Songs About "Fire" And "Burning" Banned From Australian Radio
Something very similar happened in the United States after September 11, 2001 - Australian radio stations are purging their playlists of any songs that might remind listeners of last weekend's holocaust in Victoria.
Gone from radio playlists, already, are the following songs :
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
Bruce Springsteen - (I'm On) Fire
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
INXS - Burn For You
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
U2 - Fire
While radio stations are engaged in such rampant fucking stupidity, here's a few they might have missed :
The Doors - Light My Fire
Various - Great Balls Of Fire
Madonna - Burning Up
INXS - Girl On Fire
AC/DC - This House Is On Fire
Olivia Newton-John - Walk Through The Fire
Ben Harper - Burn One Down
Various - Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno)
Bob Marley - Burnin' & Lootin'
Cold Chisel - Baby's On Fire
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Icehouse - Touch The Fire
John Farnham - Burn For You
Bryan Adams - Hearts On Fire
Hunters & Collectors - Everything's On Fire
Peter Gabriel - Walk Through The Fire
Elvis Presley - Burning Love
John Mellencamp - Paper In Fire
John Farnham - Hearts On Fire
Usher - Burn
Jesus & Mary Chain - Catch Fire
Metallica - Jump In The Fire
Nickleback - Burn It To The Ground
Bloodhound Gang - Burn Baby Burn
Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
It's fascinating to note just how many great, timeless songs could make the 'You Can't Play That Now!' ban list.
If ridiculously over-sensitive radio stations decide to include all songs that include the words "fire" or "burn" in their lyrics, instead of just the choruses or song titles, they won't have much left to play at all.
Do you know how many U2 and Midnight Oil songs, for example, use words like "fire" and "burn" in their lyrics? I can't be arsed to check, but from the most vague of memory recalls, I know it's a hell of a lot.
If Australia was hit by a tsunami, would we ban all Beach Boys songs?
Definitely one of the most ridiculous fall-outs of the Victoria Fires 2009 (Part One) I've found so far. No doubt, it won't be the last.