Pop-rock singer Huey Lewis has pulled his 1986 hit "Hip to Be Square" from the soundtrack album to the about-to-be-released film "American Psycho," citing the film's extreme violence, according to Koch Records, which is releasing the album.
Copies of the album featuring the song had already been pressed and had to be recalled before they hit stores, Koch President Bob Frank said in a statement released Monday.
"Hip to Be Square" (RealAudio excerpt) is still featured in the movie itself, which tells the story of a vain '80s businessman who becomes a serial killer by night.
The album, scheduled for release Tuesday (April 11), also features new music by former Velvet Underground member John Cale, as well as songs by New Order, the Cure and Eric B. & Rakim.
"American Psycho" is based on Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel of the same title, which sparked controversy with its grotesque depictions of violence against women. The movie opens Friday.
Lewis, whose most recent album of new material was the 1994 R&B covers collection Four Chords & Several Years Ago, had numerous hits in the '80s with his band, the News, including "Heart of Rock and Roll" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Power of Love."