It's A God Damn Arms Race

swearsIf you listen to "new rock" radio, you've probably heard Fall Out Boy's new single This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race. It's not a bad tune, it's sort of catchy, but I can't stand hearing it on the radio. The reason? It's far too heavily censored.

I understand radio singles with the F bomb removed or maybe the S word changed to a lingering shhhh, but the version of This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race they play on Edge 102 deletes the expression "god damn" and that expression is rather prominent in the chorus, repeated three times.

In 2007, are we still unable to play a rock song that says "god damn"? I'm sure this isn't Edge 102's doing and they're just playing the version they were given, but what does this say about our society. Fall Out Boy probably rightly assumed a number of stations would be afraid to play their single if they didn't censor "god damn". Yikes.

This ain't a scene, it’s a god damn arms race.

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our radio station down here in new orleans plys this song uncensored, complete with the "god damn"

February 1, 2007 @ 3:33 PM

Mike Boon

Very interesting info.

I'm writing Alan Cross about this...

February 1, 2007 @ 4:16 PM

Mike Boon

I just heard back from Alan. Here's what he says.

"You’re right: when we got the single, it was the American version. Apparently "God damn" is an indictable FCC offense down there."

February 1, 2007 @ 4:42 PM


You know, I hate censorship, but I actually like the radio version better.

October 14, 2009 @ 7:22 PM

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