''South Park'' song kept off the radio -- Chef's ''Chocolate Salty Balls'' considered indecent

By Kristen Baldwin
December 11, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

South Park fans: Wonder why you haven’t heard Chef’s ”Chocolate Salty Balls” (from Sony’s Chef Aid album) on the radio? Maybe you’re not staying up late enough. Lawyers for CBS Radio have advised their rock-oriented stations not to air the tune, an ode to Chef’s tasty cocoa confections. Stations that want to play it during the airwaves’ ”safe harbor” — between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. — have been been asked to consult with CBS Radio attorneys first. The legal eagles say the double-entendre-laden song (”Grease up the cookie sheet/Because I hate when my balls stick”) could be interpreted as ”indecent” under FCC standards. That doesn’t sit well with South Park cocreator Matt Stone. ”This is the end of democracy as we know it,” fumes Stone. ”The lyrics are only as dirty as your own mind makes them.” Still, listener enthusiasm doesn’t seem to be dampened. ”The only complaints we’ve gotten,” says Lisa Worden, music director of L.A.’s KROQ, which has aired the song in the late-night hours, ”is that people want to hear it more.”

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