2001 Clear Channel Memo

From Censorpedia

Artist: Various Musical Artists

Year: 2001

Date of Action: September 2001

Region: North America

Location: United States

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music

Confronting Bodies: Clear Channel Communications

Description of Artwork: Songs containing lyrics that a Clear Channel programming director felt would be a reminder about the horrors the country had just experienced, as well as all songs by Rage Against the Machine.

The list of songs: 3 DOORS DOWN – Duck and Run 311 – Down AC/DC – Dirty Deeds AC/DC – Hell’s Bells AC/DC – Highway to Hell AC/DC – Safe in New York City AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill AC/DC – Shot Down in Flames AC/DC – TNT AD LIBS – The Boy from New York City ALICE IN CHAINS – Down in a Hole ALICE IN CHAINS – Rooster ALICE IN CHAINS – Sea of Sorrow ALICE IN CHAINS – Them Bone ALIEN ANT FARM – Smooth Criminal ANIMALS – We Gotta Get Out of this Place LOUIS ARMSTRONG – What a Wonderful World BANGLES – Walk Like an Egyptian BARENAKED LADIES – Falling for the First Time FONTELLA BASS – Rescue Me BEASTIE BOYS – Sabotage BEASTIE BOYS – Sure Shot BEATLES – A Day in the Life BEATLES – Lucy in fhe Sky with Diamonds BEATLES – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da BEATLES – Ticket to Ride PAT BENATAR – Love Is a Battlefield PAT BENATAR – Hit Me with Your Best Shot BLACK SABBATH – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath BLACK SUICIDE – Suicide Solution BLACK SABBATH – War Pigs BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS – And When I Die BLUE OYSTER CULT – Burnin’ for You BOSTON – Smokin’ BROOKLYN BRIDGE – Worst that Could Happen ARTHUR BROWN – Fire JACKSON BROWNE – Doctor My Eyes BUSH – Speed Kills CHI-LITES – Have You Seen Her DAVE CLARK FIVE – Bits and Pieces PETULA CLARK – A Sign of the Times THE CLASH – Rock the Casbah PHIL COLLINS – In the Air Tonight SAM COOKE – Wonderful World CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – Travelin’ Band CULT – Fire Woman BOBBY DARIN – Mack the Knife SKEETER DAVIS – End of the World NEIL DIAMOND – America DIO – Holy Diver DOORS – The End DRIFTERS – On Broadway DROWNING POOL – Bodies BOB DYLAN – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door EVERCLEAR – Santa Monica SHELLY FABARES – Johnny Angel FILTER – Hey Man, Nice Shot FOO FIGHTERS – Learn to Fly FUEL – Bad Day PETER GABRIEL – When You’re Falling GAP BAND – You Dropped a Bomb on Me GODSMACK – Bad Religion GREEN DAY – Brain Stew NORMAN GREENBAUM – Spirit in the Sky GUNS N’ ROSES – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door HAPPENINGS – See You in September JIMI HENDRIX – Hey Joe HERMAN’S HERMITS – Wonderful World HOLLIES – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS – That’ll Be the Day JAN & DEAN – Dead Man’s Curve BILLY JOEL – Only the Good Die Young ELTON JOHN – Benny & The Jets ELTON JOHN – Daniel ELTON JOHN – Rocket Man JUDAS PRIEST – Some Heads Are Gonna Roll KANSAS – Dust in the Wind CAROLE KING – I Feel the Earth Move KORN – Falling Away From Me LENNY KRAVITZ – Fly Away LED ZEPPELIN – Stairway to Heaven JOHN LENNON – Imagine JERRY LEE LEWIS – Great Balls of Fire LIMP BIZKIT – Break Stuff LOCAL H – Bound for the Floor LOS BRAVOS – Black Is Black LYNYRD SKYNYRD – Tuesday’s Gone MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS – Nowhere to Run MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS – Dancing in the Street DAVE MATHEWS BAND – Crash into Me PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS – Live and Let Die BARRY MCGUIRE – Eve Of Destruction DON MCLEAN – American Pie MEGADEATH – Dread and the Fugitive MEGADEATH – Sweating Bullets JOHN MELLENCAMP – Crumbling Down JOHN MELLENCAMP – I’m on Fire METALLICA – Seek and Destroy METALLICA – Harvester Or Sorrow METALLICA – Enter Sandman METALLICA – Fade to Black STEVE MILLER – Jet Airliner ALANIS MORISSETTE – Ironic MUDVAYNE – Death Blooms RICK NELSON – Travelin’ Man NENA – 99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons NINE INCH NAILS – Head Like a Hole OINGO BOINGO – Dead Man’s Party PAPER LACE – The Night Chicago Died JOHN PARR – St Elmo’s Fire PETER GORDON – I Go To Pieces PETER GORDON – A World Without Love PETER PAUL & MARY – Blowin’ in the Wind PETER PAUL & MARY – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane TOM PETTY – Free Fallin’ PINK FLOYD – Run Like Hell PINK FLOYD – Mother POD – Boom ELVIS PRESLEY – (You’re the) Devil in Disguise PRETENDERS – My City Was Gone QUEEN – Another One Bites the Dust QUEEN – Killer Queen RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – [all songs] RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Aeroplane RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Under the Bridge REM – It’s the End of the World as We Know It ROLLING STONES – Ruby Tuesday MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS – Devil with the Blue Dress SALIVA – Click Click Boom SANTANA – Evil Ways ‘ SAVAGE GARDEN – Crash and Burn SIMON & GARFUNKLE – Bridge Over Troubled Water FRANK SINATRA – New York, New York SLIPKNOT – Left Behind SLIPKNOT – Wait and SMASHING PUMPKINS – Bullet with Butterfly Wings SOUNDGARDEN – Blow Up the Outside World SMASHING PUMPKINS – Fell on Black Days SMASHING PUMPKINS – Black Hole Sun BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – I’m on Fire BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Goin’ Down BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – War EDWIN STARR – War STEAM – Na Na Na Na Hey Hey CAT STEVENS – Peace Train CAT STEVENS – Morning Has Broken STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Big Bang Baby STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Dead and Bloated SUGAR RAY – Fly SURFARIS – Wipeout SYSTEM OF A DOWN – Chop Suey! TALKING HEADS – Burning Down the House JAMES TAYLOR – Fire and Rain TEMPLE OF THE DOG – Say Hello to Heaven THIRD EYE BLIND – Jumper THREE DEGREES – When Will I See You Again TOOL – Intolerance TRAMPS – Disco Inferno U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday VAN HALEN – Dancing in the Streets VAN HALEN – Jump J FRANK WILSON – Last Kiss YOUNGBLOODS – Get Together ZAGER & EVANS – In the Year 2525 ZOMBIES – She’s Not There

The Incident: The memo was distributed to the network’s 1,200 radio stations nationwide, with the suggestion that the songs contained should not be played.

Results of Incident: The choice was left up to the individual stations, to choose whether or not to play the songs in question.


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