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Canada amends ruling on Dire Straits' song
AP ^ | September 1, 2011

Posted on 09/01/2011 8:19:12 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

CANADA'S broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling that deemed Dire Straits' hit Money for Nothing unfit for radio, saying that while the homophobic slur in the song is inappropriate, it must be taken in context.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission had asked for a review of the song after the standards council ruled in January that the British band's song was unfit for radio because its lyrics include a gay slur. The council had responded to a complaint from a radio listener.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: canada; direstraits; music; rockandroll; songs
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Cheap Trick could write a song called "The Thought Police."
1 posted on 09/01/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I always thought that was an odd line in that song

I could not figure out the context


2 posted on 09/01/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofread....)
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To: Mr. K

The sole purpose of that line was to “pimp” Canada’s fascist masters.


3 posted on 09/01/2011 8:24:48 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Mr. K
The way I took it, it's the voice of the "Joe Six-Pack" type regular guy appliance installer, looking at the TV and commenting on the 80s hair band loser making money and getting hot chicks. Wasn't that how it was depicted in the animated video? And I mean, rockers were basically in drag back then:


4 posted on 09/01/2011 8:26:39 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: Mr. K

what is the alleged slur?


5 posted on 09/01/2011 8:27:43 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Mr. K
I think they were trying to mimic the comments of a hardworking guy who was doing manual labor for little pay. That person then saw a musician, ridiculed him for wearing makeup, but the end result was that the singer was a millionaire.
6 posted on 09/01/2011 8:28:59 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Mr. K

The song is about a working stiff’s jealousy of the way rock and rollers get rich playing music “on the M.T.V.” And it is tongue in cheek. The context is quite clear.

What surprises me is the failure of feminists to object to the “chicks for free” line. And the racism pimps failure to decry the line “banging on bongos like a chimpanzee.”

Sounds like there is actually some intelligence in the court system in Canada.


7 posted on 09/01/2011 8:29:23 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: 101voodoo

“That little faggot, he’s a millionaire.”


8 posted on 09/01/2011 8:29:53 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: 101voodoo

That little faggot with the earring and the makeup... yeah buddy, thats his own hair

That little faggot got his own jet airplane. That little faggot he’s a millionaire....


9 posted on 09/01/2011 8:30:23 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Mr. K; Huck

From the Brothers In Arms Album

I want my MTV

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s

(See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire)

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these colour TV’s

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin’ in the camera
Man we could have some
And he’s up there, what’s that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin’ on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s

Look a’ here
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on your MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free

Look at that, look at that

Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

(Fade)
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV


10 posted on 09/01/2011 8:32:13 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: 101voodoo
The slur in question...

The little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy, that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire

Oh, such HORRID besmirching of the homosexual population! The HORROR! (/sarc tag hopefully not needed)

11 posted on 09/01/2011 8:32:27 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: bigdaddy45

I heard that it referred to David Geffen.


12 posted on 09/01/2011 8:32:55 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Mr. K
The context of the song is that Knopfler was in a NYC appliance store with the wall of TVs in the TV section all showing MTV.

While he was waiting for his paperwork for whatever gear he was buying, he had a conversation with one of the stores' receiving workers who was unloading products on the selling floor.

The guy, who had no clue Knopfler was a rock musician, struck up a conversation with Knopfler about the music video playing on all the screens and basically expressed the sentiment that while blue collar guys like himself had to bust their humps all day delivering microwaves and refrigerators, installing cabinets, etc. the rockers wearing silk pants and makeup in MTV videos were getting paid to do nothing but enjoy themselves.

Knopfler thought the guy was hilarious and wrote a song from his perspective.

So the narrator of the song is basically a blue collar cugine from Brooklyn.

13 posted on 09/01/2011 8:33:55 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Mr. K
I always thought that was an odd line in that song

Not really. The lyrics reflect the thoughts of an average blue-collar worker envious about the outrageous and seemingly 'easy' prosperity of rock stars. The 'faggot' reference sounds pretty close to what a jealous working joe would say to degrade a guy with make-up, styled hair and earrings. It was also written some 30 years ago.

14 posted on 09/01/2011 8:34:33 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: ConservativeStatement

And d*mn, what a great band Dire Straits was.

Not to mention Knopfler - guitarist and song writer par excellance!


15 posted on 09/01/2011 8:35:27 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: hoagy62

I recently heard this song on our local Pittsburgh rock station (WDVE). They muted out the “offending” word.


16 posted on 09/01/2011 8:36:09 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: ConservativeStatement
The Thought Police probably wouldn't like this song either:

Johnny Are You Queer by Josie Cotton


17 posted on 09/01/2011 8:36:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The song struck a nerve since so many in society can emphasize. And Dire Straits knew that they had a good thing going and wanted to express it and give thanks. They were paid back by the public. Not to mention the guitar track was classic.

I thought rock music outrageous behavior was exempt from all criticism, back to “The Who” smashing guitars on stage forward?


18 posted on 09/01/2011 8:37:04 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: ConservativeStatement

Similarly people misinterpret Randy Newman’s “Short People”,
in which he _portrays_ a bigot who feels that “short people got no reason to live”. The key is in the middle:

Backing singers: Short people are just the same as you and I
Randy: The fools such as I

So he’s portraying someone, it isn’t literal. Also I can think of two songs sung by women who are “portraying” men:
Joan Baez version of The Night They Drove Ol Dixie Down,
and Cher’s You Better Sit Down Kids


19 posted on 09/01/2011 8:37:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ConservativeStatement

We know that Canada is a bit behind in trends, music, fashion and such but didn’t this song come out in like 85, eh?


20 posted on 09/01/2011 8:40:58 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yet how much “music” today contain the N word? And it should not matter the race of the “artist”.

Would those lines in “Money for Nothing” be OK if Knopfler was gay?


21 posted on 09/01/2011 8:41:27 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: wideawake
Ten to one that was a Prince video playing when the worker said that!

Hot chicks sticking it out and a little faggot millionaire... Sounds like Little Red Corvette or 1999!

22 posted on 09/01/2011 8:42:26 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Iron Munro

Played in the movie “Valley Girl.”


23 posted on 09/01/2011 8:42:48 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: mikey_hates_everything
Remember when the NBA player was fined for shouting a slur to a fan? My question at the time was would the fine be higher if the fan was known to be gay? Would that be a suspension?
24 posted on 09/01/2011 8:44:58 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: hoagy62

Thank you (all of you)


25 posted on 09/01/2011 8:45:23 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Right Brother
The 'faggot' reference sounds pretty close to what a jealous working joe would say to degrade a guy with make-up, styled hair and earrings.

That's how I always took it. He seems to be saying that you can laugh at those rock stars and call them faggots but they're making fortunes with their acts.

26 posted on 09/01/2011 8:46:37 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Huck

This is why Slash said no to joining Poison before teaming up with Axl Rose.


27 posted on 09/01/2011 8:48:08 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NativeSon

Not that far behind since it was released in Canada when it was released everywhere else. There are a few oldies radio stations that no doubt play the song on occasion. The album was one of the very early cd releases when cds and cd players were first appearing.


28 posted on 09/01/2011 8:53:44 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Mr. K

When the song came out it didn’t seem at all odd. Wonder how far Black Betty would get today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z0tsU-En94&feature=fvst


29 posted on 09/01/2011 9:00:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: massgopguy

Axel was in drag at the beginning too, but Slash had his own image.


30 posted on 09/01/2011 9:03:06 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: Huck

Rob Halford really was hellbent for leather.


31 posted on 09/01/2011 9:03:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: cripplecreek

Black Betty was written by a black man (Leadbelly).


32 posted on 09/01/2011 9:08:16 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: cripplecreek

Check out this past thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1577325/posts


33 posted on 09/01/2011 9:08:27 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Clemenza

Yep. some of the best rock tunes were written by old bluesmen.

“When the levee breaks” is a good example.


34 posted on 09/01/2011 9:10:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

With Nick Cage “dancing” to it, if I recall.


35 posted on 09/01/2011 9:10:54 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

When they attack the car, save the radio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZaRznRmCqc


36 posted on 09/01/2011 9:13:54 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Clemenza

I’m a little surpprised Monster Magnet “Space lord” was allowed to slide through.

“if I don’t get my bath, I take it out on the slaves”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dscfeQOMuGw&ob=av3e


37 posted on 09/01/2011 9:17:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: raccoonradio

Randy Newman’s great for satire. “Sail Away” is such a beautiful song, and then you listen to the lyrics, and damn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chaP4MCXp4w


38 posted on 09/01/2011 9:18:58 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: NativeSon
We know that Canada is a bit behind in trends, music, fashion and such but didn’t this song come out in like 85, eh?

So we still have a few years before Canada 'discovers' rap/hip hop and the 'N' word.

39 posted on 09/01/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Da Coyote
Here's a link to a great version at a benefit concert with Knopfler, Clapton, Sting, & Phil Collins. Copy and paste this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol1R788unDw

and enjoy.......Guitar gods gone wild!!

40 posted on 09/01/2011 9:30:13 AM PDT by Reo
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To: Alas Babylon!
That's a pretty good theory.

Prince is a genius though - he gets a free pass from me on his fashion decisions.

41 posted on 09/01/2011 10:04:37 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Iron Munro
That's on the Valley Girl soundtrack, featuring a young, pre-breakdown Nicholas Cage.
42 posted on 09/01/2011 10:06:54 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Of course! Don't get me wrong. I really like Prince. In the late 70’s/early 80’s, his music transcended so many genres. Hell, I even liked Sheila E. and the rest of the Minnesota Sound.

But if there's one thing I heard back then, it was that Prince was gay.

43 posted on 09/01/2011 10:18:10 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: sportutegrl

For some reason, I had a flash of ‘Faulty Towers’ ;...”whatever you do, don’t mention the War!”.


44 posted on 09/01/2011 10:28:55 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: wideawake; ConservativeStatement
That's on the Valley Girl soundtrack

Thanks - I wasn't aware of that.


45 posted on 09/01/2011 11:15:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: toothfairy86

The line referred to Boy George.


46 posted on 09/01/2011 11:17:40 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Funny thing is, I usually skip that song when playing Brothers in Arms, it’s the weakest song on the entire album.


47 posted on 09/01/2011 11:22:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Iron Munro

They would like this even less: Warning Adult Language and Content.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9B1PrCckSk&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL37445210537D639F


48 posted on 09/01/2011 11:35:39 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: cripplecreek

Meat Loaf, Cheryl Crow, also did it, the original group was the best.


49 posted on 09/01/2011 11:43:48 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Little Bill

Thanks but no thanks - I can tell by the url.


50 posted on 09/01/2011 12:32:26 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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