last night lise and i were at toko baru in clifton after having a wonderful dinner at Apna India – while we were looking around, the music playing caught my ear. and kept catching it. i had to ask who it was and the answer was James Blunt.
now, i’m a big music guy and i’d heard the guys name used by a couple people and have read about him in the paper and magazines, but i’d not heard his music until then. well, lise went out on a shopping trip with Blunt’s Back to Bedlam CD on her list.
but the purpose for the post focuses on the language.
i noticed while looking on amazon.com last night that there are two releases of the CD – the “Clean” version and the “Explicit Lyrics” version. i didn’t think too much of it except to make sure that i didn’t get the bleeped version of the album.
language has almost never played a part in my decisions on music or even movies. it’s never been a big deal for me – being as hearing impaired as i am, i’ve always heard the music first and read the lyrics later (if ever – there are some songs that i LOVE but have NO idea what’s being said, and this after 20+ years of listening to some of these songs).
but tonight i was talking with a friend about this and she mentioned how she was shocked when she heard the F-bomb dropped on Blunt’s hit song, You’re Beautiful after she bought the CD. Apparently the radio version isn’t bleeped out as i imagined – it’s replaced with “flying” instead of “effing”.
now, my question for the masses (and seriously – take a second to respond, even just with a yes or no – i mean, you’re already here reading this): Does language play a part in your decision whether you’ll buy a CD or rent a movie? if so, how? if not, why not? is there a ratio of cursing to not cursing that is acceptable or not? for example, Blunt’s CD contains what looks to be 3 or 4 curse words (the F word once, the S word once, “bastard” and maybe a “damn”) – it’s not like a 50 Cent album. does that matter?
thanks for your help.