Controversial Album Covers V (Pt. 17)

Year: 1992

Green Day: Kerplunk

The Problem: The cover shows a white and green picture of a high school girl, holding a gun up in the air that has been fired. Chain stores such as, K-Mart and Wal-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Kerplunk. Green Day also saw continued controversy on their next album, Dookie.

My Take: Wal-Hell who sells rifles in its stores refuses to sell an album with a teenage girl with a gun. Shocker! It doesn’t look that bad.

Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine

The Problem: The cover features a photograph of the self-immolation of Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc which occurred on June 11, 1963. The picture was taken by Malcolm Browne at a busy Saigon road intersection. Despite the controversy, the album cover was never changed.

My Take: Um… What’s the point of having this? It belongs in National Geographic magazine, not on this. But hey, that’s them…


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