The reason? Wal-Mart has a policy that states that they will not carry any music that has a Parental Advisory label on it. Green Day’s CD has the label because of some of the language and subject matter found in it’s songs.
Often artists will release a “clean” version of their material, but Green Day has refused to do so. Instead, they believe Wal-Mart should stop behaving like we are living “in 1953 or something.”
Of course Green Day is mostly concerned about other bands:
If you think about bands that are struggling or smaller than Green Day … to think that to get your record out in places like that, but they won’t carry it because of the content and you have to censor yourself,” he said. “I mean, what does that say to a young kid who’s trying to speak his mind making a record for the first time? It’s like a game that you have to play. You have to refuse to play it.
Quote taken from this article at Yahoo! Music.
Thanks for looking out for the little guy, Green Day. I am sure this has nothing to do with money and wanting to sell a few more of your own CDs. It is all about artistic integrity.
What do you think? Should Wal-Mart carry the CD? Should Green Day make a clean version of 21st Century Breakdown?