Ever listen to a song on the radio, find it really catchy, then get the album and go "Whoa, wasn't expecting THAT!" Maybe it was hearing Thom Yorke sing "You're so fucking special" for the first time in Radiohead's Creep. When I first bought Hawksley Workman's Lover/Fighter (well, actually my friend bought it and burned it for me, and burned herself a copy of Between the Beautifuls that I had bought after his show at the Danforth Music Hall back in 2007, but I digress) and popped in my car stereo, I *may* have nearly driven off the road when the first line of We Will Still Need a Song chimed in with a resounding "Fuck you, you're drunk and acting tough...". Up until then, I had heard only the radio-friendly lyrics "Baby, you're drunk etc etc"
On occasion I find the radio edit preferable to the uncensored version. For years, I loved the innocent first-gushing-mooshy-puppy love feel of Liz Phair's Why Can't I with lines like:
Here we are, we're at the beginning
We haven't kissed yet but my head is swimming
When I heard the unedited version that replaced 'kissed' with 'fucked' I just felt kind of... bleh. Like some of the uncynical, unjaded innocence I had always read into the song was lost. Of course, I wasn't totally aware at the time that Liz Phair was all about jaded cynicism. To this day, when I play this song, I refused to sing the original lyrics.
The album version of Eminem's breakout hit Hi, My Name Is was another one that left me cold. I found the radio edit fun and mischevious.. Eminem was a troublemaker, a bit of a miscreant but in a likeable way, kind of like a grown-up fucked up Dennis the Menace. Of course the album version is a lot closer to what we were to expect from Eminem.. violent, mysogynistic etc. Meh.
The latest one to get my goat is Enrique Iglesias' Tonight I'm Loving (Fucking) You (depending on the edit). The radio edit is irritating at best, but the album edit is creepy and downright rapey. Come on, Enrique. What happened to you? Once upon a time you were all "Oh, I could be your hero, baby" and now this? I guess the bloom is off the rose and all attempts at romance have gone right out the door. Now you just sound like the asshole boyfriend who was all nice and sensitive and on his best game in the beginning but now his idea of foreplay is "Hey, wanna screw?"
What would your dad say, Enrique?
"Oh poor, sweet, innocent 'Drea - if only you'd heard the original cut to "Hero" it may not have come as such an ugly revelation... I can be your hero baby (with my cock) I can kiss away the pain (with my cock)"
"Enrique has always been a rapey pig and a disappointment to his father-soft core conservative radio edits only masked it from us for the last few years ;-)"