Banned By The BBC: (Part 1)


Moral panic and political censorship have created a long tradition of records filtered out of the BBC radio playlist. Here’s some notable examples…

The Blow Monkeys featuring Curtis Mayfield – Celebrate (The Day After You) (1987)

Banned due to its anti-Thatcherite overtones.

The Beatles – Come Together (1970)

In 1969 the reference in “Come Together” to “Shooting Coca-Cola” was thought to be a reference to cocaine. Because there was drug controversy surrounding the lyrics to “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, the song was also officially banned by the BBC when it was released.

The Au Pairs – Come Again (1981)

Lyrics referred to orgasm.

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