Billboard Feb. 15
LIFE DURING WARTIME: After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, music radio had to walk a line between rediscovering its role as information source and making sure the songs played werenít offensive. Some stations dropped music for a day or two of wall-to-wall coverage. Some instituted news breaks at the top of each hour, and there was that flak about Clear Channel circulating a list of songs radio should avoid. With talk of a possible imminent war, radio is again evaluating how best to serve the public during such a time. Aside from figuring out what songs to shelve, stations will also look for songs that inspire. Curtiss Johnson is station manger of KRXQ/classic rock KSEG Sacaramento. He says that classic rock, especially, has a good selection of patriotic songs and "will salt in more when we are finally at war with Iraq," he says. "Itís important not to go overboard with song choice or presentation."
No matter your sympathy, surely you cannot (and will not) be proscribed from universal song topics such as diversity, inclusion, pride, compassion, and spirit.
The reason this is relevant TODAY is the question on everybody's tongue: "Where are the songs of peace, compassion and tolerance?"
At that time, Sept 18 (and beyond) all benefits were cancelled. Of special note were the Landmine Free World Concerts. Another was the Audrey Hepburn Foundation Concert for Afghanistan Children. I urged my fellow artists in vain to continue with their actvities, such as their hearts and consciences compelled them. A blanket of silence descended upon us all, and it contnues to grow to this day.
Clear Channel is deeply entrenched in the Bush Administration and the subsequent Branding of America campaign. I urge you as musicians to turn your lyrical powers to the examination of decency and conscience.
Please copy this message to a NEW DOCUMENT and add your own name and send it to your friends. If you do not wish to add your name, please forward directly as you wish Thank you. PEACE!
PETITION SEPT. 18, 2001
We will not tolerate intolerance.
We, the undersigned, do respectfully request that the nationwide blacklist of songs be allowed to expire quietly.
We believe that Americans have proven their colors this week, and are capable of deciding for themselves the merits of such works as "Imagine," "Fire and Rain," "Bridge Over Trouble Waters," "Wonderful World," and "Doctor My Eyes."
WE whose songs have escaped the scrutiny of the censors find no cause to celebrate. We know that as the list expands, that our own songs will be targeted next. Diminishing any one of our songwriting partners indeed diminishes all of us. We take pride in our participation in the weaving of the American fabric: We have performed at your radio station benefits, and our songs have been used in your presidential campaigns.
If the power of the national broadcasting industry has been consolidated in the hands of a few small-minded individuals, then let them appear in Congressional hearings so that we may know of their qualifications. If a
national list of WordCrimes has been established, please let us know what exact words have been abolished, such as "Heaven," "Flying" and "Fire." We would like to get back to work and continue to participate in this noble experiment called American Freedom of Speech.
We, the undersigned, do say:
"Let the poets sing. For they alone shall parse the silences between the words, the heartbeats of the newborn child, the number of angels in a mote of sunlight."
Let the poets sing.
Jack Evans programmer Clear Channels List of Songs with Questionable Lyrics
Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
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 "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
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"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
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 and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
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 and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & 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 and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and 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 and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Blood Sweat and 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"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
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"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"