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3rd Feb '16 8:49:18 PM Hossmeister
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* A few months before the release of Music/FranzFerdinand's debut ''Music/FranzFerdinand2004'', the band rerecorded the homoerotic single "Michael" to be about a guy and girl fighting over the same man. The band eventually scrapped this and released the track as is, along with a video that seems to overlap with APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy.
29th Jan '16 2:41:58 AM arnoldmcguire335
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* Music/{{Cimorelli}}, due to starting out as singing covers (and still do), applies this trope only on songs that have questionable lyrics. One example being their take on Meghan Trainor's "Lips are Movin'"- changing Trainor's "You give me bass" to the sisters' own "You give me love". Another would be their take on Justin Bieber's "Sorry". This trope applies due to their Catholic upbringing and maintaining the good role model status.
22nd Jan '16 5:40:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* KidRock and SherylCrow's "Picture": "I've been fueling up on cocaine and whiskey" is either changed to "water and whiskey", or just mutes "cocaine".
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* KidRock Music/KidRock and SherylCrow's Music/SherylCrow's "Picture": "I've been fueling up on cocaine and whiskey" is either changed to "water and whiskey", or just mutes "cocaine".

* TheNotoriousBIG's "Gimme The Loot" includes a line about robbing a pregnant woman at gun point. Apparently, this was considered beyond the pale by either album producer Sean Combs or someone at the record label, because even the otherwise uncensored version of the song still censors that line. It's somewhat bizarre to listen to a song that's full of cursing and violence and realize you've just heard the word "pregnant" bleeped out. "Machine Gun Funk" also {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s out the phrase "the blue suits" (referring to police officers) with police sirens for unknown reasons, though the line is so relatively innocuous that this might have even just been done [[RuleOfCool because it sounded cool]].
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* TheNotoriousBIG's Music/TheNotoriousBIG's "Gimme The Loot" includes a line about robbing a pregnant woman at gun point. Apparently, this was considered beyond the pale by either album producer Sean Combs or someone at the record label, because even the otherwise uncensored version of the song still censors that line. It's somewhat bizarre to listen to a song that's full of cursing and violence and realize you've just heard the word "pregnant" bleeped out. "Machine Gun Funk" also {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s out the phrase "the blue suits" (referring to police officers) with police sirens for unknown reasons, though the line is so relatively innocuous that this might have even just been done [[RuleOfCool because it sounded cool]].

* A radio edit for PanicAtTheDisco's song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" censored "god" but not "damn" from "goddamn" (a word frequently used in the song). In fact, the music video also lampshades the need to censor it by having Brendon Urie cover his mouth on "god".
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* A radio edit for PanicAtTheDisco's Music/PanicAtTheDisco's song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" censored "god" but not "damn" from "goddamn" (a word frequently used in the song). In fact, the music video also lampshades the need to censor it by having Brendon Urie cover his mouth on "god".
20th Jan '16 7:46:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* The song "Almost" by Bowling for Soup, a title quite appropriate in that after the edits it's [[IncrediblyLamePun almost]] a different song. For example:
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* The song "Almost" by Bowling for Soup, a title quite appropriate in that after the edits it's its [[IncrediblyLamePun almost]] a different song. For example:

* The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk" originally had the line "we'll be making love under the boardwalk" in the chorus, but radio stations objected, so it was changed to "we'll be falling in love." The Bowdlerized version has become the standard, although some oldies stations have started playing the original.
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* The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk" originally had the line "we'll "(Under the boardwalk) We'll be making love under the boardwalk" love" in the chorus, but radio stations objected, so it was changed to "we'll "(Under the boardwalk) We'll be falling in love." The Bowdlerized version has become the standard, although some oldies stations have started playing the original.

* Radiohead's song, "Creep," has a radio edit in which the line, "I wish I was special/You're so fucking special" is replaced with "I wish I was special/You're so very special." This is retained in the Rock Band version of the song. In one acoustic version performed for a radio session, Thom Yorke lampshaded it by deliberately croaking out "very" in a very different tone of voice from the rest of the song every time the line came up.
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* Radiohead's song, "Creep," has a radio edit in which the line, "I wish I was special/You're so fucking special" is replaced with "I wish I was special/You're so very special." This is retained in the Rock Band version of the song. In one acoustic version performed for a radio session, Thom Yorke lampshaded it by deliberately croaking out "very" in a very different tone of voice from the rest of the song every time the line came up. A large number of covers use the radio edit line.

* It was of course completely inevitable for this to happen with Music/CeeLoGreen's "Fuck You". There are actually two different radio edits, "Forget You" and "F You" - the latter at least has the same amount of syllables. Some versions even have "Fuck You" changed to "Fox News".
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* It was of course completely inevitable for this to happen with Music/CeeLoGreen's "Fuck You". There are actually two different radio edits, "Forget You" and "F You" - the latter at least has the same amount of syllables. Some versions even have "Fuck You" changed to "Fox News". "Forget You" has some awkward editing such as simply blanking out the n-word and using "Ain't that some shhh".

* Music/DavidByrne's song "Like Humans Do", off the album ''Look into the Eyeball'', includes the line "I never watch TV except when I'm stoned." The song was included as one of the stock song files on [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows XP]]--but this version replaced the drug reference with another lyric: "We're eating off plates and we kiss with our tongues." The overall song is so surreal that the altered line doesn't sound out of place at all.
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* Music/DavidByrne's song "Like Humans Do", off the album ''Look into the Eyeball'', includes the line "I never watch TV except when I'm stoned." The song was included as one of the stock song files on [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows XP]]--but this version replaced the drug reference with another lyric: "We're eating off plates and we kiss with our tongues." The overall song is so surreal that the altered line doesn't sound out of place at all. Most people don't even know the original lyrics.
20th Jan '16 7:17:26 PM Pichu-kun
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* The radio edit of "I Love It" by Icona Pop changes "You're from the 70's, but I'm a 90's bitch" to "...but I'm a 90's chick". Which ''just'' barely manages to still rhyme with "we gotta kill this switch". The word "shit" in "I threw your shit into a bag and pushed it down the stairs" is also changed to "stuff", which stands out a little less because the offending word isn't rhymed with anything.
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* The radio edit of "I Love It" by Icona Pop Music/IconaPop changes "You're from the 70's, but I'm a 90's bitch" to "...but I'm a 90's chick". Which ''just'' barely manages to still rhyme with "we gotta kill this switch". The word "shit" in "I threw your shit into a bag and pushed it down the stairs" is also changed to "stuff", which stands out a little less because the offending word isn't rhymed with anything.

* Both Akon's "I Wanna Fuck You" and Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight I'm Fucking You" replace "Fuck" with "Love" for radio play, for obvious reasons.
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* Both Akon's "I Wanna Fuck You" and Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight I'm Fucking You" replace replaces "Fuck" with "Love" for or radio play, plays for obvious reasons.

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* Both Akon's "I Wanna Fuck You" The radio edit of "Jealous" by Music/NickJonas changes "She's so fucking beautiful and Enrique Iglesias's everybody wants her sex" to "She's so sexy beautiful and everyone wants a taste". The original version created a BrokenBase from people who are [[{{squick}} grossed by Nick]] being so explicit, despite the fact [[ContractualPurity he is an adult]]. * "Tonight I'm Fucking You" replace "Fuck" with "Love" for (I'm Lovin' You)" by Music/EnriqueIglesias is a radio play, for obvious reasons.edit of "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)". More people are familiar with the radio edit so the more graphic version can come off as jarring.
8th Jan '16 9:16:10 PM Heartland86
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*** "Cheap lousy fagor" was replaced hilariously with, "You're cheap and you're haggard."
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*** "Cheap lousy fagor" fagot" was replaced hilariously with, "You're cheap and you're haggard."
8th Jan '16 9:14:50 PM Heartland86
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***"You're an old slut on junk" was replaced with, "You're an old cut-up drunk. ***"Cheap lousy fagor" was replaced hilariously with, "You're cheap and you're haggard." ***"Happy Christmas your arse" became "Happy Christmas me lass."
8th Jan '16 9:07:03 PM Heartland86
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**However, when Celtic Thunder covered this song on their Christmas Voices album, that verse was heavily Bowdlerized.
8th Jan '16 8:19:47 PM Heartland86
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**And some radio stations will backmask the word cocaine.
2nd Jan '16 4:57:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** So did AllstarWeekend's "Not Your Birthday" when played there: "Quit your bitching" was changed to "Stop complaining."
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** So did AllstarWeekend's Music/AllstarWeekend's "Not Your Birthday" when played there: "Quit your bitching" was changed to "Stop complaining."
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