Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Jamaican Radio Regulators Clear the Air
Well well looks like somebody has had an epiphany of sorts. I'm wondering how this will play out but Jamaican regulators have now banned all songs with lyrics mentioning murder, arson, rape, violence, gratuitous sex amongst other things. They don't even want club djs to play these songs and aren't allowing edited versions. Does this include homo-bashing songs as well? What will be left to play? Will it be Bob Marley and Peter Tosh 24/7?
This is so much better than Clear Channel's blatant censorship when they pulled "questionable" songs off their playlists after 9/11. Who in their right mind would ever consider John Lennon's Imagine an offensive song? At least there's an attempt at decency though the cynic in me wonders how long this will last. I'm certain pressure from record labels will start to chip away at this stance to erode it to the point of uselessness. If the regulators can hold firm I believe the audience won't miss it. A steady diet of junk food may keep you from going hungry but it doesn't nourish your body. We need music that lifts our spirits as well as delights our senses. So bravo to them for making such a courageous decision.
Now onto the United States.....