What are the most questionable and provocative merchandise items ever? Here’s 10 of the grossest.
Burzum singer Varg Vikernes was convicted of inciting racial hatred by a French court in 2014, and is also notorious for murdering musician Øystein Aarseth in 1994. Now, eBay has banned users from flogging their Burzum merchandise on the site due to his “history of violence”.
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.
We all know Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’s birth, but you can take the baby theme a little bit too far: just ask Flaming Lips, who decided that a silver, miniature foetus would be the perfect decoration for your Christmas tree.
Stay classy, Mastaodon: the metal titans tried to rope in the puerile market for their crass-as-they-come shorts.
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.
Fancy offending the religious? Look no further than this Cradle Of Filth t-shirt, with its short-but-snappy slogan and one eye-catching image on the front. In 2005, an Australian teenager was arrested for causing a “public nuisance” after wearing the shirt in public.
Let’s be frank: as bizarre as a Tenacious D cum rag is, it’s not a particularly offensive item. But this? It’s the heinous, stupid and misogynist t-shirts from US deathcore band Attila. What a bunch of dicks.
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.”