Controversial Album Covers Pt. 21

Year: 1991

Nirvana: Nevermind


The Problem: The album cover clearly showed an infant (Spencer Elden)’s penis. Chain stores such as Wal-Mart, and K-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Nevermind. However eventually due to such high demand, Nirvana compromised and put a sticker that read “Featuring “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are” and “Lithium” over the genitals. Nirvana saw continued controversy for their next album, In Utero.

My Take: Not much to say about seeing a baby’s member. Kurt Cobain was always an out-there guy. So, this cover doesn’t really surprise me at all. It used to, but my mind has become more open since then.

U2: Achtung Baby


The Problem: U2’s cover for Achtung Baby originally had a back cover featuring a nude photograph of Adam Clayton. The U.S. version was changed, covering his genitals with an X.

My Take: Again, not much to say for this one. U2 makes an appearance again in this list, eleven years laster. The front cover looks clean, but this just jumps out at you on the back. I didn’t know this was back there. Now, I know. Adam does not even look that big, judging by the picture.

Cannibal Corpse: Butchered at Birth

The Problem: Cannibal Corpse’s Butchered At Birth was one of many album covers that the band has released and found difficulty selling to retailers, due to its graphic nature

My Take: Do I really have to comment on this one? Really now? Alright, fine! Warning: Don’t look at the picture while you are eating or just eaten. But then again, with a name like Cannibal Corpse, this is quite expected. So, I don’t know.

N.W.A: Efil4Zaggin


The Problem: N.W.A’s Efil4Zaggin raised some concern regarding the album title, which is ‘n***aZ4lifE’ spelled backward. The title was later changed to Straight Outta Compton 2.

My Take: Try nice with putting the title backwards! Very cute, very funny! Must we use the n-word? Is it really necessary? I mean, do we really have to use it? Just a question.

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