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Taiyuan cultural authorities confused by Pangu's Olympics song

This little punk song has been circulating on Chinese video sharing sites in recent weeks (they don't stay up long, so this is the Youtube version):

The band is Pangu (盘古, aka Punk God), and the song is 奥你妈的运 (called "BeijingFuckingOlympia" on Youtube). The lyrics are simple, says lead singer Ao Bo in his introductory patter: "In Taiyuan there's an underground band called BeijingFuckingOlympia / That name is not fucking bad / It's really fucking awesome." Then there's the repeated phrase 操你妈的北京奥你妈的运, or roughly "Fuck Beijing's Olympic fucking games."

The performance shown here is from the 2006 Say Yes to Taiwan festival. The online buzz caught the attention of the authorities in Shanxi, who probably were reacting to the sensitive politics and the band's "splittist" tendencies, or perhaps their association to jailed dissident Zhang Lin, when they issued the following notice:

Notice on the investigation and handling of illegal transmission of the song BeijingFuckingOlympia

Document #38 (2007)

To all municipal cultural bureaus and the provincial cultural market inspection squads:

In recent days, the song "BeijingFuckingOlympia" (lead singer: Guo Yifei; bass: Yu Hao), performed by the band Pangu and produced by Diceng Music Studios in Taiyuan, has been circulating on the Internet and is being sold on the album An Ideal Ten Kuai. This song seriously violates the Law on Audio Products, the Law on Commercial Performances, and the Temporary Regulations on Internet Culture, and has brought an extremely negative influence to society.

Would all municipal culture bureaus, in the course of their daily inspections, look out for and promptly take care of the illegal transmission of the song "BeijingFuckingOlympia" and audio products containing the song. In light of the fact that the members of Pangu and Diceng Music Studios are from Taiyuan, would the Taiyuan Municipal Culture Bureau heighten its inspections and carry out punishments for these illegal actions in accordance with the law.

Department of Culture of Shanxi Province
2007.05.29

On 4 June, the Taiyuan Municipal Cultural Market Management Office then circulated the notice under the recursive title "Notice on the circulation of the Provincial Culture Department's 'Notice on the investigation and handling of illegal transmission of the song BeijingFuckingOlympia'."

But Pangu's from Nanchang, not Taiyuan, and doesn't include members named Guo Yifei or Yu Hao. Did the cultural authorities even watch the video they're condemning? Like the lyrics state, 奥你妈的运 is the name of an underground punk band from Taiyuan (that now seems to be billed as "Water Way"). In 2002, that band did indeed issue a CD called "An Ideal Ten Kuai" (一个理想十块钱).

Will Diceng Studios really be punished for a performance they had nothing to do with? Or is this just a round-about way of demonstrating that efforts are being made to protect Olympic IP?

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Comments on Taiyuan cultural authorities confused by Pangu's Olympics song

The whole thing is hilarious!! Like a parent who is a control freak reacting to its child who just can't stand living in a pressure-cooker anymore. George Orwell must be chuckling in his grave.

lol, so funny...

Haha... Fuckthebeijingpolympics... that's awesome.

唱歌的SB你Y快死了,全国都在抓你Y的,抓住你杂种操的往思路抽你Y的

操死这帮SB 他妈的B 敢回大陆砍死他Y的 妈了个B 滚吧别摇了 沾污了摇滚!

牛B,说出了几亿人的心声!!!!

还在骂盘古的 你们才是真正的SB
北京开奥运本来就是很SB的
草你丫的还有多少中国人吃不饱饭?
有钱开奥运没钱就自己的人民? 草你妈的中国

That's what I'm talking about! Preparing for the final confrontation between Sinos and Anglos! WE ARE READY!

牛B!我是北京人!我也操你妈的北京!操他妈的奥运!

放你妈的P.靠,一群傻比啊,你妈的不是你妈生的啊?

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