Controversial Album Covers III (Pt. 9)

Year: 1993
Suede: Suede

The Problem: The gender-ambiguous cover art provoked controversy in the press, prompting Anderson to comment, “I chose it because of the ambiguity of it, but mostly because of the beauty of it.” The cover image of the androgynous kissing couple was taken from the 1991 book Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs edited by Tessa Boffin and Jean Fraser. The photograph was taken by Tee Corinne and in its entirety shows a woman kissing an acquaintance in a wheelchair.

My Take: I can tell it’s two women just by looking at it. Why is this so bad? There’s nothing sexual about it. It’s just a kiss. Take it easy there, mate!

Cannibal Corpse: Hammer Smashed Face

The Problem: Most albums by death metal band Cannibal Corpse were banned in Germany until June 2006, due to the graphic cover art on their albums. For example, Tomb of the Mutilated featured one corpse performing cunnilingus on another. The censored version features a further corpse presumably watching the act (not shown) in adoration.

My Take: I think this band will take over for the Scorpions this year. Reminds me of Ren and Stimpy almost. Almost.


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