The PC Police Strike Again

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    I sure am glad they are tackling the important issues.


    Band Banned From Performing 'Louie Louie'
    Thursday, May 05, 2005

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich — A pop culture controversy that has simmered for decades came to a head when a middle school marching band was told not to perform "Louie Louie."

    Benton Harbor Superintendent Paula Dawning cited the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics in ordering the McCord Middle School band not to perform it in Saturday's Grand Floral Parade, held as part of the Blossomtime Festival.

    In a letter sent home with McCord students, Dawning said "Louie Louie" was not appropriate for Benton Harbor students to play while representing the district — even though the marching band wasn't going to sing it.

    Band members and parents complained to the Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting that it was too late to learn another song, The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reported.

    "It's very stressful for us to try to come up with new songs for the band," eighth-grader Laurice Martin told the board. "We're trying to learn the songs from last year, but some of us weren't in the band last year."

    Dawning said that if a majority of parents supports their children playing the song, she will reconsider her decision.

    "It was not that I knew at the beginning and said nothing," Dawning said. "I normally count on the staff to make reliable decisions. I found out because a parent called, concerned about the song being played."

    "Louie Louie," written by Richard Berry in 1956, is one of the most recorded songs in history. The best-known, most notorious version was a hit in 1963 for the Kingsmen; the FBI spent two years investigating the lyrics before declaring they not only were not obscene but also were "unintelligible at any speed."
     
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    Seems like something a Right-Wing Conservative would do, however...just like those poor bastards who've 'outlawed' cheerleaders, in TX.

    (sigh).
     
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    Thank all the little gods the FBI is out there to tell us that the lyrics are unintelligible. I guess we will never know how obsene the song really is...

    *sigh*
     
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    They should play Glenn Miller's "The Joker" instead. Same chord structure, similar melody. :D
     
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    Okay, here are the lyrics:

    Now nobody can tell me the lyrics are all that bad...

    Unless of course they have a problem with misheard lyrics:

    http://www.amiright.com/misheard/artist/kingsmen.shtml
    (some of these are funny).

    But is that really enough reason to keep a HS band from playing the song? Some misinterpreted and incorrect bunch of lyrics.... Are we really this far gone into PC?
     
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    I was in marching band, sports pep band, and winter colorguard. we played more risque songs than Louie Louie as well as that song, specifically at sports events...I don't even see where the lyrics are inappropriate. I like the melody---it's catchy. It's also easy to memorize because the notes are super-simple to remember.
     

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