Banned By The BBC (Part 12)


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

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (1984)
Initially “Relax” received substantial airplay on Radio 1, however, having read the lyrics whilst on air, DJ Mike Read suddenly banned the record from his mid-morning show in January 1984, declaring it “overtly obscene”.

Marxman – Sad Affair (1993)
The hip-hop outfit protested against the presence of British troops in Northern Ireland, and the single was almost universally banned by UK radio stations, including those operated by the BBC.

Northside – Shall We Take A Trip (1990)
“Shall We Take A Trip” was released on 2 June 1990 and promptly banned from daytime radio and several High Street stores due to its numerous drug references.

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