Dire Straits Track Banned In Canada
Dire Straits have had one of their biggest songs banned in Canada – for being sexually offensive.
While there’s hardly anyone who’d claim that Mark Knopfler et al are exactly controversial, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that Money For Nothing, the band’s 1985 hit, can no longer be played on air, because the word ‘faggot’ crops up three times in the lyrics.
This edict has been laid down after a listener in Newfoundland sent in a complaint. Quite why it’s taken 26 years for them to realise this remains a mystery – especially as the song was a No.1 hit in Canada!
However, one radio station is gonna defy this ban. K-97 in Edmonton intend to play the song continuously for an hour.
K-97 Operations Manager Patrick Cardinal said: “If you look at the context of the term, it’s an artistic portrayal of a bigoted person looking at the riches of the music industry. Our listeners absolutely support our right to play the song. If we get a CBSC complaint about it, we will vigilantly defend our right to play it.”
Wonder if the CBSC have ever read the lyrics for Guns N’ Roses’ One In A Million!