Controversial Album Covers Pt. 18

Year: 1988

Poison: Open Up and Say…Ahh!

The Problem: The original cover offended churches and parental groups in a satanic panic because it featured model “Bambi” dressed as a luminous red demon with a protruding tongue.

My Take: Satanic panic? That’s just dumb. Just like the Salem Witch Trials to be exact. The cover fits with the whole idea of Heavy metal. It fact, it looks a little sexy to tell the truth. The censored version looks just as sexy. No harm done! Churches and parental groups just need to chillax and let art run free!
Prince: Lovesexy

The Problem: Prince’s Lovesexy caused a stir with the singer’s nude pose on the cover. Some retail stores refused to carry the album, or required it to be wrapped in paper to cover the image.

My Take: And we’re surprised of this because… He’s Prince! We should expect something like this from the guy that sang, “Black Sweat”, “Gett Off”, and “Let’s Go Crazy!” I can see him pulling something like this. You can’t even see anything at all! It’s more modest than any of the album covers posted here!


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