In Nashville, we have this DJ-less chain radio station that doesn’t take requests. Instead they advertise, “Playing what we want.” Apparently they play it how they want, too
On this station I just heard Harvey Danger’s Flagpole Sitter, which I like to listen to cranked up particularly loudly when I’m driving alone. On the first refrain I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but during the second round I noticed something amiss. When the last refrain came around, I heard again that definitely something had been changed.
Below is an excerpt of the lyrics I heard with changes shown:
Been around the world and found
That only stupid people are breeding
The cretins cloning and feeding
And I don’t even own a tv
Put me in the hospital for nerves
And then they had to commit me
You told them all I was crazy
They cut off my legs now i’m an amputee,
God damn you
I’m not sick but I’m not well
And I’m so hot cause I’m in hell[unintelligible . . . to live so well
I’m not sick but I’m not well . . .
Cleansing lyrics for radio play is nothing new. But what’s odd is that, because I don’t own the album, I’ve never heard this song except on the radio. In fact, because I listen to this particular radio station with some frequency, I’ve probably heard it there before in its unaltered form.
Does anybody know what happened?