Why is Caesar Pink and the Imperial Orgy being banned by college radio?

I just read an interesting article on the CD Baby website talking about how the performer Caesar Pink and the Imperial Orgy and their CD “The Sexual Revolution is not Over!” is being banned by a number of American college radio stations. Their CD “Gospel Hymns For Agnostics & Atheists” has been banned by KWRS of Spokane, WA, WDTS of Georgetown, DE, WMHW of Mount Pleasant, MI, WBER of Penfield, NY, KPNI of Dallas, TX, WTHS of Dearborn, MI, WSAJ of Grove City, GA and WFHU of Henderson, TN. Deemed too controversial by college radio because of its explicit sexual nature, according to Caesar Pink it goes beyond that:

“This trend in college radio towards censoring political expression is disturbing. For an artist, if you don’t have access to the media you have no voice with which to reach people. It’s a sign of the conformist spirit that has taken America. It’s odd because you can be as outrageous as you want when it comes to sex and violence and no one gets too excited, but ideas are what tend to get censored. If you dare to suggest that people should think for themselves and not blindly accept the dictates of church and state, that is when people get nervous and try to shut you up. Rock music has become so safe and vacuous that young Americans have forgotten that music is an art-form with which to express ideas, and that there was a time when rock music was a conduit for social change.”

I definitely have to agree with his sentiment that rock music, once the voice of rebellion has become in some ways too safe for its’ own good. In this increasingly PC world it is getting harder and harder to find musicians who are perhaps more “raw” and less concerned with what the major labels deem to be commercial. That is why so much of the best rock and roll can be found on indie labels who tend to give their artists more leeway in what they want to say and how they want to say it but then that’s because most indie labels are run by music fans and not by accountants and lawyers.

I have always been of the opinion that it should be up to the listener to decide if they agree or disagree with an artists point of view and it is then up to them if they want to support the artist or not. Examples such as this and the whole Dixie Chicks fiasco where country radio stations are banning their music because of their comments on George Bush are so disheartening. If you don’t like what a band stands for change the channel or don’t buy or download their CD but don’t dictate to me what I can and cannot hear thank you very much. The First Ammendment has to be excercised regularly or it will atrophy. This kind of idiocy makes a mockery of American values in my opinion and I’m not even American! Sigh….

Later.

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