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Thread: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

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    Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-59950583

    In the link above are 7 more examples of retired songs

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-59950583

    In the link above are 7 more examples of retired songs
    Hopefully, it's because he has finally woken up to the fact that it is a shite song and what a truly bad vocalist he is

    Nah, I can guess why, without reading the article. I'm sure it has something to do with the 'n' word featuring in said song, I'm more than willing to bet

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Soul '68 View Post
    Hopefully, it's because he has finally woken up to the fact that it is a shite song and what a truly bad vocalist he is

    Nah, I can guess why, without reading the article. I'm sure it has something to do with the 'n' word featuring in said song, I'm more than willing to bet
    I'm shocked at that lyric as I've sung along to it for decades as "white liquor", even though it didn't make a lot if sense

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Perhaps they’ll play Dads Army instead !!

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Oliver's Army
    Elvis Costello
    Don't start that talking
    I could talk all night
    My mind was sleepwalking
    While I'm putting the world to right
    Call careers information
    Have you got yourself an occupation?
    Oliver's army is here to stay
    Oliver's army are on their way
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today
    There was a Checkpoint Charlie
    He didn't crack a smile
    But it's no laughing party
    When you've been on the murder mile
    Only takes one itchy trigger
    One more widow, one less white nigger
    Oliver's Army is here to stay
    Oliver's army are on their way
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today
    Hong Kong is up for grabs
    London is full of Arabs
    We could be in Palestine
    Overrun by the Chinese line
    With the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne
    But there's no danger
    It's a professional career
    Though it could be arranged
    With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
    If you're out of luck or out of work
    We could send you to Johannesburg
    Oliver's Army is here to stay
    Oliver's army are on their way
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today
    Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh


    Quite a few dodgy lyrics in there.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Never mind Elvis Costello, as long as they don't ban Freebird, the greatest song of all time, alls well in the world! 👍

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Tramp the dirt down is a much better song with much better lyrics.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    The young conservatives Christmas Party DJ will be pleased about this. For me, itís a great song.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Cultural puritans strike again. Tiresome.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    It's still a pretty biting song, even forty-odd years later. The use of the army to subjugate the Irish (they are who the phrase 'white ni**er' refers to), the recruitment of those soldiers from areas of high unemployment, and then sending them around the world to kill and be killed. Oliver refers to Cromwell, who sent his troops to Ireland in 1649, to suppress Catholic royalists.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Soul '68 View Post
    Hopefully, it's because he has finally woken up to the fact that it is a shite song and what a truly bad vocalist he is

    Nah, I can guess why, without reading the article. I'm sure it has something to do with the 'n' word featuring in said song, I'm more than willing to bet
    That's rather harsh. I rate Costello. Vocal styles vary. Each to his/her/their own.

    Reminds me of listening to the radio years ago when Paul Weller reviewed a New Order single. He said something like he quite liked it but he just wished they'd get a proper singer in. Made me laugh.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    Quote Originally Posted by tforturton View Post
    It's still a pretty biting song, even forty-odd years later. The use of the army to subjugate the Irish (they are who the phrase 'white ni**er' refers to), the recruitment of those soldiers from areas of high unemployment, and then sending them around the world to kill and be killed. Oliver refers to Cromwell, who sent his troops to Ireland in 1649, to suppress Catholic royalists.
    Like his music or not, he definitely has a brain.

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    So by asking to ban it, it’s brought lyrics to the attention of most people, who didn’t even know, or give a toss about Elvis Costello !!

    The daft barsteward

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    Re: Costello asks radio stations not to play Oliver's Army

    I always thought it was about Oliver Tambo. Hence why the conservatives booed it off the dance floor in their party (the legal one they had).

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