Banned By The BBC (Part 8)


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

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus (1969)
Je T’Aime… was condemned by the Vatican and banned by the BBC, so naturally it reached No 1 in the UK charts.Jane Birkin says: “All that moaning I did was to ensure people knew it was about sex.

John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me (1961)
the BBC banned the original version that contained the then “infamous died” lyrics.

The Cure – Killing An Arab (1979)
More than a decade after The Cure released this single, it was banned from BBC air-play as the first Gulf War began.

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