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ClearChannel Plays It Safe

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the this-is-it-boys-this-means-war dept.

Music 930

mertzman writes: "Rather than wait for the government assaults on civil liberties to reach full steam, ClearChannel, one of the nation's largest radio networks, has decided to do some censorship on their own! According to F***edCompany, ClearChannel has created a list of banned songs with "questionable content" in light of the recent tragedies. Stuff ranging from Drowning Pool's "Bodies" to Nena's anti-war hit "99 Red Balloons" have made their list." ClearChannel owns many radio stations, so this probably affects you. Update: 09/18 18:30 GMT by M : The San Francisco Chronicle has more on this - ClearChannel says it isn't an official mandate, just some sort of internal memo circulating. Update: 09/18 23:18 PM GMT by T : Fuzzy points out that "snopes.com has an explanation of the ClearChannel hoax. ClearChannel has also sent out a press release saying they have released no such list."

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930 comments

Really? (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313680)

Good.

Re:Really? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313698)

w00t!

Re:Really? (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313741)

I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but Thinkgeek [msn.com] has stolen your IP [thinkgeek.com] .

Re:Really? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313757)

Wow, that was a relief! I thought you meant they had taken my IP address.

w00p!

p.s. #geekizoid

Re:Really? (1)

snatchitup (466222) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313760)

Everyone uses a radio to get talk like The Man of a Thousand Voices [philhendrieshow.com] or O&A's WOW! WOW! WOW!.

For music we listen to whatever we've downloaded from gnutella.

Gee, maybe this will force some jocks to actually think, and play a song that isn't on some moronic, hypnotyzing playlist.

-

Radio (1)

nigiri (22248) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313681)

Just another reason not to listen to the radio.

Online radio (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313709)

Listen on AM or on the web to foreign radio like BBC (altho, even they are getting swept along in all this)

oh boy (-1)

topdogg (200755) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313685)

well in ways it could be good. But i think that power might be taken the wrong way by many.

640WGST in Atlanta was making fun of the list... (4, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313687)

Kim Peterson, a talk show host here in Atlanta was making fun of the Clear Channel list yesterday. I thought at first it was a joke, but apparently its not.

I wonder when Kim Peterson will get "talked to" over it (he was playing the list as bumper music. Many may not agree with what he has to say all the time, but at least he stands up for it.

Sorry, but music doesn't make terrorist.

Re:640WGST in Atlanta was making fun of the list.. (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313727)

He should get talked to about having a girls name.

Re:640WGST in Atlanta was making fun of the list.. (1)

Evil MarNuke (209527) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313746)

LOL!! The kimmer would make jokes about anything!! If wasn't for the Kimmer and Art Bell i would never listen to WGST. And 96 Rock, peach 94.9 and the rest suck ass anyways.

Also (-1, Flamebait)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313690)

You people should be happy, there are several Metallica songs on there, you are all supposed to hate Metallica.

Re:Also (0, Flamebait)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313729)

No...those are the good metallica songs. Not the crap they play today..

Re:Also (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313742)

Metallica is only to be hated if the pirated MP3's are played using Windows Media Player.

Using xmms, Metallica fawking rocks, d00d.

Massive Attack (2, Informative)

Nicolas MONNET (4727) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313691)

During gulf war, some radio stations reffered to Massive Attack as "Massive", period.

Sofa King wee tadd deed.

Re:Massive Attack (1)

braque (16684) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313702)

I still have a 7" of "Unfinished Sympathy" by "Massive" :-)

Re:Massive Attack (1)

chemical55 (446280) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313772)

Too bad its unfinished...:-)

Re: Dance bands during the Gulf War (2)

iainl (136759) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313774)

As far as I'm aware, all releases of 'Unfinished Sympathy' are credited to just 'Massive'.

For bonus points you can also own 'Love So True' by Tim Simenon, rather than his usual 'Bomb The Bass' nom de plume...

Tuesday's Gone (1)

FatalException (216771) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313692)

I didn't see Lynard Skynard's Tuesdays Gone on the list.

Awesome song.

Re:Tuesday's Gone (1)

FatalException (216771) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313707)

Doh, I guess i was on the list. I can't spell lynyrd skynyrd.

Still, awesome song right now.

is it possible (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313693)

is it possible to raise the karma of an account that has trolled before?

This must be a joke... (3, Interesting)

Dman33 (110217) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313694)

I mean, they have "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangels on this list...

Is this a joke or is this just a list of songs that radio stations should 'tip-toe' around for the next week or so to keep people from getting depressed??

oh, hypocritical.. (1)

crazney (194622) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313695)

Your knocking "ClearChannel" for censoring there networks, while you cant even say "fuck" in public.. quit censoring your submissions, be open with your language if you want everything else to be open.

Slashdot censorship abounds (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313737)

What the hell is Slashdot squawking about? Maybe they should clean up their own house first. Almost every dissenting opinion on Slashdot is moderated down. Hemos, Malda, are you listening?

This isn't censorship, it's good taste (1, Insightful)

luge (4808) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313697)

There are songs that people who were involved in this tragedy (and that is many of us, all over this country) are not going to want to hear in the coming months. For a radio station to list these songs out and say 'you know, these might cause hurt and anguish to some of our listeners, so maybe we shouldn't play them' is absolutely a great call, and I commend them for it. To those of you who can't tell the difference between censorship and taste- grow up, or even better- go to downtown NYC and play these songs on a boombox. See how long it is before someone beats some sense into you for re-opening their wounds and pouring salt into them.

Re:This isn't censorship, it's good taste (1)

spagma (514837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313726)

I guess I will just have to bust into my MP3 stash to hear the music that I like. Too bad I didn't get to grab any Metalica before it was too late.

Re:This isn't censorship, it's good taste (2)

ostiguy (63618) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313735)

Did you actually read the list? Doesn't sound like it, since you make it sound like a radio station did it, instead of a company that owns hundreds of stations. Some of the banned songs are ridiculous.

Good taste is obviously subjective. (1, Insightful)

Alt_Cognito (462081) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313745)

In good taste, please stop hanging signs of Christianity up all over the place. No more open prayers... etc... Stop assaulting me with unbridled patriotism. It's all free speech and so long as it doesn't stand a very good chance of instigating a violence, just let it be.

Re:This isn't censorship, it's good taste (2, Insightful)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313749)

What is good taste for you might not be for me. If you find certain songs in 'bad taste' don't listen to the fucking radio.

er, sorry man, but SUNDAY BLOODAY SUNDAY??? (1)

BaptistDeathRay (126948) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313750)

A song that comes out squarely AGAINST mass bloodshed? Yep, that U2 is one of the most pro-terrorist bands I've ever heard. We need to ban 'em, but QUICK.

Sheesh.

you == retarded (1)

ebbv (34786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313766)


first of all, if you're that out of control of your own emotions that you a) can't control your reaction to a song and b) can't change the fucking station then well.. you're a very sad little person.

second, did you even look at the fucking list? now granted a lot of it is shit, but a lot of it is really good.. and a good portion i think would actually be songs you'd *want* to listen to at this point in time, more than others.

this is censorship in every way, this is not a suggestion, this is corporate black listing, and very arbitrary at that.

i lost all hope for radio years ago, and haven't used the radio in my car other than a week ago today in a year.
...dave

You say censorship, I say good business sense (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313815)

Of course you can change the station if you didn't appreciate it playing songs that involve subjects that are delicate at this time. If you are a radio station and you suspect a significant number of your listeners will do just that however, then its really a rather bad idea to do so, don't you think? This station is, deep down, just doing what it can to avoid driving its listeners away. They are a business, so they are bound to do so.

Fundamentally, its if the government decide that I've got to let them have my Massive Attack collection, rather when radio stations don't want to play them that I'll worry about censorship.

Re:This isn't censorship, it's good taste (1)

ral (93840) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313785)

And even if you don't agree with what they think is bad taste, this can't be a huge surprise to anyone paying attention.

Clear Channel carries Rush Limbaugh and Dr Laura!

Stairway to Heaven (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313699)

Freakin' Stairway to Heaven is on the list.

It has NOTHING to do with violence or dying or anything...well maybe shopping. But thats it.

Idiotic list and idiotic Clear Channel Communications.

far sighted (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313700)

I have followed their lead and no longer use the words "tuesday" or "imagine".

Destroy Islam. Exterminate All Muslims. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313701)

Our dead scream out for vengeance:
  1. Kill all Muslims.
  2. Kill all Mohammedans.
  3. Kill all Arabs.
  4. Kill all Towel Heads.
  5. Kill all Camel Jockeys.
  6. Kill all Dune Coons.
  7. Kill all Islam.
  8. Nuke their countries to hell.
  9. Nuke them again.
  10. Death to Islam.

I piss on Mecca. I wipe my ass with the Koran. I spit upon Mohammed.

Re:Destroy Islam. Exterminate All Muslims. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313728)

How about nuking Jerusalem down to ashes, it's the center of 3 religions. Why not kill 3 birds with one stone.

Re:Destroy Islam. Exterminate All Muslims. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313778)

Now you are talking....

Yeah baby!!!

Do they even listen to the songs? (2)

Quila (201335) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313705)

Banning 99 Luftballons/Red Balloons? These people are banning songs they've never even listened to. Are individual radio stations speaking out against this?

This reminds me of the episode of WKRP where they were told to stop playing, among others, John Lennon's Imagine because it referred to imagining there's no heaven or religion. You know, forget that the song is about world peace.

Good ol' media self-censorship (1)

stitch (1429) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313706)

There is something incredibly wrong when the largest radio owner in the US censors songs like 'War Pigs', '99 Red Balloons' and even 'Blowin in the Wind' because of their anti-war lyrics. Not that I'm against a "war" (that's another post) but the fact that the company doesn't view Americans to be adult enough to cope with an anti-war(monger/pig) sentiment.

'Hey Joe' - cos it mentions a gun? Please!
'Sunday Bloody Sunday' - cos it criticises a slaughter of innocents!?!

Sad, sad times.

Damn censorship.... (5, Insightful)

aetherspoon (72997) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313708)

Bah to it all. Why can't people just realize that human adults censor what is inputed in to their brains to begin with? I mean, come on! How does censoring music that has some relation to the NYC bombing help anything at all? Those people died for certain liberties and rights sort to speak- why take away what they died for just to try to soften the impact that they died?!!

If I died in a terrorist bombing in the United States, the supposed country of freedom, I would be rather offended that this country of freedom that I died in is now restricting it.

They took away the second amendment, but I didn't complain since I had no guns.
They took away the fifth amendment, but I didn't complain since I had nothing to fear from the courts.
They took away the first amendment, and I couldn't complain.

Further (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313711)

A) I like that 'All Rage Against the Machine Songs' are on there. Finally, someone with some sense grabs the reins at a few radio stations.

B) This isn't censorship, despite your leftist pleadings. These people own the broadcast equipment so they get to pick what plays on it. The government has nothing to do with it.

choice does not = censorship. (5, Insightful)

bmongar (230600) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313712)


Hey, they own those stations, so they have a right to choose what to play. If they think something is in bad taste, the won't play it. That's not censorship that's choice. The government hasn't told them not to play questionable songs, they decided it was in their best interest as a business or maybe in their interest as humans. This is not censorship this is a business esercising it's freedom to choose to do what it wants.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (5, Funny)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313731)

What, it's only censorship if the government is doing it?

Re:choice does not = censorship. (3, Insightful)

pallex (126468) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313759)

Yes. Thats exactly it. Otherwise another company/individual can do it. Its their choice what they play.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (2, Insightful)

tigrrl (219188) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313812)

No, this is the abuse of monopoly power in the radio markets to control the content of what we are exposed to. It's corporate censorship, not government censorship.

It wouldn't be as *much* of a problem if Clear Channel weren't the Microsoft of the radio world. As it is, broad groups of people are effectively denied exposure to these pieces of music, without any viable feedback mechanism for voicing their dissatisfaction with the situation to the company.

And I am certain that the artists of these songs would certainly object to their suppression in this manner.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (1)

JCMay (158033) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313782)

Actually, yes, your statement is correct:


What, it's only censorship if the government is doing it?


Censorship is the act of government limiting the speech of its citizens by use of force. What's happening here is called a "management decision."

Re:choice does not = censorship. (2)

imadork (226897) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313805)

What, it's only censorship if the government is doing it?

Umm, yeah, that's kinda the definition. [dictionary.com]

The Censor is grated authority by some governing body, be it political or religious (in any case, not you), and tells you what you can or can't do with your own property and ideas, giving you no say in the matter.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (1)

Cary (7220) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313751)

Or censoring what their DJs want to play. Or what I might call up and request.

ClearChannel's business tatics and huge market shared do NOT earn them the benefit of my doubt.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (0)

bradleyjay (413670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313806)

No, they're censoring what the HIRE their DJs to play.

Remember, they did not hire the DJ to sit in the studio and do whatever the hell he wants. The DJ is an employee like anyone else and does what he's told. If he doesn't, I suppose he's fired like any other employee also.

Like somone above sid, it's a business and obviously will be treated as such.

Re:choice does not = censorship. (1)

uberdood (154108) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313791)

Are you aware of how many stations they own? Are you familiar with the concept of monopolies? ClearChannel owns most, if not all, of the music-oriented radio channels in my town.

It's sort of like the evil Simon owning most of the malls. It used to be fun to go to a different city's mall when on a business trip to kill the evening. (Ohhhh, I better not use that evil kill word.) Now most bloody (whoops) malls look pretty much the same. Most music stations sound pretty much the same these days - bland.

Choice can = censorship (1)

BAKup (40339) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313809)

Hey, they own those stations, so they have a right to choose what to play. If they think something is in bad taste, the won't play it. That's not censorship that's choice. The government hasn't told them not to play questionable songs, they decided it was in their best interest as a business or maybe in their interest as humans. This is not censorship this is a business esercising it's freedom to choose to do what it wants.



Well, if they didn't own like 50-100% of all the stations in most markets I wouldn't have a problem with it, but since they do (go look at a list of stations they own), that means you won't be able to hear the songs at all unless you own the albums! So this could be considered a case of censorship(It's not just for goverments anymore) and also a good reason why the FCC should have never relaxed how many stations a compay could own.

This really made my day (1)

Mik!tAAt (217976) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313713)

- All Rage Against The Machine songs
- Dio "Holy Diver"
- Van Halen "Jump"
- Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
- Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
- The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da" (???)
- Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Oh please.

Partial list? (3, Interesting)

/Wegge (2960) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313715)

Is the posted list of banned songs complete? One of the more obvious candidates, "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" by Manfred Mann is missing.

It's a Sin (1)

donabal (116308) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313719)

Comment:
It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys.

Re:It's a Sin? Why? (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313762)

Err, remind me. What does 'Its A Sin' have to do with this? By all means point out that their obscure album track about the 1986 fatal underground fire 'Kings Cross', with the line 'Dead and wounded on either side, you know its only a matter of time' is a little touchy at this time, but I fail to recollect anything about 'Its a Sin' right now.

They're a PRIVATE COMPANY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313720)

It's not censorship if the government isn't dictating it; it's editorializing.

Re:They're a PRIVATE COMPANY (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313747)

ClearChannel is expressing their opinion through the songs it chooses to play.

Are you saying that these opinions should not be allowed?

Eh? (2, Insightful)

SomethingOrOther (521702) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313721)

The list to me reads like some bloody good rock music. Sabbath, Floyd, Queen etc. Dare I be so cynical as to say that this is just a lame attempt for stations to push the latest manufactured crap?

Heard about this yesterday (1)

Cando (59670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313725)

In NYC, WNEW afternoon jocks Opie and Anthony were discussing this yesterday. I understand that people can be cruel sometimes, but I don't see what these songs have to do with anything. There is nothing horrible about Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" or Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky". This is just overly-PC corporate america at it's best. They are so concerned with not offending anyone. Yes, the whole debacle of 9/11/01 is awful, but banning pop songs that had nothing to do with it? Please! If people want to joke and be cruel in the wake of these events, they will. I heard a joke last night when I stopped for gas. I was tempted to hit the jerk who told it, but I figured it was just his way of dealing with everything.

Mirror? (1)

big_cat79 (156695) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313730)

Can somebody mirror the list or post it or something? Fuckedcompany.com is Websensed as tasteless here at work.

Re:Mirror? (1)

FatalException (216771) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313736)

f---edcompany.com?

Re:Mirror? (1)

JCMay (158033) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313743)

At least your company tells you why they're blocking it. We just get a boilerplate message saying that the site is inappropriate.

In any case, you beat me to the punch on this one.

Re:Mirror? (1)

pallex (126468) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313771)

www.safeweb.co.uk
(use https if your company blocks http)

Re:Mirror? here you go (0)

Hammer (14284) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313775)

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "TNT"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"

Cultural bias? (3, Interesting)

griblik (237163) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313732)

I notice The Cure's "Killing an arab" made it thru...

Re:Cultural bias? (1, Informative)

bradleyjay (413670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313779)

But the Clash's 'Rock the Casbah' did not...
Go figure...Damn, actually both are good songs.

It's no big deal (1)

alen (225700) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313738)

this kind of thing always happens. After Columbine movies with people in black trench coats were bad. I forgot what happened after Oklahoma City. In the 80's Ozzy got a lot of flack because supposedely someone killed himself after listening to suicide solution. Iron Maiden used to get labeled as devil worshipper's. Elvis'e hips were evil. The Doors became famous on Ed Sullivan.

I'm 27 and still listen to Ozzy and Iron Maiden. And somehow I'm still alive and don't worship the devil.

Is this targetted at me? (2)

Tet (2721) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313739)

The first half of the list looks like someone's reading out my record collection :-) That said, it's not going to affect me anyway because:
  • I'm not in the USA
  • I don't listen to the radio
  • Even if I did, there aren't any radio stations that play my preferred music (apart from Totalrock, but back in January they switched to broadcasting in a format only usable by Windows Media Player, so that put a stop to that)

lmfao (1)

pipeb0mb (60758) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313740)

John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
Surfaris "Wipeout"

This is classic. What a wonderful spoof!

Re:lmfao (1)

pipeb0mb (60758) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313761)

Dammit.
Whay can't we edit our postings.

This is obviously a spoof; again, no source other than a site known for its conjecture and lunacy (not /., but FC).

Not even Grudge would print this...

WTF! (3, Interesting)

scott1853 (194884) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313744)

I listen to one of their stations here in central NY, The Nerve [951thenerve.com] and they play a lot of these songs, or they used to.

The fact that they banned Don McLean's "American Pie" really outrages me. This is one of America's songs. I used to like this song when I was 6 and I still do. Sorry if it's not like "Don't Worry, Be Happy" but jeesh.

BTW, I didn't read any articles, is this ban permanent?

Fire and Rain (1)

jruschme (76180) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313752)

The list also contains James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" which was used by one of our local stations as part of a very moving tribute to the victims of the attack.


But then, with lyrics like "sweet dream and flying machines in pieces on the ground", it sounds almost more prophetic than the phony Nostradamus prophecies being circulated.


From a quick scan of the list, it looks more like the results of a keyword search of a title database than of a serious attempt at judging content.

Of course (1)

reynaert (264437) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313755)

Can you imagine what the effect would be if radios would play good music? People might go think for themselves! We can't have that, can we?

You disagree? Well, that's another dose of Britney Spears and 'N Sync for you!

Clearchannel: something everyone should know about (5, Informative)

vondo (303621) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313756)

Salon.com (referenced in the editors comments) has done a great job covering Clearchannel and radio payola in general. The full set of articles can be found here [salon.com] .

If you care about music and still think that songs become popular because lots of people like them, you owe it to yourself to read some of this.

Back to the subject at hand, when a major corporate conglomerate decides that the country shouldn't be listening to "Bridge over Troubled Water" it is a sad day.

Amusing and Ironic (0, Funny)

DumbMarketingGuy (171031) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313767)

That slashdot, bastion of free speech and scourge of censors everywhere, sees fit to refer to FUCKEDCOMPANY.COM as F***EDCOMPANY.COM.

Could this be because slashdot has been taken over by a bunch of F***ING A**HOLE WAN**R S**THEAD CENSORS ?

Yes, I think it could.

Thank you

U2 song (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313768)

This Song is ANTI terrorism and was originally written about an act of terrorism.

I mean the lyrics go "I cant believe the news today" and continue "How long must we sing this song?"

Its the perfect song to be the Anthem of the whole anti terrorism campaign.

It appears they are just stopping playing everything that could possibly remind people of the whole event. Songs about war,terrorism,suicide and fire. Even when the majority of these songs are against these things.

Will they ban wacko and spears duet which they are recording to raise money for the relief efforts as it will remind people as well?

What a ..... (2, Insightful)

Gehenna_Gehenna (207096) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313769)

crock of shit. How about we get the fscking networks to stop replaying the distaster scene over and over instead of music thet might be upsetting to a minority of people.

On the other hand, if you could add {sarcasm} any NSYNCH song to the list I'd be much abliged. Not that it has questionable lyrics, I just don't want to hear it on the radio{/sarcasm}.

Stephen King, author, dead at 54 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313773)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

The List (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313777)

For those that can't get to Fuckedcompany:

Clear Channel's list of songs with questionable content

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "TNT"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"

support your local public radio (2, Insightful)

tigrrl (219188) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313780)

This is disgusting. If we're going to have a war, let's have it, but for crying out loud, let's not insist on sanitizing it as well. Either we've got to turn our minds from this situation in an effort to heal (in which case the songs dealing with guns and fire can go, but the anti-war songs must stay; not only stay, but be played repeatedly) OR we've got to stay mindful of our pain and steel our resolve to fight (in which case the guns and fire songs stay and the anti-war songs go). It doesn't make sense to avoid reminding us of the tragedy while *also* calling us to battle.

Furthermore, the ENTIRE conflict is about freedom and liberty. This censorship (and yes, if the primary broadcast company has a list of songs that affiliates are not allowed to play, that *does* constitute censorship) is against everything that we stand for. If large portions of certain communities are offended by some or all of these songs, let them speak out to their local broadcasters. Don't blanket the rest of us with this silly and misguided propaganda disguised as "sensitivity".

I, for one, will be tuning into the public radio. A source of objective and high-quality news and information, and a lone voice in the wild for FREEDOM!!!

They missed one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313781)

"It's raining men"

who, what ? (2)

beanerspace (443710) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313784)

Well, I guess this old-fart of a programmer is scrathing his head saying clear who, censor what ? Desperately trying not to be a troll, I'm just wondering if this isn't more a move by some company that I've never heard of to remain profitable by makin and adjustment for the recent change in mood.

Let's go to the site and see.

Okay, there's a picture of Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Alan Keyes ... It's publically traded ... their ops got disrupted since they're in downtown NYC .... hmmm, Department of Justice to investigate whether Clear Channel's [wsj.com] concert-promotion company is engaging in unfair business practices after some New Jersey constituents complained.

Hey guys, I think this looks like a company that's trying to keep a low profile. In other words, this may have less to do with civil liberties than it does with their bottom line. Either giving their demographics what they want (or don't want) ... and by not pissing off "The Man."

Here's the list (1, Redundant)

stinkydog (191778) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313788)

Clear Channel's list of songs with questionable content

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "TNT"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"

Copied from F*ckedCompany.com

End of free thoughts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313789)

What's that? Do they really think, their listeners aren't old enough to decide for themselves, what songs they want to listen to?

From my german point of view this is a strange understanding of patriotism. This has nothing to do with the freedom of mind which is often stated as the highest good of the civilized world.

The guys from clearchannel are obviously trying to manipulate the public opinion about what happens in the world. No good.

Don't get me wrong: i condemn the terrorist attack to the US, but everyone has the right to set up his mind about effective steps to fight terrorism. IMHO war is no solution. Neither is retaliation to innocent people in Afghanistan. Moreover, one have to take into account the very very sensible situation in the arabic region. Think about a possible World War III that slowly appears on the horizon ...

Complete List (0, Redundant)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313793)

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "TNT"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"

Can we find a confirmed source? (1)

Rommel (33210) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313794)

I read the article on FsckedCompany, but their attribution was pretty weak: an anonymous email.

Can anyone point to a credible source to confirm or deny this?

*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313795)

This is not censorship. Censorship is what a government does to its private citezins or private organizations.

This private company is exercizing its editorial right and privelege to not play certain songs.

You may or may not agree with their decision (and here's where a free market comes in), and they may or may not be right (but ain't it great we can debate it?), but it's not censorship. Please stop calling it such.

For a better (and longer) explaination, check out this column [famousdesigns.com] , written by a lawyer, partly about this very subject (but in a different medium). His first point is the one that applies to this discussion (but the rest is good too).

Massive Attack (1)

jarty (165599) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313798)

I remember in the Gulf War that here in the UK 'Massive Attack' changed their name to simply 'Massive' to avoid being black-listed on UK radio stations. I think I also remember that 'Bomb the Bass' changed their name to 'Tim Sinemon' or something. to avoid similar treatment.
Pretty soon after the war was over, the banned (sorry) names all changed back to their original. I think it may be an issue of taste and sensitivity, rather than one of censorship, although the ClearChannel list does appear to be a little too comprehensive!

Venga Boys (1)

cyberdonny (46462) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313800)

Some songs they forgot to put in there:

  • Venga Boys: 24/7 In My 911 (reference to 911)
  • Venga Boys: We're going to Ibiza (airplane)
  • Michel Sardou: Chanteur de Jazz (detailed references to former NYC landmarks, and smoke)
  • They only listed 2 Pink Floyd songs. Many more than the 2 listed could qualify...

Where's "Born in the USA"? (1)

mbanck (230137) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313801)

Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"

Well, they missed "Born in the USA", but as history shows, this song will be the war anthem again...

THE BEATLES!?!?! (-1)

Bilton (517325) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313804)

what_the_fuck?

Desmond has a barrow in the market place.
Molly is a singer in a band.
Desmond says to Molly - girl I like your face
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand.
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da life goes on bra
Lala how the life goes on
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da life goes on bra
Lala how the life goes on
Desmond takes a trolley to the jewellers' stores,
Buys a twenty carat golden ring.
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing
In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones.
Happy ever after in the market place
Desmond lets the children lend a hand.
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face
And in the evening she still sings it with the band.
Happy ever after in the market place
Molly lets the children lend a hand.
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she's singer with the band.
And if you want some fun - take Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.

Oh, The Humanity!

Ironic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313807)

Alanis Morissette "Ironic"

Banned Songs. (2)

suss (158993) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313808)

Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"

Yeah, i get this one:

Head like a hole
Black as your soul
I'd rather die
than give you control.

Wouldn't want anyone to resist the government's control, now would we?

Other choices though, leave me kinda puzzled:

Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"


The list goes on. I wonder what they'll be playing all day now.... Britney Spears and N'Sync? I bet they can find some 'offensive' words in there too. (Baby hit me one more time? Oops I did it again? (referring to the crash on the pentagon) and ofcourse Nsync's "bye bye bye".)

If you feel the urge to moderate this down as flamebait/troll, read the message again, think about what it says, and then decide again.

Clear Channel (1)

slutdot (207042) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313811)

I find it ironic that Clear Channel is behind something like this. WXTB (or 98 Rock), which is a Clear Channel station in Tampa, consistently plays unedited songs containing profanity. Not that it matters to me if the word 'fuck' is on the radio but most stations seem to want to edit that out.

At first I thought that maybe the laws changed to allow profanity during school hours and late nights but apparently that was wrong. I think the only song I've heard edited was Closer by Nine Inch Nails and I guess the program manager might have figured the lyrics were too obvious. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if the DJs and the PMs pay attention to this censorship.

Hello? This is fake. (1)

pipeb0mb (60758) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313813)

Oviously this is an FC troll attempt.
There are no links, no corroborating articles and it's absolutely ludicrous.

Please guys, calm down and THINK.

idiotic (1)

fadir (522518) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313814)

if this is true.

Irony? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2313817)

Ahh.. the banning of Don McLean "American Pie" .. "the day the muuuusic died". some of these selections seem outright silly.

What? (-1)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313819)

What are they thinking? Don McKlean's "American Pie"? Can you get any more American than that song? What in the world could be objectionable in THAT song?

Vendetta against Rage? (5, Insightful)

Lizard_King (149713) | more than 12 years ago | (#2313820)

I noticed in the list: "All Rage Against The Machine songs"

you've got to be kidding me. This seems like blind censorship to me. I'm doubtful they've listened to all of Rage's songs.
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