, he more or less lumps anti-globalization protesters and Islamist terrorists into the same anti-American stew. (I raise it here because of Rage's "revolutionary" politics).

If this attitude becomes widespread, then to quote the immortal Bender, we're boned.


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jackplant
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posted 20 September 2001 10:13 AM      Profile for jackplant     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think it is quite proper that he "lumps anti-globalization protesters and Islamist terrorists into the same anti-American stew"

.....do you get it?


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statica
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posted 20 September 2001 02:50 PM      Profile for statica   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
proper isn't the same as politically correct, 'lance, there are fundamental differences in the rules.
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vaudree
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posted 20 September 2001 03:00 PM      Profile for vaudree     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As Mary Walsh said of Carol Shield`s "Larry`s Party" they missed quite a few.

"People Who Died," by Jim Carroll, of "Basketball Diaries" fame.

Last Game of the Season (Blind Man in the Bleachers)

Anything by Alice Cooper

American Woman - either version

"Angie baby you`re a special lady living in a world of make believe"

Billy Don`t be a Hero
Seasons in the sun
Tell Laura I Love Her

Anything by Gordon Lightfoot

No such thing as a pleasant good bye -Annette Ducharme

Surrender - by Cheep Trick - because it is about surrendering
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I think that Americans are missing the point by being afraid to play offensive songs or to make jokes about death - this is what people really need if they wish to cope with a disaster like this without going crazy. Morbid songs and humour allow you to work through your feelings and move on. It keeps you from taking it too seriously and letting it run over your live - it lets you settle scores vicariously.


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'lance
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posted 20 September 2001 03:35 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
proper isn't the same as politically correct, 'lance, there are fundamental differences in the rules.

Sorry, I'm confused -- could you elaborate?


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prince
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posted 20 September 2001 08:38 PM      Profile for prince     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A St. Catharines Ontario radio station 97.7 is only playing songs from the banned list. There explanation is based upon the list being a form of sensorship.
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zach
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posted 21 September 2001 11:14 PM      Profile for zach     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd like 97.7 in St. Catherines to play the following...

Artist: William S. Burroughs
Album: Dead City Radio
Track: Thanksgiving Prayer

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons,
destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts.

Thanks for a continent to be spoiled and poisoned.

Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin,
leaving the carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,

to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin' lawmen, feelin' their notches.

For decent church-goin' women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter evil faces.

Thanks for "Kill a Queer for Christ" stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition
and the war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where nobody's allowed to mind their own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the memories --
all right let's see your arms!

You always were a headache and you always were a whore.

Thanks for the last and greatest betrayal
of the last and greatest of human dreams.


William S. Burroughs


'god bless america'


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JCL
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posted 24 September 2001 12:16 AM      Profile for JCL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Zach, I knew I heard that somewhere. During U2's Zoo TV tour in 1992-1993, which an hour was on MuchMusic, they played that speech during the intro to Where The Streets Have No Name.
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