Buried deep within that mix of chart toppers and album/c.d. cuts that are geared towards the commercial and college stations, are songs that I consider to be cult faves. In other words, songs that resonate in such a way that you can actually understand the meanings and intent behind them, which is turn sometimes makes them virtually unplayable on the radio.
Sometimes a particular song from a well known artist can fall into that category, sometimes a well know song from an unknown artist can fall into this category. And sometimes, an entire artist/group can fall into that category as well.
What will be following over the course of a week or two (depending on my mood) is a subjective list of what I consider to cult faves that get either zippo or very limited airplay, be they songs or be they groups. The first one on our subjective list is:
The Dead Kennedys
The D.K.'s were considered to be in the forefront of censorship issues in the late 70's/early 80's California punk scene. Led by Jello Biafra, their music was consider at various times, provocative, inflammatory, toxic and extremely political. Even though all of their music was highly listenable, only about 1% was actually suitable for airplay. What I mean by suitable, is that the language wasn't peppered with select adjectives.
Off the top of my head, I can give five examples of their songs, which containing highly offensive political content, met the minimum criteria of clean language.
Their cover of "Rawhide" (which can be found on the EP "In God We
Their remake of the song "California Uber Alles", featuring the 80's
political king Ronald Reagan, as opposed to the 70's political king Jerry Brown
(also can be found on "In God We Trust").
"Kepone Factory", a song about mercury poisoning in Japan (again, can be
found on "In God We Trust")
"Holiday In Cambodia", a song about Pol Pot (can be found on their
excellent compilation "Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death")
And finally, the only song of theirs that I've heard on college radio and in fact,
got me hooked on them to begin with, their cover of "I Fought The Law" featuring
the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone by Dan White.