November 21, 2006

Electric six: Danger! Danger!...

...Political Correctness!

Why does Radio 1 do this to me? Some genius suggests to the DJ that they play “Gay Bar”. And they did. I was genuinely overjoyed and proceeded to “get down and boogie” as is my custom.

Until…

To my shock and horror they edited out the words.

Was it the sentence “Do you have any money? I’m going to take all your money!” that offended them? No.

So it must have been the outrageous “I’ve got something to put in you! at the gay bar!” surely?! No.

They got rid of “let’s start a nuclear war!”

Are they worried that the general public will take it too seriously? That people will start protesting “Let’s start a war! oh pretty pretty please!”. They must be really concerned that people are going to take it to heart. These five little words that come from a band that also gave us the tracks “Naked Pictures Of Your Mother”, “I Buy The Drugs” and “Chocolate Pope”. Clearly a group begging to be taken seriously on the international political scale.

I was speechless. This world has gone insane, or this country at least. I mean, good grief, the song is called “Gay Bar” for god’s sake, It’s not exactly Byron. I think somebody in the upper eschelons of the BBC must have pulled their pants on too quickly this morning, or at least I hope that’s the reason beause I am losing faith in the world quickly enough without these trifling acts of stupidity.

ugh.

M xxx


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    The radio edit of Gay Bar has always had that problem unfortunately. Very stupid. Not just the BBC though, that’s the version that they released to every radio station (so I’d imagine it’s some doofus in the US’s fault)

    21 Nov 2006, 18:40

  2. meh, I guess I’ve played the original too much myself to notice :( but yes, I’d tick the some-doofus-in-the-US box too.

    21 Nov 2006, 20:09

  3. It came out around the Iraq War start (I think) so it got censored by the label. I don’t think the label would bother to send out new radio copies and radio stations won’t wanna risk getting in trouble for playing the album mix. Which is better, natch.

    21 Nov 2006, 22:39

  4. Utter wank.
    Don’t listen to Radio 1 anyway. Just don’t.

    21 Nov 2006, 23:47

  5. From the Guardian:

    “In a witty response to radio programmers’ qualms, the gonzo chant of “Let’s start a nuclear war” was changed to “Let’s make a radio edit”.”

    22 Nov 2006, 10:21


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