Banned By The BBC (Part 14)


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

Denim – Summer Smash (1997)
Bad timing, this hook laden single was both pulled by record label EMI, and banned by the BBC. The reason…? Its release coincided with the fatal car crash in Paris that killed Princess Diana.

Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck (1981)
No need to explain why this was banned.

Hawkwind – Urban Guerilla (1973)
Released during a particularly gruesome period of IRA bombing missions, the opening lines (“I’m an urban guerilla, I make bombs in my cellar”) were deemed to risky to air on BBC radio stations.

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