Songs Banned by Clear Channel after 9/11

Submitted by: buddy 12 years ago in Misc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_deemed_inappropriate_after_Sept._11_by_Clear_Channel

Wow, there"s a lot of songs on that list!
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Female 471
dumb...
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Male 306
Sorry.
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Male 1,031
And I thought wikipedia was a reliable source...
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Female 96
Dagnabit, Omega. I was just about to post that. :-P
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Male 306
Go to Snopes before anything.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/radio.htm

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Female 785
WTF!? Most of those didn`t even make sense! I do hope that`s all a rumor, if not then my respect for humanity has dropped another knotch.

Although I do think banning What a Wonderful World was really funny. ^^; Sad, but funny.

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Female 394
Fair enough, hobyandy. Apology accepted, and I also offer one, in case I came across too harshly in my response.
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Male 3,060
midnitewalkr: apologies for the harsh tone of my last post. anyway, i guess the euphemisms case is arguable, however, i think of "double speak" as more of hiding something (like in 1984 and animal farm).i think of a euphemism as softening a blow (i.e. `passing away` for dying, and `downsizing` for getting canned).

as for the `government spying on us` bit, i understood that you were saying it`s possible (physically)...i was just saying that it`s not (legally).

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Female 406
i think the "sensitive" time of 9-11 is over and i`ve heard several of these songs on the radio recently. we shouldn`t stress over this. it isn`t the thought police. something devastating happened in american and Clear Channel was only trying to suggest what was tactful on the airwaves at that time. it`s not worth it to go up in arms; don`t accuse the past of being the past. kazaa is a wonderful thing 8-)
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Female 394
is.

I`ve never seen "Enemy of the State". My friends say I lack movie education. I suppose I do.

I never meant to imply that the government was spying on us, nor that it would. I simply said it could. The technology is there.

As to the justifiable actions, I`m not going into that. Justification has a slightly different meaning for everyone, and I think our views probably differ enough that we should agree to disagree.

As to my apparent moronic state, well, I have a different definition of moron than you do, apparently. I find it hard to believe that I am a moron for citing what I find to be doublespeak, as I am backed up by articles on the subject, as well as what I`ve been taught. If you want to insult the good ol` US education system for allowing me to be told that "friendly fire" is doublespeak, and that doublespeak and euphemisms are essentially the same, go right ahead.

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Female 394
Main Entry: eu·phe·mism
Pronunciation: `yü-f&-"mi-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek euphEmismos, from euphEmos auspicious, sounding good, from eu- + phEmE speech, from phanai to speak -- more at BAN
Date: circa 1681
: the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant; also : the expression so substituted

Main Entry: dou·ble·speak
Pronunciation: `d&-b&l-"spEk
Function: noun
Date: 1952
: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth

Source: Miriam Webster online dictionary

Think of doublespeak as a subcategory of euphemisms, if you must. I find them equals. Depending on the doublespeak, it`s purpose is the same as a euphemism, which is to gentle and hide the full truth. Most of the time, if you hear "downsizing" you already know the deception involved, which is why you don`t notice for what it

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Female 197
Pfft. Pathetic!
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Male 3,060
midnitewalkr, you moron. those are euphemisms. we`ve used them since...well....for a heck of a long time. as for what the goverment can do, we don`t live in a world portrayed by the movie "enemy of the state". Everything against privacy that they can do is justifiable. they aren`t going to spy on you just because they can. that`s illegal.
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Male 164
While I agree it`s utter crap, and I don`t know if they really did ban some songs.. A song like "It`s a wonderful life" would be banned because of the tone it sets. It sets that everything is A-ok and perfectly alright, and might be viewed as disrespectful right after such a tragedy took place. It would be a safety thing so that the station didn`t get letters of complaint after the whole thing.
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Female 147
aww... i like Alien ant farm..
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Female 394
x omni x, we do have some things that exist in the world of 1984, though. Doublespeak, for instance - a lot of PC terms and other terms are just that - "differently abled", "friendly fire", "ethnic cleansing", "downsizing", etc. Heck, I`ve seen "sanitary technician" used once to describe a janitor...that was an interesting article, lol.

Big Brother may not exist, but the government can pry very far into your personal life, if someone high up chose to do so, without your knowing it.

Personally, I didn`t like 1984, though I admit analyzing for AP English senior yr in high school was a big help. If I`m going to read Orwell, I prefer Animal Farm.

The list was...interesting. May have been true once, probably not now. And if it was at one point true...talk about a lot of good songs on it...

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Male 47
Oh and also, I`m inclined not to believe the list as it says that thing about Q.
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Male 47
Hey, it changed the word s.h.i.t to poo. Neato.
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Male 47
Suck a dick jockeys you think your fly,
You play that bullpoo, and we know the reason why.
You try to act like the radio station is yours.
But it`s not you corporate ass kissin clear channel whores.


Oh yeah, like I said before, everyone stfu. These songs are no longer banned who cares?

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Male 33
Nena - "99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons"

This is crazyness...

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Female 6
The Bangles - "Walk Like an Egyptian" BANNED? WHY?
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Male 16
Actually, any of todays crap called "music" should be censored. Bring back Dr. Hook, Commadores, Chicago etc. Now THATS music!
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Female 539
as if you would ban all rage against the machine songs thats just lame
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Male 16
Clear Channel...It`s their company, their choice. They can ban or play anything they want. Just like Anal-Mart(wal-mart) can ban Maurices BBQ sauce for no good reason. Get over it!
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Female 3
Clear Channel are a bunch of Nazi`s and it might make a bit more sense if that site lists the reasons WHY they banned those songs.

That is a bunch of BS. Don`t belive it.

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Male 40
It`s not comparable to 1984 except that America is, more than likely, headed toward becoming a corporate state, and perhaps (by way of the Patriot Act and such) a very authoritarian one. But no, America is not in the sort of situation that Orwell wrote about.
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Female 241
Oh, and CrzyDmnd, this is a rather late reply. But to your number three point:

If the statement you made that America`s current situation is comparable to Orwell`s novel is accurate, this conversation would not exist. Allow me to clarify. We are not using a language stripped of any words that render thought capable of anything revolutionary, or "thoughtcriminal." We are not under constant surveillance, for technology is not being used as a mind control. There are more than one political party. And, finally, if we really do live in an Oceania, we would both be aprehended by the Thought Police for thinking about this at all. Therefore, we would not be here, we would be being tortured. Ergo, this conversation would not exist.

Wow, I`ve been reading too much philosophy lately...

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Male 578
Foo Fighters - "Learn to Fly"
lol!
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Female 241
Wow, it`s amazing how fast you all are to believe something so illogical. You do realize that anyone can write something in the Wikipedia, don`t you?
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Male 3,060
HAHA!!! nice, llehctim.
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Female 151
Yes, llehctim! I`ve got a fever...and the only preSCRIPtion...is more COWbell!
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Female 661
That`s a f*cking dumbass list! The majority of those songs would not have made me think of 9/11.
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Male 40
Andy, it`s because even after 9-11, people still needed more cowbell.
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Male 64
Hey idiots!

This does not take place anymore. Notice the past tense as well as the continuous mention of it happening only after 9/11 and the lack of mention of it a current thing.

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Female 85
"All songs by artists beginning with the letter Q are banned!"

lmao!!! they make it so dramatic.

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Male 3,060
why are all songs by artists whose named begins with the letter `Q` banned? is there something bad about the letter `Q`?
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Female 122
They banned Sunday Bloody Sunday?! B*stards. Poor U2
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Male 3,060
also....have you guys even read 1984?!?!
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Male 3,060
<---wonders why the blue oyster cult`s "burnin` for you" wqas banned, but not "don`t fear the reaper".

hmmm...and people- i can assure you that this has nothing to do with who is president. so all of the anti-bush folk who are still crying about their election loss need to get over it.

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Female 151
edit: I just noticed that one of you did. Way to go, 1experience!
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Female 151
I`ve been looking for this list for a while, thanks.

And to my knowledge, ClearChannel had nothing to do with the Howard Stern channel, that was the FCC. This is just a corporation that owns about half of the radio stations in the country choosing what you get to listen to, and subsequently the music you choose to by (to a degree).

It`s lame and stupid and borderline evil...but how many of you are going to do anything about it? Are any of you really going to look up which stations that you listen to are owned by clearchannel and stop listening to it, or write a letter, or circulate a petition? Most of you probably won`t, and neither will most other people who hear about this, and they`ll continue to do things like this.

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Female 25
errr edit.....sent to clear channel.
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Female 25
it makes me sick that you banned so many songs that bring light and beauty into the hearts and souls of so many people. i-am-bored.com has a link of all the songs you suggested not be played. eric claptons song"tears in heaven" makes me cry almost everytime i hear it. not because of two towers crashing down to the earth , but because my father died of HIV/AIDS when i was twelve years old, and i think of seeing him when my day comes. i think you need to not think about saving your ass or your dirty money, but think about the millions of lives that are touched everyday, those who remember their loved ones thru song and lyric . im sure the thousands of people who lost their lives who love to be rememberd thru many of these songs. seriously, your corparate mentality is what makes america look like poo to other nations.

my first post, but that was the email i sent clear water....it could have been worse..but seriously, come on

kate

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Female 863
If you knew about American politics, and I`m sure you will learn more as you progress through school (I`m assuming) public opinion is not the only thing that gets a person into office. Sadly it seems to be a minute part. And the whole point is please try to know what you are attempting to speak about before you hit "enter" in the future and make a ass of yourself. If you need me to dumb this all down for you let me know.
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Female 863
who`s parent company is Pax, who`s dealer principal is Bill Paxson is an avid Bush Jr. supporter. He owns many, many things. He had each of his companies, programs, etc. give over a million each to the Bush campaign. Mr. Paxson lives here in South Florida so he and his family are on the news quite a bit and since most political contributions are public knowledge we all spoke about it quite a bit since it was on the news constantly. And the local media was quite interested in he and his subsidiary`s involvement in the Bush compaign. They even televised the $10,000 plate dinner the Paxson family hosted for the Bush compaign that his brother, who is the governor here, Jeb came to. Clear Channel was just one of the many companys who supported Bush and HELPED make it possible for him to be re-elected.
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Female 863
Well, for those who believed that this list is a fake, it may be, but not all of it. Fact to back this up is that Clear Channel took the band Anthrax off most of their station after 9/11. I guess no one noticed. Then the music label, Megadeath or Sanctuary (?), who Anthrax was with in the 80`s and owns the rights to some of their more popular music got ahold of an internal memo fron Clear Channel listing Anthrax as one of the banned groups/songs. Whole point is they are/were suing Clear Channel, 1st amendment rights and such. Naming Anthrax and a few others as secondaries in the suit. So maybe the whole list is made up, but there is some truth behind it.

And xomnix I find it odd that you derived that I think that there is a corporate conspiracy behind Bush`s reelection and the fact that you compared that to Kennedy death. Odd and sad. If you had payed attention to the pre-election news you would know that Clear Channel,

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Male 9
According to this site the story of them being banned is not true.
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Female 217
Woah... thats a lot of songs

Americans tend to get like that though, I find, like when they were all `OMG` about the LOTR: Two Towers.

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Male 47
They are not still banned. I`m pretty sure the list is referring to songs that were banned for a period of time immediately following 9/11. I know that they did ban some songs during that period, just as MTV banned certain videos.

You are all taking the word "ban" much too literally.

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Female 241
Oh, and by the way, nice username. I love Pink Floyd.
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Female 241
Yes I am serious. And I don`t really care that you compare the current world situation to 1984. I disagree.

I haven`t read "Brave New World" yet but I`ve been planning to.

And I am aware of the fact that I don`t vote. I am not a Bush lackey. I don`t agree with all of his decisions, but I agree with his political views more than Kerry`s.

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Female 992
But....but...those songs were so flippin` GOOD!!! *sobs*
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Male 5
x omni x: are you serious?? A couple of points..
A: You aren`t even old enough to vote.
B: You say your favorite book is 1984, anyone interested in Orwell can juxtapose the current situtaion to the one illustrated in the book. See also "Brave New World" by Huxley.
C: I wouldn`t consider myself Liberal by any means, I feel I`m rather moderate; however, because of Bush and his lackeys we can expect about 55% of his "tax breaks" to go to the top 1% of this country. Call this the alpha class (ibid.) if you will, well, just read the book and learn something.
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Female 368
Particularly ridiculous songs to have on the list:
Louis Armstrong - "What A Wonderful World"
John Lennon - "Imagine"
Cat Stevens - "Peace Train"

Also, the songs weren`t "banned" per se. It was suggested that radio stations not play these songs...still ridiculous...

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Male 1
Except that this is, at least in large part, bull. The station I listen to every day is owned by Clear Channel, and I lost count of the songs that were on this list that they still DO play. Some of them, quite regularly.

Sorry, Wiki. You lose on this one.

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Female 241
"Yet another Christian company that helped put Bush back into office."

Right... of course he wasn`t elected again because the majority of America agreeded with his politics more than Kerry`s. Oh no, that would never happen. It had to have been a corporate conspiracy, like Kennedy`s assassination.

Man, people like you piss me off. I`m sorry that Kennedy died, he was one of the last Democratic polititions that deserved respect. The only one I can think of today is Lieberman...

Of course, most Democrats are very nice people and don`t act like you. I should say that it`s LIBERALS like you that piss me off. Saying things like that with nothing to back it up with, god almighty...

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Male 51
i remember after the attacks i saw in the newspaper about a bunch of songs banned.... so i htink this is actually trueeee
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Female 241
I really think this must be an urban legend. It can`t be true. I listen to some Clear Channel stations, and I`ve heard these songs.

Someone just made up something to get all the teenagers and liberal college students more mad at corporate America, even if it is what drives the economy.

Go ahead and yell at me, I don`t care.

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Female 234
The only reason they banned most of the songs is because they contained words or phrases related to airplanes, buildings, and stuff like that. I mean, Crash and Burn by Savage Garden? The only reason they banned that was because of the title!!! Stupid!!!
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Male 40
This is crap. They cant ban the Led Zep!! Or the Clash.....
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Female 129
Well, Wikipedia does say that the source behind this list isn`t really known. *shrug* I`m one of those "evil christians" who put Bush back in office, but even I think a lot (if not all) of those songs are ridiculous to ban.
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Female 28
The banned an Elvis Song, what is going to happen? a couple of ederly people going to start a riot.
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Male 152
Disco inferno and jump hahaha why?
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Female 46
That`s just sad. Most of those songs have nothing to do with 9/11!

Evil blood-sucking corporations...

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Female 1,004
"rage against the machine - all songs"
LOL omg a little scared, are we?
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Male 15
this is one of those urban legends, it has to be
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Female 808
What? I have no idea why they would ban half of those. I still here most of them on the radio anyways. I love those songs!
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Female 19
They Banned alot of Good Songs that have nothing to do with 9/11.. Stupid Really. No wonder I havnt heard them In a while.
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Female 35
what surprised me when i saw this list not long after the actual event was the songs they didn`t decide to "ban."

billy joel - miami 2017 (seen the lights go out on broadway)
elton john - someone saved my life tonight
simon and garfunkel - only living boy in new york
the cure - killing an arab

and they didn`t really BAN anything--some people don`t think the list even came from clearchannel`s corporate offices. i know of one clearchannel station near me that definitely played a lot of those songs.

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Female 870
What am I supposed to do with this?
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Female 147
Snopes has something like this and says it`s false. But I thought wikipedia was generally reliable. Hrm....
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Female 147
Is this for real?

Clear Channel is an evil, evil corporation. But I had decided that already.

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Female 2,035
Its crazy why they would ban some of these songs.
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Male 83
i still hear some of those songs today. some of them i can`t baleive they banned.
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Female 12
sorry...meant "what a wonderful world"
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Female 12
why the heck did they ban "its a wonderful world"?? how does that relate? wierd
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Female 863
Like they were not bad enough for getting rid of Howard Stern. (I don`t like what he has to say, but it`s his right) I don`t understand why some of those songs are on the list. And just because it has the words crush or crash it`s banned, how freaking stupid. Yet another Christian company that helped put Bush back into office.
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Male 10,115
Link: Songs Banned by Clear Channel after 9/11 [Rate Link] - Wow, there`s a lot of songs on that list!

If you didn`t know, Clear Channel owns like all the radio stations in the US.

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