For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge: Britney Spears and Van Halen (NSFW)

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Van HalenSeth MacFarlane of Family Guy and Trey Parker and Matt Parker of South Park are like chess masters when it comes to playing the network censorship game.   How close to the edge can you get before they call “foul” and make you change your storyline? Sometimes they add something so obscene that the censors will have them delete that scene only to show leniency on something they really wanted to stick.   Back in 1991, Van Halen wanted to name their new CD,  F*CK, but going this bold and vulgar would certainly mean stores like Walmart wouldn’t sell their album.  Watch of clip of  Sammy Hagar discussing the 2 Live Crew, boxing champion Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, and the origin of the “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” album title.   The CD was later sold even at Walmart and went on to debut at #1 on the Billboard Album Charts.

Sammy discusses the 25th Anniversary of F.U.C.K.

 

James_Joyce_UlyssesBut Van Halen was certainly not the first or last group to try to sneak a sexual joke onto the music charts.  If you phonetically spell out the letters in F*CK, you get IF = F, YOU = U, SEE = C, KAY= K.  Canadian metal band, April Wine, followed up on the huge success of their  smash hit “Just Between You and Me“, by releasing “If You See Kay“.   Taken on its own merits, If You See Kay is a catchy but highly forgettable 80’s rocker but given the back story of the song’s title, it has become one of April Wine’s most memorable tracks.   Irish rockers, The Script, also recorded a different version of the same titled song back in 2010 but didn’t release it as a single.

“IF YOU SEE KAY” April Wine

britney-spears-if-u-seek-amy-CDNo one will ever credit Britney Spears for being on the cutting edge of music innovation.  Her bubble gum pop version of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” probably deserved criminal charges.  But you’ve got to award Britney some credit for upping the F.U.C.K. legacy with her 2009 pop hit, “If You Seek Amy“.  Written by Swedish producer, Max Martin, Britney’s electro-pop song was banned from airplay by the Parents Television Council for the phonetically salacious title when sung with Britney’s tone (F-U-C-K Me). The song was later renamed “If You See Amy” to qualm some of the stations caught in the uproar. The highly entertaining music video showcases a suburban housewife version of Britney fascinated by her sexually charged alter-ego, Amy.

“IF YOU SEEK AMY” Britney Spears