I’ve discovered it’s hit or miss as to whether or not this song gets censored on radio. For example, the Clear Channel station censors it, but the other station in town doesn’t, and XM doesn’t on Top 20 on 20 (which isn’t an xL channel.)
So it seems the Peas aren’t getting away with it everywhere.
True, but syndicated programs still have to deal with standards & practices. The production company selects either one of the networks’ standards & practices they will produce the show under, or a private company that does nothing but S&P for syndicated shows (Jeopardy!, for example, switched a few years ago from ABC to a private firm.)
I’ve heard two different versions: one with the word taken out entirely, and one that has “mess” instead. I’ve yet to buy the CD (Came out Tuesday. Will buy tomorrow.) so I don’t know what the real word is. I just assumed it was fuck.
I had exactly the opposite experience. I’d been jamming out to “Let’s Get Retarded” for quite some time when I heard the other version and went, “What the …?!?” I think it’s kind of funny that they used a potentially offensive song to promote the NBA.
Anyway, I know what I’m listening to as soon as I get in the car to go home for lunch. I loves me some Peas.
Now, I’m confused. I thought the NBA jingle Let’s Get It Started was nicked from an older (Pointer Sisters?) song, I’m So Excited. Now you say it was ripped from Let’s Get Retarded, which I have not heard. Could somebody sort this out for an old codger?
“Let’s Get Retarded” is the real name of the Black Eyed Peas song, from their Elephunk CD (the #3 track). “Let’s Get It Started” isn’t a rip off at all, it’s the censored version of the same Black Eyed Peas song. A few of the other lyrics are changed as well.