Manic Street Preachers album banned by 4 store chains

May 15, 2009 by Clark 

The new album by legendary Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers has been banned by four UK store chains due to the CD’s controversial cover art. The album, ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’ features a painting of a young woman’s beaten face, and has caused an outcry across the retail community.

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The four retailers that have banned the album from their stores are the supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrison’s, all on the grounds that the cover artwork is inappropriate to be sold in public.

The cover, painted by Jenney Saville, who is renowned in art circles for her work. The uncompromising image is indeed upsetting, but it is clearly a painting. If the image was a photograph instead of a painted image then the controversy could be much more understandable, but as it is, does it really merit being banned? The album will be available in some of these outlets in a special sleeve that covers the art, but others are banning it outright.

The Manics have been no strangers to controversy during their turbulent career, but have they gone too far this time? Also, is it the place of supermarkets to decide what is inappropriate? You decide. Plus, this controversy is sure to help shift a few more units of the album, so the Manics’ label will no doubt want the furore to continue for a while.

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