TOWER RECORDS in GLASGOW seem to have finally capitulated to local authority pressure and are refusing to stock any more of the T-shirts by shock-rock band CRADLE OF FILTH after a recent obscenity row, NME.COM can reveal.
Despite protestations last week from Andy Lown, Tower Records Managing Director, that “we pride ourselves on offering the largest range of products available and leaving it to the customer to choose whether they wish to purchase them”, the store told customers today (January 19) that the shirt – which carried a ‘Jesus Is A C-t’ logo – was out of stock and that stocks would not be replenished.
A spokesperson for Tower Glasgow told NME.COM they were unable to comment on the matter.
As reported previously on NME.COM, police raided the store on January 5, following complaints from the public, and demanded the shirts be removed from the shelves. Later that day Alex Mosson, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, held a press conference outside the store condemning the shirt and demanding it never be sold again.
However, the T-shirt was on sale again the following day and thanks in no small part to the publicity generated, promptly sold out. Police raided the store again last week (January 11) for a second time again demanding it be removed from sale, but were left red-faced when it emerged that no stock was actually on the shelves.
A spokesperson was unable to comment today on whether Tower’s decision was the result of being railroaded, in what amounts to a censorship issue, by Glasgow local authorities.
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