Elvis Costello asks radio stations not to play “Oliver’s Army”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Elvis Costello has revealed he will no longer perform his biggest hit, Oliver’s Army, and has also asked radio stations to stop playing the song. Written about the conflict in Northern Ireland, the lyrics use a racial slur to describe a British soldier. ‘That’s what my grandfather was called in the British army — it’s historically a fact,’ he told The Telegraph. ‘But people hear that word… and accuse me of something that I didn’t intend.’ Released in 1979, Oliver’s Army was played unedited on radio stations for decades — but as the word became increasingly taboo, many took the decision to bleep the lyrics. On his last tour, Costello rewrote the song to address being ‘cut down by the censors,’ singling out the BBC, which attracted criticism for editing the song in 2013.” [editor’s note: The slur is “white n****r” – TLK (01/11/22)