Brett Alan wrote:
I see online that the F-word was censored in the U.S. release, but not the UK. And I'm pretty sure it was the first hit with the word in it.
The single version had the word edited out, the album version had the word intact. Top 40 stations almost always played the single version (they would likely have played the shorter edit even if language wasn't an issue), but most album rock stations played the album version uncensored.
I'm not sure how important this is. Did FM rock stations play "Working Class Hero" unedited? I know they played things like "Money" by Pink Floyd which had other expletives. If it was the first song to get the F-bomb onto rock radio, I guess that's something. If it's just the first one to do it which also hit the pop top 20, that's really not anything.
Money was edited I know for a fact, and Working Class Hero was censored and cut on a ton of stations, it was a huge deal about Lennons language in that song. But idk if they were aired regularly uncensored. I know even in America, Who Are You was aired on public rock station uncensored, though most of the time, it was the single version. I'm not saying any of this is significant, I just thought it was interesting. I am curious however as to what the first song to use that expletive that was also played on public radio, UK or US. As far as I know now, it's Who Are You.