playing how they want

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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?

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One Response to “playing how they want”

  1. JB Says:

    Now there’s a song I haven’t thought about since, like 1997.