The F Bomb
What distinguishes a Podcast from a radio show? You can’t swear freely on the radio, for one thing. KEXP DJ John Richards makes the most of this distinction on the station’s latest Music That Matters Podcast. Entitled Music That Fucking Matters, it includes such FCC-unfriendly songs as Slam Suzanne’s ‘I Like To Say Fuck,’ Brazilian Girls’ ‘Sexy Asshole,’ and Masters Of The Obvious’ excellent singalong anthem ‘I Hate My Fucking Job.’
This particular Podcast is more than just a chance to play puerile, however: Richards takes the opportunity to explain what can and can’t be played on American radio at which particular hours and for what precise reasons. I wish he’d included a track or two from David Ford’s wonderful debut album I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I’ve Caused, in which the F word is dropped for emphatic effect rather than mere shock value. Talking to Ric Harcourt on a KCRW podcast a few months ago, Ford offered this explanation for why you can’t say fuck on the radio. “My understanding of British radio is you can use the colloquial word for excrement but you can’t use the colloquial word for intercourse.”
What a pile of shit.