|Album Cover Sparks Controversy
|According to the BBC, a representative of the NHS in Scotland today said that the cover of the Arctic Monkeys debut album "reinforces the idea that smoking is OK"
An Arctic Monkeys spokesman has defended the band's album cover, after it was criticised for showing a man smoking a cigarette.
Dr Laurence Gruer of NHS Health Scotland said the chart-topping album's cover "reinforces the idea that smoking is OK", he told the Herald newspaper.
But the band's product manager, Johnny Bradshaw, denied it promoted smoking.
"You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good," Mr Bradshaw said.
The Arctic Monkey's debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not has sold more than 360,000 copies since its 23 January release.
It features a photograph of a friend of the band smoking on its front cover and an ashtray filled with cigarette butts on its reverse.
Dr Gruer, director of public health science at NHS Health Scotland, said: "Although the band is from Sheffield, thousands of youngsters in Scotland will buy it because it is good music.
"It is the fastest-selling album in British history, but it gives out the wrong image."
He added: "With a blatant image of a guy smoking, it will be seen by many as a cool thing to do."
But Mr Bradshaw said: "The image has been used all over the place.
"We have not had any complaints from supermarkets or places where the album has been stocked."
By theCapt on 03 Feb 2006 11:03 pm
is this the bbc or NHS Scotland jumping on the band wangon of the AMs, I say it is more than likely. If I remember correctly they did sommit similar when oasis release cigerettes and alcohol.
By I HATE SAUSAGES on 04 Feb 2006 01:12 am
I LOVE SAUSAGES
By Amy on 04 Feb 2006 02:23 pm
Everyone Knows Somkings Bad. People Who Buy This Album (everyone) Are'nt Exactly Gonna Go Out And Buy Fags Just To Look Like The Guy Off The CD. Thick Fucks
By Cress on 04 Feb 2006 03:00 pm
you tell those egg heads amy!
By Amy on 05 Feb 2006 09:45 am
I Tried 2 But I Didn't Spell Smoking Right lol
By dan0211 on 05 Feb 2006 01:23 pm
God, some people are jackasses. Do people seriously think that people are going to get influenced by an album cover?
"Hey look at me! I should be on the ARctic Monkeys CD cover!"
By Dana on 05 Feb 2006 01:32 pm
its suck! there are always people who wan't to find something to complain about. they don't like there succes because there nothings thereselfs just jealous i suppose...
By Bobby Onions on 06 Feb 2006 08:22 am
I'm appalled. I've taken up smoking, drinking, swearing and nightclubbing since buying this album.When will the government step in and do something about this evil 'popular' music combo!?
By Chloe on 06 Feb 2006 03:40 pm
Hahha i totally agree with bobbyOnions we should make a protest list!
By Amy on 06 Feb 2006 05:27 pm
my emails nearly the same as yours chloe!
By cress on 06 Feb 2006 07:33 pm
yes it is isnt it
By Amy on 06 Feb 2006 10:47 pm
yeh! cress ur coool i like u!!
By Bobby Onions on 06 Feb 2006 11:39 pm
My local MP says I should immediately change my email address to [email protected] if I'm to avoid complicating matters any futher by spontaneously talking in a northern dialect. Please feel free t'discuss wi' pointless debate.
By Amy on 08 Feb 2006 12:39 pm
go on cress. I'll add u
By Amy on 08 Feb 2006 06:29 pm
ok cress!! ill be online later
By eddie on 08 Feb 2006 11:47 pm
Fuck those scottish fuckers. They dunno shit about anything. get a proper job! Stating that a picture of a smoker is in favour of smokin is bullshit
By Bobby Onions on 08 Feb 2006 11:53 pm
Damn right arctic_eddie! All those Lottery adverts never made me win the jackpot. It's a government scam I tells ya.
By tom on 28 Feb 2006 10:02 pm
shouldn't the government be worried bout more imprtant fings, even if it is an image of a person smokin, its just culture