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Freedom Fries Radio came into being after perusing the list of songs banned during the Gulf War, Gulf War II, and after 9/11.

Most of these songs and bands were banned by some authority or another.

The Big List of Censored Songs

All these recordings were banned during the gulf war in 1990:

  • Jose Felicano & The Doors, "Light My Fire"

  • Something Happens, "Parachute"

  • The Cure, "Killing an Arab"

  • Little angels, "Bone yard"

  • Massive Attack had the word "attack" dropped during the gulf war

  • Bomb the Bass also suffered during this period

"The Word" listed 64 songs on its February 1st program that BBC Radio have deemed 'unsuitable' to play during the first Gulf Crisis:

  • Abba, "Waterloo"

  • A-ha, "Hunting High And Low"

  • Alarm, "68 Guns"

  • Animals, "We Got To Get Out Of This Place"

  • Arrival, "I Will Survive"

  • Joan Baez, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

  • Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian"

  • The Beatles, "Back In The USSR"

  • Pat Benetar, "Love Is A Battlefield"

  • Big Country, "Fields Of Fire"

  • Blondie, "Atomic"

  • Boomtown Rats, "Don't Like Mondays"

  • Brook Bros., "Warpaint"

  • Arthur Brown, "Fire"

  • Kate Bush, "Army Dreamers"

  • Cher, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"

  • Eric Clapton, "I Shot The Sheriff"

  • Phil Collins, "In The Air Tonight"

  • Cutting Crew, "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight"

  • Skeeter Davies, "End Of The World"

  • Desmond Dekker, "Israelites"

  • Dire Straits, "Brothers In Arms"

  • Duran Duran, "View To A Kill"

  • Jose Feliciano, "Light My Fire"

  • First Choice, "Armed And Extremely Dangerous"

  • Roberta Flack, "Killing Me Softly"

  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Two Tribes"

  • Eddie Grant, "Living On The Frontline"

  • Eddie Grant, "Give Me Hope Joanna"

  • Elton John, "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"

  • Johnny Hates Jazz, "I Don't Want To Be A Hero"

  • John Lennon, "Give Peace A Chance"

  • John Lennon, "Imagine"

  • Jona Louis, "Stop The Cavalry"

  • Lulu Boom, "Bang A Bang"

  • McGuinness Flint, "When I'm Dead And Gone"

  • Bob Marley, "Buffalo Soldier"

  • Maria Muldaur, "Midnight At The Oasis"

  • M*A*S*H, "Suicide Is Painless"

  • Mike And The Mechanics, "Silent Running"

  • Rick Nelson, "Fools Rush In"

  • Nicole, "A Little Peace"

  • Billy Ocean, "When The Going Gets Tough"

  • Donny Osmond, "Soldier Of Love"

  • Paper Lace, "Billy Don't Be A Hero"

  • Queen, "Killer Queen"

  • Queen, "Flash"

  • Martha Reeves, "Forget Me Not"

  • B.A. Robertson, "Bang Bang"

  • Tom Robinson, "War Baby"

  • Kenny Rogers, "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)"

  • Spandau Ballet, "I'll Fly For You"

  • Specials, "Ghost Town"

  • Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"

  • Edwin Starr, "War"

  • Status Quo, "In The Army Now"

  • Status Quo, "Burning Bridges"

  • Cat Stevens, "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun"

  • Rod Stewart, "Sailing"

  • Donna Summer, "State Of Independence"

  • Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"

  • Temptations, "Ball Of Confusion"

  • 10 CC, "Rubber Bullets"

  • Stevie Wonder, "Heaven Help Us All"

See for other banned and "questionable" songs.

Here is the list of songs deemed "lyrically questionable" by Clear Channel after 9/11. Note that there's no proof that Clear Channel actually prevented their affiliates from playing any songs (see the Snopes article for reference), but any time you say a song shouldn't be played, you are opening the door to censorship (See ABC News for the article):

  • Alice In Chains, "Rooster"

  • Alice In Chains, "Sea of Sorrow"

  • Alice In Chains, "Down in a Hole"

  • Alice In Chains, "Them Bones"

  • Beastie Boys, "Sure Shot"

  • Beastie Boys, "Sure Shot"

  • Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"

  • The Cult, "Fire Woman"

  • Everclear, "Santa Monica (Watch the World Die)"

  • Filter, Hey Man, "Nice Shot"

  • Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly"

  • Savage Garden, "Crash and Burn"

  • Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

  • Bangles, "Walk Like an Egyptian"

  • Pretenders, "My City Was Gone"

  • Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"

  • Barenaked Ladies, "Falling for the First Time"

  • Fuel, "Bad Day"

  • Korn, "Falling Away From Me"

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Aeroplane"

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Under the Bridge"

  • Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

  • Peter Gabriel, "When You're Falling"

  • System Of A Down, "Chop Suey!"

  • Lenny Kravitz, "Fly Away"

  • Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'"

  • Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"

  • Bruce Springsteen, "Goin' Down"

  • Phil Collins, "In the Air Tonight"

  • Limp Bizkit, "Break Stuff"

  • Green Day, "Brain Stew"

  • Temple Of The Dog, "Say Hello to Heaven"

  • Sugar Ray, "Fly"

  • Local H, "Bound for the Floor"

  • Slipknot, "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"

  • Bush, "Speed Kills"

  • 311, "Down"

  • Stone Temple Pilots, "Dead and Bloated"

  • Soundgarden, "Fell on Black Days"

  • Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun"

  • Metallica, "Seek and Destroy"

  • Metallica, "Harvester of Sorrow"

  • Metallica, "Enter Sandman"

  • Metallica, "Fade to Black"

  • Nine Inch Nails, "Head Like a Hole"

  • Godsmack, "Bad Religion"

  • Tool, "Intolerance"

  • Soundgarden, "Blow Up the Outside World"

  • Nena, "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"

  • AC/DC, "Shot Down in Flames"

  • AC/DC, "Shoot to Thrill"

  • AC/DC, "Dirty Deeds"

  • AC/DC, "Highway to Hell"

  • AC/DC, "Safe in New York City"

  • AC/DC, "TNT"

  • AC/DC, "Hell's Bells"

  • Black Sabbath, "War Pigs"

  • Black Sabbath, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"

  • Black Sabbath, "Suicide Solution"

  • Kansas, "Dust in the Wind"

  • Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

  • The Beatles, "A Day in the Life"

  • The Beatles, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

  • The Beatles, "Ticket To Ride"

  • The Beatles, "Obla Di, Obla Da"

  • Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

  • Arthur Brown, "Fire"

  • Blue Oyster Cult, "Burnin' For You"

  • Paul McCartney & Wings, "Live and Let Die"

  • Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe"

  • Jackson Browne, "Doctor My Eyes"

  • John Mellencamp, "Crumbling Down"

  • John Mellencamp, "Paper In Fire"

  • U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

  • Boston, "Smokin"

  • Billy Joel, "Only the Good Die Young"

  • Dio, "Holy Diver"

  • Steve Miller, "Jet Airliner"

  • Van Halen, "Jump"

  • Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"

  • Queen, "Killer Queen"

  • Pat Benatar, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"

  • Pat Benatar, "Love is a Battlefield"

  • Oingo Boingo, "Dead Man's Party"

  • REM, "It's the End of the World as We Know It"

  • Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"

  • Judas Priest, "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"

  • Pink Floyd, "Run Like Hell"

  • Pink Floyd, "Mother"

  • John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire"

  • Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"

  • Steam, "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"

  • Drifters, "On Broadway"

  • Shelly Fabares, "Johnny Angel"

  • Los Bravos, "Black is Black"

  • Peter & Gordon, "I Go To Pieces"

  • Peter & Gordon, "A World Without Love"

  • Elvis Presley, "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"

  • Zombies, "She's Not There"

  • Elton John, "Bennie & The Jets"

  • Elton John, "Daniel"

  • Elton John, "Rocket Man"

  • Jerry Lee Lewis, "Great Balls of Fire"

  • Santana, "Evil Ways"

  • Louis Armstrong, "What A Wonderful World"

  • Youngbloods, "Get Together"

  • Ad Libs, "The Boy from New York City"

  • Peter Paul & Mary, "Blowin' in the Wind"

  • Peter Paul & Mary, "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"

  • Rolling Stones, "Ruby Tuesday"

  • Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

  • Happenings, "See You in Septemeber"

  • Carole King, "I Feel the Earth Move"

  • Zager & Evans, "In the Year 2525"

  • Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky"

  • Brooklyn Bridge, "Worst That Could Happen"

  • Three Degrees, "When Will I See You Again"

  • Cat Stevens, "Peace Train"

  • Cat Stevens, "Morning Has Broken"

  • Jan & Dean, "Dead Man's Curve"

  • Martha & The Vandellas, "Nowhere to Run"

  • Martha & The Vandellas/Van Halen, "Dancing in the Streets"

  • Hollies, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"

  • Sam Cooke/Herman's Hermits, "Wonderful World"

  • Petula Clark, "A Sign of the Times"

  • Don Mclean, "American Pie"

  • J. Frank Wilson/Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss"

  • Buddy Holly & The Crickets, "That'll Be the Day"

  • John Lennon, "Imagine"

  • Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife"

  • The Clash, "Rock the Casbah"

  • Surfaris, "Wipeout"

  • Blood Sweat & Tears, "And When I Die"

  • Dave Clark Five, "Bits and Pieces"

  • Tramps, "Disco Inferno"

  • Paper Lace, "The Night Chicago Died"

  • Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Travelin' Band"

  • The Gap Band, "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"

  • Alien Ant Farm, "Smooth Criminal"

  • 3 Doors Down, "Duck and Run"

  • The Doors, "The End"

  • Third Eye Blind, "Jumper"

  • Neil Diamond, "America"

  • Skeeter Davis, "End of the World"

  • Ricky Nelson, "Travelin' Man"

  • Chi-Lites, "Have You Seen Her"

  • Animals, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"

  • Fontella Bass, "Rescue Me"

  • Mitch Ryder, "Devil with the Blue Dress"

  • James Taylor, "Fire and Rain"

  • Edwin Starr/Bruce Springsteen, "War"

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Tuesday's Gone"

  • Drowning Pool, "Bodies"

  • Mudvayne, "Death Blooms"

  • Megadeth, "Dread and the Fugitive"

  • Megadeth, "Sweating Bullets"

  • Saliva, "Click Click Boom"

  • P.O.D., "Boom"

On July 10th, 2005, James Blunt was in Switzerland when he got the call saying that his debut album, Back to Bedlam, and his smash hit "You're Beautiful" had catapulted past Coldplay to the Number One slot on the British pop charts. "I spent the afternoon going, 'Fuck,'" says Blunt, 28, who organized a proper champagne toast on the roof of a Holiday Inn. "My band turned up a couple hours later, and they spent the rest of the afternoon going 'Fuck' as well." "You're Beautiful" -- written about an ex-lover he spied in the London underground with a new man -- soon stormed the U.S. charts as well, and the album jumped to the Top Twenty in early January. In addition to songs about lost love, Blunt lends his gravelly voice -- which at times sounds like a young Rod Stewart's -- to tunes like "No Bravery" and "Cry" that reflect on his four-year stint in the British army, during which he served in the war in Kosovo. But he doesn't get into specifics. "The ideas I'm writing about are ideas that any human being should be able to relate to," says Blunt, whose speaking voice sounds weirdly like Star Wars' C-3PO.


Rolling Stone : Q&A: James Blunt

BBC News is reporting that most club DJs in the UK are unaware of a licensing restriction that means if they buy a CD or vinyl track, they will have to pay an additional licence fee if they rip it to a hard drive and play it out from there. (Earlier story on The Stage on the same topic: Link )

The Digital DJ licence costs GBP200 VAT per device -- so if they use an iPod or similar, they could well need to pay more than once -- on top of the existing public performance licence that club DJs need. Now, this is just my opinion, but this structure seems more about getting revenue than it does about enforcing copyright/protecting the original artists/whatever excuse is being given this week.

Boing Boing: Digital DJs must pay twice to store tracks on hard drive


Iâ..m a big fan of lots of aussie hip-hop, and was genuinely excited about the release of the new/first Hilltop Hoods DVD at the beginning of last week. I finally received my copy on Monday (perhaps Obese â..shipsâ.. by camel nowadays?), and can confirm that - generally speaking - it rocks the comb-over in a mighty way. I say â..generally speakingâ.., because these comments in Chapter 13 (Digital Music) deeply concern me:

Suffa: â..At the end of the day, Independent artists do this for a living, and youâ stealing from them. And youâ not a fan of an artist you steal from. It is stealing from them. You might as well go into their house, and fucking walk out with their couch.â.

Debris: â..Thatâ..s unfortunately a growing trend, but weâ working to combat it with the next album.â.**

Iâ..m not sure what you mean by â..working to combat itâ. Debris, but Iâ..m really hoping that youâ referring to an added-value approach (e.g., including multimedia content on the CD; offering access to online content etc.), rather than one relying on rights-restriction crippleware. - Blog Archive - An Open Letter to the Hilltop Hoods

Facing criticism from thousands of fans, the Grateful Dead appears to have backtracked on recent moves to deter people from trading free copies of concert recordings over the Internet.

After consulting with the legendary jam band, a nonprofit group that distributes the group's music online had restored the audience recordings for downloading and streaming on Thursday.

The organization, called the Internet Archive, also made available the Grateful Dead's "soundboard" recordings, which the band sells on its own site, but only for streaming.

Internet Archive had removed the recordings from its site after the Grateful Dead's business managers complained recently. The move caused an uproar among the band's fans. Thousands signed an online petition condemning the band and pledging to boycott all Grateful Dead merchandise. The crackdown appeared to be a sudden reversal by the band, which reportedly had long approved of fans trading homemade concert tapes.

Grateful Dead backtracks on download ban | CNET

  Tragically, it's not hip

They know what songs you like, even before you like them.

Record labels spend millions of dollars each year trying to predict what singles will top the charts and which ingredients make a hit single.

Now, two Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD grads believe they have cracked the code.

After years of crunching data, Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan have devised a computer program that listens to a song, then predicts how humans will react to it.

The Globe and Mail: Tragically, it's not hip

  The OTHER 50 Tracks

Some background for those of you who don't listen to the CBC (i.e. ALL of you). The Corp is in the middle of an interesting exercise to pick Canada's 50 most essential songs. For the last couple of months they've been bringing in groups of music experts (and Leah McClaren) to debate which tunes should be added to the list.

This rigorous analytical approach has resulted in a list which excludes songs released after 2000 - ignoring one of the most fruitful five year periods in Canadian music - and includes Rise Up by the Parachute Club and Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins.

This heresy, friends, will not stand.

Pregnant Without Intercourse: The OTHER 50 Tracks

The long-awaited iTunes music phone from Motorola Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. will be introduced Wednesday and could be in stores later this week.

Motorola's new phone, which will operate on the Cingular Wireless network, will be "the next generation of Swiss Army Knife cell phones," said Mitch Mitchell, an A.T. Kearney vice president, combining functions of Apple's iPod music player with voice, messaging and other cell phone features.

Other mobile phone-makers, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung, have introduced music phones or plan to do so soon, but Motorola's version--based on Apple's pioneering and popular iTunes format--has generated the most interest.

Chicago Tribune | Motorola's iTunes phone finally here

Kanye West's outspoken criticism of President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina has become one of the most controversial statements by a popular musician since Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of the pope on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992.

Like that incident, in which the Irish singer actually was making a complicated critique of the Catholic Church based on the teachings of the Rastafarian religion, the Chicago-born rapper's unscripted comments on live TV were no ill-considered outburst -- and they can't be understood divorced from the context of West's work.

A week after being hailed as "the smartest man in pop music" on the cover of Time magazine, and four days after the release of his second album "Late Registration," which is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart tomorrow with sales of nearly a million copies, West appeared beside comedian Mike Myers as one of several entertainers who urged Americans to donate to relief efforts during a telethon broadcast live on NBC and its affiliated networks Friday night.

A flood of words

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino was among the thousands of New Orleans residents plucked from rising floodwaters, his daughter said Thursday.

Karen Domino White, who lives in New Jersey, identified her father in a picture taken Monday night by a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer.

The photograph shows Domino -- the singer behind the 1950s hits "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" -- being helped off a boat near his home in the city's Lower 9th Ward. - Fats Domino found OK in New Orleans - Sep 1, 2005

GREEN DAY, the anti-war punk rockers, swept the MTV Video Music Awards in a sign that American popular culture is turning against US presence in Iraq.

The Californian band won seven awards for their anti-war album American Idiot and the single The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, including Best Rock Video, Best Group Video, Video of the Year and the Viewer�s Choice Award.

Accepting the awards at the ceremony in Miami on Sunday night, the band members noted that they had been playing together for 16 years before the success of their latest album. �I think it struck a note right now,� bassist Mike Dirnt said. �Here�s to our soldiers. Let�s bring them home safe.�

America, United States, Times Online, The Times, Sunday Times

The so-called Piano Man who triggered massive efforts to identify him after he was found wandering in Kent in April has been released from hospital.

On Monday the German foreign ministry confirmed the 20-year-old, who has not been named, was from Bavaria and had flown home on Saturday.

West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust, would not comment further on the case because of patient confidentiality.

The man, said to be an excellent pianist, was found on Sheppey in April.

BBC NEWS | England | Kent | 'Piano Man' flies back to Germany

  Cuban singer Ferrer dies

Acclaimed Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer died in a Havana hospital on Saturday after suffering multiple organ failure. He was 78.

Ferrer achieved international fame following the release of the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, which he recorded alongside leftfield American musician Ry Cooder and a host of other Cuban musical legends.

The record was such a success, film-maker Wim Wenders directed a 1999 documentary feature of the same name, featuring the various artists at work.

IOL: Cuban singer Ferrer dies

OK, it's not much of a review, but it's one of the only really neat unsolicited submissions that these MusicSUBMIT geeks sent me so far. The music is really very polished (so is his website), and the first track available ("Against This World") is reminiscent of Propeller Heads or any other band that mixes James Bond themes with a heavy urban Rap/HipHop sound. The second track, "Survive Now," reminds me of something done by Rob Dougan (or "Rob D" -- you may remember him from the Matrix/Nissan Maxima soundtrack). Subsequent tracks follow, and they're mostly unremarkable, but are a mix of jazz, techno, and 70's-style disco. Sounds like he's trying to find his groove.



Description: Norihiko Hibino, also known as the composer for Metal Gear Solid 3, is especially known as the creator of an award winning, James Bondish main theme "Snake Eater". His music is a combination of techno & jazz, with hollywood action movie taste -- dubbed "Metallized Symphonic Jazz". His first major label CD "Akashi" will be released on July 13th in Japan (Bellwood Records) and will be released a few month later in States and Europe.

Biography: Norihiko Hibino

  • composer, sax player
  • graduate of Osaka University ('96), winner of "best soloist" on 25th Yamano big band jazz festival and 1st Tenpozan big band competition.
  • graduate of Berklee college of music ('97), jazz composition major. Studied under George Garzone, Bill Pearce, Greg Hopkins, etc. Also studied film scoring and synthesizer programming.
  • as a sax player, numerous appearances of jazz festival, TV & radio shows, including Kansas city international jazz festival, and NHK (public broadcast) session 505.
  • as a composer, numerous works for video games and multimedia, including Konami's Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 (14 million units are sold worldwide), Anubis, Yu-gi-oh (worldwide famous cartoon character). Specialized skills of creating underscore for surround (5.1) environment.
  • president of music production company, Gem Impact Inc., creating music for film, TV, video game, and record company.

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