According to a report in the November 7, 1992 issue of Melody Maker
, "Armchair Anarchist" was deleted by Chrysalis while it was still in the charts. DJ Jakkie Brambles played it once, and faded it early, while many radio stations were said to have banned the song because it would have caused offense.
This was not because it was sexually explicit:I'm a young transvestite
I wear clothes that women like
In fact I've got a lovely silken blouse
That just gets me so aroused
but because of the lines "Bomb the idiots" and "Viva Dynamite."
Although this may seem somewhat limp, even for the 1970s, it was not so much censorship as human decency.
On September 10, three British soldiers were killed in a landmine attack in County Tyrone, and there had been over a dozen similar outrages since, many involving the murders of both soldiers and civilians. Earlier in the year, "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" was banned by the BBC, and the following year, the Provisional IRA launched a bombing campaign on the Mainland.
Although the IRA was never an anarchist group, the release of such a record at that time was considered in extremely bad taste, and unlike Cole Porter's "I Get A Kick Out Of You
", it couldn't be salvaged by some minor tinkering with the lyrics.