Thursday, March 19, 2009

Buckshot: Thoughts From the Morning Commute

Whilst Mrs. Buck and I were driving to work this morning, Nickelback's "Photograph" came on the radio. And I noticed, not for the first time, that certain stations omit this verse when they play it:



Remember the old arcade
Blew every dollar that we ever made
The cops hated us hanging out
They said somebody went and burned it down.




Now while I, like most people, find most radio edits silly (I've always said if it's a word I can hear on television in the 8 PM - 9 PM timeslot, it's a word I should be able to hear on the radio), I can't for the life of me figure out why these lines get edited out on certain stations. It's not like there's profanity there. Is it for what's implied? Are they afraid it's going to promote arson? That some impressionable youth will hear the song and suddenly have a desire to set a building ablaze? When you consider that a few of the band's other songs have rather thinly-veiled references to oral sex, a reference to burning down a building seems mundane in today's "violence is okay, but sex is bad" culture.


*Sigh*...I just can't figure it out. What say you, dear readers?


-Buck

11 comments:

The Den of Mystery said...

You're nuts. It's a radio edit for time and that was the cut chosen. We're not talking about bustles in headgerows & whatnot being sliced out of "Stairway from Heaven."

-Hooper

The Den of Mystery said...

Can it be considered an edit for time on a station that plays Nugent's "Stranglehold" in its entirety?

Perhaps I am reading too much into it...

-Buck

The Den of Mystery said...

Really.

Comparing Ted Nugent to Nickleback.

We must appreciate out bow-hunting artists far more than the d-bags.

-Hooper

The Den of Mystery said...

Not comparing them as artists. Merely saying that if a station is willing to play the 8 1/2-minute "Stranglehold," why would they trim the just-over 4-minute "Photograph"?

I'm comparing the two only in terms of song length, not artistry.

-Buck

The Den of Mystery said...

Because they have to fit in all 8 1/2 minutes of Stranglehead.

Your dilemma/question/issue solves itself. The snake eats its own tail. The universe is at peace.

-Hooper

The Den of Mystery said...

StrangleHOLD, not StrangleHEAD.

-Buck

The Den of Mystery said...

"Thrakazog, with a "K!""

-Hooper

jmc said...

I like how you both post under "The Den of Mystery" so that, at first glance, it appears that the author wrote the post then had a rousing discussion with himself about it in the comments.

What about a band writing lyrics so offensive that they censor themselves on their own album?
I'm pretty sure D-12's "song" Pistol Pistol had the lyrics: "spitting like [columbine] kids from colorado" but even on the album release the sound cuts out on the word Columbine.

The Den of Mystery said...

Now, that was the standard album release, right? And not the Wal-Mart "no naughty words allowed" edit? If so, it's an interesting case of self-censorship. Unless the self-censorship was meant to be some sort of social commentary...but can we give D12 that much credit?

As for talking to ourselves, it is rather amusing, isn't it? It's because we currently share the same login for posting purposes.

But jmc does raise a good point, Hoop...perhaps we can register separate names for purposes of commenting.

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