It’s a dark day for music lovers in Canada. This week the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council announced that a hit from the mid 1980’s has been deemed unfit for broadcast on Canadian radio stations.
Money For Nothing
The classic rock song in question is Money For Nothing, by British rockers Dire Straits. The ruling states that due to a complaint from a listener of CHOZ-FM in St. Johns, Newfoundland an investigation was launched based on his outrage of hearing the word faggot three times in the twenty-five year old song.
The word faggot has apparently become a lightning rod as the council states in the official ruling that even if the word was at one time acceptable it has evolved and become unacceptable in most circumstances in today’s society.
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Posted in Rants
Tagged Banned Music, Bill Flanagan, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, Canadian Values, censorship, CHOZ-FM, Defiance, Dire Straits, Dire Straits Banned, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Jerry Springer, Jimmy Swaggart, K-97, K-97 Edmonton, Lola, Lou Reed, Mark Knopfler, Money For Nothing, Money for Nothing (song), Money For Nothing Banned, Murder By Numbers, Rick Mercer, Scott Thompson, Speak Against Censorship, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, Sting, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, The Kinks, Voltaire
After Simon and Garfunkel finished taking the audience on a whirlwind trip back in time another short break was required to prepare for the next act.
Stevie Wonder, was led to his electric piano to a welcoming applause, the house lights dimmed and his backing band filed in behind. Everyone was ready for a rocking ride on the soul train. Stevie assumed his standard pose behind the keys rocking rhythmically, apparently to himself. Something had gone terribly wrong the man had no sound! Time Passed as techs raced around the stage checking cables. Stevie, visibly agitated, began tapping his mike listening for any hint of sound.
After what seemed like an eternity, Stevie’s Piano came to life. He smiled as he brought the mike to his face. “Aw Shit, Stuff Happens” he pronounced, his backing band still without power. So being the true showman that he is, he starts in to Blowing in the Wind with what little back up he has.
Stevie Wonder with No Sound
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Posted in 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, New York
Tagged B.B. King, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Darlene Love, E-Street Band, HBO, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, Madison Square Garden, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary, Sam Moore, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Tom Morello