Hits that could not be played today on the radio

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djfatman

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The Lou Reed thread got me thinking about songs that were hits on the radio in their day, but would be banned today because they would not be considered PC. A couple come to mind.

"Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed (references to oral sex, cross-dressing and hookers. Not to mention, "...and the colored girls go...")
"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones ("...just like a black girl should...")
"Uneasy Rider" by Charlie Daniels ("...he's one of those long-haired, pinko, fa**...")
"South's Gonna Do It Again" by Charlie Daniels
"Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits (the original version)

Those are just a few. Add yours to the list.
 

Ausumm

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The Lou Reed thread got me thinking about songs that were hits on the radio in their day, but would be banned today because they would not be considered PC. A couple come to mind.

"Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed (references to oral sex, cross-dressing and hookers. Not to mention, "...and the colored girls go...")
"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones ("...just like a black girl should...")
"Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits (the original version)

Those are just a few. Add yours to the list.

We still play all of these. Of course ROCK radio is a bit more forgiving on the "I'm offended" scale.
Today's PC radio world is more concerned with bad words than they are about bad content...
so it's only a matter of editing the bad words out.
The other songs don't fit our format.
 

Conanski

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Somebody(a single person) complained to the CRTC about that line in Money For Nothing a few years ago(2011) and succeeded in getting it banned from Canadian radio, but Rock stations protested with overwhelming listener support as the song had been regularly played unedited since it's release in 1985 with no complaints, and the matter eventually died down even though I don't believe the ban was ever officially lifted, but in any case the song is played unedited to this day on many radio stations.
 

bb

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Big balls - ACDC
Big 10 inch - Aerosmith
Me so horny - 2 Live Crew

I have played these at events sparingly. Mostly house parties or a biker party.
 

Mark Bloom

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Big balls - ACDC
Big 10 inch - Aerosmith
Me so horny - 2 Live Crew

I have played these at events sparingly. Mostly house parties or a biker party.

"Sixty Minute Man" by the Dominos and the original version of "Big 10 Inch" by Bullmoose Jackson -- it is hard to believe these got airplay in the 1950s. Great records, but not exactly subtle.
 

DJSTEVEZ

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T.W.A.T. by Cheech & Chong
[video=youtube;9ONOQnV2pzw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9ONOQnV2pzw[/video]

The Rodeo Song by David Allen Coe
[video=youtube;utRtwIY0YaM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utRtwIY0YaM[/video]

If I Were Gay by Stephen Lynch (not our Steve Lynch)
[video=youtube;DgAYFVHwY_c]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DgAYFVHwY_c[/video]

Anything by John Valby
 
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Ausumm

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"Sixty Minute Man" by the Dominos and the original version of "Big 10 Inch" by Bullmoose Jackson -- it is hard to believe these got airplay in the 1950s. Great records, but not exactly subtle.

My Ding A Ling - Chuck Berry
Never could believe they let that one slide.
 

djfatman

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I don't think that "Black Girl", "T.N.U.C.", or some of the other songs mentioned were ever regularly played on mainstream radio. Remember when Pink Floyd had to redo "Money" in order for it to be played?
 

Ausumm

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Oh yeah...

April Wine - If You See Kay

(although that one probably never got any airplay to begin with)
 

Ken Heath

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"Shake, Rattle & Roll" - Big Joe Turner (and a thousand others)...

This song is all about sex... What did you think they meant with "a one-eyed cat peepin' in a seafood store"???

Just the phrase "Rock and Roll" was originally a euphemism for having sex!
 
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