"Radio Radio" as written by and Elvis Costello....
I was tuning in the shine on the light night dial
Doing anything my radio advised
With every one of those late night stations
Playing songs bringing tears to my eyes
I was seriously thinking about hiding the receiver
When the switch broke 'cause it's old
They're saying things that I can hardly believe
They really think we're getting out of control

Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
So you had better do as you are told
You better listen to the radio

I wanna bite the hand that feeds me
I wanna bite that hand so badly
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me

Some of my friends sit around every evening
And they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference
And the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut up, they don't wanna hear about it
It's only inches on the reel-to-reel
And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools
Tryin' to anesthetize the way that you feel

Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
So you had better do as you are told
You better listen to the radio

Wonderful radio
Marvelous radio
Wonderful radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio
Radio, radio


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"Radio Radio" as written by Elvis Costello

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  • +3
    General CommentAs a former GM of a small radio station, I once changed the format to Adult Alternative. This was the first song we played under the new format.
    Morty72on May 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat attack on the radio and tv. SNL was not too happy when Elvis played the start of Less than Zero then quickly switched into radio radio. Reminds you of the days when social satire and rebellion was actually clever.
    doortodooron May 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHey Julie, try listening to some real music not your Slipnot gimmic noise.
    doortodooron May 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSNL didn't care what Elvis did on the show. It was his record label that was pissed about it. They wanted him to play Alison (not Less than Zero) but he decided to do what he wanted. That was a bigger moment in music history than many people think.
    CrzyGmOfPkr19on June 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentterrible music? what is wrong with you? elvis friggin rules
    blogspotsuckson June 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty simply, this song is about corporate control of the airwaves and radio stations only playing what is acceptable to their corporate sponsors.

    That's why Lorne Michaels was upset. SNL has corporate sponsors too.
    Pirtyfool22on May 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was actually inspired by God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols, which the BBC refused to play believing that singing "God save the queen, the fascist regime, that made you a moron for potential H bomb..." was treasonous.

    The fact that playing this song itself became contentious, is a beautiful kind of irony.

    Now Radio Radio came out in 1979, before CNN and before MTV; when radio played a much larger role. But media censorship still exists from the overt of Red China banning any mention of the Tiananmen Square Massacre to the covert like immediately after 9/11 and the lead up the Iraq War where radio stations and MTV were told not to play anything critical of the US like Rage Against the Machine or blackflag, or Karl Rove meeting with Holywood to create more "patriotic films."
    mr_sniffleson June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbtw, i wasnt saying that he didnt start playing that other song, he was just supposed to play Alison on orders from the record company. just wanted to clear things up.
    CrzyGmOfPkr19on June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoortodoor, my dear...i sense a little hostility...may i suggest some gimmick to cure your trash-talking itch?
    JulieBeBeon July 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd think the only gimmick you could offer is your refrain from posting here.

    And take SlipKnot with you =\
    robviouson August 15, 2002   Link

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