Banned By The BBC (Part 5)

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

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (1977)
The record’s lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song.

Mungo Jerry – Have A Whiff On Me (1971)
Banned due to it’s references to drug use.

Wings – Hi, Hi, Hi (1972)
In the UK, the song was banned by the BBC for its sexually suggestive lyrics. The BBC also assumed that the title phrase, “We’re gonna get hi, hi, hi” was a drug reference. The specific lyrics objected to is the apparent phrase “get you ready for my body gun”; McCartney has said that the correct lyrics are “get you ready for my polygon”, an abstract image, and later said, “The BBC got some of the words wrong. But I suppose it is a bit of a dirty song if sex is dirty and naughty. I was in a sensuous mood in Spain when I wrote it.”

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