Controversial Album Covers V (Pt. 28)

First, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Eat, drink, and be merry! Don’t do anything stupid and don’t do Christmas shopping today! Save that for December! And now back to your regularly scheduled post.

Year: 2010

Maroon 5: Hands All Over

The Problem: The cover was originally set to have a naked woman sitting in a bed, rubbing her chin and neck. Frontman Adam Levine said that the cover would gain controversy and be banned from certain stores, so the band added two extra arms covering the breasts.

My Take: They should’ve taken the risk of the original concept just to be bold. However, this still looks rather sexy and surreal either way. It reminds me of when MTV tried to censor their video, “This Love”, with those ridicolus-looking cherry blossom petals over the love scenes. I mean, hello! Everyone already saw it uncensored, so what’s the point? I’m going to stop now and move to the next album before I go into an MTV rant.

Iron Maiden: Final Frontier

The Problem: The cover art, created by Melvyn Grant, shows a picture of a damaged spaceship of dead astronauts with their glass space helmets cracked and also features the band’s mascot, Eddie stealing a key from the spaceship. This cover was too controversial and confused many fans of Iron Maiden because of the new look of Eddie, claiming that it wasn’t Eddie and the band claiming that it was.

My Take: It looks like it could be on the cover of a book from the “Goosebumps” series. Anyone remember those? Damn, I’m showing my age on this.


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