A new video by The Streets has been banned from TV because of its sex, drugs
and violence content.
'Blinded by the Light', which tells the story of a drink and drug-fuelled night at a friend's wedding reception, has been censored by radio stations because of it's explicit lyrics. The video shows the Street's Mike Skinner drinking and taking drugs - then he's beaten up and left in a pool of blood - it's a charming little pop promo. Then, just to really piss off the powers that be, Skinner's friend is shown using a mobile phone to film himself receiving oral sex.
According to The Sun, TV watchdog Ofcom says the graphic scenes are far too
explicit to pass their strict guidelines. That means Top Of The Pops, CD:UK et al will only be allowed to show a few seconds of the video at anyone time, and MTV will only play it in the post-11pm nightime slot.
Call me cynical but I am convinced that bands make sure to have videos they know will be banned to make sure their new single is talked about for one and to sell the inevitable uncensored version on DVD. Of course, the press fall for every time, making it a great way to generate lots of free PR.
"A sinister cabal of superior writers."