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Happy, happy, happy. happy talk.

Whatever makes you happy.

Sure, there's a war going on. But we must be happy! We must pretend the bombs don't exist and the explosions are a figment of our imagination.

At least that's what MTV and British radio stations propose.

Though images of war are dominating television screens, one channel is not having it. The day after the war in Iraq started, a memo was distributed through the offices of MTV Europe by its broadcast standards department.

In the memo, Mark Sunderland, one of the department's managers, recommends that music videos depicting "war, soldiers, war planes, bombs, missiles, riots and social unrest, executions" and "other obviously sensitive material" not be shown on MTV in Britain and elsewhere in Europe until further notice.

And then there's this:

Commercial radio stations are playing inoffensive songs, so as not to upset listeners or drive away advertisers, and the BBC has told producers to play music with a “light, melodic” feel before and after news bulletins, especially when the reports are likely to detail coalition casualties.

Think happy thoughts, everyone.

Maybe if we all sing "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" rainbows will appear in the sky.

Maybe if we ban all references to the war from our lives, it will cease to exist.

Maybe not.

We are all doomed to a never-ending loop of REM's Shiny Happy People.

I dare you to come up with a listenable playlist of 10 happy, non-offensive songs that don't pertain in any way to war, soldiers, dying, bombs, explosions, aaron brown or dead animals.

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It's easy to come up with that list. It's just that none of them are pop music - there's some big band, motown and one Gilbert and Sullivan.

War? What war?

I can see not commenting on it, or providing war coverage -- after all, MTV is an entertainment channel, not a political issues channel. But pulling various videos is a bit much.

And is it possible to come up with 10 listenable, happy songs? Sure. I'm not sitting next to my CD collection, I'm at work, but I'm guessing I could even include some Pogues and clear that list fine. Of course, your mileage may vary, as everyone's definition of 'listenable' might be slightly different.

This reminded me that the main reason I started listening to bands like Saliva, Drowning Pool and System of a Down is because of that 'banned' playlist that came out after 9/11...

I'll have to think about that 'happy' playlist, though...

Just go and get a Bare Naked Ladies CD.

They Might Be Giants.

Tom Tom Club, if you're an 80s freakshow like me.

Umm...MTV actually plays videos?!

Speaking of being shocked and awed.

Everyone has made a "sweetness and light" tape at some time or other.

The last one I made was years ago... Let's see, some Kate Bush, some Manhattan Transfer, some old Yes...

Funny thing though, I remember one tape I made along with that one that started with "The road to babylon":

By the waters, the waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept and wept for these I am
We remember, we remember, we remember these I am
[repeat to fade]

A golden helmet blinded minds
Among ten thousand swords along the road to Babylon
A golden thunder silenced songs
Among ten thousand voices on the road to Babylon

Well, well, well, beware that golden helmet
Well, well, well, there's no easy way to go
Well, well, well, no easy road to follow
Well, well, well

A golden ocean turned to fire
And burned ten thousand ships along the road to Babylon
A golden dreamer touched the sky
Alone in empty silence on the road to Babylon

Well, well, well, beware that golden thunder
Well, well, well, that dreamed and sang the song
Well, well, well, the empty sound of sorrow

By the waters, the waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept and wept for these I am
We remember, we remember, we remember these I am
[fading]

A golden helmet blinded minds
Among ten thousand swords along the road to Babylon
A golden thunder silenced songs
Among ten thousand voices on the road to Babylon

Well, well, well, beware that golden helmet
Well, well, well, there's no easy way to go
Well, well, well, no easy road to follow
Well, well, well

That wouldn't be on the the MTV playlist this week would it?

Actually, it's "wept for thee, Zion". It's from one of the Psalms, I believe.
I know because I had to sing that song in High School.

Also, having just been in a G&S play featuring British soldiers, you might be hard pressed to find a Gilbert and Sullivan piece that doesn't mention war in it.

Does this mean we're going to have to endure a surge in the airwaves of "Mmm Bop?" If that's the case, I want this war to end immediately. No war is worth "Mmm Bop."

Jon. I'm so embarrassed.

In my defence it was purely cut and paste from a lyric web site

Bjork's Debute and Vespertine albums have to be on any list of sweetness and light.

I guess Army of Me is right out, though.

I guess the Cure's "Killing an Arab" wouldn't make it on the playlist...

Surely there are ten Nick Cave songs that sound reasonably happy and uplifting to anyone who doesn't bother to listen too closely to the lyrics.

(it's a wonderful life...)

I'm still sad you removed the last ten songs played list, it was entertaining me. :(

Oh it will go back up. I just take it down when my husband is at the Winamp.

It creeps him out that when I'm at work I know exactly what he's listening to. I called him the other day and said "So...You enjoying your Sade moment?"

Actually, the first part of that song appears as "Babylon" on Don McLean's American Pie. Not the part about the golden helmet, but the other.

"Umm...MTV actually plays videos?!

Speaking of being shocked and awed."

Hehehehehe.
They actually banned a video from Disturbed called "Prayer".. because it had 9/11 like imagery.

As for the 10 playlist thing, I'll see what I can come up with :)

I suppose it's just me, but Disturbed's Prayer always makes me think of Crisis on Infinite Earths...

Well, it took me a while to get home from work, but here you go: a list o' happy songs, having naught to do with death, etc.

Whether it's 'listenable' depends entirely on anyone sharing my strange taste in music.

That song is also done by the Melodians as Rivers of Babylon. It's from The Harder They Come.

If I had to listen to "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" all the time, I'd go postal on someone. All those supposed "light, happy" songs really annoy me.

I haven't actually heard any music on the World Service (BBC) in the last week. It's been all war, all the time.

You don't reeeeeeeally want me to answer that challenge, do you? 'Cause I could. Easily, armed only with my own music collection.

I may be old, but "Happy Music" would be from Ministry.

So let me get this straight...

Radio stations in the UK and the US are refusing to playlist 'edgy' songs, and are strongly in favour of filling the airwaves with lighter, less-offensive, middle-of-the-road songs, so as not to disturb the innocent, fragile population...

And this is breaking news how exactly?

A person never tells you anything until contradicted.

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