Late Night: Bands Subverted Censors With More Grace Than Miley Cyrus’ Twerking

Ed Sullivan seemed really old fashioned and creepy to me, I just couldn’t watch him as kid; but in retrospect, despite CBS cutting off Elvis below the waist and forcing the Rolling Stones and the Doors to change their lyrics (which was a fail on both counts),  he had some pretty cool acts on. Or maybe there were just some really cool bands back then.

Check out Mick Jagger’s eye roll when he sings the CBS-approved lyrics…and how he sneaks in the verboten phrase at approx 1:30.

These bands really bucked society way more than Miley Cyrus wiggling her butt. Petula Clark bucked her TV sponsors, Chrysler, whose vice president got freaked out when the singer touched Harry Belafonte during their duet of “On the Path of Glory,” an anti-war song that Clark had written.  Doyle Lott, a vice president from Chrysler, the show’s sponsor, was present at the taping, and wanted the duet reshot because it might upset Southern viewers. Clark and her husband Claude Wolff, the show’s producers, destroyed all the other takes of the song, and delivered the finished program to NBC, telling the network that they could air it as it was delivered, or not air it all. NBC aired the special, and Lott was relieved of his duties at Chrysler a month before the show aired. This was 1968.

What momentous musical performances have you seen on TV?

7 Responses to "Late Night: Bands Subverted Censors With More Grace Than Miley Cyrus’ Twerking"
hektor6766 | Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:26 pm 1

Barry McGuire singing Eve of Destruction on Hullaballoo. Powerful stuff for ’65, but they still had to have the dancers. And the riding breeches on loan from Paul Revere & the Raiders.

ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:34 pm 2

So Miley was obvious and not clever maybe we are a free enough society we don’t have to be that clever anymore just look at politics today vs politics in years gone by we had much better liars in office in the old days.
Just look at the GOP today on racism vs Reagan’s Coded Racism and how the media never called him on his imaginary Chicago Welfare Mom lies.
We are still waiting for Reagan to produce a single Chicago Welfare mom who ate steak and bought a Caddy with fake welfare checks.
Today Sandra Fluke inspired the people to go after Rush’s lies because the Media would not. The GOP constantly says they need to be more like Reagan but without a complaint MSM they can’t or won’t lie sly like Reagan.
Today I think we got bigger priorities than Miley and thats the way things should be. Rush gets the heat Miley gets a little publicity but who cares.

ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:36 pm 3

OT but important

Washington said the high-level talks meant to discuss a Syria peace conference, had been put off because of “ongoing consultations” over the alleged chemical weapons attack But Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Gennady Gatilov, said it was a “regrettable” decision that the US had taken unilaterally.

mafr | Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:42 pm 4

I saw Jimi Hendrix play a tune (probably purple haze, can’t remember) with the tonight show orchestra.

Jimi with a jazz big band.

dpboehm | Tuesday August 27, 2013 09:45 pm 5

*Yawn* Not sure if it was better or worse than anything Madonna did 30 years ago. It was amusing that Jezebel had to get in with some clickbait asserting cultural misappropriation. I think it was about finding a way (any way) to express disapproval that wouldn’t be offensive to modern feminism. Bonus of attempting to rehabilitate Jez’s racial justice cred after the last couple weeks marked by awkward silence and non-introspection about the Hugo Schwyzer meltdown and twitter response. While the entertainment industry’s long and storied history of exploiting people of color and Black culture is worthy of discussion, pinning it on Miley Cyrus misses the mark.

misswildthing | Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:20 pm 6

Almost every week of the Smothers Brothers was a push back on the network censors. Oh and Topo GIGO the homosexual mouse calling him Eddie?

lordgoogoo | Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:30 pm 7

Thanks for giving proper credit to the incredible Petula Clark, who is now 80 yet still singing beautifully, and her husband Claude Wolff. She’s been classy all the way and I defy anyone to remain sad or depressed while listening to her music.

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