Banned By The BBC (Part 2)


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.

4 responses to “Banned By The BBC (Part 2)

  1. Dr Hook (and The Medicine Show) did not re-record Cover Of Rolling Stone.
    The version referred to in this article was actually the original record with the voices of the BBC DJs dubbed in, shouting “Radio Times!” wherever we sang “Rolling Stone!”.
    You can still hear the band singing the right words underneath the bellowing radio presenters.
    I actually didn’t get to hear the BBC version until many years after the fact.

  2. Well, that shows you how little the band had to do with it.
    We’d heard about the ban (which pleased us immensely) and something about the redone version, but we really didn’t pay much attention to it because we weren’t directly involved.
    It’s become mildly legendary over the years, but, not only didn’t we endorse it, I didn’t even know as much as that article just told me.
    In this business some ‘legends’ just happen without you.

    • Firstly sorry for the delay Dennis.

      It’s amazing how we readers take for granted what is written in the press. I read the article and never once questioned its authenticity.

      Mind you, the fictional story is fun. If you would like me to remove this post I will without hesitation and as way of an apology, next time you’re in Tucson I’ll buy you Sonoran hot dogs and take you to Tombstone.

      Geoff (The Hackskeptic)

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