Controversial Album Covers: End

Year: 2006

Slayer: Christ Illusion

The Problem: The cover depicts a mutilated, stoned Christ in a sea of blood with mutilated heads. For stores who refused to sell the album with the original cover, an alternate cover was provided instead. In India, Joseph Dias, general secretary of the Mumbai Christian group Catholic Secular Forum took “strong exception” to the original album artwork, and issued a memorandum to Mumbai’s police commissioner in protest. As a result, all Indian stocks were recalled and destroyed.

My Take: Five years later, Slayer does it again. They manage to piss off the Christians, but hey, if you know Slayer, one can’t really be surprised that they would pull something like this. It was a little much for India to destroy stocks of this CD because of the cover. That is overkill, my friends.
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not

The Problem: The cover sleeve showing Chris McClure, a friend of the band, smoking a cigarette, was criticised by the head of the NHS in Scotland for “reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK”. The image on the CD itself is a shot of an ashtray full of cigarettes. The band’s product manager denied the accusation, and in fact suggested the opposite — “You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good”.

My Take: Oh brother! I just see a guy that says, “I’m drunk, it’s 2 in the morning, I’m tired, and I just want this fag!” Big deal, he’s smoking! It’s not promoting anything. So let it go!


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