For the second time this year, an Ohio carpet salesman is claiming
responsibility for having a hard-rock album pulled from the shelves of
two of the country's largest retailers after he complained about profanity
in the lyrics.
Kmart stopped selling Powerman 5000's Tonight the Stars Revolt!
last week, after receiving word from DreamWorks SKG, the band's label,
that the album would now come with a parental-warning sticker, according
to Kmart spokesperson Dennis Wigent. By policy, Kmart does not carry
albums with such stickers.
The carpet salesman, 43-year-old Kevin Clarke of Mentor, Ohio, said he
had called Kmart, Wal-Mart and the Universal Music Group which
distributes DreamWorks records to call their attention to Powerman
5000's use of the word "f---" on the song "System 11:11"
excerpt). The word is the only profanity on the album.
MTV News reported that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer,
also stopped selling the album. A Wal-Mart spokesperson did not return
calls seeking comment, but Clarke said Thursday (Sept. 2) that only the
Wal-Mart stores in the Cleveland area have pulled the album so far.
Clarke, who said he took his 12-year-old son to a Cleveland Wal-Mart to
buy the album last month, raised similar objections in May to the
self-titled album by Godsmack, another Boston-area band. Both chains
pulled that album as well.
Universal Records later issued an edited copy of Godsmack to the
Clarke said he has no beef with the stores, and he does not object to
the sale of edited albums. He said his son, whose name he refused to give,
owns an edited copy of thrash-rap band Limp Bizkit's Significant Other,
released by Universal's Interscope label. But he said he is bothered that
Universal Music Group doesn't issue edited copies of all their albums
"If they play by the rules, I don't have to go through this," Clarke
said. "Universal needs to understand that they're going to hear from me
again. I'm going to continue to do that every time I get bit by this
kind of thing."
Clarke said the person he spoke to at Universal told him an edited copy
of Tonight the Stars Revolt!, with the profanity removed, will be
issued in about three weeks. Clark said he plans to take his son back to
Wal-Mart to buy the edited version.
A publicist at Interscope for Powerman 5000 said the band had no comment
on the matter.
Tonight the Stars Revolt!, which features the single "When Worlds
excerpt), was the country's 34th-best-selling album in the country
last week, according to sales tracker SoundScan.