Angry Cliff Richard fans protested outside the BBC in London’s Great Portland Street today over Radio 2‘s decision not to put Cliff‘s new single – the words of The Lord’s Prayer sung to the tune of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ complete with choirs of angels etc – on their playlist.
A spokeswoman for Radio 2 told nme.com that Cliff‘s single isn’t “banned” – as many of the protesters seem to believe – it just isn’t on the ‘A’ list which means it’s up to individual DJs and producers whether the record gets played or not.
“Some of the presenters will play it and some won’t,” she said.
Cliff‘s fans follow in the wake of Status Quo who staged a protest three years ago over Radio 1‘s decision not to include their single on their playlists. They also challenged the decision unsuccessfully in the courts.
Last year, Chris Evans ran foul of Cliff fans by refusing to play his record on his show because he said Cliff was “too old”; Cliff responded by sending out an anonymous remix of his track that some stations that had snubbed the release when they knew who it was picked up on.
Cliff has already announced that he will take a break in the year 2000, so this will be his last single for some time.
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