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Boom Bang-a-Bang Ban: I live and learn!

Postby Dave » 16 Jul 2014 19:35

I watched an excellent programme on iPlayer last night. It was a BBC4 programme about records that have been 'banned' by the BBC - from a good many by George Formby through to one as late as 2014.

You probably already know this, but I didn't. The 67 songs below were all put on a blacklist by the BBC and Channel 4 during the first Gulf War. Yes, Boom Bang-a-Bang and 66 other songs that might have upset us! :o

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" – Cutting Crew (1986)
"Act of War" – Elton John and Millie Jackson (1985)
"Armed and Extremely Dangerous" – First Choice (1973)
"Army Dreamers" – Kate Bush (1980)
"Atomic" – Blondie (1979)
"Back in the U.S.S.R." – The Beatles (1968)
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" – The Temptations (1970)
"Bang Bang" – B. A. Robertson (1979)
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" – Cher (1966)
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" – Paper Lace (1974)
"Boom Bang-a-Bang" – Lulu (1969)
"Brothers in Arms" – Dire Straits (1985)
"Buffalo Soldier" – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1983)
"Burning Bridges" – Status Quo (1988)
"The End of the World" – Skeeter Davis (1962)
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears (1985)
"Fields of Fire" – Big Country (1982)
"Fire" – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)
"Flash" – Queen (1980)
"Fools Rush In" – Ricky Nelson (1963)
"Forget Me Not" – Martha and the Vandellas (1968)
"Ghost Town" – The Specials (1981)
"Gimme Hope Jo'anna" – Eddy Grant (1988)
"Give Peace a Chance" – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
"Heaven Help Us All" – Stevie Wonder (1970)
"Hunting High and Low" – A-ha (1985)
"I Don't Like Mondays" – The Boomtown Rats (1979)
"I Don't Want to Be a Hero" – Johnny Hates Jazz (1987)
"I Shot the Sheriff" – Eric Clapton (1974)
"I Will Survive" – Arrival (1980)
"I'll Fly for You" – Spandau Ballet (1984)
"I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" – Cat Stevens (1967)
"I'm on Fire" – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
"Imagine" – John Lennon (1971)
"In the Air Tonight" – Phil Collins (1981)
"In the Army Now" – Status Quo (1986)
"Israelites" – Desmond Dekker and the Aces (1968)
"Killer Queen" – Queen (1974)
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Roberta Flack (1973)
"Light My Fire" – José Feliciano (1968)
"A Little Peace" – Nicole (1982)
"Living on the Front Line" – Eddy Grant (1979)
"Love Is a Battlefield" – Pat Benatar (1983)
"Midnight at the Oasis" – Maria Muldaur (1974)
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" – Joan Baez (1971)
"Oliver's Army" – Elvis Costello (1979)
"Rubber Bullets" – 10cc (1973)
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (1969)
"Sailing" – Rod Stewart (1972)
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" – Elton John (1973)
"Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" – Mike + The Mechanics (1985)
"Sixty Eight Guns" – The Alarm (1983)
"Soldier of Love" – Donny Osmond (1989)
"State of Independence" – Donna Summer (1982)
"Stop the Cavalry" – Jona Lewie (1980)
"Suicide Is Painless" – M*A*S*H (1970)
"Two Tribes" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)
"Under Attack" – ABBA (1982)
"A View to Kill" – Duran Duran (1985)
"Walk Like an Egyptian" – The Bangles (1986)
"War" – Edwin Starr (1970)
"War Baby" – Tom Robinson (1982)
"Warpaint" – The Brook Brothers (1961)
"Waterloo" – ABBA (1974)
"We Gotta Get out of This Place" – The Animals (1965)
"When I'm Dead and Gone" – McGuinness Flint (1970)
"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" – Billy Ocean (1985)
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Postby Meg50 » 16 Jul 2014 19:42

the amount I know about modern music can be written on not much more than a pinhead, but even I recognise a fair few of those titles and can vaguely hum several
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Postby Jimmy the One » 16 Jul 2014 19:44

They missed out Eve of Destruction by Barry Maguire it was banned in the sixties and they also missed Hedgehoppers Anonymous Its Good News Week ;)
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Postby JollyJill » 16 Jul 2014 19:48

Dave wrote:I watched an excellent programme on iPlayer last night. It was a BBC4 programme about records that have been 'banned' by the BBC - from a good many by George Formby through to one as late as 2014.

You probably already know this, but I didn't. The 67 songs below were all put on a blacklist by the BBC and Channel 4 during the first Gulf War. Yes, Boom Bang-a-Bang and 66 other songs that might have upset us! :o

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" – Cutting Crew (1986)
"Act of War" – Elton John and Millie Jackson (1985)
"Armed and Extremely Dangerous" – First Choice (1973)
"Army Dreamers" – Kate Bush (1980)
"Atomic" – Blondie (1979)
"Back in the U.S.S.R." – The Beatles (1968)
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" – The Temptations (1970)
"Bang Bang" – B. A. Robertson (1979)
"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" – Cher (1966)
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" – Paper Lace (1974)
"Boom Bang-a-Bang" – Lulu (1969)
"Brothers in Arms" – Dire Straits (1985)
"Buffalo Soldier" – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1983)
"Burning Bridges" – Status Quo (1988)
"The End of the World" – Skeeter Davis (1962)
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears (1985)
"Fields of Fire" – Big Country (1982)
"Fire" – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)
"Flash" – Queen (1980)
"Fools Rush In" – Ricky Nelson (1963)
"Forget Me Not" – Martha and the Vandellas (1968)
"Ghost Town" – The Specials (1981)
"Gimme Hope Jo'anna" – Eddy Grant (1988)
"Give Peace a Chance" – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
"Heaven Help Us All" – Stevie Wonder (1970)
"Hunting High and Low" – A-ha (1985)
"I Don't Like Mondays" – The Boomtown Rats (1979)
"I Don't Want to Be a Hero" – Johnny Hates Jazz (1987)
"I Shot the Sheriff" – Eric Clapton (1974)
"I Will Survive" – Arrival (1980)
"I'll Fly for You" – Spandau Ballet (1984)
"I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" – Cat Stevens (1967)
"I'm on Fire" – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
"Imagine" – John Lennon (1971)
"In the Air Tonight" – Phil Collins (1981)
"In the Army Now" – Status Quo (1986)
"Israelites" – Desmond Dekker and the Aces (1968)
"Killer Queen" – Queen (1974)
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Roberta Flack (1973)
"Light My Fire" – José Feliciano (1968)
"A Little Peace" – Nicole (1982)
"Living on the Front Line" – Eddy Grant (1979)
"Love Is a Battlefield" – Pat Benatar (1983)
"Midnight at the Oasis" – Maria Muldaur (1974)
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" – Joan Baez (1971)
"Oliver's Army" – Elvis Costello (1979)
"Rubber Bullets" – 10cc (1973)
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (1969)
"Sailing" – Rod Stewart (1972)
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" – Elton John (1973)
"Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" – Mike + The Mechanics (1985)
"Sixty Eight Guns" – The Alarm (1983)
"Soldier of Love" – Donny Osmond (1989)
"State of Independence" – Donna Summer (1982)
"Stop the Cavalry" – Jona Lewie (1980)
"Suicide Is Painless" – M*A*S*H (1970)
"Two Tribes" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)
"Under Attack" – ABBA (1982)
"A View to Kill" – Duran Duran (1985)
"Walk Like an Egyptian" – The Bangles (1986)
"War" – Edwin Starr (1970)
"War Baby" – Tom Robinson (1982)
"Warpaint" – The Brook Brothers (1961)
"Waterloo" – ABBA (1974)
"We Gotta Get out of This Place" – The Animals (1965)
"When I'm Dead and Gone" – McGuinness Flint (1970)
"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" – Billy Ocean (1985)


I had no idea so thanks for posting the list.
Interestingly, Billy Ocean was on The One Show tonight promoting his new single and album. It's supposed to be happy stuff. :D
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Postby tobysgranny » 16 Jul 2014 20:06

I'm really surprised at some of the titles on the list. I mean Rod Stewart's Sailing for heavens sake.

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Postby JollyJill » 16 Jul 2014 20:27

I'm really surprised at some of the titles on the list. I mean Rod Stewart's Sailing for heavens sake.


It's political correctness gone mad Joan. :roll:
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Postby Camela » 16 Jul 2014 23:55

Jimmy the One wrote:They missed out Eve of Destruction by Barry Maguire it was banned in the sixties and they also missed Hedgehoppers Anonymous Its Good News Week ;)


Wow, 2 of my favourite records from 1965, not sure I really got their point then but loved the music and associations with what I was doing then!!
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Postby tobysgranny » 17 Jul 2014 07:53

JollyJill wrote:
I'm really surprised at some of the titles on the list. I mean Rod Stewart's Sailing for heavens sake.


It's political correctness gone mad Joan. :roll:


Absolutely Jill!

I loved 60's music and still do. When I hear some of the rubbish that is churned out now!!

We had a large concert over the last two nights up on The Hoe in Plymouth. The Kaiser Chiefs were the lead band, and the first night the wind just happened to be blowing in our direction. What a row! Fortunately it finished on the dot of 11 pm. We live probably about 5 miles or less from The Hoe and I really felt sorry for the people living nearby it must have been horrendous.

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