Top Ten Records Banned by the BBC

Jane Birkin – Je T’aime – Banned due to the obvious sexual nature and aroused rasping, it certainly wasn’t helped by Serge Gainsbourg singing about the joys of going “entre tes reins” – between your kidneys – i.e. up your bum – 1969 & 1974

Paul Simon – Me and Julio – Banned for referring to Newsweek magazine and therefore advertising – 1972

Lil Louis – French Kiss – “Heavy breathing” – 1989

The Stranglers – Peaches – Considered “woman baiting” (a sport still legal in some parts of Cornwall) – 1977

Cliff Richard – Honky Tonk Angel – Self imposed ban as “saint” Cliff didn’t know that a Honky Tonk angel was a Hooker! We all know what Cliff is though don’t we boys and girls? – 1975

Police – Invisible Sun – Banned due to references to Northern Ireland (Barrel of an Armalite, etc.) – 1981

Max Romeo – Wet Dream – Max claimed it was a song about his bedroom ceiling. The BBC weren’t having it either – 1969

Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen – Anti-monarchy – 1977 (Jubilee year)

The Prodigy – Smack my bitch up – Despite denials, this single was never played during the day on Radio 1 – 1997

Scott Walker – Jackie – Reference to “authentic queers” – 1967


  1. What about Leonard Rossiter’s “My Tongue is Your Toilet Paper”.

    That was a belting fucking tune.

  2. They also won’t play ‘the Quo’ on Radio One anymore. We’re living in a nanny state etc.

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