Some of your favorite songs may have been banned from the airways at one time or another by radio stations, people or companies. Check out the list we featured today…
Top 10 “Banned Songs.”
6am #10. “My Generation” by the Who
The BBC refused to play this at first because they did not want to offend people with stutters. When it became a huge hit everywhere else, they lifted the ban. BANNED. THEN, UN-BANNED!!!
7am #9. “Love Me Two Times” by The Doors
Released in December, 1967, the same month Jim Morrison was arrested at a show in New Haven when he went into an on-stage rant against a cop who confronted him backstage with a young girl. Combine that with the lyrics “Love Me Two Times,” and that was just too much for some family-friendly radio stations who refused to play the song. BANNED!!!!
8am #8. “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon
This one got in trouble with its very first line, which says… “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” Some radio stations thought that the word “crap” was a little over the line, and banned it from airplay. BANNED? Holy crap!!!
9am #7. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
This one got in trouble because it was all about… well… SEX! And some radio stations said that you can’t sing about sex! Banned!!!!
10am#6. “Only The Good Die Young” by Billy Joel
The boy in the song believes that the girl is refusing him because of her faith. “You Catholic girls start much too late, but sooner or later it comes down to fate. I might as well be the one.” Religious groups perceived it as “anti-Catholic”, and pressured radio stations to…BAN IT!!!
11am #5. “Lola” by the Kinks
The song is about a transvestite, but that’s not what got it banned from the BBC. It was banned because it had “Coca Cola” in the original lyrics, and the BBC had a policy against product placement! BANNED!!! Ray Davies was forced to make a six thousand mile round-trip flight from New York to London and back—interrupting the band’s American tour—to change those words to the generic “cherry cola” for the single release.
12pm #4 “One Toke Over The Line” by Brewer & Shipley
A “toke” is… well, we all know what a toke is. However, in 1071, Vice President Spiro Agnew thought that Brewer & Shipley had gone too far and labeled them as subversives, and then strong-armed the FCC to ban “One Toke” from the airwaves just as it was peaking on the charts. Brewer & Shipley landed on Nixon’s Enemies List, a badge of honor they wear proudly to this day. BANNED!!!!
1pm #3 “Let’s Spend The Night Together” by the Rolling Stones
“Let’s Spend the Night Together” was released as a single. However, due to the then-controversial nature of the lyrics (with its suggestion of casual sex) most radio stations opted to play the flip side “Ruby Tuesday.” On The Ed Sullivan Show, the band was initially refused permission to perform the number. Sullivan himself told Jagger, “Either the song goes or you go.” A compromise was reached to substitute the words “let’s spend some time together.”
2pm #2 “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles
John said that his son Julian inspired the song with a nursery school drawing he called “Lucy — in the sky with diamonds”. The speculation was that the first letter of each of the nouns in the title intentionally spelled LSD. Although Lennon denied it, the BBC said… BANNED!!!!!
3pm #1 “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen
The rumor was that the lyrics were intentionally slurred to cover profanity, depicting some spicy things between the sailor and his lady. That was enough for many radio stations in the United States to ban it, including Indiana, where it was personally prohibited by the Governor, Matthew Welsh. BANNED!!!
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