Controversial Album Covers II (Pt. 2)

Year: 1972

Michael Jackson: Ben


The Problem: The original cover of the album depicted Jackson above various different killer rats. Whilst the rats were not depicted as being killer, the same image was used for the film Ben, which was about killer rats. Motown Records discovered that the cover could scare children from buying the album, thus a ‘second’ cover replaced the original one, showing the same image except the rats were removed.


My Take: If they had only known years later…

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