Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence
Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

 

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5) Elvis Costello

Costello Fights the Power, Pisses Off 'SNL' (1977)

In 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions got a 'Saturday Night Live' gig filling in for the Sex Pistols, who were denied U.S. work visas. Costello wanted to play his hit song "Radio Radio," but 'SNL' creator Lorne Michaels refused, saying that the song presented anti-media feelings. The band started to play their track "Less Than Zero" instead, but defiantly switched to "Radio" eight seconds into the song. Costello would not step foot on the 'SNL' set for 12 years later. In 1999, he "crashed" the show's 25th anniversary party to join the Beastie Boys for a winking rendition of the song.

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