BBC Grounds ‘War Songs’

Cutting Crew’s “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight,” Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” and John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” are some of the pop tunes that won’t be getting airplay on BBC local radio stations for the duration of the gulf war.

Pubcaster has drawn up a guideline on songs considered inappropriate for the airwaves during the crisis. Criteria for the guideline are lyrics or titles that could be associated with violence and war, or songs with overt antiwar sentiments.

Other disks grounded for the duration are: “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Coffins), “Sixty Eight Guns” (The Alarm), “Fields Of Fire” (Big Country), “Stop The Cavalry” (Jona Lewi), “Killer Queen” (Queen), “Living In The Front Line,” (Eddy Grant), “Hunting High And Low” (A-ha), and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” A spokesman said the pubcaster’s national Radio 1 pop channel “would be exercising its own discretion during the war.”

London commercial pop station Capital Radio also has introduced what it calls a “basic common sense” policy of not airing songs that could be construed as offensive. “We are in the business of entertaining our listeners, not upsetting them,” a spokesman said.

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