Controversial Album Covers III (Pt. 2)

Year: 1968

The Mother of Invention: We’re Only it for the Money

The Problem: The front cover of the album was originally intended as a parody of the cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released a year before. However, this caused controversy and at the insistence of Verve Records, the image became part of the gatefold sleeve. Instead of the parody of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the cover art depcited a groupshot of the band members, although some later reissues feature the former cover.

My Take: Oh come on, it’s pretty funny! What’s a little harm in making fun of the Beatles here and there? I think John and Paul would have a little at this cover themselves. Maybe be flattered. Who can say?
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