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Can you think of a song that was specifically banned by a radio station, tv station, or government?

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"Monkey Wrench," Foo Fighters
During the rapid fire shout of, 'One last thing before I quit I never wanted any more than I could fit into my head I still remember every single word you said And all the shit that somehow came along with it Still, there's one thing that comforts me Since I was always caged and now I'm free...' that special S-word was unedited for many years on radio (and video) broadcasts and all of a sudden radio HAD to use a short silence to replace the word and yesterday I heard a version with the word 'shit' replaced with 'quit'. 'Quit' is not a noun, folks. DJs are morons.
Phooey On Radio Programmers!
"Strangers Like Me," Cassandra Grandstaff
The video was removed from MTV in 2001 due to showing Grandstaff throwing her cat into the lake.
StayInTheYard
"Money," Pink Floyd
After years + years + years of this song being played with the 'BS' word intact, whether from a studio album OR a live album, NOW radio stations in my home city are playing ONLY the stupid 'bull - ' version as if we were little children. And even little kids can figure the rhyming with the word 'hit'. The FCC are a bunch of IDIOTS!
Diese Ist KuhscheiBe!
"Godzilla (live)," Blue Oyster Cult
That's right, it's on THEIR OWN 1982 live album 'Extraterrestrial Live'. The singer gives his introduction to the song and on the CD you hear, 'Holy *BEEP*, it's Godzilla!'. they didn't need to censor themselves here.
I Saw BOC Live Twice for FREE!
"Country Life (album)," Roxy Music
Like nearly all Roxy Music albums, the covers feature women. The 1974 album 'Country Life' has two scantily clad German women, one in a bikini and the other topless (hands covering her breasts), This led to the album distributed in the US with the women taken off, but later releases featured the women but the album was sold in a paper bag. No matter, it sold well in the US anyway.
I Love Foxy Roxy Music!
"(EVERY SONG)," MADONNA
I read that a Texas radio station banned her from being played because she said she thought of blowing up the White House.
mads
"All of their songs," The Dixie Chicks
Many country music stations refused to play Dixie Chicks songs (and rightfully so I think) after the Chicks' insulting remarks about President George W. Bush after the atrocities of the 9/11 terror attacks that massacred thousands of Americans here in the U.S. This went on for years when the Chicks refused to apologize for their comments and also resulted in the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith trading public insults in interviews and on social media. I'm sure it's still happening in a lot of places because I know I haven't heard any country stations in my area play any Dixie Chicks songs on the radio in several years. Way to destroy your career, LOL.
Edward
"King Of Fuh," Brute Force/Paul McCartney
Brute Force is the pseudonym of Stephen Friedland, an American singer and songwriter. He wrote a song about the king of a fictitious mystery land of 'Fuh'. Very few copies of the single were made because of the repeated use of the term 'Fuh King' (say that real fast!). Its B-side was a cover of the Chiffons' "Nobody Knows,". It has a completely different feel from Brute Force's version, which features a sinister sound and rather disturbing substitution of "she's too young" for the original "he's no good." 'Fuh King' was released on the compilation 'Best of Apple' in 2015. And strange enough, Paul McCartney's 2016 CD has a song titled 'Fuh You'. Figure THAT one out, fellas!
Something Is Fuh-ed Up Here!
"Everything," R. Kelly
Following the release of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly in January 2019, detailing a history of alleged sexual abuse against R. Kelly (which he himself has denied), artists such as Lady Gaga and CĂ©line Dion who worked with him in the past removed their collaborations from streaming services, his label RCA Records dropped him after facing pressure from the public using the #MuteRKelly hashtag, and many urban contemporary radio stations in various markets decided to no longer play his music as a result.
POWERStarz2004
"Maybe I Mean Yes," Holly Dunn
Holly wrote radio stations and asked them to pull the song from airplay after realizing the lyrics could be misinterpreted as date rape.
JohnFedorchak
"God Damn Evil," Stryper
That's right, folks. STRYPER - that 'Christian metal' band puts out an album with this title and it has a title track as well. 'Christian' stores and the ever-hypocritical Walmart refuses to stock the album. Sounds like an ugly gimmick on behalf of the band - Creed (CRUD) had the same controversy over the use of the 'GD' word in 'What This Life's For' in 1998. Creed sucks and Stryper always was a bunch of pretentious pompous wankers anyway.
Gimme Real Honest Music Anyday!
"Killing In The Name," Rage Against The Machine
The phrase 'F*** you I won't do what you tell me' is repeated 17 times near the song's end and for radio play a version with the 'F word' substituted by another 'F word' ('Forget') is played. Then in the original song Zack de la Rocha screams, 'Mother****er!' and that word is substituted with the phrase 'for the first time'.
I won't do what you tell me either!
"Younger Men," K.T. Oslin
The song received little or no radio airplay when it was released in 1982 because the lyrics describe older men as being physically unattractive and unable to perform sexually and that a younger man would be better equipted to satisfy her needs. Very few people heard it was included on her ''80's Ladies'' album in 1987.
Tarzan
"Legs," ZZ Top
The liner notes for the 25th anniversary CD + DVD release has a lyric sheet. "Oh I want her. Said I got to have her! The girl is alright.". However, many people mistook the word "said" for the word "shit". Lately, that word that really isn't there has been blanked out altogether with brief silence when it's on the radio. Go figure!
Eliminator Driver
"Money For Nothing," Dire Straits
Rather than specifically censor the three instances of "f**g*t" in the second verse, some radio stations (at least two in my listening area) have played this song with that verse completely omitted, skipping right to the next chorus.
Jonathan S.
"Sex (I'm A...)," Berlin
From Pleasure Victim (1982). Its racy lyrics resulted in its ban by several radio stations when it first came out as a single.
Joey F.
"Brown Sugar," Rolling Stones
Banned by some southern US radio stations in 1971 owing to lyrics alluding to interracial sex.
Horatio
"Brown Sugar," Rolling Stones
Banned by some southern US radio stations in 1971 owing to lyrics alluding to interracial sex.
Horatio
"Heavy Petting Zoo," NOFX
In 1996, the vinyl version of this album was banned in Germany due to the cover depicting an explicit sexual act between a human and a sheep.
Horatio
"Rubber Bullets," 10cc
Briefly banned by the BBC in 1973 due to several incidents involving overzealous police and the ammunition mentioned in the title. The song rocketed to number one regardless, possibly because it was about a riot in an American prison and not The Troubles.
Horatio

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