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    Exclamation Question re: Katy Perry's "T.G.I.F." Song

    I hear the song on several radio stations in Calgary, but one of them, Kool 101.5, seems to be playing a censored version. There is one line they keep editing out. Instead of "then had a menage a trois" the line "so we hit the boulevard" is repeated. Quite weird.

    Here is the actual song:

    There's a stranger in my bed,
    There's a pounding my head
    Glitter all over the room
    Pink flamingos in the pool
    I smell like a minibar
    DJ's passed out in the yard
    Barbie's on the barbeque
    This a hickey or a bruise

    ( pre chorus )
    Pictures of last night
    Ended up online
    I'm screwed
    Oh well
    It's a blacktop blur
    But I'm pretty sure
    it ruled
    Damn

    ( Chorus )
    Last Friday night
    Yeah we danced on tabletops
    And we took too many shots
    Think we kissed but I forgot
    Last Friday night
    Yeah we maxed our credit cards
    Then got kicked out of the bar
    So we hit the boulevard
    Last Friday night
    We went streaking in the park
    Skinny dipping in the dark
    Then had a menage a trois *
    Last Friday night
    Yeah I think we broke the law
    Always say we're gonna stop
    But this Friday night
    Do it all again
    This Friday night
    Do it all again

    Trying to connect the dots
    Don't know what to tell my boss
    Think the city towed my car
    Chandelier is on the floor
    Ripped my favorite party dress
    Warrants out for my arrest
    Think I need a ginger ale
    That was such an epic fail

    ( Pre chorus )

    ( Chorus )

    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.
    T.G.I.F.

    ( Chorus )

    *(the substituted line)

    Has anyone else noticed this? Are any radio stations your way doing this?

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    No station in my area has done this. They all use the menage a trois line. That's silly that it's being edited that way. Is that Kool station a more "family" station as opposed to a Top 40 station?

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    That's not surprising. Lots of songs get censored in weird ways like that.
    I listen to country music, but two I can think of are
    "Toes in the water, ass in the sand" is "Toes in the water, toes in the sand". The same station plays both versions, but the ass version is never during the standard school commute times, just during the work day or late at night.

    The SAME song has the line "I'm gonna lay in the hot sun and roll a big fat one" and the word fat gets bleeped from it. Apparently if we don't hear that it isn't drug related? I think that is the dumbest edit ever.

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    I haven't heard that done here in the San Francisco Bay Area stations. BTW, I HATE that song! It's soooo... trying too hard partygirl/don't know who got me preggo/ ack I caught an STD! /blitzed out of my mind is all I care about doing song. blech
    I must be getting old.

    edited to add that Casey Anthony pops into my head whenever I hear this song.

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    eh, I loathe this song. She's easily the worst of the current pop tarts.

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    I'm still disappointed that all of the radio stations in my area wimped out and didn't play the original version of CeeLo Green's song "Forget You."

    siouxdonym, IMO T.G.I.F. still isn't as bad as Firework. Now there's a crap song.

    And while Katy is on my list of overrated pop singers, Britney Spears goes number one. That synthesized robot on helium voice is annoying and I can't believe how much credit she is given. Idol and icon my arse.

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    I only like Katy Perry's songs when Lea Michele and other members of Glee sing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    eh, I loathe this song. She's easily the worst of the current pop tarts.
    Quoted for truth!
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    Well, this thread is about censorship, not who likes Katy Perry or not.

    Another radio station here censors Foster the People's "Pumped up Kicks". The words "gun" and "bullet" magically disappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missflick View Post
    Well, this thread is about censorship, not who likes Katy Perry or not.

    Another radio station here censors Foster the People's "Pumped up Kicks". The words "gun" and "bullet" magically disappear.
    That is just pathetic. They might as well not play the song at all since those lyrics are essential to understanding what the song is even about. It reminds me how some stations censor the word "sex" during Bruno Mars "Lazy Song." Since when is "sex" a bad word? There are plenty of words that are bad that could have been used but he went with the right one for radio. Would they prefer he said "copulate?"
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    Adele's Rolling in the Deep has the line that sounds like "lay your sh*t bare" (but all the lyrics I look up say "ship bare") and it comes censored as "lay fish bare". Makes me every time I hear it!!

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    It's not censorship if a radio refuses to air a song, that is exercising editoriolship. It is only censorship if the government orders it against the radio-owner's wishes.

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    Cuss words should always be censored out. Kids don't need to hear it.
    I don't think a lot of them will know what a menage trois is. May even think it's another word.

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    The funny thing is, censorship is not very consistent. The word "shit" is often edited in a lot of songs, but I have yet to hear it edited in George Michael's "Fast Love". I always hear it loudly and clearly.

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    What has always been funny to me is that certain cuss words are ok, specifically on television. If a word has an alternate meaning it is fair game. Bitch, damn, ass, etc. However, the other words are just crude for the sake of being crude I suppose and they can't be used or will be bleeped.
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    The shows with cursing are usually on later in the evening. I think the cutoff used to be 9pm but the start time seems to have migrated to 8pm lately. So many people have become de-sensitized to foul language that it doesn't add anything to the script or, in this case, lyrics.

    Crying "censorship!" is a moot point in this case. A song like "I'm a B--ch" would suffer from losing that word, but not the song in the OP losing "menage a trois." It's not that significant to the song. "Hit the boulevard" makes me think they're turning tricks, so the theme stays the same. That's the only line they cut? Amazing, given the rest of the lyrics. The one that got away really has little to no impact, lol.

    It's really up to the artists/record companies: if they want their song played on "family friendly" stations, they have to clean them up. Radio Disney has "clean" versions of most popular songs with objectionable lyrics. They broadcast their versions and you can buy them through iTunes. (Look for "RD Version" in the description.)

    The artists/record companies know what the standards are for the station and they provide the alternate vocals. This is much the way TV stations show edited movies and shows.

    I prefer stations that have clean lyrics in their songs. My oldest was precocious and could memorize lyrics even as a three-year old, so we switched to AAHS World Radio and Radio Disney many years ago after she repeated "shake her *** on the hood of whitesnake's car" to my MIL. Since RD put AAHS out of business, that station has gone downhill - it's really Cali Girl Central, even the male celebs. The DJ talk down to the callers and act like idiots on the air, when they're not hyping the latest Disney show/movie/star/concert/etc. It's like a 24-hour commercial for Everything Disney. Thanks for the stations everyone listed - I'll have to listen online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jot the Dot Dot View Post
    It's not censorship if a radio refuses to air a song, that is exercising editoriolship. It is only censorship if the government orders it against the radio-owner's wishes.
    Censorship does not have to be done by the government. For example, a parent can censor what their child reads.

    I couldn't find a dictionary that limited censorship to the government. The radio stations are censoring the songs, based on their own editorial guidelines.

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    I liked the song until I actually listened to the lyrics and not just the TGIF part of it.

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    I have no idea how Kidz Bop is going to do their version of this song for the next compilation.

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    [QUOTE=shan;3301695]Adele's Rolling in the Deep has the line that sounds like "lay your sh*t bare" (but all the lyrics I look up say "ship bare") [QUOTE]

    I like your lyrics much better. They are more powerful, and seem appropriate for a song called 'rolling in the deep'.

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