June 27 [16:00 EDT] — The Disney Company’s Hollywood Records subsidiary recalled the new album “The Great Milenko,” by the Detroit-based rap outfit Insane Clown Posse last Tuesday, the very day that the album went on sale.
The recall came one week after Southern Baptists voted to boycott Disney over its gay-friendly policies, and it came without any apparent public outcry over the album.
The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the country’s major record labels, says this may be a first.
Insane Clown Posse’s manager says, the recall was sparked by the Baptist boycott, and “The Los Angeles Times” says unnamed sources inside Disney back up that claim.
However, Disney officials deny it, saying only that their internal review process messed up, and that once they learned of the “inappropriate” lyrics on “The Great Milenko” they decided it just did not fit the Disney image.
The two members of Insane Clown Posse, who happen to be
white, call themselves “Violent J” and “Shaggy 2 Dope.” While they bear some resemblance to Kiss in their clown makeup, musically they are more closely related to the Beastie Boys.
Guests on “The Great Milenko,” whose apocalyptic liner notes forecast the coming of “The Dark Carnival,” include Alice Cooper, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Slash.
The album, which was still carried by at least one New York City record store on Friday, carries a parental warning sticker, and yes, there are profane lyrics, as heard on the single, “Halls Of Illusions.”
Insane Clown Posse’s manager says Disney also canceled the group’s 25-city tour, and that he’s mulling a breach of contract suit against Hollywood Records.
It now seems that Interscope Records, home to such un-Disney-like acts as Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and the Death Row Records stable, is interested.