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Thread #26249   Message #694233
Posted By: alanabit
20-Apr-02 - 07:04 AM
Thread Name: Banned Music?
Subject: RE: Banned Music?
I don't think the banning of your song did you much harm Harvey. It was very popular among soldiers. I like the irony of the situation though. Earlier Sinsull mentioned that "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (music by Howerd Arlen, I think) and "Buddy Can You Spare a Dime" (music by Jay Gorney?) were written by the same man. So they were. It was E "Yip" Harburg. Good songs too. Paul Downes and Phil Beer used to do a smashing version of the latter and of all people, John Martyn recorded the former. I don't think that one was in any danger of getting banned. It may make you smile Harvey, but in the mid eighties I recorded a session for BFBS radio in Germany. (Their HQ was then in Marienburg, Cologne). Of the eleven songs, the producer, Jürgen Bock, remarked that he particularly liked "Englishmen United", which was about a football hooligan with the brains of a lamp post. About a week before the programme was due to go out, the Heysel Stadium tragedy happened. To be fair to Jürgen, he commented that events had only proved that I was right -and if he could he was going to send the session uncut. Guess which song didn't get on air...