Controversial Album Covers II (Pt. 3)

Year: 1975

Scorpions: In Trance

The Problem: The album cover shows a woman smashing a guitar, with one of her breasts exposed. The album cover gained controversy and has since been changed so that the breast is covered up.

My Take: This is Scorpions’ third time on this list. (They had two other album covers last year.) Oh, ah! It’s a breast! To me, it looks like she’s trying to hump the guitar rather than smashing it. Covering up the breast didn’t help either. She still looks like she’s trying to shag the guitar.

 UFO: Force it

The Problem: The somewhat controversial original cover was designed by Hipgnosis, as were almost all other UFO albums of the 1970s. For years, the genders of the couple in the bath were unknown, and the nudity was on the verge of decency standards. The models were actually Genesis P Orridge and girlfriend Cosey Fanni Tutti, both later of the band Throbbing Gristle. The artwork was softened for the initial US release, making the loving couple in the bathtub transparent.

My Take: It acutally doesn’t look that bad. I have shown worse on this display last year. You can only see the guy’s tush. (Or at least I think that’s the guy. I can’t tell.) I do like the the taps in the foreground and the play on words with the title.

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