Post by countdownmike on Apr 13, 2013 21:57:59 GMT -5
I think musical institutions like Elton John, Hall & Oates, Pink Floyd and Marvin Gaye rightfully got a pass on some of their material, simply because of their musical integrity. But George Michael and 2 Live Crew simply went for shock and neither are the institutions mentioned above. I think Dire Straits should get a pass, too, but we're in a different world now. Songs like "Money" and "Money For Nothing" played unedited back then and we didn't even wince. We totally got it then. And who'd have thought a song called "Sexual Healing" would do what it did? ONLY Marvin Gaye.
I don't know if this would count as questionable or controversial, but whenever I hear INXS' Devil Inside on the radio these days it's always the version that cuts out this section:
Here come the world With the look in it's eye Future uncertain but certainly slight Look at the faces Listen to the bells It's hard to believe we need a place called hell
I remember hearing the full version of the song on the radio back in 1988 and every time I hear the edited version I'm always thinking, "Why was it OK to hear the word "hell" on the radio in 1988 but not now in the 21st century?"
And as I recall, every 1988 countdown with Devil Inside in the Top 40 I've heard in the past four years has been the "hell-less" version.
Let me comment on this a bit. I remember all these songs. Pink Floyd's "Money" has the word "bullsh^t" edited down to just "bull" on the promo, and that's what was played on the radio. Elton John's "B^tch Is Back" was played as is, unedited, everytime I heard it on the radio. Probably because nobody could understand what he was singing in the first place. The 45 of "Jet Airliner" says "funky kicks," and the 45 of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" says "son of a gun." The FM rock stations played the album versions. Speaking of Charlie Daniels, the version of "Uneasy Rider" I always heard had the lyrics "longed hippie-type pinko f*gs" intact but bleeped the word "asses."
Back in 1977, I would think many stations would not play "The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 & 2)" - Rod Stewart. The song peaked at #30 on the HOT 100. I've never heard the song played on Sirius/XM 70's channel.