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BANNED ON THE RUN: The music THEY wouldn't let YOU buy
BANNED ON THE RUN: The music THEY wouldn't let YOU buy
Price: £4.11

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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll hear (about) them here, 7 July 2014
Max Romeo's Wet Dream, Lola by The Kinks and Pink Floyd's It Would Be So Nice were just three "controversial" singles among my teenage record collection towards the end of the 60s.
No surprise that reggae man Max's nocturnal outpouring was banned by the BBC but laughable today that the Kinks and Floyd had to change their lyrics, too, to get any airplay.
Lola might have been a transvestite, as Ray Davies discovered to his cost, but the success of those seven inches was down to Coca-Cola being replaced by the words Cherry Cola.
The Floyd meanwhile had to refer to the non-existent Daily Standard because a mention of the Evening Standard would have contravaned the Beeb's strict advertising rules.
I was pleased to see all three songs and an explanation of their supposed-naughtiness merit an appearance in Brian Southall's excellent Banned On The Run.
And there are many, many more here to make you smile... including that tale of Cliff Richard banning himself!
But the book doesn't only cover the disapproval heaped on the pop and rock world.
Ever wondered what your parents (or grandparents!) listened to as they grew up? When the authorities allowed them, of course.
Even a national institution like George Formby apparently fell foul of the broadcasters several times, not least when he wanted to sing With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock and they felt he had more in his hand than some pink and white sticky seaside confectionery!
I'll bet a fair few of Brian's revelations will be embraced by Auntie this Friday (July 11) when BBC 4 screens Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to The Banned (9pm) and More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played on, which follows at 10pm.
How times change.


August DVB-T202 USB Freeview Tuner Stick - External PC TV Card with Digital (DVB-T) Television Receiver and PVR Style Recorder - Wintv Dongle Supported by Windows 7 / Vista / XP for Desktop and Laptop Computer
August DVB-T202 USB Freeview Tuner Stick - External PC TV Card with Digital (DVB-T) Television Receiver and PVR Style Recorder - Wintv Dongle Supported by Windows 7 / Vista / XP for Desktop and Laptop Computer
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £18.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Be plugged in...., 2 April 2014
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No hesitation in recommending this little gadget to anyone. Last PC had a built-in freeview tuner, new one doesn't. Using the fixed aerial point that is in the room gives a perfect picture, as does the titchy pole that came in the box. Unlike the previous built-in tuner there is no annoying freezing during viewing. Handy to have the picture reduced and visible at top left of screen while doing other tasks. Good price on Amazon for this product too. Seen similiar in so-called specialist stores for twice the price. Don't bother with the tiny CD for installation, go straight to the website for latest drivers. Enjoy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tannoy Mercury VI Speakers, 9 Oct 2012
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Excellent speakers at an excellent price. Neat looking and fairly compact, yet they fill the dining room with a great sound. They are being used as a second set of speakers running from the hi-fi in the lounge.
They did not arrive on "guaranteed" date although this was not down to the seller but the actions of the courier service which, without explanation, kept the speakers on the van and so returned the package to the depot instead of delivering them! Amazon customer services came to the rescue and speakers delivered next day - quite unexpectedly as it was a Sunday. Would not hesitate to recommend the Tannoy Mercury VI speakers.


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