Controversial Album Covers V (Pt. 20)

Year: 1995

Van Helen: Balance

The Problem: The cover features two infants who are conjoined and both naked and are sitting on a wooden see-saw. Some chain stores refused to sell the album because of the album cover and saying that they “did not like the nudity”. The twin on the left was later airbrushed out.

My Take: What were they smoking when they came up with this and can I have some? You can’t really see anything because the seesaw covers up their genitals. I am curious to know why they airbrushed the twin on the left out.

Iron Maiden: The X Factor

The Problem: The cover features the band’s mascot, Eddie being graphically mutilated through surgery. Retail stores, K-Mart, Target & Wal-Mart refused to sell the album due to this cover. Another cover featured Eddie from a distance.

My Take: Hi, Eddie! Missed us? It doesn’t really look that bad. In fact, it looks like they just started. Retail stores need to lighten up.


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