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  1. #1 Why was it Banned? 
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    I’m only bringing this up because I just heard Brand New Key by Melanie on the radio and only now realized the suggestive nature of the song. 50 years ago I didn’t get it. Figure it must have been banned somewhere

    Not sure how long the banned song list is but there are songs that were, are, and still missing from radio play. I do believe the list is extensive and probably varies from country to country and there’s no telling how changes in culture/society will affect new and existing song play.

    I’m a Beatles fan and I know some of my favourites were banned like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds for the LSD connection, Day in the Life for suicide reference and I am the Walrus for sexual innuendo but honestly I haven’t been keeping track if there’s more. Is Back in the USSR still banned? Something to do with Gulf War if I remember correctly. Not sure if Imagine got theists worked up enough to be banned. Perhaps once the Fab Four has completely passed on there will be more, idk.

    I wonder if the woke culture has a few songs they’d like banned. Maybe LGBTQ et al and the gender folk might find some songs don’t fit their cause. Anyone who feels insulted qualifies for banning a song I guess. Their liberties are infringed upon and blah, blah, blah. Whatever happened to artistic licence?

    Should some songs be banned that were not? Do you have a favourite banned song? Doesn’t banning them usually increase the songs popularity and sales?

    Why stop there? What about books, ads, paintings, movies etc that were removed from view?


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    Where were all those songs banned? Have not heard of this. I recall hearing all of them on radio stations everywhere I went, and still do. Is this a list of banned tunes in Canada? Doubtless there are hundreds of songs banned in many totalitarian states, but it is hard to imagine many banned songs in most places.

    Found a list of banned songs by BBC*, which banned numerous songs during certain times (e.g. war), or after many years of playing time before they realized it was hostile to certain ethnic groups, or whatever. But that does not mean they were banned for all U.K. broadcasters. Pirate radio stations probably would have show-cased a lot of those tunes anyway!

    Very curious topic this is. Doubtless the woke crowd wants to ban tons of songs, and burn tons of books. Those people are the neo-Nazis of our time. Wait for the burning piles of books. But it will be more difficult to rid the airways of songs. There are also a lot of movies that have been banned. I do recall A Clockwork Orange banned in many places. And a good reason for that in those many places!


    "List of songs banned by the BBC"

    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ned_by_the_BBC


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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Helix View Post
    Where were all those songs banned? Have not heard of this. I recall hearing all of them on radio stations everywhere I went, and still do. Is this a list of banned tunes in Canada?
    Found this from a site with a list of 12 songs banned by BBC at one time or another. I suppose song banishment depends on social moods and can easily be reinstated when mood permits….just a guess.

    I Am the Walrus’ – The Beatles


    Of the four Beatles songs that have been banned over the years (including ‘A Day in the Life’ for references to suicide, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ for implied drug use, ‘Back in the USSR’ as part of the bizarre Gulf War ban), the prohibition of ‘I Am the Walrus’ might be the weirdest. After all, surely for a song to be banned on its content, that content has to be decipherable. Nevertheless, censors found enough in the lines ‘pornographic priestess’ and ‘let your knickers down’ to object to the song on sexual grounds.
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    BBC should ban this on the basis of it being so irritating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    BBC should ban this on the basis of it being so irritating.
    And this is only one of countless idiotic things which should also be banned. Sadly, the majority probably find it very entertaining.

    More evidence questioning intelligent life on Earth. It's a safe bet we won't be aliens visiting another planet.
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    I've just wasted a precious 2 minutes of my life trying to find what the red balloons represented.
    It's either balloons looking like UFO's, or dreams.
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    Found an interesting link to "banned video games". Noted before how these games could impact certain people by desensitizing them to various things.

    The list is by country, and Germany bans a great deal of these games. It seems likely the list is not complete per country, with so many games and countries.

    Read some of the reasons for the bans, and get a clear indication there are a lot of ghastly video games out there, and some very sick people who play them.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ed_video_games
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    I like how that link says of Japan:

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    Japan[edit]

    Main article: Video games in Japan
    Video games are rarely banned in Japan, and it holds the place as one of the top video game producers in the world.[
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    There are crazy awful games available in Japan that you'll rarely hear about because they don't get translated.

    And yet Japan is a very civil culture overall.
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