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Elvis Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army



  • Registered Users Posts: 998 ✭✭✭ TooTired123

    Everything will eventually go very quiet. There’s hardly a hit song without at least one lyric that will offend someone, or will have been performed by someone whose lifestyle is or was offensive in some way.

    So slowly but surely they will all have to pulled and we will all sit in silence.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,349 ✭✭✭ Ken Mc Carthy

    In fairness to E Costello I think he's just getting 'ahead' of the 'curve'. All in all, I think it IS a great song & never felt it had any negative connotations...... but, I Guess, that's just the society we live in nowadays. Without sounding like a parrot.......i find it SAD

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,701 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx

    WOKE wanker

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  • Posts: 1,263 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Most exciting thing this musical bore has done in decades. :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,141 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so

    Nah, he's just pretty annoyed at being labelled as something by people who just see a single word in a song about the 1970s. The expression also includes the word "white" as well and is very much a bygone era comment. Great song and a regular listen for me but quite surprised it hasn't been targeted before now.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    on his comment that bleeping it only draws attention to it, it's quite obvious what he means; that song could be on the radio and most people wouldn't be listening to the lyrics, but the bleep would be an immediate attention grabber.

    i remember when i was younger, and the first time i properly copped the phenomenon, when 'dirty boulevard' by lou reed was released as a single; the censored word here was 'suck', but the bleep really caught the attention; and as in oliver's army, the word rhymes with the previous line so it's fairly clear to the listener what the bleeped word is anyway (though in this case people might think it's another word rhyming with buck, as i did):

    "A small kid stands by the Lincoln Tunnel

    He's selling plastic roses for a buck

    The traffic's backed up to 39th street

    The TV whores are calling the cops out for a ****"

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,023 ✭✭✭ alias no.9

    Not sure he is to be honest. What he seems to be saying is that they're going to to come and take one word out of the context it was written to make it a problem. Rather than wasting his time trying to explain or ruining the song by beeping it out, he'd just prefer they didn't play it / listen to it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,987 ✭✭✭ haphaphap

    When will The Prodigy follow suit and ask Radio stations to stop playing "Smash my Bitch up" due to the insensitivity of the lyrics.

  • Registered Users Posts: 460 ✭✭ foxsake

    in some way I think we saying the same thing. he could just not engage.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    i don't think i've heard that on the radio in years. i don't think you're that familiar with the song either?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,878 ✭✭✭ Patrick2010

    What was the word in question?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,865 ✭✭✭✭ MEGA BRO WOLF 5000

    Pathetic man cancells himself.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,987 ✭✭✭ haphaphap

    Does that matter. It is a provocative and "insensitive" song title. Oliver's Army isn't bringing in huge royalties for Deco McManus these days but he got some headlines out of self-cancelling.

    Of course I'm familiar with the song as it was shown regularly on Music TV stations late at night when I was younger but you're just a man dragging a grudge around with you from sub-forum to sub-forum so your comments are only to be expected. Stop stalking me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,507 ✭✭✭ quinnd6

    I think he meant it's smack not smash.

    Anyway 🙄.

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,745 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    There is a certain irony with those taking offence at Costello's move because of their perception that he is trying to avoid offending listeners

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,745 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,427 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    my uncle was quite proud of the fact that his band once had a song of theirs banned from RTE radio - it obviously attracted enough attention that they wrote him and the band he was in a letter stating (maybe not the exact words, it's been 25 or 30 years since he showed me the letter) 'we wish to clarify that we have not banned the song, instead we have taken the decision not to play it due to the political content of the song'

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,112 ✭✭✭ PlentyOhToole