Controversial Album Covers Pt. 15

Year: 1985

Dead Kennedys: Frakenchrist

The Problem: A poster inserted in the original record sleeve, H. R. Giger’s Landscape #XX, or Penis Landscape, was a painting depicting rows of penises in sexual intercourse. The band was brought to trial for distributing harmful matter to minors, and though the case did not result in any convictions, Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles record label was driven almost to bankruptcy.

My Take: It wasn’t even the cover itself this time! It was the poster that got them in trouble. To be honest with you, I couldn’t even tell what it was at first until I got a better look. Art is art, so I can’t really argue there. As for the harmful matter charge, that’s just stupid. How would it course harm to a kid? They’ve got to grow up sometime! I feel sorry for the record label though. They almost lost everything. Such pain that ignorant minds can bring.


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