When you browse the stands in record stores these days, it’s not uncommon to see rows of CDs with Parental Advisory/Explicit labels stuck on them. I guess we’ve become inured to – let’s call them – less than savory, lyrics that there’s little that has shock value. Although it still happens contemporaneously on occasion, there are older songs that at the time of their release were considered more than controversial, often leading them to be banned. Songs like these:
1. Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
This 80s classic by British band Frankie Goes to Hollywood caused a lot of shock and complaint when it was released in the 80s, especially following the release of the song’s music video. The song, thanks to its video depicting the London gay scene of the time, was deemed to be all about the act of having homosexual sex, and as a result was banned from radio and TV for a substantial amount of time. Of course, this only made the song more popular, and it’s still a favorite today!