don’t give me that goody good bullshit.”
Instead of the line “don’t give me that goody good bullshit,”
I heard “don’t give me that goody good bull____.”
This is the standard way you play this song now. Why? Is
the government forcing you to do this, or is it the work of
some corporate bluenoses? I certainly don’t think it was Pink Floyd’s idea.
So, let me suggest this: please DO NOT play this song at all
if you cannot play it properly. The same goes for “Who Are
You” by The Who and “Jet Airliner” by the Steve Miller Band.
I would rather not hear a song at all than hear a butchered
or censored version.
Otherwise, I may have to stop listening altogether.
You and me both! Allow me to explain.
We almost never played edited versions of songs in the past. But a couple of years ago, thanks mainly to Janet Jackson’s boob, the powers that be in this country decided that a random swear word in a song on a radio station was just too terrible for the general public to hear. They raised the potential fine for such an utterance from $27,500 to over $300,000! Now our company’s corporate bigwigs pretty much left us alone on this issue in the old days. Well when it was raised to the current level of $325,000, they decided (and I can’t really blame them) that the risk wasn’t worth it and we were forced to remove the words or the songs altogether.
We’ve actually done the edits ourselves to try and keep as much of the original song intact as we can. It sucks. We hate it as much as you do. However, none of us have an extra 300K in our pockets to pay the fine ourselves which is what would happen if we ever did get nailed. My only suggestion would be to write your representatives in Congress and tell them how ridiculous this is. “Who the F*** are you?” is hardly going to bring down our great nation…
I hope that explains it. Thanks for writing and for listening!
Yes, I can understand why management would not want to chance risking a $325K fine. Like you said, though, the whole idea is really ridiculous. Still, I would rather you not play a great like that if it needs to be butchered for the government’s sake.
On that note, things are really getting out of hand in this country. I’m a fine art photographer, and one of my subjects is the fine art nude. Last year, the government instituted a new regulation (a parting shot from the Bush administration) that could have you sent to prison and labeled as a child pornographer/sex offender for failure to maintain identification documents and make them available 20 hours a week for government inspection, even if the youngest person you photograph is 60 years old!
Hopefully, one day, people in this country will grow up instead of acting childishly – and forcing everybody else to act the same way.
Have a good day.
His response, then, was:
We did debate long and hard about whether or not to play the edits and it wasn’t a decision we made lightly. Ultimately we felt that everyone knows what goes in those places anyway so your mind almost “fills in the blank”. If the Mona Lisa had a smudge in the corner we’d still want to look at it!
Thanks again for your input and here’s hoping we can all get over ourselves in this country! Take care.
So there you go. Our tax dollars at work, protecting the foundations of our great American society by prohibiting random swear words on the radio. What makes it all the more ridiculous is that you can simply go to cable TV (and satellite radio?) to hear all of the foul language (and see all the nudity) you want.