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Controversial Moments in Rock History 2

Updated on June 15, 2012
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Bangles
The Bangles


After the ashes fell and New York began cleaning up Ground Zero in the fall 2001. Americans were a little hesitant when it came to any potential signs of future terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. The emotional aftermath of those grieving lost loved ones even led executives at Clear Channel Communications to reevaluate what was playing on their airwaves. Were there songs insensitive to the families affected or suggestive of celebrating such a tragic day? In turn, Clear Channel made a controversial move that would upset some listeners and comfort others - the company temporarily blacklisted songs with " questionable lyrics" from their stations' playlists. The tunes frowned upon included:

  • AC/DC - " Highway to Hell"
  • The Bangles - "Walk like an Egyptian"
  • Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
  • Dave Mattews Band - "Crash into Me"
  • Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Aeroplane"
  • U2 - "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Queen - "Another one bites the dust"
  • Foo Fighters - " Learn to Fly"
  • Cat Stevens - " Morning has broken"
  • Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"
  • Paul McCartney and Wings - " Live and Let Die"
  • Simon and Garfunkel - "Bridge over Troubled Water"

Dick Clark

Most Controversial Disc Jockey

Broadcast live from New York at the height of its popularity in the late 1950s, American Bandstand had twenty million fans and was being carried on at least sixty-four television stations. However, some music industry veterans were suspicious of how selective Dick Clark was when it came to choosing bands to showcase on the air. He seemed to give artists represented by Philadelphia recording companies more airtime than the rest. Clark also owned partial copyrights to 150 songs and was accused of playing those specific songs over and over again to boost record sales and, in turn, his own profits. In the end, a 1959 U.S. Senate committee investigated the case, and Clark admitted to one of the allegations - he had accepted a lavish gift ( a fur stole and some jewelry) from the president of a well known recording company. Other than that, investigators could not find anything worth trying to him for, so Clark agreed to behae and give up extracurricular business deals to focus on Bandstand instead.

DID YOU KNOW THAT.. B.B. King is the only performer who did not lip-sync on American Band

Twiggs Lyndon

Twiggs Lyndon
Twiggs Lyndon

Most Controversial Fan

The Allman Brothers made a name for themselves when they blended smooth southern soul with psychedelic rock and country in the 1970s, but with a drug induced wild side, their concerts sometimes got a little out of control. A roadie with a passion for rock, Twiggs Lyndon did not appreciate it when a Buffalo, New York, club owner refused to pay the Allman Brothers for their performance because they showed up late. Standing up for his favorite band and venting his frustration, Lyndon whipped out a fishing knife and stabbed the owner mutliple times. Shocked at what its self-proclaimed No.1 fan had just done, the band returned to its tour and let the cop take care of Lyndon, who was arrested for first degree murder.

Lyndon's defense in trial seemed ridiculous at first - he claimed to have been temporarily insane from spending too much time on the road with the Allman Brothers. In the end,his assertion was not as unbelievable as it initially sounded. When drummer Berry Oakley was called to testify, he spent so much time running back and forth to throw up in the bahroom that everyone began to wonder if Lyndon's insanity ploy was actually true. The dominance drugs over Oakley and his bandmates becamse so obvious that Lyndon was found not guilty


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    Jenny Stub 

    6 years ago from Missouri, US

    I had never heard of these events either. This was really interesting! Talk about a devoted fan, or insane I guess! Wow! Voted up and interesting! Thanks for sharing I will be looking for more of your articles!

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    Sunshine Diaz 

    6 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Thank you very much! oh my, thank you for such a warm reception :)I think people get to notice more on my hubs when its all about music, i'd certainly write more! Thank you again

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    6 years ago

    Great start jolinabetts,

    Really interesting information here. I never heard of the events you highlighted in this article. Voted up!

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    Angela Brummer 

    6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    This is great! I recall when Bon Jovi was not acceptable to parents and now sings for many disney movies. Shared!

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    Thomas Silvia 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts

    A very well written hub with much great music information within it, well done ! I can't believe some of the songs baned by CCC, really ???

    Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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