Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ten Most Controversial Rock Songs
Rock music has been a source of controversy and often being associated with negativity, hatred, anger, and rebellion. It is also being connected with the use of drugs, promiscuity, premarital and casual sex, violence, and satanism. A lot of rock music artists were brave enough to compose and perform lyrically loathsome songs without the fear of public judgment. Maybe for the artist or the composer, he was just being carried away by the emotions that he have while writing the song, and musicians have the great talent to twist and put a double meaning in the song's lyrics. I've gathered ten most controversial rock songs that exasperated the parents' and some conservative citizen's wits.
1. Louie, Louie - Kingsmen The song became controversial because of a parent who filed a complaint claiming that the song's lyrics was obscene. It was investigated by the FBI and after two years of investigation, they concluded that the recording couldn't be interpreted because it was "unintelligible at any speed".
2. God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols Released on May 1977, the song was regarded by the public as an assault to Queen Elizabeth II and the monarch. Its title was directly taken from UK's national anthem "God Save The Queen". It was banned by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority which regulated Independent Local Radio, effectively denying it any media exposure.
3. Dear God - XTC The lyrics are addressed to God which describes the range of human suffering, which the narrator attributes to God. The lyrics strongly imply doubt as to the existence of God, omnibenevolence, and the value of the Bible as God's word. In the UK, when the song was originally released as a single many record shops refused to stock the track, fearing a religious backlash.
4. Cop Killer - Body Count The lyrics are sung from the point of view of an individual who is outraged by police brutality and decides to take the law into his own hands by killing police officers. Following its release, the song was met with strong opposition, with critics ranging from President Bush to various law enforcement agencies, with strong demand for the song's withdrawal from commercial availability, citing concerns of promoting anti-police sentiment. Conversely, Ice-T defended the lyrical content of the song as did various other proponents who did not believe that the song posed any risk and remained in support of the song continuing to be released and sold.
5. Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne On January 13, 1986, Osbourne was taken to court by the parents of John McCollum, a depressed teenager who shot himself in the head while listening to this song. The court cleared Osbourne in the case. Osbourne and Daisley used the word "solution" to mean a substance—in this case, an alcoholic beverage—dissolved in a liquid, not in the sense of solving a problem. Osbourne himself has had a lifelong struggle with alcohol addiction, and the song is particularly meaningful to him because it depicts the personal self-destruction he was facing before he sobered up.
6. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones The lyrical subject matter has often been a point of interest and controversy. Described by rock critic Robert Christgau as "a rocker so compelling that it discourages exegesis", "Brown Sugar"'s popularity indeed often overshadowed its scandalous lyrics, which were essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, including interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape, and less distinctly, sadomasochism, lost virginity, and heroin.
7. Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith The song is about a girl named Janie who takes revenge on her father after being sexually abused by him; it is one of the few Aerosmith songs to deal with a heavy social issue. Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler says that he came up with the title and melody before he knew what direction he wanted the song to take. It had taken nine months to finish the lyrics; after Tyler read a Newsweek article on gunshot victims, he was able to connect the song with the theme of child abuse/incest. The line "He jacked a little bitty baby" was originally "He raped a little bitty baby," but was changed for commercial purposes.
8. Darling Nikki - Prince Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center, which eventually led to the use of "Parental Advisory" stickers and imprints on album covers. Compared with the slick production of the other songs on the album, "Darling Nikki" was deliberately engineered to have a raw, live feel. The song tells the story of a "sex fiend" named Nikki who seduces the singer.
9. Killing in the Name - Rage Against The Machine "Killing in the Name" has been described as "a howling, expletive-driven tirade against the ills of American society." The song repeats six lines of lyrics that focus on racism in security agencies and the uncensored version contains the word "fuck" seventeen times. The song builds in intensity, repeating the line "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me", culminating in Zack de la Rocha screaming "Motherfucker!". The BBC News website refers to it as railing against "the military–industrial complex, justifying killing for the benefit of, as the song puts it, the chosen whites."
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds It was a song written by John Lennon that was inspired by his son Julian's nursery drawing which he called Lucy in the sky with diamonds, depicting his friend Lucy O'Donell. Shortly after the song's release, speculation arose that the first letter of each of the title's nouns intentionally spelled LSD. Although Lennon denied this, the BBC banned the song.
Credit: Wikipedia, Urbantitan