LORDS OF ACID Coverart Draws Attention From Government Censors
Since rocketing to the forefront of the techno/trance/industrial scene with the provocative debut smash "I Sit On Acid," Belgian dance music innovators Lords Of Acid have amassed a two-decade history of pushing buttons.
Now, the Lords – known for their raunchy lyrics, grinding music and scintillating stage shows – are under intense pressure to alter the cover art for the new album Deep Chills in order to meet Germany’s ultra-rigid Adult Content laws.
A risqué cartoon specially commissioned by the band as a tribute to the 1968 Big Brother and the Holding Company album Cheap Thrills, the Deep Chills (U.S. release is Apr. 20 via Metropolis Records) artwork has drawn the attention of censors.
And, just as Cheap Thrills (originally to be titled Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills) would make grudging peace with the censors and go on to become one of the landmark rock releases of all time, Lords Of Acid are poised to reach the same heights with Deep Chills.
The band's first album of new material in over a decade, Deep Chills delivers the band’s trademark pulsing rhythms and dance floor grooves, along with a quirky rockabilly element that adds to the sonic debauchery.
That debauchery just may not make it to the artwork. Under Germany’s tough adult content laws, the Deep Chills album art would force the album to be made available only to customers 18 and over and with valid ID. Deep Chills would also be offered only ‘by request’ and would not be available on the retail sales floor.
While the band and their German label determine the next step – listener anticipation for the audio contents of the album seem to be reaching a crescendo.
The single "Pop That Tooshie" (featuring adult film superstar Alana Evans on guest vocals) from the new Lords of Acid album Deep Chills is already enjoying significant club airplay worldwide.
Perhaps not by coincidence, the song is joined on the Deep Chills track list by the presciently-titled "Censorship Blows."