If Axl Rose's long-delayed new album Chinese Democracy has been met with a colossal yawn by the music press, the nominal Guns 'n' Roses release has stirred up considerably more interest in the actual nation of China. According to New Music Express, the official Chinese Communist Party paper Global Times has offered up some scathing rock criticism. Global Times calls the album a "venomous attack" on the country, and says that Rose's one-man band "turns its spear point on China." I'm sure you won't read anything as trenchant in Rolling Stone.
But the controversy doesn't stop there. It turns out that during Rose's 17-year effort to record the troubled, expensive album, he weighed several other different potential titles. The first batch comprised more variations on the Oriental theme, but we're guessing China wouldn't like them any better:
Maybe You Should Listen to the Dalai Lama, Beijing, 'Cause He's Making Some Sense
You Know What? Chairman Mao Sucked
Your Olympic Mascot Was Totally Gay
Yao Ming Totally Blows at the Foul Line
I Eat This Chink Food, Then I'm Hungry an Hour Later. What Is the Deal With That?
Taiwan Without the Mainland Is Like G&R Without Slash, Who Was Totally Not Pulling His Weight
Oh, but the Chinese weren't the only nationality whom Rose might've chosen to offend (intentionally or not). There's an even longer list of considered-but-rejected alternate Chinese Democracy album titles, which you can keep reading after the jump...
Axl Rose is a sensitive, misunderstood soul. Or so he maintains on Chinese Democracy, which he also considered titling as follows:
Canada: A Nation of White Fucking Trash
My Childhood Was Way Fucking Worse Than That Famine in Ethiopia Shit
The Girls in Bulgaria Are All Fat Pigs (Believe Me, I Know)
Fuck You, Kurdistan
France, You Remind Me of My First Fucking Wife
What the Fuck Are You Looking at, Haiti?
Learn to Speak English, Fucking Spain!
Tunisia Is for Fags
Putin, I Banged Your Wife
Good luck with that European tour, dude. I'm sure they'll love you over there.