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 Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night Together (1967)
No strangers to controversy, this Rolling Stones single was banned for promoting promiscuity.
The Kinks – Lola (1970)
It was a song about a drag queen, but surprisingly that wasn’t what offended the BBC. The broadcaster maintains a strict ban on advertising through music and objected to the song’s mention of Coca-Cola. The lyrics were later changed to “cherry cola” to avert the ban.
Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby (1975)
Banned from daytime radio due to it’s overt sexual implications.