Moral panic and political censorship have created a long tradition of records filtered out of the BBC radio playlist. Here’s some notable examples…
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – The Cover Of Rolling Stone (1973)
Banned due to it’s product placement in the title. The BBC has always been sniffy about any hint of promoting consumer products as it is a license based service with funding purely from the public with strictly no advertising revenue. As a tongue in cheek riposte, the band re-recorded the song as “The Cover Of Radio Times” (The BBC’s weekly magazine). The network didn’t buy the changing title as they were not prepared to support the promotion of their own products.
The Beatles – A Day In The Life (1967)
The line ‘I’d love to turn you on’ was enough to get the song banned by the BBC.
The Shamen – Eberneezer Goode (1992)
The BBC banned it due to its apparent reference to Ecstasy. The tabloids hounded the band, and they withdrew the single after four tempestuous weeks.