Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 13)

Year: 2013

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

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The Problem: You can depend on Miley to cause a bit of a hoo-ha. She obviously got naked and licked hammers for ‘Wrecking Ball’, but topped it all off by getting topless for a deluxe fan version of her 2013 album Bangerz – which wasn’t available in stores, before anyone reaches for their pearls.

My Take: Are we really surprised by this?  Miley’s the typical Disney girl case. They are cute and innocent at first. But once they grow up, they turn slutty and wild. Miley is no different. I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 12)

Year: 1989

Extreme Noise Tour: A Holocaust in Your Head

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The Problem: According to DarknessFish, this album was banned by several stores due to a picture on the back of the band members snorting coke…how very 80’s!

My Take: Cocaine is one hell of a drug. It’s just one guy getting high. The problem makes it sound like they are all doing it. It could be faked or could be real. I don’t know. The picture itself was kind of hard to find, BTW.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 11)

Year: 1973

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery

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The Problem: The cover was taken from a triptych by H. R. Giger, which was produced based on ELP’s music. The artwork features a phallus below a woman’s chin, which was later airbrushed into a shaft of glowing light by another artist.

My Take: It’s very faint, but you can see it if you look really close. I couldn’t see it at first and thought that I get the airbrushed version. But, now I see it. The album is really cool to look at though.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 10)

Year: 2018

Pusha-T: Daytona

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The Problem: The cover depicts a picture of deceased singer Whitney Houston’s bathroom showing drugs that were used by her. It was bought by Kanye West for $85,000. Houston’s family stated they find the artwork “disgusting and disrespectful”.

My Take: Kanye, Kanye, Kanye, Kanye! Between kissing up to Drumpf, saying slavery is a choice, and this image, I really just want to smack him.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 10)

Year: 1993

Tism: Australia the Lucky Cunt

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The Problem: Batfink pointed out this one to me.  His review describes the controversy quite well, so I’ve just pasted the first half of it below. “Trust TISM to piss off so many people. A controversial release indeed. First, the original cover art shown here, based upon a Ken Done cartoon, generated instantaneous legal threats from Done. Second, the provocative title brought wowser zealots well out of their closets to bay for government intervention. It came when Victorian police raided Melbourne record stores and ripped the EPs down from shelves. The upshot was that TISM were obliged to tone down the EP’s presentation, which was hurriedly re-released as Censored Due To Legal Advice.”

My Take: I don’t really know what to say about this. I don’t get what the needle is for. I am not familiar with the cartoon. Anyone in Australia help me out here. Thank you.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 8)

Year: 2004

Cattle Decapitation: Humanure

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The Problem: The gorecore answer to Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother cover, released in 2004. The image is so vile it’s almost charming. Actually, no, it’s just vile.

My Take: Are we sure that PETA isn’t behind this? This looks like something they would pull to stop people from eating meat. Sorry PETA. It’s not working. You fail!

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 7)

Year: 1987

Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician

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The Problem: Most folks are freaked out by the band’s name alone, and more so by their non-sequitur-laden album titles, this one in particular. Both aspects are mostly harmless vulgarity, when you get right down to it. However, this 1987 album cover is especially disturbing because, well, it features laughing clowns doing God knows what with a dog. *Shudders*

My Take: Look, it’s Pennywise’s cousins… and Wishbone!

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 6)

Year: 1998

Fang: American Nightmare

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The Problem:  Fang’s 1982 record Landshark is not only notable for encapsulating the offensive punk rock ethos, but also because it was one of Kurt Cobain’s all-time favorite albums, one that had a major impact on Nirvana’s sound (the band would often cover Fang’s “The Money Will Roll Right In” live).  After a ten year hiatus, in 1998 Fang reunited and released American Nightmare, featuring rather nasty artwork by Joe Coleman. It was a triumphant return for the lowbrow artists.

My Take: Whoa! How much acid did they have to do in order to come up with this? This cover does live up to the title of the album, that’s for sure. This would be good for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 5)

Year: 1987

Destruction: Release from Agony

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The Problem: Not overtly violent or grotesque, but no less horrifying and macabre, this 1987 album cover utilizes elements of cosmic and body horror to create a truly nightmarish image.

My Take: Nightmares are made of these. (Good luck sleeping tonight.) I can see this on the cover of a sci-fi horror novel. Or just a horror book. I bet Charlie Brooker has ideas for this. The title of the album does fit though.

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Three: Out on the Streets)

Chapter Three: Out on the Streets:

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I think I might have created a monster. Sophie wrote to me saying that she was going to quit her job today. I didn’t know how to reply to that. I just gave her a thumbs up and hit send. I do not have a good feeling about this.

I walked over to my nightstand and opened the drawer. Aw, damn. I’m out of fags. When did that happen? I frowned to myself. Do I really have to go out today? I threw back head and groaned.

Then, my mobile buzzed.

I picked it up and there was Sophie again. She’s probably texting me with the results of her mission. Either she’s gone through with it or changed her mind. More

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