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CASE STUDY

Our playlist contains music for everyone, playing the greatest music from the sixties to the present day from all different genres. What makes our station stand out from the rest is that we play each track as the artist intended it to be heard - in full and uncensored. 

There are some exceptions before some of you get too excited. We won't play music that we deem to be too offensive or not to our taste. But we are also a station that isn't afraid of the PC Brigade and play classics that some stations have banned or edited due to public pressure. Below are our own case studies to why we have decided to include songs that are deemed unsuitable for the airwaves.

Blue Mink - Melting Pot

Recently removed from the playlists of some UK radio stations and has seen some stations being warned by OFCOM for playing it, as they claim the lyrics are deemed offensive.

This classic from the late sixties has divided listeners to whether or not the song is actually racist. However, CityLIVE Radio has taken the decision to include this track on our playlist. Why? After listening to the song and reading the lyrics, we agree with the band's African-American lead singer Madeline Bell, that the song is not racist and is indeed, in our view the complete opposite. Yes, there is racist phrases used that aren't acceptable in society today, but there used as an example to what minorities were subjected to by racist individuals at the time of this track's release.

Overall, Melting Pot is trying to get the message across to everyone that no matter your race, we are all the same inside. A message some are overseeing and concentrating more on the racist phrases than the true meaning of the song.

Therefore, we can't see a reason why this song shouldn't be included in our playlist.

Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army

Released in 1979, lyrically inspired about the troubles in Northern Ireland and the socioeconomic components of war. 

This classic contains the phrase 'white nigger', a racial slur which has been removed by some radio stations in the UK, resulting in criticism by listeners and some artists given the intended anti-racism and anti-war theme of the track.

CityLIVE Radio has made the decision to include the uncensored version of the track in our playlist as the artist intended it to be heard.

In addition, many rap artists have used racial phrases in their songs that haven't caused controversy after being played on the radio, therefore we can see no reason why this song should be treated any differently. 

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York

An absolute classic from 1987, a song that is still played across the airwaves every Christmas. However, its another classic that hasn't avoided controversy due to its lyrics. Some UK stations will now only play a edited version of the song, removing the words 'arse', 'slut' and 'faggot' in case it offends listeners. This has amused The Pogues including Kirsty MacColl's mother who deemed it 'too ridiculous'.

In 2010, musical comedian Mitch Benn defended the use of the word 'faggot' in the song stating it wasn't a derogatory term for homosexuals, but it is Irish and Liverpudlian slang for a lazy person.

CityLIVE Radio have researched this further and agree with Mitch Benn, adding that the word 'faggot' is actually a North American offensive word for homosexual, not British. Therefore we cannot see why this track cannot be played uncensored.

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