Radio Edits?
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Posted 2/9/14
So this is something that I've been thinking about for a while now: songs that need to be edited for radio. I am talking mostly about songs with single words that are usually deemed unfit for regular radio play due to being too "vulgar" or "obscene" for airing.

With these lyrics, I usually hear two different ways of censoring: one is to simply cut out the word in general; leaving a gap in the lyrics where the word should be. The other is to twist the offending word into something else that sounds like the original lyric.

I am curious as to what you guys think is the better way to handle radio censoring. I feel like, out of these two options, the second, lyric-twisting option is best. This way keeps the original flow of the lyric in tact without silly gaps where the original word was taken out, as allows the listener to sing along properly and not sound weird when he/she sings where the music has no words (or maybe that's just me!)
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Posted 2/9/14
I definitely agree with you that word twisting is the best option. Many songs often use the other type of censoring which makes it sound like there is nothing playing for a second or two.

I have however, found that some songs when censored with word twisting sometimes make the song worse and a lot less appealing.

Now that I think about it, why is censoring really even needed in today's age? Most kids hear those words everyday.
Alas, I guess it doesn't hurt to be a little on the safe side.
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Posted 2/10/14
Do most kids today even listen to the radio? lol

I suppose the media continues to censor because it wants to create the facade that "It's not our fault Little Jimmy is using profanity. It's' your fault as the parent/guardian for letting him find these types of media!"

But that's just my thought on it!
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Posted 2/10/14
I don't agree with radio censoring. I prefer to listen to the song as intended. Worse still, different stations edit the song in different ways. If it has to be there then I choose the replacement method.
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Posted 2/10/14
I've actually seen Radio edits where the songs are extended and shortened from the original version. And I agree that censorship is unnecessary to an extent. It's really annoying when listening to a song and it gets quite for a second because of a certain word said.
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