What are the most questionable and provocative merchandise items ever? Here’s 10 of the grossest.
Oh Rammstein. In 2009, the German group decided to release their ‘Love Is There For Everyone’ album with a special dildo box set: each of the six hot-pink sex toys was modelled on their own schlongs for the punter’s, erm, pleasure. Also included was a bottle of lube and some kinky handcuffs. What a goodie bag, eh?
A slightly terrifying prospect, this: for the discerning joke-rock band fan who’s just had a spot of hanky-panky or self-love, Tenacious D have their very own jizz rag. It’s always good to clean up, of course, but having Jack Black so intimately involved in your sex life just seems plain wrong.
Pete Doherty must have been strapped for cash when he set up his own store, which sold everything from tour posters and old magazine covers to discarded cigarette butts smoked by the Libertines singer. “I’ve got fag butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse,” said Pete at the time.
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The nadir of poor-taste merchandise: Emmure‘s Frankie Palmeri opened up a store for his ‘Cold Soul’ clothing line featuring this. It’s
a t-shirt featuring an image of the perpetrators of the Columbine high school shootings with the message Shoot First…Ask Questions Last” on the back. Thankfully, the line was shut down due to the controversy and bad publicity.
Norwegian punks Iceage caused controversy when they started selling their own knives at gigs. At least the band’s Johan Surrballe Wieth had the grace to admit it was a daft and possibly dangerous idea, stating: “I can see the stupidity of doing it; I see that it is in some ways kind of really idiotic.”