Songs that were banned during GW1

Just watching BBC4 and the songs the BBC banned over the years. I was quite surprised to hear certain songs were banned for Gulf War 1.

I laughed at some of the selection, but can see why, though lame and pathetic that it maybe, but some I cannot fathom why they would be banned.

  1. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" – Cutting Crew (1986)
  2. "Act of War" – Elton John and Millie Jackson (1985)
  3. "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" – First Choice (1973)
  4. "Army Dreamers" – Kate Bush (1980)
  5. "Atomic" – Blondie (1979)
  6. "Back in the U.S.S.R." – The Beatles (1968)
  7. "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" – The Temptations (1970)
  8. "Bang Bang" – B. A. Robertson (1979)
  9. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" – Cher (1966)
  10. "Billy Don't Be a Hero" – Paper Lace (1974)
  11. "Boom Bang-a-Bang" – Lulu (1969)
  12. "Brothers in Arms" – Dire Straits (1985)
  13. "Buffalo Soldier" – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1983)
  14. "Burning Bridges" – Status Quo (1988)
  15. "The End of the World" – Skeeter Davis (1962)
  16. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears (1985)
  17. "Fields of Fire" – Big Country (1982)
  18. "Fire" – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)
  19. "Flash" – Queen (1980)
  20. "Fools Rush In" – Ricky Nelson (1963)
  21. "Forget Me Not" – Martha and the Vandellas (1968)
  22. "Ghost Town" – The Specials (1981)
  23. "Gimme Hope Jo'anna" – Eddy Grant (1988)
  24. "Give Peace a Chance" – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
  25. "Heaven Help Us All" – Stevie Wonder (1970)
  26. "Hunting High and Low" – A-ha (1985)
  27. "I Don't Like Mondays" – The Boomtown Rats (1979)
  28. "I Don't Want to Be a Hero" – Johnny Hates Jazz (1987)
  29. "I Shot the Sheriff" – Eric Clapton (1974)
  30. "I Will Survive" – Arrival (1980)
  31. "I'll Fly for You" – Spandau Ballet (1984)
  32. "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" – Cat Stevens (1967)
  33. "I'm on Fire" – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  34. "Imagine" – John Lennon (1971)
  35. "In the Air Tonight" – Phil Collins (1981)
  36. "In the Army Now" – Status Quo (1986)
  37. "Israelites" – Desmond Dekker and the Aces (1968)
  38. "Killer Queen" – Queen (1974)
  39. "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Roberta Flack (1973)
  40. "Light My Fire" – José Feliciano (1968)
  41. "A Little Peace" – Nicole (1982)
  42. "Living on the Front Line" – Eddy Grant (1979)
  43. "Love Is a Battlefield" – Pat Benatar (1983)
  44. "Midnight at the Oasis" – Maria Muldaur (1974)
  45. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" – Joan Baez (1971)
  46. "Oliver's Army" – Elvis Costello (1979)
  47. "Rubber Bullets" – 10cc (1973)
  48. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (1969)
  49. "Sailing" – Rod Stewart (1972)
  50. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" – Elton John (1973)
Full list at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_banned_by_the_BBC#Gulf_War_blacklist
 
Massive attack were banned too and advised to change their name if they wanted their stuff played.
Unfinished sympathy - classic
 

NEQcounter

War Hero
Aunty looking after the welfare of the people no doubt. I expect because of this action there was no rioting or mass hysteria. I laugh because The Stranglers has the word clitoris in Peaches and no-one in the BBC picked up on it, however they did ban the word bummer.
 
Seem to remember the Beeb also decided not to show John Wayne's 'The Horse Soldiers' - there were doubtless others.
 
Flash - Queen
Sailing - Rod Stewart
When the going gets tough - Billy Ocean

All banned

What possible reason?
 
Nothing new, this was "discouraged" from receiving airplay during Op Corporate.
 

Arte_et_Marte

ADC
Moderator
Flash - Queen
Sailing - Rod Stewart
When the going gets tough - Billy Ocean

All banned

What possible reason?
Flash: It's about saving the world, and dispatching 'war rockets' gets a mention.

Sailing: "I am dying, I am crying" in the lyrics.

When the going gets tough: It's just a shit song, so fair play there.

On the whole though, it's all a bit namby pamby and ridiculous, I agree
 

31alpha

Old-Salt
Carry on up the Khyber keeps getting shown. However, I don't suppose anyone at the BBC has an atlas that stretches outside the Watford gap so the connection might not be made
 

Iolis

LE
An interesting programme for the categories of youth-centred controversy discussed but silent on other very dangerous and toxic areas such as Harvey Andrews - which remains banned to this day, or in the historical context, people such as John Edmond and Clem Tholett who had much to say, or at least to set to music, about British Foreign Policy in the 1960s and 1970s. If a Rock Band wrote an amazing 'anti-Blair' or 'Food Bank Britain' piece, you can bet you salary that no record company would touch it, and even it did, it would never reach the airwaves. You would not even be granted a music licence to sing it in your local pub!

The real and most effective censorship is that which is sub-silentio and kept well out of reach of the collective conscious mind
 
M

Mr_Logic

Guest
Dinger, surprisingly Killing An Arab by The Cure doesn't seem to have made the list. The world moves in strange ways.
 
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C4564

Clanker
Was "All Together Now" by The Farm not banned for being anti war?


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ancienturion

LE
Book Reviewer
The BBC banned "Lay Down Your arms" in 1956 until they had too many complaints from listeners who wanted it played on Two Way Family Favourites.
 

Iolis

LE
The BBC banned "Lay Down Your arms" in 1956 until they had too many complaints from listeners who wanted it played on Two Way Family Favourites.
 
Aunty looking after the welfare of the people no doubt. I expect because of this action there was no rioting or mass hysteria. I laugh because The Stranglers has the word clitoris in Peaches and no-one in the BBC picked up on it, however they did ban the word bummer.
<Nerd alert>It's actually the word 'clitares' which is a style of French bathing suit for women.</Nerd alert>
 

NEQcounter

War Hero
<Nerd alert>It's actually the word 'clitares' which is a style of French bathing suit for women.</Nerd alert>
In Hugh's book he actually said it's clitoris, however I'm happy to bow to your knowledge.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
I seem to recall SSVC didn't show the final episode of Blackadder IV, replacing it with an Only Fools and Horses.

However, somebobviously didn;t agree with the decision as the episode shown was the one where Delboy ends up buying a fallout shelter and puts it on roof of Tower block. The last line was something along the lines of it'll be useful if some nutter in the Middle East gets hold of an Atomic Bomb
 
Did "Rock The Casbah" make the list?
 
What a load of old boll*cks. Remind me again when GW1 was? 1890/91 or 1990/91.


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