History Bowdlerise / Music

8th Jun '17 7:23:43 AM KayEss
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** Some of Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart's original lyrics were also sanitized. One example is "Leck mir den Arsch fein recht schön sauber" ("Lick my arse right well and clean"), Köchel catalog number 233/382d, was published as "Nichts labt mich mehr als Wein" ("Nothing pleases me more than wine")[[note]]It is nowadays assumed that the music was not written by Mozart, but the lyrics were definitely Mozart's work[[/note]]. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_nox Bona Nox]] is another example. Mozart was really fond of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart_and_scatology scatology]], in both music and written correspondence. Much to the dismay of many modern aesthetes.
22nd May '17 6:29:51 PM MetaFour
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* The radio edit of Creep by Music/Radiohead replaces the line "You're so fucking special" with "You're so very special". Reportedly the band later regretted allowing that change. Their later song "My Iron Lung", which is thought to be about Creep, leaves the word Bitch rather gleefully unedited - perhaps as a take-that to the previous bowdlerisation.

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* The radio edit of Creep by Music/Radiohead Music/{{Radiohead}} replaces the line "You're so fucking special" with "You're so very special". Reportedly the band later regretted allowing that change. Their later song "My Iron Lung", which is thought to be about Creep, leaves the word Bitch rather gleefully unedited - perhaps as a take-that to the previous bowdlerisation.



* ChristianRock band The 77's tried to put out an album named ''Pray Naked''. Their record label, fearing backlash from the church crowd, released it under the title ''The Seventy Sevens'' instead--ignoring the fact that they already had another SelfTitleAlbum. Also, the name of the title track was blacked out on the album artwork. Amusingly, the song itself wasn't censored at all, and the phrase "pray naked" pops up a bunch--and there's even a bit of phone chatter specifying that it's the album name. Members of The 77's have also been known to write the real title on the cover any time they're asked to autograph a copy. All in all, hardly ''anyone'' actually refers to the album by the label-mandated title.

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* ChristianRock band The 77's tried to put out an album named ''Pray Naked''. Their record label, fearing backlash from the church crowd, released it under the title ''The Seventy Sevens'' instead--ignoring the fact that they already had another SelfTitleAlbum.SelfTitledAlbum. Also, the name of the title track was blacked out on the album artwork. Amusingly, the song itself wasn't censored at all, and the phrase "pray naked" pops up a bunch--and there's even a bit of phone chatter specifying that it's the album name. Members of The 77's have also been known to write the real title on the cover any time they're asked to autograph a copy. All in all, hardly ''anyone'' actually refers to the album by the label-mandated title.
22nd May '17 6:28:31 PM MetaFour
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* Creator/NeilCicierega does this occasionally in his music mashups, purely for comedic purposes.
** "Rollercloser" is basically a funk remix of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer", which originally had the repeated line "I wanna fuck you like an animal," in the chorus. But he replaces the offending word with funk vocal samples--either suggestive grunts, or phrases like "Boogie!" or "Get down!".
** "Annoyed Grunt" uses the chorus of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes", which was originally a celebration of robbery: "All I wanna do is ''[gunshot sounds]'', and ''[cash register sounds]'', and take your money!" Neil's version turns the chorus into nonsense by substituting other random sound effects: ''Mario Paint'' sounds, Homer Simpson saying "D'oh!", Austin Powers saying "Oh yeah, baby!" and so on.
** And he's just as likely to invert this and make a song ''more'' offensive than it originally was. On "Bustin'", he edits the ''Ghostbusters'' theme to make "bustin'" a pretty blatant UnusualEuphemism. And on "Piss", he turns Chumbawamba's "Tubthumper" into a song about literally drinking piss, and uses the word more times than the original did.
22nd May '17 3:41:54 PM MetaFour
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* The Music/DukeEllington-penned jazz standard "(In My) Solitude" was originally recorded with lyrics in one of the later verses: "My man and me, we gin some, / and pray some, and sin some." Other musicians would sometimes replace those with alternate lyrics (which also make it easier to gender-flip the song): "I end up like I started / just cryin' my heart out."
* ChristianRock band The 77's tried to put out an album named ''Pray Naked''. Their record label, fearing backlash from the church crowd, released it under the title ''The Seventy Sevens'' instead--ignoring the fact that they already had another SelfTitleAlbum. Also, the name of the title track was blacked out on the album artwork. Amusingly, the song itself wasn't censored at all, and the phrase "pray naked" pops up a bunch--and there's even a bit of phone chatter specifying that it's the album name. Members of The 77's have also been known to write the real title on the cover any time they're asked to autograph a copy. All in all, hardly ''anyone'' actually refers to the album by the label-mandated title.
22nd May '17 12:01:16 AM aliciaspinnet
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* The radio edit of Creep by Music/Radiohead replaces the line "You're so fucking special" with "You're so very special". Reportedly the band later regretted allowing that change. Their later song "My Iron Lung", which is thought to be about Creep, leaves the word Bitch rather gleefully unedited - perhaps as a take-that to the previous bowdlerisation.
** The chorus for the song Black Swan from Thom Yorke's first solo album consists of the line "This is fucked up, fucked up" sung repeatedly. Apparently, for a joke, Yorke attempted to make a censored edit of this song by replacing all the swear words with various brass instruments. Sadly this edit has never been released to the general public.
7th May '17 10:06:01 AM nombretomado
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* The band Kick Axe contributed two songs to ''TransformersTheMovie'' - because executives deemed their band name inappropriate for young audiences, the soundtrack album credited them as Spectre General instead.

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* The band Kick Axe contributed two songs to ''TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' - because executives deemed their band name inappropriate for young audiences, the soundtrack album credited them as Spectre General instead.
28th Apr '17 7:32:07 PM Assassin-sensei
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* D12's ''Purple Pills'', a song about drug use, was rewritten to ''Purple Hills'', a song about travelling while engaging in drug use. ("Blue and yellow purple hills?" ''Yeah'', they're high either way.)

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* D12's ''Purple Pills'', a song about drug use, was rewritten to ''Purple Hills'', a song about travelling while engaging in drug use. ("Blue and yellow purple hills?" ''Yeah'', they're high either way.)) Strangely enough, an ''even cleaner'' version of the edited version was made, blanking out some of the substitute words from the original clean version, names of laxatives, as well as the word "guy" at one point.
15th Apr '17 6:34:48 PM Lirodon
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* In an unusual form of Bowdlerisation, Creator/LawrenceWelk unironically referred to Brewer and Shipley's 1970 hit "One Toke Over the Line" as a "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdmaEhMHE modern spiritual]]" on his show, due to its mention of the words "sweet Jesus" in the chorus. Unlike the long-haired hippies that were Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, Welk performers Gail (Farrell) and (Dick) Dale (not the [[Music/DickDale surf rock legend]]) were a clean-cut, wholesome duo of featured singers who, like Welk, probably didn't know what a "toke" was.
-->'''Michael Brewer''': The Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, named us personally as a subversive to American youth, but at exactly the same time Lawrence Welk performed the crazy thing and introduced it as a gospel song. That shows how absurd it really is.
10th Apr '17 9:37:59 PM Lirodon
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--->'''Michael Brewer''': The Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, named us personally as a subversive to American youth, but at exactly the same time Lawrence Welk performed the crazy thing and introduced it as a gospel song. That shows how absurd it really is.

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--->'''Michael -->'''Michael Brewer''': The Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, named us personally as a subversive to American youth, but at exactly the same time Lawrence Welk performed the crazy thing and introduced it as a gospel song. That shows how absurd it really is.
10th Apr '17 9:16:26 PM Lirodon
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* In an unusual form of Bowdlerisation, Creator/LawrenceWelk unironically introduced Brewer and Shipley's 1970 hit "One Toke Over the Line" as a "modern spiritual" on his show, due to its mention of the words "sweet Jesus" in the chorus. Unlike the long-haired hippies that were Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, Welk performers Gail (Farrell) and (Dick) Dale (not the [[Music/DickDale surf rock legend]]) were a clean-cut, wholesome duo of featured singers who, like Welk, probably didn't know what a "toke" was.

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* In an unusual form of Bowdlerisation, Creator/LawrenceWelk unironically introduced referred to Brewer and Shipley's 1970 hit "One Toke Over the Line" as a "modern spiritual" "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdmaEhMHE modern spiritual]]" on his show, due to its mention of the words "sweet Jesus" in the chorus. Unlike the long-haired hippies that were Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley, Welk performers Gail (Farrell) and (Dick) Dale (not the [[Music/DickDale surf rock legend]]) were a clean-cut, wholesome duo of featured singers who, like Welk, probably didn't know what a "toke" was.
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