Powerman 5000 Pulled From Retail Chains As Tour Rolls On

C, F, K, U... four little letters that standing alone don't pack much of a wallop. However, arranged in one very specific order, they managed to get Powerman 5000's new album pulled from shelves at two of the nation's biggest retail chains.

The word, which turns up exactly once on the band's album "Tonight's The Stars Revolt," caught the ear of Cleveland's Kevin Clarke, who had purchased the album for his son at Wal-Mart. Clarke was dismayed to note that despite the use of the four-letter, the album does not carry a parental advisory sticker. Wal-Mart and Kmart refuse to carry albums with parental warning stickers, and both chains have pulled the album from their shelves until a clean edit arrives courtesy of Dreamworks Records.

If all this is striking a familiar chord, you may recall that less than three months ago, Clarke successfully lobbied to have Godsmack's debut album pulled from store shelves. In that instance, Clarke (who looks to Wal-Mart as a "save haven" where

obscenities and objectionable lyrics dare not tread) found an album with roughly one dozen uses of foul language. (For more on that incident, check out our feature "Shelving Godsmack -- How And Why The Band Disappeared From Wal-Mart And Kmart").

After Clarke's protests, Godsmack delivered a clean edit of its debut album to stores, and eventually went platinum. Should the same happen to Powerman 5000, Clarke would be just fine with it.

"Frankly, I don't want them to get hurt," Clarke told MTV News this week of his efforts. "I hope I don't hurt them in sales... I actually think the band can play... it's not about Godsmack. It's not about Powerman 5000. It's about Universal (the company that holds the labels responsible for Godsmack and Powerman 5000)."

For their part, Dreamworks offered no comment on the situation.

Other than its one obscenity, the rest of Powerman 5000's latest tells of space travel, superheroes,

and overall galactic mayhem -- all part of what the band calls "keeping it un-real."

"There just seems to be this trend of, you know, everybody is trying to keep it real, keep it real. And I think, why?" frontman Spider One recently told MTV News. "You know, why would you want to entertain somebody with keeping it real? I'm not going to go up there and try to pretend that my everyday life is so exciting that you should pay 20 bucks to come see me sing about an ex-girlfriend or something. You know, so it's all about building another world and another worldly concept and like entertaining people and having fun." [RealVideo]

If you'd like to check out Powerman 5000's version of unreality, the band is currently on the road with Sevendust, Staind, and Skunk Anansie, and will hit the road with Kid Rock in October. Here's where to find them:

With Sevendust, Staind, and Skunk Anansie:

  • 9/1 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
  • 9/2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
  • 9/3 - Rockford, IL @ On The Waterfront
  • 9/4 - LaCrosse, WI @ Omni Center
  • 9/5 - Cross Plains, WI @ Kitts Corners
  • 9/8 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
  • 9/9 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
  • 9/10 - Myrtle Beach,SC @ House Of Blues
  • 9/11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
  • 9/12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 9/13 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
  • 9/14 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
  • 9/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
With Kid Rock:

  • 10/20 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium
  • 10/22 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Theatre
  • 10/23 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
  • 10/25 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
  • 10/27 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
  • 10/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 10/30 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
  • 11/2 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom