10 Banned Music Videos
When YouTube banned David Bowie's music video for "The Next Day," it seemed ironic, since the site is normally the best place to see once-banned videos. But YouTube says it's cool with Bowie now – that banning his racy, bloody, religious-themed video was a mistake. While the video has been reinstated, the flap reminds us of other music videos that were initially banned. Here are some of our favorites:
"Dead End Street" by the Kinks
In 1966, an early music video depicting the band members as top hat-wearing pallbearers was deemed tasteless by the BBC – even though the "corpse" jumped out of the coffin, apparently alive and well – resulting in the BBC's first pop video ban.
"Girls on Film" by Duran Duran
During MTV's infancy, efforts to appear hip and edgy didn't include airing the racy mud-wrestling scene in this 1981 video. Eventually, an edited version – featuring roughly half the footage and exactly none of the boobs – made the cut.
"Killed by Death" by Motörhead
An Island Records stunt – having two female executives deliver the video to MTV while dressed in chains and biker gear – didn't help get this video on air. Citing "excessive and senseless violence," including a scene depicting lead singer Lemmy Kilminster zapped in an electric chair, MTV sentenced this metal video to death by obscurity.