Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 17)

Year: 1981

Whitesnake: Come an’ Get it

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The Problem: The cover features a coiled snake inside a glass apple, with its open mouth closely resembling a vagina. Many subsequent releases of the album have had the snake’s mouth airbrushed over with a solid red.

My Take: It doesn’t look too bad. You can’t really tell what the mouth is at first. Other than that, this looks like a cool poster that you would see on the wall of a college dorm.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 15)

Year: 2003

Biffy Clyro: The Vertigo of Bliss

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The Problem: The cover shows a woman sitting down with her hand up her dress, presumably masturbating with a look of pleasure on her face. The controversy of the album cover is accompanied by the incredibly erotic artwork of the singles “The Ideal Height”, “Questions and Answers” and “Eradicate the Doubt” (all designed by Milo Manara). Despite being considered offensive and sexist by some, ShortList magazine praised the band for their bravery and originality when they mentioned it in their list of 50 Coolest Album Covers Ever.

My Take: What’s wrong with showing a woman pleasuring herself? Newsflash: women enjoy sex too. Manara was celebrating women’s pleasure. This isn’t sexist at all. The women’s even dressed. I do like covers to the singles too.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 14)

Year: 1990

Hurricane: Slave to Thrill

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The Problem: The enigmatic cover art for Hurricane’s third album featured a naked woman sitting on a biomechanical, H.R. Geiger–style machine seat/penetrator. This unnerved enough people for Hurricane to remove the woman altogether from the scene in all additional pressings.

My Take: Once again, they are scared to show women enjoying sexual pleasure. Come on, people, women can enjoy sex too. Plus, the image fits the title perfectly well, thank you very much! Lighten up, people!

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 13)

Year: 1972

Mama Lion: Preserve Wildlife

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The Problem: The wildcard of our list, Mama Lion’s Preserve Wildlife cover featured the singer nursing a lion cub. In a move to prevent confusion, as much as objection, the final version of the album was issued with a cutaway cover that obscured the cub-to-jug action.

My Take: This is a rather interesting-looking cover. I like how the picture babies into the artist’s name. She’s just taking care of her lion baby. You can’t really see anything anyway. The coloring makes it impossible to see the nip.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 10)

Year: 1982

Spinal Tap: Smell the Glove

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The Problem: Fictional but classic: in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands has its album cover rejected by the record company and replaced with a plain black cover. The original vision? “A greased, naked woman on all four with a dog collar around her neck, and a leash and a man’s arm extended out up to here holding onto the leash and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it.”

My Take: It looks like it came from a hentai. Are we sure that this didn’t come from an eroge game? I know this is not possible because of the year. Anime wasn’t this advanced in style in the ’80s. But it still looks like it could come out of a hentai game.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 5)

Year: 1998

Pulp: This is Hardcore

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The Problem: The success of Pulp’s Different Class catapulted the band into league with the types of people they despised and, in the process, beckoned them into bed with drugs, partying and, inevitably, total strangers. And whereas the words “cool” and “Pulp” may seem like strange bedfellows, the band managed to use their newfound popularity to a sumptuous degree on the successor to the album that made them.

Alongside the Emergency Room shot that graced Blur’s eponymous 1997 record, Pulp’s This Is Hardcore photographed the decline of Britpop decadence. The album’s startling art symbolised the feeling in the Pulp camp; one of lifelessness and exploitation, an inescapable stench of the undignified hanging heavy from misdemeanour and the decimation of principles. Undoubtedly provocative but an artistic encapsulation of the cavernous vacuity that replaced the euphoria of the “90’s dream, This Is Hardcore‘s cover supported its lyricism’s sobering exploration into the questionable excesses that this euphoria sanctioned, forcing the hedonists to gaze deep into their own shame. Intending not to spike controversy but convey Pulp’s characteristic irony, posters advertising this release were defaced by offended London Underground commuters.

Nevertheless, This Is Hardcore is the morning after the night before, a guilt-ridden and bitter analysis of Cool Britannia that poured vitriol onto its ravaged carcass and engulfed its trite optimism in unforgiving flames.

My Take: Well, it lives up to the title of the album. So… It’s not too bad. I have seen worse. Compared to the covers in the previous years and this one, it’s a pretty time.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 3)

Year: 1991

Great White: Hooked

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The Problem: For their fifth full-length, Hooked, the consummate gentlemen in Great White chose a design of a naked woman straddling a large hook being hoisted from the sea. Following objections, the cover was reprinted so that the model and hook were partially submerged in the ocean. Well played, sirs.

My Take: It doesn’t really look too bad. Both the censored and uncensored versions play on the title of the album. It would’ve been cooler if the woman was made into a topless mermaid and really bring out the imagery from the title. Still, I’ve gotten pretty used to seeing nudity by this point.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 2)

Year: 1994

Cradle of Filth: The Principles of Evil Made Flesh

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The Problem: Perhaps one of the tamer images on this list, since it only depicts a couple of ladies engaged in bloody necking, the combination of Satanic and occult references throughout the lyrics, as well as the 1994 album’s title and the fact it was released by a band called Cradle of Filth, makes it ripe for controversy, whether or not it was actually warranted (it’s not, really).

My Take: I think I might have done another cover on this band before, but it might not be tagged. I will have to look for it later. This actually looks kind of hot. This would be on the cover of an erotic lesbian vampire novel. (I would buy it. 😉 )

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Best of Controversial Album Covers

This year, I am doing something a little bit different. Every year I do this, the amount of controversial album covers gets smaller and smaller. I only managed to find one new cover to post this year. Yeah, that is not good. So, I have decided on posting the new one and some of my favorites over the past ten years. (Ten years, can you believe it’s been that long? I can’t either.) And now without further ado, here we good…

Year: 1979

Scorpions: Lovedrive


The Problem:This LP features a photo of a man and a woman in the back seat of a car. The woman’s chest is exposed, and the man is pulling bubble gum off of her breast. Apparently this cover offended some, as there is a version that features only lettering on the cover. The photo cover is the more common cover.

My Take: It seems more of an inside joke to me. I mean, look at the woman. She doesn’t even seem to flinch. Any normal would have slapped that guy next to her. The guy is acting all smooth with it too. It is a little tacky though. I don’t know… You decide!

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One-Night Stand

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He reflects:
Last night a little dancer came dancin’ to my door.
That certain feeling
I’ve tried to understand.
Trouble is coming.
It’s the dark night of my soul
And temptation’s taking hold.
Every second counts; I can’t break away.
Keep us from temptation.
Lead us not into temptation.
But it’s too late to hesitate.
Feelin’ all loose.

She flirts:
Throw your dollar bills and leave your thrills all here with me!
Don’t be shy.
All I desire,
Keep climbing higher and higher.
You’ve got to get up behind it,
But you’d better believe it.
Put your dime in the hot slot.
Everything I have is yours.
You can take it or leave it.

He reflects:
But I’m not taken in.
As the darkness closes in,
In my head I hear whispering.
We can’t keep on living like this.
It’s just the high cost of loving.
You’ve got to make me an offer
That cannot be ignored.
What would you do
To get to me?
If I say no
Would you turn away?
Or would you stay
At the front door?
Girl let me touch you,
You’re given a flower.
She get in my car.

She tempts:
So let’s head for home now.
If you want me hold me back.
I’m into you,
You into me.
But if you want to know
How I really feel,
Get the action going.
Clip the wings that get you high, just leave them where they lie!
Gone get loose.
Gone get low.

He worships:
A thousand miles with you.
A million times for you.
For money to burn with you.
Just, just, justa, justa to have you here by me!

She teases:
Just hear the rhythm grooving.
Get your body moving.
Might be shy on the first date.
What about the next date?
I will never tell!

He surrenders:
But I guess there’s just no pleasing you.
Off top I can’t lie I love to get blowed.
You can suck me for a long time.
But you think that it’s just me teasing you.

She offers:
Come on baby I got a license for love.
You got a reaction.
Baby you know my love for you is real.
Take me where you want to,
Then my heart you steal!

He moans:
Your lip tastes sour!
From the depths of my emptiness,
Comes a feeling of inner bliss!
I feel wanted, I feel desired!
I can feel my soul on fire!

She yells:
Hold your eyes closed, take me in!
Get behind me!
Get behind me now, anyway!

He yells:
Oh yeah little angel!
You set my soul alight!
It aches in every bone, I’ll die alone, but not for pleasure!
I walked the world with you, babe!
I dried your tears of pain, babe!
I’d give you all, and have none, babe!
I’d sell my soul for you babe!
With a rebel yell- “more, more, more!”

She cries:
More, more, more!
How do you like it, how do you like it?
How do you like it, how do you like your love?
Ooh, how do you like your love?

He remembers and murmurs:
Last night a little angel Came pumping cross my floor.
In the midnight hour she cried- “more, more, more!”
She don’t like slavery, she won’t sit and beg.
I thought I was a fool for no-one.
Oh baby I’m a fool for you.
You got me lifted, you got me lifted.
You took a white orchid,
You took a white orchid turned it blue.
And ooh wee it’s the ultimate feeling.

She hisses:
Close your mouth and don’t say shit

He whispers:
You’ll be the death of me.

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