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Feature: 7 Music Videos That Broke Taboo

Is anything scared in the realm of popular music? When something is deemed to be under taboo it takes on a status that is seemingly beyond moral reproach; unbreakable by any upstanding member of society. But when something is given this status, it also becomes a target for artists who take it upon themselves to challenge conventional thought (or, you know, just shock people). It is for this reason that taboo topics provide some of the most intriguing insights into the various attitudes within society.

SBS2 series The Feed will be introducing their 'Taboo Week' next week, and in anticipation we bring you seven of the many music videos which have aimed to challenge taboo:

1. NIRVANA - HEART-SHAPED BOX

See those things hanging from trees? Yeah, they are unborn babies. Needless to say, that angered quite a few groups. The band also play in front of a crucifix on which an emaciated man in a nappy hangs with his arms spread in a cross.

2. THE PRODIGY - SMACK MY BITCH UP

Banned by the BBC and MTV, only to be re-added due to massive demand, one of The Prodigy's most popular songs is accompanied by a first-person video which depicts drunk driving, cocaine use, and lesbian sex. It's enough to piss of a whole heap of 'moral' groups, but not enough to prevent the band winning awards for it (Best Dance Video and Breakthrough Video).

3. SERGE GAINSBOURG - LEMON INCEST

The highly acclaimed French artist riddles this song and video with implications of incest and pedophilia while singing alongside his 12-year old daughter. In the video they roll around in bed together while his daughter sings about beautiful, violent, and pure love.

4. BJORK - PAGAN POETRY

"I wanted to strip her down. She's actually quite raw, womanly and sexy. There's a different side to her that doesn't come across normally in her videos. That's what I asked her to do and that's what she did...I gave her a Sony Mini DV camera and asked her to shoot her own private scenes ... She asked me to make a film about her love life, so I merely gave it back to her and said, 'Film your love life." - Mick Knight, director.

5. MARILYN MANSON - (s)AINT

Even his own label was repulsed by this video. It seems like this one of meant just for shock value, sine Manson has been known to release videos like this. The excessive depictions of self-mutilation, cocaine use, blood-play, and bondage makes this a bit of an awkward watch (for most people anyway).

6. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - JUBILEE STREET

Tame when compared to some of the above videos, but the delicate melody of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' brilliant 2013 single still managed to draw the ire of morality upon it's release. Many still see prostitution as taboo and hence in this day and age, this subtle video was still banned, censored, and then re-uploaded. The un-cut version can be seen online now, but the initial reception goes to show that this topic is still challenging to society.

7. DUNE RATS - RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT

The lads from Dune Rats just sit there, sing, and go through a hell of a lot of bongs in the process; then they just down it all with beer. Those crazy kids!

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Each video came with it's own deal of controversy, the above seven videos are just a small example of how many subversive works, from artists keen to either shock or challenge, there is out in the infinite expanse of music history. The Feed will explore some other ways people have challenged taboos, demonstrating the many ways mainstream society's morals can be flipped upside down.

The Feed airs Monday-Thursday, 7:35 (repeated 10:30) on SBS2