US: High school marching band’s playlist censored for sexually suggestive songs
U.S. / Pennsylvania – Garden Spot High School’s marching band will have to replace Fall Out Boy and Bruno Mars with A-ha and FUNin their playlist.
The Eastern Lancaster County School District School Board supported the school’s decision to replace the two songs with “better choices”, according to pennlive. This, even though the marching band will only be playing instrumental versions of the songs without lyrics or vocals.
The two axed songs
The two songs that were deemed sexually suggestive are “Thnks fr th Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy and “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.
“Thnks fr th Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy
The song contains the following lyrics:
They say I only think, in the form of /Crunching numbers, in hotel rooms / Collecting page six lovers / Get me out of my mind / Gets you out of those clothes / I’m a liner away, from / Getting you into the mood / One night and one more time / Thanks for the memories / Even though they weren’t so great / He, tastes like you, but sweeter
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” music video below:
Some parts of the song goes like this:
But swimming in your world / is something spiritual / I’m born again / every time you spend the night / Cause your sex takes me to paradise / Yeah your sex takes me to paradise / And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah
Lancaster Online pointed out the replacement song “Some Nights” by FUN contains a curse word. Elanco Superintendent Bob Hollister countered the curse word “was not as overt as the sexual messages of the nixed songs”.
“We reluctantly allowed it as part for the compromise in order to get a show together in a timely manner. The director was familiar with that song and had ideas in mind for a show already, so we permitted it.”
Fall Out Boy offers to perform
The Fall Out Boy heard of their song being eliminated from the list and offered an opportunity to the school. In their video description uploaded on Youtube, it says: “hey garden spot high school we just wanted to reach out as supporters of art, music and the creative spirit in general… we know how much work goes into putting a song together. we wanted to either come visit you guys and play a song (that is sanctioned) or have you guys out to a tour date to play one with us….”
See the video below:
It is not known if the school or the band has accepted the offer or invitation.