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How to Detect "Offensive" Gold
Standard
Songs

  • The H.U.M.S. Committee had clear instructions to disregard supposed “offensiveness” of any song under consideration for inclusion on the Gold Standard Song List (see Gold Standard Song List Selection Criteria).
      

  • Indeed, how could anyone put together any list of 5,000 songs spanning 100 years and 14 genres without including (even inadvertently) some songs likely to offend some people? Even “Christopher Robin At Buckingham Palace” must surely offend vast segments of certain self-righteous populations.
         

  • So, if you’re on the lookout for “offensive” songs (sigh), here’s a list of keywords and phrases to start you off. Enter these keywords on the Song Title page (a page that lists all 5,000 songs). Some of these keywords will flag song titles, others will flag songwriters. These keywords will lead you to only a sampling of all the songs and songwriters on the GSSL deemed “offensive” by the sanctimonious.
         

    2Pac
    arab
    bitch
    Catholic
    cop
    Delorme
    Frank Zappa
    fuck
    Jesus

    jew
    kill
    Kinky Friedman
    kkk
    Mafia
    Monty Python
    N. W. A.
    nigga
    nigger

    Notorious B. I. G.
    Ol’Dirty
    Bastard
    penis
    Public Enemy
    pussy
    sperm
    thug
    Vatican
    Wu-Tang

  • Finally, a couple of quotes to inspire you in your search:

The great artists of the world are never Puritans and seldom respectable. No virtuous man—that is, virtuous in the YMCA sense—has ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading.
                                                               
 — H. L. Mencken

In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love—they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
                     — Harry Lime in Graham Greene's The Third Man

  • Happy hunting!

 

 

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