Is everybody happy?

In an effort to keep radio listeners and MTV viewers from doing anything stupid like thinking, stations are rewriting their playlists to remove any songs that might cause offence during the war and to put the emphasis on “upbeat” tunes.

Television stations are scouring their schedules to remove any potentially offensive films. Stations are reported to have pulled The Dogs of War, To Hell and Back, The Eagle Has Landed, as well as other films which might remind people that war sucks.

MTV Europe’s banned videos

  • System of a Down: “Boom!” — anti-war video about projected casualties in Iraq

  • Aerosmith: Don’t Want to Miss a Thing — with Armageddon film footage

  • Manic Street Preachers: So Why So Sad — shows soldiers being killed

  • Passengers/U2: Miss Sarajevo — with weapons and explosions

  • Bon Jovi: This Ain’t a Love Song — contains war scenes
  • Iggy Pop: Corruption — contains wars, riots, guns

  • Paul Hardcastle: 19 — contains war footage

  • Radiohead: Lucky — contains war footage

  • Billy Idol: Hot in the City — features atomic explosion

  • Armand van Helden: Koochy — atomic explosion and ships being blown up

  • Trick Daddy: Thug Holiday — contains soldiers being killed in war

    Videos with words such as “bomb”, “missile”, “war” or other sensitive words in the artist or song title should not be shown at the moment.

    Examples include:

  • Outkast: B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad)

  • Radiohead: Invasion

  • Megadeth: Holy Wars

  • Gavin Friday: You, Me and World War Three

  • ALL videos by the B-52s

    Source: internal memo from, Mark Sunderland, Broadcast Standards Manager, MTV Europe

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