Australian Radio Stations Are Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat

Australian Radio Stations Are Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat
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Australian Radio Stations Are Banning Songs Mentioning Fire, Burning, Heat
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Photo of smoke caused by the Australian bushfires.

In response to the fires that have ravaged Australia, it is being reported that some radio stations in the country are banning songs that contain lyrics that reference fire, burning and heat.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the stations affected by the ban are owned by Southern Cross Austereo, which runs the Hit and Triple M networks.

A spokesperson for the company issued a statement in regards to the ban, saying, “Out of respect for the devastation impacting so much of our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally.”

While the company did not provide a list of songs currently banned from their networks, The Industry Observer collected a list of tracks that may be banned based on the formats of the radio networks.

These songs, which were identified by music executives, include:

  • “This House Is on Fire” by AC/DC
  • “Just Like Fire” by Pink
  • “Fight Fire with Fire” by Metallica
  • “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
  • “Never See the Rain” by Tones & I
  • “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil
  • “Firestarter” by The Prodigy
  • “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan & The Band
  • “Firework” by Katy Perry
  • “Get Out of the House” by Boom Crash Opera
  • “Horror Movie (Right There On My TV)” by Skyhooks
  • “Burn” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against The Machine
  • “Fire Meets Gasoline” by Sia
  • “The Reaper” by Chainsmokers & Amy Shark
  • “Death to My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
  • “Smoke From a Distant Fire” by The Sanford Townsend Band
  • “Rooms on Fire” by Stevie Nicks
  • “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple
  • “Burning Sky” by Bad Company
  • “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie
  • “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  • “Fire Water Burn” Bloodhound Gang
  • “House of Fire” by Alice Cooper

Other radio networks, such as Nova Entertainment and the Australian Radio Network, indicated that they would monitor songs that could be distressing to their listeners, but they stopped short of banning songs.

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Ah, yes. The dumbing down of the human race continues apace.
    Instead of demanding action on climate change let’s just not utter any sentence with the word FIRE in it. Too distressing.

  2. Fiona Joy Hawkins

    Does that mean the new song I just recorded ‘Tolling of the Fire Bell’ to raise money for NSW RFS won’t get any airplay. Thats nuts.

  3. Bill Rosenblatt.

    Gotta be a pressure campaign from Rupert Murdoch. Wow. So evil.

  4. Beth

    This assumes that music is inflammatory, rather than cathartic, empathetic, sympathetic and healing. I’m shocked that Australians of all people would be this shallow. You are cutting your noses off to spite your faces…idiotic!