So after 14 years, Guns N’ Roses’ long-gestating album Chinese Democracy may finally appear exclusively at … Wal-Mart? That’s what Billboard is reporting.
I haven’t listened to any of the other exclusives given to Wal-Mart, but really, I’m not the target market for them. Garth Brooks? The Eagles? Please. Those aren’t incentives for me to step into a Wal-Mart. I’ve got a Target around the corner anyway.
Besides, the rockist in me wants to assume that anything which needs to be targeted directly to a Wal-Mart shopper probably sucks enough to earn my scorn. The odds Chinese Democracy would sound remotely relevant — considering how long its taken for the musical landscape to shift in 10-plus years — were low to start, but a Wal-Mart exclusive, in my aforementioned rockist mind, is a clear indication of the level of suck.
In the meantime, Velvet Revolver is still looking for a new singer.