Arctic Monkeys Album Cover Censored in the U.S., According to Alex Turner
Published Jun 01, 2011English lad rockers Arctic Monkeys have been riding high in the lead-up to their next album, Suck It and See, but the group have now faced their first true obstacle for the current album cycle: the common grocery store. Singer Alex Turner has admitted that certain American supermarkets have objected to the vaguely vulgar album title and will be censoring the artwork.
While the cover itself features no more than the title in bold text across a blank backdrop (see above), the supermarkets must have some dirty imaginations, as they have reportedly opted to coat up the "naughty bits." If they're not sheathing the entire sentence, essentially making the sleeve a blank slate, we're putting our money on "suck" being the first word to go.
"They think it is rude, disrespectful they're putting a sticker over it in America in certain stores, big ones," Turner told Xfm.
While the musician didn't mention any businesses by name, big chains like Wal-Mart have a history of guarding the public from the freedom of expression (see the safe version of Nirvana's In Utero and its classic hit, uh, "Waif Me").
As previously reported, Suck It And See comes out June 7 on Domino. But right now you can stream the record on Exclaim.ca here.