Music, movies put on hold

By Tyler Vincent

The backlash from the entertainment industry almost was immediate in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

New movies from actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Allen were delayed because of content including exploding skyscrapers and bombs on airplanes. Clear Channel Communications, which owns about 1,300 radio stations nationwide, published a list of 150 songs that radio stations should avoid playing.

This self-imposed restraint by entertainment companies also has been felt by the music industry. Such diverse acts as Dave Matthews Band and Ozzy Osbourne have had to make changes to their promotional itinerary because of the tragedies. Matthews’ company, RCA, had to pull his latest single “When the World Ends,” released Aug. 31, from the radio and replace it with another track from the band’s latest album, “Everyday.”

Osbourne was forced to re-edit the video accompanying his latest release, “Gets Me Through,” because of harsher MTV censorship in light of the tragedy. The video contained scenes of an exploding television and a collapsing ceiling.

Andrew Lanthrum, a clerk at Record Revolution, 817 W. Lincoln Highway, said that to his knowledge, his store only has had to pull or postpone the release of a couple of CDs.

“There have been collectors in here looking for this one,” he said, pointing to a poster advertising the latest offering from progressive-metal band Dream Theater. The band’s latest release, “Live Scenes from New York,” contains artwork of fire consuming the New York City skyline on the top of a large flaming apple. The album was released the same day as the attack on the World Trade Center.

Lanthrum also said the newest CD by The Strokes was pulled before it even reached the shelves, due to the controversy surrounding one song, “New York City Cops.”

Another CD that has been subjected to scrutiny since the attacks is The Coups’ latest album “Party Music,” which has a cover depicting group members standing with a fuse and blowing up the World Trade Center.

“We pulled the Dream Theater CD,” he said. “We also pulled the Strokes album on the 25th before it even got out. Their company, BMG, wanted that. We didn’t even get the CD (by The Coups).”

But most of the relatively few CDs that have been recalled by record companies do not reach music stores, said Brandon Buckley, a music seller at Borders Books and Music in St. Charles.