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Corporate Paternalism: The 2001 Clear Channel Memorandum

From Wikipedia:

The 2001 Clear Channel memorandum is a controversial document distributed by Clear Channel Communications to the over 1,200 radio stations they owned, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, containing a list of a large number of what the memo termed “lyrically questionable” songs.

During the time immediately after the attacks, many television and radio stations altered normal programming in response to the events, and the rumor spread that Clear Channel and its subsidiaries had established a list of “songs with questionable lyrics” that stations might not want to play after the attacks. The list was made public by the independent newsletter Hits Daily Double.

The list contains 166 songs, including “all songs” by Rage Against the Machine and songs recorded by multiple artists (for example “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan and the same song by Guns N’ Roses). 

Clear Channel denied the existence of such a list in a press release to a radio industry trade publication, Radio Ink, although they had already admitted to distributing it.

H/T: Red Ice Creations

Clear Channel’s list of “lyrically questionable” songs



Artist

3 Doors Down

Title

Duck and Run

311 Down
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Hells Bells
Highway to Hell
Safe in New York City
Shoot to Thrill
Shot Down in Flames
T.N.T.
Alice in Chains Down in a Hole
Rooster
Sea of Sorrow
Them Bones
Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal
The Animals We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World
The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian
Barenaked Ladies Falling for the First Time
Fontella Bass Rescue Me
Beastie Boys Sabotage
Sure Shot
The Beatles A Day in the Life
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Ticket to Ride
Pat Benatar Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Love Is a Battlefield
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
War Pigs
Blood, Sweat and Tears “And When I Die”
Blue Öyster Cult Burnin’ for You
Boston Smokin’
David Bowie and Mick Jagger Dancing in the Street
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire
Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes
Buddy Holly and the Crickets That’ll Be the Day
Bush The People That We Love[Note 2]
The Chi-Lites Have You Seen Her
Petula Clark A Sign of the Times
The Clash Rock the Casbah
Phil Collins In the Air Tonight
Sam Cooke Wonderful World
Creedence Clearwater Revival Travelin’ Band
The Cult Fire Woman
Bobby Darin Mack the Knife
The Dave Clark Five “Bits and Pieces”
Dave Matthews Band Crash into Me
Skeeter Davis The End of the World
Neil Diamond America
Dio Holy Diver
The Doors The End
The Drifters On Broadway
Drowning Pool Bodies
Bob Dylan Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Everclear Santa Monica
Shelley Fabares Johnny Angel
Filter Hey Man, Nice Shot
Foo Fighters Learn to Fly
Fuel Bad Day
The Gap Band You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Godsmack Bad Religion
Green Day Brain Stew
Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the Sky
Guns N’ Roses Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
The Happenings See You in September
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Hey Joe
Herman’s Hermits Wonderful World
The Hollies He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Jan and Dean Dead Man’s Curve
Billy Joel Only the Good Die Young
Elton John Bennie and the Jets
Daniel
Rocket Man
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge The Worst That Could Happen
Judas Priest Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Kansas Dust in the Wind
Carole King I Feel the Earth Move
Korn Falling Away from Me
Lenny Kravitz Fly Away
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven
John Lennon Imagine
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire
Limp Bizkit Break Stuff
Local H Bound for the Floor
Los Bravos Black Is Black
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tuesday’s Gone
Martha and the Vandellas Nowhere to Run
Dancing in the Street
Paul McCartney & Wings Live and Let Die
MC Hammer Have You Seen Her
Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction
Don McLean American Pie
Megadeth “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”
Sweating Bullets
John Mellencamp “Crumblin’ Down”
“Paper in Fire”
Metallica Enter Sandman
Fade to Black
Harvester of Sorrow
Seek & Destroy
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Devil with a Blue Dress On”
Alanis Morissette Ironic
Mudvayne Death Blooms
Ricky Nelson Travelin’ Man
Nena 99 Luftballons
Nine Inch Nails Head Like a Hole
Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party”
Ozzy Osbourne Suicide Solution
Paper Lace The Night Chicago Died
John Parr St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
Peter and Gordon “I Go to Pieces”
A World Without Love
Peter, Paul and Mary Blowin’ in the Wind
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Tom Petty Free Fallin’
Pink Floyd Mother
Run Like Hell
P.O.D. Boom
Elvis Presley (You’re the) Devil in Disguise
The Pretenders My City Was Gone
Queen Another One Bites the Dust
Killer Queen
Rage Against the Machine All songs by Rage Against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane
Under the Bridge
R.E.M. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday
Saliva Click Click Boom
Santana Evil Ways
Savage Garden Crash and Burn
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Frank Sinatra New York, New York
Slipknot Left Behind
Wait and Bleed
The Smashing Pumpkins Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
Bruce Springsteen I’m Goin’ Down
I’m on Fire
War
Edwin Starr War
Steam Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steve Miller Band Jet Airliner
Cat Stevens Morning Has Broken
Peace Train
Stone Temple Pilots Big Bang Baby
“Dead & Bloated”
Sugar Ray Fly
The Surfaris Wipeout
System of a Down Chop Suey!
Talking Heads Burning Down the House
James Taylor Fire and Rain
Temple of the Dog Say Hello 2 Heaven
Third Eye Blind Jumper
The Three Degrees When Will I See You Again
Tool “Intolerance”
The Trammps Disco Inferno
U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Van Halen Jump
Dancing in the Street
J. Frank Wilson Last Kiss
The Youngbloods Get Together
Zager and Evans In the Year 2525
The Zombies She’s Not There

5 Responses to “Corporate Paternalism: The 2001 Clear Channel Memorandum”


  1. July 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    How fuckin ridiculous

  2. July 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Greetings, I enjoy your website. This is a great site and I wanted to post a note to let you know, good job!
    Chao,
    Jesica

  3. 3 Holix
    September 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

    WTF?..

    Why all this songs ?..

    sur can understand som, but far avay from all.

  4. 4 Takatukka
    September 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Lyrically questionable? How can that be? There’s an instrumental on the list: The Surfaris – “Wipeout“

  5. May 15, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Sweating Bullets really? That’s about be claustrophobic. Plus I’ve Heard Burn in’ For You on my local rock station, even all those met songs.


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