Kenneth Tynan famously became the first person to use the word "F--k" on British television, in November 1965; since then, all manner of profanity has become not so much acceptable as mandatory, and programs shown after the "watershed" - when all good children are supposed to be in bed - are often replete with far worse. UK radio though is a different kettle of fish, although songs featuring the dreaded "F word" and occasionally worse are still played regularly.
While profanity has by and large lost its shock value, it still has its place, and the debut single by Eamon rightly topped the UK charts for four weeks in April and May 2004 being replaced at #1 by the answer song "(F.U.R.B.) FU Right Back
Eamon was interviewed by Peter Robinson of NME
for its April 24, 2004 issue wherein he was asked: "Why was your record 'F--k It (I Don't Want You Back)' at #1 for so long, Eamon?" To which he replied: "Because these people are retarded over here. No, because it's a good song" - adding "...I don't write things to shock." While of "F.U.R.B." he said, "It's a nice idea but it sounds so bad! She's got a pitch problem. Good try, bitch, but it's no good!"
Of his own song he confirmed that he wrote it about an ex-girlfriend who "sucked a guy's dick behind my back!" adding "She could have f--ked my brother." (The song contains an explicit reference to giving head).
Although probably Eamon doesn't realize it, he has delivered a masterpiece. This is a song for every man who has been wounded by infidelity in a personal relationship - its message is that words don't mean a thing because talk is always cheap. Without the obscenity it loses most of its potential, and indeed the edited version with the f*** and s*** bleeped out sounds silly. The version unleashed in England runs to 3 minutes 46 seconds. The song also made history; no UK #1 had ever before included an explicit swear word in its title; as far as can be ascertained, this is true of every other official national chart. And, in its June 5, 2004 issue, Music Week
revealed that "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" had become the first #1 on the UK's new official ringtone chart. Previously, the Datafile
column in the same trade journal on May 5 claimed the single had sold 55,732 copies the week before, 44% more than the runner up. Eamon's debut album had sold 76,418 copies.
Alexander Baron - London, England