mr bungle wrote:
"The Cover of Rolling Stone" – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
Why did this one get banned? Unrealistically aspirational?
Not familiar with the song? They sing about pills, cocaine Katie, and groupies that’ll do anything they say. There are far more obscure bannings on that list.
That's not why they banned it, though. From Wiki;
BBC Radio refused to play the song, as it contained the name of a commercial publication (Rolling Stone) and could therefore be considered advertising. An urban legend states that the song was re-recorded by the band as "The Cover of the Radio Times", the weekly television and radio guide published by the BBC; however, this is disputed by Dennis Locorriere, Dr. Hook's co-lead singer. "Legend has it that we went into a studio and re-recorded the song. What actually happened was that a bunch of BBC disc jockeys went into a studio and shouted 'RADIO TIMES' over our original chorus," Locorriere said. "It's the same recording that we released but with the addition of their voices layered on top of ours. You can, however, still hear us singing 'Rolling Stone,' but way in the background, under their voices." The new version was rush-released in the UK, but did not find its way onto the charts there. However the band's UK publicists took advantage of the BBC's uptight attitude by advertising the single in the UK music press as "the first banned single of 1973".
Also, from Delilah's Wiki;
When Jones performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show, the censors insisted that the line "At break of day when the man drove away" be changed to "At break of day I was still 'cross the way", as the original version implied he had spent the night with Delilah. Jones later described the change as "such bullshit"
So the censors were fine with the song being about stabbing a woman to death, but suggesting that it was after she'd had a gentleman caller? That's a no-no.