Banned in the U.S.A.

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Banned in the U.S.A.
Studio album by Luke featuring the 2 Live Crew
Released July 13, 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Hip hop, hardcore rap, Miami bass
Length 54:39
Label Luke/Atlantic Records
91424
Producer Big Tony Fisher
Luke
Mike "Fresh" McCray
Mr. Mixx
2 Live Crew
Denver A. Wright
Luke featuring the 2 Live Crew chronology
As Nasty As They Wanna Be
(1989)
Banned in the U.S.A.
(1990)
Live in Concert
(1990)
Alternative cover
Li'l Joe Records re-release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]

Banned in the U.S.A. is the fourth album by the 2 Live Crew. It was originally credited as Luke's solo album. The album included the hits "Do the Bart" and the title track. It was also the very first release to bear the RIAA-standard Parental Advisory warning sticker.

The eponymous title single is a reference to the decision in a court case that its album As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene (the decision would later be overturned on appeal). Bruce Springsteen granted the group permission to interpolate his song "Born in the U.S.A." for it.

Displeased over the decision of Florida Governor Bob Martinez who, on being asked to examine the album, decided it was obscene and recommended local law enforcement take action against it and over the subsequent action of Broward County, Florida, sheriff Nick Navarro, who arrested local record-store owners on obscenity charges for selling the group's albums and the subsequent arrest of members of the group on obscenity charges, the group included the song "Fuck Martinez", which also includes multiple repetitions of the phrase "fuck Navarro". The group found two other men with the same names, and had them sign releases, as they thought that this action would make it impossible for Martinez or Navarro to sue them.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Banned in the U.S.A." – 4:24
  2. "News Flash—People in the News" – 0:16
  3. "Man, Not a Myth" – 3:57
  4. "News Flash—350 Men" – 0:25
  5. "Fuck Martinez" – 3:55
  6. "News Flash—Super Snoop" – 0:10
  7. "Strip Club" – 3:17
  8. "News Flash—Nation by Storm" – 0:07
  9. "Do the Bart" – 4:28
  10. "In Color—Men on Records" – 0:39
  11. "Face Down, Ass Up" – 3:02
  12. "Hey, Jack!" – 0:55
  13. "Bass 9-1-7" – 4:42
  14. "So Funky" – 4:58
  15. "News Flash—Poll Results" – 0:10
  16. "Mamolapenga" – 3:02
  17. "Video No Soul" – 0:09
  18. "I Ain't Bullshittin' Part 2" – 6:42
  19. "Commercial—Nasty Motherfuckers" – 0:15
  20. "This Is to Luke from the Posse" – 5:15
  21. "News Flash—British Youth" – 0:12
  22. "Fuck a Gang" – 3:56
  23. "Commercial—Inquiring Minds" – 0:07
  24. "Arrest in Effect" – 3:25
  25. "Mega Mix IV" – 3:31

There was also a VHS tape released of the group discussing the ban. The album was briefly parodied on a skit of In Living Color in which Campbell, spoofed by David Alan Grier, is challenged to compose a children's song. Struggling to make a good song, he manages to come up with unoffensive composures until the last line where he must rhyme the word "tucked". The skit is cut off by a narrator saying "The following line is banned in the USA".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Banned in the U.S.A. at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: 2 Live Crew". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-15.