10 music videos banned by MTV

The 80s were the era of America of Reagan, mass consumption, the Moonwalk and of course MTV. The Music Channel revolutionized the way music was consumed. This influenced endless record sales; if you had a repeat video, you had a hit. As the 1980s progressed, MTV realized it needed to do more to attract viewers, and so more and more time was spent on reality television. Music may have been the way to market the kids, but the rubbish of reality kept them engaged. Very quickly, it was all about notes.

As the channel grew, the programmers recognized that their cultural hold had not gone unnoticed. By the mid-1980s, musicians had censorship stickers affixed to their records – a way to protect the fragile minds of young people – and anyone who promoted sinister or controversial content was next in the line of fire.

The ratings were MTV’s top priority, no doubt a controversial video would attract views, but it wasn’t worth the Parents Music Resource Center’s ire. MTV has gotten just as hot on censorship as anyone else. It was the videos deemed too risque for the channel that practically spawned the art form.

At the same time, due to the nature of some of these videos, you may need to log in to YouTube to verify your age.

Dave Grohl never took the nickname “rock star” too seriously. His videos with Foo Fighters have always bordered on the absurd. When the group doesn’t indulge their propensity to dress in women’s clothing, they either dress like old men or attempt to land a plane safely while intoxicated.

The idea behind Low was as ridiculous as any. Grohl originally wanted an uncut sequence of Jack Black dancing in drag, but he was persuaded to flesh out the concept, so to speak. The result was five and a half minutes of debauched carnage. Grohl and Black played two southern trucker types, chained together with an ungodly amount of booze and a wholesome collection of women’s clothing – all very funny and harmless. Dave Grohl, with stilettos on his knees, it’s quite a sight… Cross-dressing wasn’t necessarily the reason these guys got kicked out of MTV.

As the alcohol flows more freely, it is quite strongly implied that the two share a carnal desire for each other. Cross-dressing might have been fine at this point, but two drunk guys getting into it was a whole different matter.

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