'POP-LAND' IS LOST FOR WORDS
A MAJOR record company in London, Mercury Records, this week refused to comment about one of its "pop" records which was criticised by a Redemptorist at the week-end as containing a harmful "illicit love" theme. Another company, R.C.A., said that similar concern expressed over lyrics in one of its records is " unfounded."
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Writing in "Novena Sunday Bulletin", which circulates in 500 parishes throughout Britain, Fr. Harris, 31, said that a harmful love theme creeping into some "pop" records was: I love you, but I shouldn't because I'm married to another.
Two currently popular records which carried this theme, said Fr. Harris, were "Please help me, I'm falling", sung by Hank Locklin (R.C.A.), and "Walk on By", sung by Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury Records). Sentiments expressed in them could spread ideas of illicit love, he said.
But a spokesman for the R.C.A. record company said it was hard to believe that anyone would really dwell on the words contained in the disc "Please help me, I'm falling".
Explaining that the disc was made from a master record flown over from the United States, he played the song in my hearing. "I must confess I've never listened seriously to the words of this before," he said. "I can't say that the words are good, but they don't glorify anything that is bad.
"The singer here says : . . I