Video for 'Mary' is on their website...

Arriving suspiciously in time for Halloween, the new Supergrass video for ‘Mary’ – third to be taken from current album Supergrass – is a homage to 70s slasher movies such as Tobe Hooper‘s notorious video nasty ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and they claim it has been banned from UK TV, although in fact producers at MTV Europe have told that there is no policy on banning the video there and London ITV company Carlton have said that it could be screened after the 9pm watershed.

It does mean that the video – which features lots of blood, guts, Exorcist-style prohjectile vomiting and Poltergeist-homage blood running down walls – can’t be shown on programmes like The O Zone because the band have refused to cut any of the gory scenes.

The new single is out on November 22 – with a limited edition seven inch vinyl single out the fiollowing week. You can see the video from 7.30 pm on Thursday, October 28 at the Supergrass website. Click on the link to go there.

Would it be cynical of us to think that the band set out to make a video that they knew full well would be ‘banned’ to whip up some publicity for a single that would otherwise pass without much publicity (and since we’ve written this story it’s obviously worked)? Or are we missing out on a fundemental free speech issue? Tell us what you think. Post a message on Angst!