New Rammstein album deemed inappropriate for minors
Rammstein's latest album, "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" has been 'indexed' as it is commonly referred to in Germany, meaning that the album cannot be sold to minors and cannot be stocked on store shelves. The album will now only be made available for purchase behind the counter at shops that still carry the album. Word is that the tracks "Ich Tu Dir Weh" and "Pussy" along with some promotional imagery featuring guitarist Richard Kruspe spanking a female were cause for the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien" (BPjM) ("Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons") to act. With the songs being indexed, the band will not be allowed to perform them live which could cause potential problems down the road as "Ich Tu Dir Weh" was reportedly scheduled to be the next single and a video has already been shot according to band members. "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" is the first Rammstein album to be indexed. In 2007, religious groups, child welfare authorities and other 'do-gooders' petitioned the BPjM to hold a hearing on indexing Rammstein's entire back catalog. The review board dropped the petition allowing the albums to continue to be sold.
Rammstein commented on the matter via Facebook, stating that German fans should specifically ask for the album, and be sure to have their ID with them to prove that they can buy the CD.
Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da is available for purchase now.
About the BPjM:
A board of 12 representatives consisting of 8 different social organizations (e.g. artistic and literary community, entertainment industry, youth welfare, teachers, religious groups), 3 representatives of the federal states as well as the chairwoman of the BPjM, examines the respective object. If the board, with a majority of 2/3 of the members, decides that the object has a content dangerous for young people ("jugendgefährdend"), it enters its name into the "list of youth-endangering media" ("Liste jugendgefährdender Medien"), generally referred to as the "index". Distributors of that medium are then no longer permitted to sell, rent out or even present this object in public or to broadcast it. The same goes for advertising for this object. Violations of these restrictions will be punished under German jurisdiction.