The playlist of New York City radio station K-Rock may include hefty
dollops of music by controversial, censor-baiting bands such as Korn and
Marilyn Manson, but the station decided Thursday that there's one band
whose music is just not suitable for broadcast.
And, oddly enough, that band is the Goo Goo Dolls, the chart-topping
pop-rockers whose biggest hits have been heartfelt but innocuous ballads such
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What did the Goo Goo Dolls do to deserve this? They apparently made the
mistake of saying no to shock-jock Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed "King
Media," whose popular, syndicated radio-show -- "The Howard Stern Radio Show"
-- is produced and broadcast from K-Rock's studios. The band turned down an offer from the disc jockey to play his show wearing sailor suits, according to Stern.
Booker, a nighttime DJ for K-Rock, a station that has focused its playlist
on hard-rock bands such as controversial rockers Marilyn Manson and Korn,
confirmed that the station is not playing the Goo Goo Dolls' music.
"I'll miss playing the new song, 'Slide,' but I couldn't care less about
'Iris,' " said Booker, who would not give his real name. "I could step into
any elevator in New York City and hear it. I think Goo Goo Dolls should
come up [and play on the Stern show]. It's an entertainment show; they're
Mary Melia, a Goo Goo Dolls spokeswoman, said she had been unaware of
the demand made on the band but said she knew that the group's members
were fans of Stern's.
On the air Thursday morning, Stern explained that the Goo Goo Dolls, whose
new album, Dizzy up the Girl, will be released Tuesday, had asked to
perform live on his show, which routinely features performances from bands
such as pop-punkers Green Day and post-grunge-rockers the Foo Fighters.
But Stern, whose outrageous humor has often included comments that have
been characterized as homophobic, said the band's soft-rocking hits
made them sound "gay" and told the group that it would only be allowed to
perform on his show under some unusual conditions.
"I was like, 'Yeah, OK, but they gotta do something funny around it.' So I
said, 'Why don't we just have a bunch of guys come in and dance with one
another,' and like, we were gonna be in sailor uniforms. And they said, 'no,'
[that] they don't understand why we would do that to their song," Stern
said on his morning radio-show.
Stern then announced that he would instruct K-Rock not to play the Goo Goo
Dolls' music until the band agreed to appear on his show under his stipulated
It may have seemed like an idle threat, but K-Rock has carried it out.
Periodically, the station has been playing a promo that announces a "K-Rock
music guarantee": "We guarantee not to play the Goo Goo Dolls on K-Rock until
the band agrees to perform with Howard [Stern] in a sailor suit and Jackie
[Martling, one of the Stern show's writers] in a thong and throngs of gay
men parading around the [radio station]. If they're too good for 'Howard,'
they're too good for K-Rock."
Melia couldn't say what the bandmembers' reaction to the ban has been,
explaining that they, their manager and many employees from their record
company were all out of town and difficult to reach. "I'm not sure. I can't
really say. I don't even know if [the band] has heard about this," she
Booker is predicting that the Goo Goo Dolls will give in. "I bet all the money
in my pocket that they'll be on 'Howard' in sailor suits," he said.
Representatives from K-Rock and "The Howard Stern Radio Show"
did not return calls for comment by press time.