On Censorship

Few weeks ago, I was watching a documentary about Queen, and I was surprised to learn that one of their most iconic songs is virtually unknown in North America. I’m talking about I Want To Break Free, and apparently the reason for this injustice is censorship. It seems that, back in the 80s, four men ironically dressed in drag were a big no no.

Well, as I was watching the documentary I remember dismissing this as some kind of romanticized story, meant to spice things up a little bit.

Recently, a friend of mine came to visit from Toronto. This guy is a Rock encyclopedia on two legs, so I decided to ask him (totally as a joke) if he knew about this song. Turns out he didn’t.

So now I’m trying to fix that. Without further ado, I give you Queen – I Want To Break Free.

North America, you’re welcome!

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4 comments on “On Censorship
  1. EllaDee says:

    You rebel you 🙂
    I agree, the US exports a lot of influence but looking from the outside in it seems a world unto itself. A lot of Australian bands/music wouldn’t be familiar to many Americans.

    • Sorin Suciu says:

      Up to a point, it makes sense. It gets strange when a band is otherwise quite famous, but a significant part of its heritage is completely shut out.
      ‘Tis a strange world 🙂

  2. davidprosser says:

    I wonder what was threatened by the video of this song to get it banned. Can you emasculate a continent with a song? I’ll have to try and include it in my blog this week, apologies for pinching the idea.
    xxx Huge Hugs Dear Nephew xxx

    • Sorin Suciu says:

      I don’t know, Uncle… A lot of weird things happened in the 80s, including myself.
      By all means, please do expound on the idea on your blog and add to it that special something we all love 🙂

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