Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Rammstein win battle for artistic freedom


It has been announced that the Teutonic Industrialists will have their album back on display in their nation's record shops. The album Liebe ist fur alle da was banned in Germany after the office for the examination of media harmful to young people (BpjM) declared it (and the song Ich tu de weh) harmful to children and a glorification of violence and unprotected sex. This decision has been reversed by a Cologne court who were convinced by the band's record label Universal, to allow the original album back into shops.

Universal in the meantime had reissued a censored version of the album minus the offensive song and explicit artwork that featured the band in a variety of sadistic scenes. The court ruled in favour of the band stating that the BpjM did not have the right to put the album on the restricted list and that they did not justify their argument sufficiently to show the album would be damaging to the sexual development of children. They also said that the song Ich tu de weh contained surrealistic hint of the actions and not detailed accounts.

The BpjM will prepare an appeal against the decision, meanwhile Rammstein's fans in Germany may enjoy the No 1. selling album in the original and uncensored form.

So atristic freedom has won out in Germany. It's interesting to note that only Ich tu de weh was banned in Germany. Perhaps the English lyrics in Pussy just passed them by. But it is one of those situations where you can't help but think that with an explicit album such as this, why bother? The band's fans are rabid and they can always get an import off ebay, so why fight it?

Either it's all OK, or none of it is...


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