Monday, March 30, 2015

Sound & Groove, Episode 55: "Banned by the BBC"

Serge Gainsbourg with his then wife Jane Birkin. In a perfect example of the tortured genius with the brilliance to overcome his unsightly looks to land many a gorgeous woman, Gainsbourg became the pop poet laureate of French contemporary music for around three decades before his smoke like a chimney, drink like a fish ways finally caught up to him. Their worldwide hit "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" managed to break language barriers to find success in spite of- or some may argue because of it- its several moments of heavy moaning and breathing.

Back in the day it was considered quite the honour to be banned by radio. In the 1960s the more the musical establishment cowered in fear of your music and sought to ban it from the airwaves, the better your hipster credibility. And in those days, that credibility translated to record sales which only got larger in the 70s as the hippies straightened out or the Boomers got some greater cash flow. The BBC was England's vanguard for taste and stuffiness musically and from the very start used its position of influence to adjudicate the standards of songs in the popular consciousness. This podcast collects some of my faves that the BBC decided were immoral, inappropriate, controversial or merely thinly veiled consumerism aimed to advertise items one could buy.

So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy. And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. All killer, no filler... other than when I talk and introduce the tunes and recap the ones before it. But aside from that? 100% juicy meat! 100% juicy tofu if you happen to be a vegetarian.

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Track Listing:
1. Leaving it Up to You- John Cale (1975)
2. Eve of Destruction- Barry McGuire (1965)
3. The Battle of New Orleans- Johnny Horton (1959)
4. Glad to Be Gay- Tom Robinson Band (1977)
5. God Save the Queen- The Sex Pistols (1977)
6. Je T'aime Moi Non Plus- Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin (1968)
7. Ebony Eyes- The Everly Brothers (1961)
8. The End of the World- Skeeter Davis (1963)
9. My Friend Jack- The Smoke (1967) 

Info of note:
Intro- "Hanky Panky Nohow" by John Cale (1971)
Outro- "Chinese Envoy" by John Cale (1982)
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