Things that seem completely innocent one moment can become controversial in the next, due to a change in circumstances.
9/11 was one of those "changes in circumstances" that altered our reactions to particular songs.
As a contemporary article from the New York Times notes, Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) sent a list of recommendations to its radio stations regarding music playlists.
Back on September 10, no one would have given a second thought to playing the Gap Band song "You Dropped A Bomb On Me." After 9/11, that wasn't such a good idea.
The Neil Diamond song "America" also made the list. Why? Perhaps because the words "They're coming to America" frightened people at the time.
So why was I reading an old New York Times article? Because on January 20, 2017, radio station KFI - an iHeartMedia station - aired a brief story about "El Chapo" being extradited from Mexico to the United States.
A brief snippet of the Neil Diamond song "America" introduced the story.
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