Some fun

Sheila Stewart’s post that I included in yesterday’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs post about 45 LPs got me smiling.  I enjoyed looking at her cataloguing system for songs.  But, it was her reference to Melanie’s song “Brand New Key” that got me reminiscing.  Maybe this should be a Sunday post.

Anyway, I started to think of music that I’d read about being banned in places, including “Brand New Key”.  What a great idea for a blog post, I thought.

Musicians have always had messages hidden in their song – or at least perceived by others as hidden messages (listen to John Lennon).  It’s certainly different with some of today’s music where things can be very explicit at times.  I decided to pull in a few of my favourite songs that had issues in some places!

Bring back any memories for you?

Do you remember why they were banned?

What would be the response if that was done today?

Thanks, Sheila!

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2 thoughts on “Some fun

  1. What an interesting topic, Doug! This could provide some good critical thinking for much older media literacy students. I’m thinking that with the stated and implied messages in a lot of media today, these would not be banned. But is this better? Worse? I think that I need some coffee and some thinking time to figure this one out. 🙂 Curious to hear what others think.

    Aviva

  2. Pondering over coffee too 🙂 I do know of all these songs and could quickly identify the possible reason why they were banned. The only one I had to listen to again to get clearer was Lola. I am sure I enjoyed many songs for the music and melody without being aware of a “harmful” message until someone pointed one out. The writers were cleverly vague maybe. I would usually continue to enjoy the songs anyway and I didn’t take on the lifestyle that the songs were about.

    Thinking about better vs worse, as Aviva suggested. I wonder if some music (and/or the official videos) of “today” have even more direct and concerning messages, and yet less banning seems to occur. That may reflect our society and values shifting — and I am not sure it that is better or worse either! Thinking about the pressures on musicians now to have a certain edge….

    I am glad to hear that a Melanie song inspired more thinking, Doug. She has so many more thoughtful and poetic songs with great messages that I still return to for inspiration and grounding.

    Do you remember concerns about the song, “The Squeeze Box”?

    Fun post with lots to “chew” on!

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