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Most Ridiculous Album Covers of All Time

 
 
Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2008 11:38 pm
I found a couple of amusing websites, such as this one, devoted to the worst album covers ever. Some highlights:


http://www.incredibleeagle.com/images/covers/manowar.jpg


http://www.incredibleeagle.com/images/covers/gospel-axe.jpg
(This one is bloody CREEPY.)


http://photos6.flickr.com/11705746_9b7565af97_m.jpg




http://image.com.com/mp3/images/cover/200/dre900/e953/e95378zmoj4.jpg
 
Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2008 11:51 pm
Just in case you thought pop music had a monopoly on flabbergastingly atrocious album covers, here are some gems from the world of classical music:


Adrian Boult conducts Holst's Planets:
http://musicology.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/10/wgs8126a.jpg

A recording of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony:
http://musicology.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/21/sockittome.jpg

Daniel Barenboim conducts Beethoven:
http://musicology.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/10/wgs8112a_2.jpg
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2008 11:54 pm
Omagawn, Shapeless, those are hilarious.
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2008 11:57 pm
I just realized that the Glitter Band album reminds me of this one:



http://www.counterpoint-music.com/specialties/images/williamhung.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 12:08 am
I love the pun of covering your bust with busts.

What about these....

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c4/katy_shambles/cramps_bikinigirls.jpg

Actually own this one:

http://www.pergunnareriksson.se/images/undertonesB.jpg

This was the original cover for the Beatles 'Yesterday and Today' until someone realised how tasteless it was - apparently if you bought the original you could steam off the new cover and see the old one.



http://artiewayne.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/banned-cover.jpg
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 12:22 pm
Here's one way to raise interest in classical music: Lara St. John's infamous cover to her recording of Bach violin works:


http://www.larastjohn.com/photo/420/bachcover.jpg



After getting grilled by critics for the cover, Lara St. John took the time to write a formal defense of herself:

Quote:
I very much enjoyed reading D. T. Baker's interesting and well-thought out commentary on the cover of my recently released CD. I am finding all of this controversy amusing, but quite unnecessary. I am responding to this one to try to get a few things straight.

First of all (or rather, the only thing that seems to concern him), the cover photo. I was 24 years old when this photo was taken, very far from the adolescence I am accused of portraying. The photo on the inside was taken three years earlier, so apparently I am, according to his commentary, in the enviable position of looking younger as I age. I do not think that I look so terribly young in the cover photo, and if that is the opinion of others, it is beyond my control.

Secondly, I couldn't help but notice the word 'pornography' in his opening paragraph. Perhaps he is not too familiar with pornography to be using this word in an essay about, essentially, my CD cover. The photograph was taken by Felix Limardo, an artist, photographer, film director, and Clio award-winner who has in no way anything to do with pornography or sex. I am very sorry and quite disappointed to see this picture so violently misunderstood, to the point of completely missing the point, which is music itself. The CD is of solo violin Bach, which is essentially a performer and a violin. Thus the spartan black-and-white, sunlit photo, with no jewelry, visible clothes, or anything to distract. I will admit that the apparent lack of clothing is surprising and perhaps new for a classical CD, but for this cover to be compared to other garish, tawdry covers is rather ridiculous.

Another thing: despite my youthful appearance, I am quite capable of making decisions. The use of this photo was not entirely my choice, but I did choose not to veto it. The stigma of classical album covers having to be staid and traditional (presumably for the benefit of "classical elitists", as Mr. Baker proclaims himself) as opposed to rock covers has always been something beyond my comprehension. What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch? More importantly to me, if this unusual album cover is responsible for even a few more people hearing and loving these incontestably great works of Bach, then to me it is all worthwhile. Perhaps the reason classical music has such a small audience is because it caters only to that audience of "elitists" that it has.

Finally, I couldn't help but wonder, did Mr. Baker actually bother to listen to the disc itself? I could find no evidence in the commentary that he had. After all, as he pointed out, the artist's physical appearance is utterly inconsequential. Therefore, one would assume the cover is as well, which supports my utter bewilderment that either of these commentaries were necessary.

Yours very sincerely,

Lara St. John




From Lara St. John's Official Website
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 04:27 pm
I was looking for Spinal Tap's original cover for 'Smell The Glove' and found this instead...http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/handsomebeasts.jpg
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:01 pm
More photo art from the Westminster Gold series (evidently they used to specialize in this kind of stuff, judging by their catalog). This one comes from a recording of Mozart's Eine kleine Nachutmusik:






http://www.westminstergold.com/WGS-8160a.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:18 pm
http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/bonedupatthecrack.jpg
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:20 pm
Nice! I was going to say something like, "Boy, sex sells"... but it occurred to me that I have utterly no desire to buy that thing.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:27 pm
Delving into my own collection again

http://impressedguy.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/bjork_homogenic.jpg
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:35 pm
http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/6416/worstalbumcovers41wk3.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:36 pm
This is in my collection too

http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/songs/images/Cock-hit.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:37 pm
This one definitely isn't one of mine

http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/strykenfirststryke.jpg
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:38 pm
http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/O/orlandof.jpg
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:41 pm
Talking about beehives...

http://www.gocontinental.com/photos4/barnet~1.jpg
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:44 pm
Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra:


http://www.unpleasant.org/wp-content/uploads/unpleasant/2007/04/fiedler.jpg
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:45 pm
I shall dream of being able to post here, but, alas, it's not meant to be.

Lynard Skynard put out a flaming group photo covered Album about 2 weeks before they went down in a fiery crash. (some called it the flame cover)

Still have it, can't post it...(Irony)

RH
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:47 pm
Ha! - I own this own though (curse you job lot sale).

CalamityJane wrote:
http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/O/orlandof.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 3 Apr, 2008 09:49 pm
This is the one you meant RH

http://www.gibson.com/Files/aaFeaturesImages/lynyrd-skynyrd-street-survivors.JPG

Love the shorts on guy second from right
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