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Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:38:29 PM »
I don't know why I have a slight fascination for examples of this, but someone recently mentioned Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' on here and it reminded me how at the time of its release, and to this day, I feel like the only person who can hear that the lyrics go 'p-p-p-poker face, f-f-fuck her face'? Don't they? Surely. Alright I suppose you have to be paying attention but the pronunciation on the first and second lines is clearly different.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo&feature=youtu.be&t=73

I was also putting together a collection of rock music for a younger family member and wondered if there was a censored radio version of Tenacious D's 'Tribute'. There is, but while it mutes a couple of subtle 'motherfuckers' towards the end of the track it leaves the roared 'WARGHH.. FUCK!' untouched.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0WO7bR8amQ

Ferry Corsten's minor 2004 hit 'Rock Your Body Rock' slipped onto the radio stations unedited even though the vocoded lyrics shout 'Let's fuck... I wanna rock your body, rock'.

I seem to remember Chris Moyles pondering on air how Usher's 'U Remind Me' was allowed to get away with 'all the shit she put me through' on the daytime playlist.

In Europe they don't seem arsed about this at all. I was stuck on an autobahn in afternoon rush hour traffic once when Eminem's 'My Name Is' came on. There's a 'clean' version with alternate lyrics that was censored even further before it was played in the UK, but this German station was playing the full on album version.

Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2019, 11:22:11 PM »
Not swearing exactly, but I'm pretty sure Hey Ya by OutKast at its unavoidable peak was played with the line 'Don't wanna meet your mama / Just wanna make you cum-ah' intact a fair bit, although that one's easy to miss I guess.

I remember being a bit shocked when I was about 12 to hear a song called 'Can't Fuck in Moonlight' on Isle of Wight radio before lunchtime (the song being LeAnn Rimes' Can't Fight the Moonlight, but to my cloth ears that was a more logical title).

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 11:28:48 PM »
'Fastlove' by George Michael still gets played on the radio a lot with the line "all that bullshit conversation" completely intact.

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 11:33:57 PM »
The last line of 'What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" never gets bleeped.

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2019, 11:34:22 PM »
EMF's Unbelievable for the "what the fuck was that?" sample.

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2019, 11:35:55 PM »
Did 'Oliver's Army' ever get censored back in the day?

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2019, 11:37:38 PM »
"Who Are You" often gets (or got) plenty of airplay with Daltrey's "who the fuck are you?" intact.

"Walk on the Wild Side" managed to become a US chart hit with the business about "giving head" uncensored, presumably because few knew what that meant at the time - nowadays, if it gets played at all (most of the lyrics fall into various "problematic" gopher holes), most of that verse is edited out.

"What's the Frequency Kenneth" by R.E.M. slipped "don't fuck with me" through the filter, on radio and live TV alike.

And that's the W's.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2019, 11:40:13 PM »
non capisco: It definitely says "WANK!" in Sussudio, guys.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2019, 11:40:37 PM »
Also, "Jet Airliner" by the Steve Miller Band's line about "funky shit going down in the city" rarely got bleeped in my recollection. Same goes for Floyd's "Money" and its "do-goody-good bullshit."

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2019, 12:01:39 AM »
The faint fuck from the drummer dropping his sticks in Louie Louie. https://youtu.be/1RZJ4ESU52U?t=56

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 01:43:30 AM »
The "fuckin' 'ell" in Hey Jude.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2019, 02:35:21 AM »
Ray Davies definitely does sing "the air pollution is fucking up my eyes" in Apeman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHqs8SffDo

Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2019, 04:48:24 AM »
 Pretty sure that " What's bullshit is bullshit " on " Beat Surrender " by The Jam was allowed to slip through untouched. Got to #1, and all

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2019, 08:18:54 AM »
I'm always surprised to hear Cornershop's "Lessons Learned from Rocky I to III" on the radio, which has at a rough count twenty "shits" in it. There doesn't seem to be a censored version, it's odd.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2019, 09:04:46 AM »
I remember once hearing the uncensored version of "Shake Ya Ass" being played on the radio. It managed to get a few lines in (including something about the dude having his dick in his hand and an N-bomb) before the DJ realised and changing over to the radio version, which doesn't even include references to bottom quivering.

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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2019, 09:09:40 AM »
Pretty sure that " What's bullshit is bullshit " on " Beat Surrender " by The Jam was allowed to slip through untouched. Got to #1, and all


"What's bullshit is bullshit"

Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2019, 09:16:01 AM »
Not in a song, but the blatant blowjob joke in Eminem's 'My Name Is' video caused no hubbub and remains intact, despite the rest of the song being put through the usual MTV swear filter

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2019, 09:41:30 AM »
Extreme had a right good laff with their song “Get The Funk Out” sounding a bit rude, but few people seemed to notice the follow up hit “More Than Words” contained four cunts.

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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2019, 09:55:04 AM »
Conversely the words "pop pills" on that Calvin Harris/Katy Perry song "Feels" always get muted when the song's played on Radio 2.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2019, 10:10:59 AM »
Extreme had a right good laff with their song “Get The Funk Out” sounding a bit rude, but few people seemed to notice the follow up hit “More Than Words” contained four cunts.

I can only see two?


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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2019, 10:13:30 AM »
You know that ain't no shit
We'll be gettin' lots of tit in greased lightnin'

Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2019, 10:18:14 AM »
You know that ain't no shit
We'll be gettin' lots of tit in greased lightnin'

Not to mention "The chicks'll cream".
That song had a radio edit, though.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2019, 10:22:06 AM »
I can only see two?



The other two are very subtle. Or maybe the singer counts as 3 cunts.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2019, 11:08:29 AM »
Didn't the uncensored version of Killing In The Name Of get played on the Radio 1 chart show when it re-entered the charts around Christmas 2009?

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2019, 11:50:22 AM »
Fatboy Slim's Gangster Trippin:

"Come on, we got to kick that gangster shit" about a million times.  The tune has played constantly on daytime radio.  Great stuff.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2019, 12:07:57 PM »
I'm always surprised to hear Cornershop's "Lessons Learned from Rocky I to III" on the radio, which has at a rough count twenty "shits" in it. There doesn't seem to be a censored version, it's odd.

There's a version (on the CD single I bought) where "Chicks with dicks" gets a boxing bell over the "dicks" bit. But the shits remained intact.

Guigsy from Oasis on bass for that song apparently. He's not on very many Oasis songs but he's on that.

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2019, 12:08:19 PM »
There's a 'cunt' in Rock Me Amadeus

Kind of

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Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2019, 12:10:03 PM »
"Bang" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs was played on Jonathan Ross' Saturday morning Radio 2 show a few times. The chorus goes

"As a fuck son you suck! As a fuck son you suck! As a fuck son you suck! As a fuck son you suck!"

Also chief Queen denier, Danny Baker has spoken of his shock when reading the lyrics to "Casino Boogie" by the Rolling Stones having played it countless times on the wireless.

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« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2019, 12:24:03 PM »
Didn't the uncensored version of Killing In The Name Of get played on the Radio 1 chart show when it re-entered the charts around Christmas 2009?

It did on original release.
https://youtu.be/WNKtG--3O1E

Re: Uncensored swearing in mainstream radio hits
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2019, 02:43:33 PM »
The radio edit of Motorcycle Emptiness keeps in the line 'this hapiness corrupt political shit' but to be fair the chances of  correctly interpreting early James Dean Bradfield phrasing are rather low