"lyrically questionable"songs, according to U$ government...

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by wet1, Apr 8, 2002.

  1. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Music banned by the u$ government. Ridiculous!

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    Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, releases a list of more than 150 "lyrically questionable"songs that station's may want to pull from their playlists. Few songs portray explicit violence, but most have metaphoric themes that ring a bit too close to the tragedies. The list, containing music from almost every genre in popular music, includes Sugar Ray's "Fly," "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails; "Head Like a Hole," AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill" and "Highway to Hell," Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire," REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It," "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel, Dave Matthews Band's "Crash Into Me," "Nowhere to Run" by Martha & the Vandellas, and all songs by Rage Against The Machine. Click here to view the list of songs.

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  3. Tyler Registered Senior Member

    The official reason for banning Rage music was to (and I forget the exact words but basically...); 'prevent any anti-american sentiement or politically un-american thought'

    good ol' u.s.
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  5. Xev Registered Senior Member

    Thoughtcrime was the only crime no-one could escape.

    On the other hand, if it leads to less John Lennon...

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