Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 13)

Year: 2013

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

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The Problem: You can depend on Miley to cause a bit of a hoo-ha. She obviously got naked and licked hammers for ‘Wrecking Ball’, but topped it all off by getting topless for a deluxe fan version of her 2013 album Bangerz – which wasn’t available in stores, before anyone reaches for their pearls.

My Take: Are we really surprised by this?  Miley’s the typical Disney girl case. They are cute and innocent at first. But once they grow up, they turn slutty and wild. Miley is no different. I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 12)

Year: 1989

Extreme Noise Tour: A Holocaust in Your Head

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The Problem: According to DarknessFish, this album was banned by several stores due to a picture on the back of the band members snorting coke…how very 80’s!

My Take: Cocaine is one hell of a drug. It’s just one guy getting high. The problem makes it sound like they are all doing it. It could be faked or could be real. I don’t know. The picture itself was kind of hard to find, BTW.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 11)

Year: 1973

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery

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The Problem: The cover was taken from a triptych by H. R. Giger, which was produced based on ELP’s music. The artwork features a phallus below a woman’s chin, which was later airbrushed into a shaft of glowing light by another artist.

My Take: It’s very faint, but you can see it if you look really close. I couldn’t see it at first and thought that I get the airbrushed version. But, now I see it. The album is really cool to look at though.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 10)

Year: 2018

Pusha-T: Daytona

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The Problem: The cover depicts a picture of deceased singer Whitney Houston’s bathroom showing drugs that were used by her. It was bought by Kanye West for $85,000. Houston’s family stated they find the artwork “disgusting and disrespectful”.

My Take: Kanye, Kanye, Kanye, Kanye! Between kissing up to Drumpf, saying slavery is a choice, and this image, I really just want to smack him.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 10)

Year: 1993

Tism: Australia the Lucky Cunt

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The Problem: Batfink pointed out this one to me.  His review describes the controversy quite well, so I’ve just pasted the first half of it below. “Trust TISM to piss off so many people. A controversial release indeed. First, the original cover art shown here, based upon a Ken Done cartoon, generated instantaneous legal threats from Done. Second, the provocative title brought wowser zealots well out of their closets to bay for government intervention. It came when Victorian police raided Melbourne record stores and ripped the EPs down from shelves. The upshot was that TISM were obliged to tone down the EP’s presentation, which was hurriedly re-released as Censored Due To Legal Advice.”

My Take: I don’t really know what to say about this. I don’t get what the needle is for. I am not familiar with the cartoon. Anyone in Australia help me out here. Thank you.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 8)

Year: 2004

Cattle Decapitation: Humanure

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The Problem: The gorecore answer to Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother cover, released in 2004. The image is so vile it’s almost charming. Actually, no, it’s just vile.

My Take: Are we sure that PETA isn’t behind this? This looks like something they would pull to stop people from eating meat. Sorry PETA. It’s not working. You fail!

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 6)

Year: 1998

Fang: American Nightmare

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The Problem:  Fang’s 1982 record Landshark is not only notable for encapsulating the offensive punk rock ethos, but also because it was one of Kurt Cobain’s all-time favorite albums, one that had a major impact on Nirvana’s sound (the band would often cover Fang’s “The Money Will Roll Right In” live).  After a ten year hiatus, in 1998 Fang reunited and released American Nightmare, featuring rather nasty artwork by Joe Coleman. It was a triumphant return for the lowbrow artists.

My Take: Whoa! How much acid did they have to do in order to come up with this? This cover does live up to the title of the album, that’s for sure. This would be good for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 5)

Year: 1987

Destruction: Release from Agony

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The Problem: Not overtly violent or grotesque, but no less horrifying and macabre, this 1987 album cover utilizes elements of cosmic and body horror to create a truly nightmarish image.

My Take: Nightmares are made of these. (Good luck sleeping tonight.) I can see this on the cover of a sci-fi horror novel. Or just a horror book. I bet Charlie Brooker has ideas for this. The title of the album does fit though.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 4)

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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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 2)

Year: 1983

Danielle Dax: Pop-Eyes

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The Problem: Released in 1983, this solo album from experimental musician Danielle Dax, formerly of the group The Lemmon Kittens, featured a “meat collage” on its front cover than many found too shocking and grotesque. The record was eventually re-released with less offensive artwork, though later reissues reinstated the original cover.

My Take:  Nightmares are made of pictures of these. My advice would be not to look at this just before going to sleep. If you did, good luck sleeping tonight and I’m sorry to keep you up.

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