Gold removes Blue Mink song after complaint

Global has taken the decision to remove a song from the Gold playlist after a complaint was made to Ofcom.

One person complained about offensive language in the music track Melting Pot by Blue Mink. No introduction to the track was broadcast, or any other content discussing it.

Global said the lyrics – which include references to yellow Chinkies”, “Red Indian boy”, “curly Latin kinkies” and “coffee-coloured people” – would not be acceptable on a mainstream radio station.

However, it said that Gold’s position as a “station well-known and loved for its playlist of hits from the 60s and 70s” meant that the track was unlikely to cause offence to its audience.

Ofcom agreed, acknowledging that the track had been permanently deleted from Gold’s playlist, and resolved the complaint.

The song was played during The Music Marathon on the 27th of May 2019 at 12:45pm.

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37 Comments
  1. Neil jones says

    Offensive? but your sister stations plays songs with edited swear words all day long but thats acceptable

  2. leftfield lenny says

    One complaint and action was taken? Oh come on, I agree with Neil Jones here.
    Aside from that, how many complaints have been made regarding Global and Baur’s conduct in the past and Ofcom stays as silent as a mute.
    A damn good original song deleted from being heard on Gold.
    I wonder if they are still playing Teenage Kicks, John I’m Only Dancing and A Walk On The Wild Side etc. They contain either risqué lyrics or meaning – or has no one noticed to complain yet.
    Before anyone complains, I’m of Afro Caribbean descent!

    1. Graham says

      Walk on the Wild Side came straight to mind, together with Relax and Fog on’t Tyne. Rediccydoudalouse!

    2. Colin Harris says

      Squeeze Box by The Who springs to mind..”Mamas got a squeeze box daddy never sleeps at night. It goes in and out and in and out..”.

  3. David says

    That’s a completely different situation. Nearly every station will edit swear words out of songs. The words are usually the typical swear words that don’t often reference different cultures or groups.

    The phrases in the song in question are:

    1. longer and would compromise the song in general if edited.

    2. They are offensive and outdated stereotyped terms for groups of people.

    What was deemed acceptable for broadcast in the 70s, 80s & 90s is not always acceptable now.
    Times and society change, for example a lot of material broadcast in the 1940s wouldn’t have been acceptable in the 70s.

    Also if you have an issue direct your complaints to Ofcom and Global Radio. Radio Today only report what happens in the Radio Industry.

  4. Richard says

    Bauer Stations edit out, a bit of Oliver’s Army and Lou Reed’s, Walk on the Wild Side.
    The bit about, Giving Head! 😊 Why?
    BBC, Global and others don’t!
    Pathetic really!

    1. David says

      BBC & Global both edit songs. Most stations also create radio edits of most songs in their main playlists.

      If you’re not happy about how a certain station edits or doesn’t edit a song, you can always contact them. The information is listed in the public file section found at the base of every stations’ website.

    2. Junior says

      Totally Agree With Richard Pathetic

    3. DELL says

      Who ever complain need to get a life we wong be able to breathe soon

  5. Tom Hardy says

    Archaic? Yes – it’s almost 50 years old. But clearly advocating racial harmony. Get a life Gold!

  6. Allan Wallace says

    The song “Melting Pot” is all about promoting racial harmony, so Global and Ofcom have either chosen to miss the point or have decided to pander to the odd listener who tunes in just waiting to be offended.

  7. Russ says

    Take a pinch of white man
    Wrap him up in black skin
    Add a touch of blue blood
    And a little bitty bit of red Indian boy
    Oh like a Curly Latin kinkies
    Oh Lordy, Lordy, mixed with yellow Chinkees, yeah
    You know you lump it all together
    And you got a recipe for a get along scene
    Oh what a beautiful dream
    If it could only come true, you know, you know

    These are the lyrics in question. It is a song against racism. Believing we are all one and equal.

    1. mb23 says

      The aim of the song isn’t in question, the issue is that it uses racial terms that were acceptable in 1969, but are not in 2019.

      1. Mr Boltar says

        Context matters you clot.

  8. Allan Wallace says

    Unlike Mb23, the vast majority of listeners are intelligent enough to understand that the racial terms in “Melting Pot” are totally acceptable within the context of a clever lyric promoting racial harmony, whether it is 1969, 2019 or any other year. Clearly this is all too subtle for an over-sensitive Mb23.

  9. Lee says

    My my my, we are sensitive about Gold. One delete a perfectly great song becuase of one listener complaint. The management obviously doesn’t listen to the offensive lyrical content on some of the songs on Capital (sorry that sounds like a hideous ending of a link on Capital – sorry i did it again!)

    1. Lee says

      To clarify , i think Global are too sensitive about Gold and this track in particular. This track is about racial harmony. I wish Global were more sensitive about sacking presenters and closing heritage stations for bland rubbish.

  10. Graham Kirk says

    This song and others used la+nguage that is now considered unacceptable. It was recorded at a time when casual racism was rife. Melting Pot and Hot Choclate`s Brother Louie attempted amongst many songs at the time to promote racial harmony with lyrics that would not be suitable today.

    Music, like all art forms needs to be viewed in the context it was originally produced. The growing tendancey to censor everything, even if only one person may be offended is not a healthy road for any of us to be travelling down. Who’s decided on our behalf? When was the consultation process?

    Gaining a better education of social/cultural history, rather then deleting our musical heritage performed by some of Britain’s first multi cultural acts ( Blue Mink was a black woman and a white man singing about racial harmony!) would be more honest perspective.

    Global has the money, with all the incredible cost cuttings recently made in local radio to produce some high quality documentaries that will enable their listeners to put 40/50s year old art forms into the proper histroic context.

    1. Lee says

      But they won’t!!!

  11. Mark Levy says

    Political Correctness gone mad!

  12. Neal says

    Just when you think nothing can get any more stupid and pathetic along comes one yes one listener out of just over 67 and a half million people in the UK and in leap Ofcom-our very own International Rescue. I as ONE person have complained endlessly about what Global/Bauer and the rest have done to UK local radio. Not seen you respond to me and stop that in its tracks!! This country really has had it!

  13. Alan Blair says

    Do you think it i complained they would get rid of these z listed no nos that pollute our airwaves.

  14. Kevin says

    Unbelievable! Its a great mult-racial song – if only we could all get along together as the song suggests. Grow up world – and Gold.

  15. Ron Dobbyn says

    The BBC banned ” Monster Mash” when it was first released, and Bill Oddie” Nothing Better to do”, and the great ” John, and Marsha” by Stan Freiberg were also on the banned list. Clive Dunn had one of his records banned too.

  16. Ron Dobbyn says

    The song was ” Such a beauty” Clive said he thought the ban was fun. Its A very good song, flipside is ” Too Old” featuring Johnson from ” Bootsie, and Smudge”

  17. Craig Strong says

    How on earth can this song have any racial overtones at all?
    The lead singer of Blue Mi k is black, and the song refers to racial integration not the other way round!

    A most ridiculous ban, and after only one complaint?

    1. Craig Strong says

      Apologies for my stupid iPad keypad missing out the N from Blue Mink!

    2. MRR says

      I really do think PC has gone over the top these days. As has already been posted the record promotes racial inclusion. How it goes about it, in terms of lyrics really should not be an issue.
      I think sometimes we let politics get in the way of really great music & other art forms – its the same with comedy.
      No one can deny that Melting Pot is a great Golden Oldie & should be appreciated as such.

  18. Alan Partridge says

    Ya daft Racist.

  19. Stewart Lee says

    You know what this is?
    Health and Safety gawn maaaad

  20. Mr Trigger says

    The UK has fallen into a very dangerous time where the tiny minority rule. When is Blazing Saddles going to be shown on TV again? Shucks!

  21. Joe Smith says

    Global once again proving they don’t have a clue.

  22. Billy says

    WTF

  23. Steve R says

    So a plea for racial harmony is banned on the grounds of racism! You couldn’t make it up.

  24. Michael Palmer says

    It’s a brilliant song .fronted by the lead singer who is black as it happens,,
    For goodness sake Global ,grow a pair…!!

  25. Alan A says

    Sums up the prevailing lunacy abroad in this country when one individual with a very closed mind can choose to select a song which has been played for 50 years as a target for their criticism.Most contributors seem to think the complainant has racist views in view of the lyrics. Are we sure of this as I suspect it is more likely to be somebody who is PC orientated and on their own personal power trip.

  26. Tony McKenzie says

    I had to check the date! Just in case I’d fallen asleep and woken up on April Fools Day.
    This song has been played on the radio for decades, it’s not racially motivated or written to cause offence, in fact if you listen to it property it promotes peace and harmony….it’s a pop song.

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