Controversial Album Covers Pt. 20

Year: 1990

Jane’s Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual


The Problem: Anticipating censorship, two versions of the disc packaging were created: one cover featured artwork by singer Perry Farrell including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the “clean cover”, and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment (the “freedom of speech” amendment of the U.S. Constitution). The “clean cover” was created so the CD could be distributed in stores that refused to stock items with nudity on the front cover.

My Take: I think the censored version of the album is a sarcastic joke by Farrell. He threw in the First Amendment and this little quote, “Hitler’s syphilis-ridden dreams almost came true. How could it happen? By taking control of the media. An entire country was led by a lunatic… We must protect our First Amendment, before sick dreams become law. Nobody made fun of Hitler??!” on the back. I think that’s funny! Plus the original fits the band and album. The country needs to lighten up about the censorship here!

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