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#1 OFFLINE   Dude111

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:35 AM

This page lists different music censoring incidents starting in the 50s (Which amazes me,i didnt think anything was done like that back then)


http://web.archive.o...idents/80s.html


I linked to the 80s list (My favourite time period)

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

The link isn't working but I was a teenager in the 50s and songs with lyrics like Shirley and Lee's Let The Good Times Roll were looked upon unfondly by many groups.

"Come on baby let the good times roll

Come on baby let me thrill your soul

Come on baby let the good times roll

Roll all night long

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:11 AM

 

...in Keoku, Iowa ... a church group burns the work of The Carpenters, John Denver, and Perry Como.

 

^ Say what??? :eek2:

 

I don't much care what a few fringe whackos or extreme splinter groups seek to do, ban or burn

as long as they don't infringe on the rights of others. I am very concerned about what elected

officials and gov't agencies do to try to prevent me from, or punish me and other Americans for

thinking, possessing, doing, seeing or hearing any thing or activity that is legal and protected

by the U.S. Constitution.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

This page lists different music censoring incidents starting in the 50s (Which amazes me,i didnt think anything was done like that back then)


http://web.archive.o...idents/80s.html


I linked to the 80s list (My favourite time period)

I remember those times. Alan Freed was blackballed. Johnny Otis had a hit titled "Willy and the Hand Jive". The lyrics are about a man who became famous for doing a dance with his hands but the mucky mucks labeled it as a song glorifying masturbation. Whenever Elvis appeared on television he could only be televised from the waist up because his pelvic gyrations were considered lewd. But in spite of all the controversy Rock and Roll prevailed. :righton:   


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:24 PM

The link isn't working


Hmm Im sorry buddy It should work :)

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:08 PM

The link isn't working but I was a teenager in the 50s and songs with lyrics like Shirley and Lee's Let The Good Times Roll were looked upon unfondly by many groups.

 

I remember my church having a bulletin board with a list right next to the mass schedule. Of course, it had the exact opposite effects on us kids, as it was our go to or must get list.

 

If I remember right, it was call the Legion of Decency.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

I remember my church having a bulletin board with a list right next to the mass schedule. Of course, it had the exact opposite effects on us kids, as it was our go to or must get list.

 

If I remember right, it was call the Legion of Decency.

Same here. The L of D list had movies and music that we were not allowed to watch or listen to and it had the same effect on us as you.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:00 AM

This nonsense continued well into the sixties. I can remember the mucky mucks raising Hell over songs like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles, "Society's Child" by Janis Ian, "Let's Spend the Night Together" by The Rolling Stones, and "Back Door Man" by The Doors.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:21 PM

Why should the Devil have all the good music?
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:24 PM

Hey, this stuff has been going on for years. For a long, long time you could not hear the lyrics to "Love for Sale" on the radio. Instrumental versions were fine.

 

OTOH, "Old Man River" did not originally begin with "Colored folk work on the Mississippi."


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 05:21 PM

The lyrics to the Air Force Hymn have alternate words "to be sung if performed on radio or television".

Apparently "a hell of a roar" was not acceptable. Please sing "a terrible roar". :)

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:11 PM

And of course, there was 'Louie, Louie' and 'Walk on the Wild side'.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:27 PM

I remember back in 1984, INXS released "Original Sin", a song about black man dating a white woman. Many stations in the USA wouldn't play it.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 07:57 PM


If I remember right, it was call the Legion of Decency.

 

The Legion of Decency was the motion picture censorship arm of the Catholic Church. It had more clout than the movie industry's own Production Code and most state and local censorship boards. The Legion demanded to see scripts of films before production and even then would often want additional cuts to the finished product or the film faced receiving it's "Condemned" rating.

 

If the studios didn't cooperate, the church would forbid, under penalty of "mortal sin", over 100 million Catholics from seeing the film. The studio chiefs usually buckled at just the thought. When one didn't, the Legion would be very vindictive and forbid all those Catholics from attending any theater that played a "Condemned"  for a period of six months regardless of what was showing. Needless to say, that had an awful lot of theater owners refusing to book it.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:21 PM

And of course, there was 'Louie, Louie' and 'Walk on the Wild side'.

 

They had everyone that had Louie, Louie or The Lion Sleeps Tonight, playing them over and over again trying to figure out what satanic verse they were talking about.

 

It was finally decided that the evil verses were only in the mind of the listener.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:32 PM

The Legion of Decency was the motion picture censorship arm of the Catholic Church. It had more clout than the movie industry's own Production Code and most state and local censorship boards. The Legion demanded to see scripts of films before production and even then would often want additional cuts to the finished product or the film faced receiving it's "Condemned" rating.

 

If the studios didn't cooperate, the church would forbid, under penalty of "mortal sin", over 100 million Catholics from seeing the film. The studio chiefs usually buckled at just the thought. When one didn't, the Legion would be very vindictive and forbid all those Catholics from attending any theater that played a "Condemned"  for a period of six months regardless of what was showing. Needless to say, that had an awful lot of theater owners refusing to book it.

 

If the church only knew, it was turning off the next generation of free thinkers.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:19 PM

The Legion of Decency was the motion picture censorship arm of the Catholic Church. It had more clout than the movie industry's own Production Code and most state and local censorship boards. The Legion demanded to see scripts of films before production and even then would often want additional cuts to the finished product or the film faced receiving it's "Condemned" rating.

 

If the studios didn't cooperate, the church would forbid, under penalty of "mortal sin", over 100 million Catholics from seeing the film. The studio chiefs usually buckled at just the thought. When one didn't, the Legion would be very vindictive and forbid all those Catholics from attending any theater that played a "Condemned"  for a period of six months regardless of what was showing. Needless to say, that had an awful lot of theater owners refusing to book it.

Thanks for the information. It was a concept we kids didn't fully understand, except we knew it'd be exciting to see a condemned film!


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:28 PM

The Everly Brothers used to introduce Wake up Little Suzie by declaring it had been banned in Boston, and Don Everly continues to make that claim, but whenever he does, he tells of having been told it was banned and then repeating it, so I haven't yet confirmed that it was actually banned:

 

Wake up little Susie, wake up
Wake up little Susie, wake up
We both fell sound asleep
Wake up little Susie and weep
The movie's over, it's four O'clock
And we're in trouble deep

 

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
What are we gonna tell your pa?
What are we gonna tell our friends
When they say "Ooh la la"?

 

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well we told your mama that we'd be in by ten
Well Susie baby looks like we goofed again
Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
We gotta go home

 

Wake up little Susie, wake up
Wake up little Susie, wake up
The movie wasn't so hot
It didn't have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked
Our reputation is shot

 

Wake up little Susie, wake up little Susie
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
What are we gonna tell your pa?
What are we gonna tell our friends
When they say "Ooh la la"?

 

Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie

 

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And Lou Christie's Rhapsody In the Rain was taken off playlists because of suggestive lyrics.

 

From Wikipedia:

 

Christie's next release ignited a firestorm of controversy and censorship. Released in the spring of 1966, "Rhapsody In The Rain" featured a haunting melody inspired by Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet", telling of a teenager's memory of his sexual experience in the back seat of a car during a rainstorm as the windshield wipers made a rhythmic sound of "together, together".Later after the romance ends, the wipers seem to say "never, never". Many radio stations banned the song after hearing the opening lyrics:

 

Baby, the raindrops play for me

A lonely rhapsody 'cause on our first date

We were makin' out in the rain

And in this car our love went much too far

It was exciting as thunder

Tonight I wonder, where you are?

 

MGM insisted on a re-recorded version that toned down the lyrical content. The re-dubbed lyrics for the "clean" version of the song were changed to:

 

Baby, the raindrops play for me

A lonely rhapsody 'cause on our first date

We fell in love in the rain

And in this car our love came like a falling star

It was exciting as thunder

Tonight I wonder, where you are?


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