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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Censorship is "Everybody's Policy"?

I'm sure that you've heard songs on the radio - for years - that have language in them that, if recorded by current "artists", would be censored.

For example, there's "Life In The Fast Lane" by The Eagles. Great song. Of course, this was back when they actually had some talent to spread around. If you've heard their latest offering, you'd know exactly what I was talking about.

Regardless of how the mighty have fallen, the song contains this line:

We’ve been up and down this highway/ haven’t seen a goddamn thing.

From Birmingham Weekly:

If you’re one of the 16 million people who bought the Eagles’ album Hotel California, or if you’ve spent any portion of your life somewhere other than the underside of a rock, you’ve heard the song, “Life In the Fast Lane.” And probably you like it: 33 years after its release, it remains a standard on classic hits radio stations like Birmingham’s Eagle 106.9 FM.

Unlike the vast majority of radio stations, Eagle 106.9 censors the song.

That's right, the station's name is "Eagle". Kind of ironic, isn't it.

The station manager, Ray Nelson, defends his station's policy of censoring the song by stating:

It’s everybody’s policy

I would suppose then, that Nelson's station doesn't play "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller or "Legs" by ZZ Top - as both hit songs have the word "shit" in them. But, who knows.

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