Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Paranoid Inanity

I was visiting a friend's blog this evening and happened upon an old nugget from an article entitled Join the Art Insurgency that I probably did not comment on at the time: Clear Channel's list of songs deemed inappropriate after September 11, 2001. Commercial FM radio, after its heyday during my childhood had become rather reactionary. Hence, lists of "offensive" or "inappropriate" songs in the 9/11 aftermath circulated by the conglomerates that have a stranglehold on the airwaves was hardly surprising. Still, I'd have to wonder about the logic of some of Clear Channel's selections. Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"? Jeez, that song is safe as milk - great tune though, and if you've never listened to Satchmo's work, you're really missing out. John Lennon's "Imagine" seems an obvious choice on the other hand, simply because the lyrics were meant to incite peace - a concept that was very much the opposite of what our ruling elites had (and still have) in mind for us.

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