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by Dan Weiss

July 5, 2014

Cleverly Censored Songs

by Dan Weiss  |  July 5, 2014

Rock 'n' rollers have loved sneaking dirty stuff onto the radio for as long as people can remember -- see Chuck Berry's oh-it's-so-obvious novelty "My Ding-A-Ling" and the Stones' "Start Me Up" (which faintly, yet infamously, pronounces "you make a dead man come" in the final chorus as the song fades out). But in the '90s people got especially creative, with Deftones ("7 Words") and Fatboy Slim ("Gangster Trippin'") flipping a hook that sounds like the f-word … but is it really? Both are attention-getters, but Limp Bizkit's classic "Nookie" is the gold standard, bringing "stick it up your -- yeah!" into the public consciousness. Lo-Fidelity Allstars' "Battleflag" and Kid Rock's "Cowboy" found cute replacement sound effects for the bad words on radio, and Jay Z's "Can I Get A …" and Nelly's "Country Grammar" are better known for their scrupulous radio versions, chock full of "what what" and "boom boom," respectively. And no matter how many times you've heard The Who's "My Generation," you're lying if you're entirely sure he's not gonna stutter out something else with: "Why don't you all just f-f-f-f…"

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