Banned by the Beeb

Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT - Lists com­piled by Jim Hayes

10 rea­sons the BBC has banned hit songs, ac­cord­ing to men­

PROS­TI­TU­TION In 1930 Cole Porter's bal­lad about a happy hooker, 'Love for Sale', was banned for its am­bi­gu­ity about pros­ti­tu­tion. DRUGS In 1993, ob­vi­ous ref­er­ences to drugs got The Shamen's ‘Ebe­neezer Goode’ banned - the re­frain went ‘eeeezer Goode, eeeezer Goode’. Get it? ‘Es are good’? VI­O­LENCE Louis Arm­strong's ‘Mack the Knife’ was banned in 1959 be­cause of wor­ries that its jazzy tune might incite gang vi­o­lence. SEX In 1984, Frankie Goes To Hol­ly­wood's ‘Re­lax’ was deemed too ex­plic­itly sex­ual. Ra­dio 1 DJ Mike Read called the lyrics ‘dis­gust­ing’ and yanked the record off the turntable live on air. POL­I­TICS In 1972 Paul McCart­ney's ‘Give Ire­land Back to the Ir­ish’ was banned for its anti-Bri­tish mes­sage. In 1977, the Sex Pis­tols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ was banned for its anti­estab­lish­ment mes­sage. SAPPY LYRICS Bing Crosby's ‘I’ll Be Home For Christ­mas’ wasn't al­lowed on BBC air­waves in World War II be­cause con­trollers felt that the lyrics might lower morale in troops over­seas. TEEN DEATH In 1960, the BBC banned Ricky Valance's ver­sion of ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, a song about a boy called Tommy who dies in a car crash dur­ing a drag race. SPOOK­I­NESS Bobby Pick­ett's ‘Monster Mash’ was banned from the air­waves in 1962 on the grounds that it was ‘too mor­bid’. IR­RE­LI­GIOUS REF­ER­ENCES TO HEAVEN In 1954, Don Cor­nell's ‘Hold My Hand’ was banned be­cause it com­pares his re­la­tion­ship to heaven. AWE­SOME DRUM BEATS? Phil Collins's ‘In The Air Tonight’ was banned dur­ing the Gulf War, be­cause... of its dark, at­mo­spheric drum­ming? The Beeb also banned The Cure's ‘Killing an Arab’, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, and John Len­non’s ‘Imag­ine’, for not so ob­vi­ous rea­sons, dur­ing the Gulf War.

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