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"The gist of this track was, 'We are artists just like anyone else, we operate under the same freedom of speech laws as you do, and if you don't like our material that's just tough.'"
―Arts Correspondent "Ars Dangor," describing "Artistic Integrity"[src]

"Artistic Integrity" was a song from the pro-Imperial musical group The Emperor's New Clothes' eponymous album. "Artistic Integrity" was written as a response to the songs "Torch Song" and "Just Another Art Form" by the band Deeply Religious, with whom The Emperor's New Clothes were engaged in a feud.

HistoryEdit

"Artistic Integrity" was the title track from the pro-Imperial musical group The Emperor's New Clothes' album of the same name, the band's latest release during the period of time between 0 ABY and 4 ABY. Like the rest of the group's music, "Artistic Integrity" was approved by the Imperial Board of Culture, the Imperial organization charged with reviewing and censoring popular culture media.[1] The song was written as a response to the songs "Torch Song" and "Just Another Art Form" by the band Deeply Religious, after those two songs needled The Emperor's New Clothes.[2]

According to a Galactic Weekly NewsStack's arts correspondent—who was using the pseudonym Ars Dangor—"Artistic Integrity" was a very pointed track, which stated that The Emperor's New Clothes were free to make their own music, despite the fact that not everyone liked it. Deeply Religious continued the feud, releasing the short track "Ooh, It Bites," which Dangor considered "nasty." Since Deeply Religious had been banned by the Imperial Board of Culture, the Board did not review their work, and Dangor speculated that the conflict between the bands would go on.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Artistic Integrity" was mentioned in a 1993 supplement to West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments from the Rim, written by Simon Smith and Eric Trautmann. The song was elaborated upon in the book's segment titled "Latest Developments: The Emperor's New Clothes versus Deeply Religious," presented as an in-universe report by Ars Dangor.

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