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'Money' Problems

23,000 Clevelanders can't be wrong. Or can they?

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Kid Rock, tipping his hat to fans at the Gund, March - 20. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • Kid Rock, tipping his hat to fans at the Gund, March 20.
Thousands of Cleveland classic-rock fans are voicing their disapproval over pending legislation that has prompted WNCX to stop playing the music of Pink Floyd.

The outcry began shortly after the band's Dark Side of the Moon was named the all-time best rock album by NCX listeners. The station planned to air the album in its entirety on March 12, then nixed those plans over "Money," a track that contains the word "bullshit." Its broadcast would violate pending FCC regulations spurred by Janet Jackson's right breast.

"We've had 30,000 hits to our website," says WNCX program director Bill Louis. "And that doesn't count the phone calls we've received. The phone lit up all that Friday, and then again Monday."

If passed, the new legislation would empower the FCC to levy fines starting at $275,000 per incident for broadcasters who violate the regulatory body's nebulous guidelines regarding "indecent" material. The resolution has already swept through the House of Representatives and is slated for a Senate vote this week.

"I've been playing 'Money' for 31 years, and I've never had a complaint about it," says Louis. "And you think that would set a community standard -- that's what the rules say [regarding how material should be deemed indecent]. There are certain artistic points here as well. I can't see putting a bleep in the middle of 'Money,' just to play it."

The station has also pulled such warhorses as Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, and Money," the Who's "Who Are You," and Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner." WNCX's website (www.wncx.com) includes links to the sites of Senators Mike DeWine and George Voinovich.

· Brit neo-glam metal phenomenon the Darkness will sign copies of its Permission to Land album in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's FYE store Tuesday, March 30, at 3 p.m.

· Pop boy band B2K has signed Bone Thugs alumnus Bizzy Bone to its new label, Super Fam Records. Expect a thuggish, ruggish disc in 2005.

· Cleveland modern rockers Audiblethread have been voted Best Band in Cleveland in a contest sponsored by the MECA Music Conference & Festival. The band won a slot to play a showcase for industry executives at the May conference in Chicago. Visit www.audiblethread.com for more details.

· Akron's Voodoo will host its Akron Idol II grand finale on Monday, March 29. Ten contestants will perform two songs each, competing for a grand prize that includes a demo package at Akron's Grooveyard Studios and an all-expenses-paid trip to Detroit's American Idol auditions this summer. The panel of judges will feature special guests including former Warrant frontman Jani Lane.

Akron Idol III and IV tryout rounds will begin Monday, April 5, and June 21, respectively.

Voodoo's 10-week Rock Wars IV battle of the bands will kick off Wednesday, April 7.

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