Controversial Album Covers Pt. 1

Year: 1966

The Beatles: Yesterday and Today

The problem: This album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the aptly named “butcher cover” featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album was recalled after an outcry and had a plain white cover pasted over it.

My Take: Me thinks someone was/is a vegetarian when they came up with this cover! Think about it! It’s all a go-veg propaganda! Sorry, John, Paul, George, and Ringo! You’re not converting me! I love meat too much!

The Mama and the Papas: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears

The problem: The original cover featured the group sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner of the room. In a move reflecting the mores of the time (1966), this cover was pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent. A second cover was then released with a list of hit songs on the album obscuring the toilet, followed by a third with a black border that removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom.

My Take: Oh, ah! It’s a bloody toilet! What were these people, five? Get over it! The toilet looks empty from the picture. If it had something in it, I could see their complains. But it’s only a toilet in the bathroom. The band’s not even using it! They’re just sitting in the tub chilling! Just like little college students do! People is the 60’s really needed to grow up!

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