Radio censoring the word "satellite" from Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

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FM radio stations across the country have been censoring the word "satellite" from the hit Black Eyed Peas song "Boom Boom Pow" according to a report by The State Press.

Instead of the lyrics "here we go, here we go, satellite radio" the radio-edited version of the song garbles the word "satellite" - censoring a word that is both family-friendly and unoffensive.

That is, unoffensive to listeners at least, but apparently offensive enough to warrant nationwide censorship by those in the terrestrial radio industry. If you needed further proof of the travesty that regular radio has become, this is it.
This isn't a case of restricting advertising from a competitor.

Satellite Radio is a medium, much like AM/FM Radio, Satellite TV, Cable TV and Internet Radio are mediums. There's no proof that Sirius XM Radio Inc. paid the Black Eyed Peas for product placement within the song (if they did, I'm sure it would have included the brand itself - and the lyrics probably would have read "here we go, here we go, Sirius XM Radio now available at your local Best Buy or online at siriusxm.com").

It's one thing to prevent a competitor from advertising on your airtime (i.e., like seeing DirecTV ads on cable, or Comcast ads on your satellite TV). That's understandable.

But this is a case of editing the original music that the artist intended for the benefit of terrestral radio's own agenda. No where does the FCC define the word "satellite" as offensive. It's offensive to only one group: Radio Execs.

Maybe it's the power of suggestion that regular radio is afraid of? Or the influence that the Black Eyed Peas would have on their listeners with a single word? Or maybe it's a way to get back at will.i.am for his association with the musicFIRST Coallition?

Or maybe it's a combination of all those factors. Either way, it's clear that FM radio doesn't view the artist's music as a priority - regardless of what they tell Congress - only their own agendas.

And that's offensive.


Below is a clean version of the song, and the lyrics to "Boom Boom Pow" that the Black Eyed Peas originally intended. This is what the FCC would allow on the air, without the word "satellite" censored.




Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow lyrics:

Gotta get that [x3]
Gotta get that that that, that that

Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]

Boom boom boom (That) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]

[will.i.am]
Yo, I got the hit that beat the block
You can get that bass overload
I got the that rock and roll
That future flow

That digital spit
Next level visual ****
I got that (Boom boom boom)
How the beat bang (Boom boom boom)

[Fergie]
I like that boom boom pow
Them chickens jackin' my style
They try copy my swagger
I'm on that next **** now

I'm so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom boom boom
That future boom boom boom
Let me get it now

Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]

Boom boom boom (That) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]

[Taboo]
I'm on the supersonic boom
Y'all hear the space ship zoom
When when I step inside the room them girls go ape***, uh

Y'all stuck on Super 8 ****
That low-fi stupid 8-bit
I'm on that HD flat
This beat go boom boom pow

[Apl.de.ap]
I'm a beast when you turn me on
Into the future cybertron
Harder, faster, better, stronger
Sexy ladies extra longer, cuz

We got the beat that bounce
We got the beat that pow
We got the beat that 808
That the boom boom in your town

[Fergie]
People in the place
If you wanna get down
Put your hands in the air
Will.i.am drop the beat now

[Will.i.am]
Yep yep
I be rockin' them beats (Yep, yep)
I be rockin' them beats (Yep yep yep, yep)

Here we go, here we go, satellite radio
Y'all getting hit with (Boom boom)
Beats so big I'm steppin on leprechauns
**** on y'all you with the (Boom boom)
**** on y'all you with the (Boom boom)

**** on y'all you with the..
This beat be bumpin' bumpin'
This beat go boom boom

Let the beat rock
Let the beat rock
Let the beat r...

This beat be bumpin' bumpin'
This beat go boom boom

[Fergie]
I like that boom boom pow
Them chickens jackin' my style
They try copy my swagger
I'm on that next **** now

I'm so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom boom boom
That future boom boom boom
Let me get it now

Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]

Boom boom boom (Yeah) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]

Let the beat rock (Let the beat rock)
Let the beat rock (Let the beat...)
Let the beat r... (Let the beat rock, rock, rock, rock)

Thanks Chris!








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